The Weekend Round-Up: April 6-7

Not a scene from DC, but one from our week away.

A scene from our spring break adventures away…love this shot of my brave girl

It looks like spring has finally sprung in DC! And while this round-up might include a bunch of indoor picks, I also highly recommend getting out and basking in the sunshine, too. If the few special outdoor suggestions don’t suit, the last link should have you covered. Happy Weekend!

Tyke Time
Where: Mellow Mushroom
When: Friday, 4-6:30pm
Admission: Free

Start the weekend with a kid-friendly happy hour! Mellow Mushroom in Adams Morgan is kicking off Tyke Time, a new dining promo for families, with a party today from 4-6:30pm. There will be face painting, corn hole, drink specials for grown-ups, and Kids Eat Free with the purchase of an adult entrée. Tyke Time will then be every Monday-Friday from 4-6:30pm. And Mellow also hosts happy hour Sunday-Friday from 3-7pm. Cheers to that!

Peep the Peak
Where: Tidal Basin & Washington Monument grounds
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

It’s one of the most wonderful times of the year when the cherry trees are in bloom, and they are predicted to be at their best 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 blossom experience over the next couple of days (or anytime, for that matter), check out these tips before you go.

Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival
Where: 600-900 Water Street, SW
When: Saturday, 1-9pm
Admission: Free, but concessions can be purchased

The big Cherry Blossom Festival event this weekend is the annual fireworks show at the Southwest Waterfront. It’s an all-day and part-evening affair with free live music and family-friendly festivities, including some especially for kids (think face painting and arts & crafts), cultural experiences, and all kinds of food. The grand finale will begin at 8:30pm when the National Cherry Blossom Festival Fireworks Show lights up the night sky.

Poetry Month Family Day
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate National Poetry Month with the NPG and DC-based poetry group Split This Rock. Take a curator-led tour of Poetic Likeness: Modern American Poets, listen to the DC Youth Slam Team perform, participate in mini-poetry workshops, and join in a short “open mic” poetry session for children.

Gospel Choir Brunch
Where: Union Market
When: Saturday, 12:30pm
Admission: Free

Some friends and I were just talking about how we miss the gospel brunch that was once an institution at the old Music City Roadhouse in Georgetown (and now I’m totally dating myself), so news of this monthly series at Union Market was quite nice to hear. On the first Saturday of every month, the urban village in northeast will host a Gospel Choir Brunch at 12:30pm. Take the whole crew to hear the Israel Baptist Church ensemble gospel choir and enjoy food from the many yummy eateries setting up shop there.

Walks in the Woods
Where: Local Trails
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Do some tramping this weekend! We’re in for excellent hiking weather, and there are plenty of trails to hit with the kids, both close to the city (even in it) and beyond. For suggestions, check out this post about walks in the woods. And one that’s not on the list, but recently reviewed: Turkey Run Park, just off the GW Parkway.

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

Here’s the live entertainment on local stages this weekend:
– Catch Jack & the Beanstalk at The Puppet Co. or see a Tiny Tots show there.
– Enjoy theatre and reggae sounds at Adventure Theatre’s Three Little Birds
– It’s your last chance to see The Big Meow, this weekend at Artisphere.
From Here to There is still entertaining little ones at Imagination Stage
– And The Magic Finger & James and the Giant Peach just opened at the Bethesda theatre as well.
– Matthew Pauli: The Sword in the Stone is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance.
Jason Invisible is on stage again at the Kennedy Center.
Hello Dolly! is the latest Ford’s Theatre production.
Get details on all of these productions in this post about entertainment this season.

Paddle Away
Where: The Tidal Basin
When: Throughout the Weekend
Admission: $12/hour 2-seat boat, $19/hour 4-seat boat

Catch a first glimpse of the budding cherry blossoms from the middle of the Tidal Basin. The paddle boat season opened in mid-March, but the weather will finally be conducive to a pedal-yourself cruise on the water. It’s likely to be a popular activity, but you can reserve boats in advance online. Or just try your luck if you’re down by the Basin.

Where: Logan Circle, 15th & P NW
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Browse the city’s new monthly community market in the heart of Logan Circle. DC MEETMarket is kicking off its new year – it will run through December – this Saturday. It aims to support and promote local businesses, artists, and designers while highlighting what the DC-Metro area has to offer, bringing together 42 local vendors and the surrounding neighborhoods in a celebration of community and craftsmanship. A great outdoor event for parents with kids of all ages!

Get Kids Movin! 
Where: Capital Centre Boulevard
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Get Kids Movin! is the most fun children and families will have while being healthy! This initiative, inspired by the Let’s Move program from First Lady Michelle Obama, aims to prevent and reduce childhood obesity and create a community of health-conscience children, while helping them with necessary steps to start and continue lifestyles of health and physical activity. This spring edition of the program will feature interactive fitness and dance sessions with Nike Trainer Deanna Jefferson, BET’s Born To Dance winner LaTonya Swann, workshops on healthy eating, musical performances by Chi Chi Monet, Reesa Renee and Green Tea, a special Scavenger Hunt, prizes from Sports Zone and partner stores, fitness demonstrations, a fashion show and much more!

Arts for Families: Koinobori
Where: Textile Museum
When: Saturday, April 6, 2-4pm
Admission: Free

This session of the Textile Museum’s free monthly program for families celebrates the Cherry Blossom Festival: In Japanese folklore, the carp is a symbol of determination and vigor, overcoming all obstacles to swim upstream. Families can drop in to the museum to explore pattern and texture as you create your own colorful paper koi mobiles.

A Day of Flying in the Great Hall
Where: National Building Museum
When: Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Partake in some super fly activities at the Building Museum! The DC Maxecuters are back to demo all kinds of model planes in and across the Great Hall, and all ages are welcome to drop in on Sunday and spectate. We went to see them the last time they were here, and it was pretty mesmerizing to watch the many varieties of model crafts soar. Of course, you can enjoy all the other NBM offerings the rest of the weekend, including the PLAY WORK BUILD exhibit ($8/adults, $5/children, free for members).

Beat Ya Feet
Where: Anacostia Community Museum
When: Sunday, 10:30am – 12pm
Admission: Free

This “Beat Ya Feet” dance workshop, based on an original D.C. dance form, continues by popular demand. Learn how to create your own movements with demonstrations and group practice supervised by Da’Originalz. If self-expression through movement is your preference, then Beat Ya Feet is for you.

Portrait Story Days
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

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. On Sunday, learn about poet Walt Whitman.

Seize the Spring Days!
Where: All around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by location

It’s going to be a spectacular spring weekend — finally!!! — so get out and Carpe Diem! Here is the go-to post listing all kinds of outdoor adventures. (And I know I recommend it a lot, but it is useful, and I will be adding some new al fresco adventures soon!)


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3 Responses to The Weekend Round-Up: April 6-7

  1. Danielle Dotson

    My daughter was fascinated by the photo with the crocodile – where were you for this?
    Anywhere local?
    Thanks for this resource!

    • Linda @ KidFriendly DC

      Hi Danielle – That’s not in DC… we’ve been in south Florida for spring break and went on an air boat tour through the Everglades, then caught an alligator show. But I’ll do some research to see where this might be possible in DC!

  2. Thanks for sharing Get Kids Movin! happening tomorrow. Here’s the schedule of events!

    1pm Fitness session led by Celebrity Nike Trainer Deanna Jefferson of Fab Body Factory
    2pm Skits by Dreams Work, Inc., about health and childhood obesity as well as fitness performance with Beans and Frank Child Performance Group
    2:30pm Empowered Eating Workshop with Fitness Expert/Recording Artist Green Tea and Healthinista Tosh Patterson
    3pm Interactive Dance Session with LaTonya Swann, Winner of BET’s Born to Dance and her Seize the Dance Gym
    3:30pm Scavenger Hunt presented by WOW (Indie) Radio
    4pm Virtual Health Challenge and Exercise Demonstration
    4:20pm Kids Fashion and Sneaker Show presented by Sports Zone Elite and The Children’s Place
    4:45pm Performances by Chi Chi Monet and Apollo Champion Reesa Renee (who is also the event host)
    Music provided by DJ Heat of WPGC 95.5 FM, Balloonist and Face painter on site from 3-5pm

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