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Having Fun While Staying Safe in the DMV (Compliments of Children’s National W@TCH Group):

·        What’s Open, Reopening, Closed and Canceled in the Washington, DC (regularly updated)

·        Outdoor Activities

 The Best Winter Hikes and Walks Around Washington DC:, 2/11/2019

§  Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens (great wildlife spotting)

§  Theodore Roosevelt Island

§  Great Falls Park (great scenic views)

§  Seneca Creek State Park (great for families)

§  Mason Neck State Park (great Sunsets)

 Safe Places to Go for a Stroll: 5/1/2020

§  Woodend Sanctuary in Chevy Chase

§  Constitution Gardens on the National Mall

§  Blockhouse Point Conservation Park in Darnestown, MD

§  Mason Neck State Park in Lorton, VA

§  Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane, VA

§  Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, MD

§  Nearby walks near water:, 9/2/2020

 Ice-Skating Rinks:, 12/4/2020

 Wineries:, 10/9/2020

 Breweries:, 8/18/2016

 Explore the Potomac River:, 9/2/2020

o   Daytrips:

§  Scenic Drives:, 8/11/2020

§  Daytrip to the Sunflower Fields:, 7/31/2020

o   Weekend getaways:

§  New River Gorge National Park and Preserve:, 1/15/2021

§  Vacation-home rentals near resorts:, 12/30/2020

o   Dining:

§  Safe Outdoor Winter Dining:, 1/14/2021

§  Igloos, Lodges, and Yurts:, 11/20/2020

o   Neighborhood Fun: check out your neighborhood activities on Nextdoor app

§  Home outdoor movie theatre (projectors and lawn chairs)

§  Outdoor carnival with prize table

§  Discover your local parks

§  Have your neighbors over for a drink or a meal (or drive to a local public parking structure and head to the top floor for a rooftop picnic meal)

 Camping:, 6/10/2016

o   Develop a new or old skill:

§  Bike riding

§  Skateboard

§  Rollerskates

§  Scooter

§  gardening

 Fitness Classes:, 6/12/2020

·        Indoor Activities

o   Take up new hobbies

§  Photography classes

§  Cooking classes

§  Youtube karaoke

§  Youtube DJs and home dance parties (glow sticks, disco balls)

o   Reignite old hobbies

§  Puzzles

§  Legos

§  Board games

§  Read- for fun!

·        Pick a book to ready with the whole household

·        Pick a new genre

·        Use apps like “Libby” to access online books for free through your local library

o   Be creative

§  Make special in home Movie Nights (rearrange furniture, popcorn)

§  Camp indoors (tent, sleeping bags, smores)

§  Indoor “hunts”:

·        Create a scavenger hunt around the house (pictures as evidence)

·        Treasure hunt with riddles as clues

§  Game nights

·        Minute to Win It style games

·        Indoor Arcade night with prize table

o   Get to know each other

§  Conversation starters

§  Story Worth

·        Virtual Fun

o   Opportunities to learn something new:

§ music, language, tutoring, arts, computers

§  Masterclass

§  Airbnb Experiences

o   Opportunities to Stay Sharp:

§  NYTimes weekly News Quiz

o   Get crafty: subscription boxes, online classes

 Stay Active/Exercise

 Play Games

§  Use online platforms to play board/card games together (set up games on each side of the screen)

§  Trickster Cards: Euchre, Hearts, Bridge, Spades, Pitch, Hearts, Whist, 500, Pinochle, Oh Hell

§  Codenames

§  Pandemic (ironic but hopefully more fun than terrifying)

§  Among Us


§  Rodblox

§  Houseparty App: Pictionary, Heads Up!, Apples to Apples

§  Jackbox Games: Quiplash, Drawful 2, Fibbage

§  Virtual Drinking Games (drink responsibly)

o   Team activities:

§  Wild Goose Survival Escape Room

§  Mystery Escape Room

§  Team socials with live remote host

§  Online scavenger hunts

·       Celebrating Milestones

 Tribute videos

o   Zoom Meet ups

o   Send a party in a box

 Outdoor meals with social distancing

o   Decorate their yard: chalk on sidewalk, yard signs

o   Send a pinata-gram

o   Send a celebrity cameo

o   Send a tasty delivery: cake, food from their favorite restaurant, wine delivery

o   Car parades

o   Bike parades

 Characters for Hire

 Virtual Group Events: mixology classes, pizza making, magic show, comedy show, etc

·        Supporting Your Community

o   Sponsor a Food Drive

o   Sponsor a lemonade/hot chocolate/ice cream/garage sale and donating the profits to a local nonprofit

o   Create a Community Free Pantry

o   Get involved in community activism: pick a cause or social issue to learn more about and dedicate time and/or money to advancing the cause

o   Once you’re immunized, consider volunteering at a local nonprofit with a friend (good excuse to hang out and helps keep others safe)

§  Capital Area Food Bank is a local favorite and always in need of help

 Helpen: Teach generosity while using Alexa

·        Keeping kids busy

 virtual exercise

 Subscription boxes

§  Cooking kits: Raddish Kids, America’s Best Test Kitchen

§  Activities: Kiwi Co, Little Passports

o   Educational screen time:

§  ABC mouse


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