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Five Things for Today: March 4, 2021

       See a Frida up close at the NMWA


1.  The National Museum of Women in the Arts has begun welcoming visitors again (perfect timing for Women’s History Month)!  Hours are Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, and Sunday 12-5pm.  Admission is $10/adult, $8/seniors and students, free for ages 18 and under.  Reserve timed-entry tickets in advance.  And heads-up: The first and third Sundays of every months are Free Community Days when there is no entry fee — and that includes this Sunday, March 7.


2. Starting this weekend, you can once again catch a movie from the comfort of your car at the Alexandria Drive-In. It’s an ideal way to enjoy some entertainment out of the house and social distance!  See what’s playing this Friday and Saturday and what’s coming up later this month.


3. How to help kids regain their footing after a year of stress and disruption.


4. Did you know DC’s Zero Waste program includes compost drop-off locations? Right now, four sites are open on Saturday or Sunday, and more will open up in the spring. Go here to see the list of them along with composting tips, including what materials are accepted.


5. Wise words/lyrics from Dolly ❤️


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Five Things for Today: March 3, 2021

A view from within the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden


1. The Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden has reopened again with daily hours 10am – 4:30pm.  You can make a whole outing of touring all of the outdoor areas of the museums on the National Mall.  The Enid A. Haupt Garden, National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden (11am.- 4pm), Pollinator Garden, and more small Smithsonian gardens are all open to visitors.


2. A new post went up yesterday with a great round-up of book recs for little ones. There was some trouble with the link yesterday (apologies!), but all should be good now.🤞


3.  Throughout March, kids can join the NOAA Live! Virtual Open House webinar series, and “visit” a few places where NOAA works across the country. Explore the hangar where NOAA keeps hurricane hunter planes, come inside the nation’s oldest public aquarium, sniff seafood at a NOAA seafood inspection lab, visit “mission control” where NOAA commands satellites in space, dive deep into an underwater sanctuary, and more – all from home!   The free events are geared toward 2nd-8th graders, and they’re perfect for classrooms and families.  There is one today from 4-5pm, and many more dates coming up.  Register here.


4. From DCist: What You Need to Know to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.


5. It’s easy and fun to get sucked down the rabbit hole of Architectural Digest’s YouTube channel with tours of celebrity homes.


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Five Things for Today: March 2, 2021

             Will the bloom peak as predicted?


1. The cherry blossom peak bloom is predicted to occur April 2- 5 this year.  Keep in mind, those dates often change as we get further into March, and exactly how and where we’ll be able to enjoy them remains to be seen, but it’s exciting to start looking forward to DC’s iconic flowers!


2. Looking for a place to visit animals with kiddos?  Oxon Hill Farm near National Harbor is a great destination.  Roam the lovely grounds and see cows, chickens, pigs, horses, sheep and more.  Check out exhibits of old farm machinery and local history, too.  Hours are 8am – 4:30pm, and admission is free.


3. Ice Cream Jubilee wants to show appreciation for all their guests and fans with free scoops!  Sign up here, and they’ll email a BOGO single scoop coupon this week to use March 5-7.


4. I love when Cup of Jo posts about books.  Not only does she always have good recommendations, the comments are a trove of suggestions, too!


5. Get ready to smile with 10 Happy Things for March.  (Thank you, Darcy!)


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Five Things for Today: March 1, 2021

The stunning atrium of the Postal Museum


1. The National Postal Museum is still closed, but their weekly Story Time program is on, and it’s happening today.  Every Monday at 11am, join on Zoom for a live, interactive reading. It’s designed for children ages 3-6, but all are welcome.  Read more about the museum in this KFDC post — it’s one of my favorites of all the Smithsonians!


2.  Did you know that every school day at 4pm, DC Public Library presents Family Learning at the Library on their YouTube channel?  The programs for school-aged children, teens, and their families cover all kinds of topics, from STEAM to history to culture and more!


3.  I have really come to appreciate sheet pan cooking — everything on one pan, pop in the oven for a bit, then voila— dinner!  Find some yummy sounding recipes from NY Times Cooking and even more from epicurious.


4. If you like to laugh, watch Life in Pieces on Amazon Prime Video.  Trust me.


5. This was so moving.


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