The Weekend Round-Up:
April 19-21


Happy Weekend!

Quick links to all kinds of idea 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 with the Flow
Where: Waterways around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies

Row, row, row your boat or kayak or canoe or SUP! Paddle season has begun as a few places have started offering boat rentals and more are opening this weekend. Boating in DC has several locations in the District and a few NoVa Parks offer it, too. This post about places to go with the flow has more details. (Insider info: The staff at Thomson Boathouse in Georgetown is especially great!)

Free Parking
Where: National Parks
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

National Park Week starts on Saturday, and it’s kicking off with a fee free day, so there’s no entrance fee to national parks that usually charge admission. Take advantage and hit the trail at  Great FallsShenandoahPrince William ForestHarpers Ferry, or head up to Baltimore to explore Fort McHenry. Find even more parks to visit here.

Earth Day Family Festival
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free
Join the National Portrait Gallery and the American Art Museum to learn how art and science can help protect the earth. Attendees of all ages can enjoy nature-themed activities and there will be face painting for children 12 and under. A scavenger hunt in the galleries features works from both museums that highlight the Earth’s natural wonders and the various ways artists help care for our planet.  Registration encouraged.

The Big Draw
Where: National Building Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free
The free day-long festival is a complement to Building Stories, an exhibition that explores the world of architecture, engineering, construction, and design through the lens of children’s books. Discover the world we design and build through drawing. Author and illustrator David Macaulay will lead drawing workshops, and visitors of all ages can engage in quick drawing prompts, contribute to a community mural, add to Positive Chalk’s “Chalk Walk,” and attend lightning talks with engineering, architecture, and design professionals. who will share how drawing is used as a tool to create. BYO sketchbooks or use provided materials. Register ahead for free.

Earth Day Heroes 2024
Where: National Academy of Sciences | 2101 Constitution NW, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for a day of family fun and discovery. Inside the historic halls of the National Academy of Sciences Building on Constitution Avenue, explore five rooms that reveal the wonders of Planet Earth. Through interactive exhibits and activities including a scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, hands-on science, and much more, each visitor will become an Earth Day Hero and grow their appreciation for Earth and nature, discover the importance of their choices, and learn about science

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 ring in the 2024 season. There will be activities for families to celebrate the day along with the 2019 World Champions Five-Year Anniversary Weekend  (including  games against the Astros, the team the beat to win the big title).  Enjoy face painters, balloon twisters, Story Time, opportunities to get signatures, and the ever-popular Kids Run the Bases starts for the season!  If you can’t make it Sunday, there are games on Friday & Saturday, too.

Root (root, root) for the Baysox
Where: Prince George’s Stadium | Landover, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Ticket prices vary
The Nats aren’t the only baseball team in town. The Bowie Baysox, one of the local minor league teams, just started their season and are hosting the Altoona Curve all weekend.  It’s baseball on a smaller (and less expensive) scale than at Nationals Park, and there’s always extra fun and games especially for kids — read more about Baysox games in this KFDC post.

Kick It with Spirit
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 1pm
Admission: Tickets start at $20

The Washington Spirit, our local women’s pro soccer team, is playing at Audi Field this weekend hosting NY Gothem FC. Enjoy some amazing soccer play while supporting our home team and women in sports. Plan for a pre-match meal nearby — El Bebe, All Purpose Pizza, The Salt Line, and Dacha are conveniently located and my top recs for family-friendly spots to eat in that area.

Red Bull Show Run
Where: 3rd-7th Streets NW | Pennsylvania Ave. DC
When: Saturday, 1:30-6pm
Admission: Free

Get ready for an afternoon of adrenaline packed fun as Red Bull Showrun makes its debut in the heart of DC! Join legendary driver David Coulthard, and the team at Oracle Red Bull Racing on Pennsylvania Avenue, in the heart of our nation’s capital. Watch a Formula One car speed down the street. No tickets required, but get there early to stake out a spot. A Fan Zone with activities opens at 1:30pm, and the event begins at 4pm.

Peter Pan
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Through Sunday
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.

Alice in Wonderland
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am & 1pm
Admission: $15

This brand new adaptation based on the beloved children’s novel by Lewis Carroll will take the audience on a delightful journey into wonderland using rod puppets. This one-of-a-kind performance blends music and humor to create a new version of a familiar story. Recommended for ages 4+.

Message In A Bottle
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through Sunday
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+.

Off the Page
Where: Theater on the Run | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday, 10am & 11:30am
Admission: $10

Arts on the Horizon presentsthis show for little theatre goers… The magic of books can transport us to new worlds! When an imaginative young child dives into a book, the stories come to life around them. Through dance, music, puppetry, and vibrant imagery, this world premiere production will use an immersive design to unfold around the audience. Watch a new world come to life right before your eyes! Catch at two theatres, plus other locations as it tours the area.

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.

Islander: A New Musical
Where: Olney Theatre | Olney, MD
When: Through APril 28
Admission: $55-91

Islander tells a modern myth featuring two actors who use live mixing and looping technology to create a sonic landscape as dramatic as the Scottish coastline. Eilidh is the only child on Kinnan Island, where most of the dwindling population has moved to the “Big Land.” The government has proposed to resettle the rest, and the town must vote soon on whether or not to accept the offer. But the day after a baby whale beaches itself, Eilidh discovers a young girl named Arran along the shore, who seems straight out of Scottish folklore. As the two form a friendship, Islander takes audiences on a magical journey to transcend loss, recover hope, and find community. Rated G for all families.

Blooming Azaleas
Where: National Arboretum | Northeast DC
When: Throughout the weekend, 8am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The azalea bloom at the National Arboretum is well known among flower enthusiasts, attracting visitors from all over every year. And for good reason: It’s absolutely gorgeous! Even more, the Arb is a great place to spend a day with the family, with something for all ages to enjoy.  Go here for scenes from a past bloom.

Animal Medical Center Open House
Where: Watkins Park | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free
The event, which will be held at 60 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774, will allow pet owners and animal lovers to explore the center’s services and meet the veterinary team. The event will showcase the center’s offerings and feature fun activities for kids, including a Teddy Bear Clinic, dog training demos, raffles with prizes, and more.

The Tortured Poets Department Trivia & More
Where: Takoma Park Maryland Library
When: Saturday, 1pm
Admission: Free
Celebrate Poetry Month and the release of Taylor Swift’s 11th album: The Tortured Poets Department. Enjoy poetry writing, trivia, refreshments, & prizes!  Recommended for ages 7+, including middle and high schoolers.

Celebration of Art & Dance
Where: The Boro | Tysons, VA
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free
Celebrate International Dance ay at The Boro! Whether you’re a seasoned dancer or just craving fun, the dance floor is waiting for you! Guests can choose to attend instructor-led salsa and bachata workshops, with special live performances from Tysons Ballroom. Keep dancing the day away at the DJ dance party and add a touch of sparkle and glam with glitter tattoos for the kiddos. There will also be an array of children’s crafts and giveaways along with a station to design your own spring bouquet. For adults, sip and savor signature cocktails available at The Sandlot. Register in advance!

Fairy & Gnome Home Festival
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Solomons, MD
When: Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: $10/online, $13/at gate

This annual festival at one of the most enchanting places will delight the whole family — and we know from experience. Festivities are scattered throughout the beautiful grounds, making for a fanciful day for young (and young at heart) guests. Explore the Wondrous Woods, shop the charming marketplace, search for over 180 fairy houses, meet whimsical characters and wandering performers, make arts & crafts, engage in imaginative play, enjoy nature explorations, adorable animal encounters, unicorn rides, and more. Visit the website for specifics. And read more about Annmarie Sculpture Garden and get a glimpse in this KFDC post and this one.

The Okee Dokee Brothers
Where: GMU Center for the Arts | Fairfax, VA
When: Sunday, 10:30am & 1pm
Admission: $15
The Okee Dokee Brothers infuse bluegrass music and playful lyrics with an interest in the great outdoors, hoping to spark a desire in children to explore their surroundings and imaginations. Recommended for ages 3-8.

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

It’s the last weekend of Spring Break for many DC kids, so if you’re looking for extra activities to keep everyone entertained, this KFDC guide has plenty of ideas. (Of course, you can also use it for finding more weekend fun, Spring Beak or not.)

* In case you missed it, there’s a new round-up of places to enjoy art outdoors around the DC area.
* Get $5 District Tickets to Nats games online.
* Dumplings in DC.
* Finished watching Ripley, and it’s excellent! The cinematography especially.
* The new Brandy Hellville documentary is on my watch list for this weekend. Interesting review here.
* A cute family movie to stream.
* Added to cart: Bento box style food containers.
* Perfect hat for summer – and on sale.
* Sasha just got these cute pants, and now I want a pair.
* I hear the “it” handbag of the season is this one, but I’d rather pay for this one that looks very similar.
* How amazing would it be to happen up this in a Metro station?!
* Weekend listen, of course.

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