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The Weekend Round-Up: July 19-21

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Happy Weekend!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The NGA’s wonderful Art Investigators is on again this weekend. The drop-in program for kids ages 4-7 will explore works by Jasper Francis Cropsey with a a book reading, a look at his work, then an art project that directly relates to it. Sign-in takes place in the East Building Atrium, starting at 10am on Friday and Saturday, and 11am on Sunday. Be aware that you may not get an early time slot and will have time to fill before your session, so plan accordingly. Read a KFDC review of the series back when it was called Stories in Art (it’s an older post, but still relevant, as the program is very much the same). There will also be Drop-In Art Making on Friday and Saturday 10am – 2pm, and on Sunday 11am – 3pm.

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

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

UniverSoul Circus
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Through July 28
Tickets: $18+ (look for a ticket deal)

The world-class, live entertainment attraction that has captured the hearts and imaginations of a new generation of families is celebrating its 24th year of FUN. UniverSoul connects with progressive, upwardly mobile, urban pop cultures from around the world, embracing and celebrating the unique and familiar aspects of global cultures and ethnicities into a stellar production that blends circus arts, theater and music. A fresh, cool, and hip approach to live family entertainment!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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The Weekend Round-Up: July 12-14

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


Happy Weekend!

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

The summer session of the NGA’s wonderful Art Investigators series begins this weekend. The drop-in program for kids ages 4-7 will explore works by Winslow Homer with a a book reading, a look at his work, then an art project that directly relates to it. Sign-in takes place in the East Building Atrium, starting at 10am on Friday and Saturday, and 11am on Sunday. Be aware that you may not get an early time slot and will have time to fill before your session, so plan accordingly. Read a KFDC review of the series back when it was called Stories in Art (it’s an older post, but still relevant, as the program is very much the same). There will also be Drop-In Art Making on Friday and Saturday 10am – 2pm, and on Sunday 11am – 3pm.

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

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

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

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

Kick it at a DC United match on Friday evening as they host the New England team. If you haven’t been to Audi Field yet, you’re in for a treat — it’s a great arena with excellent views of the action on the field as well as the city skyline. I recommend taking public transportation since parking can be difficult. Or park in the Navy Yard neighborhood, grab dinner at one of the many eateries (El Bebe, The Salt Line, and All Purpose are my top recs), then walk from there.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Model Trains and Thomas
Where: Historic Vienna Train Station | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free (donations accepted)

Stop by the Historic Vienna Train Station where you can see and hear HO scale model trolleys and trains, including Thomas and some of his friends on display and in operation. It’s a great family fun and activity for the young and young at heart. The Station is at 231 Dominion Road NE, Vienna, VA along the W&OD trail just past the Caboose.

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

The Capital Fringe Festival is underway, and while most of the entertainment lineup this weekend is recommended for tween ages and up, there are a few all ages events, too. More details and ticket sales are on the Capital Fringe Festival website. And, parents, consider catching a performance for a KidFree night out.

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

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

HBD, Alexandria!
Where: Oronoco Bay Park | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 6-10pm
Admission: Free

The City of Alexandria will celebrate its 269th (and the USA’s 242nd belated) birthdays this weekend. Enjoy festivities for the entire family, including musical entertainment, children’s activities, community exhibits, and birthday cake. The highlight of the evening is a concert by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and fireworks to close out the celebration.

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

The world-class, live entertainment attraction that has captured the hearts and imaginations of a new generation of families is celebrating its 23rd year of FUN. UniverSoul connects with progressive, upwardly mobile, urban pop cultures from around the world, embracing and celebrating the unique and familiar aspects of global cultures and ethnicities into a stellar production that blends circus arts, theater and music. A fresh, cool, and hip approach to live family entertainment!

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

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

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

Walk amid a garden of butterflies at Brookside Garden’s amazing Wings of Fancy exhibit, on view through August 31. The seasonal display featuring live butterflies and caterpillars from all over the world is sure to delight. Read about a KFDC experience at the exhibit. And plan to tour the rest of Brookside’s lovely grounds while you’re there and see if there are any other special kids’ programs to enjoy.

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

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

Summer Staples
Where: Around the DMV

When: Throughout the weekend

Admission: Varies by activity


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

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


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The Weekend Round-Up: July 5-7

Hang out on the LAWN at the National Building Museum


Happy Weekend!

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

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

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire in Concert
Where: Wolf Trap | Vienna, VA
When: Friday & Saturday, 8:30pm
Tickets: $35-60

The Harry Potter™ film series is a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomenon that delights millions of fans around the world. This concert will feature the NSO performing every note from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant HD screen while hearing the orchestra perform Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score live to picture.

Drive-In Movie Time
Where: Union Market | NoMa, DC
When: Friday, 8-11pm
Admission: $15/car, walk-ups are free

A League of Their Own is this month’s featured film at Union Market’s outdoor movie series. Watch the classic flick about an all-female baseball league on the big screen from the comfort of your car in the UM parking lot. Get there as early to enjoy delicious foods from market vendors and fun pre-show activities for movie-lovers of every age! The film begins at 8:55pm. Advance purchase is recommended.

Summer in the City
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend

Admission: Varies by locale
Enjoy activities that make this time of year so much fun. Start the weekend off on Friday with a free outdoor concert or an evening of fishing, then continue the fun on Saturday and Sunday with water play at a pool or spray park. Cool off indoors at special summer museum programs like free admission to the Newseum or Lawn at the Building Museum. Feast on crabs or hit the beach to fulfill a seasonal must-do. Complete it all with a family movie under the stars at National Harbor on Sunday night. Get details about all of these summer diversions and even more in the 2019 summer guide.

Bike to the Blooms
Where: Kenilworth Aquatic Garden | Northeast DC
When: Daily, 7:45am – 4pm
Admission: Free

The annual lotus flower and water lily bloom has begun at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, and it’s pretty spectacular! You can add some adventure to an outing to see it by biking the Anacostia River Trail there, which I just posted about. No matter how you get there, try to see it during the peak, but do keep in mind the annual festival celebrating them is next weekend, July 13-14, and it’s a fun one for families. See scenes from a past bloom here and read more about Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens here.

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

The Nats are hosting the Kansa City Royals on Friday and Saturday and there some special programs to enjoy along with the baseball action of the field. Friday evening is Apollo Night, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing with space-themed activities, including stargazing, special guest appearances, and giveaways. And Saturday is Cat-urday, a purr-fect day for Cats fans. Before you plan your ballpark outing, checkout these KFDC tips on how to do a Nats game without breaking the bank.

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

* Enjoy fun and antics with The Cat in the Hat at Adventure Theatre (look for discount tickets)
* See a storybook character come to life in Matilda the Musical at Olney Theatre (look for discount tickets)
* The Ballad of Mulan is now on the Imagination Stage
* And little ones will love Balloonacy at the Bethesda theater
* Catch a performance of Circus! at The Puppet Co.
* Imaginary Friends is the featured Tiny Tots show there
* Take teens to see Byhalia, Mississippi at the Kennedy center

Dinosaur Park Open House
Where: Dinosaur Park | Laurel, MD
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Discover an ancient world right in Prince George’s County! Paleontologists and educators will display fossils, casts, and models of Astrodon johnstoni, Maryland’s state dinosaur, along with other 112 million-year-old creatures found at Dinosaur Park. Weather permitting, visitors help search for new fossils and make discoveries that will be preserved with their names for all time.

Where’s Waldo Tour
Where: Yards Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Join Universal Kids, the TV Network that playfully celebrates kids’ everyday adventures, on their tour in support of the new series “Where’s Waldo?” Stop by the family-friendly mobile truck at Yards Park to watch a sneak peek episode of “Where’s Waldo?” And enjoy a fun, interactive experience. Plan to stay and hang out at Yards Park — let the kids play in the water features and grab a bite at one of the many eateries.

Weekend Walk-In: Crazy Crowns
Where: American Visionary Art 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, create a custom royal headpiece just for YOU using shiny tape, faux flowers & more. No reservations are necessary, just pop in any time 1-4pm.

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

Let your creativity fly in several art-making stations — it’s an art materials “petting zoo” for the whole family! Each station has a different project with art materials, instructions, and artistic inspiration from The Phillips Collection. A professional art educator is on site to support families who would like guidance. Comes with Artful Wellness Kit for parents and caregivers. Geared for families with children ages 2 to 8. See the website for more details! Read more about the Phillips and an upcoming annual event in this KFDC post.

ArtsFest 2019
Where: Riverdale Park Station | Riverdale,MD
When: Saturday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

The 12th Annual ArtFest and welcome dozens of local artists and purveyors showcasing and selling their original artwork, crafts and books. Find everything from original stained glass, oil paintings to hand-made jewelry and author signings, alongside a Children’s Pavilion featuring gardening crafts and face paintings. There will be local vendors selling food and a free, day-long concert featuring blues, rock, and classical musicians, dance and poetry.  

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

The world-class, live entertainment attraction that has captured the hearts and imaginations of a new generation of families is celebrating its 23rd year of FUN. UniverSoul connects with progressive, upwardly mobile, urban pop cultures from around the world, embracing and celebrating the unique and familiar aspects of global cultures and ethnicities into a stellar production that blends circus arts, theater and music. A fresh, cool, and hip approach to live family entertainment!

Infinite Space
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Throughout the weekend

Admission: $16/adult, $8/age 2+
The latest exhibition at ARTECHOUSE, Infinite Space explores the concept of infinity and “invites visitors to open their senses to the endless transformation and infinite possibilities at the intersection of man and machine.” Six immersive installations will delight and amaze and some will make you feel like you’re floating in, well, Infinite Space. Family-friendly hours are 10am -5pm, and evening hours 5:30-11:30pm for ages 21+ when exhibit-themed cocktails are served make for a fun date night.

Women’s World Cup Viewing Party
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Cheer on team USA on the waterfront at The Wharf! Watch the Women’s World Cup Final with other fútbol fans on a 16-foot jumbotron screen on Wharf Street, broadcasting to the Pearl Street party zone. Enjoy food and drink on the patios of Kirwan’s on the Wharf, Kaliwa, Pearl Street Warehouse, and Lupo Marino (must purchase, of course). The event is free to attend, all ages welcome.

World Cup Watch
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Sunday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Kick it at National Harbor for the USA vs. Netherlands final. The World Cup celebration will feature live broadcasts; VIP stadium seating in the new District Stadium, a converted cargo crate complete with LED lighting, ceiling fans, shaded seating, and beverage service; plus food and beverage specials.

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

This curated, kid-friendly event in the Museum’s Great Hall brings together small presses, artists, and more to sell their independently published (largely paper-based) works. More than 40 artists will be selling creations from zines to books, comics to prints, and plenty in between. The Fair is part of the monthly Free Community Day, so be sure to explore the current exhibitions and permanent collection, too!

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* With mixed weather this weekend, both The Great Indoors list and the round-up of the best outdoor places will be good to keep handy.
* Jaco Juice & Taco Bar is a great little place to get a tasty bite with kids in Georgetown. (Pair it with a visit to Dumbarton Oaks, like we just did!)
* Get ready for Amazon Prime Day (well, days,)…on July 15 & 16 you can score some amazing deals!
* Free in DC is a great local blog to follow for the scoop on free and low-cost things to do.
* Pop-up cuteness!


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The Weekend Round-Up: June 28-30

Get a sneak peek of one of DC’s best bloom before the big festival



Happy Weekend!

Friday Night Fishing
Where: Diamond Teague Docks | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 5-8pm
Admission: Free

Kick off the weekend with some catch and release as Anacostia Riverkeeper and Earth Conservation Corps kick off their summer Friday fishing program. Families and kids of all ages are welcome to join for a few hours of fishing. All essentials are provided: rods, reels, bait, and lessons for those who want to fish for the first time. Staff will be present the whole time to answer any questions and help with casting, tips, tricks, and any other fishing help you may need. When you’re done, head right down the boardwalk to Yards Park for the Friday Night Concert or get a bite to eat at one of the many nearby restaurants. (KFDC Tip: All Purpose Pizzeria is great for families!)

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Where: National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

The 2019 Smithsonian Folklife Festival is a bit different than previous years. Celebrating the social power of music, the event will only take place over this weekend! On Saturday, learn about local music culture and stay for the evening performance featuring Ruby Ibarra and sets curated by Quetzal and GoldLink. On Sunday, celebrate the heritage of Pete Seeger with a family concert and hands-on music activities. To close out the weekend, hip-hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash offers a sonic tour of the genre’s history. All Folklife Festival events are free and open to the public and will take place on the National Mall near 12th Street. Food and local beers will be available for purchase.

Lovin’ Summer 

Where: Around the DMV

When: Throughout the weekend

Admission: Varies by activity


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

Lotus and Lilies Sneak Peek
Where: Kenilworth Aquatic Garden | Northeast DC
When: Daily, 7:45am – 4pm
Admission: Free

You heard it hear first: The annual lotus flower and water lily bloom has begun, and it is gorgeous! It’s not even at the very peak, and still spectacular to see. Go get a glimpse of it before the crowds get there. But do keep in mind the annual festival celebrating them is July 13-14 — and it’s a fun one for families. See scenes from a past bloom here and read more about the gardens here.

Kids Obstacle Challenge
Where: Bull Run Special Events Center | Centreville, VA
When: Saturday, 8:30am – 12:30pm
Admission: $52/child, parents are free

The nation’s premier obstacle course race series for kids ages 5-16is coming to the DC area this weekend. The course is a fun and challenging 1.5-2 miles, specially made for this DC kids event. It includes 13 to 15 distinctive obstacles that range in difficulty, so KOC is just as fun for a 5-year-old as it is for a 16-year-old — and, of course, for parents. Families will enjoy traversing rock walls, army crawling through mud pits, rope swinging over water, scaling up rugged cargo nets, and much more.

One Journey Festival
Where: National Cathedral | Northwest DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free, but tickets required

All are welcome to join this timely event that celebrates the talents, stories, and contributions of refugees and other displaced people around the world. This family-friendly festival brings people together through our modern-day shared languages of humanity: art, food, music, dance, storytelling and technology.

Heritage Days
Where: Various locales | Montgomery County, MD
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. Learn about the history of dairy farming, railroads, and trolleys; African American communities, astronomy, local arts & culture, and outdoor recreation. Check the online brochure for participating locations and activities.

DC Tennis Festival
Where: Banneker Recreation Center | Shaw, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Calling all Tennis players, enthusiasts, and anyone interested in learning! Join DC DPR at Banneker Recreation Center to meet the DPR citywide tennis staff and their long-standing Tennis at Shiloh partners. Enjoy a full day of tennis activities, lessons, and more! RSVP in advance.

L’homme Cirque: The One Man Circus
Where: Strathmore | Bethesda, MD
When: June 27 – July 7
Tickets: $30-33/adult, $20-23/youth

Enter the magical world of David Dimitri. Lauded “Lord of the Wire” by The New York Times, this world-famous high wire dancer and veteran of Cirque du Soleil and Big Apple Circus epitomizes innovation as he alone performs an entire circus. Creating what he calls “a unique magic” in the intimate setting of a one-of-a-kind tent, his L’homme Cirque—or one-man circus—balances dramatic feats like high wire flips and a human cannon launch with humor, poetry, and an accordion serenade. It’s as gripping as it is charming—and with grand flourish, you will be awestruck as he exits the tent on his high wire, crossing above at 150 feet and into the sky.

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

* Enjoy fun and antics with The Cat in the Hat at Adventure Theatre
* See a storybook character come to life in Matilda the Musical at Olney Theatre (look for discount tickets)
* The Ballad of Mulan is now on the Imagination Stage
* It’s opening weekend for Circus! at The Puppet Co.
* And Old MacDonald’s Farm is the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theatre
* Take teens to see Byhalia, Mississippi at the Kennedy center

Dino Summer
Where: National Zoo | Woodley Park, DC
When: Through August 31
Admission: Free – $10

The Natural History Museum isn’t the only place to enjoy dinos this summer. The Zoo is presenting some programs that highlight the prehistoric beats as well. Travel back in time with “DinoRoars”—a self-guided safari around the Smithsonian’s National Zoo — and meet massive animatronic dinosaurs that move and roar. This summer, you can look up and listen as the roar of a 39-foot-long T. rex joins the symphony of Zoo animal chirps, squawks and chuffs. On exhibit will be Compsognathus, Dilophosaurus, Parasaurolophus and babies, Stegosaurus and baby, Quetzalcoatlus and babies and T. rex. Each dinosaur is fitted with electronic brains to activate and control movements and produce the sounds. Families can also catch “Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live,” a ticketed theatrical show featuring incredible larger-than-life dinosaur puppets in an interactive show all about dinos. Tickets are $8/child, $10/adult. Admission to the Zoo and “DinoRoars” is free.

Sensory-Friendly Screening: Toy Story 4
Where: Regal Cinemas | Rockville, MD
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: $6

Catch a Sensory-Friendly Screening of Toy Story 4 on Saturday morning. The newest My Way Matinee from Regal give everyone the opportunity to experience a movie once a month with the sound turned down and the lights turned up. Watch the trailer for Toy Story 4 here.

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

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

UniverSoul Circus
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Through July 28
Tickets: $18+ (look for a ticket deal)

The world-class, live entertainment attraction that has captured the hearts and imaginations of a new generation of families is celebrating its 24th year of FUN. UniverSoul connects with progressive, upwardly mobile, urban pop cultures from around the world, embracing and celebrating the unique and familiar aspects of global cultures and ethnicities into a stellar production that blends circus arts, theater and music. A fresh, cool, and hip approach to live family entertainment!

Bookstore Birthday Celebration
Where: Solid State Books | H Street NE, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Solid State Books is celebrating one year in business with a variety of festivities over the weekend. Is begins Friday night with live music from friends of the store, Boom Town Wreck. Especially for kids will be a special birthday-themed story time with Bearsong on Saturday at 10:30am. There will also be hourly giveaways all day (must be present to win), evening events for adults, and Galley giveaways on Sunday. Plus, enjoy 20% off of Solid State merchandise and happy hour pricing on select beers and wines all weekend long.

Fun at Fairfax Parks
Where: Parks in Fairfax, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

The Fairfax County Park Authority hosts all kinds of events on weekends for guests of all ages. Celebrate Independence Day early at Lake Fairfax Park. Go on a firely walk at Huntley meadows. Visit historic Colvin Run Mill to learn about the milling process. Enjoy Dairy Days at Sully Historic Site. Get more details on these activities and see what else is going on here.

Family Open Studio: Musical Innovations
Where: Freer|Sackler Gallery | National Mall, DC
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

What kind of music did people listen to thousands of years ago? Be inspired by the exhibition Resound: Ancient Bells of China and learn about the technologies that led to innovations in Chinese music. Then, create your own cutting-edge music makers using twenty-first-century technologies. This program is designed for children aged six to twelve and adults to enjoy together, and is offered in conjunction with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Beachy Keen
Where: Several destinations in Maryland
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Do something quintessentially summer and hit the beach! You don’t have to go all the way to the ocean — there is sand and surf (and shark tooth hunting, in some places) within day trip distance from DC! Head a bit past Annapolis to Sandy Point, go to one of several spots in Calvert County, or make fossil hunting your main focus at Purse State Park in Charles, County. See the 2019 Guide to Summer in DC for details and links on all of these beaches.

Baltimore, Hon!
Where: Inner Harbor Area | Baltimore, MD
When: All Weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Head up I-95 for a change of city scenery. Explore the exhibits and loads of hands-on activities at Maryland Science Center. See some of the quirkiest, coolest art ever at the American Visionary Art Museum. Play the day away at the newly renovated and reopened Port Discovery. Get an eyeful of the underwater world at the National Aquarium. Tour the historic ships at the Inner Harbor. Or view history in the works at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

The Inside Scoop
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

We’re going to have some hot days, so if you prefer to spend time indoors, or you just want more options for activities around town, this go-to post lists over 100 suggestions for things to do out of the sun. (If you’re an all-weather outdoors family, then check out the round-up of the best ways to enjoy the DC area outside.)

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* See what’s coming to local stages this summer in this seasonal round-up of live entertainment.
* Just included this in a camp care package to Owen for when he has down time.
* This blog post and the comments it sparked are really interesting. (For the record, I am not into GOOP.)
* As we’ve been booking stays for our upcoming vacay, we’ve noticed that rates are almost always less on VRBO than Airbnb for the same place. (Think it has to do with service fees?)
* LAWN, this year’s big summer installation at the National Building Museum, opens on July 4, and you can reserve tickets now.
* Way to go, Highlights!
* If you want to know what you can do to help migrant children at the border, this NYT Op-Ed offers several practical ways to assist.
* A book for every age, from 1 to 100.


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