One of the things I’ve loved most about this summer is that new activities and programs have been continually introduced. In just the last week, family theatre and movie series have begun, world-class tennis has returned for another season, an indoor mini golf course has even opened at a museum. And there’s yet another fantastic program, Stories in Art, starting this Sunday. With all of these options, plus special weekend events and the plethora of indoor and outdoor mainstays around the DC-metro, there’s no getting bored this summer. Happy Weekend!
Summer in the City
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend
Admission: Varies by locale
Enjoy activities around the area exclusive to summer. Start the weekend off on Friday with a free outdoor concert, then continue the fun on Saturday and Sunday with water play at a pool or spray park. If it’s raining, head indoors for one of a few special summer museum programs, like indoor mini golf, free admission to the Newseum, or Stories in Art at the NGA. Or take advantage of the Atlas’ free film series. Complete it all with a family movie under the stars at National Harbor on Sunday night. Get details about all of these summer diversions and even more here.
Bastille Day Celebration
Where: Hillwood Museum, Estate and Gardens
When: Saturday, 10am – 7pm
Admission: $18/non-members, $12/members, $5/ages 6-18, free for 5 and under
Join Alliance Française de Washington with their partners at the Hillwood Museum, Estate and Gardens to remember France’s national holiday, Bastille Day, with festive French flair! Celebrate with games, performances, lively theatrics and dance, and enjoyment for adults and kids alike.
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
Enjoy Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap; performing on the charming outdoor stage both Saturday and Sunday is The Jimmies. This weekend is your last chance to see “Goldilocks!” at The Puppet Co., and there will also be Tiny Tots shows for little ones there. “Nritya: Rhythms of India” is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National show. “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” is at Imagination Stage. You can still catch “If You Give A Moose A Muffin” at Adventure Theatre. And 1st Stage Theatre presents “The Prince and the Troubadour.”
Weather or Not
Where: Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15
Weather is the focus of this month’s Super Science Saturday family program at the Dulles arm of the Air & Space Museum. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, visitors of all ages will become immersed in the topic as it relates to aviation and space exploration. And, of course, there are tons of fascinating exhibits to tour while you’re there.
Second Saturday Arts & Science: Build-a-Fish
Where: National Museum of Natural History
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
If you’re planning an outing to the Natural History Museum, be sure to stop by the Sant Ocean Hall where the monthly Second Saturday Arts & Sciences program will take place. Guests can drop in to learn about the basic anatomy of fish, then build one of their own “fish” to take home!
Mysteries of Mail Family Day
Where: National Postal Museum
When: Saturday, 12-3:30pm
Take a time-traveling journey through postal history. Discover the inner workings of the system that made it possible to send a newspaper in the 1800s, mail a postcard home from the battlefield during World War I, and ship a crate of eggs to Alaska. Discover how machines read your handwriting and how engineers solve complex sorting problems. And most of all, enjoy a variety of fun activities, including a scavenger hunt.
Stories in Art
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Sunday, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, & 3:30pm
One of my favorite museum programs for children begins this weekend! This summer, children ages 4-7 can pack their imaginations and travel to the National Gallery. They will explore scenes of France, from its countryside to the bustling urban center of Paris, through works of art in the French galleries. They’ll meet French artists in children’s books, investigate paintings, and make a souvenir to document each adventure. This Sunday (and Monday), the session will focus on Auguste Renoir. Sign-in takes place in the West Building Rotunda, beginning at 11am, and will continue until all spaces for all five time slots are filled. Read a review of one of our Stories in Art experiences here.
Kastles Family Night
Where: Kastles Stadium
When: Sunday, 7pm (gates open earlier for pre-match festivities)
Admission: Tickets start at $15
The Washington Kastles are back on the DC court and serving up tennis action for the next couple of weeks. And as they defend their 2011 championship title, it’s guaranteed to be an exciting season. You can catch a match this Sunday evening, plus extra activities especially for kids at Family Night. Read more about it all in this post from a few days ago.
Sculpture Art Making
When: Sunday, 2-4pm
Admission: $20/ages 13 and up, $10/ages 2-12
This family art session will combine environmental science and various innovative sculptural techniques to create art from found materials. Participants will be introduced to the sculptures on exhibition at Artisphere, explore the role of sculptures in public spaces and will get introduced materials such as foam, cardboard, cement and wood through a hands-on process. Sign up in advance here.
4th Annual Firefly Festival
Where: Fort C.F. Smith Park
When: Sunday, 7:30-9:30pm
Celebrate summer’s natural nightlights at Fort C.F. Smith Park in Arlington. There will be lots ways to have fun and learn all about the critters that light up the night. Festivities include bug hunts, games, crafts, walks, and talks about fireflies. Bring your picnic blanket and dinner to enjoy as you wait for the sun to go down and the lights to come out. (Note: Cancelled if raining.)