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Five Things for Today: September 29, 2021

Twilight at the Tides Inn


1. A perfect destination for a KidFree getaway?  The Tides Inn, a small resort right on the water in Irvington, VA, is just under three hours’ drive from DC — and so lovely.  I just enjoyed a mini-break there with a couple of friends, and we had such a nice time relaxing by the pool, dipping in the creek, biking into town, dining at the restaurant, and hanging out on the beach talking and stargazing.  They have even more activities — spa, tennis, golf, boating, paddling, nature tours, libations classes — but we couldn’t fit them all in during our stay.  And I should mention that families are welcome there, but it’s especially great for a grown-ups-only escape.


2. Girls ages 4-9 can try out ice hockey for free!  The Reston Raiders Hockey Club will be hosting a Learn to Play event on October 23.  No skating experience is needed, and loaner equipment will be available. Register in advance!


3.  From DCist, all you need to know about vaccine booster distribution in the DC area.


4.  Has anyone else seen Squid Game on Netflix?  WHOA.  It is not an easy watch — it’s grim, violent, often disturbing, and very intense — but also immensely gripping with an original, intriguing storyline.  A really well-done show that I recommend only if you can handle all of the above.  Needless to say, it is not for children.


5. Fall Expectations vs. Reality 🍁

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Immerse in Life of a Neuron at ARTECHOUSE


ARTECHOUSE has explored a variety themes and concepts through digital art since it opened in Southwest DC just over four years ago.  The gallery known for its fusion of art and technology has presented exhibitions inspired by seasons, space, natural phenomenon, color, and more themes that are part of our human experience, though outside of our actual beings.

The newest exhibition, Life of a Neuron, takes us on the inside as it features the “thinking cells” of the brain.

As ARETCHOUSE describes it: “Life of a Neuron brings artists and scientists together for a groundbreaking collaboration to explore how the brain shapes the shared human experience. Through collaboration with the Society for Neuroscience and the world’s leading scientists and creatives, this immersive exhibit will allow us to experience a neuron—from pre-birth to death—providing an experiential view of life at a cellular level.”

Like all exhibitions there, the core installation is the digital projections in the main gallery.  Trippy, captivating scenes swirl around the walls and floors while dramatic music plays in the background.  It’s interesting to see what kinds of images and color combinations are coming next.  (Note: While some past exhibits at ARTEHOUSE have been soothing and peaceful, this one isn’t so much, something to be aware of for kids who are sensitive to a lot of stimulation.)

The side galleries feature smaller installations with interactive elements.  They looked intriguing, though to be honest, it was difficult to get a close look at all of them during the media preview, as we were trying to maintain space. (Timed-entry tickets during the exhibit’s run should keep that from being an issue.)

The bar is back open — Thursday – Monday, 11am – 10pm — with its menu of exhibit-inspired cocktails, plus beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks. Sasha and I enjoyed refreshing sodas, and I recommend the Rosemary Cardamom! Be sure to download the ARTECHOUSE the app for the “extended reality” experience that transforms drinks into sparkling sensations!


Life of a Neuron
Where: ARTECHOUSE | 1238 Maryland Ave. SW
When: September 27 – November 28
Admission: $24/adult, $17/age 4-15, free/under 4


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Five Things for Today: September 21, 2021

Plan a visit to Dumbarton Oaks Gardens this fall


1. Fall officially begins tomorrow, so it’s a perfect time to (re)share 10 Great Places to Enjoy Autumn in the DC Area (that are not Farm Festivals).


2. Did you know the Washington Spirit, our women’s pro soccer team, has a Kids Club?  Members get all kinds of benefits and goodies, depending on which option you choose.  Join for free to get the newsletter, entry in a monthly raffle, printable activities, and a welcome letter from the Coach.  Pay $25 to get even more, including a free match ticket, a gift bag, and a Spirit Shop discount!  (PS: The Spirit are doing a Food Drive to support the Capital Area Food Bank. Fans who donate four non-perishable food items at this Sunday’s match at Segra Field in Leesburg will receive two free tickets for the Spirit vs. Racing Louisville FC match on October 9 at Audi Field.)


3. Washingtonian’s Best of Washington 2021 is so good.  I especially loved “The 10 Best Things We Learned About Washington During the Pandemic” (even though some of them we already knew):

1. We believe in science.
2. We follow rules.
3. We look out for one another.
4. We creatively pivot on a dime.
5. We’re an easy drive to great getaways.
6. We have a lot of great parks.
7. We’re a bikeable city.
8. We’re a walkable city.
9. We boost small businesses.
10. We confront our history.


4.  A couple of really interesting/informative/moving reads:  This piece in the New Yorker (long, but worth it) and this recent essay in the New York Times.


5. Happy September 21!


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Five Things for Today: September 13, 2021

A view of the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge from Yards Park


1. This coming Saturday, September 18, Smithsonian Magazine is hosting its 17th annual Museum Day, when you can visit many museums around the country for free.  (I know… a regular thing for a lot of DC’s local museums, but there are some that require an admission fee.)   Take advantage at the College Park Aviation Museum, Baltimore Museum of Industry, Dumbarton House, DAR Museums, and a bunch more fantastic museums around the area.   KFDC Tip: Some already-free museums are also participating, including the National Museum of African American History & Culture, where you usually have to get passes well in advance!  You must reserve a free ticket —  and it’s good for admission for two people.


2. The new, beautiful Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge is now open to traffic.  And not only can you drive across it, you can walk and roll over it, too!   Take in views as you stroll or bike (or skate or scoot) along the broad pedestrian path on the southbound side — it would make a fun little jaunt from The Yards area.  Start at South Capitol Street right by Audi Field and Nationals Park.


3. The  Kids’ Indie Next List has reading recommendations from booksellers around the country that include everything from picture books for babes to YA for teens.  (FYI, local shop Solid State Books always shares the lists in their newsletter.)


4. The latest Ted Lasso episode might be my favorite one yet, and that is saying a lot since they are all brilliant.  And if you’re not watching the show yet, I very highly recommend it — worth the subscription to Apple TV!  (Plus, there are some other great series, including The Morning Show, which debuts its second season on Friday.)


5. The sweetest.



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