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The Weekend Round-Up: May 17-19

Take a DC Bike Ride this weekend



Happy Weekend!

Bike to Work Day!
Where: Around the DMV
When: Friday
Admission: Free

This isn’t exactly a family activity — though you could make it one by combining your work commute with school drop-off — but it’s worth highlighting. Join the celebration of bicycling as a clean, fun, and healthy way to get to work. Be one of the first 20,000 to register and attend this free event, then bike to your choice of 115 pit stops in DC, MD, and VA, and receive a free T-shirt, refreshments, and be entered into a raffle for a new bicycle. Register and find pit stop locations here.

Jazz it Up
Where: NGA Sculpture Garden | National Mall, DC
When: Friday, 5–8:30pm (weather permitting)
Admission: Free

Start the weekend with some live jazz amid great art! The National Gallery of Art’s free, outdoor summer music series kicks off this weekend with Rob Curto’s Forró For All’s Brazilian Folk Jaxx music. Spread out a blanket, pack a picnic dinner or purchase food and drinks there, and enjoy the tunes and the “summer” vibe. Note: BYO alcohol is not permitted, but adult drinks are available from the pavilion.

Teen Takeover: Night at the Museum
Where: Freer|Sackler Gallery | National Mall, DC
When: Friday, 6-9pm
Admission:Free

Teens are taking over at this free after-hours event to discover the Smithsonian’s first museum of Asian art. Kids ages 13 to 18 can enjoy a night with a fun lineup of activities made by and for teens, including a pop-up gallery featuring teen artists, musical performances, gallery tours, art making, free food and giveaways. Bring valid student ID!

DC Bike Ride
Where: Throughout Washington, DC
When: Saturday, 8am – 12:30pm
Admission: $70/adult, $35/age 8-17, free/7 & under

This celebration of biking in DC, now in its fourth year, is a closed-roads, car-free, 20-mile bike ride through the District. Bicyclists ages 3 and up will have the opportunity to pedal past some of the capital’s most iconic sites with the city’s two-wheelin’ community. End up at a Finish Festival in front of the U.S. Capitol with beats, eats, and fun activities for all ages. Participating is easier than ever this year for riders and families. Now, riders can rent bikes on-site for only $12, thanks to a partnership with Unlimited Biking — they can pick-up and drop-off their bike at the event finish line for a seamless experience, and youth pricing is available for young riders.

Family Day: European Textiles   
Where: Textile Museum | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Art Museum Day and the European Month of Culture at the Textile Museum with family-friendly activities that celebrate the rich cultures and textile traditions of Lithuania and other EU nations. Design a woven belt inspired by traditional Lithuanian folk costume, enjoy story time and Hungarian folk dance, create a lacey accessory, and more. Stop by the museum’s interactive gallery Textiles 101 to learn how textiles are made. This celebration is presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Lithuania and the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. 

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

Art Adventures
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Head to the Hirshhorn for programs especially for kids, activities for all ages, and to check out the newest exhibit. On Saturday at 10am, find a Check it Out! cart in the gallery that include a children’s book, suggested artworks for viewing, and hands-on materials, and at 2pm, drop in for a sketching session. On Sunday, take kiddos to Storytime at 11am. And if you’re with t(w)een kids, check out Rirkrit Tiravanija: (who’s afraidof red, yellow, and green), a new exhibit (and culinary experience) opening on Friday.

Lucketts Spring Market
Where: Clarke County Fairgrounds | Berryville, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $15-40/adult, free/ages 12 & under

The weekend long event features all things vintage, farmhouse, industrial, garden, architectural, textiles. If you are looking for a unique one-of-a-kind piece, this is the weekend to find the perfect treasure. To insure everyone has a fun time, Vanish Brewery will be there, as well as yummy food trucks, live music, and pony rides for kiddos.

Hawaiian Cultural Festival
Where: American Indian Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5:30pm
Admission: Free

King Kamehameha—respected Native Hawaiian warrior, leader and diplomat—united the Hawaiian Islands into a royal kingdom in 1810. Learn about the King’s legacy by exploring the lua, traditional training for warriors, as well as the unique royal Hawaiian regalia, including distinctive feather capes. Other activities include scholarly presentations, music, storytelling and family activities.

Spring Fling
Where: Armed Forces Retirement Home Grounds | Petworth, DC
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: $10 donation to park

The Friends of the Soldiers Home is hpsting their 7th Annual Spring Fling o Saturday, and all are welcome to join the fun! There will be activities for children, plenty of delightful food and drink treats, music by the local rock ‘n’ roll legends Rockits.

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

The Nats are hosting the Cubs this weekend, with evening games on Friday and Saturday, and an afternoon match-up in Sunday that will make for a great family outing. It’s Youth Baseball and Softball Day (special tickets required), plus kids ages 12 and under they can run the bases after the game. Before you plan your ballpark outing, checkout these KFDC tips on how to do a Nats game without breaking the bank.

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

* Join Winnie the Pooh and friends at Adventure Theatre.
* Keegan Theatre presents The Reluctant Dragon
* Enjoy Colors, a dance performance where colors become a place of relationships and emotions, at the Kennedy Center
* Create your own adventure as you Escape from Peligro Island at Imagination Stage
* See a fairytale classic on strings with Cinderella at The Puppet Co.
* Clowning Around is the featured Tiny Tots performance at The Puppet Co. on Sunday.
* Venture Into the Woods at Ford’s Theatre.

SerbFest DC
Where: Saint Luke Serbian Orthodox Church | Potomac, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 9pm
Admission: Free

Presented by  Saint Luke Serbian Orthodox Church of Potomac, MD, this three-day festival has something for everyone, including traditional Serbian dishes, beverages, dance and music performances, gifts and boutique items and family-friendly activities.  In addition, admission and parking are free, an indoor setup has been arranged in case of inclement weather and all a la carte food item proceeds benefit Saint Luke Serbian Orthodox Church.

Gaithersburg Book Festival
Where: Gaithersburg City Hall | Gaithersburg, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free

The City of Gaithersburg welcomes you to their 8th annual literary event! Festivities will include the chance to see and meet some of the world’s best writers, from best-sellers to acclaimed up-and-comers; join in literary workshops; and a full day of fun at the Children’s Village. The Gaithersburg City Hall is located at 31 South Summit Avenue.

Children’s Arts & Crafts Workshops
Where: House of Sweden | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 12-3pm
Admission: Free

Let your creativity loose and draw inspiration from the current exhibits in House of Sweden and participate in STEAM activities for kids, encouraging innovation and children’s curiosity. Children will be able to create abstract art, make small popsicle stick homes in honor of Folkhem’s sustainable wooden home design in Sweden, and more! You can also check out the interactive room Children in the City – Little Library & Funky Town or listen to a Swedish children’s book (in English) after you are done crafting, during Storytime at 3pm. Located at 2900 K Street NW.

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

Strawberries are ripe and ready for harvest, and several area farms are now welcoming guests to pick their own. 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.

McLean Day
Where: Lewinsville Park | McLean, VA
When: Friday, 2-7pm & Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

McLean’s annual festival to celebrate the city has something for everyone in the fam. Enjoy carnival rides, food trucks, live entertainment, a petting zoo, exhibitor booths, free field games, a rock climbing wall, Bubble Ball, laser tag, balloon animals, and more that will delight all ages.

Discover Occoquan
Where: Historic Downtown | Occoquan, VA
When: Saturday, 11am – 8pm
Admission: Free

The Town of Occoquan and the Occoquan Merchants Guild are hosting a day of free activities for everyone, including including interactive classes and free demonstrations hosted by Occoquan businesses, a scavenger hunt, a history tour, a pop-up tea room, a photo booth, live entertainment, and more! The festive event culminates with a beer garden and concert in River Mill Park.

Kids Day with Valor
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 3:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $10

The Washington Valor of the Arena Football League is hosting “Kids Day” on Saturday when the team hosts the Philadelphia Soul. In addition to the fast-paced, family-friendly action on the field, fans will have the opportunity to participate in a number of concourse activities, including a photo booth with Valor mascot “Blitz” and a Washington Mystics-branded pop-a-shot. Additionally, kids who arrive early will receive a Valor hat. Following the game, fans will be welcomed onto the field for an autograph session with the players.

Portrait Stories & Discoveries
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the Portrait Gallery to listen to a story about Maya Lin, and complete a hands-on activity. When you’re done there, pick up a Portrait Discovery Kit to explore the museum (and the American Art Museum housed in the same building). For more about the program, see this post about a past experience and this one with more scenes and info.

Capitol Hill Classic
Where: Stanton Park | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 8:30-11:30am
Admission: $10-40

Get some exercise and support DC public schools at this annual race, one of my personal favorites, through the beautiful Capitol Hill neighborhood. It’s fun and family-friendly with a couple of distance options — 10k and 3k — plus a fun run around Stanton Park for little ones. The 10k starts at 8:30am, the 3k about 10:30am, and the Fun Run at 11am.

The Fiddle Diva Kids Show
Where: Capitol Cider House | Petworth, DC
When: Sunday, 10am
Admission: Free

Catch some entertainment especially for kids at a place that is making an effort to cater to families. The Fiddle Diva, this Sunday’s performance, is a big show in a small package. Based out of Washington DC, she combines 20+ years of event experience with her unparalleled skills as a violinist, singer, and DJ. Her dynamic style of event entertainment covers jazz, pop, classic rock, oldies, dance hits, and much more. Doors open at 10am. Full food and drink menus will be available. This is a family-friendly event.

Old Town Festival of Speed & Style
Where: King Street | Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Sunday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

A collection of high performance and racing cars from the 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s will span three blocks on lower King Street, showcasing approximately 60 rare and unusual supercars from around the world. Ferrari, Jaguar, Porsche, Lamborghini, Aston-Martin ,and Cobra are some of the cars you can view for up close! This will be paired with a fashion exhibition presented by the Old Town Boutique District from 1-2pm featuring spring looks from Old Town Boutique District stores. The event will also include live music, street vendors, and an opportunity to explore Old Town shops and restaurants.

Takoma Park Children’s Business Fair
Where: Takoma Park Seven Day Adventist Church | Takoma Park, MD
When: Sunday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

This one-day fair that gives children the opportunity to showcase their very own businesses. Shop for a variety of original and innovative wares and treats crated by kids, including abacus bracelets, organic dog treats, T-Shirt bags, on the go hair supplies, macarons, fused glass jewelries, and more. Enjoy other activities, too, like a photo booth and raffles. Local entrepreneurs have been invited as judges for the fair and prizes will be presented at the end. The church is located at 6951 Carroll Ave.

Family Yoga: Earth Yoga
Where: Roda Movements | Takoma Park, MD
When: Sunday, 10:30am – 11:30am
Admission: $15/family (siblings/parents/relatives included)

Finally you can go to yoga class with your children! Prepare to sweat, dance, sing, strike poses, balance, play games, do partner acro-yoga,  go on yoga adventures, and enjoy meditative time to relax, reflect and connect.  Class includes smoothies and themes like “Earth Yoga,” “Yoga Dance Party” and “Happy Yoga.” 

Southeast Porchfest
Where: Front porches | Hillcrest, DC
When: Sunday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

Get the best seats in the house (or on the sidewalk) as front porches of homes and other venues are transformed into intimate performance spaces to be enjoyed by anyone who happens to stroll by. The Southeast Porchfest embodies the life and soul of DC, spotlighting the region’s top emerging talent. It’s an outing for the entire family. Wear walking shoes and bring a lawn chair along with cash to tip the performers.

Decoding Dislexia DC
Where: Southeast Library | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free

Does your child struggle with reading, writing, or spelling? Are you a teacher and want to know more about specific learning disability (dyslexia), other reasons why far too many students have trouble learning to read, and what can be done about it? Join this group and meet concerned parents of struggling readers and like-minded educators. Learn why so many DC school children read below grade level, what resources are available, and how Decoding Dyslexia DC is advocating for changes in education policy.  The topic of this meeting will be: Understanding Dyslexia and Essential Elements of an Effective Intervention. Laurie Moloney, Certified Academic Language Therapist and President of the DC Capital Area Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, will give a brief talk on the reading crisis and how to solve it. All are welcome!

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* I just posted about our fantastic getaway to Colonial Williamsburg.
* Enjoy a progressive lunch at Taste of Dupont.
* The UniverSoul Circus is coming to town this summer, and you can score discount tickets to see it now.
* The New York Times just launched a new Parenting section.
* If you need a good 😂😂😂, watch Wine Country on Netflix.
* Finally made it to St. Anselm and the hype is well-deserved.
* The Onion really nails it sometimes.
* This Humans of New York post does, too.


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Take a (Time) Trip to Colonial Williamsburg

A colonial time-out? 😂


Given the proximity, my penchant for adventures that recall the past, and the small fact that I publish a blog all about family activities, you’d think we would have visited Colonial Williamsburg ages ago. But, no. It wasn’t until the recent Spring Break that the kids and I finally took a little time trip south to explore 18th-century life at the living history museum (the largest in the world!). And I would say it was worth the wait, but we had such a great time, I’m actually a little mad at myself for not getting there sooner.

In front of the Governor’s Palace

Colonial Williamsburg isn’t just a museum, but a living history experience — essentially, a whole town that recreates life almost exactly the way it was 300 years ago. Structures from that time have been preserved and restored, people work in trades and engage in activities they did back then, products and food from the era are available to view and purchase, and visitors are welcome to enjoy, observe, and be a part of it all.

Horses and buggies are the main mode of transport

The kids and I spent two days there (Levi had to stay back for work), though our whole trip to Williamsburg was longer. I booked a package that included a stay at one of several official CW properties and seven-consecutive-day passes to both Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens (even though we only used them for three days, it was still a good deal). We stayed at the Woodlands Hotel & Suites, which offered the lowest rate, breakfast daily, and came recommended as a good resort for families.

A stroll through the streets of the historic zone

We arrived late afternoon on Monday, just in time to pick up our passes at the Visitors Center, which took about 30 minutes even though I reserved in advance. Most of the buildings in the historic zone close at 5pm, but the area is open 24/7, so after a dip in the hotel pool, we took the free shuttle over to get the lay of the land and book a Haunted Williamsburg tour for the next evening. (We lucked out and got the last three spots, so I recommend doing this in advance of your trip!) There are other evening programs available, including the Official Ghost Walk Junior geared toward families with kids ages 4-7. From there we walked to Berret’s Seafood Restaurant & Taphouse Grill for dinner, which was quite good. We were able to get a table outside easily since it was a chilly night, but indoor seating there and most other places was a long wait, so I recommend making reservations.

Walk a path of historical facts

The next day (as well as the third; we went to Busch Garden in between) was all about exploring Colonial Williamsburg. The weather was great, so we opted for the 10-minute walk there over the shuttle — a good choice, as some interesting sights along the way included in-ground plaques with dates and historical facts, an old windmill; and a reconstructed 18th-century farm.

In the lovely manicured gardens around the Palace

Catching some entertainment at the Playbooth Theatre

Once we arrived at the historic zone, it was almost hard to choose where to begin — looking at the map, there were interesting sights and activities everywhere. But that’s also what I loved about it. You can go at your pace, just wander around, and see what you happen upon. It’s free-flowing and relaxed, no fast passes or structured agendas (essentially, it’s totally up my alley). We explored the grounds of the Governor’s Palace, then stopped in shops to watch demonstrations by cabinetmakers, printers, tailors, shoemakers, blacksmiths, bookbinders, and so many more trades people.

Guess what this guy does?

An early Dior?

The best part of this is that the folks who do this work are as authentically colonial as you can get in this modern time. They are skilled in the labor and create products in the colonial environment, using the same tools and techniques as they did three centuries ago, even sourcing many materials the same ways. Even more, the people you meet in these roles aren’t just employees; they’re enthusiasts and historians who are very knowledgable and zealous about their work — and about colonial times in Williamsburg. And they are more than happy to talk about their trades and life during the 1700’s. We found that most didn’t act like they were from the past (think, Ren Fest), rather they described that time from a modern POV.

A “Wood” sweatshirt in the cabinet making demonstration – what are the chances?

Making lanterns in the Tin Shop

Other historic sights included the Capitol, Courthouse, Burton Parish Church, several taverns, and homes of notable people. Tours are offered at just about all of them and some also have special programs like talks, concerts, and tours for children — daily schedules are available with details. We really enjoyed tours of Wetherburn’s Tavern and Randolph House (especially the latter after spending part of our Haunted Williamsburg tour there). The enthusiasm of our guides was evident as we got more than a look at the places, but also a glimpse into society and domestic life of that time, too.

Guests at Wetherburn Tavern could rent space in a bed (with a stranger)

A colonial kitchen

Let there be light… candles were pretty important during pre-electricity times

The kids also had an opportunity to be part of the festivities as they joined the ranks of soldiers enlisting in the army and got into formation with other young visitors. We also spent time at the Market Square checking out colonial-style games and products for sale.

“Soldiers” getting into formation

Playing a ring toss game at Market Square

Baby in a bonnet 😂

Colonial inspired dining is available, too. We had one meal at Shields Tavern, though I think we all enjoyed the “reconstructed 18th-century tavern” part more than the fare. There are several other family-friendly eateries right next to the historic zone — we really enjoyed Berret’s (noted above), Mellow Mushroom, and The Hound’s Tale. I recommend making reservations, especially during busy travel seasons when there could be long waits for walk-ins.

Sharing stories over a meal at Shields Tavern


For a close-to-home getaway for DC families, Colonial Williamsburg is kind of perfect Not only is it an easy 2.5-hour drive away, it’s fun, educational (in a fun way), and throughly enjoyable for all ages. Two full days wasn’t enough to experience it all, and we’ll definitely be going back. (Plus, Levi needs to check it out, too.)

Hearing stories about hauntings at Randolph House

Of course we had to go see it during the day


Ready for a time trip to Colonial Williamsburg? Here are some KFDC tips:
* Look for special packages and promos
* Book special tours, such as Haunted Williamsburg, in advance as they fill up
* Pick up a schedule of daily programs to help plan your days
* Consider pairing it with a Great Wolf Lodge getaway (a couple of days at each)
* Throw in a day at Busch Gardens like we did (another post on that soon)
* Extend your historic explorations with a visit to Jamestown

One of the best parts of the getaway: sibling bonding 😊


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The Weekend Round-Up: May 10-12

May Mother’s Day be filled with moments like this ❤️



Happy Weekend! And a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms!

Mom’s the Word
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

If you’re still in need of plans for Mom’s big day, there are so many great ways to celebrate. The are activities and offerings especially for the occasion, special events that coincide with the date, and everyday outings that can be made special with a few extra touches and great company. See this post with a bunch of ideas to help make the day extra fantastic.

Pajama Party Movie Night
Where: Hillwood Museum | Northwest DC
When: Friday, 5:30-8pm
Admission:
 $5-8

Embark on a magical adventure as you enjoy a selection of award-winning, family-friendly short films featuring all sorts of fun and fanciful stories.

Train Day Celebration
Where: National Postal Museum | Union Station Area, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Chug on over to the National Postal Museum as they commemorate the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad in 1869. The museum recognizes this every May, and this year is extra special as they’re celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad along with the U.S. Postal Service’s new “Golden Spike” stamp! The event will feature all kinds of fun and educational activities for museum-goers and little locomotive buffs with opportunities to learn, engage, and play! Read more about the Postal Museum here.

Acton Children’s Business Fair
Where: 3400 Connecticut Ave | Cleveland Park, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Check out the Acton Children’s Business Fair of Washington, DC! Over 100 young entrepreneurs (ages 6-14) will be selling everything from origami pandas and fairy lights to milk carton piggy banks and original board games at this outdoor market. Fun for the whole family and free to attend. More details here.

Rosslyn Blooms! Flower Festival
Where: Central Place Plaza | Rosslyn, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Mother’s Day a little early and drop by the Rosslyn Blooms! Flower Festival. Petworth florist Holley Simmons of She Loves Me will bring her unique cut-flower creations and live indoor plants to Central Place Plaza for a day filled with shopping, fun, and activities for all ages. There will be two kids’ workshops for ages 8-12 — free but registration is required — plus coloring and sticker stations for younger children throughout the day. All other workshops are open to public, recommended for ages 16+, and require a registration fee. Space is limited, so sign up soon!

EU Open House
Where: EU Embassies throughout DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Avoid the hefty airfare and jet lag and explore the Continent from this side of the pond. Passport DC invites you to join European Union embassies and the EU Delegation for a day of international food, dancing, kids entertainment, exhibitions, vacation planning, and more. Get a rare behind-the-scenes look at the embassies, some of which are among Washington’s historic and architectural treasures. Admission is free, but bring identification, as some embassies will conduct security checks. Get an idea of what to expect in this post about one of our experiences at an Around the World Embassy Tour.

Legends in Flight Air Show
Where: Join Base Andrews |
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

There’s excitement in the air! The Navy Blue Angels, Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Army Golden Knights, and many more thrilling aerial performers will take to the skies this weekend at the Joint Base Andrews 2019 Air and Space Expo. The public is invited to the Base to view airplanes/pilots executing incredible air stunts and enjoy cool on-ground attractions on Saturday and Sunday. And to top it all off, admission to the show is free!

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

* Join Winnie the Pooh and friends at Adventure Theatre.
* Keegan Theatre presents The Reluctant Dragon
* Join Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: King for a Day at The Modell Lyric in Baltimore on Saturday
* Create your own adventure as you Escape from Peligro Island at Imagination Stage
* It’s opening weekend for Cinderella at The Puppet Co.
* Mother Goose Caboose is the featured Tiny Tots performance at The Puppet Co. on Sunday.
* See a performance of Rumpelstiltskin by the Maryland Youth Ballet.
* Venture Into the Woods at Ford’s Theatre.

Day of the Dog
Where: Congressional Cemetery | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

The 7th annual Day of the Dog festival celebrates everything to love about dogs. Activities for both people and their pups include contests, games, demonstrations, and much more. Local pet vendors and services will also be present, as well as pet adoption agencies and shelters with dogs and cats ready for adoption. Read more about Congressional Cemetery in this KFDC post.

Wheaton Family Theatre Festival
Where: Highland Elementary School | Wheaton, MD
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: Free

It’s the final installment of InterAct Story Theatre’s Season Four of the Wheaton Family Theatre Festival. Enjoy a free morning of plays and stories written by some of InterAct’s favorite authors — kids! It all starts with arts and crafts at 10:30am, followed by the performance at 11am.

Community Design Day
Where: Oxon Hill Park | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Bring the entire family to Oxon Run Park to join the National Building Museum for a Community Design Day! Pick up a paintbrush, and celebrate the communities of Congress Heights and Washington Highlands at this neighborhood gathering spot. Join youth and volunteers from the Design Apprenticeship Program for an unveiling and of their work since February exploring how to combine design with the voices of the local community to create a welcoming outdoor play space. Talk with teen program participants about their design process and how they worked with community partners to design murals and seating for the basketball courts at Oxon Run. Celebrate community design by contributing to a new mural, shooting some hoops, and more. This program complements the exhibition HOOPS.

Beginner Comic Book Workshop (3-Week Series!)
Where: Makeshift DC | H Street NE, DC
When: Saturday, 10-11am
Admission: $85/two family members

In this Beginner Comic Book Workshop 3-week series, you’ll learn about character development, the movement of heroic figures, and how to stage them in dramatic ways. You’ll employ a variety of materials including pencil, watercolor, pen, and ink to create images in a comic book form. No strong drawing skills are needed, just your love of comics! For parents and kids ages 6-11. The price per ticket is for 1 child + 1 caregiver.

Mission: Grand Opening
Where: International Spy Museum | L’Enfant Plaza, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 7pm
Admission: $24.95/adult, $14.95/age 7-12, free/6 & under

The International Spy Museum is officially opening its doors to the public at its new L’Enfant Plaza location! With interactive exhibitions and installations, the foremost collection of spy artifacts in the world, and first-person accounts from top intelligence officers and experts, the new Museum places visitors in the shoes of the spies. In celebration of Mother’s day, all moms will receive free admission on Sunday. To access a free ticket in advance, call the Call Center at 202.393.7798. Moms can also obtain tickets onsite that day only. Note that same-day tickets are subject to availability.

Children’s Festival
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 3:30pm
Admission: Single tickets start at $150

Enjoy a family friendly, fun-filled afternoon, including a performance of Escape from Peligro Island, the theatre’s first production where you create your own adventure. The quest then continues after the show with rooms full of fun activities, a dance party in the theatre, a unique raffle, and a celebratory buffet reception. There will also be a special performance option for our youngest guests and their caregivers!

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Matriarc, a website dedicated to postpartum health and well being, has launched a DC Community page with all kinds of local resources for parents.
* The Mom Edit has a great guide for recycling textiles.
* Takoma Education Campus, a Title I DCPS school, is hosting their second annual online fundraising auction through May 12 at 10pm and all are welcome to big on the many great items!
* Latest, greatest TV binge: Dead to Me on Netflix.
* Dear Evan Hansen, the award-winning Broadway musical, is coming back to DC this summer, this time to the Kennedy Center. Read a KFDC review of the show (spoiler: one of my all-time favorites) from when it debuted at Arena Stage a few years ago.
* Some beautiful definitions of motherhood.


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Check Out the Acton Children’s Business Fair this Saturday!



This post is sponsored by Acton Academy of Washington, DC, however, I only promote programs and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.


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