Here are your weekly recs for fun with the kiddos over the next few days. And it looks like the list of outdoor ideas will be a good one to browse as well. Happy Weekend!
Keep on Truckin’
Where: RFK Lot 7
When: Saturday, 9am – 2pm
The Truck Touch event that easily takes the title as Mac Daddy of them all is happening this Saturday for its 7th year. The DC Department of Public Works welcomes guests to climb aboard and explore all kinds of cool vehicles that are used to clean and repair streets, change traffic lights, collect refuse, clear snow, provide emergency services, administer mobile health care, and more. There will also be opportunities to test ride Segways, test drive hybrid and electric cars, spec out a helicopter, and sit atop police horses. Read more about it and see images from a past Truck Touch in this post announcing the event last year (and be sure to note that it was posted last year, so the dates don’t confuse you).
Where: Auburn & Norfolk Avenues
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Join the Bethesda Urban Partnership to celebrate children, art, and all things fun at the 18th annual Imagination Bethesda. Where Woodmont Avenue meets Elm Street, activity tents will line the streets, face painters will bring butterflies and pirates to life, and a stage of live entertainment will have the whole street dancing. Activity details and the entertainment line-up are available on the Imagination Bethesda website.
Where: Fairfax County Government Center
When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Admission: $12/adult, $5/youth, free for 2 and under
Surrender…surrender to a good time in Northern Virginia this weekend. The annual Celebrate Fairfax! Festival has something for everyone — live music (Cheap Trick, All-American Rejects, and The Hunt are playing), carnival rides, children’s activities, art, food vendors, and much more to keep guests entertained throughout the weekend. For more details, along with the full musical line-up, see the Celebrate Fairfax website.
Capital Pride Parade
Where: Northwest DC
When: Saturday, 4:30-7:30pm
Celebrate Capital Pride at the 39th annual parade that’s expected to draw over 100,000 spectators! The procession steps off at 4:30pm at 22nd & P Streets NW and will wind its way through Dupont, Logan, and other areas of NW. It’s sure to be a spectacular extravaganza of ornate floats, street performers, music and dancing, glitter and beads, and plenty of reveling. And if some elements of the parade seem not so kid-friendly (ie, nearly-naked people dancing on floats), you can just do a little kiddie eye-covering during those parts for the opportunity to show support for the LGBTA community and join the celebration.
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity
Free concerts, outdoor swimming, movies under the stars, sprayground fun, and more! Activities exclusive to the season can all be enjoyed this weekend. The Summer 2014 guide has the whole scoop on all of them.
DC Mini Maker Faire
Where: Yards Park and IdeaSpace DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 7pm
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. This inaugural DC Mini Maker Faire will feature local Do-It-Yourself (DIY) innovation and invites he public to interact and make with lasers, 3D printers, robots, craft activities and more! To celebrate makers of all ages, LEGO® Juniors is hosting host a Play, Make & Share experience with thousands of LEGO bricks and invites the community to play and make with them. LEGO Juniors will be hosting an interactive experience in addition to individual DC makers, local Maker and Hacker spaces, museums, DC Public Library, federal and local government, non-profits and academic institutions like Georgetown.
Where: National Museum of the American Indian
When: Through Sunday
I’ve found over the years that the American Indian Museum knows how to do a good festival, and it sounds like this one will follow suit. The annual Bolivian Festival is celebrating Suma Qamaña or “living well” with dance performances, storytelling, folk music, art demos, food, and more fun for all ages that showcase the culture of the country. The event is on now and running through Sunday. Be sure to stop by the imagiNATIONS family activity center on the third floor for programs especially for kids. Museum hours are 10am – 5pm.
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
* Encore Stage & Studio’s newest production, The 12 Dancing Princesses, is in its second and final weekend.
* Happenstance Theatre’s Pinot and Augustine is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance
* See theatre on strings at The Puppet Co., where Pinocchio is on the main stage and Mother Goose Caboose is the featured Tiny Tots show.
* Beauty and the Beast the musical will enchant audiences at Wolf Trap through the weekend
* Josh and the Jamtones are playing the Saturday morning show at Jammin’ Java.
Walk the Museum Walk
Where: Dupont-Kalorama neighborhood
When: Saturday 10am – 4pm, Sunday 1-5pm
Get off the Mall and explore the many museums in the Dupont-Kalorama neighborhood during its annual Museum Walk Weekend. See the exhibits and enjoy special programs for free at seven diverse museums, including the Phillips Collection, Dumbarton House, and Woodrow Wilson House. If you don’t want to use the shoe leather express, there will be a free shuttle running between sites. And note that not all museums will be open both days – see the schedule here under the “Walk Weekend” tab.
Where: Logan Circle, 15th and P NW
This Saturday, the monthly outdoor community market is celebrating LGBT Pride Month and DC’s Capital Pride Parade! Join in for music from local musicians Michelle Raymond and Justin Trawick as well as a set by DJ Natty Boom, hosted by kid-friendly music series, Rock-n-Romp. The Human Rights Campaign will be on-site with an interactive photo booth and Ben & Jerry’s Truck Tour will be handing out free ice cream samples! A special addition to the market this month is a custom wedding vow renewal ceremony presented by Pop! Wed Co and Capitol Romance. And market-goers will have the opportunity to proclaim what love means to them in a beautiful interactive live art installation! As always, the market will showcase over 40 local vendors selling all kinds of goods and wares.
Jazz Family Day
Where: National Archives
When: Saturday, 12-2pm
Bring your family and get in the groove at the National Archives’ annual Jazz Family Day. The event will kick in the William G. McGowan Theater with a performance by an ensemble from the Jazz Academy of Music. Activities will continue in the McGowan Theater lobby — learn what jazz has to do with the National Archives, meet the youth musicians, visit an instrument petting zoo, and enjoy other fun hands-on fun!
Getting to Know Degas and Cassatt
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday, 11am & Sunday, 1pm
The National Gallery’ of Art is kicking off their Children’s Film Program for the summer. During this session, join them for for two animated films about Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt based on Mike Venezia’s Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists books. Learn about the life and work of the two artists who were friends and collaborators in later 19th-century Paris. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
Service Saturday: National Trails Day
Where: Piscataway Park
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Join the Accokeek Foundation on the 1st Saturday of every month to get your hands dirty volunteering around site. They work year-round to help with projects like trail maintenance, historic building upkeep and restoration, garden maintenance, shoreline clean-up, field and crop maintenance, barnyard maintenance, invasive species removal, and event preparation. This is a great opportunity for individuals or groups/families to give back to the community on a Saturday morning while enjoying the beauty of Piscataway Park.
Where: West Potomac High School
When: Saturday, 9am – 12pm
Admission: $15/kids, $25/adults
The 3rd annual Transplant-a-palooza Family Fun Festival and 1-mile walk will feature tons of children’s games, amazing face painters and hair braiders, a video game truck, a photo booth, and refreshments. Guests can also enjoy a silent auction offering items ranging from Ocean City, New York City and Williamsburg getaways to gift certificates to local spas, restaurants and fun local activities as well as items for your children, pets, and garden. Funds raised benefits a medical trust that covers costs not covered by insurance for a local 3-year-old girl who had a liver transplant and her aunt who was her living donor. Donations will be made from the proceeds to another liver transplant family and will also be used to buy pajamas to donate to a local hospital’s pediatric transplant institute.
Where: Historic Savage, Md
When: Saturday, 10am – 6:30pn
This 27th annual community festival features a parade at 9am, followed by live music f- family-friendly activities including pony rides, a petting zoo, a moon bounce, and magic shows , and other entertainment throughout the day. There will also be performances and demos, plus over 50 booths featuring crafts, food, and community information. The event will be held in Historic Savage, MD on Baldwin Common (9035 Baltimore Street, Savage, MD 20763).
Where: Columbia Heights Civic Plaza/ Tivoli Square
When: Sunday, 12-2pm
Think of it as a garage sale where everything is free. Have stuff around your house you don’t need anymore? Bring it on down and set up “shop” on one of the tables. Looking for new treasures to furnish your pad? You’ll be sure to find them. This is a chance to cleanse your closets without wasting what could be a friendly neighbor’s newest treasure. As if that wasn’t enough, they’ll have karaoke, a pie eating contest, games, prizes, music (ahem…dance floor, anyone?), and onsite food trucks.
Music in the Park
Where: Francis Field
When: Sunday, 11am – 3pm
Part of the 15th Annual Washington Jewish Music Festival is the 2nd Annual Music Festival on the Park, a day of free family-friendly concerts, games, crafts and fun! Bring the kids to rock out to the music of Parents Choice® Award winners The Mama Doni Band, ska/roots/rock mash-up Josh & the Jamtones, and the raucous dance music of the Michael Winograd Klezmer Ensemble. Jump on a moon bounce, get your face painted, play field games and more! Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch. Francis Field is located at 25th between M & N Streets NW.