The Weekend Round-Up: November 3-5

Halloween might be over, but you can still have some hair raising fall fun!

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It looks like it both will and won’t feel like fall this weekend. Luckily, though, there are things to do that are both weather- and season-proof. And don’t forget you can find even more ideas for family fun on the Everyday Play page. Happy Weekend!

Kids Euro Festival
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

This weekend is the last to enjoy free artistic adventures of the European variety, thanks to the annual Kids Euro Festival. Musicians, storytellers, dancers, and puppeteers are just a few of the many, many exciting acts that are performing at a variety of venues through November 5. See what’s on the schedule over the next few days.

Rockville Town Square Celebrates 10 Years
Where: Rockville Town Square| Rockville Md.
When: November 3, 6-9pm
Admission: Free

Start the weekend with an anniversary celebration, and join Rockville Town Square as they celebrate 10 years! Enjoy live music, strolling entertainment, merchant specials, swag bags for the first 300 guests, register to win gift cards from the original Rockville Town Square merchants, cake and an anniversary toast with Rockville Mayor Newton.

House of Sweden Family Day
Where: House of Sweden | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

The Embassy of Sweden invites the whole family to participate in a day of creativity, imagination, and fun. Enjoy theatre, workshops, crafts, and film screenings. Swap toys with new friends and partake in a Swedish fika. Whether you join for a few hours or for the whole day, plan to play, perform, or take in a performance designed to engage kids and parents alike.

Pumpkin Chunkin’
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $10/adult, $8/child

Bring your leftover jack-o-lantern to Great Country’s smashin’ session and let it fly! The Silo Drop and the Zip Wire Sploosh let you do the smashin’ yourself, or bring your pumpkin to the Pumpkin Drop Zone and add it to the upside down “fireworks display” as the pumpkins are dropped from a 40-foot lift. What happens to all the smashings? The pigs and cows love to eat them, and the rest are composted! The Roosteraunt Concession stand will open 11am – 3pm, and the Cider Donuts are not to be missed!

Maryland Emancipation Day
Where: MoCo Parks | Montgomery County, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

Celebrate Maryland Emancipation Day, which commemorates the adoption of the 1864 Maryland Constitution that abolished slavery in the state of Maryland. Join Montgomery Parks for free activities that take place all weekend long, such as hikes on the Underground Railroad Experience Trail, living history demonstrations, food to savor, and tours of historic sites. Some events require registration.

Write Now!
Where: National Postal Museum | Union Station area, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

In anticipation of Veterans Day, join the Postal Museum in honoring past and present military personnel by celebrating the history and art of correspondence. Explore the exhibit My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I, which brings back to life the powerful and heartfelt letters between family, friends, and service members during the war. Kids can also enjoy hands-on activities, and Girl Scout troops can earn their “Celebrating Community” badge, too. Read more about the museum in this KFDC post.

Where: National Museum of American History | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Early learners ages 0-6 and their caregivers will have the chance to hear a story and participate in hands-on activities and crafts inspired by objects from the museum’s collection at this bi-weekly program on the first and third Saturdays of the month. With Thanksgiving coming up, November is all about food! Enjoy delicious stories, participate in food games and crafts, and explore cookware from the museum’s collection.

Color’s Garden
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall
When: Saturday, 10:30am & 12:30pm & Sunday, 11:30am
Tickets: Free

Inspired by the art of Henri Matisse, Color’s Garden is a play that celebrates the joys and discoveries of making a new kind of art. Featuring projections, playful animations, and a lively jazz score, this theatrical fantasy brings the elements of art to life and offers new understandings about their expressive power. Following each performance, families will be invited to make collages in our hands-on artmaking space and will be provided with self-guiding resources to explore the elements of art in the Gallery’s collection. All performances are free and will take place in the East Building Auditorium, which seats 450 people. Seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Recommended for ages 4+.

Czech Christmas Market
Where: Embassy of the Czech Republic | Embassy Row, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Get your holiday shopping started early at the Czech Embassy! Visitors will relish in the magic of the season with stands filled with beautiful handcrafted ornaments, renowned Czech crystal and glass products, exquisite jewelry, and toys, while enjoying the taste and smell of mulled wine and eggnog as well as an assortment of Christmas cookies, baked goods and savory cuisine. Children will adore the array of live animals from the Nativity scene, handled by shepherds. As a special addition, young children of Sokol Washington will perform Czech Christmas carols at 11:30am.

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

* Reserve free tickets for Rainbow Puppets: The Really Big Dinosaur Show, this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance
* Be enchanted by The Adventures of Peter Pan at Synetic Theatre– and it’s wonderful! (Read the KFDC review here.)
* Watch The Amazing Max perform incredible magic at BlackRock Center for Performing Arts
* The musical version of Mean Girls is at the National Theatre
* Take yourselves out for a grown-up night to see The Book of Mormon at the Kennedy Center
* The Smartest Girl on the World is on the Imagination Stage
* Pinnochio is running at The Puppet Co. (no lie!)
* The KIDZ BOP “Best Time Ever” Tour is stopping at the Warner Theatre in Sunday
* Our Town is still on stage at the Olney Theatre
* Go KidFree to Arena Stage for The Price

Trash to Treasure Green Craft Fair
Where: Watkins Nature Center | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Do some eco-friendly shopping while the kids have fun at this special event featuring vendors selling items made from recycled, organic, or sustainable materials. Along with local artists selling their handmade wares, there will crafts for kids and food for sale. Of course, plan to stay and play at Watkins — read about all there is to do there!

Autumn Bonsai
Where: U.S. National Arboretum | Northeast DC
When: Through Monday
Admission: Free

Take your little people to see the little trees in their brilliant autumnal colors before the leaves fall away to reveal bare winter silhouettes. See red maples, yellow ginkgos, and fruited trees in the Museum’s permanent collection pavilions. Enjoy other festivities like drumming and dance performances. And be sure to tour the big trees around the rest of the National Arb while you’re there, too – it’s easily one of the best places in the city to do some leaf peeping. Read more about the urban oasis here.

Chili Challenge
Where: Open Lot at North Capitol & Florida Ave | Northwest DC
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: $15-20

North Capitol Main Street is hosting its second annual chili challenge featuring chili entries from eight of local restaurants! All ages are welcome to enjoy the festivities, including warm apple cider, DC Brau, games for the kids, and friendly competition for the adults. Moon Bounce + Games + Hot Pepper Eating Contest + DJ + Hotdogs + Chili + Cornbread + Beer + Wine!

Rock Out
Where: St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church | Silver Spring, MD
When: Saturday, 10:30-11:30am
Admission: $4/person or $5/family

Join Ms. Kim and the Rockstarts Band as they rock out at St. Stephen Lutheran Church to support Silver Oaks Cooperative Elementary that will be opening in Fall 2018. Kids of all ages love this group and everyone is bound to have a blast (but especially great for ages 2-8)! Allergy friendly snacks will be for sale, too. Tickets sold at the door. St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church is located at 11612 New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring.

Folk Songs from Around the World
Where: Lutheran Church of the Reformation
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: $17/adult, $12/age 12-18, free/under 12

The American Youth Chorus invites to the start of their 10th season as they present folk songs from every corner of the globe.  From Spanish and Czech folk dances to Chinese and French children’s songs, and from Welsh and Irish ballads to American game songs, spirituals and lullabies, the evening will put a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

Words, Beats, and Life Festival
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Sunday, 12-7pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the art forms of breakdancing and graffiti with free events presented by D.C. Hip Hop nonprofit Words Beats & Life. Watch as leading b-boys and b-girls from around the country defy the laws of gravity and compete for cash prizes and see 30 DC-based artists create live works of art at the Kennedy Center, complete with music from DJ Vico Vibez.

DC Art Book Fair
Where: National Museum of Women in the Arts | Downtown DC
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

This curated event that brings together artists, small presses, and collectives from DC and beyond to sell their independently published (largely paper-based) works. These artists deal in works from zines to books, comics to prints, and plenty in between (including some non-paper goods and accessories.) The fair will feature 50 artists/collectives/small presses — you can see the list of them here. Even better, this year’s fair coincides with museum’s Free Community Day for November, so admission is free, and it’s kid-friendly!

Fun at Fairfax Parks
Where: Parks in Fairfax County, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

The Fairfax County Park Authority hosts all kinds of events on weekends for guests of all ages. Take a cocoa wagon ride at Frying Pan Park (ages 2+). Join an animal feeding session at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park (ages 2+). Learn about turkeys at Hidden Oaks Nature Center (ages 3-5). Details and registration for these and more activities this weekend and beyond are available here.

The Inside Scoop
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

We may have some wet weather this weekend, so this post with over 90 ideas for outings that take place inside will come in handy. Burn some energy at an indoor playground, visit a museum, explore a historic place, bring the outdoors in at a nature center…this post has 90 suggestions for activities and places inside, most them mainstays around DC, and just about all of them tried and tested by the Team KFDC.

Baltimore, Hon!
Where: Baltimore, MD
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by locale

Head up I-95 for a change of city scenery. Explore the exhibits and loads of hands-on activities at the Maryland Science Center. See some of the quirkiest, coolest art ever at the American Visionary Art Museum. Play the day away at Port Discovery. Get an eyeful of the underwater world at the National Aquarium. Tour the historic ships at the Inner Harbor. Visit the birthplace of the National Anthem at Fort McHenry. Or view history in the works at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

Fall Farm Fun
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Just because you’re not picking out a potential Jack o’ lantern, that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun on the farm. Many locales have way more to enjoy than just pumpkin patches. Whiz down slides, bounce on giant jumping pillows, visit farm animals, and loads more. This list of fall fests has details to get started — Ticonderoga, Cox, Clark’s Elioak, and Great Country Farms are all good bets for a great time.

Ice It
Where: Ice rinks around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

Glide the day away as several area outdoor ice rinks start welcoming skaters for the season. Circle the rink in the open air at Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring. Do some shopping and snacking along with your skating at Pentagon Row in Arlington. Practice your axles and lutzes at Reston Town Center. And see where else you can hit the ice this season, both outdoors and in.

A Spotlight on Abe Lincoln
Where: Ford’s Theatre | Penn Quarter
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free – $3

Learn about the final hours of Abraham Lincoln’s life, the circumstances surrounding his assassination, and the aftermath of the tragedy at Ford’s Theatre. The National Historic Site features a museum, theatre walk-throughs and a presentation, plus admission to Peterson House where Lincoln died, and guests are welcome to explore it all. We did recently, and it makes for a very interesting and entertaining outing (best for about ages 8 and up). Read about our experience there in this new KFDC post.

* The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site is hosting its annual Oratorical Contest December 8-9, and all students in grades 1-12 are welcome to participate. Details are available here, and applications are due by November 9!
* There is still a bit of time to enter the giveaway for a chance to win tickets to an advanced screening of The Star on November 11!
* The World Press Photo Foundation is showcasing its 2017 collection of award-winning images at Dupont Underground now through November 26.
* Did you know KidFriendly DC is on Instagram? Follow along for extra updates and a little behind-the-scenes of KFDC life!

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