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Five Things for Today: April 10, 2020

Family game time, anyone?

1. Here’s a great way to add some family fun to your time at home AND support a couple of local businesses. Labyrinth Game Shop has had to close its doors due to COVID-19, but you can still place an order with them and pick up at Mr. Henry’s (601 Pennsylvanis Ave SE), a restaurant right down the block that remains open. Just email orders@labyrinthgameshop.com and include your phone number — they are happy to work with you to find exactly what you need. I’ve always said that’s one of the things I like best about Labyrinth is that you just give them a few details about who you’re shopping for, and they’ll show you just the right game or puzzle to buy. Make it a two in one stop by placing an order with Mr. Henry’s, too — the menu is limited now, but still plenty of yummy options that will please the whole family, including a kids’ menu! (PS: Labyrinth is also hosting virtual events, some specifically for kids, so be sure to check their Facebook page to see what coming up and for details on signing up!)

2. When all of this is finally over, we’re all going to be excited about traveling with our families. Why not start thinking about it now? A great resource for inspiration is Everybody’s National Parks, a podcast dedicated to family adventure in our national parks.

3. GW Hospital is now offering an appointment-only COVID-19 testing site for adults with a physician/health care provider referral. If you are experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other flu-like symptoms, contact your regular health care provider to discuss them and receive an assessment. Children’s National Hospital also has a drive up/walk up testing site with a physician’s referral at Trinity University located at 125 Michigan Avenue NE that will be open 10am – 2pm on Saturday April 11, weather permitting. Note that you must have a referral for both of these, and if you need emergency care, go to your closest emergency department.

4. Have you heard? Saturday Night Live will be back on air tomorrow with a remotely produced episode. Can’t wait!

5. It’s totally possible that I’m the last person in the world to learn about this… but send the text message “pew pew” from one iPhone to another. Just do it.

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Happy Weekend!

How's that for holiday spirit?

As we usher in December, the holiday traditions are in full swing. Christmas lights are twinkling, menorah candles are burning, and sugar plum fairies are dancing across stages. Here’s a quick list of where your family can enjoy the festivities. Most recommendation are recaps of posted events, so follow the links for complete details.

Happy Weekend!

ZooLights – The National Zoo’s annual holiday light show gets special mention, as it begins tonight and welcomes guests to enjoy its dazzling illuminations for FREE.

Holiday Train and Light Display – Check out these seasonal traditions taking place around the DC-metro area.

Chanukah Celebrations – Find out where you can light the menorah, spin the dreidel, and enjoy the Jewish holiday already underway.

Holidays Performances – Tickets are still available for many shows. Get details on where and when your holiday favorites are showing.

Betheda’s Winter Wonderland – Celebrate the holiday season in downtown Bethesda with a variety of free performances, a live ice sculpting presentation in Bethesda’s Veterans Park and a visit from Santa Claus. Festivities begin this evening with a concert at 8pm, and then continue tomorrow, December 4, at 1pm with ice sculptures, a student concert, and Santa.

Labyrinth Game Shop Grand Opening – Enjoy a day of games, custom puzzle crafts, prizes, drawings, and more at Captiol Hill’s new shop.

Ornament Decorating for Families – On Saturday, December 4, the Alexandria Archaeology Museum is hosting this free holiday workshop from 1 – 4pm. Be inspired by the colors and patterns of pottery excavated in Alexandria and make a memorable holiday keepsake. Participants can decorate and take home dough ornaments which are shaped like artifacts from the museum’s own collection. The museum is located at 105 North Union Street, #327.

3rd Annual Merriment in Georgetown – The neighborhood is always bustling, but it will be even more so this Sunday, December 5. Usher in the season and get a jumpstart on holiday shopping with special sales and events, seasonal festivities, children’s activities, and culinary treats. Santa will arrive in a horse-drawn carriage and there will be holiday performances throughout the day. Enjoy traditional holiday beverages, free photos with Santa, and many more winter activities throughout Georgetown.

Holiday Sing-a-Long at Wolf Trap – Kick off the holiday season on Sunday, December 5, at 4pm, at Wolf Trap’s annual Holiday Sing-A-Long. This free musical celebration hosts a performance by the United States Marine Band and a Sing-A-Long of Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs with choir and vocal groups from the metropolitan Washington area. While there is no admission fee, Wolf Trap will be participating in Toys for Tots by collecting new, unwrapped toys at the entrance to the Filene Center before the Sing-A-Long. Donations are strictly voluntary and not a requirement.

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Game Time on Capitol Hill

A sample of Labyrinth's great selection of games

Get ready to get your game on.  Labyrinth Game Shop, the newest player in Capitol Hill’s retail field, is celebrating their debut with a Grand Opening this Saturday, December 4, from 12 – 7pm.  They’ve planned a great line-up of fun for the day, including games, custom puzzle crafts, prizes, drawings, and a special appearance by local Rubik’s Cube Master, William Neidecker-Gonzales, who will demo his cubing skills and offer solving tips.

The celebration isn’t the only reason to visit the store.  To say that Labyrinth’s got game is not just a cliché, but a massive understatement.  The shop has game(s) galore — for all ages, for every interest, old and new, familiar and obscure, educational, eco-friendly, hand-crafted, board games, active games, puzzles, books, individual play, group play.  I have been there twice since its soft opening a week ago and still have an itch to go back and examine the full scope.

Of course, it takes more than inventory to make a good store, and I think Labyrinth has it.  Both times I visited, owner Kathleen Donahue welcomed me personally and was more than happy to show me around and talk about the store (before knowing I might be writing about it).  It’s obvious she knows her games and is passionate about both the store as well as its surrounding community — a program is already in place to donate a new educational game or puzzle to the school that wins their monthly “What’s your favorite school?” contest.

Sasha enjoys the kids' section

And the community is welcome to do more than just shop.  Tables are set up at the back of the store where customers can try out their purchases and where gaming events will eventually take place. Another table in the kids game area is covered with a big coloring mat and markers, and it’s low and accessible to little ones, so they can play while parents shop.  The store is also available for special events, including birthday parties for ages 5 and up (cost is $15/person for first two hours, $50 for each additional hour, and they even offer to arrange all of the details).

Check it all out for yourself this Saturday.  If you can’t make it to the Grand Opening, put it on your shopping  list, and not just for the holidays.

Labyrinth Game Shop is located at 645 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, just steps away from Eastern Market Metro.

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