The Weekend Round-Up:
October 26-28

Día de los Muertos at the American Indian Museum is a fun, festive, and free celebration!





Happy Weekend!

Halloweekend
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Break in the costumes and prep for Halloween coming on Wednesday all weekend long! There’s a scary amount of events and activities that celebrate the spooky spirit. Some are detailed below, and this post has details on even more happenings where the tricks and treats are going on.

BOOtanica
Where: Brookside Gardens | Wheaton, MD
When: Friday, 5:30-8:30pm
Admission: $18/child (free for parents)

Gather the family together for a fun evening! Children can dress in their favorite costume, participate in a garden costume parade, paint a pumpkin, try a pumpkin treat, and top the evening off listening to award-winning storyteller Gary Lloyd present “Pumpkin Tales for the Young” telling tales more funny than scary. Space is limited. Register children ages 3–12, parents are free.

The Big Draw
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Join the NGA for the world’s largest drawing festival. This museum-wide celebration of drawing includes a Sketching Lab, in-gallery sessions with teaching artists, live models, music, and film. Be sure to check the website for the schedule of workshops, which are all first-come, first-served, here.

Día de los Muertos | Day of the Dead
Where: American Indian Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5:30pm
Admission: Free

The end of October and beginning of November marks the end of the long southward migration of large numbers of monarch butterflies. The butterflies’ arrival in Mexico coincides with the observance of Día de los Muertos. The museum is celebrating monarch butterflies through the creation of an interactive mural with Joaquin Newman, butterfly luminaria, and butterfly masks. Butterflies will also appear in a contemporary ofrenda celebrating the marigold paddler, an ancient Maya story interpreted by Evelyn Orantes and traditional ofrendas by Oaxacan-born Lucina Flores and Puebla-born Luz Maria Reyes. Grupo los Tecuanes shares cultural performances of Danza de los Tecuanes (Dance of the Jaguar) and Danza de los Viejitos (Dance of the Old Men).

Truck or Treat!
Where: Suburban Nursery School
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: $5

Suburban Nursey School is hosting its annual Truck Touch, this time with a Halloween twis — the first 200 kids to arrive in costume will get a treat! But everyone who attends will enjoy the hands-on event for kids of all ages.The parking lot will be full of emergency vehicles, construction trucks, school buses, and other cool things that go, and kids are allowed and encouraged to explore. There will also be a used toy and book sale, bounce houses, pumpkin decorating, face painting, nail art, little tykes ride-ons, matchbox car races, and much more!

Trick or Treat with the Boo-tiques
Where: Old Town Boutique District | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Bring your little ghosts and goblins to the Old Town Boutique District’s annual event to start their trick-or-treating early. Stop by the dozens of shops, where they’ll be dishing out treats and some maybe some family-friendly tricks. Halloween costumes are encouraged.

Día de los Muertos Family Day
Where: American Art Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with the Smithsonian American Art Museum! Enjoy Mexican folk dance performances throughout the day and leave your handmade “ofrendas” (offerings) including paper marigolds, calaveras (skull masks), and paper monarch butterflies on our Day of the Dead altar. See more about the museum here.

Kids’ Day at the Washington International Horse Show
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free for kids, $15/adult

This fun, family-friendly event created to share the joy of horses with the local D.C. community and teach kids and their families about horses and equestrian sport. Children can participate in more than a dozen hands-on educational and fun activities, including pony rides, the Discovery Communications Horseless Horse Show, the Horse Stars Hall of Fame interactive exhibit, coloring station, face painting, pony brushing lessons from Rokeby Farm Stables, plus giveaways from Georgetown Cupcake. Klinger, the famous horse from the U.S. Army Caisson Platoon, often attends as a special guest to greet the children. There’s even a pony kissing booth with Mini Cooper, the mini pony! And note that the Horse Show will be happening all weekend!

OAKtober Fest
Where: National Arboretum | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 8am for 5k, 10am for festival
Admission: Free, but $20/child, $35/adult to join the 5k

Friends of the National Arboretum and the Washington Youth Garden present the 2nd annual fall festival for the 2018 OAKtoberfest and 5k Fun Run at the Arboretum. The 5k course will showcase DC’s amazing fall foliage while winding through forests and fields- all on paved, uninterrupted paths. Stay the rest of the afternoon for a children’s tree climb, a kids’ bike rodeo, walking and bicycle tours, food trucks, and live music!

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

* It’s the last chance to see the classic children’s book Blueberries for Sal come to life at Adventure Theatre (Save $2 per ticket on the Saturday 11am or 2pm show with code LASTCHANCE)
* Jason Reynolds’s best-selling book Long Way Down has been adapted for the stage at the Kennedy Center
* Sleepy Hollow brings a haunting tale to Synetic Theater
* Enjoy Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical at Black Rock Center for the Arts in Gaithersburg
* The Tiniest Tempest at The Atlas is Shakespeare for young theatre-goers
* Hansel & Gretel is the Main Stage production at The Puppet Co.
* Little ones will love Imaginary Friends, this week’s featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theatre.
* Beetlejuiceis running at National Theatre
* Take tots and preschoolers to see Blue at Imagination Stage

Pumpin Rock ‘n Roll
Where: Warner Circle Park | Kensington, MD
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Join Headfirst Camps this Halloween for a spooky afternoon of music, games, food, and fun at the first ever Pumpkin Rock N’ Roll! Warner Circle Park will be transformed into a full-blown Halloween extravaganza. Kids can participate in a fun costume contest and parade, and enjoy family-friendly attractions including festival-style musical performances, food trucks, inflatable rides and slides, and a hay maze. Don’t miss the main event: The Pumpkin Roll, a derby race of Halloween pumpkins-turned-boxcars.

Fall Frolic
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free, but small cost for some activities

It’s a safe and fun Halloween event with something for everyone! Daytime activities for families will include pumpkin decorating, arts & crafts, face painting, trick-or-treating, and a costume parade around the Park.

Family Day
Where: Dumbarton Oaks | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 2-4pm
Admission: Free

This event for families is a great opportunity for children of all ages to learn about the Juggling the Middle Ages exhibition through hands-on activities, including juggling lessons for kids! Guests can also enjoy two live juggling performances (2:30pm & 3:30pm), arts and crafts tables, and book readings, followed by the chance to view the exhibition. Featuring more than 100 objects, Juggling the Middle Ages explores the influence of the medieval world by focusing on a single story with a long-lasting impact — Le Jongleur de Notre Dame or Our Lady’s Tumbler —  following the tale from its rediscovery by scholars in the 1870s to its modern interpretations in children’s books. Light snacks and refreshments will be available. Register for free here.

Kids Euro Festival
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

It’s another weekend of the series that’s essentially a passport to artistic adventures, as the 11th Annual Kids Euro Festival brings continental entertainment right to DC. More than 70 free performances all around the metro area — musicians, storytellers, dancers, and puppeteers, and more — are performing at a variety of venues around the city through November 4. See what’s on the schedule over the next few days.

The Smurfs at 60
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: Free

La la lala la la la lala la la…Celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Smurfs, characters created in 1958 by Belgian artist Peyo. Enjoy six different cartoon episodes and watch as our blue friends get into a lot of fun misadventures! Featured episodes include: “A Gift for Papa’s Day,” “Secret of Shadow Swamp,” “Lazy’s Slumber Party,” “Queen Smurfette,” “Brainy’s Smarty Part,” and “Smurfette’s Gift.” Recommended for ages 6 and up, this screening is held in partnership with Kids Euro Festival and the Belgian embassy. Approximately 72 minutes.

123 Andrés Show
Where: John Marshall Library | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: Free

As part of the big reopening celebration for the John Marshall Library, local favorites 123 Andrés will perform a fun concert for kids and families! Join them and be a part of this big celebration.

Pumpkin Carving for Kids
Where: Maketto | H Street NE, DC
When: Sunday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Join the H Street restaurant on Sunday to make some jack-o-lanterns just in time for Halloween.  Enjoy complimentary snacks and cider, too. I also recommend planning to have a meal while you’re there — the food is delicious!

Little Spooky Sprouts
Where: Beefsteak | Tenleytown, DC
When: Sunday, 11 am
Admission: Free, but pay for meals

Have some Halloween fun at the eatery! Activities include a costume contest, craft station to decorate mini pumpkins, a “HOLLOW-een” taste station of pumpkin dishes and seed snacks using all parts of the pumpkin, FREE JV bowl with purchase of a regular bowl, 1/2 off fall bowl coupon for future use, and Halloween goodie bags with purchase of a JV bowl Sunday through Halloween.

NSO Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Sunday, 2pm & 4pm
Tickets: $15-18

An annual tradition! The Concert Hall transforms into a ghostly sight when the NSO performs new and old classics to celebrate Halloween, which this year also marks the Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) with ghoulishly attired musicians. Arrive early for trick-or-treating and a special Haunted Hall Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo.” Recommended for ages 5+.

Recreation on Ice
Where: Local ice rinks | Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

The outdoor ice skating season around DC has begun! A few local rinks are welcoming skaters to glide away under the sky, and indoor rinks host public skate sessions, too. See this post with details on where you can enjoy some cool recreation.

Inside Out(ings)
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

With rain in the forecast for at least part of the weekend, you’ll want to have some go-to places to hang inside. The Great Indoors post has over 100 ideas for just those kinds of adventures.

***MORE GOOD STUFF TO KNOW***
* The Smithsonian has a school for little learners! Check out the many programs at Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center.
* Kids in 4th and 5th grades can ski free in PA, thanks to the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association Snowpass program!
* Bon Appétit magazine just launched a column by Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen on yummy dishes for picky little eaters.
* Uniqlo has great, warm, cute, and very inexpensive basics for both kids and adults. (And that referral link gets you a discount!)
* A Star is Born is AH-mazing — stellar performances by both Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. See it (KidFree) if you haven’t already!

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2 Responses to The Weekend Round-Up:
October 26-28

  1. rebecca

    Wow! Thank you so much for organizing all of this awesome information every week! Your weekly email determines our weekend now 🙂

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