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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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Five Things for Today: September 10, 2020

Seen on a recent neighborhood walk: The temporarily closed Miracle Theater on Barracks Row


1. Super, Awesome, & Amazing at the St. James is open again. They have new standards of safety and hours — Thursday & Friday 1-8pm for general admission, and Saturday & Sunday 9am – 7pm for events only. Read a KFDC review of the kids activity center from pre-COVID times.


2. The Woodrow Wilson House, a national historic landmark and house museum that focuses on President Wilson’s “Washington Years,” is debuting a new Suffrage Outside exhibit in commemoration of the centennial of the 19th amendment. It will be open to experience starting today through November 11. Reserve tickets in advance.


3.  Tomorrow, September 11, Wreaths Across America wants to honor the “Freeport Flag Ladies” and those affected by 9/11, by uniting in national flag waving.  The organization is calling for Americans to stand outside and wave a flag for one minute at 8:46AM, 9:03 AM, 9:37AM and 10:03AM — the times planes crashed into the World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon, and into a field near Shanksville, PA.


4. Epicurious has a series for budget friendly meals. Dinner and Change features recipes for dishes that feed four for $10 or less.


5. Panda cub peek!

🐼 🐼 🐼 🐼🐼

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Five Things for Today: September 9, 2020


1. Are you looking for after school enrichment for your kids?  Polite Piggies, which usually runs aftercare for some Capitol Hill elementary schools, is opening up their program to all area families, offering virtual and in-person after school specials classes as well as in-person after school play groups.  See what’s being offered and register here.  And for any questions, email politepiggysinfo@gmail.com.


2. A fun energy-burner for kids: ClimbZone, the colorful indoor climbing center in Laurel, MD, is open with safety and social distancing measures in place.  You must make online reservations — and check CertifiKid for a deal on admission.  Read more about ClimbZone in this KFDC post.


3. This evening, Step Afrika! commemorates the 281st Anniversary of the Stono Rebellion, the largest insurrection of enslaved Africans in North America, with the virtual premiere of Stono, a performance in their signature percussive dance style. It will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube at 8pm — register (for free) for it here.


4. A list of the 30 best movies for kids on Hulu.


5. Tiny Love Stories

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


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