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Five Things for Today: March 3, 2021

A view from within the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden


1. The Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden has reopened again with daily hours 10am – 4:30pm.  You can make a whole outing of touring all of the outdoor areas of the museums on the National Mall.  The Enid A. Haupt Garden, National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden (11am.- 4pm), Pollinator Garden, and more small Smithsonian gardens are all open to visitors.


2. A new post went up yesterday with a great round-up of book recs for little ones. There was some trouble with the link yesterday (apologies!), but all should be good now.🤞


3.  Throughout March, kids can join the NOAA Live! Virtual Open House webinar series, and “visit” a few places where NOAA works across the country. Explore the hangar where NOAA keeps hurricane hunter planes, come inside the nation’s oldest public aquarium, sniff seafood at a NOAA seafood inspection lab, visit “mission control” where NOAA commands satellites in space, dive deep into an underwater sanctuary, and more – all from home!   The free events are geared toward 2nd-8th graders, and they’re perfect for classrooms and families.  There is one today from 4-5pm, and many more dates coming up.  Register here.


4. From DCist: What You Need to Know to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.


5. It’s easy and fun to get sucked down the rabbit hole of Architectural Digest’s YouTube channel with tours of celebrity homes.


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Five Things for Today: March 2, 2021

             Will the bloom peak as predicted?


1. The cherry blossom peak bloom is predicted to occur April 2- 5 this year.  Keep in mind, those dates often change as we get further into March, and exactly how and where we’ll be able to enjoy them remains to be seen, but it’s exciting to start looking forward to DC’s iconic flowers!


2. Looking for a place to visit animals with kiddos?  Oxon Hill Farm near National Harbor is a great destination.  Roam the lovely grounds and see cows, chickens, pigs, horses, sheep and more.  Check out exhibits of old farm machinery and local history, too.  Hours are 8am – 4:30pm, and admission is free.


3. Ice Cream Jubilee wants to show appreciation for all their guests and fans with free scoops!  Sign up here, and they’ll email a BOGO single scoop coupon this week to use March 5-7.


4. I love when Cup of Jo posts about books.  Not only does she always have good recommendations, the comments are a trove of suggestions, too!


5. Get ready to smile with 10 Happy Things for March.  (Thank you, Darcy!)


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Five Things for Today: March 1, 2021

The stunning atrium of the Postal Museum


1. The National Postal Museum is still closed, but their weekly Story Time program is on, and it’s happening today.  Every Monday at 11am, join on Zoom for a live, interactive reading. It’s designed for children ages 3-6, but all are welcome.  Read more about the museum in this KFDC post — it’s one of my favorites of all the Smithsonians!


2.  Did you know that every school day at 4pm, DC Public Library presents Family Learning at the Library on their YouTube channel?  The programs for school-aged children, teens, and their families cover all kinds of topics, from STEAM to history to culture and more!


3.  I have really come to appreciate sheet pan cooking — everything on one pan, pop in the oven for a bit, then voila— dinner!  Find some yummy sounding recipes from NY Times Cooking and even more from epicurious.


4. If you like to laugh, watch Life in Pieces on Amazon Prime Video.  Trust me.


5. This was so moving.


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Five Things for Today: February 25, 2021

      In the woods at Rock Creek Park


1. Something I realized yesterday as I was looking back at early KFDC days…for some strange reason, I didn’t start including images in my posts until a few months into it.  The first one that actually had a lead photo was Walks in the Woods about good local hikes with kids.  It’s been added to over the years — with both new places and pics — and it’s perfect to feature on another lovely, 50-degree winter day.


2. There are only a few days left of Black History Month, so check out these ways to celebrate it — several that take place outdoors, so you can enjoy the sunshine and social distance. Of course, you can partake in just about all of the activities beyond February.


3. If you need justification to buy that expensive item of clothing you’ve been eyeing forever, give this article about cost-per-wear a read.


4. Take a virtual vacay. (FYI, the City Guesser option is really fun and addicting!)


5. Good advice 😉



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Five Things for Today: February 24, 2021

       Searching for prehistoric remains in Calvert County


1. KidFriendly DC is 11 today! Thus, I’m highlighting one of my very favorite adventures around the area, not to mention it’s a great day for fossil hunting.  The linked round-up has details on several great places to search for shark teeth and other millions-of-years-old remains of marine creatures within an hour or so drive from DC.  Just note that at least one, Flag Ponds, is not open mid-week.


2. I’ve been seeing ads for Masterclass for awhile, but didn’t know much about it.  A friend just signed up for it, and said it’s fantastic.  You have access to all kinds of online classes taught by, well, masters — Middle Eastern Cooking with Ottolenghi, Scientific Thinking with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Songwriting with Alicia Keys, Ukele with Jake Shimabukuro, Writing with David Sedaris are a few examples.  My friend’s kids loved a magic class and one about how to become an astronaut, and her husband took one on the art of negotiation.  It’s $3.45/week ($180/year) for unlimited access, which sounds like a good deal.   Does anyone else subscribe and have more insight?


3. The Daily did a really good episode on Children and Covid last week that discusses when kids will get the vaccine.


4. A heartwarming story out of Texas.


5.  A beautiful essay on befriending former selves.


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