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The Weekend Round-Up: October 11-14

It’s going to be a great weekend for some garden-ing!



Happy Weekend! Go, Nats!!!

Nationals NLCS Viewing
Where: Around the DMV
When: Friday, 8:08pm & Saturday, 4:08pm
Admission: Free

Want to get out to watch the Nats play the Cards with fellow fans? Lots of spots around the area will be showing the NLCS games. Here are some places that were recommended for the NLDS. And I’ll keep you updated as more round-ups of where to watch are shared. UPDATE: Here’s are more recs from the Post, The Brig and Salt Line being the most family-friendly (imo).

Fallin’
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Pick some pumpkins, whiz down giant slides, get lost in corn mazes, go on and hayrides, bounce around on jumping pillows, say “huzzah!” to Ren Fest, and so much more. There are activities galore to you embrace the autumn spirit, and the KFDC guide to fall festivals has details on all of them.

Soccer: USA vs. Cuba
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Friday, 7pm
Admission: $24+

The US Men’s National Team takes its first steps in the inaugural Concacaf Nations League when it faces Caribbean foe Cuba Friday evening at Audi Field. I recommend taking public transportation since parking can be difficult. Or park in the Navy Yard neighborhood, grab early dinner at one of the many eateries (El Bebe, The Salt Line, and All Purpose are my top recs), then walk to the match.

The Big Build
Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Build, discover, play, make, climb, and design alongside architects, hobbyists, artisans, and craftspeople. Explore the construction vehicle “petting zoo,” spackle walls, or chop and hammer wood. This year’s line-up also includes cutting-edge virtual and augmented reality in the Tech Lab. Attendees can also visit all exhibitions for free on this day.

Culture Queen’s Dance Party
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center | H Street NE, DC
When: Saturday, 9:30am & 11am
Admission: $15

Join the Culture Queen as she does “The Locomotion” on a journey through the swinging ’60s. This energetic show introduces young audiences to the music of Dance Hall kings and queens like Chubby Checker, Little Richard, Little Eva, and Dee Dee Sharp. She’ll teach your royal children the hottest dances of the era like “The Twist”, “The Mashed Potato”, “The Bird” and many more through music and storytelling.

Heritage Day
Where: Peirce Mill | Rock Creek Park, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

A blacksmith, carpenter, bluegrass music, cider press, and corn sheller will round out the demonstrations for Heritage Day. And we’ll have hands-on children’s crafts.  A food truck will provide lunch options for hungry millers. The waterwheel will be turning from 11am – 2pm to showcase the magic of the giant wooden machine, designed by Oliver Evans. Built in 1820-1829 by Isaac Peirce as part of his large estate, the gristmill brings to life the agricultural history of Washington, DC. Read more about Peirce Mill in this KFDC post.

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

* Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are In A Play!” brings some of kids’ favorite characters to life at Adventure Theatre
* The Very Hungry Caterpillar is eating its way across Imagination Stage
* Reserve free tickets to see The Three Not So Little Pigs, this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance
* The Royale is running at Olney Theatre
* You gotta cut loose, Footloose at the Kennedy Center (find discounts)
* See theatre by kids for kids at Encore Stage & Studio’s production of Disney’s Frozen Jr.
* You could be the next contestant on The Price is Right at MGM National Harbor
* It’s opening weekend for Pinocchio at The Puppet Co.
* And Old McDonald’s Farm is the featured Tiny Tots show there on Sunday
* Make it a date night for Jitney at Arena Stage, The Tempest at Synetic Theatre, or Escaped Alone at Signature Theatre

Bethesda Row Arts Festival
Where: Downtown Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 6pm & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

All ages are welcome to join one of the region’s most exciting and esteemed outdoor festivals. Overnight, Bethesda Row’s Shopping and Entertainment District will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery, featuring more than 200 juried fine arts and crafts from artists around the nation. “Art Fair Sourcebook” and “Sunshine Artists” have recognized the event as one the most important in the country, and over 45,000 attendees agree! Especially for kids will be a spin-art tent to create their own art. And new for 2019: STartER GALLERY — a separate cluster of tents located on Bethesda Lane, featuring local and emerging artists showcasing their works to first-time and novice art collectors. 

Latino Art, Beats & Culture Fest
Where: American History Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage at the Latino Art, Beats & Culture Fest, a museum-wide festival showcasing Latino music such as mambo, salsa, hip-hop, pop, and reggaeton. Explore history and culture through hands-on activities, encounters with Smithsonian collections, experts and curators from the Smithsonian Latino Center, National Museum of American History, National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. The program will also feature dance lessons, a mini film festival, and guest appearances and entertainment by a variety of performers.

Fun Family Fall Festival
Where: YMCA of Bethesda-Chevy Chase | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 1:30pm
Admission: $15

Celebrate fall with fun for the entire family while raising critical funds for the YMCA and MetroBethesda Rotary Foundation. Enjoy Rides, games, pumpkin patch, and all kinds of interactive FUN at the newly renovated YMCA of Bethesda-Chevy Chase (9401 Old Georgetown Road).  For ages preK and up.

Arts & Crafts & Storytime
Where: House of Sweden | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Bring children ages 3-10 to the House of Sweden for activities just for them! From 12-3pm, they can express themselves through art in special workshops — attendees are set up with everything they need to participate. (Note: This will also take place on October 12, November 2, and November 16). Then at 3pm, experience Swedish children’s literature (in English). And while you’re there, tour the photo exhibition ‘Swedish Dads,’ portraits 45 fathers who have chosen to stay at home with their children for at least six months.

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

Halloween may not be for a few more weeks, but you can get the party started with activities and events that celebrate the spooky spirit. This post has details on where the tricks and treats are happening.

DC Comics Book Signing
Where: Third Eye Comics | Annapolis, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: Free

DC Comics is celebrating two of the publisher’s most popular authors with a special fan signing. Author Kami Garcia and Eisner Award-winning author Tom King will sign copies of their latest titles. Before and during the event, fans will be able to purchase several King and Garcia titles at Third Eye Comics. Wrist bands and tickets are not required for the event, but fans are encouraged to get to the event early to get a spot in line, as entry is determined on a first-come, first-served basis.

Grand Re-Opening
Where: Anacostia Community Museum | Anacstia, DC
When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Everyone is invited to join the Anacostia Community Museum for its grand re-opening after being closed for renovations. See the new look both inside and outside. And from 2-4pm, there will be special festivities. Meet and greet with the new director, Melanie Adams, enjoy refreshments and live music, and see the current exhibition, A Right To The City.

Story Time: Iggy Peck Architect
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 12pm
Admission: Free

This weekend’s Story Time at the Hirshhorn features one of my favorite children’s books — I loved reading Iggy Peck Architect to my kids when they were little. On Sunday, you can hear it at a read-aloud, then investigate the museum building with close looking and hands-on building activities.

Harvest Festival
Where: Capitol Cider House | Brentwood, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 2pm
Admission:

Start your Sunday off right with lots of fall goodness at Capitol Cider House, where they may focus on offerings for adults, but they aim for a family-friendly vibe — and this fest is no exception. There will be live apple pressing, apple cider donuts, apple tasting, mulled cider, face painting, balloon animals, and random prizes. RSVP to let them know you’re going.

Family Cardio Day
Where: RFK Fields | Northeast DC
When: Sunday, 10-11am
Admission: $10/person or $20/family of 3+

Body by Buckner invites all families to “meet them at the field” for Family Cardio Day, part of the “Fitness at the Fields” Sunday workout series this fall. During the hour-long workout event, Body by Buckner owner Lauren Buckner will lead a dynamic workout with the mission to encourage families to get moving and to take advantage of the great outdoors as part of their active routine. The Fields at RFK are located at 401 Oklahoma Ave NE. Bring a yoga mat if you have one!

Take advantage of a rare chance to visit the Main Reading Room!

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

Where you can usually only look from a window above, you can visit on one of the two days per year it’s open to the public! The beautiful Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress is holding its semi-annual Open House on Columbus Day. This year’s Fall event will highlight a variety of materials from the Library’s collections: children’s books by and about Supreme Court Justices, items from the personal library of Carl Sagan, the Blackwell Family tree (family of Arthur Ashe, Jr.) tracing family lineage back to 1735, Copyright Treasures such as the collection of Muppet toys, and a display of print-braille books and tactile images. Reference librarians will also be on hand to demonstrate services, offer instruction on obtaining a reader-registration card and answer questions. The Young Readers Center will be open 10am – 3pm with activity stations and programming for visitors — kids can make, paint and decorate “cartoneras,” or books made from cardboard and recycled materials.

Culturfied Interational Children’s Festival
Where: Ronald Reagan Building | Downtown DC
When: Monday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Take kids around the world in a day and without leaving DC! At the Culturfied Interational Children’s Festival, visit more than 30 embassy booths to learn more about countries through displayed geography, attire, arts and crafts, food samples, and more fun activities.

Pre & Post Natal Yoga
Where: Gymboree DC | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Monday, 6:30-7:30pm
Admission: Free

Join a FREE pre/post natal yoga class taught by a certified doula and yoga instructor. Classes will take place on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month. Register in advance, though walk-ins are welcome, too.

Do Some Garden-ing
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

Fall is a great time to roam the many gardens in the area as the changing leaves start to brighten up the summer green. Enjoy the fall flowers and manicured grounds of the Enid A. Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle (then visit the museums). Stroll among the many multi-tiered plats at Dumbarton Oaks. Explore, play, and see a variety of plant collections at the National Arboretum. Wander around Green Spring Gardens on a scavenger hunt. Venture out to the gorgeous Meadowlark Botanical Garden. Relish in the peace at the Brookland Monastery. Or enjoy a tour indoors and out at the U.S. Botanic Garden. You can bring along a picnic to many of these places and make it a whole day’s outing.

**PLAN AHEAD**
24th Annual Art Safari
Where: The Torpedo Factory | Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, October 19, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

An annual Alexandria tradition for almost a quarter-century, Art Safari returns for a day of hands-on activities for kids and families. Professional artists lead budding art enthusiasts in dynamic projects across all three floors of the Torpedo Factory. Join other children to build a life-sized papier-mâché creature. Experiment with potter’s clay and silkscreen printing. Paint with Japanese black ink, turn cereal boxes into a city, create metallic leaf rubbings, and so much more. Projects are best for ages 5–12, but younger kids will have lots of fun with some grown-up help. Dress to get a little messy!

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* This is Howie do it!
* And this is how we fans do it! 😁
* The Newseum will close after December 31, so plan to visit before then. (Look for a discount on admission here.)
* There’s a giveaway going on…enter for a chance to win eight free classes at MOCO Movement Center!
* I’d been coveting these Day Glove flats forever and finally bought them — just as cute IRL as online! (That’s my referral link, btw.)
* Am I abnormally sappy, or do these make you tear up, too?
* Haha!


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: October 7-11

A post-soccer “hike” at the Arboretum


Monday – Go to Story Time at the National Postal Museum. Taking place every Monday, the program includes a book reading and activities for little ones in the museum’s education space. Of course, stay to explore the rest of the museum, which is full of interactive exhibits that appeal to all ages. Story Time is at 10:30am and repeated at 11am. Admission is free. Read more about the museum in this KFDC post.

Tuesday – Take kiddos to bounce, climb, swing, tumble, and slide at the PG Sports & Learning Complex Gymnastics Center in Landover, MD. The hour-long weekly open play workshop is a great way for kiddos to be active indoors (it was a regular outing for us when the kids were younger)! The session begins at 11:30am, and admission is $7/child. This also takes place on Wednesdays at 11:30am and Fridays at 4:30pm. Read more about the open play sessions here.

Another option… catch a puppet show performance by Kindsinger Jim at Eastern Market’s North Hall. He’ll be bringing entertainment there every Tuesday from 10-10:45am beginning October 22, but is doing a special FREE show this week. (Tickets for future shows will be $10 at the door, $8 in advance, and $6 for a block of 10 ($60). Parents/caregivers FREE, siblings 6 months and under FREE.)

Wednesday – Spend the day at one of the prettiest places in DC, the U.S. National Arboretum, where the first tinges of fall foliage are starting to show. Explore the plant collections on nature walks, view the bonsai exhibit, visit the Washington Youth Garden and romp on the natural playground, check out the old Capitol columns, picnic in the Grove of State Trees, and so much more. Hours are 8am – 5pm, and admission is free. Read even more about the Arboretum in the round-up of the best places to spend a day outdoors — it tops the list! — and view scenes from an autumn day there last year.

Thursday – Embrace the season at a fall festival! Weekdays are a great time to go, when crowds thin out, and admission prices are often lower. Take a hayride, pick out a pumpkin, PYO apples, jump and slide, visit farm animals, and lots more.

Friday – Bring little ones to Culture Queen’s Dance Party. The award-winning performer and teaching artist will showcase 1960’s dances as they were first performed by legendary African American entertainers! The fun takes place at the Atlas Performing Arts Center at 10am and 11:30am (and on Saturday, October 12, at 9:30am and 11:00am). Tickets are $15.




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Register for a Chance to Win the Private School Playbook from DCschoolHub!


If you are considering private or independent education for your child in the DC metro area and feeling overwhelmed by the choices, processes, and everything in between, DCschoolHUB is here to help. Over the past year with the help of admission experts and DMV admission directors, DCschoolHUB has developed the Private School Playbook, an online course that will take you from start to finish with confidence and provide you some secret insider tips you won’t find on any school’s website.

Giveaway: DCschoolHub wants to give away two courses of the Private School Playbook to two KidFriendly DC readers! For a chance to win one, all you need to do is register for the 3rd Annual DCschoolHUB Preschool & Private School Fair taking place on Sunday, October 20 from 1-3pm at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School in NW DC. Learn more about the fair here.


This post is sponsored by DCschoolHUB, however, I only promote programs, events, and services that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.


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The Weekend Round-Up: October 4-6

The apple doesn’t fall far from DC!


Happy Weekend!

Fallin’
Where: Around the DMV
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by locale

Enjoy autumn fun and then some at a number of farms around the area. Pick pumpkins, whiz down slides, visit animals, jump on giant inflatables, take pony rides, indulge in caramel apples, and much more. This guide to fall festivals has details on all of them.

Artsy Autumn Evening
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Friday, 5:30-8:30pm
Admission: Free

The Hirshhorn is kicking off weekends this month with extended Friday hours, sips and bites in the courtyard, and art-inspired activities for all ages. This week’s event is themed around the Manifesto: ArtxAgency exhibit, and there will be opportunities to sketch, time to tour the works, a story time for little ones, and cocktails at a cash bar for adults.

Open Streets DC
Where: Georgia Avenue, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Join Mayor Muriel Bowser for the District’s inaugural Open Streets DC along Georgia Avenue NW. Nearly three miles of the avenue will be closed to motor-vehicle traffic, allowing residents to walk, bike, skate, and scoot along and in the roadway and enjoy a wide range of activities for all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Fitness classes, a family fun area, and food will available. Stop by the DPR Fun Wagon to borrow skates, scooters, bikes, jump ropes, basketballs, and more!

College Park Day
Where: College Park Aviation Museum | College Park, MD
When: October 5, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

Join friends, neighbors, and the entire City of College Park community at the 10th Annual College Park Day Festival. This free event is fun for the whole family with live music and bands, awesome kids zones, delicious food and drink, live performances and performers, helicopter fly-ins, exhibitors, and so much more. Plus museum entry is FREE during the event!

Fall For Fairfax KidsFest
Where: Fairfax County Government Center, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free, but rides are extra (find discounts)

This annual event by Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. includes exciting, interactive, and educational programs, lots of live entertainment, and loads of activities. Especially designed for families with elementary and pre-K aged children, activities include scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, public safety and recycling-themed exhibits, pony rides, a petting zoo, hay rides, model trains, and the KidWay MidWay with more than a dozen rides, bounces, and attractions. And that’s just for the kids. Adults can enjoy more than 75 exhibits, live entertainment, activities, and great festival food. While admission is free, some rides and concessions will require a fee.

Wicked Fun
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Get the Halloween party started early with activities and events that celebrate the spooky spirit throughout October. This post has details on where all the tricks and treats are happening.

Neighborhood Day and Yard Sale
Where: Maury Elementary School | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 1pm
Admission: Free (but plan to shop!)

Maury Elementary School is pleased to be open for public tours of its new, beautiful space and its legendary yard sale! Docents will guide visitors through the renovated building, which combines both new and historic elements, and seven large-scale art installations among the office, classroom, and common areas. While you explore this exciting new neighborhood space, you can also shop at the annual yard sale, which funds the school’s PTA. There will be deals on strollers, bikes, scooters, clothing, books, toys and games! Hungry? You can grab a sweet treat at our bake sale, too! Maury is located at 1250 Constitution Ave NE.

Shake Up Your Saturday
Where: Folger Shakespeare Library | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10-11am & 11am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Shake up your Saturday with a workshop at the Folger! These programs occurring on the first Saturday of every month, encourage families to experience Shakespeare’s language together. During this Supernatural Shakespeare” session, Get spooky with Shakespeare’s ghosts and witches. Register here. And read a KFDC write-up about the Folger here.

Creativity Workshop
Where: Phillips Collection | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Admission: $18/adult & child ($15 for members)

Get messy at The Phillips Collection monthly art workshop, a great outlet for kids to explore their creative side. Geared toward families with children ages 2 to 8, kids can let their creativity fly in art-making stations — it’s an art materials “petting zoo” for all ages. Comes with Artful Wellness Kit for parents and caregivers. Heads up: Word has it they always sell out so make sure to book in advance! Find more about the Phillips in this KFDC post.

Taste of Bethesda
Where: Woodmont Triangle | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free, but pay for samples

According to some stats, Bethesda has more restaurants per capita than any other city in the U.S. Accurate or not, DC’s suburban neighbor definitely has a food scene worth celebrating. The 29th year of Bethesda’s famous food and music festival will bring 60 restaurants and five stages of entertainment to the downtown’s Woodmont Triangle. Along with delicious food samples and live entertainment, there will be a kid’s corner for face painting, arts & crafts, and more fun for young ones. Admission is free, and taste tickets are sold on-site.

Art on the Avenue
Where: Del Ray Neighborhood | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the diversity of Alexandria’s Del Ray community at this multicultural arts festival. Over 300 artists – jewelers, woodworkers, pottery makers, soap crafters, glass makers, painters, sculptors, fabric artists, and musicians – will have their work on display and for sale. And kids activities have always been a vital part of the festival – scarecrow stuffing, pumpkin painting, lotus flower design, screen art weaving are just some of the crafts to enjoy. Food vendors will also be there offering hot dogs, BBQ, Indian fare, crab cakes, chocolate bananas dipped on a stick, and home made cider donuts.

Get Merry at Ren Fest
Where: Revel Grove | Crownesville, Md
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: $27/age 16+, $12/age 7-15, free/6 & under

There are only a few weekends left to enjoy the bounty of merriment at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. The annual faire recalls medieval times with a village full of fun and entertainment for the whole family. This is one of my very favorite events in the DC area, and it could very well become one of yours, too. View scenes from our visit to Ren Fest a few weeks ago here. Huzzah!

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

* Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are In A Play!” brings a couple of kids’ favorite characters to life at Adventure Theatre
* The Very Hungry Caterpillar is eating its way across Imagination Stage
* Reserve free tickets to see Jack’s Adventure in Space, this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance
* Hylton Performing Arts Center presents Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey on Sunday
* Or hop over to the GMU Center for the Arts for Peter Rabbit Tales
* The Royale is running at Olney Theatre
* Broadway hit Cats is at the Kennedy Center (find discounts)
* See The 3 Billy Goats Gruff at The Puppet Co.
* And Old McDonald’s Farm is the featured Tiny Tots show there this weekend
* Make it a date night for Jitney at Arena Stage, The Tempest at Synetic Theatre, or Escaped Alone at Signature Theatre

Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures
Where: EagleBank Arena | Fairfax, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Tickets: $25+ (find discounts)

Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and his pals for a high-octane ride in Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and guests of all ages embark on an interactive and memory-rich adventure to iconic Disney destinations. Be prepared for a getaway jam-packed with unexpected hijinks and surprise, up-close character interaction!

PorchFest
Where: Adams Morgan, DC
When: October 5, 2-6pm
Admission: Free

Get the best seats in the house (or on the sidewalk) as the front porches of homes and maybe a few local businesses are transformed into intimate performance spaces to be enjoyed by anyone who happens to stroll by. Enjoy a variety of music styles from over 30 bands playing on porches, patios, and stoops in the neighborhood. Music maps are will be available at the corner of 18th Street and Columbia Road NW on Porchfest Day.

Weekend Walk-in
Where: American Visionary Arts Museum | Baltimore, MD
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: $5

Join the museum for their hands-on, drop-in, once-a-month art-making workshop in the AVAM classroom! Education staff will help you explore new creative territory & make a project inspired by one of their beloved visionary artists. During this session, in theme with the current exhibition “The Secret Life of Earth,” make a beaded mosaic tree. No reservations are necessary, just pop in any time 1-4pm. Read more about the AVAM in this KFDC post.

Pop-Up Pumpkin Patch
Where: Ballston Quarter | Ballston, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate fall with a Pop-Up Pumpkin Patch at Ballston Quarter, featuring live music, specialty drinks, crafts and of course, pumpkins! All pumpkins will be sold for $5 (cash only), with all proceeds going to Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Kids of all ages can participate in pumpkin decorating and strike a pose in front of a fall-inspired photo-op. Live performances from Andrew Smith from 10am – 1pm and MM Rock from 1-5pm, and a festive cider bar for guests over 21 will truly welcome fall to Ballston Quarter! 

Community Ping Pong Lessons
Where: SPIN | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: Donation (see below)

Professional ping-pong players will be leading community lessons at DC’s ping-pong social club, SPIN on the first Saturday of every month starting this weekend. Ping-pong experts and beginners of all ages are invited to attend  and learn how to hold the paddle, perfect your ping pong stance, and how to hit the basic forehand, backhand and serve. Attendees are asked to make a donation to the American Youth Table Tennis Organization, which runs after-school programs that give students the opportunity to learn more about the sport of table tennis in addition to imparting lessons on personal fitness, leadership, and teamwork.

Kinderfest
Where: Watkins Regional Park | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

Head to Watkins Regional Park for the 36th Annual Kinderfest, a day focused on children that takes place every year on the first Sunday in October. The scores of events and activities to entertain the whole family include clowns and costumed characters, singers and dancers, pony and hay rides, carnival games, scarecrow workshops, sweet and savory refreshments, and spins on the famous Watkins carousel and miniature train. Admission to the event is free, but some activities require a fee. Read more about all the fun offerings at Watkins Regional Park here.

Levinthal Teen Program
Where: American Art Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 1pm
Admission: Free

Calling all teens! Bring your friends and make some new ones at SAAM! Explore the galleries of the special exhibition American Myth & Memory: David Levinthal Photographs and uncover the secret meanings behind Levinthal’s Barbie, wild west, and baseball photographs on a tour with Joanna Marsh, SAAM’s deputy education chair and head of interpretation and audience research. Finish the afternoon by crafting a collage booklet inspired by discoveries made in the exhibition and share your creation with your friends.

Family Game Day
Where: Kensington Town Hall | Kensington, MD
When: Saturday, 3-5pm
Admission: $5/person, $20/family

It’s “game on” at Kensington Town Hall for Family Game Day. The event, hosted by the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation, will be packed with fun for all ages. The afternoon will feature Kids Bingo using cards with symbols. Families can also enjoy Toss Tic-Tac-Toe and Connect Four, fun crafts, a Story Corner with game-themed story time, and music to shake the sillies out. RSVP requested. Proceeds from Family Game Day will support the Make MORE Noyes Renovation Campaign, a major capital project that will enable the historic Noyes Children’s Library in Kensington, MD, to expand both its space and its early literacy mission. For more information, go to noyeslibraryfoundation.org.

Harbor Harvest Fall Children’s Festival 
Where: Waterfront | Baltimore, MD
When: Sunday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free (fee for some activities)

Waterfront Partnership’s 12th annual Harbor Harvest Fall Children’s Festival will once again transform Rash Field into a fall wonderland with its family-friendly Inner Harbor tradition! The event is free to attend and will feature an urban pumpkin patch, petting zoo, kids play/hay maze, professional pumpkin carving competition, bubble fairies, face painting, pumpkin decorating, pony rides, train rides, and live music from interactive children’s bands Rocknocerus and The Uncle Devin Show. Guests can also enjoy a variety of food trucks while taking in the scenic backdrop of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. 

World Architecture Day
Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Explore architecture in the Museum’s collections and through talks and activities for all ages with a special emphasis on the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, the German art school founded in 1919 by Walter Gropius. Take virtual tour of the Bauhaus, contribute your design vision to a community-created architecture manifesto, bring the youngest family members to practice design and construction using simple shapes and primary colors inspired by Bauhaus design principles, join a story time session, and more.

First Sunday Arts Festival
Where: Downtown Annapolis, MD
When: Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

This weekend is the arrival of both cooler temperatures and the First Sunday Arts Festival in Downtown Annapolis, making it a perfect weekend to visit. The festival celebrates the fall season with a new pavilion and stage in Whitmore Park for its live music. The main attraction is the over 130 local and regional artists and crafters selling handcrafted items along West and Calvert Streets. There will be three additional areas with live music — the day is packed with free entertainment all day on Calvert and West Streets.

Takoma Park Street Festival
Where: Carroll Ave. to Carroll St. | Takoma Park, MD
When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The streets of Takoma Park will be filled with music, artisans, community groups, children’s activities, food vendors and a variety of green companies at the city’s 38th annual festival. Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping — vendors will be selling all kinds of artistic wares. Festivities for kids include crafts, face painting, inflatables, and more fun. And music lovers will enjoy three stages hosting 18 bands playing all day.

Free Community Day
Where: National Museum of Women in the Arts | Downtown, DC
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

The first Sunday of every month is a great opportunity to explore the National Museum of Women in the Arts when admission is FREE! Works span the centuries, from the 16th to the present in a variety of mediums, highlighting women artists all over the world. Plan for a Fierce Women tour, offered 1-2pm or explore the museum on your own.

DC United vs. FC Cincinatti
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Sunday, 4pm
Admission: Tickets start at $40

It’s the last home game of the season for the United as they host FC Cincinatti. I recommend taking public transportation since parking can be difficult. Or park in the Navy Yard neighborhood,walk over, then plan to grab dinner at one of the many eateries (El Bebe, The Salt Line, and All Purpose are my top recs) after the match.

Nats vs. Dodgers
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Sunday, 7:45pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

This will be the third game in the play off series against the LA Dodgers, and it should be an exciting one! Tickets are pretty much gone, but you can probably score them from an online outlet for much more than their face value. But worth it to see them #stayinthefight – right?

How ‘Bout Them Apples?
Where: Area farms
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale
, and a bunch of farms and orchards in the area welcome guests to gather them. This list of places offering pick-your-own opportunities has details on where to reap the fruits. I always recommend calling ahead to be sure they’re are available the day you plan to go.

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

Enjoy the season and some active fun. See the very beginning of fall foliage, tramp in places with scenic views, hike and explore history at interesting locales, and savor the time outdoors. This post has a a bunch of recommendations for places to walk in the woods with the kids.

Autumn off the Farm
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Farm festivals may be the go-to autumn outing, but there are lots of other fantastic ways to enjoy the season around the area. This KFDC post lists 10 great places to for fall adventures — view it here.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* With apple picking highlighted here, this is a must-watch.😂
* Enjoy free European entertainment without leaving DC as the Kids Euro Festival returns October 26 – November 10!
* Gymboree DC is offering FREE Pre and Post Natal yoga classes with an instructor who is also a doula on the first and fourth Mondays of the month starting October 7. Register here, and walk-ins are also welcome!
* So excited about this coming to DC!
* Game night, anyone? This one gets great reviews and sounds really fun.
* The New York Times podcast The Daily recently had a special episode for kids.
* You don’t have to be a cat person for this to make you 🤣🤣.


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