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A Royally Fun Weekend

Owen takes a whirl on the Dentzel Carousel at Glen Echo Park

My invitation must have been lost in the mail. So, I did the next best thing and woke up at a ridiculously early hour to watch Wills and Kate tie the knot this morning. What can I say, I’m a sucker for the fairytale.  If you, too, are on this side of the pond and looking for some fun with the kids over the next few days, you have plenty of excellent options.  Happy Weekend!

Go Terps!I’m not giving this event first mention in the weekend round-up just because it’s my alma mater.  The top rec is well-deserved, as Maryland Day is a fantastic event for families. On Saturday, the University of Maryland is hosting a huge open house for, well, everybody.  “Explore Our World” is the this year’s theme of the annual fair, and guests will be able to do that and then some.  There will be loads of activities for kids, including learning games; caricature drawings; arts & crafts; a shark teeth dig; puppet shows; animal, insect, and instrument petting zoos; and much more. Experience it all from 10am – 4pm.

Family Day Festival at Glen Echo ParkCelebrate the seasonal opening of the park’s beautiful Dentzel Carousel on Saturday from 11am – 4pm. Along with rides on the merry-go-round ($1.25/ride), there will be loads of activities for all ages. Magic shows, dance performances, arts & crafts, face painting, photo exhibits, and balloon animals are just some of the festivities guests can enjoy. The full schedule of events is available of the Glen Echo website.

Georgetown French MarketThe 8th Annual Georgetown French Market returns on Friday and Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Book Hill’s signature European open air market will feature over 30 Georgetown boutiques, antique shops, restaurants and galleries, art and antique home furnishings.  The event also features strolling musicians and mimes, children’s activities, live music and French cuisine from Georgetown cafes and restaurants. Visit the website to download a schedule of events and list of participating shops.

South Mountain Creamery Spring Festival –  Take a ride out to the country and experience farm fresh hospitality at South Mountain Creamery’s annual festival. Both kids and adults will enjoy an inside look at where their food originates. There will also be lots of farm fun for all ages — take on a hayride, feed a calf, listen to music, and more. Admission and cool breezes are free. BBQ, ice cream, drinks, etc. are available for purchase.  Hours on Saturday are 10am – 5pm, on Sunday 11am – 5pm.

Modern Mobiles Family Workshop – Learn about public art, engineering, and balance while constructing your very own mobile to take home. This program will begin with a special exploration of the Museum’s exhibition Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Admission is $10/members, $15/non-members.

Get Out – This weekend’s forecast is looking perfect for some time outdoors with the kids.  Check out this list of places where you can savor the sunshine.

Forest Friends Festival – Head to Cabin John Regional Park on Saturday for a day of nature exploration and enjoyment. Discover some of the critters that live in the park, climb trees (with ropes & tackle), take bucket rides to the tree tops, do some arts & crafts, chck out a plant sale, and more. The event runs from 12 – 4pm, admission is $5.

The Launch Zone Turns 2!The National Children’s Museum is celebrating the second year of the Launch Zone, and you’re invited to join in the fun. The party will be held at the National Harbor on Saturday from 11am – 4pm. Guests can enjoy a magic show, birthday hat decorating, face painting, rain stick making, party favors, and more. Magic shows will take place at 12pm and 2pm. And several Launch Zone neighbors will be offering free treats and special discount in celebration. See the website for more info.

Family Day at Ford’s TheaterEnjoy the theatre’s latest production, “Liberty Smith” and a special family day on Saturday that ties into the musical’s Revolution Era setting.  Read more about the play and the event and find out how to get a discount on tickets in this post from last week.

Show Time There’s a variety of live entertainment to enjoy this weekend.  For details on what’s playing, see this post about what’s on stage this spring.

Learn to Skate!On Saturday, kids ages 6-10 are invited to attend Let’s Move! Learn to Skate!, where they can enjoy an interactive lesson in healthy habits, watch a figure skating exhibition, and get lesson in ice skating themselves. This is all hosted by local Girl Scout Komi Tinkelman who is working to earn her Gold Award. The event will take place at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, MD, from 2-5pm.

Healthy Kids Happy Hour – Who’s up for happy hour? The Heights, a neighborhood restaurant in Columbia Heights, is hosting a few hours of fun for kiddos on Sunday, and they’re doing it with an emphasis on healthy eating. Guests can look forward to mocktails and smoothies along with carnival-style fun, including face painting, balloons, game and prizes, and snow cones.  Healthy food will be the main fare, but there will be a few treats as well. Enjoy it all for free from 4-7pm.

Audubon Nature Fair Celebrate spring with the Audubon Society and the Washington Revels on Sunday from 11am – 4pm at the Woodend Nature Sanctuary.  Guests can enjoy hands-on nature fun, a rock climbing wall, Woodend Mansion tours, bird walks, and more.  There will be entertainment by The Banjo Man, Scales and Tales, and the Wildlife Ambassadors.  The event is free for kids 12 and under, $5 for adults.

Nats vs. Giants – The Washington Nationals are hosting the San Francisco Giants this weekend, including two afternoon games on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are still available for both, and on Sunday kids can run the bases after the game.  Purchase tickets through the Nationals website or at the Box Office on game day.

Cinco De Mayo on the MallGet festive a few days early with the Maru Montero Dance Company on Sunday from 12 – 6pm.  The organization is hosting its annual FREE National Cinco de Mayo Festival to celebrate Latin American dance, music and crafts. Live performances will include salsa, Mexican folk dancing, mariachis, and other dance and music. The children’s pavilion will host arts and crafts activities where young people can make piñatas, braid hair, build dancing puppets, and enjoy a day of fun activities. For more info, see the festival website.

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May Day Weekend

You’d think there would be May Day festivals galore this weekend to usher in the new month, yet there seems to be everything but. Which is why kids won’t miss ribbons wrapped around poles—they’ll be too wrapped up in all other kinds of fun. Here’s a round-up of it all, a recap of what’s already been posted here and on Facebook plus a few more happenings to keep on your family activity radar.

Live Music
Several kids music faves are playing this weekend, and you can still score tickets to see all of them. Laurie Berkner will be at Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore on Saturday at 2pm (tickets start at $20). Also on Saturday, The Sippy Cups are playing at the National Geographic’s Grosvenor Auditorium at 12pm ($16/adults, $12/children 12 and under). And on Sunday, Dan Zanes and Friends will be at Strathmore in North Bethesda (tickets start at $15).

Truck Touch
Here’s an opportunity to make many a young motorhead dream come true: Truck Touch! On, Saturday, May 1 from 10am – 2pm, kids will have the chance to get up close and personal with their favorite road warriors — fire engines, big rigs, dump trucks, and more. The vehicles will be on display and open for exploration at Cheverly United Methodist Church in Cheverly, MD. Admission is $5/child, free for adults.

Family Day at Glen Echo Park
The Dentzel Carousel is opening for its 90th season, and the park is celebrating with a Family Day festival. There will be lots of free activities for kids—face painting, magic shows, dancing, T-Ball Extreme, and a youth art exhibition. The only thing you will have to pay for are rides on the carousel: $1.25/person.

DC United Special Autograph Session
Does your kid want to kick it with the DC united? If so, head to the game against the NY Red Bulls on Saturday, May 1. After the match, there will be a special autograph session for the Youth Fan Club. Anyone 16 and under can join the YFC, and registration is free.

Around the World Embassy Tour
Hear live Australian didgeridoo music, sample tasty Korean dishes, take in a Bangladeshi dance show, and enjoy the rich tradition of Nepalese storytelling all in one day! On Saturday, May 1, Cultural Tourism DC presents the Around the World Embassy Tour, an open house to embassies from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania. The free event will showcase art, music, traditional dress, culinary delights, and more. It’s also your chance to check out the interiors of those huge mansions along Mass Ave that you usually just admire from the street. The tour runs from 10am – 4pm. Visit the website for the complete schedule of events.

Telescopes Family Day
Bring out your child’s inner Galileo. Saturday, May 1, is Telescopes Family Day at the National Air & Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar Center, the facility near IAD. From 10am – 3pm, visitors can check out all kinds of cool telescopes, talk shop wth amateur astronomers and museum staff, and be among the first to experience the Portable Planetarium, which makes its debut this weekend. Solar observing and story time will also be part of the fun. Admission is free, but parking is $15.

Cinco de Mayo Festival
The 18th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival is this Sunday from 12pm – 6pm at the Washington Monument grounds. Hosted by the Maru Montero Dance Company, the celebration of Latino culture will include live music, traditional food, dance performances, childrens activities in the Kids Pavilion, and free giveaways.

La Maison Française Street Performance Festival
Transport the family to a European street fair at the French Embassy’s La Maison Française. Jugglers, clowns, acrobats, musicians, and comedians will be among the en plein air entertainment on Sunday, May 2. Take in the shows and savor French treats (croissants, quiche, crepes!) as you enjoy the garden party. Tickets are $5, children 10 and under are free.

Curious George Live!
The musical about kids’ favorite inquisitive monkey takes the audience on the same kind of fun and intriguing adventures as the adored books. Curious George, the man in the yellow hat, and friends will take the stage at The Lyric Opera House all weekend, and seats are still available to all of the shows.

Audubon Nature Fair
Okay, so there just may be a maypole in the vicinity, after all. This annual celebration of the outdoor world will have plenty for the family to enjoy: hands-on nature activities for kids, live music, wildlife viewing, plant sales, handmade crafts, face painting, and—if tradition continues—a maypole. The fair runs from 11am – 5pm, tickets are $5/adults, free for children 12 and under.

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