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The Weekend Round-Up: May 6-8

With my favorites at WONDER...this weekend is the last chance to see the full exhibit!

With my favorites at WONDER…this weekend is the last chance to see the full exhibit!

A fantastic mix of events and activities will brighten things up around here…along with sunshine (fingers crossed!) just in time for the special day. Happy Weekend! And a Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms!

Flower Mart
Where: National Cathedral
When: Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The annual festival, in its 77th year at the National Cathedral, is a wonderful way to spend a nice spring day . While plant sales, floral and horticultural displays, and boutique booths will likely be of more interest to grown-ups, there will also be music and entertainment, games and rides, tasty foods, the All Hallows Guild antique carousel, and other fun activities to delight kids as well. And be sure to visit the awesome Beauvoir School playground while your’re there. Admission is free, though concessions and some activities will cost a fee. Read about our experience there last year.

Around the World Embassy Tour
Where: More than 40 Embassies
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

You might get to hear live music from Albania, sample snacks from Sri Lanka, see a Bolivian dance performance, and enjoy the rich tradition of Nepalese storytelling – all in one day! Cultural Tourism DC presents its annual Around the World Embassy Tour, an open house to embassies from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania. The free event showcases art, music, traditional dress, and culinary delights from nations across the globe. It’s also your chance to check out the interiors of those mansions along Mass Ave & International Drive that you usually just admire from the street. A heads-up that there could be lines to get in some embassies, so be prepared. Admission is free, but bring identification, as some embassies might conduct security checks. For more about the event, read about one of our experiences there.

Last Call for WONDER(full)
Where: Renwick Gallery
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

It’s your last chance to experience the extraordinary WONDER exhibit in its full glory — the galleries on the second floor will close after this weekend. Even if you’ve already seen it, a repeat look is just as enchanting as previous visits. And if it’s your first time, well, you’re in for quite a treat.

Racing Art
Where: Baltimore
When: Saturday, 9am – 7pm
Admission: Free

You might see giant pink poodles and other outrageous works of art “race” down Charm City streets at the American Visionary Art Museum’s 18th annual Kinetic Sculpture Race. Kinetinauts (the pilots of the moving sculptures) will compete for the Grand East Coast National Mediocre Champion, awarded to the competitor who finishes exactly in the middle (that is the BEST). Vehicles are wacky and whimsical, straight from a lunatic genius imagination and constructed out of all kinds of materials. They may be a small one-person machine or a 50-foot feat of engineering navigated by many. This is one of those spectacles you just have to see for yourself.

Cheverly Truck Touch
Where: Cheverly Nursery School
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: $5 (under 18 months are free)

Little ones love Truck Touch events, and you’ve got your pick of two this weekend (see below). Cheverly Weekday Nursery’s annual fundraiser welcomes children to sit in the driver’s seat of a fire truck, honk the horn of a dump truck, run around inside the trailer of an 18-wheeler, check out the a police car interior, stand on the back of a garbage truck, and get behind the wheel of many more cool rides. And the fun doesn’t end there—games geared toward little ones, moon bounces, concessions, balloons, and more will also be available. The event will be held in the Cheverly United Methodist Church parking lot (2801 Cheverly Avenue in Cheverly MD). Read an early KFDC post about our take on these events here.

Silver Spring Truck Touch
Where: Silver Spring Nursery School
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admisison: $5

Kids can all kinds of cool vehicles, including Montgomery County construction trucks, a fire engine, rescue vehicles, a school bus, a Metro bus, and more. Also enjoy live music from local favorite Marsha & the Positrons, as well as yummy food and drinks, arts & crafts, games and face painting. And returning this year is the popular Silent Auction, where you can bid on lots of amazing Park at the CHI Center (10501 New Hampshire Ave. in Silver Spring), then head one block South to SSNS at 10309 New Hampshire Ave.

Fun – & Asparagus!– on the Farm
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $8/child, $10/adult

Why buy mom roses when you can you can give her a bouquet of something as unique and fresh as asparagus? The veggie is at its peak and full of flavor this time of year, and you can get it at Great Country Farms – and have a ton of fun. Let dad take the kids out to the five-acre play area, while mom enjoys shopping in the Farm Market stocked with jams & jellies, honey, local meats, baked goods and great gift ideas! Or just relax over lunch and a strawberry sundae at the Roosteraunt concession stand. They’ll have a Chocolate Dipped Strawberry for each visiting mom to thank her for her love, patience, and nurturing in raising our next generation – now, that is sweet!

Go Colonial
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $8/adult, $3/child, free for 2 and under

Take a little time trip back to 1771 at the living history museum in McLean. At Claude Moore Colonial Farm you can see and experience what life was like in the 18th century. Visitors aren’t just welcome, but encouraged, to join a farm family in their daily farm activities. It’s a fun and educational outing for all ages!

“Perspectives” Family Day
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join the museum and the Ivymount School, a local school serving students with specific learning disabilities, hearing impairment and autism, for this special event. Families can learn about different perspectives in portraits, create their own portraits, and dance to the lively tunes of Sean Lane and Bay Jazz Project.

Root for the Baysox
Where: Prince George’s Stadium
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Just because the Nats aren’t in town, that doesn’t mean you can’t catch some good baseball action. The Bowie Baysox, one of the local minor league teams, are hosting the Erie SeaWolves all weekend, and there’s extra fun and special promos to enjoy, too — post-game fireworks, a Star Trek celebration, and Mother’s Day brunch among them. Read more about Baysox games in this recent KFDC post.

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

* Go on a comic adventure that is fun for the whole family with Air Play at Strathmore on Friday evening
* Follow the yellow brick road to the National Theatre where The Wizard of Oz is running through May 15
* The Emperor’s Nightingale is at Adventure Theatre
* Get your groove on with Groovy Nate at Kinder Haus Toys on Saturday
* Looking for Roberto Clemente is on the Imagination Stage
* See a fairy tale on strings as Sleeping Beauty is performed at The Puppet Co.
* And Kooky Kritters is the featured Tiny Tots show there

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

If weather permits (or if you don’t mind a little rain), spend some time on the trail. See flowers in bloom, tramp in places with scenic views, hike and explore history at interesting locales, and enjoy a day of active fun. This post has a a bunch of recommendations for good walks in the woods with the kids.

Family Archaeology Day
Where: Needwood Mansion
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: $10/person or $20 per family

See and experience what parks archaeologists do. Event features a 19th century slave quarters dig exhibit, mansion tours, a simulated archaeology dig for children, storytelling, old-time games and crafts. Bring a bag lunch and stay for the day.

Korea Day: A Family Festival
Where: Sackler Gallery
When: Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Children’s Day with a full day of free cultural activities for the whole family. Explore the richness of Korean culture through hands-on activities, musical performances, taekwondo demonstrations, and storybook readings by staff of the DC Public Library.

Green Festival
Where: Washington Convention Center
When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $13.65, free for ages 16 and under

Go green at the nation’s premier sustainability event. Explore over 250 exhibitors, hear from over 50 inspirational speakers, indulge in delicious vegan or vegetarian food, and learn all you need to know to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Moms get free admission on Mother’s Day!

Community Sing
When: Saturday, 2pm
Admission: Free

Levine Music, known for bringing music to numerous communities throughout the DMV, is hosting its most ambitious community sing-along. People of all ages and abilities are invited to raise their voices in song. Levine artist-in-residence Dr. Ysaye Maria Barnwell will lead participants in gorgeous five-part harmonies. Bring the whole family! RSVP requested here.

Solve the Great STEM Mystery
Where: Lord of Life Preschool in Clifton, VA
When: Saturday,
Admission: $5

Join Lord of Life Preschool as they host a day of hands-on STEM fun for preschool and elementary aged kids. Get your Detective Handbook, earn clues, and work your way through interactive exhibits such as Mindcraft Molding, Lego Robotics, Math Crafts, Experiments, and much more. Enjoy some food and entertainment, too — grab lunch or a snack and watch Professor Fizzwiffle’s Magical Science Show!

Rally for Recess
Where: 660 K St. NE
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Join Playworks, a that believes in the power of play, at this free event to support recess in the DMVin the 2016-2017 school year. The day will be full of fun activities for families, including games, an Imagination Playground, healthy food tastings, giveaways, and more!

Savor the Day
Where: Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard
When: Daily, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy a perfect balance of kid and grown-up fun at the Dickerson, MD, locale. Sugarloaf welcomes children to join adults at the winery and even has a designated Play Area where all ages can kick balls, throw Frisbees, and be active. Bring along a picnic, listen to live music, and maybe do some hiking nearby. Be sure to savor the house specialty, of course — I highly recommend the rosé!

Mother’s Day on the Patuxent
Where: Solomons Island
When: Sunday (or anytime)
Admission: Varies

Still making plans for Mother’s Day? We celebrated a couple of years ago with a pontoon boat outing on the Patuxent River, a fun and relaxing time for all — read all about it here. But if you want to stay closer to home, you can turn many of these outdoor ventures into a family outing with some mom celebrating.

Mother’s Day Mezza Menu
Where: Lebanese Taverna
When: Sunday
Admission: $37/adult, $15/child

Take mom to brunch at a local favorite for family dining. Lebanese Taverna has a Mother’s Day Unlimited Mezza Special. It’s a great opportunity to sample many great dishes and, of course, celebrate the special day. Read more about the restaurant here.

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

For things to do outdoors or inside, depending on the weather or simply your preference, or for some great Mother’s Day ideas, these posts are chock full of evergreen pursuits:
The Great Indoors
The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids

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The Weekend Round-Up: April 29 – May 1

Catch a Duck Race at Yards Park...or just go to play and relax

Catch a Duck Race at Yards Park…or just go to play and relax


Racing toy ducks, bluegrass and jazz music, French flair, college and carousel celebrations, the arts, science, history, and so much more can be part of your weekend experience. And for activities beyond the round-up, browse the big list of indoor ideas as well as the best outdoor places to hang with the kids. Happy Weekend!

Bon Jour, Georgetown
Where: Wisconsin Avenue NW, between P St. & Reservoir Rd.
When: Friday/Saturday, 10am – 5pm & Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

The Georgetown French Market returns to the Book Hill neighborhood bringing the signature European open air market back for its 13th year, featuring nearly 40 Georgetown boutiques, antique shops, restaurants and galleries, art, and antique home furnishings. But it’s not all about the shopping; kids will enjoy the strolling mimes, children’s activities, live music, and French cuisine from Georgetown cafes and restaurants. Visit the website to download a schedule of events and list of participating shops.

Duck, Duck… Race!
Where: Yards Park
When: Saturday 10am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free

See thousands of environmentally-friendly toy ducks race along the Anacostia River! The first ever DC Duck Race, a fundraiser to benefit more than 30 non-profits executing sustainable service projects in the community, will showcase the flock of sponsored rubber duckies “racing” along a contained course on the water. There will be even more at the community festival, including entertainment, food, music, and a Kids’ Zone.

Go, Terps!
Where: University of Maryland
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

The annual Maryland Day celebration in College Park gets a giant thumbs-up from me, and not just because it’s my alma mater. This is a fantastic event for families, and I know from experience. Every year, the University hosts a huge open house for, well, everybody. “Explore Our Worldof Fearless Ideas” is the theme of this year’s fair, and guests will be able to do that and then some. There will be over 400 activities for varying ages, including learning games; an adventure area; autograph sessions with the basketball teams; musical performances; arts & crafts; farm animal visits; puppet shows and sing-a-longs; face painting; fossil digs; insect and instrument petting zoos; and TONS more. It’s spread out all over campus — and it’s a huge campus, so prepared for lots of walking (worth every step!) and be sure to bring a stroller for little ones.

Glen Echo Family Day
Where: Glen Echo Park
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the opening of the park’s beautiful historic Dentzel Carousel for its 96th season! Along with rides on the merry-go-round ($1.25/ride), guests of all ages can enjoy a loads of fun activities: Magic shows, dance performances, arts & crafts, face painting, photo exhibits, and balloon animals are just some of the usual favorites. The full schedule of events is available of the Glen Echo website.

Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival
Where: Kingman Island
When: Saturday 12-8pm
Admission: $25

The 7th Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival will feature bluegrass entertainment and plenty more revelry. The celebration of local music, food, and culture as well as the revitalization of the Anacostia River includes eight hours of performances by local bluegrass and folk acts on six stages. Fuel up with DC’s favorite food trucks and Sierra Nevada beer. Entertain kiddos in the Living Classrooms family tent with natural-inspired crafts and games for all ages. There will also be motor boat tours, kayaing, a marketplace selling all kinds of wares, and a Jam Tent, where pickers, strummers, and yodelers are welcome to stop in and play. Kingman Island is located on the Anacostia River at 575 Oklahoma Avenue NE (at the entrance to RFK Stadium).

Astronaut Academy
Where: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free (but parking is $15)

Experience the Air & Space Museum’s new Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy. The free alternate reality game challenges you to become an astronaut-in-training for a future trip to Mars. Choose what role you will play on the mission; engage in fun interactive activities; and explore the science, technology, engineering, and math skills you will need as a member of the next generation of space travelers. Along the way, you’ll learn about some of the Museum’s fascinating artifacts. Read more about the adventure on the website. Best for upper elementary and middle school visitors and their families.

Spring Arts Fair
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Washington Performing Arts and THEARC invite you to their Spring Arts Fair & Birthday Bash on Saturday to celebrate of DC’s diverse artistic offerings. The event will feature electrifying performances, interactive workshops, a moon bounce, face painting, free food (hot dogs, hamburgers, and Rita’s Italian Ice), and much more! A complimentary shuttle to THEARC will be available from the Southern Avenue Metro. Ample free parking is also available.

Revolutionary War Weekend
Where: Mount Vernon
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $20 ($17online)/adult, $9/ages 6-11, free 5 and under

Join Mount Vernon for one of the largest Revolutionary War encampments in the area! Step back in time and experience more than 500 Continentals, Redcoats, Hessians, cannon, and cavalry in action at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Meet hundreds of Revolutionary War military re-enactors, learn more about life in the 18th-century, discuss military techniques, and watch battle re-enactments, and more.

Jazz Hands
Where: Throughout the city
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

Take advantage of a fabulous opportunity for kids (and parents) to discover jazz music. International Jazz Day will bring together a hugely diverse group of artists for free shows in every Ward around the city, including major venues like The Kennedy Center, The National Museum of Natural History at The Smithsonian, and a number of great DC Jazz clubs.

Move Me Festival
Where: Kenmore Middle School
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Bowen McCauley Dance is celebrating 20 years of Creating Community through Dance with the 7th Annual Move Me. The free, family-friendly event celebrates art and culture, promoting healthy lifestyles through movement and the arts. Festivities include performances and interactive activities provided by more than 20 local arts organizations, plus storytelling, arts & crafts, face painting, raffle prizes, food trucks, and more.

Au Pair in American Cultural Fair
Where: Nationals Park
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Help celebrate 30 years of Au Pair in America and the U.S. Department of State’s au pair program! You’re invited to a fun afternoon of educational country displays, performances by au pairs, photo ops, face painting, and other fun activities for children. Au pairs from over 30 countries will be participating! If you’re curious about au pairs as a childcare option, don’t miss this fun-filled event! Sign up here.

REEP 40th Anniversary Event
Where: Gymnasium at the Arlington Mill Community Center
When: Friday, 6-9pm
Admission: $5/adult, $2/child, free for 2 and under

Start the weekend with the Arlington Education and Employment Program (REEP) for a 40th anniversary community celebration. Festivities will include carnival games, balloon animals, face painting, games, and raffles, live music, a DJ, food and drink, and more! REEP provides much-needed literacy, workforce development, and technology instruction to thousands of limited English proficient adults in Arlington.

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

* The Emperor’s Nightingale just opened at Adventure Theatre
* Looking for Roberto Clemente is on the Imagination Stage
* And so is Lord of the Flies, just through this weekend
* Join Moona Luna for a Saturday morning concert at Jammin’ Java
* Catch a performance of Boxes, Boxes, Boxes at the Atlas Performing Arts Center
* See a fairy tale on strings as Sleeping Beauty is performed at The Puppet Co.
* And Doggy Doodle’s is the featured Tiny Tots show there
* The Children of the Gospel Choir and Children’s Chorus of Washington will unite for a concert at the Lincoln Theatre

Fancy This
Where: Brookside Gardens
When: Through September 25, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $8/ages 13 and up, $5/3-12, free ages 0-2

Walk amid a garden of butterflies as Brookside Garden’s amazing Wings of Fancy exhibit opens for it’s annual run. The display featuring live butterflies and caterpillars from all over the world is sure to delight! 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. Read about one of our experiences at the exhibit and rest of Brookside.

Experience the WONDER of Art
Where: Renwick Gallery
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

The Renwick’s extraordinary exhibition will only be there in full for another a couple of weeks, so go see it while you can (or go for a repeat visit if you’ve already been). The aptly named WONDER features a major art installation in each gallery. And the works aren’t just beautiful, they’re breathtaking. Be sure to experience it with the kids — they’ll love it, too.

Literary Hill
Where: Eastern Market
When: Sunday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join Capitol Hill neighbors in supporting the community’s own literary festival! The annual Literary Hill BookFest attracts thousands of visitors to meet and greet local authors, buy books, and learn about book-related resources and services on the Hill. Over 30 local writers from Capitol Hill will display, discuss, and sign their books. The Hill’s newest bookseller will sell books on-site. Select authors will give brief talks or readings. And children’s corner will offer story times and activities.

Art and Me: Become a Conservator!
Where: Sackler Gallery
When: Sunday, 11:30am – 1pm & 3-4:30pm
Admission: Free

Visit the museum’s immersive installation Filthy Lucre and explore how art and science collide when conservators preserve precious works of art. Then, return to the ImaginAsia classroom and work with a Freer | Sackler conservator to learn about the process of repairing a work of art. This program is designed for children ages 3–5 with adult participation. Registration is required.

Tiptoe Through the Tulips
Where: Burnside Farm
When: Friday – Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Admission: $8

Experience Holland in Haymarket, VA! Burnside Farm’s annual Festival of Spring showcasing the season’s flowers is open and blooming. Stroll through the giant fields that contain over 50 different varieties of flowers in a rainbow of colors and pick your own to enjoy at home: $1 for 2 daffodils, $1 per tulip.) Be sure to have your camera handy.

Re-ball! Raise/Raze
Where: Dupont Underground
When: Through June 1
Admission: $16.82

If you were wondering what happened to all the balls from last summer’s BEACH exhibition at the National Building Museum, well, this is it! Over 650,000 of the translucent spheres have been re-purposed into a reconfigurable block system in Dupont Underground’s first-ever installation. (Note: I was actually hesitant to even post this, since tickets have already sold out, but I figure it’s worth letting readers know about it if they want to try to score tickets elsewhere — I’ve seen them for sale on Craig’s List).

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The Weekend Round-Up: April 23-24

He could be your host this weekend...

He could be your host this weekend…

Spring is in full swing, and there are so many great ways to make the most of it. Celebrate Earth Day, experience some fairy magic, go all aboard with Thomas, bring your pooch to the farm, be a guest at Shakespeare’s birthday party, and so much more. Take advantage, seize the day…and party like it’s 1999. Happy Weekend!

Fairy & Gnome Fest
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Gardens
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: $5/adult, $3/child

Get ready for a magical time at Annmarie’s Annual Fairy & Gnome Home Festival, a magical afternoon of imaginative fun and natural play in Solomons, MD. Festival activities will be scattered throughout the beautiful grounds, creating a charming journey of discovery for young guests. Search for hidden fairy and gnome homes and use them as inspiration to create their own special pieces. Climb, explore, build, and dream in the enchanting Fairy Lolly. Face painting, music, dancing, games, food, and drink will also be part of the festivities. As will unicorn (yes, unicorn!) rides and a petting zoo that are sure to delight little ones. Read more about Annmarie here.

A Wild Earth Day
Where: National Zoo
When: Saturday,
Admission: Free

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is committed to saving species and our planet — did you know that the Zoo recycles approximately 100 tons of materials and composts 600 tons of waste each year? – so, accordingly, they are hosting an Earth Day event with loads of green-themed activities. Get gardening tips from their expert horticulturists, take a tour of the Zoo’s green facilities, attend special demos, and much more. Plan to ride your bike there — the first 75 bicyclists to register for this event will receive free bike valet parking at the Zoo and a free recycled notebook!

Day Out with Thomas
Where: B&O Railroad Museum
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: $18, $21 with train ride

All aboard, little engineers! Thomas the Tank Engine™ will be able to talk to his fans when he returns to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore! Take a 25 minute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy a full day of live entertainment, activities, and family fun!

Dog Days Bloom Fest
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $10/adult, $8/child

This adventure for dogs and their people has something for every member of the family. Canine guests can run a brand agility course set up by Joyful Dog Training owner, Marnie Montgomery, and trainer and agility competitor, Susan Sanderson.. Other professionals will also be providing tips for working with your dog. And the rest of the farm, which is essentially a sprawling playground, is open for all to enjoy. Explore the many acres, and opt for a wagon ride to see the orchards and farm in bloom!

Centennial Junior Ranger Day
Where: Peirce Mill
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Head to Rock Creek Park for a day full of activities to learn about the park and celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service. Do a corn husk craft, learn how to make a map, ind out how to tie different knots, and more. Check here for a schedule of activities. And read this KFDC post for more about Peirce Mill.

Happy Birthday to the Bard!
Where: Folger Shakespeare Library
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

‘Tis Shakespeare’s 452nd birthday, and the Folger Shakespeare Library is celebrating with an Open House on Sunday afternoon. In true Renaissance fashion, there will be song and dance, Elizabethan crafts, and performances by the Reduced Shakespeare Company and Nickel Shakespeare girls. Swordfighting demos, drum corps, special tours, and a giant birthday cake (usually cut by by Queen Elizabeth I). The event is free and will take place rain or shine. Food trucks will be stationed in Puck’s Circle The Folger Shakespeare Library is located at 201 East Capitol Street SE.

Earth Day Festival
Where: Brookside Gardens
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Join Montgomery Parks at Brookside Gardens to celebrate the world and learn ways to keep it healthy. Go in the morning for a volunteer project in the gardens. The afternoon will offer even more: a green craft fair, native plant sale, community art project, family activities, tours of the Gardens, live music with the band Nature Jams, and more. Visit the website for a schedule of activities.

Celebrate the Kids Farm
Where: National Zoo
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

State Farm is hosting a day of special activities at the Zoo to celebrate the Kids’ Farm! Visitors to the exhibit can enjoy arts & crafts, giveaways, and other fun festivities. “Tend your Garden” to learn how to recycle used shipping pallets to easily create beautiful urban gardens, meet members of the Zoo’s horticulture team and help “plant” seedlings in the pallets, and more.

Eagle Festival
Where: Mason Neck State Park
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

It’s a day of fun and adventure at the 31st annual Eagle Festival by the scenic Belmont Bay. Celebrate the wonder, beauty, and serenity that make Mason Neck special as you enjoy wildlife exhibits, guided hikes, games, nature programs, archery, food vendors and, of course, bald eagles.

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

* The Emperor’s Nightingale just opened at Adventure Theatre
* Watch a production of Moby Dick in the Kennedy Center’s Family Theater
* Looking for Roberto Clemente is on the Imagination Stage
* Join Miss Nina’s Saturday Morning Sing-Along at Jammin’ Java
* Children’s classics will come to life at The Alden’s production of Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny
* See a fairy tale on strings as Sleeping Beauty is performed at The Puppet Co.
* And Teddy Bear’s Picnic is the featured Tiny Tots show there
* NextStop Theatre’s production of Snow White closes after this weekend
* Or bring little ones to the NSO Kinderclassic Fancy That! at the Kennedy Center
* Or take the whole family to the symphony for Lights! Canvas! Music!

Holland in Haymarket
Where: Burnside Farm
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Admission: $8/day

Tiptoe, stroll, frolic through the tulips! Burnside Farm’s annual Festival of Spring showcasing the season’s flowers is open and blooming. Wander through the giant fields that contain over 50 different varieties of flowers in a rainbow of colors and pick your own to enjoy at home: $1 for 2 daffodils, $1 per tulip.) Be sure to have your camera handy for some brilliant photo ops.

Park It
Where: National Parks
When: All weekend long
Admission: Free

It’s the tail end of National Park Week, and there’s no entrance fee to national parks that usually charge admission this weekend. Between that and the nice weather, it’s a good time to hit the trail at Shenandoah or Great Falls, take a ride on Skyline Drive to see the mountains in their spring greenery, or visit Harpers Ferry.

Spring Cleaning
Where: The Container Store
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm
Admision: Free

A great opportunity to do some spring cleaning at the The Container Store has partnered with Goodwill to help customers Kiss Clutter Goodbye with a goal to declutter, donate, and do life — organized. They are hosting in-store monetary donations for Goodwill through May, plus donation and demonstration events at stores this weekend and next. Goodwill representatives will be there to accept donations of new or used clothing, textiles, small appliances and household good (sorry, no mattresses, furniture, chemicals or paint). See demos set up throughout the store, where organizing experts will share decluttering tips and more. There will also be samples to try at home and prize drawings.

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

It’s a weekend at home for the Nats as they host Minnesota. There is a game tonight, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Don’t miss the special fun — Saturday is Pups in the Park and Sunday is Kids Opening Day as well as Screech’s Birthday. And Kids Run the Bases invites young fans ages 4-12 do just that after the game. Before you go, get some KFDC tips on doing Nats game without breaking the bank.

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The Weekend Round-Up: April 16-17

Everything's coming up tulips at Burnside Farm

Everything’s coming up tulips at Burnside Farm

Hanna Andersson

Seasonal celebrations, educational festivals, live entertainment, outdoor adventures, and much more… these fabulous spring days will be bursting with fun — and this round-up has details on all of it. Happy Weekend!

USA Science & Engineering Expo
Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm & Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

If your child has any inkling of interest in science and engineering, likes to do hands-on experiments, see fascinating live demos, or talk first-hand with the experts, then chances are very good that they will dig this event. (And so will you, parents.) Over 3,000 interactive exhibits and 150 stage shows will highlight all kinds of science-related topics in fun, engaging, exciting ways. Attendees can suit up in astronaut gear, explore the science of music, see 3-D printers at work, hold eight-legged creatures, solve science and math mysteries, check out rockets and robots, discover renewable energy sources of the future, and much, much, much more! There will also be some awesome entertainment (see below) that adults will be just as excited about as the kids!

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
Where: Constitution Avenue, 7th – 17th Streets NW
When: April 16, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

This parade is for many the pinnacle of the Cherry Blossom Festival and a fantastic grand finale for the seasonal celebration. Thousands of people line Constitution Avenue every year to watch the spectacle of lavish floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands, and a variety of performers travel down it. Tickets for grandstand seats are available for $20, but you can stake out a spot along the curb for free. Plan to arrive early to get a good view — the crowds come out for this one, especially if it’s a pretty spring day.

Sakura Matsuri
Where: M Street & New Jersey Ave. SE
When: April 16, 10:30am – 6pm
Admission: $8/ages 13 and up in advance, free for 12 and under

Following the Cherry Blossom parade, many folks head right over to Sakura Matsuri, the Japanese Street Festival that is America’s largest one-day exhibition of Japanese culture. There will be live music and dance performances, all kinds of Asian and Western foods, martial arts demos, Japanese art, and more. All at a new location in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. Be prepared for a crowd.

Make a Little Birdhouse in Your Soul
Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
When: Saturday, 1pm & 4pm
Admission: Free

They Might Be Giants is definitely going to rock when they play two free shows this Saturday as part of the USA Science & Engineering Festival. And if you’re thinking it’s odd that one of our generation’s bands is performing at an event for kids, then you need to brush up on your children’s music. TMBG are award-winning artists — in the kids’ music genre. But given that their fun, alternative sound spans the generations, you can bet that kids young and old will have a blast.

Tiptoe Through the Tulips
Where: Burnside Farm
When: Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am – 6pm
Admission: $8

Experience Holland in Haymarket, Va! The bloom has begun at Burnside Farm, where their annual Festival of Spring showcases the season’s flowers. Stroll through the giant fields that contain over 50 different varieties of flowers in a rainbow of colors and pick your own to enjoy at home: $1 for 2 daffodils, $1 per tulip.) Be sure to have your camera handy. (Note: This first weekend is the smallest bloom, so if you can only visit once this spring, you may want to wait a week or two.) Along with the flowers, there concessions are also for sale.

Bluebells at the Bend
Where: Riverbend Park
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: $5

Celebrate the Virginia Bluebells as they blanket the banks of the Potomac River at Riverbend Park. Bring the whole family for fun including games, music, wildflower walks, wagon rides, live animals, and more! And to see what else is going on at other Fairfax County Parks, go here.

Free Parking
Where: National Parks
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: FREE!

It’s National Park Week through April 24, so there will be no entrance fee at National Parks where they usually charge to get in. Take advantage of complimentary admission and celebrate our parks by visiting a local natural treasure. Hit the trail at Shenandoah or Great Falls, take a ride on Skyline Drive, or visit Harpers Ferry. For more ideas of places to visit, see the National Park Service website.

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

* Looking for Roberto Clemente just opened on the Imagination Stage
* Reserve free tickets to see NRITYA: Rhythms of India, this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance
* The Billy Jonas Band is playing the Saturday show at Jammin’ Java
* It’s opening weekend for Sleeping Beauty at The Puppet Co.
* And Clowning Around is the featured Tiny Tots show there
* NextStop Theatre’s production of Snow White begins this weekend
* The Gardens Figure Skating Club presents Peter Pan on Ice at the Gardens Ice Rink in Laurel
* See Teatro Hugo y Ines at the BlackRock Center for the Arts on Sunday

The Swedish Circus is Coming!
Where: Meridian Park
When: Saturday, 3-5pm
Admission: Free

Join the Embassy of Sweden and Cirkus Cirkör for free circus trial sessions in the park! Try juggling, acrobatics, and tight wire walking — all at your own level. The timid participant becomes courageous; the smallest participant becomes the strongest! No preparation or special clothes needed. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Earth Day Plant Sale & Picnic
Where: Tudor Place
When: Sunday, 12-3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day and help Tudor Place kick off their Annual Plant Sale by supporting conservation and education at Tudor Place. For one day only, the grounds will be open for picnicking. Enjoy the historic gardens and browse a range of flowering and native sun to shade perennials. Varieties for sale will include toads lily, lambs ear, columbine, anise and more to add to your own garden. Tropical and house plants also for sale!

Presidential Cars at the Capitol
Where: National Mall
When: Through April 26
Admission: Free

The Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) Cars at the Capital is hosting its second Cars at the Capitol, a display of Presidential Cars at the National Mall. The event features two iconic presidential cars as it begins the documentation of the vehicles into the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and National Historic Vehicle Register. Until April 19, you can view President Taft’s 1909 Steam Car on the Mall between the National Gallery of Art and National Air & Space Museum. President Reagan’s 1962 Willys ‘Jeep’ CJ-6 will be there April 20-26.

Family Workshop: Paper Trails
Where: Sackler Gallery
When Saturday, 1–4pm
Admission: Free

In celebration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, explore the importance of paper across Asian artmaking traditions. With educators from the Freer|Sackler and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, use traditional Japanese papers and bookmaking tools and techniques to create your own artist’s book. This program is designed for children ages 6–12 and adults to enjoy together. Registration opens March 15 at 12 pm.

DC United vs. Toronto FC
Where: RFK Stadium
When: Saturday, 5pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Kick it at a soccer game as the DC United host Toronto FC on Saturday evening. Be sure to stop by the Fan Zone in section 222 for a variety of kids activities. For some extra goodies just for young fans, join the Kids Club!

Market & More in Brookland
Where: Monroe Street Market
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

The Brookland & Edgewood communities kick off a schedule of spring events this Saturday its first Brookland’s Monroe Street Farmers Market. Special activities and performances by Only Make Believe, plus a one-year anniversary celebration for The Bike Rack DC and Filter Coffeehouse & Espresso Bar will be among the festivities to enjoy this weekend.

Something Fishy Going On
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm
When: Saturday, 10am – 4:30pm
Admission: $3/adult, $2/child

Join the Farm Family at Claude Moore as they clean and salt their yearly catch of herring – guests are invited to help scale, clean, and pack the fish into jars. Tour the rest of the grounds while you’re there, and learn about the important contributions the Potomac River made in colonial era Virginia.

All Aboard for a Model Train Open House
Where: Historic Vienna Depot of the W&OD Railroad
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Chug on down to Vienna to watch model train and trolley activities that realistically depict an actual railroad that existed in North Carolina in the 1950′s. Every hill, town, building, locomotive, rail car, and industry in the layout is modeled after those places and things as they looked in that era. Well, almost everything… to satisfy popular demand, expect an occasional sighting of Thomas the Tank Engine (and a few of his friends) chugging around among the bigger steam and diesel locomotives.

Squad Up
Where: RESPECT by PRSVR Lifestyle Boutique
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Washington, DC’s fashion scene has something to celebrate! The newest RESPECT by PRSVR Lifestyle Boutique is opening in the historic Shepherd Park neighborhood at 7610 Georgia Ave NW and there will be a pop-up BBQ to celebrate the first weekend. Shop kids clothes and enjoy a cookout with al the cool kids and their parents.

Anacostia River Festival
Where: Anacostia Park
When: Sunday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the connection of people to parks as the National Park Service and the 11th Street Bridge Park present the second annual Anacostia River Festival. Enjoy kayaking, boating, fishing workshops, hands-on art projects, musical performances, bike parades, and other unique programs engaging families with the river, its history, and ecology.

The Magic of Books
Where: Kensington Town Hall
When: Sunday, 3-5pm
Admission: $5/person, $20/family

Have some fun as you help support the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation Make MORE Noyes Campaign, a partnership between the Foundation and Montgomery County that is funding a major renovation of the historic library. The Magic of Books will feature a magic show by Joe Romano, a renowned performer who has entertained audiences at the White House and at a Read Across America celebration with Michelle Obama. Recommended for ages 3-10, but all ages are welcome.

The Great DC Outdoors
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission:Varies by Locale

The superb spring weather is beckoning! You’ve got your pick of spots around the DC-Metro to get outside and enjoy it. Take a hike, hit a playground, explore a garden, visit animals, or see what else there is to do al fresco in this post with tons of ideas for fun in the fresh air.

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