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The Weekend Round-Up: May 10-12

 

Happy Weekend!  And a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms!

Go-to posts packed with ideas for ongoing fun:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* The Great Indoors
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Baltimore with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Paddling Options
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places

Celebrate Mom
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

If you’re still in need of plans to celebrate Mother’s Day, there are plenty of last-minute ways to make the occasion special. This round-up has ideas ranging from fairly mellow to very active, totally free to a total splurge – there’s sure to be something to make every mom’s day.

Drive-In Movie: Grease
Where: Union Market | Northeast, DC
When: Friday, 8:15pm (lot opens 7:30pm)
Admission: $20/car, walk-ups are free

Catch an outdoor screening of Grease at this season’s first installment of Union Market’s Drive-In Movie Series. Watch the film from the comfort of your car (or walk up and sit in the fresh air) in the UM parking lot. Get there early to enjoy delicious foods from market vendors! The lot opens at 7:30pm and the film begins at 8:20pm. Advance purchase is recommended.

Bonsai Festival
Where: National Arboretum | Northeast DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free
See the tiny trees at one of the prettiest places in the city this weekend. Each day features demonstrations, exhibits, vendors, and the renowned collection of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. While you’re at the Arboretum, be sure to see the beautiful, blooming azaleas, too! Read more about the Arboretum here and here.

White House Spring Garden Tours
Where: White House Grounds | Downtown DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free, but tickets are required

Here’s a chance to see the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden, Kitchen Garden, and South Lawn at the White House. The annual Spring Garden and Grounds Tours are being held on Saturday and Sunday — and gaining admission to the event is as easy as picking up tickets the day of. Go here for more details and info on how to get tickets.

Free Museum Admission (to one that usually charges)
Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

This Saturday, all of the exhibits at the National Building Museum will be free to visit!  Kids will especially enjoy Building Stories, which highlights building, engineering, and design through children’s books.  They’ll also love Brick City, showcasing re-creations of iconic architecture all constructed from LEGO bricks, plus there are opportunities to build their own masterpieces.  From 10am – 12pm, ages 4-9 can join a Builders Reading Club Meeting.  A Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit is also on view right now.

EU Open House
Where: EU Embassies | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Avoid the hefty airfare and jet lag and explore the Continent from this side of the pond. Join European Union embassies and the EU Delegation for a day of international culture. Get a rare behind-the-scenes look at the embassies, some of which are among Washington’s historic and architectural treasures, and savor their cultures while you’re there through art, performances, cuisines, and more. Get an idea of what to expect in this post about one of our experiences at an Around the World Embassy Tour.

Family Day: Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Where: Library of Congress | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 3:30pm
Admission: Free

Join a special Family Day featuring stories from the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in the Library’s collections. Planned activities include a chance to creatively share your own family histories and experiences, join a mask-making workshop, and more.

Little Critters: Nature Play
Where: National Zoo | Woodley Park, DC
When: Saturday, 9:30am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day with creative, drop-in play at the Zoo! Migrating birds are journeying north for the summer, so there will be engaging activities like feather painting, nest weaving, and bird-seed sensory play at the Zoo’s ongoing Little Critters Nature Play program. Designed for ages 0-5 and their caregivers and families, activities have early learners in mind, but all ages are welcome.

Acton Children’s Business Fair of Washington, DC
Where: 1521 20th St. NW | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12:30pm
Admission: Free

At this outdoor market in Dupont Circle, over 100 young entrepreneurs ages 6-14 will be selling handmade products including homemade soap, original jewelry, marbled note cards, baked sweet treats, and more. It’s a fun event for the whole family!

Family Day: National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
Where: National Museum of the Marine Corps | Triangle, VA
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Join the National Museum of the Marine Corps’ Education Department during National Physical Fitness and Sports Month to learn about what it takes to become a Marine as well as the Marine Corps fitness standards. Participants will even be able to test themselves against the Marine Corps fitness standards to see how they would do!

Sing Down the Moon: Appalachian Wonder Tales
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday, 11am & 2pm | Sunday, 11am
Tickets: $25
Journey into the Appalachian Mountains in this award-winning musical that deftly weaves four traditional tales and original music into a keepsake quilt of mountain lore and wisdom for the whole family. Jack who lands himself a job despite his foolishness. “Catskins” is a spunky Appalachian Cinderella. “The Enchanted Tree” is a beauty-and-the-beast love story between a lost girl and a frightening crow. And in a zany, sung-through “Sow and Her Three Pigs” plucky Nancy the pig outsmarts the hungry fox. This play with music incorporates singing, mountain dances, music, and puppets to create a highly theatrical storytelling style. T

Alice in Wonderland
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am & 1pm
Tickets: $15

This brand new adaptation based on the beloved children’s novel by Lewis Carroll will take the audience on a delightful journey into wonderland using rod puppets. This one-of-a-kind performance blends music and humor to create a new version of a familiar story. Recommended for ages 4+.

Strawberry Fields…this Weekend
Where: Farms around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Strawberries are ripe and ready for harvest — several area farms are now welcoming guests to pick their own. It’s always a good idea to check websites or call ahead to confirm availability the day you plan to go. Sunscreen and hat also recommended.

Weekend Workshops
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the National Portrait Gallery to do some art making! All ages are welcome to get creative at Weekend Workshops. Learn about artists and changemakers, then create art inspired by their stories. Of course, explore the whole museum while you’re there. See more about the National Portrait Gallery here.

Swing into Mother’s Day
Where: Swingers | Dupont Circle
When: Sunday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Tickets start at $21

Swingers, the crazy indoor golf club that has been a destination for just adults, will start welcoming kids and families before 6pm on Sundays — starting this weekend, just in time for Mother’s Day. Putt through the fun course, enjoy some yummy street food and drinks, and have a blast. Along with the mini golf fun, all moms will be gifted a complimentary glass of bubbles!

Charm City Fun, Hon!
Where: Around Baltimore, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Not only is it nice to get a change of metro area scenery sometimes, Baltimore, our sister city just a 45-minute drive away, is full of fantastic, family-friendly things to do. This post has info about all of them, including big attractions, suggestions for places to eat, and neighborhoods to explore.

Off the Beaten Museum Path
Where: Around DC
When: Hours vary by museum
Admission: Varies by museum

If you don’t veer from the well trodden path of the National Mall now and then, you could miss out on some amazing museum exhibits and experiences.  Check out this round-up of some these places in DC that may not be on your museum radar — but should be.

Inside Action
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

There’s rain in the forecast, so you may be looking for places to be indoors, but want some active fun or something with an engaging mission.  From pickleball and roller skating to tennis and ping pong to escape rooms and scavenger hunts to an indoor waterpark, this post shares all kinds of ways to get your fun and game on.

Museums Beyond DC
Where: Museums in MD & VA
When: Hours vary by museum
Admission: Varies by museum

While DC is known for its legion of museums, there are even more beyond the District lines that are great to explore with kids. Explore Air & Space in Chantilly and aviation in College Park, see dinos and more cool science in Baltimore.  This post has a round-up of museums in Maryland and Northern Virginia to add to your family’s activity mix.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Ideas for “me” time on Mother’s Day.
* And for “me” time on Saturday, the That’s So Vintage Market at Union Market sounds fun.
* Recipes for Mother’s Day treats.
* Eater DC’s round-up of 15 Fabulous Bloody Marys Around D.C. could come in handy for Sunday plans.
* Just started reading this novel and really enjoying it so far.
* So many cute things on sale from the sweetest kids clothing brand.
* How pretty are these sparkly strappy sandals? This simple but statement-y red pair, too.
* What I want for Mother’s Day. 😅

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The Weekend Round-Up:
April 26-28

Celebrate the Dentzel Carousel at Glen Echo Park

 

Happy Weekend!

Link up to ideas galore for local fun:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* The Great Indoors
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Baltimore with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Paddling Options
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places

Bon Jour, Georgetown!
Where: Book Hill Neighborhood | Georgetown, DC
When: Friday & Saturday, 10am – 5pm | Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

The Georgetown French Market returns to the Book Hill area of the neighborhood, bringing the signature European open air market back for its 21st year.  More than 40 Georgetown boutiques, antique shops, restaurants, galleries, and more will be featured. But it’s not all about the shopping!  There will also be strolling mimes, hands-on activities, live music, plus French cuisine from Georgetown cafes and restaurants. Visit the website to see the schedule of events and list of participating shops.

Family ‘Hoppy’ Hour with King Bullfrog
Where: Hill Center | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Friday, 5-7pm
Admission:

Kick off the weekend with a family-friendly evening filled with live music for all ages! This concert will be outdoors (weather permitting), perfect for little ones to run, dance, laugh, and play to the beat of their favorite songs. Beer, wine, and cheese & pepperoni pizza will be available for purchase.

Earth Day Movie Night: Elemental
Where: The Yards | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 8-10pm
Admission: Free (or suggested $5 donation)

Elements are what makes the earth, earth! Join The Yards for a screening of Pixar’s Elemental on The Sundeck. See how much the elements have in common with an adventure through Element City to celebrate Earth Day. Make it a picnic under the stars — stop by one of the restaurants and pick up dinner to-go to enjoy on The Sundeck. Don’t forget your blankets and chairs! For dessert, enjoy a sweet treat with Ice Cream Jubilee’s onsite scoops and deluxe topping bar.

Caps vs. Rangers
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Friday, 7pm & Sunday, 8pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary (look for more options)

Caps are playing Game 3 of this Play Off round at home — and hopefully there will be a Game 4, too.  Make a longer outing of it in Penn Quarter and get a bite to eat at one of the family-friendly restaurants in the area.  And maybe pop in to the National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum which are right across th estreet from Capitol One Arena and open until 7pm.

We’ve Got Spirit, Yes We Do
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Friday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $10

Cheer on our local women’s pro soccer team on Friday evening as the Washington Spirit host Orlando Pride. Enjoy some amazing soccer play while supporting our home team and women in sports. Plan for a pre-match meal nearby — see some recs for family-friendly spots to eat in that area.

Carousel Day
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free (carousel rides cost a fee)

This annual tradition is one of Glen Echo Park’s most popular festivals,  celebrating the beautiful historic Dentzel Carousel spinning for 103 years!  Along with rides on the beloved merry-go-round, guests of all ages can enjoy loads of fun activities: music and dance performances, arts & crafts, artist studios and galleries, and much more. See the day’s full details here.

Go, Terps!
Where: University of Maryland | College Park, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

The annual Maryland Day celebration in College Park gets a giant thumbs-up from me, and not just because it’s my alma mater. This is a fantastic event for families — and we know from experience. Every year, the University hosts a huge open house for, well, everybody. There will be hundreds of family-friendly activities for varying ages, including learning games; a sports and rec area; musical performances; arts & crafts; farm animal visits; fossil digs; insect and instrument petting zoos; and TONS more. It’s spread out all over campus — and it’s a huge campus, so be prepared for lots of walking (worth every step!) and be sure to bring a stroller for little ones.

Sing Down the Moon: Appalachian Wonder Tales
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Friday, 7pm | Saturday & Sunday, 11am & 2pm
Admission: $25 (look for discount)
Journey into the Appalachian Mountains in this award-winning musical that deftly weaves four traditional tales and original music into a keepsake quilt of mountain lore and wisdom for the whole family. Jack who lands himself a job despite his foolishness. “Catskins” is a spunky Appalachian Cinderella. “The Enchanted Tree” is a beauty-and-the-beast love story between a lost girl and a frightening crow. And in a zany, sung-through “Sow and Her Three Pigs” plucky Nancy the pig outsmarts the hungry fox. This play with music incorporates singing, mountain dances, music, and puppets to create a highly theatrical storytelling style.

Saturday Morning Live!: Off the Page
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 9:30am & 11am
Admission: Free

The National Theatre’s free program presents shows for children on select Saturday mornings, from interactive performances, puppets, dance, and music – all designed to light up imaginations and celebrate a world of wonder. This month celebrates the magic of books… they can transport us to new worlds; illustrations and entire adventures can lift right off the page. When an imaginative young child dives into a book, the stories come to life around them. Through dance, music, puppetry, and vibrant imagery, this world premiere production will literally unfold before your eyes!

Garden Fair & Plant Sale
Where: National Arboretum | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 4pm
Admission: Free
Join Friends of the National Arboretum for the annual Garden Fair & Plant Sale.  Celebrate spring with a fantastic array of plants, expert gardening advice, dozens of local vendors, and free outdoor activities for all ages.  Be sure to explore the vast grounds while you’re there, and don’t miss the gorgeous azalea bloom! Go here for scenes from a past bloom. And read more about the Arb  — it’s one of my very favorite spots in DC — herehere, and here.

Do the Loop
Where: Around Northwest DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy a day of free indoor and outdoor arts programming in collaboration with several wonderful museums and other places in DC, including Dumbarton Oaks, the Katzen Museum, Jackson Art Center, Kreeger Museum and galleries on Georgetown’s Book Hill. Each organization has their own exciting activities including performances, art openings, food trucks, and more. Visit the website for the full schedule and details. No tickets or reservations needed.

Spring Festival
Where: South Mountain Creamery | Middletown, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

This annual festival is super fun and a great opportunity to experience the farm and creamery. There’s a petting zoo for the kids, hay rides for everyone, live music, corn hole, civil war reenactments, and fun farm demos, like ice cream churning and bee keeping. Shop the Farmer’s Market, plus additional food and snacks from vendors will be available for purchase.

Book It in DC
Where: Bookstores in the DC area
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day, and several local book shops are celebrating with special activities. East City Bookshop on Capitol Hill will have  in-store flash sales, activities for all ages, giveaways, and more. Kramerbooks in Dupont Circle will be offering Blind Date with a Book — receive a surprise book for every $75 you spend at the bookstore — and hiding golden 20% off tickets in the store. And some other local indie stores to shop:  Capitol Hill BooksSolid State BooksPolitics and ProseLoyalty Bookstores, and Busboys and Poets.

NoVa Bookstore Crawl
Where: Bookstores Around Northern Virginia
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

To celebrate Independent Bookstore Day beyond the District, join the NoVa Bookstore Crawl. Fifteen independent bookstores across Northern Virginia, Frederick, MD, and Wardensville, WV are partnering on a special Passport program. Book lovers can explore more of the region’s growing bookstore scene and enjoy special festivities at most of the shops.

Garden Fair & Plant Sale
Where: National Arboretum | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 4pm
Admission: Free
Join Friends of the National Arboretum for the annual Garden Fair & Plant Sale. Celebrate spring with a fantastic array of plants, expert gardening advice, dozens of local vendors, and free outdoor activities for all ages.  Be sure to explore the vast grounds while you’re there, and don’t miss the gorgeous azalea bloom! Go here for scenes from a past bloom. And read more about the Arb  — it’s one of my very favorite spots in DC — herehere, and here.

Art Cart: Cherry Blossoms You Can Wear
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

In celebration of spring, join the Hirshhorn for a blossom-inspired Art Cart. Take a close look at artist Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Two Circles, and explore nature-inspired books and materials to make our own blossom-inspired artworks. Find the Art Cart on the Plaza, and pick up your blooming materials.

Mmmm…Chocolate
Where: La Maison Française | Foxhall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5:30pm
Admission: $24/ages 12+ (free for kids under 12)

The DC Chocolate Festival is a celebration of artisan and fine chocolate from the Mid-Atlantic and beyond! The event brings together over 30 chocolate vendors and thousands of chocolate lovers for a day of tasting, talking, and learning. The session looks like the better pick for families & kids, with hot chocolate making demo and tasting (though the whole event is family-friendly).

STAR Fest
Where: MLK Library | Penn Quarter, DC

When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free
DC Public Library’s Books from Birth program, which gives all DC children a free book a month from birth to age 5, presents this free family festival at the wonderful MLK Memorial Library. The event features sing stations, imaginative play experiences, story times, interactive writing/scribbling activities, and much more. Read more about Books from Birth here and MLK Library here.

Alice in Wonderland
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am & 1pm
Admission: $15

This brand new adaptation based on the beloved children’s novel by Lewis Carroll will take the audience on a delightful journey into wonderland using rod puppets. This one-of-a-kind performance blends music and humor to create a new version of a familiar story. Recommended for ages 4+.

Islander: A New Musical
Where: Olney Theatre | Olney, MD
When: Through April 28
Admission: $55-91 (look for discount)

Islander tells a modern myth featuring two actors who use live mixing and looping technology to create a sonic landscape as dramatic as the Scottish coastline. Eilidh is the only child on Kinnan Island, where most of the dwindling population has moved to the “Big Land.” The government has proposed to resettle the rest, and the town must vote soon on whether or not to accept the offer. But the day after a baby whale beaches itself, Eilidh discovers a young girl named Arran along the shore, who seems straight out of Scottish folklore. As the two form a friendship, Islander takes audiences on a magical journey to transcend loss, recover hope, and find community. Rated G for all families.

Brick Fest Live
Where: PG Sports & Learning Complex | Landover, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $20-40 (look for discount)

The nation’s largest LEGO Fan Festival brings together enthusiasts from across the country to showcase their amazing brick constructions, from tiny intricate works to elaborate, towering creations. Hundreds of exhibitors will be there to display their designs, along with vendors selling all things LEGO. Other activities will include live interactive stage shows, LEGO building, life-style models, games, and photo ops.

Sensory Day
Where: Old Firehouse | McLean, VA
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Challenge your Senses at the Old Firehouse! This unique and fun event, supporting Autism Awareness Month, will provide ALL who attend a sensory exploration through taste, smell, sound, sight and touch. This event is free and open to ALL.

Hill Family Biking: Anniversary Ride!
Where: Around Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 4-7pm
Admission: Free

Join a Hill Family Biking to celebrate its 1-year anniversary with a 4.5 mile ride along the new Potomac Ave and 19th St bike lanes and a block party in front of Maury Elementary. All are welcome at the block party whether or not you participate in the ride to enjoy music, face painting, food trucks, a kids’ bike course, chalk art, and special guest appearances. Think of the block party as a mini Open Streets with participation from organizations like WABA, Girls in Gear, DC Public Library, Throne Labs (yes, a working bathroom on site!), goDCgo, Capital Bikeshare and more! The ride start in the Maury Elementary Parking Lot on 12th Pl NE and ends at the block party on the 200 block of 13th St NE.

Good Morning, El Salvador | Buenos Días, El Salvador
Where: Takoma Park Maryland Library
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: Free

Enjoy a trilingual play in Nawat, español, and English, featuring puppets and live music! And a celebration of Día: Children’s Day/Book Day! Yek Peyna Guxgatan is a heartwarming story about a Salvadoran-American grandchild visiting their grandmother in El Salvador for the first time, and discovering their Indigenous history and language through song.

Porchfest
Where: Around Petworth, DC
When: Saturday, 2-8pm
Admission: Free

Get the best seats in the house (or on the sidewalk) as the front porches around Petworth are transformed into intimate performance spaces to be enjoyed by anyone who happens to stroll by. Featuring dozens of bands, the event celebrate the arts and the community. Performances will beon porches 2-6pm and on a main stage 6-8pm.  Access a schedule and map of porch locations here.

DC United vs Seattle Sounders FC
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $27 (look for deal)

DC United is playing at home on Saturday evening, hosting Seattle. The club is partnering with Audi of America for Sustainability Night to support and encourage environmentally friendly practices and more sustainable lifestyles. Fans will also have the opportunity to learn more and connect with nonprofit organizations focused on sustainable efforts in our community. As always, I recommend taking public transportation to the Navy Yard neighborhood and walking to Audi Field from there. You can grab a bite to eat before — see some kid-friendly recommendations in the area.

Family Funday with The Great Zucchini
Where: Hook Hall | Petworth, DC
When: April 28, 10:30am
Admission: $5

Select Sundays at Hook Hall are all about FAMILY FUN! Bring the kiddos for entertainment in late April as The Great Zucchini, the DMV’s funniest and most magical entertainer, performs a magic show where every child is a star! Coffee and hot drinks available for purchase for the parents.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* There’s a new giveaway for a chance to win tickets to Adventure Theatre’s new show Sing Down the Moon: Appalachian Wonder Tales!
* The National Children’s Chorus is holding auditions for Fall 2024.
* Washington Post picks 5 of the best new food halls in the DC area.
* Very excited about this store opening in DC soon! In the meantime, coveting this pretty blouse.
* Insight for booking a National Park trip this summer.
* Great sale this weekend. Just ordered this, and there are so many great things for kids, too: girls and boys.
* This patio chair looks so cozy.
* And more ideas for small outdoor spaces.
* Play room goals.

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The Weekend Round-Up:
April 19-21

 

Happy Weekend!

Quick links to all kinds of idea for local fun:
* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Baltimore with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places

Go with the Flow
Where: Waterways around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies

Row, row, row your boat or kayak or canoe or SUP! Paddle season has begun as a few places have started offering boat rentals and more are opening this weekend. Boating in DC has several locations in the District and a few NoVa Parks offer it, too. This post about places to go with the flow has more details. (Insider info: The staff at Thomson Boathouse in Georgetown is especially great!)

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

National Park Week starts on Saturday, and it’s kicking off with a fee free day, so there’s no entrance fee to national parks that usually charge admission. Take advantage and hit the trail at  Great FallsShenandoahPrince William ForestHarpers Ferry, or head up to Baltimore to explore Fort McHenry. Find even more parks to visit here.

Earth Day Family Festival
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free
Join the National Portrait Gallery and the American Art Museum to learn how art and science can help protect the earth. Attendees of all ages can enjoy nature-themed activities and there will be face painting for children 12 and under. A scavenger hunt in the galleries features works from both museums that highlight the Earth’s natural wonders and the various ways artists help care for our planet.  Registration encouraged.

The Big Draw
Where: National Building Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free
The free day-long festival is a complement to Building Stories, an exhibition that explores the world of architecture, engineering, construction, and design through the lens of children’s books. Discover the world we design and build through drawing. Author and illustrator David Macaulay will lead drawing workshops, and visitors of all ages can engage in quick drawing prompts, contribute to a community mural, add to Positive Chalk’s “Chalk Walk,” and attend lightning talks with engineering, architecture, and design professionals. who will share how drawing is used as a tool to create. BYO sketchbooks or use provided materials. Register ahead for free.

Earth Day Heroes 2024
Where: National Academy of Sciences | 2101 Constitution NW, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for a day of family fun and discovery. Inside the historic halls of the National Academy of Sciences Building on Constitution Avenue, explore five rooms that reveal the wonders of Planet Earth. Through interactive exhibits and activities including a scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, hands-on science, and much more, each visitor will become an Earth Day Hero and grow their appreciation for Earth and nature, discover the importance of their choices, and learn about science

Kids Opening Day
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Sunday, 1:35pm
Admission: Tickets prices vary

On Sunday, the Nationals invite their youngest fans to help ring in the 2024 season. There will be activities for families to celebrate the day along with the 2019 World Champions Five-Year Anniversary Weekend  (including  games against the Astros, the team the beat to win the big title).  Enjoy face painters, balloon twisters, Story Time, opportunities to get signatures, and the ever-popular Kids Run the Bases starts for the season!  If you can’t make it Sunday, there are games on Friday & Saturday, too.

Root (root, root) for the Baysox
Where: Prince George’s Stadium | Landover, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Ticket prices vary
The Nats aren’t the only baseball team in town. The Bowie Baysox, one of the local minor league teams, just started their season and are hosting the Altoona Curve all weekend.  It’s baseball on a smaller (and less expensive) scale than at Nationals Park, and there’s always extra fun and games especially for kids — read more about Baysox games in this KFDC post.

Kick It with Spirit
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 1pm
Admission: Tickets start at $20

The Washington Spirit, our local women’s pro soccer team, is playing at Audi Field this weekend hosting NY Gothem FC. Enjoy some amazing soccer play while supporting our home team and women in sports. Plan for a pre-match meal nearby — El Bebe, All Purpose Pizza, The Salt Line, and Dacha are conveniently located and my top recs for family-friendly spots to eat in that area.

Red Bull Show Run
Where: 3rd-7th Streets NW | Pennsylvania Ave. DC
When: Saturday, 1:30-6pm
Admission: Free

Get ready for an afternoon of adrenaline packed fun as Red Bull Showrun makes its debut in the heart of DC! Join legendary driver David Coulthard, and the team at Oracle Red Bull Racing on Pennsylvania Avenue, in the heart of our nation’s capital. Watch a Formula One car speed down the street. No tickets required, but get there early to stake out a spot. A Fan Zone with activities opens at 1:30pm, and the event begins at 4pm.

Peter Pan
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Through Sunday
Admission: $44-139 (look for a deal)
This high-flying musical has been thrilling audiences of all ages for close to 70 years and is now being brought back to life in a new adaptation. The adventure begins when Peter Pan and his mischievous sidekick, Tinker Bell, visit the bedroom of the Darling children late one night. With a sprinkle of fairy dust and a few happy thoughts, the children are taken on a magical journey they will never forget.

Alice in Wonderland
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am & 1pm
Admission: $15

This brand new adaptation based on the beloved children’s novel by Lewis Carroll will take the audience on a delightful journey into wonderland using rod puppets. This one-of-a-kind performance blends music and humor to create a new version of a familiar story. Recommended for ages 4+.

Message In A Bottle
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through Sunday
Admission: $45-105 (look for discount)

Message In A Bottle is a spectacular new dance-theatre show inspired by and set to the iconic hits of Sting.The peaceful village of Bebko is alive with joyous celebrations. Suddenly, under attack, everything changes forever. Three siblings, Leto, Mati, and Tana, must embark on perilous journeys in order to survive. Recommended for ages 12+.

Off the Page
Where: Theater on the Run | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday, 10am & 11:30am
Admission: $10

Arts on the Horizon presentsthis show for little theatre goers… The magic of books can transport us to new worlds! When an imaginative young child dives into a book, the stories come to life around them. Through dance, music, puppetry, and vibrant imagery, this world premiere production will use an immersive design to unfold around the audience. Watch a new world come to life right before your eyes! Catch at two theatres, plus other locations as it tours the area.

Macbeth
Where: Harman Hall | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Through May 5
Admission: Start at $115, but mostly sold out, look for resale tix

Shakespeare Theatre Company present this classic starring Ralph Fiennes… Blood will have blood. Unbridled ambition, supernatural forces, and murderous desires reign supreme in Shakespeare’s most poetic examination of evil. When three witches tell Macbeth that he will become King of Scotland, he plots with his wife to attain the title through an assassination; a bloody act that gives him his crown and sends him careening down the path of his own undoing. A thrilling account of how our minds deceive us and how a guilty conscience can undo us all. Recommended for teens and older.

Islander: A New Musical
Where: Olney Theatre | Olney, MD
When: Through APril 28
Admission: $55-91

Islander tells a modern myth featuring two actors who use live mixing and looping technology to create a sonic landscape as dramatic as the Scottish coastline. Eilidh is the only child on Kinnan Island, where most of the dwindling population has moved to the “Big Land.” The government has proposed to resettle the rest, and the town must vote soon on whether or not to accept the offer. But the day after a baby whale beaches itself, Eilidh discovers a young girl named Arran along the shore, who seems straight out of Scottish folklore. As the two form a friendship, Islander takes audiences on a magical journey to transcend loss, recover hope, and find community. Rated G for all families.

Blooming Azaleas
Where: National Arboretum | Northeast DC
When: Throughout the weekend, 8am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The azalea bloom at the National Arboretum is well known among flower enthusiasts, attracting visitors from all over every year. And for good reason: It’s absolutely gorgeous! Even more, the Arb is a great place to spend a day with the family, with something for all ages to enjoy.  Go here for scenes from a past bloom.

Animal Medical Center Open House
Where: Watkins Park | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free
The event, which will be held at 60 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774, will allow pet owners and animal lovers to explore the center’s services and meet the veterinary team. The event will showcase the center’s offerings and feature fun activities for kids, including a Teddy Bear Clinic, dog training demos, raffles with prizes, and more.

The Tortured Poets Department Trivia & More
Where: Takoma Park Maryland Library
When: Saturday, 1pm
Admission: Free
Celebrate Poetry Month and the release of Taylor Swift’s 11th album: The Tortured Poets Department. Enjoy poetry writing, trivia, refreshments, & prizes!  Recommended for ages 7+, including middle and high schoolers.

Celebration of Art & Dance
Where: The Boro | Tysons, VA
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free
Celebrate International Dance ay at The Boro! Whether you’re a seasoned dancer or just craving fun, the dance floor is waiting for you! Guests can choose to attend instructor-led salsa and bachata workshops, with special live performances from Tysons Ballroom. Keep dancing the day away at the DJ dance party and add a touch of sparkle and glam with glitter tattoos for the kiddos. There will also be an array of children’s crafts and giveaways along with a station to design your own spring bouquet. For adults, sip and savor signature cocktails available at The Sandlot. Register in advance!

Fairy & Gnome Home Festival
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Solomons, MD
When: Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: $10/online, $13/at gate

This annual festival at one of the most enchanting places will delight the whole family — and we know from experience. Festivities are scattered throughout the beautiful grounds, making for a fanciful day for young (and young at heart) guests. Explore the Wondrous Woods, shop the charming marketplace, search for over 180 fairy houses, meet whimsical characters and wandering performers, make arts & crafts, engage in imaginative play, enjoy nature explorations, adorable animal encounters, unicorn rides, and more. Visit the website for specifics. And read more about Annmarie Sculpture Garden and get a glimpse in this KFDC post and this one.

The Okee Dokee Brothers
Where: GMU Center for the Arts | Fairfax, VA
When: Sunday, 10:30am & 1pm
Admission: $15
The Okee Dokee Brothers infuse bluegrass music and playful lyrics with an interest in the great outdoors, hoping to spark a desire in children to explore their surroundings and imaginations. Recommended for ages 3-8.

Spring Breakin’
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

It’s the last weekend of Spring Break for many DC kids, so if you’re looking for extra activities to keep everyone entertained, this KFDC guide has plenty of ideas. (Of course, you can also use it for finding more weekend fun, Spring Beak or not.)

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* In case you missed it, there’s a new round-up of places to enjoy art outdoors around the DC area.
* Get $5 District Tickets to Nats games online.
* Dumplings in DC.
* Finished watching Ripley, and it’s excellent! The cinematography especially.
* The new Brandy Hellville documentary is on my watch list for this weekend. Interesting review here.
* A cute family movie to stream.
* Added to cart: Bento box style food containers.
* Perfect hat for summer – and on sale.
* Sasha just got these cute pants, and now I want a pair.
* I hear the “it” handbag of the season is this one, but I’d rather pay for this one that looks very similar.
* How amazing would it be to happen up this in a Metro station?!
* Weekend listen, of course.

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The Weekend Round-Up:
April 12-14

All aboard for a mini trian ride at Cabin John!

 

Happy Weekend!

Go-to posts full of ideas for go-to fun:
* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Baltimore with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
Where: Constitution Ave, 7th – 17th St NW | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

The pinnacle of cherry blossom festivities just might be the parade. Thousands of people line Constitution Avenue to watch the procession of lavish floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands, and a variety of performers roll through the city. Tickets for grandstand seats are available for $25-40, but you can stake out a spot along the curb for free. Plan to arrive early to get a good view — the crowds come out for this one, especially if it’s a pretty spring day.

Sakura Matsuri
Where: Pennsylvania Ave, 3rd-7th St NW | Downtown DC
When: Saturday & Sunday 10:30am – 6pm
Admission: $15/advance, $20/day of, free/12 & under

Following the Cherry Blossom parade (or on Sunday), head over to Sakura Matsuri, the Japanese Street Festival that is America’s largest exhibition of Japanese culture. The annual event will feature live music and dance performances, all kinds of Asian and Western foods, martial arts demos, Japanese art, and much more.

Go for a Spin
Where: Cabin John (Bethesda) & Wheaton Regional Park, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $5

All aboard! Montgomery Park’s Cabin John Train and Wheaton Train and Carousel are open for the season. Take kiddos for a spin around the parks on replicas of an 1863 steam locomotive. Or go for whirl on the Carousel (Wheaton only). Plan for time on the playgrounds, too — both offer lots of fun for little ones.  Read more about Cabin John here and Wheaton here.

Horse Expo
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park | Centreville, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Frying Pan Farm Park is hosting its first-ever horse expo! There will be demonstrations, speakers, food trucks, and businesses that sell horse-related products and services. Both experienced riders and people new to the world of horses are welcome to join the festivities.

More Fun at Fairfax Parks
Where: Parks throughout Fairfax County, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

The Fairfax County Park Authority hosts all kinds of events on weekends for guests of all ages. Bring kids with disabilities to explore Riverbend Park. Learn about animal adaptations at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Go on nature kayaking tour at Lake Accotinct.  Observe the night sky at Turner Park Observatory. And there are even more interesting adventures! Details and registration for activities this weekend and beyond are available here.

Art Cart: Art Assembly
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the Hirshhorn for an art activities especially for kids… What could you create with an empty box and scrap materials? In this week’s Art Cart, get inspired by artist Joseph Cornell and his amazing assemblages (artworks inside a box). Look closely at his work, explore materials and assemble your own artwork in a box! Find the cart with supplies on the lower level.

Blossom Fest
Where: Springfield Town Center | Springfield, VA
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Join Springfield Town Center for their annual Blossom Fest. The family-friendly festival will feature dozens of fun exhibitors outdoors, live music, face patinging and balloon art, bouncy fun, character appearances, a LEGO activity, fitness demos, and dance and theatre performances.

Model Train Open House
Where: Historic Vienna Depot | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Visit the historical Vienna Stain station to watch model train and trolley activities that realistically depict an actual railroad that existed in North Carolina in the 1950′s, the Western North Carolina (WNC). Locomotive, rail car, and towns industry in this layout is modeled after those places and things as they looked in that era. Thomas the Tank Engine (and a few of his friends) are chugging around among the bigger steam and diesel locomotives. The Vienna Depot is located at 231 Dominion Road NE in Vienna, Virginia just down the street from the red caboose.

Peter Pan
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Through April 21
Admission: $44-139 (look for a deal)
This high-flying musical has been thrilling audiences of all ages for close to 70 years and is now being brought back to life in a new adaptation. The adventure begins when Peter Pan and his mischievous sidekick, Tinker Bell, visit the bedroom of the Darling children late one night. With a sprinkle of fairy dust and a few happy thoughts, the children are taken on a magical journey they will never forget.

Love and Information
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $12

Someone shares a forbidden secret, someone confronts their best friend, someone admires a snail. In this kaleidoscopic play, over fifty unrelated scenes flash by faster than a doomscroll as over a hundred characters strive to connect with each other, learn from one another, and look for love. Love and Information, written to be transformed into it’s own unique vision by every company that performs it, makes this production a once in a lifetime theatrical experience. Recommended for ages 11+.

The Monsters of Seahorse Island
Where: Highland Elementary School | Wheaton, MD
When: Saturday, 11am & Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free

It’s a the world premier of a brand new play by Interact Story Theatre… The people of Seahorse Island and the people of the Kingdom under the ocean have been at odds for longer than anyone can remember, but why? And what happens when worlds collide? This thoughtful and funny play includes lots of audience participation and is best for ages 5 & up.

Macbeth
Where: Harman Hall | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Through May 5
Admission: Start at $115, but mostly sold out, look for resale tix

Shakespeare Theatre Company present this classic starring Ralph Fiennes… Blood will have blood. Unbridled ambition, supernatural forces, and murderous desires reign supreme in Shakespeare’s most poetic examination of evil. When three witches tell Macbeth that he will become King of Scotland, he plots with his wife to attain the title through an assassination; a bloody act that gives him his crown and sends him careening down the path of his own undoing. A thrilling account of how our minds deceive us and how a guilty conscience can undo us all. Recommended for teens and older.

Message In A Bottle
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through April 21
Admission: $45-105 (look for discount)

Message In A Bottle is a spectacular new dance-theatre show inspired by and set to the iconic hits of Sting.The peaceful village of Bebko is alive with joyous celebrations. Suddenly, under attack, everything changes forever. Three siblings, Leto, Mati, and Tana, must embark on perilous journeys in order to survive. Recommended for ages 12+.

Weekend Workshops
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the National Portrait Gallery to do some art making! All ages are welcome to get creative at Weekend Workshops. Learn about artists and changemakers, then create art inspired by their stories. Of course, explore the whole museum while you’re there. See more about the National Portrait Gallery here.

Caps vs Lightning
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 5:30pm
Admission: Look for tickets here

Hockey, anyone? The Capitals are playing at home on Sunday evening as they host the Tampa Bay Lightning. Make a longer outing of it and visit the Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum before the game or grab a bite to eat in the Penn Quarter neighborhood after  — this post about kid-friendly eats in DC has suggestions for places to go.

United vs Orlando SC
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
Wheb: Saturday,
Admission: Tickets start at $27 (look for discount)

DC United is playing at home on Saturday evening, hosting Orlando SC. As always, I recommend taking public transportation or parking in the Navy Yard neighborhood and walking to Audi Field from there. Plan for a pre-match bite — here are a bunch of recs for family-friendly spots to eat there.

Happy Emancipation Day, DC!
Where: Freedom Plaza & Pennsylvania Ave. | Downtown DC
When: Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free

There will be a second parade in DC on Saturday to celebrate DC Emancipation Day! The procession will be led by Mayor Bowser, and it will be followed by a concert featuring local and national artists, and a fireworks display to end the night! Emancipation Day honors President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act in 1862, which freed over 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia. The parade begins at 2pm,  a concert of the plaza at 3pm, and there will be fireworks later at 8:30pm.

Bloom Town
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Varies by locale
Admission: Varies by locale

The cherry blossom peak at the Tidal Basin has passed, but there are more blossoms and other big blooms to enjoy around the DC area, a couple of them literally coming now. Burnside Farm’s Festival of Spring featuring tulip fields is in its final weekend, bluebells are blanketing the grounds around the area, and wisteria is starting to brighten up local scenery.  And the best places to see them are great for more than just the flowers. This post has details on where to go for those and other big blooms coming up.

Spring Breakin’
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Spring Break for DC students begins this weekend, so you might be looking for extra activities to keep the kids (and yourself) entertained while they are off from school. This annual KFDC guide has plenty of ideas to help with that. Of course, you can also use it for finding more weekend fun, Spring Beak or not.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Plan ahead for museum fun (and see what’s on this weekend) with this round-up of regularly occurring programs at local museums.
* See even more things to plan for this spring!
* And get recommendations to gear up for warm weather adventures with kids.
* There is a contest going on right now to give a military family a Dream Party — details here.
* Where to find Passover meals around DC, just a little over a week away.
* Sasha’s latest social media recipe find is a yummy one.
I just bought the best swimsuit! It’s stylish and flattering — a lot like this trendy one, but less cheeky and a fraction of the price.
* Anthro has another good sale on sale going on. Love this woven tote and these silky barrel pants.
* And this Amazon workout wear brand has awesome deals right now.
* The world’s 15 best family-friendly hotels and resorts, according to AFAR.
* Saturday Night.

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The Weekend Round-Up:
September 29 – October 1

This weekend is the last chance to hang with the pandas at the National Zoo

 

Happy Weekend!

Link up to local fun with these go-to posts:
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Kid-Friendly Eats
* The Great Indoors
* On the Water
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Baltimore with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Peaceful Places

Pickleball on the Mall
Where:  JFK Hockey Fields| National Mall, DC
When: Through Saturday
Admission: Free

For the first time ever, nine temporary pickleball courts will be constructed on the JFK Hockey Fields, adjacent to the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. This three-day event is free to register and open to players of all ages and skill levels — old, young, experts, or novices. This special event will include celebrity guests, including Rob Riggle and Katie Couric. There will be clinics, walk-on play, exhibition matches, a local DMV showcase, opportunities to play with the pros from DC PickleballTeam players, and a special healthy cooking demonstration called “Cooking in the Kitchen” with a local DC chef. You can also just go and spectate! The JFK Hockey Fields are located at 1964 Independence Ave. SW.

World Culture Festival
Where: 4th – 14th Streets | National Mall, DC
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: Free

Tap into joy, peace, and community on the National Mall this weekend, where there will be for entertainment and culture from across the globe. Hear live music, from hip hop to the classics to world music. Visit pavilions to learn about world cultures.  Experience whirling dervishes spinning to eternity along with the stomps of flamenco dancers awakening the soul and a yoga flow with all who want to join. International food trucks will offer dishes to savor. Register in advance!

Art All Night
Where: Throughout DC
When: Friday – Saturday, 7pm – 3am
Admission: Free

Be part of DC’s annual free, overnight, family-friendly arts festival.  The event takes place in all eight wards, bringing visual and performing arts — painting, photography, sculpture, crafts, fashion, music, dance, theater, and more — to indoor and outdoor spaces around the city. Enjoy live music, dance at silent discos, take kids to story times and more activities for littles, sample food, view innovative art, and so much more.  This DCist article has details on what’s happening in many neighborhoods around DC.

Harvest Festival
Where: USDA Farmers Market | National Mall, DC
When: Friday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

The USDA’s weekly Farmers Market will include special activities in celebration of all, including a petting zoo, face painting, and many more fun activities for kids and families!. There will also be a Sukkot Festival for the holiday with a sukkah dedication at 12pm. The Farmer’s Market takes place on the corner of Independence and 14th Street SW from 10am – 2pm.

Back to the Yards
Where: Yards Park | CapitolRiverfront, DC
When: Friday, 5:30-8:30pm
Admission: Free

Join The Yards for the party of the decade to celebrate the end of summer and new school year.  Jam out with a totally tubular DJ playing 80s and 90s chart toppers that will get the whole family on their feet. Get a blast from the past with classic 90’s icons, like Barbie, Etch-a-Sketch, and more. Instagrammable moments and activities including vintage arcade games, break dancers, glitter tattoos, crafts, a photo booth, and a glow giveaway bar will make this a party for all the ages. Dust off your leg warmers, and tease up your hair, celebrate The Yards, be there or be square! Kids of all ages welcome!

Panda Palooza
Where: National Zoo | Woodley Park, DC
When: Through Sunday
Admission: Free with passes

The celebration continues for the giant pandas at the National Zoo before they go home to China.  And you can get in on the fun! Enjoy photo ops, hands-on arts and crafts, a ‘Kids Area’ in the Great Meadow, family stretching and yoga, panda talks, temporary tattoos, a conservation-themed scavenger hunt, live music concerts, and free film screenings of “Kung Fu Panda” and “The Miracle Panda” through the weekend. See the schedule on the website.

Leesburg Airshow
Where: Leesburg Executive Airport | Leesburg, VA
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free
The annual Leesburg Airshow will take to the skies with thrilling aerobatic demonstrations, sky divers, and more! Witness a showcase of impressive aircraft, plus a variety of exhibitors on the tarmac, food vendors, kids activities, flight schools, and aviation clubs among them.

Opera in the Outfield
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Saturday, 5pm
Admission: Free

How about opera where there’s usually baseball? The Washington National Opera presents Opera in the Outfield for the 18th year with a simulcast performance of Puccini’s La bohème on Saturday evening. The show starts at 7pm, but gates open at 5pm for “pregame” activities for the entire family, including a costume shop, a performance by Step Afrika, a magic show by Musico the Magnificent, arts & crafts, an instrument petting zoo, chances to win prizes, and more. Get there early for a seat on the field, otherwise there will be plenty of seating in the stands.

Celebrate Fall
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by event
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. Get details on them in this round-up of autumn celebrations around the area.

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Through October 30
Admission: $25

With charm, wit, and heart, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown explores life’s big questions through the eyes of the Peanuts gang as they play baseball, fly kites, struggle with homework, swoon over crushes, and celebrate the joys of friendship. Growing up is serious business! Recommended for all ages.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Through October 22
Admission: $25-39
Using more than 70 beautiful, larger-than-life puppets and original music, this special event follows all your favorite characters from “Brown Bear, Brown Bear,” “The Very Busy Spider,” “10 Little Rubber Ducks,” and, of course, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” Recommended for ages 3-8.

Cirque du Soleil: ECHO
Where: Under the Big Top | Tysons II, VA
When: Through October 22
Admission: Start at $33/child, 42/adult (look for a deal

This new Circque du Soleil show just made its US debut in DC and runs through October. Fueled by the power of change, the hope of the youth, and the value of empathy, ECHO follows an inquisitive young woman named FUTURE as she wanders into a fantasy world that explores humans’ sacred bond with animals and nature. When FUTURE and her best friend the DOG encounter a mysterious CUBE, they quickly learn how their actions have the power to shape this world, and if we come together, we can rebuild our planet to create the world we all want to live in.

Clarendon Day
Where: Clarendon Metro | Clarendon, VA
When: Saturday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Head to the area around the Clarendon Metro station for an event that brings the local community together. Dozens of vendors, food from neighborhood restaurants, live music, and a KidZone (including an 18-foot slide!) will be part of the action.

Mosaic’s Fall Festival
Where: Mosaic District | Fairfax, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

Rescheduled from last weekend!  The big shopping enter in Fairfax is hosting a fall event. Festivities include live entertainment and musical performances; the FRESHFARM Farmers Market with 50+ vendors; the URBNmarket with 90 handmade and vintage vendors; beer and wine gardens; kids activities like bouncy fun, balloons, and face painting; plus more special activities for all.

Because Science Festival
Where: 1759 Columbia Road NW | Adams Morgan, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 8pm
Admission: Free

Join an exciting event that celebrates the wonders of science! Immerse in a weekend filled with interactive projects, thrilling experiments, and challenges that meld science and art. Whether you’re a science enthusiast, a curious mind, or just looking for a fun-filled day, this festival is perfect for you! Headlining the festival is Charming Disaster, performing selections from their album Our Lady of Radium (a tribute to Marie Curie) on Sunday at 6pm.

Family Fun
Where: National Museum of Asian Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 12:30-2pm
Admission: Free

Join docents in the exhibition Anyang: China’s Ancient City of Kings for engaging and collaborative hands-on activities for families with children ages 5+. Exciting stories, scavenger hunts, sketching, and other activities will bring the whole fam together to imagine, create, and learn.

District Hunt
Where: Throughout DC (starts at MLK Library)
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: $125/team
Get your team together for a city-wide scavenger hunt that’s fun and charitable! Game Genius, a nonprofit organization that leverages the power of play for social good, is hosting its 5th annual District Hunt. The live, city-wide event highlights local changemakers through an outdoor puzzle adventure all around DC. Designed around the theme of Food & Housing this year, the unique treasure hunt brings the community together while raising awareness and creating opportunities to support local organizations. [Note: There is also a self-directed option to do this from October 2-10.]

Kick it with Spirit
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC

When:  Saturday, 7pm 
Admission: Tickets start at $15
The Washington Spirit are playing at home this weekend, as they take on Kansas City Current.  Watch some amazing soccer play while supporting women in sports and see a few players from the US women’s national team in action, too! Purchase tickets here.

Echo Arts Fest
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

Attend Glen Echo Park’s new fall visual & performing arts festival! The celebration will showcase all of the park’s offerings across many disciplines of art — pottery, painting, dance, plays, and more. It’s also the final day of the 2022 carousel season, so take the kids for one last spin on the beautiful Wendztel Carousel!

Family Day 2023
Where: Hill Center | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 2-6pm
Admission: Free

Hill Center’s annual Family Day returns, bringing a completely FREE day of crafts, shows, carriage rides, balloon animals, and more!  Performances by Turley the Magician and King Bullfrog, to boot!  Be sure to register (for free).

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, kids activities, food vendors and a variety of green companies at the city’s 41st annual festival. Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping — over 150 vendors will be selling all kinds of artistic wares. Music lovers will enjoy three stages hosting 18 bands playing all day.

Rolling on the River
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Sunday, 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate World Rivers Day and Theatre Week with the Theatre Washington and Potomac River Partners at Rolling on the River, a free hour-long outdoor concert on the Transit Pier Floating Stage at The Wharf. Celebrate life on the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers with your favorite local musical artists, “river music” and storytelling. All are welcome. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Before the concert, enjoy free activities from partners at DC Water, NASA, and Blue Origin.

Dory Fantasmagory Book Release Party
Where: Takoma Park Library | Takoma Park, MD
When: Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free

At long last, there is a new Dory Fantasmagory book (#6), and the Takom Park Library is celebrating it this weekend. Hear the first chapter of the new book, make a “Dory” craft, and enjoy a banana snack (because Dory calls her fairy godmother on a banana phone!). There will also be a giveaway of one free copy of the new book!

Wicked Fun
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity
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.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* The list of volunteer ops for kids around the area is always great to check out, especially if you have high schoolers who need to complete hours.
* Washington Post’s 16 best theaters in DC to catch a play. (And for fall family-friendly entertainment, check out this KFDC round-up.)
Restaurants for a (very likely) government shutdown.
* Just started this book after many recss for it and really enjoying so far.
A new series of Roald Dahl adaptations by Wes Anderson just started on Netflix… the first one is great, can’t wait to watch the rest!
* How cute would this be for a kid’s room?
* The one week… 😆

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