The Weekend Round-Up: November 21-22

Start your holiday shopping and enjoy a day on the Hill at Eastern Market

Start your holiday shopping and enjoy a day on the Hill at Eastern Market

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We’ve had such a gorgeous fall, and it looks like that will continue for while (lots of tiny suns shining on the weather app!). These recs include plenty of ways to take advantage of it, both at special events and ongoing DC pursuits. And if the chill in the air starts to get to you, there’s great indoor fun and entertainment to enjoy, too. Happy Weekend!

A Gem of an Event
Where: George Mason University
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $6/adult, $3/ages 13-17, free for 12 and under

Kids (and adults!) who like fossils, rocks, and/or gems are in for a treat. Northern Virginia’s 24th Annual Mineral, Gem, & Fossil show will have all that and then some. More than 20 dealers will be selling collectibles, plus there will be demonstrations, exhibits, door prizes & kids activities, including mini-mines and a fossil dig.

Celebrate the Skating Season
Where: Canal Park
When: Saturday, 11am – 7pm

One of the coolest activities of the season is officially on, and the Canal Park Ice Rink is celebrating with a day of extra fun. The grand opening will feature DJ Civil, face painting, performances on the ice every hour including Ashburn Theatre on Ice, and more! And for other places to skate the day away, see this post with details on area ice rinks.

Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade
Where: Silver Plaza, Downtown Silver Spring
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Turkey Day celebrations are starting early in Downtown Silver Spring. The line-up of over 100 parade units features giant inflatable animals, a portable skating rink, and more colorful dancing groups, glittering floats, marching bands clowns, performing animals, and, of course, an appearance from Santa at the end. And new this year is a place to take your family holiday photos with a Frozen inflatable Elsa, a 10-foot tall turkey, or Hanukkah/Christmas décor.

The Enchanted Forest
Where: Westin Tysons Corner
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm & Sunday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: $15 (some activities are extra)

Stroll through a whimsical forest of more than 100 theme-decorated holiday trees, have Cocoa and Sprinkles Cupcakes with Ice Princesses or Breakfast and Brunch with Santa. These weekend-long festivities, presented by the Junior League of Northern Virginia and featuring Kids in the Holiday Kitchen, include live entertainment from Ukelele Phil, Groovy Nate, and other performers; a model train set from National Capital Trackers; a gingerbread house workshop; arts and crafts; holiday shopping; photos with Santa. And the Junior League’s Kids in the Kitchen will be teaching healthy eating habits, and the Children’s Science Center will be doing fun and exciting experiments with the children.

Holiday Craft Fair
Where: TC Williams High School
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Shop a local school fair and support a great cause! TC Williams High School will be hosting their 6th Annual Handmade Holiday Craft Fair. Over 50 local vendors will sell items such as handmade soaps, jewelry, stationary, and much more. Shoppers can also enjoy, food sales, baked goods, and live music from the TC jazz band. This event raises money for Joining Hearts and Hands, an organization that promotes economic and social improvements in Kenya and Tanzania. Over the past five years, students have helped raise enough money to build a fourth grade classroom in Tanzania!

More Holiday Cheer
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by locale

If you think it’s too early to start celebrating the holidays, think again! Shows and events that embrace — and emit — the holiday spirit are beginning around the area. This weekend, catch A Lump of Coal at Adventure Theatre or A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theater, enjoy the holidays on ICE!, shop the Washington Ballet’s Sugar Plum Bazaar, let holiday light displays dazzle you, and more. The 2015 KFDC Guide to the Best of the Holidays in DC has ALL you need to help make the season bright.

Where: National Theatre
When: Through November 29
Admission: $48 and up (find deals on select seats

The stage production of the classic fairy tale is just as magical as the original story (we know from firsthand experience at a performance this week). With a talented cast, enchanting sets, dashes of grown-up humor, and special effects that are at once spellbinding and delightful, you’ll easily feel transported to a storybook world.

Where: Arena Stage
When: Through January 3
Admission: $64 and up (find deals on select seats)

Charles Dickens’ unforgettable characters burst to life in this Tony Award-winning musical. A spirited and entertaining production on the theater-in-the-round Fichandler Stage offers every audience member a great view. The musical numbers are energetic and emotional, and with kids (including the 9-year-old star of the show) making up part of the cast, young theatre-goers will especially enjoy it.

A Lump of Coal for Christmas
Where: Adventure Theatre
When: Through December 31
Admission: $19.50

The theater at Glen Echo debuts its holiday production, A Lump of Coal for Christmas, this weekend. he world premiere holiday comedy will delight audiences young and old with its story of unlikely friendships and holiday miracles. See it this weekend or try to win a 4-pack of tickets to a future performance.

Saturday Morning at the National
Where: National Theatre
When: Saturday, 9:30am & 11am
Admission: Free

Tales as Tall as the Sky is this week’s free performance in the National Theatre’s program for children. This show tells the story of three children in their tree house at the end of the summer, complaining that they have nothing exciting to do.

¡Ratón en Movimiento!
Where: Imagination Stage
When: Through November 29
Tickets: $14

Take litte ones to see the story of Nellie and Amelia, two adventurous mice ready to explore the world beyond their little mouse-hole. They decide to go to the la luna, since it is cat-free and made entirely of delicious, mouth-watering queso (so they have heard). In this interactive play, the audience becomes part of the story through multi-sensory activities. And this production is now performed in both Spanish and English.

Colonial Fall Chores
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: $3/adult, $2/ages 3-12, 2 and under are free

There are always plenty of chores to do around the Claude Moore Colonial Farm, but winter preparations require extra help. Assist the Farm family as they prepare for the colder months ahead by learning to “pitch” the farmhouse, clear brush, split rails for fencing, dip candles, and more. This educational and fun activity is great for families and small groups. Wear warm, comfortable outdoor clothing.

Family Turkey Hunt
Where: Green Spring Gardens
When: Saturday, 1pm
Admission: $6/county residents, $8/non-residents

Learn the history of the wild turkey, its amazing adaptations, and importance to early Americans. Track this wily bird through the gardens and natural spaces of Green Spring then create a turkey-inspired decoration for your Thanksgiving table. Pre-registration is required. Read more about the lovely Green Spring Gardens in this KFDC post.

Experience the WONDER of Art
Where: Renwick Gallery
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

The debut exhibition at the Renwick after two years of renovations is nothing short of amazing. Aptly named WONDER, it features a major art installation in each gallery. And the works aren’t just beautiful, they’re breathtaking. The crowds surely have died down since the grand opening last weekend, so go experience it with the kids — they’ll love it, too.

Cool Hikes
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

It’s might be cooling down a bit, but the weather should still be superb, so take advantage with some time on the trail. Peep the last of autumn leaves, tramp in places with scenic views, hike and explore history at interesting locales, and enjoy a day of active fun. This post has a a bunch of recommendations for good walks in the woods with the kids.

To Market, To Market
Where: Eastern Market
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Whether you want to get your holiday shopping started or just browse around and enjoy the nice vibe, this outdoor flea market on Capitol Hill, is a great place to hang on the weekend.Vendors are sell everything from original artwork to fun T-shirts, to handmade jewelry and accessories, to home décor to furniture – and much, much more. Buy fresh produce from farmers’ stalls outside and butchered meats, fancy cheeses, baked goods, pasta, fresh produce, and more inside the actual Eastern Market. Even more, there is often live music courtesy of buskers around the area, and if the kids want some play time afterwards, you can hit one of several parks or playgrounds in the neighborhood (Lincoln Park, at 11th and East Capitol, is the largest and most popular among them).

A Musical Grand Opening
Where: Music on the Hill
When: Saturday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Music on the Hill is moving locations! To celebrate their beautiful new space at 8th and D NE, they will be offering sale prices on all instruments and lesson registration specials. They’ll also be raffling off products from Kala Ukuleles, Seagull Guitars, Hal Leonard, and much more!

Family Block Party
Where: Jammin’ Java
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: $12

This dance party that was formerly Baby Loves Disco welcomes families to get their groove on during kid-friendly hours. A DJ spins tunes, while an MC gets the party going, and there are fun activities for for kids to enjoy along with the dance floor action.

Play with Extra Zip
Where: Beauvoir Outdoors
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

The National Cathedral Elementary School’s playground is easily one of the best in the city. With lots of climbing and sliding structures and spaces for all ages, plus a super fun zipline(!), your whole crew will have a blast there.

Family Concert: Let’s Make Music
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center
When: November 22, 2:30-3:30pm
Tickets: $25, free for children

The Capitol City Symphony’s annual fun, educational, and participatory family concert is a hit with kids of all ages. Bruce Adolphe’s Three Pieces for Kids and Chamber Orchestra is an interactive journey through the orchestra that is sure to be fun for all the family. The concert also includes an Instrument Petting Zoo for 30 minutes before each performance, where guests might discover their new favorite instrument!

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