The Weekend Round-Up: November 7-8


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It’s an interesting mix of events this weekend! Explore and enjoy everything from spaceflight to sideshow performers — with art programs, live entertainment, skate sessions, farm fun, and outdoor adventures in between. Want more options? The Everyday Play page is loaded with ideas for family activities around the area. Happy Weekend!

Spaceflight America Museum Open house
Where: Spaceflight America Museum
When: Saturday, 1-9pm
Admission: Free

Here’s a chance to check out a museum showcasing science and technology. See displays telling spaceflight stories from the beginning of America’s manned spaceflight to current operations. Be among the first to explore the all new International Space Station exhibit, a 2,700 cubic foot, walk-through replica of astronauts’ quarters on the ISS. View historical items like Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s military flight suit. There will also be hands-on activities and guests speakers at this special event.

Kids Euro Festival
Where: Around the DC-Metro
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

This weekend is the last to enjoy free artistic adventures of the European variety, thanks to the annual Kids Euro Festival. Musicians, storytellers, dancers, and puppeteers are just a few of the many, many exciting acts that are performing at a variety of venues through November 8. See what’s on the schedule over the next few days.

Skaters Gonna Skate
Where: Local ice skating rinks
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

Are you ready to glide under the sky? Many outdoor ice skating rinks are welcoming guests to skate the day away. This post has details on all of them (and indoor venues, too), though I recommend calling ahead to make sure the spate of warm weather hasn’t affected their open skate schedules.

Children’s Flea Market
Where: McLean Community Center
When: Saturday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Scope out bargain prices on children’s toys, clothes, games, and other items all sold by those who know them best…the kids! Whether you plan to get your holiday shopping done early or fill the toy chest with new goods, help support local youths’ entrepreneurial ventures.

Celebrate Diwali
Where: Freer | Sackler Gallery
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Join the museum showcasing Asian art for a special Open Studio Saturday to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of light. Visitors of all ages are invited to discover the Sackler’s collection of South Asian and Himalayan art through family-friendly tours and hands-on activities.

Side Yards
Where: The Yards Park
When: Saturday, 6-10pm
Admission: Free

The second annual sideshow extravaganza will be an evening of quirky amusement and wonder as the east coast’s top sideshow performers commune at Yards Park. Three stages of entertainment will showcase the unusual talents of contortionists, magicians, jugglers, escape artists, snake handlers, fire breathers, sword swallowers, and more exciting acts. Live music, delicious eats from neighborhood hot-spots, a photo booth, and a beer garden will round out the evening of carnival delights.

Disc Golf
Where: Calvert Road Park
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Hit the links, the chain links, that is! Disc golf is a great way to enjoy a nice fall day outdoors with the family. Not only is it fun and challenging, the courses, many of them set up in scenic places, are lovely this time of year. This post has info about one in College Park, and there are also great courses at Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg and Burke Lake Park in Burke.

Show Time
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

* Single Carrot is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance
* Catch a classic story on strings as The Puppet Co. present Aladdin (and his wonderful lamp)
* And Bunny Business is the featured Tiny Tots shows at the Glen Echo venue
* Take the kids to rock out at Signature Theatre’s Girlstar (best for ages 10 and up…look for discount tickets)
* The Reston Community Players present Shrek the Musical at CenterStage through Saturday
* Rock out in Ralph’s World at Jammin’ Java on Saturday morning
* See Elksa at the Alden Theatre in McLean on Sunday
* Mount Vernon Community Theatre presents Mary Poppins
* Darius & Twig is on stage at the Kennedy Center (look for discount tickets)
*Listen to master storyteller Diane Macklin’s Succotash Stories as part of InterAct Story Theatre’s new series at Wheaton Library
*Enjoy Vishwa Rangana, a Sri Lankan dance performance presented by CityDance at Strathmore

“New to You” Yard Sale
Where: Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten
When: Saturday, 7:30am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Want to score some great items that are “New to You?” Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten (LANK) in Reston is holding their annual community yard sale featuring tons of baby and children’s gear donated by nearly 100 local families. They sell infant and children’s clothing up to size 10, strollers, highchairs, bikes, toys, exercisers, books, DVDs, children’s furniture, bottles and much more! Get there early for the full selection, and get 50% off some of what’s left from 12-1pm. Any unsold merchandise will be donated to charity at the conclusion of the sale. Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten is located at 12021 N. Shore Drive & Wiehle in Reston.

Bilingual Book Fair
Where: Oyster Adams Bilingual School
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Bring your young readers for a unique festival of bilingual literacy. Browse and shop more than 500 Spanish and bilingual children’s book titles, plus hundreds of the newest children’s titles in English will be available for purchase in the school cafeteria. Proceeds benefit the school’s primary and secondary library programs. The Oyster Campus is located at 2801 Calvert Street NW.

Movies at the Art Museum
Where: National Gallery
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10:30am
Admission: Free

Young film buffs can enjoy two Dutch films at the National Gallery this weekend. Presented as part of the Kids Euro Festival, there will be a screening of The Amazing Wipala on Saturday and Finn on Sunday. Both are recommended for ages 10 and up, and descriptions are available on the website.

Farm Fun
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Just because you don’t need to pick out a potential Jack o’ lantern, that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun on the farm. Many locales have way more to enjoy than just pumpkin patches. Whiz down slides, bounce on giant jumping pillows, visit farm animals, and loads more. This list of fall fests has details to get started — Ticonderoga, Cox, Clark’s Elioak, and Great Country Farms are all good bets.

Portrait Stories & Discoveries
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 1-4pm & Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the Portrait Gallery to listen to a story about Pocahontas and complete a hands-on activity. When you’re done there, pick up a Portrait Discovery Kit to explore the museum. For more about the program, see this post about one of our experiences there.

Salute to America
Where: DAR Constitution Hall
When: Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free but tickets are required

As a prelude to Veteran’s Day, the national non-profit organization Help Hospitalized Veterans presents Salute To America — Washington, the fifth and final stop in the 2015 HHV Salute To America Concert Series honoring America’s veterans and their families. The family-friendly concert starts with preconcert activities beginning at 2pm with the live entertainment following.

Hiking & History
Where: Harper’s Ferry
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free ($10 if you park in lot)

Get some fresh air and exercise as you take in autumn hues and historic sites. Harpers Ferry is an easy day trip or weekend destination from DC, and fall is a great time to go. For more about a visit there, see this recent post.

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One Response to The Weekend Round-Up: November 7-8

  1. Vanessa

    The Key School in Annapolis will be hosting Harvest of the Artist Handmade Market to try and support local artists. It’s on Sunday from 11am-5pm and there is a GREAT playground for the little ones:)

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