The Weekend Round-Up:
November 15-17



Happy Weekend!

Harry Potter Nerf Night
Where: Badlands | Rockville, MD
When: Friday, 5:30-8pm
Admission: $30/kid

Accio all Wizards and Witches: It’s a magical night for the Quidditch World Cup as the Houses of Gryffindor and Slytherin compete for victory! You bring your robe and wand, and they’ll bring the snitch.
Costumes and wands encouraged! Kids tickets include a pizza party. Muggles (adults) are free and even get a complimentary beer tasting.

Bye Bye, Bei Bei
Where: National Zoo | Woodley Park, DC
When: Through November 18
Admission: Free

Say goodbye to Bei Bei, the beloved giant panda, before his move to China. There are special events and activities at the zoo to help wish him a fond farewell. Write a postcard with your well-wishes, make a friendship + good luck bracelet, watch zoo staff give him special Smithsonian-themed enrichment and treats, and join a Q&A with a keeper. Of course, you can visit even more animals while you’re there.

Ice It
Where: Ice rinks around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

With sunny skies and cool temps in the forecast, conditions this weekend should be perfect for outdoor ice skating. The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Canal Park, and Washington Harbor Ice Rinks are open or opening for the season, and most other local rinks are welcoming skaters to glide the day — and night — away. This post has details on all of them (and indoor venues, too), including bonus activities while you’re there.

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

The cold weather this week may have had you thinking fall is over. But there’s still some autumn left in the area, and there are a bunch of great ways to enjoy it. This post has 10 great recommendations for where to go (that aren’t farm festivals.)

Fossil Fest
Where: Natural History Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5:30pm
Admission: Free

Gather your friends and family and get ready for a fun, fossil-filled day in Q?rius! Learn about the tools and research techniques experts use to unearth the facts about prehistoric ecosystems and life long ago. Explore the world of paleontology by meeting scientists and paleontology staff to get a behind-the-scenes look into their work. Experience the field yourself through virtual reality, handling 3D fossil prints, or by sifting for and identifying fossils YOU can uncover at our hands-on learning stations! Find something for everyone in your family to enjoy, from arts and crafts and mask making to film shorts, and much more. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.

Family Art Day
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Join the museum for a variety of activities, including storytelling, sketching, exploring materials, and fun for all ages! This program will take place in the East Building. FYI: from 9-10am, programming is available for children with sensory processing disorders and their families. To sign up for early entry, contact [email protected] or (202) 842-6905.

Nao Santa María
Where: The Wharf – Market Pier | Southwest DC
When: Through November 17, 10am – 6pm
Admission: $10/adult, $5/child, $25/family (up to 5)

Take a trip back in time with The Wharf! Board the historic Santa María, a faithful replica of the Spanish galleons used in the time of Columbus, docking at Market Pier from through Sunday, November 17. Learn the fascinating history of these ocean crossing vessels. Built in Spain in the tradition of the nao ships of the 16th century, the vessel weighs 200 tons and is nearly 100 feet long. Tours will be conducted daily, and discounts are available for school groups and families.

Blackfeet Nation Tribal Festival
Where: American Indian Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday,
Admission: Free

Learn about the Blackfeet Nation and the many aspects unique to Blackfeet culture through this two-day festival. The Blackfeet Reservation, located in northwestern Montana along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, is home one of the 10 largest tribes in the United States, with more than 17,000 enrolled members. Blackfeet artists, performers, historians and culture bearers will share demonstrations and performances throughout the festival weekend.

The Velveteen Rabbit
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $20.50

It’s opening weekend for the classic tale being brought to life on the Adventure Theatre stage. Margery Williams’s beloved toy story gets a vibrant retelling in this brand new adaptation. When the Child gets the Rabbit for Christmas, she is at first disappointed in her gift. But as the two quest and adventure through her storybooks, both Rabbit and Child grow and care for each other. And they discover that love is the greatest force in the Universe and can make impossible things Real. (Psst: Get tickets for $5 for the 11/15 show through TodayTix!)

Rent 20th Anniversary Tour
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $54 – $117 (look for discounts)

The Broadway hit is in DC on its 20th Annoversary Tour. And if you’re wondering whether it holds up after all these years, I think that Rent is at an all time high. The performances are brilliant, delivered with passion and grit; the music is still stirring; and its themes of life and love and friendship resonate as deeply as ever. Recommended for ages 13+.

More Show Time
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by show

* Reserve free tickets the Thumbelina, this week’s Saturday Morning at the National show
* Join the Disney Junior Holiday Party at the Warner Theatre on Sunday (find discount tix)
* Groove to Baby Beats with Max and Root, two beat boxing dads at The Atlas
* Let Newsies entertain you at Arena Stage
* Circo Comedia brings thrills, comedy, stunts, magic, and eccentricity to the Hylton Performing Arts Center
* Creative Cauldron presents The Jungle Book (find discount tix)
* See Singin’ in the Rain at Olney Theatre
* Little theatre-goers will love Inside Out at Imagination Stage
* No lie, Pinocchio is at The Puppet Co.
* And Baby Bear’s Birthday is the featured Tiny Tots show there on Sunday
* Oran Etkin is playing the Saturday morning show at Jammin Java
* Source Theatre’s Little Shop of Horrors is recommended for tweens and up.
* Enjoy a performance of Amadeus at The Folger

Nibble+Squeak Tykesgiving Feast
Where: The Line Hotel | Adams Morgan, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30 am – 1:30pm
Admission: $20/child, $95-125/adult

Join Nibble+Squeak DC, the community “parents with pipsqueaks” who love to eat, at A Rake’s Progress for a festive and autumnal “Tykesgiving” feast! The family-style meal of local and seasonal flavors will kick off your Thanksgiving festivities as James Beard Award–winning chef Spike Gjerde cooks what he sources from Mid-Atlantic farms and waters. Sip on an expertly paired wine while your pipsqueaks partake in a post-meal turkey day singalong by local children’s musician, Corrine Zmoos.

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

With so many ways to celebrate the holidays around the area, you may as well get started early, so you can enjoy all those you want. Shows and special events that embrace — and emit — holiday cheer have begun. Start your holiday shopping, stroll or drive through a light display, visit Santa, and much, much more. The 2019 KFDC Guide to the Holiday Season in DC has ALL you need to help make the season merry and bright.

Flight Fest
Where: Maryland Science Center | Baltimore, MD
When: Saturday, 12-4
Admission: $25.95/adult, $19.95/age 3-12

Let imaginations soar at the Maryland Science Center during Flight Fest! Get up close with airplanes and birds and learn about the science of aerodynamics and wings. Participate in aeronautic challenges and test out your own flying contraptions. Enjoy all of the ongoing exhibits and offerings while you’re there — museum hours are 10am – 6pm. Read more about the Maryland Science Center in this KFDC post.

Arts & Crafts & Storytime
Where: House of Sweden | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Bring children ages 3-10 to the House of Sweden for activities just for them! From 12-3pm, they can express themselves through art in special workshops — attendees are set up with everything they need to participate. (Note: This will also take place on October 12, November 2, and November 16). Then at 3pm, experience Swedish children’s literature (in English). And while you’re there, tour the photo exhibition ‘Swedish Dads,’ portraits 45 fathers who have chosen to stay at home with their children for at least six months.

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

Chug on down to 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.

Groovy Nate & Cider
Where: Capitol Cider House | Brookland, DC
When: Sunday, 10:30-11:30am
Admission: $5

Catch some entertainment especially for kids at a place that usually caters to adults! Capitol Cider House is a family friendly cider that presents children’s shows every Sunday, and this weekend its Groovy Nate, a children’s entertainer and Wolf Trap Teaching Artist who creates fun and educational shows using exotic musical instruments and puppet skits— a la Sesame Street meets Parliament/Funkadelic, meshed with The Electric Company, Kraftwerk, and Dub Reggae. Doors open at 10am. Tickets required for all ages. All adult ticket holders will be able to enjoy our normal weekday happy hour — $4 pours of house cider, $5 craft beer, $6 local wine & $7 cocktails – from 10am-noon.

Park It in Fairfax
Where: Parks in Fairfax County, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

The Fairfax County Park Authority hosts all kinds of events on weekends for guests of all ages. Ride the Turkey Train at Lake Fairfax. Join a Princess tea party. Take an early evening tour of Burke Lake. Details and registration links for these and more activities this weekend and beyond are available here.

Cool Hikes
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

It might be cooling down, but the weather will still be good for getting out, so take advantage with some time on the trail. Peep the autumn leaves, tramp in places with scenic views, hike and explore history at interesting locales, and enjoy a day of active fun. This post has a a bunch of recommendations for good walks in the woods with the kids.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* The 2019 KFDC Holiday Guide was just posted, so you can start planning for a merry and bright holiday season!
* There’s still a few days to enter the giveaway for a chance to win tickets to The Velveteen Rabbit at Adventure Theatre!
* If you have a daughter age 8-13 who is interested in STEM, check out this upcoming workshop from Boolean Girl.
* Looking for thinsg to read, listen to, and watch? My friend, Darcy, always has the best recommendations. (PS: She’s also an amazing photographer.)
* We’re in the market for a new mattress, and I am so curious about the Casper. Has anyone tried it?
* Kind of random, but I love this show on Netflix.


2 Comments

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2 Responses to The Weekend Round-Up:
November 15-17

  1. Anjali

    We bought a Casper mattress (twin-size) for our son. And I’ve found it quite comfortable when I sit / lay on it with him. I haven’t slept on it overnight but we haven’t heard any complaints from our son. Also – there is a Casper store in Tyson’s corner if you want to try out the mattresses. Unboxing the mattress is really fun! 🙂

    Also, I tend to trust the wirecutter reviews and here’s a link to what they recommend: https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-foam-mattresses-you-can-buy-online/

  2. Linda @ KidFriendly DC

    Thank you so much for all of this, Anjali. It’s very helpful!

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