Category Archives: Seasonal

Summer Camp for Pre-K to 12th Graders at Washington Waldorf School!

This post is sponsored by the Washington Waldorf School, however, I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will be of interest to KFDC readers.

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Giveaway: Enter to Win Tickets to Winnie the Pooh at Adventure Theatre!

Get ready for a gang of beloved animals friends to liven up Adventure Theatre this season. Winnie the Pooh will bring fun and antics to the stage from March 30 to May 26, and I’ve got a Family 4-Pack of tickets to see it for one lucky KFDC reader!

Based on the book by A.A. Milne, this production was adapted for the stage by le Clanché du Rand. 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.

We actually saw a version of this at Adventure Theatre several years ago, and you can read a review here. (Note that the director and cast are different, but the story is the same.)

Tickets for Winnie the Pooh are $20 and can be purchased online or at the Box Office, though I always recommend getting them in advance because shows often sell out. Of course, you can also try to win them through the giveaway below.

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Giveaway: For a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to Winnie the Pooh at Adventure Theatre, simply leave a comment below with your preferred date and time to see the show. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too. This giveaway will run through Thursday, March 28, 2019, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

This post is sponsored by Adventure Theatre, however, I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will be of interest to KFDC readers.


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The Weekend Round-Up: March 22-24

Cherry blossoms are In Peak Bloom at ARTECHOUSE

Happy first weekend of spring!

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

ARTECHOUSE is celebrating many things with its newest digital art exhibit: Cherry blossoms, spring, renewal, and women artists! 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 beautiful and delightful, unique and profound. They’ll have kids and adults alike smiling and appreciating the gifts of art and nature.

Cherry Blossom Family Festival
Where: American Art Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Admission: Free

Join the American Art Museum and the National Cherry Blossom Festival for a celebration of Japanese culture. Kick off the day with a taiko drumming performance outside of the museum at the F Street entrance. Enjoy face painting, make cherry blossom crafts, listen to Japanese music, and go on a spring-themed scavenger hunt through the museum’s galleries. This is just the start of many cherry blossom celebrations over the next few of weeks — plan for more with this post listing the activities families will enjoy best.

Japanese Culture Day
Where: Library of Congress | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Children of all ages and their families can learn about Japanese culture through reading, writing, and craft-making with Japanese cultural and linguistic professionals. Japanese-related books will be on display, and a special highlight of the day is “Japan-In-A-Suitcase,” an inspiring program about Japanese life and culture. Other activities include Japanese drum music and dance performances, instructions on the art of tiara-making by former Cherry Blossom princesses, origami artwork lessons, decorative Konobori coloring, and the kimono dress-up experience. Children can also explore the Library’s Young Readers Center, which is full of current and classic children’s literature – read more about it here.

Marvel Universe LIVE!
Where: EagleBank Arena | Fairfax, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Tickets: $15-90+

Spider Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk, Black Widow, and the Guardian of the Galaxy…Marvel’s mightiest heroes face off against some of the most threatening villains in the Marvel Universe. In this live stage production, see them unite in a race against time to defeat Loki in an epic quest to defend the universe from evil.

Slime Expo
Where: Waterford at Springfield | Springfield, VA
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: $10-75

It’s slime time at SLIME EXPO DC, the DC metro area’s largest slime event! The fun-filled day will include meet & greets with your favorite slime brands, live demos, slime recipes, raffles, giveaways, DIY slime workshops, contests, a trade area, and many more slime-related activities!

Mt. Olivet KidStuff Sale
Where: Mount Olivet United Methodist Church | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday, 8:30am – 12pm
Admission: Free

The Mount Olivet Preschool is hosting their annual KidStuff Sale! Shop for a HUGE selection of gently used items. There will be children’s clothing (sizes 0-6+), maternity clothes, baby equipment & accessories, strollers, toys & DVDs, books, and furniture. Go early to score great deal — and bring a friend! Cash or check only. Parking is available in the lot located off Glebe Road next to the church.

Flying in the Great Hall: Final Fight
Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Witness death-defying feats of aeronautics — well, model aeronautics, anyway! The DC Maxecuters, a club for model aviation enthusiasts, have been sharing their love of model aviation in the National Building Museum’s Great Hall for over 20 years. Don’t miss this opportunity to watch them send both rubber band- and electric-powered model planes soaring between the 75-foot columns and overhead. And this will be the DC Maxecuters’ last year of Flying in the Great Hall, so this is a chance to wish them clear skies and safe landings in all their future travels! 

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

This weekend is your last chance to experience the Big Apple Circus while it’s in town. Celebrating its 41st season, the show features 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 featsalong 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.

Women’s History Celebration
Where: DAR Constitution Hall | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Women’s History Month at the DAR Museum! Join us to recognize powerful American women who left their mark on history. Come learn about your favorite heroines and discover some new faces as well. Enjoy activities, crafts, games, music, and a preview performance of 19: The Musical from 12pm-1pm (seating for that is first come, first served).

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

* Reserve free tickets to a musical adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk, this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance.
* See The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963 at the Kennedy Center.
* Dicken’s Davy Copperfield is on the Imagination Stage.
* Anatole: Mouse Magnifique is also at the Bethesda theatre.
* Watch Rapunzel let down her hair at The Puppet Co. for one last weekend.
* And Teddy Bear’s Picnic is the featured Tiny Tots performance there on Saturday.
* Spend Saturday morning with The Great Zucchini at Jammin Java.
* Venture Into the Woods at Ford’s Theatre.

Story Time
Where: Book shops around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Several local bookstores around the area host free story times for children on weekends that often include more than just a reading. Head to Hooray for Books in Old Town Alexandria on Friday or Saturday for story time from 10:30-11am. Solid State Books on H Street NE hosts readings on Saturday (ages 0-5) and Sunday (age 4+) at 10:30am. At Kramerbooks in Dupont Circle, they’ll watch your kiddos while you grab a coffee on Sundays at 11am.

Sensory-Friendly Screenings
Where: Regal Cinemas | Rockville, MD
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: $6

Catch Sensory-Friendly Screenings of Captain Marvel and Wonder Park on Saturday morning. The newest My Way Matinees from Regal give everyone the opportunity to experience a movie once a month with the sound turned down and the lights turned up. Watch the trailer for Captain Marvel here and Wonder Park here.

Storybook Theatre
Where: Northeast Library | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

You’re invited to Storybook Theatre — dramatic interactive readings of children’s books! This is presented by Royal Proteges for a group that offers supplemental education focusing on success, finance, and leadership to youth and young adults. Seating is limited so register in advance.

Balloon Animals 101
Where: Makeshift | H street NE, DC
When: Sunday, 3-4pm
Admission: $15

Delight your friends and family with this crowd-pleasing talent! Join professional balloon twister Julie Zauzmer for Balloon Animals 101. You’ll learn the basics of balloon twisting, from balloon selection and sourcing to twisting mechanics, and you’ll walk away with 3 of your own balloon animals! For ages 5+. Kids must be accompanied by an adult.

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

Get a dose of nature, enjoy spring weather, and have some active fun on the trail! See buds getting ready to bloom, tramp in places with scenic views, hike and explore history at interesting locales, and savor the time outdoors. This post has a bunch of recommendations for great places to walk in the woods with the kids.

* There’s a new post listing live entertainment for families coming to local stages this spring — check it out and save your seats!
* A good list of places to watch March Madness, some even kid-friendly.
* Prep for peak bloom with Tips for Families Viewing the Cherry Blossoms.
* And check out cherry blossoms around the world!
* Next trip to NYC, this is a must-do.
* Date night at the Zoo? Tickets for the annual Zoofari are now on sale.
* Anyone else obsessed with Alison Roman from NYT Cooking? If so, there’s this! (Apparently, it’s been out awhile, but I only just discovered it.)
* Along with the outstanding fare, another reason to love Rose’s Luxury.
* Amy Schumer 🙌🙌🙌

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“In Peak Bloom” at ARTECHOUSE is a Fantastic Celebration of Spring

The newest digital art exhibit at ARTECHOUSE, the gallery in Southwest DC known for its fusion of art and technology, may just be my favorite yet. Perfectly timed to open on the first day of spring, In Peak Bloom is a fantastic celebration of the season and its beauty, and visitors are encouraged to join in through interactive works that are delightful and enchanting, unique and profound.

Of course, cherry blossoms are featured in some of the installations. Digital projections of the flowers float along the walls of the main room along with other vibrantly colored blooms. Like many of the works at ARTECHOUSE, you can engage with the imagery, directing it back and forth and in swirls as you move your arms. Owen looked like a conductor as he stood in front of the floral scenes waving his hands around. And the floor painted a glossy black looks like water with images from the walls above reflected on it. It’s quite a stunning scene to take in from the balcony above or even standing (or lounging) within.

In a smaller room, you can make an image of a cherry tree bloom through connection with others. Powered by biometric sensors in four circular pads on the floor, you stand on one while other people stand on the rest, and touch hands (or lock arms or hug), and the tree goes from a pre-bloom white to a flourishing pink. Created by Korean-American artist Lisa Park, the work is inspired by Park’s experiences living abroad in the US and feeling detached from family and friends back home in Korea. It shows how connection and physical contact between people helps them thrive.

There is a nod to Japanese culture with an area of shoji screens, panels of translucent paper and wooden frames used as doors, windows, and room dividers in traditional Japanese design. In this exhibit, some of them have shadowy plant scenes on them, indicating their use as windows, while others are backlit so you can make shadows appear on the other side. (Great for photo ops, and kids will undoubtedly have fun in that area — Owen and I did!)

The maze of shoji screens leads to a wonderful, wild installation of “musical” plants, three planters of live hanging ivy that respond to contact. Each plant makes a different sound from nature — tweeting birds, croaking frogs, and either chirping insects or chattering monkeys (I couldn’t quite tell). You walk below and gently touch a leaf or stem to hear them sing. And multiple people touching them is like a little symphony of nature.

Finally, there’s the Enchanted Garden, a room full of whimsical designs created from a mix of natural and recycled artistic mediums. An augmented reality (AR) app accompanies the installation to tell the story of The Rabbit in the Moon, a legend from Japanese folklore. Right now, it’s only available on android phones, and there are a couple available there to access it. The AR will be available on iPhones soon. But even without the AR, it’s neat to wander around and explore details of the art.

Put In Peak Bloom on your family’s must-do spring activity list — it’s one you’ll all enjoy! Kids are welcome during all-ages daytime hours, but evenings are for adults only. The bar is open during these hours, and ARETCHOUSE always serves unique and tasty exhibit-inspired cocktails.

In Peak Bloom
Where: ARTECHOUSE | 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, WDC
When: Daily, March 20 – May 27, 2019
All Ages Hours: Sun-Thurs 10am – 7pm, Fri-Sat 10am – 5pm
After Hours (Age 21+): Sun-Thurs 7-10pm, Fri-Sat 5:30-11:30pm
Admission: $16-20/adult, $8-10/child


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