If you’re looking for some midsummer magic, you’ll find it in the many fantastic events and activities going on over the next few days. Happy Weekend!
Where: National Air & Space Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Friday, 10am – 3pm
Zoom over to Air & Space for their annual celebrating of the Red Planet! Kids can check out a real meteorite, test maneuvering skills in a hands-on activity with small robots, get news about Curiosity from a science team member, see images of current activity on Mars, and much more.
Lotus & Water Lily Festival
Where: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Celebrate nature, culture, and community and enjoy the glorious beauty at the wild wetlands of Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens! The annual Lotus & Water Lily Festival welcomes all for free, family-friendly festivities, including traditional Latin, Asian, and African dancing performances; fun games, arts and crafts, music, and more. Of course, the spectacular beauty of blooming lotuses and water lilies is a main focus of the event, too! Get a glimpse of what to expect in these scenes from last year’s bloom.
Colonial Summer Market Fair
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm | McLean, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4:30pm
Admission: $8/adult, $4/child
Enjoy the outdoors and 18th-century fun at Claude Moore Colonial Farm’s Summer Market Fair! Play games and watch a children’s puppet theatre. Watch period demonstrations of spinning, dyeing, and the blacksmith at work. Make your own corn husk doll or learn to dip a candle. See heritage breed animals such as Ossabow pigs and turkeys. Lunch for purchase includes spit roasted chicken, sausages and bread, roasted olives, seasonal vegetables, watermelon and fruit pies. The Colonial Tavern serves a variety of beer and ale, wine, lemonade and ginger ale. All proceeds support this privately operated and funded national park and living history museum. Read more about the colonial farm here.
Do You Dig Archaeology?
Where: Dumbarton House | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Be part of a celebration of archaeology, at the annual Day of Archaeology Festival. Talk to archaeologists in person and learn about the science and art of archaeology. Kids can enjoy engaging activities, including mock‐excavations, hands‐on artifact displays, crafts, and demonstrations. The archaeology of local prehistoric and historic inhabitants will also be featured — a great way to learn about local history! Live music, face painting, and visits from some of DC’s best food trucks will also be part of the day’s festivities.
Living Earth Festival
Where: National Museum of the American Indian | National Mall
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, 10:30am – 5pm
This year’s Living Earth Festival brings attention to cultural sustainability and food sovereignty. Join us for a panel on tribal tourism, and how it is used to educate visitors and provide a source of economic development. Meet young Indigenous farmers from Hawaii, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Round out your experience with a wine tasting featuring the award-winning cedar Band of Paiute Indians’ Twisted Cedar Wines.
Seize the Summer Days
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend
Admission: Varies by locale
Summer is whizzing by, so enjoy the season while you can with activities that only occur this time of year. Start off the weekend with a free outdoor concert this evening, then continue the fun on Saturday and Sunday with water play at a pool or spray park. Or take it indoors at special summer program like Fun House at the Building Museum or free admission for kids to the Newseum. Wind it all up with crab feast or a movie under the stars. Get details about all of these summer diversions and even more in the 2018 Summer Guide
Where: Kastles Stadium at the Smith Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Friday, 7pm
Admission: Tickets start at $16
The Washington Kastles, the DC franchise of World TeamTennis, will serve up exciting action on the court at the Smith Center on Saturday as they host the New York Empire. And there are always fun activities going to outside the court for all ages to enjoy. For some background, see this post from a few years back (but note the location has changed since then).
Where: Venues around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by show
* Tinker Bell is lighting up the stage at Adventure Theatre — and a special Grandparent Night is on Friday!
* Follow the yellow brick road to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Synetic Theatre
* Enjoy a mini musical outdoors as Listen, Wilhelmina! is performed at Wolf Trap’s Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods
* The Olney Theatre presents The Pirates of Penzance & HMS Pinafore and families are encouraged to see it!
* 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 Winter Wonderland 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
* Dave, adapted from the Oscar-nominated film and recommended for ages 13+, recently opened at Arena Stage
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
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 Mary Cassatt. 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.
Where: Baltimore, MD
When: Friday/Saturday, 11am – 9pm & Sunday, 11am – 7pm
America’s largest free arts festival is happening all weekend long in Baltimore. More than 150 fine artists, fashion designers, and craftspeople; visual art exhibits, including outdoor sculpture, art cars, photography. There are also concerts on outdoor stages, plus dance, opera, theater, film, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performances. Kids can enjoy hands-on projects, demonstrations, competitions, children’s entertainers, and street theater. Concessions sold on site, too! This all takes place at Mount Royal Avenue & Cathedral Street, Charles Street, Bolton Hill, and Station North Arts & Entertainment District neighborhoods. And note that Friday is Youth Day!
Nats vs. Braves
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Saturday
Admission: Ticket prices vary
The Nats are hosting the Braves Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon, and there are a couple of special promotions to enjoy along with the baseball action of the field, including80’s night on Saturday and a Kids’ Batting Helmet giveaway on Sunday, don’t forget ages 4-12 can also run the bases after Sunday’s game. And before you plan your ballpark outing, checkout these KFDC tips on how to do a Nats game without breaking the bank.
Kick it with Spirit
Where: Maureen Hendricks Field, Maryland SoccerPlex | Boyds, MD
When: Saturday, 3pm
Admission: Tickets start at $25
The United aren’t the only soccer game in town. Women’s pro soccer team, Washington Spirit, plays in Germantown, and this weekend they’re hosting the Houston Dash at home. This came with high recommendations from a KFDC reader!
Turtle Park Jazz Project
Where: Friendship “Turtle” Park | Northwest DC
When: Saturday, 6-8:45pm
Join Friends of Friendship (Turtle) for a night of food, fun, and fabulous music on Saturday evening. This installment of the monthly Turtle Park Jazz Project concerts will feature the Sun Jones Quartet, plus a strolling magician and juggler for kids. Grab bites from a variety of food and ice cream trucks or bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy a summer night with family and friends at the park!
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Sunday, 11:30am – 7pm
The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s fourth annual SAAM Arcade links video games to art, architecture, and the museum as a space for creativity, discovery, and engagement. Experience new independent games and gain an exciting glimpse into the innovative future of gaming. This free event will take place in various spaces in the museum’s main building.
Sweat & Shop
Where: Canal Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Sunday, 9am
Join Fit4Mom for a Sweat & Shop Sunday! They’re partnering with FRESHFARM farmer’s market for a FREE Pop-Up Stroller Strides class. Bring the whole family for a workout and then shop the market goodies after class! The first 15 people who join us for class will receive a $2 gift token to spend at the Capitol Riverfront FRESHFARM Market. The market is held in Canal Park, right next to the class, and features fresh produce, smoothies, and ready-to-eat foods from local vendors! Register for the class here.
Go with the Flow
Where: Waterways around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by boathouse
Enjoy the weekend on the water, where you can paddle and explore. A bunch of places around the area rent kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards, rowboats, and pontoons. Fletcher’s Boathouse is a popular place to go, and you can also paddle from nearby Thompson Boathouse and Ballpark Boathouse next to Yards Park. Bladensburg Waterfront Park also has vessels for rent along with free pontoon boat tours on weekends from 5-5:45. If you’re up for a bigger excursion, you can rent your own pontoon at Solomons Island. And you can see where else you can explore by water in this round-up of great places to row.
Take Your Pick
Where: Farms around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale
Blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, and veggies are available for picking at local farms. Just about all of the spots listed in this post about PYO places have something ready for harvest now and welcome guests to come pick ’em themselves. However, it’s always a good idea to check websites or call ahead to confirm availability the day you plan to go. Sunscreen and hat also recommended. KFDC Tip: We were just at Homestead Farms, and the blackberry pickings are excellent right now!
***MORE GOOD STUFF TO KNOW***
* KidFriendly DC is excited to partner with Thrively to feature the best of the season’s activities in a new visually appealing way — read more about it here!
* If you’re going to The Wharf, you can park at East Potomac Park (aka Hains Point) then catch a free jitney ride to the new waterfront area — for free!
* Enjoy pizza and scenic river views with the fam at the new All Purpose Pizzeria location next to Nationals Park.
* The Moth live storytelling events make for a great grown-up night out. (The Moth Podcast is a fave, too!)