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The Weekend Round-Up: July 19-21

Ready for blast off 🚀🌕


Happy Weekend!

A Monumental Sight
Where: Washington Monument | National Mall, DC
When: Thursday, 9:30-11:30pm
Admission: Free

View the Washington Monument in a whole new light. A 363-foot Saturn V, the rocket that launched the Apollo 11 into orbit, will be projected on the east face. We went to see it last night, and while gawking at an obelisk lit up by a large-scale image might sound like a simple thing to do, it was quite an awesome “Only in DC” experience, elevated by the excitement of the many other Washingtonians who were there to get a glimpse, too. It will be even more elaborate on Friday and Saturday (see below). For more ways to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, see this post.

Apollo 50 Festival
Where: 4th – 7th Streets | National Mall, DC
When: Friday & Saturday
Admission: Free

It’s been 50 years since Apollo 11 made its historic moon landing, and the National Air & Space Museum and NASA are marking it with a big celebration. Join them for the Apollo 50 Festival on the National Mall for all kinds of festivities on Friday & Saturday. A stage and 20 tents will feature hands-on exhibits and activities from exhibitors like NASA, Boeing, Raytheon, The LEGO Group, and PBS’s Ready Jet Go!; live performances featuring costumed characters; and exciting speakers including Adam Savage, ISS astronauts, authors, and NASA scientists and engineers, with more special guests to be announced.

Apollo 50: Go for the Moon
Where: National Mall, DC
When: Friday & Saturday evenings
Admission: Free

The celebration will continue in the evenings with “Apollo 50: Go for the Moon.” The 17-minute show telling the story of the first moon landing will be projected onto the Washington Monument and supporting screens on the National Mall. The free spectacle will run at 9:30pm, 10:30pm and 11:30pm and can be viewed from the area in front of the Smithsonian Castle, btwn 9th & 12th Streets.

Kids in the Castle: Scavenger Hunt
Where: Heurich House Museum | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Once again, the Heurich House Museum will open its doors for free, kid-friendly, self-guided tours. Kids in the Castle: Scavenger Hunt gives families the chance to explore the ornate details of the Heurich family home. Children and parents are invited to wander through the house at their own pace and complete a photo scavenger hunt to win prizes. Once visitors have finished their tour, they can relax and play games in the museum’s Castle Garden (weather permitting). Typically, the museum is not open to children under 10, but during this special event, children are the main focus. This event is free, but registration is suggested.

Family Day: Secrets of Egypt
Where: National Geographic Museum | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $5 (free for members)

Join the fun at Family Day, National Geographic’s annual event where you and up to five guests can visit the amazing museum, see award-winning films, and hear live talks from National Geographic Explorers to learn about the incredible work they are doing around the world. This year, they’re taking guests back in time to ancient Egypt! Embark on a virtual visit to the land of the Nile some 3,500 years ago, when the queens of the 18th and 19th dynasties ruled over this storied empire. Check out the multisensory exhibition, “Queens of Egypt,” where you’ll learn about the lives of seven incredible queens, visit the “Sistine Chapel of ancient Egypt,” and see more than 300 precious artifacts from every aspect of Egyptian women’s daily lives. Then try your hand at some hands-on activities, play Egyptian-themed games, see an Egyptian dance performance, and much more! Recommended for kids ages 3-12. Register in advance!

Dig an Archaeology Fest
Where: Dumbarton House | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Be part of a celebration of archaeology, at the annual Day of Archaeology Festival. Talk to archaeologists in person and learn about the science and art of archaeology. Kids can enjoy engaging activities, including mock‐excavations, hands‐on artifact displays, crafts, and demonstrations. The archaeology of local prehistoric and historic inhabitants will also be featured — a great way to learn about local history! Live music, face painting, and visits from some of DC’s best food trucks will also be part of the day’s festivities.

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

The NGA’s wonderful Art Investigators is on again this weekend. The drop-in program for kids ages 4-7 will explore works by Jasper Francis Cropsey with a a book reading, a look at his work, then an art project that directly relates to it. Sign-in takes place in the East Building Atrium, 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). There will also be Drop-In Art Making on Friday and Saturday 10am – 2pm, and on Sunday 11am – 3pm.

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

* Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing at a performance of Earthrise at the Kennedy Center.
* Disney’s Aladdin is also beginning it’s run at the Kennedy Center.
* It’s opening weekend for Treasure Island at Synetic Theatre
* Enjoy fun and antics with The Cat in the Hat at Adventure Theatre (look for discount tickets)
* See a storybook character come to life in Matilda the Musical at Olney Theatre (look for discount tickets)
* Reserve free tickets to a Gemini Theatre’s Alice in Wonderland, this week’s Saturday Morning at the National show
* Newsies is Encore Stage & Studio’s latest by kids, for kids production
* The Ballad of Mulan is now on the Imagination Stage
* And little ones will love Balloonacy at the Bethesda theater
* Catch a performance of Circus! at The Puppet Co.
* Dragon Babies is the featured Tiny Tots show there on Sunday
* Take ages 10 and up to The Band’s Visit at the Kennedy Center
* Enter the lottery for tickets to Hamlet, this year’s Free for All production from Shakespeare Theatre Company

UniverSoul Circus
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Through July 28
Tickets: $18+ (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 24th 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!

Artscape
Where: The Lyric | Baltimore, MD
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free

America’s largest free arts festival is happening all weekend long in Baltimore, featuring more than 100 artists of all kinds. There will also be concerts on outdoor stages, street theater, jazz, opera, and classical music. Kids can enjoy lot of activities, and concessions will be available for purchase.

The Lion King (in Luxury)
Where: IPIC Theater | North Bethesda, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $16

The new Lion King film opens this weekend, and you can take your viewing up a notch to see it. IPIC is a luxury movie theater with on-demand food and drink service brought directly to your seat, a convenience amenity only seen at IPIC Theaters that comes in handy when taking the kids to the movies. Note there are other flicks playing, too!

Dance Your Style Street-Dance Battle
Where: Howard Theater |
When: Saturday, 2:30-6:30pm
Admission: $15

Red Bull Dance Your Style is bringing the top dancers from DC and across the mid‐Atlantic region together for the ultimate freestyle street‐dance battle. Sixteen competitors across hip‐hop, house, popping, waacking, locking, and more will take their talents to the dance floor in front of a live audience at Howard Theater for an all‐ages event.

Kick it with Spirit
Where: Maryland SoccerPlex | Boyds, MD
When: Saturday, 7pm
Admission: Tickets start at $25

Keep the World Cup fever going at a Washington Spirit match! Our local women’s pro soccer team has . two players from the championship team on their roster: Rose Lavelle (who scored the second goal in the final match against Netherlands) and Mallory Pugh. This weekend, they’re hosting the Houston Dash at their home field near Germantown. It’ll be a hot one, but you’ll get to see some great soccer!

Tennis, Anyone?
Where: Kastles Stadium | Union Market, DC
When: Saturday, 7pm
Admission: Tickets start at $58

The Washington Kastles, the DC franchise of World TeamTennis, will serve up exciting action on the court on the rooftop of Union Market. (Yes, you can enjoy some fantastic DC views along with the pro tennis play.) Plan to go early and have dinner in the market before or grab something mid-match and bring it up to your seat. For some background on WTT, see this post from a few years back (but note the location has changed since then). PS: Venus is on the roster, so there’s a chance you’ll get to see a legend play.

Table Tennis Showdown
Where: Union Market | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 7-10pm
Admission: Free

Leave the courts to the professionals, and enjoy another kind of tennis at ground level. Union Market is teaming up with DC Fray to host the ultimate table tennis show down to celebrate Kastles Stadium. Battle it out for the chance to win awesome prizes. Walk-ups registration is open until 6:30pm. Want a guaranteed spot? Pre-register here. Open to all ages + skill levels.

Summer Time Sing-a-Long
Where: Balducci’s | Reston Town Center, VA
When: Saturday, 11-11:45am
Admission: Free

Bring the littlest ones to enjoy live music and air conditioned fun! And get some tasty bites while you’re there. Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market in Reston is sponsoring this free Baby Jams singalong. RSVP here.

National Ice Cream Day Celebration
Where: The Yards | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Sunday, 11:30am
Admission: Free, but reserve tickets!

The Yards and Ice Cream Jubilee invite you to celebrate National Ice Cream Day with a sweet event: DC’s longest sundae will be created – and eaten! Each participant will receive a 2-scoop sundae with Ice Cream Jubilee’s signature flavors as you create a new city record! Tickets can be reserved here or in person at Ice Cream Jubilee’s Yards Park location. The event will take place at the Yards Park Sun Deck, next to Ice Cream Jubilee.

DC United Game Watch Party
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Sunday 2-6pm
Admission: Free

Head to the Pearl Street pitch to cheer on DC United as they take on Atlanta. Pearl Street gets United as the street is transformed into an away game viewing party destination. The game will be broadcast live on the jumbotron and DJ Stylus Chris, official in-game DJ of DC United, will spin tunes pre-match. Parents can grab a beer from the Heineken bars, all all ages can play games and sign up for cool team gear. Plus, enter to win jerseys, game tickets, and a chance to win a trip for two to see the team take on Portland in Oregon!

Summer Time
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Summer is whizzing by, so enjoy the season while you can with activities that only occur this time of year. Start off the weekend with a free outdoor concert, then continue the fun on Saturday and Sunday with water play at a pool or spray park. Or take it indoors at special summer program like LAWN at the Building Museum or free admission for kids to the Newseum. Wind it all up with crab feast or a movie under the stars. Get details about all of these summer diversions and even more in the 2019 Summer Guide.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* The results are in for Washingtonian’s Best of 2019 Reader’s Poll. Do you agree with them?
* After months of searching for a great one-piece swimsuit, the Amalfi from this company is finally a keeper! (PS: That referral links gets you a discount!)
* For your radar: The REACH Opening Festival, 16 days of creativity in action — September 7-22 at the Kennedy Center.
* I frequently revisit this post, particularly the comments, for good book recommendations.
* Speaking of books, I just finished and loved Fleishman is in Trouble and am about to read this one that I learned about via the post above.
* Awhile back, I mentioned my architect/designer friend Margaret and her blog about the tear down/rebuild of their home. Well, it’s finished and they are back in — and it’s amazing. See for yourself!


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: July 15-19

The fountains at Georgetown Waterfront Park are a cool for play on a hot day


An idea per day keeps the boredom away! Keep in mind that most of these recommendations can be enjoyed any day of the week. And for even more suggestions for things to do, check out these go-to posts:
The Great Indoors
The 2019 KFDC Guide to the Best of Summer in DC
The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids

Monday – Take little ones to a special Rise & Rhyme with Culture Queen at Busboys & Poets. Join her at the Hyattsville location to celebrate the release of Disney’s The Lion King through music, movement, storytelling, and chance to win promotional giveaways. This event begins at 9:30am and will be free of charge for guests on this day only.

For an outing with older kids, take a time trip back to ancient Egypt at National Geographic Museum. The current Queens of Egypt exhibit highlights the mighty queens of that era and the hidden role of women in all aspects of Egyptian society. Hours are 10am – 6pm, and admission is $15/adult, $12/student, $10/age 2-12.

And PS: It’s Amazon Prime Day! On July 15 (& 16) you can score some amazing deals on all kinds of products!

Tuesday – Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Visit the National Air & Space Museum on the National Mall, where Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit will be on display along with more artifacts from the historic mission. Plan to tour the rest of the museum, too, full of fascinating exhibits and interactives. hours are 10am – 5:30pm, and admission is free. (And note that there will be special activities going on all week to commemorate the half-century mark.)

In the evening, see the Washington Monument in a whole new light as a 363-foot Saturn V, the rocket that sent Apollo 11 into orbit, is projected on the east face. This will happen Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9:30-11:30pm.

Wednesday – Have a wild time at the National Zoo, where there are some extra special creatures to see right now. Dino Summer features two dinosaur experiences of prehistoric proportions — DinoRoars is an outdoor exhibit of six massive animatronic dinosaurs that move and roar, and Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live is an experiential theater production featuring a larger-than-life dinosaurs. Of course, you can also just go to visit the animals. Check the Daily Programs schedule before you go to help plan your outing — you can chat with a bear keeper, visit the shocking new Electric Fishes Demonstration Lab, meet a small mammal, and more. This time of year, grounds are open 8am – 7pm, exhibit building hours are 9am – 6pm, and the Visitor Center 8am – 6pm. Admission is free, though parking in the Zoo lot for non-members is $25 (free for some member levels). You can also try parking on Connecticut Avenue or a side street, or take Metro to Woodley Park or Cleveland Park stations then walk a few blocks.

Thursday – See SOLE Defined perform a high-energy dance show that fuses tap and body percussion at Strathmore’s Backyard Theater for Kids in North Bethesda. The annual summer entertainment series for kids takes place on Thursdays in July. Performances are at 9:30am and 11:30am. Tickets are $8-10.

Friday – Hang out at Georgetown Waterfront Park. Let the kids run through the sprays of the interactive fountain, play on the grassy areas, follow the paths of the in-ground labyrinth, and watch the boats and ducks go by on the river. After (or before, depending on when you go), have a bite to eat or do some shopping in the neighborhood full of restaurants and retail.


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The Weekend Round-Up: July 12-14

Keep the soccer fever from the World Cup going at a DC United match on Friday!


Happy Weekend!

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

The summer session of the NGA’s wonderful Art Investigators series begins this weekend. The drop-in program for kids ages 4-7 will explore works by Winslow Homer with a a book reading, a look at his work, then an art project that directly relates to it. Sign-in takes place in the East Building Atrium, 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). There will also be Drop-In Art Making on Friday and Saturday 10am – 2pm, and on Sunday 11am – 3pm.

Old MacDonald Had a Barn
Where: Miracle Theatre | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Friday, 10:30-11:15am
Admission: $8/thru July 11, $10/at door
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njoy some wholesome family entreatment on Friday night! Kidsinger Jim & the Big Barn Puppets are performing a special show at the beautiful Miracle Theatre. “Old MacDonald Had A Barn” features well-known folk tunes and some originals, followed by a fun ‘hoedown’ finale by Kidsinger Jim & his Barnyard Band. 

Check It Out: A Library + Art Pop-up Program
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
Time: Friday & Saturday, 10 am- 2 pm
Admission: Free

Check it out! This ongoing program at the Hirshhorn invited young museum-goers to find the cart in the gallery and check out a kit to use inside the galleries. Kits include a children’s book, suggested artworks for viewing, and hands-on materials. This program is a partnership between Smithsonian Libraries and the Hirshhorn.

DC United vs. New England Revolution
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Friday, 7pm
Admission: Tickets start at $30

Kick it at a DC United match on Friday evening as they host the New England team. If you haven’t been to Audi Field 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 since parking can be difficult. Or park in the Navy Yard neighborhood, grab dinner at one of the many eateries (El Bebe, The Salt Line, and All Purpose are my top recs), then walk from there.

Lotus & Water Lily Festival
Where: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens | Northeast DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

See the glorious beauty of the wild wetlands of Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens as you celebrate world cultures! The annual Lotus & Water Lily Festival is full of free, family friendly festivities, including traditional Latin, Asian, and African dancing performances; gardening workshops; face painting; lotus tea tasting; Junior Ranger and educational activities; and more. Of course, the spectacular beauty of blooming lotus flowers and water lilies at the only national park dedicated to growing aquatic plants is a main focus of the event, too. Get a glimpse of the spectacular flower display before you go — and consider biking there for a little extra adventure!

French Festival
Where: Hillwood Estate & Gardens | Upper Northwest, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: $18/adult ($12/members), $5/ages 6-18, free/5 & under

Calling all Francophiles: Celebrate Bastille Day in grand French splendor! With exquisite French 18th-century interiors, collections, and gardens as a backdrop, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is a perfect place for a fête. Throughout the day, games, lively theatrics, dance, pantomime, French fare, and music bring the life of the French court to the lush gardens at Hillwood.

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

* Enjoy fun and antics with The Cat in the Hat at Adventure Theatre (look for discount tickets)
* See a storybook character come to life in Matilda the Musical at Olney Theatre (look for discount tickets)
* Reserve free tickets to a concert by 123 Andres, this week’s Saturday Morning at the National show
* The Ballad of Mulan is now on the Imagination Stage
* And little ones will love Balloonacy at the Bethesda theater
* Catch a performance of Circus! at The Puppet Co.
* Imaginary Friends is the featured Tiny Tots show there center
* Take ages 10 and up to The Band’s Visit at the Kennedy Center
* Enter the lottery for tickets to Hamlet, this year’s Free for All production from Shakespeare THeatre Company

Mornings at the Museum
Where: Renwick Gallery | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 9am
Admission: Free

Mornings at the Museum is a sensory-friendly program for children, teenagers, and young adults with disabilities and their families. The program includes early entry into the museum, facilitated and thematic activities, a take-a-break space, and pre-visit materials like social narratives and sensory maps.

Say “Om” at SoundHealth: Second Saturday
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 9:30am & 11:30am
Admission: Free

This series of free monthly workshops designed for families with young children explores the power of the arts to promote wellness of the mind and body. During this session, join Angelyn Shapiro of New Beginnings Yoga for an energizing morning of movement and exploration! Kiddos and their grown-ups will move through an all-levels yoga practice designed to increase body awareness, coordination, and spacial relations using songs, rhymes, and games. Children will explore basic poses and simple breathing techniques through creative play. No prior experience is required. Most enjoyed by ages 0-5.

French Immersion Class and Bastille Day Party
Where: Les Petites Marrionnettes | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday, 10:00 am – 11: 00 am
Admission: Free/adult & child

Join Pia and Nairouz for an hour of fun en Français and stick around for a Bastille Day celebration. Children will learn about France’s National Holiday while participating in engaging activities including song, dance, puppetry, arts & crafts, and more! The whole family will be invited to enjoy a crêpe after class. Geared for children ages 3 to 6 with little to no exposure to French. Registration is required. Check the website for more details! Les Petites Marrionnettes is located at 3020 N Pershing Dr. in Arlington.

SPINBLEDON Kids Day
Where: SPIN DC | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 12-3pm
Admission: Free

With inspiration from Wimbledon, SPIN, the popular ping pong social club, is teaming up with KIDZ BOP to host a popping afternoon of music and ping pong activities for the whole family at SPINBLEDON Kids Day. KIDZ BOP music, ping pong lessons, and arts and craft activities like face painting and album art coloring pages promise to keep all family members entertained. One lucky family will win a four pack of tickets to the “KIDZ BOP World Tour” when the concert experience comes to town later this year. The event will feature an exclusive menu designed with SPIN’s younger players in mind, including Superstar Pizza, Hop Bop Chicken nuggets, and Burger Sliders.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Do Storytime
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 1pm & 6pm
Admission: $20-35

Mo Willems & the Storytime All-Stars present this Concert Hall Storytime like you’ve never experienced before, featuring your favorite performers from TV, movies, and stand-up. Presenting Mo Willems’s books as sketch comedy, these hilarious performers invite the audience to laugh, sing, and draw along! Recommended for ages 5+.

Bubble Days
Where: Maryland Science Center | Baltimore, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: $20.95/adult, $16.95/child

See the sudsiest spectacle of the summer at the annual Bubble Days. Hop into the foamy fun pool party, bounce special bubbles in your hand, experiment with bubbling beakers, and more! See the world-renowned bubble artist Casey Carle in his suds-tacular show, BubbleMania. Get ready for two days that’re going to be bursting with fun.

Model Trains and Thomas
Where: Historic Vienna Train Station | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 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.

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

The Capital Fringe Festival is underway, 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.

Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner
Where: Dio Wine Bar | H Street NE, DC
When: Saturday, 3:30pm
Admission: Just the cost of your food & drinks

One Saturday a month, Dio Wine Bar hosts Saturday happy hour for parents, guardians, and their children. Families are welcome to enjoy drinks and food without the added expense of finding a sitter or getting the stink eye for bringing their little ones to the bar. This Saturday, they open at 3:30pm and are excited to host Lola & Pear Publishing for a children’s book reading as part of their Book, Babies, and Booze Tour. Sip on sangria while listening to The Adventures of Duke, the Therapy Dog: Duke Finds A Home. No tickets required, just bring yourselves!

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.

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

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!

Hang out on the Lawn
Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $16/adult, $13/age 3-17

LAWN, this year’s big summer installation at the National Building Museum transforms the Great Hall into an inviting, expansive green space that encourages recreation and relaxation, whatever your preference. Kids of all ages (that includes us really big kids 😉) are welcome to frolic along the turf, roll down hills, play lawn games, get bird’s eye views, enjoy special programming, or just relax in a hammock and listen to stories of summer.

Fancy This
Where: Brookside Gardens
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $8/ages 13 and up, $5/3-12, free ages 0-2

Walk amid a garden of butterflies at Brookside Garden’s amazing Wings of Fancy exhibit, on view through August 31. The seasonal display featuring live butterflies and caterpillars from all over the world is sure to delight. Read about a KFDC experience at the exhibit. And 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.

Infinite Space
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $16/adult, $8/age 2+

The latest exhibition at ARTECHOUSE, Infinite Space explores the concept of infinity and “invites visitors to open their senses to the endless transformation and infinite possibilities at the intersection of man and machine.” Six immersive installations will delight and amaze and some will make you feel like you’re floating in, well, Infinite Space. Family-friendly hours are 10am -5pm, and evening hours 5:30-11:30pm for ages 21+ when exhibit-themed cocktails are served make for a fun date night.

Summer Staples
Where: Around the DMV

When: Throughout the weekend

Admission: Varies by activity


Get your summer on this weekend with a host of activities exclusive to this time of year. Kick it off with an outdoor concert or free fishing. Enjoy some water fun at an outdoor pool, sprayground, or water park. Check out a special seasonal exhibit. Do some crabbing (the feasting kind). Catch a flick under the stars, and so much more. See the 2019 KFDC Guide to Summer in DC for the full scoop on these and even more summer favorites.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* The USWNT is going on a victory tour. Stops are TBD, but cross fingers DC is one of them!
* A bunch of us had a Trader Joe’s love fest over on Instagram where we shared our favorite TJ products.
* The Washington School of Ballet is holding auditions this weekend for the 2019-20 school year.
* Reserve free tickets for next weekend’s Kids in the Castle: Scavenger Hunt event, when the historic Heurich House opens its doors to young visitors.
* The meal delivery service, Sun Basket has a great deal going on: Get $70 off–$30 off your 1st order, $25 off your 2nd, $15 off your 3rd.
* Just started this book and cannot put it down!


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Don’t Miss Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, Running Through August 3!


This post is sponsored by Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, however, I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.


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