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The Weekend Round-Up: August 28-30

Huzzah, it's the weekend!

Huzzah, it’s the weekend!


Celebrate the completion of the first week of school or savor the last of summer break with these recs for fun with the kids. And for even more ideas, check out the long list of indoor activities and big compilation of places to enjoy a day outdoors. Happy Weekend!

Huzzah for Ren Fest!
Where: Revel Grove in Crownsville, Md
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 7pm
Admission: $19/adults, $16/seniors, free for 15 and under

Dost thou feel the merriment in the air? The Maryland Renaissance Festival is a glorious day trip back to medieval times that appeals to all ages and sensibilities. Enjoy jousting matches, kids shows, cheeky comedy, tight rope walkers, jugglers, puppetry, Celtic music… and that’s just some of the live entertainment. There are also pony rides, a pirate playground, a giant slide, and all kinds of fun, fascinating things to see. Walk among knights, maidens, pirates, and villagers in puffy shirts in a 16th-century village as you chomp on turkey legs and down cups of mead. It all begins tomorrow and will run every weekend through October 25, and this weekend kids ages 15 and under get in for FREE. Huzzah!

Rooftop Bash
Where: Whole Foods Tenley – Upper Deck
When: Friday, 4-7pm
Admission: Free

Party into the weekend and celebrate with the “Top of the Town” community at their very first Rooftop. CityDance Pop!, Whole Foods Tenley, and NE Sport & Health are hosting a rooftop bash complete with family-friendly workouts, free dance classes, and complimentary food & beverages. More fun for families includes moonbounces, cornhole, photo ops with a DC firetruck, raffles, and prizes. And DJ Roberto from Silenzio Productions will be on the 1’s and 2’s.

The Big Dig
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Admission: $12/adult, $10/child

Harvest potatoes, enjoy a sweet breakfast, and have a blast at Great Country Farm’s annual Big Dig. Take the scenic drive out to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains early for all-you-can-eat pancakes topped with homemade fruit syrups, then hop on a hayride that will take you out to u-pick fields where you can dig for gold — Yukon gold potatoes, that is. Breakfast is served from 9am – 12pm, and the hayrides run all day — and the fun doesn’t have to stop there. Along with breakfast and the Dig, admission includes access to the rest of the farm’s attractions, including a cow train, mazes, barnyard petting area, pick your own fields, and more. Visit the website for more information and directions. And purchase tickets online by noon today for a discount!

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

There’s not much time left to enjoy some of the best activities of the season. Outdoor pools and spraygrounds, music and movies in the open air, mini golf and carousels rides at local parks and museums, or a good ol’ crab feast. The guide to Summer in DC has all the inspiration you need to eke out the most of the summer wind-down.

Shows on Strings
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by show

Return to the thrilling days of prehistoric yesteryear, where the Old West meets the old, old, old West at the Dew Drop Inn as The Puppet Co. presents Dinosaur Desperados on the main stage. The 50-minute show is recommended for ages 3-7. Take really little ones to see Old McDonald’s Farm on Saturday or Baby Bear’s Birthday on Sunday, both the featured Tiny Tots shows this weekend.

Open Garden Day
Where: American History Museum – Victoria Garden
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Discover ways to keep summer on the shelf in the winter months. Learn about canning and pickling garden produce, see seed saving demonstrations, create your own seed packets and other crafts, and take home free wildflower seeds. Garden experts will also be on hand to answer gardening “how-to” questions and take you on an exploration of the summer bounty in the Victory Garden.

Groove with Nate
Where: Lubber Run Amphitheater
When: Saturday, 4pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy some musical fun at the amphitheater in Arlington as local fave Groovy Nate entertains the crowd with his unique blend of blends of music, puppetry, movement, and comedy. It’s a great experience for the younger set, encouraging participation with wonderfully wacky handout instruments.

How ‘Bout Them Apples?
Where: Area farms
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

The apple picking season has begun! Several farms in the area have opened their orchards for guests to start gathering. This list of area farms and orchards offering pick-your-own opportunities has details. And I always recommend calling ahead to be sure the pickings are good the day you plan to go.

Movie Night in Rock Creek
Where: Carter Barron Amphitheatre
When: Saturday, approx. 8:15pm
Admission: Free

See a movie under the stars right in our city park. On Saturday, ease on down the road to catch a screening of The Wiz. Gates open at 7pm, and the film will begin at dusk, shortly after 8pm.

Dragon Boat Regatta
Where: Southwest Waterfront
When: Saturday, 8am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The 2nd annual Capital Harbor Dragon Boat Regatta will be an experience for atheletes and spectators alike. The family-friendly event features the best premier and local dragon boat teams from along the east coast racing in multiple distances over the course of the day. The public is welcome to watch this unique event for free.

A Sprinkling of Fairy Dust
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission:

Take a day trip out to Solomons, MD, for an enchanting array of artistic delights. View eye-popping works, both indoors and out, hunt for fairy houses (which are only there for another week!), play in the Fairy Lolly, and create some of your own art with inspiration from all you see there. Trust me, it’s worth the hour-plus drive.

Indoor Swim
Where: National Building Museum
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $5-16 (see details below)

You only have a couple more weeks to jump in at The BEACH, the Building Museum’s big summer installation that is a blast for all ages. The architectural simulation of a beach, there is a beach chair lined seashore that slopes gently into the ocean, and the “water” consists of nearly one million recyclable translucent plastic balls. It’s pretty cool just to view — but even better to experience. Admission is $5/youth member, $10/adult member and $13/youth non-member, $16/adult non-member.

Sing-along at Millennium Stage
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Sunday, 6pm
Admission: Free

The Kennedy Center’s daily free entertainment series presents the Ship’s Company Chanteymen for an evening sing-along. Wearing their 19th century naval uniforms, the group will share old salts’ songs with the audience, who is not just welcome, but encouraged to join in!


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The Weekend Round-Up: August 21-23

Waiting for a table at Mike's Crab House isn't so bad with a view like this

Waiting for a table at Mike's Crab House isn’t so bad with a view like this



Summer break is winding down in DC, but this round-up of local fun around the area will help you and the kids make the most of these final days. Happy Weekend!

Think Outside
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Looks like it’s going to be a glorious DC weekend, so get out and take advantage of activities outside. Take a hike, hit a beach, explore a garden, visit animals, or see what else there is to do al fresco in this post with tons of ideas for outdoor fun.

Nature & Animals & Fun… Oh, My!
Where: Watkins Regional Park
When: Throughout the Weekend
Admission: Free

The recently opened Wizard of Oz themed playground is a new draw that will delight children, but there are plenty of other tried and true things to do at Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro, MD. Visit the animals at Old Maryland Farm. Go for a spin on the Chesapeake Carousel, take a ride on the Miniature Train, and play a round of Mini Golf. Drop in at the Nature Center, where feathery and reptilian residents are on view. Get details on all of it in this recent post.

Hatch Day
Where: Rock Creek Nature Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Join Rock Creek Park in celebrating Hatch Day, the 20th birthday of resident box turtle Pokey – it was two decades ago that he hatched from his egg! Pokey is a quite an unusual turtle because he loves people. Kids are invited to meet Pokey and earn a junior ranger badge as they enjoy a day of activities, including a turtle obstacle course, Ranger Reads storytime, worm hunts, and a Pokey dance competition.

Get Crabby
Where: Annapolis
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Depends on how much you order!

It’s not a true DC summer if you don’t take advantage of one of the area’s best offerings: blue crabs! Feasting on the steamed Old Bay-spiced creatures is a seasonal treat, and doing so at a waterfront crab house on the Chesapeake Bay is a bonus. Cantler’s in Annapolis is an institution, and we recently had a fantastic experience at Mike’s Crab House in Riva — the crabs were delicious, the scenery gorgeous, and there’s a great outdoor waiting area if tables aren’t immediately available. After your feast, head into downtown Annapolis for ice cream at Kilwin’s and a stroll around town — it’s going to be perfect weather for it!

All’s Fair
Where: Montgomery & Prince William Counties
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

County fair season continues in Montgomery and Prince William counties this weekend, where their annual fests are chock full of amusement for everyone. Carnival rides and games, farm animals, live entertainment, pony rides, the junk food gamut, pig races, and so much more. These are the last few days of both, so get there while you can. This post has the whole scoop on all of the county fun.

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

The Nats are back at home for a weekend of baseball against the Milwaukee Brewers. Catch a game on Friday or Saturday evenings (both at 7:05pm) or Sunday afternoon (1:35pm). Stay after on Sunday for Kids Run the Bases when children ages 4-12 can loop the infield after the final out. And be sure to check out these tips on how to do a Nats game without breaking the bank!

Magical Moments from the Movies
Where: Wolf Trap
When: Friday, 7:30pm
Admission: $26-50

Kids and their parents can “Let It Go” on Friday evening as Wolf Trap presents Disney in Concert: Magical Moments from the Movies. Whether they’re pirates or princesses, children are invited to dress as their favorite Disney character to enjoy film clips and live singers performing scenes from beloved Disney classics, including Frozen, Mary Poppins, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and more. Thirty minutes prior to the performance, children are invited to participate in a parade from the Plaza and onto the Filene Center stage.

Friday Night Fishing
Where: Diamond Teague Park
When: Friday, 5-8pm
Admission: Free

Join Anacostia Riverkeeper at the dock at Diamond Teague Park for catch and release fishing – a wonderful parent/child experience with the Anacostia River. This evening is the first in the series that will take place every Friday through September 4. Diamond Teague Park is located at 100 Potomac Avenue SE, between Nationals Park and Yards Park.

Summer Staples
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Free concerts in the fresh air, outdoor swimming, movies under the stars, sprayground fun… Activities exclusive to this time of year can be enjoyed all weekend long. Details on all of these seasonal staples and more can be found in the guide to Summer in DC.

Arts Open House
Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Get a taste of all that BlackRock has to offer at their annual Open House. Sample art glasses, view gallery exhibits, and enjoy a family-friendly live performance by local rock group The Grandsons. Kids can join an “Around the World” themed scavenger hunt, and adults can browse a fine arts and crafts sale hosted by the Art League of Georgetown.

Anatomy of Sports
Where: National Museum of Health & Medicine
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Admission: Free

Play a sport? Learn how your body works and stay off the sidelines! Bones and muscles need to work together for optimal performance. Athletes of all ages should know how their bodies work in order to compete and stay healthy. During the event, athletes will demonstrate their sport while medical illustrators and physical therapists reveal how muscles and bones work together. Anatomy of Sports is perfect for families with children playing sports, the recreational athlete, or the practiced sports enthusiast.

Baysox Appreciates the Kids
Where: Prince George’s Stadium
When: Saturday,
Admission: $7-15

The the kids out to the minors for a fun local baseball experience. A smaller stadium means good views from just about every seat, and lower costs for almost everything means you can indulge a little more. There’s also a great play area for children, not to mention it’s Kids Appreciation Night – fireworks, a T-shirt giveaway, and a Halloween Party (kids encouraged to dress in costume), and an invasion by Minions during the game!

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

* It’s your last chance to cat-ch Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude at Adventure Theatre
* Fly away to Neverland at a performance of Peter Pan in the ThreeSixty Theatre at Tysons. We caught a show, and it was spectacular!
* See a show on strings at The Puppet Co. where Dinosaur Desperados is the new main stage production
* And Panda-Monium is the featured Tiny Tots shows at the puppet theatre
* Ben Tufts and Friends present The Great Zucchini + Rainbow Rock + John Henry at Jammin’ Java on Saturday.

Dear Evan Hansen
Where: Arena Stage
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Tickets prices vary (details below)

This weekend is your last chance to see what the raves are all about. Whether a family outing with older kids (not recommended for all ages) or a grown-up night out, I highly recommend seeing this show. The world premiere musical is incredibly moving, brilliantly performed, and full of songs and a story that will stick with you for a while. Tickets start at $55, and for families with kids/teens interested in a theatre outing, Arena offers pay-your-age tickets (for patrons 30 and under) and the Family Fun Pack (four seats for $125). More details about both programs are available here. Bring tissues.


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The Weekend Round-Up: August 14-16

Play in the trees at the Adventure Park at Sandy Spring

Play in the trees at the Adventure Park at Sandy Spring



Looking for a unique pursuit with the kids? There are lots of special events and activities going, and this round-up has all the deets. And if you’re seeking an adventure that’s tried and true, you can find plenty of ideas for that, too. Happy Weekend!

All’s Fair
Where: Montgomery, Prince William, & Howard Counties
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

County fair season continues as Montgomery and Prince William kick off their annual fests that are chock full of amusement for everyone. Carnival rides and games, farm animals, live entertainment, pony rides, the junk food gamut, pig races, and so much more. You can also find it in Howard County, where the fair is on for its final weekend. This post has the scoop on all of the county fun.

Outdoor Kids Corner
Where: Union Market
When: Friday, 5:30pm
Admission: $25

Start the weekend with something creative and sweet! Cookbook author and illustrator Marcella Kriebel is hosting a workshop for kids ages 6-12 to indulge in a classic soda float while making some art celebrating the drink. All materials and supplies are included – for both the art and the treat. And kids will return home with a great new piece for the kitchen fridge.

Superhero Science Saturday
Where: U.S. Navy Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Do you have what it takes to be a science superhero? Find out at the U.S. Navy Museum on Saturday, where they’re hosting a special event for to test your superhero potential. Try on body armor, and you’re your invisibility skills with ghillie suits. Design your own LASER maze. Build a car that moves faster than a speeding train. There’s even more, not to mention the museum itself is packed with fascinating exhibits – you can read more about it in this KFDC post.

Mobilize on H Street
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Join the Atlas in bringing balance, beauty, and connection to the H Street community at a mobile making workshop. Help create an installation of over 50 mobiles — you can design, paint, and balance pieces for the project with kinetic artist and performer Kevin Reese. The final work will be unveiled at the H Street Festival on September 19. Register for a 90-minute workshop here.

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

The summer break from school may be starting to wind down, but the summer fun around the area continues. Catch a concert outdoors to start the weekend on a musical note — Jazz in the Garden on the National Mall and Rockin’ on the Riverfront at Yards Park are local faves. Keep the seasonal pursuits going with a variety of options: Head to a farm for peach picking. Go for for a swim, either at an outdoor pool or The BEACH at the Building Museum. Take advantage of free admission for kids at the Newseum. Feast on crabs by the water. This post has all the details you need on all these summer joys.

Zip through the Trees
Where: Adventure Park at Sandy Spring
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by age

Hang out in the trees at the Adventure Park at Sandy Spring. Kids as young as 5 years old can experience fun and adventure on the ropes courses and ziplines in the park’s aerial forest, the largest in North America. Children ages 5-6 and an accompanying adult have access to two of the easier courses. Older kids can do even more. It may seem like a pricey venture, but it’s so worth it. Trust me.

Colonial Tobacco Harvest
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: $3/adult, $2/child, free for 2 and under

Harvest time is here! Tobacco was a precious crop for Colonial Virginians, used to purchase goods not produced on the Farm. Help the Claude Moore Colonial Farm family gather their ripened tobacco plants, clean the leaves, and hang them inside the barn to cure. It’s an event that’s educational and fun for all ages!

Gamer Family Festival
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum
When: Saturday, August 15, 11:30 am
Admission: Free

Imagine a whole day inspired by the video games in the American Art Museum’s collection. Play the game Flower, create pixel art and other crafts, catch up with museum partners at MAGFest, and enjoy live music and performances. All of this will take place in the lovely Kogod Courtyard.

Clear the Shelters
Where: Washington Humane Society Adoption Centers
When: Saturday, 12-7pm
Admission: Free, and adoption fees waived

Is your family looking for a new furry member? The Washington Humane Society, along with several other shelters in the region, is taking part in NBC’s nationwide push to find homes for pets in need. Made possible by the ASPCA, pet adoptions centers across the are waiving adoption fees for one day to encourage potential pet owners to help #ClearTheShelters. The Washington Humane Society New York Avenue and Georgia Avenue Adoption Centers are among the participating shelters.

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

* Watch a Dickens classic come to life at Round House Theatre, where OLIVER! is on stage for its final weekend
* Cat-ch Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude at Adventure Theatre
* Fly away to Neverland at a performance of Peter Pan in the ThreeSixty Theatre at Tysons. We caught a show, and it was spectacular!
* See a show on strings at The Puppet Co. where Dinosaur Desperados is the new main stage production
* And Magic Toyshop is the featured Tiny Tots shows at the puppet theatre

Hilarious Hounds
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday, 10:30am & Sunday, 11:30am
Admission: Free

See movie shorts for little ones at the NGA this weekend. Laugh out loud as William Wegman’s famed Weimaraner dogs use everything from apples to zucchini to teach kids their letters in Alphabet Soup. The program also includes animated shorts featuring pups facing everyday challenges with comic results. After the films,pick up an activity sheet to explore paintings in the Gallery’s collection that include canines.

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

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

Dear Evan Hansen
Where: Arena Stage
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Tickets prices vary (details below)

Whether a family outing with older kids (not recommended for all ages) or a grown-up night out, I highly recommend seeing this show. The world premiere musical is incredibly moving, brilliantly performed, and full of songs and a story that will stick with you for a while. Tickets start at $55, and for families with kids/teens interested in a theatre outing, Arena offers pay-your-age tickets (for patrons 30 and under) and the Family Fun Pack (four seats for $125). More details about both programs are available here. Bring tissues.

Goats in the Graveyard
Where: Congressional Cemetery
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

The herd of 30 goats is still hanging out at Congressional Cemetery to help with grounds maintenance. They’ll be there through August 20 eating vines, poison ivy, ground cover, and even fallen debris, while also “depositing” fertilizer. But the goats aren’t the only reason to go; Congressional Cemetery is a beautiful and historic spot in the District, the final resting place of many famous folks, including J. Edgar Hoover, John Philip Sousa, and Choctaw Chief Push-ma-ta-ha. Open dawn to dusk.

And Speaking of Cemeteries…
Where: Arlington National Cemetery
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

There may not be goats, but a tour of Arlington National Cemetery is DC area must-do. The grounds are lovely and peaceful to stroll, and there’s a lot of interesting history to be gleaned and fascinating sights to behold, the Changing of the Guard topping the list. This KFDC post has details and photos of a visit there.

Ice Screeeam!
Where: Various DC locations
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free

Who wants free ice cream? (Me!) Good Humor is on a mission to bring joy to the mundane moments of everyday life and transform DC into a capital of Joy, one neighborhood at a time. Hence, the Good Humor “Welcome to Joyhood” tour is here to give out FREE Good Humor treats. You can track their whereabouts on Twitter, but I got the scoop (pun intended) that they’ll be at the National Zoo & Lafayette Square on Friday, in Georgetown on Saturday, and Penn Quarter & Dupont Circle on Sunday.


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The Weekend Round-Up: August 7-9

Checking out the USS Barry on a paddling excursion

Checking out the USS Barry on a paddling excursion



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Looks like we have a beautiful weekend ahead of us, so along with this round-up of awesome ways to enjoy it, give this list of outdoor locales a browse, too. Happy Weekend!

Fair Play
Where: Howard & Arlington Counties
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Carnival rides and games, farm animals, live entertainment, pony rides, the junk food gamut, pig races. Yes, it’s county fair season, and a couple of them are ON this weekend — the Arlington County Fair has already begun, and the Howard County Fair starts Saturday. This post has the scoop on all of the county fun.

Summer Steps
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Friday, 5pm
Admission: Free

Start the weekend with a super cool step show! The performance, the culmination of the Summer Steps camp program, will feature over 150 amazing students as they celebrate a week of intensive training with the award-winning artists of Step Afrika. It’s a great event for the family in one of DC’s most beautiful museums.

Dear Evan Hansen
Where: Arena Stage
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Tickets prices vary (details below)

Whether a family outing with older kids (not recommended for all ages) or a grown-up night out, I highly recommend seeing this show. The world premiere musical is incredibly moving, brilliantly performed, and full of songs and a story that will stick with you for a while. Tickets start at $55, and for families with kids/teens interested in a theatre outing, Arena offers pay-your-age tickets (for patrons 30 and under) and the Family Fun Pack (four seats for $125). More details about both programs are available here. Bring tissues.

‘Tis the Season
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

Take advantage of the host of activities that only occur this time of year. Enjoy an open air concert at one of the many series in the area. Get wet at an outdoor pool, sprayground, or water park. Feast on crabs. Ride mini-trains and carousels at local parks. And so much more…

Citi Open Tennis
Where: Rock Creek Park Tennis Center
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: Ticket start at $10

Enjoy the on-court excitement along with other fun activities as the Citi Open Tennis Tournament wraps up. With the quarter finals on Friday, the semis on Saturday, and the final matches on Sunday, the event is sure to serve up some excellent tennis.

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

It’s a weekend at home for the Nats as they host the Colorado Rockies. There are games tonight and Saturday evening at 7:05pm, and on Sunday at 1:35pm. Don’t miss the special fun — Signature Sundays welcome fans to arrive early to meet select players and get autographs and Kids Run the Bases invites young fans ages 4-12 to do just that after the game.

Fest Africa
Where: Silver Spring Civic Center
When: Saturday & Sunday, 1-8pm
Admission: Free

The 13th Annual African Cultural Festival ‘FestAfrica 2015′, hosted by Afropolitan Youth Association, is a two-day celebration of African Culture & Heritage. The festival will feature music by local and international African Artists and dance performances, African cuisine, vendors, games for children, a health fair, a career fair, a tourism fair, and more. Bring a lawn chair or stand and enjoy great performances!

Antique Bike Show
Where: Patriot Harley-Davidson
When: Saturday, 9am – 6pm
Admission: $5 suggested donation

Go hog wild at this event hosted by the Antique Motorcycle Club of America. Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project, you can check out cool rides and vote for your favorite. Along with the vintage bikes, there will be food trucks and live entertainment by blues band The Nighthawks (11am – 3pm). And the bike with the most votes will receive a Best in Show trophy. Patriot Harley-Davidson is located at 9739 Fairfax Blvd.

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

* See a Dickens classic come to life at Round House Theatre, where OLIVER! is on stage through August 16
* Cat-ch Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude at Adventure Theatre
* Fly away to Neverland at a performance of Peter Pan in the ThreeSixty Theatre at Tysons. We caught a show, and it was spectacular!
* Enjoy Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap as Dan Zanes take the outdoor stage
* Journey to the musical cosmos at Arts on the Horizon’s Space Bop
* Experience Double Trouble on the Imagination Stage
* And little ones will love Aquarium, also at the Bethesda theater
* See a show on strings at The Puppet Co. where Snow White and the 7 Dwarves is the current main stage production for the final weekend
* And Clowing Around is the featured Tiny Tots shows at the puppet theatre

Hilarious Hounds
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday, 10:30am & Sunday, 11:30am
Admission: Free

See movie shorts for little ones at the NGA this weekend. Laugh out loud as William Wegman’s famed Weimaraner dogs use everything from apples to zucchini to teach kids their letters in Alphabet Soup. The program also includes animated shorts featuring pups facing everyday challenges with comic results. After the films,pick up an activity sheet to explore paintings in the Gallery’s collection that include canines.

Milestones in Aviation & Space
Where: National Air & Space Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Explore the past, present, and future of flight and space exploration at this Family Day. Celebrate the amazing accomplishments in aviation and aerospace, from jets making Hawaii a more accessible vacation destination to the CST-100 taking astronauts into space. With presentations and hands-on activities, this event will have something to offer everyone.

Open Studio Saturday
Where: Freer | Sackler
When: Saturday, 12pm & 2pm
Admission: Free

Discover Peacock Room REMIX with a gallery guide or on a family-friendly tour. With inspiration from the exhibit, return to the ImaginAsia classroom to experiment with art materials, solve creative challenges, and collaborate with friends and family.

Wildlife Tracking Awareness Day
Where: National Zoo
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Visit the Zoo’s residents and learn how threats to biodiversity and wild animals impact wildlife populations around the world. Educational booths and activities, animal demos, keeper and scientist talks, plus a special exhibit highlighting efforts to combat wildlife trafficking will be part of the day’s program.

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

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

Goats in the Graveyard
Where: Congressional Cemetery
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

A herd of 30 goats will be hanging out at Congressional Cemetery through August 20 to help with grounds maintenance by eating vines, poison ivy, ground cover, and even fallen debris, while also “depositing” fertilizer. But the goats aren’t the only reason to go; Congressional Cemetery is a beautiful and historic spot in the District, the final resting place of many famous folks, including J. Edgar Hoover, John Philip Sousa, and Choctaw Chief Push-ma-ta-ha. Open dawn to dusk.

Peachy Keen
Where: Local farms
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

It’s peach picking time at many local farms; the summer fruits are ripe and ready for harvest. If you want to get them at their peak, check out this list of area farms that offer pick-your-own. And it’s always a good idea to check websites or call for updates to see what’s available when you plan to go.

May the Yoga Force Be with You
Where: lil omm
When: Sunday, 2:30-3:30pm
Admission: $30/family

Families with kiddos 4-8 years are invited to learn the ways of the Force to “battle” evil Sith lords and use yoga poses to become AT-AT walkers, Chewbacca, and Jabba the Hutt, and other characters! This one-hour “playshop” will be a fun way to merge your child’s love of Star Wars with yoga-inspired movement. Costumes welcome, but light sabers should stay home.

Tennis on the Big Screen
Where: National Harbor
When: Sunday, 12:30pm
Admission: Free

If you can’t make it to the tennis tourney, head to National Harbor where they’ll be showing the Citi Open on the waterfront Jumbotron on Sunday. The 18’ x 32’ foot LED screen located on the plaza is great for viewing sports events. Bring lawn chairs to set up on the plaza green, or grab a meal and drinks and watch from a nearby outdoor patio. And if you want to make a day of it at National Harbor, this post details all there is to do there.

Full STEAM Ahead!
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free for little ones, $5/adult, $3/ages 6-17

The amazing Garden & Arts Center in Solomons, Md, is injecting creativity and fun into STEM by adding Art, and turning Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math into STEAM! The program, designed for toddlers and preschoolers, uses hands-on investigations and challenges as children explore, observe, ask questions, and make predictions about the world around them as they create and play. Drop in this Wonderful Water-themed session, and plan to explore the rest of the grounds and exhibits while you’re there – it’s seriously fantastic! Read more about Annmarie in this KFDC post.

Sing-Along for Statehood!
Where: The U.S. Capitol
When: Sunday, 10am
Admission: Free

Inspired by John Oliver’s recent, glorious Last Week Tonight segment on DC Statehood, a group of Capitol Hill parents and their kids are riding the momentum to bring awareness to DC’s cause. Not only will the song featured in the segment be the event anthem, DC’s youth will be the ones belting it out, just like Oliver’s version. If your child wants to join, see this post for more info and a link to the lyrics for advance practice!


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