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Giveaway: Enter to Win Tickets to Nats vs. Braves this Wednesday, August 8!



There have been some pretty exciting Nats games lately, and we’ve been lucky to be there for some of them. Like that franchise record-setting 25-run doozy against the Mets last week… wowza! When the the kids and I were on our way to the game, I actually gave them a heads-up that we’d probably be leaving early, since 1) they had camp the next day, 2) it was supposed to rain, and 3) they were playing the Mets (sorry, Mets fans). But when we were up 7-0 after just the first inning, I had a feeling we’d be sticking around longer, and indeed we stayed through the rain and all nine innings for one awesome display of baseball.

Anyway, we have four tickets for the match-up against the Braves this Wednesday evening that we can’t use, and I would love to give them away to some KFDC reading Nats fans. So, I thought a quick giveaway would be fun. And, hopefully, whoever wins gets to enjoy some thrilling baseball action, too!

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Giveaway: For a chance to win four tickets (section 133) to see the Nationals vs. Braves this Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at 7:05pm, simply leave a comment telling me your favorite baseball moment this season. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too. This giveaway will run until Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at 8pm, then a winner will be picked and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!


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The Weekend Round-Up: July 27-29

Go for an indoor “swim” at the National Building Museum




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 Constant Troyon. 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).

Dog Days of Summer Family Festival
Where: National Postal Museum | Union Station Area, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join the Postal Museum for the Dog Days of Summer Family Festival to get to know Owney the Dog (famed four-ledge friend of the USPS), and learn about the role animals play in our postal system to help transport and protect mail. Fun activities for all ages includes a pet adoption fair, an Amtrak Police K-9 demo, scavenger hunts, story time, crafts, and a variety of games and challenges. Read more about the museum in this KFDC post.

Serve Up Some Tennis Action
Where: William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center | Rock Creek, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, gates open at 9am
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Enjoy the on-court excitement along with some special events as the Citi Open Tennis Tournament swings into action this weekend. Saturday is the first day of qualifying rounds as well as WTEF Family Day with lots of fun activities especially for kids. And qualifying rounds continue on Sunday.

Tanabata: The Japanese Star Festival
Where: Hillwood Estate & Gardens | Upper Northwest, DC
When: Saturday, 2pm
Admission: $18/adult, $5/child

Tanabata, the Japanese Star Festival, celebrates the legend of Orihime, the weaver princess, and Hikoboshi, the herder, lovers separated by the Milky Way who are allowed to meet just once a year on one day during the summer months. Celebrate the holiday at Hillwood through storytelling, live music, crafts, and more.
 Reserve tickets in advance.

National Dance Day
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 2-10:30pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the art of dance with a day full of free activities. Enjoy interactive routines and lessons, free outdoor performances, food for purchase, and more, all culminating in a night of Dancing Under the Stars. See the full schedule on the Kennedy Center website. (FYI: The 2018 National Dance Day routine is set to Kylie Minogue’s newest single “Dancing” in case you want to get familiar with the beat :-).)

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

Embrace summer in DC this weekend with a host of activities that are best (and, in some cases, only) enjoyed this time of year. Outdoor swimming, sprayground play, concerts under the stars, special museum programs, and movies al fresco are just some of the seasonal fun. Go here for the full scoop on these joys of summer and more.

Secondhand Game Sale
Where: Labyrinth Game Shop | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Labyrinth is hosting its legendary Used Game Sale. The proceeds raised go to buy games for local teachers’ classrooms, support the shop’s game class aftercare program, and add new games to the demo library. The sale includes a live and silent auction on the first day, and a rummage sale on the second day.

Montgomery County Farm Tour
Where: Montgomery County Farms | Montgomery County, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Learn about agricultural heritage, promote local farms, and indulge in seasonally fresh food as Montgomery County celebrates the 29th Annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale. Activities will vary from farm to farm, but several will have hayrides, pony rides, music, animals to visit, and other activities planned. All 19 participating farms will be open Saturday, and 13 will reopen on Sunday, so be sure to check the website for the schedule before you go.

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 — and Friday evening is a special “Dress like a Fairy” performance!
* Follow the yellow brick road to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Synetic Theatre
* Enjoy entertainment on the outdoor stage as the Marland Youth Ballet performs Rumpelstiltskin at Wolf Trap’s Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods on Saturday
* Arts on the Horizon brings a magical, interactive adventure to Strathmore with To the Clouds
* The Olney Theatre presents The Pirates of Penzance & HMS Pinafore and families are encouraged to see it!
* You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is on the Imagination Stage
* And little ones will love Paper Dreams at the theatre in Bethesda
* See a fairytale classic on strings as The Puppet Co. presents Snow White and the 7 Dwarves
* And Clowning Around is the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theater on Sunday
* Teen ages and up will enjoy Second City’s Generation Gap at the Kennedy Center
* Dave, adapted from the Oscar-nominated film and recommended for ages 13+, recently opened at Arena Stage

Family Mindfulness
Where: Freer|Sackler Gallery
When: Saturday, 10:30am 12pm & 1–2:30pm
Admission: Free

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 the museum’s permanent collection. Admire the natural beauty in the Freer courtyard with a series of facilitated activities to help deepen self-awareness. Then slow things down and experience guided breathing, storytelling, and other beginner-friendly mindfulness techniques led by instructors from Yoga District. Be ready to move in comfy clothes. Mats are provided. For ages 4+ with adult companions.

Tour 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 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!

Freedomfest DC: A Block Party
Where: THEARC | Anacostia, DC
When: Saturday, 12-3pm
Admission: Free

The Brady Campaign is hosting a neighborhood block party at THEARC on Saturday to bring DC residents together in support of preventing gun violence. All ages are welcome to attend the event that will include free food, music, a bounce house, crafts, voter registration, and a chance to hear from Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton.

DC United vs. Colorado Rapids
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 8pm
Admission: Tickets start at $25

Kick it at a soccer game on Saturday evening, as the DC United host the Colorado Rapids. Word has it the new stadium is awesome. And if you go a little early, there should be some pre-match pop-ups and activities on the plaza.

Museum Morning
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

There’s all kinds of fun for little ones at the Hirshhorn this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 2pm, enjoy the Library + Art Pop-Up and find a cart in the galleries and check out a fun kit full of our 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!

Newsflash: Free Admission for Kids!
Where: Newseum | Pennsylvania Ave., DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $24.95/adult, FREE for kids

Take advantage of free admission for kids to the Newseum while you can! The annual Summer Fun Deal, which runs through Labor Day, waives the entrance fee for youth with one paid adult admission. The deal benefits kids ages 7 and up most, since children 6 and under always get in free, and much of the Newseum’s collection will be better appreciated by older children. It’s a fantastic museum, one of my favorites in DC! Worth the admission fee — which is actually good for two days — but you can also find a discount here.

Happy Nappy Storytelling
Where: Sankofa | Petworth, DC
When: Sunday, 11am
Admission: Free

Enjoy an afternoon of free fun for the whole family with Sankofa and The Happy Nappy Storytellers! This free children’s literacy program that takes place on the last Sunday of every month, and this session will include a creative reading of Atinuke’s Baby Goes to Market, followed by a paper basket weaving activity with Mama Page. Best for children ages 3-7.

Kidz Graffiti Party
Where: ArtJamz | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Sunday, 12-2pm
Admission: $10

Get messy like a street artist at a Kidz Graffiti Party! Join ArtJamz for their first-ever event of its kind. Children of all ages are invited to paint their very own masterpieces on the ArtJamz walls. The lounge will be open for accompanying parents, and they’ll be playing jamming tunes to inspire all the little artist. Afterwards, your family can purchase additional studio time and canvas and let your vision come to life off the wall. To participate, register online for the $10 Kidz Graffiti Party. Tickets include a 1-hour Graffiti Pass with unlimited access to paints and art materials.

Shark Bites & Brews
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free, but plan to spend on food & drinks

Head to DC’s new beautiful waterfront area to help celebrate the longest-running summer TV series! Wind down Shark Week at The Wharf on Sunday with some special festivities, including ocean-themed drinks, games, and live music, as well as a mechanical shark to snap pics in front of throughout the afternoon.

Indoor Playgrounds
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

If the kids have a lot of energy to expend, but the weather isn’t conducive to outdoor action, there are places around the area that will feel like havens. Read about them in this round-up of play spaces where, in some cases, they can literally bounce off the walls.

Do the Crab Walk
Where: Eastern Shore, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Depends on how much you order!

It’s not a true DC summer if you don’t take advantage of one of the area’s best offerings: blue crabs! Feasting on the steamed Old Bay-spiced creatures is a seasonal treat, and doing so at a waterfront crab house on the Chesapeake Bay is a bonus. Kentmorr’s has become a fave with a great beach scene to go with the fare. Cantler’s in Annapolis is an institution, and Mike’s Crab House in Riva is popular with delicious crabs, gorgeous scenery, and a great outdoor waiting area if tables aren’t immediately available. After your feast, head into downtown Annapolis for ice cream at Kilwin’s and a stroll around!

The Ins and Outs of DC
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by adventure

If you’re looking for activities outdoors or inside, depending on the weather or simply your preference, these posts are chock full of evergreen pursuits:
The Great Indoors
The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids

***MORE GOOD STUFF TO KNOW***
* A Georgetown University graduate student is looking for parents to complete a about DC schools for her capstone project.
* Kids and adults can learn to fly with
Trapeze School New York – DC! They offer trapeze, trampoline, and aerial arts classes for ages 6 and up.
* The next batch of free tickets for Carne Y Arena, the incredible virtual reality immigration experience for tween ages and up, will be released Wednesday, August 1, at 8am.
* Want to attend an advanced screening of Dog Days, a hilarious and heartfelt ensemble comedy that follows the lives of multiple dog owners and their beloved fluffy pals around sunny Los Angeles? Go here to get a FREE pair of passes for a sneak preview on August 8, 7pm, at Mazza Galleri. (Hurry…supply limited to 25 pairs of tickets).

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The Weekend Round-Up: July 20-22

Celebrate one of the area’s most beautiful blooms at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens





If you’re looking for some midsummer magic, you’ll find it in the many fantastic events and activities going on over the next few days. Happy Weekend!

Mars Day
Where: National Air & Space Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Friday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Zoom over to Air & Space for their annual celebrating of the Red Planet! Kids can check out a real meteorite, test maneuvering skills in a hands-on activity with small robots, get news about Curiosity from a science team member, see images of current activity on Mars, and much more.

Lotus & Water Lily Festival
Where: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate nature, culture, and community and enjoy the glorious beauty at the wild wetlands of Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens! The annual Lotus & Water Lily Festival welcomes all for free, family-friendly festivities, including traditional Latin, Asian, and African dancing performances; fun games, arts and crafts, music, and more. Of course, the spectacular beauty of blooming lotuses and water lilies is a main focus of the event, too! Get a glimpse of what to expect in these scenes from last year’s bloom.

Colonial Summer Market Fair
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm | McLean, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4:30pm
Admission: $8/adult, $4/child

Enjoy the outdoors and 18th-century fun at Claude Moore Colonial Farm’s Summer Market Fair! Play games and watch a children’s puppet theatre. Watch period demonstrations of spinning, dyeing, and the blacksmith at work. Make your own corn husk doll or learn to dip a candle. See heritage breed animals such as Ossabow pigs and turkeys. Lunch for purchase includes spit roasted chicken, sausages and bread, roasted olives, seasonal vegetables, watermelon and fruit pies. The Colonial Tavern serves a variety of beer and ale, wine, lemonade and ginger ale. All proceeds support this privately operated and funded national park and living history museum. Read more about the colonial farm here.

Do You Dig Archaeology?
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.

Living Earth Festival
Where: National Museum of the American Indian | National Mall
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, 10:30am – 5pm
Admission: Free

This year’s Living Earth Festival brings attention to cultural sustainability and food sovereignty. Join us for a panel on tribal tourism, and how it is used to educate visitors and provide a source of economic development. Meet young Indigenous farmers from Hawaii, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Round out your experience with a wine tasting featuring the award-winning cedar Band of Paiute Indians’ Twisted Cedar Wines.

Seize the Summer Days
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 this evening, 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 Fun House 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 2018 Summer Guide

Tennis, Anyone?
Where: Kastles Stadium at the Smith Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Friday, 7pm
Admission: Tickets start at $16

The Washington Kastles, the DC franchise of World TeamTennis, will serve up exciting action on the court at the Smith Center on Saturday as they host the New York Empire. And there are always fun activities going to outside the court for all ages to enjoy. For some background, see this post from a few years back (but note the location has changed since then).

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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 — and a special Grandparent Night is on Friday!
* Follow the yellow brick road to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Synetic Theatre
* Enjoy a mini musical outdoors as Listen, Wilhelmina! is performed at Wolf Trap’s Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods
* The Olney Theatre presents The Pirates of Penzance & HMS Pinafore and families are encouraged to see it!
* You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is on the Imagination Stage
* And little ones will love Paper Dreams at the theatre in Bethesda
* See a fairytale classic on strings as The Puppet Co. presents Snow White and the 7 Dwarves
* And Winter Wonderland is the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theater on Sunday
* Teen ages and up will enjoy Second City’s Generation Gap at the Kennedy Center
* Dave, adapted from the Oscar-nominated film and recommended for ages 13+, recently opened at Arena Stage

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

Drop in to the National Gallery of Art as the museum’s wonderful program for children ages 4-7 returns for the season. 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 the art of Mary Cassatt. It’s offered on Friday and Saturday at 10:30am, 11:30am, and 12:30pm, and on Sunday at 11:30am, 12:30pm, and 1:30pm. Same day sign-up takes place in the West Building Rotunda starting at 10am Friday/Saturday and at 11am on Sunday.

Artscape
Where: Baltimore, MD
When: Friday/Saturday, 11am – 9pm & Sunday, 11am – 7pm
Admission: Free

America’s largest free arts festival is happening all weekend long in Baltimore. More than 150 fine artists, fashion designers, and craftspeople; visual art exhibits, including outdoor sculpture, art cars, photography. There are also concerts on outdoor stages, plus dance, opera, theater, film, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performances. Kids can enjoy hands-on projects, demonstrations, competitions, children’s entertainers, and street theater. Concessions sold on site, too! This all takes place at Mount Royal Avenue & Cathedral Street, Charles Street, Bolton Hill, and Station North Arts & Entertainment District neighborhoods. And note that Friday is Youth Day!

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

The Nats are hosting the Braves 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, including80’s night on Saturday and a Kids’ Batting Helmet giveaway on Sunday, don’t forget ages 4-12 can also run the bases after Sunday’s game. And before you plan your ballpark outing, checkout these KFDC tips on how to do a Nats game without breaking the bank.

Kick it with Spirit
Where: Maureen Hendricks Field, Maryland SoccerPlex | Boyds, MD
When: Saturday, 3pm
Admission: Tickets start at $25

The United aren’t the only soccer game in town. Women’s pro soccer team, Washington Spirit, plays in Germantown, and this weekend they’re hosting the Houston Dash at home. This came with high recommendations from a KFDC reader!

Turtle Park Jazz Project
Where: Friendship “Turtle” Park | Northwest DC
When: Saturday, 6-8:45pm
Admission: Free

Join Friends of Friendship (Turtle) for a night of food, fun, and fabulous music on
Saturday evening. This installment of the monthly Turtle Park Jazz Project concerts will feature the Sun Jones Quartet, plus a strolling magician and juggler for kids. Grab bites from a variety of food and ice cream trucks or bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy a summer night with family and friends at the park!

Game Time
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Sunday, 11:30am – 7pm
Admission: Free

The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s fourth annual SAAM Arcade links video games to art, architecture, and the museum as a space for creativity, discovery, and engagement. Experience new independent games and gain an exciting glimpse into the innovative future of gaming. This free event will take place in various spaces in the museum’s main building.

Sweat & Shop
Where: Canal Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Sunday, 9am
Admission: Free

Join Fit4Mom for a Sweat & Shop Sunday! They’re partnering with FRESHFARM farmer’s market for a FREE Pop-Up Stroller Strides class. Bring the whole family for a workout and then shop the market goodies after class! The first 15 people who join us for class will receive a $2 gift token to spend at the Capitol Riverfront FRESHFARM Market. The market is held in Canal Park, right next to the class, and features fresh produce, smoothies, and ready-to-eat foods from local vendors! Register for the class here.

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 row.

Take Your Pick
Where: Farms around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, and veggies are available for picking at local farms. Just about all of the spots listed in this post about PYO places have something ready for harvest now and welcome guests to come pick ’em themselves. However, it’s always a good idea to check websites or call ahead to confirm availability the day you plan to go. Sunscreen and hat also recommended. KFDC Tip: We were just at Homestead Farms, and the blackberry pickings are excellent right now!

***MORE GOOD STUFF TO KNOW***
* KidFriendly DC is excited to partner with Thrively to feature the best of the season’s activities in a new visually appealing way — read more about it here!
* If you’re going to The Wharf, you can park at East Potomac Park (aka Hains Point) then catch a free jitney ride to the new waterfront area — for free!
* Enjoy pizza and scenic river views with the fam at the new All Purpose Pizzeria location next to Nationals Park.
* The Moth live storytelling events make for a great grown-up night out. (The Moth Podcast is a fave, too!)

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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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