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The Weekend Round-Up: September 23-25

Celebrate public lands with free admission to Great Falls!


Happy Weekend!

Link up to all kinds of ideas for local fun:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Bike Rides
* The Great Indoors
* On the Water
* Swim Spots
* Peaceful Places
* Baltimore with Kids

Happy Fall, Y’all!
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by event
Fall has officially begun! And there are lots of events around the area are celebrating it. Fall festivals are in full swing at area farms, in local communities, even a 16th century village in Maryland, and they’re welcoming visitors for all kinds of fun. A few are listed here, and you can get details on the rest of them in this round-up of autumn celebrations around the area.

Back to the Yards
Where: Yards Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 5:30-8:30pm
Admission: Free
Join this totally tubular party for all ages at Yards Park! Parents and kids are invited to learn groovy dance moves with breakdancers, create slap bracelets and headbands, color your own Rubik’s cube, and jam out to a playlist of 80’s chart-toppers, one-hit wonders, and favorites. Glowing giveaways and loads of LED games will make this a party for the ages!

Art All Night
Where: Throughout DC
When: Friday – Saturday, 7pm – 3am
Admission: Free

Be part of this free overnight arts festival that takes place in all eight DC wards. Art All Night brings visual and performing arts — painting, photography, sculpture, crafts, fashion, music, dance, theater, and more — to indoor and outdoor spaces around the city. Enjoy live music, dance at silent discos, take kids to a hilarious magic show, see ice sculpture demos, view innovative art, and so much more.  Go here to see what’s happening in many neighborhoods around DC!

Where: Montgomery College | Silver Spring
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $13.50
InterAct Story Theatre’s The Hero of EVERYTHING explores the importance of teamwork and the perils of trying to do everything yourself.  This action-packed interactive play is performed by three actors on stage and a whole team of superheroes in the audience, who join in to become part of the action to save the day in Citytown City. See more about it here (but note that the giveaway has ended).

More Live Entertainment
Where: Theatres around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by show

* Tiny Tots at The Puppet Co. (littlest ones)
* Milo the Magnificent at The Puppet Co. (ages 4+)
* Host & Guest at Synetic Theatre (teens & older)
* Dear Evan Hansen at the Kennedy Center (age 12+)
* Hamilton at the Kennedy Center (age 10+)
* The Trip to Bountiful at Ford’s Theatre (age 13+)

Volunteer on National Public Lands Day
Where: Around the DC area
When: Saturday
Admission: Just your time and effort

Saturday is National Public Lands Day, when all are welcome and encouraged to help restore and preserve public lands. Volunteer opportunities like clean-ups, tree plantings, weed removal, trail maintenance, and more are available everywhere from big national parks to small urban green spaces, including many in the DC area.  Search here for places nearby where you and the kids can help out.

Free Parking
Where: National Parks everywhere
When: Saturday
Admission: Free
Not only can you volunteer on National Public Lands Day,  you can also get free admission to national parks to celebrate!   It’s one of several fee-free days, so  there’s no cost to visit those that usually charge for entry. Take advantage and hit the trail at ShenandoahPrince William ForestGreat FallsHarpers Ferry, or head up to Baltimore to explore Fort McHenry. Find even more parks to visit here.

Fiesta DC
Where: Pennsylvania Ave. 9th to 14th Streets | Downtown, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

Celebrate Latino culture at the 50th Annual Fiesta DC.  On both days of the weekend, Pennsylvania Avenue from the Navy Memorial Plaza to Freedom Plaza will be filled will lively festivities, including stages featuring a variety of performances, children’s activities, international cuisine, arts & crafts, and more!

Mountaineering Day
Where: Embassy of the Czech Republic |
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free
All ages are welcome to the European Union National Institutes of Culture’s Mountaineering Day! Conquer the climbing wall then relax with a cold brew (for parents) while listening to the folk band Orchester Praževica. Take part in a mapping and sustainability challenge. Watch a German Shepherd demonstration by Rodina Straze. Delve into how the EU is combating climate change and preserving nature. Learn about top athletes and companies related to mountaineering from EU countries. Try making a tasty trail mix and sample delicious “mountain cuisine” with a demo by Italian Chef Roberto Donna. Check out alpine destinations to visit and more. Enjoy a day of “mountaineering through Europe,” while in the heart of Washington, DC.  RSVP required.

DC Theatre Week Kick Off Party
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free
Theatre Week kicks off the launch of the theatre season in the DC area, and this party kicks off Theatre Week! Enjoy performances, workshops, conversations, free food & drinks, giveaways, and more fun from over 35 DC-area theaters. And FYI: Theatre Week is a great opportunity to check out all kinds of shows — musicals, dramas, comedies, theatre for young audiences, and more — when there is special ticket pricing.

Leesburg Airshow
Where: Leesburg Executive Airport | Leesburg, VA
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free
The annual Leesburg Airshow will take to the skies with thrilling aerobatic demonstrations, sky divers, and more! Witness a showcase of impressive aircraft, classic cars, and a variety of exhibitors on the tarmac, food vendors, flight schools, and aviation clubs among them.

Savor the Bay
Where: Sandy Point State Park | Annapolis, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $15, free/12 & under
How about a day filled with delicious seafood, live entertainment, kids activities, food demos and competitions, loads of shopping options, vendors, exhibits, contests? You can enjoy all that and more at the 55th annual Maryland Seafood Festival. Even better, it all takes place on the beautiful shores of the Chesapeake Bay. (Note that crabs cost extra — $35/half dozen)

Children’s Day
Where: Peirce Mill | Rock Creek Park, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free
Enjoy free family fun at Peirce Mill! Try grinding grain and sifting by hand, then learn how water powers the mill. Make your own corn husk dolls and other toys. Play old-fashioned board and lawn games like checkers and corn hole. Note that Peirce Mill is closed to address a safety issue, so Children’s Day will be held in the mill yard and barn. Read more about the historic sit in Rock Creek Park here.

Kick It with FootGolf
Where: GolfDC | East Potomac Park, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $15/adult, $8/child
Throwing in something random and fun…   Have you ever played or even heard of FootGolf? The activity that’s a hybrid of soccer and golf makes for a fun family outing — and you can play right here in the city down by Hains Point. Find out what the sport is all about in this KFDC post.

Lil’ Libros
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free
Head to the Kogod Courtyard in the portrait Gallery for the Fotos y Recuerdos Festival with children’s book publisher Lil’ Libros. All ages are welcome to the bilingual celebration that will include story times, book signings, live entertainment, and gallery tours. There will also be arts and crafts inspired by the Lil’ Libros book series “The Life of / La vida de,” which features Latinx sitters from the Portrait Gallery’s collection.

Clarendon Day
Where: Clarendon Metro | Clarendon, VA
When: Saturday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Head to the area around the Clarendon Metro station for an event that brings the local community together. Dozens of vendors, food from neighborhood restaurants, live music, and a KidZone (including an 18-foot slide!) will be part of the action.

Family Day 2022
Where: Hill Center | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, September 25, 2-6pm
Admission: Free

Hill Center’s annual Family Day returns again and better than ever for 2022! This year we are excited to bring back the programs you love and introduce you to some new ones as well! Come enjoy a completely FREE day of crafts, shows, carriage rides, balloon animals, and a family exercise class. Reserve your tickets!

Echo Arts Fest
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

Attend Glen Echo Park’s new fall visual & performing arts festival! The celebration will showcase all of the park’s offerings across many disciplines of art — pottery, painting, dance, plays, and more. It’s also the final day of the 2022 carousel season, so take the kids for one last spin on the beautiful Wendztel Carousel!

Opera on the Field
Where: Audi Field | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Sunday, 4pm
Admission: Free

How about opera where there’s usually soccer? The Washington National Opera is back with its 17th season of free opera broadcasts, though this year it’s on Audi Field instead on Nationals Park. All are welcome to enjoy a free outdoor broadcast of Carmen. Gates open at 2pm for pre-opera, family-friendly activities. The show on the scoreboard begins at 4pm. Be sure to register in advance!

* Since it’s officially fall, plan for ways to enjoy autumn in the DC area (that are not farm festivals), with these 10 ideas.
* In case you missed it, there’s a new post about the National Zoo!
* On Monday, September 26 at 5pm, join a Rosh Hashana Experience in the Park! All are welcome to check out a shofar display, and enjoy songs, stories and snacks in Lincoln Park on Capitol Hill.
* And if you’re still working on the holiday meal, Washingtonian has a round-up of local restaurants and caterers to help with that.
* 11 Covid questions
* The best east coast road trips.
* Thank you to my 13-year-old daughter for introducing me to this very reasonably priced skin care brand. I especially love this serum.
* This Netflix show was a surprise binge….unexpectedly addicting, and I was so impressed and moved by everyone in it.
* TJ’s is the best.


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Five Things: September 20, 2022

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is one of many places to volunteer this weekend (and maybe spot great blue herons, too!)


1.  Saturday is National Public Lands Day, when all are welcome and encouraged to help restore and preserve public lands.  Volunteer opportunities like clean-ups, tree plantings, weed removal, trail maintenance, and more are available everywhere from big national parks to small urban green spaces, including many in the DC area.  Search here for places nearby where you and the kids can help out. (FYI:  It’s also a fee free day, when there is no cost for entry to national parks that usually charge admission.)


2. And speaking of volunteering, if you’re looking for more ways to give back together, check out the KFDC round-up of local places and organizations where kids and families can help out.


3. See the New York Times new list of 50 favorite restaurants in America in 2022 — that includes two in DC!


4. If you also listened obsessively to the Serial podcast several years back, then you’re surely aware of yesterday’s big news.  And in response, a new episode was released this morning.


5. A great essay by Bono in the New Yorker about his childhood in Dublin. (Excerpted from his upcoming book!)



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The Weekend Round-Up: September 16-18

Fall hues at the Capitol


Happy Weekend!

Quick links to posts filled with ideas for local fun:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
Local Hikes with Kids
* Bike Rides
* The Great Indoors
* On the Water
* Swim Spots
* Peaceful Places
* Baltimore with Kids

Celebrate Fall from City Streets to Country Farms
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by event

Fall may not have officially started, but seasonal festivals have begun at several area farms, right on city streets, and in locales that recall historic times (huzzah!). And they’re welcoming visitors for all kinds of fun. Some are listed below, and you can get details on the rest of them in this round-up of autumn celebrations around the area.

NSO in Your Neighborhood
Where: Throughout Ward 8, DC
When: Through September 25
Tickets: Free

The National Symphony Orchestra’s annual program is back! Starting Friday and over the next three weeks, NSO musicians are performing free concerts around the neighborhoods of DC’s Ward 8. Events are offered both indoors and outdoors — at parks, restaurants, arts centers, libraries schools, and more local venues. All are free to the public with first-come, first-served seating. Check the website to see where they are happening this weekend.

National Dance Day
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through Saturday
Admission: Free

Join the celebration and a showcase of dance in the DMV at the REACH, the Kennedy Center extension offering all kinds of performing arts explorations.  On Friday and Saturday, experience a range of dance styles — including Flamenco, Modern, West-African, Street Styles, Afro-Caribbean, Tap, Ballet, and Contemporary — through performances and classes taking place, hosted by “Millennial Hype Man” KyleOnTheMic. New this year will be dance films screened on Saturday.  See details and the full festival schedule here.

Wheaton Park(ing) Day
Where: Wheaton Regional Park | Wheaton, MD
When: Friday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

Head to Wheaton Regional Park for a fun-filled day as they transform a parking lot into a picnic area. Enjoy free Italian ice, lawn games, music from a DJ, an LED lightbulb exchange, and more! This is part of PARK(ing) Day, an annual, global event that gives residents, businesses and organizations an opportunity to temporarily transform metered parking spaces and stimulate conversations about how we use our urban landscape.

Andrews Air & Space Expo
Where: Joint Base Andrews | Prince George’s County, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: Free

There’s excitement in the air! Celebrate the Air Force’s 75th birthday with high flying entertainment as the Golden Knights, Thunderbirds, Fighting Falcon, and many more thrilling aerial performers take to the skies this weekend at the 2022 Joint Base Andrews Air & Space Expo. The public is invited to view amazing airplane stunts, as well as cool ground attractions on Saturday and Sunday. And to top it all off, admission to it all is free! Park at FedEx Field, then shuttles will transport to the base starting at 8:30am.

To Sail Around the Sun
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 11am & 2pm
Admission: $30

On National Dance Day, kids can take an enchanting trip across the globe to celebrate movement, music, and the planet we call home in this show at the Kennedy Center. To Sail Around the Sun caters to kids through dance, live music, and storytelling that takes audiences on one child’s journey to gather all four seasons before dinner time. The show travels beneath the springtime waves of the Australian shores, through the summertime rainforests of Argentina, among the autumn leaves of Japan, and in the wintry snows of Kazakhstan. Recommended for all ages, run time is one hour.

More Live Entertainment
Where: Theatres around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by show

* Tiny Tots at The Puppet Co. (littlest ones)
* Milo the Magnificent at The Puppet Co. (ages 4+)
* Host & Guest at Synetic Theatre (teens & older)
* Dear Evan Hansen at the Kennedy Center (age 12+)
* Hamilton at the Kennedy Center (age 10+)

Homecoming at Abe’s Place
Where: President Lincoln’s Cottage | Petworth, DC
When: September 17, 7:30am – 6pm
Admission: Free for Family Day, $50 for the 5k

Lincoln’s Cottage is once again combining their two popular events, the Freedom 5K and Family Day, into one full day of racing and family fun: Homecoming! During the Civil War the Lincoln family called the Cottage home. This year they welcome everyone back “home” to join in a full day of activities where you can run, walk, and play like Lincoln. There will be arts and crafts, pony rides and a petting zoo, hands-on activities for young learners, cottage tours, and picnic ops followed by a family-friendly afternoon performance by the Petworth Jazz Project.. Go for just the race, just Family Day activities, or stick around to enjoy both!

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day
Where: Museums around the DC Area
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

There are some museums in the DC area that charge admission. But on Saturday, Smithsonian Magazine is hosting its annual Museum Day, when those that require us to open our wallets to visit are free. Take advantage at the B&O Railroad Museum, College Park Aviation Museum, Baltimore Museum of Industry, and many more fantastic museums around the area.  You must reserve a free ticket —  and it’s good for admission for two people.

Cox Farms Fall Festival
Where: Centreville, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $15 

This largest area fall festival begins this weekend ! This one is so big I recommend giving the website a good look to help prepare and navigate your way around the sprawling grounds that contain multiple slides, swings, games, mazes, pumpkins, picnics, live entertainment, farm animals, and much more. There is also a Kiddie Zone just for little ones aged 5 and under. Be prepared for a crowd!

Colonial Market & Fair
Where: Mount Vernon, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $28/adult, $15/age 6-11, free/5 & under

At George Washington’s old stomping grounds, they re-create a lively early-American marketplace with demonstrations, crafts, and entertainment. Take in the sights and sounds of it all on Mount Vernon’s 12-acre field and chat with colonial artisans selling traditional handcrafted food and wares. Colonial music transports you back to the 18th century as experts demonstrate period crafting techniques. And you can see General Washington in the General’s Tent. There’s plenty of fun for the whole family! Read more about Mount Vernon here.

Gimme an H!
Where: H Street NE, DC
When: Saturday, 12-7pm
Admission: Free

The annual festival on northeast DC’s thriving hip corridor is returning! This one is always huge — so beware that there could be a crowd — and there is tons to see and do.  In past years, the event has featured loads of live entertainment, including a kids stage; cool art exhibits; food trucks; crafts for sale by local vendors; fashion shows; dancin’ in the street; and children’s activities, including face painting, story telling, and moon bounces. Public transportation is highly recommended, as parking is always difficult.

Washington Ukrainian Festival
Where: St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral | Silver Spring, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 9pm & Sunday, 11am – dusk
Admission: $20/adult, $20/senior, free/kids

Bring family and friends to the 19th annual Ukrainian Festival of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. All are welcome to enjoy Ukrainian artists and dancers, crafts, children’s activities, delicious Ukrainian food, a Kozak beer garden, and live entertainment on Saturday evening. A portion of the proceeds is for humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

Family Day
Where: DAR Museum | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free
The DAR Museum is hosting a family day with some fun activities to explore the collection.  It’s a great opportunity to check out a museum that might not be on your regular rotation.

Artsfest ’22
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Lusby, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $10, free/age 11 & under

Celebrate the visual and performing arts at this event that brings together the country’s most accomplished artists for a fabulous weekend extravaganza of the arts! Set amidst the spectacular backdrop of the beautiful woods of Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Artsfest is a unique art experience with a multitude of artist booths, 35 performers on four stages, creative fun for kids, artist demos, and great food and drink. Read more about Annmarie Sculpture Garden here and here.

Georgetown Community Day
Where: Georgetown University | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: Free

All are welcome to join neighbors, students, faculty, and staff for a day of fun and family-friendly activities at Georgetown! Festivities include face painting, moon bounces, music, games, and a community picnic with free food. Local schools, churches, community organizations, government agencies, and university departments will also be there with giveaways and information about how you can get involved. This will all take place at the University’s Healy Lawn.

Where: The Boro | Tysons, VA
When: Saturday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

It might not be October yet, but you can still celebrate Oktoberfest this weekend. Join an afternoon of fall-themed festivities, including outdoor games, crafts, and a special Polka concert by The TKO Band (dirndls and lederhosen optional!). Embroidered pins, a glitter tattoo station, pretzel necklace making, and plenty of IG-worthy photo ops will be part of the fun. Registration is encouraged.

Halfway to St Patrick’s Festival
Where: Waterfront Park | Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free
Head to Old Town Alexandria to celebrate the half-way mark to St. Patrick’s Day. Music, crafts,Irish dance performances, pipe bands, vendors, and more entertainment will be part of the festivities. A beer truck will be there for adults, too.

Falls Church Festival
Where: City Hall Campus | Falls Church, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free, but tastes and rides are a fee

The 46th Annual Falls Church Festival returns to The Little City with plenty of family fun. It features The Taste of Falls Church, a beer garden, live music, children’s entertainment, plus booths of local crafters, businesses, and civic organizations.

Old Firehouse Block Party
Where: Old Firehouse | McLean, VA
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Help celebrate the Old Firehouse’s 32 years of serving the Greater McLean community. Listen to a DJ from 99.5 playing hits as their broadcast live or groove in the silent disco. Enjoy food from Listrani’s Italian Gourmet Pizza and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. Try rock climbing, and play game in a mobile arcade truck. Explore a vintage fire truck, and learn about the Firehouse history. There will also be a sensory room, art activities, and outdoor games for all ages, along with a local health and wellness booth. The Old Firehouse is located at 1440 Chain Bridge Road in McLean.

Celebrate Petworth
Where: 800 block of Upshur St. NW | Petworth, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

This free neighborhood festival is organized by and for the residents of Petworth, but all are welcome to enjoy. Celebrating the creativity, diversity, culture, and people of Petworth and its surrounding neighborhoods, festivities include Petworth history storytelling, live music and performers, kids activities, tasty food, and a dog show. View the schedule here.

Walking Town DC
Where: Various neighborhoods in DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free
Put on your walking shoes for a free guided stroll in the city! From September 17-24, WalkingTown DC offers outdoor walking tours sights and neighborhoods throughout DC, both familiar and lesser known. Professional tour guides, community leaders enthusiastic about where they live, and well respected subject matter experts lead the tours and provide compelling content and interesting anecdotes along the way. The tours take place outside, rain or shine, and just about all of them are family-friendly and wheelchair accessible. See the schedule for details and to sign up.

DC Family Bike Fest 2022
Where: Alethia Tanner Park | NoMa, DC
When: Sunday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free
This annual gathering for kid bikers, family bikers, and the bike-curious will have fun for the whole fam! Check out family bike options, snatch up goodies community partners, join a Trike Storytime and Kids Bike Parade, get free tuneups, and enjoy free sno cones, and more!

* The National Air & Space Museum is reopening on October 14 after being closed for renovations. Timed-entry tickets will be required for free admission, and plenty are available if you know what date you’d like to go.
* KID Museum has a lineup of special activities for Hispanic Heritage Month, starting this Sunday, September 18, and running through October 18.
* Have you been to La Cosecha by Union Market yet? The Latin American market/food hall is awesome — lots of yummy eats and wares to check out.
* Tom Sietsma’s money-saving tips for eating at restaurants.
* Just started reading this highly rated and recommended novel (after finishing this one, which I give a solid five stars).
* If you’re a fan of horror films, put this creep fest with a Stranger Things vibe on your list! I hadn’t heard if it until I listened to this recent podcast, which is also a good one.
* Who else? 😂


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Fall Classes for All Ages at Synetic Theater!


Are you looking for theatre and ballet classes for kids (or yourself) in Northern Virginia?  Synetic Theater, a center for American Physical Theatre and presenter of some of the area’s most magical plays, offers an exciting array of classes for children of all ages — as well as anyone interested in cultivating an active and creative life.  Here are programs available this fall, beginning September 24!


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Magic of Disney
1st Grade – 5th Grade
September 24 – November 5 | Saturday, 9-10am
Tuition: $250
Instructor: Ashton Schaffer

It’s a Whole New World with this acting class for elementary aged students. Each class will be themed off of a different Disney movie with games and activities tailored to the theme each week. Students can sing, act, and dance their way to the ball in this one of a kind acting class! They will learn how to use their imaginations to create new and exciting worlds and characters. Themes include Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Big Hero 6, and so many more! Grab your pixie dust and imagination and get ready to never grow up.

Spies in Disguise
6th Grade – 8th Grade
September 24 – November 5 | Saturday, 10–11am
Tuition: $250
Instructor: Ashton Schaffer

Calling all secret agents! There is an enemy that must be found and captured. In this seven-week class, students will learn the ins and outs of what it takes to be a spy…. a physical theater spy, that is. Students will learn secret tumbling tricks, create epic spy gear, and hopefully save the world. This class is open to any middle school age student looking to try their hand at acting or improve on their skills.

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Ballet with Synetic Theater
Choreographer and Performer Maryam Najafzada

Beginning Ballet
Ages 4-6
September 27 – November 15 | Tuesday, 1-2pm
Tuition: $300 | Need-based scholarships available.

Young dancers learn balance, coordination, and beginning ballet steps such as plies, releves, jumps, and turns as they come together to develop a lifelong love of dance. This class culminates in a shareformance of warm-ups and a short dance piece. All classes are limited to 8 participants.

Elementary Ballet 
Ages 7-12
September 30 – November 18  | Friday, 4:30-5:30pm
Tuition: $300 | Need-based scholarships available.

This multi-age class teaches fundamentals of ballet through barre, center, and across-the-floor. Young artists learn alignment, strength, agility, and ballet technique through a wide variety of exercises, stretches, and dance combinations. The class culminates in a shareformance of a short dance piece. All classes are limited to 8 participants.

Teen/Adult Ballet
All levels
September 27 – November 15 | Tuesday, 2:30-3:30pm
Tuition: $300 | Need-based scholarships available.

Perfect for adults returning to ballet or anyone who wants to improve their core strength and posture, strengthen their back muscles to reduce injuries, improve their flexibility, and learn basic ballet terminology. No experience is necessary for this fun and creative class. All classes are limited to 8 participants.


All classes take place at the Synetic Theater Studio in the Crystal City area of Arlington.  Learn more and register through the links above. And for more information about Synetic Theater, visit the website.


This post is sponsored by Synetic Theater, however, I only promote programs, events, and services that I truly believe in and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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Five Things: September 13, 2022

Show your Spirit for women’s soccer!


1. Audi Field is hosting the National Women’s Soccer League championship match on Saturday, October 29., at 8pm.  It’s a big deal because 1) It’s a big match!  2) It’s the first time the NWSL final game is being played in the evening, getting the prime time broadcast coverage the women athletes deserve.  Tickets are still available, and you can purchase them here.  And the Washington Spirit, our local women’s pro team, will be playing a couple more home matches there this season — this Saturday, September 17, and on Saturday, October 1.  They are always exciting to watch, and it’s a great opportunity to support women in sports!


2.  This Friday, September 16, is PARK(ing) Day, when people across the globe create temporary pop-up parks and social spaces where there usually is curbside parking. Wheaton Regional Park in Wheaton, MD, is getting in on it as they transform a parking lot into a picnic area and welcome the public to join for a fun-filled day.  There will be free Italian ice, lawn games, music from a DJ, an LED lightbulb exchange, and more. It’ll be going on from 12-6pm, and admission is free.  Read more about Wheaton Regional Park here.


3. In case you missed it, the annual round-up of fall festivals, updated for 2022, was just posted.  The great thing about the KFDC list is that it includes all kinds of fall fests, from traditional seasonal fun on the farm to arts and crafts showcases to community celebrations to cultural experiences to time trips that transport you back a few centuries.  And they take place on city streets, country farms, and many places in between!


4. These may just be the best things I’ve bought my kids in awhile. (They even seem to agree!)


5. Such a powerful moment at the Emmys.


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