The Weekend Round-Up: November 9-10

The National Arboretum is beautiful all year 'round, but it's especially spectacular in autumn

The National Arboretum is beautiful all year ’round, but it’s especially spectacular in autumn



So, I just caught a glimpse of the forecast for next week, and I swear there were snowflakes among the little images depicting the weather (no joke!). Needless to say, the next few days could be the last chance to relish autumn’s peak. I’m not suggesting you miss the fantastic indoor events included in this round-up — live entertainment, Neighborhood Toy Store Day, and museum programs among them — but I do recommend throwing some outdoor fun into your weekend, too. Some al fresco ideas are listed here, and you can find even more in The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy A Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids post. Happy Weekend!

World of Wheels
Where: Dematha High School
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: $5, $10/VIP package

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of Prince George’s County is hosting its 2nd annual World of Wheels for CASA, a touch-a-truck event and family festival. All kinds of vehicles, including a 1958 refurbished Mac tractor, a Brink’s Security armored vehicle, a Maryland Army National Guard Humvee, a Maryland State Highway Administration flusher truck, TurboHaul bulk trash truck, and other exciting work trucks will be on site and open for guests to explore. Even better, Batman, himself, will appear with the Batmobile from 11am – 1pm, and the Maryland National Capitol Park Police Prince George’s County Mounted Division will be on hand throughout the day. On top of all that, there will be games, face painting, food, animals, and other fun activities. Proceeds from the event will help to raise funds to recruit and train more volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children. The $10 VIP Package includes a bag with snacks, a drink, freebies from sponsors ,and a moon bounce pass. Dematha High School is located at 4313 Madison St. in Hyattsville, Md.

Neighborhood Toy Store Day
Where: Barston’s Child Play Stores
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day with local toy stores as they host free child-friendly events! Barstons Child’s Play and LEGO® will host a free Make and Take Event on Saturday while supplies last. The event designed for ages 5 and up will take place at all four Child’s Play locations in DC, Rockville, Arlington, and McLean. There will be four kits to choose from and will be limited to one kit per child. No registration or purchase required!

Trash to Treasure Green Craft Fair
Where: Watkins Nature Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Do some eco-friendly shopping while the kids have fun at this special event featuring vendors selling items made from recycled, organic, or sustainable materials. Along with local artists selling their handmade wares, there will be non-profit environmental groups and crafts for kids , a book exchange booth, and live entertainment by Nature Jams. Don’t miss a chance to win some loot from the multi-item raffle to benefit the nature center.

Free Parking
Where: National Parks
When: All weekend long
Admission: Free

There’s no entrance fee to national parks that usually charge admission this weekend, so it’s a good time to hit the trail at Shenandoah or Great Falls, take a ride on Skyline Drive to see the mountains covered in autumn colors, or visit Harpers Ferry.

Family Shakespeare Workshop
Where: Folger Theatre
When: Saturday, 9:30am – 12pm
Admission: $35/1 aduly & 1 child, $10/addition child

The whole family can be cast in a Shakespeare play at this Folger Theatre Shakespeare in Action Workshop. Enter the world of fair Verona as you jump into the action of scenes from Romeo and Juliet! Learn stage combat and prepare to bring this classic play to life. Recommended for kids ages 7-14.

Kids Euro Fest
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

It’s the last weekend to enjoy all kinds of art and cultural entertainment of the European variety. Among the lineup this Saturday and Sunday are clown theatre performances from Austria, Belgian painting and singing, puppetry from Croatia and Bulgaria, crafts from the British Isles, and more. Even better, it’s all FREE! See the schedule for showtimes and descriptions.

The Moon and Beyond
Where: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15

It’s a Super Science Saturday at the Dulles arm of the Air & Space Museum. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, visitors of all ages will become immersed in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration. The theme of this month’s program is The Moon and Beyond.

Singing Lizard CD Pre-Release Show
Where: Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW)
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: Free

Join The Singing Lizard for a CD Pre-Release Show at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. The Singing Lizard creates original music for kids, comfortably inhabiting her own sound between eclectic electronica and soulful pop. Her fun songs and high energy performances will have you and your little ones singing and dancing with joy in no time. The show is free and open to all. CHAW is located at 545 7th Street SE.

Leaf Peep on the Trail
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Take in the brilliant color spectrum of autumn and get a little exercise, to boot, on a family hike. From right here in the city to country locales, you’ve got your pick of places where you can enjoy the fall foliage and some time on the trail. This post about good area hikes with kids might be old, but the recommendations are still relevant for happy trampers.

Show Time
Where: Local Theaters
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

Here’s where you can find live family entertainment over the next few days:Encore Stage & Studio presents the The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe performed by kids for kids! The Young Spectaculars and the Front Yard Adventure is on stage at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Peter and the Wolf and Tiny Tots shows are on at The Puppet Co. See The Northern Virginia Players’ version of Dr. Dolittle. And Marsha Goodman-Wood is playing the Saturday morning show at Jammin’ Java.

Falling into Winter: Autumn Bonsai
Where: U.S. National Arboretum
When: Through Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Take your little people to see the little trees in their brilliant autumnal colors before the leaves fall away to reveal bare winter silhouettes. See red maples, yellow ginkgos, and fruited trees in the Museum’s permanent collection pavilions. Be sure to tour the big trees around the rest of the National Arb while you’re there, too – it’s easily one of the best places in the city to do some leaf peeping.

Roam Free
Where: Dumbarton Oaks Gardens
When: Saturday & Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy free admission along with the lovely gardens at Dumbarton Oaks. From November through mid-March, there is no fee to roam the grounds of the Georgetown locale. We loved our visit there last weekend — autumn hues and the crisp, cool weather made it a great time go. Read more about about it and get a glimpse in this post from a couple of days ago.

Tea Party with Pamela Mayer
Where: Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
When: Sunday, 3:30am
Admission: $9/adult, $7.50/child

Pamela Mayer, author of Don’t Sneeze at the Wedding, is hosting a Tea Party where kids can dress up in their fancy clothes for an elegant reception with the author. For ages 4-8. RSVP is required.


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One Response to The Weekend Round-Up: November 9-10

  1. Ann Marie

    Don’t miss the World of Wheels! It is a great time for a great cause. General admission is $5 and children 2 & under are free.

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