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Where to Play on the Weekdays: July 23-27

The time is ripe for peach picking at area farms.

 

Monday – Go peach picking at a local farm!  The fuzzy fruits are ripe this time of year and ready for picking at just about all of the farms listed in this post from last summer. However, it’s always a good idea to check websites or call ahead to confirm availability the day you plan to go.

Tuesday –  Drop in for play date at the National Children’s Museum Launch Zone.  Kids can experience a fantastic day of playing and building with foam blocks and other loose parts in the Imagination Playground. Hours are 11am – 4pm, and admission is free. For afternoon entertainment, head to the National Portrait Gallery for Portraits Alive!, a theatrical tour of the museum’s collections performed by teens from DC’s Summer Youth Employment Program.  Everyday through August 3, visitors can join the group on a journey that explores a variety of works as the students become the portraits — performing original, student written play, they will portray the people represented in the photos, paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints displayed in the museum.  Sessions begin at 2:15pm, and admission is free.

Wednesday – Celebrate Peruvian culture at the National Museum of the American Indian as the 2nd annual Kaypi Perú Festival kicks off for six days of performances, hands-on activities, animal exhibitions, and traditional food. Be sure to stop by the imagiNATIONS family activity center on the third floor for programs especially for kids. The festival runs daily through July 30. Museum hours are 10am – 5:30pm, and admission is free.

Thursday – See The Puppet Co.’s latest production, Snow White and the 7 Dwarves, a fun, sideways view of the classic fairytale.  Showtimes are 10am & 11:30am  (Thursdays and Fridays). Tickets are $10.

Friday –  Take the kids to play amid the lovely wooded setting of Cabin John Regional Park. They can climb, swing, jump, slide, and run on the sprawling Adventure Playland. And don’t miss a ride through the woods on the Miniature Train, just $1.75 per passenger.

 

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Where to Play on the Weekdays: August 29 – September 2

The centerpiece of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

I hope everyone weathered the storm okay and the natural disasters are behind us for awhile.  We have a week full of nice, sunny days ahead, and these ideas for kids activities urge you to take advantage of them. Have a great week!

Monday – Pay tribute at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, which just opened last week. Make a day of it and visit other nearby memorials — the FDR, Jefferson, Lincoln, Korean War, and Vietnam Veterans Memorials are also on the Tidal Basin or nearby on the National Mall.

Tuesday – Take the kids to one of the area’s best playgrounds at Clemyjontri Park.

Wednesday – Head to the National Children’s Museum Launch Zone from 11am – 4pm to make crafts for the classroom at their Back to School Week program. While you’re at National Harbor, grab lunch at one of several eateries, check out The Awakening sculpture on the riverfront, and visit the Peeps store.

Thursday – Enjoy the fruits of your labor at a pick-your-own farm.  Peaches are still available at most of the places listed in this post about berry picking, but it’s always a good idea to call ahead to see what’s available.

Friday – Visit the enchanting Clark’s Elioak Farm,complete with hayrides, cow train rides, pony rides, farm animals to pet, a playground, and recovered installations from an old storybook park that will delight all ages. Open 10am – 4pm.  Admission is $5, rides are extra.


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Last Weekend of Summer Break

Having a laugh on an easy summer day

 

It’s the final weekend of the summer break. For us, anyway. DC Public School students head back to the classroom on Monday, my Kindergartner-to-be Owen among them. And while I’m brimming with excitement and pride about this new beginning for him, I’m also going to miss the casual days of the last couple of months…and his pre-“big kid” school youth. Needless to say, I’m greeting these next few days with a little extra gusto. Whether your break is also winding down or you’re still savoring the season, here’s where you can enjoy summer with the kids this Friday through Sunday. Happy Weekend!

Fair Play –  The county fair fun continues for two more days at the Montgomery and Prince Willima County Fairs. Find info on both in this post from last week.

Back-to-School Blast Off Get a jump start on the new school year at Pump It Up in Lanham today from 5:30 – 7pm and on Saturday from 11:30 – 1pm. The Mecca of bounce is hosting special open play sessions that include an hour of jump time plus a slice of pizza and a drink for $10/person. You can also enjoy Sundaes on Sunday from 12 – 2pm, where guests can jump then create their own ice cream treats for $10/child, $3.50/adult.

The Old Ball Game –  The Phillies are in town for a three-game series against the Nationals, with games at 7:05pm on Friday and Saturday evenings. If you’re thinking about taking the kids, plan to bring them on Sunday when the first 10,000 fans ages 12 and under will receive a Nats duffel bag.  It’s also a Signature Sunday when select players are available for autographs at 12:15pm. Kids can also run the bases after the game. Be sure to check out the Family Fun Pack if you plan to go that day.

Peachy Keen – The pickings are still good at most local farms, so if the weather cooperates, head to a peach orchard to stock up on the fruits. Use this list of farms from a post about berry picking as a guide; most of them have peaches or other pick-your-own delights now, though it never hurts to give them a call to confirm.

The DC ScoopIce Creeeeam! Union Market, at 6th Street and Florida Avenue NE, will be the site of a sweet event on Saturday that the whole family will love — if you love ice cream, that is. Seventeen of the area’s best ice cream, gelato, and custard vendors are having a taste-off to determine the best scoop in the city. Enjoy live music, face painting, a glitter artist, and of course, ice cream tasting all for free!

Yellow & Blue Make GreenThe Textile Museum is hosting its monthly Arts for Families event on Saturday from 2-4pm. Experiment with color mixing while making your own nature print on fabric. Explore and create within Museum’s beautiful garden, featuring the installation Garden Lace by artist Michelle Brody. The event is free, and no reservations are required.

See Stars at Rock Creek  – On Saturday and Sunday at 1pm, the Rock Creek Planetarium (the only one in the National Park system) invites kids ages 5 and older to view the season’s brightest starts, planets, and constellations and learn their stories. Like all Rock Creek ranger-led programs, this one is free.

Cloudy with a Chance of… Documents?  –  As random as it may sound, the National Archives is hosting a screening of the hit kids’ movie “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” on Saturday at 12pm. See the film for free in the William G. McGowan Theater.

Rock out at ArtisphereIt’s always a dance party when the Rocknoceros trio takes the stage, and this Saturday is sure to be no exception at Artisphere’s Dome Theatre.  The show/fun starts at 11:30am; tickets are $12/adults and $8/kids and available for purchase online.

Family Fest on the Potomac – On Saturdays through September 10, families can enjoy water rides, live entertainment, food, and vendors at the National Harbor. In addition, Family Fest will present the Harbor Star Stage featuring local and national artists throughout the day. Gates are opn from 1-7:30pm. Admission is $10, food and drinks are sold separately.

Movies on the PotomacThe National Harbor hosts another family event on Sunday evenings when it shows free films starting just after sunset.  This week’s feature is the “Chronicles of Narnia.”

Be sure to check out even more ideas in these popular posts:

Joys of Summer

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

Rainy Day Recreation (ie, Indoor Fun)

Stay Entertained Through Summer

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Where to Play on the Weekdays: August 1-5

Is it me, or is summer just zooming by?  There are merely weeks left to hang with the kids on the weekdays before they head back to school and to enjoy many activities that only have a seasonal run. Gotta get out there and savor the rest summer!

Here are some suggestions for where to do just that this week, August 1-5:

Monday – Stay cool at an IMAX movie. 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, Legends of Flight, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2 are all on the really big screen now.  Check the schedules for showtimes.

Tuesday – It’s the final workshop of the Stories in Art summer program at the National Gallery of Art (there is one on Monday as well).  This week’s theme is Everyday Life: Join a Party in the series that explores Dutch life through art. See this post for more details on the program and info on signing up.

Wednesday – Take advantage of the Newseum’s Summer Fun Deal, where kids get in free with a paid adult admission. This post has more about the deal and recommended exhibits for younger visitors.

Thursday – Go peach picking at a local farm. Many of the farms listed in this post have pick-your-own peaches, but it’s always a good idea to check the website or call ahead to see what’s available.

Friday – Take a day trip to a swimming spot out in nature. Get ideas for places to go from The Natural Capital blog.

 

 

 

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