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The Weekend Round-Up: May 14-16

Biking by Constitution Gardens on the National Mall

 

Quick links for activities galore around the DC area:
Spring Things to Get Excited About
Best Outdoor Spots in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Peaceful Places
* Indoor Outings
* On the Water
* Bike Rides

DC Reopenings
Where: Around DC
When: Staring this weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

Several DC museums and other beloved places are opening their doors to visitors again starting this weekend after being closed for many months due to Covid. You’ll once again be able to visit the National Museum of African American History & Culture, National Portrait Gallery & American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, National Gallery of Art, and Dumbarton Oaks Garden. Ford’s Theatre also opened earlier this week, and the Udvar-Hazy Center reopened last week. Timed-entry passes are required for all of them, and they’re going fast. If you can’t get them for this weekend, reserve for a later date! Click links to get yours.

Open Play
Where: The Lane Social Club | Ivy City, DC
When: Timed-entry on Sunday
Admission: $15/person (adults, too)

Snag a block of time for Open Play at the family hang out spot in Ivy City. With super cool play elements that kids will dig and lots of thoughtful details that parents will appreciate, it’s a place where you’ll all enjoy spending time. Covid safety measures are in place, and note that they are not offering food or drinks right now, but you can BYO small snack.

Spring Drive-In Movie Series
Where: The Stack at Buzzard Point | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 8pm
Admission: $20/car

Remember the Titans will be on the big outdoor screen in the Capitol Riverfront this weekend.  The neighborhood BID’s drive-in movie series is a fun, contact-free experience for all ages at an appropriate social distance.  Even more, all funds are donated to local charities — this weekend proceeds benefit Unity Health Care.

Drive-In, in NoVa
Where: Alexandria Drive-In Movie Theater | Alexandria, VA
When: Friday & Saturday, 8pm
Admission: $40/car

You can also catch a flick from the comfort of your car in Virginia. The Secret Life of Pets will be screened on Friday night, and Jaws on Saturday (dun-dun, dun-dun…). Food trucks will be there both nights offering savory and sweet concessions with online ordering through Goodfynd. Purchase movie tickets in advance!

A Fairytale of a Farm
Where: Clarks Elioak Farm | Clarksville, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $8

Enjoy all kinds of farm fun — with a side fairytale charm, to boot. Clark’s Elioak delights with its old storybook park installations and mini rides for kids. There are also animals to visit and pony rides. A bonus: JoAnn Hill, author of the book Secret Washington, DC, which features Clark Elioak, will be there signing books and happy to chat about obscure and interesting things to see and do around the area.

Arrrgh, Mateys!
Where: Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake | Annapolis, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $22, $12/ages 2 and under

Set sail on the high seas in Annapolis for a jolly good adventure. Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake has reopened for the season, taking little buccaneers on a search for buried treasure. Several time slots are available throughout the day, and safety measures are in place for Covid. Read more about the adventure in this KFDC post, but note that it’s from pre-Covid days.

Ride On
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

There’s a quick link to bike routes above, but here’s a stronger recommendation to get out for a family ride. Last weekend, we had a great time biking the National Mall, stopping at the memorials and Constitution Garden, then making our way to West Potomac Park and over to The Wharf, where we grabbed an easy, delicious bite at Falafel Inc. You can find even more recs for good two-wheel trips here.

Day Out with Thomas
Where: B&O Railroad Museum | Baltimore, MD
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: $26-30

All aboard, little engineers! Thomas the Tank Engine is rolling into town with the Party Train Tour! Take a train ride behind him, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy a full day of activities and family fun!

More Charm City Fun, Hon
Where: Baltimore, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Have even more fun in our sister city, just 45 minutes up I-95. Explore the exhibits and loads of hands-on activities at the Maryland Science Center. Play the day away at Port Discovery. See some of the quirkiest, coolest art around at the American Visionary Art Museum. Get an eyeful of the underwater world at the National Aquarium. Tour historic ships at the Inner Harbor.  Or learn about Baltimore’s early business days at the Museum of Industry.  All of these places require advance reservations, so be sure to book ahead.

Lambdapalooza
Where: National Colonial Farm | Accokeek Park, VA
When: Saturday
Admission: Depends on activities

Head to the park for Lattes with Lambs: Lambapalooza festival — they’re going out with a baa-ng. Enjoy music, hayrides, DIY activities, sheep shearing demonstrations, and a special book signing. This is a hybrid event that also takes place online — visit the website for details.

Secret Agent Scavenger Hunt
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $15-25
Join Imagination Stage for an outdoor adventure perfect for families. Complete missions, take pictures and video, and enhance spy skills as you explore your local park, neighborhood, or even a guided walk of downtown Bethesda. You can participate right on your phone through the Goose Chase app, which comes complete with everything you need for this COVID-safe adventure. If you enjoyed Imagination Stage’s Spy Academy, you’ll be sure to enjoy the Secret Agent Scavenger Adventure.

Quarterfest Crawl
Where: Around Ballston, VA
When: Saturday, 12-7pm
Admission: Free

Savor, sip, and seek at this street festival around Ballston! The 2021 Quarterfest Crawl that benefits Homeward Trails Animal Rescue combines safe and socially-distanced activities with specials on food and drinks from many neighborhood restaurants. Enjoy a pup-friendly scavenger hunt, live music from local artists, giant-size games, and a fun day outdoors in the community.

Fiesta de Chihuahua
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 3pm
Admission: $30 for up to 6 people

The Wharf can’t bring back their annual Chihuahua races yet, but they’re still hosting a day of Chihuahua fun. See little pooches dressed up for a costume contest and get a look back at prior years’ races on the 20 foot LED movie screen, followed by a special screening of the movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua. All ticket sales and raffle proceeds benefit Rural Dog Rescue. Each ticket is good for up to six people.

Strawberry Fields
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Strawberries are ripe and ready for harvest, and several area farms are now welcoming guests to pick their own. 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.

Victura Park Pop-Up
Where: The REACH | Kennedy Center, DC
When: Friday 4-9pm, Saturday & Sunday, 12-9pm
Admission: Free

The weekend wine garden at The REACH, the Kennedy Center’s immersive extension, is family-friendly and a lovely spot to hang out.  The cafe offers snacks and sips that you can enjoy at socially distanced tables or in other areas. Explore the beautiful grounds, including the large plaza (we’ve seen skates and scooters there) and the  Kennedy Center terrace, where you can enjoy sweeping Potomac River views. PS: Victura Park is now there on Thursdays, too!

A Cicada Inspired StoryWalk
Where: Downtown Kensington, MD
When: Starting Saturday through June 6
Admission: Free
The fifth Noyes StoryWalk spotlights cicada season in the DC area. Families are invited to read Cecily Cicada by Kita Helmetag Murdock and Patsy Helmetag posted signs on a self-guided stroll through Clum-Kennedy Park (10298 Frederick Ave., Kensington, MD).  It will be on view from this Saturday through June 6. The event is likely to coincide with swarms of 17-year cicadas in the D.C. region

Vamos United!
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Sunday, 8pm
Admission: Tickets start at $6

DC United is home this weekend, and there’s a match against Orlando City SC on Sunday evening. Safety measures for Covid are in place, including limited capacity, which is 5,000 fans right now. But FYI: It will be increased to 36% next weekend and to full capacity starting June 11!

We Can…Write! Workshop
Where: Rosie Riveters Online
When: Saturday, 9-10m
Admission: Free

Children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade are invited to this virtual young writers workshop on Saturday morning! Participants will meet Fabian Ferguson, author of Jackie Wins Them All, and learn about the creative process that goes into writing a children’s book. Then, Rosie Riveters instructors will explore the five parts of a story with participants, encourage them to write their own children’s book, and engage in an interactive book binding demo so participants can bind the books they wrote at home! Register here.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Vaccinations are now available for kids ages 12-15– and very easy to get in DC! (And go to vaccines.gov to find them everywhere.)
* Get a glimpse of the fantastic Forces of Nature exhibit at the Renwick, which reopens this weekend. A new post with has scenes from our visit there in the fall.
* Tickets for Great Country Farm’s annual Strawberry Jubilee Festival taking place May 22-23 and May 29-31 are now available.
* Who else is so excited for the Friends reunion on May 27?
* An impressive, beautiful essay.

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The Weekend Round-Up: May 7-9

 

Happy Weekend!  And Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms!

Go-to posts for all kinds of ongoing local fun:
Spring Things to Get Excited About
* Local Hikes with Kids
Best Outdoor Spots
* Peaceful Places
* Indoor Outings
* On the Water
* Bike Rides

Mom’s the Word
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

If you’re still in need of plans to celebrate Mother’s Day, there are lots of last-minute ways to make the occasion special. This round-up has ideas ranging from fairly mellow to very active, totally free to a total splurge. So there’s sure to be something to make every mom’s day.

Wonderful World of Watkins
Where: Watkins Regional Park | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free (but rides are a fee)

I just recommended this last weekend, and it’s back because there’s even more to enjoy now. The Antique Carousel and Train are now open along with Old Maryland Farm, the Nature Center, and Wizard of Oz Playground. Hiking trails are accessible, too. And it all makes for a fantastic place to spend a day with the fam. Note that you need to make advance reservations for the Nature Center (go here to book), there may be a wait for the Farm as capacity is limited, and carousel and train hours are 12-5pm Friday- Sunday right now. The train and carousel each cost $2/PG County resident, $2.50/non-resident.

More Places to Go for a Spin
Where: Several locations in the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Other area carousels and trains have reopened for the season. Montgomery Park’s Cabin John Train and Wheaton Train and Carousel offer rides on weekends. The Dentzel Carousel at Glen Echo Park is whirling once again. Kids can also go for a spin on the Americana-themed carousel at National Harbor (the Capital Wheel is open, too!).  Read more about Cabin John here , Wheaton here, and National Harbor here.

Spring Drive-In Movie Series
Where: The Stack at Buzzard Point | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 8pm
Admission: $20/car

Catch a movie on the big outdoor screen. This week’s featured film in the Capitol Riverfront BID’s drive-in movie series is Ocean’s Eight. It will be a fun, contact-free experience for all ages at an appropriate social distance. And all funds are donated to local charities — this weekend proceeds will benefit DC Central Kitchen.

Fishing In The District
Where: Tidal Basin, West Potomac Park | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 8:30-10:30am
Admission: Free

This free, outdoor, and socially distanced event brings families and communities together through learning the basics of fishing. With equipment, bait and tackle provided, Fishing In The District will offer DC residents of all ages the chance to experience fishing hands-on, guided by expert volunteers from the Aquatic Resources Education Center. All participants will be required to wear a face mask at the event, and a DC fishing license is required for all participants ages 16 to 64. Located at 2912 Independence Ave. SW.

Meet the Author & Book Signing
Where: Steadfast Supply | The Yards, DC
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

There have been some great guests posts recently from JoAnn Hill, local author of Secret Washington, DC, about some off-the-beaten path places for families (here and here). This weekend, you can meet her, have your book signed, and get a little more insight into the DC area’s rich history, hidden stories, mysterious relics, forgotten about and abandoned buildings, and controversial scandals. She’ll be at Steadfast Supply at The Yards to talk about and sign her book. Plan to do even more shopping while you’re there — the store has a fantastic selection of unique, fun, and beautiful items (many that would make for perfect gifts for a certain special day on Sunday).

Art Hop
Where: Monroe Street Market | Brookland, DC
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Join the Monroe Street Market on the Arts Walk for an Art Hop just in time for Mother’s Day! The Arts Walk is home to 27 art studios producing a diverse range of art and crafts, including fine art, photography, sculpture, furniture, pottery, jewelry, candles, beauty goods, art prints, paper goods, and more. Along with browsing to find the most unique Mother’s Day gifts this year, you can enjoy a dance performance, maker pop-ups, specials, and more. Monroe Street Market is located at 716b Monroe Street NE.

Fun at Fairfax Parks
Where: Parks around Fairfax County, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

The Fairfax County Park Authority hosts all kinds of events on weekends for guests of all ages. Join a Campfire Friday at Lake Fairfax Park. Listen to myths and legends celebrating Mother Earth at Green Spring Gardens. Go on a Pooh-inspired hike at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Details and registration for these and more activities this weekend and beyond are available here.

Fiesta de Chihuahua
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 3pm
Admission: $30 for up to 6 people

The Wharf can’t bring back their annual Chihuahua races yet, but they’re still hosting a day of Chihuahua fun. See little pooches dressed up for a costume contest and get a look back at prior years’ races on the 20 foot LED movie screen, followed by a special screening of the movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua. All ticket sales and raffle proceeds benefit Rural Dog Rescue. Each ticket is good for up to six people.

Open Play
Where: The lane Social Club | Ivy City, DC
When: Timed-entry on Sunday
Admission: $15/person (adults, too)

The family hang out spot in Ivy City has some Open Play spots left for Sunday. With super cool play elements and lots of thoughtful details, it’s a place where kids and parents alike enjoy hanging out. Covid safety measures are in place, and note that they are not offering food or drinks right now, but you can BYO small snack.

empowerHER Luminaria
Where: Lincoln Memorial | National Mall, DC
When: Sunday, 6:30-9pm
Admission: Free

empowerHER is on a mission to support, connect + empower girls who’ve lost their mothers. This Mother’s Day, empowerHER LUMINARIA will illuminate the night with a whimsical display of personalized bags in honor of and in memory of loved ones, with 100% of proceeds to benefit empowerHER programs. Join empowerHER at the Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool on Mother’s Day – Sunday at sunset! Purchase your bag before bag sales close Friday!
 

Recreation Galore
Where: Anacostia Park | Anacostia, DC
When: Ongoing, dawn to duck
Admission: Free

Play the day away at Anacostia Park! Stretching along the river for which it’s named in southeast DC, the park is full of opportunities for recreation with a pirate-themed playground; two other playgrounds; a skating pavilion; tennis courts; and fields for playing ball or tossing a Frisbee. Plus, you can walk, run, scoot, or bike along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail or just find a table or nice spot in the grass to relax, have a picnic, and take in the views. Admission is free.

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

Have some fun in our sister city, just 45 minutes up I-95. Explore the exhibits and loads of hands-on activities at the Maryland Science Center. Play the day away at Port Discovery. See some of the quirkiest, coolest art around at the American Visionary Art Museum. Get an eyeful of the underwater world at the National Aquarium. Tour historic ships at the Inner Harbor.  Or learn about Baltimore’s early business days at the Museum of Industry.  All of these places require advance reservations, so be sure to book ahead.

Remake Learning Days Festival
Where: Online
When: Through May 22
Admission: Varies by event, but mostly free

Happening across the country in 17 different regions, the Remake Learning Festival highlights innovative experiences and opportunities for youth to develop their sense of creativity, perseverance, and curiosity. Across DC, Maryland and Virginia, a wide range of organizations — schools, libraries, nonprofits, businesses and other community centers — are coming together to provide youth and families with high-quality learning experiences. Events are designed to be hands-on, relevant, and engaging educational experiences, and the majority of them are free and open to learners of all ages.  The Remake Learning Days-DMV Festival is led by the Professional Development Collaborative at Washington International School and the KID Museum.

KidStory Theater Festival @Home
Where: InterAct Story Theatre | Online
When: Through May
Admission: Free

InterAct’s KidStory Theatre Festival, a theatrical celebration of stories written by kids, for kids, is going virtual this year. Since it’s not possible to gather, they invited professional theatre artists to choose a favorite story written by kids, dreamed up their own interpretation, and create videos showcasing their version of the story. No fancy props, costumes, or equipment–just artists using what we have at home and our imaginations to celebrate our favorite writers: kids! Every Saturday starting this weekend, a new video will be released for all to enjoy! Stream them on InterAct’s Facebook Page or our YouTube page pages at 10am. And stories will stay up all month long for folks who’d like to view later.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* 10 Happy Things for May (Thank you, Darcy!)
* Dumbarton Oaks Garden, one of the prettiest places in the city, has reopened, and there’s a new KFDC post with scenes and good-to-know info for visiting.
* Some great summer programs featured on KFDC this week: Boolean Girl Camps and Young Artists of America Musical Theatre Camp.
* Today, you can start reserving timed-entry tickets for a few museums getting ready to reopen.
* Not all no-longer-wanted items should go to Goodwill.
* Kid90, the new documentary from Soleil Moon Fry, is a compelling watch, especially for us Gen Xers.
* We just finished watching the series Life in Pieces — such a fun, feel good show.
* A great last minute Mother’s Day gift: Make a donation in her honor to the Greater DC Diaper Bank!
* This poem from the amazing Kate Baer ❤️

 

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Inspire and Engage with STEM at Boolean Girl Summer Camps — In Person & Virtually!

 

We all need a little inspiration in our lives — especially our kids.  So, get ready for Boolean Girl Summer Camps!  The nonprofit offers both in person and virtual camps that are designed to inspire kids to code, build, invent, and animate.  

Both girls-only and coed camps are offered.  What’s more, they will be safe!  In-person safety measures will include masks, social distancing, and enhanced cleaning protocols, and campers can switch from in-person to virtual, or vice versa, to suit their comfort levels.

Why Boolean Girl camps?  Here are 5 reasons!

  1. The camps are fun. At least that’s according to 96% of students who say they would recommend coding camps to a friend and want to take another one.
  2. The instructors are great.  They are female college students majoring in STEM from some of the best universities. 
  3. Kids love the camps.  At least that’s what the 4.8 out of 5 rating indicates.
  4. Parents will tell you.  Some comments from moms and dads:  “Just great instruction!  My daughter loves the class! We love that the ‘all girl’ option is offered, and the experience has really changed my daughter’s mind from not liking coding to LOVING it!”  & “This was the perfect level for my 3rd grader.  She was really engaged with the hands-on activity.”
  5. Why not?  They are flexible.  If  you don’t want to join in person, there are also online camps all summer long that complement the in-person camps.  These camps are taught by the same rockstar instructors and cover the same materials.  You can mix and match in-person and on-line courses. 

 

Now the Details…

Who:
Kids ages 8-13.  All experience levels welcome. Both girls-only and co-ed camps are available.

When:
In DC: Camps for grades 3-6, June 12-16, August 2-6, August 9-13
In VA: Camps for grades 3-8, all summer long
Online camp: all summer long

Where:
Washington, DC:  The Hill Center on Capitol Hill |
921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE (one block from the Capitol Hill Metro).
Arlington, VA:  Marymount University | 1000 Glebe Road
Alexandria, VA:  Burgundy Farms (must register on the Burgundy Farms website)
For all others, sign up here.

 

 

The Small-ish Print:
Boolean Girl will host in-person camps for Summer 2021 if it is deemed safe by the federal, state, and local authorities, and they are taking reservations now. If forced to close camps due to COVID, they will refund every penny of tuition to you. Read more about their COVID response here.

Camps will implement all recommended safety measures, including masks and social distancing. If you register and change your mind before May 30, you can receive a full refund. After May 30, you can change dates or get a refund, less the non-refundable $50 deposit, up to two weeks before the start of camp. Two weeks before the start of camp there are no refunds, but you may switch to an online camp.

 

This post is sponsored by Boolean Girl, however, I only promote programs, services, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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The Weekend Round-Up: April 30 – May 2

The Nats are back home this weekend

 

Happy Weekend!

Back pocket posts loaded with ideas for ongoing DC fun:
Spring Things to Get Excited About
* Local Hikes with Kids
Best Outdoor Spots
* Peaceful Places
* Indoor Outings
* On the Water
* Bike Rides

Nats vs. Marlins
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: Tickets start at $14

Single game tickets are now available to everyone, so you can return to the ballpark to root for the home team! (And you can do it safely — we know from experience at a recent game.) The Nats are hosting the Marlins all weekend, with an evening game on Friday and afternoon match-ups on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are sold in socially distance pods of one to six tickets.  Be sure to take a look at the Welcome Home page, so you know what to expect. I recommend bringing kiddos only if they’re truly baseballs fans. There is no playground for antsy kids, and getting ballpark treats is a little less fun and convenient with the new mobile ordering system. But for those who are into the game, it sure is great to be there again!

Dentzel Carousel Opening Day
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday, 12-6pm & Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: $5 for a 4-hour time slot

The beloved Denzel Carousel at Glen Echo Park reopens on Saturday! Go for a spin on this local treasure that was installed at the park in 1921. You can reserve tickets in advance or purchase there (I recommend getting them ahead as they are limited). The $5 fee gets you unlimited rides during your time slot. Plan for some time on the playground, too, and bring along a picnic to enjoy at one of the tables in the . Read more about what to expect on the website.

Revisit the 80s at the Drive-In
Where: Alexandria Drive-In Movie Theater | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 8pm
Admission: $40/car

Catch a classic 80s flick from the comfort of your car.  The Breakfast Club is the featured film on the big outdoor screen at the Alexandria Drive-In this week — probably one for tweens and older.  Enjoy some entertainment out of the house and social distance. Food trucks will be there both nights offering savory and sweet concessions with online ordering through Goodfynd! Purchase movie tickets in advance!

Lincoln’s Bike Ride
Where: President Lincoln’s Cottage | Petworth, DC
When: Saturday, 10am
Admission: $50

Join President Lincoln’s Cottage and the DC Cycling Concierge as they recreate Lincoln’s three-mile commute by bike from his Cottage in Petworth to the White House. The day will start with an introduction at President Lincoln’s Cottage (140 Rock Creek Church Road), followed by a guided cycling tour, retracing Lincoln’s commute. The tour will stop at places of note for bits of history and end at the White House. [Note: This sounds like a lot of riding through the city — parents are the best judges of whether their kids are up for it.]

Arlington Scavenger Hunt, By Bike
Where: Around Arlington, VA
When: Friday – Monday
Admission: $35/adult, $15/age 8-17, free/7 & under

Join Phoenix Bikes for a unique way to explore Arlington and sample some community treasures. This socially distanced bike ride will take you on a delightful adventure as you stop at locally owned eateries. Using an online event site, you will be guided to each restaurant location to gather clues to win prizes, learn little-known facts about local shops, and taste delicious treats along the way. The ride is flexible and social-distance-friendly, and it can be done alone or with family, over an afternoon or throughout the weekend.

Blooming Azaleas
Where: National Arboretum | Northeast DC
When: Throughout the weekend, 8am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The azalea bloom at the National Arboretum is very well known among flower enthusiasts, attracting visitors from all over every year. And for good reason: It’s absolutely gorgeous! Even more, the Arb is a great place to spend a day with the family, with plenty of space to spread out with something to enjoy in every area.  Go here for scenes from the bloom, info for checking it out, and more link to tips for exploring the whole place. And FYI:  The Arb has been limiting vehicle traffic for crowd control, so be aware there could be a wait to get in.

Gardening for Wildlife
Where: Locust Grove Nature Center | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

The Nature Center reopens with this event that will be both in-person and virtual. Through demonstrations, workshops, and tours of native plant gardens, learn how to be a better neighbor to birds, butterflies, and bees with what you plant in your own garden.

Pop-Up Consignment Shop
Where: 2456 Tunlaw Road NW | Glover Park, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

PicklesDC is hosting a patio pop-up consignment shop on Saturday. Shop quality brands in excellent condition — children’s clothing, shoes, and toys (size newborn – 12 years). It’s a good chance to get your kids set up with warm weather wear and gear!

May Day Urban Market
Where: The Loop | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the start of May with a one-day urban market and street fest. The Loop, a coworking community and wellness hub, is gathering local artisans for a collective pop-up shop and more festivities in their courtyardat 215 N Payne St. Music, food, and drinks will be on deck all day. Stroll through the vendor offerings and enjoy fare from food trucks and other eateries.

Over the Rainbow & Beyond
Where: Watkins Regional Park
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Here’s an old KFDC fave that’s finally (almost) fully back in action and a great place to spend a day enjoying loads of free, fun activities: Watkins Regional Park!  Kiddos will love frolicking on the adorable Wizard of Oz themed playground. Old Maryland Farm, with animals to visit, is open (though capacity is limited, so there could be a wait). The Nature Center is also welcoming visitors by reservation (go here to book yours), and you can also hike some short trails nearby. Park hours are dawn to dusk, 11am – 4pm at the Nature Center and Old Maryland Farm. Admission to all of it is free.

(Geo)Cache in on Fun
Where: Around the Area
When: Anytime
Admission: Free

Take kids on a “treasure” hunt and have a little adventure along the way. Geocaching is a perfect way to be active and enjoy a day outdoors. Whether you search in the city or seek out a destination that requires a hike in the woods, locating the hidden cache will be a thrill for everyone. See this post about our first foray into the pursuit a few years back.

Go Disc Golfin’
Where: Courses around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Hit the links, the chain links, that is! Disc golf is a great way to enjoy a nice family day outdoors. Not only is it fun and challenging, the courses, many of them set up in scenic places, are lovely this time of year. This post has info about one in College Park, and there are also great courses at Patapsco Valey State Park in MD,  Pohick Bay Regional Park in Lorton, VA,  Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg, MD, Burke Lake Park in Burke, VA.

Around the World Virtual Family Scavenger Hunt
Where: Watson Adventures Online
When: Saturday, 4-5:30pm
Admission: $19
Just because you can’t travel widely doesn’t mean your family still can’t go around the world! This global virtual adventure will send you off to explore the world’s best museums and historic locations via links to eye-popping websites. Your challenge: follow our clues, find amazing objects, and answer tricky questions about them. Stops along the way include a 360-degree view of the ancient streets of Pompeii, Italy, prehistoric cave paintings in France, a swim around the Great Barrier Reef and a live panda cam in China, just to name a few.

City Nature Challenge
Where: Around DC
When: Through May 3 (Part 2 May 4-9)
Admission: Free

The DC Department of Parks & Rec has teamed up with Capital Nature and the Nature Conservancy in Maryland/DC to document the biodiversity of the District — and residents of all ages are invited to join them. Nature and animal enthusiasts young and old can help them look for signs of urban wildlife in local parks, waterways, backyards, and even front stoops. All you need is to participate is a smart phone and a sharp eye. Sign up by downloading the iNaturalist app. Once you have it, follow a simple three step process to Find, Photograph, and Share your results!

Ahoy, Matey!
Where: Inner Harbor | Baltimore, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $15/adult, $13/teen, $7/youth
Historic Ships of Baltimore just started welcoming visitors again on the USS Constellation and USS Torsk. Touring the vessels moored at the Inner Harbor is a fascinating experience for all ages. Be sure to check the safety guidelines before you go, and read about one of our past visits there in this post.

More Charm City Fun, Hon
Where: Baltimore, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Enjoy even more fun in our sister city, just 45 minutes up I-95. Explore the exhibits and loads of hands-on activities at the Maryland Science Center. Play the day away at Port Discovery. See some of the quirkiest, coolest art around at the American Visionary Art Museum. Get an eyeful of the underwater world at the National Aquarium. Or learn about Baltimore’s early business days at the Museum of Industry.  All of these places require advance reservations., so be sure to book ahead!

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* A bunch of beloved places are reopening around DC in May, and there’s a new KFDC guide with details on visiting and recs for what to see and do.
* Great news: DC DPR announced that pools and splash parks will reopen Memorial Day weekend! (PS: The annual KFDC Summer Guide with more info will also be back again soon after a 2020 hiatus!)
* If you’re vaxed/comfortable doing things indoors and want to plan a fun date night, The Hamilton is presenting live shows once again as well as dinner and a movie nights.
* Levi and I just celebrated out 20th(!) anni with an incredible dinner last weekend at Sushi Nakazawa — I highly recommend for a very special occasion, one of our best meals ever. (We also celebrated on the actual day with our two favorite peops who weren’t yet around for the wedding.)
* Animals taking selfies
* Vaccine Side Effects, or…? 😂

 

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