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The Weekend Round-Up: July 19-21


Happy Weekend!

Ideas galore in these KFDC activity round-ups: 
* The Great Indoors
* Swim Spots
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Baltimore with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Paddling Options
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places

Lotus and Water Lily Festival
Where: Kenilworth Aquatic Garden | Northeast DC
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: Free

The lotus flower and water lilies are reaching the end of the bloom at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, but you can still celebrate them this weekend at the annual Lotis & Water Lily Festival from Friday – Sunday. Special activities include cultural performances, storytelling, arts & crafts, music and dancing, ranger programs, and much more.  See the website for the full schedule. Read more about Kenilworth in  this KFDC post.

Sea of Sunflowers
Where: McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area | Poolesville, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

There’s no special celebration, but you can see sunflowers in bloom right now. At McKee-Beshers, nine fields showcase 30 acres of flowers, and visitors are welcome to take in the happy scene.. Read more about it and see pics from a previous bloom here.  Sunscreen, hat, bug repellent, and water highly recommended. KFDC Tip: If you plan to go, pair it with a PYO blackberries outing at Homestead Farms, which is just minutes away. Or stop by Rocklands Farm Winery, also nearby.

Friday Night Fishing
Where: Diamond Teague Docks | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 5-8pm
Admission: Free

Join Anacostia Riverkeeper for their summer Friday fishing program — all ages are welcome! All essentials are provided: rods, reels, bait, and lessons for first time fishers. Staff are there to answer any questions and help with casting, tips, and tricks. Be sure to register and fill out a waiver if you plan to go. When you’re done, head right down the boardwalk to Yards Park for the Friday Night Concert or get a bite to eat at one of the many nearby restaurants.

Space Window Celebration
Where: Washington National Cathedral | Cathedral Heights, DC
When: Friday & Saturday,
Admission: $15/age 13+,  free/12 & under (with paying adult)

Washington National Cathedral is celebrating 50 years of its iconic Space Window with an array of space-themed activities, musical recitals and guided tours. It’s a unique opportunity to check out and learn about the 3-billion-year-old moon rock brought back by Apollo 11 astronauts and installed at the Cathedral in 1974. Other activities: Stargazing on the Cathedral lawn, family story time,  a show & tell of Darth Vader at the Cathedral, hands-on exhibits with the Air and Space Museum, space-themed LEGO building,  a carillon recital, and more.  See the website for the full schedule.

Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Lusby, MD
When: Saturday, 9am – 1pm
Admission: $8/advance, $11/at gate

Buzz on down to Calvert County to  explore and get creative with the world of insects.  Enjoy activities for all ages, meet community groups who love bugs, and have fun roaming the garden, galleries, and indoor classrooms as you explore and have fun with insects! Celebrate these invertebrates and all the wonderful wildlife that depends on them. Read more about the wonderful Annmarie Sculpture Garden here and view scenes from a visit here.

Pop-Up Play Adventure
Where: Audacious Aleworks | Falls Church, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9-11:30am
Admission: $15 ages 2+ (free under 2)

Join this new pop-up play adventure started by a local mom. Kids can select and keep a MINImal stuffed animal to explore and engage in an world of fun and discovery designed to foster creativity, learning, and joy. Food and drinks will be available at this inaugural event.

Seize the Summer Days
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Summer is zooming by, so seize the season while you can with activities that only occur this time of year. From outdoor concerts and movies to water-inspired fun to special exhibits to tasty feasts, there are so many ways to enjoy the season.  Get details about all of these summer diversions and even more in the 2024 Summer Guide.

Pixar Putt
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Daily, through August 3
Admission: $32/child, $34/adult, $108/family 4-pack (get discount)

Play some putt-putt at The Wharf! Pixar Putt, a mini golf course inspired by the stories, characters, and icons from some of Pixar’s most beloved films, has been popping up at the southwest waterfront this summer.  (Note that tee times are age 18+ after 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays.) Tee up and have even more fun at The Wharf — read more about it in this KFDC post.

Tavern Life
Where: Mount Vernon Estate | Mount Vernon, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $28/age12+, $15/age 6-11, free/5 & under

Mount Vernon wants to take guests back to the simpler times of the 18th century, when the Internet and digital devices didn’t exist. Join staff and special guests to explore how Americans in the stayed entertained back then. Activities include food and barrel making demos, postcard writing and learning about mail of yore, tavern games, and more! Rea more about Mount Vernon here (note that it’s from 2022, so event dates are past).

Family Day
Where: Library of Congress | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the upcoming 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games by participating in creative activities and exploring related Library collections. Make your own Olympics poster, pose for a selfie in front of a photo backdrop, and take home a sports bingo card to play along with the athletes as you watch the Games this summer. This event is free with registration to visit the Library.

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

Drop in at the modern art museum for hands-on artsy fun. Use colors, lines, and shapes to represent yourself! Lean into layers, and experiment with form inspired by artist Pablo Picasso. Explore his work, compare his portrait to other artworks that represent people in Revolutions: Art from the Hirshhorn Collection, 1860–1960, and make your own 2D portraits. Find the Art Cart on the Second Level to pick up your portrait materials.

Nats vs Reds (& a Concert!)
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Tickets start at $16 

The Nats are hosting the Reds all weekend — and there will be live music on Friday night, too. Catch the game at 6:45pm, and 30 minutes after the final out, see Carly Rae Jepsen perform at Nationals Park for the second summer concert, free to all ticket holders. Saturday’s game is at 6:45pm, and Sunday’s at 1:35pm. There will be a MacKenzie Gore Mystery Jersey Bobblehead giveaway on Saturday. And kids can run the bases after the Sunday game.

The Sound of Music
Where: Thomas Jefferson Commmunity Center | Arlington, VA
When: July 19-28
Tickets: $15/adult, $12/child (find discount tix)

Encore Stage & Studio presents its signature theatre by kids for kids… The beloved story tells the tale of young postulant Maria Rainer, whose free spirit has trouble fitting into the rules of Nonnberg Abbey. She is commissioned by the Mother Abbess to serve as the governess of seven children. She transforms the Von Trapp home from a place of rules and regulations to one filled with joy, laughter, and music. Over time, Maria wins over the love of the children and the children’s father, Captain Von Trapp.  There is also a  pre-show experience available for the Saturday 2pm show!

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

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

Hill Family Biking: Yards Park Ride
Where: Capitol Hill to Navy Yard, DC
When: Saturday, 4-6pm
Admission: Free

Join a family-friendly group bike ride fro Capitol Hill down to Yards Park Splash Pad to cool off with FREE ice cream and fun in the pool. The rides starts at the Payne Elementary parking lot (14th & C St SE), and it’s a 3.4 miles down to Yards Park. Once there, play in the water features and enjoy a scoop from Ice Cream Jubliee!

DC United vs Celtic FC
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Starts at $20 (look for discount tix)

See some international soccer on Saturday evening as DC United plays a friendly against Scottish team Celtic FC. As always, I recommend taking public transportation or parking in the Navy Yard neighborhood and walking to Audi Field from there. Plan for a pre-match bite — here are a bunch of recs for family-friendly spots to eat there.

National Ice Cream Day
Where: Ice cream shops around the area
When: Sunday
Admission: Free (or the cost of your scoop)

Sunday is National Ice Cream Day and some shops around the area are celebrating with giveaways. Dolcezza Gelato is giving away scoops when you wush them happy birthday (20 years!). Here’s the Scoop in Columbia Heights is offering buy one get one free soft serve from 1-3pm, Insomnia Cookies is giving two free scoops from Friday – Sunday with any purchase when you mention the deal, and there are many more (visit the link to see).

Ice Creeeaam!
Where: metrobar | Edgewood, DC
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

metrobar is hosting a sweet celebration for the day with a variety of delicious ice cream and Italian ice flavors. enjoy some with the kids, and adults can also cool off with a midstrength IPA release from DC’s new local Dad Strength Brewing, paired well with onsite wood-fired pizza and fresh shucked oysters. There will also be family-friendly book readings, painting, and other activities

Beachy Keen: Sand, Surf, & Fossils
Where: Around the area
When: Daily
Admission: Varies by beach

Summer calls for beach time, and there are several places within day trip-distance from DC that are nice for sand and surf — and maybe a little fossil hunting. Head out to Calvert Cliffs State Park or Flag Ponds Nature Park. Or go east to Sandy Point State Park. Play paleontologist and look for prehistoric fragments along the Potomac at the Purse Area in Charles County, MD (be sure to check the tide table).  You can also make a bigger trip out to Westmoreland State Park, about a two-hour drive away in Montross, VA, where you can hike, beach, fossil hunt, and even camp.

Take a Hike
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

There’s a link up top for a round-up of local hikes,  but specific recs are also helpful.  Here are some good places to hit the trail tis weekend: Roosevelt Island within the Potomac; Fountainhead Regional Park in Lorton, VA (paddling ops, too!); Riverbend Park in McLean, VA;  Prince William Forest Park  in Triangle, VA; and Patapsco Valley State Park near Baltimore, MD (+ swimming ops!).

* This is going out in time to catch Movies on the Pitch, the free outdoor film screening at Audi Field, on Thursday evening.  Wonka will start at 7:30pm, and gates open at 6:30.  Be sure to reserve tickets in advance!
* The Mubadala Citi DC Open Kids Day is next Saturday, July 27! From8-9:30 am, kids ages 5-12 are invited to Rock Creek Park Tennis Center for a fun, action-packed event on the same court the tennis pros will be competing. Registration required.
* Back to the Future: The Musical begins this coming week at the Kennedy Center, and you might find discount tickets to see it.
* DC’s 16 Essential Ice Cream Shops.
* Five off-the-beaten path places to explore in DC.
* CertifiKID has a deal on admission to Super Awesome & Amazing at the St. James.  Read about the indoor activity center here.
* This cucumber salad sounds refreshing and delicious.
* Super sweet backpacks, lunch boxes, and more on sale!
*  Great sale at Athro yet again! Home goods pick, clothing pick, accessories pick, shoes pick, jewelry pick.
* Long skirts were all over the European cities we visited… from flowy white to fun prints to simple linen to cool denim.
* A cute, comfy summer jumpsuit.
*Prime Day deal extended on this popular skincare product.
* This movie was a good watch on a recent long flight.
Team Brenda Forever

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Prime Picks for Amazon’s Big Summer Sale


The summer installment of Amazon Prime Day, the big sale when you can score amazing deals on all kinds of products, has begun!  And when I say “all kinds of products,” I mean everything from housewares to electronics to clothing to games and toys to travel essentials and accessories to beauty and personal care products… and much, much more.  It can be a bear to navigate it all, so a little guidance can be helpful. Thus, I’ve once again done some of that for you and found items that I think are worth adding to cart and checking out.  Some have summer in mind, others are practical all the time, and even more just look fun and useful and are great deals. Perhaps you’ll think so, too.  Happy Shopping (& Saving)!



Products to help you keep cool and comfortable on hot days, elevate your fun, and generally make the most of the season.

* Yeti Cooler – The brand that is the king of cool(ers) for it’s durability and because it can keep ice solid for days is on major sale in at least one color.  More sizes here and here.  If you’re not up for the splurge, this rolling cooler gets good reviews.

* Neck Fan – A hands-free way to cool off outside on a heatwave day.

* Beach Chair with Shade – Not only does this chair have a sunshade to help stay cool at the beach, at sports games, or other events, it also comes with an attachable footrest for extra relaxing.

* Patio UmbrellaKeep your outdoor space shaded and looking pretty.

* Water BottlesWe have a bunch of these… they keep water really cold and are easy to grab for sports, the gym, and other activities. And they fit nicely in my car’s cupholder.

* Water Hammock – For maxin’ relaxin’ in the pool (or other water spot).





The right gear can really elevate a trip. These are some things we’ve found particularly useful.

* Packable Day Pack – This bag that squishes into a little pouch is perfect to bring on your travels to use as a small, light daypack.

* Packing Cubes – I recommend these all the time because they are that great and have revolutionized my packing. They help keep everything organized, and something about the different compartments weirdly helps me figure out what to pack.

* Microfiber Towel – These lightweight, packable towels really came in handy on our recent Europe trip in several situations — for the beach, to dry off after rain, and a coffee spill in a train station.

* Luggage – If you need new luggage, this sale is a great opportunity to get it. This three-piece set of expandable, hardside bags with spinner wheels is a good deal. If you prefer soft bags, this set is over 50% off!

* Resistance BandsGreat to bring along on a trip for workouts if you don’t have access to a gym.

* Travel Scavenger Hunt – Fun for kids on a long road trip.




Just about all of these suggestions are things I can vouch for because I have and love them.

* Ninja Personal Blender – I love our Ninja blender — use it all the time for smoothies and cold soups — and have wanted to get the small one for single, to-go servings. (FYI: The full-size blender with to-go cups isn’t in the Prime Day sale, but it is on sale right now).

* Pillow – A shredded memory foam pillow has been a game changer for sleep.  (Mine is a different brand not included in the sale, but sounds exactly the same.)

* Bath Towels – If you need to refresh yours, this highly rated set is a great deal at over 50% off.

* Electric Kettle – We received ours as a gift, and it has become one of the most handy items in our kitchen. Great for tea and quick soups for kids.

* Portable Steam Cleaner  – Recommended in a previous sale, and it’s back in this one and still getting rave reviews.

* Sous Vide Cooker – Not only does it cook things so well (the best steaks), it won’t heat up the whole kitchen.





Prime Days always include amazing deals on gadgets and devices. Here are a few good ones…

* Apple Watch – If you want to get one, it’s a “prime” time to take advantage of a good deal — there are some over 30% off in this sale.

* Ear buds – Yes, I always include ear buds in these posts, but given they are the kind of item easily lost, it’s a good one to include. This pair are recommended by Wirecutter as the best value. These are even cheaper and have a decent rating.

* Headphones – If you prefer over-the-ear, these Beats are fantastic deal (40% off).

* Portable Projector – So good to have for outdoor movie nights and kids’ sleepovers. Consider a portable screen to go with it.

* Galaxy Folding Phone – Levi has this, and it’s truly awesome.  It has a dual screen that folds, so it opens to a larger screen that he can actually do work on.  It’s a splurge , but over 35% off in this sale




If you like a little competition or just things that entertain…

* Portable Cornhole A fun one for everyone that’s easy to tote around.

* Calico Board Game – This one sounds fun for the whole fam to play and gets really good reviews.

* Azul – One of my very favorites is on sale.

* Toss & Catch – A beach or lawn game set perfect for little kids

* Left Center Right  – A simple, fun party game, great for big groups and all ages.

* Tennis Racket – Be a rebel while everyone else is pickleballing!

* Jigsaw Puzzle – This “Mom’s Pantry” flashback puzzle would be fun for the family to do together.



Suggestions especially for them.

* Beach Chair – An adorable little chair for a little person. Our kids loved theirs when they were small.

* Lunch BoxPlan for the school year and snag these while they’re a deal.

* Scrabble Junior – One of the classics for the younger set.

* Bakugan Set – Are kids still into these?  Owen was obsessed! (Storage case on sale, too.)

* Summer Rompers – So cute and easy to throw on, and they come 3 in a set.

* Shirt & Shorts SetsSweet outfits for kiddos.

* Magnatiles – This mega set has 100 pieces!

*Magic Set– Nat Geo always has the best activity kits for kids. (See more!)

* Pimple Patches – For the teen kids.




From clothes to accessories to beauty products, there are some good ones to get deals on right now.

* Sweater SetHave and love, and can’t recommend enough.  It’s exactly like a Free People set that costs four times as much.

* Linen Pants  – Loose, linen drawstring pants… so comfy for summer and very on trend right now.

* Laneige Lip Balm – A fave on sale.

* Havianas – The best basic flip flops.

* Pistola Jeans – Such a great deal on this brand.

* Crossbody Purse – Compact, super cute, and over 40% off.

* Straw Tote – Summer bag when you need more room.

* Supergoop Glow Screen – This really is a great product.

* Hair Dryer Styling Brush – Sasha uses this and really likes it.




Just like for women, these include a mix of recs that are a score in this sale.

* Chacos – Super comfortable and durable water/walking sandals.

* Linen Shirt – Nice and light for summer, these are 100% linen.

* Sun HatThese wide brim hats are  breathable and have UV protection.

* Athletic Shorts – With a special phone pocket and lots of good reviews.

* Fleece Pullover – Great deal on a Marmot.




I realize this category doesn’t apply to everyone, but we’re shopping for it, so thought I’d include some on-sale essentials here.

* Shower Caddy – They haven’t changed much since I was in college.

* Mattress Topper – I hear this is the number one must-get for the dorm room.

* Laundry Bag – With shoulder straps for easy carrying and compartment for detergent.

* Desk Lamp – With charging dock and pen/desk supplies holder.

* Moving BagsThey have shoulder straps, plus they fold up for space-saving storage.




The things that didn’t fit into any other categories, but look like they’d be cool to have.

* Telescope – How cool would it be to own one?

* Cold Plunge Tub – I suggested this as a Father’s Day gift, and now included it here for anyone who might like a good cold plunge.

* Supplements – A good time to stock up on the essentials: Fish Oil, Vitamin D, B-12, Magnesium, Collagen.

* Portable AC – On a 100-degree day, this looks like an excellent pick.

* Ice Cream Maker – On a 100-degree day, this looks like an excellent pick. 😉  (And here’s a less fancy one.)


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The Weekend Round-Up: July 12-14

Stop by the Natural History Museum for some fossil fun!


Happy Weekend!

Quick links to KFDC go-to posts:  
* The Great Indoors
* Swim Spots
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Baltimore with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Paddling Options
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places

Destination Domino
Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Through July 20
Admission: See website

It’s a domino effect at the Building Museum as Domino Artist Lily Hevesh is artist-in-residence for the next week and a half. Visitors will have the unique opportunity to witness the construction process of her monumental domino creations and are invited to try their hand at building their own small topple, experimenting with friction and kinetic energy, and designing their own domino chain reactio. Additionally, the award-winning feature length documentary about her journey, Lily Topples the World, will screen daily in the Museum’s auditorium at 11am and 2pm.

Romanian Weekend
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Friday, 5-9pm, Saturday, 12-8pm & Sunday, 12-7pm
Admission: Free

Join the Embassy of Romania and the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York for a a three-day extravaganza on District Pier celebrating the richness and diversity of Romanian culture with music, dance, food, wine, spoken word performances, concerts, and craft shows!

Explore the Earth’s Past
Where: Natural History Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12:30pm
Admission: Free

This session of the museum’s The World and Me program explores Deep Time. Experience the Hall of Fossils throigh a variety of activities: Touch and hold real fossils. observe experts at work in the FossiLab, engage with educators and experts throughout the exhibit at different carts and stations, create your own fossil rubbing, find fossils throughout the museum with a special fossil map, decorate your own pendant to take home, and more. Join at any time during the duration of the event and stay as long as suits each family.

Hill Family Biking: Lotus T(w)een Ride
Where: Capitol Hill to Kenilworth Aquatic Garden | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Hill Family Biking is hosting its first ever teen ride (rising 6th graders and up, no parents!) to the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens to see the lotus flowers. They’ll start at the triangle park on the 1300 block of North Carolina Ave and bike 5 miles up protected bike lanes and the Anacostia River Trail to Kenilworth, hang out and take photos and then ride back as a group. Space is limited, so register now!

Museums Beyond DC
Where: Museums in MD & VA
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by place

DC is well known for its legion of museums, but there are even more beyond the District lines that are great to explore with kids — and a mix of a rainy and hot weekend is a good time to check them out. See this post for a round-up of museums to explore in Maryland and Northern Virginia.

Battle of Fort Stevens Anniversary
Where: Fort Stevens Park | Northwest DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Join Rock Creek Park for the commemoration of the 160th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens and to explore the Civil War history of DC. Learn about the Civil War era —  the history, the music, the people, and even children’s games — through talks, demonstrations, music, and more.  FEstivities include a children’s activity tent, an Abraham Lincoln reenactor, authors’ table, a Civil War medicine demonstration, and more.

Waterpower Day
Where: Peirce Mill | Rock Creek Park, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

See how Peirce Mill uses the power of water to grind corn into cornmeal. Then experiment with water toys, learn about Archimedean screws, and construct a paper-plate waterwheel. DC Water will provide plenty of fresh, cold drinking water and a river clean-up activity for kids. Enjoy free summer fun for all ages in Rock Creek Park!

HBD, Alexandria!
Where: Oronoco Bay Park | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 6-9:45pm
Admission: Free

The City of Alexandria will celebrate its 275th (and the USA’s 248th) birthday on Saturday, with festivities for all ages — art activities, cupcakes, poetry, vendors to shop, and performances by Three Man Soul Machine and the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra ending with a Grand Finale fireworks display at 9:30pm.

Bubble Days
Where: Maryland Science Center | Baltimore, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: $26.95/adult, $20.95/child

Join the best bubble party of the summer at Maryland Science Center’s annual event! Create your own bubble solution and test your bubble making skills to make giant bubbles, double bubbles, fizzy foamies, and more! See the world-renowned bubble artist Casey Carle in his suds-tacular show, Bubblemania! Get ready for two days that will be bursting with fun. Of course, explore the rest of the MSC while you’re there — it’s awesome!  Read more about it here and here.

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

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

Art Cart: Build a Butterfly
Where: Hirshhorn Museum |National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the modern art museum for hands-on artsy fun.  This Saturday, explore nature’s beauty inspired by artist Jessica Diamond and her work Butterfly Incantation (Polygonia Comma, Polygonia Interrogationis, Plebejus Melissa Samuelis)Look closely at her work on view and create your own nature-inspired art. Find the Art Cart on the Second Level and pick up your colorful materials.

DC United vs Nashville
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

DC United is playing at home on Saturday evening, hosting Nashville. As always, I recommend taking public transportation or parking in the Navy Yard neighborhood and walking to Audi Field from there. Plan for a pre-match bite — here are a bunch of recs for family-friendly spots to eat there.

Seize the Season
Where: Around the DC Area
When: All weekend
Admission: Varies by locale
Summer is whizzing by, so enjoy the season while you can with activities that only occur this time of year. Some ideas: Start off the weekend with a free outdoor concert and water play at Yards Park, then continue the fun on Saturday and Sunday (and cool off) at a pool or spray park. Or enjoy a special exhibit like Fairies in the Garden at Annmarie Sculpture Garden. Wind it all up with crab feast on Sunday. Get details about all of these summer diversions and even more in the 2024 Summer Guide.

High Wheelin’
Where: Downtown Frederick, MD
When: Saturday, 12-3pm
Admission: Free

Penny farthing, anyone?  Get a curbside seat to America’s only high wheel race in historic downtown Frederick, MD. The National Clustered Spires High Wheel Race is a unique event that celebrates the history of bikes.  Watch the fun along the .4 mile route and plan to enjoy more time in the Frederick — the downtown area is great to stroll, eat, and shop!

Model Trains Open House
Where: Historic Vienna Train Station | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, 2-7pm
Admission: Free (donations accepted)

Chug on down to the Historic Vienna Train Station for their first Open House since the pandemic  began. See and hear HO scale model trolleys and trains, including Thomas and some of his friends on display and in operation. It’s a great family fun and activity for the young and young at heart. The Station is at 231 Dominion Road NE, Vienna, VA along the W&OD trail just past the Caboose.

Pop-Up Book Fair
Where: Folger Shakespeare Library | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday,
Admission: Free

Join the recently reopened Folger for their second Book Fair, which includes books shopping and family activities. Bring kiddos to a special story time with Ello, a children’s reading app for kindergarten to 3rd grade, from 11:15-11:45am. Then shop a curated book selection inspired by Folger Theatre, Poetry, and Book Club programs and learnmore about them. Poetry readins, prize drawing, and, of course, the Folger’s exhibits will also be part of the day’s activities. Read more about the Folger here.

Futbol Finals
Where: Various locations around DC
When: Sunday, 3pm & 8pm
Admission: Cost of your meal/drinks

Both the Euro Cup and Copa America finals are on Sunday — and both are sure to be exiting matches. If you want to watch with other local futbol fans, head to a place around the area that’s known as a go-to for watching soccer. Eater DC shared a round-up of where to watch last month at the start of the tournaments, and those places are sure to be showing the finals, too.

On the Fringe
Where: Theaters around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by performances

The Capital Fringe Festival is underway, and while most of the entertainment lineup this weekend is recommended for tween ages and up, there are a few all ages events, too. More details and ticket sales are on the Capital Fringe Festival website. And, parents, consider catching a performance for a KidFree night out.

Little Critters Nature Play
Where: National Zoo | Woodley Park, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9:30am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Drop in with little ones for hands-on activities and story time at the Zoo! Have a wild time exploring animals and the natural world through creative, free-choice activity stations in a brand-new indoor/outdoor classroom. Dig for horseshoe crabs in the sand table, make lunch for a bird in the mud kitchens, or just join for a story or two. Read Aloud Storytimes take place at 10am 11am, and 12pm. The play area is designed for ages 0-5 and their caregivers and families, but all ages are welcome.  (PS: The Zoo is fun for older kids, too… read more about it in this KFDC post.)

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

With both rain and heat in the forecast, find places inside that offer some active fun.  From pickleball and roller skating to tennis and ping pong to escape rooms and scavenger hunts to an indoor waterpark, this post shares all kinds of ways to get your fun and game on.

* As you’re looking for indoor places to hang out around DC, why not make it a stunning one?
Plan for a unique family experience: Watson Adventures has a Wizard School Scavenger Hunt at the National Gallery of Art coming up on August 10. Read all about the super fun adventure here.
* Charming weekend getaways from DC.
* Perfect meal/drink to make on a hot summer day.
* Here’s something to elevate summer fun — and a good deal right now.
* What a stunning dress.
* Nordstrom’s BIG anniversary sale is open now to Nordstrom cardmembers (July 15 for non-members).
* Just downloaded a sample of this new book by Taffy Brodesser-Akner, author of the fantastic Fleishman is in Trouble.
* How cool would it be to happen upon one of these troll sculptures?
* Weather report 😅

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Five Things: July 9, 2024


1. The lotus flowers have begun blooming at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens!  This is such a spectacular sight, it’s worth braving the high temps to see.  View scenes from a previous bloom, and read about a fun way to get to them. The park is open daily 8am – 4pm, and admission is free.   The annual Lotus & Water Lily Festival will be held July 19-21 and offers more ways to appreciate the flowers and park.


2. Something to add to your July agenda:  Washington National Cathedral is launching a summer event series, Wind Down Wednesdays, for families to beat the heat and enjoy the Cathedral’s architecture and culture. The program will run for four weeks, every Wednesday from 5:30-8pm, for the rest of this month, starting tomorrow, July 10.  The sessions include activities such as guided mindfulness practices like Tai Chi and yoga, Labyrinth walks, a LEGO exhibit, and live contemplative music. Admission is $15.


3. Have you taken the kids to the LEGO Discovery Center yet? Starting this weekend will be a good time to go.  Not only is it a great way to  stay cool on hot days, from July 12 – August 2, the LEGO DREAMZzz area will offer new activities to enjoy along with the fun already there — read all about that here.  Open daily, and admission is $29.


4. We’re currently traveling and have found this item to be very useful. It packs up easily and compactly, and has come in handy in many situations.


5. I shared some pics from our travels if interested in viewing, and there’s more to come!




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The Weekend Round-Up: July 5-7

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


Happy Weekend!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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