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The Weekend Round-Up: April 19-21

Wings of Fancy at Brookside Gardens – perfect for a spring holiday weekend






Happy Weekend!

Egg Hunt Weekend
Where: Clark’s Elioak Farm | Clarkesburg, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $6

Little ones (ages 1-3 and 4-6) will have a chance to hunt for eggs throughout the day at this Maryland Farm that looks like something out of a fairytale. After hunting, they get to turn the eggs in for a goodie bag. The petting farm, rides, and play areas will be open for all to enjoy, too, along with gem mining and geode cracking. Be sure to take a look at the website for a heads-up on how the egg hunts will run, so you can make the most of your day there. Read more about Clarks Elioak in the KFDC post about the best outdoor places in the area.

Egg Hunt at Freddy’s Place
Where: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site | Anacostia, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the lasting legacy of Frederick Douglass’s at the National Park Service’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. The event will take place on Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 10 am to 1 pm at Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in historic Anacostia. At this free community event, children ages 0-12 will hunt for Easter eggs, take pictures with the Easter bunny, play games on the lawn of Cedar Hill, and experience the power of place with ranger led tours of Douglass’s historic home. Join in the fun with arts and crafts lead by local community organizations Konsider Dis and EYL 365 Project. Enjoy story time with Dr. Kelsi Bracmort, author of Simone Visits the Museum and DC native, and get your book signed!

More Eggcellent Adventures
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Egg hunts, Easter bunny visits, and more spring fun to celebrate Easter and the season is happening all around the area. Even if you’re not big on the holiday, there are events and attractions beyond bunnies and candy-filled eggs that will have the whole fam hopping with joy. Find a list of them here.

Tulips Galore
Where: Burnside Farm | Nokesville, VA
When: Saturday, & Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Admission: $8/day

Experience a bit of Holland in Northern Virginia at Burnside Farms’ annual festival. Blooming tulips stretching along acres of fields in an array of colors and varieties is absolutely stunning. Even better, you can pick your own to bring the beauty home ($1 per stem). Admission also includes bouncy fun, a playhouse area, cornhole games, and authentic dutch wooden shoes to “klomp” around in. A cow train and wagon rides are an extra $2. Advance admission $10 weekends + $2 extra if you purchase there. (Note: Open weather permitting, so be sure to check their Facebook page or call ahead if it looks iffy out). And if you love a good flower bloom, be sure to see what else is coming up (literally!) around the area.

Fancy This
Where: Brookside Gardens
When: Through September 17, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $8/ages 13 and up, $5/3-12, free ages 0-2

Walk amid a garden of butterflies as Brookside Garden’s amazing Wings of Fancy during the first weekend of its annual run. The display featuring live butterflies and caterpillars from all over the world is sure to delight! Plan to tour the rest of Brookside’s lovely grounds while you’re there and see if there are any other special kids’ programs to enjoy. View scenes and read more about a couple of our experiences at the exhibit and rest of Brookside.

Free Parking
Where: National Parks
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

National Park Week starts on Saturday, and it’s kicking off with a fee free day, so there’s no entrance fee to national parks that usually charge admission. Take advantage and hit the trail at Shenandoah, Prince William Forest, Great Falls, Harpers Ferry, or head up to Baltimore to explore Fort McHenry. Find even more parks to visit here.

Dino-fy Yourself
Where: Natural History Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Dinosaurs, giant sloths and mastodons, oh my! During this program, participants ages 8 and up can use art materials to create prehistoric animal costumes, wearable art and accessories informed and inspired by science and the animals that will be featured in the new Fossil Hall which opens this summer. Participants can wear their creations on June 8th as part of the Fossil Hall opening celebration. This will take place at the Lab in the Q?rius Education Center. Registration required! And younger children can go to this program (registration also required).

Anacostia River Festival
Where: Anacostia Park | Southeast DC
When: Saturday, 1-5pm (postponed from 4/14)
Admission: Free

The 5th annual Anacostia River Festival is once again a premier event and official closing of the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival! Celebrate the Anacostia River with some fun outdoor recreation! Explore the river by canoe, ride in a bike parade, play lawn games with your family, and experience Southeast DC’s local arts scene.

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

* Join Winnie the Pooh and friends at Adventure Theatre.
* Jack and the Beanstalk is the current Main Stage production at The Puppet Co.
* Jellybean Circus is the featured Tiny Tots performance at The Puppet Co. on Saturday.
* Spend Saturday morning with The Great Zucchini at Jammin Java.
* Venture Into the Woods at Ford’s Theatre.

Portrait Stories & Discoveries
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the Portrait Gallery to listen to a story about Walt Whitman, and complete a hands-on activity. When you’re done there, pick up a Portrait Discovery Kit to explore the museum (and the American Art Museum housed in the same building). For more about the program, see this post about a past experience and this one with more scenes and info.

Fun at Fairfax Parks
Where: Parks in Fairfax, 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. Solve a history Mystery at Frying Pan Farm Park. Go on a dinosaur Egg Hunt at Hidden Meadows Nature Center. Enjoy birds, blossoms, and butterflies on a wagon ride through Riverbend Park. Get more details on these activities and see what else is going on here.

Occoquan Peep Show
Where: Historic Downtown Occoquan, VA
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Participating Occoquan businesses flying yellow balloons will display creative dioramas using marshmallow Easter Peeps. Dioramas can be based on current events, community happenings, politics, movies, art, science fiction, and fantasy. Visitors to Occoquan will judge each diorama, vote for their favorites, and enter the drawing to win a Peep Swag Bag! Start your day at Town Hall to collect a contest entry form. Don’t miss the photo booth and visit by the Easter Bunny.

Hop on the Eye Spy Trains
Where: Montgomery County Parks | Cabin John & Wheaton, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $4/ride

Spring Eye Spy Trains are chugging along at Cabin John and Wheaton Regional Parks. Hop on board and look for hidden figures in the woods as you ride around the park. Of course, stay to play at the park, too. Read KFDC write-ups about the Cabin John playground and the Wheaton playground.

Easter Brunch
Where: Around the DMV
When: Easter Sunday
Admission: The cost of your meal

If you want to take the family out to celebrate the holiday, there are a bunch of restaurants around the area offering special Easter brunch menus, many that the whole gang will enjoy. Washingtonian magazine has a nice round-up of them, and Brightest Young Things has good recommendations, too!

DC United vs. New York City FC
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Sunday, 4pm
Admission: Tickets prices vary

Kick it at a DC United match on Sunday afternoon as they host New York City FC. 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 as parking can be difficult. Or park in the Navy Yard neighborhood and plan to walk from there (then grab dinner in the area after).

#OptOutside
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

It looks like we’ll have decent weather at least part of the weekend — that’s reason enough to plan an outdoor adventure. If you need some ideas for things to do, consult the round-up of The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids.

***PLAN AHEAD***
AWESOME CON!
Where: Washington Convention Center | Mount Vernon Square, DC
When: April 26-28
Admission: Starts at $40/adult, $15/child

The mid-Atlantic’s premier pop culture convention will bring a three-day celebration of television, movies, comic books, science, technology and more to DC next weekend! With hundreds of hours of programming, an impressive lineup of special guests, and exciting activities for fans of all ages, this is one fun event — and we know from experience. And this year, Awesome Con Jr. will bring new and beloved toy and pop culture brands together in one area for an interactive and fun-filled live event open to families, fans, and media! Families can meet their favorite characters, experience tons of hand-on activations, and visit an entire stage dedicated to kids programming the whole weekend!

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* I have 10 Admit Four passes up for grabs to see a Sneak Preview of POKEMON Detective Pikachu at AMC Tysons Corner on Wednesday, April 24 at 7pm — click here to snag them.
* Through June 20, National Refugee Day, at the Kennedy Center, you can view an exhibit of 100 powerful photographs taken by refugees and underserved youth who have participated in National Geographic Photo Camps over the past several years.
* STOMP is running at National Theatre this coming week, and Wednesday, April 24, is Family Night — all tickets are buy one ticket, get one ticket free with the code FAMILY.
* You can also look for discount tickets for other STOMP performances here.
* If you like dinosaurs, paleontology, and history of the Earth kind of stuff, this article is fascinating.
* Just added this book to my To Read list.

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Where to Play on the Weekdays: April 15-19

🌷Immerse in tulips at Burnside Farms 🌷


* Along with these recommendations, be sure to check out the Spring Break guide with more ideas for things to do with kids off from school this week!

Monday – Catch a performance of Winnie the Pooh at Adventure Theatre. Showtime for the all-ages production is 11am, and tickets are $20. Plan for a picnic (BYO food or buy from the Praline Café there) and some fun on the Glen Echo Park playground after the show.

For an activity with older kids, visit the Newseum, which is chock full of interesting and interactive exhibits in the context of journalism and media, from installations about some of the world’s biggest news stories to the opportunity to “Be a TV Reporter” to an arresting display of Pulitzer Prize winning photos — and so much more. Hours are 9am – 5pm. Tickets are $24.95/adult, $14.95/age 6-18, free/5 & under, but be sure to look for a discount before you go.

Tuesday – Spend the day in the trees at the Adventure Park at Sandy Spring. Kids as young as 5 years old can experience fun and challenges on the ropes courses and ziplines in the park’s aerial adventure forest, the largest in North America. Ages 5-6 are free with a paid accompanying adult and have access to two of the easier courses. Older kids can do even more. Hours are 9am – dusk, and admission is $12/age 5-6, $47/age 7-11, $56/age 12+. Read more about the Adventure Park here.

For little ones who aren’t quite ready for a treetop adventure, visit the enchanting Clark’s Elioak Farm! Complete with hayrides, cow train rides, pony rides, farm animals to pet, a playground, and recovered installations from an old storybook park, it’s sure to delight kiddos. Open 10am – 5pm Tuesday – Friday (10am – 5:30pm Saturday – Sunday). Admission is $7, some rides might be extra.

Wednesday – Go over the rainbow and beyond at Watkins Regional Park. The adorable Wizard of Oz themed playground will have kiddos frolicking for hours. Be sure to stop by Old Maryland Farm to visit the animals and spend time at Watkins Nature Center to view even more cool creatures and birds, then hike the nearby trails. Park hours are dawn to dusk, 9am – 4pm at the Farm, and 10am – 5:30pm at the Nature Center. Admission is free.

Thursday – Experience a bit of Holland in Northern Virginia at Burnside Farms’ annual Festival of Spring! Blooming tulips stretching along acres of fields in an array of colors and varieties is absolutely stunning. Even better, you can pick your own to bring the beauty home ($1 per stem). Admission also includes bouncy fun, a playhouse area, cornhole games, and authentic dutch wooden shoes to “klomp” around in. A cow train and wagon rides are an extra $2. Hours are 10am – 6pm daily (and weather permitting, so be sure to call ahead if it looks iffy out). Advance admission is $8 for weekdays ($10 weekends) + $2 extra if you purchase there.

Friday – Hang out at The Wharf. Let the kids run through the in-ground fountain sprays, play large-scale Jenga and board games, grab lunch at one of the many eateries, cruise the Potomac on a free Jitney ride, and enjoy the waterfront scenery. Just about all of it is accessible all day and evening, and it’s all free (though plan to pay for your meals, of course.)


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Where to Go & What to Do During Spring Break 2019

Hit the trail, enjoy scenic views, explore the waters, and more this Spring Break!



Spring Break is beginning for many local kids, so you may be in need of some extra reminders of all the great activities there are to do around the area to keep them engaged and entertained over the next week. And if some it sounds familiar, that’s because this has been posted before, but it’s been updated to reflect what’s going on now.

Some of the ideas here are already on the blog, but sometimes a little guidance for what’s best at certain times helps. Among these recommendations are activities being hosted especially for Spring Break, exhibits and shows that are hot tickets right now, outings that take advantage of the great spring weather, and places and experiences that kids who are in school all day can’t get to easily.

And, of course, the rest of this blog is full of suggestions if you want even more options. So, whether you’re enjoying a staycation or visiting from out of town, you should have no problem keeping the kids (and yourself!) happy during the week off — or on, depending how you look at it. Happy Spring Break!

Special Activities

Take the kids out to a weekday afternoon ballgame!

Egg-Cellent Outings
Where: Around the area
When: Through April 20
Admission:; Varies by event

Egg hunts, Bunny visits, and more seasonal activities are happening all around the area. Even if you’re not big on the holiday, there are attractions beyond bunnies and candy-filled eggs for your whole gang. NoVa Parks has events going on during the week, and even more places are offering fun on weekends.

Natitude
Where: Nationals Park
When: April 18, 1:05pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Take the kids out to a weekday afternoon ballgame! How often do they have a chance to catch a Nats game in the middle of the day on a Thursday? Root for the home team as they host the Giants this coming week (Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, too). And before you go, check out these KFDC tips on how to do a Nats game without breaking the bank.

Spring Break in the Trees
Where: Adventure Park at Sandy Spring
When: April 15-22
Admission: Varies by age

The park that offers a thrilling aerial forest adventure is adding some extra zip to the pursuit with a series of themes and special events. During Spring Break, each day will be themed, and guests who participate will be eligible to play games, win prizes, and receive park discounts.

Learn to Fly
Where: Trapeze School New York DC | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Daily
Admission: $50

If you want to do something unique and special (and super fun!) for your kids during the break, enroll them in a flying trapeze class. In just one session, participants learn how to swing upside down and maybe even catch with an instructor. They also have classes in static trapeze, balancing and acrobatics, trampoline, and more. Be sure to register in advance!

Wild Knights
Where: Medieval Times
When: Through the month of April
Admission: $39.95/adult, $31.95 (use code SB19)

Get discount pricing on Medieval Times’ spectacle and feast during Spring Break. Enjoy watching a two-hour tournament, while you dine on a four course feast. See magnificent pure Spanish horses, and authentic sword fights and jousting.



Special Exhibits

Experience a different kind of peak bloom at ARTECHOUSE

In Peak Bloom
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Through May 27
Admission: $16-20/adult, $8-10/child

ARTECHOUSE is celebrating the season with its latest exhibit. In Peak Bloom features interactive and immersive digital art installations inspired by the fragile beauty and ephemeral nature of the cherry blossom. The works are stunning and delightful, unique and profound. They’ll have kids and adults alike smiling and appreciating the gifts of art and nature.

Fairies in the Garden
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden
When: Daily, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $5/adult, $4/senior, $3/child

Annmarie’s magicalicious exhibit of fairy and gnome houses just opened for the season. As if the sculpture garden near Solomons, MD, wasn’t already wonderful, this annual display adds extra delight to a visit there with more than 75 handmade fairy and gnome homes scattered through the grounds. Visit the Arts Building to borrow a costume (or purchase one in the Gift Shop) to get into the fanciful spirit, grab a guide, and start your journey to locate them all. Read more about Annmarie Sculpture Garden in this KFDC post and this one.

Feel the Pulse
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

This exhibit at the Hirshhorn will capture your heart, kind of literally. It’s comprised of three large-scale installations that use heart rate sensors to produce audiovisual experiences from visitors’ own biometric data. It’s beautiful, thought provoking, and unlike any exhibit I’ve experienced before. With interactive elements, cool visuals, and an interesting combination of science and art, kids and adults alike will be wowed.

Queens of Egypt
Where: National Geographic Museum | Downtown DC
When: Through September 2
Admission: $15/adult, $10/child

The current exhibit at Nat Geo is a time trip back to ancient Egypt — one of the world’s greatest civilizations — that highlights its mighty queens. Learn about the hidden role of women in all aspects of Egyptian society and “meet” seven Egyptian queens whose impact helped shape both the ancient and modern worlds.

Q?rius
Where: National Museum of Natural History
When: Daily, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

The interactive and experiential learning space is designed for kids ages 11 and up (though some younger ages could enjoy it, too). Visitors can view up close — and in many cases handle — real artifacts and specimens from the museum’s collections. For really little ones, there is Q?rius Jr: A Discovery Room for more age-appropriate exploring. And, of course, there’s the whole rest of the museum for everyone. Read more about Q?rius here.

Fancy This
Where: Brookside Gardens
When: Through September 22, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $8/ages 13 and up, $5/3-12, free ages 0-2

Brookside Garden’s wonderful, annual exhibition opens this week! Wings of Fancy showcases live butterflies and caterpillars from all over the world is sure to delight all ages! Plan to tour the rest of Brookside’s lovely grounds while you’re there, including gorgeous plant collections, a Children’s Garden, turtle pond, and more. View scenes and read more about a couple of our experiences at the exhibit and rest of Brookside.


Get Outdoors

Sun, surf, and shark tooth hunting at Flag Ponds Nature Park

Beachy Keen: Sand, Surf, & Fossils
Where: Around the area
When: Daily
Admission: Varies by beach

Many of us associate Spring Break with beach trips, so why not hit one with the kids? There are several places within day trip-distance from DC that are nice for sand and surf. Head out to Calvert County for a day at Flag Ponds Nature Park, including some fossil hunting (open Fri & Mon 9am – 4pm,
Sat – Sun 9am – 5pm ). Head a little further out to North Beach or Brownies Beach (Bayfront Park). Or go east to Sandy Point State Park. You can also play paleontologist and look for prehistoric fragments along the Potomac at Purse State Park in Charles County, MD (one of our very favorite outings in the area).

Take a Hike
Where: Around the area
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

It’s a great time of year to spend some time on the trail as the weather warms up and color returns to the landscape. See flowers in bloom, 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. (Heads up: The bluebells at Riverbend Park should be popping right about now, making the hike from there to Great Falls especially nice!)

Roam a Garden
Where: Around the area
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

With flowers blooming and landscapes bursting with color, a visit to a garden is a fantastic outing, especially when there’s often more to do than just look at plants and flowers. Explore and play at the National Arboretum, wander around Green Spring Gardens on a scavenger hunt, enjoy flora and wildlife and the Children’s Garden at Brookside, venture out to the gorgeous Meadowlark Botanical Garden, relish in the peace at the Brookland Monastery, stroll among the many multi-tiered plats at Dumbarton Oaks, romp in the children’s area at River Farm, or stop and smell the roses (and more) at the U.S. Botanic Garden. Update: Burnside Garden announced its annual Festival of Spring has begun — enjoy acres of blooming tulips in a gorgeous array of colors, plus more fun for kids!

Go with the Flow
Where: Waterways around the DMV
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

Enjoy some recreation on the water, where you can paddle and explore. A bunch of places around the area rent kayaks, canoes, rowboats, and stand up paddleboards. It’s a fun, active way to spend time together and get some new views of the city. This post has a round-up of places to help you navigate the local waterways.


Museums & More “DC” Sites

Newsflash:  The Newseum is awesome!

Newsflash: The Newseum is awesome!

Focus on News and Media
Where: Newseum
When: Daily, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $24.95/adult, $14.95/ages 7-19, free for 6 and under
(look for a deal)

The museum dedicated to all things news and journalism is fascinating — and one of my personal favorite’s in DC. Much of the collection is better appreciated (and understood) by older children, so while they have off from school is a good time to take advantage of an outing there. Plus, the current location is closing later this year, so now is a good time to get there! Read more about the Newseum in this KFDC post.

African American History & Culture
Where: National Museum of African American History & Culture
When: Daily, 10am – 5:30pm
Admission: Free

The NMAAC is full of powerful exhibits and a must-see on the National Mall. It’s another one that is great for older children, so the break from school is a great time to take them there. Now that it’s been around for a couple of years and crowds are dying down, tickets are not required in the afternoon. Starting at 1pm, just walk up, head in, and enjoy a visit.

Abe’s Last Days
Where: Ford’s Theatre
When: Daily, 9am – 4:30pm
Admission: $3-8

Ford’s isn’t just a place to catch live entertainment. The site of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination highlights its historic significance through tours and exhibits about the president, the Civil War, and that fateful night at the theatre. This is the busy season, so it’s recommended to reserve tickets in advance.

Take in the View
Where: Observation Deck at CEB Tower | Rosslyn, VA
When: Mon – Fri, 10am – 8pm & Sat – Sun, 9am – 8pm
Admission: $21/adult, $11/age 5-13, $16/seniors

Gaze out of floor-to-ceiling windows that offer a new perspective of DC. The 30+ story high space in Rosslyn offers breathtaking 360-degree panoramic vistas plus neat interactive and immerse experiences to enjoy them.

Show Them the Money
Where: Bureau of Engraving & Printing
When: Monday – Friday, 9am – 6pm
Admission: Free

This is a great outing with kids on break from school, since tours are only offered on weekdays. Tours run every 15 minutes 9am – 6pm this time of year. Admission is free, but tickets are required, and you can pick them up at the booth on Raoul Wallenburg Place starting at 8am. Your time slot may be for later in the day, so have some plans in mind just in case.

Day Trips & Overnights

Hike from West Virginia to Maryland at Harpers Ferry

Hike from West Virginia to Maryland at Harpers Ferry

Hiking & History
Where: Harpers Ferry
When: Ongoing
Admission: Free ($10 if you park in lot)

Get some fresh air and exercise as you enjoy spring weather and historic sites. Harpers Ferry is an easy day trip or quick getaway destination from DC, and spring is a great time to go. For more about a visit there, see this KFDC post.

Charm City, Hon!
Where: Baltimore attractions
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Zip up I-95 for some fun in our sister city, where there are lots of great places to spend a day off. Explore the exhibits and loads of hands-on activities at the Maryland Science Center. See some of the quirkiest, coolest art around at the American Visionary Art Museum. Get an eyeful of the underwater world at the National Aquarium. Tour the historic ships moored at the Inner Harbor. Or learn about Baltimore’s early business days at the Museum of Industry.

Go Underground
Where: Luray Caverns
When: Ongoing, 9am – 7pm
Admission: $28/adults, $15/ages 6-12, 5 and under free

Behold the spectacular underground world of stalagmites, stalactites, and other amazing limestone formations in the massive cave system at Luray. Afterward, make your way through the Garden Maze or check out vintage rides in the Carriage and Caravan Museum. Admission does not include attractions beyond the cavern. KFDC Tip: Be sure to make a pit stop before going into the caverns, because it can be a long walk out to a restroom, and once you’re out, you may not be able to go back in.

Tramp & Camp
Where: Shenandoah National Park
When: Ongoing
Admission: $25/vehicle, campsites are extra & vary

Whether you go for a day or even several, Shenandoah National Park is a boon for outdoor recreation close to DC. If you can only swing a day, find some good trails to hike or even ride along Skyline Drive and take in the beautiful vistas from the car. If you can stay overnight, it’s a great place for a camping experience with kids. Either way, enjoy being immersed in nature and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife sightings!

Explore Another Capital City
Where: Annapolis
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by activity

Maryland’s capital city is as beautiful as it is fun, and you can easily make a day (or few) of it there. Go on a Pirate Adventure on the Chesapeake, enjoy some outdoor recreation at Quiet Waters Park, feast on crabs, or stroll around town and the Naval Academy grounds. It’s all an easy drive out Rt. 50 from DC.


Live Entertainment

Go Into the Woods at Ford’s Theatre

Winnie the Pooh
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Through May 26
Tickets: $20

With performances scheduled almost every day of the week, you can catch an all-ages show at one of the best children’s theatre around! Winnie the Pooh would spend every day of life humming tunes and stopping frequently to eat “a little something.” But today, Pooh and Piglet have to find the Heffalump, watch Rabbit scheme to rid the forest of Kanga’s dreaded bathtub, and help Eeyore search for his tail. Pooh’s intentions are always the best, but his passion for honey and condensed milk keeps getting him into trouble.

Jack and the Beanstalk
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Through May 5
Tickets: $12

A timely version of the classic children’s tale about the young lad that doesn’t know beans about trading, but still manages to climb his way to the top. Jack finds that happiness lies in helping others rather than mere personal gain. Told with rod puppets and some surprising twists, Jack has long been a favorite of our audience. Recommended for ages 5-9.

Into the Woods
Where: Ford’s Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Through May 22
Tickets: $27-81

In Stephen Sondheim’s imaginative, darkly comical remix of beloved fairy tales, a baker and his wife set out to reverse a witch’s curse in hopes of having a child of their own. The couple’s quest takes them into the woods, where they encounter Little Red Ridinghood, Jack and his beanstalk, a cautious Cinderella, a sequestered Rapunzel and a couple of lovelorn princes. Sondheim’s lush Tony-winning score and James Lapine’s Tony-winning book conjure a world where “giants can be good and witches can be right.” Recommended for ages 12+.



Extra Tips

* If you’re looking specifically for rainy day ideas, see The Great Indoors list or the round-up of Indoor Playgrounds.
* And for where to relish the sublime weather, check out The Best Places in the DC Area to Spend a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids.
* The Smithsonian Event Calendar is always worth checking before you head to the museums or the Zoo.
* Look for deals and discounts on Goldstar and CertifiKID.


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The Weekend Round-Up: April 12-14

Do a little dancing in Annmarie Sculpture Garden’s lovely Fairy Lolly at their annual festival




As this goes live, the forecast looks a little stormy for the weekend, so there’s a chance some events might be postponed or canceled. I’ll keep you posted the best I can — the KFDC Facebook Page is the best place to stay updated — but it’ll be a good idea to check websites or call ahead, especially for outdoor events. Rain or shine, Happy Weekend!

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

Egg hunts, Easter bunny visits, and more spring fun to celebrate Easter and the season have started around the area. Even if you’re not big on the holiday, there are attractions beyond bunnies and candy-filled eggs that will have the whole fam hopping with joy. Find a list of them to plan for it all here0..

Baseball (+ Bobblehead!)
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Root for the home team as the Nats host the Pittsburgh Pirates this weekend. Be sure to check out special promos — Friday is the Juan Soto Bobblehead giveaway (first 25,000 fans), Saturday they’ll recognize the year-round charitable work of the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation in the local community by selling Myster Grab Bags in the Center Field Plaza. And on Sunday, little fans can run the bases after the game! Don’t forget to sign up ages 4-12 for the Jr. Nationals Kids Club and check these KFDC tips on how to save on a day at the ballpark.

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
Where: Constitution Avenue, 7th – 17th St NW | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

The Cherry Blossom Festival comes to a close after this weekend, but there are still several events taking place to celebrate the season — the biggest the annual parade. Thousands of people line Constitution Avenue every year to watch the procession of lavish floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands, and a variety of performers roll through the city. Tickets for grandstand seats are available for $20, but you can stake out a spot along the curb for free. Plan to arrive early to get a good view — the crowds come out for this one, especially if it’s a pretty spring day.

Sakura Matsuri
Where: Pennsylvania Ave, 3rd-7th St NW | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 6pm
Admission: $10/ages 13+, free/12 & under

Following the Cherry Blossom parade, many folks head over to Sakura Matsuri, the Japanese Street Festival that is America’s largest one-day exhibition of Japanese culture. The 59th annual event will feature live music and dance performances, all kinds of Asian and Western foods, martial arts demos, Japanese art, and more. Be prepared for a crowd.

Auto Focus
Where: Washington Convention Center
When: Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $12/adults, $5/ages 6-12, free for 5 and under

The 2019 Washington Auto Show is in its second and final weekend. If there’s any “grown-up” event that is equally fun for all ages, this is it. More than 700 cars and trucks are on display for guests to check out. And especially for kids will be appearances by some of their favorite characters along with the auto-fun. See this post from last year and this one from earlier KFDC days years ago for more about the event.

Cherokee Days Festival
Where: American Indian Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Friday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The National Museum of the American Indian celebrates Cherokee history during the sixth annual Cherokee Days Festival. Three days of festivities include the installation of the original Treaty of New Echota (1835) with the Cherokee Nation, two banner exhibitions “The Cherokee Culture” and “A Story of Cherokee Removal,” and a festival full of cultural demonstrations and performances. Storytelling, traditional flute playing, weaponry, wood carving, beadwork, traditional games, basket weaving, pottery demonstrations, plus music and dance performances will showcase the culture and life-ways of the Cherokee.

NSA Family Day
Where: National Academy of Sciences | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 10am -4pm
Admission: Free

Take the whole fam o this special Family Day with the National Academy of Science… Head to DecisionTown in the World of Genomics — where your choices matter! Visit to see how the decisions you make every day are influenced by science, engineering, and medicine. Each stop in town, more than 17 in all, offers a different activity centered on an issue facing DecisionTown as it plans for the future. Complete several activities and become a DecisionTown Citizen at Town Hall and receive special giveaway prizes. Visit the website for more details about this program geared for ages 3 and up.

Dog Days Bloom Festival
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $10/adult, $8/child

Great Country Farms is going to the dogs! Bring your furry friend for a day that is all about them.
Watch competition-level canines from Appalachian Air Canines fetch Frisbee’s and novice and veteran competitors can join in on the fun! Meet vendors with specialty pet products, receive training tips and lessons, and compete in our Doggy Olympics for prizes! Our beer and wine garden will be open serving Dirt Farm Brewing beer and Bluemont Vineyard wine. All dogs must remain on a leash sporting their finest rabies certification tag. Please bring a water bowl to keep Fido hydrated, and pick up whatever they leave behind.
After a fun day on the farm, bring your dog up to Bluemont Vineyard for their Dog Days Yappy Hour!

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

* Join Winnie the Pooh and friends at Adventure Theatre.
* Take tweens and older to see The Me I Want to Sing at the Kennedy Center
* Squirrel Stole My Underpants will bring puppet entertainment to BlackRock Center for the Arts
* Jack and the Beanstalk is current Main Stage production at The Puppet Co.
* Bunny Business is the featured Tiny Tots performance at The Puppet Co. on Saturday.
* Aquarium is on the Imagination Stage.
* Spend Saturday morning with The Great Zucchini at Jammin Java.
* Venture Into the Woods at Ford’s Theatre.

Into The Woods
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park | Herndon, VA
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 1:30pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the season trekking on Frying Pan’s nature trail to experience the changes of spring. Visit stations peppered throughout the trail to build a fairy house, help tally migratory and year round resident birds, and search for critters in the soil and water. Enjoy Japanese teas at the historic Frying Pan Meeting House. Stop by the Indoor Arena first for a map and instructions.

Family Day
Where: NMAAHC | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 2m
Admission: Free

Head to the National Museum of African American History and Culture for a Family Day inspired by the Museum’s first children’s book, A is for All the Things You Are: A Joyful ABC Book written by Anna Forgerson Hindley and illustrated by Keturah A. Bodo. Drop -in activities will be available on the 2nd floor throughout the day for children ages 0-8 will include “All the Things I Am!”- inspired Art Making, plus Story Time in the library – kids can celebrate all the things that make them special by joining an interactive and empowering story time — held at 11:30am, 12:30pm, and 1:30pm, readings last approximately 20 minutes, and a new book will be read at each story time. Registration is encouraged.

Root (root, root) for the Baysox
Where: Prince George’s Stadium | Landover, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Nats aren’t the only baseball team in town. The Bowie Baysox, one of the local minor league teams, are hosting the Harrisburg Senators all weekend, and there’s always extra fun and games especially for kids — read more about Baysox games in this KFDC post. And a head’s up that Sunday is Kids Opening Day with pony rides, a petting zoo, and more special treats for young fans.

Wheaton Family Theatre Festival
Where: Highland Elementary School | Wheaton, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 12pm
Admission: Free

InterAct Story Theatre’s Season Four of Wheaton Family Theatre Festival welcomes Marian Licha on Saturday with a morning of stories and music for kids and families! The performance is free and open to the public (¡GRATIS y abierto al público!) — no need to reserve tickets, just drop in and join the fun! Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Washington Improv Theater Presents: The NitWITs
Where: Source Theater, 1835 14th St. NW
When: Saturday, 11am 
Admission: Free 

Every NitWITs show is a high-energy, unique theater experience for families. You’ve never seen anything like it before and you’ll never see anything like it again…because it is all made up right on the spot with the help of your suggestions. Audience members guide the cast in making up spontaneous stories and playing fun theater games in a family-friendly, relaxed atmosphere. This show is recommended for ages 6 and up and lasts about an hour. Reserve a free ticket here.

Milling Day
Where : Peirce Mill | Rock Creek Park, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Families can see a 200-year-old grist mill in action and learn how a water wheel and giant gears turn corn into cornmeal. Children can also celebrate the new season by planting seeds and making birds’ nests up at the barn, and by looking for signs of spring in the orchard. Read more about Peirce Mill in this KFDC post.

Cherry Blossom Ballet Performance
Where: National Arboretum | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate spring with The Washington Ballet at the National Arboretum. Enjoy cherry blossom inspired performances every half hour from 11am – 2pm on Saturday. Meet and take photos with some of the dancers, do a craft, and learn about The Washington School of Ballet. Families may also want to visit the Ikebana International Exhibit and Kids Class that day. Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging.

Arlington Palooza
Where: Alcova Heights Park | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Join the Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation for a day full of free fun at the third annual Arlington Palooza. The outdoor program will have inflatables, crafts, lawn games, live music, food trucks, face painting, and community exhibitors for all to enjoy!

John Wilmerding Community Celebration
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

This Community Celebration marks the opening of Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings with a program that weaves the rich sounds, rhythms, and colors of jazz with visual art. Activities include in-gallery exploration, art making, and live performances. In conjunction with the community day, visitors are invited to view a specially installed photo mural at 7th Street and Madison Drive NW that celebrates the extraordinary diversity of Washington, D.C. Made possible by a grant from the Alice L. Walton Foundation.

Happy Birthday to the Bard!
Where: Folger Shakespeare Library | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 12pm
Admission: Free

‘Tis Shakespeare’s 455th birthday, and the Folger Shakespeare Library is celebrating with its annual Open House on Sunday afternoon. In true Renaissance fashion, there will be song and dance, Elizabethan crafts, theatrical performances (including puppets for little ones), sword fighting demos, special tours, a giant birthday cake, an appearance by Queen Elizabeth I , and even more. The free event takes place rain or shine. Food trucks will be stationed in Puck’s Circle. The Folger Shakespeare Library is located at 201 East Capitol Street SE. Read more about the Folger in this KFDC post.

Fairy & Gnome Home Festival
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Lusby, MD
When: Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: $7, free for member and under 2
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This annual festival at one of the most enchanting places will delight the whole family — and we know from experience. Festivities are scattered throughout the beautiful grounds, creating a charming journey of discovery for young (and young at heart) guests. Journey through magical realms including the Fairy Lolly, Stone Story Circle, Bubblelandia, Gnomeville, Treetopia, and more. Build your own fairy house or gnome home, make-n-take activities, and engage in a variety of imaginative activities! Visit the website for specifics. And read more about Annmarie Sculpture Garden and get a glimpse in this KFDC post and this one.

Rumpus Room
Where: Black Cat | 14th Street NW, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: $12/advance, $15/day of

DC’s only daytime dance party for families returns! Prepare for a dance floor filled with little ones, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and caregivers. The soundtrack for Rumpus Room is always a family-friendly mix of popular dance hits, classics, children’s songs and more, all at a kid-friendly volume.
Rumpus Room is designed for kids 8 and under, but older siblings are welcome! No adults are permitted without a child. Maximum 3 children per adult. Infants/crawling children enter free!

Sakura Sunday
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Sunday, 11am – 8pm
Admission: Free

This year, National Harbor will be joining the DC region in the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival. Sakura Sunday will feature a wide array of fincluding traditional Japanese picnicking with food available for sale; a sake, rosé and beer garden; a Japanese Market; and Japanese-inspired music and entertainment. Restaurants and retailers will also participate in special offers and a cherry blossom store display window competition, and The Capital Wheel will turn pink during the festival. Muse Paintbar will feature cherry blossom art classes and a live painting demonstration as well.

Sesame Street Singalong
Where: Nordstrom | Tyson’s Corner, VA
When: Sunday, 11:15am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Join a free sing-a-long sponsored by Sesame Street Live! Recommended for children ages 0-8, enjoy live music, including some Sesame Street songs. Save $5 on tickets to the sponsor’s show, Sesame Street Live! at Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax May 4-5 with offer code BABYJAM at Ticketmaster.com.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Starting this weekend through May 3, enjoy free performances by The Washington Ballet every Friday evening on the Plaza at CityCenter.
* If you’re looking for a last minute activity (and coverage) for kids during Spring Break, check out DC Way Soccer Camp!
* Washingtonian magazine has good recommendations for Easter brunch around the area.
* Stellina Pizzeria just opened in the Union Market area and it’s molto buono!
* This is one of my favorite Instagram accounts.
* The documentary The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley about Elizabeth Holmes and Theronos is fascinating. (I’ve heard the book is even better, isn’t it always?)
* The cherry blossom peak is winding down, but there are several other great flower blooms ahead!

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