The Weekend Round-Up:
November 3-5

 

Happy Weekend!

Quick links to go-to KFDC posts:
Autumn Adventures
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Kid-Friendly Eats
* Bike Rides
* Baltimore with Kids
* Peaceful Places

Side Yards
Where: The Yards | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Admission: Free
Side Yards, the nighttime circus fit for the entire family, is back at the Yards, and I can tell you from experience, it’s a super fun event! The evening of eccentric amusement includes magicians, stilt walkers, contortionists, escape artists, aerialists, and more offbeat entertainers. You can also enjoy activities like palmistry, tarot card readings, balloon artistry, glitter tattoo, and other carnival-style fun! Food and drinks will be available for purchase, or plan to dine at one of many nearby eateries.

Pumpkin Chunkin’
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $16/adult, $14/child
What to do with your jack-o-lantern now that Halloween is over? Take it to Great Country’s smashin’ session and let it fly! You have  options to do this:  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.  (We’ve had a blast doing this!) Smashings are given to the pigs and cows to eat and also composted. And along with the chunkin’, there’s a whole play area of farm fun, plus apple picking ops.

First Saturday
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join the National Gallery of Art for their monthly First Saturday, a special day-long affair with multiple free programs for kids of all ages. Take little ones to story time, try out the new Sketching Lab, take children to the Kids’ Play Space, visit the Pop-Up Library and, enjoy live music, and of course, tour the exhibits — all for FREE!

Underground Railroad Guided Hike
Where: Woodlawn Manor | Sandy Spring, MD
When: Saturday, 10am & 1pm
Admission: $8

Join Montgomery Parks to celebrate Maryland’s Emancipation Day with a hike on what was part of the Underground Railroad. Register in advance and read about the great hike in this KFDC post. See what other events are taking place throughout the month to commemorate the abolition of slavery in Maryland.

Native American Heritage Party
Where: Anacostia Community Museum
When: Saturday, 12-1pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Native American culture at this session of the monthly Culture Queen Kids House. Join for fun, interactive, and engaging music, movement, storytelling, and craft activities. Register in advance.

The Adventures of Pinocchio
Where: Creative Cauldron | Falls Church, VA
When: Through November 19
Admission: $20-40

This inventive adaptation of the classic Collodi tale features music and lyrics by Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith, and Spanish language elements. The tale begins with Pinocchio as a real boy in the throes of a nightmare where he is being chased by a giant shark. His cries awaken the other puppets that are sleeping on the shelf in Gepetto’s workshop. He is afraid that he is still a puppet, but they assure him that he is indeed a real boy and help him remember all of the adventures that he went through to become one. ​

Adams Morgan PorchFest
Where: Adams Morgan, DC
When: Saturday, 2-6pm
Admission: Free

Get the best seats in the house (or on the sidewalk) as the front porches of homes and store fronts of local businesses are transformed into intimate performance spaces to be enjoyed by anyone who happens to stroll by. Enjoy a variety of music styles from 100 bands playing on porches, patios, and stoops in the neighborhood.  At the corner of Adams Mill and Columbia Road NW on Porchfest Day, pick up a music map and free wristband that will get you discount at over 30 Adams Morgan businesses.

Luis Garay: The Passion and Inspiration of the Drum
Where: Highland Elementary School | Wheaton, MD
When: Saturday, 11am & Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free

InterAct Story Theatre is back with its Wheaton Family Theatre Series, presenting free performances for kids and families. Luis Garay’s South American, Caribbean, and African rhythms is a highly educational and entertaining musical journey, introducing the audience to many exotic instruments such as the balofone, djembe, and talking drum, and also to the more familiar congas, bongos, timbales, and drum set. The audience participates throughout the performance as they learn to clap authentic rhythms from different cultures. Best for ages 4 and up.

All Caps
Where: Capital One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 7pm
Admission: Start at $25 (check for deals)
The Caps are back on. the ice, and you can see them in action on Saturday evening as they host the Columbus Blue Jackets. Plan on a pre-game meal in Penn Quarter — there are plenty of family-friendly places to go in the neighborhood. Some recs: Jaleo, Camine’s, Shake Shack, and Oyamel.

Diwali Celebration
Whre: National Museum of Asian Art | National Mall, DC
When: Sunday, 3-9:30pm
Admission: Free

Join the Asian Art Museum as they celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, at this after-hours event. They’ll be lighting up the museum in celebration of light overcoming darkness. Enjoy food and sweets, watch performances, create crafts, and more.

Fall Farm Fun
Where: Around the DC 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 still have some fun on the farm. Many area farms have way more to enjoy than just pumpkin patches — and they are still welcoming visitors to whiz down slides, bounce on giant jumping pillows, visit farm animals, and loads more. The list of fall fests has info on where to find it.

Hit the Trail
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

The weather this weekend makes it a particularly great time to go for a walk in the woods! Bask in the sunshine, do some good leaf peeping, maybe explore local history, or spy some wildlife. You can even work in some geocaching!  This post has a bunch of recommendations for places to hike with kids. Some specific recs for right now:  Turkey Run Park is a fantastic alternative to the always crowded Roosevelt Island; Mason Neck State Park trails snake through woods and over wetlands; see some great foliage at Prince Forest State Park; venture a bit further toward the Eastern Shore at Wye Island Natural Resources Management Area; enjoy a nice little hike in the city at Dumbarton Oaks Park.

Nature Calling
Where: Nature centers around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

If you’re not feeling outdoorsy, you can still get a dose of the outside world in the comfort of the indoors at a nature center. There are several great ones around the area that offer cool exhibits, including live creatures. Buddie Ford Nature Center in Alexandria, Watkins in Upper Marlboro, Potomac Overlook in Arlington, Long Branch in Falls Church, and Brookside in Silver Spring all make for a great outing.

Charm City Fun, Hon!
Where: Around Baltimore, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Not only is it nice to get a change of metro area scenery sometimes, Baltimore, our sister city just a 45-minute drive away, is full of fantastic, family-friendly things to do. This post has info about all of them, including big attractions, suggestions for places to eat, and neighborhoods to explore.

Model Rocket Launch
Where: Goddard Space Flight Center | Greenbelt, MD
When: Sunday, 1-2pm
Admission: Free

Join the monthly model rocket launch at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Anyone is welcome, and if you’ve got a model rocket to fly, bring it along (though there are some restrictions – see them here). The program takes place the first Sunday of every month at 1pm. Read more about it in this post.

The Tell-Tale Heart
Where: Synetic Theatre | Crystal City, VA
When: Through November 5
Tickets: $35-65

Sanity and madness blur on stage as two unlikely companions find themselves intertwined in complete isolation, with chilling results. Synetic’s reimagined tale explores the pitch-black depths of the human psyche, spiraling into madness and torment —and we ask ourselves “Who is the crazy one?” With a mix of laughter, dread, and gleeful macabre, Synetic Theater sneaks into the world of Edgar Allan Poe’s famed, nightmarish tale, The Tell-Tale Heart. Recommended for teens and older.

POTUS
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: Through November 12
Admission: $56-105

When the Commander-in-Chief publicly calls his wife a “See You Next Tuesday,” all H-E-Double Hockey Sticks breaks loose. In this searingly funny Broadway hit, POTUS follows how seven women of dramatically different backgrounds minimize the damage done by male arrogance and political posturing, in an endearing homage to the women who keep things running behind the scenes. Recommended for teens and older.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
The lottery for tickets to the National Christmas Tree Lighting on November 30 just opened — go here to enter!
* There may be some gray weather this weekend, so keep a movie in mind — this theater is a great place to watch one.
If you’re looking for something super active, go mountain biking.
* This immersive Disney Encanto experience is coming to the area in December.
* All the books with 2023 screen adaptations.
* A perfect dress for a fancy holiday party (and it’s part of the extra 40% off sale)!
* And this pretty duvet would be great for a teen bedroom.
* Just gifted this board game to friends — it’ll be a good one for the holidays, too!
* Anyone else watching The Morning Show ?  This season has ben excellent!
* Kind of tempted to book flights to Brazil to see Taylor Swift, the concert tickets are so (relatively) cheap!
* 10 Happy Things for November 🧡

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