The Weekend Round-Up: July 6-8

It's tee (and tea) time at the Building Museum's new indoor Mini-Golf Course


One-oh-five.  Needless to say, this round-up is heavy on the indoor recommendations. Though if you feel like sweatin’ to the 100’s, you have a few options for family fun, too (sunblock, hat, and lots of water recommended). Happy Weekend!

The Great Indoors
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend
Admission: Varies by activity
With a forecast of three-digit temps all weekend, this list of more than 50 ideas for indoor recreation tops the Round-Up once again.

Silly Symphonies on the Big Screen
Where: National Gallery
When: Saturday, 10:30am & Sunday, 11:30am
Admission: Free

Kids can explore art through film at The National Gallery of Art’s monthly film program. This weekend they’ll present a special selection of 10 35-mm films from the Silly Symphonies, Walt Disney’s animated short film series that was a revolutionary celebration of sound and image at the time (1929-1939). Disney’s shorts produced throughout the decade strove to explore new animation techniques, develop original and soon-to-be classic characters like Donald Duck and Pluto, and interpret musical scores with moving pictures in unexpected ways. The museums sessions will take place in the East Building Auditorium. The program is free, and seating is offered on a first-come, first-seated basis. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

Family Films at the Atlas
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center
When: Saturday, 10am & 4pm
Admission: Free

Here’s a great free way for the whole family to chill out together: The Atlas’ Summer Film Series. They are kicking off the Family Series part of it on Saturday with two screenings of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”

Show Time
Where: Local theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

You have your pick of kids shows this weekend. “Quest: Road Signs,” performed entirely in American Sign Language, is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National show. “If You Give a Moose of Muffin” is at Adventure Theatre. Imagination Stage presents “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe“. Tiny Tots and “Goldilocks!” will be at The Puppet Co.  “The Prince and the Troubador” is at 1st Stage in Tyson’s. Elizabeth Mitchell is playing the Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods shows today and tomorrow. And the Bari Koral Rock Band will be on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage on Saturday evening. More details on all of these shows are in this post about live family entertainment in this summer.

Happy Birthday, Alexandria!
Where: Oronoco Bay Park
When: Saturday, 4-10pm
Admission: Free

The City of Alexandria will celebrate its 263rd – and the USA’s 236th birthday – this weekend. Enjoy festivities for the entire family, including musical entertainment, children’s activities, community exhibits, and birthday cake. The highlight of the evening is a concert by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and fireworks to close out the celebration.

Summer Fun
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Start the weekend with a free outdoor concert. Cool off at a public pool or sprayground. See stars in the sky and on the big screen at a summer movie series. Feast on blue crabs. Enjoy special summer treats — like free admission and indoor mini golf — at a museum. These are just some of the ways to get your summer on, and you can get specifics on all of them here.

Nats vs. Rockies
Where: Nationals Park
When: Friday 7:05pm, Saturday 4:05pm, Sunday 1:35pm
Admission: Tickets start at $10

The Nats are hosting the Colorado Rockies this weekend, with an evening game tonight and afternoon match-ups Saturday and Sunday. Take the kids to the day games and take advantage of the Harris Teeter Family Pack promo, and on Sunday stay after for Kids Run the Bases when children ages 4-12 can loop the in field after the final out.

May the Force Be with Big Train
Where: Shirley Povich Field
When: Sunday, 7:30pm

Admission: $9/adults, $5/seniors & kids ages 6-12
You don’t have to go to a galaxy far, far away to attend the first Stars Wars Night with Big Train, Bethesda’s minor league baseball team. See characters both good and evil roaming the grounds, and sport your own costume, too. Buy a ticket to the picnic pavilion that night and meet the characters.

Arts for Families
Where: Textile Museum
When: Saturday,
Admission: Free
Drop in at the Textile Museum for their monthly arts program for families. During this session, guests will learn about Japanese ink painting and create their own nature-inspired piece with sumi ink and bamboo brushes on Japanese rice paper. Paint clothes suggested. No reservations required.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Where: National Mall
When: All weekend
Admission: Free

The annual Festival celebrating living cultural heritage and community traditions is underway. Visitors of all ages will have ample opportunity to discover and explore it all through special exhibits, workshops, performances, exhibits, demos, and more, including plenty of activities especially children. For specifics, see the festival schedule. And it all takes place right on the National Mall where you can easily pop into museums when you need a break from the heat.

Bike Safety Rodeo
Where: College Park Aviation Museum
When: Saturday, 10:15am, 11:30am, 12:45pm, & 2pm
Admission: Free
Bike Maryland will be hosting a FREE kid’s bike safety rodeo at the College Park Aviation Museum. Learn about bike safety and enjoy a day bicycling with friends. Children should bring their own bike to the workshop. Pre-registration is required.

Enter the Launch Zone
Where: National Children’s Museum Launch Zone
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free
Head to the National Children’s Museum Launch Zone for art and play this weekend. On FRiday and Saturday, their “Red, White, and Blue!” event welcomes kids to make firework art in celebrate of America’s 236th birthday. On Saturday and Sunday, children can experience a fantastic day of playing and building in the Imagination Playground creating castles, pirate ships, and more out of foam blocks and loose parts.

Portrait Story Days
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 1-4pm & Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free
Children ages 5 and up can drop in to listen to a story about a person who has influenced American history and culture and to create a special piece of art. This weekend, guests will learn about Jackie Robinson, the first African American Major League baseball player.

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