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The Weekend Round-Up: October 11-14

It’s going to be a great weekend for some garden-ing!



Happy Weekend! Go, Nats!!!

Nationals NLCS Viewing
Where: Around the DMV
When: Friday, 8:08pm & Saturday, 4:08pm
Admission: Free

Want to get out to watch the Nats play the Cards with fellow fans? Lots of spots around the area will be showing the NLCS games. Here are some places that were recommended for the NLDS. And I’ll keep you updated as more round-ups of where to watch are shared. UPDATE: Here’s are more recs from the Post, The Brig and Salt Line being the most family-friendly (imo).

Fallin’
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Pick some pumpkins, whiz down giant slides, get lost in corn mazes, go on and hayrides, bounce around on jumping pillows, say “huzzah!” to Ren Fest, and so much more. There are activities galore to you embrace the autumn spirit, and the KFDC guide to fall festivals has details on all of them.

Soccer: USA vs. Cuba
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Friday, 7pm
Admission: $24+

The US Men’s National Team takes its first steps in the inaugural Concacaf Nations League when it faces Caribbean foe Cuba Friday evening at Audi Field. I recommend taking public transportation since parking can be difficult. Or park in the Navy Yard neighborhood, grab early dinner at one of the many eateries (El Bebe, The Salt Line, and All Purpose are my top recs), then walk to the match.

The Big Build
Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Build, discover, play, make, climb, and design alongside architects, hobbyists, artisans, and craftspeople. Explore the construction vehicle “petting zoo,” spackle walls, or chop and hammer wood. This year’s line-up also includes cutting-edge virtual and augmented reality in the Tech Lab. Attendees can also visit all exhibitions for free on this day.

Culture Queen’s Dance Party
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center | H Street NE, DC
When: Saturday, 9:30am & 11am
Admission: $15

Join the Culture Queen as she does “The Locomotion” on a journey through the swinging ’60s. This energetic show introduces young audiences to the music of Dance Hall kings and queens like Chubby Checker, Little Richard, Little Eva, and Dee Dee Sharp. She’ll teach your royal children the hottest dances of the era like “The Twist”, “The Mashed Potato”, “The Bird” and many more through music and storytelling.

Heritage Day
Where: Peirce Mill | Rock Creek Park, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

A blacksmith, carpenter, bluegrass music, cider press, and corn sheller will round out the demonstrations for Heritage Day. And we’ll have hands-on children’s crafts.  A food truck will provide lunch options for hungry millers. The waterwheel will be turning from 11am – 2pm to showcase the magic of the giant wooden machine, designed by Oliver Evans. Built in 1820-1829 by Isaac Peirce as part of his large estate, the gristmill brings to life the agricultural history of Washington, DC. Read more about Peirce Mill in this KFDC post.

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

* Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are In A Play!” brings some of kids’ favorite characters to life at Adventure Theatre
* The Very Hungry Caterpillar is eating its way across Imagination Stage
* Reserve free tickets to see The Three Not So Little Pigs, this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance
* The Royale is running at Olney Theatre
* You gotta cut loose, Footloose at the Kennedy Center (find discounts)
* See theatre by kids for kids at Encore Stage & Studio’s production of Disney’s Frozen Jr.
* You could be the next contestant on The Price is Right at MGM National Harbor
* It’s opening weekend for Pinocchio at The Puppet Co.
* And Old McDonald’s Farm is the featured Tiny Tots show there on Sunday
* Make it a date night for Jitney at Arena Stage, The Tempest at Synetic Theatre, or Escaped Alone at Signature Theatre

Bethesda Row Arts Festival
Where: Downtown Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 6pm & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

All ages are welcome to join one of the region’s most exciting and esteemed outdoor festivals. Overnight, Bethesda Row’s Shopping and Entertainment District will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery, featuring more than 200 juried fine arts and crafts from artists around the nation. “Art Fair Sourcebook” and “Sunshine Artists” have recognized the event as one the most important in the country, and over 45,000 attendees agree! Especially for kids will be a spin-art tent to create their own art. And new for 2019: STartER GALLERY — a separate cluster of tents located on Bethesda Lane, featuring local and emerging artists showcasing their works to first-time and novice art collectors. 

Latino Art, Beats & Culture Fest
Where: American History Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage at the Latino Art, Beats & Culture Fest, a museum-wide festival showcasing Latino music such as mambo, salsa, hip-hop, pop, and reggaeton. Explore history and culture through hands-on activities, encounters with Smithsonian collections, experts and curators from the Smithsonian Latino Center, National Museum of American History, National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. The program will also feature dance lessons, a mini film festival, and guest appearances and entertainment by a variety of performers.

Fun Family Fall Festival
Where: YMCA of Bethesda-Chevy Chase | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 1:30pm
Admission: $15

Celebrate fall with fun for the entire family while raising critical funds for the YMCA and MetroBethesda Rotary Foundation. Enjoy Rides, games, pumpkin patch, and all kinds of interactive FUN at the newly renovated YMCA of Bethesda-Chevy Chase (9401 Old Georgetown Road).  For ages preK and up.

Arts & Crafts & Storytime
Where: House of Sweden | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Bring children ages 3-10 to the House of Sweden for activities just for them! From 12-3pm, they can express themselves through art in special workshops — attendees are set up with everything they need to participate. (Note: This will also take place on October 12, November 2, and November 16). Then at 3pm, experience Swedish children’s literature (in English). And while you’re there, tour the photo exhibition ‘Swedish Dads,’ portraits 45 fathers who have chosen to stay at home with their children for at least six months.

Wicked Fun
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Halloween may not be for a few more weeks, but you can get the party started with activities and events that celebrate the spooky spirit. This post has details on where the tricks and treats are happening.

DC Comics Book Signing
Where: Third Eye Comics | Annapolis, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: Free

DC Comics is celebrating two of the publisher’s most popular authors with a special fan signing. Author Kami Garcia and Eisner Award-winning author Tom King will sign copies of their latest titles. Before and during the event, fans will be able to purchase several King and Garcia titles at Third Eye Comics. Wrist bands and tickets are not required for the event, but fans are encouraged to get to the event early to get a spot in line, as entry is determined on a first-come, first-served basis.

Grand Re-Opening
Where: Anacostia Community Museum | Anacstia, DC
When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Everyone is invited to join the Anacostia Community Museum for its grand re-opening after being closed for renovations. See the new look both inside and outside. And from 2-4pm, there will be special festivities. Meet and greet with the new director, Melanie Adams, enjoy refreshments and live music, and see the current exhibition, A Right To The City.

Story Time: Iggy Peck Architect
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 12pm
Admission: Free

This weekend’s Story Time at the Hirshhorn features one of my favorite children’s books — I loved reading Iggy Peck Architect to my kids when they were little. On Sunday, you can hear it at a read-aloud, then investigate the museum building with close looking and hands-on building activities.

Harvest Festival
Where: Capitol Cider House | Brentwood, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 2pm
Admission:

Start your Sunday off right with lots of fall goodness at Capitol Cider House, where they may focus on offerings for adults, but they aim for a family-friendly vibe — and this fest is no exception. There will be live apple pressing, apple cider donuts, apple tasting, mulled cider, face painting, balloon animals, and random prizes. RSVP to let them know you’re going.

Family Cardio Day
Where: RFK Fields | Northeast DC
When: Sunday, 10-11am
Admission: $10/person or $20/family of 3+

Body by Buckner invites all families to “meet them at the field” for Family Cardio Day, part of the “Fitness at the Fields” Sunday workout series this fall. During the hour-long workout event, Body by Buckner owner Lauren Buckner will lead a dynamic workout with the mission to encourage families to get moving and to take advantage of the great outdoors as part of their active routine. The Fields at RFK are located at 401 Oklahoma Ave NE. Bring a yoga mat if you have one!

Take advantage of a rare chance to visit the Main Reading Room!

Main Reading Room Fall Open House
Where: Library of Congress | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Monday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Where you can usually only look from a window above, you can visit on one of the two days per year it’s open to the public! The beautiful Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress is holding its semi-annual Open House on Columbus Day. This year’s Fall event will highlight a variety of materials from the Library’s collections: children’s books by and about Supreme Court Justices, items from the personal library of Carl Sagan, the Blackwell Family tree (family of Arthur Ashe, Jr.) tracing family lineage back to 1735, Copyright Treasures such as the collection of Muppet toys, and a display of print-braille books and tactile images. Reference librarians will also be on hand to demonstrate services, offer instruction on obtaining a reader-registration card and answer questions. The Young Readers Center will be open 10am – 3pm with activity stations and programming for visitors — kids can make, paint and decorate “cartoneras,” or books made from cardboard and recycled materials.

Culturfied Interational Children’s Festival
Where: Ronald Reagan Building | Downtown DC
When: Monday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Take kids around the world in a day and without leaving DC! At the Culturfied Interational Children’s Festival, visit more than 30 embassy booths to learn more about countries through displayed geography, attire, arts and crafts, food samples, and more fun activities.

Pre & Post Natal Yoga
Where: Gymboree DC | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Monday, 6:30-7:30pm
Admission: Free

Join a FREE pre/post natal yoga class taught by a certified doula and yoga instructor. Classes will take place on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month. Register in advance, though walk-ins are welcome, too.

Do Some Garden-ing
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

Fall is a great time to roam the many gardens in the area as the changing leaves start to brighten up the summer green. Enjoy the fall flowers and manicured grounds of the Enid A. Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle (then visit the museums). Stroll among the many multi-tiered plats at Dumbarton Oaks. Explore, play, and see a variety of plant collections at the National Arboretum. Wander around Green Spring Gardens on a scavenger hunt. Venture out to the gorgeous Meadowlark Botanical Garden. Relish in the peace at the Brookland Monastery. Or enjoy a tour indoors and out at the U.S. Botanic Garden. You can bring along a picnic to many of these places and make it a whole day’s outing.

**PLAN AHEAD**
24th Annual Art Safari
Where: The Torpedo Factory | Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, October 19, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

An annual Alexandria tradition for almost a quarter-century, Art Safari returns for a day of hands-on activities for kids and families. Professional artists lead budding art enthusiasts in dynamic projects across all three floors of the Torpedo Factory. Join other children to build a life-sized papier-mâché creature. Experiment with potter’s clay and silkscreen printing. Paint with Japanese black ink, turn cereal boxes into a city, create metallic leaf rubbings, and so much more. Projects are best for ages 5–12, but younger kids will have lots of fun with some grown-up help. Dress to get a little messy!

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* This is Howie do it!
* And this is how we fans do it! 😁
* The Newseum will close after December 31, so plan to visit before then. (Look for a discount on admission here.)
* There’s a giveaway going on…enter for a chance to win eight free classes at MOCO Movement Center!
* I’d been coveting these Day Glove flats forever and finally bought them — just as cute IRL as online! (That’s my referral link, btw.)
* Am I abnormally sappy, or do these make you tear up, too?
* Haha!


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Giveaway: Enter to Win Eight Free Classes with MOCO Movement Center!


With the cold months ahead of us, many parents will be seeking indoor places for their kids to play, and MOCO Movement Center is one to put on your list! Located in Kensington, MD, it’s a pediatric therapy practice as well as an athletic center, offering movement classes for children of all ages and abilities.

Morning classes for children ages 3 months to 5 years are hosted daily Monday through Friday. MOCO Motion helps kids acquire foundational skills such as jumping, skipping, climbing, and running. Move and Groove is designed to encourage a child’s natural musical abilities in a safe, fun, and supportive environment while exercising. Kids in Motion has children and caregivers participate in early learning and preschool activities while having fun in the obstacle course inspired gym. And Sporty Tots focuses on foundational sports skills for toddlers.

MOCO Movement Center also offers individual training for children, developmental screenings, and birthday parties. Visit the website to learn more about all of their services and take a virtual tour, and be sure to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win 8 weeks of classes!

MOCO Movement Center
5268A Nicholson Lane, Kensington MD 20895
301.770.KIDS (5437)

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Giveaway: For a chance to win eight (8) weeks of weekday morning classes for your child age 5 or under at MOCO Movement Center, simply leave a comment below telling me her/his favorite sport or physical activity. The winner will choose the class, and their child will attend once a week for eights weeks (new students only). This giveaway will run through October 16, 2019, then a winner will be picked at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!


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The Weekend Round-Up: October 4-6

The apple doesn’t fall far from DC!


Happy Weekend!

Fallin’
Where: Around the DMV
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by locale

Enjoy autumn fun and then some at a number of farms around the area. Pick pumpkins, whiz down slides, visit animals, jump on giant inflatables, take pony rides, indulge in caramel apples, and much more. This guide to fall festivals has details on all of them.

Artsy Autumn Evening
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Friday, 5:30-8:30pm
Admission: Free

The Hirshhorn is kicking off weekends this month with extended Friday hours, sips and bites in the courtyard, and art-inspired activities for all ages. This week’s event is themed around the Manifesto: ArtxAgency exhibit, and there will be opportunities to sketch, time to tour the works, a story time for little ones, and cocktails at a cash bar for adults.

Open Streets DC
Where: Georgia Avenue, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Join Mayor Muriel Bowser for the District’s inaugural Open Streets DC along Georgia Avenue NW. Nearly three miles of the avenue will be closed to motor-vehicle traffic, allowing residents to walk, bike, skate, and scoot along and in the roadway and enjoy a wide range of activities for all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Fitness classes, a family fun area, and food will available. Stop by the DPR Fun Wagon to borrow skates, scooters, bikes, jump ropes, basketballs, and more!

College Park Day
Where: College Park Aviation Museum | College Park, MD
When: October 5, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

Join friends, neighbors, and the entire City of College Park community at the 10th Annual College Park Day Festival. This free event is fun for the whole family with live music and bands, awesome kids zones, delicious food and drink, live performances and performers, helicopter fly-ins, exhibitors, and so much more. Plus museum entry is FREE during the event!

Fall For Fairfax KidsFest
Where: Fairfax County Government Center, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free, but rides are extra (find discounts)

This annual event by Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. includes exciting, interactive, and educational programs, lots of live entertainment, and loads of activities. Especially designed for families with elementary and pre-K aged children, activities include scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, public safety and recycling-themed exhibits, pony rides, a petting zoo, hay rides, model trains, and the KidWay MidWay with more than a dozen rides, bounces, and attractions. And that’s just for the kids. Adults can enjoy more than 75 exhibits, live entertainment, activities, and great festival food. While admission is free, some rides and concessions will require a fee.

Wicked Fun
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Get the Halloween party started early with activities and events that celebrate the spooky spirit throughout October. This post has details on where all the tricks and treats are happening.

Neighborhood Day and Yard Sale
Where: Maury Elementary School | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 1pm
Admission: Free (but plan to shop!)

Maury Elementary School is pleased to be open for public tours of its new, beautiful space and its legendary yard sale! Docents will guide visitors through the renovated building, which combines both new and historic elements, and seven large-scale art installations among the office, classroom, and common areas. While you explore this exciting new neighborhood space, you can also shop at the annual yard sale, which funds the school’s PTA. There will be deals on strollers, bikes, scooters, clothing, books, toys and games! Hungry? You can grab a sweet treat at our bake sale, too! Maury is located at 1250 Constitution Ave NE.

Shake Up Your Saturday
Where: Folger Shakespeare Library | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10-11am & 11am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Shake up your Saturday with a workshop at the Folger! These programs occurring on the first Saturday of every month, encourage families to experience Shakespeare’s language together. During this Supernatural Shakespeare” session, Get spooky with Shakespeare’s ghosts and witches. Register here. And read a KFDC write-up about the Folger here.

Creativity Workshop
Where: Phillips Collection | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Admission: $18/adult & child ($15 for members)

Get messy at The Phillips Collection monthly art workshop, a great outlet for kids to explore their creative side. Geared toward families with children ages 2 to 8, kids can let their creativity fly in art-making stations — it’s an art materials “petting zoo” for all ages. Comes with Artful Wellness Kit for parents and caregivers. Heads up: Word has it they always sell out so make sure to book in advance! Find more about the Phillips in this KFDC post.

Taste of Bethesda
Where: Woodmont Triangle | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free, but pay for samples

According to some stats, Bethesda has more restaurants per capita than any other city in the U.S. Accurate or not, DC’s suburban neighbor definitely has a food scene worth celebrating. The 29th year of Bethesda’s famous food and music festival will bring 60 restaurants and five stages of entertainment to the downtown’s Woodmont Triangle. Along with delicious food samples and live entertainment, there will be a kid’s corner for face painting, arts & crafts, and more fun for young ones. Admission is free, and taste tickets are sold on-site.

Art on the Avenue
Where: Del Ray Neighborhood | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the diversity of Alexandria’s Del Ray community at this multicultural arts festival. Over 300 artists – jewelers, woodworkers, pottery makers, soap crafters, glass makers, painters, sculptors, fabric artists, and musicians – will have their work on display and for sale. And kids activities have always been a vital part of the festival – scarecrow stuffing, pumpkin painting, lotus flower design, screen art weaving are just some of the crafts to enjoy. Food vendors will also be there offering hot dogs, BBQ, Indian fare, crab cakes, chocolate bananas dipped on a stick, and home made cider donuts.

Get Merry at Ren Fest
Where: Revel Grove | Crownesville, Md
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: $27/age 16+, $12/age 7-15, free/6 & under

There are only a few weekends left to enjoy the bounty of merriment at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. The annual faire recalls medieval times with a village full of fun and entertainment for the whole family. This is one of my very favorite events in the DC area, and it could very well become one of yours, too. View scenes from our visit to Ren Fest a few weeks ago here. Huzzah!

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

* Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are In A Play!” brings a couple of kids’ favorite characters to life at Adventure Theatre
* The Very Hungry Caterpillar is eating its way across Imagination Stage
* Reserve free tickets to see Jack’s Adventure in Space, this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance
* Hylton Performing Arts Center presents Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey on Sunday
* Or hop over to the GMU Center for the Arts for Peter Rabbit Tales
* The Royale is running at Olney Theatre
* Broadway hit Cats is at the Kennedy Center (find discounts)
* See The 3 Billy Goats Gruff at The Puppet Co.
* And Old McDonald’s Farm is the featured Tiny Tots show there this weekend
* Make it a date night for Jitney at Arena Stage, The Tempest at Synetic Theatre, or Escaped Alone at Signature Theatre

Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures
Where: EagleBank Arena | Fairfax, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Tickets: $25+ (find discounts)

Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and his pals for a high-octane ride in Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and guests of all ages embark on an interactive and memory-rich adventure to iconic Disney destinations. Be prepared for a getaway jam-packed with unexpected hijinks and surprise, up-close character interaction!

PorchFest
Where: Adams Morgan, DC
When: October 5, 2-6pm
Admission: Free

Get the best seats in the house (or on the sidewalk) as the front porches of homes and maybe a few local businesses are transformed into intimate performance spaces to be enjoyed by anyone who happens to stroll by. Enjoy a variety of music styles from over 30 bands playing on porches, patios, and stoops in the neighborhood. Music maps are will be available at the corner of 18th Street and Columbia Road NW on Porchfest Day.

Weekend Walk-in
Where: American Visionary Arts 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, in theme with the current exhibition “The Secret Life of Earth,” make a beaded mosaic tree. No reservations are necessary, just pop in any time 1-4pm. Read more about the AVAM in this KFDC post.

Pop-Up Pumpkin Patch
Where: Ballston Quarter | Ballston, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate fall with a Pop-Up Pumpkin Patch at Ballston Quarter, featuring live music, specialty drinks, crafts and of course, pumpkins! All pumpkins will be sold for $5 (cash only), with all proceeds going to Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Kids of all ages can participate in pumpkin decorating and strike a pose in front of a fall-inspired photo-op. Live performances from Andrew Smith from 10am – 1pm and MM Rock from 1-5pm, and a festive cider bar for guests over 21 will truly welcome fall to Ballston Quarter! 

Community Ping Pong Lessons
Where: SPIN | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: Donation (see below)

Professional ping-pong players will be leading community lessons at DC’s ping-pong social club, SPIN on the first Saturday of every month starting this weekend. Ping-pong experts and beginners of all ages are invited to attend  and learn how to hold the paddle, perfect your ping pong stance, and how to hit the basic forehand, backhand and serve. Attendees are asked to make a donation to the American Youth Table Tennis Organization, which runs after-school programs that give students the opportunity to learn more about the sport of table tennis in addition to imparting lessons on personal fitness, leadership, and teamwork.

Kinderfest
Where: Watkins Regional Park | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

Head to Watkins Regional Park for the 36th Annual Kinderfest, a day focused on children that takes place every year on the first Sunday in October. The scores of events and activities to entertain the whole family include clowns and costumed characters, singers and dancers, pony and hay rides, carnival games, scarecrow workshops, sweet and savory refreshments, and spins on the famous Watkins carousel and miniature train. Admission to the event is free, but some activities require a fee. Read more about all the fun offerings at Watkins Regional Park here.

Levinthal Teen Program
Where: American Art Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 1pm
Admission: Free

Calling all teens! Bring your friends and make some new ones at SAAM! Explore the galleries of the special exhibition American Myth & Memory: David Levinthal Photographs and uncover the secret meanings behind Levinthal’s Barbie, wild west, and baseball photographs on a tour with Joanna Marsh, SAAM’s deputy education chair and head of interpretation and audience research. Finish the afternoon by crafting a collage booklet inspired by discoveries made in the exhibition and share your creation with your friends.

Family Game Day
Where: Kensington Town Hall | Kensington, MD
When: Saturday, 3-5pm
Admission: $5/person, $20/family

It’s “game on” at Kensington Town Hall for Family Game Day. The event, hosted by the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation, will be packed with fun for all ages. The afternoon will feature Kids Bingo using cards with symbols. Families can also enjoy Toss Tic-Tac-Toe and Connect Four, fun crafts, a Story Corner with game-themed story time, and music to shake the sillies out. RSVP requested. Proceeds from Family Game Day will support the Make MORE Noyes Renovation Campaign, a major capital project that will enable the historic Noyes Children’s Library in Kensington, MD, to expand both its space and its early literacy mission. For more information, go to noyeslibraryfoundation.org.

Harbor Harvest Fall Children’s Festival 
Where: Waterfront | Baltimore, MD
When: Sunday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free (fee for some activities)

Waterfront Partnership’s 12th annual Harbor Harvest Fall Children’s Festival will once again transform Rash Field into a fall wonderland with its family-friendly Inner Harbor tradition! The event is free to attend and will feature an urban pumpkin patch, petting zoo, kids play/hay maze, professional pumpkin carving competition, bubble fairies, face painting, pumpkin decorating, pony rides, train rides, and live music from interactive children’s bands Rocknocerus and The Uncle Devin Show. Guests can also enjoy a variety of food trucks while taking in the scenic backdrop of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. 

World Architecture Day
Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Explore architecture in the Museum’s collections and through talks and activities for all ages with a special emphasis on the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, the German art school founded in 1919 by Walter Gropius. Take virtual tour of the Bauhaus, contribute your design vision to a community-created architecture manifesto, bring the youngest family members to practice design and construction using simple shapes and primary colors inspired by Bauhaus design principles, join a story time session, and more.

First Sunday Arts Festival
Where: Downtown Annapolis, MD
When: Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

This weekend is the arrival of both cooler temperatures and the First Sunday Arts Festival in Downtown Annapolis, making it a perfect weekend to visit. The festival celebrates the fall season with a new pavilion and stage in Whitmore Park for its live music. The main attraction is the over 130 local and regional artists and crafters selling handcrafted items along West and Calvert Streets. There will be three additional areas with live music — the day is packed with free entertainment all day on Calvert and West Streets.

Takoma Park Street Festival
Where: Carroll Ave. to Carroll St. | Takoma Park, MD
When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The streets of Takoma Park will be filled with music, artisans, community groups, children’s activities, food vendors and a variety of green companies at the city’s 38th annual festival. Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping — vendors will be selling all kinds of artistic wares. Festivities for kids include crafts, face painting, inflatables, and more fun. And music lovers will enjoy three stages hosting 18 bands playing all day.

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

The first Sunday of every month is a great opportunity to explore the National Museum of Women in the Arts when admission is FREE! Works span the centuries, from the 16th to the present in a variety of mediums, highlighting women artists all over the world. Plan for a Fierce Women tour, offered 1-2pm or explore the museum on your own.

DC United vs. FC Cincinatti
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Sunday, 4pm
Admission: Tickets start at $40

It’s the last home game of the season for the United as they host FC Cincinatti. I recommend taking public transportation since parking can be difficult. Or park in the Navy Yard neighborhood,walk over, then plan to grab dinner at one of the many eateries (El Bebe, The Salt Line, and All Purpose are my top recs) after the match.

Nats vs. Dodgers
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Sunday, 7:45pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

This will be the third game in the play off series against the LA Dodgers, and it should be an exciting one! Tickets are pretty much gone, but you can probably score them from an online outlet for much more than their face value. But worth it to see them #stayinthefight – right?

How ‘Bout Them Apples?
Where: Area farms
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale
, and a bunch of farms and orchards in the area welcome guests to gather them. This list of places offering pick-your-own opportunities has details on where to reap the fruits. I always recommend calling ahead to be sure they’re are available the day you plan to go.

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

Enjoy the season and some active fun. See the very beginning of fall foliage, tramp in places with scenic views, hike and explore history at interesting locales, and savor the time outdoors. This post has a a bunch of recommendations for places to walk in the woods with the kids.

Autumn off the Farm
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Farm festivals may be the go-to autumn outing, but there are lots of other fantastic ways to enjoy the season around the area. This KFDC post lists 10 great places to for fall adventures — view it here.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* With apple picking highlighted here, this is a must-watch.😂
* Enjoy free European entertainment without leaving DC as the Kids Euro Festival returns October 26 – November 10!
* Gymboree DC is offering FREE Pre and Post Natal yoga classes with an instructor who is also a doula on the first and fourth Mondays of the month starting October 7. Register here, and walk-ins are also welcome!
* So excited about this coming to DC!
* Game night, anyone? This one gets great reviews and sounds really fun.
* The New York Times podcast The Daily recently had a special episode for kids.
* You don’t have to be a cat person for this to make you 🤣🤣.


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The Weekend Round-Up: September 27-29

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage at the National Portrait Gallery on Saturday


Happy Weekend!

It’s Fall, Y’all
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Fall has officially begun! And while it may not feel like it weather-wise, events around the area are celebrating the season’s arrival. Fall festivals are in full swing at area farms, in local communities, even a 16th century village in Maryland, and they’re welcoming visitors for all kinds of fun. A few are listed here, and you can get details on the rest of them in the guide to autumn celebrations around the area.

Family Happy Hour Concert
Where: Big Bear Cafe | Bloomingdale, DC
When: Friday, 5:30-7:30pm
Admission: $10-25

Join King Bullfrog for a ticketed concert for kid’s that conveniently takes place during happy hour. Family tickets include a buffet dinner for kiddos and 45-minute music show. King Bullfrog is a high-energy acoustic duo playing folk, blues, world, and original music for children and their grown-ups.

Free Parking
Where: National Parks everywhere
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

National parks are going fee-free to celebrate National Public Lands Day, so there’s no cost to visit those that usually charge admission. Take advantage and hit the trail at Shenandoah, Prince William Forest, Great Falls, Harpers Ferry, or head up to Baltimore to explore Fort McHenry. Find even more parks to visit here.

Capitol Hill Day
Where: Around Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

Join the Capitol Visitors Center, U.S. Botanic Garden, Library of Congress, Folger Shakespeare Library, National Postal Museum, U.S. Capitol Historical Society, and the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument for a celebration of the 226th anniversary of the laying of the U.S. Capitol cornerstone! Special activities for all ages will be hosted by all of the destinations — see the website for details.

Rock Creek Park Day
Where: 5200 Glover Road NW | Rock Creek Park, DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Happy Birthday, Rock Creek Park! Help celebrate Rock Creek Park’s Birthday & National Public Lands Day with speakers, volunteer activities (invasive plant management, plantings, trash cleanup, etc), information booths, ranger-led talks about recreational opportunities (hiking, biking, camping tips), fun facts about history in Rock Creek Park, and more! Event partners include: Rock Creek Conservancy, National Environmental Education Foundation, Toyota, Hispanic Access, Green Latinos, and more!  

Thinking of You
Where: National Postal Museum | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

The National Postal Museum is participating in Capitol Hill Day as they celebrate Thinking of You Week. Join them to participate in activities that exercise your creative side while reaching out to the people important to you. Bring little visitors to Story Time at 10:30am and 11:30 am, customize a selection of free greeting cards, address envelopes in a new way during an artist-led activity, and make a child smile by sending a postcard to one staying at the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health.

¡Muévete! Hispanic Heritage Month Community Day
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Move on over to the Portrait Gallery for a festival of rhythms, dance, music and more in this bilingual celebration. Create art inspired by Latinx artists, learn to draw the human figure in motion, and move your body during performances and workshops with the Washington Ballet and the Discovery Theater.

Butler’s Orchard Pumpkin Festival

Where: Germantown, MD

When: Weekends through October 27

Admission: $12, free/2 & under


Enjoy a country outing and join Butler’s in celebrating the harvest with traditional autumn activities. An area favorite, kids love jumping in the hayloft, heading out on hayrides, the tube slide, a rubber ducky derby, animal petting area, pony rides, pumpkin picking, corn maze, face painting, and much more. Some activities and food cost extra. Purchase there or bring along a picnic, but be sure to treat the kids – and yourself – to a yummy caramel apple!

Saturday Morning Family-Friendly Swing Dance
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: $8, free/under 13

The whole family can get into the swing of dancing together! The music will be soft and the lights will be up, so moms and dads can get their swing on in a family-friendly setting. Children must be supervised by a guardian at all times. Adults do not have to be accompanied by a baby (but they must like babies!).

First Studio: Story + Workshop
Where: Kreeger Museum | Northwest DC
When: Saturday, 10-11am
Admission: $10

Children ages 3-5 are invited to use their imaginations as they explore the paintings, sculpture, and architecture of The Kreeger Museum. Each First Studio includes a gallery tour, a story, and a hands-on art-making experience. Pre-registration is required — this program is limited to 10 children accompanied by a single adult companion.

Barracks Row Fall Festival

Where: 8th Street SE |Capitol Hill, DC

When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free


Showcasing the marine barracks and commerce of 8th Street SE on Capitol Hill, this annual festival is fun for all ages. Enjoy tours of the historic barracks, an animal petting zoo, food and art vendors, a beer garden, and tons of fun for kids. Enjoy entertainment all day as musicians, magicians, comedic performances, aerialists, stilt-walkers, and jugglers will keep the crowd amused.

Cooking Class for Kids
Where: Together We Cook | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 12:30pm & Sunday, 4-6pm
Admission: $45-49

Get the kids into the kitchen! Founded by a local mom of three, Together We Cook’s mission is to empower children to be confident in the kitchen, to inspire them to explore new flavors and make healthy choices, and to encourage families to cook and eat together. Two classes are being offered this weekend, and spots are still open in both: Lunchboxes and Snack for ages 10-12 on Saturday and Ravioli at Bon Vivant Cafe in Del Ray for ages 6-12 on Sunday. Visit the website to learn more and register!

Arts & Crafts & Storytime
Where: House of Sweden | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Bring children ages 3-10 to the House of Sweden for activities just for them! From 12-3pm, they can express themselves through art in special workshops — attendees are set up with everything they need to participate. (Note: This will also take place on October 12, November 2, and November 16). Then at 3pm, experience Swedish children’s literature (in English). And while you’re there, tour the photo exhibition ‘Swedish Dads,’ portraits 45 fathers who have chosen to stay at home with their children for at least six months.

Throwback Block Party
Where: Badlands | Rockville, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $22.50/child, $5/adult

Get Ready! It’s the Badlands Throwback Block Party!  Enjoy fun inside and outside for the whole family with memories and games you know from the 80’s and 90’s. Read more about the enormous play space in Rockville here.

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

* Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are In A Play!” brings kids’ favorite characters to life at Adventure Theatre
* It’s the final weekend for Cirque de Soleil: Volta under the Big Top at Tyson’s (find discounts)
* It’s opening weekend for The Very Hungry Caterpillar at Imagination Stage
* Reserve free tickets to see Christylez Bacon, Human Beatbox, this week’s Saturday Morning at he National performance
* InterAct Story Theatre’s Bobtail Bong Bong: A Monkey’s Tale is a world premiere interactive play for children
* The Royale just opened at Olney Theatre
* Broadway hit Cats is at the Kennedy Center (find discounts)
* See The 3 Billy Goats Gruff at The Puppet Co.
* And Panda Monium is the featured Tiny Tots show there this weekend
* Make it a date night for Jitney at Arena Stage or The Tempest at Synetic Theatre
* Mike Birbiglia’s The New One at National Theatre (read my review) and Escaped Alone at Signature Theatre are also KidFree suggestions

Peppa Pig’s Adventure
Where: Warner Theatre | Downtown DC
When: September 28, 12pm & 3:30pm
Tickets: $33+ (find discounts)

Peppa Pig Live! is coming with the all new action-packed live show featuring favorite characters as life size puppets and costume characters in her new live show, Peppa Pig’s Adventure! Join Peppa on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. With lunchboxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and friends are excited about their outdoor adventure, full of singing, dancing, games and surprises!

Meet the Orchestra: That String Thing
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center | H Street NE, DC
When: Saturday, 10am & 11:30am
Admission: $15

Meet a quintet of string-playing members of the symphony orchestra through this engaging, educational and intimate program for young people.  Learn about the music they play and hear the beautiful sounds come to life. Then, join us for an instrument petting zoo to meet the musicians and see their instruments up close!

Leesburg Airshow
Where: Leesburg Executive Airport
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

The 10th annual Leesburg Airshow will take to the skies with thrilling aerobatic demonstrations, sky divers, and more! Witness a showcase of impressive aircraft, classic cars, and a variety of exhibitors on the tarmac, food vendors, flight schools, and aviation clubs among them.

Lucid Motion
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Through December 1
Admission: $16/adult, $8/child

The newest art-meets-technology exhibition at ARETCHOUSE opens this weekend and it’s another cool, immersive experience that will appeal to all ages. You can engage with dance performances and play with augmented reality videos (and enjoy an AR cocktail if you go KidFree in the evening)! Family-friendly hours are 10am – 5pm.

I Like the Me I See! Book Release Party
Where: African American Museum & Cultural Center | North Brentwood, MD
When: Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free, but RSVP

Award-winning performer and teaching artist Culture Queen brings her empowering, one-of-a-kind brand of affirmative entertainment to her first picture book, I Like the Me I See! In celebration, Culture Queen is hosting a Book Release Party for kids and families. The program will include a reading of I Like the Me I See! and a performance of the song upon on which the book is based. There will also be a celebratory cupcake toast, plus book and CD signings. RSVP here.

Family Night in the Park
Where: Colesville Presbyterian Church | Silver Spring, MD
When: Saturday, 5:30-8pm
Admission: $15, child age 2+, $5/adult & child under 2

Silver Spring Day School welcomes all to join the fun at a Family Night in the Park. The event will include dinner, dessert, moon bounces, face-painting, raffle prizes, and a show by The Great Zucchini, magician extraordinaire. 

Occoquan Fall Arts & Crafts Show
Where: Downtown Historic Occoquan, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

Plan for a day of family fun as the streets of Occoquan come to life with beautiful art, live music and great food! For the 49th year, the historic town will close its streets and host over 300 contemporary and country crafters and artisans from across the US. Find one-of-a-kind, hand crafted items galore! Located just 20 minutes south of Washington, DC, but far from the hustle and bustle of a big city, exhibitors and shoppers alike will enjoy the small town oasis nestled along the Occoquan River.

Turkish Festival
Where: Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 12th-14th St. | Downtown DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 7pm
Admission: Free

You’ll be whirling like a dervish from all there is to enjoy at the Annual Turkish Festival on Sunday. Watch Turkish dance and stage performances, enjoy a Turkish coffee and tea and have and find out your destiny from the ever-popular Turkish fortune-tellers who read fortunes from coffee grinds, and sample Turkish cuisine from local restaurants. Shop an authentic Turkish bazaar with vendors showcasing everything from Turkish jewelry to clothing to home accessories. And a Kid’s Tent will provide an interactive introduction to Turkey with hands-on activities for children of all ages.

Family Day & Kids Concert
Where: Hill Center | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 2-6pm
Admission: Free

The Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital is marking its 8th birthday with a Family Day celebrating history while looking towards the future! They’ll have Civil War-era activities and figures, a team of coppersmiths and blacksmiths, horse-drawn wagon rides, Turley the Magician, face-painting, balloon animals, and a Winks Photo Booth for portraits and on the spot prints. And at 4pm, King Bullfrog will hit the stage with high-energy original, folk and blues songs carefully tailored to get children dancing and delight grownups.

Fall Fun Fest 
Where: Armed Forces Retirement Home |
When: Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $10 suggested parking donation

Join the Friends of the Soldiers Home for their 6th Annual Fall Fun Fest at the Armed Forces Retirement Home. The free family-friendly event includes live music, arts & crafts, a petting zoo, bounce house, face and pumpkin painting, and many more activities for kids and adults. Food truck and stands will offer concessions for purchase.

Rocknoceros + Cider
Where: Capital Cider house | Petworth, DC
When: Sunday, 10:30-11:30am
Admission: $5

Get ready to twist, shake, rattle, and role as Rocknoceros gets the family on their feet dancing to upbeat tunes. Coach Cotton, Williebob, and Boogie Woogie Bennie have been making award-winning music for the whole family since 2005. Bonus: All adult ticket holders will be able to enjoy the normal weekday happy hour – $4 pours of house cider, $5 craft beer, $6 local wine & $7 cocktails – from 10am-noon (it’s 5 o’clock somewhere)! Make it a brunch and show — the full food menu will be available, too.

DC, Inside & Out

Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend

Admission: Varies by adventure


Want even more options for fun things to do with the kids around the area? If you’re looking for activities outdoors or inside, depending on the weather or simply your preference, these posts are chock full of evergreen pursuits:

The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids

The Great Indoors

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Plan for ways to enjoy autumn in the DC area (that are not farm festivals), with these 10 ideas.
* The Torpedo Factory’s annual Art Safari, offering all kinds of art adventures for all ages, is coming up on October 20!
* The Natural History Museum is hosting a Post-Halloween Smithsonian Sleepover on November 2.
* The Child & Family Network Center’s 2nd Annual Relay for Pre-K, a fundraiser supporting their mission to provide free pre-kindergarten to at-risk children in Alexandria, is next weekend.
* If you’re a fan of Alison Roman recipes, you’ll be excited about this, too.
* So, this was a highlight of my, like… life.


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