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The Weekend Round-Up: October 11-14

It’s going to be a great weekend for some garden-ing!



Happy Weekend! Go, Nats!!!

Nationals NLCS Viewing
Where: Around the DMV
When: Friday, 8:08pm & Saturday, 4:08pm
Admission: Free

Want to get out to watch the Nats play the Cards with fellow fans? Lots of spots around the area will be showing the NLCS games. Here are some places that were recommended for the NLDS. And I’ll keep you updated as more round-ups of where to watch are shared. UPDATE: Here’s are more recs from the Post, The Brig and Salt Line being the most family-friendly (imo).

Fallin’
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Pick some pumpkins, whiz down giant slides, get lost in corn mazes, go on and hayrides, bounce around on jumping pillows, say “huzzah!” to Ren Fest, and so much more. There are activities galore to you embrace the autumn spirit, and the KFDC guide to fall festivals has details on all of them.

Soccer: USA vs. Cuba
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Friday, 7pm
Admission: $24+

The US Men’s National Team takes its first steps in the inaugural Concacaf Nations League when it faces Caribbean foe Cuba Friday evening at Audi Field. I recommend taking public transportation since parking can be difficult. Or park in the Navy Yard neighborhood, grab early dinner at one of the many eateries (El Bebe, The Salt Line, and All Purpose are my top recs), then walk to the match.

The Big Build
Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Build, discover, play, make, climb, and design alongside architects, hobbyists, artisans, and craftspeople. Explore the construction vehicle “petting zoo,” spackle walls, or chop and hammer wood. This year’s line-up also includes cutting-edge virtual and augmented reality in the Tech Lab. Attendees can also visit all exhibitions for free on this day.

Culture Queen’s Dance Party
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center | H Street NE, DC
When: Saturday, 9:30am & 11am
Admission: $15

Join the Culture Queen as she does “The Locomotion” on a journey through the swinging ’60s. This energetic show introduces young audiences to the music of Dance Hall kings and queens like Chubby Checker, Little Richard, Little Eva, and Dee Dee Sharp. She’ll teach your royal children the hottest dances of the era like “The Twist”, “The Mashed Potato”, “The Bird” and many more through music and storytelling.

Heritage Day
Where: Peirce Mill | Rock Creek Park, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

A blacksmith, carpenter, bluegrass music, cider press, and corn sheller will round out the demonstrations for Heritage Day. And we’ll have hands-on children’s crafts.  A food truck will provide lunch options for hungry millers. The waterwheel will be turning from 11am – 2pm to showcase the magic of the giant wooden machine, designed by Oliver Evans. Built in 1820-1829 by Isaac Peirce as part of his large estate, the gristmill brings to life the agricultural history of Washington, DC. Read more about Peirce Mill in this KFDC post.

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

* Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are In A Play!” brings some of kids’ favorite characters to life at Adventure Theatre
* The Very Hungry Caterpillar is eating its way across Imagination Stage
* Reserve free tickets to see The Three Not So Little Pigs, this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance
* The Royale is running at Olney Theatre
* You gotta cut loose, Footloose at the Kennedy Center (find discounts)
* See theatre by kids for kids at Encore Stage & Studio’s production of Disney’s Frozen Jr.
* You could be the next contestant on The Price is Right at MGM National Harbor
* It’s opening weekend for Pinocchio at The Puppet Co.
* And Old McDonald’s Farm is the featured Tiny Tots show there on Sunday
* Make it a date night for Jitney at Arena Stage, The Tempest at Synetic Theatre, or Escaped Alone at Signature Theatre

Bethesda Row Arts Festival
Where: Downtown Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 6pm & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

All ages are welcome to join one of the region’s most exciting and esteemed outdoor festivals. Overnight, Bethesda Row’s Shopping and Entertainment District will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery, featuring more than 200 juried fine arts and crafts from artists around the nation. “Art Fair Sourcebook” and “Sunshine Artists” have recognized the event as one the most important in the country, and over 45,000 attendees agree! Especially for kids will be a spin-art tent to create their own art. And new for 2019: STartER GALLERY — a separate cluster of tents located on Bethesda Lane, featuring local and emerging artists showcasing their works to first-time and novice art collectors. 

Latino Art, Beats & Culture Fest
Where: American History Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage at the Latino Art, Beats & Culture Fest, a museum-wide festival showcasing Latino music such as mambo, salsa, hip-hop, pop, and reggaeton. Explore history and culture through hands-on activities, encounters with Smithsonian collections, experts and curators from the Smithsonian Latino Center, National Museum of American History, National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. The program will also feature dance lessons, a mini film festival, and guest appearances and entertainment by a variety of performers.

Fun Family Fall Festival
Where: YMCA of Bethesda-Chevy Chase | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 1:30pm
Admission: $15

Celebrate fall with fun for the entire family while raising critical funds for the YMCA and MetroBethesda Rotary Foundation. Enjoy Rides, games, pumpkin patch, and all kinds of interactive FUN at the newly renovated YMCA of Bethesda-Chevy Chase (9401 Old Georgetown Road).  For ages preK and up.

Arts & Crafts & Storytime
Where: House of Sweden | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Bring children ages 3-10 to the House of Sweden for activities just for them! From 12-3pm, they can express themselves through art in special workshops — attendees are set up with everything they need to participate. (Note: This will also take place on October 12, November 2, and November 16). Then at 3pm, experience Swedish children’s literature (in English). And while you’re there, tour the photo exhibition ‘Swedish Dads,’ portraits 45 fathers who have chosen to stay at home with their children for at least six months.

Wicked Fun
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Halloween may not be for a few more weeks, but you can get the party started with activities and events that celebrate the spooky spirit. This post has details on where the tricks and treats are happening.

DC Comics Book Signing
Where: Third Eye Comics | Annapolis, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: Free

DC Comics is celebrating two of the publisher’s most popular authors with a special fan signing. Author Kami Garcia and Eisner Award-winning author Tom King will sign copies of their latest titles. Before and during the event, fans will be able to purchase several King and Garcia titles at Third Eye Comics. Wrist bands and tickets are not required for the event, but fans are encouraged to get to the event early to get a spot in line, as entry is determined on a first-come, first-served basis.

Grand Re-Opening
Where: Anacostia Community Museum | Anacstia, DC
When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Everyone is invited to join the Anacostia Community Museum for its grand re-opening after being closed for renovations. See the new look both inside and outside. And from 2-4pm, there will be special festivities. Meet and greet with the new director, Melanie Adams, enjoy refreshments and live music, and see the current exhibition, A Right To The City.

Story Time: Iggy Peck Architect
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 12pm
Admission: Free

This weekend’s Story Time at the Hirshhorn features one of my favorite children’s books — I loved reading Iggy Peck Architect to my kids when they were little. On Sunday, you can hear it at a read-aloud, then investigate the museum building with close looking and hands-on building activities.

Harvest Festival
Where: Capitol Cider House | Brentwood, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 2pm
Admission:

Start your Sunday off right with lots of fall goodness at Capitol Cider House, where they may focus on offerings for adults, but they aim for a family-friendly vibe — and this fest is no exception. There will be live apple pressing, apple cider donuts, apple tasting, mulled cider, face painting, balloon animals, and random prizes. RSVP to let them know you’re going.

Family Cardio Day
Where: RFK Fields | Northeast DC
When: Sunday, 10-11am
Admission: $10/person or $20/family of 3+

Body by Buckner invites all families to “meet them at the field” for Family Cardio Day, part of the “Fitness at the Fields” Sunday workout series this fall. During the hour-long workout event, Body by Buckner owner Lauren Buckner will lead a dynamic workout with the mission to encourage families to get moving and to take advantage of the great outdoors as part of their active routine. The Fields at RFK are located at 401 Oklahoma Ave NE. Bring a yoga mat if you have one!

Take advantage of a rare chance to visit the Main Reading Room!

Main Reading Room Fall Open House
Where: Library of Congress | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Monday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Where you can usually only look from a window above, you can visit on one of the two days per year it’s open to the public! The beautiful Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress is holding its semi-annual Open House on Columbus Day. This year’s Fall event will highlight a variety of materials from the Library’s collections: children’s books by and about Supreme Court Justices, items from the personal library of Carl Sagan, the Blackwell Family tree (family of Arthur Ashe, Jr.) tracing family lineage back to 1735, Copyright Treasures such as the collection of Muppet toys, and a display of print-braille books and tactile images. Reference librarians will also be on hand to demonstrate services, offer instruction on obtaining a reader-registration card and answer questions. The Young Readers Center will be open 10am – 3pm with activity stations and programming for visitors — kids can make, paint and decorate “cartoneras,” or books made from cardboard and recycled materials.

Culturfied Interational Children’s Festival
Where: Ronald Reagan Building | Downtown DC
When: Monday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Take kids around the world in a day and without leaving DC! At the Culturfied Interational Children’s Festival, visit more than 30 embassy booths to learn more about countries through displayed geography, attire, arts and crafts, food samples, and more fun activities.

Pre & Post Natal Yoga
Where: Gymboree DC | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Monday, 6:30-7:30pm
Admission: Free

Join a FREE pre/post natal yoga class taught by a certified doula and yoga instructor. Classes will take place on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month. Register in advance, though walk-ins are welcome, too.

Do Some Garden-ing
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

Fall is a great time to roam the many gardens in the area as the changing leaves start to brighten up the summer green. Enjoy the fall flowers and manicured grounds of the Enid A. Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle (then visit the museums). Stroll among the many multi-tiered plats at Dumbarton Oaks. Explore, play, and see a variety of plant collections at the National Arboretum. Wander around Green Spring Gardens on a scavenger hunt. Venture out to the gorgeous Meadowlark Botanical Garden. Relish in the peace at the Brookland Monastery. Or enjoy a tour indoors and out at the U.S. Botanic Garden. You can bring along a picnic to many of these places and make it a whole day’s outing.

**PLAN AHEAD**
24th Annual Art Safari
Where: The Torpedo Factory | Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, October 19, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

An annual Alexandria tradition for almost a quarter-century, Art Safari returns for a day of hands-on activities for kids and families. Professional artists lead budding art enthusiasts in dynamic projects across all three floors of the Torpedo Factory. Join other children to build a life-sized papier-mâché creature. Experiment with potter’s clay and silkscreen printing. Paint with Japanese black ink, turn cereal boxes into a city, create metallic leaf rubbings, and so much more. Projects are best for ages 5–12, but younger kids will have lots of fun with some grown-up help. Dress to get a little messy!

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* This is Howie do it!
* And this is how we fans do it! 😁
* The Newseum will close after December 31, so plan to visit before then. (Look for a discount on admission here.)
* There’s a giveaway going on…enter for a chance to win eight free classes at MOCO Movement Center!
* I’d been coveting these Day Glove flats forever and finally bought them — just as cute IRL as online! (That’s my referral link, btw.)
* Am I abnormally sappy, or do these make you tear up, too?
* Haha!


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Giveaway: Enter to Win Eight Free Classes with MOCO Movement Center!


With the cold months ahead of us, many parents will be seeking indoor places for their kids to play, and MOCO Movement Center is one to put on your list! Located in Kensington, MD, it’s a pediatric therapy practice as well as an athletic center, offering movement classes for children of all ages and abilities.

Morning classes for children ages 3 months to 5 years are hosted daily Monday through Friday. MOCO Motion helps kids acquire foundational skills such as jumping, skipping, climbing, and running. Move and Groove is designed to encourage a child’s natural musical abilities in a safe, fun, and supportive environment while exercising. Kids in Motion has children and caregivers participate in early learning and preschool activities while having fun in the obstacle course inspired gym. And Sporty Tots focuses on foundational sports skills for toddlers.

MOCO Movement Center also offers individual training for children, developmental screenings, and birthday parties. Visit the website to learn more about all of their services and take a virtual tour, and be sure to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win 8 weeks of classes!

MOCO Movement Center
5268A Nicholson Lane, Kensington MD 20895
301.770.KIDS (5437)

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Giveaway: For a chance to win eight (8) weeks of weekday morning classes for your child age 5 or under at MOCO Movement Center, simply leave a comment below telling me her/his favorite sport or physical activity. The winner will choose the class, and their child will attend once a week for eights weeks (new students only). This giveaway will run through October 16, 2019, then a winner will be picked at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!


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A Unique Educational Experience at Sandy Spring Friends School

[Note: This is a Sponsored Guest Post contributed by the staff at Sandy Spring Friends School in Sandy Spring, MD.]

Are you searching for the perfect school for your child? If you are seeking a unique educational experience that provides small classes and personalized learning; an inquiry-based approach to academics where our hands-on (project-based) curriculum takes place inside the classroom and across our beautiful 140-acre campus; and a character-based education that fosters critical thinking and empowers students to make the world a better place, then you should check out Sandy Spring Friends School.

A Personalized Approach
Founded in 1961, Sandy Spring Friends School (SSFS) enrolls just over 600 students from age 3 to 12th grade, a “just-right” size that allows students to be part of a diverse community of learners (including a robust international student population in the Upper School), while also allowing for an intimate classroom setting. With class sizes maxing out at 16 students, our first-rate teachers can offer personalized attention and cultivate each student’s talents and interests.

Teachers at SSFS know their students well and along with guiding them toward success in the classroom, they can help direct students and families towards in-house support they need to help them thrive. From a Student Resource Team to our Learning Resource Collaborative, support staff help students achieve academic success as well as improve their skills in self-awareness, self-advocacy, and independence.

Hands-On and Experiential Learning
At SSFS, the curriculum is informed by the latest scientific research on how the brain works and learns best. With continual professional development on mind-brain education, our teachers learn to effectively apply these best practices into their classrooms. When the mind-brain approach to teaching is combined with the benefits of learning in nature, you experience the magic that is Sandy Spring Friends School.

The 140-acre campus provides many unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom. Wide-open spaces and a natural playground are used daily for exploration and play. Additionally, the campus includes a farm, a pond, an old-growth forest, a stream that feeds into the Anacostia Watershed, six miles of cross-country trails, and an aerial adventure park adjacent to the School.

The Lower School program takes advantage of these assets through a variety of learning activities. Students tap maple trees and re-enact the Oregon Trail experience in the fall, and make regular visits to the pond throughout the spring to see for themselves how tadpoles develop into frogs. A Farming Program engages students in inquiry-based learning as they reflect on their explorations, record their experiences, and formulate their own conclusions.

Classes in all divisions use the campus environs not only to expand students’ scientific thinking but also to further develop their understanding of stewardship and continual care of the earth. Seventh graders spend time studying sustainable agriculture methods on our campus’s organic farm. Upper School students use the farm and school land for scientific field study in Biology, Geology, and AP Environmental Science courses. Upper School students even utilize the farm for athletic conditioning (not many other DC-area school athletic departments can boast a “Farming for Fitness” class!).

A Values-Based Education
Strong academic, arts, and athletics programs are vital components of a college preparatory school—and indeed, SSFS seniors are accepted at selective colleges and universities across the country and around the world. However, for Sandy Spring Friends School, our education extends beyond what our students know and focuses on who our students become.  

The School’s values are rooted in Quakerism, which has a long history of commitment to social justice, equality, integrity, and peaceful resolution of conflict. SSFS focuses on instilling the Quaker SPICES— Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship— into each child, from preschool (age 3) all the way to senior year.   SSFS offers distinctive programming that integrates the SPICES throughout the school year:

  • Each division participates weekly in Meeting For Worship, a meditative practice which offers time for quiet reflection for students.
  • Students participate in social-emotional education that teaches students from an early age how to navigate conflict peacefully and respectfully.
  • Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools have a student body government, where students using consensus to select leadership.
  • A Senior-Buddy Program pairs up 12th graders with Preschool, Kindergarten, and 1st-grade students. The groups get together several times throughout the year for lunches and playdates, forming special bonds of friendship between the oldest and youngest students on campus.
  • A “Community Day” in the fall and an “Our People, Our Planet Day” in the spring bring the entire preschool–12th-grade community together for environmental stewardship projects, reflection, team-building games, and opportunities to learn more about the various cultures represented by the School’s diverse student body.


  • Come and See Us In Action!

    Fall Open House | Sunday, October 20, 2019, 1-3:30pm
    Preschool-12th grade families are invited to come and meet our community of scholars, performers, thinkers, and doers. During our Open House, you will have the opportunity to tour our amazing 140 acre campus, meet our dynamic faculty, students, and parents, and visit our classrooms and facilities. Can’t make it to the open house? Schedule a private tour by emailing us at [email protected]

    Snapshot Days | November 12 & November 19, 2019 • 9-10am
    Preschool and Kindergarten families are invited to join us for a Snapshot Day on our beautiful campus! Snapshot Days allow a first-hand peek into our Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms for you and your child. Your little learner will spend one hour exploring our classrooms while you have an opportunity to speak briefly with teachers, administrators, and other parents; ask questions; and see our program in action. You may also sign up for an optional campus tour.


    This post is sponsored by Sandy Spring Friends School, however, I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will be of interest to KFDC readers.


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    Where to Play on the Weekdays: October 7-11

    A post-soccer “hike” at the Arboretum


    Monday – Go to Story Time at the National Postal Museum. Taking place every Monday, the program includes a book reading and activities for little ones in the museum’s education space. Of course, stay to explore the rest of the museum, which is full of interactive exhibits that appeal to all ages. Story Time is at 10:30am and repeated at 11am. Admission is free. Read more about the museum in this KFDC post.

    Tuesday – Take kiddos to bounce, climb, swing, tumble, and slide at the PG Sports & Learning Complex Gymnastics Center in Landover, MD. The hour-long weekly open play workshop is a great way for kiddos to be active indoors (it was a regular outing for us when the kids were younger)! The session begins at 11:30am, and admission is $7/child. This also takes place on Wednesdays at 11:30am and Fridays at 4:30pm. Read more about the open play sessions here.

    Another option… catch a puppet show performance by Kindsinger Jim at Eastern Market’s North Hall. He’ll be bringing entertainment there every Tuesday from 10-10:45am beginning October 22, but is doing a special FREE show this week. (Tickets for future shows will be $10 at the door, $8 in advance, and $6 for a block of 10 ($60). Parents/caregivers FREE, siblings 6 months and under FREE.)

    Wednesday – Spend the day at one of the prettiest places in DC, the U.S. National Arboretum, where the first tinges of fall foliage are starting to show. Explore the plant collections on nature walks, view the bonsai exhibit, visit the Washington Youth Garden and romp on the natural playground, check out the old Capitol columns, picnic in the Grove of State Trees, and so much more. Hours are 8am – 5pm, and admission is free. Read even more about the Arboretum in the round-up of the best places to spend a day outdoors — it tops the list! — and view scenes from an autumn day there last year.

    Thursday – Embrace the season at a fall festival! Weekdays are a great time to go, when crowds thin out, and admission prices are often lower. Take a hayride, pick out a pumpkin, PYO apples, jump and slide, visit farm animals, and lots more.

    Friday – Bring little ones to Culture Queen’s Dance Party. The award-winning performer and teaching artist will showcase 1960’s dances as they were first performed by legendary African American entertainers! The fun takes place at the Atlas Performing Arts Center at 10am and 11:30am (and on Saturday, October 12, at 9:30am and 11:00am). Tickets are $15.




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