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Five Things for Today: June 14, 2021

Reunite with some (very) old friends as the Natural History Museum reopens!


1. The National Gallery of Art East Building reopens this Friday, June 18!  Free, timed-entry passes will be required for admission, and you can reserve them here.  The museum will be open daily 11am – 4pm. See more about the East Building in this KFDC post about a different reopening.


2. Also reopening this Friday: The National Museum of Natural History!  Hours will be 11am – 4pm Wednesday – Sunday.  Free, timed-entry passes are required, though currently sold out.  But consider this your heads-up to check back for them — they are released throughout each day, starting at 8am, for time slots 30 days out.


3. The Washington Nationals’ Summer Reading Program returns for another season! The team has partnered up with libraries around the DC area to promote reading during the summer break from school.  Programs vary by library system, but most encourage kids to read at least 20 minutes a day (or have parents read to them) — from books to magazines to  blogs — and many offer the chance to win prizes like tickets to future Nats games.


4. Want to watch Euro 2020 and Copa America with other local soccer fans?  Washington Post has a round-up of places around the area that will be showing the matches.


5.  Even though this has been circling the Internet for years, it still makes me tear up every time I read it. 😭🌈



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        Overhead view of the magnificent Great Hall in the recently reopened Building Museum


1. The list of places to go for indoor outings has been updated, and it’s a good one to keep in your back pocket for gray, rainy days.  (Though note that reopened Smithsonians require timed-entry passes, and many need to be reserved well in advance.)


2. In case you missed it yesterday, there’s a new giveaway going on for a chance to win a round-trip experience from SkySquad, a service that offers assistance in airports, from your car door through security, and all the way to the gate.  So helpful for traveling with young children, and just in time for a return to air travel! To enter, follow them on Facebook,  Instagram, or Twitter, and comment somewhere on that page about why you’d like to win using the hashtags #KidFriendlyDC and #skysquadgiveaway.


3. Six ways to help kids regain a sense of purpose.


4. Just made these on taco Tuesday, and they were delicious!


5. An oldie but goodie 🙂


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Five Things for Today: March 11, 2021

1. The current forecast calls for bike riding!  Whether you get out for a spin today or plan for a family ride this weekend, check out this round-up of routes to ride around the area, with something for everyone.  This particular stretch is ideal with little bikers.

2.  In case you missed it a couple of days ago, there’s a new feature on the blog by a new KFDC contributor! Katie Winter, an educator and local mom of two young children, will be offering ideas to “Bring the Fun Home from… ” different places around the area with recommendation for at-home activities that tie in to your visit.  The inaugural post highlights Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, an ideal place to enjoy the start of spring!

3.  The Washington Nationals and MLB are hosting a Play Ball Drive-Thru on Saturday to encourage and promote youth baseball and softball participation.  From 2-4pm, the Nats and Screech will be giving away free plastic bats, balls, and other Nats swag to young fans. Open to all children between the ages of 4-18, this socially-distant event will allow participants to remain in their cars and have the items passed through their car windows. This will take place at Matthews Memorial Baptist Church in Southeast DC.  Face coverings will be required. Fans should register here.

4. A beautifully written essay about divorce — from the perspective of a teen.

5. The Oprah interview was excellent, but this is much more fun.

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Five Things for Today: March 10, 2021


1. You don’t need the water features to be running to enjoy the Yards Park with kids.  Stroll the boardwalk, check out boats at the marina, play in the grassy areas, and get takeout from one of the many eateries there for a riverside picnic.  The location along the water makes it a great place to spend one of these gorgeous 70-degree days!  (And you can find even more options to enjoy them here.)


2.  To celebrate Women’s History Month, Rosie Riveters is launching a family geocaching activity!  Their Women’s History Hunt is in Old Town Alexandria and Northwest Arlington, all you need to do is navigate to the locations and find puzzle pieces that celebrate women in STEM to receive a prize. All ages are invited to participate through March 31.  Follow the link above for the map, info on geocaching, and more details.


3. DC is launching a new pre-registration system for making vaccination appointments today — more info here. (Honestly, I still find it a bit confusing).


4. Stories from a year of Covid.


5. Can’t not smile watching this, and this, and this.  (Okay, all of them.)


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