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The Weekend Round-Up: May 24-27

Attend a special Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday


Happy Long Weekend!

“Summer” Fun
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

It may not be official on the calendar, but “summer” is underway! Water fun, outdoor concerts, movies under the stars, and more ongoing seasonal treats have begun or are about to begin in DC. Start the weekend with free music at Jazz in the Garden on the National Mall or another seasonal music series. Make a splash at an outdoor public pool or a sprayground, see a family flick outdoors at National Harbor on Sunday night, and so much more. The 2019 KFDC Guide to the Best of Summer in DC has the scoop on where and when you can experience all the joys of season that start Memorial Day weekend.

Strawberry Jubilee
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Admission: $10/child, $12/adult

The longest running strawberry festival in Loudoun County takes place this weekend and next, rain or shine. Get ready for lots of fun activities for all ages, including the popular diaper derby, pie-eating contests, tart toss, strawberry princess, great food, and live music. As if that’s not enough to keep the family entertained for the day, there’s also the five-acre play area, complete with the jumping pillow, slides, rope swings, mazes, a tractor tire mountain, and animal encounters.

Digital Bookmobile
Where: Chevy Chase Library & Rec Center | Chevy Chase, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

This unique exhibit traveling from coast to coast presents an interactive reading experience to learn about and try ebooks and audiobooks available through DC libraries. Explore digital services available at public libraries and learn how to browse and borrow from the collection of ebooks and audiobooks. Library staff and eReading experts will be on hand, and tours are free and open to the community.

Escape Velocity
Where: Gaylord National Resort | National Harbor, MD
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $25-100/adult, $10/age 11-16, free/10 & under 

Pop culture meets science at this convention presented by the Museum of Science Fiction. Expect cutting-edge technology and panels on science and pop culture, hands-on STEAM activities for kids, cosplay and evening events for adults, plus astronauts, authors, artists, gaming, drone-racing, and more. There’s plenty that appeals to all ages.

Beast Coast Parkour Festival
Where: Gateway Park | Rosslyn, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday,
Admission: $35/day, $60/two days

Beast Coast Parkour is bringing the world’s largest Parkour festival to Rosslyn’s Gateway Park where to practice, train, and demonstrate their high-octane sport and art. Beginners and experienced Parkour’ers alike are encouraged to attend — along with demos there will be seminars and speakers tailored for all levels of expertise.

Take Your Pick
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Strawberries are ripe and ready for harvest, and many area farms welcome guests to come PYO. It’s always a good idea to check websites or call ahead to confirm availability the day you plan to go. Sunscreen and hat also recommended.

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

The Nats are hosting the Marlins this long weekend, and there are a bunch of special activities and promos to enjoy along with the baseball action of the field. There will be fireworks on Friday, Saturday is a Captain Zimmerman Bobblehead giveaway, the 10,0000 kids can get a Scherzer jersey on Sunday + it’s Pups in the Park, and seniors can stroll the bases after the game on Monday. Before you plan your ballpark outing, checkout these KFDC tips on how to do a Nats game without breaking the bank.

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

* It’s your last chance to join Winnie the Pooh and friends at Adventure Theatre.
* Spend Saturday morning with The Great Zucchini at Jammin Java.
* The Reluctant Dragon at Keegan Theatre closes after this weekend.
* Create your own adventure to Escape from Peligro Island at Imagination Stage
* See a fairytale classic on strings with Cinderella at The Puppet Co.
* And Clowning Around is the featured Tiny Tots performance there on Sunday.

Homefront Street Cars
Where: National Capital Trolley Museum | Silver Spring, MD
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: $8/child, $10/adult

Recall the role of the transit industry during wartime in observance of Memorial Day. Enjoy Tilley the Trolley and Billy the Bus, a wartime production of the Capital Transit Company, and Ten Seconds to Go, a wartime production of Kansas City Public Service. The special exhibit, Homefront Street Cars, will also be on view.

ViVa! Vienna!
Where: Historic Downtown Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: Free

Join the family and community oriented celebration of Memorial Day and the greater Vienna Community spirit. Amusement rides, food, crafts, vendors, and entertainment will be part of the all-ages fun. Even better, 100% of proceeds go to charitable, community, and humanitarian organizations.

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

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

Kidz Graffiti Party
Where: ArtJamz | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Sunday, 12:30-2:30pm
Admission: $15

Get messy like a street artist at a Kidz Graffiti Party. Children of all ages are invited to paint their very own master pieces on the ArtJamz walls.The lounge will be open for accompanying parents, and they’ll be playing jamming tunes to inspire all the little artists. Afterwards, your family can purchase additional studio time and canvas and let your vision come to life off the wall.

National Memorial Day Concert
Where: West lawn of the Capitol | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 8-9:30pm, gates open at 5pm
(or Saturday for the dress rehearsal)
Admission: Free

Why watch on TV when you can be there in person? The 2019 National Memorial Day Concert will take place on the west lawn of the Capitol on Sunday from 8 – 9:30pm. On the consert’s 30th Anniversary, Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Tony-nominated actress Mary McCormack are hosting, and an all-star line-up of artists, including Patti LaBelle, Alison Kraus, and Gavin DeGraw, will join the National Symphony Orchestra in honoring those who have served and sacrificed for our country. If you’re planning to go, the FAQ page on the concert website is worth a read. KFDC Tip: If you can’t make Sunday’s show or don’t want to deal with the crowds, Saturday’s dress rehearsal is also always open to the public — gates open at 5pm, and the show begins at 8pm.

Memorial Day Observance
Where: Arlington National Cemetery | Arlington, VA
When: Monday, 10:30am
Admission: Free

Observe the holiday at one of the most iconic spots to honor those who have served. A prelude concert by the United States Navy Band will begin in the amphitheater at 10:30am, and a wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at 11am followed by an observance program in the amphitheater. Space is limited to standing room only for the wreath-laying ceremony, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the amphitheater. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to ensure access to these events and should plan to be seated no later than 9:30am. Read more about Arlington National Cemetery here.

National Memorial Day Parade
Where: Constitution Avenue NW, 7th to 17th Streets | Downtown DC
When: Monday, 2pm
Admission: Free

The annual National Memorial Day Parade celebrates and honors American veterans with a grand procession through the city. Get a curbside view of military units and vehicles, marching bands, flag teams, and hundreds of veterans as they travel up Constitution Avenue.

#OptOutside
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

It looks like the weather is going to be quite pleasant for most of the long weekend, so plan on some adventures outside! The round-up of The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids is loaded with ideas for doing just that — all of them written about from firsthand experience. But if the forecast takes an unexpected swing (or you just want shelter and AC), The Great Indoors lists over 100 suggestions for outings that take place inside.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* This weekend, the Capital Wheel invites active and retired military and up to 4 family members to enjoy a free ride as a way of honoring their dedication, service, and sacrifice.
* If you’re still looking for kid coverage and a fun activity on the DCPS day off on Tuesday, 5/28, DC Way is hosting a one-day camp!
* Discount tickets are available to set sail aboard the Boomerang Pirate Ship’s Family Treasure Hunt Cruise.
* Guess which city was named the best for parks by the Trust of Public Lands?
* Él Bebe in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood is a great place to go for a family-friendly pre- or post-baseball or soccer game (or, really, anytime) bite.
* The second season of Fleabag is now available. (And if you haven’t seen the first one, give a watch!)
* Organizing Corps 2020 is an effort to train 1,000 local and diverse field organizers for the eventual Democratic nominee in order to beat Trump in 2020. Learn more about them and consider supporting their work!
* This is a lovely read.


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DC Way is Offering One-Day Soccer Camp on Tuesday, May 28!



This post is sponsored by DC Way, however, I only promote programs, services, and events that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.


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The Weekend Round-Up: May 17-19

Take a DC Bike Ride this weekend



Happy Weekend!

Bike to Work Day!
Where: Around the DMV
When: Friday
Admission: Free

This isn’t exactly a family activity — though you could make it one by combining your work commute with school drop-off — but it’s worth highlighting. Join the celebration of bicycling as a clean, fun, and healthy way to get to work. Be one of the first 20,000 to register and attend this free event, then bike to your choice of 115 pit stops in DC, MD, and VA, and receive a free T-shirt, refreshments, and be entered into a raffle for a new bicycle. Register and find pit stop locations here.

Jazz it Up
Where: NGA Sculpture Garden | National Mall, DC
When: Friday, 5–8:30pm (weather permitting)
Admission: Free

Start the weekend with some live jazz amid great art! The National Gallery of Art’s free, outdoor summer music series kicks off this weekend with Rob Curto’s Forró For All’s Brazilian Folk Jaxx music. Spread out a blanket, pack a picnic dinner or purchase food and drinks there, and enjoy the tunes and the “summer” vibe. Note: BYO alcohol is not permitted, but adult drinks are available from the pavilion.

Teen Takeover: Night at the Museum
Where: Freer|Sackler Gallery | National Mall, DC
When: Friday, 6-9pm
Admission:Free

Teens are taking over at this free after-hours event to discover the Smithsonian’s first museum of Asian art. Kids ages 13 to 18 can enjoy a night with a fun lineup of activities made by and for teens, including a pop-up gallery featuring teen artists, musical performances, gallery tours, art making, free food and giveaways. Bring valid student ID!

DC Bike Ride
Where: Throughout Washington, DC
When: Saturday, 8am – 12:30pm
Admission: $70/adult, $35/age 8-17, free/7 & under

This celebration of biking in DC, now in its fourth year, is a closed-roads, car-free, 20-mile bike ride through the District. Bicyclists ages 3 and up will have the opportunity to pedal past some of the capital’s most iconic sites with the city’s two-wheelin’ community. End up at a Finish Festival in front of the U.S. Capitol with beats, eats, and fun activities for all ages. Participating is easier than ever this year for riders and families. Now, riders can rent bikes on-site for only $12, thanks to a partnership with Unlimited Biking — they can pick-up and drop-off their bike at the event finish line for a seamless experience, and youth pricing is available for young riders.

Family Day: European Textiles   
Where: Textile Museum | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Art Museum Day and the European Month of Culture at the Textile Museum with family-friendly activities that celebrate the rich cultures and textile traditions of Lithuania and other EU nations. Design a woven belt inspired by traditional Lithuanian folk costume, enjoy story time and Hungarian folk dance, create a lacey accessory, and more. Stop by the museum’s interactive gallery Textiles 101 to learn how textiles are made. This celebration is presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Lithuania and the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. 

Kids in the Castle: Scavenger Hunt
Where: Heurich House Museum | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

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

Art Adventures
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Head to the Hirshhorn for programs especially for kids, activities for all ages, and to check out the newest exhibit. On Saturday at 10am, find a Check it Out! cart in the gallery that include a children’s book, suggested artworks for viewing, and hands-on materials, and at 2pm, drop in for a sketching session. On Sunday, take kiddos to Storytime at 11am. And if you’re with t(w)een kids, check out Rirkrit Tiravanija: (who’s afraidof red, yellow, and green), a new exhibit (and culinary experience) opening on Friday.

Lucketts Spring Market
Where: Clarke County Fairgrounds | Berryville, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $15-40/adult, free/ages 12 & under

The weekend long event features all things vintage, farmhouse, industrial, garden, architectural, textiles. If you are looking for a unique one-of-a-kind piece, this is the weekend to find the perfect treasure. To insure everyone has a fun time, Vanish Brewery will be there, as well as yummy food trucks, live music, and pony rides for kiddos.

Hawaiian Cultural Festival
Where: American Indian Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5:30pm
Admission: Free

King Kamehameha—respected Native Hawaiian warrior, leader and diplomat—united the Hawaiian Islands into a royal kingdom in 1810. Learn about the King’s legacy by exploring the lua, traditional training for warriors, as well as the unique royal Hawaiian regalia, including distinctive feather capes. Other activities include scholarly presentations, music, storytelling and family activities.

Spring Fling
Where: Armed Forces Retirement Home Grounds | Petworth, DC
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: $10 donation to park

The Friends of the Soldiers Home is hpsting their 7th Annual Spring Fling o Saturday, and all are welcome to join the fun! There will be activities for children, plenty of delightful food and drink treats, music by the local rock ‘n’ roll legends Rockits.

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

The Nats are hosting the Cubs this weekend, with evening games on Friday and Saturday, and an afternoon match-up in Sunday that will make for a great family outing. It’s Youth Baseball and Softball Day (special tickets required), plus kids ages 12 and under they can run the bases after the game. Before you plan your ballpark outing, checkout these KFDC tips on how to do a Nats game without breaking the bank.

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

* Join Winnie the Pooh and friends at Adventure Theatre.
* Keegan Theatre presents The Reluctant Dragon
* Enjoy Colors, a dance performance where colors become a place of relationships and emotions, at the Kennedy Center
* Create your own adventure as you Escape from Peligro Island at Imagination Stage
* See a fairytale classic on strings with Cinderella at The Puppet Co.
* Clowning Around is the featured Tiny Tots performance at The Puppet Co. on Sunday.
* Venture Into the Woods at Ford’s Theatre.

SerbFest DC
Where: Saint Luke Serbian Orthodox Church | Potomac, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 9pm
Admission: Free

Presented by  Saint Luke Serbian Orthodox Church of Potomac, MD, this three-day festival has something for everyone, including traditional Serbian dishes, beverages, dance and music performances, gifts and boutique items and family-friendly activities.  In addition, admission and parking are free, an indoor setup has been arranged in case of inclement weather and all a la carte food item proceeds benefit Saint Luke Serbian Orthodox Church.

Gaithersburg Book Festival
Where: Gaithersburg City Hall | Gaithersburg, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free

The City of Gaithersburg welcomes you to their 8th annual literary event! Festivities will include the chance to see and meet some of the world’s best writers, from best-sellers to acclaimed up-and-comers; join in literary workshops; and a full day of fun at the Children’s Village. The Gaithersburg City Hall is located at 31 South Summit Avenue.

Children’s Arts & Crafts Workshops
Where: House of Sweden | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 12-3pm
Admission: Free

Let your creativity loose and draw inspiration from the current exhibits in House of Sweden and participate in STEAM activities for kids, encouraging innovation and children’s curiosity. Children will be able to create abstract art, make small popsicle stick homes in honor of Folkhem’s sustainable wooden home design in Sweden, and more! You can also check out the interactive room Children in the City – Little Library & Funky Town or listen to a Swedish children’s book (in English) after you are done crafting, during Storytime at 3pm. Located at 2900 K Street NW.

Take Your Pick
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Strawberries are ripe and ready for harvest, and several area farms are now welcoming guests to pick their own. It’s always a good idea to check websites or call ahead to confirm availability the day you plan to go. Sunscreen and hat also recommended.

McLean Day
Where: Lewinsville Park | McLean, VA
When: Friday, 2-7pm & Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

McLean’s annual festival to celebrate the city has something for everyone in the fam. Enjoy carnival rides, food trucks, live entertainment, a petting zoo, exhibitor booths, free field games, a rock climbing wall, Bubble Ball, laser tag, balloon animals, and more that will delight all ages.

Discover Occoquan
Where: Historic Downtown | Occoquan, VA
When: Saturday, 11am – 8pm
Admission: Free

The Town of Occoquan and the Occoquan Merchants Guild are hosting a day of free activities for everyone, including including interactive classes and free demonstrations hosted by Occoquan businesses, a scavenger hunt, a history tour, a pop-up tea room, a photo booth, live entertainment, and more! The festive event culminates with a beer garden and concert in River Mill Park.

Kids Day with Valor
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 3:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $10

The Washington Valor of the Arena Football League is hosting “Kids Day” on Saturday when the team hosts the Philadelphia Soul. In addition to the fast-paced, family-friendly action on the field, fans will have the opportunity to participate in a number of concourse activities, including a photo booth with Valor mascot “Blitz” and a Washington Mystics-branded pop-a-shot. Additionally, kids who arrive early will receive a Valor hat. Following the game, fans will be welcomed onto the field for an autograph session with the players.

Portrait Stories & Discoveries
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the Portrait Gallery to listen to a story about Maya Lin, and complete a hands-on activity. When you’re done there, pick up a Portrait Discovery Kit to explore the museum (and the American Art Museum housed in the same building). For more about the program, see this post about a past experience and this one with more scenes and info.

Capitol Hill Classic
Where: Stanton Park | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 8:30-11:30am
Admission: $10-40

Get some exercise and support DC public schools at this annual race, one of my personal favorites, through the beautiful Capitol Hill neighborhood. It’s fun and family-friendly with a couple of distance options — 10k and 3k — plus a fun run around Stanton Park for little ones. The 10k starts at 8:30am, the 3k about 10:30am, and the Fun Run at 11am.

The Fiddle Diva Kids Show
Where: Capitol Cider House | Petworth, DC
When: Sunday, 10am
Admission: Free

Catch some entertainment especially for kids at a place that is making an effort to cater to families. The Fiddle Diva, this Sunday’s performance, is a big show in a small package. Based out of Washington DC, she combines 20+ years of event experience with her unparalleled skills as a violinist, singer, and DJ. Her dynamic style of event entertainment covers jazz, pop, classic rock, oldies, dance hits, and much more. Doors open at 10am. Full food and drink menus will be available. This is a family-friendly event.

Old Town Festival of Speed & Style
Where: King Street | Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Sunday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

A collection of high performance and racing cars from the 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s will span three blocks on lower King Street, showcasing approximately 60 rare and unusual supercars from around the world. Ferrari, Jaguar, Porsche, Lamborghini, Aston-Martin ,and Cobra are some of the cars you can view for up close! This will be paired with a fashion exhibition presented by the Old Town Boutique District from 1-2pm featuring spring looks from Old Town Boutique District stores. The event will also include live music, street vendors, and an opportunity to explore Old Town shops and restaurants.

Takoma Park Children’s Business Fair
Where: Takoma Park Seven Day Adventist Church | Takoma Park, MD
When: Sunday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

This one-day fair that gives children the opportunity to showcase their very own businesses. Shop for a variety of original and innovative wares and treats crated by kids, including abacus bracelets, organic dog treats, T-Shirt bags, on the go hair supplies, macarons, fused glass jewelries, and more. Enjoy other activities, too, like a photo booth and raffles. Local entrepreneurs have been invited as judges for the fair and prizes will be presented at the end. The church is located at 6951 Carroll Ave.

Family Yoga: Earth Yoga
Where: Roda Movements | Takoma Park, MD
When: Sunday, 10:30am – 11:30am
Admission: $15/family (siblings/parents/relatives included)

Finally you can go to yoga class with your children! Prepare to sweat, dance, sing, strike poses, balance, play games, do partner acro-yoga,  go on yoga adventures, and enjoy meditative time to relax, reflect and connect.  Class includes smoothies and themes like “Earth Yoga,” “Yoga Dance Party” and “Happy Yoga.” 

Southeast Porchfest
Where: Front porches | Hillcrest, DC
When: Sunday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

Get the best seats in the house (or on the sidewalk) as front porches of homes and other venues are transformed into intimate performance spaces to be enjoyed by anyone who happens to stroll by. The Southeast Porchfest embodies the life and soul of DC, spotlighting the region’s top emerging talent. It’s an outing for the entire family. Wear walking shoes and bring a lawn chair along with cash to tip the performers.

Decoding Dislexia DC
Where: Southeast Library | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free

Does your child struggle with reading, writing, or spelling? Are you a teacher and want to know more about specific learning disability (dyslexia), other reasons why far too many students have trouble learning to read, and what can be done about it? Join this group and meet concerned parents of struggling readers and like-minded educators. Learn why so many DC school children read below grade level, what resources are available, and how Decoding Dyslexia DC is advocating for changes in education policy.  The topic of this meeting will be: Understanding Dyslexia and Essential Elements of an Effective Intervention. Laurie Moloney, Certified Academic Language Therapist and President of the DC Capital Area Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, will give a brief talk on the reading crisis and how to solve it. All are welcome!

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* I just posted about our fantastic getaway to Colonial Williamsburg.
* Enjoy a progressive lunch at Taste of Dupont.
* The UniverSoul Circus is coming to town this summer, and you can score discount tickets to see it now.
* The New York Times just launched a new Parenting section.
* If you need a good 😂😂😂, watch Wine Country on Netflix.
* Finally made it to St. Anselm and the hype is well-deserved.
* The Onion really nails it sometimes.
* This Humans of New York post does, too.


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The Weekend Round-Up: May 10-12

May Mother’s Day be filled with moments like this ❤️



Happy Weekend! And a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms!

Mom’s the Word
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

If you’re still in need of plans for Mom’s big day, there are so many great ways to celebrate. The are activities and offerings especially for the occasion, special events that coincide with the date, and everyday outings that can be made special with a few extra touches and great company. See this post with a bunch of ideas to help make the day extra fantastic.

Pajama Party Movie Night
Where: Hillwood Museum | Northwest DC
When: Friday, 5:30-8pm
Admission:
 $5-8

Embark on a magical adventure as you enjoy a selection of award-winning, family-friendly short films featuring all sorts of fun and fanciful stories.

Train Day Celebration
Where: National Postal Museum | Union Station Area, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Chug on over to the National Postal Museum as they commemorate the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad in 1869. The museum recognizes this every May, and this year is extra special as they’re celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad along with the U.S. Postal Service’s new “Golden Spike” stamp! The event will feature all kinds of fun and educational activities for museum-goers and little locomotive buffs with opportunities to learn, engage, and play! Read more about the Postal Museum here.

Acton Children’s Business Fair
Where: 3400 Connecticut Ave | Cleveland Park, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Check out the Acton Children’s Business Fair of Washington, DC! Over 100 young entrepreneurs (ages 6-14) will be selling everything from origami pandas and fairy lights to milk carton piggy banks and original board games at this outdoor market. Fun for the whole family and free to attend. More details here.

Rosslyn Blooms! Flower Festival
Where: Central Place Plaza | Rosslyn, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Mother’s Day a little early and drop by the Rosslyn Blooms! Flower Festival. Petworth florist Holley Simmons of She Loves Me will bring her unique cut-flower creations and live indoor plants to Central Place Plaza for a day filled with shopping, fun, and activities for all ages. There will be two kids’ workshops for ages 8-12 — free but registration is required — plus coloring and sticker stations for younger children throughout the day. All other workshops are open to public, recommended for ages 16+, and require a registration fee. Space is limited, so sign up soon!

EU Open House
Where: EU Embassies throughout DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Avoid the hefty airfare and jet lag and explore the Continent from this side of the pond. Passport DC invites you to join European Union embassies and the EU Delegation for a day of international food, dancing, kids entertainment, exhibitions, vacation planning, and more. Get a rare behind-the-scenes look at the embassies, some of which are among Washington’s historic and architectural treasures. Admission is free, but bring identification, as some embassies will conduct security checks. Get an idea of what to expect in this post about one of our experiences at an Around the World Embassy Tour.

Legends in Flight Air Show
Where: Join Base Andrews |
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

There’s excitement in the air! The Navy Blue Angels, Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Army Golden Knights, and many more thrilling aerial performers will take to the skies this weekend at the Joint Base Andrews 2019 Air and Space Expo. The public is invited to the Base to view airplanes/pilots executing incredible air stunts and enjoy cool on-ground attractions on Saturday and Sunday. And to top it all off, admission to the show is free!

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

* Join Winnie the Pooh and friends at Adventure Theatre.
* Keegan Theatre presents The Reluctant Dragon
* Join Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: King for a Day at The Modell Lyric in Baltimore on Saturday
* Create your own adventure as you Escape from Peligro Island at Imagination Stage
* It’s opening weekend for Cinderella at The Puppet Co.
* Mother Goose Caboose is the featured Tiny Tots performance at The Puppet Co. on Sunday.
* See a performance of Rumpelstiltskin by the Maryland Youth Ballet.
* Venture Into the Woods at Ford’s Theatre.

Day of the Dog
Where: Congressional Cemetery | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

The 7th annual Day of the Dog festival celebrates everything to love about dogs. Activities for both people and their pups include contests, games, demonstrations, and much more. Local pet vendors and services will also be present, as well as pet adoption agencies and shelters with dogs and cats ready for adoption. Read more about Congressional Cemetery in this KFDC post.

Wheaton Family Theatre Festival
Where: Highland Elementary School | Wheaton, MD
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: Free

It’s the final installment of InterAct Story Theatre’s Season Four of the Wheaton Family Theatre Festival. Enjoy a free morning of plays and stories written by some of InterAct’s favorite authors — kids! It all starts with arts and crafts at 10:30am, followed by the performance at 11am.

Community Design Day
Where: Oxon Hill Park | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Bring the entire family to Oxon Run Park to join the National Building Museum for a Community Design Day! Pick up a paintbrush, and celebrate the communities of Congress Heights and Washington Highlands at this neighborhood gathering spot. Join youth and volunteers from the Design Apprenticeship Program for an unveiling and of their work since February exploring how to combine design with the voices of the local community to create a welcoming outdoor play space. Talk with teen program participants about their design process and how they worked with community partners to design murals and seating for the basketball courts at Oxon Run. Celebrate community design by contributing to a new mural, shooting some hoops, and more. This program complements the exhibition HOOPS.

Beginner Comic Book Workshop (3-Week Series!)
Where: Makeshift DC | H Street NE, DC
When: Saturday, 10-11am
Admission: $85/two family members

In this Beginner Comic Book Workshop 3-week series, you’ll learn about character development, the movement of heroic figures, and how to stage them in dramatic ways. You’ll employ a variety of materials including pencil, watercolor, pen, and ink to create images in a comic book form. No strong drawing skills are needed, just your love of comics! For parents and kids ages 6-11. The price per ticket is for 1 child + 1 caregiver.

Mission: Grand Opening
Where: International Spy Museum | L’Enfant Plaza, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 7pm
Admission: $24.95/adult, $14.95/age 7-12, free/6 & under

The International Spy Museum is officially opening its doors to the public at its new L’Enfant Plaza location! With interactive exhibitions and installations, the foremost collection of spy artifacts in the world, and first-person accounts from top intelligence officers and experts, the new Museum places visitors in the shoes of the spies. In celebration of Mother’s day, all moms will receive free admission on Sunday. To access a free ticket in advance, call the Call Center at 202.393.7798. Moms can also obtain tickets onsite that day only. Note that same-day tickets are subject to availability.

Children’s Festival
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 3:30pm
Admission: Single tickets start at $150

Enjoy a family friendly, fun-filled afternoon, including a performance of Escape from Peligro Island, the theatre’s first production where you create your own adventure. The quest then continues after the show with rooms full of fun activities, a dance party in the theatre, a unique raffle, and a celebratory buffet reception. There will also be a special performance option for our youngest guests and their caregivers!

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Matriarc, a website dedicated to postpartum health and well being, has launched a DC Community page with all kinds of local resources for parents.
* The Mom Edit has a great guide for recycling textiles.
* Takoma Education Campus, a Title I DCPS school, is hosting their second annual online fundraising auction through May 12 at 10pm and all are welcome to big on the many great items!
* Latest, greatest TV binge: Dead to Me on Netflix.
* Dear Evan Hansen, the award-winning Broadway musical, is coming back to DC this summer, this time to the Kennedy Center. Read a KFDC review of the show (spoiler: one of my all-time favorites) from when it debuted at Arena Stage a few years ago.
* Some beautiful definitions of motherhood.


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