The Weekend Round-Up: July 13-15

There’s all kinds of All Star fun happening in DC this weekend!

This weekend is a sports fan’s dream with events to celebrate the upcoming All Star game, DC United’s inaugural match at Audi Field, and the World Cup final on Sunday. And for those who aren’t so big on baseball and soccer, there’s so much going on that is sure to delight: art, ice cream, summer fun, live entertainment, sunflowers, trains, and more…always more. Happy Weekend!

Play Ball!
Where: First and M Streets SE | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: Free

With the MLB All Star game happening in DC next week, there is a lot going on to celebrate, especially in the Nationals Park neighborhood. The Yards will host the 2018 PLAY BALL PARK, a 56,000 square foot interactive area where MLB® and its programming partners will provide fun, engaging, and educational activities for youth baseball and softball players and their families — all in the backdrop of the midsummer classic. There will be “Free Play” hours throughout the schedule, but the majority of programming will come from various partners. And through Wednesday, July 18, The Yards Park and Canal Park will play home to more than a dozen larger-than-life baseball inflatables — think photo-ops for fans of every team. Stop by before a game or take a walk after dinner on the waterfront.

All Star Fan Fest
Where: Washington Convention Center | Mt. Vernon Square, DC
When: Through July 17
Admission: $35/adult, $30/child, $19/senior

The largest interactive baseball theme park in the world will be in DC to celebrate the All Star game. For five days, baseball and softball fans have the opportunity to meet MLB Legends, enjoy lots of ball-themed activities, get free autographs, receive daily giveaways, and much more. Note: There are more Fan Fest events at other locations, including a celeb softball game at Nationals Park on Saturday. Most cost more, but include Fan Fest admission at the Convention Center.

Art Investigators
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free

Drop in to the National Gallery of Art as the museum’s wonderful program for children ages 4-7 returns for the season. Art Investigators introduces kids to art and encourages them to make observations and use their imaginations as they discover different works. During this weekend’s sessions, they’ll explore the art of Vincent Vangogh. Read a KFDC review of the program from the early KFDC years (it’s old, but still relevant, as the program is very much the same, just a different name). It’s offered on Friday and Saturday at 10:30am, 11:30am, and 12:30pm, and on Sunday at 11:30am, 12:30pm, and 1:30pm. Same day sign-up takes place in the West Building Rotunda starting at 10am Friday/Saturday and at 11am on Sunday.

Summer in the City
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

Free concerts, outdoor swimming, special exhibits, beach time, water parks, movies under the stars, sprayground fun. Activities exclusive to the season can all be enjoyed this weekend. The Summer 2018 Guide has the whole scoop on all of them.

The DC Scoop
Where: Union Market | Northeast DC
When: Friday, 5-9pm
Admission: Free

DC’s sweetest event is back at Union Market — but in the evening this time! This celebration of ice cream is a treat for all. Head outside on Neal Street to enjoy a free scoop, load it up with toppings by Windows Catering, listen to a live set by DJ Bast + Native Nebula, from the AOK Family and MORE! Savor ice cream by Trickling Springs Creamery, Dolcezza Gelato, Ice Cream Jubilee, and Love n’ Faith. You can also enjoy ice cream specials inside the Market, including Peregrine, Toli Moli, Bun’d Up and more!

Meet a Penguin
Where: West Shore Park | Baltimore, MD
When: Friday, 5-8pm
Admission: Free

Waddle your way to Charm City for a Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore’s Summer Social. The series provides free entertainment on the Waterfront and are the perfect family-friendly way to start the weekend with live music, food, beverages provided by Dooby’s and children’s activities. Kid can play in the Walter Sondheim Interactive Fountain, enjoy crafts, and, last but not least, take photos, selfies and get up-close interaction with an African penguin from the Maryland Zoo!

All Star Summer Riverfest
Where: The Yards Park
When: Saturday & Sunday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Make your summer memorable! The Yards and The Capitol Riverfront BID will be hosting an unforgettable family-friendly All-Star Summer Riverfront Festival. The Yards Park will be transformed into a sandlot with games, activities, and entertainment. There will be something for everyone!

French Festival

Where: Hillwood Estate & Gardens | Upper Northwest, DC

When: Saturday, 9:30am – 7pm

Admission: $18/adult ($12/members), $5/ages 6-18, free/5 & under

Calling all Francophiles! Celebrate Bastille Day in grand French splendor! With exquisite French 18th-century interiors, collections, and gardens as a backdrop, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is a perfect place for a fête. Throughout the day, games, lively theatrics, dance, pantomime, French fare, and music bring the life of the French court to the lush gardens at Hillwood.

The Nextival
Where: Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds | Crownsville, MD
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: Tickets start at $10, free/12 & under

The Nextival musical festival is a weekend of entertainment and fun for the whole fam, featuring 40 food trucks and vendors, 27 bands and performers, 10 inflatables for bouncy fun, and multiple stages. There will also be two helicopters offering rides to downtown Annapolis and back, plus 400 pounds of Legos and Duplos, arts and crafts for the kids, and fun outdoor games like Cornhole. Check out the website for the lineup of live music.

Baseball Family Day
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy the crack of a bat or just Cracker Jack? Then join us for our family day celebrating all things baseball! Create your own baseball card, make a pennant for your favorite team, and dance around the courtyard to the music of baseball. Popcorn and baseball park-themed snacks available for purchase
from the Courtyard Café.

Baseball Americana Family Day
Where: Library of Congress | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

The daylong series of free baseball-themed events and activities for visitors of all ages. The day will include a vintage baseball clinic based on the rules of the game from the 19th century; “Black Diamond,” a play for children from Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater about some of the game’s first black players; a demonstration on the craft of bat making; and a presentation about the original “Laws of Base Ball” by Major League Baseball’s official historian. All events will take place at the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building.

DC United in the (New) House!
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 4pm
Admission: Tickets start at $75

Welcome DC United to their new home as they play their first match at Audi Field this Saturday against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Celebrate the opening at the brand new fan plaza starting at 4pm. Festivities will include a concert by White Ford Bronco, a beer garden, games, photo ops, food trucks, free DC United swag, and more.

A Sea of Sunflowers
Where: McKee Beshers Wildlife Management Area | Poolesville, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Get your cameras ready for one eye-popping bloom! The sunflowers at McKee Beshers are reaching their peak, and visitors are welcome to take in the brilliant scene. Nine fields showcase 30 acres of flowers — and they should be blooming for at least couple of weeks. Read more about it and see pics from last year’s bloom here. KFDC Tip: If you plan to go, pair it with a PYO blackberries outing at Homestead Farms, which is just minutes away.

Show Time
Where: Venues around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by show

* Tinker Bell is lighting up the stage at Adventure Theatre
* It’s opening weekend for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Synetic Theatre
* Reserve free tickets for PREPOSTEROUS! A Happenstance Clown Circus, this week’s Saturday Morning at the National show
* FLY Dance Company is performing on the outdoor stage at Wolf Trap’s Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods on Saturday
* You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is on the Imagination Stage
* And little ones will love Paper Dreams at the theatre in Bethesda
* See a fairytale classic on strings as The Puppet Co. presents Snow White and the 7 Dwarves
* And Old MacDonald’s Farm is the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theater on Sunday
* Teen ages and up will enjoy Second City’s Generation Gap at the Kennedy Center

Fun House
Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $16/adult, $13/age 3-17, free/members

Jump in, literally, to fun at the Building Museum’s annual Summer Block Party. This year’s exhibition, Fun House, was created by Snarkitecture, the same group that brought us The Beach a few years ago. It’s full of clever details and neat features that welcome all ages to engage and enjoy. It even comes with a big backyard pool, and visitors are welcome to take a dip!

On the Fringe
Where: Theatres around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by performances

The Capital Fringe Festival is still running, and while most of the entertainment lineup this weekend is recommended for tween ages and up, there are a few all-ages events, too. More details and ticket sales are on the Capital Fringe Festival website. And, parents, consider catching a performance for a KidFree night out!

Model Trains and Thomas
Where: Historic Vienna Train Station | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free (donations accepted)

While you’re at Viva Vienna, stop by the Historic Vienna Train Station where you can see and hear HO scale model trolleys and trains, including Thomas and some of his friends on display and in operation. It’s a great family fun and activity for the young and young at heart. The Station is at 231 Dominion Road NE, Vienna, VA along the W&OD trail just past the Caboose.

Peace Day Celebration
Where: King Farm
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

The governor of Maryland is proclaiming the July birthday of he late teen poet, NY Times bestselling author, and peace activist – Mattie J.T. Stepanek – to be “Peace Day!” You can celebrate on Saturday with activities and crafts, music and dancing, a moon bounce and face painting, and more. Mix107.3’s Jimmy Alexander will return this year as the event emcee, as will numerous performers. A highlight of the event this year includes “peace conversations” with local leaders (including police, fire fighters, elected officials, educators, and more) – many of whom will also be taking a turn as a “guest bartender” and pouring signature drinks while engaging neighbors in conversation about Mattie’s life and message, and about growing peace in our communities. The proclamations and peace day birthday cake cutting begins at 2 pm. 

World Cup Watch
Where: Around the DMV
When: Sunday, 11am

If you want to watch the final World Cup match with fellow fútbol fanatics, a bunch of places around the area will be showcasing the France vs. Croatia battle for the championship. Along with these recommendations, you can find suggestions here and here, and they include several places where kids will be more than welcome, too.

DC, Inside & Out
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

If the rising mercury this weekend has you looking for extra indoor outings, The Great Indoors post has 100 ideas for things to do. And if you can’t get enough of the outdoors no matter what the temps, check out this robust round-up of the best outdoor adventures in the DC area.

* KidFriendly DC is on Instagram if you want to get extra updates and a bit of a behind-the-scenes glimpse.
* There are many ways parents and kids can volunteer together for Moms Demand Action to help prevent gun violence.
* The Washington School of Ballet (TWSB) is holding auditions for their school year program (September to May) on Saturday, July 14.
* Mi Vida at The Wharf is a fun and tasty place to dine and drink by the water.
* The Caddyshack vibes of Red Oaks make it a great TV binge.


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2 Responses to The Weekend Round-Up: July 13-15

  1. Great Round Up, planing a trip to DC this month.

    • Linda @ KidFriendly DC

      Glad you think so! Be sure to check back when you’re here to see what’s going on around DC then. 🙂

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