Baby Loves Disco, the dance party that welcomes the whole family to the club, has been hosting regular monthly events here in DC since last fall. And in a couple of weeks, they’re throwing in an extra one at a great venue in the nearby ‘burbs.
On March 29, tiny dancers (and their grown-ups) can hit the disco at the Fillmore in Silver Spring. Families with kids ages 6 months to 7 years are invited to shake those booties — and more! Along with the music and dancing led by a real DJ and lively MC, party-goers can score some balloon art, do crafts, get temp tattooed, and snack on munchies provided by BLD. And the bar is open for adults who want to imbibe.
The Fillmore event runs from 11am – 1:30pm. Tickets are $19. The Fillmore is located at 8656 Colesville Road in Silver Spring, Md.
Giveaway: Want a chance to win a Four-Pack of tickets to Baby Loves Disco? Simply leave a comment telling me which pop song gets your child on the dance floor. To be eligible to win, you must “like” KidFriendly DC on Facebook. The giveaway will run through the weekend, and a winner will be drawn at random and notified early next week. Good Luck!
Baby Loves Disco turns 10 this year, and they’re celebrating with more family dance parties lined up for 2014! Families with kids ages 6 months to 7 years are invited to get out those snazzy outfits, shake those booties, grab a tattoo, do a craft, dance, dance, dance, and more. Real music with a real DJ and MC ensure fun for all ages. (And a cash bar for adults helps, too!)
First up is their annual Valentine’s Day Ball, featuring chocolate treats, make-your-own valentines cards, mommy-daddy slow dances, arts & crafts, dance lessons, contests, unlimited juice boxes, snacks, cash bar for non-driving parents, and surprises galore. It’s all happening on February 9, 11am – 1:30pm.
On March 16, you can break out the bell bottoms and funky afros to celebrate the Groovy 70’s. And the fun will continue on April 27 (theme still TBD) and monthly beyond that!
All of these events will take place at the Rock & Roll Hotel, their new home in the Atlas District on H Street NE.
Giveaway: Want a chance to win a Four-Pack of tickets to Baby Loves Disco? Simply leave a comment telling me your favorite snow day activity. To be eligible to win, you must “like” KidFriendly DC on Facebook. The giveaway will run through the weekend, and a winner will be drawn at random and notified early next week. Good Luck!
Scoping the wetlands for wildlife at Huntely Meadows Park
For some of us, this is the last week of summer break before school starts up again. Where did the time go? It’s been a great summer for us, pieced together by camps, our own fun outings, vacation, and a few neat ventures, which I plan to share soon. In the meantime, enjoy these final days of summer with the kids.
Here are ideas for where to do that this week, August 15-19:
Monday – Kiddie rides, carnival games, pig races, farm animals, fried dough… If you didn’t make it to one of the county fairs this weekend, you can still get in on the fun at the Montgomery County Fair, which runs through Saturday. More info is available here, and you can also read a KFDC review of last year’s fair.
Tuesday – It’s Art à la Cart at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Kids ages 7 – 12 are encouraged to exercise their creativity with brushes and palettes, bison horns, bottle caps, quilt squares, and more tools available in interactive carts among the galleries from 1-4pm. Admission is free.
Wednesday – Visit the animals at the National Zoo and be sure to check the daily calendar to see when you can catch feedings, elephant training demos, kids’ farm talks, and more. Later on, take the little ones to a special Baby Loves Disco happy hour at the Rock & Roll Hotel. The dancing fun starts at 5pm; admission is $20/person or $60/four people.
Thursday – Go for a summer wagon ride at Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria. Naturalists lead passengers on 90-minute excursions at 9:30am and 5pm–register to ride online ($6/county residents, $8/non-resident). If those times don’t work, explore the woods and wetlands on your own (for free). Turtle, bird, frog, and butterfly sightings are practically guaranteed.
Friday – It’s a Family Fair in Georgetown at Tudor Place and Dumbarton House, where guests can enjoy the end of summer with crafts, games, and sweet treats. Register in advance online; admission is $8/member children, $10/non-member children, $5/accompanying adult.
So, last weekend I posted this screen shot from my phone on my personal Facebook page (it garnered quite a few “likes”).
And what a glorious week it was weather-wise here in DC. But it looks like Mother Nature is ready to balance things out a bit. The current forecast couldn’t be more different than last week’s brilliant outlook.
Luckily, there’s plenty to do this weekend regardless of how many little suns or rain showers and lightening bolts my phone’s weather app displays. (But, just in case, I’m still including some outdoor picks in this round-up of activities for the family.) Happy Weekend!
Kids World Cinema – Passport DC presents this showcase of international children’s films that aims to introduce international children’s films to Washingtonians, compare significant cross-cultural differences in this genre, and inspire the artistic development of DC children through the discovery of quality foreign films. The festival targets 6 to 13-year-olds and will showcase a selection of the most significant international productions for young audiences. Each screening will be followed by children’s workshops and discussions addressing the films’ cultural contexts. Age group will vary with each film and workshop. Screening will take place tonight at 6pm and on Saturday at 2pm. Full details are available on the Cultural Tourism DC website.
PEEPS Show – Artisphere has partnered with Artomatic to bring highlights from the 5th Annual Washington Post PEEPS® Diorama Contest to Artisphere through Tuesday, May 31. The 2011 The exhibition features over 20 entries from the contest. On Saturday from 12 – 4pm, kids and families will be able to join in the PEEPS® fun with free activities, including a special children’s tour of the dioramas and PEEPS® diorama-making workshops. The free events will include PEEPS® treats, compliments of Just Born, the manufacturer of PEEPS®.
Turtle Park May Fair – Friendship ‘Turtle’ Park’s annual spring carnival and largest event of the year is on Saturday from 10am – 4pm. There will be moon bounces, pony rides, games, face painting, a bake sale, silent auction, and more. A dunk tank and entertainment will also be among the festivities, and food from Masala Art, Potomac Pizza, Robeks, hot dogs, ice cream, and popcorn will keep bellies full. For the live entertainment line-up, see the Turtle Park website.
Pirate’s Fest – Ahoy, matey! Have you ever dreamed about life on the high seas in the 18th century? Why did sailors swab the deck? Did they really walk the plank? The Pirate Fest at Darnall’s Chance House Museum has answers to these questions and more on Saturday from 11am – 4pm. The event will feature swashbuckling re-enactors, hands-on children’s activities, live music, concessions stand, children’s pirate costume contest, a treasure hunt and more for wannabe pirates and landlubbers alike! Admission is $5.
Portrait Story Days: Andy Warhol – Drop in at the National Portrait Gallery on Saturday and Sunday from 1 – 4pm to listen to a story about a person who has influenced American history and culture and to create a special piece of art. The focus of this weekend’s free program will be American pop artist Andy Warhol.
Public Art for You and Me! – Join staff at the National Building Museum on Sunday from 1 – 2:30pm for a Family Workshop that explores art in the outdoors community. Participants will go on a guided walk through the Museum’s neighborhood with a special focus on public art. They’ll take in the art and architecture of the city, then return to the Museum to enjoy murals and mosaics in two of the Museum’s exhibitions. Using all that they’ve seen as inspiration, guests will then make their own murals to take home and enjoy. Cost is $10 for museum members, $15 for non-members. For registration info, see the National Building Museum website.
Live it Up on the Loop – Enjoy a fun family event with a focus on leading a healthy, active lifestyle at Market Common Clarendon on Sunday from 10am – 2pm. Kids activities will include a moon bounce, live entertainment, glitter tattoos, hula hooping, and more. All activities are free, and the event is on rain or shine!
Baby Loves Disco – Tickets are still available to the dance party for the sippy cup set taking place at the Lowes Annapolis Hotel on Sunday from 2- 5pm. Kids ages 6 months to 7 years and their parents are welcome on this dance floor. Bubble machines, games, toys, and a DJ spinning cool tunes are all part of the kiddie entertainment. Parents will appreciate healthy snacks, diaper changing stations, and the chance to see their babes have a blast.
Pendragwn Youth Film Festival – The public is invited to view the winning entries submitted to the Festival by students ages 11 – 18 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on Sunday. Along with the film screenings, attendees can participate in a variety of creative workshops (registration is required) and enjoy a performance by the critically acclaimed step group, Step Afrika. This will all happen from 12 – 6pm. A schedule of events is available on the Festival website.
That’s Entertainment – A variety of performances will be on local stages this weekend, from puppet shows and plays at Glen Echo to productions at Ford’s Theatre and Imagination Stage. This post has details on what’s playing around town.
Rainy Day Recs – There’s a very good chance this list of rainy day suggestions will come in handy. If the forecast makes good on its promise of a wet weekend, this post contains many ideas on where to have fun indoors.
Hello, Sunshine? – The list of best places to enjoy the outdoors with the kids keeps growing. Check it out for ideas on where to have fun under the sun — if we see it this weekend, that is.
Looking for something to get your little ones moving and grooving this weekend? Tickets are still available for Baby Loves Disco, the dance party for the sippy cup set, taking place at the 9:30 Club this Sunday, August 22. Doors open at 11am for an afternoon of fun for kids and parents. Bubble machines, games, toys, and a DJ spinning cool tunes are all part of the kiddie entertainment. Parents will appreciate healthy snacks, diaper changing stations, and the chance to see their babes have a blast.
The 9:30 Club is located at 815 V Street NW. Visit the website for more info and to purchase tickets.