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The Weekend Round-Up: June 10-12

 

 

Happy Weekend!

Quick links to ongoing and seasonal activities for all ages and interests:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Swim Spots
* On the Water
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Peaceful Places
* Bike Rides
* Baltimore with Kids

Celebrate Capital 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 is a modified route this year that will acknowledge the evolution of the LGBTQ+ neighborhoods in DC. Starting near 17th & T NW at 3pm and ending at 21st & P, it’s sure to be a spectacular extravaganza of ornate floats, street performers, music and dancing, glitter and beads, and plenty of reveling. And you can head to the Pride Block Party after.  There will also be a Family Fun Area at Stead Park playground from 3-7pm.   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!

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 2022 KFDC Guide to Summer Around the DC Area has the whole scoop on all of them.

Family Day: UFOs: Fact or Fiction?
Where: Udvar-Hazy Museum | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free (but parking is $15)
Soar Together @ Air and Space on Saturday!  For years, people have looked to the skies and been fascinated by the topic of unidentified flying objects, also known as UFOs. During this Family Day, you’ll get to explore what the aviation world considers a UFO, and learn how and why they are studied. You’ll also discover how the possibilities of UFOs have inspired creativity and the imagination through movies, stories and songs. Activities include: A Live Chat at 1:00 pm about the history of UFOs and IFOs as well as the report on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena from the office of the Director of National Intelligence, free showing of the movie, The Iron Giant (2pm), Music and collaborative song writing sessions with Dr. Jim Thorne, hands-on activities, and demonstrations.

March for Our Lives
Where: Washington Monument | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 12pm
Admission: Free

After the recent tragic mass shootings (and countless more in the past four years) March For Our Lives is marching once again. As the organizers say, “it’s time to take back to the streets and march for our lives. We marched in 2018 after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, FL, and now we’re headed back to DC.” All are welcome to join here and in locations across the country.

Pride Family Day
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday, 11m – 2pm
Admission: Free
Celebrate Pride with Glen Echo Park on Saturday, where there will be festivities for the whole family. Check out an interactive chalk maze designed by Chalk Riot. Ride the carousel for free (while comp tickets last; otherwise $2/ride or $5/all day). Pick up a carousel-themed craft activity bag for all ages (while supplies last). Enjoy snacks and specialty Glen Echo Park Root Beer. Plan to see a show while you’re there — The Puppet Co. is offering discounted tickets to performances of Little Red Riding Hood and the 3 Little Pigs with the coupon code PRIDE22 (use when purchasing tickets online). The playground, picnic area, Glen Echo Park Aquarium (book tickets in advance), and a variety of art galleries throughout the park will be open, too!

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 exciting array of free activities and entertainment. District Pier will offer DJs, dancing, and other entertainment, including a Family Zone with activities for kids. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase for those 21 and older. And don’t miss the Pride Fireworks display at 9pm! While you’re there, take advantage of even more that The Wharf has to offer, like a splash pad, paddling rentals, swings, scenic views, and more — read about it all in this KFDC post.

Play Ball
Where: Walker Mill Regional Park | Capitol Heights, MD
When: Saturday,
Admission: Free
Play Ball with the Nats this weekend! At this special event, there will be several baseball and softball activities led by Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation as well as a book reading with a Nats player Josiah Gray. Attendees will also be able to sign up for the library’s “Summer Prince George’s” summer reading program if they are Prince George’s County residents. No experience or equipment necessary (but feel free to BYO glove if you have one). Simply dress comfortably in athletic clothing, bring your water bottle, and come prepared to have a good time. Register in advance through the website!

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

The Nats are hosting theMilwaukee Brewers all weekend, and there are a bunch of special activities and promos to enjoy along with the baseball action on the field. Friday is a Value Day when you can save 30% on tickets, concessions, and more.  Saturday is Josh Bell superhero bobblehead giveaway, and Sunday celebrates astronaut Sally Ride and women in STEM, plus kids can run the bases after the game. Before you plan your ballpark outing, check out these KFDC tips on how to do a Nats game without breaking the bank.

Soccer Spirit!
Where: Sagra Field | Leesburg, VA
When: Sunday, 7pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Cheer on our local women’s pro soccer team, Washington Spirit, as they host NC Courage on Saturday. Enjoy some amazing soccer play while supporting women in sports, and celebrate Pride Night — the match will include special team captain armband in Pride colors, Pride-themed corner flags, limited edition Pride-themed Spirit merchandise, and a Spirit Pride sticker giveaway upon entry to stadium.  Purchase tickets here.

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 2022 KFDC Summer Guide has details on where to go for water play — see info for sprays here, outdoor pools here, and waterparks here.

Dinosaurs Rock
Where: Westfield Mall | Wheaton, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: Free
Bring budding paleontologists to this special exhibit and fossil dig! The one-of-a-kind prehistoric experience will include an on-site museum with more than 25 life-size and genuine fossils and specimens. Kids can see skulls, footprints, and dinosaur eggs; explore a “touch table;” and enjoy “tours” about various specimens and fossils led by an expert. They can also create take-home art in the form of a fossil, and the first 250 children can participate in a Fossil Dig to excavate and take home one REAL fossil. AMC Theatres, who will premiere Jurassic World: Dominion this weekend, will also host a one hour popup with games, giveaways and more during the event.

See an Exhibit (or a Few)
Where: Museums around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free
Check out an exhibit at one of the museums! The whole family will be fascinated by FUTURES at the Arts & Industries Building.  At the Hirshhorn, Yayoi Kusama’s One with Eternity will delight all ages and Laurie Anderson: The Weather is a great one for tween ages and up. Take kids 12 and up to see the many exhibits at Glenstone — they’re guaranteed admission even without tickets (and so are you with them).  Planet Word is full of interesting exhibits all about language. Kids can Play Work Build at the National Building Museum and see several other exhibts.  Take littles to the new Design Zone at the National Children’s Museum. Or Explore the new Kid Museum in Bethesda.

Little Red Riding Hood & the 3 Little Pigs
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Friday, 10:30am | Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am & 1pm
Tickets: $15 (look for discount)

We all think we know the Big Bad Wolf from the classic fairytales, but what if it’s the same Wolf in both stories? What if there’s been a big mistake? What if the Wolf isn’t so big or so bad? Recommended for ages 4+. Run time is approximately 45 minutes. Read a KFDC review of the show from a bunch of years back.

Birds of a Feather
Where: Leonadus K. Plenty Amphitheater | Alexandria, VA
When: June 8-26
Tickets: $10

Arts on the Horizon presents this show especially for little ones… It’s a beautiful summer day when Fiddle, a camper, and Beeker, a birdwatcher, meet in a national park. One is adventurous ​and the other is a bit more reserved, but they quickly discover how to share the outdoor space. With Fiddle’s knowledge of the great outdoors and Beeker’s bird expertise, they work together to build a home for a bird… but will any birds come to visit? This whimsical outdoor adventure celebrates the joy of making new friends and the wonders of nature. Join us and discover what amazing things can be accomplished through friendship and collaboration! Recommended for ages 3-6.

Drumfolk
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: Through June 26
Tickets: $36-75

Electrifying percussive dance fused with contemporary art forms fuels StepAfrika!’s latest production, Drumfolk, inspired by the Stono Rebellion of 1739 in South Carolina. As a result, state laws mandated that enslaved Africans could not assemble or use their drums which were used to signal the uprising. They took away the drums, but they could not stop the beat. This is the rich and “inspiring” (The New York Times) story of a movement that could not be stopped and transformed African American culture from then to the present day.

Family Day
Where: National Academy of Sciences | 2101 Constitution Ave NW, DC
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free
Join Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS) and the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC) for an afternoon of family fun. Visitors will have an opportunity to explore Mathemalchemy, an installation celebrating the beauty and creativity of mathematics, and meet its makers. Participate in a variety of hands-on and storytelling activities based upon the installation. Go on a self-guided polyhedra treasure hunt, try your hand at sonobe unit origami, make a dodecahedral beacon net, explore infinity through a fun storytelling activity, and more!

Ride On
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.

Bike+
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 for even more recs, the post about biking around the DC area includes a list of places to hit the mountain biking trails (scroll down).  [Note: This activity is better for older kids with more experience riding.]

National Gun Violence Memorial
Where: 15th & Constitution | National Mall, DC
When: Through Saturday
Admission: Free

A sobering sight on the National Mall, the National Gun Violence Memorial 2022 remembers victims of gun violence with over 45,000 flowers — one for every American who has died from gun violence in a single year — in thousands of vases lining the grounds. Created by Giffords, Gabby Giffords’ organization dedicated to saving lives from gun violence, the installation includes signs with facts about gun violence in America and messages urging people to act. View it here.

Civics Fest
Where: National Archives | National Mall, DC
When: Sunday, 10m – 1pm
Admission: Free
Join the National Archives in Sunday as they kick off Civic Season 2022. It’ll take place outside the Archives with trivia, art projects, live music, a Sign the Declaration activity (a fan favorite!), and of course, the chance to see history up close! Civic Season is the time to put what is learned in history class into action. And what better place to learn about our shared history than the National Archives, home of America’s founding documents?

Take Your Pick
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Strawberries, cherries, even spinach are ripe and ready for harvest, and many area farms welcome guests to come PYO. It’s always a good idea to check websites or call ahead to confirm availability the day you plan to go. Sunscreen and hat also recommended.

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***
* In case you weren’t aware, Smithsonian Museums are once again open seven days a week!
* SAY:DC is offering a FREE Summer Art Camp for kids and teens who stutter.
* DC’s 15 essential ice cream shops from Eater DC.
* Some Father’s Day gift ideas:  These, this, these, this, and this.
* The Six Forces that Fuel Friendship
* The latest Humans of NY story is so good (as always) – start here.

 

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The Weekend Round-Up: June 3-5

 

Happy Weekend!

Quick links for activities galore around the area:
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* The Great Indoors
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places
* Baltimore with Kids

Awesome Con
Where: Washington Convention Center | Mount Vernon Square, DC
Whne: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission:  Starts at $18/child, $45/adult online | $27/child, $60/adult at the door

The mid-Atlantic’s premier pop culture convention brings a three-day celebration of television, movies, comic books, science, technology and more to DC. With hundreds of hours of programming, an impressive lineup of special guests, and exciting activities for fans of all ages, this is one fun event. We’ve been and have had a blast checking out games, toys, comics, art, tv and movie memorabilia, and more. And the cosplay is fantastic. Costumes encouraged.

Stop & Smell
Where: US Botanic Garden | Capitol Grounds Area, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Stop and smell the stinky plant at the U.S. Botanic Garden. The corpse flower on display in the conservatory is now blooming (ie, open and letting off its stench). Word is the odor is at its strongest in the first hours after it opens, but the bloom is said to be spectacular. While you’re there, be sure to tour the rest of the USBG’s lovely collections and make time for play in the Children’s Garden.

Ballet on The Plaza
Where: CityCenter | Downtown DC
When: Friday & Saturday, 6-7pm
Admission: Free
Enjoy some delightful entertainment amid the downtown bustle. City Center is teaming up with The Washington Ballet to bring joy to DC with free live ballet performances in The Plaza on Friday and Saturday evenings. Head to the area next to Penn Quarter to eat, drink, shop, and relish the joy of dance.

Cinematery — ET: The Extra Terrestrial
Where: Congressional Cemetery | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Friday, 7:30-10:30pm
Admission: $10

The first installment of Congressional Cemetery’s monthly summer movie series features the 80s classic, ET. Bring the whole fam (and your own chairs, blankets, food, and drinks — alcohol okay, too) to watch the film among the tombstones. Gates open an hour before sunset and the movie begins at sunset, around 8:30. The Cemetery is a great place to enjoy during the day, too — it’s one of my favorite neighborhood places. Read more about it here. And check out Teddy the pup enjoying it here.

Bear Square Book Sale
Where: The Station | Riverdale, MD
When: Friday, 11am – 7pm
Admission: Free

Looking for the next great summer read? Head to The Station’s book sale — all profits from the event will benefit Turning the Page, a local organization that supports literacy and family programs in public schools. Towards the end of the book sale, guests can also enjoy a free concert from 5-7pm as part of the Bear Square Summer Concert Series.

Seize the Season
Where: Around the DC Area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

Enjoy summer fun with a host of activities that only occur this time of year. Catch an open-air concert at one of several series in the area. Stay cool at an outdoor pool, sprayground, or water park. See a movie under the stars. Check out a seasonal exhibit. Go berry picking. Ride mini-trains and carousels at local parks. And much, much more! See the 2022 Summer  Guide for details on all of these great pursuits.

Sound Scene 2022
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

The region’s largest interactive audio art is back. Sound Scene is a free, all-ages celebration of sonic and sensory arts featuring artists from DC and around the world. Join the museum for fun and interesting ways to explore the theme of trust through sound. Sculpt sound in your hands, dismantle social biases with your ears, listen to stories through your elbows, craft music boxes using your voice, and more! There’s even Make Morning for little ones. View the full schedule here.

Washington Folk Festival
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-7pm
Admission: Free

Get folksy at Glen Echo Park this weekend, as the 40th annual Washington Folk Festival showcases the diversity of traditional music in Washington.  All of the artists hail from the DC area, but cultures from around the nation, as well as the world, will be represented through music, dance, crafts, and stories. Children and adults can hear tall tales at the Storytelling Stage and then take a ride on the Park’s 101-year-old carousel ($2/ride). Bring a picnic or enjoy Praline at Glen Echo Park’s delicious variety of food and treats.

Birds in Flight
Where: National Zoo | Woodley Park, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free
Get an up-close look at exotic birds soaring overhead in this free, limited-run avian spectacular at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Join renowned bird behaviorist Phung Luu for a dazzling display of natural behaviors by his flock of exotic birds — from owls and falcons to macaws, ravens and cockatoos — performing six days a week. Birds in Flight takes place on the Great Meadow, adjacent to Gibbon Ridge and the Great Ape House, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily (except Tuesdays), May 28 through Sept. 5. This event is free and open to the public and will be held rain or shine. For more information, visit the Zoo’s website.

Pride Family Day
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free
Celebrate Pride with your chosen family at SAAM! Join the museum on the F Street plaza and march to the beat of DC’s Different Drummers. Enjoy a dance party with DJ Rosie followed by a kid-friendly drag show featuring some of DC’s finest drag performers, including Ruth Allen Ginsburg, Desiree, Emerald Star, and Molasses. Take your creativity to go with step-by-step Pride crafts. Choose from Pride flag-inspired jewelry (ages 8+), a multi-colored weaving (ages 5+), or a cloud and rainbow streamer craft (ages 3+). When you’re ready to cool off, head inside the museum with a scavenger hunt for all ages. Read more about the museum here.

Family Day: Indian Textiles: 1000
Where: GWU & Textile Museum | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free
Celebrate the art and culture of India at the museum with music, dance and activities for all ages. We welcome families and friends to experience the many textures of Indian culture with music and dance performances from the Natyabhoomi School of Dance and the India School. Join us for storytime or a gallery tour and scavenger hunt. Visitors can also try block printing and embroidery inspired by the textiles on view in the exhibition Indian Textiles: 1000 Years of Art and Design. End the day by joining us in a guided meditation session with the Gandhi Memorial Center.

Open Swim
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

This round-up of places to swim around the area will also come in handy this weekend to enjoy the warm sunny days. Find beaches on the Bay (and even Atlantic), lakes and rivers, and swimming holes and creeks — all that welcome the public to take a dip!

Go with the Flow
Where: Waterways around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies

Row, row, row your boat or kayak or canoe! Paddle season is flowing on, and the weather this weekend will be perfect to enjoy some time out on the water . Boating in DC has several locations in the District and a few NoVa Parks offer it, too. This post about places to go with the flow has more details.

Blue’s Clues & You
Where: National Children’s Museum | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Admission: $15.95
Blue’s Clues is coming to the Museum! Gather the whole family and join a day featuring characters from Nickelodeon’s iconic children’s series. Get pictures taken with Blue, enjoy a special story time, and discover your favorite characters and related activities — try on Blue and Magenta’s ears, make your own guitar to strum, and grab an easel to doodle! Plan to explore the rest of the STEAM inspired exhibits while you’re there. Read more about them all here.

Walk the Museum Walk
Where: Dupont-Kalorama Neighborhoods, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Get off the Mall and explore the many museums in the Dupont-Kalorama neighborhood during the annual Museum Walk Weekend — back after a two-year hiatus.  See the exhibits and enjoy special programs for free at several diverse museums, including The Phillips Collection, Dumbarton House, the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, Anderson House, Dupont Underground, and the President Woodrow Wilson House.

Reap the Fruits (& Veggies)
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Strawberries, cherries, even spinach are ripe and ready for harvest, and many area farms welcome guests to come PYO. It’s always a good idea to check websites or call ahead to confirm availability the day you plan to go. Sunscreen and hat also recommended.

Glover Park Day
Where: Guy Mason Rec Center | Glover Park, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

All are welcome to the annual outdoor festival celebrates the Glover Park neighborhood. Started over 30 years ago, the event has grown over the years to offer the neighborhood a chance to enjoy the outdoors together, spend time with family and friends, listen to good music, and enjoy our local businesses and restaurants. Kids’ activities and treats include face painting, a moon bounce, story time, and Sno Cones. Have your pet try out the Dog Obstacle Course, enter a raffle to win prizes, and more!

Drumfolk
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: Through June 26
Tickets: $36-75

Electrifying percussive dance fused with contemporary art forms fuels StepAfrika!’s latest production, Drumfolk, inspired by the Stono Rebellion of 1739 in South Carolina. As a result, state laws mandated that enslaved Africans could not assemble or use their drums which were used to signal the uprising. They took away the drums, but they could not stop the beat. This is the rich and “inspiring” (The New York Times) story of a movement that could not be stopped and transformed African American culture from then to the present day.

Little Red Riding Hood & the 3 Little Pigs
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Friday, 10:30am | Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am & 1pm
Tickets: $15 (look for discount)

We all think we know the Big Bad Wolf from the classic fairytales, but what if it’s the same Wolf in both stories? What if there’s been a big mistake? What if the Wolf isn’t so big or so bad? Recommended for ages 4+. Run time is approximately 45 minutes. Read a KFDC review of the show from a bunch of years back.

Tiny Tots: Tree Songs
Where: The Puppet Co.
When:  Saturday, 10am
Tickets: $8 (look for discount)

The series presents puppet shows designed for the youngest theater patrons (ages 0-4). They are shorter, the lights stay on, and the doors stay open. In this marionette show, a woman lives in the countryside with her lively dog, her shy cat and her cuddly sheep. She decides to plant an apple tree so she can make a pie for her birthday. She is surprised by an unexpected little helper. Warm colors and beautiful singing bring special magic to this 30-minute show.

A Monster Calls
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Throughout the weekend, 8pm
Tickets: $35-139

A play for kids age 10+… Patrick Ness’s piercing novel A Monster Calls is brought to the stage in a powerful new adaptation by visionary director Sally Cookson. Thirteen-year-old Conor and his mum have managed just fine since his dad moved to America. But now his mum’s very sick and she’s not getting any better. His grandmother won’t stop interfering and the kids at school won’t look him in the eye. Then, one night, at seven minutes past midnight, Conor is woken by something at his window. A monster has come walking. It’s come to tell Conor tales from when it walked before. And when it’s finished, Conor must tell his own story and face his deepest fears.

River Fest & Crafts Show
Where: Downtown Historic Occoquan, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

Get ready for a weekend full of art, crafts, entertainment, and family fun. at this annual crafts festival. Along with the creative items for sale by more than 200 contemporary and country crafters, there will be live entertainment and food, plus, 35 local businesses participating and we  scores of emerging artists with eco-friendly materials and/or processes.

Capital Cup: CD Aguila vs. Club Xelaju
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $20

DC United and Audi Field are hosting the second annual Capital Cup, with one of the matches played on Saturday evening. Read more about the tournament here.  While the United aren’t playing this weekend, you can see who they might be up against later — and, of course, watch some exciting soccer action!

World Heritage Festival
Where: Veterans Plaza | Silver Spring, MD
When: Sunday, 1-7pm
Admission: Free

Explore cultures across the globe at the World Heritage Festival. Taste delicious ethnic food, while getting refreshed with a scoop of ice cream, shaved ice, or even a fresh smoothie. Enjoy a beautiful cultural performance and shop from more than 60 vendors displaying everything from fine art to jewelry, ceramics to crafts, and every creative item in between. Other vendors include area nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs, and local businesses. A kids zone will have activities and games throughout the day.

Planet Bethesda
Where: Elm Street Urban Park | Bethesda, MD
When: Sunday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

Join this family-fun event that brings together the best of Bethesda’s restaurants and eateries serving up small dishes of cutting-edge and creative plant-based cuisine! With a multicultural array of food choices, there will be something for everyone. Along with the tasty fun, there will be a Kids’ Korner, complete with a Mad Science show (REGISTER here), Henna character art, face painting, and environmental DIY crafts; there will be a pie-eating contest, Canine Courtyard, Bier Garten, Giveaways, music & more.

French Open Watch Party
Where: City Ridge | northwest DC
When: Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

City Ridge, the highly-anticipated new neighborhood in Northwest DC, welcomes tennis fans to celebrate the 2022 French Open men’s singles finals for the ultimate watch party. All guests need is a picnic blanket to pop-up on City Ridge’s expansive Great Lawn and cheer on their favorite players on the big screen. Plan to grab a bite from local food trucks and play life-size lawn games and enter the French Open Trivia Contest to win a Wegmans gift card.  Later in the day, keep the party going with an evening under the stars for City Ridge’s showing of “An American in Paris” at 6:30pm, complete with a FREE pop-up candy bar.

Shavuot Ice Cream Factory
Where: Lincoln Park | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 5pm
Admission: Free

Shavuot is the day that the Jewish nation received the Torah. Bring the Shavuot excitement to kids by joining Chabad East DC’s awesome ICE CREAM FACTORY! The kids will make ice cream from scratch, then choose from an array of toppings! Adults and kids alike can enjoy the cheesecake bar, non-dairy options available as well! After, gather to hear the 10 commandments read from a Torah scroll, continuing the tradition of thousands of years. A special game and souvenirs for all children will follow. Sign up in advance.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Save your seats with the just-posted round-up of live entertainment around the DC area this summer.
* A very difficult, but very impactful read.
* Tees for Pride Month.
* This looks like a yummy summer salad.
* The 30 Best Movies for Kids on Netflix.
* That’s a Tough Age 😉

 

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The Weekend Round-Up: May 27-30

 

We’re heading into this weekend with heavy hearts, but as one reader commented on yesterday’s post, “Many of us want more than ever to cherish the time with our kids…”  This round-up is full of ideas to help with that.  Happy long weekend 💛

First, some (hopefully) helpful and informative links:
* What to say to kids when the news is scary.
* Reflections on the Uvalde school shooting and suggestions on how to take action. (Be sure to read the comments, too.)
* PBS NewsHour asked every senator what action should be taken on guns…here are the responses.
* How to Prevent Gun Violence?  Look Around the World.
* There will be another March for Our Lives in DC and more cities around the country on Saturday, June 11.
 

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Quick links to loads of ideas for local activities:
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* The Great Indoors
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places
* Baltimore with Kids

“Summer” Fun
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

It may not be official on the calendar, but “summer” is underway! Water fun, outdoor concerts, movies under the stars, and more ongoing seasonal treats have begun or are about to begin around DC. Start the weekend with free music at Jazz in the Garden on the National Mall. Make a splash at an outdoor public pool or a sprayground.  See a family flick outdoors.  Go paddling, see a special exhibit, or just plan ahead for seasonal fun. The 2022 KFDC Guide to Summer Around the DC Area has the scoop on where and when you can experience all the joys of summer that start Memorial Day weekend.

Bilingual Baseball Story Time
Where: National Postal Museum | Union Station Area, DC
When: Friday, 11am
Admission: Free
Join National Postal Museum educators for a bilingual story time program highlighting themes from the exhibit Baseball: America’s Home Run. Sessions will be interactive and last about 45 minutes. The program is targeted for ages 3-6, but all are welcome. Of course, stay to explore the rest of the museum, which is full of interactive exhibits that appeal  kids and adults. Read more about the museum in this KFDC post.

FUTURES Field Day
Where: Arts & Industries Building & National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 10pm
Admission: Free
The Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building invites
play enthusiasts of  all skill levels, ages, and body types to get moving and find joy in play! In partnership with the NFL and NFL Players Association,  FUTURES Field Day will feature fun activities to get bodies moving while exploring an inclusive, uplifting, and intentional future of sports. Enjoy interactive talks with experts, skill-building with pro athletes, a wacky obstacle course, hands-on crafts, and more.  Advanced and on-site registration will be required for some activities. All activities will be located within AIB or on the National Mall between 7th and 12th St. NW.

Black Birders Week Family STEM Day
Where: National Museum of Natural History | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am –
Admission: Free

Celebrate Black Birders Week at this special event, part of a series at the Smithsonian to raise awareness of birding and the birding community. Together, families will learn about birds and birding through various hands-on and collections-based activities that will encourage families to start their own birding adventures after the program. Registration is required to secure your family’s spot, and make sure to include how many people will be attending with you. (PS: There are even more events during Black Birders Week — view them here.)

Flowers of Remembrance
Where: Arlington National Cemetery | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday, 9am – 4pm
Admission: Free

On Memorial Day Weekend, the public is welcome to pay homage to those who have sacrificed at this inaugural event at Arlington National Cemetery. Flowers will be provided or you can bring your own long-stemmed flower to place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. (Do not bring vases, wreaths, or flowers with any packaging or plastic containers.) Plan to tour the rest of the Cemetery while you’re there — read more about it in this KFDC post.

Strawberry Jubilee
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $12/child, $14/adult

The longest running strawberry festival in Loudoun County takes place this weekend and next, rain or shine. Get ready for lots of fun activities for all ages, including the popular diaper derby, pie-eating contests, tart toss, strawberry princess, great food, and live music. As if that’s not enough to keep the family entertained for the day, there’s also the five-acre play area, complete with the jumping pillow, slides, rope swings, mazes, a tractor tire mountain, and animal encounters.

Take Your Pick
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

There’s even more strawberries activity to enjoy as the fruits are are ripe and ready for harvest, and many area farms welcome guests to come PYO. Check out this post for some of the best places to go. It’s always a good idea to check websites or call ahead to confirm availability the day you plan to go. Sunscreen and hat also recommended.

Take a Dip
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

With “summer” starting and hotter temps though the weekend, it’ll be a great time to go for a swim.   This round-up has details on where to do that. Find beaches on the Bay (and even Atlantic), lakes and rivers, and swimming holes and creeks — all that welcome the public to take a dip.

Maker Morning RevelArte Celebration
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10-11am
Admission: Free

In Spanish, RevelArte means to reveal. Reveal your inner artist in this special celebration and bonus Maker Morning program! Explore hands-on maker stations, join zine and map making workshops, enjoy performances, check out books in the DC Public Library nook, and do some salsa dancing! Materials will be available in both English and Spanish. Meet in the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden!

Design Zone
Where: National Children’s Museum | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: $15.95
A new exhibit opens at the National Children’s Museum this weekend!  At Design Zone, step into the shoes of video game developers, music producers, roller coaster designers, and more to discover how STEM is used everyday to solve design challenges. Throughout three interactive areas, put your creative problem solving skills to the test to see, hear, and watch STEM principles in action: Use patterns to build 3D towers, apply math to create the rhythms of your own hit song, and tweak the slopes of a roller coaster to construct the most thrilling ride!  The exhibit will run through September 5, 2022 and is recommended for Dreamers ages 5-12.  And for more, off-the-beaten-National Mall-path museums, see this KFDC post.

Feeling Crabby?
Where: Eastern Shore, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Depends on how much you order!

Kick off summer is with one of the area’s best offerings: Blue crabs!  Enjoying the seasonal treat at a waterfront crab house is a bonus. Cantler’s in Annapolis is an institution, and Mike’s Crab House in Riva is popular with delicious crabs, gorgeous scenery, and a great outdoor waiting area if tables aren’t immediately available. Kentmorr on Kent Island has a great beach scene. And you can find even more recommendations for getting crabby in the Summer Guide.

Hike+
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Enjoy a family hike — then extend (and elevate) the day with some some snacks (or a whole meal) and sips after.  A few awesome combos for that: Sky Meadows State Park and Barrel Oak Winery. Sugarloaf Mountain and The Comus Inn or Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard.  Great Falls (MD side) and The Old Angler’s Inn.  Patapsco Valley State Park and the Guinness Brewery.

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

The Nats are hosting the Marlins part of the long weekend, and there are a bunch of special activities and promos to enjoy along with the baseball action on the field. Thursday is a value Day when you can save 30% on tickets, concessions, and more. Friday is a Juan “Soto Shuffle” bobblehead giveaway.   Saturday is Pups in the Park, and kids can run the bases after the game on Sunday. Before you plan your ballpark outing, check out these KFDC tips on how to do a Nats game without breaking the bank.

Summer Reading Sunday
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Sunday, 12:15-1:15pm
Admission: Free with game admission
A neat bonus for kids at the Nats’ Sunday game…  This season, the Nats have expanded their annual Summer Reading program to include four events at the ballpark, all of which are free to attend with a ticket to that day’s game — read-along with a Nationals player, plus other fun activities! This Sunday, Sean Doolittle(!) will be reading to the group, and among the featured games is Mad-Libs. Even more, each child who attends will receive up to three free books to take home. This Sunday’s event takes place in the Kennedy Room located on the Club Level down the third-base line.  (PS: Other Reading Sunday events are scheduled for June 12, July 17, and August 14.

Root for the Baysox
Where: Prince George’s Stadium | Landover, MD
When: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Nats aren’t the only baseball team in town. The Bowie Baysox, one of the local minor league teams, are hosting the Erie Seawolves part of the weekend, and there’s extra fun and special promos to enjoy, too — happy hour on Thursday, Top Gun Night on Friday, post-game fireworks on Saturday, a cat-themed Caturday on Sunday, and more. Plus, there are always fun and games especially for kids. Read more about Baysox games in this KFDC post.

Day Trippin’
Where: Around the DC area (and a bit beyond)
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by adventure

The long weekend is a great time to head a little further out and enjoy a day trip. Some ideas for where to go:
* Zip up to Baltimore, where there are so many great attractions for families
* See the spectacular underground world of Luray Caverns.
* Enjoy hiking and history at Harpers Ferry.
* Go to Calvert County for art adventures at Annmarie Sculpture Garden, a beach day at Calvert Cliffs State Park, maritime explorations at the Calvert Marine Museum, or even a pontoon boat excursion from Solomons Island.

A Museum for this Weekend
Where: National Museum of the U.S. Navy | Navy Yard, DC
When: Friday & Saturday
Admission: Free

In honor of the holiday this weekend, visit a museum that highlights a military branch that also happens to be one of the coolest museums in DC that most people don’t even know exists. Located on the Navy base in Southeast DC, the National Museum of the U.S. Navy is a trove of fascinating artifacts, stories, and art that illustrate the history and impact of the Navy over hundreds of years. If you plan to go, be sure to read this post, which includes must-know information about visiting.

ViVa! Vienna!
Where: Historic Downtown Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: Free

Join the family and community oriented celebration of Memorial Day and the greater Vienna Community spirit. Amusement rides, food, crafts, vendors, and entertainment will be part of the all-ages fun. Even better, 100% of proceeds go to charitable, community, and humanitarian organizations.

Art, Flowers, & Flavors Festival
Where: Ticonderoga Farms | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: $25

After a long pandemic pause, Ticonderoga Farms (which was always one of our favorites for seasonal festivals) is reopening with a festival to celebrate their new botanic garden! The Art, Flowers & Flavors Festival will feature the work of fine artists, wine and beer tasting, gourmet food, live music, and more in or one-of-a-kind, spectacular natural setting that has never been open to the public before now.

A Monster Calls
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Throughout the weekend, 8pm
Tickets: $45-139

A play for kids age 10+… Patrick Ness’s piercing novel A Monster Calls is brought to the stage in a powerful new adaptation by visionary director Sally Cookson. Thirteen-year-old Conor and his mum have managed just fine since his dad moved to America. But now his mum’s very sick and she’s not getting any better. His grandmother won’t stop interfering and the kids at school won’t look him in the eye. Then, one night, at seven minutes past midnight, Conor is woken by something at his window. A monster has come walking. It’s come to tell Conor tales from when it walked before. And when it’s finished, Conor must tell his own story and face his deepest fears.

Show Way the Musical
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Friday, 7pm | Saturday & Sunday, 1:30pm & 4pm
Tickets: $20 (get discount)

A show for kids age 7+… Soonie’s great-grandma was just seven years old when she was sold to a big plantation without her ma and pa, with only some fabric and needles to call her own. She began to stitch a Show Way, a quilt with secret meanings to show enslaved people the way to freedom. As each generation passes, the Show Way shines a light on the past and paves a road to the future, stitching together possibility and promise. Education Artist-in-Residence Jacqueline Woodson’s book of history, love, and resilience becomes a world premiere stage adaptation. This moving, lyrical account based on Woodson’s own family pays tribute to women whose strength and knowledge illuminate their daughters’ lives—from enslavement to freedom, through segregation, freedom marches, and the fight for literacy.

Main Reading Room Holiday Opening
Where: Library of Congress | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Monday, 10a – 4:30pm
Admission: Free

Where you can usually only look from a window above, you can visit on the rare occasion that it’s open to the public! The beautiful Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress is holding a special holiday open house. And being in the grand space really is a treat. There’s even more to explore at the LOC — read about it here. And note that visitors must reserve timed-entry passes.

National Memorial Day Parade
Where: Constitution Avenue NW, 7th to 17th Streets | Downtown DC
When: Monday, 2pm
Admission: Free

A great way to wind down the long weekend, the annual National Memorial Day Parade is returning, celebrating and honoring American veterans with a grand procession through the city. Get a curbside view of military units and vehicles, marching bands, flag teams, and hundreds of veterans as they travel up Constitution Avenue.

Tour Memorials on the Mall
Where: National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

On Memorial Day Weekend, pay tribute to those who have served and sacrificed for our country by visiting the memorials on the National Mall that honor them.  A loop of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Korean War Veterans Memorial and WWII Memorial make for a good walk.  On Monday 9-10am, there will be a wreath laying ceremony at the WWII Memorial — the public is invited, but register in advance.

#OptOutside
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

It looks like a mix of weather this weekend, including some nice days, so plan on some adventures outside! The round-up of The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids is loaded with ideas for doing just that — all of them written about from firsthand experience. But if forecasted storms roll in (or you just want shelter and AC), The Great Indoors lists over 100 suggestions for outings that take place inside.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* The annual National Memorial Day Concert will take place on the U.S. Capitol lawn on Sunday, but it is NOT open to the public again this year.
* It’s a good time to make sure you and the kids are beach ready — check out these recommendations for items to help with that.
* It’s also a good time to get some new lawn games to elevate your summer fun.
* The water features at Yards Park are closed this weekend due to maintenance.
* Recipes for your Memorial Day menu.
* Some great Memorial Day Weekend sales:  Nordstrom, REIAnthropologie, Sur la Table.
* Sam Sifton from NY Times Cooking nailed it with Grief and Cooking.
* Just finished the third season of My Brilliant Friend on HBO and Conversations with Friends on Hulu, and recommend both.
* We’re headed out of town this weekend and can’t wait to use these! (More options here.)
* Finally, a quick, fun watch.

 

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Five Things for Today: May 25, 2022

 

There was a whole other set of Five Things planned for today — details on fun upcoming programs and links to help prep for the holiday weekend — but these feel more important to share right now.  The photo above is from the 2018 March for Our Lives rally following the school shooting in Parkland, FL. According to this LA Times article, there have been 118 school shootings in the U.S. since then.

 

1. Fundraisers to help the victims and families of the Uvalde school shooting.

 

2. Some organizations to check out: Moms Demand ActionEverytown for Gun Safety, Brady Campaign, March for Our Lives.

 

3. What are we doing?”   More from Chris Murphy today on what our country should be doing.  Another raw reaction.

 

4. America’s Hands are Full of Blood.

 

5. The most heartbreaking Twitter thread that we should all see.

 

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The Weekend Round-Up: May 20-22

A shaded walk in the woods at Mason Neck State Park

 

KFDC go-to posts full ideas for local fun:
Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* The Great Indoors
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places
* Baltimore with Kids
* Spring Things

Jazz it Up
Where: NGA Sculpture Garden | National Mall, DC
When: Friday, 6–8:30pm
Admission: Free

Start the weekend with live jazz in the fresh air! The National Gallery of Art’s free, outdoor summer music series is back for the first time in a few years, kicking off this weekend with  a performance by jazz violinist Nataly Merezhuk. Spread out a blanket, pack a picnic dinner or purchase food and drinks there, and enjoy the tunes amid the sculptures. Note: BYO alcohol is not permitted, but adult drinks (and food) are available from the pavilion. (And if tickets are all gone, snag them for next week’s show!)

Open Swim
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

This round-up of places to swim around the area will come in handy sooner than expected over the hot weekend. Find beaches on the Bay (and even Atlantic), lakes and rivers, and swimming holes and creeks — all that welcome the public to take a dip.

Strawberry Jubilee
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $12/child, $14/adult

The longest running strawberry festival in Loudoun County takes place this weekend and next, rain or shine. Get ready for lots of fun activities for all ages, including  live music, farm contests, wagon rides, great food, and fun games for the whole fam. As if that’s not enough to keep the everyone entertained for the day, there’s also the five-acre play area, complete with the jumping pillow, slides, rope swings, mazes, a tractor tire mountain, and animal encounters. Get tickets in advance!

Artsplosion Street Party
Where: The Plaza | Downtown Silver Spring, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

The Artsplosion Street Party will have all kinds of fun for the whole fam. A Drag Queen Story Hour, interactive and uplifting art, a pop up biergarten, music from a DJ and a live performance, free kids crafts, and spin bikes are just some of the festivities to enjoy!

Dragon Boat Festival
Where: Thompson Boat House | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The annual DC Dragon Boat Festival is back after a few years — now in its 19th year.  It’s an experience for athletes and spectators alike. The family-friendly event features the best premier and local dragon boat teams from along the east coast racing in multiple distances over the course of the day. The public is welcome to watch this unique event for free, and there are cultural activities to enjoy, too.

Bourbon & Bluegrass
Where: President Lincoln’s Cottage | Petworth, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $80/adult, $35/age 7-17, free/6 & under

The rollicking fundraiser is back in person this year!  Featuring an extraordinary line up of music, bourbon and beer tastings, and fun activities for the whole family, this is an event you don’t want to miss.  More details coming soon! Get tickets here.

Lucketts Spring Market
Where: Clarke County Fairgrounds | Berryville, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $15/adult, free/12 & under

The weekend long event features all things vintage, farmhouse, industrial, garden, architectural, textiles. If you are looking for a unique one-of-a-kind piece, this is the weekend to find the perfect treasure. Food trucks with yummy fare, live music, and fun workshops are to the festivities.

Baseball at the Postal Museum
Where: National Postal Museum | Union Station Area, DC
When: Throughout the weekend, 10am – 5:30pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy some baseball outside of the ballpark at the National Postal Museum!  Baseball: America’s Home Run opened a few weeks ago and explores our national pastime through a unique, postal lens, including fan letters, post office baseball teams, the worlds of stamp and baseball memorabilia collecting, and more.  Read more about the wonderful Postal Museum, which is great to explore with little ones, here and here.

Open Streets DC
Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Ave| Southeast DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 1pm
Admission: Free

No cars, just people. Open Streets in Your Neighborhood is kicking off with Ward 8’s Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE! The event will close 0.3 miles of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE to cars and open them to people to ride, bike, walk, socialize, and participate in exciting programming! The main stage will feature music, entertainment, and demonstrations, with one activation zone along the Open Streets route providing opportunities to join a fitness class.  Other activities include Double Dutch jump rope, a traffic garden, rollerblading, bike demonstrations, a photo booth, a protected bike lane that connects the route to the Anacostia Park trail, and much more!

The Boro’s Gambit
Where: The Boro | Tysons, VA
When: Saturday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: Free to spectate, $30 to play

Join The Boro as they welcome chess enthusiasts of all levels and watch them face chess grandmaster Rashad Babaev in The Boro’s Gambit. Up to 50 players of all levels will go head to head against the only grandmaster in the area. The top three players will take home prizes! Aren’t ready to face the grandmaster yet? Join us as a spectator and watch all the action go down! Kids can even enjoy activities in Boro Park. Bring the whole family out for this not-to-miss event!

Art Outside: Indonesian Batik
Where: National Museum of Asian Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Experience the art of Indonesian batik in the museum’s Moongate Garden at this drop-in demonstration — batik is a method of resist textile dyeing that is achieved by adding alternate layers of wax and dye to a fabric to produce elaborate designs. Artists will demonstrate aspects of the process and give visitors the opportunity to try out materials and experience the process firsthand. They will also share examples of traditional Javanese batik and discuss their creative process and the range of artworks created in their studio.

ConstructionFest
Where: Cleveland Park, DC
When: Starting Saturday through June 16
Admission: Free

Cleveland Park Main Street is undergoing a major streetscape project for the next 20+ months — but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! To help counter the impact of the construction on Cleveland Park’s small businesses, CPMS is organizing ConstructionFest, a 4-week fun and wacky celebration featuring unique window displays withlocally-created artwork & illustrations, food & drink specials, Friday night music series (live music on June 3, 10, and 17), a ConstructionFest mascot scavenger hunt, and more!

Gaithersburg Book Festival
Where: Bohrer Park | Gaithersburg, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free

The City of Gaithersburg welcomes you to their annual literary event! Festivities will include the chance to see and meet some of the world’s best writers, from best-sellers to acclaimed up-and-comers; join in literary workshops; and a full day of fun at the Children’s Village. Bohrer Park is located at 506 S. Frederick Avenue.

2022 Teen Twelfth Night
Where: Synetic Theatre | Crystal City, VA
When: Friday & Saturday, 8pm | Sunday, 2pm
Tickets: $20-60 (get discount)

If music be the food of love, play on! The brilliant young artists of the Teen Company present Synetic Theatre’s celebrated 1920s take on Shakespeare’s whirlwind of romance and slapstick.

Show Way the Musical
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Friday, 7pm | Saturday & Sunday, 1:30pm & 4pm
Tickets: $20 (get discount)

A show for kids… Soonie’s great-grandma was just seven years old when she was sold to a big plantation without her ma and pa, with only some fabric and needles to call her own. She began to stitch a Show Way, a quilt with secret meanings to show enslaved people the way to freedom. As each generation passes, the Show Way shines a light on the past and paves a road to the future, stitching together possibility and promise. Education Artist-in-Residence Jacqueline Woodson’s book of history, love, and resilience becomes a world premiere stage adaptation. This moving, lyrical account based on Woodson’s own family pays tribute to women whose strength and knowledge illuminate their daughters’ lives—from enslavement to freedom, through segregation, freedom marches, and the fight for literacy. Recommended for ages 7+.

Into the Woods
Where: Creative Cauldron | Falls Church, VA
When: Friday & Saturday 7:30pm | Sunday, 2pm & 7pm
Tickets: $40/adult, $25/child

Catch a performance… With an imaginative book by James Lapine that skillfully intertwines the stories and characters from Grimm fairy tales, and a luscious score by Stephen Sondheim, this Tony Award-winning musical has become a timeless masterpiece. A baker and his wife wish for a child, Cinderella wishes to go to the King’s Festival and Jack wishes to sell his cow, so into the woods they must go in search of their prize. Happily ever after eludes them, however, as they soon learn the tangled consequences of getting exactly what you wished for.

The Fantastic Tale of Rumpelstiltskin
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: Friday, 10:30am | Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am & 1pm
Tickets: $15

In this production, the Puppet Co. gives you the full story of what happens after the gold has been spun and the day has been saved. This hilarious and smart comedy will be a great romp for adults and kids alike. Can you guess Rumpelstiltskin’s new name?! Recommended ages 4+, and run time approximately 50 minutes. Sunday’s show is a sensory friendly performance.

Row Your Boat
Where: Fletcher’s Boathouse | Foxhall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Rentals start at $/hour

On the water pursuits are linked at the top, but one of our favorites is paddling the Potomac from Fletcher’s Boathouse. That area of the river is particularly pretty, verdant with trees flanking the shoreline. Wildlife sightings are likely — we always see turtles, egrets, and ducks, and have spotted hawks and herons, too. And if you paddle east toward Georgetown, you’ll catch views of the Washington Monument. Read about our first Fletcher’s paddling adventure here. And find more places for recreation on the water here.

Ride On
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 — and you’ve got your pick of good rides around the area! Take in the spring scenery, get some exercise, and have fun enjoying an activity with the fam. This post has a bunch of pedal-worthy recs, with something for riders of all levels, and this route is particularly ideal with little kids.

Vamos United!
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 4pm
Admission: Tickets start at $40

DC United is home this weekend, and there’s a match against Toronto FC on Saturday afternoon. I recommend taking public transportation as parking can be difficult. Or park in the Navy Yard neighborhood and plan to walk from there (and maybe grab dinner after the match — El Bebe, All Purpose Pizza, The Salt Line, and Dacha are very convenient and my top recs for family-friendly spots to eat there).

Old Town Festival of Speed & Style
Where: King Street | Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Sunday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

View dozens of rare and exotic cars up close, made famous by their speed, performance and elegance. This will be enhanced by a presentation of style, fashion and live music provided by over 40 local merchants. The Old Town Festival of Speed & Style highlights the unique offerings of the Old Town community –​ history, architecture, great food, fabulous people, art, style, energy. All proceeds benefit ALIVE! and Campagna Center.

Japan Spring Fair
Where: First Presbyterian Church | Arlington, VA
When: Sunday, 2-4:30pm
Admission: Free

May 5 was Children’s Day in Japan. To celebrate it ( a couple of weeks later), Study Japanese in Arlington is hosting a festival with lots of children’s activities, a flea market, “Boroichi” with Japanese and kid’s items, martial arts demos, youth performances, origami, and more! All are welcome to join, and participation is free!

Festa All’Aperto
Where: La Collina | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 5-7pm
Admission: The cost of your meal

One of our favorite neighborhood restaurants is having a patio party to celebrate the (almost) return of summer! Bring kiddos—and the young at heart—for dinner delights on the patio. They’ll be featuring a fun film for little ones, along with all their favorites from the bambini menu — think chicken parmies, pasta & meatballs, plus complimentary ice cream sandwiches! Cocktails, carafes of vino, and new spring dishes at the ready for all the grown-ups! Reserve your table here.

Pick Your Own
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Strawberries and a few veggies are ripe and ready for harvest, and several area farms are now welcoming guests to pick their own. This post has a round-up of where to go.  It’s always a good idea to check websites or call ahead to confirm availability the day you plan to go. Sunscreen and hat also recommended.

Hikes You’ll Like
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Getting out for a walk in the woods is a great way to enjoy some family time on the weekend. Given the hot weather on the way, you’ll probably want to opt for spots that offer good shade. Some places to find it: Scott’s Run Nature Preserve, Mason Neck State Park, Prince William Forest ParkPatapsco Valley State ParkRock Creek Park.  Find even more places to hike here.

Get Crabby
Where: Annapolis area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Depends on how much you order!

We just enjoyed this last weekend, so it’s on my mind to recommend now.  Feasting on steamed Old Bay-spiced blue crabs is a local treat, and doing so at a waterfront crab house by the water  is a bonus. Cantler’s in Annapolis is an institution, and another family fave is  Mike’s Crab House in Riva with delicious crabs, gorgeous scenery, and a great outdoor waiting area if tables aren’t immediately available. After your feast, head into downtown Annapolis for ice cream at Kilwin’s and a stroll around town.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* In case you haven’t seen it yet, The 2022 KFDC Guide to Summer Around the DC Area was just posted!
* Great (long overdue) news this week!
* From the Washington Post,  7 less expensive summer vacation destinations.
* Sales alert:  Backcountry, Madewell, Target, and REI.
* Newest obsession from Trader Joe’s (so yummy).
* Just started reading this book and intrigued so far!

* I know at least one 13-year-old (okay, and one 40-something-year-old) who is excited about this.
* So beautiful.

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