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Fun Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day Around the DMV

We’re getting ready to celebrate this doting dad


It’s a special day for the dads this coming weekend, and there are a bunch of great ways for the whole fam to celebrate if you’re still looking for ideas. From made-for-the-day events to DIY pursuits, this round-up has something to suit them all. Happy Father’s Day!

May the Force (& Nats) Be with Dad
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: June 15 & 16
Admission: Ticket prices vary

For Dads who are Nats fans and Star Wars enthusiasts, take them out to the ball game for an early celebration on Saturday when Nationals Park transforms into a galaxy far, far away for Star Wars Day. Characters from Star Wars will pose for photos with fans, stage live combats, and participate in the Presidents Race. Plus, there will be an Obi “Sean” Kenobi bobblehead for the first 10,000 fans. You can also plan to spend actual Father’s Day, Sunday, at the ball park as the Nats play the Arizona Diamondbacks. There won’t be any galactic extras, but straight-up baseball is always a good time.

Father’s Day at Mount Vernon
Where: Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens | Mount Vernon, VA
When: June 15-16, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $20/adult, $12/ages 6-11, free for ages 5 and under

Spend the day with the Father of our Country! This coming weekend, guests can enjoy a meet-and-greet and photo ops with “General Washington” as well as a special “Father to the First Family” program. You can also celebrate with a special meal at the Mount Vernon Inn. Relax in the sunken garden or restaurant and enjoy a variety of barbecued items.

Free in the Trees
Where: Adventure Park at Sandy Spring
When: June 16
Admission: Starts at $42, Dads are FREE!

For adventurous dads who love the outdoors, particularly being in the trees, an afternoon in the aerial adventure forest of the Adventure Park at Sandy Springs is the perfect way to spend the day — especially when admission is on them. Get dad’s ticket free when accompanied by a paid climber using the promo code DADS19. (FYI: This is one of our very favorite adventures in the area — read more about it here.)

Jazz it Up
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: June 15-16
Admission: Free

Does dad dig jazz music? DC JazzFest lands at The Wharf on Father’s Day Weekend for two days of world class jazz, music education, beer and wine gardens, and a diverse marketplace experience. Enjoy free concerts on District and Transit Piers starting at 2pm or make a weekend of it with VIP festival passes. On Friday, June 14 and Saturday June 15, the festival also includes ticketed shows at the Anthem — catch Snarky Puppy and Jose James on Friday or Jon Batiste & Stay Human on Saturday. Even more jazz performances will be presented at other venues around DC, see the schedule on the DC JazzFest website.

Soccer Festival
Where: Tyler Elementary School | Capitol Hill, DC
When: June 16, 3-5pm
Admission: Free

Kick it with DC Way on Father’s Day — the goal of this festival is to gather parents and children to play soccer, socialize, and have fun! Festival programs will include multiple games and activities, kids vs. parents games, and obstacle courses. Plus, participants will also get a special gift.

Take Dad Out to the Minors
Where: Prince George’s Stadium | Bowie, MD
When: Father’s Day Weekend
Admission: Starts at $10

The Nats aren’t the only team in town for some Father’s Day baseball. The Bowie Baysox, one of the local minor league teams, are hosting the Trenton Thunder all weekend, and there’s extra fun and special promos to enjoy — post-game fireworks, a Stranger Things-themed game on Saturday, and giveaways among them. On Sunday, take Dad to the ballpark early, collect a Baysox beer glass, and bring a glove and baseball to play catch with Dad on the Baysox field before the game! There’s also a Father’s Day Grill Event to if you want to add a special meal to the fun.

Father’s Day Fish-a- Rama
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: June 16
Admission: $8/child, $10/adult

Treat Dad to a fun-filled weekend with BBQ and catch-and-release fishing. Guests can compete in the Fish-a-Rama contest, fishing for catfish, bass, and blue gill in the stocked ponds, and prizes are on the line for the largest fish hooked and the most fish caught during the power hour. Bring your own pole and gear to fish (no drag hooks). GCF has worms for purchase in the country store. The amusement continues on the five-acre farm-style playground featuring the Giant Jumping Pillow, Triple Threat slide, corn bin, animal barnyard and loads more fun for all.

Investigation: Detective McDevitt
Where: Begins at Ford’s Theater | Downtown DC
When: Father’s Day Weekend
Admission: $18

This walking tour of downtown DC will appeal to dads who like history and intrigue… On the night of April 14, 1865, Detective James McDevitt was on duty at the Washington Metropolitan Police headquarters, a half-block from Ford’s Theatre. Just before 10:30pm, frantic witnesses rushed in with horrifying news: President Lincoln had been shot at the theatre. Join Detective McDevitt as he revisits the sites and reexamines the clues from the investigation into the Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy. Part of “History on Foot,” the tour makes eight stops around the downtown area. It does not include entrance into Ford’s Theatre, but you can do that separately — read more about that here. Recommended for ages 8+.

Family Scavenger Hunt Adventure
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: June 16, 2pm
Admission: $19.50/adult, $17.50/child

For dads who love some sleuthing (a penchant for Harry Potter helps, too), the next Wizard School Scavenger Hunt by Watson Adventures happens to fall on Father’s Day. The fun, unique activity for families has you on a mission competing against other teams to find art that echoes characters, places, and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies, with the help of clever Harry Potter-themed clues. And while the website says it’s for ages 10 and up, kids younger than that definitely can partake, too! This KFDC post has more about this awesome adventure.

BBQ & Bowl
Where: Pinstripes | Georgetown, DC
When: June 16, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $40/adult, $15/child, free/5 & under

Treat dad to a special barbeque brunch buffet this Father’s Day! Pinstripes’ grand brunch buffet usually includes made-to-order omelets, bottomless mimosas, a waffle bar, carved prime rib, fresh seafood, salad bar, and a chocolate fountain and delectable dessert station. Plus, they grill summer favorites like BBQ ribs, Italian sausage, pesto. Be sure to reserve a lane for some bowling or bocce after your meal!

Women’s World Cup Watch
Where: Wheaton Sports Pavilion | Wheaton, MD
When: June 16, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Varies

Join Montgomery Parks’ for free a watch party and open house during the FIFA Women’s World Cup match between USA and Chile. Doors open at 11:30am with kick-off slated for 12pm. The powerhouse matchup will be shown on a blow-up big-screen in a family-friendly atmosphere. Food trucks will be on-site offering refreshments for purchase. This WaPo article has suggestions for even more places to watch the big fútbol tourney, some of them family-friendly.

Brunch Time
Where: Around the DMV
When: June 16
Admission: Cost of your meal

You can’t really go wrong with a good meal, and there are a bunch of places around DC to enjoy an especially great one for the big day. This round-up from Bitches Who Brunch has some suggestions that will satisfy all food cravings. I particularly like the All Purpose idea… you can have a meal, then let the kids play in the sprays of the in-ground fountain around the corner.

Walk in the Woods
Where: Around the DMV
When: All the time
Admission: Varies by locale

Celebrate the day and dad on the trail! Tramp in places with scenic views, walk and explore history at interesting locales, try to spot wild cretaures, and enjoy a day of active fun. Bring along a picnic for lunch al fresco, too. This go-to KFDC post has a bunch of recommendations for good places to hit the trail with kids.

Go With the Flow
Where: Around the DMV
Admission: Varies by locale

Spend quality time with the man of the hour on the water, where you can paddle and explore. A bunch of places around the area rent kayaks, canoes, rowboats, and pontoons. Fletcher’s Boathouse is a popular place to go, and you can also row from the Ballpark Boathouse next to Yards Park. Quiet Waters Park showcases beautiful nature in Annapolis that you can view from the South River. Bladensburg Waterfront Park also has vessels for rent along with pontoon boat tours on weekends from 5-5:45 ($2-3). See this round-up for even more places to put in and flow.

Disc Golfin’
Where: Parks Around the DMV
When: Father’s Day weekend (or anytime)
Admission: Varies by locale (usually free)

Celebrate the day by hitting the links, the chain links, that is! Disc golf is a great way to enjoy a day outdoors with the family. We’ve enjoyed outings at Calvert Road Park in College Park, Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg, and Burke Lake Park. Not only is it fun and challenging, the courses are set up in pretty parks with opportunities for more recreation at all of them. Bring along a picnic for lunch in the fresh air, too.

A Grand Feast
Where: Crab houses around the area
When: June 16 (or any day)
Admission: Cost of the meal

Steamed crabs, cold beer, scenic views… that’s a recipe for a great Father’s Day for at least one dad I know. The 2019 Summer Guide has several suggestions on where to feast on Maryland’s best dish. I recommend making reservations if possible — this is always a popular way to celebrate.

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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 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.

Tulips in the City
Where: The Park at CityCenterDC | Downtown DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free

CityCenterDC, in partnership with Bloomia, will delight the District once again with our second annual Tulip Festival this spring. The Park at CityCenter will be filled with thousands of tulips for visitors to pick and purchase for just $1 a stem. A portion of the proceeds from the weekend will be donated to DC Central Kitchen.

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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Egg Hunts, Bunny Visits, and More Easter Fun Around DC

Moments before the scramble at a local Eggstravaganza



Don’t put your eggs all in one basket when it comes to Easter celebrations around the DC area! Numerous places host egg hunts, Easter bunny visits, and much more spring fun this time of year. Even if you’re not big on the holiday, there are attractions and activities beyond bunnies and candy-filled eggs that will have the whole family hopping with joy. Here’s where you can find them, listed in order of start date. And if I’ve left out any good ones, feel free to let me know in the comments. Happy Spring!

Spring Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Ticonderoga Farm | Chantilly, VA
When: Weekends through April 28
Admission: $14.95/child, 12.95/adult

With giant slides, awesome jumping pillows, playgrounds, animals, mazes, and more, the farm in Chantilly is a blast, and they take the fun up a notch on come spring. Along with the permanent amusement, there are egg hunts and visits from the Easter Bunny. Be sure to check the website for timing of specific activities. For an idea of what’s there, see this post about their Winter Festival, which is much of the same, but with Easter instead of Christmas festivities. And this post about a class field trip has info and pics, too.

Easter Treasure Hunt
Where: Mansion on O Street | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Through April 21
Admission: $35

Don your favorite Easter bonnet and celebrate spring with a fun filled treasure hunt! Search for special Easter & spring-themed items found only at The Mansion. Explore our themed rooms and search for secret door, too. Hurry – this hunt hops away after Easter Sunday! BYO shopping bags, because everything is for sale. Read more about the Mansion on O Street in this KFDC post.

Egg Hunt & Marshmallow Harvest
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: April 6-7, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $10/child, $12/adult at the gate

After a long cold winter, nothing chases away the chill like a visit to the farm. Head to Great Country for the first “crop” of the spring– Marshmallow Picking! Do marshmallow peeps grow on trees? Be sure to check it out and harvest a few to roast on the bonfire with Farmer Bob. You can even purchase a s’mores kit to melt away that chocolate craving. Guests can also help find Easter Bunny eggs during egg hunts (by age – see the schedule) with over 20,000 treat-filled eggs. Plan to visit spring chicks and baby animals, check out the spring plantings in the greenhouse, take a hayride and rejoice in the new season. Don’t forget to bring your camera for photo ops with the Easter Bunny. Buy advance tickets online for only $10/adult — visit the website to purchase, and look for the schedule of events there, too.

Fabergé Egg Family Festival
Where: Hillwood Estate and Gardens | Northwest DC
When: April 6
Admission: $18/adult, $5/ages 6-18, free/5 & under

Celebrate spring’s arrival in traditional Russian style! Hillwood’s annual festival has programs, music, art, and activities for all ages. Happenstance Theatre will present stories of Russian Easter traditions in a fun family play. A favorite for all ages is the “Fabergé’s Workshop” to create a Fabergé-inspired egg. Samovar Russian Folk Music Ensemble takes visitors back to Old Russia as they play traditional instruments, and the Kalinka Dance Ensemble performs Russian folk dances. And centuries-old Russian springtime games like egg-rolling and egg and spoon racing will entertain children of all ages.

Easter Eggstravaganza & Wagon Rides
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park | Herndon, VA
When: April 7
Admission: $8

Hunt for eggs and visit animals outdoors at the Visitor Center. Sign up for a hunt throughout the day — they start promptly at your registered times. Add a wagon ride for only $2, and take a jaunt around the crop fields and back to the Visitor Center. Children must be accompanied by a paid adult. Pre-registration required.

Bunnyland
Where: Butler’s Orchard
When: April 13-14, 18-19, 20, 22, Kite Days April 27-28!
Admission: $9.50/child, $7.50/adult

One of the more popular spring festivals in the area, Butler’s has all the trappings for seasonal fun: bunnies, eggs, and other Easter-related treats to get young guests in the holiday spirit. Attractions include hayrides down the Bunny Trail, egg hunts, the Rubber Ducky Derby, giant slides, a new jumping pad, and a small petting zoo. Face painting and pony rides are also usually offered for an extra fee. Concessions are available, and there are also plenty of picnic tables if you prefer to pack a lunch. Bring a kite to fly the weekend of April 27-28!

Pizza & Easter Egg Hunts
Where: Matchbox locations around the DMV
When: April 13
Admission: Free with meal

All locations of the family-friendly neighborhood pizza bistro in DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia invite kids to enjoy an Easter egg hunt around the restaurants during brunch from 10-11:30am. Prizes include fun items for the whole family, including a complimentary kids pizza party for up to six, brunch for two, a free kids pizza, free passes to a kids pizza class on June 22, plus candy, and more. Kids will receive an Easter coloring sheet to enjoy while they dine as well.

Bunny Train Ride
Where: Walkersville Southern Railroad | Walkersville, MD
When: April 13, 14, & 20
Admission: $16/adult, $15/senior, $13/age 1-12

All aboard for a trip back in time with the Easter Bunny! Travel over track that the Pennsylvania Railroad originally built in 1872. See Walkersville Southern’s turn-of-the- century railroad station and tool house, then visit with the Bunny on the train (who will also give each child an Easter gift!). Ride in vintage 1920s passenger cars or on an open flatcar as your rail excursion runs past a 100-year-old lime kiln, and then out into picturesque Maryland farm country. Enjoy juice and Uncle Ralph’s cookies in the museum after your ride. Reservations required!

Easter Bash
Where: Ballston Quater | Ballston, VA
When: April 13, 12-2pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Easter with Ballston Quarter and enjoy a family-friendly afternoon of games and activities. Join the fun by searching through Ballston Quarter for Easter eggs filled with prizes and exclusive giveaways. Kids can enjoy creating bunny-ear arts and crafts and take pictures in our photo booth. The Easter Bunny himself will make an appearance for pictures and a bunny-hop disco dance party will have guests young and old boogeying to all of their favorite hits!

Easter Egg Decorating
Where: Brentwood Arts Exchange | Hyattsville, MD
When: April 13, 2pm
Admission: Free

Fun! Glitter! Eggs! The Brentwood Arts Exchange promise all three at this free family-friendly workshop. Create beautiful decorated eggs that will impress friends and even the Easter Bunny. Children will receive their first two eggs for free. Additional eggs will be available to purchase 2 for $1.

11th Annual Eggstravaganza
Where: Tudor Place | Georgetown, DC
When: April 13, 18, 19, & 20, 10am – 12pm
Admission: $10/child, $8/child member, $5/adult

Rolling green lawns, bright spring blooms, and the elegant mansion on a hill serve as backdrop for this festive annual attraction. Join the Easter Bunny as children of all ages enjoy an Egg Hunt and thrilling Egg Roll Contest down the grand South Lawn. Crafts include paper chick “pets” and colorful butterflies, plus there will be games for all ages. Plan to take a self-guided tour of Tudor Place’s 5½ acres of glorious gardens, and be sure to bring a camera! There are very few non-member tickets left, so register soon! Most days are still open to members.

Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Potomac Overlook Regional Park | Arlington, VA
When: April 13
Admission: $10/child

The Easter Bunny is coming to Potomac Overlook! Bring your basket and begin your intrepid search for eggs at the park. Additional activities include games, crafts and, of course, photos with the Easter Bunny. Open to children 2-11 years old. Accompanying adults are free! The cost per child is $10. Advance reservation required. Egg hunt begins promptly at noon!

Spring Fling Easter Eggstravaganza
Where: Roer’s Zoofari | Vienna, VA
When: April 13-14 and 20-21
Admission: $20 ages 2 and up

Celebrate the arrival of spring at an Easter event that promises to be entertaining for all ages! Safari tours, face painting, a bounce house, environmentally friendly crafts, and hourly Easter egg hunts will be part of the fun. This year the event is Plastic Free with reusable eggs that younger children will hunt and then turn in for prizes. Visitors are also invited to explore the zoo’s animal exhibits. Take an open air bus ride for an extra $3; enjoy feeding llamas, zebu, giraffe, camel, and barnyard favorites; and experience a parakeet adventure!

Easter Eggstravaganzas
Where: Various locations around the DMV
When: April 13 & 20
Admission: Free

These festivals held in several neighborhoods around the area offer all kinds of Easter fun – egg hunts, Easter bunny visits, face painting, yummy treats, games, prizes, and more. They’ll take place at South Run Rec Center in Springfield, Glenkirk Elementary in Gainesville, and Four Mile Run Park in Alexandria on April 13, and at Langdon Park in Northeast DC and Lincoln Park on Capitol Hill on April 20.

Easter Cupcakes: Kids Confectionery Decorating Class
Where: Creative Saints Loft | Hyattsville, MD
When: April 14, 1-3pm
Admission: $32

Spring is finally here! Join Chef Candace McCray of Sweet Kiss Cupcakes for a Kids Easter Cupcakes Decorating Class! This event is for kids who love being in the kitchen and parents who love to eat their creations. Your little one will learn spring time pastry chef inspired cupcake decorating techniques, and how to make their own chocolate dipped cake pops. They’ll be taught how to pipe, frost, decorate, and mold shapes. Kids will also decorate their own easter basket to bring their goodies home. Each ticket includes: 4 uniquely decorated cupcakes & 2 cake pops, all materials, 2 hours of instruction by Chef Candace McCray, Vigilante Coffee and sweet treats for adults, Bunny Hop lemonade for children, and an appearance by the Easter Bunny — be sure to bring your camera to snap a few pics!

NoVa Parks Egg Hunts
Where: Parks throughout Northern Virginia
When: April 14-20
Admission: $10

Several parks in Northern Virginia are hosting all kinds of Easter fun to celebrate the holiday and the season. Easter bunny visits and photo ops, egg hunts, crafts, and more activities will be part of the festivities. Registration is required. Go here to see where and when you can jump in on the fun!

Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site | Anacostia, DC
When: April 20, 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!

Easter Block Party
Where: Riverdale, MD
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Join an amazing, family-friendly, community event that is completely FREE! There will be food, kids’ activities, music, and games. Kids ages 1-8 can join an Easter egg hunt at 2pm Ages 1-8. Feel free to BYO basket, bucket, or bag, though they will provide a bag for any children who don’t have one. There will also be a 5×5 Soccer Tourney at 2:30pm — sign ups are first come, first served, max 8 teams (7 minute matches, single elimination). This is all brought to you by Peace City Church, St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, and Solid Rock Church.

Egg Hunt Weekend
Where: Clark’s Elioak Farm | Clarkesburg, MD
When: April 20-21
Admission: $6

Little ones (ages 1 to 3 and 4 to 6) will have a chance to hunt for eggs throughout the day at this Maryland Farm that looks like something out of a story book! 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.

Falls Church Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Cherry Hill Park | Falls Church, VA
When: April 20, 10-11am
Admission: Free

Join this annual family celebration hosted by the city’s Recreation and Parks Department. Children dressed in their spring finest can hunt for candy and special eggs in Cherry Hill Park and have their photo taken with a special guest, the Easter Bunny! BYO basket — they’ll supply the candy, fun, and happy springtime memories. In addition to scrambling for eggs and photo ops, children ages 11 and younger can participate in a make-your-own-candy-bag craft project.

14th Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Stead Park | Northwest DC
When: April 20, 10:45am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Hop to it and join Friends of Stead Park for their annual Community Easter Egg Hunt! Enjoy selfies with the Easter Bunny, crafts and snacks after your little ones have filled their baskets with eggs. The egg hunts will be split by age: Baby to 3: 10:45-11:00am, ages 4-6: 11:15-11:30am, ages 7 & up: 11:45am – 12:00pm. BYO basket and register here.

Easter Monday & Earth Optimism Celebration
Where: National Zoo | Woodley Park, DC
When: April 22, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

This year it’s double the fun, as the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute’s Easter Monday event coincides with Earth Day and the Zoo’s Earth Optimism celebration. Families are invited to enjoy egg hunts, live music, food trucks, and games while discovering how they can help save species. This free event includes hands-on learning opportunities featuring Smithsonian conservation success stories, special animal demonstrations, keeper talks, and meet and greets with scientists and conservation partners working to protect wildlife around the world.

White House Easter Egg Roll
Where: White House Lawn | Downtown DC
When: April 22
Admission: Free, tickets required

The annual White House Easter Egg Roll requires tickets won through lottery for admission. If you entered, you should have found out by now if you were “successful” in scoring them or not. Unofficial tip: I’ve heard in the past that people have been at the entrance giving away extra tickets they may have. While I can’t confirm that’s always the case, if you’re going to be in that area and really want to go, it wouldn’t hurt to stop by and see if someone might have tickets for you. Note that entries are timed, so while it goes all day, guests only stay for their designated amount of time.


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The Weekend Round-Up: February 15-18

Huntley Meadows park is a great place to savor a bit of sunshine




Happy President’s Day Weekend!

Art Investigators
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: Free

Drop in for the museum’s wonderful program for children ages 4-7. 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 works of Alma Thomas. Read a KFDC review of the program from the early KFDC years (it’s old, but still relevant, as the program is very much the same, although the name has changed). Sessions are at 10:30, 11:30, and 12:30 on Saturday and Monday, and at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30 on Sunday. Sign-in takes place in the East Building Atrium, starting at 10am on Saturday and Monday and 11am on Sunday.

Discover Engineering Family Day
Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free

Join a fun-filled day designed to introduce kids ages 4-12 to the wonder of engineering and the importance of technological literacy. The event attracts thousands of people and kicks off DiscoverE Engineers Week activities in the national capital area. Meet professional engineers of all kinds. And try out exciting, hands-on engineering experiences! Construct a building that can withstand high winds, design a motorized bot to walk across a table, mix slime and learn about different chemical reactions, meet an astronaut, create a zoetrope movie, cypher secret messages with coding, and much more!

Make Your Own Abe Hat
Where: President Lincoln’s Cottage | Petworth, DC
When: Saturday, various times
Admission: $15/adult, $6/ages 6-12, free for 5 and under

In honor of President’s Day, President Lincoln’s Cottage is offering an opportunity for children and their families to answer the question, “What do you do with a chance?” As President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln took many chances in the hopes of unifying the country. At times, Lincoln felt his ideas were just out of his reach and worried that he might fail. With some courage and support, he developed his brave ideas by taking notes and keeping them safe in his signature stovepipe hat. Join an interactive program (45 minutes) on taking chances and create your own Lincoln hat to hold your brave ideas. Recommended for ages 4-9, but all are welcome! Register in advance.

Big Apple Circus
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Through March 24
Tickets: $20-25 (look for a discount)

The Big Apple Circus is in town and celebrating its 41st season, featuring amazing stunts under the big top. Known for its one-ring, artistic, European-style, no seat is more than 50 feet from the performers. That’s perfect for viewing some first-ever feats for the Circus along with fan favorites. Hire wire acts, contortionists, bicycle acrobatics, hilarious clowns, and doggie dances are some of thrills and fun you can expect. Read a review of one of our past experiences at a Big Apple Circus show.

Washington Dollar Days
Where: Tudor Place | Georgetown, DC
When: Throughout February, 10am – 3pm
Admission: $1

Practice frugality our founding father would approve of: Pay just $1 per person for any regular tour in February, the month of George Washington’s birth. Tudor Place is the only historic house museum in the District with family ties to Martha and George Washington. Highlights of the Washington Collection will be on display as part of all house tours. See it all for one “Washington dollar!” Tours begin hourly, and it’s recommended you book ahead.

HBD, Frederick Douglass!
Where: Frederick Douglass Historic Site | Anacostia, DC
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Join the National Park Service as they end the bicentennial year of Frederick Douglass’s birth and continue a celebration of the man, his legacy and his impact to the world. Enjoy a commemorative ceremony D.C. Prep Academy (1409 V Street, SE) from 1-2:30pm. Take a walking tour of the neighborhood surrounding Douglass Cedar Hill estate titled “Douglass Anacostia” and enjoy ranger led house tours on the quarter of every hour from 1-4pm. Registration required at the visitor center.

Black History Month Celebrations
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

February is Black History Month, and there are events and activities throughout the DC area to celebrate it. Museum programs (including an entire museum!), special tours and exhibits, story time sessions, and more will be enlightening and fun for all ages. See where they’re all happening here.

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

It might be chilly, but it looks like there will be some sunshine after the snow this weekend, so get out and soak it up and get some exercise. 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.

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

* Journey Down Huckleberry Finn’s Big River at Adventure Theatre!
* She a Gem at the Kennedy Center is recommended for ages 12+
* Dicken’s Davy Copperfield is opening at Imagination Stage
* See Anatole: Mouse Magnifique at the Bethesda theatre, too
* It’s opening weekend for Rapunzel at The Puppet Co.
* And Snow Show is the featured Tiny Tots performance there on Sunday
* Catch a President’s Day concert as Rocknocerous plays at Jammin Java on Monday
* Take teens to see the stage adaptation of Once at Olney Theatre (look for discount tickets)
* The Virginia National Ballet performs Aladdin at the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment
Where: Capital One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Ticket start at $20

Enter the world of Disney magic live in ice with four of your favorite stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment! See Lightning McQueen, Mater, and the Disney Pixar’s Cars race across the ice! Dive into undersea fun with Ariel in The Little Mermaid’s kingdom. Experience the adventures of Buzz, Woody, and the Toy Story gang as they race for home. Join sisters Anna and Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff from Disney’s Frozen as they learn true love comes from within. From wheels to waves, icy wonderlands to infinity and beyond, your family’s beloved Disney moments will come to life.

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Friday – Sunday
Tickets: $39-139

In this adaptation of the best-selling novel by Rick Riordan, the Greek gods are real, and they’re ruining Percy Jackson’s life. As a son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and is on an epic quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods. Recommended for ages 8+.

BSO Music Box Concert
Where: AMP at Pike & Rose | North Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 10am & 11:30am
Admission: $12

Families can introduce little ones to classical music during the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s BSO Music Box concerts with a repertoire inspired by travel and discovery. These take place at Strathmore’s club-style venue, AMP at Pike & Rose. Concerts are recommended for children ages 6 months to 3 years.

President’s Day with a View
Where: Observation Deck at CEB Tower | Rosslyn, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $17.76/adult (with code), $11/age 5-13

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 A perfect history lesson on President’s Day and they are offering a discount for the occasion — use the code PRESIDENTS for a reduced ticket rate of $17.76. Read more about the experience in this KFDC post.

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

Stop by 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.

Annual Summer Camp Fair
Where: McLean High School | McLean, VA
When: Saturday, 3-5:30pm
Admission: Free

The Fairfax County Association for the Gifted is hosting its annual Summer Camp Fair on Saturday. Meet representatives from summer programs of all varieties, from adventure day camps to rigorous academic programs at prestigious campuses. Explore camps and programs for STEM, visual and performing arts, computer technology, environmental science, math enrichment, nature, science, sports, and leadership. Find the camp that is just right for your elementary, middle or high school student. All are welcome to attend this free event.

Saturday Morning with Rocknocerous

Where: Dangerously Delicious Pies | H Street NE, DC

When: Saturday, 11am – 12:30pm

Admission: $6.90


Catch a concert with local kids fave Rocknocerous! The band of three guys — Coach, Williebob, and Boogie Bennie — are celebrating their 10th year together with a brand new album. With the pending release of Plymouth Rockers, the band’s fifth record, Rocknoceros have hit their creative peak. The new batch of songs entertain and educate in equal measure, and you can groove along to them on Saturday morning! Doors open at 11am, and the show starts at 11:30am.

President’s Day Celebration
Where: Port Discovery | Baltimore, MD
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: $5

Hours on President’s Day Weekend: Friday: 10 AM – 4PM, Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM, Sunday: Noon – 5 PM, Monday: 10 AM – 5PM| Location: The Construction Zone in the Atrium at Port Discovery (located directly next door to the main Museum at 35 Market Place, Baltimore, MD 21202)
Admission is included in entry to The Construction Zone in the Atrium at Port Discovery, which is $5 per person for individuals two and over. Members and children under two enter for free.

Great Backyard Bird Count
Where: Kingman and Heritage Islands | Northeast DC
When: Sunday, 9am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Join Living Classrooms for a local Great Backyard Bird Count! They’ll lead group monitoring sessions at Kingman Lake and the Main meadow, but you are also encouraged to conduct your own counts through out the islands. Binoculars and checklists will be available to borrow. Meet at the Bridge platform between Kingman and Heritage islands. Register in advance here.

Wild Love
Where: City Wildlife | Northeast DC
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

Take advantage of this rare occasion to visit City Wildlife, the animal rescue and rehabilitation center, as it’s the only time of the year they open their doors to the public. At the 5th Annual Valentine’s Day Open House, get a behind-the-scenes tour of the rehabilitation facility, enjoy some goodies, and get a gift for your Valentine. Free-will donations will be collected to ensure that the Center can help its animal patients.

Open Explore
Where: KID Museum | Bethesda, MD
When: Monday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $12 (includes one child, two adults)

School’s out, KID’s open with a special day of Open Explore activities and Maker Studio workshops! Drop in anytime for Open Explore, featuring unique hands-on learning experiences designed by our professional Maker Educators. Activities include: Stop-Motion Animation using the power of green screen technology, Coding Corner with KIBO robotics (designed for younger makers), Service Project involving knitting with textiles to create a blanket for those in-need, and much more!

Party at George’s Place
Where: Mount Vernon Estate | Mount Vernon, VA
When: Monday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $20/adult, $11/age 6-11, free/5 & under

Every Presidents Day weekend, George Washington’s former estate hosts special festivities in celebration of the first POTUS’ big day. Sample syrups, enjoy a musical to the President, and hear stories about his past birthday celebrations. Of course, take time to explore the grounds, mansion, and Education Center exhibits, including Be Washington, a great interactive experience that lets you step into his boots and make the tough decisions he faced. There will also be a special marching drill and dance demos along with ceremonial wreathlayings to honor Washington. Be prepared for a crowd — I can tell you from experience that a lot of folks show up to take advantage of the complimentary entry.

Main Reading Room Open House
Where: Library of Congress | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Monday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Twice each year, the Library of Congress opens its magnificent Main Reading Room to share information about how the public can access the Library’s resources year-round. That’s right, you don’t just have to get a glimpse of it through a window upstairs. The Main Reading Room will be open to the public on Presidents Day. Be sure to tour the rest of the LOC, too — it’s incredible! Read more about it in this KFDC post.

George Washington Birthday Parade
Where: Throughout Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Monday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

Alexandria hosts the largest parade in the country celebrating George Washington’s birthday with marching bands, historic re-enactment troops, and more. Bundle up to watch the procession as it travels through Old Town. See the website for more info and route details.

The Great Indoors
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Word has it there is some snow on the way, so this go-to post listing over 100 suggestions for things to do inside — just about all of them tried and tested by yours truly and co. — will be a good one to keep in your back pocket. And if you’re looking specifically for places where kids can burn energy and be active, check out this round-up of Indoor Playgrounds.

***MORE GOOD STUFF TO KNOW***
* Just in time for wet and snowy weather on the way, this brand new post highlights seven stunning spaces in DC where you can hang out with kids.
* Imperfect Produce, a delivery service on a mission to reduce food waste by delivering “ugly” produce to people’s doorsteps, is launching in DC.
* Love this Wapo piece about how being a parent helped shape Nancy Pelosi as a politician.
* The National Geographic Museum will be closed through February 28 as installation of the Queens of Egypt exhibition, opening March 1, is underway.
* Russian Doll on Netflix — whoa! Don’t give up after one or two episodes thinking it’s just a Groundhog Day/Happy Death Day ripoff. I promise, you’ll be glad you stuck with it. (PS: Not for kids!)


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