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Scenes from Jazz ‘n Family Fun Days at The Phillips Collection

“Interpreting Paintings into Jazz” with the moving sounds of Dave Schulman’s electric violin

This past weekend, The Phillips Collection hosted its annual Jazz ‘n Fun Family Days, a prelude to the DC Jazz Festival (taking place June 9-18 this year) that welcomes patrons to enjoy music and art together at the museum in Dupont Circle.

On both Saturday and Sunday, museum-goers can enjoy performances throughout the museum, along with special programs for kids, including an instrument petting zoo, scavenger hunt, and art activities. It’s truly a treat for all ages!

The Kenny Rittenhouse ensemble jazzes up the Music Room

We enjoyed a few hours of art and music on Sunday. We got to watch the Kenny Rittenhouse Ensemble play a lively set in the Music Room. Then we joined “Interpreting Paintings into Jazz” in one of the galleries. There, David Schulman played electric violin inspired by different works in the room. He would have us look at a painting instead of watching him and let the music take us into the piece. It was fantastic! Owen was especially into it, saying the music and art together was “really emotional” and made him create stories in his head about the paintings. (I loved hearing that!)

Of course, we also spent time wandering through the rest of the galleries and viewing the art. There is currently a wonderful exhibit on display — Marking the Infinite showcasing works by contemporary women artists from aboriginal Australia</>. The pieces are both beautiful and an interesting reflection of their culture. I highly recommend checking it out.

The current aborgine art exhibit

So, even though the weekend event has passed, I still wanted to capture scenes from Jazz ‘n Family Fun Days in a post to highlight it for future years — and as a reminder of what a great off-the-Mall museum The Phillips Collection is in DC. You can read more about it in this post about one of our past experiences there. And you view more scenes from the event and museum in the images below.

Kids get front row seats

Hair to match the painting he’s playing to

We were instructed to look at the painting, not the musician

Van Gogh is the subject of this tune

It’s like he dressed for the art

A web of flies

Close up of one of the works

More aboriginal works

The Luncheon of the Boating Party always draws a crowd

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The Weekend Round-Up: September 14-15

The Monument at sunset; sometimes I think it looks better with scaffolding

The Monument at sunset; sometimes I think it looks better with scaffolding


Tug o’ War with an airplane, check. A day trip back to colonial times, check. Kids disco, check. Special museum programs, check. Cider celebration, check. Traversing the trees, check. There’s definitely no lack of fun and unique activities going on this weekend. The conundrum will come with deciding which to do. Happy Weekend!

Festival Fever
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Various by festival

Fall may not have officially begun, but seasonal festivals are ON at several area farms, along 17th Street in the city, even a 16th century village in Maryland (huzzah, Ren Fest!), and they’re welcoming visitors for all kinds of fun. Get details on all of them in this post about autumn celebrations.

A Century of Women in Space
Where: National Air & Space Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

The Air & Space Museum on the Mall is celebrating the women who have contributed to technological advances in aviation and space. Meet women who are today’s role models and learn about the historical women who have inspired them through storytelling, arts & crafts, and more. Join astronaut Kay Hire (STS-90 and STS-130) as she shares her experiences as an astronaut and a naval officer, enjoy a story abot Amelia Earhart, design a mission patch, dress up like astronauts and pilots, and much more.

Baby Loves Disco
Where: U Street Music Hall
When: Sunday, 11am
Admission: $15/all walking humans

Join the family dance party on U Street on Sunday as Baby Loves Disco returns to DC for the first time in three years. The fun will feature BLD’s signature DJ and MC, along with all kinds of kids’ activities; face painting, tattoos, crafts, games, dance contests, kid-friendly spa services, and goody bags are all part of the admission fee, as are snacks for everyone. The MC will pump up the crowd, and the DJ will spin G-rated dance tunes, while kids, parents, and grandparents groove along and enjoy the party. These super-active events are aimed at families with kids ages 6 months to 7 years old.

Dulles Plane Pull
Where: Dulles Airport
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Airplane tug o’ war, anyone? This annual event is Special Olympics Virginia’s “heaviest” fundraiser, pitting teams of 25 against one another to see who can pull a 164,000+ pound Airbus 12 feet the fastest. And the public is invited to watch it all go down. Along with the tug o’ airplane, there will be live music, a car show, military and civilian aircraft displays, business exhibits, and children’s games and entertainment. Gates open at 10:30am. Go here for directions and parking information.

Colonial Market & Fair
Where: Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $15/adults, $7/kids 6-11, children 5 and under are free

Take a day trip back to 18th-century America at Mount Vernon’s Colonial Market & Fair. Watch artisans and craftspeople from all over the country demonstrate early techniques of their crafts, many of which will be for sale. Enjoy live entertainment including music performances, puppet shows, a sword swallower, a fire eater, and a miracle medicine man. And this weekend only, Potomac River sightseeing cruises, courtesy of Spirit Cruises and Potomac Riverboat Company, are free-of-charge. Admission to the Fair is included in the entrance fee to the estate. Food will be available at extra cost. For more information and the full performance schedule, visit the Mount Vernon website.

Cider Fest
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $12/adult, $10/child

Great Country Farms is celebrating apple season with a focus on one of the fruit’s yummiest products – cider. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be cider pressing demos with the farm’s antique cider press as well as tastings. Apples are available for U-Pick, plues the weekend will include live music, arts, crafts, and clown entertainment. Visit the website for activity times. There is also loads of other fun for kids, like the pumpkin jumpin’ pillow, 60-foot slide, pedal tractors, and five mazes, including the brand new Tractor Corn Maize.

A Baby Affair
Where: National Children’s Museum
When: Sunday, 11am – 2:30pm
Admission: $10 or $30/4 people with promo code BUMP

DC’s best resources for new moms and moms-to-be have been brought together through a carefully curated collection, in an intimate setting, with the modern, discerning and savvy mom in mind. A collection uniting national luxury brands with local gems – top celebrity experts with trend-setting vendors for a day full of solutions, surprises and a celebration of Mommyhood … There will be a host of exhibitors, many of whom have donated fun gift bag items and raffle prizes. There will be a runway show for the chic moms, a mommy spa, demos, and an expert panel. But wait! This event is not just catered to mommies.There will be plenty for daddy’s to enjoy, too, including local craft beer and scotch tasting, cigar favors, NFL on hi-def big screens, and more.

Show Time
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by Venue

The live entertainment options may be slim, but what’s on stages is sure to please. Potted Potter, a hilarious show condensing all seven Harry Potter books, is on for one more weekend at Sidney Harmon Hall. See a show for really little ones at The Puppet Co’s Tiny Tots series. Justin Roberts is playing his “Recess” album Release show at Jammin’ Java on Saturday morning. And the Workhouse Arts Center presents Winner the Pooh! all weekend. Get details and ticket info for all of these shows in this post about fall entertainment.

Celebrating Ceramica
Where: National Museum of the American Indian
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

Join the Smithsonian’s kickoff celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month at the Central American Family Day Festival. Inspired by the exhibition Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed, guests can learn about Central America through a variety of activities throughout the museum – watch food demos; get an inside look at the animals, flutes, and pottery in the exhibit; create a clay medallion or clay pot based on designs found in the collection. Central American dance performances, art, and music will round out the cultural adventure. *In my experience, the NMAI always hosts a great festival, with compelling performances and great activities for kids, and this one sounds like it’ll maintain that rep.

Apples of My Eye
Where: Area farms and orchards
When: All weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Enjoy one of fall’s most anticipated traditions: apple picking! There are plenty of area orchards and farms that offer pick-your-own opportunities, and the selection is good at many of them now. See this post to find out where you can reap the fruits. (Note: It’s from last year, but all listed locales have apple picking going on now, though I always recommend calling day-of for an update on the harvest.)

Super Science Saturday
Where: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15

It’s a Super Science Saturday at the Dulles arm of the Air & Space Museum. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, visitors of all ages will become immersed in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration. This month’s program will focus on Living and Working in Space.

Adventure in the Trees
Where: Adventure Park at Sandy Spring
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by age

Hang out in the trees at the Adventure Park at Sandy Spring. Kids as young as 5-years-old can experience fun and adventure on the ropes courses and ziplines in the park’s aerial forest, the largest in North America. For $49, children ages 5-6 and an accompanying adult have access to two of the easier courses. Older kids can do even more. Hours are 9am – dusk, and admission is $39/ages 7-9, $44/ages 10-11, $49/ages 12 and older. It may seem like a pricey venture, but it’s worth it. Trust me.

Portrait Story Days
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Drop in to listen to a story about a person who has influenced American history and culture and to create a special piece of art. This weekend, learn about civil rights activist César Chávez. And for more about the program, the Portrait Gallery, and American Art Museum, see this post about our experience there.

Out & About
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by locale

The list of best places to enjoy the outdoors with the kids keeps growing. And this weekend will be a perfect time to check it out for ideas on where to have fun al fresco.

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The Weekend Round-Up: September 7-8

It's going to be a great weekend to visit the National Arboretum

It’s going to be a great weekend to visit the National Arboretum


If you’re looking for a festival this weekend, you’ve got your pick. They celebrate everything from medieval times to autumn to city neighborhoods to folk music. You can also check out local kids’ theatre, create some art, sample food and classes, and learn about sloths. Here are details on all of these pursuits, and for even more ideas see the Everyday Play page. Happy Weekend!

Get Festive
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by festival

Fall may not have officially begun, but you can celebrate the season and then some at one of several festivals happening this weekend, from city neighborhoods to country farms. The annual Adams Morgan Day Festival is on Sunday (see below), Ren Fest gets medieval on weekends through October, and a couple of farms are welcoming visitors for all kinds of fun. Get details on all of them in this post about fall festivals.

Adams Morgan Day Festival
Where: 18th Street NW, between Columbia and Florida Avenues
When: Sunday, 12-7pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate one of the city’s most diverse communities. The 35th Annual Adams Morgan Day Festival offers a day full of music, art, culture, dancing, and more. Arts on Belmont will feature original artisans and a variety of art mediums. And various stages throughout the neighborhood will showcase local live entertainment that all ages can enjoy. Details and the schedule of performances are available on the festival website.

Teddy Bear Clinic
Where: National Museum of Health & Medicine
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Bring your favorite stuffed friend and explore the Teddy Bear Clinic at the National Museum of Health and Medicine with activities and crafts designed to highlight the body, physical fitness and healthy habits. This program is recommended for children in PreK-2nd grade. The Museum is located at 2500 Linden Lane in Silver Spring.

11th Street Bridge Celebration
Where: Local 11th Street Bridge, SE DC
When: Saturday, 12-3pm
Admission: Free

Join the family-friendly celebration on the Local 11th Street Bridge commemorating the District Department of Transportation’s decade of transportation advancements and the full opening of the local bridge to two-way traffic, bicyclists and pedestrians.

Sloth Day
Where: National Zoo Small Mammal House
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

Turn your world upside down at the National Zoo’s Sloth Day event. Visit the Small Mammal House during this fun family-friendly event and learn all about Sloths and their habitats. Take part in educational and fun activities for children and adults, listen to keeper talks and watch live animal demonstrations.

Fall In! Sample Class Day
Where: Imagination Stage
When: Saturday, 9am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Sample Imagination Stage’s line-up of fall classes – on them! Sample classes are about 20 minutes in length, and give students and families a taste of the Imagination Stage classroom setting. They have exciting offerings for ages 12 months to grade 5. So, try a class and get into YOUR Imagination Stage. This is not a drop-off event; children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Register in advance here.

Textile Arts
Where: Textile Museum
When: Saturday, 2-4pm
Admission: Free

Once reserved for the royal court of the sultan of Jogjakarta, kawung is an ancient design of intersecting circles. Drop in to the Textile Museum on Saturday to make your own kawung design on a bandana with fabric crayons and circles of various sizes to trace, craft, and color. No reservations required, but space and supplies are limited.

Rosslyn Jazz Festival
Where: Gateway Park
When: Saturday, 1-7pm
Admission: Free

Head across the Key Bridge from the city for this free annual music festival. Enjoy a great line-up of jazz acts, including the Kenny Rittenhouse Septet (1pm), Naomi Shelton and The Gospel Queens (2:15pm), The Soul Rebels (4pm), and Olè Coltrane, featuring Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Jazz Band (5pm). Along with the music, there will also be a street festival featuring art and food vendors nearby on Lee Highway. Festival parking is available for $5 beginning at 11:00 a.m. at 1911 North Fort Myer Drive. The parking entrance is on North Moore Street. Or, take Metro to the Rosslyn station (orange/blue) and walk a few blocks to the event.

Countdown to Kindergarten
Where: National Children’s Museum
When: Saturday, 10am
Admission: $10, free for infants under 12 months

Join Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster, Grover and other furry friends for alphabet-themed fun and learning that will put the entire family in the mood for school! Recognizing that getting ready for school begins at birth, the National Children’s Museum’s “Countdown to Kindergarten” celebration is appropriate for all ages. Special activities include crafts, sensory play, a dance party with Grover and Cookie Monster, a parade with Elmo and more. See the website for full details.

Where: Logan Circle, 15th & P Streets NW
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Rock-n-Romp! is back at the DCMEET Market! This month’s band line-up includes Greenland, Alarms & Controls, and local kid’s band Metal Panda! Bring the kids and rock out with free inflatable guitars, rock star sunglasses, and temporary tattoos. Of course, while you’re there, you can browse over 40 vendors selling everything from art to food to home wares and more!

Show Time
Where: Local theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

The live entertainment options may be slim, but what’s on stages is sure to please. Potted Potter, a hilarious show condensing all seven Harry Potter books, just opened at Sidney Harmon Hall. See a show for really little ones will at The Puppet Co’s Tiny Tots series. The Diggity Dudes are playing the Saturday morning show at Jammin’ Java. And the Workhouse Arts Center presents Winner the Pooh! all weekend. Get details and ticket info for all of these shows here.

Taste of Falls Church
Where: Community Center, 223 Little Falls Street
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free, but there is a charge for samples

Bring in the fall with live entertainment, amusement rides, pony rides, crafters, businesses, and civic organizations. And don’t miss the fantastic food at the Taste of Falls Church! The 38th annua festival welcomes the public to sample cuisine from the city’s restaurant kitchens for $3 per “taste” or 10 “tastes” for $25. A children’s activity tent, sponsored by MoBu Kids, will be open from 11am-3pm, featuring free craft projects.
 The event will be held rain or shine.

Takoma Park Folk
Where: Takoma Park Middle School
When: Sunday, 10:30am – 6:30pm
Admission: Free

Folk music and performances from around the world will be on seven stages at the annual Takoma Park Folk Festival, some even welcoming the audience to join in. The Grassy Nook Stage will offer activities for children — folksinging, musical games and dancing, storytelling, and more. And a crafts show and sale will showcase the works of local artisans. Pack snacks or purchase food from vendors there. Rain or shine.

The Playseum Turns 4
Where: Playseum in Bethesda
When: Saturday, 9am – 6pm & Sunday, 1-6pm
Admission: $4

In celebration of their 4th birthday, the Playseum is offering $4 admission all weekend at the Bethesda location, along with special festivities in honor of the big day. Enjoy storytimes, a reptile show, a balloon artist, and live entertainment. That’s along with the many newly renovated rooms encouraging imaginative play, art opportunities, and more.

Tea with Mrs. B Grand Opening
Where: Tearoom at 136 W. Jefferson Street in Falls Church
When: Sunday, 2-4pm
Admission: Free

Maven of manners, etiquette, and poise, Rebecca Czarniecki, is opening a special event tearoom in Falls Church this Sunday. Stop in to experience her one-of-a-kind tearoom as well as learn about her children and adult etiquette classes and events at the grand opening celebration on Sunday. There will also be fun activities for children like a pony ride set in a magical environment.

Get Out!
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by locale

It looks like we’re in for some fab weather this weekend so get outside and relish in it. Head to the National Arboretum, stroll the grounds of Brookside Gardens, hit the trail at Great Falls or Riverbend Park, visit the animals at Old Maryland Farm or the Zoo. Find more info about all these suggestions and scads more in this post about the best places in the DC area to enjoy a day outdoors.

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The Weekend Round-Up: August 31-September 2

Catch evening games all weekend at Nationals Park

Catch evening games all weekend at Nationals Park

Just because summer is coming to its unofficial end, that doesn’t mean the fun is, too. While you savor the final days of many quintessential seasonal activities, you can start enjoying some of autumn’s best. And then there are plenty of special events and DC mainstays in between (find a list of the latter on the Everyday Play page). Happy Long Weekend!

Season Finales
Where: Various locales
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

This weekend is the last of many pursuits that we’ve been enjoying all summer long – outdoor swimming, concerts and movies under the stars, Mini Golf at the museum among them. If you’re hoping to get in one final jazz show in the Sculpture Garden, round of golf at the Building Museum, or day at an outdoor public pool, then check out the Summer 2013 guide, which has details on all of those diversions and many more.

Hear the Blues
Where: Carter Barron Amphitheater
When: Saturday, 12-7:30pm
Admission: Free

Head to the outdoor stage in Rock Creek Park for the 25th Annual DC Blues Festival. Along with the line-up of performers, there will be musical workshops throughout the day, where both children and adults can learn about Blues music. Kids will especially enjoy the opportunity to try making their own music at an instrument petting zoo. View the schedule of both musical acts and extra fun here.

Ren Fest
Where: Revel Grove, Crownsville, Md.
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: $17/adults, $10/ages 7-18

The merriment continues in Crownesville, MD. On weekends through October 20, you can time trip at the charming medieval village that hosts the annual Maryland Renaissance Festival. For more details on what you will find there, check out this post about the event.

Page-to-Stage Festival
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: Free

More than 40 theater companies will present readings and rehearsals of plays and musicals during the Kennedy Center’s 12th annual Page-to-Stage Festival. And they are all free and open to the public. Performances will take place at several venues around DC, and there are a few that are family-friendly, including The Three Musketeers, by Faction of Fools, The Young Spectaculars and the Front Yard Adventure by Arts on the Horizon, “Mockingbird” from the Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences, One More Night by 1st Stage Theatre, A Mile in My Shoes from Bowie State University, and The Inaugural Election for President of Mrs. Jacobson’s Sixth Grade Class by the Federal Theatre Project. For details, times, and dates, see the full schedule.

The Ol’ Ballgame
Where: Nationals Park
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Nats are hosting the Mets this weekend, with an evening games on Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Take advantage of the Harris Teeter Family Pack promo and enjoy other extras on both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are still available for all of the games. And it’s not too late to get in on the Jr. Nationals Kids Club – this post has more details about it.

Show Time
Where: Local theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

The children’s theatre selection is still slower than usual this time of summer, so right now there are only a few options that kids will enjoy. You can still catch a performance of Dr. Seuss’s A Cat in the Hat at Adventure Theatre. Or head to the Puppet Co. where they’re presenting Circus! on strings all weekend. At the same venue, really little ones will enjoy this weekend’s Tiny Tots shows, Old MacDonald’s Farm on Saturday and Teddy Bear’s Picnic on Sunday – both begin at 10am. the grandson’s jr. are playing the Saturday morning show at Jammin’ Java, and Rocknoceros will be there for a special Labor Day performance on Monday. Olney Theatre’s production of A Chorus Line is on stages for a few more weeks. And the classic Sing-A-Long Sound of Music is back at Wolf Trap on Saturday evening.

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival
Where: Roosevelt Center
When: Friday through Monday
Admission: Free (rides, activities, concessions cost extra)

There’s something for everyone at this shindig in Greenbelt happening all weekend – carnival ries, art shows, live entertainment, crafts and activities for kids, a talent show, and more. It all begins today with the carnival part opening this evening from 6pm – 10pm. Over the weekend it’ll be open Saturday 11am – 9:30pm, Sunday 12-9:30pm, and Monday, 11am – 6pm.

Virginia Scottish Games
Where: The Plains, Virginia
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 9pm
Admission: $20adults, $5/ages 5-12, free for under 5

Celebrate Scottish heritage at this annual fair featuring everything from music and dance to sports and game to food and cars, even Scottish dogs. Much of it will be showcased through competition, but there is plenty that all visitors can partake in, too. Two-day adult passes are available for $30. Festival gates will close at 6pm both days, but concerts will continue until 9pm.

Labor Day Concert at the Capitol
Where: West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building
When: Sunday, 8pm
Admission: Free

The National Symphony Orchestra continues its annual Labor Day Weekend tradition with a free concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Led by Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke, this year’s Americana-themed concert features Time for Three, a young ensemble of two violins and double bass, whose genre-bending performances have earned international attention. Gates open to the public at 3pm, and if the 8pm show is too late, you can catch the open dress rehearsal at 3:30pm. In the case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Eisenhower Theatre. You can call the NSO Summer Concert Hotline at 202.416.8114 after 2:30pm for updates.

The Big Dig
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Admission: $12/adult, $10/child

Great Country Farm’s annual Potato Harvest takes place this Saturday and Sunday. Take the scenic drive out to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains early for all-you-can-eat pancakes topped with homemade fruit syrups, then hop on a hayride that will take you out to u-pick fields where you can dig for gold — yukon gold potatoes, that is. Breakfast is served from 9am – 12pm, and the hayrides run all day, but the fun doesn’t have to stop there. Along with breakfast and the Dig, admission includes access to the rest of the farm’s attractions, including a cow train, mazes, barnyard petting area, pick your own fields, and more. Visit the website for more information and directions.

How ‘Bout Them Apples?
Where: Area farms
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

The apple picking season has begun! Several farms in the area have opened their orchards for guests to start gathering. This list of area farms and orchards offering pick-your-own opportunities was posted last year, but links have been updated, and the apples are ready for harvest once again. I always recommend calling ahead to be sure the fruits are available the day you plan to go.

Real Pirates Sailing Off
Where: National Geographic Museum
When: Through Sunday
Admission: $11/adults, $9/ages 5-12, free for under 5.

It’s your last chance to get on board Nat Geo’s Real Pirates exhibit, which illustrates the history of a notorious slave-turned-pirate ship and the world of the diverse people whose lives converged on the vessel. Follow the ship’s history as you tour the displays, see and even touch artifacts recovered from its sunken wreckage, feel like you’re there as you view replicas of the ship, try your hand at knot-tying, hoist the Jolly Roger, and more.

Labor Day Open Studio
Where: Little Loft
When: Monday, 9:30am – 12pm
Admission: $15/child

Fun activities for ages 18 months – 10 years! Check out the space, try the tactile stations, and make a sunburst as you say goodbye to summer and head into fall. Plan to stay at least 45 minutes. Pay at the door — cash, check, or credit card accepted. Adult caregiver must be present.

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The Weekend Round-Up: August 24-25


And just like that summer break is nearly over (for us, anyway). But there’s still time to savor the all the fun that comes with this time of year… and then some. This round-up has details, and don’t forget to check the Everyday Play page for even more ways to explore and enjoy DC with the kids. Happy Weekend!

March on Washington 50th Anniversary
Where: Lincoln Memorial to MLK, Jr. Memorial & National Mall
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

Commemorating 50 years since the March on Washington, the Realize the Dream March & Rally happening on Saturday will focus on “Jobs, Justice, & Freedom. ” It will begin at the Lincoln Memorial at 8am, followed by a march to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, where there will be a brief ceremony. Convenors include Martin Luther King, III, Rev. Al Sharpton, and the National Action Network. And on both Saturday and Sunday, the Global Freedom Festival will be held at West Potomac Park with more activities to observe the anniversary of the historic event.

Merriment Returns
Where: Revel Grove in Crownsville, Md
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 7pm
Admission: $17/adults, $15/seniors, free for 11 and under

One of my very favorite annual events begins this weekend: The Maryland Renaissance Festival! Take a day trip back to medieval times at the annual faire that appeals to all ages and sensibilities. Enjoy jousting matches, kids shows cheeky comedy shows, pony rides, Celtic music… and that’s just the live entertainment. There are also pony rides, a pirate playground, a giant slide, and all kinds of fun, fascinating things to see. Walk among knights, maidens, pirates, and villagers in puffy shirts in a 16th-century village as you chomp on turkey legs and down cups of mead (for adults, of course). The faire runs every weekend through October 20, and this weekend kids ages 11 and under get in for FREE. Huzzah!

DCPS Beautification Day
Where: DC Public Schools
When: Saturday, 9am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Help local schools get ready for the new year as DCPS holds its ninth annual Beautification Day on Saturday. DCPS needs volunteers for a variety of projects to help clean up and spruce up schools in preparation for the first day of school. Activities will include gardening and landscaping, organizing books and libraries, painting, flower planting and more. Volunteers are needed at nearly 100 schools city-wide. This is a great opportunity to contribute to neighborhood schools. For more info, to volunteer, or donate supplies, go here.

Family Day
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington during this fun event for the whole family. Tour the exhibition One Life: Martin Luther King Jr. to learn more about the civil rights leader and his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, make slogan buttons with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and enjoy live performances, readings, and narratives.

Greenberg Train and Toy Show
Where: Dulles Expo Center
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $7/ages 13 and up, free for 12 and under

Train enthusiasts young and old will have plenty to be excited about at the largest traveling expo in the northeast showcasing model trains. There will be intricately crafted model train displays, hundreds of tables with model train paraphernalia, a mini train for kids to ride, and a variety of workshops and demos, and more.

African Wildlife Day
Where: National Zoo
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Join the Zoo’s Cheetah Conservation Station to learn about African Wildlife and to find out what the National Zoo is doing to preserve these amazing animals. This free, family-friendly event presents educational and fun activities for children and adults, keeper talks, and animal demonstrations.

Show Time
Where: Local theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

The children’s theatre selection tends to slow down this time of summer, and right now there are only a few options that kids will enjoy. You can still atch a performance of Dr. Seuss’s A Cat in the Hat at Adventure Theatre. Or head to the Puppet Co. where they’re presenting Circus! on strings all weekend. At the same venue, really little ones will enjoy The Mother Goose Caboose, this week’s Tiny Tots show on Saturday at 10am. Musician Matt Heaton is playing a “Happy You Made It” CD Release show at Jammin’ Java on Sunday morning. And the Olney Theatre’s production of A Chorus Line is on stages for several more weeks.

18th Annual Battle of Bladensburg Encampment
Where: Riverdale House Museum
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admisson: Free

Bring the family to join British and American War of 1812 troops as they camp on the lawn to prepare for battle. You could be recruited to join the American militia! There will be children’s activities and live music throughout the afternoon. The Riversdale Kitchen Guild will be selling period-inspired refreshments.

BlackRock Open House
Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Help BlackRock Center kick off its 2013-14 season at an Open House on Saturday. Join them for a complimentary day of fun and activities for the whole family and get a taste of all that BlackRock offers, from sample classes in dance, music, theater, and art to exciting performances and exhibits in their gallery. There will also be a “Discover BlackRock” Scavenger Hunt (win prizes!); opportunities to try ballet, piano, printmaking, painting and more; tours of the center; arts and crafts activities; a hip-hop and bollywood dance party; performances by Rolie Polie Guacamole at 11:30am and 12:45pm; and a reception and (kids) champagne toast to welcome the season.

Dragon Boat Regatta
Where: National Harbor
When: Saturday, 8am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The 2nd annual National Harbor Dragon Boat Regatta takes place on Saturday. This family-friendly event will feature the best premier and local dragon boat teams from along the east coast racing in multiple distances over the course of the day. The event is free to the public to watch and will highlight this wonderful example of Asian culture. Head out to the National Harbor to enjoy a great day of racing and entertainment.

Wags n’ Whiskers
Where: Village at Shirlington
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

This animal-centric event will feature $5 pet portraits, demonstrations, giveaways, merchant specials, family-friendly activities, and more, plus live performances by Dan Haas and The Morrison Brothers Band. It’s free and open to the public.

Redskins Rides
Where: Redskins Park in Ashburn
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: $15/adult, $10/child, $40/Family 4-Pack (2 adult, 2 child)

Join your favorite Redskins players as they show off their rides and compete with other amazing cars for top awards like Best In Show and People’s Choice. Redskins Rides gives fans exclusive access to the Redskins’ practice field and the opportunity to meet and greet with players as they browse incredible cars on display. Redskins Rides provides entertainment for the whole family including a DJ booth, kid’s moon bounce, misting tent, face painter, and much more. Tickets are available for purchase online and at the door. Parking is free at Redskins Park for all event attendees. Get driving directions here

Drumming for Justice & Freedom
Where: Malcom X Park
When: Sunday, 3:30pm
Admission: Free

Calling all drummers! The DC Host Committe presents this program to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Dancers and supporters are also invited also to participate in this event which is in conjunction with the regular Sunday Drum and Dance circle that takes place from 3:00-9pm. Malcom X Park is located at 2400 15th Street NW.

Summer Fun
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

There’s not much time left to enjoy some of the best activities of the season. Outdoor pools and spraygrounds, music and movies in the open air, mini golf and carousels rides at local parks and museums, or a good ol’ crab feast. The Summer 2013 guide has all the inspiration you need to eke out the most of the summer wind-down.

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