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Five Things for Today: April 8, 2020

Explore our lovely city — and other places — virtually while you can’t IRL

1. While we can’t be out and about in DC (and cities all over, for that matter), we can explore them virtually with Free Tours by Foot. View 3-5 minute clips on their Instagram and Facebook stories or watch longer videos on their YouTube channel — there are even 360* tours for some DC sites. They also offer audio tours, podcasts, and special social media events like a live chat with a tour guide about Lincoln’s last day coming up on April 14.

2. If, like me, you thought Peloton was just a stationary bike with spin class videos, think again. They actually have an app with loads of fitness classes, everything from yoga to strength training to audio running workouts to HIIT. Even more, they just introduced Peloton Family, fitness classes parents and kids can do together! FYI: You can get a 90-day free trial right now.

3. Fun masks and more merch from local artist Kelly Towles. (Note: These would require another cloth or filter inserted underneath, but they make for a really cool look!)

4. Children’s National Hospital has set up an online information hub for donating supplies and helping meet their needs during this time. And if you just want to express gratitude and send good wishes to their staff, you can add a message to this Kudoboard.

5. The Nats & José Andrés ❤️

PS: Chag Sameach to all celebrating Passover tonight!

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Five Things for Today: April 7, 2020

Is it nap time yet?

1. I’ve been trying to take advantage of all this time in the house by sprucing it up, doing things like switching up bed linens, finally hanging art on walls we had painted months ago, cleaning out closets and drawers, etc. Some of my favorite resources for inspiration: Apartment Therapy, Style by Emily Henderson, HGTV, and #moderndiydesign on IG. Any other good recs?

2. Adventure Theatre MTC Academy is going online with its classes for Grades K-5! ATMTC teaches in an interactive format with limited class size so every student gets attention from their teacher. Grades K-2, join us for PLAYlabs on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10am to act out a different story every session. Grades 3-5 can join us for Acting Up!, a journey through the process of acting using creative drama and improvisation techniques, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10am. Classes begin April 13th.

3. The American Visionary Art Museum has a bunch of online experiences available — how-to videos, instructions for projects, coloring pages, and more — that look really neat for kids and adults. Read more about the wonderful AVAM here.

4. Looking for fun Easter crafts with kids? Pinterest, of course, has ideas galore! Also, with Passover beginning tomorrow, and Easter on Sunday, these ideas for celebrating them while social distancing are worth checking out. There are some good Easter tips in this Real Simple article, too.

5. Quarantine FOMO. 😆

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Five Things for Today: April 6, 2020

1. CDC instructions on wearing cloth face coverings and making them. And here is a quick video tutorial on making your own with a bandana and hair bands. This article about the best materials for a mask is good to read, too.

2. Check out all the virtual events The Lane (Anti) Social Club is offering this week. The play and hang out space in Ivy City had its doors open for only one month before social distancing began. While you can’t visit the awesome space, you can still be part of the virtual community, enjoy their programming, and support a new business through their virtual activities. It’s a pay what you can model, so it’s accessible to all, but donations are greatly appreciated.

3. KID Museum has some cool, free Make It! projects online. They also just launched Make It! Plus — live, interactive programming led by their Maker Educators, geared toward kids in Kindergarten – 4th grade and delivered to you at home. Cost is $20/member, $24/nonmember, and the next session is Tuesday, April 7 at 1pm.

4. If your children are anxious about this topsy turvy time we’re in, this NY Times piece has four good tips to help.

5. I usually read The Mom Edit for fashion tips, but they’ve been adapting some of their content and newsletter a bit lately with things like this round-up of favorite family board games. (I’m partial to Shana’s recs because we also love Anomia, and she mentions our fave, Rummikub.)

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Five Things for Today: April 5, 2020

Game on.

1. Like many families, we’ve been doing a lot of board game playing. Just One is really fun and light — more collaborative than competitive and lots of laughs.

2. Who’s up for Sunday brunch?

3. A fun project with the kids: Grow a vegetable (and fruit) garden with your own scraps! More tips here.

4. If you’re celebrating Passover this coming week, here’s a brisket recipe to try (and a sweet story about family traditions).

5. Omg, the cuteness!

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Five Things for Today: April 4, 2020

1. The Greater DC Diaper Bank continues to do amazing, impactful work. In response to COVID-19, they have partnered with several other basic need provider organizations around the area to ensure all families have what they need during this tough time and have created Diaper Need Hubs, a place where families can get food and diapers at one location. In the last 10 days, they have distributed 500,000 diapers! The Diaper Bank needs support to keep this important work going. Please consider making a contribution to help them help others.

2. These virtual tours with 360-degree views of some of our nationals parks are really cool.

3. Foublie, founded by a local mom, is full of ideas for free food-based activities with young children. The guides are designed by child health, nutrition, and development experts and tested by their favorite “threenagers.” Each week, they add more recipes, crafts, and cooking lessons. Sign up to receive the guides here.

4. Stories of all kinds of workers on the coronavirus front lines.

5. Woohoo, Saturday night! Hence, Vulture’s list of 100 best movies on Netflix right now. (Most are for adults, but you’ll see a few family flicks, too.)

🎥 🎥 🎥 🎥 🎥

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