The Weekend Round-Up:
April 12-14

All aboard for a mini trian ride at Cabin John!


Happy Weekend!

Go-to posts full of ideas for go-to 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

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
Where: Constitution Ave, 7th – 17th St NW | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

The pinnacle of cherry blossom festivities just might be the parade. Thousands of people line Constitution Avenue to watch the procession of lavish floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands, and a variety of performers roll through the city. Tickets for grandstand seats are available for $25-40, but you can stake out a spot along the curb for free. Plan to arrive early to get a good view — the crowds come out for this one, especially if it’s a pretty spring day.

Sakura Matsuri
Where: Pennsylvania Ave, 3rd-7th St NW | Downtown DC
When: Saturday & Sunday 10:30am – 6pm
Admission: $15/advance, $20/day of, free/12 & under

Following the Cherry Blossom parade (or on Sunday), head over to Sakura Matsuri, the Japanese Street Festival that is America’s largest exhibition of Japanese culture. The annual event will feature live music and dance performances, all kinds of Asian and Western foods, martial arts demos, Japanese art, and much more.

Go for a Spin
Where: Cabin John (Bethesda) & Wheaton Regional Park, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $5

All aboard! Montgomery Park’s Cabin John Train and Wheaton Train and Carousel are open for the season. Take kiddos for a spin around the parks on replicas of an 1863 steam locomotive. Or go for whirl on the Carousel (Wheaton only). Plan for time on the playgrounds, too — both offer lots of fun for little ones.  Read more about Cabin John here and Wheaton here.

Horse Expo
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park | Centreville, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Frying Pan Farm Park is hosting its first-ever horse expo! There will be demonstrations, speakers, food trucks, and businesses that sell horse-related products and services. Both experienced riders and people new to the world of horses are welcome to join the festivities.

More Fun at Fairfax Parks
Where: Parks throughout 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. Bring kids with disabilities to explore Riverbend Park. Learn about animal adaptations at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Go on nature kayaking tour at Lake Accotinct.  Observe the night sky at Turner Park Observatory. And there are even more interesting adventures! Details and registration for activities this weekend and beyond are available here.

Art Cart: Art Assembly
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the Hirshhorn for an art activities especially for kids… What could you create with an empty box and scrap materials? In this week’s Art Cart, get inspired by artist Joseph Cornell and his amazing assemblages (artworks inside a box). Look closely at his work, explore materials and assemble your own artwork in a box! Find the cart with supplies on the lower level.

Blossom Fest
Where: Springfield Town Center | Springfield, VA
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Join Springfield Town Center for their annual Blossom Fest. The family-friendly festival will feature dozens of fun exhibitors outdoors, live music, face patinging and balloon art, bouncy fun, character appearances, a LEGO activity, fitness demos, and dance and theatre performances.

Model Train Open House
Where: Historic Vienna Depot | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Visit the historical Vienna Stain station to watch model train and trolley activities that realistically depict an actual railroad that existed in North Carolina in the 1950′s, the Western North Carolina (WNC). Locomotive, rail car, and towns industry in this layout is modeled after those places and things as they looked in that era. Thomas the Tank Engine (and a few of his friends) are chugging around among the bigger steam and diesel locomotives. The Vienna Depot is located at 231 Dominion Road NE in Vienna, Virginia just down the street from the red caboose.

Peter Pan
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Through April 21
Admission: $44-139 (look for a deal)
This high-flying musical has been thrilling audiences of all ages for close to 70 years and is now being brought back to life in a new adaptation. The adventure begins when Peter Pan and his mischievous sidekick, Tinker Bell, visit the bedroom of the Darling children late one night. With a sprinkle of fairy dust and a few happy thoughts, the children are taken on a magical journey they will never forget.

Love and Information
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $12

Someone shares a forbidden secret, someone confronts their best friend, someone admires a snail. In this kaleidoscopic play, over fifty unrelated scenes flash by faster than a doomscroll as over a hundred characters strive to connect with each other, learn from one another, and look for love. Love and Information, written to be transformed into it’s own unique vision by every company that performs it, makes this production a once in a lifetime theatrical experience. Recommended for ages 11+.

The Monsters of Seahorse Island
Where: Highland Elementary School | Wheaton, MD
When: Saturday, 11am & Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free

It’s a the world premier of a brand new play by Interact Story Theatre… The people of Seahorse Island and the people of the Kingdom under the ocean have been at odds for longer than anyone can remember, but why? And what happens when worlds collide? This thoughtful and funny play includes lots of audience participation and is best for ages 5 & up.

Where: Harman Hall | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Through May 5
Admission: Start at $115, but mostly sold out, look for resale tix

Shakespeare Theatre Company present this classic starring Ralph Fiennes… Blood will have blood. Unbridled ambition, supernatural forces, and murderous desires reign supreme in Shakespeare’s most poetic examination of evil. When three witches tell Macbeth that he will become King of Scotland, he plots with his wife to attain the title through an assassination; a bloody act that gives him his crown and sends him careening down the path of his own undoing. A thrilling account of how our minds deceive us and how a guilty conscience can undo us all. Recommended for teens and older.

Message In A Bottle
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through April 21
Admission: $45-105 (look for discount)

Message In A Bottle is a spectacular new dance-theatre show inspired by and set to the iconic hits of Sting.The peaceful village of Bebko is alive with joyous celebrations. Suddenly, under attack, everything changes forever. Three siblings, Leto, Mati, and Tana, must embark on perilous journeys in order to survive. Recommended for ages 12+.

Weekend Workshops
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the National Portrait Gallery to do some art making! All ages are welcome to get creative at Weekend Workshops. Learn about artists and changemakers, then create art inspired by their stories. Of course, explore the whole museum while you’re there. See more about the National Portrait Gallery here.

Caps vs Lightning
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 5:30pm
Admission: Look for tickets here

Hockey, anyone? The Capitals are playing at home on Sunday evening as they host the Tampa Bay Lightning. Make a longer outing of it and visit the Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum before the game or grab a bite to eat in the Penn Quarter neighborhood after  — this post about kid-friendly eats in DC has suggestions for places to go.

United vs Orlando SC
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
Wheb: Saturday,
Admission: Tickets start at $27 (look for discount)

DC United is playing at home on Saturday evening, hosting Orlando SC. As always, I recommend taking public transportation or parking in the Navy Yard neighborhood and walking to Audi Field from there. Plan for a pre-match bite — here are a bunch of recs for family-friendly spots to eat there.

Happy Emancipation Day, DC!
Where: Freedom Plaza & Pennsylvania Ave. | Downtown DC
When: Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free

There will be a second parade in DC on Saturday to celebrate DC Emancipation Day! The procession will be led by Mayor Bowser, and it will be followed by a concert featuring local and national artists, and a fireworks display to end the night! Emancipation Day honors President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act in 1862, which freed over 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia. The parade begins at 2pm,  a concert of the plaza at 3pm, and there will be fireworks later at 8:30pm.

Bloom Town
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Varies by locale
Admission: Varies by locale

The cherry blossom peak at the Tidal Basin has passed, but there are more blossoms and other big blooms to enjoy around the DC area, a couple of them literally coming now. Burnside Farm’s Festival of Spring featuring tulip fields is in its final weekend, bluebells are blanketing the grounds around the area, and wisteria is starting to brighten up local scenery.  And the best places to see them are great for more than just the flowers. This post has details on where to go for those and other big blooms coming up.

Spring Breakin’
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Spring Break for DC students begins this weekend, so you might be looking for extra activities to keep the kids (and yourself) entertained while they are off from school. This annual KFDC guide has plenty of ideas to help with that. Of course, you can also use it for finding more weekend fun, Spring Beak or not.

* Plan ahead for museum fun (and see what’s on this weekend) with this round-up of regularly occurring programs at local museums.
* See even more things to plan for this spring!
* And get recommendations to gear up for warm weather adventures with kids.
* There is a contest going on right now to give a military family a Dream Party — details here.
* Where to find Passover meals around DC, just a little over a week away.
* Sasha’s latest social media recipe find is a yummy one.
I just bought the best swimsuit! It’s stylish and flattering — a lot like this trendy one, but less cheeky and a fraction of the price.
* Anthro has another good sale on sale going on. Love this woven tote and these silky barrel pants.
* And this Amazon workout wear brand has awesome deals right now.
* The world’s 15 best family-friendly hotels and resorts, according to AFAR.
* Saturday Night.


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2 Responses to The Weekend Round-Up:
April 12-14

  1. R.B.

    Since these events start the same day we get the newsletter, is it possible to get this on a Friday instead?

    • Linda @ KidFriendly DC

      Hi! This was posted and sent out on Thursday evening. Weekend Round-Ups almost always go out then. Did you just receive it today?

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