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The Weekend Round-Up:
October 18-20

This weekend is your last chance to experience Ren Fest magic!


Happy Weekend!

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, a dance party and kids’ karaoke, and decorated trails, this frightfully fun evening is a treat for the whole family. By the end of the evening, Boo at the Zoo commemorative 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!

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.

Family Happy Hour
Where: Hill Center | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Friday, 5-7pm
Admission: $10/child, $5/adult

Kick off the weekend with a casual happy hour for parents and tots! Local fave band, King Bullfrog, will hit the stage with high-energy original, folk and blues songs carefully tailored to get children dancing and delight grownups. Complimentary pizza and a water dispenser there, too.

Annual SHERO Family Walk
Where: 1333 N Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
When: Saturday, 8:30am
Admission: $45/walker, $150family

Join hundreds of DC families and neighbors for the Annual Family SHERO Walk, a morning of fun and impact that the whole family can participate in. This 2-mile walk includes a free t-shirt, breakfast, mask decorating, and treats for four-legged friends. Best of all, every step benefits N Street Village, the city’s largest provider of housing and services for women experiencing homelessness.

24th Annual Art Safari
Where: The Torpedo Factory | Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, October 19, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

An annual Alexandria tradition for almost a quarter-century, Art Safari returns for a day of hands-on activities for kids and families. Professional artists lead budding art enthusiasts in dynamic projects across all three floors of the Torpedo Factory. Join other children to build a life-sized papier-mâché creature. Experiment with potter’s clay and silkscreen printing. Paint with Japanese black ink, turn cereal boxes into a city, create metallic leaf rubbings, and so much more. Projects are best for ages 5–12, but younger kids will have lots of fun with some grown-up help. Dress to get a little messy!

Down in the Reeds
Where: Parks at Walter Reed Army Hospital | Brightwood, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 7pm
Admission: $10

The day-long fall celebration and music festival brings together a mosaic of entertainment and activations reflective of DC’s cultural diversity and in celebration of the healing power of music. Enjoy a variety of love music, do some family arts and crafts, play lawn games, check out live art, grab a bite from food trucks, relax in the beer garden, and much more. Visit the website for the complete schedule of events.

Museum Open House
Where: Kreeger Museum | Northwest DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate art, music, and nature with the Kreeger Museum. Join them for a day of family-friendly fun, including interactive art activities, a djembe drum circle, performances by the Shannon Gunn Quartet, and food trucks. Visit the website for the full day’s schedule.

Last Call for Merriment
Where: Revel Grove | Crownsville, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 7pm
Admission: $27/age 16+, $12/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 likely will sell out. Huzzah!

Fall Harvest Family Days

Where: Mount Vernon Estate | Mount Vernon, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $20/adults, $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.

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.

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

* Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are In A Play!” brings some of kids’ favorite characters to life at Adventure Theatre
* Catch a Gustafer Yellowgold concert at Strathmore AMP on Sunday
* Kid Prince and Pablo at the Kennedy Center is a reimagined version of Mark Twain’s classic The Prince and the Pauper
* InterAct Story Theatre presents Bobtail BONG BONG: A Monkey’s Tail Tale as part of their Wheaton Family Theatre Series
* The Very Hungry Caterpillar is eating its way across Imagination Stage
* Darci Lynn & Friends are perfroming at DAR Constitutional Hall on Sunday
* The Royale is running at Olney Theatre
* You gotta cut loose, Footloose at the Kennedy Center (find discounts)
* See theatre by kids for kids at Encore Stage & Studio’s production of Disney’s Frozen Jr.
* No lie, Pinocchio is at The Puppet Co.
* And Mother Goose Caboose is the featured Tiny Tots show there on Sunday
* Source Theatre’s Little Shop of Horrors is recommended for tweens and up.
* Make it a date night for Jitney at Arena Stage, The Tempest at Synetic Theatre, or Escaped Alone at Signature Theatre

29Rooms
Where: DC Armory | Southeast DC
When: Through October 27
Admission:

29Rooms is a collaboration of visionaries and brands in the fields of art, activism, style, and technology that brings 29 experiences under one roof that tap into the conversations of today and hopes for tomorrow. Each room puts visitors at the center of the event with hands-on activities and several phone-free experiences, sparking engagement and igniting self-expression, storytelling and dialogue. Through multi-sensory installations, performances, and workshops, you’re presented you with a new way to connect with creativity, culture, and community.

Preservation Family Workshop: Art & Me
Where: American Art Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 12:30pm & 1:30–3pm
Admission: Free (but reservations required)

H2Oh my! Experience the art of making and preserving watercolors by exploring the Lunder Conservation Center, where families can experiment with professional tools and learn different watercolor techniques. This program is part of a yearlong partnership with the Freer|Sackler and is for children ages three to five years old with adult participation.

Truck Touch
Where: Suburban Nursery School | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: $5, free/under 2

Climb aboard and honk all the horns at Suburban Nursery School’s Annual Truck Touch, a 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. Kids are not just allowed, but encouraged to explore. There will also be food trucks, a used toy and book sale, bounce houses, face painting, a bake sale, and much more! Don’t wait in line, buy your tickets ahead of time here!

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

Join the Purple Line World of Wheels for CASA on Saturday! The 8th annual touch-a-truck and family festival will be a great opportunity for families to see and explore a variety of vehicles, have fun and play games… all while supporting Court Appointed Special Advocate and helping to bring a voice to more children in foster care!

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

Drop in to celebrate International Archaeology Day with special activities. 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.

Teddy Bear Clinic
Where: PM Pediatrics | Greenbelt, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

PM Pediatrics, the nation’s largest provider of pediatric urgent care, will host a “Teddy Bear Clinic” to help dispel children’s potential fear of a visit to the doctor. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed animal or doll for a routine medical exam where a friendly doctor will take height and weight measurements, examine eyes, ears, heart and lung function and more. The clinics are designed to help kids understand that a visit to the doctor is not only painless, but can also be fun.

Fall Family Fest
Where: Katzen Arts Center | AU Park, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Fall Family Fun Day at the AU Museum for all ages! All activities are free and inspired by our current exhibitions. Create hands-on art projects, explore art with a scavenger hunt, take a tour with one of our guides, listen and participate in storytelling and music-making, and more. Free, please register in advance and check-in at the door. Children must be accompanied by an adult. You do not need to print your Eventbrite ticket. Register here

Kids Contemporary Art Workshop
Where: Mango Street DC | Shaw, DC
When: Saturday, 10-11:15am
Admission: $27/child

Join MangoStreet art educator and artist Marie B. Gauthiez for Contemporary Artists Series: Richard Tuttle: Assemblages & Found Materials to learn about creating small scale ASSEMBLAGES (a work of art made by grouping found or unrelated objects) inspired by American artist Richard Tuttle’s process. The group will read a story, then look at Richard Tuttle’s fascinating works before getting started on personal projects. Parents will play the crucial role of assistants to their children (discussing a plan, choosing material and helping with the hardest tasks). This is a great opportunity to discover that art making is not confined to a flat piece of paper. MangoStreet is located at 52 O Street NW.

Creepy Cupcakes Kids Confectionery Class
Where: Creative Saints Loft | Hyattsville, MD
When: October 19, 1-3pm
Admission: $35

Calling all Ghouls and Goblins! Join Executive Pastry Chef Padua Player of SugaChef Desserts in the Hyattsville Arts District for this Halloween-themed class. This event is for kids who love being in the kitchen and parents who love to eat their creations! If you’re looking for a safe and exciting way to have some SpOOky fun bring your little ones dressed in their BEST costumes and lets create! Each ticket includes:
2 hour instructor lead class, 1/2 dozen uniquely decorated cupcakes (spiders, witches, and Frankenstein, oh my!), coffee and sweet treats for adults, spooky punch for kids, and candy giveaway.

Taste of the Harvest
Where: Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus | Southeast DC
When: Saturday, 4-8pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the fall harvest from the Bridge Park Plots and THEARC Farm. Free festivities include live music, arts activities, dance performances, garlic planting, tastings from the harvest, and tours of THEARC Farm. Bring your main dinner course from home to accompany tasty recipes from the gardens. Activities will continue into the evening with performances by Dupont Brass, Tamika Love Jones, & The Washington Ballet @ THEARC. Reserve your seats here.

Glow in the Park
Where: Adventure Park at Sandy Spring | Sandy Spring, MD
When: Saturday, 6pm
Admission: $42

Do the monster mash through the trees! Enjoy Halloween festivities at the Adventure Park’s spooky Halloween-themed Glow in the Park. Wear your costume for a chance to spin a prize wheel (just make sure it’s comfortable & safe to climb in) — you could win free tickets, a t-shirt, or something else special! Start times will be available every 10 minutes between 6pm & 8:20pm, and tickets are good for two hours of climbing & ziplining + 40 minutes for the safety briefing and getting geared up. Online reservations are highly recommend, as this event tends to sell out. Ages 5 & up are welcome!

Storybook Theater
Where: Northeast & Shaw Libraries | Capitol Hill & Shaw, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 2-3:30pm
Admission: Free

All ages are invited to join this Storybook Theater program. Be a part of the stories and have some fun during dramatic interactive readings of children’s books! It takes place at Northeast Library on Saturday and Shaw Library on Sunday. Seating is limited so register in advance. Parents of small children must remain on site.

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

Kids of all ages are invited to think creatively about electric cars, self-driving vehicles, high speed rail, and other exciting ways to get around in the future! Families will have an opportunity to explore these activities and more at KID Museum’s The Future of Transportation Day: Use sensors, “smart paints,” and energy harvesting devices to design “smart roads” for Ozobot robots and construct aerodynamic vehicles powered by pneumatic tubes. Design suspension and cable-style bridges using cardboard, string, and popsicle sticks. Learn about magnetic levitation rail technology and build “maglev” vehicles out of cardboard, hot glue, and magnets. Read a KFDC write-up about KID Museum.

Rumpus Room Family Dance Party: Halloween Special
Where: Black Cat | 14th Street NW, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 1:30pm
Admission: $15

The Rumpus Room, DC’s only daytime dance party for families, returns in time for Halloween! This October they’ll be getting (slightly) spooky in the club, so put on your costumes and go dance. Get ready for a 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 10 and under and their caregivers, but older siblings are welcome.

DCschooolHUB Preschool & Private School Fair
Where: St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School | Northwest, DC
When: Sunday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

If you are looking for a preschool or private school for your child, don’t miss the 3rd Annual DCschoolHUB Preschool & Private School Fair on Sunday. More than 50 of the top schools from the DMV area will be in attendance, so you can learn all about their programs for your child. Visit solo or bring the kids!

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

Enjoy spooky fun for the whole family at this annual tradition! The Concert Hall transforms into a ghostly sight when our ghoulishly attired musicians perform new and old classics to celebrate Halloween. Nicholas Hersh leads this exciting concert experience, which features music from Harry Potter and more. Arrive early for trick-or-treating and a special Haunted Hall Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo.” Recommended for ages 5+.

Opera starts with Oh!
Where: Hill Center | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 3-5pm
Admission: Free

Spend an afternoon with your children or grandchildren, niece or nephew and immerse yourselves in the arts of opera! Unravel the many elements of opera, through play and immersive activities, à la Opera Lafayette. Led by internationally-trained director, choreographer, and teaching artist, Emma Jaster, and featuring a dancer, singer and cellist, Opera starts with Oh! is perfect for families with children aged 5 and up. The first atelier of the season will explore the story of Venus and Adonis through dance and music. Cupids, graces, hunters, and goddesses come alive in this opera about love, magic ,and storytelling. Enjoy a free afternoon of artistic playtime and immerse yourselves in the art of all arts – opera! Register in advance here.

Halloween on the Farm
Where: Watkins Regional Park | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Sunday, 4-7pm
Admission: $4/ages 2+

Head Old Maryland Farm at Watkins Regional Park for a Halloween & Fall themed event for little ones. Enjoy hayrides, games, crafts, cider, creepy-crawly animals, a costume contest, and pumpkins for purchase. Kids 13 & under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Read more about Watkins and Old Maryland Farm here.
 
Brookland Exchange, Makers Market
Where: Arts Walk at Monroe Street | Brookland, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Between local vendors and Arts Walk tenants, Brookland Exchange will share the local, handmade wares of forty-plus local makers and artists collectors with the community. The outdoor market is a concept that aims to support local artists, creative expression and interaction between community and creative commerce. Vendors include 2D and 3D artists, candle and jewelry makers, small food businesses, wellness and beauty creatives, and many more artisans. Brookland Exchange provides a day of creative fun for the whole family with live music and entertainment and food.

Families Serving Together: “Soupkot” Edition
Where: Edlavitch DCJCC | Downtown DC
When: Sunday, 9:30–11:00am
Admission: $20/family fee requested to help cover supplies

Join the EDCJCC and PJ Library to celebrate the end of the harvest holiday of Sukkot and make instant soup kits for people experiencing food insecurity in our city. The morning will include learning about the holiday of Sukkot and doing the service project. Children of all ages are welcome! Register here. Walk-ins welcome if space available.

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! (And looks like Sunday might bring some wet weather, so keep The Great Indoors list in your back pocket, too.)

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. This KFDC post lists 10 great places to for fall adventures.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* OMG, THE NATS ARE GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES!!!
* In case you were wondering….
* If you’re a fan of Jane Goodall (and who isn’t?), check out this KFDC post about her recent visit to DC and a new exhibition about her coming to the National Geographic Museum.
* Calling all young actors! Studio Theatre is holding local auditions October 19-21 to cast children’s roles in the Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home.
* Have you checked out Certifikid lately? So many awesome deals on all kinds of DC activities!
* In the mood for a creepy movie? Watch Ma.


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The Weekend Round-Up: October 11-14

It’s going to be a great weekend for some garden-ing!



Happy Weekend! Go, Nats!!!

Nationals NLCS Viewing
Where: Around the DMV
When: Friday, 8:08pm & Saturday, 4:08pm
Admission: Free

Want to get out to watch the Nats play the Cards with fellow fans? Lots of spots around the area will be showing the NLCS games. Here are some places that were recommended for the NLDS. And I’ll keep you updated as more round-ups of where to watch are shared. UPDATE: Here’s are more recs from the Post, The Brig and Salt Line being the most family-friendly (imo).

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

Pick some pumpkins, whiz down giant slides, get lost in corn mazes, go on and hayrides, bounce around on jumping pillows, say “huzzah!” to Ren Fest, 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.

Soccer: USA vs. Cuba
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Friday, 7pm
Admission: $24+

The US Men’s National Team takes its first steps in the inaugural Concacaf Nations League when it faces Caribbean foe Cuba Friday evening at Audi Field. I recommend taking public transportation since parking can be difficult. Or park in the Navy Yard neighborhood, grab early dinner at one of the many eateries (El Bebe, The Salt Line, and All Purpose are my top recs), then walk to the match.

The Big Build
Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Build, discover, play, make, climb, and design alongside architects, hobbyists, artisans, and craftspeople. Explore the construction vehicle “petting zoo,” spackle walls, or chop and hammer wood. This year’s line-up also includes cutting-edge virtual and augmented reality in the Tech Lab. Attendees can also visit all exhibitions for free on this day.

Culture Queen’s Dance Party
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center | H Street NE, DC
When: Saturday, 9:30am & 11am
Admission: $15

Join the Culture Queen as she does “The Locomotion” on a journey through the swinging ’60s. This energetic show introduces young audiences to the music of Dance Hall kings and queens like Chubby Checker, Little Richard, Little Eva, and Dee Dee Sharp. She’ll teach your royal children the hottest dances of the era like “The Twist”, “The Mashed Potato”, “The Bird” and many more through music and storytelling.

Heritage Day
Where: Peirce Mill | Rock Creek Park, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

A blacksmith, carpenter, bluegrass music, cider press, and corn sheller will round out the demonstrations for Heritage Day. And we’ll have hands-on children’s crafts.  A food truck will provide lunch options for hungry millers. The waterwheel will be turning from 11am – 2pm to showcase the magic of the giant wooden machine, designed by Oliver Evans. Built in 1820-1829 by Isaac Peirce as part of his large estate, the gristmill brings to life the agricultural history of Washington, DC. Read more about Peirce Mill in this KFDC post.

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

* Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are In A Play!” brings some of kids’ favorite characters to life at Adventure Theatre
* The Very Hungry Caterpillar is eating its way across Imagination Stage
* Reserve free tickets to see The Three Not So Little Pigs, this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance
* The Royale is running at Olney Theatre
* You gotta cut loose, Footloose at the Kennedy Center (find discounts)
* See theatre by kids for kids at Encore Stage & Studio’s production of Disney’s Frozen Jr.
* You could be the next contestant on The Price is Right at MGM National Harbor
* It’s opening weekend for Pinocchio at The Puppet Co.
* And Old McDonald’s Farm is the featured Tiny Tots show there on Sunday
* Make it a date night for Jitney at Arena Stage, The Tempest at Synetic Theatre, or Escaped Alone at Signature Theatre

Bethesda Row Arts Festival
Where: Downtown Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 6pm & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

All ages are welcome to join one of the region’s most exciting and esteemed outdoor festivals. Overnight, Bethesda Row’s Shopping and Entertainment District will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery, featuring more than 200 juried fine arts and crafts from artists around the nation. “Art Fair Sourcebook” and “Sunshine Artists” have recognized the event as one the most important in the country, and over 45,000 attendees agree! Especially for kids will be a spin-art tent to create their own art. And new for 2019: STartER GALLERY — a separate cluster of tents located on Bethesda Lane, featuring local and emerging artists showcasing their works to first-time and novice art collectors. 

Latino Art, Beats & Culture Fest
Where: American History Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage at the Latino Art, Beats & Culture Fest, a museum-wide festival showcasing Latino music such as mambo, salsa, hip-hop, pop, and reggaeton. Explore history and culture through hands-on activities, encounters with Smithsonian collections, experts and curators from the Smithsonian Latino Center, National Museum of American History, National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. The program will also feature dance lessons, a mini film festival, and guest appearances and entertainment by a variety of performers.

Fun Family Fall Festival
Where: YMCA of Bethesda-Chevy Chase | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 1:30pm
Admission: $15

Celebrate fall with fun for the entire family while raising critical funds for the YMCA and MetroBethesda Rotary Foundation. Enjoy Rides, games, pumpkin patch, and all kinds of interactive FUN at the newly renovated YMCA of Bethesda-Chevy Chase (9401 Old Georgetown Road).  For ages preK and up.

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

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

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.

DC Comics Book Signing
Where: Third Eye Comics | Annapolis, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: Free

DC Comics is celebrating two of the publisher’s most popular authors with a special fan signing. Author Kami Garcia and Eisner Award-winning author Tom King will sign copies of their latest titles. Before and during the event, fans will be able to purchase several King and Garcia titles at Third Eye Comics. Wrist bands and tickets are not required for the event, but fans are encouraged to get to the event early to get a spot in line, as entry is determined on a first-come, first-served basis.

Grand Re-Opening
Where: Anacostia Community Museum | Anacstia, DC
When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Everyone is invited to join the Anacostia Community Museum for its grand re-opening after being closed for renovations. See the new look both inside and outside. And from 2-4pm, there will be special festivities. Meet and greet with the new director, Melanie Adams, enjoy refreshments and live music, and see the current exhibition, A Right To The City.

Story Time: Iggy Peck Architect
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 12pm
Admission: Free

This weekend’s Story Time at the Hirshhorn features one of my favorite children’s books — I loved reading Iggy Peck Architect to my kids when they were little. On Sunday, you can hear it at a read-aloud, then investigate the museum building with close looking and hands-on building activities.

Harvest Festival
Where: Capitol Cider House | Brentwood, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 2pm
Admission:

Start your Sunday off right with lots of fall goodness at Capitol Cider House, where they may focus on offerings for adults, but they aim for a family-friendly vibe — and this fest is no exception. There will be live apple pressing, apple cider donuts, apple tasting, mulled cider, face painting, balloon animals, and random prizes. RSVP to let them know you’re going.

Family Cardio Day
Where: RFK Fields | Northeast DC
When: Sunday, 10-11am
Admission: $10/person or $20/family of 3+

Body by Buckner invites all families to “meet them at the field” for Family Cardio Day, part of the “Fitness at the Fields” Sunday workout series this fall. During the hour-long workout event, Body by Buckner owner Lauren Buckner will lead a dynamic workout with the mission to encourage families to get moving and to take advantage of the great outdoors as part of their active routine. The Fields at RFK are located at 401 Oklahoma Ave NE. Bring a yoga mat if you have one!

Take advantage of a rare chance to visit the Main Reading Room!

Main Reading Room Fall Open House
Where: Library of Congress | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Monday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Where you can usually only look from a window above, you can visit on one of the two days per year it’s open to the public! The beautiful Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress is holding its semi-annual Open House on Columbus Day. This year’s Fall event will highlight a variety of materials from the Library’s collections: children’s books by and about Supreme Court Justices, items from the personal library of Carl Sagan, the Blackwell Family tree (family of Arthur Ashe, Jr.) tracing family lineage back to 1735, Copyright Treasures such as the collection of Muppet toys, and a display of print-braille books and tactile images. Reference librarians will also be on hand to demonstrate services, offer instruction on obtaining a reader-registration card and answer questions. The Young Readers Center will be open 10am – 3pm with activity stations and programming for visitors — kids can make, paint and decorate “cartoneras,” or books made from cardboard and recycled materials.

Culturfied Interational Children’s Festival
Where: Ronald Reagan Building | Downtown DC
When: Monday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Take kids around the world in a day and without leaving DC! At the Culturfied Interational Children’s Festival, visit more than 30 embassy booths to learn more about countries through displayed geography, attire, arts and crafts, food samples, and more fun activities.

Pre & Post Natal Yoga
Where: Gymboree DC | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Monday, 6:30-7:30pm
Admission: Free

Join a FREE pre/post natal yoga class taught by a certified doula and yoga instructor. Classes will take place on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month. Register in advance, though walk-ins are welcome, too.

Do Some Garden-ing
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

Fall is a great time to roam the many gardens in the area as the changing leaves start to brighten up the summer green. Enjoy the fall flowers and manicured grounds of the Enid A. Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle (then visit the museums). Stroll among the many multi-tiered plats at Dumbarton Oaks. Explore, play, and see a variety of plant collections at the National Arboretum. Wander around Green Spring Gardens on a scavenger hunt. Venture out to the gorgeous Meadowlark Botanical Garden. Relish in the peace at the Brookland Monastery. Or enjoy a tour indoors and out at the U.S. Botanic Garden. You can bring along a picnic to many of these places and make it a whole day’s outing.

**PLAN AHEAD**
24th Annual Art Safari
Where: The Torpedo Factory | Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, October 19, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

An annual Alexandria tradition for almost a quarter-century, Art Safari returns for a day of hands-on activities for kids and families. Professional artists lead budding art enthusiasts in dynamic projects across all three floors of the Torpedo Factory. Join other children to build a life-sized papier-mâché creature. Experiment with potter’s clay and silkscreen printing. Paint with Japanese black ink, turn cereal boxes into a city, create metallic leaf rubbings, and so much more. Projects are best for ages 5–12, but younger kids will have lots of fun with some grown-up help. Dress to get a little messy!

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* This is Howie do it!
* And this is how we fans do it! 😁
* The Newseum will close after December 31, so plan to visit before then. (Look for a discount on admission here.)
* There’s a giveaway going on…enter for a chance to win eight free classes at MOCO Movement Center!
* I’d been coveting these Day Glove flats forever and finally bought them — just as cute IRL as online! (That’s my referral link, btw.)
* Am I abnormally sappy, or do these make you tear up, too?
* Haha!


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The Weekend Round-Up: October 4-6

The apple doesn’t fall far from DC!


Happy Weekend!

Fallin’
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.

Artsy Autumn Evening
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Friday, 5:30-8:30pm
Admission: Free

The Hirshhorn is kicking off weekends this month with extended Friday hours, sips and bites in the courtyard, and art-inspired activities for all ages. This week’s event is themed around the Manifesto: ArtxAgency exhibit, and there will be opportunities to sketch, time to tour the works, a story time for little ones, and cocktails at a cash bar for adults.

Open Streets DC
Where: Georgia Avenue, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Join Mayor Muriel Bowser for the District’s inaugural Open Streets DC along Georgia Avenue NW. Nearly three miles of the avenue will be closed to motor-vehicle traffic, allowing residents to walk, bike, skate, and scoot along and in the roadway and enjoy a wide range of activities for all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Fitness classes, a family fun area, and food will available. Stop by the DPR Fun Wagon to borrow skates, scooters, bikes, jump ropes, basketballs, and more!

College Park Day
Where: College Park Aviation Museum | College Park, MD
When: October 5, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

Join friends, neighbors, and the entire City of College Park community at the 10th Annual College Park Day Festival. This free event is fun for the whole family with live music and bands, awesome kids zones, delicious food and drink, live performances and performers, helicopter fly-ins, exhibitors, and so much more. Plus museum entry is FREE during the event!

Fall For Fairfax KidsFest
Where: Fairfax County Government Center, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free, but rides are extra (find discounts)

This annual event by Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. includes exciting, interactive, and educational programs, lots of live entertainment, and loads of activities. Especially designed for families with elementary and pre-K aged children, activities include scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, public safety and recycling-themed exhibits, pony rides, a petting zoo, hay rides, model trains, and the KidWay MidWay with more than a dozen rides, bounces, and attractions. And that’s just for the kids. Adults can enjoy more than 75 exhibits, live entertainment, activities, and great festival food. While admission is free, some rides and concessions will require a fee.

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.

Neighborhood Day and Yard Sale
Where: Maury Elementary School | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 1pm
Admission: Free (but plan to shop!)

Maury Elementary School is pleased to be open for public tours of its new, beautiful space and its legendary yard sale! Docents will guide visitors through the renovated building, which combines both new and historic elements, and seven large-scale art installations among the office, classroom, and common areas. While you explore this exciting new neighborhood space, you can also shop at the annual yard sale, which funds the school’s PTA. There will be deals on strollers, bikes, scooters, clothing, books, toys and games! Hungry? You can grab a sweet treat at our bake sale, too! Maury is located at 1250 Constitution Ave NE.

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. During this Supernatural Shakespeare” session, Get spooky with Shakespeare’s ghosts and witches. Register here. And read a KFDC write-up about the Folger here.

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

Get messy at The Phillips Collection monthly art workshop, a great outlet for kids to explore their creative side. Geared toward families with children ages 2 to 8, kids can let their creativity fly in art-making stations — it’s an art materials “petting zoo” for all ages. Comes with Artful Wellness Kit for parents and caregivers. Heads up: Word has it they always sell out so make sure to book in advance! Find more about the Phillips in this KFDC post.

Taste of Bethesda
Where: Woodmont Triangle | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free, but pay for 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 29th year of Bethesda’s famous food and music festival will bring 60 restaurants and five stages of entertainment to the downtown’s Woodmont Triangle. Along with delicious 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.

Art on the Avenue
Where: Del Ray Neighborhood | Alexandria, 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.

Get Merry at Ren Fest
Where: Revel Grove | Crownesville, Md
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: $27/age 16+, $12/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!

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

* Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are In A Play!” brings a couple of kids’ favorite characters to life at Adventure Theatre
* The Very Hungry Caterpillar is eating its way across Imagination Stage
* Reserve free tickets to see Jack’s Adventure in Space, this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance
* Hylton Performing Arts Center presents Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey on Sunday
* Or hop over to the GMU Center for the Arts for Peter Rabbit Tales
* The Royale is running at Olney Theatre
* Broadway hit Cats is at the Kennedy Center (find discounts)
* See The 3 Billy Goats Gruff at The Puppet Co.
* And Old McDonald’s Farm is the featured Tiny Tots show there this weekend
* Make it a date night for Jitney at Arena Stage, The Tempest at Synetic Theatre, or Escaped Alone at Signature Theatre

Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures
Where: EagleBank Arena | Fairfax, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Tickets: $25+ (find discounts)

Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and his pals for a high-octane ride in Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and guests of all ages embark on an interactive and memory-rich adventure to iconic Disney destinations. Be prepared for a getaway jam-packed with unexpected hijinks and surprise, up-close character interaction!

PorchFest
Where: Adams Morgan, DC
When: October 5, 2-6pm
Admission: Free

Get the best seats in the house (or on the sidewalk) as the front porches of homes and maybe a few local businesses are transformed into intimate performance spaces to be enjoyed by anyone who happens to stroll by. Enjoy a variety of music styles from over 30 bands playing on porches, patios, and stoops in the neighborhood. Music maps are will be available at the corner of 18th Street and Columbia Road NW on Porchfest Day.

Weekend Walk-in
Where: American Visionary Arts Museum | Baltimore, MD
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: $5

Join the museum for their hands-on, drop-in, once-a-month art-making workshop in the AVAM classroom! Education staff will help you explore new creative territory & make a project inspired by one of their beloved visionary artists. During this session, in theme with the current exhibition “The Secret Life of Earth,” make a beaded mosaic tree. No reservations are necessary, just pop in any time 1-4pm. Read more about the AVAM in this KFDC post.

Pop-Up Pumpkin Patch
Where: Ballston Quarter | Ballston, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate fall with a Pop-Up Pumpkin Patch at Ballston Quarter, featuring live music, specialty drinks, crafts and of course, pumpkins! All pumpkins will be sold for $5 (cash only), with all proceeds going to Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Kids of all ages can participate in pumpkin decorating and strike a pose in front of a fall-inspired photo-op. Live performances from Andrew Smith from 10am – 1pm and MM Rock from 1-5pm, and a festive cider bar for guests over 21 will truly welcome fall to Ballston Quarter! 

Community Ping Pong Lessons
Where: SPIN | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: Donation (see below)

Professional ping-pong players will be leading community lessons at DC’s ping-pong social club, SPIN on the first Saturday of every month starting this weekend. Ping-pong experts and beginners of all ages are invited to attend  and learn how to hold the paddle, perfect your ping pong stance, and how to hit the basic forehand, backhand and serve. Attendees are asked to make a donation to the American Youth Table Tennis Organization, which runs after-school programs that give students the opportunity to learn more about the sport of table tennis in addition to imparting lessons on personal fitness, leadership, and teamwork.

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

Head to Watkins Regional Park for the 36th 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.

Levinthal Teen Program
Where: American Art Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 1pm
Admission: Free

Calling all teens! Bring your friends and make some new ones at SAAM! Explore the galleries of the special exhibition American Myth & Memory: David Levinthal Photographs and uncover the secret meanings behind Levinthal’s Barbie, wild west, and baseball photographs on a tour with Joanna Marsh, SAAM’s deputy education chair and head of interpretation and audience research. Finish the afternoon by crafting a collage booklet inspired by discoveries made in the exhibition and share your creation with your friends.

Family Game Day
Where: Kensington Town Hall | Kensington, MD
When: Saturday, 3-5pm
Admission: $5/person, $20/family

It’s “game on” at Kensington Town Hall for Family Game Day. The event, hosted by the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation, will be packed with fun for all ages. The afternoon will feature Kids Bingo using cards with symbols. Families can also enjoy Toss Tic-Tac-Toe and Connect Four, fun crafts, a Story Corner with game-themed story time, and music to shake the sillies out. RSVP requested. Proceeds from Family Game Day will support the Make MORE Noyes Renovation Campaign, a major capital project that will enable the historic Noyes Children’s Library in Kensington, MD, to expand both its space and its early literacy mission. For more information, go to noyeslibraryfoundation.org.

Harbor Harvest Fall Children’s Festival 
Where: Waterfront | Baltimore, MD
When: Sunday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free (fee for some activities)

Waterfront Partnership’s 12th annual Harbor Harvest Fall Children’s Festival will once again transform Rash Field into a fall wonderland with its family-friendly Inner Harbor tradition! The event is free to attend and will feature an urban pumpkin patch, petting zoo, kids play/hay maze, professional pumpkin carving competition, bubble fairies, face painting, pumpkin decorating, pony rides, train rides, and live music from interactive children’s bands Rocknocerus and The Uncle Devin Show. Guests can also enjoy a variety of food trucks while taking in the scenic backdrop of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. 

World Architecture Day
Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Explore architecture in the Museum’s collections and through talks and activities for all ages with a special emphasis on the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, the German art school founded in 1919 by Walter Gropius. Take virtual tour of the Bauhaus, contribute your design vision to a community-created architecture manifesto, bring the youngest family members to practice design and construction using simple shapes and primary colors inspired by Bauhaus design principles, join a story time session, and more.

First Sunday Arts Festival
Where: Downtown Annapolis, MD
When: Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

This weekend is the arrival of both cooler temperatures and the First Sunday Arts Festival in Downtown Annapolis, making it a perfect weekend to visit. The festival celebrates the fall season with a new pavilion and stage in Whitmore Park for its live music. The main attraction is the over 130 local and regional artists and crafters selling handcrafted items along West and Calvert Streets. There will be three additional areas with live music — the day is packed with free entertainment all day on Calvert and West Streets.

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 38th 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.

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

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

DC United vs. FC Cincinatti
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Sunday, 4pm
Admission: Tickets start at $40

It’s the last home game of the season for the United as they host FC Cincinatti. I recommend taking public transportation since parking can be difficult. Or park in the Navy Yard neighborhood,walk over, then plan to grab dinner at one of the many eateries (El Bebe, The Salt Line, and All Purpose are my top recs) after the match.

Nats vs. Dodgers
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Sunday, 7:45pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

This will be the third game in the play off series against the LA Dodgers, and it should be an exciting one! Tickets are pretty much gone, but you can probably score them from an online outlet for much more than their face value. But worth it to see them #stayinthefight – right?

How ‘Bout Them Apples?
Where: Area farms
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale
, and a bunch of farms and orchards in the area welcome guests to gather them. This list of places offering pick-your-own opportunities has details on where to reap the fruits. I always recommend calling ahead to be sure they’re are available the day you plan to go.

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.

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. This KFDC post lists 10 great places to for fall adventures — view it here.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* With apple picking highlighted here, this is a must-watch.😂
* Enjoy free European entertainment without leaving DC as the Kids Euro Festival returns October 26 – November 10!
* Gymboree DC is offering FREE Pre and Post Natal yoga classes with an instructor who is also a doula on the first and fourth Mondays of the month starting October 7. Register here, and walk-ins are also welcome!
* So excited about this coming to DC!
* Game night, anyone? This one gets great reviews and sounds really fun.
* The New York Times podcast The Daily recently had a special episode for kids.
* You don’t have to be a cat person for this to make you 🤣🤣.


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The Weekend Round-Up: September 27-29

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage at the National Portrait Gallery on Saturday


Happy Weekend!

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

Fall has officially begun! And while it may not feel like it weather-wise, events around the area are celebrating the season’s arrival. Fall festivals are in full swing at area farms, in local communities, even a 16th century village in Maryland, and they’re welcoming visitors for all kinds of fun. A few are listed here, and you can get details on the rest of them in the guide to autumn celebrations around the area.

Family Happy Hour Concert
Where: Big Bear Cafe | Bloomingdale, DC
When: Friday, 5:30-7:30pm
Admission: $10-25

Join King Bullfrog for a ticketed concert for kid’s that conveniently takes place during happy hour. Family tickets include a buffet dinner for kiddos and 45-minute music show. King Bullfrog is a high-energy acoustic duo playing folk, blues, world, and original music for children and their grown-ups.

Free Parking
Where: National Parks everywhere
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

National parks are going fee-free to celebrate National Public Lands Day, so there’s no cost to visit those that usually charge admission. Take advantage and hit the trail at Shenandoah, Prince William Forest, Great Falls, Harpers Ferry, or head up to Baltimore to explore Fort McHenry. Find even more parks to visit here.

Capitol Hill Day
Where: Around Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

Join the Capitol Visitors Center, U.S. Botanic Garden, Library of Congress, Folger Shakespeare Library, National Postal Museum, U.S. Capitol Historical Society, and the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument for a celebration of the 226th anniversary of the laying of the U.S. Capitol cornerstone! Special activities for all ages will be hosted by all of the destinations — see the website for details.

Rock Creek Park Day
Where: 5200 Glover Road NW | Rock Creek Park, DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Happy Birthday, Rock Creek Park! Help celebrate Rock Creek Park’s Birthday & National Public Lands Day with speakers, volunteer activities (invasive plant management, plantings, trash cleanup, etc), information booths, ranger-led talks about recreational opportunities (hiking, biking, camping tips), fun facts about history in Rock Creek Park, and more! Event partners include: Rock Creek Conservancy, National Environmental Education Foundation, Toyota, Hispanic Access, Green Latinos, and more!  

Thinking of You
Where: National Postal Museum | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

The National Postal Museum is participating in Capitol Hill Day as they celebrate Thinking of You Week. Join them to participate in activities that exercise your creative side while reaching out to the people important to you. Bring little visitors to Story Time at 10:30am and 11:30 am, customize a selection of free greeting cards, address envelopes in a new way during an artist-led activity, and make a child smile by sending a postcard to one staying at the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health.

¡Muévete! Hispanic Heritage Month Community Day
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Move on over to the Portrait Gallery for a festival of rhythms, dance, music and more in this bilingual celebration. Create art inspired by Latinx artists, learn to draw the human figure in motion, and move your body during performances and workshops with the Washington Ballet and the Discovery Theater.

Butler’s Orchard Pumpkin Festival

Where: Germantown, MD

When: Weekends through October 27

Admission: $12, free/2 & under


Enjoy a country outing and join Butler’s in celebrating the harvest with traditional autumn activities. An area favorite, kids love jumping in the hayloft, heading out on hayrides, the tube slide, a rubber ducky derby, animal petting area, pony rides, pumpkin picking, corn maze, face painting, and much more. Some activities and food cost extra. Purchase there or bring along a picnic, but be sure to treat the kids – and yourself – to a yummy caramel apple!

Saturday Morning Family-Friendly Swing Dance
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: $8, free/under 13

The whole family can get into the swing of dancing together! The music will be soft and the lights will be up, so moms and dads can get their swing on in a family-friendly setting. Children must be supervised by a guardian at all times. Adults do not have to be accompanied by a baby (but they must like babies!).

First Studio: Story + Workshop
Where: Kreeger Museum | Northwest DC
When: Saturday, 10-11am
Admission: $10

Children ages 3-5 are invited to use their imaginations as they explore the paintings, sculpture, and architecture of The Kreeger Museum. Each First Studio includes a gallery tour, a story, and a hands-on art-making experience. Pre-registration is required — this program is limited to 10 children accompanied by a single adult companion.

Barracks Row Fall Festival

Where: 8th Street SE |Capitol Hill, DC

When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free


Showcasing the marine barracks and commerce of 8th Street SE on Capitol Hill, this annual festival is fun for all ages. Enjoy tours of the historic barracks, an animal petting zoo, food and art vendors, a beer garden, and tons of fun for kids. Enjoy entertainment all day as musicians, magicians, comedic performances, aerialists, stilt-walkers, and jugglers will keep the crowd amused.

Cooking Class for Kids
Where: Together We Cook | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 12:30pm & Sunday, 4-6pm
Admission: $45-49

Get the kids into the kitchen! Founded by a local mom of three, Together We Cook’s mission is to empower children to be confident in the kitchen, to inspire them to explore new flavors and make healthy choices, and to encourage families to cook and eat together. Two classes are being offered this weekend, and spots are still open in both: Lunchboxes and Snack for ages 10-12 on Saturday and Ravioli at Bon Vivant Cafe in Del Ray for ages 6-12 on Sunday. Visit the website to learn more and register!

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

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

Throwback Block Party
Where: Badlands | Rockville, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $22.50/child, $5/adult

Get Ready! It’s the Badlands Throwback Block Party!  Enjoy fun inside and outside for the whole family with memories and games you know from the 80’s and 90’s. Read more about the enormous play space in Rockville here.

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

* Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are In A Play!” brings kids’ favorite characters to life at Adventure Theatre
* It’s the final weekend for Cirque de Soleil: Volta under the Big Top at Tyson’s (find discounts)
* It’s opening weekend for The Very Hungry Caterpillar at Imagination Stage
* Reserve free tickets to see Christylez Bacon, Human Beatbox, this week’s Saturday Morning at he National performance
* InterAct Story Theatre’s Bobtail Bong Bong: A Monkey’s Tale is a world premiere interactive play for children
* The Royale just opened at Olney Theatre
* Broadway hit Cats is at the Kennedy Center (find discounts)
* See The 3 Billy Goats Gruff at The Puppet Co.
* And Panda Monium is the featured Tiny Tots show there this weekend
* Make it a date night for Jitney at Arena Stage or The Tempest at Synetic Theatre
* Mike Birbiglia’s The New One at National Theatre (read my review) and Escaped Alone at Signature Theatre are also KidFree suggestions

Peppa Pig’s Adventure
Where: Warner Theatre | Downtown DC
When: September 28, 12pm & 3:30pm
Tickets: $33+ (find discounts)

Peppa Pig Live! is coming with the all new action-packed live show featuring favorite characters as life size puppets and costume characters in her new live show, Peppa Pig’s Adventure! Join Peppa on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. With lunchboxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and friends are excited about their outdoor adventure, full of singing, dancing, games and surprises!

Meet the Orchestra: That String Thing
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center | H Street NE, DC
When: Saturday, 10am & 11:30am
Admission: $15

Meet a quintet of string-playing members of the symphony orchestra through this engaging, educational and intimate program for young people.  Learn about the music they play and hear the beautiful sounds come to life. Then, join us for an instrument petting zoo to meet the musicians and see their instruments up close!

Leesburg Airshow
Where: Leesburg Executive Airport
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

The 10th annual Leesburg Airshow will take to the skies with thrilling aerobatic demonstrations, sky divers, and more! Witness a showcase of impressive aircraft, classic cars, and a variety of exhibitors on the tarmac, food vendors, flight schools, and aviation clubs among them.

Lucid Motion
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Through December 1
Admission: $16/adult, $8/child

The newest art-meets-technology exhibition at ARETCHOUSE opens this weekend and it’s another cool, immersive experience that will appeal to all ages. You can engage with dance performances and play with augmented reality videos (and enjoy an AR cocktail if you go KidFree in the evening)! Family-friendly hours are 10am – 5pm.

I Like the Me I See! Book Release Party
Where: African American Museum & Cultural Center | North Brentwood, MD
When: Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free, but RSVP

Award-winning performer and teaching artist Culture Queen brings her empowering, one-of-a-kind brand of affirmative entertainment to her first picture book, I Like the Me I See! In celebration, Culture Queen is hosting a Book Release Party for kids and families. The program will include a reading of I Like the Me I See! and a performance of the song upon on which the book is based. There will also be a celebratory cupcake toast, plus book and CD signings. RSVP here.

Family Night in the Park
Where: Colesville Presbyterian Church | Silver Spring, MD
When: Saturday, 5:30-8pm
Admission: $15, child age 2+, $5/adult & child under 2

Silver Spring Day School welcomes all to join the fun at a Family Night in the Park. The event will include dinner, dessert, moon bounces, face-painting, raffle prizes, and a show by The Great Zucchini, magician extraordinaire. 

Occoquan Fall Arts & Crafts Show
Where: Downtown Historic Occoquan, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

Plan for a day of family fun as the streets of Occoquan come to life with beautiful art, live music and great food! For the 49th year, the historic town will close its streets and host over 300 contemporary and country crafters and artisans from across the US. Find one-of-a-kind, hand crafted items galore! Located just 20 minutes south of Washington, DC, but far from the hustle and bustle of a big city, exhibitors and shoppers alike will enjoy the small town oasis nestled along the Occoquan River.

Turkish Festival
Where: Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 12th-14th St. | Downtown DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 7pm
Admission: Free

You’ll be whirling like a dervish from all there is to enjoy at the Annual Turkish Festival on Sunday. Watch Turkish dance and stage performances, enjoy a Turkish coffee and tea and have and find out your destiny from the ever-popular Turkish fortune-tellers who read fortunes from coffee grinds, and sample Turkish cuisine from local restaurants. Shop an authentic Turkish bazaar with vendors showcasing everything from Turkish jewelry to clothing to home accessories. And a Kid’s Tent will provide an interactive introduction to Turkey with hands-on activities for children of all ages.

Family Day & Kids Concert
Where: Hill Center | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 2-6pm
Admission: Free

The Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital is marking its 8th birthday with a Family Day celebrating history while looking towards the future! They’ll have Civil War-era activities and figures, a team of coppersmiths and blacksmiths, horse-drawn wagon rides, Turley the Magician, face-painting, balloon animals, and a Winks Photo Booth for portraits and on the spot prints. And at 4pm, King Bullfrog will hit the stage with high-energy original, folk and blues songs carefully tailored to get children dancing and delight grownups.

Fall Fun Fest 
Where: Armed Forces Retirement Home |
When: Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $10 suggested parking donation

Join the Friends of the Soldiers Home for their 6th Annual Fall Fun Fest at the Armed Forces Retirement Home. The free family-friendly event includes live music, arts & crafts, a petting zoo, bounce house, face and pumpkin painting, and many more activities for kids and adults. Food truck and stands will offer concessions for purchase.

Rocknoceros + Cider
Where: Capital Cider house | Petworth, DC
When: Sunday, 10:30-11:30am
Admission: $5

Get ready to twist, shake, rattle, and role as Rocknoceros gets the family on their feet dancing to upbeat tunes. Coach Cotton, Williebob, and Boogie Woogie Bennie have been making award-winning music for the whole family since 2005. Bonus: All adult ticket holders will be able to enjoy the normal weekday happy hour – $4 pours of house cider, $5 craft beer, $6 local wine & $7 cocktails – from 10am-noon (it’s 5 o’clock somewhere)! Make it a brunch and show — the full food menu will be available, too.

DC, Inside & Out

Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend

Admission: Varies by adventure


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

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

The Great Indoors

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Plan for ways to enjoy autumn in the DC area (that are not farm festivals), with these 10 ideas.
* The Torpedo Factory’s annual Art Safari, offering all kinds of art adventures for all ages, is coming up on October 20!
* The Natural History Museum is hosting a Post-Halloween Smithsonian Sleepover on November 2.
* The Child & Family Network Center’s 2nd Annual Relay for Pre-K, a fundraiser supporting their mission to provide free pre-kindergarten to at-risk children in Alexandria, is next weekend.
* If you’re a fan of Alison Roman recipes, you’ll be excited about this, too.
* So, this was a highlight of my, like… life.


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