The Weekend Round-Up: August 10-11



Go for a whirl on carnival rides, get up close to helicopters, take in a family show, see a children’s film classic, pick some peaches, take the fam out to the ballgame… all of these activities and more are possible around the DC-Metro over the next couple of days. And if you want to plan by the weather, check out The Great Indoors post and the list of the Best Places in the DC Area To Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids. Happy Weekend!

Fair Play
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Carnival rides and games, farm animals, live entertainment, pony rides, the junk food gamut, pig races. Yes, it’s county fair season, and you have your pick of several going on right now. This post from a couple of days ago has the scoop on all of the county fun.

Super Science Saturday
Where: Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Saturday, 10am -3pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15

It’s an extra special Super Science Saturday at the Dulles arm of the Air & Space Museum. Real helicopters, flying in just for the occasion, will be on display outside the Center, while demonstrations and hands-on activities will be offered inside. Some of the helicopters that will be on view include a Bell 429 (Fairfax County Police), an A-Star AS 350B (WBAL-TV), a Bell 427, and an R-44 Rescue. Guests can also learn about how helicopters work at interactive Discovery Stations, enjoy a RC helicopter demo with vertical flight curator Roger Connor, and listen to presentations from helicopter associations, including the Virginia Airborne Search and Rescue and the Whirly Girls.Visitors of all ages will become immersed in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics topics in a fun and engaging way.

Dog Days Peach Festival
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Admission: $12/adult, $10/child

Pack up your family, your canine, and head to Farm. At Great Country, they are serious about their dogs and celebrating the 10th annual Dog Days Peach Festival. There will be an impressive agility course, Doggie Olympics, and demonstrations that will excite canines and kids alike. Bring your retriever’s favorite item to enjoy a dip in the pond and run free in the off-leash area. The first hundred pups to visit the farm will receive a doggie bag of goodies and shop for fun gifts to bring home. The rest of the family can enjoy delicious u-pick peaches at the peak of perfection as well as pre-picked fruits and produce in the Country Store. The Roosteraunt is open for lunch serving up ice cold drinks and our all natural burgers, hotdogs, BBQ sandwiches with classic coleslaw, Kettle Korn, baked goods including our delicious peach pies. Of course, there is also the 5- acre playground complete with the Pumpkin Jumpin’ Pillow, 90’ Triple Threat Slide, pedal cart track, rope swings, mazes, farm animals, and much more.

Gonna Eat a Lot of Peaches
Where: Local farms
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

It’s peach picking time at many local farms; the summer fruits are at their ripest in early August. If you want to get them at their peak, check out this list of area farms that offer pick-your-owns. (Note: The post is about strawberry picking, but many of the same places are harvesting peaches now. And it’s always a good idea to check websites or call for updates to see what’s available when you plan to go.)

Family Garden Day
Where: Washington Youth Garden, National Arboretum
When: Saturday, 10am – 12:30pm
Admission: $10/adult, $5/child

Join the Washington Youth Garden for their third Family Garden Day of the summer! These special days are full of gardening adventures, learning experiences, and delicious eats.  Washington Youth Garden instructors facilitate hands-on garden activities and worh with guests to harvest the freshest produce in the garden.  Then, a chef or nutrition expert leads cooking demos with the help of visitors as a colorful seasonal dish is prepared and enjoyed by all. Be prepared to get your hands dirty and taste some delicious and nutritious garden bounty. Register for the event here.

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

Summer is whizzing by, so seize the season while you can with activities that only occur this time of year. Enjoy an open air concert at one of many series in the area. Stay cool under the sun at an outdoor pool, sprayground, or water park. Ride mini-trains and carousels at local parks. And much, much more. Find details on all these summer pursuits in the Summer 2013 guide.

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

Catch a performance of Dr. Seuss’s A Cat in the Hat at Adventure Theatre. Peter Pan and Wendy is still on the Imagination Stage. The Puppet Co. presents Circus! all weekend. Enjoy the Dan Zanes Gusto Hour at Wolf Trap’s Children’s-Theatre-in-the-Woods on Saturday at 10:30am. And Matt Heaton is playing a “Happy You Made It” CD release show at Jammin’ Java on Sunday.

Mary Poppins at the Museum
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday, 10:30am & Sunday, 11:30am
Admission: Free

Every kid should know how to spell sing “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!” The tale of the nanny with the magical touch is a classic, and the National Gallery of Art is bringing it to the museum this weekend as part of its Children’s Film Program. The movie will be shown in the East Building Auditorium. Seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and there’s room for 450.

National Baseball Family Day
Where: Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 2pm
Admission: Free

That Nats are playing at home this weekend, but if you can’t make it to the game (or even if you can), you can get your baseball fix on Saturday when the National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum present the annual Nationals Baseball Family Day in the Kogod Courtyard. Meet players from the Washington Nationals Baseball Club, take a picture, and create your own keepsake frame to remember the day.

Nats vs. Phillies
Where: Nationals Park
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

It’s a weekend of home games for the Nats as they host the Phillies.  There are games tonight and Saturday evening at 7:05pm, and on Sunday at 5:05pm.  Don’t miss the special fun — Signature Sundays welcome fans to arrive early to meet select players and get autographs and Kids Run the Bases means young fans 12 and under can loop the infield after the game. Tickets for all of the games are available for purchase online or at the Box Office.

Perry Center Community Day
Where: Perry School Community Services Center
When: Saturday, 9am – 8pm
Admission: Free

This annual event at the Perry School Community Services Center is held in collaboration with government agencies, community groups, and local churches to celebrate local community and build neighborhood relations. Highlights of the day will include, face painting; sports and talent competitions; exhibitors, vendors, and food court; art, music, cultural and youth activities; free school supplies and book bag giveaway in partnership with Staples.There will also be opportunities to Interact with Local Elected Officials: Council Member Tommy Wells, Council Member Anita Bonds, Council Member Kenyon McDuffie, ANC Commissioners of Wards 5 and 6, and other local celebrities. The Center is located at 128 M Street NW.

Alexandria Sidewalk Sale
Where: Del Ray and Old Town
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

The streets of Alexandria will buzz with shoppers grabbing rock-bottom deals during the 4th Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale. The event promises to be bigger and better this year, now offered on two days in Del Ray and Old Town Alexandria. Fifty-five shops, including The Shoe Hive, Kiskadee, Zoe Boutique, Mint Condition, and Appleseed Maternity will host promotional events, clearance sales, product demonstrations and more — with items up to 90% off! Parking is free at meters and city-owned garages on Saturday only in Old Town and parking is always free in Del Ray.

Summer Steps with Step Afrika!
Where: National Building Museum
When: Sunday
Admission: Free

Head to the NBM for a lively dance showcase of up-and-coming youth talent as part of Washington Performing Arts Society’s Summer Steps w/ Step Afrika! camp. Led by members of Step Afrika!, the young dancers will perform the traditions of stepping and other percussive dance styles.

Hanna Andersson

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