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The Weekend Round-Up: July 4-6

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Whether you’re looking for ways to celebrate the 4th or just enjoy the city over the long holiday weekend, you’ve got lots of options. And it looks like we’ll have a respite from the heat, humidity, and storms, so be sure to browse the outdoor list along with the recs below. Happy Weekend! And have a safe and happy 4th of July!

July 4th Celebrations
Where: Around the area
When: Friday, July 4th!
Admission: Varies by activity

Our lovely city is one of the most exciting places to be this time of year, as people from all over the world come to celebrate America’s birthday. And from fireworks on the National Mall and concerts at the Capitol to special events at George Washington’s house and the home of the Declaration of Independence to neighborhood parades and ballpark fun, they (and you!) won’t be let down. This post details on the many ways to celebrate July 4th in DC. Happy Independence Day!

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Where: National Mall
When: All 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 and explore it all through special exhibits, workshops, performances, exhibits, demos, and more, including plenty of activities especially children. For specifics, see the festival schedule. And it all takes place right on the National Mall where you can easily pop into museums when you need a break from the heat.

The Big Maze
Where: National Building Museum
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $10/adult, $5/age 3-11 members; $16/adult, $13/age 3-11 non-members

The much-anticipated Big Maze opens today at the Building Museum! The large-scale labyrinth looming 18 feet high and measuring 60 feet by 60 feet boasts a series of twists and turns for visitors to weave through and explore. After you find your way out, be sure to get a “bird’s eye” view from the balconies of the 2nd and 3rd floors.

Joys of Summer
Where: Around the area
When: All weekend long

Admission: Varies by activity

Get your summer on this holiday weekend with a host of activities exclusive to this time of year — outdoor swimming, spray ground play, concerts under the stars, movies al fresco. Go here for the full scoop on these joys of summer, and keep in mind that some regular events might not be happening due to the holiday (Jazz in the Garden and Rockin’ on the Riverfront among them).

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

Chicago comes to DC, as the Nats host the Cubs all weekend. There’s an Independence Day game on Friday (11:05am), plus match-ups on Saturday (4:05pm) and Sunday (1:35pm). Take advantage of the Harris Teeter Family Pack and stay after on Sunday for Kids Run the Bases when children ages 4-12 can loop the infield after the final out. And before you go, read about the Jr. Nationals Kids Club, which for just $20, offers tons of cool perks for kids 12 and under.

Show Time
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

* Be hugely entertained by The BFG, which just opened at Imagination Stage (look for discount tickets)
* Enjoy Disney’s the Lion King at the Kennedy Center
* Catch a colorful show as Pinkalicious is on stage at Adventure Theatre
* The Wizard of Oz is on the Main Stage, and Old McDonald’s Farm and “Teddy Bears’ Picnic are the featured Tiny Tots shows at The Puppet Co.
* Mr. Gabe is playing a free family concert at Mason District Park in Annandale
* Patty Shukla is playing the Saturday morning show at Jammin’ Java

DCMeet Market
Where: Logan Circle
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The monthly outdoor community market will be celebrating July 4th weekend with a Summer Cookout Party, featuring BBQ from Kingston Seoul, locally-made gelato from Dolcezza, and handcrafted root beer from Thunder Beast, plus more! They’ll also have live music from Lady Hatchet, Merry Toddlers More, and DJ Natty Boom hosted by Rock-n-Romp. In addition, No Kings Collective will be doing a live art installation for all to see. And, as always, the market will showcase over 40 local vendors selling fine arts, home décor, handcrafted jewelry, fashion apparel, baby accessories, and prepared foods.

Row Your Boat
Where: Potomac & Anacostia Rivers
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by boathouse

A great way to enjoy the weekend will be on the water, where you can paddle and explore. A bunch of places around the area rent kayaks, canoes, rowboats, and pontoons. Fletcher’s Boathouse is a popular place to go, and we recently rowed from the Ballpark Boathouse at Yards Park. Bladensburg Waterfront Park also has vessels for rent along with free pontoon boat tours on weekends from 5-5:45.

DC Capitol Fair
Where: RFK Stadium
When: Friday 6-11pm & Saturday/Sunday 2-11pm
Admission: Starting at $4

RFK Stadium’s parking lot will be jam-packed with amusement through July 6 at the DC Capitol Fair. More than 100 rides, games, and attractions will be onsite, among them the Giant Wheel, Super Himalaya, Pirate Ship, and the Extreme. Live entertainment will include the Fearless Flores Circus, a magic and illusion show, hypnotist show, wolf show, lion and tiger show, full petting zoo, and more. All live entertainment and shows are free with fair admission. There will also camel and pony rides for an additional charge. Regular admission to the fair is as low as $4 per person with two-for-one admission discounts available online at www.rfkfair.com. Pay-One-Price unlimited rides wristbands are also available online at a $5-off discount before Friday’s opening. Individual ride tickets can be purchased at the event. Parking is free.

Beet Ya Feets
Where: Anacostia Community Museum
When: Sunday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

Hip Hop dancers Da’Originalz guide participants in creating their own form of self-expression through original dance movements. Join in this fun workshop, demonstration, and group practice session. Call ACM at 202.633.4844 to register for this event.

London Nights with Whistler
Where: Sackler Gallery
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

Explore the impact of gaslights and electricity on nightlife in the nineteenth century. Examine paintings and prints of London by Whistler for content, mood, and technique. In the classroom, use black paper backgrounds, foreground cutouts of people, oil and chalk pastels, and wax gilt to create nightscapes of your favorite outdoor nighttime activities. Recommended for ages 8-14.

(Geo)Cache in on Fun
Where: Around the Area
When: Anytime
Admission: Free

Take the kids on a treasure hunt and have a little adventure along the way. Geocaching is a perfect way to be active and enjoy a day outdoors. Whether you search in the city or seek out a destination that requires a hike in the woods, locating the hidden cache will be a thrill for everyone. See this recent post about our first foray into the pursuit.

World Cup with the Kids
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free, but plan to spend on food and drinks

The USA may be out, but there’s still some of exciting World Cup soccer to see. If you and the kid want to catch some matches with other fútbol fanatics, check out these suggestions for family-friendly places to watch the tournament. They include local restaurants and bars (they welcome kids during the day) as well as outdoor venues hosting special viewing parties.

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The Weekend Round-Up: June 27-29

Anticipating the excitement the last time a carnival came to RFK

Anticipating the excitement the last time a carnival came to RFK



So much to experience on this summer weekend — DC’s biggest annual festival, carnival fun, music and theatre, museum programs, local heritage, and more! Details below and bonus ideas when your browse the blog. Happy Weekend!

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Where: National Mall
When: All 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 and explore the cultures of China and Kenya through special exhibits, workshops, performances, exhibits, demos, and more, including plenty of activities especially children. For specifics, see the festival schedule. And it all takes place right on the National Mall where you can easily pop into museums when you need a break from the heat.

DC Capitol Fair
Where: RFK Stadium
When: Friday 6-11pm & Saturday/Sunday 2-11pm
Admission: Starting at $4

RFK Stadium’s parking lot will be jam-packed with amusement through July 6 at the DC Capitol Fair. More than 100 rides, games, and attractions will be onsite, among them the Giant Wheel, Super Himalaya, Pirate Ship, and the Extreme. Live entertainment will include the Fearless Flores Circus, a magic and illusion show, hypnotist show, wolf show, lion and tiger show, full petting zoo, and more. All live entertainment and shows are free with fair admission. There will also camel and pony rides for an additional charge. Regular admission to the fair is as low as $4 per person with two-for-one admission discounts available online at www.rfkfair.com. Pay-One-Price unlimited rides wristbands are also available online at a $5-off discount before Friday’s opening. Individual ride tickets can be purchased at the event. Parking is free.

Jazz at the Capitol Riverfront
Where: Yards Park
When: Friday 6pm & Saturday/Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free on Friday, starts at $20 Sat & Sun

This three-day blowout of music at Yards Park is part of the DC Jazz Festival. While great jazz performances will be the highlight, there will also be a marketplace, food and drink tastings, chef demos, and family-friendly activities. Not to mention the fountains and wade pool are always a hit with the kiddos.

Del Ray Music Festival
Where: Mt. Vernon Recreation Center Fields
When: Saturday, 12-9pm
Admission: Free

Head to Alexandria to celebrate the rich diversity and talent of the Del Ray neighborhood with a day full of music and fun. Along with a varied line-up of live entertainment, the Festival will also feature food, games, and a chance to ring in the summer with the community.

Choctaw Days
Where: National Museum of the American Indian
When: Friday & Saturday, 10:30am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma celebrates its tribal history and heritage with two days of food, workshops and performances, all in the theme of “Through a New Lens.” Activities and demonstrations include Native dancers, singers, storytellers and booths showcasing bead work, pottery, flutes, the Choctaw language and tribal cooking. Hands-on activities for kids and families along with being able to meet Choctaw Nation princesses of all ages allow visitors to learn more about Choctaw culture.

Heritage Days
Where: Various locales in Montgomery County
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the history, culture, and natural beauty of Montgomery County, MD, as more than 30 historic sites welcome visitors for guided tours, re-creations of historic events, children’s activities, and more — all free of charge. Be sure to check the list of places on the website, as some are only participating for one day.

Show Time
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

* Be hugely entertained by The BFG, which just opened at Imagination Stage (look for discount tickets)
* Enjoy Disney’s the Lion King at the Kennedy Center
* Catch a colorful show as Pinkalicious is on stage at Adventure Theatre
* “The Yojo Show: Choose to Read” is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance
* The Wizard of Oz is on the Main Stage, and Merlin’s Magic is the featured Tiny Tots shows at The Puppet Co.
* The Diggity Dudes are playing the Saturday morning show at Jammin’ Java.

Music with Little Miss Ann
Where: Room & Board
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

The Room & Board showroom will be hopping as Little Miss Ann performs her favorite tunes. Children will love her upbeat and interactive songs that promote positive messages. CDs, perfect for ages 2-6, will be available for signing and purchase. Kid-friendly sips and snacks will be provided following the performance. Room & Board is located at 1840 14th Street NW. RSVP here.

Lovin’ Summer
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long

Admission: Varies by activity
Free concerts, outdoor swimming, movies under the stars, sprayground fun… Activities exclusive to the season can be enjoyed all weekend long. Get the full scoop on all of these joys of summer.

Watch the World Cup with the Kids
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free, but plan to spend on food and drinks

If you and the kiddos have World Cup fever and want to catch some matches with other fútbol fanatics, check out these suggestions for family-friendly places to watch the tournament. They include local restaurants and bars (that welcome kiddos during the day) as well as outdoor venues hosting special viewing parties, including one by the DC United.

Portrait Story Days
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday 1-4pm, Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the National Portrait Gallery to listen to a story about a person who has influenced American history and culture and to create a special piece of art. This weekend, learn what Sierra Club founder John Muir and President Teddy Roosevelt had in common.

Getting to Know Degas and Cassatt
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday, 11am & Sunday, 1pm
Admission: Free

The National Gallery’ of Art is kicking off their Children’s Film Program for the summer. During this session, join them for for two animated films about Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt based on Mike Venezia’s Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists books. Learn about the life and work of the two artists who were friends and collaborators in later 19th-century Paris. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

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The Weekend Round-Up: June 20-22

Enjoy the official start of summer  on the river

Enjoy the official start of summer on the river



School is finally ending, and summer is officially starting! Even better, there are some pretty fantastic ways to kick off the new season. Happy Weekend!

Welcome, Summer!
Where: Throughout the DC-Metro
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by locale

Ring in the official start of summer with one (or a few) of the many activities exclusive to the season: swim under the sky, see a concert under the stars, enjoy a special museum program, pick berries at a local farm, go crab feasting, and more. For the whole seasonal fun shebang, check out the Summer 2014 guide.

National Capital Barbeque Battle
Where: Pennsylvania Avenue NW
When: Saturday 11am – 9pm & Sunday, 11am – 7:30pm
Admission: $12/adults, children under 12 are free

Join one of the biggest summer barbeques around as the National Capital Barbeque Battle returns to pit some of the nation’s best barbequers against each other as they compete for big prizes. The reward for attendees: Samples from all the entrants (plus, more food), live music, cooking demos, kids’ fun, and more. It all takes place along Pennsylvania Avenue NW, from 9th to 14th Streets.

Fête de la Musique
Where: Sofitel Hotel
When: Saturday, 12pm – Sunday, 3am
Admission: Free day program, $20 in evening

Every year on June 21, streets, town squares, and riversides across the country in France are filled with an outpouring of rhythm and sound in the annual Fête de la Musique. Inspired by this much-anticipated tradition, the Alliance Française and Malmaison will play host to DC audiences for their own journey across musical worlds. This year’s celebration will take place Sofitel, with a grande fête that will transform the space into a haven where musicians, music enthusiasts, artists, food lovers, families, neighbors, and strangers collide for an all-day musical experience. Local and visiting acts will perform and animate this DC edition of a phenomenon that began in France and has now spread to hundreds of countries around the world. Special all-ages activities will run from 12-4pm, with musical storytelling, crafts, and Beauty and the Beatz DJ.

Nats vs. Braves
Where: Nationals Park
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Varies

Atlanta comes to DC, as the Nats host the Braves for a four-day series. This weekend, there are evening games on Friday (7:05pm) and Saturday (7:15pm), and an afternoon match-up on Sunday (1:35pm). Stay after on Sunday for Kids Run the Bases when children ages 4-12 can loop the infield after the final out. And before you go, read about the Jr. Nationals Kids Club, which for just $20, offers tons of cool perks for kids 12 and under.

Teddy Bear Picnic
Where: Ticonderoga Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $10.95

Bring your favorite stuffed friend along for a day of crafts, contests, and cookies (because bears love dessert, too). Partner up with your parent in a Teddy Bear Toss to see how far you can successfully toss and catch your buddy. Enjoy a bear-themed story time and learn fun facts about President Theodore Roosevelt, from whom the Teddy Bear received its namesake! Bring along a picnic basket filled with your lunchtime goodies and a smile; get lemonade and cookies there. Admission includes access to all of the farm’s fun activities for you and your furry friend. Take your buddy for a trip down one of the hillside slides, go on a hayride, and even introduce your bear to the baby goats!

Alexandria Food & Wine Festival
Where: John Carlyle Square
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free, but purchase tickets to sample

It may sound like a grown-up event – and the main festivity is, for the most part – but there will be activities for little ones, too. The festival will showcase some of the best of Alexandria’s restaurants and Virginia wineries. And to complement it all will be live entertainment, a children’s corner (moon bounce, arts & crafts, and more), and cooking demos. While admission is free, you will need to purchase tickets to sample food and wine – $15 for 8 tickets, $10 for the wine garden. John Carlyle Square is located at 300 John Carlyle Street in Alexandria.

Show Time
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

* It’s the first weekend of Disney’s the Lion King at the Kennedy Center
* Be among the first audiences to see Pinkalicious at Adventure Theatre
* Creative Cauldron presents A Mid Summer Night’s Dream
* Uncle Devin is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performer
* The Wizard of Oz is on the Main Stage and Teddy Bear’s Picnic and Bunny Business are the featured Tiny Tots shows at The Puppet Co.
* EnjoyA Magical Morning w/The Great Zucchini + Barry The Magician at Jammin’ Java on Saturday morning.
* Do your best Sandy & Danny during Sing-a-long Grease at Wolf Trap

World Cup with the Kids
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free, but plan to spend on food and drinks

If you and the kiddos have World Cup fever and want to catch some matches with other fútbol fanatics, check out these suggestions for family-friendly places to watch the tournament. They include local restaurants and bars (that welcome kiddos during the day) as well as outdoor venues hosting special viewing parties, including one by the DC United.

Colonial Wheat Harvest
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: $3/adults, $2/children & seniors

Help the Claude Moore Colonial Farm family harvest their wheat and rye crops, important staples of colonial living. Watch as they carefully cut the grains and join in to help bind and stack the crops. Then help make bread on an open hearth, made from those very same grains.  Educational and fun!

Row Your Boat
Where: Potomac & Anacostia Rivers
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by boathouse

If weather permits, a great way to enjoy the weekend will be on the water, where you can paddle and explore. A bunch of places around the area rent kayaks, canoes, rowboats, and pontoons. Fletcher’s Boathouse is a popular place to go, and we recently rowed from the Ballpark Boathouse at Yards Park. Bladensburg Waterfront Park also has vessels for rent along with free pontoon boat tours on weekends from 5-5:45.

Portrait Story Days
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 1-4pm & Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Drop in to the Portrait Gallery to listen to a story about a person who has influenced American history and culture and to create a special piece of art. This weekend, learn about author and humorist Mark Twain. And for more about the program, see this post about our experience there.

Getting to Know Degas and Cassatt
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday, 11am & Sunday, 1pm
Admission: Free

The National Gallery’ of Art is kicking off their Children’s Film Program for the summer. During this session, join them for for two animated films about Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt based on Mike Venezia’s Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists books. Learn about the life and work of the two artists who were friends and collaborators in later 19th-century Paris. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

Spread the Happy with Nutella
Where: Safeway BBQ Battle, Pennsylvania &14th Streets
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Nutella is celebrating 50 years as The Original Hazelnut Spread with a “Spread the Happy” Truck Tour around the U.S., and they’ll be in the DC area over the next couple of weeks. This Saturday, locals are invited to join the tour and receive complimentary samples of Nutella paired with various foods, play interactive games, have the opportunity to show their love for Nutella on social media, and participate in Nutella branded gear giveaways.

Baby Loves Disco
Where: Rock & Roll Hotel
When: Sunday, 11am
Admission: $18 or $60/four-pack

The family dance party is back on H Street! The fun will feature BLD’s signature DJ and MC, along with all kinds of kids activities. The MC will pump up the crowd, and the DJ will spin G-rated dance tunes, while kids and parents groove along and enjoy the disco.

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The Weekend Round-Up: June 13-15

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There are plenty of great ways to celebrate the weekend’s honorees — summer activities, fun on the farm, World Cup viewing, minor league ball, and much more. If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, then check out the list of outdoor ideas — you can plan a great day for Dad and enjoy the superb weather on the way. Happy Weekend! And a very Happy Father’s Day to all the dads!

Father’s Day at Mount Vernon
Where: Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
When: Saturday & Sunday, 8am – 5pm
Admission: $17/adult, $8/ages 6-11, free for ages 5 and under

Spend the day with the Father of our Country! This weekend, guests can enjoy a meet-and-greet and photo ops with “General Washington” as well as a special “Father to the First Family” program. After, head to George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill, located three miles from the estate on Route 235 South – entrance is included in admission to Mount Vernon.

Summer Fun
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

Seize the season with a host of activities that only occur this time of year. Enjoy an open air concert at one of several series in the area. Go berry picking. Stay cool under the sun at an outdoor pool, sprayground, or water park. Ride mini-trains and carousels at local parks. And much, much more.

Father’s Day Fish-a-Rama Competition
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Admission: $8/child, $10/adult

Dads, friends, and families are invited to learn and be challenged at the annual Father’s Day Fish-a-Rama Competition on Sunday. Fishing by celeb Bryan Kelly of White Fly Outfitters will be there to demo fishing techniques. Guests can also enjoy catch and release fishing from the fishing ponds stocked with catfish, bass and blue gill of all sizes. Prepare to face off in the fun competitions that include prizes for the largest and most fish caught. Plan on bringing your own gear and a camera to capture all the fun. The play area will be open, too, and they’re hopeful that U-Pick opportunities will include the cherry orchard and blueberry fields.

Juneteenth
Where: Watkins Regional Park
When: Saturday, 12 – 5pm
Admission: Free, but some activities require a small fee

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. The celebration at Watkins offers a great lineup of culturally inspired dance and musical performances, plus family activities. Face painting, the interactive playground, the animals at the Old Maryland Farm, miniature train and Carousel rides, and mini-golf will all be available, those requiring a fee at discounted prices. There will also be several vendors selling a variety of food.

Pilot for a Day
Where: National Air & Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15

Join the Air & Space Museum for the 10th annual Become a Pilot Day! You’ll see nearly 50 vintage, recreational, and home-built aircraft flown in for one day only, including a special one this year: a United Airlines Boeing 777 you can enter! Inside the Center, enjoy presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on activities for all ages, including flight simulators.

Tinner Hill Blues Festival
Where: Various Falls Church locales
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Varies by day

The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation and the City of Falls Church will present the 21st Annual Tinner Hill Blues Festival, featuring outstanding national and regional talent. Along with the music, there will be loads of other activities. Free ones include Early Bird blues at the Farmers Market, Family Fun Blues Book Readings, a mini film fest of blues genre screenings, and live music gratis all over town. See the website for details on all of it.

World Cup Watching
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free, but plan to spend on food and drinks

The World Cup has begin, so if you want to catch some matches and spend time with the kids, check out these suggestions for family friendly places to watch the tournament.

Spread the Happy with Nutella
Where: Kingstowne Center in Alexandria
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Nutella is celebrating 50 years as The Original Hazelnut Spread with a “Spread the Happy” Truck Tour around the U.S., and they’ll be in the DC area over the next couple of weeks. This Saturday, locals are invited to join the tour and receive complimentary samples of Nutella paired with various foods, play interactive games, have the opportunity to show their love for Nutella on social media, and participate in Nutella branded gear giveaways.

Anancy! Anansi! Folklore Festival
Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Monthat the 3rd annual Anancy! Anansi! Folklore and Storytelling Festival. Children and adults will enjoy storytelling, face painting, movies,an art competition, and more. The first 100 families to register will receive a free Anancy storybook. The event is metro accessible via the Chinatown metro stop.

Show Time
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

* Creative Cauldron presents A Mid Summer Night’s Dream
* Single Carrot Theatre’s Rumpled is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance
* The Wizard of Oz is opening on the main stage and Snow Show is the featured Tiny Tots performance at The Puppet Co.
* Rocknoceros is playing the Saturday morning show at Jammin’ Java.

Astroblast! Space Camp National Tour
Where: Fairfax Corner
When: Saturday 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Kids can experience Sprout’s upcoming new original animated series Astroblast!TM by visiting the Astroblast! Space Camp Tour on its first nationwide stop on Saturday Sprout invites children and their families to an out-of-this-world interactive experience with Astroblast!-inspired activities, including the Zero Gravity Station, a Bungee Bounce and Moon Bounce House for all ages, the Moon Sand Creative Play Zone, “Worm Hole” tunnels, a Shooting Star Toss and more. Visitors will also receive their own photos with Astroblast! character cutouts to commemorate their visit. Fairfax Corner is located at 4100 Monument Corner Drive.

Bowie Baysox Specials
Where: Prince George’s Stadium
When: Saturday, 6:35pm & Sunday, 2:05pm
Admission: Tickets start at $7

The Force will be with the Bowie Baysox on Saturday when the team hosts Star Wars Night on Saturday, as the Baysox take on the Senators. Enjoy light saber battles and meet your favorite Star Wars heroes & villains in move quality costumes — see Storm Troopers, Darth Vader, Star Wars collectibles and more. Fans are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Star Wars character, too. A fireworks extravaganza will light up the sky after the game. On Sunday, celebrate Dad playing catch on the field before the game (12:30-1:15pm).

Getting to Know Degas and Cassatt
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday, 11am & Sunday, 1pm
Admission: Free

The National Gallery’ of Art is kicking off their Children’s Film Program for the summer. During this session, join them for for two animated films about Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt based on Mike Venezia’s Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists books. Learn about the life and work of the two artists who were friends and collaborators in later 19th-century Paris. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

Move it Movement Tour
Where: Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro
When: Saturday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

The Move It Movement Tour, Cartoon Network’s summer campaign promoting healthy lifestyles for kids, will be stopping in the DC area this weekend. The event will feature multiple activity and learning stations, including an obstacle course, football-themed fun, a soccer shootout challenge, booths with info about health and fitness and a chill zone.

Kids Superhero Dash for Dad
Where: Pentagon Row
When: Sunday, 8am
Admission: $20-40 depending on race

Lace up your sneakers for the Seventh Annual ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – Capital Area! Join ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer Sundayfor a 4-mile run/walk, 1-mile fun walk, and Kids Superhero Dash or Dad for kids ages 9 and under at Pentagon Row in Arlington. The run/walk series is taking place in 30+ cities nationwide in 2014 and raises awareness and funds to end prostate cancer, a disease affecting one in seven American men. Register in advance or on race day from 7-8:30am.

Engineering For Kids
Where: S.T.E.M. Discovery Center
When: Saturday, 9am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Join Engineering for Kids as they celebrate the grand opening of our brand new S.T.E.M. Discovery Center in Lakeridge, VA. Parents and children are invited to for the ceremonial ribbon cutting and to check out all the new activities they have to offer. Children will be able to participate in a variety of hands on activities at different stations in the center. Activities include LEGO Build Wall, LEGO Racer Build and Crash, Bubble Science, Giant Building Blocks, Straw Rocket Blast off, Magnet Ball Wall, Robotics Sumo Wrestling, and more! Parents will be able to socialize and learn more about our new program offerings. The S.T.E.M. Discovery Center is located at 1243 Dillingham Square in Lakeridge.

Father’s Day Backyard BBQ and Brunch
Where: Pinstripes Georgetown
When: Sunday, 9:30am – 10pm
Admission: $30/adult, $15/child, free for 5 and under

Dads are invited to put down their grilling tongs and relax at Pinstripes Georgetown’s Father’s Day Backyard BBQ. From 9:30am to 3pm, families can head out to the gorgeous outdoor patio overlooking the C&O Canal and fill their plates with char-grilled skirt steaks, burgers, grilled chicken, Italian sausage, baby back ribs, grilled corn, watermelon and more. The endless brunch buffet will also be available until 3pm and will serve up carved prime rib, create-your-own omelets, waffles, flatbreads and more in addition to the backyard feast. From 3-10pm, the BBQ buffet will be available at the bistro in addition to the regular menu. In addition to feasting, families are invited to challenge Dad to a fun game of bocce or bowling for added fun. Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling (202) 625-6500.

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