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Five Things for Today: May 2, 2020

Today’s flyover will conclude above the National Mall

1. What was first rumored to take place last weekend, is definitely happening today. The US Navy Blue Angels and US Air Force Thunderbirds are performing a flyover as a salute to healthcare workers. Lasting about 20 minutes, it will begin at 11:45am above the University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, then they will fly over Bethesda and Silver Spring, DC/Arlington, and Fairfax. The planes will loop around Manassas, then fly back over the National Mall just after noon. (See the DC flight route mapped out here.)

2. It’s going to be a gorgeous day, and these 30 outdoor activities for kids offer some fun ideas for enjoying it around the home front.

3. Plan for some Sunday dancing! CityDance just launched Groovin’ with CityDance, a weekly series where their instructors teach the choreography to dances from movies kids love via Zoom! Tomorrow will feature Newsies’ “Seize the Day.” Cost is $20/class (and the whole fam can join), and it begins at 11am. No previous dance experience required.

4. Owen and I just finished watching the new Netflix series Never Have I Ever, and we both really enjoyed it. Commonsense media says it for ages 14+, but I’d recommend for mature tweens and older.

5. These findings from a new study are very interesting.

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Five Things for Today: May 1, 2020

Bringing the fancy home

1. If you are missing King Bullfrog’s Friday Family Hour performances, you’ll leap for joy about this. The musical duo returns today after a month of socially distant hibernation. Kids and families, fans and friends, and new friends can join them on the remote lilypad for music this afternoon! All proceeds will support No Kid Hungry’s effort to make sure kids who depended on school meals don’t go hungry now that schools are closed. Enjoy the musical fun from 4-4:30pm (and don’t let the before 5pm time stop you from starting happy hour… it’s Friday!). Suggested donation $20 — less is groovy, more is groovier.

2. We can’t travel right now, but kids of all ages can still explore the world with Little Passports, hands-on educational activities and global adventures, delivered to them every month!

3. The annual Georgetown French Market, which always takes place this time of year, has gone virtual! Starting today through May 8, more than 15 locally-owned boutiques, cafés, and galleries along the charming Book Hill corridor of Wisconsin Avenue will offer online retail and restaurant promotions, plus virtual story time and music for children, and a French baking demonstration. Visit the website for more details and schedules.

4. Are you celebrating a special occasion while social distancing? Eater has a great round-up of DC’s fanciest takeout meals. We celebrated our anniversary earlier this week with a fantastic dinner from Masseria that my mom ordered for all of us (view it all here).

5. I’m doing “drank my body weight in quarantinis.” And you? 😂

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Five Things for Today: April 30, 2020

1. Dr. Seuss story time like you’ve never heard before is perfect for this rainy day — or any day, really. (And parents will dig it, too!)

2. Art Jamz, the studio that offers painting parties for all ages, is now helping you bring the experience home with virtual painting lessons and at-home paint kits. Choose from three kits at different price points ranging from $10-$100. They come complete with everything you need to have your own paint party experience, including a stretch canvas available in either mini or small, 5 paint colors, 2 paint brushes, and an artist mustache. Then sign up for a live virtual lesson with one of their talented instructors. Make it a family activity and inspire creativity for the whole gang!

3. A great way for kids (and adults, if you’re feelin’ it) to be active indoors on a rainy day: Kidz Bop Dance Party!

4. Are you there, Judy? It’s me, Cheryl. Listen to the one and only Cheryl Strayed interview the one and only Judy Blume on her Sugar Calling podcast.

5. John Krasinski has been delivering Some Good News during these coronatimes. It’s a feel-good, and he’s as likable as ever.

*Bonus (because I just can’t help myself): A heads-up for tomorrow!

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Five Things for Today: April 29, 2020

Who are those masked kids?

1. It’s going to be a lovely day! Take a walk in the neighborhood and collect materials to do some nature inspired crafts. Pinterest is full of ideas for things to make (and items to look for while you’re walking), but if you’re not on it, find some good ideas here.

2. If you’ve never been to Colonial Williamsburg (or even if you have), you can explore the living history museum from home. They’ve put together an online hub with virtual tours, educational resources, activity pages, video demonstrations, recipes, and more — lots of inspo for planning a getaway there when you can travel again. We loved visiting, which you can read all about here.

3. Watson Adventures has created a virtual version of their awesome Wizard School Scavenger Hunt. It’ll run every Saturday in May at 2pm & 4pm, and every Sunday at 5pm — cost is $60 for a team up to 4. Their Family Trivia Slam will continue through May as well. We’ve done the Wizard School IRL (read about it here) and Trivia online a few weeks ago (read a bit about it here), and both were a blast!

4. My kummerspeck is due to shemomedjamo.

5. I’m not sure anyone will really care about this article, but sharing because the title made me laugh. (It’s the little things these days.)

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Five Things for Today: April 28, 2020

Scene from yesterday evening’s walk – is that Venus over the Capitol?

1. Something to help explain to children all the recent changes in their lives: Coronavirus: A Book for Children was recently published, and it’s available for free (you can download it or read online through the link). It’s illustrated by Axel Scheffler, who is best known for illustrating The Gruffalo. A free audio version is also available.

2. Today at 4pm, join the Smithsonian Channel for an Aerial America Facebook Watch Party. They’ll be airing an episode of the show that offers glimpses of some of our nation’s most treasured landmarks from breathtaking heights. And today you can watch “communally” with others at home.

3. It may only be Tuesday, but here’s something fun to look forward to this weekend: The Lane Social Club is hosting a Shut the %#@$ up and Dance Party. What is it exactly? It’s a way to give parents an outlet for fun that takes care of the whole “gotta watch the kids” thing without the added guilt of more screen time. They are organizing two simultaneous dance parties, one to be played out loud for kids and the other a silent disco for parents (or both out loud in different rooms if kids are old enough). Parents will get their own racier-than-kidz-bop playlist led by 305 fitness instructor Owoade Kadara, while the kids have a party of their own with an engaging song leader, Corinne Zmoos from Crescendo Communications, who is amazing enough to effectively “babysit” from a distance. It will begin at 5pm on Saturday, and tickets are donation-based to help raise money for DC Diaper Bank.

4. Look for Venus in tonight’s sky — it’s supposed to be at its brightest ever!

5. This weekend we binged Win the Wilderness, a new show about six couples competing for a homestead in the remote Alaskan wilderness, where they will begin a new life. Besides the contestant challenges and spectacular scenery, it’s a compelling watch because of its relevance to right now — seeing how the couples work together and how they’d potentially get along living, essentially, in isolation.

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