Seize the Season
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity
Enjoy summer fun with a host of activities that only occur this time of year. Catch an open-air concert at one of several series in the area. Stay cool at an outdoor pool, sprayground, or water park. See a movie under the stars. Check out a seasonal exhibit. Go berry picking. Ride mini-trains and carousels at local parks. And much, much more! See the Summer 2019 Guide for details on all of these great pursuits.
Family Happy Hour
Where: Hill Center | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Friday, 5-7pm
Admission: $10-12/child, $5/adult
Kick off the weekend with a casual happy hour for parents and tots! Local fave band, King Bullfrog, will hit the stage with high-energy original, folk and blues songs carefully tailored to get children dancing and delight grownups. Your first beer or glass of wine is included with admission!
Jazz ‘n’ Families Fun Days
Where: The Phillips Collection | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm & Sunday, 12-7pm
Leading up to the DC Jazz Festival starting next week and part of The Phillips Collection’s Museum Walk events, there will be special performances and activities for guests, especially young ones. Enjoy both the art and live jazz throughout the museum, including musicians improvising to paintings in the galleries. Kids can enjoy story time, meet some of the artists, visit an instrument petting zoo, create their own masterpieces to take home, and more. View scenes from our visit to last year’s events.
Where: Woodmont & Elm Street | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
The annual Imagination Bethesda is back for its 24th year on Saturday. Musical performances and children’s entertainers will light up the stage, while hands-on art & craft activities will line the streets along Elm St. and Woodmont Avenue in downtown Bethesda. Face painters balloonists, free giveaways, and more will round out the fun community day.
Walt Whitman’s Birthday Party
Where: Library of Congress | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
The Young Readers Center, the space especially for kids at the Library of Congress, will host a day for families to celebrate Walt Whitman and his legacy. Activities will include an author talk at 10am featuring author Robert Burleigh and illustrator Sterling Hundley discussing their book “O Captain, My Captain: Walt Whitman, Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War;” a birthday party for Whitman at 11am, and a book signing at 11:15am. A Whitman butterfly maker activity and handouts of “Walt Whitman’s Guide to Nature Walking” will be available all day. From 1-4pm, guests are also invited to participate in the Library’s crowdsourcing initiative “By the People” and help transcribe selections from Whitman’s writings and papers to make them more searchable and accessible online. Read more about the Library of Congress in this KFDC post.
Urban Kids Fishing Derby
Where: Constitution Gardens | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 8am – 12pm
Gather up the kids and enjoy a day of fishing fun! This catch & release lesson is also a contest — youth who have the winning catches will receive gifts and other outstanding prizes. For the biggest fish, there will be a $100.00 prize, and there will also be goodie bags. Even more, the entire derby will be filmed for an upcoming segment on Urban American Outdoors TV with host Wayne Hubbard. You do not have to know how to fish, the event is free, and there will be plenty of family fun, fishing, and volunteers to help. Pre-registration is required!
Washington Folk Festival
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-7pm
Get folksy at Glen Echo Park this weekend, as the 39th annual Washington Folk Festival showcases the diversity of traditional music in Washington. All of the artists hail from the DC area, but cultures from around the nation, as well as the world, will be represented through music, dance, crafts, and stories.
Cultural Kids & Friends of Freedom
Where: NMAAHC | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30-11:30am & 11:30am – 12:30pm
The National Museum of African American Histpry and Culture is launching a new series of programs for children ages 0-8 this summer, and they begin this weekend! Cultural Kids (for ages 3-5) starts at 10:30am and Friends for Freedom (for ages 6-8) at 11:30am. Both include readings, discussions, and an art project.
Kiddie Music in Garden
Where: US Botanic Garden | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30-11:15am & 11:30am – 12:15pm
If you can’t make the King Bullfrog happy hour show, catch some their tunes on Saturday morning surrounded by the beautiful flora in the Conservatory at the Botanic Garden. Of course, plan to spend some time visiting the plant collections after the show and let the kids play in the delightful Children’s Garden outdoors.
Powell Elementary Spring Carnival
Where: Powell Elementary School | Petworth, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free (fee for activities)
Enjoy a Saturday filled with fun activities for kids and adults while you support a local elementary school! There will be a 24’ rock wall, moon bounces and obstacle courses, carnival games and prizes, face painting, balloon animals, live performances, and more. All proceeds go toward supporting Powell Bilingual Elementary student activities. Please enter through the parking lot on Taylor St. NW near 14th St. NW
Glover Park Day
Where: Guy Mason Rec Center | Glover Park, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
All are welcome to the annual outdoor festival celebrates the Glover Park neighborhood. Started 30 years ago, the event has grown over the years to offer the neighborhood a chance to enjoy the outdoors together, spend time with family and friends, listen to good music, and enjoy our local businesses and restaurants. Kids’ activities and treats include face painting, a mechanical bull, moon bounce, Sno Cones, and cotton candy. Have your pet try out the Dog Obstacle Course, enter a raffle to win prizes, and more!
Shake Up Your Saturday
Where: Folger Shakespeare Library | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: Free, but registration required
Join the Folger’s family program that takes place the first Saturday of every month. In this ” The 18 Nearly Lost Plays” session, kids ages 5-11 will act out parts from some of the favorite and lesser known Shakespeare plays that were saved by the First Folio. Go here to sign up — ages 4-7 at 10am, and 8-11 at 11am. And read more about the Folger Shakespeare library in this KFDC post.
Bourbon & Bluegrass
Where: Lincoln’s Cottage | Petworth, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $65/adult, $35/age 7-17, free/6 & under
This is a little more of an adult event, but kids are welcome… Lounge on Lincoln’s lawn, sip bourbon, and enjoy live bluegrass music at the fifth annual Bourbon and Bluegrass event! Admission includes an afternoon of live bluegrass music from local musicians, two drink tickets for bourbon cocktails provided by Knob Creek! (21+ only, ID required), bourbon and beer tasting, an exterior preservation tour of Lincoln’s Cottage. There will also be activities such as beard grooming, square dancing, lawn games by DCFray, and more! All proceeds from the event go towards preservation efforts at President Lincoln’s Cottage to help keep the historic gem open and available to share Lincoln’s untold stories.
Walk the Museum Walk
Where: Dupont-Kalorama Neighborhoods, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Get off the Mall and explore the many museums in the Dupont-Kalorama neighborhood during the 35th annual Museum Walk Weekend. (You can also check out the Obama’s future neighborhood!) See the exhibits and enjoy special programs for free at several diverse museums, including The Phillips Collection, Dumbarton House, the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, Anderson House, and the President Woodrow Wilson House.
Children’s Arts & Crafts Workshops
Where: House of Sweden | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 12-3pm
Let your creativity loose and draw inspiration from the current exhibits in House of Sweden and participate in STEAM activities for kids, encouraging innovation and children’s curiosity. Children will be able to create abstract art, make small popsicle stick homes in honor of Folkhem’s sustainable wooden home design in Sweden, and more! You can also check out the interactive room Children in the City – Little Library & Funky Town or listen to a Swedish children’s book (in English) after you are done crafting, during Storytime at 3pm. Located at 2900 K Street NW.
African Art Family Game Day
Where: African Art Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Stroll the galleries, play African board games based on children’s stories from Ghana, Madagascar, and Mozambique, try your hand at an African craft, or take a tour. There’s something for the whole family! And plan for some time, before or after, in the lovely Haupt Garden located right outside the museum behind the Smithsonian Castle.
Summer Reading Kick-Off Party
Where: Scrawl Books | Reston Town Center, VA
When: Saturday, 11am
Join authors Laura Gehl and Erica Perl for a summer reading kick-off party at Scrawl Books. Laura will share her new picture books Dibs! and Except When They Don’t. Erica will share her new book Truth or Lie: Sharks! There will be crafts, laughs, and lots of book-focused fun.
Vintage Virginia Wine & Food Festival
Where: Bull Run Park | Centreville, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $40-75/adults, free/under 12
A wine fest might sound like a grown-ups-only event, but this one offers plenty of fun for kids, too. Chef demos, food truck fare, live music, and a whole family area with activities especially for children are among the festivities. Of course, there will be plenty of opportunity for wine tasting, too!
Occoquan Arts & Crafts Show
Where: Downtown Historic Occoquan, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Get ready for a weekend full of art, crafts, entertainment, and family fun. Over 10,000 people are expected to attend the Town of Occoquan’s 49th Annual Arts and Crafts Show. Along with the creative items for sale by more than 300 contemporary and country crafters, there will be live entertainment, a DJ, food, and a Kidz Corner.
Washington Mystics vs. Atlanta Dream
Where: Entertainment and Sports Arena | Congress Heights, DC
When: Saturday, 7pm
Admission: Tickets start at $12
The Mystics’ season home opener is on Saturday in their new home at the state-of-the-arts Entertainment and Sports Arena located on the St. Elizabeths East Campus. Check them out in the game against the Atlanta Dream. All fans in attendance will receive a Mystics wallet courtesy of Capital One!
DC United vs. San Jose Earthquakes
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 8pm
Admission: Tickets start at $25
Kick it at a DC United match on Saturday evening as they host the San Jose Earthquakes. If you haven’t been to the new stadium yet, you’re in for a treat — it’s a great arena with excellent views of the action on the field as well as the city skyline. I recommend taking public transportation since parking can be difficult. Or park in the Navy Yard neighborhood, grab dinner at one of the many eateries, then walk from there.
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by performance
* See theatre by kids for kids as Encore Stage & Studio presents The Talented Clementine
* See a fairytale classic on strings with Cinderella at The Puppet Co.
* And Clowning Around is the featured Tiny Tots performance there on Sunday.
* Spend Saturday morning with The Great Zucchini at Jammin Java.
* Create your own adventure to Escape from Peligro Island at Imagination Stage
Where: Solid State Books | H Street NE, DC
When: Sunday, 10:30-11:30am
Join Heather Markowitz for a family yoga class followed by a reading of her new book Let’s Make Yoga Magic. Make yoga magic with the most beautiful and interactive kids yoga book out there! Pull the levers, turn the wheels, and watch as 13 adorable children come to life to act out yoga poses. A perfect tool for instructing and inspiring little yogis of all ages.
Books in Bloom
Where: Merriweather Post Pavilion | Columbia, MD
When: Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Books in Bloom returns for its third year with an incredible lineup of award-winning authors and activities to entertain the whole family. Enjoy story time, balloon animals, face painting, glitter tattoos, a puppet show, and interactive outdoor games. Can’t-miss events include readings by YA authors Kathy MacMillan and Carmen Rodrigues and conversations with James Bear award winner Chef Kwame Onwuachi and Chef Edward Lee.
Maker Faire NoVa
Where: George Mason University | Fairfax, VA
When: Sunday, 11am
Maker Faire NoVa is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy making, experimenting, learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue to for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects. We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth — a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. There are lots of hands-on activities, demonstrations, workshops, and speakers. Glimpse the future and get inspired!
Baby Jam Sing-a-long
Where: Balducci’s | Reston Town Center, VA
When: Sunday, 11:15am – 12pm
Join BabyJam for free sing-a-long all about fruits & veggies sponsored by Balducci’s! Recommended for children ages 0-8, enjoy live music and a fun time for little ones. While you’re there, plan on having a yummy meal, too!
***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* There’s a giveaway going on to win two children’s entries to the Kids Obstacle Challenge on June 29.
* Jim Thorpe, PA makes for a great easy getaway from from DC!
* Ideas (and convenient online shopping) for Father’s Day gifts.
* The 3rd season of Handmaids Tale begins on Wednesday. Praise be.
* This Sunday, June 2, $1 from every order at sweetgreen will be donated to Covenant House and their programming to support LGBTQ+ youth facing homelessness.