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Five Things for Today: November 12, 2020

Ai No Keshiki – Indigo Views by Roland Ricketts at the Renwick


1. The Renwick Gallery is the only Smithsonian museum that doesn’t require timed-entry passes right now, making a visit there easy to work into a schedule.  Even better, the current Forces of Nature exhibit features large scale installations that are interesting, beautiful, whimsical (reminiscent of the fantastic Wonder).  Hours are Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 5:30pm, admission is free, and the museum is taking extra precautions for Covid with enforced social distancing, hand sanitizing stations, limited capacity, and masks required.


2. Arts on the Horizon, the beloved theatre company that presents show especially for the youngest audiences, just debuted a new online show. Everyday Magic, is an interactive, six-episode series with a new episode airing each week. Recommended for children ages 3-6 and their families. Stream-On-Demand tickets are $20/household for the entire series or $5 per episode.


3. Starting today, a massive BBQ trailer is coming to Barracks Row on Capitol Hill. Big Frank’s BBQ will serve 18-hour brisket, ribs, pulled pork, burgers, and more carnivorous favorites on Thursdays 4-10pm, and Fridays through Sundays 11am – 10pm. It will be park in front of Valor Brewpub located at


4. If being at home more than usual has you prepping for Christmas early, you’ll be excited to hear that Michaels has sales on all the seasonal must-haves.


5. I just included a Humans of New York story earlier this week, but this one about friendship is so great, I had to share another.💛


PS: These Little Kid-Friendly Places for Indoor Play are great for rainy days with young children.


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Five Things for Today: November 11, 2020

The WWII Memorial


1. Observe Veterans Day by visiting the sites that honor those who have served. See the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, World War II Memorial, and Korean War Memorial on the National Mall, and the Navy Memorial Plaza not too far from them on Pennsylvania Ave.  Or head out to the Air Force Memorial in Arlington.  Umbrellas and raincoats recommended.


2. Mount Vernon Salutes the Veterans today. The annual event includes a flag raising ceremony at 9am and a take-home craft kit to create your own American Revolution flag along with ongoing programs, including the museum exhibits and tours of the mansion first floor. It’s also FREE admission for all active duty, former, or retired military personnel. For everyone else $23/adult, $12/child, free/5 & under.


3. The National Postal Museum’s Learning Lab shared great tips for making your own time capsule


4.  Good one to bookmark: 17 Last-Minute Thanksgiving Recipes for When Life Gets in the Way. (Or, you know, the entire year)


5. Stories for Veterans Day.


PS:  With rain in the forecast, the post listing indoor places that are open now is a good one to check out.


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Five Things for Today: November 10, 2020



1. You can still enjoy some fall fun at Great Country Farms in Bluemont, VA. The sprawling play area and corn maze will be open through November 22, and there’s late season apples picking, too.  Open daily 10am-5pm, and admission is $10/child,  $12/adult (apples sold separately).


2. Tomorrow, November 11, is Veterans Day — and a Free Entrance Day at national parks! This means there’s no cost for entry where they usually charge to get in. Take advantage of complimentary admission and the day off from school.  Some ideas… hit the trail at Shenandoah or Great Falls, explore Prince William Forest Park, go to Fort McHenry, or visit Harpers Ferry.  


3. Tickets just went on sale for The Lodge at The Yards, a socially-distanced après ski-themed event happening November 20-22 in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood.  See details on the website, and note that reservations will be kid and parent-friendly with safe, socially-distanced activities for young ones on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 10-11:30am.


4. 2020 Black Restaurant Week in the DMV has started and is running through November 15, with more than 70 area restaurants and other food purveyors participating.


5. A moving two-parter from Humans of New York. (That’s part 1; part 2 here.)


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Five Things for Today: November 9, 2020

A bright view ahead


1. The KFDC round-up of the best outdoor places to enjoy a beautiful day around the area is a good one to keep handy, especially for the next couple days of excellent forecasted weather.


2. Along with the Lincoln Memorial and Ford’s Theatre, you can now also explore the life of Abe at President Lincoln’s Cottage.  The former summer home of the 16th president has reopened its doors for self-guided tours of the interior as well as the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center, which includes interactive exhibits and a museum store.  COVID safety measures are in place.  It’s open Wednesday through Monday, and timed-entry tickets are required. Admission is $15/adult, $5/age 6-12, free/age 5 and under.


3. KID Museum is once again offering  Make-it! Live — live stream STEM/Maker workshops for Grades K-8, offers real-time, small-group, interactive programs for K-8th graders to inspire creative learning at home. Hour-long sessions are led by KID Museum’s maker educators, who work closely with kids, providing instruction and individual feedback. See the  website for full program descriptions and registration.


4. Scenes of celebration in DC on Saturday.


5. It’s easier to be a parent this morning.” (In case you haven’t seen it already — and even if you have.)



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