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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.

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.

* 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!)

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!

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.)

* 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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