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  • Nora Hemsley

Best Covid-19 Friendly Activities Right Now!

As COVID cases rise in almost all states, we must be more mindful of how we interact with others, and we must remain socially responsible to avoid spreading the disease. Below are a few COVID friendly activities that you can do with your family (groups under 10!!!) to avoid going stir crazy, while being a safe and smart citizen! Just remember to wash your hands, grab your mask and hand sanitizer (an extra never hurt anyone!) and have fun! Lastly, be sure to look at each location's website to review their specific safety protocols for COVID.

1. The Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden and Enid. A. Haupt Garden

Perhaps one of the most popular tourist sites in the DMV, the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden is open for visitors. The plaza and buildings remain closed, but taking a walk through the garden is a great way to get some fresh air and observe impressive art. Passes are not required, but capacity is limited. It is currently open daily 10 AM–4:30 PM. There are also two new sculptures to check out! You can find more information here. You can also visit the Enid A. Haupt garden, located in the National Mall. Here you will find the garden is “composed of the Parterre, the Moongate Garden, and the Fountain Garden, the Haupt Garden’s design brings together the cultures and architecture of the surrounding museums and buildings,” according to their website. If you are interested in viewing this garden but cannot make it down to DC to see it in person, check out their virtual tours. The Smithsonian Institute has also provided virtual tours for some of their museums that have had to close temporarily because of the virus.

2. The Phillips Collection

The Phillips Collection has reopened its doors and is ready to host visitors safely! Yay! They are offering timed tickets, which you must book in advance. This art museum is located in Dupont Circle and is America’s first modern art museum. The museum was founded in 1921 by Duncan Phillips. If you are interested in European art as well, you are in luck because “the museum houses one of the world’s most celebrated collections of European and American Impressionism and modernism” (find more about The Phillips Collection here). Tickets are released on Mondays at noon (or 10 am if you are a member) and the museum operates Thursdays through Saturdays from 11 am to 6pm. The museum has 6 tickets available at a time and spaces time slots out by 15 minutes. Remember to read about their policy and safety standards prior to arrival!

3. The National Museum of Women in the Arts

We are really lucky to have so many cool art museums and exhibits in the DMV! And the National Museum of Women in the Arts is no exception. It is famous for being one of the only major museums entirely devoted to displaying women’s involvement and influence in all different art forms. The museum is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m. NMWA is following strict guidelines in conjunction with the CDC to ensure the safety of all visitors. Tickets are limited.

4. The Artechouse

The Artechouse is a one of the kind experience that excites the mind’s curiosity for not only art but science and innovation as well. If you are interested in 21st century art, this is the place for you. They periodically change the entirety of their design to fit a theme. Right now, through January 15th, Crystalline is the exhibit’s name. Inspired by the unprecedented past few months, Crystalline is “representative of our desire for a stable foundation that often feels out of reach during these turbulent times.” For children (4-15), tickets are $17, and for adults (16-64) they are $24. People under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older. They operate Mondays through Thursdays from 12pm to 8pm and Fridays through Sundays from 10am to 10pm. DMV locals can save $5 off of their tickets if they select the 'Are you a DVM resident?' box and have a valid DC, MD or VA ID ready upon arrival.

5. Drive-In Movies!!

There are several drive-in movie locations throughout the DMV that are open during the pandemic. The perfect socially distant activity, drive-in movies offer an awesome way to still experience the fun of watching a movie in a different setting than Netflix on your phone or in your basement :). Grab your snacks, popcorn and blankets, and enjoy the movies! Some locations will suggest attending multiple movies back to back, but check to see what fits with your schedule and the upcoming movies listed! Enjoy!

6. Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia.

A festive light celebration, this winter walk offers some Holiday fun and excitement, while still maintaining proper CDC guidelines. The Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights is open nightly November 11, 2020 through January 3, 2021. Tickets are exclusively available online with specific times for entrance, so be mindful of that before arriving. Space is limited, so book in advance! Make sure to remain socially distant from other parties! Time slots are 15 minutes apart. This walk runs from Wednesday, November 11 through Friday, December 11, 2020 from 5:30pm to 10:00pm, and then Saturday, December 12 through Sunday, January 3, 2021 from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. The last time slot begins at 9:15pm.

7. Victura Park

Located at 2700 F Street Washington D.C 20566, Victura Park is a new feature to DC life. Bring your snacks, or get a charcuterie board and light snacks at the River Pavillon. Located adjacent to the Kennedy Center, Victura Park is accessible by metro. There is also a capital bikeshare rack on F street and there is parking at the Kennedy Center. Starting November 27th, the park will be operating a little different. During the weekends, there will be an outdoor market from 12pm to 6pm. It will hold “an amazing lineup of local artists, craftspersons, and other specialized vendors.” During the Holiday season you can also look forward to a grilling station and hot chocolate! Not to worry, there will be space heaters, hand sanitizer and masks at the ready. The hours from November 27th- December 10th are:

Friday 4pm-8pm

Saturday 12pm-9pm (market closes at 6pm)

Sunday 12pm-8pm (market close at 6pm)

Saturday and Sunday all day self service - $14

Enjoy and stay safe!



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