It’s been so long since we’ve seen the sun, I’m going to need a vitamin D shot soon. Yet whatever the weather this weekend, there’s plenty to keep the family entertained (though some of these activities will be way more enjoyable sans downpour). Start doing your sun dance. Happy Weekend!
ImagiFest – Get a sneak preview of what’s to come at Imagination Stage this season both on the stage and in the classroom. Catch performances of their upcoming show “Mouse on the Move” at 9:30am and 10:30am, sample some of their fall semester classes, and take a safari tour to discover actor’s tools and scenery from past shows. This is all happening on Saturday from 9am – 4pm. Be aware that space is limited for activities, but all are welcome to stop in.
Arts on Foot – Get a glimpse of the performing and visual arts debuting soon in Washington through this interactive and cultural festival held in the heart of the Penn Quarter neighborhood. Enjoy theatre, dance, and music performances; hands-on activities for all ages, some of them presented by nearby museums; an art market; cooking demos; and a showcase of cultural venues in the area. There will also be commemorative activities honoring 9/11. The festival is free and takes place Saturday 11am – 7pm, and Sunday 11am – 6pm.
King Street Festival of the Arts – Old Town Alexandria also be brimming with art this weekend. During the two-day Festival of the Arts, King Street will be transformed into a world-class outdoor art gallery. There will also be lot of hands-on activities through the Alexandria Art Experience that all ages can enjoy. Festival hours are 10am to 7pm. on Saturday, and 10am to 5pm on Sunday. Admission is free.
Family Films, in Short – The DC Shorts Film Festival is underway, and this year’s screenings include a family-friendly showcase of some of the entries. View them this Saturday and next weekend at several venues in the area. Go here to see which films made the cut. Tickets are FREE – get yours through the DC Shorts website.
Adams Morgan Day Festival – Head to 18th Street NW, between Columbia and Florida Avenues, on Sunday to celebrate one of the city’s most diverse neighborhoods. The 33rd Annual Adams Morgan Day Festival will run from 12 – 7pm, with a day full of music, dancing, art, and more. Little ones will love the kids area, with a moon bounce, Chalk4Peace, story time, hula hooping, and kid games. Details and the schedule of performances are available on the festival website.
Maryland Renaissance Festival – Take a day trip back to medieval times at the annual faire in Crownesville, MD. The Maryland Renaissance Festival runs every weekend through October 24 and offers plenty for everyone in the family to enjoy. Read more about it here.
Get Eggcited – To celebrate Better Breakfast Month, the National Children’s Musuem Launch Zone invites guests to come and learn how to make breakfast eggcellent! The Launch Zone will provide fun and educational programming demonstrating how to make better breakfast choices. Kids can make a “Better Breakfast Plate” to illustrate a well-balanced breakfast. Drop in for free on Saturday between 11am and 4pm. Find out what else is new at the National Children’s Museum.
Portrait Story Days: Caesar Chavez – Drop in at the National Portrait Gallery on Saturday from 1-4pm or Sunday from 2-5pm to listen to a story about a person who has influenced American history and culture and to create a special piece of art. This weekend, learn about activist Cesar Chavez.
On the Big Screen – Rainy days and movies go hand in hand, and even better when they’re IMAX flicks at a local museum. Several films are playing at the Smithsonian’s two theaters, the Samuel C. Johnson at the Natural History Museum and the Lockheed Martin at the Air & Space. Born to Be Wild 3D, To Fly!, Grand Canyon Adventure, and Legends of Flight are some of the flicks on the big screen now. Check the schedules for showtimes.
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