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The Weekend Round-Up:
October 26-28

Día de los Muertos at the American Indian Museum is a fun, festive, and free celebration!

Happy Weekend!

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

Break in the costumes and prep for Halloween coming on Wednesday all weekend long! There’s a scary amount of events and activities that celebrate the spooky spirit. Some are detailed below, and this post has details on even more happenings where the tricks and treats are going on.

Where: Brookside Gardens | Wheaton, MD
When: Friday, 5:30-8:30pm
Admission: $18/child (free for parents)

Gather the family together for a fun evening! Children can dress in their favorite costume, participate in a garden costume parade, paint a pumpkin, try a pumpkin treat, and top the evening off listening to award-winning storyteller Gary Lloyd present “Pumpkin Tales for the Young” telling tales more funny than scary. Space is limited. Register children ages 3–12, parents are free.

The Big Draw
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Join the NGA for the world’s largest drawing festival. This museum-wide celebration of drawing includes a Sketching Lab, in-gallery sessions with teaching artists, live models, music, and film. Be sure to check the website for the schedule of workshops, which are all first-come, first-served, here.

Día de los Muertos | Day of the Dead
Where: American Indian Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5:30pm
Admission: Free

The end of October and beginning of November marks the end of the long southward migration of large numbers of monarch butterflies. The butterflies’ arrival in Mexico coincides with the observance of Día de los Muertos. The museum is celebrating monarch butterflies through the creation of an interactive mural with Joaquin Newman, butterfly luminaria, and butterfly masks. Butterflies will also appear in a contemporary ofrenda celebrating the marigold paddler, an ancient Maya story interpreted by Evelyn Orantes and traditional ofrendas by Oaxacan-born Lucina Flores and Puebla-born Luz Maria Reyes. Grupo los Tecuanes shares cultural performances of Danza de los Tecuanes (Dance of the Jaguar) and Danza de los Viejitos (Dance of the Old Men).

Truck or Treat!
Where: Suburban Nursery School
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: $5

Suburban Nursey School is hosting its annual Truck Touch, this time with a Halloween twis — the first 200 kids to arrive in costume will get a treat! But everyone who attends will enjoy the hands-on event for kids of all ages.The parking lot will be full of emergency vehicles, construction trucks, school buses, and other cool things that go, and kids are allowed and encouraged to explore. There will also be a used toy and book sale, bounce houses, pumpkin decorating, face painting, nail art, little tykes ride-ons, matchbox car races, and much more!

Trick or Treat with the Boo-tiques
Where: Old Town Boutique District | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Bring your little ghosts and goblins to the Old Town Boutique District’s annual event to start their trick-or-treating early. Stop by the dozens of shops, where they’ll be dishing out treats and some maybe some family-friendly tricks. Halloween costumes are encouraged.

Día de los Muertos Family Day
Where: American Art Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with the Smithsonian American Art Museum! Enjoy Mexican folk dance performances throughout the day and leave your handmade “ofrendas” (offerings) including paper marigolds, calaveras (skull masks), and paper monarch butterflies on our Day of the Dead altar. See more about the museum here.

Kids’ Day at the Washington International Horse Show
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free for kids, $15/adult

This fun, family-friendly event created to share the joy of horses with the local D.C. community and teach kids and their families about horses and equestrian sport. Children can participate in more than a dozen hands-on educational and fun activities, including pony rides, the Discovery Communications Horseless Horse Show, the Horse Stars Hall of Fame interactive exhibit, coloring station, face painting, pony brushing lessons from Rokeby Farm Stables, plus giveaways from Georgetown Cupcake. Klinger, the famous horse from the U.S. Army Caisson Platoon, often attends as a special guest to greet the children. There’s even a pony kissing booth with Mini Cooper, the mini pony! And note that the Horse Show will be happening all weekend!

OAKtober Fest
Where: National Arboretum | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 8am for 5k, 10am for festival
Admission: Free, but $20/child, $35/adult to join the 5k

Friends of the National Arboretum and the Washington Youth Garden present the 2nd annual fall festival for the 2018 OAKtoberfest and 5k Fun Run at the Arboretum. The 5k course will showcase DC’s amazing fall foliage while winding through forests and fields- all on paved, uninterrupted paths. Stay the rest of the afternoon for a children’s tree climb, a kids’ bike rodeo, walking and bicycle tours, food trucks, and live music!

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

* It’s the last chance to see the classic children’s book Blueberries for Sal come to life at Adventure Theatre (Save $2 per ticket on the Saturday 11am or 2pm show with code LASTCHANCE)
* Jason Reynolds’s best-selling book Long Way Down has been adapted for the stage at the Kennedy Center
* Sleepy Hollow brings a haunting tale to Synetic Theater
* Enjoy Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical at Black Rock Center for the Arts in Gaithersburg
* The Tiniest Tempest at The Atlas is Shakespeare for young theatre-goers
* Hansel & Gretel is the Main Stage production at The Puppet Co.
* Little ones will love Imaginary Friends, this week’s featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theatre.
* Beetlejuiceis running at National Theatre
* Take tots and preschoolers to see Blue at Imagination Stage

Pumpin Rock ‘n Roll
Where: Warner Circle Park | Kensington, MD
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Join Headfirst Camps this Halloween for a spooky afternoon of music, games, food, and fun at the first ever Pumpkin Rock N’ Roll! Warner Circle Park will be transformed into a full-blown Halloween extravaganza. Kids can participate in a fun costume contest and parade, and enjoy family-friendly attractions including festival-style musical performances, food trucks, inflatable rides and slides, and a hay maze. Don’t miss the main event: The Pumpkin Roll, a derby race of Halloween pumpkins-turned-boxcars.

Fall Frolic
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free, but small cost for some activities

It’s a safe and fun Halloween event with something for everyone! Daytime activities for families will include pumpkin decorating, arts & crafts, face painting, trick-or-treating, and a costume parade around the Park.

Family Day
Where: Dumbarton Oaks | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 2-4pm
Admission: Free

This event for families is a great opportunity for children of all ages to learn about the Juggling the Middle Ages exhibition through hands-on activities, including juggling lessons for kids! Guests can also enjoy two live juggling performances (2:30pm & 3:30pm), arts and crafts tables, and book readings, followed by the chance to view the exhibition. Featuring more than 100 objects, Juggling the Middle Ages explores the influence of the medieval world by focusing on a single story with a long-lasting impact — Le Jongleur de Notre Dame or Our Lady’s Tumbler —  following the tale from its rediscovery by scholars in the 1870s to its modern interpretations in children’s books. Light snacks and refreshments will be available. Register for free here.

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 4. See what’s on the schedule over the next few days.

The Smurfs at 60
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: Free

La la lala la la la lala la la…Celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Smurfs, characters created in 1958 by Belgian artist Peyo. Enjoy six different cartoon episodes and watch as our blue friends get into a lot of fun misadventures! Featured episodes include: “A Gift for Papa’s Day,” “Secret of Shadow Swamp,” “Lazy’s Slumber Party,” “Queen Smurfette,” “Brainy’s Smarty Part,” and “Smurfette’s Gift.” Recommended for ages 6 and up, this screening is held in partnership with Kids Euro Festival and the Belgian embassy. Approximately 72 minutes.

123 Andrés Show
Where: John Marshall Library | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: Free

As part of the big reopening celebration for the John Marshall Library, local favorites 123 Andrés will perform a fun concert for kids and families! Join them and be a part of this big celebration.

Pumpkin Carving for Kids
Where: Maketto | H Street NE, DC
When: Sunday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Join the H Street restaurant on Sunday to make some jack-o-lanterns just in time for Halloween.  Enjoy complimentary snacks and cider, too. I also recommend planning to have a meal while you’re there — the food is delicious!

Little Spooky Sprouts
Where: Beefsteak | Tenleytown, DC
When: Sunday, 11 am
Admission: Free, but pay for meals

Have some Halloween fun at the eatery! Activities include a costume contest, craft station to decorate mini pumpkins, a “HOLLOW-een” taste station of pumpkin dishes and seed snacks using all parts of the pumpkin, FREE JV bowl with purchase of a regular bowl, 1/2 off fall bowl coupon for future use, and Halloween goodie bags with purchase of a JV bowl Sunday through Halloween.

NSO Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Sunday, 2pm & 4pm
Tickets: $15-18

An annual tradition! The Concert Hall transforms into a ghostly sight when the NSO performs new and old classics to celebrate Halloween, which this year also marks the Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) with ghoulishly attired musicians. Arrive early for trick-or-treating and a special Haunted Hall Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo.” Recommended for ages 5+.

Recreation on Ice
Where: Local ice rinks | Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

The outdoor ice skating season around DC has begun! A few local rinks are welcoming skaters to glide away under the sky, and indoor rinks host public skate sessions, too. See this post with details on where you can enjoy some cool recreation.

Inside Out(ings)
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

With rain in the forecast for at least part of the weekend, you’ll want to have some go-to places to hang inside. The Great Indoors post has over 100 ideas for just those kinds of adventures.

* The Smithsonian has a school for little learners! Check out the many programs at Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center.
* Kids in 4th and 5th grades can ski free in PA, thanks to the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association Snowpass program!
* Bon Appétit magazine just launched a column by Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen on yummy dishes for picky little eaters.
* Uniqlo has great, warm, cute, and very inexpensive basics for both kids and adults. (And that referral link gets you a discount!)
* A Star is Born is AH-mazing — stellar performances by both Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. See it (KidFree) if you haven’t already!


Filed under 2018, All ages, DC, Fall, Maryland, Special Event, Virginia, Weekend

The Weekend Round-Up: October 19-21

This weekend is your last chance for merriment at Ren Fest!

Happy Weekend!

Kids Euro Festival
Where: Around the DC-Metro
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Consider this your passport to two weeks of art and cultural events, as the 11th Annual Kids Euro Festival kicks off Saturday, bringing continental entertainment right to DC. This is the first weekend of the event that will present all kinds of free adventures all around the metro area. Musicians, storytellers, dancers, and puppeteers are just a few of the exciting acts that will perform at a variety of venues through November 4. This weekend alone see films from Romania and Finland, listen to German storytelling, enjoy Bulgarian puppetry, join a Swedish art workshop, and more. Explore the full schedule here.

Boo at the Zoo

Where: National Zoo | Woodley Park, DC

When: Friday – Sunday, 5:30-8:30pm

Admission: $20/members, $30/non-members

Join the National Zoo for their annual not-so-spooky Halloween haunt, one of DC’s most popular events for the kiddie crowd. With more than 40 treat stations, animal demonstrations, keeper chats, live entertainment, and decorated trails, this frightfully fun evening is a treat for the whole family. By the end of the evening, your Boo at the Zoo treat bags will be brimming with your favorite chocolates, snacks and souvenirs. Treat stations will include goodies for all ages, including adult treats like craft beer and food tastings. Costumes encouraged.

Air and Scare

Where: Udvar-Hazy Center | Chantilly, VA

When: Saturday, 12-5:30pm

Admission: Free, but parking is $15 until 6pm

See the spooky side of air and space at the Air & Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center’s 12th Annual Air & Scare! Arrive in costume for safe indoor trick-or-treating. Participate in creepy crafts, spooky science experiments, and other Halloween-themed activities. Arrive in costume to get into the Halloween spirit and enjoy safe indoor trick-or-treating.

Colonial Market Fair
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm | McLean, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4:30pm
Admission: $8/adult, $4/age 3-12, free/under 3

Enjoy the splendor of fall on a living history farm. Warm yourself by the fire while you savor crisp local apples, spit roasted chicken, and hearty breads. Watch and participate with period tradesmen, like the spinners and blacksmith. Live music, singing and dancing, and games are also among the festivities. And kids will delight in seeing turkeys, pigs, and chickens. Period food, beverages, and wares will be available for purchase. Read more about Claude Moore Colonial Farm here.

Fall Harvest Family Days

Where: Mount Vernon Estate | Mount Vernon, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $18-20/adults, $11-12/kids 6-11, free/under 6

Enjoy fall activities with the whole family at George Washington’s digs. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride and play colonial games on the bowling green before heading to the Pioneer Farm to observe 18th-century demonstrations and greet General Washington. Find your way through a straw bale maze and listen to the Itinerant Band play colonial tunes. And Potomac River sightseeing cruises are free this weekend only (while supplied last)!

Fall, Y’all!
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Celebrate the season at one of many area festivals. From pumpkin patches and apple picking to corn mazes and hayrides to giant slides and jumping pillows, there are activities galore that let you relish in the fun autumn brings. This post has details on where all the fall is happening.

Last Call for Merriment
Where: Revel Grove | Crownsville, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 7pm
Admission: $25/age 16+, $10/age 7-15, free/under 7

It’s the final weekend of the Maryland Renaissance Festival, the annual faire that recalls medieval times with an English Tudor village full of fun and entertainment for the whole family. I highly, highly recommend going if you haven’t been yet. And I recommend getting tickets online in advance, as they could sell out. Huzzah!

Where: La Maison Française | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: Free

This full day of activities for children with special needs and their families is part of the Kids Euro Festival. There will be performances, movies, storytelling, and more, and countries represented include Bulgaria, Ireland, and the United States. Throughout the day there will also be crafts, a caricaturist, short films and face painting — and guests invited to wear Halloween costumes.

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

* The classic children’s book Blueberries for Sal comes to life on the Adventure Theatre stage
* Sleepy Hollow brings a haunting tale to Synetic Theater
* Hansel & Gretel is the Main Stage production at The Puppet Co.
* Little ones will love Panda-Monium, this week’s featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theatre.
* Wheaton Family Theatre Series presents Voytto Tech: a scifi fable on Saturday
* Beetlejuice is running at National Theatre
* Take the tots and preschoolers to see Blue at Imagination Stage
* See Jack and the Beanstalk: A Children’s Opera at the Arts Barn in Gaithersburg
* Make it a date night for Turn Me Loose at Arena Stage

DC||CX: DC Cyclocross Races
Where: Armed Forces Retirement Home | Petworth, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Kids’ races and to spectate are FREE

Bicycles, cowbells, food trucks, and beer are all part of one of the largest, internationally-sanctioned cycling events in the Mid-Atlantic region, where top-level elite and amateur cyclocross athletes will compete in 36 categorized races over the two days. Kids can get in on the fun, too, both as spectators and in Lil’ Belgian races just for them (even better, registration is free for children ages nine and under). And the public is welcome to watch the action. Registration for junior and adult racers ranges from $20 to $50. BYO bicycles and helmets.

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

Celebrating International Archaeology Day with special activities at the National Museum of Natural History. Talk to archaeologists — learn about fascinating finds, career paths, challenges in the field, and the joy of discovery. Do some archaeology — practice the skills archaeologists use to piece together the past and participate in mock excavations, illustration, decoding ancient writing systems, experimentation, and artifact analysis. Explore collections — examine museum artifacts in the Q?rius Collections Zone,
get resources, and find out about opportunities to get involved in archaeology in your community.

The Power of Place
Where: NMAAHC | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Inspired by the National Museum of African American History & Culture’s exhibition, The Power of Place, this Community Day explores the personal geography of place. The schoolyard, the sports field, and the outdoors are just some of the places that mold culture and identity. Join the museum for activities that celebrate the places and spaces of personal geography. Admission is free, but passes are required — get them here.

Zombie Fun Run
Where: Bon Air Park | Arlington, VA
When: October 20, 10am – 1pm
Admission: $3/advance, $5/day of

They’re back! The family-friendly Zombie Fun Run returns to Bon Air Park. After the run, enjoy spooky games, moon bounces and inflatables, food trucks, and more at the Survival Zone. Register in advance online or by phone at 703.228.4747.

Pizza Class & Halloween Costume Party
Where: Matchbox locations around the DMV
When: Saturday, 10am
Admission: $30

Dress in costume and join Matchbox for a Halloween-themed kids pizza party. Festivities include a hands-on pizza making class for kids (complete with chef toque), a tour of the kitchen and pizza ovens, jack-o-lantern cookie decorating and other Halloween treats, and a round of mimosas for parents. This will take place at the following Matchbox locations: 14th Street, Capitol Hill, Merrifield, One Loudon, Potomac Mills, and Rockville.

More Wicked Fun
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

This time of year is always a scream with loads of ways to get the Halloween party started early. From mini train rides through the woods to haunted tours to festivals inspired by the holiday, details on where the tricks and treats are happening can be found in this annual post.

American Indian Festival
Where: Patuxent River Park | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the rich and diverse cultures of Native Americans at the 10th Annual American Indian Festival. This free event features live music, drumming, singing, dancing, storytelling, interactive exhibits, demonstrations, American Indian games, archery and more. Great entertainment, games, and fun activities make it a great family day! The event is FREE!, but there may be a nominal fee for food and some activities.

Movie at the Museum
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: Free

Presented as part of Kids Euro Festival: In the Romanian film, Strajerii (The Sentries), join a group of children on their mountain camp adventure. When little Radu gets lost in the woods, everyone in the group, including his younger sister, worries and imagines all sorts of fantastic scenarios. But Radu finds help where he least expects it. The Sentries is the first adventure film with and for children produced independently in Romania after the 1989 Revolution. Recommended for ages 9+.

Cider Days

Where: Locust Grove Nature Center | Bethesda, MD
When Saturday & Sunday, 2-3pm & 3:30-4:30pm
Admission: $7

Fall is the perfect time to sip on fresh apple cider! At Locust Grove Cider Days learn about pollination and the history of apples. You will get to press your own apples in our hand cranked press and then sample the cider and discover some lesser-known apple varieties. Space is limited, so registration is required.

DC Roller Girls
Where: DC Armory | Southeast DC
When: Saturday, 4:30pm (doors open at 3:30pm)
Admission: $15/age 12+, $6/age 3-11, free/2 & under

DC Rollergirls, the National Capital Region’s only women’s flat-track roller derby league, are putting a Halloween twist on Saturday’s match as the DC DEMONcats take on SCARE Force One in a spooky exhibition game featuring all your favorite skaters and fun for fans – including a halftime Halloween costume contest! Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and wheels roll at 4:30. 

Touch-a Truck (& Shop)
Where: Leesburg Premium Outlets | Leesburg, VA
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

Families are invited to make a pit stop at this Touch-A-Truck event on Saturday.  Throughout the day, little ones can explore local first responder vehicles, including the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Department firetruck, Leesburg Police Department cruiser and more! Fashionistas can also stock up on the latest trends at sought after brands, including lululemon athletica, Old Navy Outlet, Tory Burch and Vineyard Vines.

Broadcom MASTERS Project Showcase
Where: National Geographic | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Join 30 of the top middle school scientists in the country as they compete in the Broadcom M.A.S.T.E.R.S., the nation’s most prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition for middle school students! These talented students will be on hand to discuss their science and engineering projects with other students, teachers, parents, scientists, engineers and members of the general public who share their enthusiasm for science and engineering during this free project showcase.

DC Diaper Bank Birthday
Where: DC Brau | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 3-6pm
Admission: Free (but donation suggested)

Greater DC Diaper Bank is celebrating 8 years and you’re invited to join them at DC Brau Brewing Company for the first ever Diaper Olympics, a performance byKidsinger Jim, crafts, birthday cake, and amazing beer. Bring the kids and your desire to help families!  They’ll also be announcing new partners and sharing updates on The Nursery Project. Don’t know what to get them for their birthday? No worries, they’re asking folks to donate $24 when they get there — that amount allows them to diaper a baby in need for a month!

Story Times
Where: Solid State Books | H Street NE, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am & Sunday, 11:30am
Admission: Free

On Saturday, head to the H Street bookstore for a Story Time and Singalong with local kids entertainer Bearsong. Then on Sunday, author and illustrator Vanessa Roeder will read from her picture book Lucy and the String. A sweet and silly tale of unexpected friendship between a girl and the bear she finds at the end of a string, this story is filled with curiosity and heart, and is perfect for young children.

Preschool & Private School Fair
Where: Browne Academy | Alexandria, VA
When: Sunday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

The DCschoolHUB Preschool & Private School Fair will be experiential, fun, and a creative way to learn about area programs all in one day. The area’s top preschools and private schools will be in attendance along with several of the finest education outlets. Additionally, they’ll have door prizes, giveaways, and more — bring the whole family!

The Rumpus Room
Where: U Street Music Hall | U Street Corridor, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: $10

DC’s only daytime dance party for families returns with a Halloween spin! They’ll be getting (slightly) spooky in the club, so put on your costumes along with your dancing shoes! Hit the dance floor filled with little ghosts, goblins, witches, dragons, and pumpkins of all ages. The soundtrack for the day will be a family-friendly mix of dance hits and Halloween classics, all at a kid-friendly volume. Rumpus Room is designed for kids 8 and under and their caregivers, but older siblings are welcome.

World of Montgomery Festival
Where: Montgomery College | Rockville, MD
When: Sunday, 12- 4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the rich diversity of the DC area at the 9th annual World of Montgomery Festival with multicultural music, food, dance, exhibits, and hands-on activities. In the spotlight this year are the cultures of Korea, China, El Salvador, Ethiopia, and India, which are the the largest immigrant populations in MoCo. Experience all of these cultures by participating in a variety of hands-on activities, including traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremonies, Chinese dragon dancing, henna art painting, and craft-making. Two performance stages will spotlight dancers and musicians from across the world, and the centerpiece of the day will be the Parade of Cultures, led by the feet pounding rhythms of traditional African drummers, Latin American dancers, and Asian performers in native dress who encircled the festival grounds.

Kidz Graffiti Party
Where: Art Jamz | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Sunday, 12:30-2:30pm
Admission: $10

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

DC United vs. NYC FC
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Sunday, 3pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

It’s the regular season finale at Audi Field as the United host New York City FC. Word has it the new stadium is awesome. And if you go a little early, there should be some pre-match pop-ups and activities on the plaza.

Out & About
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

This time of year is perfect for outdoor adventures, so the keep the round-up of the Best Places in the DC Are to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids handy!

* There are some fantastic ways to enjoy autumn around the DC area that aren’t the typical fall farm fun.
* Jim Thorpe, PA, is an awesome place for an easy getaway — with or without kids. (I’ll be posting more soon about a recent trip there.)
* This is my book club’s latest pick. Have you read it yet?
* A new Whole Foods just opened in the Navy Yard! (Yes, this kind of thing is very exciting to me these days. 😀 )


Filed under 2018, All ages, DC, Fall, Maryland, Special Event, Virginia, Weekend

The Weekend Round-Up: October 12-14

Celebrate Capitol Hill Day at several iconic DC destinations!

Spooky SPY Family Night
Where: International Spy Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Friday, 6-9pm
Admission: $15

Test your family’s spy skills as you run top secret missions, go deep undercover and transform your appearance with the help of professional make-up artists, challenge yourself in Code Cracker competitions, and enjoy SPY snacks and a chance to explore all forms of spy tradecraft. Go in disguise as your favorite spy! For ages 5 and up, includes exclusive after-hours admission, SPY snacks, scavenger hunt, prize competitions, and more! Space is limited — register in advance. (One adult required for every five KidSpy agents.)

Fall Carnival & Fall Harvest Days
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park | Herndon, VA
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: Free, but carnival ride passes are $16-25

Fall is a busy — and fun — time on the farm, and you can be part of it at Frying Pan’s annual festival! Carnival fun and games start Thursday with rides, games, fair food, and more. On Saturday & Sunday, you can also watch the cider press in action, milk a goat, shell corn, peel apples, meet farm animals, and see traditional farm demonstrations.

Celebrate Capitol Hill Day!
Where: Several Capitol Hill destinations, DC
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

Join the Capitol Visitors Center, U.S. Botanic Garden, Folger Shakespeare Library, Library of Congress, National Postal Museum, and the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument for a celebration of the 225th anniversary of the laying of the U.S. Capitol cornerstone! Bring a picnic lunch and roam the Capitol campus while enjoying the day. Special activities for all ages will also be hosted by all of the destinations. Check their websites and social media for more information on their programs.

The Big Build
Where: National Building Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Any kid (or adult, for that matter) with an interest in building and construction will dig the National Building Museum’s huge annual event celebrating all things, well, building. The Great Hall will be full of different stations where guests aren’t just welcome, but encouraged, to try their hand at all kinds of construction and design techniques alongside experts demonstrating their craft. Discover what it’s like to be a builder and meet plumbers, ironworkers, landscape architects, woodworkers, and experts in many other fields. A special feature this year is author Joshua David Stein who will lead story time with activities around his new book Brick: Who Found Herself in Architecture. All ages welcome, but best for kids 5-12.

Art Safari
Where: The Torpedo Factory | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Alexandria’s art-filled tradition for families returns for its 23rd year! Art Safari is a day of hands-on activities for kids and accompanying adults. Artists will lead young visitors in creative projects across a variety of media, including clay, fiber, painting, even bottle caps. All activities are free, most of them appropriate for children ages 5 – 11 and some requiring parental assistance. Children should wear clothing that can get a little dirty.

Suit Up to Clean Up
Where: Kingman Island | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Admission: Free

Ocean Conservancy invites DC area residents to #suituptocleanup Kingman Island at its flagship International Coastal Cleanup (ICC). All ages can join the event that hauled in 4,000 pounds of trash last year! And it’s not all garbage collecting; other activities include live music, lawn games, and a “weird finds” contest. Volunteers will receive t-shirts and other giveaways; and gloves, bug spray and sunscreen are all provided, along with a light breakfast and lunch. Go here for more info and registration.

New Nature
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Through January 13
Admission: $15/adult, $8/child

The newest exhibit at ARTECHOUSE invites you to experience nature in a whole new way — through a colorful digital menagerie of nature-inspired creatures and plant life. It’s full of stunning imagery and fun interactives that all ages will find delightful. Even if you don’t plan to go this weekend, plan a visit for later, and snag tickets now.

Gimme an H!
Where: H Street NE | Atlas District, DC
When: Saturday, 1-6pm
Admission: Free

The annual festival on Northeast DC’s thriving corridor is always a big one. If you don’t mind huge crowds, there is a lot to see and do. The event features loads of live entertainment, including a kids stage; art exhibits; food trucks; crafts for sale by local vendors; fashion shows; dancin’ in the street; and some kids’ activities. I recommend taking public transportation there, since parking is guaranteed to be difficult.

More Fall Fests
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Say “huzzah!” to the Maryland Renaissance Festival, pick some pumpkins, get lost in corn mazes, go on and hayrides, whiz down giant slides, bounce around on jumping pillows, and so much more. There are activities galore to you embrace the autumn spirit, and the KFDC guide to fall festivals has details on all of them.

World of Wheels
Where: Dematha High School | Hyattsville, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Explore many forms of transportation in person at this family friendly fundraiser. Touch and climb on a variety of vehicles. Enjoy an assortment of activities for kids of all ages. Pepco’s World of Wheels for CASA, an annual touch-a-truck event and family festival is nirvana for motor obsessed kids. They’ll have a fleet of police, construction, utility and other vehicles for you to see, touch, and sit in. Adding to the excitement will be food, music, and an assortment of activities for kids of all ages. Dematha High School is located at 4313 Madison St. in Hyattsville, MD.

Water Discovery Day
Where: Environmental Center at Alexandria Renew | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Alexandria Renew Enterprises is hosting its annual Water Discovery Day, co-hosted by Virginia American Water. The free, indoor/outdoor community event features food, music, and family-friendly activities to help attendees deepen their understanding of their role in Alexandria’s water system. Build a rain water barrel, take a walking tour of AlexRenew, join a water discovery lab, and enjoy plant giveaways, free yoga, slime making , and more. See the website for the schedule of activities.

Sensory Friendly Screening: Goosebumps 2
Where: Regal Rockville Center Stadium | Rockville, MD
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: $6.50

Catch a Sensory-Friendly Screening of Goosebumps 2 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.

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

* The children’s book classic Blueberries for Sal comes to life on the Adventure Theatre stage
* Theater Unspeakable recreates the entire American fight for independence in American Revolution at the Kennedy Center
* Sleepy Hollow brings a haunting tale to Synetic Theater
* Hansel & Gretel is the Main Stage production at The Puppet Co.
* Little ones will love Panda-Monium, this week’s featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theatre.
* Take the preschool set to see Blue at Imagination Stage
* Encore Stage & Studio’s Ghostchasers is theatre by kids for kids (get a ticket deal)
* Make it a date night for Turn Me Loose at Arena Stage.

Wicked Fun
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Halloween may not be for a few more weeks, but you can get the party started with activities and events that celebrate the spooky spirit. This post has details on where the tricks and treats are happening.

Visit Viking Ship
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Through October 15
Admission: $12/adult, $6/child, $30/family

The world’s largest Norwegian Viking ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre, is at The Wharf for just a few more days. Visitors have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tour the deck of the massive ship and interact with the crew. Look for a deal on tickets here).
And tours only last about 20-25 minutes so plan to hang at The Wharf longer.

Grand Opening Community Day
Where: National Law Enforcement Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $21.95/age 12+, $14.95/age 6-11, free/5 & under

This family-friendly Grand Opening event will mark the first time that the National Law Enforcement Museum has opened its doors to the public. It will include activities and entertainment for all to enjoy including K9 demonstrations, a variety of police vehicles and technology, face painting, live entertainment, and more.

Weekend Workers: Paper Airplane Design
Where: Museum of Industry | Baltimore, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: $12/adult, $7/age 7-11, free/6 & under

Join the museum for a Weekend Workers session that is taking paper airplane design to new heights. Joint he fun – it’s open to all ages. Cost is included with museum admission, and you should, of course, plan to tour it while you’re there! Read more about the Museum of Industry in this KFDC post.

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

Stop by 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.

Kalamata’s Kitchen Food Adventureland
Where: 6th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue NW | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 1:30pm
Admission: Free

Kalamata’s Kitchen is partnering with the Neighborhood Restaurant Group at its annual Snallygaster Beer Festival to provide fun, family friendly activities that make every guest feel like a VIP – even the kids! Bring your family, appetite, and sense of adventure to the Kalamata’s Kitchen experience featuring activities designed to connect kids and grownups to other cultures through food adventures. Family friendly goodies and adventures include a Taste Bud Membership lanyard, a Food Adventure Passport as you try new cuisines and collect stamps, a chance to purchase a Kalamata’s Kitchen book and have it signed by author Sarah Thomas and illustrator,Jo Edwards, fun photo ops, games, and giveaways.

Family Fun Day | Jazz and Lily Pad Concert
Where: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 3-5pm
Admission: Free

Music and fun for all ages! Enjoy live entertainment from Janelia Soul, pumpkin and face painting, games, snacks, and even a booth showcasing live birds of prey. Of course, guests will also be able to marvel at the beauty of the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. For more about DC’s hidden gem, see this KFDC post.

Taste of the Harvest
Where: THEARC | Anacostia, DC
When: Saturday, 4-7pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy a beautiful evening at THEARC to celebrate the harvest from the Bridge Park Plots and THEARC Farm. Dine with your family and neighbors at the king’s table. Experience tastings from the gardens that will compliment any meal that you bring yourself. Stay for performances curated by THEARC THEATER and activities that will get you in the fall spirit!  reserve your seat at the table!

OPUS Merriweather
Where: Merriweather-Post Pavilion | Columbia, MD
When: Saturday, 5-11pm
Admission: Free

Imagine what it would be like to stand inside a 75-foot laser cathedral, to jam to DJs on a grass lawn, to experience a 16-foot tall animated owl communicating in film quotes, and to let loose during a meditative dance party. This is OPUS: the boundary-breaking festival that invites families to explore and indulge in discovery. For one night only, OPUS will bring together 25 groundbreaking artists and musicians from all over the world, merging art, music and technology for an enchanting evening in the forest. In addition, OPUS will feature a culinary village with some of the DMV’s best food trucks + restaurants featuring glow in the dark cotton candy by Fluffness and gelato from Dolci Gelati.

Harbor Harvest Children’s Festival
Where: Inner Harbor’s Rash Field | Baltimore, MD
When: Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

The 11th annual Harbor Harvest fall family festival is returning to the Inner Harbor’s Rash Field. The free event will feature a petting zoo, hay maze, face painting and more — without having to leave the Waterfront. Guests can also enjoy a variety of food trucks and live interactive musical experience by The Uncle Devin Show and the Sons of Pirates. New this year, the event is extended two hours for an extra dose of fun! 

Used Bike Sale
Where: Bike and Roll DC | National Mall, DC & Alexandria, VA
When: Sunday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free, but plan to buy!

Bike and Roll DC’s famous annual bike sale is back! Each year they sell inventory from their expertly maintained fleet bikes to the public, and the prices cannot be beat. This year they are selling Trek Verve 3 Comfort Hybrids in a variety of sizes, beginning at $220 + tax.  (New models retail for close to $699.99.)  The sale will take place at both the National Mall and Alexandria Waterfront locations.  Arrive early because they often sell out!

Community Day
Where: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site | Anacostia, DC
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Join the National Park Service as they continue to celebrate 200 years of the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass, the “Lion of Anacostia,” as they host their annual Community Day at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. This year will feature hands-on activities, games, local exhibitors, and live entertainment. Make ice cream with a churner, learn how to drill like a Civil War soldier, play outdoor and board games, make a craft, tour Frederick Douglass’s historic house, and check in with local organizations who serve our community. Fun for the whole family!

* DCSchoolHub is hosting its annual Preschool and Private School Fair next Sunday, October 21.
* Tiny Chefs offers parties, classes, and camp for kids who are keen on cooking!
* Throughout October, the National Gallery of Art is hosting Sketching is Seeing, a celebration of drawing with sketchbooks available at Info Desks and special programming for all ages.
* Goldstar is always great to check out for deals on local entertainment and events.
* This is so great.

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The Weekend Round-Up: October 5-7

Enjoying an early autumn day at Dumbarton Oaks gardens

Happy Weekend!

Velkommen, Viking Ship!
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Through October 15
Admission: $12/adult, $6/child, $30/family

The world’s largest Norwegian Viking ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre, will visit The Wharf for a 10-day stay. It’s the final stop on its Expedition America: East Coast Tour 2018. The ship will dock at the Transit Pier, and visitors will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tour the massive ship and interact with the crew. A free arrival ceremony will take place on Friday at 3pm, and Village and Deck Tours will be offered October 6-14 — get tickets here (but first, look for a deal here). And there’s so much more to enjoy at The Wharf, which you can read all about in this KFDC post.

Celebrate the Season
Where: Around the DMV
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by locale

Enjoy autumn fun and then some at a number of farms around the area. Pick pumpkins, whiz down slides, visit animals, jump on giant inflatables, take pony rides, indulge in caramel apples, and much more. This guide to fall festivals has details on all of them.

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

Farm festivals may be the go-to autumn outing, but there are lots of other fantastic ways to enjoy the season around the area. A recent KFDC post lists 10 great places to for fall adventures — view it here.

Wicked Fun
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Get the Halloween party started early with activities and events that celebrate the spooky spirit throughout October. This post has details on where all the tricks and treats are happening.

Cool Runnings @ The Drive-In
Where: Union Market | Northeast DC
When: Friday, 8:15pm (lot opens at 5:45pm)
Admission: $10/car, free for walk-ups

Catch a family-friendly flick at the drive-in! Cool Runnings is this month’s featured film at Union Market’s outdoor movie series. See the story of the first Jamaican Bobsled Team on the big screen from the comfort of your car in the UM parking lot. Get there as early as 6pm and have a bite to eat in the Market or bring food back to your car. The lot closes at 7:30pm, and the film begins at 8pm. Advance purchase is recommended.

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, hide your true self and see what mayhem you can bring in a Deception & Disguise workshop. Register here. And read a KFDC write-up about the Folger here.

Children’s Arts & Crafts Workshop
Where: Embassy of Sweden | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 12-3pm
Admission: Free

Swedish artist Karin Lithell will lead children ages 3-10 in expressing themselves through art at House of Sweden this Saturday! This session is part of a series of art workshops for kids that take place on select Saturdays. Attendees are set up with everything they need to participate free of charge. Plan to spend even more time in Room for Children, a Swedish library and arts studio for ages 0-10 years, designed to stimulate their desire for books, music, storytelling, and self-expression.

Taste of Bethesda
Where: Woodmont Triangle | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free, but you pay for food samples

According to some stats, Bethesda has more restaurants per capita than any other city in the U.S. Accurate or not, DC’s suburban neighbor definitely has a food scene worth celebrating. The 27th year of Bethesda’s famous food and music festival will bring 60 restaurants and five stages of entertainment. Along with food samples and live entertainment, there will be a kid’s corner for face painting, arts & crafts, and more fun for young ones. Admission is free, and taste tickets are sold on-site in bundles of four tickets for $5.

Hispanic Heritage Month Family Day
Where: National Museum of American History | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage at the American History Museum. Participate in hands-on activities, learn about animation and storytelling, enjoy the Cooking Up History demonstration with renowned Mexican-American chef Zarela Martinez, meet members from Disney·Pixar’s “Coco” team, including character modeling artist Alonso Martinez, watch “Coco” with your friends and family, and dance to the music of Grupo Bella, an all-female mariachi band. All festival activities are free, but reservation tickets will be needed for the timed film screenings of Coco.

Library + Art Pop-Up + More
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Fun for little ones at the Hirshhorn! Enjoy the Library + Art Pop-Up on Saturday from 10am – 12pm and find a cart in the galleries and check out a fun kit full of favorite finds for kids. On Sunday at 2pm, drop-in for Hirshhorn/DRAW, a gallery sketching session that pairs an artwork with a drawing exercise. Of course, explore the rest of the exhibits while you’re there, including the striking Pickett’s Charge, which has been extended at the Hirshhhorn through 2021!

Art on the Avenue
Where: Mount Vernon Ave | Del Ray, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the diversity of Alexandria’s Del Ray community at this multicultural arts festival. Over 300 artists – jewelers, woodworkers, pottery makers, soap crafters, glass makers, painters, sculptors, fabric artists, and musicians – will have their work on display and for sale. And kids activities have always been a vital part of the festival – scarecrow stuffing, pumpkin painting, lotus flower design, screen art weaving are just some of the crafts to enjoy. Food vendors will also be there offering hot dogs, BBQ, Indian fare, crab cakes, chocolate bananas dipped on a stick, and home made cider donuts.

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

* Adventure Theatre brings Blueberries for Sal to their stage
* Sleepy Hollow brings a haunting tale to Synetic Theater
* Its opening weekend for Hansel & Gretel, the Main Stage production at The Puppet Co.
* And little ones will love Dragon Babies, this week’s featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theatre.
* Encore Stage & Studio’s Ghostchasers is theatre by kids for kids.
* South Pacific is on stage at Olney Theatre
* Make it a date night for Turn Me Loose at Arena Stage.
* Disney on Ice is back at EagleBank Arena with Mickey’s Search Party

Saturday Family Story Session
Where: Strathmore | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 10:15am & 11:30am
Admission: $10-12

Join the weekly family session for fun and creativity, enjoying diverse and dynamic programs with the very best storytellers in the area who engage young audiences and instill a love of learning with every word. In this delightful, interactive workshop, miniature items and toys create a captivating story. Parents will take away effective storytelling techniques that can be used at home to promote literacy and other cognitive skills.

Get Merry at Ren Fest
Where: Revel Grove | Crownesville, Md
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: $22/age 16+, $10/age 7-15, free/6 & under

There are only a few weekends left to enjoy the bounty of merriment at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. The annual faire recalls medieval times with a village full of fun and entertainment for the whole family. This is one of my very favorite events in the DC area, and it could very well become one of yours, too. View scenes from our visit to Ren Fest a few weeks ago here. Huzzah!

College Park Day
Where: College Park Aviation Museum | College Park, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Join the College Park community for the 9th annual festival celebrating the city! The day will feature live entertainment, free admission to the College Park Aviation Museum, obstacle courses, a climbing wall, bounce house, face painting, arts & crafts, and more! Say hello to the folks who keep you safe and check out their fire trucks and squad cars. Put your dancing shoes on…music all day long will include jazz, rock, cumbia, pop, and R&B. Concessions will be available for purchase.

Love Beer Fest (Family-Friendly!)
Where: Park at 1st & M Streets SE | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

For the first time ever, Anheuser-Busch St. Louis Brewery will host the Love Beer Festival in DC! Love Beer Fest will take place in the park bordered by First St, M Street SE and New Jersey Ave SE, directly across from the Navy Yards-Ballpark Metro Stop and is a family-friendly event open to all beer lovers at no cost. During the festival, guests will have the opportunity to experience fun for all ages, including appearances from the Budweiser Clydesdales, live music, yard games, face painting, and more. There will also be unique food and beer pairings prepared by chefs from famed DC restaurants, Old Ebbitt Grill and The Hamilton.

Farm Day
Where: Cherry Hill Park | Falls Church, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free, but fees for some activities

Enjoy old-fashioned fun for the whole family, including: horse-drawn hayrides, petting farm, pumpkin painting, scarecrow-making, blacksmith demonstration, cider pressing from locally grown apples, pony rides and much more. Not to be missed is a performance by King Street Bluegrass, a traditional bluegrass band with blues, folk, and country influences. Free tours of the 1845 Cherry Hill Farmhouse will also be offered throughout the day. Bring your own long-sleeved shirts and pants to make a scarecrow or purchase clothing items at the event. Food will be available for purchase from Carnivore BBQ and Stay Cool Ice Cream. The weekly Farmer’s Market will run concurrently from 8am – 12pm.

Harvest Festival
Where: Agricultural History Farm Park | Derwood, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: $15/car

Get a taste of farm life from the 1850s to present through a day of hands-on activities and experiences on a working farm. The Agricultural History Farm Park is situated on 455 acres of land in Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve and serves as a historic farm site as well as a modern farming activity center. Activities include hayrides, live farm animals, corn maze, farm tours, antique farm equipment, garden tours.

Co-op Festival
Where: 10th – 12th Streets on the National Mall, DC
When: Saturday 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Co-ops are coming together on Sunday to entertain, educate and provide fun for all ages. Learn how to grow rice with Riceland Foods, take a virtual farm tour with Organic Valley, sample Cabot Creamery cheese, experience solar demos with America’s Electric Cooperatives, learn about your financial health with America’s Credit Unions, and enjoy music from WASH Radio and WMZQ-FM. Families can also kick off the weekend by participating in The Co-op 5K on Saturday, October 6, at Hains Point! This fun event will feature prizes for the whole family, from REI Co-op Backpacks, to Co-op Swag baskets! While the festival is free, there is a fee to participate in the 5K.

Where: Garfield Park | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

The daylong music festival will feature two main stages and four small stages with a variety of international, national, regional, and local acts in addition to high school, college/university, and students from independent music programs. There will also be fitness classes, children’s storytelling, dance performances and more entertainment.

Parenting: An Art Without a Manual
Where: American Visionary Art Museum | Baltimore, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $10/adult, $6/child, $8/senior

AVAM’s newest exhibition focuses on what might be humanity’s most essential performance art — the intuitive, transformative, and complex art of parenting. Thirty-six artists express their personal experience of parenting or of being parented — be it good, bad, horrific, and/or sublime, alongside revelations from the latest scientific research, globally-sourced wisdoms, and fun. Adults will best appreciate this exhibit, but the whole museum can be enjoyed by all! They are also hosting a Weekend Walk-In, their monthly drop-in art-making workshop from 1-4pm — this one has a Bot-Shop theme. Read a KFDC write-up about the wonderful, wacky American Visionary Art Museum here.

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 artist Frida Khalo. 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 a more recent visit.

Kids Night
Where: STEM & Flower | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 6-9pm
Admission: $10/child

Enjoy a few hours of KidFree time! STEM and Flower will be hosting a Kids Night event this Saturday. Drop your children off in the evening for three hours filled with fun, take-home crafts, science projects, and dinner. Just call or email to let them know that your child will be joining. (PS: They are also offering camp for kids on Columbus Day when there’s no school.)

Where: McLean Central Park | McLean, VA
When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

MPAartfest returns for its 12th year, offering something for guests of all ages. The festival features the work of nearly 40 selected artists, creative interactive experiences, new food vendors, expanded musical offerings and more. During MPAartfest, McLean Central Park is transformed into a lively landscape of mini art galleries showcasing and offering for sale the work of acclaimed artists from the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond.Along with the artists’ tents and food from local restaurants, MPAartfest features the best of DC’s musical artistsas well as a variety of arts and STEAM (STEM+Art) activities to engage creative minds and captivate art-lovers of all ages.

Where: Watkins Regional Park | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

Head to Watkins Regional Park for the 35th Annual Kinderfest, a day focused on children that takes place every year on the first Sunday in October. The scores of events and activities to entertain the whole family include clowns and costumed characters, singers and dancers, pony and hay rides, carnival games, scarecrow workshops, sweet and savory refreshments, and spins on the famous Watkins carousel and miniature train. Admission to the event is free, but some activities require a fee. Read more about all the fun offerings at Watkins Regional Park here.

Takoma Park Street Festival
Where: Carroll Ave. to Carroll St. | Takoma Park, MD
When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The streets of Takoma Park will be filled with music, artisans, community groups, children’s activities, food vendors and a variety of green companies at the city’s 37th annual festival. Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping — vendors will be selling all kinds of artistic wares. Festivities for kids include crafts, face painting, inflatables, and more fun. And music lovers will enjoy three stages hosting 18 bands playing all day.

Walks in the Woods
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Enjoy the season and some active fun. See the very beginning of fall foliage, tramp in places with scenic views, hike and explore history at interesting locales, and savor the time outdoors. This post has a a bunch of recommendations for places to walk in the woods with the kids.

* If you need kid coverage on Monday when most schools are off for Columbus Day, DC Way Soccer is offering One Day Camp!
* The annual Kids Euro Festival, presenting two weeks of free performances, concerts, workshops, movies, storytelling sessions, puppetry, dance exhibitions, magic shows, and cinema all around DC begins on October 20!
* Local dad and writer Tom Nochera has written a book called A Goat Named Joey for bullied kids, and he needs some support as he works to get it published.
* I am hearing really great things about Rothy’s. Anyone have a pair? (PS: The link will get you $20 off your first order!)
* Just started reading An American Marriage and cannot put it down.

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