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The Weekend Round-Up: November 22-24

Enjoying the season at Huntley Meadows Park


Enchant
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $20-34/adult, $17-27/age 14-17, $15-25/age 4-13

This highly anticipated 90,000 square foot Christmas Light Maze opens on Friday and will run through the holiday season. There’s an adventure to it: As you explore the illuminated wonderland, you’ll help Santa find his reindeer before Christmas Eve. Held at Nationals Park, Enchant Christmas will also feature an ice skating trail, live entertainment, food and drink, a Christmas market and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Look for a discount on admission here.

Becoming Jane
Where: National Geographic Museum | Downtown DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $15/adult, $12/seniors & students, free/5 & under

This exhibit about Dr. Jane Goodall that I first mentioned last month opens on Friday and will run through the summer. In this hands-on, transportive multimedia exhibition celebrating her extraordinary life and work, you’ll explore her early years through iconic images and a multiscreen experience and venture on a 3D exploration of Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park, where she did her famous behavioral research on chimps. You’ll also see a life-size hologram of Dr. Goodall, enter a replica of her research tent, and learn about her current role as a leader in community-centered conservation and youth empowerment. And before you leave, you will find out what you can do today to make a positive impact in the world.

Downtown Holiday Market
Where: 8th & F Streets NW | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Through December 23, 12-8pm
Admission: Free

To me, this is the holiday market in DC, and it opens for the season on Friday. It’s not even so much about the merchandise for sale (though there’s always a great variety of gift items — I never leave empty handed). There’s something about the usually bustling block in the middle of Penn Quarter transforming into an open air market for a few weeks that is so charming and kind of magical, making our big city feel like a small town. A bonus is the free live entertainment along with treats and coffee drinks available for purchase. And after you’ve done your shopping and enjoyed a snack and music, you can pop into the National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum that are literally the backdrop to the market.

A Gem of an Event
Where: George Mason University | Fairfax, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $6/adult, $3/ages 13-17, free/12 & under

Kids (and adults!) who like fossils, rocks, and/or gems are in for a treat. Northern Virginia’s 27th Annual Mineral, Gem, & Fossil show will have all that and then some. More than 20 dealers will be selling collectibles, plus there will be demonstrations, exhibits, door prizes & kids activities, including mini-mines and a fossil dig.

Autumn Adventures
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Fall is still bringing splendid colors and crisp, cool weather, so get out and enjoy it while you can! There are a bunch of great ways to do just that around the area. This post has 10 awesome recommendations for where to go.

Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade
Where: Silver Plaza | Downtown Silver Spring, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

The streets are being overrun with turkeys, dinosaurs, penguins, and reindeer! No, the zoo hasn’t opened their gates — it’s the Annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade! With marching bands an Latin dancing groups, floats, giant characters and balloons, and over 120 units, the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade is the only Thanksgiving Parade in the metro DC area. Held in downtown Silver Spring, the exciting parade traditionally heralds the start of the holiday season. The parade steps off from Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street and proceeds south on Georgia Avenue, ending at Silver Spring Avenue.

Sensory Friendly Screening: Frozen II
Where: Regal Rockville Center Stadium | Rockville, MD
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: $6.50

Catch a Sensory-Friendly Screening of Frozen II on Saturday morning. The newest My Way Matinee from Regal gives everyone the opportunity to experience a movie once a month with the sound turned down and the lights turned up. Watch the trailer for the movie here.

Open Studio: Make Your Own Japanese Scroll
Where: Freer|Sackler Gallery | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Join the Museum of Asian Art for the opening weekend of Hokusai: Mad about Painting with free family-friendly activities. Drop-in anytime to learn the basics of painting on a scroll. A teaching artist then helps you to make your own colorful scroll. Follow a scavenger hunt to explore artworks large and small by Hokusai. All ages are welcome with adult companions.

Fall Bazaar
Where: Washington Waldorf School | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

For 50 years, the Washington Waldorf School has been offering one of the highest quality bazaars in the DC area. The Bazaar has unique crafts and activities for children of all ages, including woodcraft, felt craft, candle making, plus and many fun games. They welcome many local artisans and offer an array of beautiful handcrafted items made by parents. There will also be live entertainment, coffee, delicious baked goods to munch on while you shop, and a delicious organic lunch for you to sit and enjoy. Entrance is free, but activities require tickets to be purchased. All are welcome!

Boolean Girl Workshop
Where: Ritz-Carlton | Pentagon City, VA
When: Saturday, 3-6pm
Admission: $20/student

Is your daughter aged 8-13 interested in STEM, or maybe you’re looking to inspire them? Then sign them up for this coding and electronics workshop. It’s hosted by Boolean Girl, an Arlington-based nonprofit whose mission is bringing diversity to tech by teaching girls, non-binary individuals, and under-represented groups to code and build electronics. Along with hands-on learning (and fun), participants will have the opportunity to meet female role models working in the tech and engineering industries. An adult is required to stay with the child in attendance.

The Enchanted Forest
Where: Sheraton Hotel | Pentagon City, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $15/child, $10/adult

The Junior League of Northern Virginia’s annual Enchanted Forest returns! Stroll through the whimsical forest of theme decorated trees available for silent auction, while enjoying live entertainment, holiday crafts, breakfast and photos with Santa, Holiday tea, plus a cocktail reception and dancing.

More Holiday Happenings
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

With so many ways to celebrate the holidays around the area, you may as well get started early, so you can enjoy all those you want. Shows and special events that embrace — and emit — holiday cheer have begun. Start your holiday shopping, stroll or drive through a light display, visit Santa, and much, much more. The 2019 KFDC Guide to the Holiday Season in DC has ALL you need to help make the season merry and bright.

Portrait Stories & Discoveries
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the Portrait Gallery to listen to a story and create art inspired by someone in the collection — this weekend features Sitting Bull. When you’re done there, pick up a Portrait Discovery Kit to explore the museum (and the American Art Museum housed in the same building). For more about the program and gallery, see this post about a past experience and this one with scenes from another visit.

Watch the Wizards
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Friday & Sunday, 8pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Wizards are playing on home court on Friday and Sunday evenings. See them work their magic on the Charlotte Hornets and Sacramento Kings. Plan on dinner in Penn Quarter before or after — there are plenty of family-friendly places to go in the neighborhood. Some recs: Jaleo, Camine’s, Oyamel, Shake Shack, and Pi Pizzeria.

Family Look-In: The Magic Flute
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Tickets: $15-50

In this introduction to opera designed for children and families, audience members will experience excerpts from The Magic Flute along with insight into the behind-the-scenes aspects such as lighting, scene changes, costuming, and more that go into creating stage magic. A whimsical production designed by children’s author/illustrator Maurice Sendak sets a playful landscape for this enchanting fairy tale. Join handsome prince Tamino and his silly sidekick Papageno as they set out on a fantastic journey to rescue the kidnapped Pamina in this special opera exploration. Recommended for ages 5+.

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

* Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical) opens at the Kennedy Center this weekend
* Reserve free tickets the Pinot and Augustine, this week’s Saturday Morning at the National show
* Enjoy NSO Music for Young Audiences: Peter and Friends at the Kennedy Center
* Let Newsies entertain you at Arena Stage (find discount tix)
* See Singin’ in the Rain at Olney Theatre
* Little theatre-goers will love Inside Out at Imagination Stage
* The Great Zucchinin is performing at Jammin Java on Saturday morning
* Source Theatre’s Little Shop of Horrors is recommended for tweens and up.
* Enjoy a performance of Amadeus at The Folger
* Make it a date night for John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons at National Theatre

Holidays on the Stage
Where: Local theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

If you’re looking for holiday-inspired entertainment to get into the spirit, it’s starting! A production of The Nutcracker will enchant audiences of all ages this weekend. Enjoy a classic with The Velveteen Rabbit at Adventure Theatre or The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe at Imagination Stage. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead Scrooge on A Christmas Carol journey at Ford’s Theatre. Get details on these shows and see what else is coming up soon in the 2019 Guide to the Holiday Season.

Superhero Family Yoga
Where: Yoga District | Bloomingdale, DC
When: Sunday, 3pm
Admission: $22.69

Join yoga teacher and mom, Ari through a fun filled 45- minute yoga class with your child/children! The class is appropriate for children ages 4 and up and will include all levels of vinyasa poses, opportunities for partner yoga, and a relaxing savasana meditation at the end. All children must attend with at least one parent or guardian. Adults pay at the workshop rate and children may attend for free with at least one accompanying caregiver. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before class begins. Save your spot here and watch the video here to learn more about the family yoga practice.

Get Your Skate On
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

It’s ice skating season, and just about all outdoor rinks (and indoor, too) around the area are welcoming folks to glide the day — and night — away! Enjoy art as you skate at the Sculpture Garden; circle the rink at Washington Harbor; meander the frozen path at Canal Park; or do some holiday shopping then skate at Pentagon Row, Veteran’s Plaza, Rockville Town Square, or Reston Town Center. This post has details on alfresco (and indoor) ice skating options in the area.

Insider Info
Where: Around the DMV
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by locale

If you’d prefer to spend the day indoors because of weather, or you just want more options for activities around town, this list has over 100 suggestions for things to do!

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* Who says you have to leave the city to go camping?
* The latest KFDC giveaway offers a chance to win admission to the Merriweather Symphony of Lights!
* Levi and the kids just got me this for my birthday, and it is AH-mazing!


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The Weekend Round-Up:
November 15-17



Happy Weekend!

Harry Potter Nerf Night
Where: Badlands | Rockville, MD
When: Friday, 5:30-8pm
Admission: $30/kid

Accio all Wizards and Witches: It’s a magical night for the Quidditch World Cup as the Houses of Gryffindor and Slytherin compete for victory! You bring your robe and wand, and they’ll bring the snitch.
Costumes and wands encouraged! Kids tickets include a pizza party. Muggles (adults) are free and even get a complimentary beer tasting.

Bye Bye, Bei Bei
Where: National Zoo | Woodley Park, DC
When: Through November 18
Admission: Free

Say goodbye to Bei Bei, the beloved giant panda, before his move to China. There are special events and activities at the zoo to help wish him a fond farewell. Write a postcard with your well-wishes, make a friendship + good luck bracelet, watch zoo staff give him special Smithsonian-themed enrichment and treats, and join a Q&A with a keeper. Of course, you can visit even more animals while you’re there.

Ice It
Where: Ice rinks around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

With sunny skies and cool temps in the forecast, conditions this weekend should be perfect for outdoor ice skating. The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Canal Park, and Washington Harbor Ice Rinks are open or opening for the season, and most other local rinks are welcoming skaters to glide the day — and night — away. This post has details on all of them (and indoor venues, too), including bonus activities while you’re there.

Savor Autumn
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

The cold weather this week may have had you thinking fall is over. But there’s still some autumn left in the area, and there are a bunch of great ways to enjoy it. This post has 10 great recommendations for where to go (that aren’t farm festivals.)

Fossil Fest
Where: Natural History Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5:30pm
Admission: Free

Gather your friends and family and get ready for a fun, fossil-filled day in Q?rius! Learn about the tools and research techniques experts use to unearth the facts about prehistoric ecosystems and life long ago. Explore the world of paleontology by meeting scientists and paleontology staff to get a behind-the-scenes look into their work. Experience the field yourself through virtual reality, handling 3D fossil prints, or by sifting for and identifying fossils YOU can uncover at our hands-on learning stations! Find something for everyone in your family to enjoy, from arts and crafts and mask making to film shorts, and much more. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.

Family Art Day
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Join the museum for a variety of activities, including storytelling, sketching, exploring materials, and fun for all ages! This program will take place in the East Building. FYI: from 9-10am, programming is available for children with sensory processing disorders and their families. To sign up for early entry, contact [email protected] or (202) 842-6905.

Nao Santa María
Where: The Wharf – Market Pier | Southwest DC
When: Through November 17, 10am – 6pm
Admission: $10/adult, $5/child, $25/family (up to 5)

Take a trip back in time with The Wharf! Board the historic Santa María, a faithful replica of the Spanish galleons used in the time of Columbus, docking at Market Pier from through Sunday, November 17. Learn the fascinating history of these ocean crossing vessels. Built in Spain in the tradition of the nao ships of the 16th century, the vessel weighs 200 tons and is nearly 100 feet long. Tours will be conducted daily, and discounts are available for school groups and families.

Blackfeet Nation Tribal Festival
Where: American Indian Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday,
Admission: Free

Learn about the Blackfeet Nation and the many aspects unique to Blackfeet culture through this two-day festival. The Blackfeet Reservation, located in northwestern Montana along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, is home one of the 10 largest tribes in the United States, with more than 17,000 enrolled members. Blackfeet artists, performers, historians and culture bearers will share demonstrations and performances throughout the festival weekend.

The Velveteen Rabbit
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $20.50

It’s opening weekend for the classic tale being brought to life on the Adventure Theatre stage. Margery Williams’s beloved toy story gets a vibrant retelling in this brand new adaptation. When the Child gets the Rabbit for Christmas, she is at first disappointed in her gift. But as the two quest and adventure through her storybooks, both Rabbit and Child grow and care for each other. And they discover that love is the greatest force in the Universe and can make impossible things Real. (Psst: Get tickets for $5 for the 11/15 show through TodayTix!)

Rent 20th Anniversary Tour
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $54 – $117 (look for discounts)

The Broadway hit is in DC on its 20th Annoversary Tour. And if you’re wondering whether it holds up after all these years, I think that Rent is at an all time high. The performances are brilliant, delivered with passion and grit; the music is still stirring; and its themes of life and love and friendship resonate as deeply as ever. Recommended for ages 13+.

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

* Reserve free tickets the Thumbelina, this week’s Saturday Morning at the National show
* Join the Disney Junior Holiday Party at the Warner Theatre on Sunday (find discount tix)
* Groove to Baby Beats with Max and Root, two beat boxing dads at The Atlas
* Let Newsies entertain you at Arena Stage
* Circo Comedia brings thrills, comedy, stunts, magic, and eccentricity to the Hylton Performing Arts Center
* Creative Cauldron presents The Jungle Book (find discount tix)
* See Singin’ in the Rain at Olney Theatre
* Little theatre-goers will love Inside Out at Imagination Stage
* No lie, Pinocchio is at The Puppet Co.
* And Baby Bear’s Birthday is the featured Tiny Tots show there on Sunday
* Oran Etkin is playing the Saturday morning show at Jammin Java
* Source Theatre’s Little Shop of Horrors is recommended for tweens and up.
* Enjoy a performance of Amadeus at The Folger

Nibble+Squeak Tykesgiving Feast
Where: The Line Hotel | Adams Morgan, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30 am – 1:30pm
Admission: $20/child, $95-125/adult

Join Nibble+Squeak DC, the community “parents with pipsqueaks” who love to eat, at A Rake’s Progress for a festive and autumnal “Tykesgiving” feast! The family-style meal of local and seasonal flavors will kick off your Thanksgiving festivities as James Beard Award–winning chef Spike Gjerde cooks what he sources from Mid-Atlantic farms and waters. Sip on an expertly paired wine while your pipsqueaks partake in a post-meal turkey day singalong by local children’s musician, Corrine Zmoos.

Holiday Happenings
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

With so many ways to celebrate the holidays around the area, you may as well get started early, so you can enjoy all those you want. Shows and special events that embrace — and emit — holiday cheer have begun. Start your holiday shopping, stroll or drive through a light display, visit Santa, and much, much more. The 2019 KFDC Guide to the Holiday Season in DC has ALL you need to help make the season merry and bright.

Flight Fest
Where: Maryland Science Center | Baltimore, MD
When: Saturday, 12-4
Admission: $25.95/adult, $19.95/age 3-12

Let imaginations soar at the Maryland Science Center during Flight Fest! Get up close with airplanes and birds and learn about the science of aerodynamics and wings. Participate in aeronautic challenges and test out your own flying contraptions. Enjoy all of the ongoing exhibits and offerings while you’re there — museum hours are 10am – 6pm. Read more about the Maryland Science Center in this KFDC post.

Arts & Crafts & Storytime
Where: House of Sweden | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Bring children ages 3-10 to the House of Sweden for activities just for them! From 12-3pm, they can express themselves through art in special workshops — attendees are set up with everything they need to participate. (Note: This will also take place on October 12, November 2, and November 16). Then at 3pm, experience Swedish children’s literature (in English). And while you’re there, tour the photo exhibition ‘Swedish Dads,’ portraits 45 fathers who have chosen to stay at home with their children for at least six months.

Model Trains and Thomas
Where: Historic Vienna Train Station | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free (donations accepted)

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

Groovy Nate & Cider
Where: Capitol Cider House | Brookland, DC
When: Sunday, 10:30-11:30am
Admission: $5

Catch some entertainment especially for kids at a place that usually caters to adults! Capitol Cider House is a family friendly cider that presents children’s shows every Sunday, and this weekend its Groovy Nate, a children’s entertainer and Wolf Trap Teaching Artist who creates fun and educational shows using exotic musical instruments and puppet skits— a la Sesame Street meets Parliament/Funkadelic, meshed with The Electric Company, Kraftwerk, and Dub Reggae. Doors open at 10am. Tickets required for all ages. All adult ticket holders will be able to enjoy our normal weekday happy hour — $4 pours of house cider, $5 craft beer, $6 local wine & $7 cocktails – from 10am-noon.

Park It in Fairfax
Where: Parks in 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. Ride the Turkey Train at Lake Fairfax. Join a Princess tea party. Take an early evening tour of Burke Lake. Details and registration links for these and more activities this weekend and beyond are available here.

Cool Hikes
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

It might be cooling down, but the weather will still be good for getting out, so take advantage with some time on the trail. Peep the autumn leaves, tramp in places with scenic views, hike and explore history at interesting locales, and enjoy a day of active fun. This post has a a bunch of recommendations for good walks in the woods with the kids.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* The 2019 KFDC Holiday Guide was just posted, so you can start planning for a merry and bright holiday season!
* There’s still a few days to enter the giveaway for a chance to win tickets to The Velveteen Rabbit at Adventure Theatre!
* If you have a daughter age 8-13 who is interested in STEM, check out this upcoming workshop from Boolean Girl.
* Looking for thinsg to read, listen to, and watch? My friend, Darcy, always has the best recommendations. (PS: She’s also an amazing photographer.)
* We’re in the market for a new mattress, and I am so curious about the Casper. Has anyone tried it?
* Kind of random, but I love this show on Netflix.


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The Weekend Round-Up:
November 8-11

The bonsai exhibit at the National Arboretum is always a delight


Happy Weekend!

Nao Santa María Ship
Where: The Wharf – Market Pier | Southwest DC
When: Through November 17, 10am – 6pm
Admission: $10/adult, $5/child, $25/family (up to 5)

Take a trip back in time with The Wharf! Board the historic Santa María, a faithful replica of the Spanish galleons used in the time of Columbus, docking at Market Pier from through Sunday, November 17. Learn the fascinating history of these ocean crossing vessels. Built in Spain in the tradition of the nao ships of the 16th century, the vessel weighs 200 tons and is nearly 100 feet long. Tours will be conducted daily, and discounts are available for school groups and families. 

2019 Southern Montgomery County Preschool Fair
Where: Wheaton Library & Rec Center | Wheaton, MD
When: Friday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Attend this preschool fair for a one-stop shop to meet a wide range of school representatives, learn about curriculum and tuition, schedule tours, and more. The preschool fair is a free event and open to the community. Kids are always welcome.

Food History Weekend
Where: National Museum of American History | National Mall, DC
When: Friday & Saturday, 10am – 5:30pm
Admission: Free

With cooking demonstrations, hands-on learning, dynamic conversations, museum collections, and beer history, there’s something for everyone at the fifth annual Smithsonian Food History Weekend: Power Through Food. A special focus will be on migrant and refugee women and organizations this year, exploring how their food-related enterprises are helping create sustainable livelihoods and stronger communities. Enjoy free daytime activities for visitors of all ages, including a kids table, marketplace, book signings, curators’ corner, and more.

The Arctic Refuge Experience
Where: AutoShop | Northeast DC
When: Through Monday
Admission: $10

Experience a year in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge at this one-of-a-kind art installation powered by a mix of breathtaking film, 4D technology, and immersive sensations. Prepare to be awed by America’s last great wilderness and get up close and personal with herds of caribou, arctic foxes, migratory birds, and polar bears. With over 66 million pixels of projected video, 20 channels of sound, custom scents, atmospheric elements, and tactile sensations, you’ll be transported to the Arctic Refuge without ever leaving Washington, DC.

New To You Sale
Where: Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten | Reston, VA
When: Saturday, 7:30am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Stock up for the kids at the biggest children’s yard sale in Reston! There will be thousands of items for babies & children available at unbeatable low prices, including high chairs, clothes from newborn up to size 10, bikes, strollers, kitchen sets, doll houses, trains, toys for all ages, children’s furniture, books, DVDs, and much more. Families in the Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten community donate a wide variety of gently used items, you don’t want to miss out! All remaining items will be 50% off from 12-1pm. Cash, credit cards and checks all accepted.

Kids’ Market & Seasonal Sale
Where: Hollin Hall | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 8am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Hosted by Fort Hunt Preschool, at this annual market find gently-used, high-quality children’s clothing, shoes, toys, books, furniture, decor, maternity wear, and more — all donated by the families of Fort Hunt Preschool. 

Autumn Bonsai
Where: U.S. National Arboretum | Northeast DC
When: Through Monday
Admission: Free

Take your little people to see the little trees in their brilliant autumnal colors before the leaves fall away to reveal bare winter silhouettes. See red maples, yellow ginkgos, fruited trees, and more in the Bonsai Museum located within the National Arboretum — it’s a fantastic exhibition. Be sure to tour the big trees around the rest of the Arb while you’re there, too. It’s easily one of the best places in the city to do some leaf peeping. Get a glimpse in these scenes from a visits there last fall.

Christmas Bazaar & Thrift Shop
Where: St. Jane de Chantal | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 9am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Shop “local” with more than 35 vendors at this 14th Annual Christmas Bazaar. Huge thrift shop, bake sale, and raffles, plus free pictures with Santa! This is sponsored by HSA for benefit of St. Jane de Chantal School located at 9525 Old Georgetown Rd.

The Jungle Book
Where: Creative Cauldron | Falls Church, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $14 through TodayTix

Creative Cauldron presents a musical adaptation of one of the most well-loved books in the English language. Danger lurks everywhere for young Mowgli as he learns the “laws of the jungle” from his friends Akela, the wolf, Baloo, the bear, and Bagheera, the panther, who warn him that Shere Khan, the tiger, wants to eat him. But when Mowgli is forced to leave his friends and return to the village from which he came, he soon learns that man is the most dangerous creature of all. With sensitive themes about loyalty, honor, courage, and persistence, the “Jungle Book” stories have an irresistible appeal for audiences of every generation.

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

* Reserve free tickets the The Uncle Devin Show, this week’s Saturday Morning at the National show
* Dutch theater company Maas brings EGG-tion HERO to the Kennedy Center
* Let Newsies entertain you at Arena Stage
* The Kidz Bop tour is stopping at DAR Constitution Hall on Sunday
* It’s opening weekend for Singin’ in the Rain at Olney Theatre
* Little theatre-goers will love Inside Out at Imagination Stage
* Join InterAct Story Theatre for an exciting morning of rhythms, dances, and songs representing a variety of cultures across Africa.
* No lie, Pinocchio is at The Puppet Co.
* And Baby Bear’s Birthday is the featured Tiny Tots show there on Sunday
* Jason Didner & the Jungle Gym are playing the Saturday morning show at Jammin Java
* Source Theatre’s Little Shop of Horrors is recommended for tweens and up.
* Enjoy a performance of Amadeus at The Folger

Kids Euro Festival
Where: Around DC
When: Through Sunday
Admission: Free

This weekend is the last to enjoy free artistic adventures of the European variety, thanks to the annual Kids Euro Festival. Musicians, storytellers, dancers, and puppeteers are just a few of the many, many exciting acts that are performing at a variety of venues through Sunday. See what’s on the schedule over the next few days.

The Miraculous Magical Balloon
Where: Synetic Theater | Crystal City, VA
When: Saturday, 12pm
Admission: Free for kids, adults pay what you will

The Miraculous Magical Balloon tells a wonderful story of a traveling actor and his magical trunk of tricks and toys. This family-friendly show is open to everyone! Children get in free and parents are welcome to “pay what you will.” Celebrate joy and imagination with Synetic Theater at this community event! Be sure to get tickets in advance.

Trash to Treasure Green Craft Fair
Where: Watkins Nature Center | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Do some eco-friendly shopping while the kids have fun at this special event featuring vendors selling items made from recycled, organic, or sustainable materials. Along with local artists selling their handmade wares, there will crafts for kids and food for sale. Of course, plan to stay and play at Watkins — read about all there is to do there!

The Emporiyum
Where: Union Market Dock 5 | Northeast, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Tickets start at $15 (find discounts)

Meet, eat, and shop at this two-day market and celebration of everything delicious. Over 95 artisans, producers, chefs, and restaurants showcase their wares, works, and culinary creations. It’s a chance to meet the people behind the brands, taste and learn about their products, and shop for unique edible gifts.

Kidz Graffiti Party
Where: Art Jamz | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Sunday, 12:30-2pm & 2-3:30pm
Admission: $15

Get messy like a street artist at an Art Jamz Kidz Graffiti Party! Children of all ages are invited to paint their very own masterpieces on the ArtJamz walls. The lounge will be open for accompanying parents and we they’ll be playing jamming tunes to inspire all the little artist. Afterwards, your family can purchase additional studio time and canvas and let your vision come to life off the wall.

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

Observe Veterans Day by visiting the sites that honor those who have served. Make the rounds on the Mall at your leisure or attend a special ceremony — one will take place at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at 1pm, and the World War II Memorial and the Korean War Memorial are easy walks from there.

National Veterans Day Ceremony
Where: Arlington National Cemetery | Arlington, VA
When: Monday, 11am
Admission: Free

The National Veterans Day Ceremony begins at 11am with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries. A prelude by the United States Air Force Band starts in the amphitheater at 10:30am. Free and open to the public, attendees are encouraged to get there by 9:30am. Read more about Arlington National Cemetery in this post about a KFDC experience there.

Mount Vernon Salutes Veterans
Where: Mount Vernon Estate | Mount Vernon, VA
When: Monday, 9am – 4pm
Admission: Free/military; $20/adult, $12/child, free/under 5

Special activities at George Washington’s former estate include a wreath laying ceremony, a concert by the Harmony Heritage Singers or the United States Air Force Strings before greeting General and Lady Washington. Throughout the day, write a thank you letter to an active duty service member in the Vaughan Lobby. Honored guests are also invited to place a flower at Washington’s Tomb. (Above admission fees are for online; prices are slightly higher on site.)

Free Parking
Where: National Parks around the DMV (and nation)
When: Monday
Admission: FREE

It’s the last fee free day of the year for national parks, which means there’s no entrance fee where they usually charge to get in. Take advantage of complimentary admission and hit the trail at Shenandoah or Great Falls, take a ride on Skyline Drive to see the mountains covered in autumn colors, visit Harpers Ferry, or see the birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner at Fort McHenry.

Skaters Gonna Skate
Where: Local ice skating rinks
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

Want to glide under the sky? Many outdoor ice skating rinks are welcoming guests to skate the day away. This post has details on all of them (indoor venues, too), including bonus activities while you’re there.

Awesome Autumn Ideas
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

The fall festival season is winding down, but there are plenty of other fantastic ways to enjoy the season around the area. This KFDC post lists 10 great places to for fall adventures.

DC, Inside & Out

Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend

Admission: Varies by adventure


Want even more options for fun things to do with the kids around the area? If you’re looking for activities outdoors or inside, depending on the weather or simply your preference, these posts are chock full of evergreen pursuits:

The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids

The Great Indoors

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* One more event to consider for the weekend that might interest many adults.
* Get a glimpse of the new National Children’s Museum opening soon!
* Also opening this winter, The Lane in Ivy City is one to keep on your radar.
* Learn about Fig & Wally, an online service for creating invitations and gift wishlists, and enter a couple of giveaways to win some cool prizes!
* Join Nibble and Squeak DC at A Rake’s Progress for a festive and autumnal “Tykesgiving” feast on November 16!
* The PSAA Snowpass Program is a great ski opportunity for 4th and 5th graders!
* Primary, the children’s clothing brand that parents and kids adore, is having a 25% off sale right now!
* Ready to order holiday cards? Take advantage of this great deal!


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The Weekend Round-Up: November 1-3

Celebrate the NATS this weekend!


Happy Weekend! Way to go, Nats!

Nationals Victory Parade & Rally
Where: Constitution Avenue | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 2-5pm
Admission: FREE

Fight Finished. And now it’s time to celebrate our NATS! A victory parade will begin at Constitution & 15th NW then proceed east along the avenue to Pennsylvania & 3rd NW, where there will be a rally. It’s guaranteed to be awesome — and a bit nuts with a huge crowd of excited fans, so be prepared! Parking will be extremely difficult so, I recommend getting there by public transportation, bike, scooter, or the shoe leather express. See you there to celebrate our WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS!

Kids Euro Festival
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

It’s another weekend of the series that’s essentially a passport to artistic adventures, as the 11th Annual Kids Euro Festival brings continental entertainment right to DC. More than 70 free performances all around the metro area — musicians, storytellers, dancers, and puppeteers, and more — are performing at a variety of venues around the city through November 10. See what’s on the schedule over the next few days.

Día de los Muertos | Day of the Dead Festival
Where: American Indian Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free

Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with performances and family activities. The Day of the Dead is a festival celebrated by people in Mexico, parts of Central and South America and in many Latino communities across the U.S. as a way to honor family and friends that have passed away. This celebration originates from the indigenous cultures of Mesoamerica, including the Mexica (Aztec) and Maya.

Pumpkin Chunkin’
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $10/adult, $8/child

What to do with your jack-o-lantern now that Halloween is over? Bring it to Great Country’s smashin’ session and let it fly! The Silo Drop and the Zip Wire Sploosh let you do the smashin’ yourself, or bring your pumpkin to the Pumpkin Drop Zone and add it to the upside down “fireworks display” as the pumpkins are dropped from a 40-foot lift. What happens to all the smashings? The pigs and cows love to eat them, and the rest are composted. Along with the smashing, enjoy a whole playground of farm fun! The Roosteraunt Concession stand will open 11am – 3pm, and the Cider Donuts are not to be missed.

Shake Up Your Saturday
Where: Folger Shakespeare Library | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10-11am & 11am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Shake up your Saturday with a workshop at the Folger! These programs occurring on the first Saturday of every month encourage families to experience Shakespeare’s language together. This session, imagine yourself in the two worlds of As You Like It, the court of Duke Frederick and the Forest of Arden. Register here. And read a KFDC write-up about the Folger here.

Family Celebration
Where: National Children’s Museum | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: $25/family

After years of anticipation, the new National Children’s Museum is opening! All are welcome to join a Family Celebration on Saturday afternoon to help the kick off the launch. Enjoy exhibit experiences, friends from Nickelodeon, and refreshments by Bluestone Lane. Registration required.

Maryland Emancipation Day
Where: MoCo Parks | Montgomery County, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Varies by program

Celebrate Maryland Emancipation Day, which commemorates the adoption of the 1864 Maryland Constitution that abolished slavery in the state of Maryland. Join Montgomery Parks for free activities that take place all weekend long, such as hikes on the Underground Railroad Experience Trail, living history demonstrations, hands-on activities, and tours of historic sites. Some events require registration.

Zeus the Mighty
Where: Embassy of Greece | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 12:30pm
Admission: Free

In celebration of National Geographic’s new seven-book kids series, Zeus the Mighty, the Embassy of Greece will open its doors for an intimate event that will bring the rollicking multimedia series to life via educational and fun activities, trivia, and photo opps. In addition to learning all about the new book – which is designed to educate kids about the myths, culture, and geography of ancient Greece – families will also be treated to an amazing live showing of our new kids podcast, Greeking Out, which will feature the main star of the brand new Kids Place Live show! RSVP here.

Creativity Workshop
Where: The Phillips Collection | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Admission: $18/adult & child, $15/members ($5/additional person)

Let your creativity fly at the Phillips’ new art-making stations — it’s an art materials “petting zoo” for the whole family! The workshop includes an Artful Wellness Kit for parents and caregivers. Geared toward families with children ages 2 to 8.

Arts & Crafts & Storytime
Where: House of Sweden | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Bring children ages 3-10 to the House of Sweden for activities just for them! From 12-3pm, they can express themselves through art in special workshops — attendees are set up with everything they need to participate. (Note: This will also take place on October 12, November 2, and November 16). Then at 3pm, experience Swedish children’s literature (in English). And while you’re there, tour the photo exhibition ‘Swedish Dads,’ portraits 45 fathers who have chosen to stay at home with their children for at least six months.

Celebrate Diwali
Where: Freer|Sackler Gallery | National Mall, DC
When: Sat, 10:30am – 12:30pm, 1:30-3:30pm & Sun, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in this family workshop. Explore artworks from the Indian subcontinent on an educator-led tour. Then, return to the studio to create your own colorful book featuring a traditional rangoli design. This program, led by teaching artist Sushmita Mazumdar from Studio PAUSE, is designed for children ages 6–12 and adults to enjoy together. Free registration is required — email [email protected] to sign up.

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

* Reserve free tickets the The Really Big Dinosaur Show, this week’s Saturday Morning at the National show
* Newsies is opening at Arena Stage
* Little theatre-goers will love Inside Out at Imagination Stage
* Kid Prince and Pablo at the Kennedy Center is a reimagined version of Mark Twain’s classic The Prince and the Pauper
* No lie, Pinocchio is at The Puppet Co.
* GET’M is bringing laughs to the Kennedy Center stage
* Source Theatre’s Little Shop of Horrors is recommended for tweens and up.

Día De Los Muertos
Where: General Getty Neighborhood Park | Wheaton, MD
When: Saturday, 2-4:30pm
Admission: Free

Join Montgomery Parks to celebrate Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. Originating in Mexico, the vibrant tradition is an opportunity for family and friends to gather and celebrate the lives of deceased loved ones. The festive event will include a Mariachi band, face painting, games and building a communal Altar de Ofrendas (Offerings). Altar de Ofrendas traditionally include candles, flowers, food, photographs, and mementos to honor the memory of passed relatives. Everyone is encouraged to bring items to include in the altar.

Fall Fest & Family Photo Day
Where: Tusculum Farm | Laytonsville, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate fall with the whole family at Tusculum Farm. From hayrides, to outdoor games, flower arranging and pumpkin painting, to food trucks and an art market from the local Countryside Artisans–there will be something for everyone at The Farm’s fall fest. Also, Tusculum Farm’s grounds will also be open for groups and photographers looking for fall portrait backdrops — no reservations needed for this day only!

Enjoy sideshow entertainment at The Yards



Side Yards
Where: Yards Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Saturday, 5-9pm
Admission: Free

Head to the Yards Park for this annual nighttime circus featuring new sideshow performances, carnival games, immersive entertainment, and activities for all ages! Enjoy an evening of side-show fun including gravity-defying aerialist routines, unbelievable contortion, mind-blowing mentalism, feats of magic and mesmerism, and so much more. Guests will also have the chance to test their own wits in a pop-up carnival escape room. Other activities include face painting, tarot card readings, balloon twisting, caricature sketches and other circus fun. 

Post-Halloween Smithsonian Sleepover
Where: National History Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday – Sunday
Admission: $100

The Nation’s T-rex has returned to the Natural History Museum, and his towering skeleton has been drawing big crowds to the amazing Deep Time exhibition in the brand-new David H. Koch Hall of Fossils. A post-Halloween Smithsonian Sleepover offers the perfect way to avoid the rush and spend plenty of quality time with your favorite dinosaur. And as a bonus, you can wear your Halloween costume one more time. Pack your sleeping bag and a toothbrush and join a small group of fellow adventurers as one of the world’s most popular museums closes its doors and the crowds leave for the day. For kids ages 8-14.

Sunday Funday: A Halloween-Themed Event
Where: Wheaton Veterans Urban Park | Wheaton, MD
When: Sunday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Keep the fun going after the big day and head at this Sunday Funday Halloween-themed event! Activities include a Halloween costume contest, pumpkin painting, s’mores roasting, face painting, balloon sculptues, lawn games, and a DJ and music. There will also be plenty of food, hot chocolate, cider, and beer available for purchase.

Bulgaria Day
Where: KID Museum | Bethesda, MD
When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $12/child (includes two adults)

KID Museum is celebrating the culture of Bulgaria through creative, hands-on projects, performances, and food, presented in partnership with Botev Academy Bulgarian School. Kids will make scary Kukeri masks, build traditional Bulgarian houses, learn to do cross stitch, and more! Enjoy live dance performances, poetry readings, and an interactive presentation about Bulgaria’s National Revival Day holiday. Visitors can sample traditional delicacies, including kyufteta (Bulgarian meatballs), kebapcheta (kebabs), and sarmi (stuffed cabbage, provided by Balkanik Taste food truck. Read more about KID Museum here.

Free Community Day
Where: National Museum of Women in the Arts | Downtown, DC
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

The first Sunday of every month is a great opportunity to explore the National Museum of Women in the Arts when admission is FREE! Works span the centuries, from the 16th to the present in a variety of mediums, highlighting women artists all over the world. Plan for a Fierce Women tour, offered 1-2pm or explore the museum on your own.

Astronomy Adventure
Where: Arlington’s David M. Brown Planetarium | Arlington, VA
When: Sunday, 1pm
Admission: $5/adult, $3.50/child

A 2-for-1 astronomy adventure! Author Laura Gehl will read from her new picture book biography about Dr. Nancy Grace Roman, a groundbreaking astronomer who overcame obstacles including weak eyesight and gender discrimination to help make the Hubble Space Telescope a reality. The interactive author talk will be followed by a popular Planeterium show, The Secret of The Cardboard Rocket, which will take kids on a tour of the solar system. This program is aimed at ages 5-12, but all ages are welcome!

Day of the Dead Art Workshop
Where: MangoStreet | Shaw, DC
When: Sunday, 8:30-10:30am
Admission: $27

MangoStreet is honored to celebrate the Day of the Dead with an art workshop with guest artist Irene Clouthier! Young Artists ages 5-8 can experience the importance of honoring our past heritage, and the cycle of life, through the whimsical celebration of the Day of the Dead. They’ll recreate an ofrenda/altar, make papel cortado, and construct mosaics. Then they’ll explore the process of cartonería—a traditional Mexican sculpting technique—in the making and painting of Catrinas, and delve into the work of Guadalupe Posada, originator of the Catrina.

Fall Farm Fun
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Just because you’re not picking out a potential Jack o’ lantern, that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun on the farm. Many area farms have way more to enjoy than just pumpkin patches. Whiz down slides, bounce on giant jumping pillows, visit farm animals, and loads more. This list of fall fests has details to get started — Ticonderoga, Cox, Clark’s Elioak, and Great Country Farms are all good bets for a great time.

Leaf Peep on the Trail
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Take in the brilliant color spectrum of autumn and get a little exercise, to boot, on a family hike. From right here in the city to country locales, you’ve got your pick of places where you can enjoy the fall foliage and some time outdoors. This post about good area hikes with kids started in the early KFDC days, and with many new recommendations added since, there are lots of great trails to make for happy trampers.

The Ins and Outs of DC
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by adventure

With a mix of weather in the forecast, these posts that are chock full of evergreen pursuits are great to have bookmarked:
The Great Indoors
The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* You have through Friday to enter for a chance to win tickets to Rent at National Theatre!
* View scenes of fall at Huntley Meadows Park in this new post.
* A ghost story for Halloween.
* NATS ❤️


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