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The Weekend Round-Up:
April 12-14

All aboard for a mini trian ride at Cabin John!

 

Happy Weekend!

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

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
Where: Constitution Ave, 7th – 17th St NW | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

The pinnacle of cherry blossom festivities just might be the parade. Thousands of people line Constitution Avenue to watch the procession of lavish floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands, and a variety of performers roll through the city. Tickets for grandstand seats are available for $25-40, but you can stake out a spot along the curb for free. Plan to arrive early to get a good view — the crowds come out for this one, especially if it’s a pretty spring day.

Sakura Matsuri
Where: Pennsylvania Ave, 3rd-7th St NW | Downtown DC
When: Saturday & Sunday 10:30am – 6pm
Admission: $15/advance, $20/day of, free/12 & under

Following the Cherry Blossom parade (or on Sunday), head over to Sakura Matsuri, the Japanese Street Festival that is America’s largest exhibition of Japanese culture. The annual event will feature live music and dance performances, all kinds of Asian and Western foods, martial arts demos, Japanese art, and much more.

Go for a Spin
Where: Cabin John (Bethesda) & Wheaton Regional Park, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $5

All aboard! Montgomery Park’s Cabin John Train and Wheaton Train and Carousel are open for the season. Take kiddos for a spin around the parks on replicas of an 1863 steam locomotive. Or go for whirl on the Carousel (Wheaton only). Plan for time on the playgrounds, too — both offer lots of fun for little ones.  Read more about Cabin John here and Wheaton here.

Horse Expo
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park | Centreville, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Frying Pan Farm Park is hosting its first-ever horse expo! There will be demonstrations, speakers, food trucks, and businesses that sell horse-related products and services. Both experienced riders and people new to the world of horses are welcome to join the festivities.

More Fun at Fairfax Parks
Where: Parks throughout 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. Bring kids with disabilities to explore Riverbend Park. Learn about animal adaptations at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Go on nature kayaking tour at Lake Accotinct.  Observe the night sky at Turner Park Observatory. And there are even more interesting adventures! Details and registration for activities this weekend and beyond are available here.

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

Drop in at the Hirshhorn for an art activities especially for kids… What could you create with an empty box and scrap materials? In this week’s Art Cart, get inspired by artist Joseph Cornell and his amazing assemblages (artworks inside a box). Look closely at his work, explore materials and assemble your own artwork in a box! Find the cart with supplies on the lower level.

Blossom Fest
Where: Springfield Town Center | Springfield, VA
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Join Springfield Town Center for their annual Blossom Fest. The family-friendly festival will feature dozens of fun exhibitors outdoors, live music, face patinging and balloon art, bouncy fun, character appearances, a LEGO activity, fitness demos, and dance and theatre performances.

Model Train Open House
Where: Historic Vienna Depot | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Visit the historical Vienna Stain station to watch model train and trolley activities that realistically depict an actual railroad that existed in North Carolina in the 1950′s, the Western North Carolina (WNC). Locomotive, rail car, and towns industry in this layout is modeled after those places and things as they looked in that era. Thomas the Tank Engine (and a few of his friends) are chugging around among the bigger steam and diesel locomotives. The Vienna Depot is located at 231 Dominion Road NE in Vienna, Virginia just down the street from the red caboose.

Peter Pan
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Through April 21
Admission: $44-139 (look for a deal)
This high-flying musical has been thrilling audiences of all ages for close to 70 years and is now being brought back to life in a new adaptation. The adventure begins when Peter Pan and his mischievous sidekick, Tinker Bell, visit the bedroom of the Darling children late one night. With a sprinkle of fairy dust and a few happy thoughts, the children are taken on a magical journey they will never forget.

Love and Information
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $12

Someone shares a forbidden secret, someone confronts their best friend, someone admires a snail. In this kaleidoscopic play, over fifty unrelated scenes flash by faster than a doomscroll as over a hundred characters strive to connect with each other, learn from one another, and look for love. Love and Information, written to be transformed into it’s own unique vision by every company that performs it, makes this production a once in a lifetime theatrical experience. Recommended for ages 11+.

The Monsters of Seahorse Island
Where: Highland Elementary School | Wheaton, MD
When: Saturday, 11am & Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free

It’s a the world premier of a brand new play by Interact Story Theatre… The people of Seahorse Island and the people of the Kingdom under the ocean have been at odds for longer than anyone can remember, but why? And what happens when worlds collide? This thoughtful and funny play includes lots of audience participation and is best for ages 5 & up.

Macbeth
Where: Harman Hall | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Through May 5
Admission: Start at $115, but mostly sold out, look for resale tix

Shakespeare Theatre Company present this classic starring Ralph Fiennes… Blood will have blood. Unbridled ambition, supernatural forces, and murderous desires reign supreme in Shakespeare’s most poetic examination of evil. When three witches tell Macbeth that he will become King of Scotland, he plots with his wife to attain the title through an assassination; a bloody act that gives him his crown and sends him careening down the path of his own undoing. A thrilling account of how our minds deceive us and how a guilty conscience can undo us all. Recommended for teens and older.

Message In A Bottle
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through April 21
Admission: $45-105 (look for discount)

Message In A Bottle is a spectacular new dance-theatre show inspired by and set to the iconic hits of Sting.The peaceful village of Bebko is alive with joyous celebrations. Suddenly, under attack, everything changes forever. Three siblings, Leto, Mati, and Tana, must embark on perilous journeys in order to survive. Recommended for ages 12+.

Weekend Workshops
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the National Portrait Gallery to do some art making! All ages are welcome to get creative at Weekend Workshops. Learn about artists and changemakers, then create art inspired by their stories. Of course, explore the whole museum while you’re there. See more about the National Portrait Gallery here.

Caps vs Lightning
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 5:30pm
Admission: Look for tickets here

Hockey, anyone? The Capitals are playing at home on Sunday evening as they host the Tampa Bay Lightning. Make a longer outing of it and visit the Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum before the game or grab a bite to eat in the Penn Quarter neighborhood after  — this post about kid-friendly eats in DC has suggestions for places to go.

United vs Orlando SC
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
Wheb: Saturday,
Admission: Tickets start at $27 (look for discount)

DC United is playing at home on Saturday evening, hosting Orlando SC. 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.

Happy Emancipation Day, DC!
Where: Freedom Plaza & Pennsylvania Ave. | Downtown DC
When: Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free

There will be a second parade in DC on Saturday to celebrate DC Emancipation Day! The procession will be led by Mayor Bowser, and it will be followed by a concert featuring local and national artists, and a fireworks display to end the night! Emancipation Day honors President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act in 1862, which freed over 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia. The parade begins at 2pm,  a concert of the plaza at 3pm, and there will be fireworks later at 8:30pm.

Bloom Town
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Varies by locale
Admission: Varies by locale

The cherry blossom peak at the Tidal Basin has passed, but there are more blossoms and other big blooms to enjoy around the DC area, a couple of them literally coming now. Burnside Farm’s Festival of Spring featuring tulip fields is in its final weekend, bluebells are blanketing the grounds around the area, and wisteria is starting to brighten up local scenery.  And the best places to see them are great for more than just the flowers. This post has details on where to go for those and other big blooms coming up.

Spring Breakin’
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Spring Break for DC students begins this weekend, so you might be looking for extra activities to keep the kids (and yourself) entertained while they are off from school. This annual KFDC guide has plenty of ideas to help with that. Of course, you can also use it for finding more weekend fun, Spring Beak or not.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Plan ahead for museum fun (and see what’s on this weekend) with this round-up of regularly occurring programs at local museums.
* See even more things to plan for this spring!
* And get recommendations to gear up for warm weather adventures with kids.
* There is a contest going on right now to give a military family a Dream Party — details here.
* Where to find Passover meals around DC, just a little over a week away.
* Sasha’s latest social media recipe find is a yummy one.
I just bought the best swimsuit! It’s stylish and flattering — a lot like this trendy one, but less cheeky and a fraction of the price.
* Anthro has another good sale on sale going on. Love this woven tote and these silky barrel pants.
* And this Amazon workout wear brand has awesome deals right now.
* The world’s 15 best family-friendly hotels and resorts, according to AFAR.
* Saturday Night.

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The Weekend Round-Up: April 5-7

 

Happy Weekend!

Quick links to tons of DC area fun:
* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Baltimore with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places

Nats First Weekend
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Ticket Prices Vary

The Nats are playing their first weekend at home against the Phillies, always an exciting match-up. Catch a game on Friday at 6:45pm, Saturday at 4:05pm, or Sunday at 1:35pm. Be sure to note the ballpark rules for bringing bags (Prohibited Items section)  and that Kids Run the Bases after Sunday games doesn’t start until April 21. But the playground will be open, and there is always fun happening along with the on-field action. And go ahead and sign up for the Jr. Nationals Kids Club (and pick up the kits later in April) – it’s so worth it! Read about that here.

Fairies in the Garden
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Lusby, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $5 suggested donation

Guaranteed to delight, the annual exhibit of fairy and gnome houses at Annmarie Sculpture Garden begins on Friday!  This year, more than 180 homes for spritely creatures will be displayed throughout the grounds. Viewing them along with more art as you walk along a trail through the woods is a fantastic adventure for all ages. Plan for play time in the adorable Fairy Lolly, and stop in the Arts Center for more creative works. Read more about and get a glimpse of it all here and here. (FYI – Annmarie is wonderful anytime, fairy houses or not!)

Artomatic
Where: 2100 M Street NW | Downtown DC
When: Friday-Saturday. 12pm – 12am | Sunday, 12-9pm
Admission: Free

The big community art event is running all month!  Throughout 300,000 square feet of an empty office building, you can view art by over 1,o00 artists.  There are also special workshops, interactive experiences, and live performances with some that kids can enjoy, too.  View the schedule here.  Hours are Wednesday – Thursday, 5-9:30pm; .  Admission is free!

Wizards vs. Heat
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Sunday, 7pm
Admission: Tickets start at $23 (look for deal)
If March Madness has you wanting to see live basketball, the Wizards are playing at home on Friday evening against the Portland Trailblazers. Make a longer outing of it in Penn Quarter — go early and pop in to the National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum (open until 7pm) or plan on a pre-game meal — find recommendations for family-friendly restaurants here.  And stick around postgame for the finale of the Friday Night Concert Series, featuring Grammy winner 2Chainz.

Bluebells at the Bend
Where: Riverbend Park | Great Falls, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: $12

Celebrate the Virginia Bluebells as they blanket the banks of the Potomac River at Riverbend Park. This annual festival is back after a Covid hiatus and will have  wildflower walks, live animals, exhibitors, live music, crafts, and food trucks. Register in advance online to ensure your spot! Read more about Riverbend in this KFDC post.

Star Wars: The Force Awaken in Concert
Where: Strathmore | Bethesda, MD
When: Friday, 7:30pm
Tickets: $23-100

Experience the film on the big screen as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs the score live on stage. Thirty years after the defeat of the Empire, Luke Skywalker has vanished and a new threat has risen: The First Order, led by the mysterious Supreme Leader Snoke and his dark side enforcer, Kylo Ren. General Leia Organa’s military force, the Resistance—and unlikely heroes brought together by fate—are the galaxy’s only hope at thwarting a new reign of evil.

Get Ready for the Solar Eclipse
Where: National Air & Space Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

The Air & Space Museum is hosting a special Family Day to get ready for the solar eclipse next week. There will be hands-on activities for children that describe what happens during an eclipse, and more. The musuem will also offer tips on how to view the eclipse in a safe and fun way, activities .

Pink in the Pool
Where: Long Bridge Aquatics & Fitness | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday, 9am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate cherry blossom season with swimming and more fun! Enjoy free access to the Long Bridge Aquatics Center, plus activities like an origami class, tea tasting, story time, free snacks, and more! Register in advance.

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

The NGA’s monthly series has a cherry blossom theme this time. In this installment, join the museum for kid’s films, create a floral collage, and make a custom-designed cherry blossom screenprint with local printmakers Soul and Ink. Then, enjoy pop-up musical performances and venture over to the Sculpture Garden for a tour of outdoor art installations.

Art & Me Preservation Family Workshop: Cherry Blossoms
Where: National Museum of Asian Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 11am & 1:30pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate spring and DC’s beloved cherry blossoms with a festive family workshop cohosted by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. This hands-on preservation workshop is designed for children ages 3-8 and their caretakers. Be sure to register here in advance!

Bloom Town
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Varies by locale
Admission: Varies by locale

There are still some cherry blossoms around, and even more big flower displays  are coming up around the DC area. Tulips are showing off their brilliant hues and bluebells are blanketing the grounds around the area.  And the best places to see them are fab for more than just the flowers. This post has details on where to go for those and other big blooms coming up.

NSO Music for Young Audiences: String Thing
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 11am & 1:30pm & Sunday, 1:30pm & 4pm
Tickets: $20

This daring double act of classical fun is BACK. National Symphony Orchestra musicians—bassist Paul DeNola and violinist Heather LeDoux Green—introduce young audiences to some of the greatest music ever written. You’ll never hear a word out of them during the concert, but with instruments in hand and a trunk full of gags, this “silent” comedic tag-team presents a hilarious program of music and mayhem. Recommended for ages 3+.

Off the Page
Where: Theater on the Run | Arlington, VA
Where: The Lyceum | Alexandria, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Tickets: $10

Arts on the Horizon presentsthis show for little theatre goers… The magic of books can transport us to new worlds! When an imaginative young child dives into a book, the stories come to life around them. Through dance, music, puppetry, and vibrant imagery, this world premiere production will use an immersive design to unfold around the audience. Watch a new world come to life right before your eyes! Catch at two theatres, plus other locations as it tours the area.

Mutts Gone Nuts
Where: Hylton Center for Performing Arts | VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am & 2pm
Tickets: $15

Canines and comedy collide in Mutts Gone Nuts in a show that includes some of the most talented dogs in the world doing barrel tricks, dancing, magic, and jump rope routines! The talented lineup even includes a Guinness World Record holder for the highest jump by a dog, a world champion frisbee dog, comedian Jonathan Burns, and more! Recommended for all ages.

Art Blooms at Mosaic
Where: Mosaic District | McLean, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

Welcome spring at the Mosaic District with a celebratory weekend featuring fun for all ages. Shop at the market, catch live entertainment and art exhibits, do some kids activities, sip on a cocktail while you stroll, and more!

Petalpalooza
Where: The Yards | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Saturday, 1-9pm
Admission: Free

Join the Capitol Riverfront community for Petalpalooza! This day-long signature event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival will be a blast, with live music, art installations, a beer garden, and lots of family-friendly activities. Go for awhile or just stop by for a bit. The evening will cap off with a fireworks show over the Anacostia River.

Holi Festival
Where: Hardy Rec Center | Foxhall, DC
When: Saturday, 3-5pm
Admission: Free

CommuniKids along with Kishan Putta and Divya Swamy invites the community to exprience Holi. This South Asian Festival Of Colors celebrates good over evil and welcomes spring. It’s OK to get a little messy while celebrating this holiday where colorful powder will be thrown. Wearing white and sunglasses or swim goggles is suggested for the most fun.
(Note that the colored powder is nontoxic and washable!). All ages welcome. RSVP Required.

A Healthy Opening Day
Where: Sweetgreen | Union Market District, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 10pm
Admission: The cost of your meal

Sweetgreen opens its 12th DC location on Saturday in the Union Market District (1300 4th St NE). To celebrate opening day, there will be fun giveaways, including a cookie and coffee bar by Maman, spring tulip bar by She Loves Me DC, and custom Sweetgreen swag, while supplies last from 10:30am-1:30pm. And for every meal sold on Saturday, Sweetgreen will donate a meal to Food Rescue US – DC to nourish Washingtonians experiencing food insecurity.

Rumpus Room Family Dance Party
Where: Hi-Lawn | Union Market, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: $10

The Rumpus Room, DC’s only daytime dance party for families, returns to Hi-Lawn on the rooftop of Union Market for its first event of 2024. Relive your night-life glory days with your little ones in tow as you dance to a family-friendly mix of dance floor classics, current hits, and guilty pleasures, all at a child-friendly volume. Hi-Lawn will be open for food and beverages at 11am, so you cab get a bite, too. Rumpus Room is designed for children 10 and under, but older siblings are welcome. All walking humans require a ticket. Infants/crawlers are free,

Storytime Yoga
Where: Takoma Park Maryland Library
When: Sunday, 10:30am
Admission: Free

Join Children’s Yoga Instructor, Mariela Gómez, and enjoy meditation, movement, and songs in active, family-friendly yoga for children under 5 with their grown-up.

Caps vs Senators
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 6pm
Admission: Look for tickets here

Hockey, anyone? The Capitals are playing at home on Sunday evening as they host the Senators. Grab a bite to eat in the Penn Quarter neighborhood before or after the game.  This post about kid-friendly eats in DC has suggestions for places to go.

Spring Breakin’
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Spring Break has begun in the DC area, so if you’re looking for extra activities to keep the kids (and yourself) entertained over while the kids are off from school, this annual KFDC guide has plenty of ideas. (Of course, you can also use it for finding more weekend fun, Spring Beak or not.)

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* The rain should finally be done this weekend, so highlighting the best outdoor places in the DC area, local walks in the woods, recs for good bike rides, and great hike and aprés hike combos.
* If your kids’ Spring Break is still coming up, and you’ll be in town, it could be a good time to volunteer with your kids.
* Bookmarking Eater’s round-up of top dog-friendly patios around DC.
* We finally tried Caruso’s Grocery, and it’s as good as everyone’s been saying.
* Can’t wait to watch the new TV series version of one of my favorite movies!
* Sounds weird, but I keep reading about this skin care product and am intrigued (but getting the trial size, just in case).
* A perfect spring jacket — and on sale. (Or maybe this one is more practical given the weather lately?)
* 10 Happy Things for April 🌷

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The Weekend Round-Up:
March 29-31

 

Happy Weekend!

Quick links to posts with ideas galore for family fun:
* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path DC Museums
* MD & VA Museums
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Active Pursuits Inside
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Kid-Friendly Eats
* Baltimore with Kids
* Peaceful Places

Spring Breakin’
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

As Spring Break has started for students around the area, you might be looking for extra activities to keep the kids (and yourself) entertained while they are off from school. This annual KFDC guide has plenty of ideas to help with that. Of course, you can also use it for finding more weekend fun, Spring Beak or not.

Easter Fun
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Egg hunts, bunny visits, and more seasonal activities are happening all around the area. There are also attractions beyond bunnies and candy-filled eggs for your whole gang. This post has a round-up of all the Easter fun going on this weekend to celebrate the holiday, some of which are mentioned below.

Jurassic World Live Tour
Where: Eagle Bank Arena | Fairfax, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Starts at $20

Jurassic World comes to life in this action-packed, live arena show… Your trip to Isla Nublar takes a terrifying turn after the Indominus rex escapes and causes chaos in the park. Join forces with a team of scientists to unravel a corrupt plan and save Jeanie, a Troodon dinosaur, from a terrible fate. Along the way, experience some of Jurassic Worlds most iconic dinosaurs including Blue the Raptor, the mighty T. rex and more. A special preshow experience lets you get up close and personal with some of your favorite Jurassic World dinosaurs and vehicles, and it is included with your ticket!

Blossom Kite Festival
Where: Washington Monument Grounds | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free

The sight of thousands of kites in all colors, shapes, and sizes soaring around the Washington Monument truly is a sight to behold. The sails you see flying at the Kite Festival each spring range from simple to pretty darn creative. Dragons, sharks, butterflies, giant soccer balls, even some that look like big, beautiful origami works way outnumber your basic diamond. And anyone can go fly their kites — you can BYO, purchase on there, and pick up a kit to make your own. Beware that it will likely be crowded.  Metro highly recommended over driving!

 

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Where: St. James | Springfield, VA
When: March 30, 9am – 1pm
Admission: $25-30

Enjoy a morning of breakfast, crafts, and pictures with the Easter Bunny! Tickets include a photo op with the Easter Bunny (BYO camera), a delicious breakfast buffet, a mimosa for adults, and an Easter candy goody bag. Sign up for a time slot! Guests and children over 4 are required to purchase tickets.

Art Cart: How Do You Tell Stories?
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday,
Admission: Free

The Hirshhorn’s Saturday program welcomes all ages to get creative. How do you tell stories? Artists often use their materials to help tell stories. Join the museum to explore the lines and layers of Mark Bradford’s Pickett’s Charge, and to tell your own stories with art. While you’re there, take time to see the new Revolutions exhibit — pick up a Your Turn guide for kids, with art prompts and a little scavenger hunt to make it fun for them, too!

Bloomaroo
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 2-9pm
Admission: Free

The Wharf’s annual Bloomaroo features a full day of cherry-blossom themed art, music, fireworks, and family-friendly fun along the waterfront! Decorate koi kites, create haikus, do some karaoke, enjoy ballon art, sample matcha tea, and more.  There will also be beer gardens on District pier, s’mores at the firepit, and live music. It’ll all be capped off with a blossom fireworks finale.

Opera Starts with Oh! – Thalie, the Muse of Comedy
Where: Tregaron Conservancy | Woodley Park, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 12pm
Admission: Pay What You Can – $15
Opera Lafayette’s Opera Starts with Oh! is an engaging musical experience perfect for kids ages 4-10 and their families. Join Lead Teaching Artist and professional dancer, Sarah Laughland, to learn about an experience a fantastical opera celebrating the muse of comedy, Thalie. Together with special guest artists, we will dance, sing, and craft with the gods as they battle for the designation as the “most popular muse”! We will gather at the Shipman Terrace by the Lily Pond. Registration is required.

Family Funday: Easter Egg Hunt
Where: metrobar | Shaw, DC
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: $5/family

Enjoy Easter fun for the whole family at metrobar at their annual outdoor table-side Easter Egg Hunt — BYOB (bring your own Easter basket)! All children will receive a candy egg upon arrival. The Easter Egg Hunt begins at 2:30pm and will last for approximately 15 minutes, or until all eggs have been collected. Also, celebrate local Black children’s book authors with story time, raffles, and other activities. Register in advance!

Egg Dyeing Egg-stravaganza
Where: Brentwood Arts Exchange | Hyattsville, MD
When: Saturday, 2-4pm
Admission: Free

Join the annual Egg Dyeing Egg-stravaganza and celebrate the season by creating bright, beautiful, and colorful eggs. Participants will receive two eggs to paint and design at this FREE family-friendly workshop.

Celebrate Women’s History
Where: Around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity
Women’s History Month is winding down, but there still lots of great ways to celebrate it around DC, with something for all ages. See some exhibits, tour local landmarks, enjoy live entertainment… all of it showcasing women and their accomplishments. This post has details on where you can do that this weekend — and anytime!

Caps vs Bruins
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 7pm
Admission: Look for tickets here

Hockey, anyone? The Capitals are playing at home on Saturday evening as they host the Bruins. Grab a bite to eat in the Penn Quarter neighborhood before the game.  This post about kid-friendly eats in DC has suggestions for places to go.

United vs CF Montréal
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $27 (look for discount)

DC United is playing at home on Saturday evening, hosting Real Salt Lake. 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 — El Bebe, All Purpose Pizza, The Salt Line, and Dacha are conveniently located and my top recs for family-friendly spots to eat there.

Junie B. Jones, The Musical
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday , 11am & 2pm
Admission: $25

Final chance to see this show!  It is Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend, Lucille, does not want to be her best pal anymore and, on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting. Featuring a tremendously loveable character and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones will capture your audience members’ hearts just as the books captivated an entire generation of students.

Inside Out and Backwards
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Through Sunday
Tickets: $19.50

Closing after this weekend!  It’s bedtime, and two children use their imaginations to turn their room inside out, into a wonderland of mess! While playing dress-up, a glove becomes a dancing fish, a shirt becomes a fantastical creature, and a sock dance rocks the closet! Recommended for ages 1-4.

Cinderella: A Salsa Fairytale
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 1pm & 4pm
Admission: $12+
A bilingual Cinderella with a twist that kids will love! What will happen to Cinderella at the ball … game? That’s the surprising question in this contemporary Latin-American Cinderella musical that weaves subtle lessons on empathy, sportsmanship, and respect into an exciting, high-stakes story. An Imagination Stage original that broke new ground in bilingual children’s theatre. Recommended for ages 5+.

Little Shop of Horrors
Where: Ford’s Theatre | Pen Quarter, DC
When: Through May 18
Admission: $41-77 (find discount)
Head down to Skid Row for a non-stop blast, sci-fi horror comedy, love story and rock musical that has become one of the most treasured pieces of American musical theatre. Recommended for ages 13+.

Take a Swing
Where: Parks in Northern Virginia
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission:Varies
Batter up! And tee up! Batting cages and mini golf courses are opening at several NoVa Parks. At Cameron RunUpton Hill, and Occoquan Regional Parks, choose slow pitch softball or take a crack at baseballs featuring a variety of tough speeds.  And you can putt around at Cameron RunUpton HillPohick Bay, and Algonkian Regional Parks.

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

There’s rain in the forecast, so 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.

Wizards vs. Heat
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Sunday, 6pm
Admission: Tickets start at $23 (look for deal)
The Wizards are playing at home on Sunday evening — watch them work some on-court magic against the Miami Heat. Make a longer outing of it in Penn Quarter — go early and pop in to the National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum or plan on a pre or post game meal.  Find recommendations for family-friendly restaurants here.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* There’s a brand new KFDC round-up of live entertainment this spring — with links to available discounts, too.
* The National Zoo’s annual Easter Monday event is on April 1, and passes are still available.
* MLB Opening Day is Monday, and the Nats are playing the Pirates at home. You can still get tickets for the 4pm game!
* Did you hear?  The Wizards and Caps will not move to Virginia. Yay, DC!
* Excited about this new cookbook with recipes from a favorite District restaurant.
* Urban Outfitters has such great bedding for a teen room.
* J. Crew has an awesome sale going on right now. Picks: this skirt, this girls graphic T, this boys rugby sweatshirt, these sandals.
* Score some great deals at Anthro — extra 50% off sale.
* The comments on this post about rewatchable movies are great — so many good ones!
* What a cute IG account.

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Live Entertainment on DC Area Stages this Spring

Lots of great entertainment at the Kennedy Center, including FREE Millennium Stage events

 

Ready for a new season of entertainment?  Here is what’s currently on and coming to local stages this spring, plus links to any discount tickets.  Happy Show-Going!

Inside Out and Backwards
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Through March 31
Tickets: $19.50

It’s bedtime, and two children use their imaginations to turn their room inside out, into a wonderland of mess! While playing dress-up, a glove becomes a dancing fish, a shirt becomes a fantastical creature, and a sock dance rocks the closet! Recommended for ages 1-4.

Junie B. Jones, The Musical
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Through March 30
Tickets: $25

It is Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend, Lucille, does not want to be her best pal anymore and, on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting. Featuring a tremendously loveable character and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones will capture your audience members’ hearts just as the books captivated an entire generation of students.

Cinderella: A Salsa Fairytale
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Through April 5
Tickets: $12+
A bilingual Cinderella with a twist that kids will love! What will happen to Cinderella at the ball … game? That’s the surprising question in this contemporary Latin-American Cinderella musical that weaves subtle lessons on empathy, sportsmanship, and respect into an exciting, high-stakes story. An Imagination Stage original that broke new ground in bilingual children’s theatre. Recommended for ages 5+.

Little Shop of Horrors
Where: Ford’s Theatre | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Through May 18
Tickets: $41-77 (find discount)
Come down to Skid Row for a non-stop blast, sci-fi horror comedy, love story and rock musical that has become one of the most treasured pieces of American musical theatre. Recommended for ages 13+.

Millennium Stage
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Wednesdays – Sundays, 6pm
Tickets: Free

The Kennedy Center presents these free performances Wednesday – Sunday at 6pm, and the public is welcome to enjoy them. The acts span the genres — you can see everything from contemporary dance to folk music to film screenings to comedy shows to opera scenes. This is a great series to keep in mind for whenever you’re looking for some free, easy entertainment. Just be sure to reserve tickets in advance!

Unknown Soldier
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: March 29 – May 5
Tickets: $56-95 (look for discount)

Cleaning out her grandmother’s home, Ellen Rabinowitz discovers a mysterious photograph of a soldier, tucked away in a box of keepsakes. And so begins this sweeping, heartfelt musical about one woman’s journey to unearth the secrets buried in her family’s past. Spanning three generations, Unknown Soldier unravels a delicate tangle of family lore, as Ellen chases the extraordinary story that unlocks her history—and charts her future.

Romeo & Juliet (Synetic Teen Production
Where: Synetic Theater | Crystal City, VA
When: April 3-6
Tickets: $30-50

Since its initial production in 2008, Synetic Theater’s wordless retelling of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ has entranced audiences throughout the DC Metro region with its sinewy grace and heartbreaking expressiveness. The production has also served as wonderful trading ground for the teen company to learn Synetic’s unique art form through performing one of its seminal pieces. This has the added benefit of lending a true authenticity to the play, as Shakespeare’s original characters are themselves adolescents. So even without words, with Synetic’s Romeo and Juliet, you’re seeing Shakespeare’s play in a way it was truly meant to be seen.

Off the Page
Where: Theater on the Run | Arlington, VA
Where: The Lyceum | Alexandria, VA
When: April 5 – May 11
Tickets: $10

Arts on the Horizon presentsthis show for little theatre goers… The magic of books can transport us to new worlds! When an imaginative young child dives into a book, the stories come to life around them. Through dance, music, puppetry, and vibrant imagery, this world premiere production will use an immersive design to unfold around the audience. Watch a new world come to life right before your eyes! Catch at two theatres, plus other locations as it tours the area.

Star Wars: The Force Awaken in Concert
Where: Strathmore | Bethesda, MD
When: April 5
Tickets: $23-100

Experience the film on the big screen as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs the score live on stage. Thirty years after the defeat of the Empire, Luke Skywalker has vanished and a new threat has risen: The First Order, led by the mysterious Supreme Leader Snoke and his dark side enforcer, Kylo Ren. General Leia Organa’s military force, the Resistance—and unlikely heroes brought together by fate—are the galaxy’s only hope at thwarting a new reign of evil. The film features a new score composed by five-time Academy Award-winning composer John Williams.

NSO Music for Young Audiences: String Thing
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: April 6-7
Tickets: $20

This daring double act of classical fun is BACK. National Symphony Orchestra musicians—bassist Paul DeNola and violinist Heather LeDoux Green—introduce young audiences to some of the greatest music ever written. You’ll never hear a word out of them during the concert, but with instruments in hand and a trunk full of gags, this “silent” comedic tag-team presents a hilarious program of music and mayhem. Recommended for ages 3+.

Mutts Gone Nuts
Where: Hylton Center for Performing Arts | VA
When: April 6 & 7, 11am & 2pm
Tickets: $15

Canines and comedy collide in Mutts Gone Nuts in a show that includes some of the most talented dogs in the world doing barrel tricks, dancing, magic, and jump rope routines! The talented lineup even includes a Guinness World Record holder for the highest jump by a dog, a world champion frisbee dog, comedian Jonathan Burns, and more! Recommended for all ages.

Peter Pan
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: April 9-21
Tickets: $44-139 (look for a deal)
This high-flying musical has been thrilling audiences of all ages for close to 70 years and is now being brought back to life in a new adaptation. The adventure begins when Peter Pan and his mischievous sidekick, Tinker Bell, visit the bedroom of the Darling children late one night. With a sprinkle of fairy dust and a few happy thoughts, the children are taken on a magical journey they will never forget.

Macbeth
Where: Harman Hall | Penn Quarter, DC
When: April 9 – May 5
Tickets: Mostly sold out, look for resale tix

Shakespeare Theatre Company present this classic starring Ralph Fiennes… Blood will have blood. Unbridled ambition, supernatural forces, and murderous desires reign supreme in Shakespeare’s most poetic examination of evil. When three witches tell Macbeth that he will become King of Scotland, he plots with his wife to attain the title through an assassination; a bloody act that gives him his crown and sends him careening down the path of his own undoing. A thrilling account of how our minds deceive us and how a guilty conscience can undo us all. Recommended for teens and older.

Message In A Bottle
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: April 9-21
Tickets: $45-105 (look for discount)

Message In A Bottle is a spectacular new dance-theatre show inspired by and set to the iconic hits of Sting.The peaceful village of Bebko is alive with joyous celebrations. Suddenly, under attack, everything changes forever. Three siblings, Leto, Mati, and Tana, must embark on perilous journeys in order to survive. Recommended for ages 12+.

Mother Earth & Me
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: April 9, 11, 12, 25, 26
Tickets: $3-8

The magic of earth science takes center stage in this fun, interactive Discovery Theater original. Explore the origins of our planet, sing about the water cycle, and understand our vital role to protect the ecosystem. Science and folklore about the “big blue marble” we call home kick off Earth Month, and audiences become Earth Superheroes and take home some great ideas to start right away! Recommended for ages 5-10.

Islander: A New Musical
Where: Olney Theatre | Olney, MD
When: April 11-28
Tickets: $55-91

Islander tells a modern myth featuring two actors who use live mixing and looping technology to create a sonic landscape as dramatic as the Scottish coastline. Eilidh is the only child on Kinnan Island, where most of the dwindling population has moved to the “Big Land.” The government has proposed to resettle the rest, and the town must vote soon on whether or not to accept the offer. But the day after a baby whale beaches itself, Eilidh discovers a young girl named Arran along the shore, who seems straight out of Scottish folklore. As the two form a friendship, Islander takes audiences on a magical journey to transcend loss, recover hope, and find community. Rated G for all families.

Chicks in Heaven
Where: Creative Cauldron | Falls Church, VA
When: April 11-28
Tickets: $20-45

When four friends come together in a rural southwest Virginia town for a reunion, it’s a happy gathering filled with remembrance and ritual. But when some religious crusaders stage a book-burning, and a local boy sets fire to one of the friend’s van, their friendship is tested. Can the same magical activism that forged their early feminist bonds bring them together now to fight patriarchy and racism, at a time when the fight is needed most? A “Bold New Voices” premiere that celebrates the resilient power of the feminine spirit. Recommended for teens and older.

Love and Information
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: April 12-14
Tickets: $12

Someone shares a forbidden secret, someone confronts their best friend, someone admires a snail. In this kaleidoscopic play, over fifty unrelated scenes flash by faster than a doomscroll as over a hundred characters strive to connect with each other, learn from one another, and look for love. Love and Information, written to be transformed into it’s own unique vision by every company that performs it, makes this production a once in a lifetime theatrical experience. Recommended for ages 11+.

Alice in Wonderland
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: April 13 – May 12
Tickets: $15

This brand new adaptation based on the beloved children’s novel by Lewis Carroll will take the audience on a delightful journey into wonderland using rod puppets. This one-of-a-kind performance blends music and humor to create a new version of a familiar story. Recommended for ages 4+.

Swing Makes You Sing!
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: April 13, 11am & 1:30pm
Tickets: $20

On a mission to uplift, connect, and spread the joy of jazz, Swing Makes You Sing! is an award-winning jazz concert for kids ages 2 to 102 by Svetlana & the New York Collective. The critically acclaimed ensemble explores key elements of jazz in an engaging, historically grounded way, featuring virtuoso musical performance, exciting storytelling, and energizing movement. Recommended for ages 7+.

Jacqueline Woodson’s Block Party!
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: April 13, 1-4pm
Tickets: Free

This Kennedy Center Block Party is hosted by Education Artist-in-Residence and award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson! Free performances, fun-filled games, and various activities will take place on the REACH grounds all afternoon, featuring artists with roots in the DC area.

The Okee Dokee Brothers
Where: GMU Center for the Arts | Fairfax, VA
When: April 21, 10:30am & 1pm
Tickets: $15

The Okee Dokee Brothers infuse bluegrass music and playful lyrics with an interest in the great outdoors, hoping to spark a desire in children to explore their surroundings and imaginations. Recommended for ages 3-8.

Tot Rock: Groovy Nate
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: April 23-25
Tickets: $3-8

Get your young ones ready to dance with Groovy Nate and his interactive mix of comedy, music, and puppets. This performance encourages kids and families to move, sing, and play together creatively with many instruments and musical genres. Recommended for ages 3-6.

The Illusionists
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: April 23-28, 1-4pm
Tickets: $45-149 (look for discount)

The world’s biggest-selling magic show has played hundreds of cities, spawned two TV specials, and shattered box office records across the globe, dazzling audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever seen on stage. This nonstop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions featuring the jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth. Recommended for ages 7+.

Sing Down the Moon: Appalachian Wonder Tales
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: April 26 – May 26
Tickets: $25
Journey into the Appalachian Mountains in this award-winning musical that deftly weaves four traditional tales and original music into a keepsake quilt of mountain lore and wisdom for the whole family. Jack who lands himself a job despite his foolishness. “Catskins” is a spunky Appalachian Cinderella. “The Enchanted Tree” is a beauty-and-the-beast love story between a lost girl and a frightening crow. And in a zany, sung-through “Sow and Her Three Pigs” plucky Nancy the pig outsmarts the hungry fox. This play with music incorporates singing, mountain dances, music, and puppets to create a highly theatrical storytelling style. The score, which interweaves music throughout the tales, is inspired by “Old Time” Appalachian music featuring fiddle and banjo that drives the play’s action and makes music itself a character in the play.

Saturday Morning Live!: Off the Page
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: April 27, 9:30am & 11am
Tickets: FREE!

The National Theatre’s free program presents shows for children on select Saturday mornings, from interactive performances, puppets, dance, and music – all designed to light up imaginations and celebrate a world of wonder. This month celebrates the magic of books… they can transport us to new worlds; illustrations and entire adventures can lift right off the page. When an imaginative young child dives into a book, the stories come to life around them. Through dance, music, puppetry, and vibrant imagery, this world premiere production will literally unfold before your eyes!

Family Funday with The Great ZucchiniWhere: Hook Hall | Petworth, DC
When: April 28, 10:30am
Tickets: $5

Select Sundays at Hook Hall are all about FAMILY FUN! Bring the kiddos for entertainment in late April as The Great Zucchini, the DMV’s funniest and most magical entertainer, performs a magic show where every child is a star! Coffee and hot drinks available for purchase for the parents.

Divinity Roxx
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: May 3-5
Tickets: $20

Celebrate self-love and positivity in Divinity Roxx’s fun and empowering live show. The upbeat and sunny music is filled with powerful messages that encourage young people to become the best versions of themselves. A Grammy®-nominated musician, recording artist, and composer who has toured with Beyoncé, Divinity is praised for her ability to inspire others with her infectious grooves and memorable lyrics. Recommended for ages 5+.

Taiko Drumming
Where: Natural History Museum | National Mall, DC
When: May 9
Tickets: $3-8

BOOM! Taiko drum artist Mark Rooney mixes the traditional power of this huge instrument with a modern vibe. His interactive performance rocks the house with massive sound and energy as participants learn some fascinating musical history and Japanese vocabulary—and have a chance to try their hand at playing these big drums! Recommended for ages 5+.

Jesus Christ Superstar
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: May 17-19
Tickets: $44-139 (find discount)

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, a new mesmerizing production of the iconic musical phenomenon returns to the stage. Jesus Christ Superstar is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Appealing to both theater audiences and concert music fans, this production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year while creating a modern, theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring. Recommended for ages 10+.

Cirque du Soleil – Corteo
Where: Eagle Bank Arena | Fairfax, VA
When: May 17-25
Tickets: $49-169 (look for discount)

The clown Mauro envisions that his own burial will take place amid a carnival atmosphere and be attended by tender angels. The show contrasts the grand with the intimate, the silly with the tragic, and the beauty of perfection with the appeal of imperfection. It also emphasizes the strength and vulnerability of the clown as well as his knowledge and generosity to represent the aspect of humanity that exists in each of us. Corteo is guided through a timeless ceremony in which fantasy teases reality with music, which is both poetic and mischievous.

The Matchbox Magic Flute
Where: Klein THeatre | Penn Quarter, DC
When: May 21 – June 16
Tickets: $35-119

A brand new theatrical adaptation of Mozart’s beloved opera. Playful and imaginative, it’s big music in a small space. This “matchbox” presentation of The Matchbox Magic Flute features a cast of 10 and an orchestra of five following the fantastic adventures of Prince Tamino and Princess Pamina. With dragons, a man who is a bird, trials by fire and water, and underground corridors, Day and Night do battle.

Long Way Down
Where: Olney Theatre
When: May 22 – June 23
Tickets: $40-70

Based o the award-winning novel by local author Jason Reynolds… Growing up, Will’s big brother taught him three iron-clad rules of how to behave when gun violence claims someone close: Don’t cry. Don’t snitch. Get revenge. So when his brother is himself gunned down, Will is determined to follow the code and gets in the elevator on the top floor of his apartment building, armed and ready to hit the streets in search of vengeance. What happens on the way down is an emotional hip-hop journey through the cycles of violence that have plagued Will’s family and too many others. Rated PG.

Pinocchio
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: May 25 – June 23
Tickets: $15

Celebrate 50 years of Allan Steven’s Pinocchio! A young puppet goes on a journey to become a real boy. First seen on stage at the Smithsonian Puppet Theater, we are delighted to bring the original rod-puppets back to the stage to tell Carlo Collodi’s tale. Run time approximately 50 minutes. Recommended for ages 4+.

Galapagos George with Barefoot Puppets
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: May 30-31
Tickets: $3-8

The true story of “Lonesome George,” the last tortoise to be found on Pinta Island in the Galapagos archipelago, delightfully unfolds as you watch him grow up among sea turtles, lizards, hungry goats, sea lions, and dancing birds with blue feet. This engaging and uplifting eco-fable shares an important lesson about human impact on the environment. Recommended for ages 4-8.

Rapunzel
Where: TJ Community Center | Arlington, VA
When: May 31 – June 9
Tickets: $15/adult, $12/child (look for discount)

Encore Stage and Studio presents its signature theatre by kids for kids… When Rene Schwartzbuckle spots rapunzel, a turnip-like vegetable, in Witch Izwitch’s garden, she sends her husband Walt out to ‘borrow’ some. Using her diabolical henchmen, the Glumpwarts, Witch Izwitch terrorizes Walt into promising her his first-born child in exchange for his freedom. Jumping ahead to Rapunzel Schwartzbuckle’s 18th birthday, the witch and her henchmen show up and whisk poor innocent Rapunzel away to a tower deep in the forest. Can prince Llwellyn persevere over the power of evil? Join to find out in Encore’s production of Rapunzel!

International School of Music Honors Concert
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: June 14
Tickets: $58

Immerse yourself in an evening of jubilation, embracing the themes of community, unity, and the profound influence of music on their lives, as the International School of Music celebrates two decades of excellence. Experience the brilliance and remarkable talent of ISM’s students as they present an eclectic program, spanning from classical masterpieces to contemporary gems. Through solo and ensemble performances, these musicians will share their passion and skill, creating a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation.

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The Weekend Round-Up:
March 22-24

See cherry blossoms at the National Arboretum

 

Happy Weekend!

Go-to posts full of ideas for ongoing fun in DC:
* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path DC Museums
* MD & VA Museums
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Active Pursuits Inside
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Kid-Friendly Eats
* Baltimore with Kids
* Peaceful Places

‘Tis the Cherry Blossom Season
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies

The cherry blossoms hit their peak earlier this week at the Tidal Basin, so they are no longer at their most brilliant there, but you can still see them at other spots — these cherry blossom viewing tips include suggestions for where to go.  (From what we saw at the National Arboretum last weekend, many of the cherry trees there should be blooming this weekend.)  Even more, events and activities to celebrate the iconic bloom are getting into full swing. Some are listed below, and you can find even more happening this weekend in this post as well as plan for the rest of the season.

NSO in Your Neighborhood
Where: Riverfront Areas | Capitol Riverfront & Southwest DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

The National Symphony Orchestra’s annual program presents free performances in the city’s Riverfront areas: Southwest Waterfront, Navy Yard, Capitol Riverfront, Buzzard Point, and Bellevue.This weekend there will be concerts at Boombox boxing Club, Culture House DC, The Anthem, Rubell Museum, Covenant Baptist UCC Church, and Bald Eagle Recreation Center. See the website for details on the show. All are open to the public with first-come, first-served seating.

United by Hockey Mobile Museum
Where: Piney Orchard Ice Arena | Odenton, MD
When: Friday, 3-9pm & Saturday, 12-7pm
Admission: Free

This free fan experience celebrates hockey’s trailblazers, changemakers, and business leaders spanning various demographics. The 840-square-foot museum includes exclusive artifacts from players, video components, highlights about Caps players, a virtual reality experience, and a look at the next generation of young stars and other hockey personalities.

Family Day: Japanese Fashion
Where: GWU & Textile Museum | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate cherry-blossom season at the museum with a family day featuring Japanese kimono, “happi” coats and crafts for all ages. Performances of traditional Okinawan dance will showcase the colorful costume of the islands, and guests can enjoy the beautiful melodies of Japan’s national instrument, the “koto.” Design your own kimono bookmark, make a cherry blossom pendant or join us for a family-friendly tour of the galleries, including Japanese textiles on display in Irresistible: The Global Patterns of Ikat.

Revolutions: Art from the Hirshhorn Collection, 1860-1960
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

The Hirshhorn is celebrating its 50th anniversary with this exhibition that showcases works for the museum’s permanent collection over a hundred year period. It’s wonderfully curated with paintings, sculptures and more pieces from both classic and contemporary artists. Even more, Art Cart will be back on Saturday from 10am -1pm, giving kids (and adults) the opportunity to create their own art inspired by the Alexander Calder works in the exhibit.

Make a mobile with Hirshhorn’s Art Cart!

Environmental Film Fest
Where: Several locations around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by film
Films from across the globe are being screened around the DC-Metro area for the the annual DC Environmental Film Festival. The line-up this weekend includes special family programming this weekend: Puffin Rock and the New Friend will be screening at Woodridge and Anacostia Neighborhood Libaries on Saturday. There are even more films to consider for older kids or a kid-free outing. Go to the website for more details and to view trailers.

Japanese Culture Day
Where: Library of Congress | Capitol Hill, DC
When: March 23, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

The Library of Congress is hosting a day of fun to celebrate cherry blossom season.  Family activities include Japanese drum and traditional dance performances, a book author talk, storytelling, and arts and crafts from Japan.  Get tickets here! And read more about the Library of Congress in this KFDC post.

Free Family FunFest
Where: Prince George’s Stadium | MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

This free annual festival from the Bowie Baysox is loaded with fun for the whole family. Enjoy carnival-style rides and games, lots of activities from Baysox sponsors and partners, opportunities to hang out with mascots Louie and Rocko, raffles, and more.

Cherry Blossom Family Celebration
Where: American Art Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the season of cherry blossoms with SAAM! Begin the day on the F Street Plaza with a taiko drumming performance by drumming group Nen Daiko. Then head to the Kogod Courtyard for a day of performances and Japanese pop, boogie, and more with Les The DJ. Kids 12 and younger can enjoy cherry-blossom themed crafts and face painting. A spring-themed scavenger hunt through SAAM’s galleries extends the cherry blossom fun.

Egg-cellent Outings
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Egg hunts, bunny visits, and more seasonal activities are happening all around the area. There are also attractions beyond bunnies and candy-filled eggs for your whole gang. This post has a round-up of all the Easter fun going on this weekend over the coming weeks.

Harlem Globetrotters
Where: Capitol One Arena | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 1pm
Admission: $25+

Be a part of the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters global tour as they take the court with moments of extreme basketball innovation and unparalleled fan FUN! See the Globetrotter stars live as they dribble, spin, slam, and dunk their way past their relentless rivals, the Washington Generals!

The Spirit of Women’s Soccer
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $20

The Washington Spirit, our local women’s pro soccer team, plays their first home match on Saturday against Bay FC. Enjoy some amazing soccer play while supporting our home team and women in sports.  Plan on a pre-game bite to eat in the nearby Navy Yard — get recommendations for family-friendly restaurants here.

MatchboxCon: Die-Cast Metal Toy Convention
Where: MoCo Fairgrounds, Bldg #6 | Gaithersburg, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $10-12/adult, $6-8/age 13-17, $4-5/age 4-12


Matchbox and Hot Wheels collectors from all over the east coast will be at the specialized toy show featuring 60 exhibitors and their inventories of Mattel brand, plus Corgi, Dinky, Greenlight, and more die-cast brands. MatchboxCon is an event for the die-cast community, bringing fans together to meet and gather for a weekend sharing both older rare toys and the latest hard-to-find releases at reasonable prices.

Magic Mirror
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am & 1pm
Admission: $15

It’s the final weekend to see Magic Mirror…   Meet Toad, a young person destined for greatness in this mash-up story with lots of familiar fairy tales! Join us on this journey of dragons, monsters, and spirits of the woods. Recommended for ages 5+. Run time approximately 50 minutes.

Junie B. Jones, The Musical
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am & 2pm
Admission: $25

It is Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend, Lucille, does not want to be her best pal anymore and, on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting. Featuring a tremendously loveable character and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones will capture your audience members’ hearts just as the books captivated an entire generation of students.

Cinderella: A Salsa Fairytale
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 1pm & 4pm
Admission: $12+
A bilingual Cinderella with a twist that kids will love! What will happen to Cinderella at the ball … game? That’s the surprising question in this contemporary Latin-American Cinderella musical that weaves subtle lessons on empathy, sportsmanship, and respect into an exciting, high-stakes story. An Imagination Stage original that broke new ground in bilingual children’s theatre. Recommended for ages 5+.

Little Shop of Horrors
Where: Ford’s Theatre | Pen Quarter, DC
When: Through May 18
Admission: $41-77 (find discount)
Head down to Skid Row for a non-stop blast, sci-fi horror comedy, love story and rock musical that has become one of the most treasured pieces of American musical theatre. Recommended for ages 13+.

Sakura Sunday
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Run, MD
When: Sunday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Join National Harbor for their annual Sakura Sunday Festival. The celebration will feature a wide array of free cultural activities including an artisanal Japanese marketplace, cultural performances, culinary delights, and more! Read more about all there is to do at National Harbor here.

Purim Family Day
Where: Capital Jewish Museum | Downtown DC
When: Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Join Washington Revels and the Seth Kibel Trio for an afternoon of Klezmer music, a Purim spiel (Purim comedy), costumes, and crafts. Make a grogger (noise maker) or a golden crown and celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim at this free, family-friendly event! And, while you are there, spend some time exploring the exhibitions. Crafts and activities start at 2pm. Performances start at 3pm.

Hill Family Biking: Books & Blossoms Ride
Where: | Capitol Hill & Southwest, DC
When: Sunday, 3:45-5:30pm
Admission: Free

Hill Family Biking is teaming up with DC Public Library for a ride to the stunning, new SW Library for a tour of the facility  and story time with cherry blossom peeping opportunities all along the route. The ride starts at Eastern Market Metro and weaves down 3.7 miles of some of the most bikeable streets in the District to SW Library. There will be a scheduled exit from SW Library for anyone that wants to ride back to Eastern Market as a group.

Celebrate Women’s History
Where: Around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity
March is Women’s History Month, and there are so many great ways to celebrate it around DC, with something for all ages. See some exhibits, tour local landmarks, enjoy live entertainment… all of it showcasing women and their accomplishments. This post has details on where you can do that this month — and beyond!

Blooms in Baltimore
Where: Fort McHenry | Baltimore, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $15 (some of the grounds are free)
DC isn’t the only city with cherry blossoms in bloom. You can see them in Baltimore, too, and Fort McHenry should be peaking this weekend. The site also makes for an interesting, informative, and enjoyable outing for all ages. Engaging exhibits range from historical objects and structures to multimedia displays and interactives. And the grounds located right on the Chesapeake are lovely to stroll on a nice day.  Make a longer day of it in Baltimore (or even a weekend)  — the KFDC Guide to Exploring Baltimore with Kids has ideas and info for all kinds of things to do.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Amazon’s Big Spring Sale is going on through the weekend, and I put together some KFDC picks of things I thought were worth getting.  And there have been additions since the original post, so have another look if you’ve already seen it.
* Get ready for the Blossom Kite Festival next weekend!
* There are so many awesome spring things to get excited about around DC.
* Burnside Farms’ Festival of Spring, featuring expansive fields of tulips and daffodils in a rainbow of colors, is starting soon, and tickets are now available for purchase.
* Where to watch March Madness around DC.
* It’s a pricey brand, but their current sale makes it a good time to splurge.  (PS: They make the best featherweight jeans!)
* NY Magazine’s article about the craziest college admissions season ever is a very interesting read (especially for those of us who are going through it).
* If you’re into the Kate saga (iykyk), you’ll like this.
* But what to wear? 🙂

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