The ongoing government shutdown has affected a lot of areas of daily life in DC. The Smithsonians are closed, along with the National Zoo and its panda cam, but there are plenty of other places to skate, get married, and more.
Perhaps your legs are tingling from all the inactivity and cookies this holiday break. The Sculpture Garden Ice Rink is closed, but you can work it all out on skates à la Jonathan Van Ness at rinks at The Wharf and the Capitol Waterfront.
The shutdown might be cutting into your outdoors fix. National parks such as the C&O Canal and Shenandoah are open but unstaffed. Head to Mason Neck State Park in Virginia or the US Botanic Garden–fully funded for this fiscal year–for a little bit of nature.
It may not be possible to take a lunchtime stroll through the National Gallery of Art or show your mom the Obama portraits when she visits this weekend, but there are lots of other options. Admission to the National Museum of the Women in the Arts costs $10; the museum is currently displaying numerous runway looks from Rodarte, including the costumes used in Black Swan. The Phillips Collection has a display of nearly 200 years of Nordic art running through January 19.
The shutdown seems to have put a damper on some DC couples looking to get hitched as the DC courts operate with federal funding. Not to worry: Grab your honey and head to Virginia. In Arlington, a marriage license will run you $30, payable by cash or debit/credit card. You can still divorce in DC, though.
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau suspended all nonessential operations during the shutdown, meaning no new labels or beers are being approved. Luckily for you, the consumer, this shouldn’t affect your ability to drink your pint.