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Five Things for Today: November 19, 2020



1. Montrose Park in Georgetown is a great place to bring  kids to play.  There’s a fun playground and lots of grassy space for running around, having a picnic, or just hanging out.  From there you can hit the trail at Dumbarton Oaks Park that runs right behind the Dumbarton Oaks Garden (which, unfortunately is not open right now).  It’s about a mile or so hike to Wisconsin Ave. and a pretty wooded area to explore.  See details for accessing it in this post.


2. Washington Post’s On Parenting has a great piece on how volunteering can give kids purpose in uncertain times, including ways they can do it now.


3. Our family of Takorean fans is excited about this: They now offer a Family Meal Kit that serves 4-6 people with choice of protein, tacos or rice, slaw, and sauces — plus 4 chocolate chip cookies. All for $49. You can choose to cook it yourself or get a fully prepared hot meal.


4. Union Market is hosting a Turkey Drive with Harvey’s Market, one of their vendors. You can help support the community by chipping in to donate a turkey to neighborhood families in need when you visit Harvey’s.  This drive is running through November 21.  Of course, pick up some butchered goods while you’re there and a bite to eat at one of the many food stalls, which includes Takorean! There are tables outside where you can eat al fresco.


5. For one second, I feel normal.


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Five Things for Today: November 18, 2020



1. In case you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a new post about our recent visit to Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD. The fall landscape is lovely there, and roaming around the expansive grounds, exploring all of the tucked away areas and vast open spaces,  is a great way to enjoy a day out with kiddos. It’s open sunrise to sunset, and admission is free.  For more energy-burning activity, pair it up with a visit to the playground at Wheaton Regional Park, which is an easy 10-minute drive from Brookside.


2. Starting tomorrow, November 19, through Saturday, November 21, the National Gallery of Art is hosting this month’s  Virtual Artful Conversations.  During these sessions, explore how careful looking at a work of art can inspire mindful movement, as Alicia Sokol, a Washington, DC-based movement specialist and owner of barre3 14th Street, joins the program.  Recommended for ages 7-12 and an adult companion.  Free registration is required.


3. This one’s for parents: It’s DC Cocktail Week, with special food and drink pairings at restaurants around the area as well as virtual happenings, too!


4. If you want to take something off your figurative plate next week (and put some good stuff on your literal one), here is a round-up of places offering take out Thanksgiving dinner around DC from Washingtonian.


5. Every Hallmark movie ever 😂



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Five Things for Today: November 17, 2020


1. It’s National Take a Hike Day, so don some layers and hit the trail! Some places that are free and easy to hike with kiddos, that will make for perfect adventures on this nice fall day:  Roosevelt Island, Kingman Island, Riverbend Park, Potomac Overlook, Turkey Run, Scott’s Run, and Huntley Meadows. Find even more recs in this round-up of great local walks in the woods.


2.  The new giant panda cub at the National Zoo is now 12 weeks old — and so cute!  You can help name him by voting for one of three possible names.  Select your favorite once per day through November 20. The name that receives the most votes will be bestowed on the cub November 23!


3. The Lane Social Club shared a couple of cool things recently: 1) Ideas for outdoor games to play even when it gets cold.  2) Playlists the whole family will *actually* enjoy.


4.  It’s my birthday, and I can’t wait to celebrate with my family tonight and this deliciousness.


5. Grace, reason, dignity, and decency exemplified ❤️


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Five Things for Today: November 16, 2020

Autumn splendor in the city at the Arb




1. I recommend it often, because it’s been one of my very favorite places in DC since before I even moved here almost 25 (!) years ago… the National Arboretum is an oasis of autumn splendor right now. Its 450 acres are brilliant with fall foliage, and the cool, crisp weather makes now a perfect time to wander it all. While the old National Capitol columns are always a big draw, I recommend exploring some of the less popular plant collections, like the conifers and dogwoods — it’s like strolling around a secret, magic garden. Pass the parking lot when you first drive in, and follow the roads further back, where there are smaller areas to park — from there you can access some especially lovely spots. Hours are 8am – 5pm daily, and admission is free.  This IG story has pics from our visit there over the weekend.  See more about the Arb here and here, and get even more recs for enjoying autumn around the area.


2.  In case you missed it over the weekend, I just posted a review of Planet Word, the new museum all about language.  In a gist:  It’s a must-visit!  Older kids, tweens and up (and that includes the kid in us adults), will get the most out of it, but elementary ages definitely could enjoy it, too.  (With a lot of reading and concepts to comprehend, much of the museum probably would be lost on littler ones.)  Free tickets are released on a rolling 30-day basis, BUT a limited number of walk-up tickets are also available.  See the post for more details.


3. If there’s any great time to start using Rakuten, it’s now when you’re likely doing a lot of online holiday shopping — you can earn cash back for most purchases you make!


4.  From NPR, audio excerpts from former President Barack Obama’s new memoir, A Promised Land, which will be released tomorrow.


5.  A decade ❤️


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