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The Weekend Round-Up: April 12-14

Do a little dancing in Annmarie Sculpture Garden’s lovely Fairy Lolly at their annual festival




As this goes live, the forecast looks a little stormy for the weekend, so there’s a chance some events might be postponed or canceled. I’ll keep you posted the best I can — the KFDC Facebook Page is the best place to stay updated — but it’ll be a good idea to check websites or call ahead, especially for outdoor events. Rain or shine, Happy Weekend!

Eggcellent Adventures
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Egg hunts, Easter bunny visits, and more spring fun to celebrate Easter and the season have started around the area. Even if you’re not big on the holiday, there are attractions beyond bunnies and candy-filled eggs that will have the whole fam hopping with joy. Find a list of them to plan for it all here0..

Baseball (+ Bobblehead!)
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Root for the home team as the Nats host the Pittsburgh Pirates this weekend. Be sure to check out special promos — Friday is the Juan Soto Bobblehead giveaway (first 25,000 fans), Saturday they’ll recognize the year-round charitable work of the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation in the local community by selling Myster Grab Bags in the Center Field Plaza. And on Sunday, little fans can run the bases after the game! Don’t forget to sign up ages 4-12 for the Jr. Nationals Kids Club and check these KFDC tips on how to save on a day at the ballpark.

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
Where: Constitution Avenue, 7th – 17th St NW | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

The Cherry Blossom Festival comes to a close after this weekend, but there are still several events taking place to celebrate the season — the biggest the annual parade. Thousands of people line Constitution Avenue every year to watch the procession of lavish floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands, and a variety of performers roll through the city. Tickets for grandstand seats are available for $20, but you can stake out a spot along the curb for free. Plan to arrive early to get a good view — the crowds come out for this one, especially if it’s a pretty spring day.

Sakura Matsuri
Where: Pennsylvania Ave, 3rd-7th St NW | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 6pm
Admission: $10/ages 13+, free/12 & under

Following the Cherry Blossom parade, many folks head over to Sakura Matsuri, the Japanese Street Festival that is America’s largest one-day exhibition of Japanese culture. The 59th annual event will feature live music and dance performances, all kinds of Asian and Western foods, martial arts demos, Japanese art, and more. Be prepared for a crowd.

Auto Focus
Where: Washington Convention Center
When: Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $12/adults, $5/ages 6-12, free for 5 and under

The 2019 Washington Auto Show is in its second and final weekend. If there’s any “grown-up” event that is equally fun for all ages, this is it. More than 700 cars and trucks are on display for guests to check out. And especially for kids will be appearances by some of their favorite characters along with the auto-fun. See this post from last year and this one from earlier KFDC days years ago for more about the event.

Cherokee Days Festival
Where: American Indian Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Friday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The National Museum of the American Indian celebrates Cherokee history during the sixth annual Cherokee Days Festival. Three days of festivities include the installation of the original Treaty of New Echota (1835) with the Cherokee Nation, two banner exhibitions “The Cherokee Culture” and “A Story of Cherokee Removal,” and a festival full of cultural demonstrations and performances. Storytelling, traditional flute playing, weaponry, wood carving, beadwork, traditional games, basket weaving, pottery demonstrations, plus music and dance performances will showcase the culture and life-ways of the Cherokee.

NSA Family Day
Where: National Academy of Sciences | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 10am -4pm
Admission: Free

Take the whole fam o this special Family Day with the National Academy of Science… Head to DecisionTown in the World of Genomics — where your choices matter! Visit to see how the decisions you make every day are influenced by science, engineering, and medicine. Each stop in town, more than 17 in all, offers a different activity centered on an issue facing DecisionTown as it plans for the future. Complete several activities and become a DecisionTown Citizen at Town Hall and receive special giveaway prizes. Visit the website for more details about this program geared for ages 3 and up.

Dog Days Bloom Festival
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $10/adult, $8/child

Great Country Farms is going to the dogs! Bring your furry friend for a day that is all about them.
Watch competition-level canines from Appalachian Air Canines fetch Frisbee’s and novice and veteran competitors can join in on the fun! Meet vendors with specialty pet products, receive training tips and lessons, and compete in our Doggy Olympics for prizes! Our beer and wine garden will be open serving Dirt Farm Brewing beer and Bluemont Vineyard wine. All dogs must remain on a leash sporting their finest rabies certification tag. Please bring a water bowl to keep Fido hydrated, and pick up whatever they leave behind.
After a fun day on the farm, bring your dog up to Bluemont Vineyard for their Dog Days Yappy Hour!

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

* Join Winnie the Pooh and friends at Adventure Theatre.
* Take tweens and older to see The Me I Want to Sing at the Kennedy Center
* Squirrel Stole My Underpants will bring puppet entertainment to BlackRock Center for the Arts
* Jack and the Beanstalk is current Main Stage production at The Puppet Co.
* Bunny Business is the featured Tiny Tots performance at The Puppet Co. on Saturday.
* Aquarium is on the Imagination Stage.
* Spend Saturday morning with The Great Zucchini at Jammin Java.
* Venture Into the Woods at Ford’s Theatre.

Into The Woods
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park | Herndon, VA
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 1:30pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the season trekking on Frying Pan’s nature trail to experience the changes of spring. Visit stations peppered throughout the trail to build a fairy house, help tally migratory and year round resident birds, and search for critters in the soil and water. Enjoy Japanese teas at the historic Frying Pan Meeting House. Stop by the Indoor Arena first for a map and instructions.

Family Day
Where: NMAAHC | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 2m
Admission: Free

Head to the National Museum of African American History and Culture for a Family Day inspired by the Museum’s first children’s book, A is for All the Things You Are: A Joyful ABC Book written by Anna Forgerson Hindley and illustrated by Keturah A. Bodo. Drop -in activities will be available on the 2nd floor throughout the day for children ages 0-8 will include “All the Things I Am!”- inspired Art Making, plus Story Time in the library – kids can celebrate all the things that make them special by joining an interactive and empowering story time — held at 11:30am, 12:30pm, and 1:30pm, readings last approximately 20 minutes, and a new book will be read at each story time. Registration is encouraged.

Root (root, root) for the Baysox
Where: Prince George’s Stadium | Landover, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Nats aren’t the only baseball team in town. The Bowie Baysox, one of the local minor league teams, are hosting the Harrisburg Senators all weekend, and there’s always extra fun and games especially for kids — read more about Baysox games in this KFDC post. And a head’s up that Sunday is Kids Opening Day with pony rides, a petting zoo, and more special treats for young fans.

Wheaton Family Theatre Festival
Where: Highland Elementary School | Wheaton, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 12pm
Admission: Free

InterAct Story Theatre’s Season Four of Wheaton Family Theatre Festival welcomes Marian Licha on Saturday with a morning of stories and music for kids and families! The performance is free and open to the public (¡GRATIS y abierto al público!) — no need to reserve tickets, just drop in and join the fun! Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Washington Improv Theater Presents: The NitWITs
Where: Source Theater, 1835 14th St. NW
When: Saturday, 11am 
Admission: Free 

Every NitWITs show is a high-energy, unique theater experience for families. You’ve never seen anything like it before and you’ll never see anything like it again…because it is all made up right on the spot with the help of your suggestions. Audience members guide the cast in making up spontaneous stories and playing fun theater games in a family-friendly, relaxed atmosphere. This show is recommended for ages 6 and up and lasts about an hour. Reserve a free ticket here.

Milling Day
Where : Peirce Mill | Rock Creek Park, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Families can see a 200-year-old grist mill in action and learn how a water wheel and giant gears turn corn into cornmeal. Children can also celebrate the new season by planting seeds and making birds’ nests up at the barn, and by looking for signs of spring in the orchard. Read more about Peirce Mill in this KFDC post.

Cherry Blossom Ballet Performance
Where: National Arboretum | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate spring with The Washington Ballet at the National Arboretum. Enjoy cherry blossom inspired performances every half hour from 11am – 2pm on Saturday. Meet and take photos with some of the dancers, do a craft, and learn about The Washington School of Ballet. Families may also want to visit the Ikebana International Exhibit and Kids Class that day. Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging.

Arlington Palooza
Where: Alcova Heights Park | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Join the Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation for a day full of free fun at the third annual Arlington Palooza. The outdoor program will have inflatables, crafts, lawn games, live music, food trucks, face painting, and community exhibitors for all to enjoy!

John Wilmerding Community Celebration
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

This Community Celebration marks the opening of Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings with a program that weaves the rich sounds, rhythms, and colors of jazz with visual art. Activities include in-gallery exploration, art making, and live performances. In conjunction with the community day, visitors are invited to view a specially installed photo mural at 7th Street and Madison Drive NW that celebrates the extraordinary diversity of Washington, D.C. Made possible by a grant from the Alice L. Walton Foundation.

Happy Birthday to the Bard!
Where: Folger Shakespeare Library | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 12pm
Admission: Free

‘Tis Shakespeare’s 455th birthday, and the Folger Shakespeare Library is celebrating with its annual Open House on Sunday afternoon. In true Renaissance fashion, there will be song and dance, Elizabethan crafts, theatrical performances (including puppets for little ones), sword fighting demos, special tours, a giant birthday cake, an appearance by Queen Elizabeth I , and even more. The free event takes place rain or shine. Food trucks will be stationed in Puck’s Circle. The Folger Shakespeare Library is located at 201 East Capitol Street SE. Read more about the Folger in this KFDC post.

Fairy & Gnome Home Festival
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Lusby, MD
When: Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: $7, free for member and under 2
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This annual festival at one of the most enchanting places will delight the whole family — and we know from experience. Festivities are scattered throughout the beautiful grounds, creating a charming journey of discovery for young (and young at heart) guests. Journey through magical realms including the Fairy Lolly, Stone Story Circle, Bubblelandia, Gnomeville, Treetopia, and more. Build your own fairy house or gnome home, make-n-take activities, and engage in a variety of imaginative activities! Visit the website for specifics. And read more about Annmarie Sculpture Garden and get a glimpse in this KFDC post and this one.

Rumpus Room
Where: Black Cat | 14th Street NW, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: $12/advance, $15/day of

DC’s only daytime dance party for families returns! Prepare for a dance floor filled with little ones, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and caregivers. The soundtrack for Rumpus Room is always a family-friendly mix of popular dance hits, classics, children’s songs and more, all at a kid-friendly volume.
Rumpus Room is designed for kids 8 and under, but older siblings are welcome! No adults are permitted without a child. Maximum 3 children per adult. Infants/crawling children enter free!

Sakura Sunday
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Sunday, 11am – 8pm
Admission: Free

This year, National Harbor will be joining the DC region in the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival. Sakura Sunday will feature a wide array of fincluding traditional Japanese picnicking with food available for sale; a sake, rosé and beer garden; a Japanese Market; and Japanese-inspired music and entertainment. Restaurants and retailers will also participate in special offers and a cherry blossom store display window competition, and The Capital Wheel will turn pink during the festival. Muse Paintbar will feature cherry blossom art classes and a live painting demonstration as well.

Sesame Street Singalong
Where: Nordstrom | Tyson’s Corner, VA
When: Sunday, 11:15am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Join a free sing-a-long sponsored by Sesame Street Live! Recommended for children ages 0-8, enjoy live music, including some Sesame Street songs. Save $5 on tickets to the sponsor’s show, Sesame Street Live! at Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax May 4-5 with offer code BABYJAM at Ticketmaster.com.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Starting this weekend through May 3, enjoy free performances by The Washington Ballet every Friday evening on the Plaza at CityCenter.
* If you’re looking for a last minute activity (and coverage) for kids during Spring Break, check out DC Way Soccer Camp!
* Washingtonian magazine has good recommendations for Easter brunch around the area.
* Stellina Pizzeria just opened in the Union Market area and it’s molto buono!
* This is one of my favorite Instagram accounts.
* The documentary The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley about Elizabeth Holmes and Theronos is fascinating. (I’ve heard the book is even better, isn’t it always?)
* The cherry blossom peak is winding down, but there are several other great flower blooms ahead!

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The Weekend Round-Up: April 5-7

The cherry blossom peak is so sublime, it’s worth braving the crowds to see them (imo)



Happy Weekend!

Peak DC
Where: Several Locations
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

The city is at its prettiest as the cherry trees are in bloom, and they should still be brightening up the landscape this weekend. The National Mall and Tidal Basin are sure to be teeming with blossom oglers, but braving the crowds is worth it, in my opinion. If you’re planning to partake in the peak experience over the next couple of days (or anytime, for that matter), be sure to check out these tips for viewing the beloved flowers before you go.

Auto Focus
Where: Washington Convention Center | Mount Vernon Square, DC
When: Friday, 12-10pm; Saturday, 10am -10pm; Sunday 10am – 7pm
Admission: $12/adult, $5/age 6-12, free/5 & under

The annual Washington Auto Show has zoomed back into town. And if there’s any “grown-up” event that is equally fun for all ages, this is it. The Auto Show is like a Truck Touch, but with automobiles — hundreds of them — on display for guests to check out. Other activities like Ride ‘n Drives and celeb appearances give guests even more to do and see. There will also be fun especially for kids, including a Family Fun Zone and photo ops with some of their favorite characters along with the sweet rides. The show will be in town through April 14. This post with scenes from last year’s event and this one about of our experiences at a past show has more about what to expect.

Baseball Opening Day Family Festival
Where: National Postal Museum | Union Station Area, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Baseball season has begun, but you don’t have to go to the ballpark to celebrate it this weekend. On Saturday, the National Postal Museum is hosting a fun-filled family festival to kick off the MLB season as well as the one-year countdown until the opening of their exhibition Baseball: America’s Home Run. Join them for all kinds of baseball-inspired activities — all for free!

Smithsonian Gardens Orchid Family Day
Where: Smithsonian American Ary Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Visit the Kogod Courtyard and explore how orchids have adapted to variable habitats. Join experts from Smithsonian Gardens, the U.S. Botanic Garden, SAAM, and the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) to celebrate Orchids: Amazing Adaptations. Make a paper orchid while learning about what makes an orchid different from other flowers. See how orchids adapt to their homes and explore homes in various forms in the collections of the American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. Then make orchid-inspired art while learning about what makes an orchid unique.

Fairies in the Garden
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden
When: Friday/Saturday/Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $5/adult, $4/senior, $3/child

Annmarie’s magicalicious exhibit of fairy and gnome houses opens this weekend. As if the sculpture garden near Solomons, MD, wasn’t already wonderful, this annual display adds extra delight to a visit there with more than 75 handmade fairy and gnome homes scattered throughout the grounds. Visit the Arts Building to borrow a costume (or purchase one in the Gift Shop) to get into the fanciful spirit, grab a guide, and start your journey to locate them all. Read more about Annmarie Sculpture Garden and get a glimpse in this KFDC post and this one.

Reading of The Undefeated
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: Free

Join poet and educator Kwame Alexander who will share inspiration and read excerpts from his newly released picture book The Undefeated. Originally performed for ESPN’s website The Undefeated, this illustrated poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. With references to lyrics and lines originally shared by our most celebrated heroes, Martin Luther King Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, the work offers deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present. The Undefeated brings together race, sports, culture, and art. Kwame Alexander will be joined in conversation with artist Kadir Nelson. For ages 8+.

Egg Hunt & Marshmallow Harvest
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: April 6-7, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $10/child, $12/adult at the gate

After a long cold winter, nothing chases away the chill like a visit to the farm. Head to Great Country for the first “crop” of the spring– Marshmallow Picking! Do marshmallow peeps grow on trees? Be sure to check it out and harvest a few to roast on the bonfire with Farmer Bob. You can even purchase a s’mores kit to melt away that chocolate craving. Guests can also help find Easter Bunny eggs during egg hunts (by age – see the schedule) with over 20,000 treat-filled eggs. Plan to visit spring chicks and baby animals, check out the spring plantings in the greenhouse, take a hayride and rejoice in the new season. Don’t forget to bring your camera for photo ops with the Easter Bunny. Buy advance tickets online for only $10/adult — visit the website to purchase, and look for the schedule of events there, too.

More Eggcellent Celebrations
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by event

Egg hunts, bunny visits, and more fun to celebrate Easter and the season are happening all around the area. Even if you’re not big on the holiday, there are attractions beyond bunnies and candy-filled eggs for your whole gang. This weekend, enjoy loads of festivities at Ticonderoga Farm, join a Fabergé Egg Family Festival, or go on an Easter treasure hunt. Find details on these and more upcoming events in this round-up of Easter-inspired celebrations.

Shake Up Your Saturday
Where: Folger Shakespeare Library | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free, but registration required

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 session, kids can start their training as a researcher, learn about rare books, and discover what lies between the pages. Includes a mini tour of the Reading Room! Register in advance. Read a KFDC write-up about the Folger here.

Petalpalooza
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 12-9:30pm
Admission: Free

It’s a full day of live music and engaging activities at The Wharf! Petalpalooza will feature live music on multiple outdoor stages, a beer garden, all-ages activities, product giveaways, a spectacular fireworks show by Pyrotecnico, and much more along the piers of the Southwest Waterfront. Take in the half-mile-long stretch of The Wharf’s shops and restaurants as the National Cherry Blossom Festival transforms the waterfront community into a one-day-only springtime spectacle. Read more about The Wharf in this KFDC post.

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

* Join Winnie the Pooh and friends at Adventure Theatre.
* Enjoy an NSO Family Concert The Travels of Babar at the Kennedy Center on Sunday (look for a discount)
* Aquarium is on the Imagination Stage.
* Jack and the Beanstalk is current Main Stage production at The Puppet Co.
* Bunny Business is the featured Tiny Tots performance at The Puppet Co. on Saturday.
* Spend Saturday morning with The Great Zucchini at Jammin Java.
* Venture Into the Woods at Ford’s Theatre.

Virginia Truck Touch
Where: Stone Springs Hospital Center | Dulles, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: $5

Virginia’s most popular touch-a-truck event is fun for the whole family. Climb on the big trucks, meet Redskins legend Gary Clark (10am – 12pm), run out some energy in the back of the Martin’s Potato Roll truck, visit kid-friendly food trucks, and much more! The first 300 kids to arrive will receive a free diecast car/truck with paid admission, and the first hour is horn-free for sensitive ears.

DC Youth Orchestra Spring Open House
Where: Eastern High School | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

The DC Youth Orchestra Program is opening its doors to the public on Saturday, with a day of free musical events for the entire family, featuring a concert by the popular DuPont Brass!  At 12:00 pm, DuPont Brass will perform the feature concert in the auditorium. From 12:30-3:00pm, DCYOP staff and teaching artists will facilitate musical instrument petting zoos so that prospective young musicians ages 4-18 can try out orchestral instruments. Throughout the afternoon, DCYOP ensembles will perform pop-up concerts featuring varied repertoire. Vendors from area music stores will also be on site. 

Spring Fling
Where: McLean Bible Church MoCo Campus | Rockville, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join McLean Bible Church as they celebrate the start of spring with a free community block party for the whole family! They’ll have inflatables, games, face painting, Extreme Balloon Shows (11:30am and 1:3pm), a juggling show (12:30pm), and more. Invite your friends, family, and neighbors!

Weekend Walk-In: Family Tree in 3-D
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, make a 3D sculpture of your family tree, inspired by the current mega-exhibition “PARENTING: An Art without a Manual.” Supplies & boundless inspiration provided, and all ages are welcome.

Wizard School Scavenger Hunt
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 2-4pm
Admission: $17.50/ages 10-17, $19.50/adult

Join Watson Adventures on a unique Harry Potter-themed scavenger hunt that kids and adults will love! Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the National Gallery in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry’s adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art. This hunt is designed for kids and adults to do together (but all-adult teams are allowed to compete separately) Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Read about this super fun adventure in this KFDC post.

Growing Community
Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Sunday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the playfulness of spring at the National Building Museum! Participate in hands-on activities and learn from community partners as you explore how landscape design can inspire outdoor play to grow and strengthen community. Take a closer look at the green space incorporated into your built environment that gets people outside and brings them together.

Art Investigators
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall
When: Sunday, 11:30am, 12:30pm, & 1:30pm
Admission: Free

Drop in for the museum’s wonderful program for children ages 4-7. Art Investigators introduces kids to art and encourages them to make observations and use their imaginations as they discover different works. During this weekend’s sessions, they’ll explore works of Romare Bearden. Read a KFDC review of the program from the early KFDC years (it’s old, but still relevant, as the program is very much the same, although the name has changed). Sessions are at 11:30am, 12:30pm, & 1:30pm. Sign-in takes place in the East Building Atrium, starting at 11am.

Theater Arts Open House
Where: Care Actor Arts Space | Alexandria, VA
When: Sunday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

CARE Actor, a Theater Arts Education Company with programs throughout NoVa and Montgomery County, is hosting an Open House. This unique event gives parents and kids an opportunity to experience a “taste” of the creative collaboration that their classes have to offer. Act out a story, play theatre games, and awaken creativity as a family! There will be free activities for all ages, including storytime, face painting, arts & crafts, an improv workshop, and much more!

Kids Book Bash
Where: Community Family Life Services | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Book Bash is one big party for families in the DC community! A couple of superheroes — Black Panther and Spider Man — will be teaching some karate moves and sharing tales of their adventures! There will also be face painting, crafts, games, food, giveaways for parents and kids, a DJ dance party, and, of course, lots of free books for all ages. While this event is open to the community, it is exclusively geared toward low-income families and families impacted by incarceration. Registration strongly encourage, but not required. The event location is 305 E Street NW.

Easter Eggstravaganza & Wagon Rides
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park | Herndon, VA
When: Sunday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: $8

Hunt for eggs and visit animals outdoors at the Visitor Center. Sign up for a hunt throughout the day — they start promptly at your registered times. Add a wagon ride for only $2, and take a jaunt around the crop fields and back to the Visitor Center. Children must be accompanied by a paid adult. Pre-registration required.

Launch Party for Acton Children’s Business Fair
Where: Cleveland Park Library | Cleveland Park, DC
When: Sunday, 2-3pm
Admission: Free

Children aged 6-14 (and their parents) are invited to this free event to learn about the Acton Children’s Business Fair of Washington, DC (Saturday, May 11, in Cleveland Park) and how they can participate. At the Launch Party, children will also discover the “3 Magic Seeds” for starting a business and get tips for making their business a success from other young entrepreneurs. Go here for more information and registration.

Good Deeds Day
Where: JCC locations in NoVa, MD, & DC
When: Sunday
Admission: Free

Join PJ Library in Greater Washington, The Jewish Federation, and their partners and share a volunteering experience with your family. The three hub sites — Bender JCCGW in MD, MILTON in DC and JCCNV in VA — will have a variety of family-friendly projects for children as young as 3. SSL hours are available for older tweens and teens. Or, sign up with a Good Deeds Day 2019 partner. Register here and be a force for GOOD in the world.

Young People’s Concert: The Incredible Big Band
Where: Northern Virginia Community College | Alexandria, VA
When: Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free

Join the Marine Band’s “Big Band” as we explore the incredible world of Big Band Jazz in a program that is sure to leave your toes tapping and hearts pounding. The performance will feature music from The Incredibles, as well as other favorites such as “Can;t Stop the Feeling,” “Sing, Sing, Sing,” and “In the Mood.” This 50-minute concert is best suited for kids ages 6-12, but all are welcome. Following the performance, all children are invited to try their favorite instruments in our musical Petting Zoo! The concert, which takes place at Northern Virginia Community College’s Schlesinger Concert Hall, is free and no tickets are required. It will also stream live at youtube.com/usmarineband.

Kid’s Model Matzah Bakery
Where: Hill Center | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 2:45-3:45pm
Admission: $8/child or $18/family

Join Chabad Washington, DC, as they re-enact the Exodus from Egypt! Using authentic props, interactive shows, and real bundles of wheat, the Matzah baking process comes alive! Children will go through the entire Matzah making process, from separating the kernals from the chaff, to rolling, perforating, shaping, and baking their very own Matzah!  RSVP required — sign up here

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* I recently joined the Everybody’s National Parks podcast to chat about the cherry blossom season in DC — you can listen to it here. (And check out some of their other episodes for great tips on visiting other parks!)
* Enter for a chance to win a week of summer camp with RDUTennis!
* Young people who stutter are invited to Camp SAY here in DC on April 27 & 28
* If you don’t have the sweetgreen app, get it! So convenient, and you get $3 credit with my referral link, not to mention the salads are yummy and healthy.
* Just watched and recommend the documentary Chef Flynn.
* An interesting perspective on wealth.
* Did anyone else follow the Humans of New York Special Olympics series? It was wonderful. Read it with tissues handy.


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The Weekend Round-Up: March 29-31

An early bloomer on Capitol Hill — the rest are predicted to pop SOON!



Happy Weekend!

Blossom Kite Festival
Where: Washington Monument Grounds | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free

The annual Blossom Kite Festival is a favorite for many during the blossom season. The sight of thousands of kites in all colors, shapes, and sizes soaring around the Washington Monument truly is a sight to behold. The sails you see flying at the Festival each spring range from simple to pretty darn creative. Dragons, sharks, butterflies, giant soccer balls, even some that look like big, beautiful origami works way outnumber your basic diamond. And anyone can go fly their kites, so BYO or make one there at an activity station. There’s a competition aspect to the event, too; expert kite enthusiasts will wow crowds with cool stunts, and prizes will be awarded to winners of various categories such as most beautiful, funniest, and aerodynamics. And be sure to check out the round-up of the best cherry blossom events for families to see what else is coming up!

Annual NOAA Open House
Where: NOAA | Silver Spring, MD
When: Saturday, 9am – 4pm
Admission: Free

NOAA will open the doors of its Silver Spring, Maryland, campus to the public for a series of free activities, including engaging guest presentations, interactive exhibits and hands-on activities. Meet and talk with scientists, weather forecasters, hurricane hunter pilots, and others, who work to understand our environment, protect life and property, and conserve and protect natural resources. A full list of activities can be found here. Note: A government-issued photo ID is required for adults.

A Wild(life) Spring Celebration
Where: National Wildlife Visitors Center | Laurel, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join the National Wildlife Visitor Center as they celebrate the start of spring. The theme of this year’s festival is Our Forest Friends, and they’ll be sharing ways to help wildlife through crafts, games, educational activities, and much more. All programs are free!

Kidsinger Jim & the Big Barn Puppets
Where: Miracle Theatre | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Tickets: $10/by March 29, $12/at door

Are you ready for some wholesome family fun? Farmer Stu and his animal friends love life on the farm, and after the chores are done — a hoedown! Kidsinger Jim (whom many know from Boogie Babes) & the Big Barn Puppets are performing a special show at the beautiful Miracle Theatre. Show length is one hour.

Nats are Back!
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Baseball season has begun! The Nats hosted the Mets for their Opening Day game, and the series continues Friday and Saturday. They may be minus he-who-shall-not-be-named, but there are so many other great players who will keep the game exciting (and they’ll be just fine).

Sound Health: Second Saturday
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Saturday, 9:30am & 11am
Admission: Free

Children ages 3-5 can join CityDance POP! for a Creative Movement class at The Kennedy Center’s Second Saturday event, the monthly series for families that explores the power of the arts to promote wellness of the mind and body. During this session, get ready to explore balance, coordination, and imagination through dance. CityDance POP! offers dance classes where you can move, groove and just have fun! POP!, located in Tenleytown, is the destination for high quality, fast-paced dancing fun.

Winnie the Pooh
Where: Adventure Theatre
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $20

A beloved bear and his gang of friends are coming the stage starting this weekend. Winnie the Pooh would spend every day of life humming tunes and stopping frequently to eat “a little something.” But today, Pooh and Piglet have to find the Heffalump, watch Rabbit scheme to rid the forest of Kanga’s dreaded bathtub, and help Eeyore search for his tail. Pooh’s intentions are always the best, but his passion for honey and condensed milk keeps getting him into trouble.

Marvel Universe LIVE!
Where: EagleBank Arena | Fairfax, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Tickets: $15-90+

Spider Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk, Black Widow, and the Guardian of the Galaxy…Marvel’s mightiest heroes face off against some of the most threatening villains in the Marvel Universe. In this live stage production, see them unite in a race against time to defeat Loki in an epic quest to defend the universe from evil.

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

* Reserve free tickets to catch music by Little Miss Ann, this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance.
* Enjoy Voyagers: A Dance Among The Planets at the Kennedy Center
* Take t(w)eens to see a A Bronx Tale at National Theatre.
* Olney Theatre presents Madeleine and the Bad Hat this weekend.
* It’s opening weekend for Aquarium at Imagination Stage
* And it’s the last chance to see Dicken’s Davy Copperfield at the Bethesda theatre.
* Teddy Bear’s Picnic is the featured Tiny Tots performance at The Puppet Co. on Saturday.
* Join Mr. Jon and Friends for a concert at Jammin Java on Saturday morning.
* Venture Into the Woods at Ford’s Theatre.

Art Investigators
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

Drop in for the museum’s wonderful program for children ages 4-7. Art Investigators introduces kids to art and encourages them to make observations and use their imaginations as they discover different works. During this weekend’s sessions, they’ll explore works of Romare Bearden. Read a KFDC review of the program from the early KFDC years (it’s old, but still relevant, as the program is very much the same, although the name has changed). Sessions are at 10:30, 11:30, and 12:30 on Saturday, and at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30 on Sunday. Sign-in takes place in the East Building Atrium, starting at 10am on Saturday and Monday and 11am on Sunday.

Family Jam Session
Where: Strathmore | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 10:15am
Tickets: $10/advance, $12/at door

Junior music aficionados can spend Saturday mornings singing, playing, and preparing for a lifetime of music appreciation. During this session with Seth Kibel, kids will learn about swing and try their hand at it on percussion instruments and through scat singing (wordless, improvised vocals). Recommended for ages 3–8.

Wharf Phase 2 Kickoff Celebration
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

Join Mayor Muriel Bowser, Deputy Mayor Brian Kenner, Councilmember Charles Allen, and everyone from Hoffman-Madison Waterfront as we usher in the next phase of The Wharf. All are invited to take part in this exciting community celebration with fun festivities. Among them a “Truck Touch” featuring DC Government and construction vehicles, live music by Pebble to Pearl, and more family-friendly activities.

Baysox Family FunFest
Where: Prince George’s Stadium | Landover, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 1:30pm
Admission: Free

Join the Bowie Baysox for the 20th annual Free Family FunFest event, featuring free rides and games in Louie’s Kids Park, live music, and dozens of interactive events and activities. Hang out with mascots Louie and Rocko, along with the Oriole Bird. There will also be several carnival-style games, tours of the clubhouse, face painting, and raffles, plus police and emergency vehicles and horses for kids to see and explore.

Movie Time: Mirai
Where: Old Greenbelt Cinema | Greenbelt, MD
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: $7/adult, $5/child

The theater will be be screening the foreign animation film Mirai, a contender for an Academy Award for Best Animated Film: When four-year-old Kun meets his new baby sister, his world is turned upside down. Named Mirai (meaning “future”), the baby quickly wins the hearts of Kun’s entire family. As his mother returns to work, and his father struggles to run the household, Kun becomes increasingly jealous of baby Mirai… until one day he storms off into the garden, where he encounters strange guests from the past and future — including his sister Mirai, as a teenager. Together, Kun and teenage Mirai go on a journey through time and space, uncovering their family’s incredible story. The epic capstone of director Mamoru Hosoda’s career, Mirai is a sumptuous, magical, and emotionally soaring adventure about the ties that bring families together and make us who we are.

Mirror Mirror
Where: Waterfront Park | Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 2-9pm
Admission: Free

The public is invited to celebrate the arrival of this new public art installaton with festivities throughout Waterfront Park. Inspired by the historic Fresnel lens of Jones Point Lighthouse, Mirror Mirror responds to sound with illuminated color. Visitors can talk, sing, and play within the installation and be bathed in rainbow-hued light. The artwork does not make noise. It responds to sound with light, allowing visitors to interact with the artwork and affect its appearance using their voices and bodies.

DCRoller Girls
Where: Rockville Sportsplex | Rockville, MD
When: Saturday, 6-9pm
Admission: $12/age 12+, $6/skater tots 6-11, free/5 & under

The DC Rollergirls, our local roller derby team, are kicking off Lucky Season 13! See the DC All-Stars face off against Mother State Roller Derby of Richmond, VA. When these two teams last met the final score had a nail-biting 5-point difference, so this is a match-up that is not to be missed! Buy your tickets online and skip the line on game day.

In Peak Bloom
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Through May 27
Admission: $16-20/adult, $8-10/child

ARTECHOUSE is celebrating many things with its newest digital art exhibit: Cherry blossoms, spring, renewal, and women artists! In Peak Bloom features interactive and immersive digital art installations inspired by the fragile beauty and ephemeral nature of the cherry blossom. The works are beautiful and delightful, unique and profound. They’ll have kids and adults alike smiling and appreciating the gifts of art and nature.

Paper Cherry Blossom Branch Workshop
Where: Makeshift | H Street NE, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 12pm
Admission: $30

Learn how to make a DIY cherry blossom branch display in honor of the 2019 Cherry Blossom Festival! We’ll combine real branches and an assortment of tissue paper cherry blossoms. You’ll learn how to make basic paper flowers, affix them to a branch, and of course take home your design! Adult participation is required — everyone (adults and kids!) will create their own cherry blossom paper flowers and branch. Price is per family up to 4 people. Register in advance to guarantee a spot!

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* The National Park Service revised the start of the cherry blossom pea, and it’s now April 1! If you’re planning to see them, be sure to check out these KFDC tips to help you prep.
* Capitol Riverside Youth Sports Park (CRYSP) is a local group working to bring youth sports fields to the RFK Stadium area, and they need community support.
* Brightest Young Things has a great DC Brunch Guide, with some family-friendly places listed. (Though there’s always the option of a daytime sitter 😉)
* Groupon alert: On Friday, 3/29, get up to an extra 25% off dining, activities, massages, and more with the promo code SAVE.
* I want to do this!
* Super random, but this has made me very happy. (It’s the little things.)
* Way to go, girls! 💪


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The Weekend Round-Up: March 22-24

Cherry blossoms are In Peak Bloom at ARTECHOUSE



Happy first weekend of spring!

In Peak Bloom
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Through May 27
Admission: $16-20/adult, $8-10/child

ARTECHOUSE is celebrating many things with its newest digital art exhibit: Cherry blossoms, spring, renewal, and women artists! In Peak Bloom features interactive and immersive digital art installations inspired by the fragile beauty and ephemeral nature of the cherry blossom. The works are beautiful and delightful, unique and profound. They’ll have kids and adults alike smiling and appreciating the gifts of art and nature.

Cherry Blossom Family Festival
Where: American Art Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Admission: Free

Join the American Art Museum and the National Cherry Blossom Festival for a celebration of Japanese culture. Kick off the day with a taiko drumming performance outside of the museum at the F Street entrance. Enjoy face painting, make cherry blossom crafts, listen to Japanese music, and go on a spring-themed scavenger hunt through the museum’s galleries. This is just the start of many cherry blossom celebrations over the next few of weeks — plan for more with this post listing the activities families will enjoy best.

Japanese Culture Day
Where: Library of Congress | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Children of all ages and their families can learn about Japanese culture through reading, writing, and craft-making with Japanese cultural and linguistic professionals. Japanese-related books will be on display, and a special highlight of the day is “Japan-In-A-Suitcase,” an inspiring program about Japanese life and culture. Other activities include Japanese drum music and dance performances, instructions on the art of tiara-making by former Cherry Blossom princesses, origami artwork lessons, decorative Konobori coloring, and the kimono dress-up experience. Children can also explore the Library’s Young Readers Center, which is full of current and classic children’s literature – read more about it here.

Marvel Universe LIVE!
Where: EagleBank Arena | Fairfax, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Tickets: $15-90+

Spider Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk, Black Widow, and the Guardian of the Galaxy…Marvel’s mightiest heroes face off against some of the most threatening villains in the Marvel Universe. In this live stage production, see them unite in a race against time to defeat Loki in an epic quest to defend the universe from evil.

Slime Expo
Where: Waterford at Springfield | Springfield, VA
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: $10-75

It’s slime time at SLIME EXPO DC, the DC metro area’s largest slime event! The fun-filled day will include meet & greets with your favorite slime brands, live demos, slime recipes, raffles, giveaways, DIY slime workshops, contests, a trade area, and many more slime-related activities!

Mt. Olivet KidStuff Sale
Where: Mount Olivet United Methodist Church | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday, 8:30am – 12pm
Admission: Free

The Mount Olivet Preschool is hosting their annual KidStuff Sale! Shop for a HUGE selection of gently used items. There will be children’s clothing (sizes 0-6+), maternity clothes, baby equipment & accessories, strollers, toys & DVDs, books, and furniture. Go early to score great deal — and bring a friend! Cash or check only. Parking is available in the lot located off Glebe Road next to the church.

Flying in the Great Hall: Final Fight
Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Witness death-defying feats of aeronautics — well, model aeronautics, anyway! The DC Maxecuters, a club for model aviation enthusiasts, have been sharing their love of model aviation in the National Building Museum’s Great Hall for over 20 years. Don’t miss this opportunity to watch them send both rubber band- and electric-powered model planes soaring between the 75-foot columns and overhead. And this will be the DC Maxecuters’ last year of Flying in the Great Hall, so this is a chance to wish them clear skies and safe landings in all their future travels! 

Big Apple Circus
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Through March 24
Tickets: $20-25 (look for a discount)

This weekend is your last chance to experience the Big Apple Circus while it’s in town. Celebrating its 41st season, the show features amazing stunts under the big top. Known for its one-ring, artistic, European-style, no seat is more than 50 feet from the performers. That’s perfect for viewing some first-ever featsalong with fan favorites. Hire wire acts, contortionists, bicycle acrobatics, hilarious clowns, and doggie dances are some of thrills and fun you can expect. Read a review of one of our past experiences at a Big Apple Circus show.

Women’s History Celebration
Where: DAR Constitution Hall | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Women’s History Month at the DAR Museum! Join us to recognize powerful American women who left their mark on history. Come learn about your favorite heroines and discover some new faces as well. Enjoy activities, crafts, games, music, and a preview performance of 19: The Musical from 12pm-1pm (seating for that is first come, first served).

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

* Reserve free tickets to a musical adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk, this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance.
* See The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963 at the Kennedy Center.
* Dicken’s Davy Copperfield is on the Imagination Stage.
* Anatole: Mouse Magnifique is also at the Bethesda theatre.
* Watch Rapunzel let down her hair at The Puppet Co. for one last weekend.
* And Teddy Bear’s Picnic is the featured Tiny Tots performance there on Saturday.
* Spend Saturday morning with The Great Zucchini at Jammin Java.
* Venture Into the Woods at Ford’s Theatre.

Story Time
Where: Book shops around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Several local bookstores around the area host free story times for children on weekends that often include more than just a reading. Head to Hooray for Books in Old Town Alexandria on Friday or Saturday for story time from 10:30-11am. Solid State Books on H Street NE hosts readings on Saturday (ages 0-5) and Sunday (age 4+) at 10:30am. At Kramerbooks in Dupont Circle, they’ll watch your kiddos while you grab a coffee on Sundays at 11am.

Sensory-Friendly Screenings
Where: Regal Cinemas | Rockville, MD
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: $6

Catch Sensory-Friendly Screenings of Captain Marvel and Wonder Park on Saturday morning. The newest My Way Matinees from Regal give everyone the opportunity to experience a movie once a month with the sound turned down and the lights turned up. Watch the trailer for Captain Marvel here and Wonder Park here.

Storybook Theatre
Where: Northeast Library | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

You’re invited to Storybook Theatre — dramatic interactive readings of children’s books! This is presented by Royal Proteges for a group that offers supplemental education focusing on success, finance, and leadership to youth and young adults. Seating is limited so register in advance.

Balloon Animals 101
Where: Makeshift | H street NE, DC
When: Sunday, 3-4pm
Admission: $15

Delight your friends and family with this crowd-pleasing talent! Join professional balloon twister Julie Zauzmer for Balloon Animals 101. You’ll learn the basics of balloon twisting, from balloon selection and sourcing to twisting mechanics, and you’ll walk away with 3 of your own balloon animals! For ages 5+. Kids must be accompanied by an adult.

Cool Hikes
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Get a dose of nature, enjoy spring weather, and have some active fun on the trail! See buds getting ready to bloom, tramp in places with scenic views, hike and explore history at interesting locales, and savor the time outdoors. This post has a bunch of recommendations for great places to walk in the woods with the kids.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* There’s a new post listing live entertainment for families coming to local stages this spring — check it out and save your seats!
* A good list of places to watch March Madness, some even kid-friendly.
* Prep for peak bloom with Tips for Families Viewing the Cherry Blossoms.
* And check out cherry blossoms around the world!
* Next trip to NYC, this is a must-do.
* Date night at the Zoo? Tickets for the annual Zoofari are now on sale.
* Anyone else obsessed with Alison Roman from NYT Cooking? If so, there’s this! (Apparently, it’s been out awhile, but I only just discovered it.)
* Along with the outstanding fare, another reason to love Rose’s Luxury.
* Amy Schumer 🙌🙌🙌


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