Four mini-outings in and around Arlington this week

December 24, 2020

You all know how much I like a good "mini-outing", which I informally define as a trip that takes no planning, no special supplies, and is a quick car trip away.  I have an Alexandria outing and DC outing on the list this week, but I feel like they fit the parameters! Here are my suggestions:  

1. Visit the new "Art of Snowflakes" public outdoor art display at Bluemont Park: Developed and painted by Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation’s Community Arts team, these pieces are 8 feet tall and really lovely.  Bonus, they are right next to the Bluemont Junction Trail and the playground at Bluemont Park, so you can pair the visit with a trip to the playground and/or a bike/scooter ride.  I love the one below- it's a snowy take on Van Gogh's "Starry Night"!  Park at the Bluemont Park lot (601 N Manchester St.) and follow the directional signage. Find more information here

2.  Visit the Del Ray "Holiday Card Lane": A group of neighbors in Del Ray, Alexandria, collaborated this year to make and display gigantic holiday cards.  In an outstanding grassroots community art effort, they created a 4-block walking or driving tour of about 30 cards.  Their effort has gotten a lot of media attention as a much-needed good news story.  Head over there and check out what the buzz is all about.  You can find the details and where to go here.  

3. Get a free take-and-make craft kit from the Shirlington library: Every Monday and Tuesday, the Arlington Central Library and the Shirlington Library have been offering these craft kits!  You can get a take-and-make bags containing all of the supplies, materials and instructions to complete a craft. (Note: some crafts may require scissors or glue).  Good for Pre-school, Elementary, and Middle school students. Please note that registration is required, but as of newletter publication, plenty of kits were available.  Kits are available on Mondays at Quincy Park from 12-2 and Tuesdays at Shirlington library from 1-3 PM, and you can find the registration information here.  

4. Vist "Light Yards 2020" near Navy Yard in SE DC: In keeping with the artistic theme of outings this week, head down to "Light Yards 2020", located adjacent to Yards Park.  The larger-than-life exhibit features stars constructed from metallic mesh, as well as dancing lights and festive music, making for a perfect socially-distanced stroll for guests of all ages who want to safely experience some holiday cheer.  The Yards is also surrounded by shops and eateries, and Ice Cream Jubilee is right next door, so it's perfect for a quick trip with the kiddos if you want a change of scenery from the Arlington playground scene.  Light Yards 2020 is located at 355 Water Street SE, and you can get more information here.     

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