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Five Things for Today: April 2, 2020

1. The Nats’ home opener was supposed to be today — the first game at Nationals Park since they became the World Series Champions. 😞 If your kids (and you) are also missing our home team and the start of the season, they can get a Nats fix another way: The Nationals have created content especially for young fans offering free, online educational activities for kids in grades 1-6, including STEM lessons, reading resources, and fun pages. Also, look for instructional baseball videos and cooking demos from Nationals Park Executive Chef Tim Jones soon!

2. Tonight at 7pm, tune in for Goodnight with Dolly as Dolly Parton begins a weekly series of reading bedtime stories for children. And that’s not the only wonderful thing she’s doing right now.

3. This past weekend, our family joined Watson Adventures’ Family Trivia Slam and it was a blast! It was part trivia challenge and part home scavenger hunt, as we competed virtually against other teams. It’s being offered on weekends all through April — Saturdays at 11am and 1pm, and Sundays at 1pm. Cost is $45/team (and you can join with friends in other places), and it’s recommended for ages 8 and up. I so want to reveal more about it, but I don’t want to give too much away. If you’re looking for a fun activity indoors this weekend, I highly recommend! Sign up here.

4. The COVID-19 Business Resource Center is available for small business owners who need assistance.

5. Homeschooling help from McSweeney’s!

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Five Things for Today: April 1, 2020

A socially distanced bike ride at Kingman Island

1. Biking is one of the recreational activities still permitted during the stay-at-home orders, and it’s a good one with kids, since it’s easy to maintain social distance while you do it. I recommend riding someplace with wide trails or where it’s easy to steer clear of other people. Close to home, stay in bike lanes as much as possible, so you don’t worry pedestrians on sidewalks. And be sure to stay with just your family. We recently rode at Kingman Island, Anacostia Park, and on the Anacostia River Trail — a great way to safely get outdoors and be active together. (Note: The link to the Anacostia River Trail details a bike ride to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, which is closed right now.)

2. Educational activities you can do at home from the National Zoo.

3. JK Tutoring Group has been offering one-on-one and small group tutoring sessions with experienced teachers and learning specialists throughout DC and parts of Montgomery County for five years. In the past several weeks, they have transitioned to fully virtual tutoring sessions to maximize social distancing. Parents and students have been thrilled with the results and have found it to be effective at maintaining academic progress and providing a change of pace during an otherwise monotonous quarantine day. Learn more here or by emailing jktutoringgroup@gmail.com.

4. Outside Magazine has suggestions on how to get away without leaving your house. And I’ve got one, too: YouTube videos! Before traveling to new places, we always watch them for tips on what to do, where to eat, good places to stay, etc. And along with getting recommendations, we get a good sense of what it’s like to be there — it’s an neat way to research. (We also like to watch them after a vacation and recall actually being there.) You don’t have to have a trip on the horizon to check out destinations around the world — just search for a place you’d like to see and do some armchair traveling for the fun of it!

5. I’ve decided to do something new and fun: I’m going to start hosting virtual dance parties — and I hope you’ll join! Every evening at 7pm, I’ll be live streaming, showing off all the new dances my kids teach me and busting some old-school moves, too. Get a preview here!

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Five Things for Today: March 31, 2020

Sent by Levi after he snapped it on his way to work yesterday (he’s essential) and it made me smile

1. Yesterday, official stay-at-home orders were issued for DC, Maryland, and Virginia. This Washington Post article details what that means.

2. Ten digital education resources from the National Gallery of Art.

3. Washingtonian Magazine is having a Design Your Own Cover contest for kids. Each month, the magazine cover shows off that issue’s theme, ideally with compelling imagery and a memorable headline. This month, they are inviting young readers to do the same while expressing what their lives are like right now. ⁠(UPDATE: A KFDC reader pointed out that the deadline was March 30 (oops!), but I just reached out to Washingtonian, and they said they’ll still accept entries until 6pm today.)

4. This WTOP article has comprehensive information and links on learning plans and free meals for students during school closures. Sites providing meals are essential and still open, and visiting them still permitted.

5. 30 Funny Pics From Parents Stuck In Quarantine With Their Kids. (A lot of these will make you LOL, I promise!)

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