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The Weekend Round-Up: July 14-16

 

Happy Weekend!

Quick links for activities galore around the DC area:
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Swim Spots
* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Baltimore with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Paddling Options
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places

Celebrate Dad
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

It’s a special day for the dads this weekend, and there are a bunch of great ways for the whole fam to celebrate if you’re still looking for ideas, from ballgames to big feasts to outdoor recreation to Juneteenth celebrations. See a whole round-up of them in this post, some of which are included below.

Horse Around
Where: Horse Stables & Education Center | National Mall, DC
When: Friday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

To celebrate one year since opening, the U.S Park Police Horse Stables and Education Center is hosting a special open house to meet-and-greet the Mounted Unit’s horses and officers who call the stables home. Explore the Education Center to learn all about the history of the Mounted Unit, and volunteers will be on hand to share facts and answer questions about the horses and their mission. Receive a free, commemorative cookie while supplies last.

The World & Me: Pollinator Celebration
Where: Natural History Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12:30pm
Admission: Free

Join the museum for an early celebration of Pollinator Week! See pollinator specimens up close, meet scientists and horticulturists studying and providing habitats for local pollinators, create your own print inspired by pollinators, and more! Smithsonian Gardens and USDA Forest Service will be there to share about pollinators, too. Drop in to the event at any time.

Capital Book Fest
Where: Wilson Plaza | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Join local non-profit, Turning the Page, for a day of learning and fun! Over a dozen children’s authors and illustrators, including many from the Children’s Book Guild of Washington, DC. Authors and illustrators will be bringing their books and fun art activities for families to take home. Wilson Plaza is located outside the Ronald Reagan Building in Downtown DC.

Columbia Heights Day
Where: Harriet Tubman Elementary | Columbia Heights, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Whether or not you live in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of DC, you’re invited to bring the fam out for a free day of activities to help celebrate the diverse, fun, and quirky neighborhood. In its 16th year, the event brings together residents and businesses for all kinds of festivities. Enjoy local food, live music and carnival entertainment, a beer garden, and tents full of fun and unique vendors.

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

It still may not be official on the calendar, but when it comes to local recreation, summer has arrived. Free concerts in the open air, outdoor swimming, movies under the stars, sprayground fun, and SO much more! Activities exclusive to the season can be enjoyed all around the area this weekend. The 2024 KFDC Guide to the Best of Summer in DC has the scoop on all of it.

Juneteenth Celebration
Where: Watkins Regional Park | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

Bring the whole family to celebrate this historic date and enjoy free concerts, exhibits, and activities honoring African American culture. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, marking the date that the last enslaved people learned of their freedom — the month of June and the nineteenth day were combined to form the name. Be sure to enjoy all of the wonderful offerings at Watkins while you’re there.

MudFest
Where: Woodstock Equestrian Special Park | Bealesville, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: $20/car

Get down and dirty, jumping, slipping, and sliding in giant mud pits! Cook up a mud pie, make mud art, and play games! This muddy fun will be great for the whole family. This is a rain or shine event.

Taste of the DMV Festival
Where: Pennsylvania Ave. 3rd-7th St NW, DC
When: Saturday, 12-7pm
Admission: $10/age 11+, free/10 & under

Savor the day at this festival that showcases the foods of DC area! The gastronomic adventure features over 200 vendors, including food trucks, food booths, and some non-food vendors. Over 40 acts on multiple stages will bring entertainment, and a beer garden with multiple vendors will be fun for adults. This is an all-ages events, kids 10 and under get in free.

Army Birthday Festival
Where National Museum of the US Army | Fort Belvoir, VA
When: Saturday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: Free tickets required

The U.S. Army is celebrating its 249th Birthday with a free festival of fun activities for all ages. Experience live music, fun games, gaming, animals, parachutes, tanks, virtual reality ride simulators. You also will have access to the museums. Extra special happenings include a Twilight Tattoo show at the end, Selfies with Soldiers, Army birthday cupcakes and Souvenirs (limited supply). Tickets are FREE on website and required for entry and activities.

Innovations in Flight
Where: Udvar-Hazy Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15

Head out to the Chantilly arm of the National Air & Space Museum for this special program. View over 50 vintage, modern, and commercial aircraft that will fly in for the day and be on display outside the museum. You can even go into some of the cockpits and cabins and talk with pilots. Along with the outdoor display, museum educators will show how to spot and identify aircraft landing at Dulles Airport. If tickets are sold out for the outdoor part, there still will be activities inside.

Hill Family Biking: Kidical Mass – Team Ride
Where: Around Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 4-5:30pm
Admission: Free

Join Hill Family Biking for their monthly group ride! This one is all about sports teams… if you’re on a team or love watching one, wear your team gear and join for a tour of ball fields around Capitol Hill ending at Watkins where there is a splash pad and playground — and popsicles for all the riders.

Spirit & Juneteenth
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm (gates open 6pm)
Admission: Start at $15 (look for discount)

The Washington Spirit host the San Diego Wave on Saturday and will also be celebrating Juneteenth and Black culture in DC. Along with the exciting action on the field, fans can enjoy storytelling and entertainment centered around local Black organizations, community leaders, and performers.

Pinocchio
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.

Nats vs. Marlins
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Tickets start at $13
The Nats are hosting the Marlins all weekend. Catch a game on Friday at 6:45pm, Saturday at 4:05pm, or Sunday at 1:35pm. There are special promos and activities for a couple of them, including a Mike Rizzo Bobblehead giveaway on Friday and a bear plush giveaway for kids on Sunday.

Columbia Pike Blues Fest
Where: Arlington, VA
When: Saturday
Admission: Free (some activities are extra)


The largest annual Blues fest in the DC area celebrates women in blues this year. The event will feature performances by many local and regional blues bands and artists along with more family-friendly activities. Interact with the Arlington Art Truck, and enjoy food, beverages, arts, and a KidsZone.

Arrrgh, Mateys!
Where: Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake | Annapolis, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $26-32, $16/ages 2 and under

Something fun to celebrate the end of the school year and start of summer…  Set sail on the high seas in Annapolis for a jolly good adventure!  Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake will take little buccaneers on a search for buried treasure. Several time slots are available throughout the day, and you can call in advance to reserve. Read more about the adventure in this KFDC post from awhile back.

Go for a Spin…or Tee Up!
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Thoughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Summer brings some extra delights to several parks and other places around the area that are already great outdoor places to hang with the kids. Go for whirl on a mini train or carousel, take a swing at mini golf, or even ride a Ferris Wheel. The KFDC Summer Guide has details on where to go.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Watch Barbie on the Jumbotron at Audi Field on Thursday evening at this session of Movies on the Pitch.
* And this family movie opens this weekend!
* There’s a giveaway going on for a chance to win tickets to Knuffle Bunny: A Precautionary Tale, opening at Adventure Theatre next week.
* In case you missed it last weekend, there’s a new round-up of high school graduation gift ideas… which could also be going away to college presents for later this summer. (Many of them would make great gifts for other occasions, too.)
* The U.S. Botanic Garden just announced that it will stay open until 8pm on the third Thursday of the month this summer — June 20, July 18, and August 15.
* The 15 best hotels and resorts for families in the US, according to Afar Magazine.
* Love a pair of easy, breezy pants for summer, even better in a fun print at a good price.
* A potential Father’s Day gift that can be delivered quickly. Or keep it simple (and sweet) with this.
* This documentary is on my weekend watch list.
* Just ordered this for travels this summer.
* Dad Jokes Ruined By Gentle Parenting 😄

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Ideas to Make Father’s Day Extra Awesome for Dads (2024)

 

It’s a special day for the dads this coming weekend, and there are a bunch of great ways for the whole fam to celebrate if you’re looking for ideas. This round-up has a variety of suggestions, with something to suit every honoree. Happy Father’s Day!

Take Dad Out to the Ballgame
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: June 14-16
Admission: Ticket prices vary

For Dads who are Nats fans, take them to the ballpark for a game against the Marlins. They are hosting them all weekend, so if the actual Father’s Day doesn’t work, you’ve got your pick of other days — and there are special promos and activities for some of them, including a Mike Rizzo Bobblehead giveaway on Friday and a bear plush giveaway for kids on Sunday.

Walk in the Woods
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

Celebrate the day and dad on the trail.  Tramp in places with scenic views, walk and explore history at interesting locales, try to spot wild creatures, and enjoy a day of active fun. Bring along a picnic for lunch al fresco, too. This go-to KFDC post has a bunch of recommendations for good places to hit the trail with the whole fam.

Hike & Apres Hike
Where: Around the DC area
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by place

These specific recommendations for hikes are great if you want to extend the day to include food and drinks to celebrate, too.  A few awesome combos for that:  Patuxent River State Park and Waredaca Brewery (how we celebrated a couple of years ago), Sky Meadows State Park and Barrel Oak Winery in Delaplane, VA.   Sugarloaf Mountain and The Comus Inn or Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard in Dickerson, MD. Great Falls (MD side) and The Old Angler’s Inn in Potomac, MD. Patapsco Valley State Park and the Guinness Brewery in Howard County MD. Harpers Ferry hike and the Harpers Ferry Brewing about an hour and a half drive from DC.  Get details about all of them here!

A Meal for the Man of the Hour
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Ongoing
Admission: Cost of your meal

You really can’t go wrong with plans focused around food and drink, and there are plenty of restaurants around DC to go out for a good, fun meal with the fam.  Here are a few of my recs for the occasion:  Ivy City Smokehouse, 2 Fifty Barbeque, PastisMartin’s TavernCactus Cantina, and Tabard Inn. Be sure to make reservations.

Brunch & Play
Where: Around the DC area
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by activity

For dads who like to get their game on or enjoy a fun mission, take him to place that offers opportunities to play. From pickleball and roller skating to bowling and bocce to tennis and ping pong to escape rooms and scavenger hunts, this round-up has a bunch of ideas for celebrating with some active indoor fun. Even better, many of the places also serve food to include a meal, too. (If not, just find a restaurant close by!)

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

For dads who like to two-wheel it, plan a family bike ride.  You’ve got your pick of good routes 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.

Father’s Day Fish-a- Rama
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: June 16
Admission: $13/child, $15/adult

Treat Dad to a fun-filled weekend with BBQ and catch-and-release fishing. Guests can compete in the Fish-a-Rama contest, fishing for catfish, bass, and blue gill in the stocked ponds, and prizes are on the line for the largest fish hooked from 9am – 2pm. Bring your own pole and gear to fish (no drag hooks). GCF has worms for purchase in the country store. The amusement continues on the five-acre farm-style playground featuring the Giant Jumping Pillow, Triple Threat slide, corn bin, animal barnyard, and loads more fun for all.

Father’s Day Kids & Family Festival
Where: Shipgarten | Tysons Corner, VA
When: June 16, 12-6pm
Admission: Free 
Enjoy a day of excitement at this Father’s Day Kids and Family Festival with all kinds of fun. Live music, great drinks, moonbounces, and a full outdoor playground will ensure everyone has a blast.  For little ones, there is free face painting and arts & crafts. Even furry family members are welcome, whether on-leash or in our off-leash dog park — treat them Pup Cups and Kongs filled with peanut butter.  Tunes 4 Tots will be holding a parent-and-me music class at 4:30pm — sing, dance, and play to celebrate dads!  Get free tickets here.

Fun in the Trees
Where: Adventure Park at Sandy Spring
When: Ongoing
Admission: Starts at $69/age 12+, $56/7-11, $22/5 & 6

For adventurous dads who love the outdoors, particularly being in the trees, an afternoon in the aerial adventure forest of the Adventure Park at Sandy Springs is the perfect way to spend the day — it is hands down the best aerial ropes course in the area.  There are still some tickets available for Sunday, but if you can’t score them for that day, think Father’s Day gift and reserve for another day! (FYI: This is one of our favorite adventures in the area — read more about it here.)

Take Dad Out to the Big Train
Where: Shirley Povitch Field| Rockville, MD
When: June 16, 7pm
Admission: Starts at $5

The Nats aren’t the only team in town for some Father’s Day baseball. Bethesda Big Train, a local collegiate summer team, are hosting the DC Grays on Sunday, and there’s extra fun to enjoy for the special day — kids can bring their dads to the ballpark early and play catch in the Povich Field outfield from 6:30 to 6:45pm.  You can also get dad an ice cream sundae from Kona Ice.

Go With the Flow
Where: Around the DC area

When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

Spend quality time with the man of the hour on the water, where you can paddle and explore. A bunch of places around the area rent kayaks, canoes, rowboats, SUPs, and pontoons. This post has a round-up of all of them. And if you want to go a little bigger, consider a Solomons Island pontoon boat rental (the post is about a Mother’s Day excursion, but can obvi be for Father’s Day, too).

Disc Golfin’
Where: Parks Around the DC Area
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale (usually FREE)

Celebrate the day by hitting the links, the chain links, that is! Disc golf is a great way to savor a day outdoors with the family.  This post has info about our favorite in College Park, and there are also great courses at Patapsco Valey State Park in MD,  Pohick Bay Regional Park in Lorton, VA,  Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg, MD, and Burke Lake Park in Burke, VA. Not only is it fun and challenging, the courses are set up in pretty parks with opportunities for more recreation at all of them. Bring along a picnic for lunch in the fresh air, too.

A Grand Feast
Where: Crab houses around the area
When: Ongoing
Admission: Cost of your meal

Steamed crabs, cold beer, scenic views… that’s a recipe for a great Father’s Day for at least one dad I know. The 2024 Summer Guide has lots of suggestions on where to feast on Maryland’s best dish. I recommend making reservations — this is always a very popular way to celebrate.

More Ideas
* For an at home celebration, these “dude food” recipes sound awesome.
* A round-up of good movies for Father’s Day.
* Need gift ideas? I recommended this and this already. A few book recs that you can get quickly: This novel, this one for sports fans, or this fun one.
* If you can swing a last-minute getaway, here are some destination ideas.

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Five Things: June 11, 2024

 

1. Next time you’re at National Harbor, bring the kids to the The Belvedere, a space next to the Plaza overlooking the waterfront.  Not only does it offer great views of the Potomac, below your feet is a 1600-square-foot mural that highlights the history and geography of Maryland, Virginia, and DC. Over 70 elements of local history and lore are included, and benches along the sides of the mural are etched with prompts to find them, which makes for a fun activity with kids! See what else there is to do at the resort locale in this KFDC post (it’s from several years back,  but all of the activities mentioned are still there).

 

2. As the school year is ending for kids around the area, don’t forget about the awesome Regal Summer Movie Express that shows films for just $1 every Tuesday and Wednesday at 11am through the summer.  See what other special entertainment kids can enjoy during the season.

 

3. Recipes for Father’s Day…yum!

 

4. And a great Father’s Day gift idea:  Have his favorite faraway food delivered to him! Goldbelly, an online marketplace of well-known purveyors from all over, can ship signature meals and treats to dads. Think lobster rolls from Maine, pizza from New York and Chicago, BBQ from Texas, and so much more. (I had them send my Philly born-and-bred dad cheesesteaks for his birthday, and he absolutely loved it.)

 

5. This may resonate more with those who were around DC in the 90’s and early 2000’s, but look what’s coming back!

 

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High School Graduation Gift Ideas for DC (or, Really, Anywhere) Teens

 

This post was inspired by recent experience — both my own search for graduation gifts for Owen and family friends, as well as by some of the fun and thoughtful gifts he received.  I wish I had thought to do this post a little sooner, because we’re already in the thick of graduation season.  But if you’re still looking for gift ideas for graduates, here is some inspiration.  These would also make great going away gifts before they leave for college…

 

DC Flag Pillowcase
How great is this DC flag pillowcase for a local graduate?  Owen received this from friends with a sweet note that it will remind him of home and add to his dorm room decor — and show some hometown pride.  And if the graduate isn’t a DC kid, just do a search for a pillowcase from their state.

 

 

Pet Pillow 
If you have a beloved pet at home, this is perfect for a grad who will miss their furry family member when they head off to college. (We got Owen the above Teddy version to bring with him.) Since this one takes a bit longer to ship, it can be a going away gift.  Even better, you can sneak it into their stuff, so it’s a surprise when they unpack at school.

 

 

 

Abstract Name Necklace
These pretty name necklaces make fabulous gifts for grads who like unique jewelry.  [Side story:  I recommended them as Mother’s Day gifts a little while back, my mom saw it, and actually gifted them to Sasha and me… so I can attest that they are lovely IRL.]

 

 

 

College Embossed Wall-Mounted Bottle Opener
This is another gift Owen received from family friends.  Not condoning underage drinking, of course, but it’s very clever and very college — something fun to hang on the wall.  Plus, soft drinks come in bottles, too!

 

 

 

Fun (But Practical) Book

A friend told me about this book, and we’ve gifted it to other friends getting ready to go to college.  It has good and sometimes funny advice about everything from what to expect in the dorms to the social scene to managing classwork to finding grants and loans. This book also looks like a good one for a kid about to leave home.

 

 

 

Inspirational Book
Of course, if you’re gifting a book to a grad, it doesn’t have to be about college.  It’s a perfect occasion to give an inspirational, or enlightening, book to them.  Something with a good “life lesson,” a topic related to what they’ll be studying in school, a read that suits their interests, a memoir by someone they admire, or simply a great novel would make an excellent graduation present.

 

 

Adventure Archive Box
I gifted these to friends who will be going on a traveling adventure with Owen this summer.  They can save mementos from the experience, as well as future ones, and hang them up in their dorm rooms to remind them of good times with friends from home and add some decor to the walls.  It’s not very expensive, so you can add a gift card, too — even put it in the box for a nice surprise.

 

 

Travel Accessories
If the grad has big travel plans coming up — or even if they don’t, chances are they will be doing some at some point — gear for their trip(s) is a thoughtful and practical gift.  Some ideas:
* A set of packing cubes to help keep clothes organized.
*microfiber towel for both showers and swims.
*passport pouch that hangs around their neck to keep it close and safe (stuff a gift card in there, too).
* A travel accessories organizer that you can even include with a power converter, phone charger, and even some fun items.
* A toiletry bag or jewelry organizer would come in handy, too.

 

 

Journal
Whether or not they already journal regularly, you can’t go wrong with the gift of one. The beginning of a new chapter of life is a good time to start writing about all of it. Or they can just use it to jot down notes, reminders, or do some doodling.

 

 

 

Photo Book
Go old school and put together an actual photo album of images. If it’s your child, make a collection of family memories. If it’s a longtime friend of your kid, tell the story of their friendship through pictures.

 

 

Duffle Bag/Backpack
From trips between home and school to bigger travel they might have on the horizon, grads are going to need luggage to transport their stuff. A large duffle bag that can convert to a backpack is ideal.  This one also has lots of great reviews. And this is always a solid brand.

 

 

Concert or Sports Tickets
You have to know the grad pretty well for this one, or at least know their favorite music and sports teams — and maybe an idea of their upcoming schedule.  If you do, and timing works, tickets to see their favorite music artist in concert or sports team in action would be rad.  Even better if you can make it work in their new college town.

 

 

Book of Gift Cards
I randomly came across this idea on Instagram and thought it was so clever.  Just buy a small photo album like this, and fill it with notes and gift cards that they can use in their new college town.  Look up eateries and stores that will be nearby their campus, and include Amazon and Visa/Mastercard gift cards to use online/anywhere.  Owen loved the one we gave him.

 

 

T-Shirt Quilt
If, like me, you’ve been saving special pieces of your kids’ wardrobes — sports jerseys, school and camp t-shirts, and other favorite T’s — over the years, this gift is why. Project Repat will take all those shirts and make a quilt from them.  What a great way to capture pieces (literally) of their life in one cozy way that they can bring with them to college.  Here is another company that makes them, and this one, too.

 

Do you have a good idea for a graduation gift?  Feel free to share in the comments!

 

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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.

Pinocchio
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.)

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* 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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