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Five Things for Today: June 25, 2020

Explore works at the National Gallery of Art – virtually


1. The National Gallery of Art is hosting Virtual Artful Conversations today through Sunday. Recommended for ages 7–12 with an adult companion, the program explores works of art from the museum’s collection followed by creation of your own art led by museum educators. Sessions take place at 4pm today, 2pm tomorrow, and 10am on Saturday and Sunday. Register through the link.

2. If you’re ready to enjoy a DC adventure that takes place indoors, the International Spy Museum just reopened. They’ve implemented new plans to slowly and safely welcome back visitors that include limited capacity, 100% outside air setting, floor markers for distancing, increased cleaning, and a few more measures.

3. There’s a new #BlackLivesMatter section on KFDC, compiling links, resources, and activities that have been featured among these Five Things and elsewhere on the blog. This is just a start — it will be continually updated.

4. June is pride month, and a bunch of bars and restaurants are celebrating with special deals — mostly cocktails, but at least one place has a very yummy sounding shake.

5. So excited that my friend Darcy shared new recommendations for reading, watching, and listening. I’ve discovered some awesome books and shows and movies and music thanks to her.

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Five Things for Today: June 24, 2020

Protesting a controversial statue on Capitol Hill


1. DC playgrounds have reopened with Phase 2, so little ones can enjoy some outdoor climbing, sliding, swinging, and more fun. Anacostia Park has three playgrounds and a nice location along the river. Of course, you just can hit your neighborhood playground or check out a new one — here is a map of over 100 DPR playgrounds around the city.

2. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is going Beyond the Mall! starting today through July 5 with both archived and daily live streamed events, including performances, food demos, and discussion that celebrate culture. View the schedule here.

3. Starting today through June 30, DC Brau is featuring the Greater DC Diaper Bank for their Crowlers for Charity program. The proceeds from every crowler bought during this time will go directly to GDCDB. CFC crowlers, 32oz cans filled with flagship brews, are available Wednesdays through Sundays via the brewery’s website for contactless curbside pick-up and delivery within the District.

4. The Shakespeare Theatre is hosting Midsummer Madness to determine who is the greatest Shakespeare character. Get in on the fun and cast thy vote here!

5. Controversial statues taken down across the US.

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Five Things for Today: June 23, 2020

Take a hike and take in the spectacular views at Great Falls


1. I just learned that it’s Black Hikers Week, so I’m highlighting the round-up of local walks in the woods (which includes a couple of new additions) with a rec to hit the trail at Great Falls — you just can’t beat the scenery there, and lighter crowds on weekdays makes for easier social distancing. But no matter where you go, it should be a great day to be outdoors (until about 4pm when t-storms are in the forecast).

2. Β The National Children’s Museum has some new virtual offerings: STEAM Daydream is a monthly podcast,Β where each month, curious kids ages 8 to 11 interview STEAM innovators and experts from across the country for answers to their burning questions. Head in the Clouds is a 20-minute virtual field trip designed to hone observation and categorization skills, getting budding scientists are inspired to think about the weather, and ask questions by looking at the sky. And coming in July is Camp Dream Out Loud, an online STEAM summer campΒ  for kids in grades 1st through 5th.

3. Join President Lincoln’s Cottage for a free Virtual Family Game Night this evening at 7pm. be prepared with a broom, pencil, and bowl — these objects will be turned into games that spark brave ideas. Recommended for ages 5+, be sure to register through the link.

4. DC Dept. of Parks and Recreation is providing free Grab & Go Meals for DC kids who need them Monday – Saturday, 10am – 2pm. Find a list of available meal sites here.

5. The Story of DC’s Black Broadway on U Street.

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Five Things for Today: June 22, 2020

Beach day at Calvert Cliffs State Park


1. DC begins Phase 2 of reopening today. This means playgrounds and fields will reopen, restaurants and stores can operate at 50% indoor capacity, summer camps can begin (with restrictions), gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed, and gyms can reopen. Get more details in this Washingtonian article.

2. I’ve been holding off on recommending an outing to Calvert Cliffs State Park, because the beach area was closed for awhile, and when it finally opened, the park was reaching capacity quickly, so some visitors had to be turned away. But now that more places are reopening, that hopefully that won’t happen quite as much. We enjoyed a great day there yesterday for Father’s Day, despite not finding a single shark tooth. (We usually don’t find a lot there, but had never before gone home totally empty-handed.) It’s a two-mile hike to the beach, but a lovely one — on the edge of woods and marshland — and flat and mellow, so little ones can tackle it. Entry to the park is $8/vehicle, and it’s open sunrise to sunset. (Note: If the park is full, and you can’t get in, head a few minutes down the road to Annmarie Sculpture Garden to see the fairy houses and play in the delightful Fairy Lolly.)

3. Nat Geo on how to keep kids safe as places reopen.

4. Justice in June, a website that began as a Google doc created by two friends, has detailed suggestions on how to be a better ally to the black community with suggested plans and resources that take just 10, 25, or 45 minutes a day to do or read.

5. Beyonce’s Black Parade and her directory of Black owned businesses.

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Five Things for Today: June 21, 2020



1. Mount Vernon, George Washington’s old digs, reopens to the public today, just in time for their annual Father’s Day celebration.

2. If the weather forecast is thwarting your outdoor Father’s Day plans, change things up and make it a movie day indoors. Here are some good recommendations for films to watch with Dad.

3. Food for thought(fullness): Last minute ideas for Father’s Day take out from Eater DC. More food recs in Georgetown. WTOP has a list of places offering specials for the day. Whip up a meal at home with inspiration from Food & Wine.

4. On Friday, I mentioned the March of Dads taking place today at the National Museum of African American History & Culture. Read about The Dad Gang, the amazing organization and movement behind it.

5. Father’s Day essays. And Black fathers share their hopes and dreams for their sons.

Bonus: A fun one for today.

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