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Five Things for Today: September 15, 2020

Smithsonian museums are starting to reopen… yeehaw!


1. Awesome news: Four Smithsonian museums are reopening this Friday, September 18!  The National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Renwick Gallery will all begin welcoming visitors again.  New safety measures are in place, and free timed-entry passes will be required for all but the Renwick (open Wed-Sun 10am-5:30pm) — reserve them through the links below.
National Museum of African American History & Culture (Wed-Sun, 11am-4pm)
National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum (Wed-Sun, 11:30am-7pm)


2. Today from 10-11am, join President Lincoln’s Cottage for their weekly Social Studies program. Reserve an outdoor table for your family and participate in an exploration of your own emotions through storytelling, hands-on activities, and reflection.  Follow the link to learn more! (PS: This also takes place tomorrow at 10am & 3pm, and Thursday at 10am.)


3. For all celebrating Rosh Hashanah this weekend… Because the unusual COVID circumstances keep us from gathering to welcome the Jewish new year, there will be many outdoor shofar soundings throughout the area. The Blast DC is asking people to blow the shofar from their locations around the city at 5pm on Friday, September 18. You can view a map on their website to see where they are happening — and one of them will be from the rooftop of the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue.  Chabad DC is also hosting one in Lincoln Park on Sunday, September 20, at 4pm — register for it for free here.


4.  25 shows worth watching this fall, according to a WaPo TV critic.


5. As delightful as it is impressive. (And there’s more.)


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Five Things for Today: September 14, 2020

Get kids involved in disc golf!


1. A fantastic outdoor activity for kids after doing virtual learning:  Disc Golf!  It provides both mental and physical benefits while allowing participants to practice social distancing.  The Washington Disc Golf Company is offering a 5-week Disc Golf 101 session and has openings for kids aged 8-14.  It’s two hours once a week (either Tuesday or Thursday) for five weeks.  And if this is the first time signing up, you can get $30 off!. (Not sure what disc golf is?  Read a little more about it in this KFDC post — it’s one of our favorite family activities!)


2. A KFDC reader just let me know about The Toy Nest,  a new toy library in Falls Church.  They lend toys, provide a space for (socially distant) play, and will also have a party room for when it’s okay to gather for parties again.   


3. A great resource from the Post for how to vote in your state.


4. New TV obsession:  Get Organized with the Home Edit.  It’s fun and light, and will make you excited to get your house in order.  (A good watch for those of us who found the Marie Kondo method a little too extreme.)


5. “There’s no vaccine for climate change.



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Five Things for Today: September 13, 2020

Seen on a recent neighborhood walk


1.  Did you know there’s a roller skating pavilion here in the city?  It’s in Anacostia Park, located along the Anacostia River in Southeast DC.  It’s free to go for a spin (BYO skates this time of year), and there are also lanes to roll along running parallel to the water, though they are shared with bikers and runners.  There’s even more recreation to enjoy at the park — fields for ball play, three playgrounds, tennis courts, and great views of riverfront.


2.  The annual Adams Morgan Festival continues, though virtually, and is happening today. Online festivities include a live streaming music, fitness classes, a dance plaza, history and culture talks, and a Kids Zone with virtual soccer, Simon Says, basketball, and a scavenger hunt.  See the schedule here.


3.  An interesting WaPo article about a fantastic Smithsonian museum, the National Postal Museum, and its relevance during this time.  It’s closed right now due to COVID, but make it a must-visit when it reopens.  This KFDC write-up has more about it.


4. NPR Music’s playlist of 20 Songs For Sharing The Stereo With Your Kids came out a couple of years ago, but it’s still a good listen.


5.  New “Days of the Week” Shirts 🤪


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Five Things for Today: September 12, 2020



1. Fruits and veggies aren’t the only things to PYO at local farms and orchards.  Flowers are also available for picking, too.  Gather a bouquet at Butler’s Orchard.    It’s the final weekend of the Sunflower Festival at Summers Farm in Frederick, and you can bring some brightness home with you, too.  Larriland Farm in Woodbine, MD, has many different colorful flowers.  And you can see where else to select some stems in this round-up of pick-your-own places around the area.  Of course, plan to harvest some produce, too, while you’re there!


2. COVID hasn’t canceled the annual Old Town Alexandria Art Festival. In its 18th year, the event is on today and tomorrow, though in a new location at John Carlyle Square and with designated time slots to encourage social distancing. Follow the link to register.


3. Plan a fall road trip!


4.  If you are looking for book recs, check out the comments from this Cup of Jo post about readers’ top 3 books.  I just added a bunch to my “Want to Read” list.


5. A guaranteed smile (maybe even giggle) inducer.



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Five Things for Today: September 11, 2020

“Murals that Matter” outside the National Building Museum


1.  We can’t go in the National Building Museum right now, but you can stop by the west lawn (5th Street NW, between F and G streets) to see Murals That Matter: Activism Through Public Art, an exhibition featuring DC street art created earlier this summer in response to social justice protests in the nation’s capital and elsewhere.  It will be on display from now through November.


2. Catch an outdoor flick and pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman at the Union Market Drive-In tonight.  The weekly series is featuring the late actor’s films all month, this week showing the James Brown biopic Get On Up.  The lot opens at 7:15pm, and the movie starts at 8:30pm. Parking fee is $20 — book in advance here.  And see what else is playing at more drive-in movie series around the area this weekend.


3. The Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington is hosting its annual Unity Walk on Sunday.  Although virtual this year, the walk will offer an opportunity to visit houses of worship and faith centers from Baha’i to Zoroastrian, participate in meaningful dialogue, learn a new recipe from a local chef, and partake in service projects. Learn more and register for it here.


4. In case you missed it yesterday, there’s a new post on the blog with a round-up of places to go in DC if you just want to chill out in a lovely locale: Serenity Now: 10 Places to Find Peace and Calm in DC.


5. Scenes from San Francisco…  and how you can help victims of the west coast wildfires. (Update:  See the comments below on why I opted to highlight this today.)


PS:  As you’re making weekend plans, an easy way to find things to do… hover over the ADVENTURES tab at the top of the blog for a drop down of all kinds of ideas.



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