The Weekend Round-Up:
November 2-4

Kids and adults will dig Pulse, a brand new exhibit at the Hirshhorn

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Happy Weekend!

Feel the Pulse
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

This new exhibit that just opened at the Hirhhorn will capture your heart, kind of literally. It’s comprised of three large-scale installations that use heart rate sensors to produce audiovisual experiences from visitors’ own biometric data. It’s beautiful, thought provoking, and unlike any exhibit I’ve experienced before. With interactive elements, cool visuals, and an interesting combination of science and art, kids and adults alike will be wowed. Full KFDC review of it coming very soon!

Hocus Pocus at the Drive-In
Where: Union Market | Northeast DC
When: Friday, 8:15pm (lot opens at 5:45pm)
Admission: $10/car, free for walk-ups

Catch one last family-friendly flick at the drive-in! Hocus Pocus is the final featured film at Union Market’s outdoor movie series. Watch three witch sisters on the big screen from the comfort of your car in the UM parking lot. Get there as early as 6pm and have a bite to eat in the Market or bring food back to your car. The lot closes at 7:30pm, and the film begins at 8pm. Advance purchase is recommended.

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

What to do with your jack-o-lantern now that Halloween is over? Bring it 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. Along with the smashing, enjoy a whole playground of farm fun! The Roosteraunt Concession stand will open 11am – 3pm, and the Cider Donuts are not to be missed.

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 Sunday. See what’s on the schedule over the next few days.

Watch the Wizards
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Friday, 8pm & Sunday, 6pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Wizards will be hosting at home this weekend with games Friday and Sunday evenings. See them work their magic on the Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks. And be sure to look for a ticket deal through Certifikid for Sunday’s game — along with the discount seats, you’ll also get a Wizards T-shirt!

Virginia Tech Maker Festival
Where: VT Northern Virginia Center | Fall Church, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm

The 4th Annual Virginia Tech Maker Festival will be a full day of creativity, engineering, and discovery! Get ready for hands-on experiences, live performances, and interactive demonstrations that will inspire a wonder in science for all ages.

Shake Up Your Saturday
Where: Folger Shakespeare Library | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10-11am & 11am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Shake up your Saturday with a workshop at the Folger! These programs occurring on the first Saturday of every month encourage families to experience Shakespeare’s language together. This session, bite into Shakespeare’s words and Elizabethan table manners at a “Cram thee with more food” themed session. Register here. And read a KFDC write-up about the Folger here.

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, hands-on activities, and tours of historic sites. Some events require registration.

Smithsonian Food History Festival
Where: American History Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy a day of hands-on learning, live demonstrations, talks, and stories exploring the past, present and future of regional food cultures in America. Talented chefs, local organizations, experts, museum curators, students, and more will be on hand to spark conversation, lead activities, and dig into food history with museum visitors of all ages.

T(w)een Scene: Long Way Down
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $25-35

Based on the award winning novel by Jason Reynolds, this one-man show for middle school ages and older presents the story of Will, a 15-year-old boy who is about to seek revenge for his older brother’s murder. It’s powerful and riveting with an amazing performance by Justin Weaks, who plays multiple characters. Read a full KFDC review here.

Show Time
Where: Venues around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by show

* Register for free tickets to Michael Shwedick: Reptile World, this weekend’s Saturday Morning at the National show
* Anything Goes is opening at Arena Stage on Friday
* It’s the first weekend for Cinderella at Imagination Stage
* It’s the final weekend to see Sleepy Hollow at Synetic Theater
* Hansel & Gretel is the Main Stage production at The Puppet Co.
* Little ones will love Imaginary Friends, this week’s featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theatre.
* Beetlejuiceis running at National Theatre
* See a local school’s production of Alice in Wonderland, Jr.

African American Stamp Collecting
Where: Anacostia Community Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the art of stamp collecting with an emphasis on African American philately. The day’s events will include a dress-up and reading station, a black stamp showcase, stamp expert speakers, a chance to make a stamp quilt, and more.

Native American Stories Family Day
Where: National Archives | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

From the Cherokee to the Pueblo, 573 Native American tribes today are legally recognized by the U.S. Government. Learn about Native Americans and their relationships with the United States. And try your hand at deciphering Navajo code, creating a storyboard for a movie on athlete Jim Thorpe, or delving into treaties between the United States and Indian nations.

Creativity Workshop
Where: The Phillips Collection | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Admission: $18/adult & child, $15/members ($5/additional person)

Let your creativity fly at the Phillips’ new art-making stations — it’s an art materials “petting zoo” for the whole family! The workshop includes an Artful Wellness Kit for parents and caregivers. Geared toward families with children ages 2 to 8.

Apples & Pie in AdMo
Where: 18th & Columbia NW | Adams Morgan, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 1pm
Admission: Free

You don’t have to head out to an orchard or farm to celebrate apple season. The 5th Annual Apple Pie Contest & 10th Annual Licking Creek Bend Farm’s Heirloom Apple Tasting will take place right here in the city on Saturday. Taste a variety of apples along with pies made with the fall fruits by local amateur bakers.

Harry Potter Wizard School Scavenger Hunt
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 2-4pm
Admission: $17.50/ages 10-17, $19.50/adult

Join Watson Adventures on a unique Harry Potter-themed scavenger hunt that kids and adults will love! Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the National Gallery in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry’s adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art. This hunt is designed for kids and adults to do together (but all-adult teams are allowed to compete separately) Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Read about this super fun adventure in this KFDC post.

Side Yards
Where: The Yards | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Saturday, 5-9pm
Admission: Free

The fifth annual sideshow extravaganza, Side Yards, is back at The Yards! The evening of quirky amusement will feature an aerialist, escape artists, a fortune teller, sword swallower, tight rope walker, and more attention grabbing acts — thrills and entertainment the whole family can enjoy. Food and drinks will be available for purchase or plan to dine at one of many nearby eateries.

Sweat & Shop Sunday
Where: TD Bank | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Sunday, 9:30am
Admission: Free

Fit4Mom DC is partnering with FRESHFARM farmer’s market for a pop-Up Stroller Strides class on Sunday. Bring the whole family for a workout and then shop the market goodies after class! The first 15 people who join the class will receive a $2 gift token to spend at the market, which is held on 20th St NW, right next to the class, and features fresh produce, smoothies, and ready-to-eat foods from local vendor. Register here. TD Bank is located at 1753 Connecticut Ave NW.

Story Time with the Author
Where: Solid State Books | H Street NE, DC
When: Sunday, 10:30-11:30am
Admission: Free

Join author and illustrator Kevin Cornell as he reads his new book Lucy Fell Down the Mountain about a little girl who’s falling down a mountain, running into a silly cast of characters until she lands safely at a hot cocoa chalet. This book will have readers laughing out loud about bad moods. Plan to stick around after and enjoy the adorable children’s section at the book store. (And FYI: There’s also a story time and sing-a-long with Bear Song on Saturday.)

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. Enjoy craft activities at Sully Plantation. Take kids trout fishing at Lake Fairfax Park. Join a fall foliage boat ride at Burke Lake Park. Details and registration links for these and more activities this weekend and beyond are available here.

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 area farms 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.

Leaf Peep on the Trail
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Take in the brilliant color spectrum of autumn and get a little exercise, to boot, on a family hike. From right here in the city to country locales, you’ve got your pick of places where you can enjoy the fall foliage and some time outdoors. This post about good area hikes with kids started in the early KFDC days, and with many new recommendations added since, there are lots of great trails to make for happy trampers.

The Ins and Outs of DC
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by adventure

With a mix of weather in the forecast, these posts that are chock full of evergreen pursuits are great to have bookmarked:
The Great Indoors
The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids

* You have through Friday, November 2, to enter the giveaway for a chance to win tickets to Creole for Kidz at BlackRock Center for the Arts.
* You can also try to win tickets to the American Pop Orchestra’s A Very Silly Vaudeville at Arena Stage!
* Kid Up and Go just shared an amazing list of places that can help with your holiday meals, whether you need a quick side dish or a whole Thanksgiving spread.
* If you have stuff you want to give away, but don’t know where to take it, check out this list of DC charities that accept donations.
* Election Day is this coming Tuesday, November 6! This post has good info to help you prepare to vote.

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