The Weekend Round-Up: April 20-21

Spring at the Capitol

Spring at the Capitol



These are just the special events happening around the area over the next few days. If you’re looking for even more ideas for activities with the kids, check out the Everyday Play page. Happy Weekend!

Earth Day Party for the Planet
Where: National Zoo
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Earth Day with the planet’s amazing and diverse wildlife! Party for the planet at the National Zoo and help celebrate their commitment to green practices with special activities for visitors. Plant a plant, make your own garden journal, and get involved as State Farm volunteers assist children in making plant pots out of recycled newspaper and garden journals. There will also be special visit from Chef Remmi—kid chef extraordinaire! He’ll be doing live cooking demons and sampling, and will share tips and information about healthy eating. Bring your old cell phones to recycle in the Zoo’s Visitor Center.

Awesome Con
Where: Washington Convention Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 7pm & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $15/1-day pass, $25/2-day pass, free for kids 10 and under

This celebration of popular culture is DC’s comic-con, embracing all aspects of geekdom and pop culture. Expect a wide assortment of comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay, and much more. Special events will include discussion panels, costume contests, trivia contests, and gaming tournament. Especially for kids will be all-day art stations, children’s book readings, art projects and show, and more (view the full kids’ schedule.)

Bethesda Literary Festival
Where: Throughout Downtown Bethesda
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free

The 14th annual festival celebrating reading and writing begins Friday night and runs through the weekend. Both local and national authors, journalists, and poets will be there to present their works, lead discussions, and sign books. There will also be a a discussion with best selling author Jill Smokler (aka Scary Mommy). Other events include children’s storytimes, writing contests, and poetry slams. View the schedule for event times and locations.

Georgetown French Market
Where: Wisconsin Avenue NW, between P St. & Reservoir Rd.
When: Friday & Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Book Hill neighborhood of Georgetown’s signature European open air market returns for its 10th year, featuring nearly 40 Georgetown boutiques, antique shops, restaurants and galleries, art and antique home furnishings. But it’s not all about the shopping; kids will enjoy the strolling mimes, children’s activities, live music, and French cuisine from Georgetown cafes and restaurants. Visit the website to download a schedule of events and list of participating shops.

Happy Birthday to the Bard!
Where: Folgers Shakespeare Library
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

‘Tis Shakespeare’s 449th birthday, and the Folger Shakespeare Library is celebrating with an Open House on Sunday afternoon. In true Renaissance fashion, there will be song and dance, jesters and jugglers, and opportunities to recite your favorite Shakespeare lines on stage. Especially for children will be fortune telling, shield making, quill writing, arts & crafts, a Shakespeare portrait contest, and a giant birthday cake with the cutting lead by Queen Elizabeth I. The event is free and will take place rain or shine. Some concessions will be available for purchase. The Library is located at 201 East Capitol Street SE.

Privateer Festival
Where: Fells Point
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free

Yo ho ho, mateys! Head to Baltimore to honor the maritime history of Fell’s Point and the patriotic privateer fleet and celebrate the ‘pirate’ fantasy of sailing lore. The weekend will be full of family-friendly activities from Thames Street Park and Ann Street Pier to Broadway Square, Broadway Pier. Festivities include live entertainment for buccaneers of all ages, plus loads of kids’ activities – bounce house, arts & crafts, magic shows, storytimes, and treasure hunts. You can also opt for a sail on the high seas with Urban Pirates Adventure Cruises (fee for these). Craft and food vendors, plus a grog garden will keep the grown-ups happy, too. Hours are Friday 5-10pm, Saturday 10am – 7pm, and Sunday 10am – 6pm.

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union
Where: RFK Stadium
When: Sunday, 5pm
Admission: Tickets start at $26

Kick it family-style with the D.C. United this weekend. They play the Philadelphia Union at home on Sunday, and you can catch the match along with loads of other family fun. Games are always a blast, and the VW Garage offers activities for all ages — face painting, a Zig Zag challenge, trivia, and more. Even better, you can score a Family Pack, which includes 4 tickets, 4 hotdogs, and 4 drinks. Get more info on the match and deal here.

Cavalcade of Cars
Where: National Capital Trolley Museum
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: $7/adults, $5/children 2-17

Hop on board for a day of fun! Along with the museum’s array of exhibits and regular trolley rides, there will be several European trams and North American street cars offering visitors a spin through Northwest Branch Park during visits.

Festival of Tulips
Where: Burnside Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Admission: $3

Experience Holland in Haymarket, Va. The Festival of Tulips is in full swing, showcasing a brilliant display of blooming flowers. Stroll through the giant fields that contain over 50 different varieties of tulips in a rainbow of colors and pick your own for $1 per stem. Don’t forget the camera — this outing has holiday card photo op written all over it.

Domino Days
Where: Maryland Science Center
When: Saturday
Admission: $16.95/adults, $13.95/ages 3-12, free for 2 and under

World renowned domino topple expert Scott Suko, along with a team of local engineering volunteers will be at the Science Center creating a dynamic design through the Legg Mason Gallery, overlooking the Baltimore Inner Harbor. Witness over 12,000 dominoes of different sizes and colors zigzag, spiral, climb up stairs, across tables, fall in a collapsing pyramids and much more. The big topple will be at 2:00pm, but go early to test designs of your own and interact with the experts.

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

Here’s the live entertainment on local stages this weekend:
Gustafer Yellowgold is bringing his Rock Melon Tour to the Alden Theatre
Laura Ingalls Wilder is opening at BlackRock Center for the Arts
– This weekend is your last chance to see Jack & the Beanstalk at The Puppet Co.
Ellis Paul is playing the 10:30am show on Saturday at Jammin’ Java.
– Children’s illustrator and author Jackie Urbanovic is this week’s Saturday morning at the National performer.
The Magic Finger & James and the Giant Peach are on the Imagination Stage.
Hello Dolly! is the latest Ford’s Theatre production.
Get details on all of these productions in this post about entertainment this season.

Time & Navigation Family Day
Where: National Air & Space Museum
When: Saturday,
Admission: Free

Celebrate the opening of the National Air and Space Museum’s newest exhibition, Time and Navigation. Activities in the exhibit gallery and around the Museum will engage visitors in hands-on experiences that will explore 300 years of navigation history from the early days at sea to today’s GPS. See the schedule of events on the NASM website.

Civil War 150th Anniversary
Where: Clara Barton National Historic Site & Glen Echo Park
When: Saturday, 1-4:30pm
Admission: Free

In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, Clara Barton National Historic Site will feature a series of special events on Saturday, including a couple that are family-friendly: At 1pm, re-enactors of the 54th Massachusetts regiment will give a presentation on the Civil War African American soldier experience. They will talk about the uniform and the weapons of the Civil War era. They will also describe the regiment’s experience at the siege on Fort Wagner in July 1863. From 3-4:30pm, Visitors of all ages are welcome to visit the historic home during the open house to see it at their own pace. Volunteers and rangers will be stationed at several locations to tell stories of Miss Barton’s service and life. Children ages 7-12 are invited to become Junior Rangers at Clara Barton NHS and Glen Echo Park. Explore both sites, complete an activity book, and earn a Junior Ranger badge.

Stories from the Revolutionary War
Where: Congressional Cemetery
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Step back in time and learn about the Revolutionary War veterans and patriots interred at Historic Congressional Cemetery. From drummer boys to surgeons, statesmen to generals, many of the Cemetery’s individuals played an integral part in the founding of the nation. To recognize and honor these patriots, come experience a living history event at their final resting place. Talk to reenactors from the College Company of William and Mary about life in the Revolutionary War, and take a tour from General Levi Casey himself to learn about the fascinating stories of the fight for liberty. Watch and learn about the musket through firing demonstrations, and listen to a concert featuring the music of the time as performed by the baroque trumpets from the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps.

Beyblade Revolution
Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Park
When: Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: $5 entry fee

If your kid is a Beyblade enthusiast, consider checking out this tournament taking place in Silver Spring this weekend. Word has it these events are super fun, inclusive, and a great bargain. Registration begins at 11am, and tourney time is around 12:30pm. The day should end around 3pm for most, 4pm for finalists.

Portrait Story Days
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday 1-4pm & Sunday 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Drop in to the National Portrait Gallery 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, learn about poet and writer Gertrude Stein.

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