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Weekend Flash

Here’s your weekly round-up of family events happening in the DC area this weekend…

Fiesta Asia
Martial arts demos, Taiwanese crafts, Bollywood flash mob dancing, authentic Korean bulgogi. You can enjoy all this and much more at Fiesta Asia, an annual street fair to celebrate Asian heritage. Tomorrow, May 22, head to Pennsylvania Ave. NW, between 3rd & 6th streets to join in the fun. The festival runs from 10am – 7pm, and admission is free.

Silver Spring Blues Festival
Downtown Silver Spring will be grooving on Saturday, May 22, when the 2nd Annual Silver Spring Blues Festival takes place. Along with a great line up of blues artists, there will be lots of fun activities for kids to enjoy, including harmonica lessons (BYOH) and a musical instrument petting zoo.

Bicycle Safety Day
Are your kids psyched about their bikes? This Saturday, May 22, the National Children’s Museum is hosting its first annual Bicycle Safety Day. Kids can bring their bikes and trikes to the museum’s Launch Zone for an afternoon of bike decorating, fixing, and riding. This includes a helmet and bike check station, a bicycle rodeo, and a parade to show off all the newly decorated rides.

Pirate Fest
Arrrrrgh, Matey! If your sprogs like a good high-seas adventure, then head to Darnall’s Chance Museum House this Saturday, May 22, for Pirate Fest. From 11am – 4pm, enjoy loads of pirate-themed activities, live music, and food. And be sure to dress the kids in their best swashbuckling clothes—they could win some pirate’s booty in a costume contest. Admission is $5/person. The museum is located at 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Drive in Upper Marlboro, MD

Washington Nationals vs. Baltimore Orioles
It’s the Battle of the Beltway as the Nationals take on the Orioles this weekend. The teams are playing Friday at 7:05pm, Saturday at 4:05pm, and Sunday at 1:35pm, but kids have the opportunity to run the bases after Sundays game. Visit the Nationals website for tickets.

Shrek Forever After
There’s a good chance of rain this weekend, so a movie may be in order. Our most beloved green ogre is back on the big screen, and this time in 3D. The latest film in the Shrek franchise opens in theaters today, and so far reviews have been pretty good. If your kid is a fan of Shrek and the gang, you can catch them at at one of many local theaters.

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Just Like Riding a Bike

Both of my kids are about to enter new phases of transportation. Sasha just showed some interest in a tricycle parked at the playground. And a nice benefit of our neighborhood park is the unspoken sharing policy—if you bring it, expect other kids to use it—so she got to have a good three-wheelin’ test-ride. Her little 16-month-old legs aren’t quite long enough to reach the pedals yet, but the look of pure pride and joy on her face as I pushed her around was priceless. She was like a parade queen riding atop her float, sitting tall and smiling at the crowds. If her wave was slightly more mastered, there definitely would have been some elbow-elbow-wrist-wrist action. So, we are about to break the Kettler out of the basement, where it has been collecting dust since Owen decided he was too macho for it about a year and a half ago.

Owen has actually made a couple of transitions since then—and is about to make one more. He went from tricycle to Skuut (the wooden, sans-pedals balance bike) to 18-inch bicycle with training wheels, then back to Skuut. And now he’s ready to go back to the bike, but ditch the “little kid” attachments. In the last few weeks, one of his good friends learned how to ride on two wheels (shout out to Dylan!), and Owen has decided he wants to join the club.

It’s an exciting time for both of them—and for my husband and me. We’ve steered our wheels all over the city, as well as on area trails, and can’t wait for our kids to experience that thrill of zipping along the C&O, gliding fast down Capitol Hill, and whizzing through the Rock Creek Park on their own sets of spokes. Of course, they’ve got a waaays to go until then, but these latest transitions are bringing them a step (or pedal) closer.

And the timing couldn’t be better. We’ll have a chance to celebrate their progress with a little fanfare this weekend at the National Children’s Museum Launch Zone. The Museum is hosting Bicycle Safety Day this Saturday, May 22, from 11am – 4pm. Kids are invited to bring their bicycles and tricycles for an afternoon of fixing, decorating, and riding. There will be bicycle helmet and bicycle check stations, a bicycle rodeo, and the “Great NCM Bicycle Parade” to show off newly decorated bikes. The event is recommended for ages 3-5, admission is free. If your kids want to get rolling, too, head to the National Children’s Museum at the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, about a 15-minute drive from the city.


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