The Weekend Round-Up: July 5-7

Stay cool and enjoy creative fun at the National Gallery of Art


Happy Weekend!

Link up to ideas for ongoing DC fun:  
* The Great Indoors
* Swim Spots
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Baltimore with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Paddling Options
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places

Summer FUN
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Free concerts in the fresh air, outdoor swimming, al fresco movies, play time in the water sprays… Activities exclusive to this time of year can be enjoyed all weekend long. Details on all of these seasonal staples and MUCH more can be found in the guide to summer in DC.

Inside Action
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

With the insane heat this weekend,  you may be looking for places to be indoors, but want some active fun or something with an engaging mission.  From pickleball and roller skating to tennis and ping pong to escape rooms and scavenger hunts to an indoor waterpark, this post shares all kinds of ways to get your fun and game on.

Dino Safari
Where: Montgomery Mall | Bethesda, MD
When: Through August 4
Admission: $23.13

Go on adventure steeped in prehistoric wonders! Explore 70+ life-sized animated dinosaurs and immersive ice age animals lighting sculptures. Enjoy an interactive area with bouncy fun, a playground, a carousel, and other fun rides. Participate in a Safari Dig and Dino Fossil Hunt. And more! Read about Dino Safari when it was at National Harbor a few years ago here (but note that it was during Covid and was a drive-thru experience).

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

It’s the NGA’s monthly series that presents activities for all ages the first Saturday of the month.  Little ones can enjoy story time, have their faces painted, and play in a space just for them.  Discover Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction and give paper weaving a try. For more inspiration, stop by a touch table and learn about patterns from around the world with educators from the Textile Museum. There will also be a movie screening from 2-4pm.  And of course, check out the rest of  the exhibits while you’re there.

Show Time
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by show

There’s all kinds of entertainment on local stages this weekend. Here’s what and where you can catch it (and you can find show details and any discount links here):
* Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale at Adventure Theatre
* Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap
* Miss Nelson is Missing at Imagination Stage
* The Wizard of Oz at the The Puppet Co.
* Funny Girl at the Kennedy Center

Nats All Weekend
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Tickets start at $13

The Nats are playing the Cards at home through Monday. Catch a game and maybe a good promo, too. There’s a CJ Abrams Kids Autograph Cap giveaway on Sunday, plus young fans can run the bases after the game. Also, the Kids Eat Free program, where ages 12 and under can get a comp meal, is underway.

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

Droop in at the modern art museum for hands-on artsy play with colors and patterns! Young artists Create and get inspired by artist Anni Albers as they take a close look at her work, Under Way. Then they can collage or weave their own layered work of art! Find the Art Cart on the Second Level and pick up your colorful materials.

Cool Down Movie Time: The Princess and the Frog
Where: Anacostia Community Museum | Anacostia, DC
When: Saturday, 12-2pm
Admission: Free

Take a break from the heat and bring the family to the museum for Cool Down Movie Time, where you can enjoy a free screeening of a family film. See The Princess and The Frog on Saturday. Total run time is 97 minutes.

Charm City, Hon!
Where: Baltimore | Baltimore, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

DO a day trip or even an overnight up to Baltimore, where there are so many great family-friendly attractions, many of them in the comfort of AC. Explore the exhibits at Maryland Science Center. See some of the quirkiest, coolest art around at the American Visionary Art Museum. Play the day away at Port Discovery. Get an eyeful of the underwater world at the National Aquarium. View history in the works at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. And even more! This KFDC guide has the scoop.

Peachy Keen
Where: Area Farms
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

It’s peach picking time at many local farms. If you want to get them at their peak, check out this list of area farms that offer pick-your-own (note that not all of them have peaches, so be sure to read descriptions… one that definitely does and we love to go to is Homestead Farms). And it’s always a good idea to check websites or call for updates to confirm availability when you plan to go.

Hikes to Like
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

The recommendation to hit the trail is a staple in these round-ups. And it looks like weather should be good for it at least one day. Take in pretty scenery, explore local history, or try to spy some wildlife. You can even work in some geocachingThis post has a a bunch of recommendations for places to tramp with kids. Some specific recs for right now: Roosevelt Island is always a neat locale to explore; head out to Harpers Ferry for hiking and history; walk in the woods with good shade at Pohick Bay  or Fountainhead Regional Parks; or tramp in the city at Rock Creek Park.

* Stay cool inside as you enjoy a meal with the fam… this post has KFDC picks for family friendly restaurants all around DC.
* And more posts to keep handy for upcoming hot days… A round-up of off-the-beaten path museums in DC, one about museums in MD & VA, and this one about regularly-occurring museum programs.
* The Folger Shakespeare Library just announced its summer programming, which includes family activities.  Read all about the newly reopened attraction here.
* Amazon Prime Days are soon, but you can shop some early deals now!
* An amazing sale (extra 60% off!)…  This kind of skirt is trendy in Paris right now, I have and love this dress, and many more great items, including girls and boys clothes.
* 10 Happy Things for July!

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