The Weekend Round-Up: July 28-30

Taking in the city scene from the balcony of the Newseum

It may not be an ideal summer forecast (read: lots of rain and cooler temps) but the many fun, enriching events and activities around the area will make for a perfect DC weekend. And outdoor ideas are still included here in case the bad weather blows through quickly. Rain or shine… Happy Weekend!

Tuku Iho | Māori Living Legacy
Where: National Museum of Natural History | National Mall, DC
When: Through Sunday, 10am – 5:30pm
Admission: Free

Discover New Zealand’s Māori culture as it takes center stage at the Natural History Museum with a variety of immersive programming. Tā moko, the art of Māori tattoo; carving demonstrations; Kapa haka, a traditional form of Māori performing arts; and workshops and discussions with artists and performers are among the festivities all ages can enjoy, all of them against a backdrop of more than 70 Māori artworks handcrafted by students and teachers from New Zealand.

National Dance Day
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 2-10:30pm
Admission: Free

This free, day-long celebration features interactive dance lessons, outdoor performances, live music, and more outside on the Kennedy Center’s North Plaza. There’s also a 6pm Millennium Stage performance in the Grand Foyer and the return of the summer night social “Dancing Under the Stars” with a beginner-level swing dance lesson, followed by two hours of dancing with live music from The Tom Cunningham Orchestra. Multi-talented choreographer/teacher and So You Think You Can Dance’s Tony Bellissimo will lead patrons in the National Dance Day routine. Choreographer, Director, and Producer Adam Shankman will also join the festivities. Food and drinks will be available for purchase on site.

Newsflash: Summer Fun Deal!
Where: Newseum | Pennsylvania Ave., DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $24.95/adult, FREE for kids

Take advantage of free admission for kids to the Newseum while you can! The annual Summer Fun Deal, which runs through Labor Day, waives the entrance fee for youth with one paid adult admission. The deal benefits kids ages 7 and up most, since children 6 and under always get in free, and much of the Newseum’s collection will be better appreciated by older children. It’s a fantastic museum, my favorite in DC! Worth the admission fee, which is actually good for two days.

Joys of Summer
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Embrace summer in DC this weekend with a host of activities that are best (and, in some cases, only) enjoyed this time of year. Outdoor swimming, sprayground play, concerts under the stars, special museum programs, and movies al fresco are just some of the seasonal fun. Go here for the full scoop on these joys of summer and more.

Dog Days of Summer Family Festival
Where: National Postal Museum | near Union Station, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join the postal Museum for the Dog Days of Summer Family Festival to get to know Owney the Dog (famed four-ledge friend of the USPS), and learn about the role animals play in our postal system to help transport and protect mail. Fun activities for all ages includes a pet adoption fair, an Amtrak Police K-9 demo, scavenger hunts, story time, crafts, and a variety of games and challenges. Read more about the museum in this KFDC post.

Art Investigators: Sam Gilliam
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free

This weekend’s sessions of Art Investigators, the National Gallery of Art’s drop-in program for kids ages 4-7, will explore works by Sam Gilliam. Young art-goers will learn about his unique approach to art-making, then use that as inspiration to paint a colorful canvas. Sign-in takes place in the East Building Atrium, starting at 10am on Friday and Saturday, and 11am on Sunday. Be aware that you may not get an early time slot and will have time to fill before your session, so plan accordingly. Read a KFDC review of the series back when it was called Stories in Art (it’s an older post, but still relevant, as the program is very much the same).

Nats vs. Rockies
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Nats are hosting the Rockies all weekend and there are special promos to enjoy along with the baseball action on the field, including the Harris Teeter Family Fun Pack and a coloring book giveaway. Read more about what families can enjoy at Nationals Park. And before you plan your day at the ballpark, check out these KFDC tips on how to do a Nats game without breaking the bank.

Kaypi Perú
Where: National Museum of the American Indian | National Mall, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, 10:30am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Kaypi, Perú — “This Is Peru” in the indigenous Quechua language — highlights Peru’s rich and diverse cultural heritage and traditional arts. The festival will include an art market, music and dance performances, hands-on activities for children, documentary screenings and Peruvian cuisine. Through photographs and objects, the exhibition “The Ese’Eja People of the Amazon: Connected by a Thread” describes the worldview, heritage and way of life of the Ese’Eja, stewards of their lands in the Amazon Basin for many generations, and raises the challenges they face as they try to shape their future.

Serve Up Some Tennis
Where: William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center | Rock Creek, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, gates open at 9am
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Enjoy the on-court excitement along with some special events as the Citi Open Tennis Tournament swings into action this weekend. Saturday is the first day of qualifying rounds as well as Camry Family Day with lots of fun activities especially for kids. And qualifying rounds continue on Sunday.

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

* Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook is running at Adventure Theatre
* The Okee Dokee Brothers will play on the lovely outdoor stage Friday & Saturday at Wolf Trap’s Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods
* Circus! just opened at The Puppet Co.
* And Penguin’s Playground is the featured Tiny Tots there
* See theatre by kids for kids as Encore Stage & Studio presents The Music Man
* Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I is now at the Kennedy Center
* Go down the rabbit hole for Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure at Imagination Stage
* And this weekend is little ones’ last chance to see Raton en Movimiento!, also playing at the Bethesda theatre
* Arts on the Horizon brings entertainment to littles with By the Seashore for one more Saturday
* My Fair Lady at Olney Theatre is recommended for ages 10 and up
* Make it a date night to see An Octoroon at Woolly Mammoth
* The Capital Fringe Festival is bringing a variety of performances to venues around DC for one more weekend

All Ages Dueling Pianos
Where: Bobby McKey’s | National Harbor, MD
When: Saturday, 1-3:30pm
Admission: $18

The whole crew can enjoy an afternoon of music and fun at this dueling piano shows. The two hours of all-request live music paired with a lunch buffet is a great way to stay cool on a hot summer day. And this is a performance where kids are encouraged to wiggle in their seats, dance in the aisles, and sing along!

Music Together
Where: Douglas Memorial Church | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 9am, 10am or 11am
Admission: $20/family

Have some musical fun while supporting a local preschool. ToTH Montessori is hosting a Music Together fundraiser for their scholarship fund. Mr. Steve Leroy will lead families in 45 minutes of interactive songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement, and instrument play developmentally appropriate for kids ages 0-5. Sessions are at 9am, 10am, and 11am, and advance registration is strongly encouraged as space is limited.

Sunflowers Galore
Where: McKee Beshers Wildlife Management Area | Poolesville, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

The sunflowers at McKee Beshers are still blooming brightly, and visitors are welcome to take in the gorgeous scene. Nine fields showcase 30 acres of flowers, and viewing them will make your day! Tip: If you plan to go, pair it with a PYO blackberries outing like we did at Homestead Farms, which is just minutes away.

Nature & Recreation in Annapolis
Where: Quiet Waters Park | Annapolis, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $6/car

Head east to explore a new park. A couple of months ago we discovered Quiet Waters, kind of by accident, and it made for a fantastic outdoorsy Mother’s Day. Hike in the woods under a leafy canopy, paddle the South River, take in scenic vistas, and even view some art. Afterwards, do what one does when in that neck of the woods: Eat crabs!

Feeling Crabby?
Where: Eastern Shore, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Depends on how much you order!

It’s not a true DC summer if you don’t take advantage of one of the area’s best offerings: blue crabs! Feasting on the steamed Old Bay-spiced creatures is a seasonal treat, and doing so at a waterfront crab house on the Chesapeake Bay is a bonus. We recently tried and loved Kentmorr’s restaurant and beach scene. Cantler’s in Annapolis is an institution, and Mike’s Crab House in Riva is popular with delicious crabs, gorgeous scenery, and a great outdoor waiting area if tables aren’t immediately available. After your feast, head into downtown Annapolis for ice cream at Kilwin’s and a stroll around town!

Real World Science Behind Harry Potter
Where: Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum | Alexandria, VA
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: $6

In honor of Harry Potter’s birthday, the Apothecary is offering family-friendly tours that explore the real world of science and medicine behind J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. This event sells out, so purchase timed-entry tickets in advance! (FYI: There’s a tour for adults on Monday — with drinks!)

Insectival: Insect Festival
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Solomons, Maryland
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: $4/adult, free for ages 4 and under

Buzz on down to Solomons, MD, as Annmarie celebrates and investigates insects through games, art activities, bug hunts, and show & tell fun. And be sure to explore the rest of the gardens and art center while you’re there – artistic delights and play abound!

The Great Indoors
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

This post with over 90 ideas for adventures around the area that take place indoors will be a good one to keep handy this weekend with rain on the way, according to the atest forecast. Many are well known attractions, but sometimes we need reminders about even the most obvious spots. You’ll likely find lots of nice surprises listed, too!

Think Outside
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

In case the weather turns, or wet weather doesn’t deter you, there are tons of options around the DC-Metro for a great al fresco adventure. Take a hike, hit a playground, explore a garden, visit animals, or see what else there is to do under the blue (or gray) skies in this post with tons of ideas for outdoor fun.

* Looking for a fun, active camp for your kid these last few weeks of summer? There is still some space in DC Way Soccer Camp. They offer drop-in days, too. (PS: Sasha loved this camp!)
* The next Wizard School Scavenger Hunt by Watson Adventures is August 5 at the National Gallery of Art. These tend to sell out so reserve your spots here!
* I always get the best book recommendations from No Monsters in My Bed. And even though she hasn’t actually finished these 10 Books I Want to Read this Summer yet, I’ll still take a cue from Darcy and check them out.
* Speaking of books, my favorite read so far this year is Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. And FYI: he’s coming to the Kennedy Center in September (can’t wait)!
* Did you know KFDC is on Instagram? Follow @kidfriendlydc for updates and ideas on cool things to do in DC, plus a little of our life behind the scenes.

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