Tag Archives: September 2018

The Weekend Round-Up: September 28-30

A furry friend at last year’s Barrack’s Row Festival



Happy Weekend!

Star Wars Under the Stars
Where: Library of Congress | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Thursday, Friday, & Saturday
Admission: Free

The Library of Congress will screen the original trilogy episodes of the blockbuster series each evening at 7:30pm (inside on Thursday, on the north lawn Friday & Saturday) and host related events during the day. A display, “Celebrating Star Wars,” focuses on Star Wars materials and the works that inspired the story of Star Wars. On Saturday, there will be Star Wars-themed crafts and activities all day where visitors can get to know the music and stories of Star Wars, plus a story time will be held at 11am.

Fall Festing
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Seasonal festivals are in full swing at area farms, in local communities, even a 16th century village in Maryland, and they’re welcoming visitors for all kinds of fun. A few are listed here, and you can get details on the rest of them in this post about autumn celebrations.

Barracks Row Fall Festival
Where: 8th Street SE |Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Showcasing the marine barracks and commerce of 8th Street SE on Capitol Hill, this annual festival is fun for all ages. Enjoy tours of the historic barracks, live entertainment, an animal petting zoo, skateboarding demos, food and art vendors, a donkey procession, and tons of fun for kids, including an instrument petting zoo and more amusement for the younger set. A Beer Garden for grown-ups is a bonus.

Fall For Fairfax KidsFest
Where: Fairfax County Government Center | Fairfax VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 7pm & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

This annual event includes exciting, interactive, and educational programs, entertainment, and activities. Especially designed for families with elementary and pre-K aged children, activities include scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, public safety and recycling-themed exhibits, pony rides, a petting zoo, hay rides, model trains, and the KidWay MidWay with more than a dozen rides, bounces, and attractions. There’s plenty for adults, too, with more than 75 exhibits, live entertainment, fun activities, and great festival food. While admission is free, some rides and concessions will require a fee.

Queen City Mischief & Magic
Where: Staunton, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission:

Wizards and muggles from near and far descend upon Staunton for the annual Queen City Mischief & Magic. With a touch of wizardry, the historic downtown is transformed into a magical village, offering themed shopping, dining, and hands-on activities for all ages. Experiment with potions. Enjoy delicious wizard fare and libations. Try your hand at wild beast taming or wizard dueling. Visitors are greeted by Norberta the Dragon, where selfies and costumes are encouraged. Unlock the secrets of Staunton’s bewitching historic downtown using our Mischief Map. Use Traipse, the free app, to explore the walkable downtown while solving puzzles designed to tickle every wizard’s brain…and maybe find a few treasures along the way.

5k and Kids Dash
Where: Fort Hunt Park | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 7:30am
Admission: $25/adult, $5/child

Arts on the Horizon is hosting its first-ever 5k Fundraiser! Join them in Fort Hunt Park in Alexandria for a run/walk to support their arts education programs and performances and enjoy some family fun. The festivities will start at 7:30am with a pre-run warm-up lead by Fitness on the Run! In addition to the race, they will have activities throughout the morning to offer more fun ways to show your support. Find more details and register here.

FREE Sports Leagues for Kids
Where: Walter Pierce Park | Adams Morgan, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 1pm
Admission: FREE

Join the Volo City Kids Foundation on Saturday as they begin their free sports leagues for kids ages 6-12 sponsored by Nike. No previous experience is necessary! The first league will be soccer starting this Saturday and running for seven weeks. All materials, including a free Nike shirt and healthy snack from Kind and FitJoy will be provided. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity! Register your child today for one of their ten leagues. Walter Pierce Park is located at 2630 Adams Mill Rd NW #208 in Adams Morgan.

Sensory-Friendly Screening
Where: Regal Rockville Center Stadium | Rockville, MD
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: $6.50

Catch a Sensory-Friendly Screening of Smallfoot on Saturday morning. The newest My Way Matinee from Regal gives everyone the opportunity to experience a movie once a month with the sound turned down and the lights turned up. Watch the trailer for the movie here.

Nuestra Ciudad/Our City – Hispanic Heritage Month Festival
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Meet local artists, musicians, and dancers, and join in festivities to celebrate Washington, DC’s Hispanic heritage. This will all take place in the lovely Kogod Courtyard, but plan to explore the rest of the museum, too! Read more about it in this KFDC post.

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

The 9th annual Leesburg Airshow will take to the skies with thrilling aerobatic demonstrations, sky divers, and more! Witness a showcase of impressive aircraft, classic cars, and a variety of exhibitors on the tarmac, food vendors, flight schools, and aviation clubs among them. Go here for directions and parking instructions.

Kreeger Museum Family Day
Where: The Kreeger Museum | Foxhall, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join the Kreeger Museum to celebrate art, music, and nature. The day includes outdoor art activities for children, a djembe drum circle, performances by the Elijah Jamal Balbed Quartet, and Sculpture Garden and Gallery art talks. Picnic blankets are welcome in the Sculpture Garden — Rocklands BBQ and Captain Cookie and the Milkman will be there selling lunch and sweet treats.

Opera in the Outfield
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Saturday, 5pm
Admission: Free

How about opera where there’s usually baseball? The Washington National Opera presents Opera in the Outfield for the 11th year with a simulcast performance of The Barber of Seville on Saturday evening. The show starts at 7pm, but gates open at 5pm for “pregame” activities for the entire family, including a costume shop, an instrument meet and greet, chances to win prizes, and more. Get there early for a seat on the field, otherwise there will be plenty of seating in the stands.

Rec Day 2018
Where: Randall Recreation Center | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Mayor Bowser and the DC Department of Parks and Rec are excited to celebrate the 3rd Annual DPR Rec Day. Join for a day of fun and entertainment. Guests can participate in all kinds of sports and fitness activities. There will be a showcase of local talent including a youth basketball scrimmage, teen fashion show, and amateur boxing. Little ones will love face painting and moon bouncing. And free snack, plus food truck fare will be available.

Refurbished Bike Sale
Where: Big Bear Cafe
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Considering commuting on 2 wheels? Looking for a jump on fall riding? Just in time, Phoenix Bikes will be selling a large inventory of quality, refurbished bikes and new bike gear at Big Bear Cafe, along with Gearin’ Up Bicycles and Bikes for the World. Check out the sale for a great deal on a bike that benefits local non-profits…truly a win-win!

The Story House
Where: Right Proper Brewing | Brookland, DC
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Parents, kids, voracious readers of all appetites and ages, don’t miss The Story House, a mobile children’s bookstore, on its visit to Right Proper Brewing in Brookland! The Story House offers a unique shopping experience for kids and adults alike, with a thoughtfully-curated selection of books for young readers of all ages. The Story House will be collaborating with Huddle for the Future, a local DC resistance group, on a book drive on behalf of Mary House. Shop the Trolley and stock your home library, and while you’re there, pick up a title or two for donation to Mary House, a Brookland-based non-profit that serves immigrant and refugee families with housing and family support services. 

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

* Adventure Theatre brings Blueberries for Sal to their stage
* InterAct Story Theatre presents Voytto Tech: a scifi fable, combining science and technology with a story exploring the tough topics of bullying and social inequity.
* It’s the final weekend for Peter and the Wolf, the Main Stage production at The Puppet Co.
* And little ones will love Dragon Babies, this week’s featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theatre.
* South Pacific is on stage at Olney Theatre
* Make it a date night for Turn Me Loose at Arena Stage.

World Architecture Day
Where: Building Museum & Hirshorn | Penn Quarter & National Mall, DC
When: Sunday, 10am – 5:30pm
Admission: Free

Monday, October 1, is World Architecture Day, and you can celebrate it a day early (and on the day of) with activities at two iconic DC buildings: the National Building Museum and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Drop into either or both museums for tours, talks, activities, and more. Get specifics and the schedule of events here.

Then & Wow!
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

This family festival is the Glen Echo Park Partnership’s annual celebration of the Park’s revitalization and recalling of its history. The event features kiddie rides and arcade games, as well as videos and an exhibition on the Park’s past. Take a ride on the historic Dentzel Carousel, get little faces painted, see vintage cars, and be wowed magic shows, too. Admission to the park is free, but rides and some activities require tickets.

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

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

Day in the Park
Where: Stead Park | Northwest DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

The Washington Jewish Music Festival welcomes all to a fun-filled day in the park. Bring the whole family for a Sukkot celebration featuring games, kids’ activities, and musical performances by Josh and the Jamtones!

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

The Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital is marking its 7th birthday with a Family Day celebrating history while looking towards the future! They’ll have Civil War-era activities and figures, a team of coppersmiths and blacksmiths, horse-drawn wagon rides, interactive games and crafts, as well as face-painting and balloon animals. After the kid’s activities, enjoy a concert magic show, a kids’ concert by King Bullfrog, and a performance by The Gina Clowes Project! Concession will be available for purchase.

Make Great Strides for a Great Cause
Where: 10215 Fernwood Rd. | Bethesda, MD
When: Sunday, 7am
Admission: $30

Looking for a 5k this fall? Orthobethesda’s second annual Great Strides Family Fun 5k Run & Walk is great for serious runners and families. The event raises funds to benefit rare epilepsy and brain tumor called hypothalamic hamartoma. For more information or to run/walk, go here.

Navy Mile
Where: Navy Memorial Plaza | Downtown DC
When: Sunday, 8am
Admission: $10-40 to run

Modeled after the famous Fifth Avenue Mile in New York City, the Navy Mile is designed for all ages and abilities, from serious mile athletes and Wounded Warriors to casual runners and even non-runners. The run is only half the fun; it will be accompanied on the Navy Memorial Plaza by an Expo featuring a full slate of activities that are all family-friendly and open to everyone!

Fall Open House
Where: Workafrolic | Northeast DC
When: Sunday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Workafrolic, the coworking space perfect for parents with flexible child care on-site, is hosting an open house on Sunday. Stop in from 10am-12pm to check out the space and learn more about their offerings — and bring kiddos with you. They’ll have fun activities for children 0-4 years old, mini music lessons, coffee, snacks, and door prizes.

Used Children’s Book Sale
Where: Providence (X) Park | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free to shop books; $20/family for Fall Fest

Get some new reads for the kids at Brent Elementary’s annual used children’s books sale. There will be a great selection of books, including board books, picture books, early readers, beginning chapter books, young adult books, plus a variety of juvenile nonfiction books. Everything from Sandra Boynton to Magic Treehouse to Percy Jackson to the pictorial history of Rome! It’s a great place to start your child’s library or get books for those moving on to the next stage. Prices are always super low, and all sales go to support the school’s PTA. Providence Park is located between D and E and 2nd and 3rd Streets SE.

Baby Jam Music & Yoga
Where: Nordstrom at Montgomery Mall | Bethesda, MD
When: Sunday, 11-11:45am
Admission: Free trial class

Nordstrom and Baby Jam are teaming up to bring a free, fun and interactive music session for 0-4 year olds! The event will be in the kids department. PS: Baby Jam also provides music for 0-4 year olds every Friday at 9:15am in Nordstrom before the store opens. Go here to try a free class!

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

Join the Friends of the Soldiers Home for their 5th Annual Fall Fun Fest at the Armed Forces Retirement Home. The free family-friendly event includes bluegrass music, arts & crafts, a petting zoo, bounce house, face and pumpkin painting, and many more activities for kids and adults. Food truck and stands will offer concessions for purchase.

Opt Outside
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

The rain is going to be replaced with lots of sunshine, according to the forecast. Get out and enjoy some sublime early fall days. The round-up of The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids has ideas galore for doing just that.

***MORE GOOD STUFF TO KNOW***
* Does your kid love to sing? National Children’s Chorus is holding auditions on October 19!
* If you’re looking for ways to enjoy autumn in the DC area that are not farm festivals, here are 10 ideas.
* DC area parents can sign their kids up to play in a sports league this fall for FREE with Volo City Kids!
* D’Amore Injury Law is hosting a Car Seat Giveaway for Child Passenger Safety Week.
* If you’ve been reading KFDC for awhile, you might remember I posted about this horrific incident that occurred a few years ago in my neighborhood as well as the beautiful writing it inspired…which has led to this.


Shop Now


2 Comments

Filed under 2018, All ages, DC, Fall, Maryland, Virginia, Weekend

The Weekend Round-Up: September 21-23

Slide into fall at Ticonderoga Farm



Happy Weekend!

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

Fall officially begins this weekend, and there are tons of ways to celebrate the season, from city streets to country farms. Ticonderoga, Cox, Great Country, Montpelier, Clark’s Elioak, and many more farms around the area are welcoming visitors for all kinds of autumn-inspired fun. The annual Taste of Georgetown brings yummy bites and more festivities to its neighborhood. Ren Fest gets medieval every weekend through October. Details on all of these events and more are in the KFDC guide to Fall Festivals.

Homecoming at Abe’s
Where: Lincoln’s Cottage | Petworth, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free Family Day, $35/race registration

For the 2nd year in a row, Lincoln’s Cottage is combining their two popular events, the Freedom 5K and Family Day, into one full day of racing and family fun: Homecoming! During the Civil War the Lincoln family called the Cottage home. This year they welcome everyone back “home” to join in a full day of activities where you can run, walk, and play like Lincoln. Go for just the race, just Family Day activities, or stick around for both.

Museum Day Live

Where: Museums
 around the DMV
When: Saturday

Admission: FREE


There are actually some museums in the DC area that actually charge admission. But on Saturday, Smithsonian Magazine is hosting its annual Museum Day Live!, when those that require us to open our wallets to visit are free. Take advantage at the Newseum, National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Phillips Collection, Koshland Science Museum, National Building Museum, Kreeger Museum, Dumbarton House, and many more fantastic museums in the area. You do have to register and bring a ticket (that is good for admission for two people), but it’s all complimentary!

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

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

Volunteer for Public Lands
Where: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate and serve with Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens on National Public Lands Day. Volunteer for the morning to help with thinning water lilies, taking out invasive plants, picking up trash, and performing other park projects. As a special celebration, lunch and a performance by the East of the River Steel Band will be provided. Sign up online here. And read more about Kenilworth here.

Nats Last Weekend Homestand
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Thursday – Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices Vary

It’s your last chance to see the Nats play on a weekend this season. They are hosting the Mets, with a few promos that require special tickets to get some extra amenities and swag. Friday is both Teacher Appreciation and Runners Night as well as an Oktoberfest Stein giveaway. Saturday is Faith Night. Sunday is halfway to St. Patrick’s Day with green cap giveaway (and don’t forget kids can run the bases after the game). Before you go, be sure to check out these KFDC tips on how to do a Nats game without breaking the bank.

DCPS Back to School Block Party
Where: Anacostia High School| Anacostia, DC
When: Saturday, 12-3pm
Admission: Free

To celebrate the beginning of School Year 2018-2019, you’re invited to join the DCPS Back to School Block Party on Saturday, September 22 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Anacostia High School!  There will be food, special guests, opportunities to learn more about the resources from district partners, and lots of activities for students. All DCPS staff, students, families, friends, and community members are invited! 

King Street Art Festival
Where: 220 King Street | Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 7pm & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The King Street Art Festival returns for its 16th year with live music, special programming, and more than 200 artists’ work available for purchase. Shop and learn about the works, try some art activities for all ages, and enjoy live entertainment, too. And the annual Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser will be back! Purchase one of 1,400 hand-made bowls created by the talented artists of The Art League’s Ceramics Department and enjoy local artisan ice cream from Artfully Chocolate in Alexandria – all for only $15 per bowl. Proceeds go to benefit The Art League’s Ceramics department.

Weiner 500
Where: Yards Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Kick off Oktoberfest at the 7th Annual Wiener 500!  $500 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the speediest dogs!  Don’t have a Dachshund? Your pup can still participate in the all breed costume contest. There will also be local vendors and giveaways from DC’s best pet-friendly businesses. Don’t have a dog? Go and listen to live music, eat and drink, and watch the funniest, cutest race around on a 17-foot jumbotron!

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

* Adventure Theatre starts a new season with Blueberries for Sal this weekend!
* InterAct Story Theatre presents Voytto Tech: a scifi fable, combining science and technology with a story exploring the tough topics of bullying and social inequity.
* Cri Cri The Mexican Singing Cricket will entertain young audiences at The Atlas on Saturday
* Peter and the Wolf is the Main Stage production at The Puppet Co.
* And little ones will love Magic Toyshop, this week’s featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theatre.
* South Pacific is on stage at Olney Theatre
* Marsha and the Positrons are playing the Saturday morning show at Jammin Java.
* Make it a date night for Turn Me Loose at Arena Stage.

Book Signing and Reading
Where: East City Book Shop | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

Bring the kiddos to East City Book Shop to hear author (and DC native!) Kelsi Bracmort read her book, Simone Visits the Museum, story that features a young African-American girl with one highlight a visit to the NMAAHC. Kelsi will also sign copies of her book after the reading.

ArtsFest
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Solomons, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $7, free/11 & under

Artsfest is a spectacular celebration of the visual and performing arts – and is the only festival of its kind in the region!  You’ll find more than 160 artist booths, 30 performers on three stages, activities for kids in the DiscoveryTent, Studio School, and the Zany Zone – along with great food, wine & beer, and much more! 
Enjoy shopping the artist booths, both inside and outside, where you will find unique jewelry, ceramics, paintings, photography, wood working, and more.  Street performers, including balloon artists, bubble artists, and strolling artists, will be found throughout the festival! 

Harry Potter 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.

Little Sprouts
Where: Beefsteak | Tenleytown, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Bring children to eat their veggie ad have fun at Beefsteak, the fast-casual, veggie-centric eatery from Jose Andres. Little Sprouts is a seasonal program that takes place across Beefsteak locations, designed to prove to children that veggies are both delicious and fun. This complimentary event will feature kid-friendly entertainment with coloring books, raffles, and a plant potting activity with ThinkFoodGroup’s Chief of Produce Bennett Haynes. Beefsteak will offer small bites to sample from the menu, and children 10 & under will receive a free JV Bowl with purchase of any full-size bowl, salad, or burger — the same deal that applies every Wednesday at Beefsteak as part of their “Kids Eat Free” promotion!

ZooFiesta
Where: National Zoo | Woodley Park, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

¡Celebramos! Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month at ZooFiesta! See animal demonstrations and learn about animals native to Latin America, such as Andean bears, two-toed sloths, giant anteaters, golden lion tamarins, and Panamanian golden frogs. Meet Zoo experts and learn how they are working to save these species and more. Festivities also include live music and a “pollinator party” from 11am – 12pm to celebrate the opening of Me and the Bee, a new pollinator-themed playground. Bring the whole familia for all of the fun! And note that National Zoo hours are 8am – 7pm, so plan to go early or stay after the fiesta to enjoy even more.

KIDFest
Where: Veteran’s Plaza | Silver Spring, MD
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

Find interactive activities and hands-on family fun galore at KIDfest! At the KID Museum’s signature community event, children and adults alike can discover what sparks their creativity through hands-on activities and inspiring demos in robotics, engineering, biotechnology, sustainability, interactive art, and much more. All of it providing a glimpse of a future that’s being invented right now! Admission to the festival and activities are free to the public.

DC “State” Fair
Where: Waterfront Station | Southwest, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 8pm
Admission: Free

Apparently, being an actual state isn’t a requirement to have a state fair. This showcase of the region’s agricultural and artistic talents is a celebratory day, full of competitions and other fun and educational activities for all ages. Festivities include contests of all kinds – photography, knitting, kids art and poetry, pickling, pies, ice cream, jams, and more. Get a taste of it all, do some shopping among the vendors, and enjoy live entertainment, too.

Taste of Georgetown
Where: K Street, Wisconsin to Thomas Jefferson | Georgetown, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free, but pay per taste

In its 25th year, the Taste of Georgetown will showcase the spectacular cuisine of over 30 of the neighborhood’s premier restaurants, highlighting Georgetown’s culinary personalities and featuring delectable dishes to sample as well as wine pairings. In addition to the array of food, the all-day festival will feature a kid’s corner featuring face painting, Pizzeria Paradiso craft beer garden, live music by ‘90s cover band White Ford Bronco, eating competitions, giant lawn games, and more fun.

Fall Food Truck Frenzy & Family Fun Fest
Where: Watkins Regional Park | Upper Marlboro, Md
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Food trucks and family fun will be the focus during this event-packed day! Listen to music provided by DJ Gully, enjoy a magic show, or visit the Wonderful World of Watkins for special prices on the train, antique carousel and miniature golf. With over 10 food trucks on site, there will be lots of delicious foods to choose from. So much food and so much fun! Read more about Watkins Regional Park in this KFDC post.

Used Children’s Book Sale – POSTPONED to next Sunday, 9/30!
Where: Providence (X) Park | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free to shop books; $20/family for Fall Fest

Get some new reads for the kids at Brent Elementary’s annual used children’s books sale. There will be a great selection of books, including board books, picture books, early readers, beginning chapter books, young adult books, plus a variety of juvenile nonfiction books. Everything from Sandra Boynton to Magic Treehouse to Percy Jackson to the pictorial history of Rome! It’s a great place to start your child’s library or get books for those moving on to the next stage. Prices are always super low, and all sales go to support the school’s PTA. Providence Park is located between D and E and 2nd and 3rd Streets SE.

Pajama Jam: Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights
Where: AMP Strathmore | Bethesda, MD
When: Sunday, 5:30pm
Admission: $10-12

Don your pajamas and jam with Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights, a favorite with PJ Library families! On her latest release, Brooklyn Baby!, she celebrates equality, healthy eating, education, and love with a fun, silly twist. All families who register with the PJ Library and JPlay promo code (SUKKOT) will get a special gift and a chance to meet Joanie and the band at a “Sukkot Sound Check Party” before the show!

*PLAN AHEAD!*
Make Great Strides for a Great Cause
Where: 10215 Fernwood Rd. | Bethesda, MD
When: September 30, 7am
Admission: $30

Looking for a fall Fun Run/Walk for a Great Cause? Orthobethesda is once again hosting the Great Strides Family Fun 5k Run & Walk next Saturday in Bethesda. Great for serious runners and families, the event will help raise funds for Hope for Hypothalamic Hamartomas to benefit a rare epilepsy and brain tumor called hypothalamic hamartoma. For more information or to run/walk, go here.
 
***MORE GOOD STUFF TO KNOW***
* New Fall 2018 Activity Boards created in partnership with Thrively and Activity Rocket feature both picks for Fall Fun and Fall Classes.
* You can score all kinds of Nats paraphernalia at Teddy’s Garage Sale being held at the ballpark this Monday thru Wednesday, September 24-26. Tickets required.
* Owen is currently reading Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds and gives it a big thumbs up (for kids about 12 and older).
* The new Amazon Prime show Forever is so, so good, I binged it in one rainy day.
* Next Thursday, September 25, is National Voter Registration Day, but you can, of course, register anytime in case you still need to. Midterm elections are just over 6 weeks away!

Get a $5 Referral Bonus – Sign-Up For Acorns Today!


4 Comments

Filed under 2018, All ages, DC, Fall, Maryland, Special Event, Virginia, Weekend

Adventure Theatre Starts a New Season with “Blueberries for Sal” and a Ticket Giveaway!



Adventure Theatre has impeccable timing. Just as we officially welcome fall this weekend, they are beginning a whole new season of children’s theatre on their stage in Glen Echo Park. And they are starting it off with a show based on a beloved classic perfect for this time of year: Blueberries for Sal.

Robert McCloskey’s story about a little girl and her mother going blueberry picking as a mama bear and its cub gather berries on the other side of the hill in preparation for hibernation has been adored by readers for 70 years. Adventure Theatre is celebrating the anniversary with this world premiere production, a musical that is a heartwarming mother-child tale to which parents and grandparents alike will relate. (And the score is by the same composer who did Caps for Sale in 2016!)

Blueberries for Sal opens at Adventure Theatre September 21 and runs through October 21. Tickets are $20, but this Friday’s opening show is a Pay-What-You-Can performance with free milk and cookies (cash only at the door)! Tickets can be purchased online or at the Box Office. Recommended for all ages.

* * * * *

Giveaway: For a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to see Blueberries for Sal at Adventure Theatre, simply leave a comment below with your preferred date and time to see the show (starting 9/27). Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too. This giveaway will run through Tuesday, September 25, 2018, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

This post is sponsored by Adventure Theatre, however, I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will be of interest to KFDC readers.


46 Comments

Filed under 2018, All ages, Fall, Giveaway, Live Entertainment, Maryland, Sponsored Post, Theatre, Ticket Giveaway

The Weekend Round-Up: September 15-16

Explore iconic architecture and many more facets of the city on a WalkingTown DC tour



Shop Now


Sounds like it might not be as wet around here as originally predicted, so along with these special events, check out the post full of outdoor ideas if you’re looking for al fresco activities. The Great Indoors list is always a good one to have handy, too. Happy Weekend!

Celebration of Textiles: Turkey
Where: Textile Museum | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The museum’s 39th-annual family festival celebrates the textile arts and cultures of Turkey. Watch local artists weave, spin, embroider, and more; enjoy traditional dance performances; and explore spectacular rugs woven by nomadic women through family-friendly tours of A Nomad’s Art: Kilims of Anatolia. There will also be lots of hands-on activities for young guests to try. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy a fantastic museum that is usually a bit sophisticated for young children.

Children’s Day
Where: Brookside Gardens | Wheaton, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Join Brookside Gardens to celebrate the magnificent state of Maryland and the opening of the newly themed “Explore Maryland” Children’s Garden. Enjoy crafts and activities that interpret the western Maryland Appalachian Mountains, the central agricultural basin, and the eastern shore. Try a climbing wall, pot up a black-eyed Susan (the Maryland state flower), learn how to save the Bay, and dance to live music by students from the Tree House School of Rock, and more. PS: This weekend is the last chance to enjoy Brookside’s wonderful Wings of Fancy exhibit!

Voytto Tech: a scifi fable
Where: Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center | Silver Spring, MD
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Tickets: $12.50/age 12+, $10/age 4-11, free/3 & under

InterAct Story Theatre kicks off its new season with a show that combines science and technology with a story exploring the tough topics of bullying and social inequity. Klipp Casey travels from a planet far, far away to study at Voytto Tech, the most famous science magnet school in the galaxy. Right away, Klipp has trouble fitting in at his new school, and becomes a target for bullying. What can Klipp do? Who can he go to for help? And what can anyone do about the huge energy crisis threatening the planet? This highly interactive play is performed by three actors who become a variety of characters. Recommended for ages 4+.

Fall Festival
Where: Cox Farms | Centreville, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $6-20 depending on dates

One of the biggest fall festivals in the area begins this weekend! Cox Farms’ seasonal extravaganza is so big that they actually have a Tips & Resources page on the website to help guests prepare and navigate their way around the sprawling site that contains seven slides, swings, games, mazes, pumpkins, picnics, live entertainment, farm animals, and lots more. Expect some lines, especially for the giant slides that take you swooping down several humps over a hillside. There is also a Kiddie Zone just for little ones aged 5 and under. Be prepared for a crowd!

More “Fall” Fun
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Various by festival

Seasonal festivals have begun at several area farms, in city neighborhoods, even a 16th century village in Maryland (huzzah, Ren Fest!). Many are rain or shine, and they’re welcoming visitors for all kinds of fun. Get details on all of them in this post about autumn celebrations.

Batman Day
Where: Comic book shops around the DMV
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

Join DC Entertainment to celebrate its 5th annual fan-favorite holiday:Batman Day! Hundreds of comic book retailers and bookstore will partake in Batman-themed events across the world — and fans are invited to enjoy them. As part of the Batman Day festivities, participating retailers are giving away a free comic book featuring the first chapter of the acclaimed Batman: White Knight series, and it also includes a preview of the highly anticipated Batman: Damned series. Younger fans can pick up a free copy of the first chapter of Batman: A Lot of L’il Gotham at their local comic book shop. A selection of essential Batman Day reads will also be available for purchase. Visit the website to see which local comic books shops are participating.

Legendary Yard Sale
Where: Maury Elementary Village | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 2pm
Admission: Free (but be ready to spend on amazing deals!)

I happen to have insider knowledge that this is one of the best school yard sales around. Find bargains on used toys, books, games, clothes, baby gear, household items and small appliances in good working order. Fuel your browsing with delicious goodies from Maury’s best bakers. And don’t miss the Couture Corner featuring high-end and brand new clothing and items! Enter on C Street NE between 18th & 19th.

Shows on Strings
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $6-12

Peter and the Wolf is the Main Stage performance at the puppet theater in Glen Echo Park, recommended for children of all ages. And really little ones can join a Tiny Tots Sing-a-Long on both Saturday and Sunday at 10am.

Saturday Family Story Sessions
Where: Strathmore | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 10:15am & 11:30am
Admission: $10-12

Join the weekly family session for fun and creativity, enjoying diverse and dynamic programs with the very best storytellers in the area who engage young audiences and instill a love of learning with every word. This weekend, a young girl escapes her noisy life and takes you on an immersive exploration of a magical world in her own backyard. Told through puppetry, multimedia, and interactive storytelling, this unique performance brings the outdoor world to life in the Mansion.

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 and create art inspired by someone in the collection — this weekend features American labor leader and civil rights activist, Dolores Huerta. 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 scenes from a more recent visit.

Art Museum Morning
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm & Sunday, 11am
Admission: Free

Fun for little ones at the Hirshhorn! Enjoy the Library + Art Pop-Up and find a cart in the galleries and check out a fun kit full of favorite finds for kids. On Sunday, enjoy Storytime, asMuseum staff read aloud a book, introduce children to an artist in the collection, and lead a hands-on activity.

Model Trains & Thomas
Where: Historic Vienna Train Station | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admisison: Free

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 great family fun and activity for the young and young at heart.  Hosted by the Northern Virginia Model Railroaders, the station is located at 231 Dominion Road NE in Vienna, VA. 

Story Time with Picture Book Author Laura Gehl
Where: Bards Alley | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: Free

Picture book author Laura Gehl will read her first bear book, One Big Pair of Underwear, and her newest bear book, Delivery Bear, about a bear who wants a job delivering cookies. There will be cookies, games, and the most gigantic pair of underwear in the DC-Metro area! All ages welcome!

WalkingTown DC
Where: Various neighborhoods in DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Put on your walking shoes (or get out the bikes) for a stroll (or roll) in the city! WalkingTown DC features outdoor walking and bike tours of DC’s most interesting locations and neighborhoods September 15-23. The annual event offers more than 75 free guided walking and biking tours that feature distinctive aspects of DC, introducing residents and visitors to the culture, history, and stories of Washington’s neighborhoods through a series of “bite-size” lunchtime tours, after-work “happy hour” tours, as well as tours throughout the day on weekends. Tours take place outside, rain or shine, and just about all are family-friendly and wheelchair accessible. See the schedule for details and to sign up.

Baltimore Seafood Festival
Where: Canton Waterfront Park | Baltimore, Md
When: Saturday, 12-7pm
Admission: Starts at $29, ages 10 and under are free

Head up to Charm City for the Inaugural Baltimore Seafood Festival. Along with the area’s restaurants featuring their favorite seafood dishes, there will be live music, cooking demos, and a family area with toys, games, face painting, and more.

Health Fair and 5k Walk/Run
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Sunday, 7:45am
Admission: $35/age 17+, $20/age 13-16, free/12 & under

The Prevent Cancer Foundation’s 10th annual Health Fair and 5k Walk/Run will bring the community together for a day of healthy fun to support lifesaving cancer prevention and early detection programs across the country. The untimed walk/run begins at Nationals Park and takes participants on a route along the beautiful Capitol Riverfront. Kids and dogs (and their owners) who don’t want to run the full course can join a shorter “fun run” around the stadium. After crossing the finish line, 30+ local health and fitness partners will offer free health screenings, healthy snacks, massages, and more. Other highlights include a Parkour obstacle course, the Nats batting cages, face painting for all ages, a Kids Zone, and jungle gym for youngsters. Furry friends can enjoy the “Doggie Dugout” station where you can walk the “green carpet,” stop for a photo op, and pick up great giveaways.

Takoma Park Folk Fest
Where: Takoma Park Middle School | Takoma Park, MD
When: Sunday, 10:30am – 6:30pm
Admission: Free

Folk music and performances from around the world will be on six stages at the annual Takoma Park Folk Festival. The Grassy Nook Stage will offer activities for children — folksinging, musical games and dancing, storytelling, and more. And a crafts show and sale will showcase the works of local artisans. Pack snacks or purchase food from vendors there. Rain or shine!

Kidz Graffiti Party
Where: Art Jamz | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Sunday, 12:30-2:30pm
Admission: $10

Get messy like a street artist at our Art Jamz!  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, families can purchase additional studio time and canvas and let your visions come to life off the wall!

***MORE GOOD STUFF TO KNOW***
* Axe throwing is a thing, and it’s really fun!
* Tickets for Mount Vernon’s popular Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour are now available.
* The H Street Festival, which was supposed to take place this weekend, has been rescheduled for October 13.
* The National Building Museum has a Family Workshop: LEGO Build coming up next weekend (cost per child: $20/member, $25/non-member).
* I recommend my new book club read, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows. It’s delightful, interesting, enlightening, and a bit naughty. Who’s read it?
* Check out a White Ford Bronco all 90’s covers concert if you haven’t yet — it’s a rad trip down memory lane!

Leave a Comment

Filed under 2018, All ages, DC, Fall, Maryland, Special Event, Virginia, Weekend