The Weekend Round-Up: July 12-14

Keep the soccer fever from the World Cup going at a DC United match on Friday!

Happy Weekend!

Family Art Programs
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free

The summer session of the NGA’s wonderful Art Investigators series begins this weekend. The drop-in program for kids ages 4-7 will explore works by Winslow Homer with a a book reading, a look at his work, then an art project that directly relates to it. 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). There will also be Drop-In Art Making on Friday and Saturday 10am – 2pm, and on Sunday 11am – 3pm.

Old MacDonald Had a Barn
Where: Miracle Theatre | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Friday, 10:30-11:15am
Admission: $8/thru July 11, $10/at door
njoy some wholesome family entreatment on Friday night! Kidsinger Jim & the Big Barn Puppets are performing a special show at the beautiful Miracle Theatre. “Old MacDonald Had A Barn” features well-known folk tunes and some originals, followed by a fun ‘hoedown’ finale by Kidsinger Jim & his Barnyard Band. 

Check It Out: A Library + Art Pop-up Program
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
Time: Friday & Saturday, 10 am- 2 pm
Admission: Free

Check it out! This ongoing program at the Hirshhorn invited young museum-goers to find the cart in the gallery and check out a kit to use inside the galleries. Kits include a children’s book, suggested artworks for viewing, and hands-on materials. This program is a partnership between Smithsonian Libraries and the Hirshhorn.

DC United vs. New England Revolution
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Friday, 7pm
Admission: Tickets start at $30

Kick it at a DC United match on Friday evening as they host the New England team. If you haven’t been to Audi Field yet, you’re in for a treat — it’s a great arena with excellent views of the action on the field as well as the city skyline. I recommend taking public transportation since parking can be difficult. Or park in the Navy Yard neighborhood, grab dinner at one of the many eateries (El Bebe, The Salt Line, and All Purpose are my top recs), then walk from there.

Lotus & Water Lily Festival
Where: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens | Northeast DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

See the glorious beauty of the wild wetlands of Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens as you celebrate world cultures! The annual Lotus & Water Lily Festival is full of free, family friendly festivities, including traditional Latin, Asian, and African dancing performances; gardening workshops; face painting; lotus tea tasting; Junior Ranger and educational activities; and more. Of course, the spectacular beauty of blooming lotus flowers and water lilies at the only national park dedicated to growing aquatic plants is a main focus of the event, too. Get a glimpse of the spectacular flower display before you go — and consider biking there for a little extra adventure!

French Festival
Where: Hillwood Estate & Gardens | Upper Northwest, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: $18/adult ($12/members), $5/ages 6-18, free/5 & under

Calling all Francophiles: Celebrate Bastille Day in grand French splendor! With exquisite French 18th-century interiors, collections, and gardens as a backdrop, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is a perfect place for a fête. Throughout the day, games, lively theatrics, dance, pantomime, French fare, and music bring the life of the French court to the lush gardens at Hillwood.

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

* Enjoy fun and antics with The Cat in the Hat at Adventure Theatre (look for discount tickets)
* See a storybook character come to life in Matilda the Musical at Olney Theatre (look for discount tickets)
* Reserve free tickets to a concert by 123 Andres, this week’s Saturday Morning at the National show
* The Ballad of Mulan is now on the Imagination Stage
* And little ones will love Balloonacy at the Bethesda theater
* Catch a performance of Circus! at The Puppet Co.
* Imaginary Friends is the featured Tiny Tots show there center
* Take ages 10 and up to The Band’s Visit at the Kennedy Center
* Enter the lottery for tickets to Hamlet, this year’s Free for All production from Shakespeare THeatre Company

Mornings at the Museum
Where: Renwick Gallery | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 9am
Admission: Free

Mornings at the Museum is a sensory-friendly program for children, teenagers, and young adults with disabilities and their families. The program includes early entry into the museum, facilitated and thematic activities, a take-a-break space, and pre-visit materials like social narratives and sensory maps.

Say “Om” at SoundHealth: Second Saturday
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 9:30am & 11:30am
Admission: Free

This series of free monthly workshops designed for families with young children explores the power of the arts to promote wellness of the mind and body. During this session, join Angelyn Shapiro of New Beginnings Yoga for an energizing morning of movement and exploration! Kiddos and their grown-ups will move through an all-levels yoga practice designed to increase body awareness, coordination, and spacial relations using songs, rhymes, and games. Children will explore basic poses and simple breathing techniques through creative play. No prior experience is required. Most enjoyed by ages 0-5.

French Immersion Class and Bastille Day Party
Where: Les Petites Marrionnettes | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday, 10:00 am – 11: 00 am
Admission: Free/adult & child

Join Pia and Nairouz for an hour of fun en Français and stick around for a Bastille Day celebration. Children will learn about France’s National Holiday while participating in engaging activities including song, dance, puppetry, arts & crafts, and more! The whole family will be invited to enjoy a crêpe after class. Geared for children ages 3 to 6 with little to no exposure to French. Registration is required. Check the website for more details! Les Petites Marrionnettes is located at 3020 N Pershing Dr. in Arlington.

Where: SPIN DC | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 12-3pm
Admission: Free

With inspiration from Wimbledon, SPIN, the popular ping pong social club, is teaming up with KIDZ BOP to host a popping afternoon of music and ping pong activities for the whole family at SPINBLEDON Kids Day. KIDZ BOP music, ping pong lessons, and arts and craft activities like face painting and album art coloring pages promise to keep all family members entertained. One lucky family will win a four pack of tickets to the “KIDZ BOP World Tour” when the concert experience comes to town later this year. The event will feature an exclusive menu designed with SPIN’s younger players in mind, including Superstar Pizza, Hop Bop Chicken nuggets, and Burger Sliders.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Do Storytime
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 1pm & 6pm
Admission: $20-35

Mo Willems & the Storytime All-Stars present this Concert Hall Storytime like you’ve never experienced before, featuring your favorite performers from TV, movies, and stand-up. Presenting Mo Willems’s books as sketch comedy, these hilarious performers invite the audience to laugh, sing, and draw along! Recommended for ages 5+.

Bubble Days
Where: Maryland Science Center | Baltimore, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: $20.95/adult, $16.95/child

See the sudsiest spectacle of the summer at the annual Bubble Days. Hop into the foamy fun pool party, bounce special bubbles in your hand, experiment with bubbling beakers, and more! See the world-renowned bubble artist Casey Carle in his suds-tacular show, BubbleMania. Get ready for two days that’re going to be bursting with fun.

Model Trains and Thomas
Where: Historic Vienna Train Station | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free (donations accepted)

Stop by the Historic Vienna Train Station where you can see and hear HO scale model trolleys and trains, including Thomas and some of his friends on display and in operation. It’s a great family fun and activity for the young and young at heart. The Station is at 231 Dominion Road NE, Vienna, VA along the W&OD trail just past the Caboose.

On the Fringe
Where: Theatres around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by performances

The Capital Fringe Festival is underway, and while most of the entertainment lineup this weekend is recommended for tween ages and up, there are a few all ages events, too. More details and ticket sales are on the Capital Fringe Festival website. And, parents, consider catching a performance for a KidFree night out.

Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner
Where: Dio Wine Bar | H Street NE, DC
When: Saturday, 3:30pm
Admission: Just the cost of your food & drinks

One Saturday a month, Dio Wine Bar hosts Saturday happy hour for parents, guardians, and their children. Families are welcome to enjoy drinks and food without the added expense of finding a sitter or getting the stink eye for bringing their little ones to the bar. This Saturday, they open at 3:30pm and are excited to host Lola & Pear Publishing for a children’s book reading as part of their Book, Babies, and Booze Tour. Sip on sangria while listening to The Adventures of Duke, the Therapy Dog: Duke Finds A Home. No tickets required, just bring yourselves!

HBD, Alexandria!
Where: Oronoco Bay Park | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 6-10pm
Admission: Free

The City of Alexandria will celebrate its 269th (and the USA’s 242nd belated) birthdays this weekend. Enjoy festivities for the entire family, including musical entertainment, children’s activities, community exhibits, and birthday cake. The highlight of the evening is a concert by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and fireworks to close out the celebration.

UniverSoul Circus
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Tickets: $13+ (look for discount tickets)

The world-class, live entertainment attraction that has captured the hearts and imaginations of a new generation of families is celebrating its 23rd year of FUN. UniverSoul connects with progressive, upwardly mobile, urban pop cultures from around the world, embracing and celebrating the unique and familiar aspects of global cultures and ethnicities into a stellar production that blends circus arts, theater and music. A fresh, cool, and hip approach to live family entertainment!

Hang out on the Lawn
Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $16/adult, $13/age 3-17

LAWN, this year’s big summer installation at the National Building Museum transforms the Great Hall into an inviting, expansive green space that encourages recreation and relaxation, whatever your preference. Kids of all ages (that includes us really big kids 😉) are welcome to frolic along the turf, roll down hills, play lawn games, get bird’s eye views, enjoy special programming, or just relax in a hammock and listen to stories of summer.

Fancy This
Where: Brookside Gardens
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $8/ages 13 and up, $5/3-12, free ages 0-2

Walk amid a garden of butterflies at Brookside Garden’s amazing Wings of Fancy exhibit, on view through August 31. The seasonal display featuring live butterflies and caterpillars from all over the world is sure to delight. Read about a KFDC experience at the exhibit. And plan to tour the rest of Brookside’s lovely grounds while you’re there and see if there are any other special kids’ programs to enjoy.

Infinite Space
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $16/adult, $8/age 2+

The latest exhibition at ARTECHOUSE, Infinite Space explores the concept of infinity and “invites visitors to open their senses to the endless transformation and infinite possibilities at the intersection of man and machine.” Six immersive installations will delight and amaze and some will make you feel like you’re floating in, well, Infinite Space. Family-friendly hours are 10am -5pm, and evening hours 5:30-11:30pm for ages 21+ when exhibit-themed cocktails are served make for a fun date night.

Summer Staples
Where: Around the DMV

When: Throughout the weekend

Admission: Varies by activity

Get your summer on this weekend with a host of activities exclusive to this time of year. Kick it off with an outdoor concert or free fishing. Enjoy some water fun at an outdoor pool, sprayground, or water park. Check out a special seasonal exhibit. Do some crabbing (the feasting kind). Catch a flick under the stars, and so much more. See the 2019 KFDC Guide to Summer in DC for the full scoop on these and even more summer favorites.

* The USWNT is going on a victory tour. Stops are TBD, but cross fingers DC is one of them!
* A bunch of us had a Trader Joe’s love fest over on Instagram where we shared our favorite TJ products.
* The Washington School of Ballet is holding auditions this weekend for the 2019-20 school year.
* Reserve free tickets for next weekend’s Kids in the Castle: Scavenger Hunt event, when the historic Heurich House opens its doors to young visitors.
* The meal delivery service, Sun Basket has a great deal going on: Get $70 off–$30 off your 1st order, $25 off your 2nd, $15 off your 3rd.
* Just started this book and cannot put it down!

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