The Weekend Round-Up: June 7-9


Happy Weekend!

Go-to posts to help you get out for local fun:
* Local Hikes with Kids
* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Baltimore with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Paddling Options
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places

Celebrate Pride
Where: Throughout DC
When: Saturday, 3-7:30pm & Sunday, 12-7pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Capital Pride at several events around the city this weekend! The annual parade that always draws thousands of spectators  starts at 14th & T NW and rolls right down 14th to Pennsylvania Ave. It’s sure to be a spectacular extravaganza of ornate floats, street performers, music and dancing, glitter and beads, and plenty of reveling. This year there is a Flashback Tea Dance afterwards from 3-9pm — tickets required.  Sunday’s family-friendly festival, on Pennsylvania Avenue from 3rd to 7th Streets NW, will feature multiple stages of live entertainment and host loads of exhibitors, including local and community groups, national sponsors, local businesses, food vendors, restaurants, and businesses looking to promote their services. It’s all a fun and fabulous opportunity to show support for the LGBTQ+ community and join the celebration!

Ballet on The Plaza
Where: CityCenter | Downtown DC
When: Friday & Saturday, 6:30pm
Admission: Free
Enjoy some delightful entertainment amid the downtown bustle. CityCenter is teaming up with The Washington Ballet to bring joy to DC with free live ballet performances. The Washington Ballet company dancers grace the plaza stage, each evening featuring a unique program of classical ballet and contemporary works, including choreography by new Artistic Director Edwaard Liang.

Nats vs. Braves
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Nats are at home and hosting the Braves all weekend, and there are some fun things going on along with the baseball action. On Friday, there’s a Flo-rida concert following the game, and all Nats game-goers and stay to see it. There’s a Nats soccer jersey giveaway on Saturday.  On Sunday, kids can run the bases after the game.

Bethesda Big Train Baseball
Where: Shirley Povitch Field | Bethesda, MD
When: Friday, 7pm & Sunday, 10am
Admission: $15

For baseball on a smaller scale, local summer collegiate baseball team, Bethesda Big Train, are playing games at home onn Friday evening and Sunday morning. On Friday, RODA, the car servicing company  just introduced on the blog, will be there with swag giveaways for attendees. And the Sunday game is early, at 10am, to accommodate the youngest fans. It’s a special Grandparents Day with Homer plushie doll (Big Train’s mascot), colored chalk boxes, and other giveaways for the first 100 kid fans, plus there will be ice cream treats for purchase and a chance to run the cases after the game. Buy tickets for the Friday evening game here and the Sunday morning game here..

Family Walk in the Woods (Bilingual Walk, Too!)
Where: Woodend Nature Sanctuary | Chevy Chase, DC
When: Saturday, 9-10am
Admission: $12/member family; $20/nonmember family

Join expert naturalists on a leisurely walk through the habitats at Woodend. Explore the wonders of trees, meadows, streams, insects, birds, and everything Woodend has to offer! Read more about Woodend in this KFDC post.

Joys of Summer
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

Free concerts in the open air, outdoor swimming, movies under the stars, sprayground fun, crab feasts, and SO much more! Activities exclusive to the season can be enjoyed this weekend, and the 2024 KFDC Guide to Summer Around the DC Area has the whole scoop on all of them.

Old Town Arts & Crafts Fair
Where: Waterfront Park | Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free

This free fair features over 90 local and regional artists and crafters showcasing works in various mediums — pottery, stationery, fabrics, paintings, jewelry, photography, and more. Along with the arts to browse and shop, there will be children’s entertainment and activities, food and sweets, beer and cider, music, and more fun!

Innovative Housing Showcase
Where: National Mall, DC
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: Free

This showcase by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) welcomes visitors to engage in new, innovative, and affordable housing technologies from vendors across the U.S. raise awareness of innovative and affordable housing designs and technologies that have the potential to increase housing supply, lower the cost of construction, increase energy efficiency and resilience, and reduce housing expenses for owners and renters. Families and their children are invited to attend.

Grow the Garden Party
Where: National Arboretum | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the expansion of the Washington Youth Garden at the National Arboretum. There will be hands-on garden and art activities, live music from East of the River Steel Band, local food trucks, and more. Bring a blanket and picnic or enjoy lunch from one of the food truck fenders. This free event takes place in the Washington Youth Garden and is open to all. Read about the Washington youth Garden in this KFDC post.

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

Dop in for the Hirhshorn’s weekly program for young art enthusiasts… Have you ever seen a work of art that covers an entire room (even the floors!)? Get inspired by artist Barbara Kruger and create a mini-installation in a box. Take a close look at Kruger’s work, Belief+Doubt, then design your own work using paper, string, and more. See what other regularly occurring programs you can enjoy at our local museums!

Hill Family Biking Open House
Where: Stanton Park | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Hill Family Biking, the group that organizes big family-friendly bike rides in and around Capitol Hill every month, is hosting an Open House this Saturday morning. Meet up in Stanton Park to share ideas and learn how you can get involved. They’ll have coffee, donuts, stickers, and more fun! See what other events that have coming up here.

Resolve & Resolution
Where: Merchant Park | Dumfries, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

In June 1774, Prince William County citizens protested the British parliament’s passage of the “Intolerable Acts” by drafting and signing the Prince William Resolves. Commemorate this momentous step towards independence by attending a free family-friendly program marking the 250th anniversary. Festivities inclide an immersive play reenacting the historic debate, children’s activities, puppet shows, tours of Dumfries and the Weems-Botts Museum, food, music and more!

Pride on the Pier
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 2pm – 9pm
Admission: Free
Pride on the Pier extends the city’s annual celebration of the LGBTQ community to the Wharf with an array of free activities and entertainment. District Pier will buzz with DJs, dancing, and family fun for all ages. A Pride Fireworks display at 9pm will cap it all off. While you’re there, take advantage of even more that The Wharf has to offer, like a splash pad, paddling rentals, swings, and scenic views — read about it all in this KFDC post.

Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Through June 23
Admission: $15

Celebrate 50 years of Allan Steven’s Pinocchio! A young puppet goes on a journey to become a real boy. First seen on stage at the Smithsonian Puppet Theater, we are delighted to bring the original rod-puppets back to the stage to tell Carlo Collodi’s tale. Run time approximately 50 minutes. Recommended for ages 4+.

Long Way Down
Where: Olney Theatre
When: Through June 23
Admission: $40-70

Based on the award-winning novel by local author Jason Reynolds… Growing up, Will’s big brother taught him three iron-clad rules of how to behave when gun violence claims someone close: Don’t cry. Don’t snitch. Get revenge. So when his brother is himself gunned down, Will is determined to follow the code and gets in the elevator on the top floor of his apartment building, armed and ready to hit the streets in search of vengeance. What happens on the way down is an emotional hip-hop journey through the cycles of violence that have plagued Will’s family and too many others. Rated PG.

The Matchbox Magic Flute
Where: Klein Theatre | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Through June 16
Admission: $35-119

A brand new theatrical adaptation of Mozart’s beloved opera. Playful and imaginative, it’s big music in a small space. This “matchbox” presentation of The Matchbox Magic Flute features a cast of 10 and an orchestra of five following the fantastic adventures of Prince Tamino and Princess Pamina. With dragons, a man who is a bird, trials by fire and water, and underground corridors, Day and Night do battle.

Splash & Swim
Where: Around the DC area
When: Starting Saturday
Admission: Free

‘Tis the season for water!  And you can enjoy it at a bunch of places, in a bunch of  ways around the area.  Spray parks, outdoor pools, and waterparks are open and welcoming guests to splash around and cool off.  The 2024 KFDC Summer Guide has details on where to go for water play — see info for sprays here, outdoor pools here, waterparks here, and beaches/lakes/swimming holes here.

Family Bike Ride
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

There’s a quick link to bike routes above, but this is a stronger recommendation to get out for a family ride — it should be great weather for it! And you’ve got your pick of good rides around the area. Take in the summer scenery, get some exercise, and enjoy some QT together. This post has a bunch of pedal-worthy recs, with something for riders of all levels, and this route is particularly ideal with kids.

MTB in the DMV
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Add some extra adventure to a bike ride and go mountain biking. There are several MTB trails to ride around the area, a few miles even right here in the District at Fort Dupont Park in Anacostia — a good place for newer mountain bikers. Cosco Regional Park in PG County and Schaffer Farms in Gaithersburg are also great for those just starting. And you can find even more recommendations for all levels in this round-up of local MTB spots. [Note: This activity is better for older kids with more experience riding.]

Out in DC
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Capital Pride isn’t the only thing bringing peops out this weekend. The area is full of great places to enjoy being outside. You can read about them in The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids. (But if weather has you seeking shelter, check out The Great Indoors post instead.)

* Looking for things to do with teens in DC? Here are ideas suggested from a actual DC teen!  And here’s one more suggested by me (and my other teen).
* RODA, a new car maintenance and repair company, offers the most convenient service I’ve ever experienced — and they currently have a great Summer Special!
* The American Art Museum is hosting Art in the AM for littles ages 0-5 on Tuesday at 10:30am — register in advance.
* 18 fantastic family travel destinations — and where to stay there.
NY Times’ Wirecutter says these wireless earbuds are the best.
Deciding on my next read and just downloaded samples of this novel, this rec from Darcy, and this book ahead of our summer travels. Any other recs?
It’s swim season, and there are so many floaties options for kiddos! And everything from simple to fabulous for adult.
* A pretty summer blouse.
* Father’s Day gift idea… just in time for DC summer.
* From that little toddler in front of the Capitol up on the blog header… to this.💕

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