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The Weekend Round-Up: August 10-12

The Montgomery County Fair begins this weekend!





Happy Weekend!

All’s Fair
Where: Montgomery, Prince William, & Howard Counties | MD & VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

County fair season continues as Montgomery and Prince William kick off their annual fests that are chock full of amusement for everyone in the fam. Carnival rides and games, farm animals, live entertainment, pony rides, the junk food gamut, pig races, and so much more. You can also find it in Howard County, where the fair is on for its final couple of days. This post has the scoop on all of the county fun.

Kids in the Castle
Where: Heurich House Museum | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

A suit of of armor, woodcarvings of animals & magical beasts, towering ceilings… for children, the Heurich mansion is a magical castle to explore. Held every few months, Kids in the Castle encourages children and their families to wander through the house at their own pace, complete photo scavenger hunts to win prizes, and take a more detailed self-guided tour if they desire. During the warmer months, families can also relax and play games in the Castle Garden. Register for free tickets; only a limited number will be available at the door.

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

The summer break from school may be starting to wind down, but summer fun around the area continues. Catch a concert outdoors to start the weekend on a musical note — Jazz in the Garden on the National Mall and the Friday Night Concert series at Yards Park are local faves. Keep the seasonal pursuits going with a variety of options: Head to a farm for peach picking. Enjoy some water fun, either at an outdoor pool or a spray park. Feast on crabs. Take advantage of free admission for kids at the Newseum or see seasonal exhibit like Wings of Fancy at Brookside Gardens, Fairy Houses at Annmarie Garden, or FunHouse at the Building Museum. This post has all the details you need on all these summer joys.

Down by the Riverside
Where: The District Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

There’s no special event going on there this weekend, but The District Wharf is a great place to spend a day with the fam, especially if the weather is nice. Play in sprays, rock on swinging benches, rent a kayak, grab a bite to eat by the water, people watch, and more. This new post has the scoop on all there is to do at the southwest waterfront locale.

Pirates & Wenches Fantasy Weekend
Where: Rock Hall, MD
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free

Buccaneers and landlubbers of all ages! Head out to the Eastern Shore for a fun, unique experience. This town-wide family-friendly event will be loaded with kids activities, shows, and costume contests. Check out the website for details and schedules. Pirate attire is highly encouraged!

English Learners’ Back to School Fair
Where: Columbia Heights Education Campus | Columbia Heights, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 2:30pm at (3101 16th St. NW).
Admission: Free

DC Public Schools, in collaboration with several DC agencies, will be hosting this fair that targets linguistically and culturally diverse families and English Learner students with the goal of connecting them to academic and community resources. The event will feature dozens of local organizations that provide a wide range of services, and there will be workshops for caregivers interested in learning about tips and tools to help their children succeed in school. There will also be free backpacks, school supplies, food, face painting, and even children’s haircuts!

Otakun
Where: Washington Convention Center, Downtown DC
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: $100

This weekend long convention is a celebration of Asian pop culture and it’s fandom. There will be loads to experience — anime, manga, music, movies, video games, and more. Visitthe website for the schedule and more details about the exhibitions.

Anatomy of Sports
Where: National Museum of Health & Medicine | Silver Spring, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Bones and muscles need to work together for optimal performance. Athletes of all ages should know how their bodies work in order to compete and stay healthy. During Anatomy of Sports, athletes will demonstrate their sport while medical illustrators and physical therapists reveal how muscles and bones work together. This session is perfect for families with children playing sports, the recreational athlete ,or the practiced sports enthusiast. Read more about the museum in this KFDC post from a few years back.

Family Mindfulness
Where: Freer|Sackler Gallery | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10:30am-12pm & 1-2:30pm
Admission: Free, but registration is required

Beat the heat with little ones during this summer meditation series! Take a moment to pause and reflect in front of lush landscapes and other storied artworks in our permanent collection. Then, admire the natural beauty in the Freer courtyard with a series of facilitated activities to help deepen self-awareness. Finally, slow things down and experience guided breathing, storytelling, and other beginner-friendly mindfulness techniques led by instructors from Yoga District. Come ready to move in comfy clothes. Mats are provided. For ages 4+ with adult companions.

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

* Tinker Bell is lighting up the stage at Adventure Theatre
* Follow the yellow brick road to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Synetic Theatre
* The Olney Theatre presents HMS Pinafore and families are encouraged to go!
* You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is on the Imagination Stage
* It’s opening weekend for Peter and the Wolf at The Puppet Co.
* And Jellybean Circus is the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theater.
* Teen ages and up can see Second City’s Generation Gap at the Kennedy Center
* Enjoy the music of Gustafer Yellowgold at the McLean Central Park Gazebo on Sunday.

Reels on the Ramp
Where: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 8pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15

Bring the family for a movie night under the stars on the Udvar-Hazy Center’s outdoor airplane ramp. Don’t forget your chairs, blankets, and insect repellent! Food is allowed, but alcohol and glass bottles or containers are prohibited. Doors open at 8pm and the movie will begin at dusk. Planes, a spin-off of the Cars franchise, follows Dusty Crophopper, a crop duster plane who practices aerobatic maneuvers in his free time and dreams of becoming a racer.

Dave on Stage
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: Through
Admission: Tickets start at

Remember the movie, Dave, about the President’s doppelgänger who fills in as POTUS when he suffers a stroke? It’s now a world premiere musical at Arena Stage! With modern day updates, references to the current political climate, Arena’s signature “DC” vibe, and opps for spontaneous audience interaction, it’s one pretty fantastic show. Recommended for ages 13+.

High Wheelin’
Where: Frederick, MD
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Get a curbside seat to America’s only high wheel race in historic downtown Frederick, MD. The National Clustered Spires High Wheel Race is a unique event that celebrates the history of bikes with an antique bike display and more festivities throughout the day at the Best Fest — live music, face painting, bouncy fun, beer garden, and more.

Tall Tales on the Big Screen
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am & Sunday, 11:30am
Admission: Free

Enjoy some highly unlikely stories, from a greedy rat and a sailor cat to some flying dinosaurs and a lonely bear! The children’s short films program includes The Highway Rat, How Dinosaurs Learned to Fly, Bear Story, and The Gallant Captain. Recommended for ages 6+, runs approximately 60 minutes.

Tour the Fun House
Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $16/adult, $13/age 3-17, free/members

There are only a few weeks left to jump into fun at the Building Museum’s annual Summer Block Party. This year’s exhibition, Fun House, was created by Snarkitecture, the same group that brought us The Beach a few years ago. It’s full of clever details and neat features that welcome all ages to engage and enjoy. It even comes with a big backyard pool, and visitors are invited to take a dip!

Art Museum Morning
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Fun for little ones at the Hirshhorn! Enjoy the Library + Art Pop-Up and find a cart in the galleries and check out a fun kit full of favorite finds for kids. And be sure to stop in the Sculpture Garden outside and add a wish to Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree for Washington!

Go with the Flow
Where: Waterways around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by boathouse

Enjoy the weekend on the water, where you can paddle and explore. A bunch of places around the area rent kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards, rowboats, and pontoons. Fletcher’s Boathouse is a popular place to go, and you can also paddle from nearby Thompson Boathouse and Ballpark Boathouse next to Yards Park. Bladensburg Waterfront Park also has vessels for rent along with free pontoon boat tours on weekends from 5-5:45. If you’re up for a bigger excursion, you can rent your own pontoon at Solomons Island. And you can see where else you can explore by water in this round-up of great places to go with the flow.

Farmers Market at the Ballpark
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Sunday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

The Nats may be on the road this weekend, but there’s still something happening at he ballpark! The Nationals, along with Kaiser Permanente, present the first annual Farmers Market at Nationals Park. Located in Center Field Plaza, fans and neighbors will have access to locally sourced produce, meats, dairy products and more. Fun games will also be set up for everyone to enjoy, and Screech and the Racing Presidents will be in attendance! Visit the website for the full vendor list. Garage C will be open with free parking.

DC, Inside & Out
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

The weather seems to be all over the place lately, so these go-to posts are good to keep on hand: The Great Indoors post has 100 ideas for things to do. And if you’re aiming to get outdoors, check out this robust round-up of the best outdoor adventures in the DC area.

***MORE GOOD STUFF TO KNOW***
* Starting this Sunday through next Saturday, it’s Tax-Free Week in Maryland. All qualifying apparel and footwear $100 or less, per item, are exempt from the state sales tax.
* The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s annual Free For All program featuring Romeo and Juliet this year begins on August 21 and runs through September 2.
* The most wonderful time of the year, REN FEST, begins in just two weeks. Huzzah!
* The Library of Congress National Book Festival is coming up soon, too, on September 1 with another great lineup of presenting authors.


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The Weekend Round-Up: August 3-5

Beach day at Flag Ponds Nature Park



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Happy Weekend!

Fairfax County 4-H Fair & Carnival
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park | Herndon, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Depends on activities (details below)

Head on down to the 4-H fair! Through Sunday, enjoy carnival rides, amusements, treats, farm animals and rabbits, rides and displays, horse and dog shows, the tractor pull, kids crafts and face painting, plus plenty of good food, drinks and live music. Held at Frying Pan Farm Park, hours for the many activities vary by day, so be sure to check the website before you go. Carnival ride tickets are $1 or 24 for $20 (most rides take 3-5). Unlimited carnival ride tickets are $25.

Tennis, Anyone?
Where: Rock Creek Park Tennis Center | Rock Creek, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Enjoy the on-court excitement along with other fun activities as the Citi Open Tennis Tournament wraps up. With the quarterfinals on Friday, the semis on Saturday, and the championship matches on Sunday, the event is sure to serve up some excellent tennis.

Black Panther at the Drive-In
Where: Union Market | Northeast DC
When: Friday, 8:45pm (lot opens at 6pm)
Admission: $10/car, free for walk-ups

Black Panther is this month’s featured film at Union Market’s outdoor movie series. See T’Challa, the King of Wakanda, in action on the big screen from the comfort of your car in the UM parking lot. Get there as early as 6pm and have a bite to eat in the Market or bring food back to your car. The lot closes at 8:15pm, and the film begins at 8:30pm. Advance purchase is recommended.

‘Tis the Season
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

Make the most of quintessential summer activities around DC! Hit the beach. Enjoy an open air concert at one of the many series in the area. See a movie under the stars. Enjoy a special museum program. Get wet at an outdoor pool, sprayground, or water park. Feast on crabs. Ride mini-trains and carousels at local parks. And so much more…

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

This weekend’s sessions of Art Investigators, the National Gallery of Art’s drop-in program for kids ages 4-7, will explore works by Edgar Degas. Young art museum-goers will learn about his art, then use that as inspiration to create a work of their own. Sign-in takes place in the West Building Rotunda, starting at 10am on Friday and Saturday, and 11am on Sunday. Be aware that you may not get an early time slot and will have time to fill before your session, so plan accordingly. Read a KFDC review of the series back when it was called Stories in Art (it’s an older post, but still relevant, as the program is very much the same).

BrickFair ’18
Where: Dulles Expo Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm & Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $17, free for ages 3 and under

The nation’s largest LEGO Fan Festival will be enthralling guests of all ages this weekend. BrickFair brings together LEGO enthusiasts from across the country to showcase their amazing brick constructions, from tiny intricate works to elaborate, towering creations. Over 800 exhibitors will be there to display their designs, along with vendors selling all things LEGO — T-shirts, hats, mini figures, models, and more. And guests can use it all as inspiration to do some building there themselves!

Nats vs. Reds
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Thursday – Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Nats are hosting the Reds all weekend with games Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon, and there are a couple of special promotions to enjoy along with the baseball action of the field. Friday is an Anthony Rendon bobblehead giveaway, and fans can get a Nationals radio lanyard on Sunday as well as run the bases after the game (ages 4-12). And before you plan your ballpark outing, checkout these KFDC tips on how to do a Nats game without breaking the bank.

Peach Daze Fuzztival
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $10/child & $12/Adult

Celebrate peak peach picking season with Great Country Farms, Bluemont Vineyard, and Dirt Farm Brewing! Along with tons of fun activities, you can also learn how the peaches are grown and used in food and drink and enjoy the results as well. Kick off each morning with a Peach pancake breakfast, then later on get the whole family involved in peach eating and peach pit spitting contests and family water games. All the fun farm attractions will be open, and there will also be live music to entertain the crowd. And across the way at Bluemont Vineyard, enjoy special peach drinks and wine.

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

* Tinker Bell is lighting up the stage at Adventure Theatre
* Follow the yellow brick road to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Synetic Theatre
* Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players are the final performance of Wolf Trap’s Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods on Saturday
* The Olney Theatre presents HMS Pinafore and families are encouraged to go!
* You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is on the Imagination Stage
* It’s the final weekend for Snow White and the 7 Dwarves at The Puppet Co.
* And Snow Show is the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theater.
* Teen ages and up will enjoy Second City’s Generation Gap at the Kennedy Center

Dave on Stage
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: Through
Admission: Tickets start at

Remember the movie, Dave, about the President’s doppelgänger who fills in as POTUS when he suffers a stroke? It’s now a world premiere musical at Arena Stage! With modern day updates, references to the current political climate, Arena’s signature “DC” vibe, and ops for spontaneous audience interaction, it’s a pretty fantastic show. Recommended for ages 13+.

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 Reading Fightin Phils all weekend, and there’s extra fun and special promos to enjoy, too — Daddy Daughter Night, Pirates & Princesses Night, a U.S. Naval Academy celebration, beachy fun, fireworks, and more. Plus, there are always fun and games especially for kids. Read more about Baysox games in this KFDC post.

World’s Fair
Where: DAR Museum | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Experience the excitement, innovation, and wonder of a c.1900 World s Fair. Do you know what foods debuted at these fairs? Or what games children played? Learn about inventions that thrilled fairgoers and taste the snacks made popular by these grand events. Celebrate cultures around the world by exploring the booths of local embassies and cultural centers. Fun for children and adults alike, this event is not one to miss!

Friendship Firehouse Fest
Where: Friendship Firehouse | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 9am – 2pm
Admission: Free

This annual family event hosted by the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association invites the public to enjoy the history of the fire department at the historic Friendship Firehouse. The popular event features antique fire apparatus, craft booths, displays by Alexandria merchants, and live music. In addition to the day’s outdoor events, festival participants will enjoy visiting the Friendship Firehouse Museum, originally built as a firehouse in 1855.

Howard County Fair
Where: Howard County Fairgrounds | West Friendship, MD
When: Through August 11
Admission: $5/ages 10 and up, $2/seniors, free for under 10

The 73rd annual fair begins this coming weekend, and you have through next Saturday to enjoy rides, magic shows, musical entertainment in the evenings, pig races and pony rides, the Kids & Critters barn, Demolition Derby, a pro rodeo, and more. Most of the rides cost extra, and packages are available, so be sure to check out the website to see what’s available if you plan to go. And for details on the rest of the county fairs coming up around the area soon, see this new KFDC post.

Global Big Latch On
WHere: Breastfeeding Center | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 10am-12pm
Admission: Free

Join The Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washingtonfor food, fun, and community to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. Events include the latch on at 10:30am and a panel discussion at 11:30am. There will also be raffle prizes and some light refreshments. Register here.

Beachy Keen
Where: Flag Ponds Nature Park | Lusby, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $8/vehicle

Do something quintessential summer and hit the beach! And you don’t have to go all the way to the ocean — there is sand and surf and shark tooth hunting within day trip distance from DC! Flag Ponds Nature Park in Calvert county is one of our favorite spots for a beach fix. In fact, we just spent a great day there!

Ice Cream Making at the Mill
Where: Peirce Mill | Rock Creek, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am & 1pm
Admission: Free

Lean how to make hand-cranked ice cream the old fashioned way! This demonstration will show you how ice and salt creates a brine that reduces the temperature below freezing, and cranking the handle for 30 minutes can whip this frozen treat made famous by Dolly Madison after her return from France. A historic recipe will be distributed to those in attendance. Peirce Mill is located in Rock Creek Park at 2401 Tilden Street, NW, at the intersection of Beach Drive and Tilden Street, NW (Park Road if approaching from the east). Read more about Peirce Mill here.

Tinker Bell’s Fairy Festival
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Sunday,
Admission: $75 or $250/4-pack

Enjoy a day full enchantment for kids as they are transported to a magical fairy world. This special event at the beloved children’s theatre includes a performance of Tinker Bell, a handmade Tinker Bell costume (or make your own pirate hat and bandanna for those who don’t like fairy dresses), refreshments, and a painted fairy face mask by La Jolie Faces. Guests can also make their own Butterfly Fairy Crowns and Fairy Wands, as well as mix their own magic Fairy Dust with a written recipe card. And once kids’ fairy transformations are complete, they can enjoy a special photo op with Tinker Bell!

Walks in the Woods
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Looks like it’s going to be great weather to hit the trail with the fam! 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, started in the early KFDC days and updated several times since, has a a bunch of recommendations for good walks in the woods with the kids.

***MORE GOOD STUFF TO KNOW***
* It’s county fair season, and there’s a new post with the scoop on where and when they’re all taking place around the DMV!
* KidFriendly DC has partnered with Thrively to curate Activity Boards with seasonal picks for family fun, starting with Summer Indoor Picks and Summer Outdoor Picks.
* This sounds like a fun, new read.
* Tickets are on sale for Zoo Uncorked, a wild after hours wine tasting (for adults, obvi) at the National Zoo on on September 13.

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The Weekend Round-Up: July 6-8

Little ones will love watching the giant dancing puppets at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival





Have you seen the forecast for the weekend? You’ll be just as pleased with it as you will be with all the events and activities going on around town. Happy Weekend!

Sound It Out
Where: Hirshhorn Museum, National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Over two days, you can rest in a dream tent, hold sound in your hands and listen through your fingertips, and build your own wind chime, Take a guided audio architectural tour, practice mixing samples into a live DJ set, and transform words from speech to text, and then into dance. Sound Scene XI unites audio artists and contributors from across the globe to transform the Hirshhorn into a free and interactive sonic wonderland, featuring sonic surprises and thought-provoking listening opportunities for all ages.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Where: National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

The annual Festival celebrating living cultural heritage and community traditions is underway. Visitors of all ages will have ample opportunity to discover Catalonia and Armenia through special exhibits, performances, exhibits, demos, and more, including plenty of activities especially for children. For specifics, see the festival schedule. And it all takes place right on the National Mall, where you can have even more adventures at all of the museums.

Welcome to the Fun House
Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $16/adult, $13/age 3-17, free/members

Jump in, literally, to fun at this year’s Summer Block Party, the National Building Museum’s big annual exhibition that spans the Great Hall. Created by Snarkitecture, the same group that brought us The Beach a few years ago, FUN HOUSE is full of clever details and neat features that welcome all ages to engage and enjoy. Oh, and this house comes with a big backyard pool, and visitors are welcome to take a dip!

Reel Fun
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am & Sunday, 11:30am
Admission: Free

Join the art museum for 14 short films from around the world — Mexico, Russia, Australia, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, France, Lithuania, and the USA! With visually innovative animation, the program features the best from the New York International Children’s Film Festival. Recommended for ages 4+, runs approximately one hour.

Summer in the City
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Enjoy activities that make this time of year so much fun. Start the weekend off on Friday with a free outdoor concert or an evening of fishing, then continue the fun on Saturday and Sunday with water play at a pool or spray park. Cool off indoors at special summer museum programs like free admission to the Newseum or Fun House at the Building Museum. Feast on crabs or hit the beach to fulfill a seasonal must-do. Complete it all with a family movie under the stars at National Harbor on Sunday night. Get details about all of these summer diversions and even more here.

The Magic of Spying: Tradecraft Trickery
Where: International Spy Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 12pm
Tickets: $10, $9/members

In the real-life world of espionage, spies often call upon the art of magic and illusion to distract the enemy, make evidence disappear, and escape unnoticed. Join professional magician, Peter Wood, as he demonstrates the art of misdirection, sleight of hand, and other illusions used by skilled spies. This one of a kind performance, custom-designed for the Spy Museum, is guaranteed to fascinate children and adults alike. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

Kids’ Corner
Where: Eastern Market | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday,
Admission: Free

Join Eastern Market Main Street and neighborhood businesses for some morning fun at Eastern Market. Every Saturday from through July 28, they’ll be hosting activities, games, and more. This week CHAW (Capitol Hill Arts Workshop) presents imaginative, curiosity driven activities!

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

* See Tinker Bell light up the stage at Adventure Theatre
* The Pop-Ups are playing the Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods show at Wolf Trap
* You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is on the Imagination Stage
* And little ones will love Paper Dreams at the theatre in Bethesda
* It’s a fairytale classic on strings: Snow White and the 7 Dwarves at The Puppet Co.
* And Old MacDonald’s Farm is the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theater
* Teen ages and up will enjoy Second City’s Generation Gap at the Kennedy Center
* Make it a date night for the final performances of Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Camelot

UniverSoul Circus
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Tickets: $13+ (look for a ticket deal)

The world-class, live entertainment attraction that has captured the hearts and imaginations of a new generation of families is celebrating its 23rd year of FUN. UniverSoul connects with progressive, upwardly mobile, urban pop cultures from around the world, embracing and celebrating the unique and familiar aspects of global cultures and ethnicities into a stellar production that blends circus arts, theater and music. A fresh, cool, and hip approach to live family entertainment!

Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azakban – In Concert
Where: Wolf Trap | Vienna, VA
When: Friday & Saturday, 8:30pm
Tickets: $40-60

Relive the magic of your favorite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ – In Concert. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by live music from the National Symphony Orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen.

Nats vs. Marlins
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday & Saturday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Nats are hosting the Marlins Friday and Saturday and there a couple special promotions to enjoy along with the baseball action of the field, including a Bryce Harper Bobblehead Giveaway and Cat-urday, a purr-fect day for Cats fans. Before you plan your ballpark outing, checkout these KFDC tips on how to do a Nats game without breaking the bank.

As the Wheel Turns
Where: Peirce Mill | Rock Creek Park, DC
When: Saturday, 10a – 4pm
Admission: Free

Learn about the power of water and its connection to food on a mill tour with Friends of Peirce Mill or a National Park Service Ranger at this historic site in Rock Creek Park. Ages are welcome to drop in. Read more about Peirce Mill in this KFDC post.

HBD, Alexandria!
Where: Oronoco Bay Park | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 6-10pm
Admission: Free

The City of Alexandria will celebrate its 269th (and the USA’s 242nd belated) birthdays this weekend. Enjoy festivities for the entire family, including musical entertainment, children’s activities, community exhibits, and birthday cake. The highlight of the evening is a concert by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and fireworks to close out the celebration.

Fractal Worlds
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Through September 3
Admission: $8-12

A new exhibit opens this weekend at the gallery that specializes in interactive digital installations. Fractal Worlds by Julius Horsthuis is a visual journey through mind-bending sci-fi worlds and infinite 3D geometric patterns. Incorporating both projection and virtual reality elements, the exhibition transports viewers to another dimension.

On the Fringe
Where: Theatres around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by performances

It’s the first weekend of the Capital Fringe Festival, and while most of the entertainment lineup this weekend is recommended for tween ages and up, there are a few all ages events, too. More details and ticket sales are on the Capital Fringe Festival website. And, parents, consider catching a performance for a KidFree night out!

Think OutsideWhere: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Temps are going to drop to a pleasant level, so plan some adventures outside! The round-up of The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids has ideas galore for doing just that. But if the forecast takes an unexpected swing, The Great Indoors lists 100 suggestions for outings that take place inside.

Walk in the Woods
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Hit the trail with the fam to enjoy the weather and some quality time. 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, started in the early KFDC days and updated several times since, has a a bunch of recommendations for good walks in the woods with the kids.

Baltimore, Hon!
Where: Inner Harbor Area | Baltimore, MD
When: All Weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Head up I-95 for a change of city scenery. Explore the exhibits and loads of hands-on activities at the Maryland Science Center. See some of the quirkiest, coolest art ever at the American Visionary Art Museum. Play the day away at Port Discovery. Get an eyeful of the underwater world at the National Aquarium. Tour the historic ships at the Inner Harbor. Or view history in the works at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

***MORE GOOD STUFF TO KNOW***
* Two excellent, inspiring documentaries playing in theaters right now: RBG and Won’t You Be My Neighbor
* Events DC’s Summer Movie Series kicks off July 11-12 — catch free films every Wednesday and Thursday at Oxon Run Park and the Festival Grounds at RFK Stadium.
* Heads up: The next Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter Fans by Watson Adventures is coming up July 21, these often sell out. Read more about the adventure here.
* Deep Creek Lake makes for a fantastic family escape from DC — we recently spent a long weekend there with friends and had a blast!

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Where to Play on the Weekdays: June 25-29

Play mega Jenga by the Potomac at The Wharf


Monday – Hit the playground at Wheaton Regional Park. Two levels of slides, climbing nets, monkey bars, swings, and more fun features will appeal to all ages and abilities. Pack lunch to eat at nearby picnic tables under the lofty trees. Take a ride on the miniature train and carousel if they’re operating. The park is open sunrise to sunset, and admission is free.

Tuesday – Hang out at The District Wharf. Let kiddos 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.)

Wednesday – Get on board the Regal Summer Movie Express! The series begins this week, presenting family films for just $1 every Tuesday and Wednesday at participating theaters during the summer. See what’s playing at a theater near you — there are two movie choices every week. Tickets are available for purchase at the box office, and all movies in most locations start at 10am.

Thursday – Spend the day at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, an annual celebration of living cultural heritage. Highlighting Armenia and Catalonia this year, the event will be full of hands-on activities, performances, demos, and much more from June 27 – July 1 and July 4-8, 11am – 5pm each day, plus evening concerts most nights at 6:30pm. Find it all on the National Mall. Admission is free.

Friday – See The Pop-Ups perform under a canopy of trees at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA. The Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods summer series brings entertainment to the outdoor stage every Tuesday – Saturday at 10:30am through August 4. Recommended for ages 1-8, tickets are $8-12.

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