The Weekend Round-Up:
April 28-30

It’s a party for the youngest Nats fans at the ballpark this weekend!

 

Happy Weekend!  And it looks like a rainy few days ahead, so be sure to confirm that any outdoor events are still on.

Quick links for local fun:
* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Baltimore with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places

Go, Terps!
Where: University of Maryland | College Park, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

The annual Maryland Day celebration in College Park gets a giant thumbs-up from me, and not just because it’s my alma mater. This is a fantastic event for families — and we know from experience. Every year, the University hosts a huge open house for, well, everybody. There will be hundreds of family-friendly activities for varying ages, including learning games; a sports and rec area; musical performances; arts & crafts; farm animal visits; fossil digs; insect and instrument petting zoos; and TONS more. It’s spread out all over campus — and it’s a huge campus, so be prepared for lots of walking (worth every step!) and be sure to bring a stroller for little ones.

Baseball Family Day
Where: National Postal Museum | Union Station Area, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Swing into the 2023 baseball season with the National Postal Museum, as they present special programming highlighting the recently opened exhibition, Baseball: America’s Home Run. The Baseball Family Festival will offer fun for all ages with activity stations, crafts, music, and virtual author readings. Of course, be sure to tour the exhibit and the rest of the museum, a KFDC favorite for all ages.  Read more about it here and here!

Carousel Day
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free (carousel rides cost a fee)

This annual tradition is one of Glen Echo Park’s most popular festivals,  celebrating the beautiful historic Dentzel Carousel spinning for 102 years.  Along with rides on the beloved merry-go-round, guests of all ages can enjoy loads of fun activities: Music and dance performances, arts & crafts, artist studios and galleries, and more. See the day’s full details here.

Bon Jour, Georgetown!
Where: Book Hill Neighborhood | Georgetown, DC
When: Friday & Saturday, 10am – 5pm | Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

The Georgetown French Market returns to the Book Hill area of the neighborhood, bringing the signature European open air market back for its 19th year.  More than 30 Georgetown boutiques, antique shops, restaurants, galleries, and more will be featured. But it’s not all about the shopping!  There will also be strolling mimes, hands-on activities, live music, plus French cuisine from Georgetown cafes and restaurants. Visit the website to see the schedule of events and list of participating shops.

Kids Opening Day
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Sunday, 1:35pm
Admission: Tickets prices vary

On Sunday, the Nationals invite their youngest fans to help kick off the 2023 season. Lots of kids’ activities will be available before the game against the Pirates, including photo ops, face painting, balloon twisters, and caricature artists in the Center Field Plaza and Family Picnic area, plus the first 10,000 fans ages 12 and under get a kids rally cap. And after the game, ages 4-12 can run the bases. If you can’t make it Sunday, there are games on Friday & Saturday, too. No matter when you go, check out these KFDC tips on how to save money on Nats games!

Book It
Where: Bookstores in the DC area
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day, and several local book shops are celebrating with special activities. East City Bookshop on Capitol Hill will have  in-store flash sales, activities for all ages, giveaways, and more. Kramerbooks in Dupont Circle will be offering Blind Date with a Book — receive a surprise book for every $100 you spend at the bookstore — and hiding golden 20% off tickets in the store.   Hurray 4 Books, the children’s bookstore in Old Town Alexandria is celebrating with special fun.  And some other local indie stores to shop:  Capitol Hill Books, Solid State Books, Politics and Prose, Loyalty Bookstores, and Busboys and Poets.

Maker Morning: Build Day
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am–1pm
Admission: Free

Calling all fans of Iggy Peck, Architect! On Saturday, you can join the author of the beloved book for a day of building at the Hirshhorn Museum! Andrea Beaty will be there along with friends from the DCPS Arts team, Boolean Girl, and DC Public Library fo a hands-on exploration of design and building. Check out a giant map featuring student art, get hands-on at maker stations, join circuitry workshops with Boolean Girl, and enjoy story time with the author herself!

Truck Touch
Where: Suburban Nursery School | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: $13/ages 2+, $3/adult online | $15/kids, $5/adult at door

It’s time for Suburban Nursery School’s Annual Truck Touch Event! Kids of all ages can pretend to drive a school bus, explore construction rigs, delight at the sounds of the fire truck, and hop aboard many more vehicles. Along with the cool rides, guests can enjoy homemade baked goods, pizza, Ice Cream from Scoops2U, games, bounce houses, and much more! Bounce houses and games are included in the ticket price! Face painting and food for sale.  It will all take place in the school’s parking lot located at 7210 Hidden Creek Rd in Bethesda. All proceeds benefit Suburban Nursery School, a non-profit, parent-run cooperative nursery school.

Mmmm…Chocolate
Where: La Maison Française | Foxhall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: $24/ages 12+ (free for kids under 12)

The DC Chocolate Festival is a celebration of artisan and fine chocolate from the Mid-Atlantic and beyond! The event brings together over 30 chocolate vendors and thousands of chocolate lovers for a day of tasting, talking, and learning. The session looks like the better pick for families & kids, with hot chocolate making demo and tasting (though the whole event is family-friendly).

Spring Festival
Where: South Mountain Creamery | Middletown, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

This annual festival is super fun and a great opportunity to experience the farm and creamery. There’s a petting zoo for the kids, hay rides for everyone, live music, corn hole, civil war reenactments, and fun farm demos, like ice cream churning and bee keeping. Shop the Farmer’s Market, plus additional food and snacks from vendors will be available for purchase.

ALX Dog Walk
Where: Around Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 8-11am
Admission

Enjoy a day a fun with your pooches to support a great cause! The ALX Dog Walk takes you on a beautiful two-mile waterfront walk around in Old Town with fun festivities for all ages (and doggos) before and after! A bubble machine, sustainable human and doggie treats, T-shirts, draw-string canvas goodie bag, bandana, dog music, doggie tattoo artist, interesting nonprofit and other tables to explore, dog competition, delicious bake-sale, coffee, and of course adorable dogs everywhere. Check in and walk start is at Oronoco Bay Park.

Garden Fair & Plant Sale
Where: National Arboretum | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 4pm
Admission: Free
Join Friends of the National Arboretum for the annual Garden Fair & Plant Sale! Celebrate spring with a fantastic array of plants, expert gardening advice, dozens of local vendors, and free outdoor activities for all ages.  Be sure to explore the vast grounds while you’re there, and don’t miss the gorgeous azalea bloom! Go here for scenes from a past bloom. And read more about the Arb  — it’s one of my very favorite spots in DC — herehere, and here.

Birdland
Where: Woodend Conservancy & Chevy Chase Lake | Chevy Chase, MD
When: Saturday, 9am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Experience the beauty of nature and celebrate International Jazz Day with a nature walk, culminating in live jazz performances at Chevy Chase Lake. Join Nature Forward for an immersive, hour-long educational nature and bird walk through Woodend Conservancy, Upon return, guests can celebrate International Jazz Day with a series of popular DC-area jazz bands performing in the Chevy Chase Lake Town Square alongside lunch bites, curated wines, and activities for all ages. Reserve a free spot here.

DC United vs Charlotte FC
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $28 (look for discount)

DC United is playing at home on Saturday evening, hosting Charlotte. The club is partnering with Audi of America for Sustainability Night, so along with the action on the pitch, there will also be electric vehicle on display, drawstring bag giveaways, one tree planted for every fan in attendance, and more. As always, I recommend taking public transportation or parking in the Navy Yard neighborhood and walking to Audi Field from there.

Adventure Awaits Storytime
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: Saturday, 11:30am
Admission: $15

Something to include in your Carousel Day festivities: Adventure Theatre is back in action after a brief hiatus, presenting storytime and more activities to kids (with their parents) and Saturdays. This weekend there will be a reading of The Day The Crayons Came Home along with activities that bring the book to life. Be sure to register as space is limited!

Jack & the Beanstalk 
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: Through April 9
Admission: $15
In the Puppet Co.’s version of Sleeping Beauty, a funny frog storyteller ribbits the tale of offended fairies, silly royalty, and magic spells. Relive this classic fairy tale in this lovely Legacy rod-puppet show. Directed by Elizabeth Dapo. Recommended ages 4+. Run time approximately 55 minutes.

Les Misérables
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through Saturday
Admission: $69-225

[Note: These tickets are just about all sold out, BUT Standing Room tickets will be available at the box office prior to sold out performances beginning at 6:00 p.m. (12:00 p.m. for matinees).]  In 1986, the Kennedy Center hosted the pre-Broadway run of what has become, undisputedly, one of the world’s most popular musicals. Now, they are bringing her home. Set against the backdrop of 19th century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice, and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. This epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. Recommended for ages 12 +.

Each Kindness
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Friday, 7pm | Saturday, 1:30pm & 4pm
Admission: $20 (look for discount)

This world premiere concert features Education Artist-in-Residence Jacqueline Woodson reading the book, Each Kindness, onstage to music composed, arranged, and performed by six members of celebrated string production company Rootstock Republic, along with projections of E.B. Lewis’ striking artwork. About the book: Every time the new girl Maya tries to join Chloe and her friends, they reject her. Eventually Maya stops coming to school. When Chloe’s teacher gives a lesson about how even small acts of kindness can change the world, Chloe is stung by the lost opportunity for friendship, and thinks about how much better it could have been if she’d shown a little kindness toward Maya. Recommended for ages 7+.

The Taming of the Shrew
Where: Synetic Theater | Crystal City, VA
When: Through Sunday
Tickets: $35-50 (look for discount)

Glam! Glitteratzi! Fashionistas! High art! In a world surrounded by the rich and fabulous, two unlikely suitors — her a rebel, him steampunk — find themselves embroiled in a passionate battle of wills. This electrifying “Silent Shakespeare” adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew follows Katherina and Petruchio as they discover the journey to love isn’t always the easiest of roads. This is a Synetic Teen Company production.

Take Your Pick
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Strawberries are ripe and ready for harvest at a few area farms, and guests are welcome to pick their own. Be sure to check websites/Facebook or call ahead to confirm availability the day you plan to go. Sunscreen and hat also recommended.

Moonshot Studio
Where: The REACH | Kennedy Center
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free
Get creative at the studio within The REACH at the Kennedy Center.  All ages are welcome and encouraged to partake in various art projects and activities.  Drop in to build your own instrument, try your hand at animation, and explore the intersection of music, motion, and visual art.  Plan for time to stroll the lovely outdoor areas as well.

Little Critters Nature Play
Where: National Zoo | Woodley Park, DC
When: Sunday, 9:30am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Drop in with little ones for hands-on activities and story time at the Zoo! Have a wild time exploring animals and the natural world through creative, free-choice activity stations in a brand-new indoor/outdoor classroom. Dig for horseshoe crabs in the sand table, make lunch for a bird in the mud kitchens, or just join for a story or two. Read Aloud Storytimes take place at 10am 11am, and 12pm. The play area is designed for ages 0-5 and their caregivers and families, but all ages are welcome. Parents and guardians must remain with their children. (PS: The Zoo is fun for older kids, too… read more about it in this KFDC post.)

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
Where: Movies theaters around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by theater

I know I’m not the only one who is excited to see the movie version of the beloved July Blume classic. (My childhood besties and I, all of us 50, have been anticipating it for months!) The book is practically a bible for those of us who grew up in the 70s and 80s, and it’s one of several of Blume’s books that I made sure was on my daughter’s shelf, too. And reviews suggest that we’ll all be quite happy with the film adaptation.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Starting this Monday, May 1, the National Museum of Asian Art is celebrating 100 years with a two-week-long Centennial Festival!
* It’s almost pool season, and KFDC contributor Emily has some great recs to gear up for it!
* C&O Canal Boat Tours are returning starting Friday, May 5.  (And I recall that opening weekend sold out in advance last year, but tickets are still available for it now.)
* Six great ways to secondhand shop (& sell) online.
* A great documentary to watch to complement the movie.
* A loely simple and sophisticated (and on sale!) summer dress.
* Perfect Mother’s Day gift.
* Or for something experiential and local… one of these.
* What weekends looked like in the 80s.

 

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