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The Weekend Round-Up: June 24-26

Teddy gets a view of the Mall, where there will be lots of fun happening this weekend

 

Happy Weekend!

Quick links to posts full of ideas for activities around the area:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Swim Spots
* On the Water
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Bike Rides
* The Great Indoors
* Peaceful Places

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Where: 7th – 12th Streets | National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Back in person after two years, the event will once again celebrate living cultural heritage and community traditions, this year highlighting United Arab Emirates and Earth Optimism. Through June 27, then June 30 – July 4, all kinds exhibits, demonstrations, live performances, talks, food, markets, and much more will be on the National Mall between 7th & 12th Streets NW from 11am – 6pm each day. Admission is free. Definitely make time to go — it’s always a fantastic event with so much for all ages to enjoy! View scenes from a past Folklife Festival here.

Mr. Poppers Penguins
Where: Imagination Stage
When: Friday, 10:30am | Saturday, 4pm | Sunday 1:30pm
Tickets: $14

See a new show at Imagination Stage!  Mr. Popper, a painter of modest means, dreams of taking an Antarctic adventure. So he’s thrilled when a penguin named Captain Cook waddles out of a mysterious box left on his doorstep. The zookeeper donates a female companion and soon…the patter of 20 baby penguin feet! To feed all of these mouths, the imaginative Mr. Popper and his wife turn his talented penguins into a must-see traveling vaudeville act full of song and dance. But the rigors of performing take a toll on them all, and they must make a difficult decision. This musical play, featuring expert puppetry, depicts a wild and witty way to follow your dreams — and your convictions. Recommended for ages 3-10.

Encanto at The REACH
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Friday at dusk
Admission: Free

Catch a children’s fave on the outdoor screen at the lovely grounds of The REACH at the Kennedy Center — presented in honor of World Refugee Day. Encanto tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto.

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

Get your summer on this weekend with a host of activities exclusive to this time of year. Catch an outdoor concert or movie under the stars. Enjoy some water fun at an outdoor pool, sprayground, or water park. Check out a special seasonal exhibit. Do some crabbing (the feasting kind). Take a spin on a carousel or mini train, and so much more. Some are highlighted here, but see the 2022 KFDC Guide to Summer in DC for the full scoop even more summer favorites.

Rockin’ on the Riverfront
Where: Yards Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 6:30-8:30pm
Admission: Free

Kick off the weekend with some live music in the fresh air. The Friday Night Concert series at Yards Park is a super fun way to start the weekend, and Pop/RnB band Pebble to Pearl is playing this installment of the summer staple. Enjoy the music along with food and drinks for purchase (or BYO picnic), let the kids play in the grassy spaces, and take in the scenic river views.

Yappy Hour
Where: The Boro | Tysons, VA
When: Friday, 5-7pm
Admission: Free

Here’s one for dog fams… Celebrate summer Fridays with a “Yappy” Hour at The Boro Sandlot. Treat yourself to a cool cocktail and visit the Bone Bar to get a special something for your puppy pal while you enjoy tunes spun by a local DJ. Commemorate the evening with a branded dog bag holder and picture paw-fect moment at the Instagram-worthy “BARK” display. And if you don’t have a four-legged friend of your own, the Wolf Trap Animal Rescue will be joining for a puppy playtime! Pet some cute pups while you learn about how you could foster your own.

Solstice Saturday
Where: Smithsonian Museums | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – midnight
Admission: Free

The Smithsonian is marking the first Saturday of summer — Solstice Saturday — by staying open late and hosting parties, programs, and performances, including a free concert on the National Mall hosted by the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a late-night garden dance party with glow yoga, a wellness day, and more. The following museums will be open until midnight welcoming visitors to the free festivities: Smithsonian Castle & Haupt Garden, Arts & Industries Building, National Museum of African Art, National Museum of Asian Art, and the National Museum of Natural History. The Hirshhorn and National Museum of African American History and Culture will be open until 8pm.

Barbecue Battle
Where: 3-7th Streets | Pennsylvania Ave NW, DC
When: Saturday 11am – 9pm & Sunday, 11am – 7:30pm
Admission: Start at $12/adults, free/12 & under

Join one of the biggest summer barbeques around as the Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle returns to pit some of the nation’s best barbequers against each other to compete for big prizes. The reward for attendees: Samples from all the entrants (plus, more food), 13 bands on four stages, cooking demos, kids’ fun, and more. It all takes place along Pennsylvania Avenue NW, from 3rd to 7th Streets.

Heritage Days
Where: Various locales | Montgomery County, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the history, culture, and natural beauty of Montgomery County, MD, as more than 30 historic sites welcome visitors for guided tours, re-creations of historic events, children’s activities, and more — all free of charge. Learn about the history of dairy farming, railroads, and trolleys; African American communities, astronomy, local arts & culture, and outdoor recreation. Check the online brochure for participating locations and activities.

DC Tennis Festival
Where: Banneker Recreation Center | Shaw, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Calling all Tennis players, enthusiasts, and anyone interested in learning! Join DC DPR at Banneker Recreation Center to meet the DPR citywide tennis staff and their long-standing Tennis at Shiloh partners. Enjoy a full day of tennis activities, lessons, and more! RSVP in advance.

Georgetown Sweets Tour
Where: Throughout Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: $35/person or $135 for 4 tickets

Discover Georgetown bakeries and independent retailers at the Georgetown Sweets Tour. Created as a way for DC area and visiting families to discover neighborhood bakeries and independent retailers, this experience takes you to 12 retail locations to pick up a different sweet from each one. By the end of the “tour” you’ll have 12 sweets (if you don’t eat them along the way, of course)!

Astronomy Festival
Where: 3rd-4th Streets | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 6-11pm
Admission: Free

Presented in association with the Smithsonian Solstice Saturday events, get an eyeful of the night sky and a chance to mingle with astronomers at the Annual Astronomy Festival on the Mall. This free public stargazing event features optical and radio telescope observations of the sun, star clusters, and colorful double stars. You can also enjoy hands-on activities, and astronomical image exhibits. This takes place at 3rd-4th Streets, SW, across from the National Museum of the American Indian.

Fantastagirl and the Math Monster
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Tickets: $25 (look for discount)

On stage at Adventure Theatre….   Fantastagirl, a second-grade superhero who uses words to save the day, comes face to face with her worst nightmare: the Math Monster! When confronted with problems too big for words alone to solve, Fantastagirl must accept help from her friendly, furry, fraction-loving foe. While Fantastagirl and Math Monster use words and numbers to help her friends and scientist moms, something far more sinister than Math brews on the horizon.

Little Red Riding Hood & the 3 Little Pigs
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Throughout the weekend
Tickets: $15 (look for discount)

See a show on string at The Puppet Co… We all think we know the Big Bad Wolf from the classic fairytales, but what if it’s the same Wolf in both stories? What if there’s been a big mistake? What if the Wolf isn’t so big or so bad? Recommended for ages 4+. Run time is approximately 45 minutes. Read a KFDC review of the show from a bunch of years back.

Block Party
Where: Generation Hope
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: $50/adult, $10/child

This family-friendly event will be held in the outdoor area of Generation Hope’s office and will include food, music, games, and activities for all ages. Come celebrate the summer with our families!

Vamos United!
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 5pm
Admission: Tickets start at $40

DC United is home this weekend, and there’s a match against Nashville SC on Saturday. I recommend taking public transportation as parking can be difficult. Or park in the Navy Yard neighborhood and plan to walk from there (and maybe grab dinner after the match — El Bebe, All Purpose Pizza, The Salt Line, and Dacha are very convenient and my top recs for family-friendly spots to eat there). Purchase match tickets here.

Fairy Trail Grand Opening
Where: Piscataway Park | Accokeek, MD
When: Saturday, 6-8pm
Admission: $5-15

Celebrate the grand reopening of the Piscataway Park Fairy Trail near the summer solstice — a magical day for the fairy folk. The Forest Fairies of Piscataway Park are once again opening up their homes and inviting visitors into their world to learn about the forest they call home. This year they will take visitors on an enchanted adventure under the soil Full admission for fairies is $15 and will include wand making, wish bottles, soil activities, face painting, fairy dance class, special “Fairyologist” activity guides, and a popsicle. Partial admission for fairy-guardians is $5. Register in advance.

Take a Dip
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

As temps rise over the weekend, this round-up of non-pool places to swim around the area will be useful. Find beaches on the Bay (and even Atlantic), lakes and rivers, and swimming holes and creeks — all that welcome the public to take a dip!

Day Trippin’
Where: Around the DC area (and a bit beyond)
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by adventure

It’s summer, so head a little further out and enjoy a day trip. Some ideas for where to go:
* Zip up to Baltimore, where there are so many great attractions for families
* See the spectacular underground world of Luray Caverns.
* Enjoy hiking and history at Harpers Ferry.
* Go to Calvert County for art adventures at Annmarie Sculpture Garden, a beach day at Calvert Cliffs State Park, maritime explorations at the Calvert Marine Museum, or even a pontoon boat excursion from Solomons Island.

Beachy Keen
Where: Several destinations in Maryland
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Do something quintessentially summer and hit the beach! You don’t have to go all the way to the ocean — there is sand and surf (and shark tooth hunting, in some places) within day trip distance from DC! Head a bit past Annapolis to Sandy Point, go to one of several spots in Calvert County, or make fossil hunting your main focus at the Purse Area in Charles, County. See the summer guide for details and links on all of these beaches.

Exhibit This
Where: Museums & venues around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by exhibit

There are some extraordinary installations and delightful annual exhibits at our museums and galleries right now. See Fairies in the Garden, immerse in the work of Yayoi Kusama, make a wish, explore King Tut’s tomb, take the kids to play at the Botanic Garden. Get details on all of these exhibits in the Summer Guide.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* The National Gallery of Art East Building reopens on June 30 after being closed several months for renovations.
* On Monday, June 27, the National Postal Museum is hosting a virtual program for kids on Diversity Awareness with Guest Artist Rafael Lopez & Guest Author Sonia Sotomayor.
* The next Movies on the Pitch at Audi Field on Thursday, June 30, will feature Sing 2. Watch it from the stadium’s field as it’s transformed into an outdoor cinema. Reserve free tickets through the link.
* Tom Sietsma’s 7 favorite places to eat right now.
* The planets are aligning, and you can still get a view of them over the next couple of days.
* How cool would it be to have one of these?
* My last pair broke after 10 years of wear, so I just ordered these to replace them. One of my favorite brands…on sale, too!
* This new series is a fun watch for tween ages and up. (FTR, I enjoyed it, too.)
* Very important summer bbq advice.
* A couple of late additions… Where to find abortion services and donate to abortion funds. Plus, some thoughts from a wise, beloved woman.
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The Weekend Round-Up: June 17-19

 

Happy Weekend! Happy Juneteenth! And Happy Father’s Day to all the dads!

Go-to posts full of ideas for activities around the area:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Swim Spots
* On the Water
* The Great Indoors
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Peaceful Places
* Bike Rides

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

It’s a special day for the dads this weekend, and there are a bunch of great ways for the whole fam to celebrate if you’re still looking for ideas, from ballgames to big feasts to outdoor recreation to Juneteenth celebrations. See a whole round-up of them in this post, some of which are included below.

Summer Time
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

It still may not be official on the calendar, but when it comes to local recreation, summer has arrived. Free concerts in the open air, outdoor swimming, movies under the stars, sprayground fun, and SO much more! Activities exclusive to the season can be enjoyed all around the area this weekend. Some are listed in this round-up, and the 2022 KFDC Guide to the Best of Summer in DC has the scoop on the rest.

Portside in Old Town Summer Festival
Where: Old Town Waterfront | Alexandria, VA
When: Friday, 6-9pm & Saturday, 1-9pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate summer with the return of the Portside in Old Town Summer Festival! This free festival features an array of live music, local craft beer from Port City Brewing Company, and fun for the whole family on the Alexandria waterfront. Merging with the annual Alexandria Jazz Fest on Friday evening, the event will showcase jazz performances and readings by Alexandria poets, and the festival continues on Saturday with an eclectic musical lineup, local food, hands-on art and history activities, and more.

Jazz on the Riverfront
Where: Yards Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 6:30-8:30pm
Admission: Free

Kick off the weekend with some live music in the fresh air. The Friday Night Concert series at Yards Park is underway, and the The JoGo Project is playing this installment of the summer staple. Enjoy the music along with food and drinks for purchase (or BYO picnic), let the kids play in the grassy spaces, and take in the scenic river views.

We’ve Got Spirit, Yes We Do…
Where: Sagra Field | Leesburg, VA
When: Friday, 7:30pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Cheer on our local women’s pro soccer team, Washington Spirit, as they host Racing Louisville FC on Friday. Enjoy some amazing soccer play while supporting women in sports. Note that this match takes place on their home pitch out in Leesburg. Purchase tickets here.

Columbia Pike Blues Fest & Juneteenth Walk
Where: Several venues |in Arlington, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free (some activities are extra)

The annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival i s bringing music to Arlington. Starting on Saturday at 1pm and going through Sunday, the event will feature performances by many local blues bands and artists along with more family-friendly activities. Interact with the Arlington Art Truck, and enjoy food, beverages, arts, and a KidsZone. On Sunday, join a Historic Juneteenth Walk through the neighborhood in collaboration with the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington and Walk Arlington from 9-10am, visit the Columbia Pike Farmers Market for the live performance of Rick Franklin, followed by a special “Blues Brunch Menu” at Café Sazó. Close the weekend with a free screening of the musical-comedy The Blues Brothers at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse at 3pm.

Juneteenth Family Day
Where: National Archives | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Juneteenth, the annual holiday commemorating the end of legal slavery in the United States, with family-friendly art-making and activities at the National Archives Museum. For the Juneteenth weekend, the museum will also be extending hours June to stay open to the public longer, until 7pm, on June 18, 19, & 20.

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

Bring the whole family to celebrate this historic date and enjoy free concerts, exhibits, and activities honoring African American culture. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, marking the date that the last enslaved people learned of their freedom — the month of June and the nineteenth day were combined to form the name. Be sure to enjoy all of the wonderful offerings at Watkins while you’re there.

Bubbleworks DC
Where: CityCenter | Downtown DC
When: Through July 4, 1-7pm
Admission: Free
There is fun bubbling up at CityCenter in Downtown DC! BubbleworksDC, an immersive world-class bubble spectacle, is bringing some extra delight to The Plaza through July 4. Stop by to play for free in the 6-8 minute interactive shows — they run every hour at the top of the hour. Since it’s a short experience, make the most of your visit to the area and head to the nearby National Portrait Gallery & Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Columbia Heights Day
Where: 11th St NW btwn Park & Irving | Columbia Heights, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Whether or not you live in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of DC, you’re invited to bring the fam out for a fun, free day of excitement and activities to help celebrate the community. In its 14th year, the event brings together residents and businesses for all kinds of festivities. Enjoy local food vendors, live music and entertainment, a beer garden, and tents full of fun and unique vendors, and more.

Create by the Creek
Where: Peirce Mill | Rock Creek Park, DC
When: Saturday, 10-11:30am & 2-3:30pm
Admission: Free

Create by the Creek is a day-long celebration of art and community in Rock Creek Park. There will be art supplies for people of all ages to borrow, and local artist Denaise Seals will be teaching Animation Unplugged, a free, family-friendly workshop, where artists age 7 and up will create 24-page flip books, then watch their drawings magically come to life as the pages are flipped. Register in advance – for Workshop 1, 10-11:30am, here and Workshop 2, 2-3:30pm here. And read more about Peirce Mill in this KFDC post.

Fantastagirl and the Math Monster
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Tickets: $25 (look for discount)

Opening this weekend at Adventure Theatre….   Fantastagirl, a second-grade superhero who uses words to save the day, comes face to face with her worst nightmare: the Math Monster! When confronted with problems too big for words alone to solve, Fantastagirl must accept help from her friendly, furry, fraction-loving foe. While Fantastagirl and Math Monster use words and numbers to help her friends and scientist moms, something far more sinister than Math brews on the horizon.

Shows on Strings
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Tickets: $12

See a puppet version of the fairytale classic, Little Red Riding Hood & the 3 Little Pigs, where the wolf might not be what you think. Recommended for ages 4+.  Really little ones will enjoy The Three Billy Goats Gruff,, this week’s Tiny Tots show that keeps the lights on and doors open and makes it a gentle experience for the youngest theatre-goers.

Drumfolk
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: Through June 26
Tickets: $36-75

Electrifying percussive dance fused with contemporary art forms fuels StepAfrika!’s latest production, Drumfolk, inspired by the Stono Rebellion of 1739 in South Carolina. As a result, state laws mandated that enslaved Africans could not assemble or use their drums which were used to signal the uprising. They took away the drums, but they could not stop the beat. This is the rich and “inspiring” (The New York Times) story of a movement that could not be stopped and transformed African American culture from then to the present day.

Volunteer Clean Up
Where: Tyler Elementary Area | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 9am – 3pm
Admission: Free

DC Way is hosting a clean-up event, part of their quarterly environmental project on Sunday, and volunteers are invited to help with it! It will take place on the four blocks surrounding Tyler Elementary School. The goal is that the cleanliness of the streets surrounding their primary camp location will be improved, a clean community will be present, and a good environment for children to grow in is maintained. Let them know if you’ll be joining!

Juneteenth: Freedom Day Celebration
Where: National Harbor, | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Sunday, 2-4pm
Admission: Free
Celebrate dad and Juneteenth at National Harbor, where there will be performances on the Plaza stage from the Prince George’s County Poet Laureate and Youth Poet Laureate, local dancers, live music, artists, and more. The property is partnering with the Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council for a day of education, reflection and celebration. Food truck Mardi Gras Tyme will add to the festivities and offer a variety of southern cuisine samples, plus there are dozens of nearby restaurants. And there are even more fun activities to enjoy at National Harbor — read more about all of them here.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Be aware that many DC roads will be shut down for the Something in the Water music festival (and it was already causing traffic back-up on Thursday). And there are still tickets available for the festival, though they are $$$.
* The National Museum of African American History & Culture is hosting a Juneteenth Community Day on Monday, June 20. It’s also a great place to visit this weekend (or anytime).  Reserved passes are gone, but you can try for same-day passes starting at 8:15am. Read more about the NMAAHC here.
* Beyond Kind Tut, opens at the National Geographic Museum, and while tickets are sold out fort this weekend, but you can reserve them for a later date.
* In case you missed it, there’s a new post all about Mount Vernon, a great DC area destination to out on your most-go list for this summer!
* Anacostia Riverkeeper’s Friday Night Fishing series has begun. It’s sold out for this weekend, but you can register for a later date.
* The 25 best tacos in the DC area according to the Washington Post.
* Father’s Day Gift for Every Type of Dad 😁

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The Weekend Round-Up: June 10-12

 

 

Happy Weekend!

Quick links to ongoing and seasonal activities for all ages and interests:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Swim Spots
* On the Water
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Peaceful Places
* Bike Rides
* Baltimore with Kids

Celebrate Capital Pride
Where: Throughout DC
When: Saturday, 3-7:30pm & Sunday, 12-7pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Capital Pride at several events around the city this weekend!  The annual parade that always draws thousands of spectators is a modified route this year that will acknowledge the evolution of the LGBTQ+ neighborhoods in DC. Starting near 17th & T NW at 3pm and ending at 21st & P, it’s sure to be a spectacular extravaganza of ornate floats, street performers, music and dancing, glitter and beads, and plenty of reveling. And you can head to the Pride Block Party after.  There will also be a Family Fun Area at Stead Park playground from 3-7pm.   Sunday’s family-friendly festival, on Pennsylvania Avenue from 3rd to 7th Streets NW, will feature multiple stages of live entertainment and host loads of exhibitors, including local and community groups, national sponsors, local businesses, food vendors, restaurants, and businesses looking to promote their services. It’s all a fun and fabulous opportunity to show support for the LGBTQ+ community and join the celebration!

Joys of Summer
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

Free concerts in the open air, outdoor swimming, movies under the stars, sprayground fun, crab feasts, and SO much more! Activities exclusive to the season can be enjoyed this weekend, and the 2022 KFDC Guide to Summer Around the DC Area has the whole scoop on all of them.

Family Day: UFOs: Fact or Fiction?
Where: Udvar-Hazy Museum | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free (but parking is $15)
Soar Together @ Air and Space on Saturday!  For years, people have looked to the skies and been fascinated by the topic of unidentified flying objects, also known as UFOs. During this Family Day, you’ll get to explore what the aviation world considers a UFO, and learn how and why they are studied. You’ll also discover how the possibilities of UFOs have inspired creativity and the imagination through movies, stories and songs. Activities include: A Live Chat at 1:00 pm about the history of UFOs and IFOs as well as the report on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena from the office of the Director of National Intelligence, free showing of the movie, The Iron Giant (2pm), Music and collaborative song writing sessions with Dr. Jim Thorne, hands-on activities, and demonstrations.

March for Our Lives
Where: Washington Monument | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 12pm
Admission: Free

After the recent tragic mass shootings (and countless more in the past four years) March For Our Lives is marching once again. As the organizers say, “it’s time to take back to the streets and march for our lives. We marched in 2018 after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, FL, and now we’re headed back to DC.” All are welcome to join here and in locations across the country.

Pride Family Day
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday, 11m – 2pm
Admission: Free
Celebrate Pride with Glen Echo Park on Saturday, where there will be festivities for the whole family. Check out an interactive chalk maze designed by Chalk Riot. Ride the carousel for free (while comp tickets last; otherwise $2/ride or $5/all day). Pick up a carousel-themed craft activity bag for all ages (while supplies last). Enjoy snacks and specialty Glen Echo Park Root Beer. Plan to see a show while you’re there — The Puppet Co. is offering discounted tickets to performances of Little Red Riding Hood and the 3 Little Pigs with the coupon code PRIDE22 (use when purchasing tickets online). The playground, picnic area, Glen Echo Park Aquarium (book tickets in advance), and a variety of art galleries throughout the park will be open, too!

Pride on the Pier
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 2pm – 9pm
Admission: Free

Pride on the Pier extends the city’s annual celebration of the LGBTQ community to the Wharf with an exciting array of free activities and entertainment. District Pier will offer DJs, dancing, and other entertainment, including a Family Zone with activities for kids. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase for those 21 and older. And don’t miss the Pride Fireworks display at 9pm! While you’re there, take advantage of even more that The Wharf has to offer, like a splash pad, paddling rentals, swings, scenic views, and more — read about it all in this KFDC post.

Play Ball
Where: Walker Mill Regional Park | Capitol Heights, MD
When: Saturday,
Admission: Free
Play Ball with the Nats this weekend! At this special event, there will be several baseball and softball activities led by Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation as well as a book reading with a Nats player Josiah Gray. Attendees will also be able to sign up for the library’s “Summer Prince George’s” summer reading program if they are Prince George’s County residents. No experience or equipment necessary (but feel free to BYO glove if you have one). Simply dress comfortably in athletic clothing, bring your water bottle, and come prepared to have a good time. Register in advance through the website!

Nats vs. Brewers
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Nats are hosting theMilwaukee Brewers all weekend, and there are a bunch of special activities and promos to enjoy along with the baseball action on the field. Friday is a Value Day when you can save 30% on tickets, concessions, and more.  Saturday is Josh Bell superhero bobblehead giveaway, and Sunday celebrates astronaut Sally Ride and women in STEM, plus kids can run the bases after the game. Before you plan your ballpark outing, check out these KFDC tips on how to do a Nats game without breaking the bank.

Soccer Spirit!
Where: Sagra Field | Leesburg, VA
When: Sunday, 7pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Cheer on our local women’s pro soccer team, Washington Spirit, as they host NC Courage on Saturday. Enjoy some amazing soccer play while supporting women in sports, and celebrate Pride Night — the match will include special team captain armband in Pride colors, Pride-themed corner flags, limited edition Pride-themed Spirit merchandise, and a Spirit Pride sticker giveaway upon entry to stadium.  Purchase tickets here.

Splash & Swim
Where: Around the DC area
When: Starting Saturday
Admission: Free

‘Tis the season for water!  And you can enjoy it at a bunch of places, in a bunch of  ways around the area.  Spray parks, outdoor pools, and waterparks are open and welcoming guests to splash around and cool off.  The 2022 KFDC Summer Guide has details on where to go for water play — see info for sprays here, outdoor pools here, and waterparks here.

Dinosaurs Rock
Where: Westfield Mall | Wheaton, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: Free
Bring budding paleontologists to this special exhibit and fossil dig! The one-of-a-kind prehistoric experience will include an on-site museum with more than 25 life-size and genuine fossils and specimens. Kids can see skulls, footprints, and dinosaur eggs; explore a “touch table;” and enjoy “tours” about various specimens and fossils led by an expert. They can also create take-home art in the form of a fossil, and the first 250 children can participate in a Fossil Dig to excavate and take home one REAL fossil. AMC Theatres, who will premiere Jurassic World: Dominion this weekend, will also host a one hour popup with games, giveaways and more during the event.

See an Exhibit (or a Few)
Where: Museums around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free
Check out an exhibit at one of the museums! The whole family will be fascinated by FUTURES at the Arts & Industries Building.  At the Hirshhorn, Yayoi Kusama’s One with Eternity will delight all ages and Laurie Anderson: The Weather is a great one for tween ages and up. Take kids 12 and up to see the many exhibits at Glenstone — they’re guaranteed admission even without tickets (and so are you with them).  Planet Word is full of interesting exhibits all about language. Kids can Play Work Build at the National Building Museum and see several other exhibts.  Take littles to the new Design Zone at the National Children’s Museum. Or Explore the new Kid Museum in Bethesda.

Little Red Riding Hood & the 3 Little Pigs
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Friday, 10:30am | Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am & 1pm
Tickets: $15 (look for discount)

We all think we know the Big Bad Wolf from the classic fairytales, but what if it’s the same Wolf in both stories? What if there’s been a big mistake? What if the Wolf isn’t so big or so bad? Recommended for ages 4+. Run time is approximately 45 minutes. Read a KFDC review of the show from a bunch of years back.

Birds of a Feather
Where: Leonadus K. Plenty Amphitheater | Alexandria, VA
When: June 8-26
Tickets: $10

Arts on the Horizon presents this show especially for little ones… It’s a beautiful summer day when Fiddle, a camper, and Beeker, a birdwatcher, meet in a national park. One is adventurous ​and the other is a bit more reserved, but they quickly discover how to share the outdoor space. With Fiddle’s knowledge of the great outdoors and Beeker’s bird expertise, they work together to build a home for a bird… but will any birds come to visit? This whimsical outdoor adventure celebrates the joy of making new friends and the wonders of nature. Join us and discover what amazing things can be accomplished through friendship and collaboration! Recommended for ages 3-6.

Drumfolk
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: Through June 26
Tickets: $36-75

Electrifying percussive dance fused with contemporary art forms fuels StepAfrika!’s latest production, Drumfolk, inspired by the Stono Rebellion of 1739 in South Carolina. As a result, state laws mandated that enslaved Africans could not assemble or use their drums which were used to signal the uprising. They took away the drums, but they could not stop the beat. This is the rich and “inspiring” (The New York Times) story of a movement that could not be stopped and transformed African American culture from then to the present day.

Family Day
Where: National Academy of Sciences | 2101 Constitution Ave NW, DC
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free
Join Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS) and the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC) for an afternoon of family fun. Visitors will have an opportunity to explore Mathemalchemy, an installation celebrating the beauty and creativity of mathematics, and meet its makers. Participate in a variety of hands-on and storytelling activities based upon the installation. Go on a self-guided polyhedra treasure hunt, try your hand at sonobe unit origami, make a dodecahedral beacon net, explore infinity through a fun storytelling activity, and more!

Ride On
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

There’s a quick link to bike routes above, but this is a stronger recommendation to get out for a family ride — it should be great weather for it! And you’ve got your pick of good rides around the area. Take in the summer scenery, get some exercise, and enjoy some QT together. This post has a bunch of pedal-worthy recs, with something for riders of all levels, and this route is particularly ideal with kids.

Bike+
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Add some extra adventure to a bike ride and go mountain biking. There are several MTB trails to ride around the area, a few miles even right here in the District at Fort Dupont Park in Anacostia — a good place for newer mountain bikers. Cosco Regional Park in PG County and Schaffer Farms in Gaithersburg are also great for those just starting. And for even more recs, the post about biking around the DC area includes a list of places to hit the mountain biking trails (scroll down).  [Note: This activity is better for older kids with more experience riding.]

National Gun Violence Memorial
Where: 15th & Constitution | National Mall, DC
When: Through Saturday
Admission: Free

A sobering sight on the National Mall, the National Gun Violence Memorial 2022 remembers victims of gun violence with over 45,000 flowers — one for every American who has died from gun violence in a single year — in thousands of vases lining the grounds. Created by Giffords, Gabby Giffords’ organization dedicated to saving lives from gun violence, the installation includes signs with facts about gun violence in America and messages urging people to act. View it here.

Civics Fest
Where: National Archives | National Mall, DC
When: Sunday, 10m – 1pm
Admission: Free
Join the National Archives in Sunday as they kick off Civic Season 2022. It’ll take place outside the Archives with trivia, art projects, live music, a Sign the Declaration activity (a fan favorite!), and of course, the chance to see history up close! Civic Season is the time to put what is learned in history class into action. And what better place to learn about our shared history than the National Archives, home of America’s founding documents?

Take Your Pick
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Strawberries, cherries, even spinach are ripe and ready for harvest, and many area farms welcome guests to come PYO. 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.

Out in DC
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Capital Pride isn’t the only thing bringing peops out this weekend. The area is full of great places to enjoy being outside. You can read about them in The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids. (But if weather has you seeking shelter, check out The Great Indoors post instead.)

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* In case you weren’t aware, Smithsonian Museums are once again open seven days a week!
* SAY:DC is offering a FREE Summer Art Camp for kids and teens who stutter.
* DC’s 15 essential ice cream shops from Eater DC.
* Some Father’s Day gift ideas:  These, this, these, this, and this.
* The Six Forces that Fuel Friendship
* The latest Humans of NY story is so good (as always) – start here.

 

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The Weekend Round-Up: June 3-5

 

Happy Weekend!

Quick links for activities galore around the area:
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* The Great Indoors
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places
* Baltimore with Kids

Awesome Con
Where: Washington Convention Center | Mount Vernon Square, DC
Whne: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission:  Starts at $18/child, $45/adult online | $27/child, $60/adult at the door

The mid-Atlantic’s premier pop culture convention brings a three-day celebration of television, movies, comic books, science, technology and more to DC. With hundreds of hours of programming, an impressive lineup of special guests, and exciting activities for fans of all ages, this is one fun event. We’ve been and have had a blast checking out games, toys, comics, art, tv and movie memorabilia, and more. And the cosplay is fantastic. Costumes encouraged.

Stop & Smell
Where: US Botanic Garden | Capitol Grounds Area, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Stop and smell the stinky plant at the U.S. Botanic Garden. The corpse flower on display in the conservatory is now blooming (ie, open and letting off its stench). Word is the odor is at its strongest in the first hours after it opens, but the bloom is said to be spectacular. While you’re there, be sure to tour the rest of the USBG’s lovely collections and make time for play in the Children’s Garden.

Ballet on The Plaza
Where: CityCenter | Downtown DC
When: Friday & Saturday, 6-7pm
Admission: Free
Enjoy some delightful entertainment amid the downtown bustle. City Center is teaming up with The Washington Ballet to bring joy to DC with free live ballet performances in The Plaza on Friday and Saturday evenings. Head to the area next to Penn Quarter to eat, drink, shop, and relish the joy of dance.

Cinematery — ET: The Extra Terrestrial
Where: Congressional Cemetery | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Friday, 7:30-10:30pm
Admission: $10

The first installment of Congressional Cemetery’s monthly summer movie series features the 80s classic, ET. Bring the whole fam (and your own chairs, blankets, food, and drinks — alcohol okay, too) to watch the film among the tombstones. Gates open an hour before sunset and the movie begins at sunset, around 8:30. The Cemetery is a great place to enjoy during the day, too — it’s one of my favorite neighborhood places. Read more about it here. And check out Teddy the pup enjoying it here.

Bear Square Book Sale
Where: The Station | Riverdale, MD
When: Friday, 11am – 7pm
Admission: Free

Looking for the next great summer read? Head to The Station’s book sale — all profits from the event will benefit Turning the Page, a local organization that supports literacy and family programs in public schools. Towards the end of the book sale, guests can also enjoy a free concert from 5-7pm as part of the Bear Square Summer Concert Series.

Seize the Season
Where: Around the DC Area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

Enjoy summer fun with a host of activities that only occur this time of year. Catch an open-air concert at one of several series in the area. Stay cool at an outdoor pool, sprayground, or water park. See a movie under the stars. Check out a seasonal exhibit. Go berry picking. Ride mini-trains and carousels at local parks. And much, much more! See the 2022 Summer  Guide for details on all of these great pursuits.

Sound Scene 2022
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

The region’s largest interactive audio art is back. Sound Scene is a free, all-ages celebration of sonic and sensory arts featuring artists from DC and around the world. Join the museum for fun and interesting ways to explore the theme of trust through sound. Sculpt sound in your hands, dismantle social biases with your ears, listen to stories through your elbows, craft music boxes using your voice, and more! There’s even Make Morning for little ones. View the full schedule here.

Washington Folk Festival
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-7pm
Admission: Free

Get folksy at Glen Echo Park this weekend, as the 40th annual Washington Folk Festival showcases the diversity of traditional music in Washington.  All of the artists hail from the DC area, but cultures from around the nation, as well as the world, will be represented through music, dance, crafts, and stories. Children and adults can hear tall tales at the Storytelling Stage and then take a ride on the Park’s 101-year-old carousel ($2/ride). Bring a picnic or enjoy Praline at Glen Echo Park’s delicious variety of food and treats.

Birds in Flight
Where: National Zoo | Woodley Park, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free
Get an up-close look at exotic birds soaring overhead in this free, limited-run avian spectacular at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Join renowned bird behaviorist Phung Luu for a dazzling display of natural behaviors by his flock of exotic birds — from owls and falcons to macaws, ravens and cockatoos — performing six days a week. Birds in Flight takes place on the Great Meadow, adjacent to Gibbon Ridge and the Great Ape House, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily (except Tuesdays), May 28 through Sept. 5. This event is free and open to the public and will be held rain or shine. For more information, visit the Zoo’s website.

Pride Family Day
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free
Celebrate Pride with your chosen family at SAAM! Join the museum on the F Street plaza and march to the beat of DC’s Different Drummers. Enjoy a dance party with DJ Rosie followed by a kid-friendly drag show featuring some of DC’s finest drag performers, including Ruth Allen Ginsburg, Desiree, Emerald Star, and Molasses. Take your creativity to go with step-by-step Pride crafts. Choose from Pride flag-inspired jewelry (ages 8+), a multi-colored weaving (ages 5+), or a cloud and rainbow streamer craft (ages 3+). When you’re ready to cool off, head inside the museum with a scavenger hunt for all ages. Read more about the museum here.

Family Day: Indian Textiles: 1000
Where: GWU & Textile Museum | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free
Celebrate the art and culture of India at the museum with music, dance and activities for all ages. We welcome families and friends to experience the many textures of Indian culture with music and dance performances from the Natyabhoomi School of Dance and the India School. Join us for storytime or a gallery tour and scavenger hunt. Visitors can also try block printing and embroidery inspired by the textiles on view in the exhibition Indian Textiles: 1000 Years of Art and Design. End the day by joining us in a guided meditation session with the Gandhi Memorial Center.

Open Swim
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

This round-up of places to swim around the area will also come in handy this weekend to enjoy the warm sunny days. Find beaches on the Bay (and even Atlantic), lakes and rivers, and swimming holes and creeks — all that welcome the public to take a dip!

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

Row, row, row your boat or kayak or canoe! Paddle season is flowing on, and the weather this weekend will be perfect to enjoy some time out on the water . 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.

Blue’s Clues & You
Where: National Children’s Museum | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Admission: $15.95
Blue’s Clues is coming to the Museum! Gather the whole family and join a day featuring characters from Nickelodeon’s iconic children’s series. Get pictures taken with Blue, enjoy a special story time, and discover your favorite characters and related activities — try on Blue and Magenta’s ears, make your own guitar to strum, and grab an easel to doodle! Plan to explore the rest of the STEAM inspired exhibits while you’re there. Read more about them all here.

Walk the Museum Walk
Where: Dupont-Kalorama Neighborhoods, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Get off the Mall and explore the many museums in the Dupont-Kalorama neighborhood during the annual Museum Walk Weekend — back after a two-year hiatus.  See the exhibits and enjoy special programs for free at several diverse museums, including The Phillips Collection, Dumbarton House, the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, Anderson House, Dupont Underground, and the President Woodrow Wilson House.

Reap the Fruits (& Veggies)
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Strawberries, cherries, even spinach are ripe and ready for harvest, and many area farms welcome guests to come PYO. 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.

Glover Park Day
Where: Guy Mason Rec Center | Glover Park, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

All are welcome to the annual outdoor festival celebrates the Glover Park neighborhood. Started over 30 years ago, the event has grown over the years to offer the neighborhood a chance to enjoy the outdoors together, spend time with family and friends, listen to good music, and enjoy our local businesses and restaurants. Kids’ activities and treats include face painting, a moon bounce, story time, and Sno Cones. Have your pet try out the Dog Obstacle Course, enter a raffle to win prizes, and more!

Drumfolk
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: Through June 26
Tickets: $36-75

Electrifying percussive dance fused with contemporary art forms fuels StepAfrika!’s latest production, Drumfolk, inspired by the Stono Rebellion of 1739 in South Carolina. As a result, state laws mandated that enslaved Africans could not assemble or use their drums which were used to signal the uprising. They took away the drums, but they could not stop the beat. This is the rich and “inspiring” (The New York Times) story of a movement that could not be stopped and transformed African American culture from then to the present day.

Little Red Riding Hood & the 3 Little Pigs
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Friday, 10:30am | Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am & 1pm
Tickets: $15 (look for discount)

We all think we know the Big Bad Wolf from the classic fairytales, but what if it’s the same Wolf in both stories? What if there’s been a big mistake? What if the Wolf isn’t so big or so bad? Recommended for ages 4+. Run time is approximately 45 minutes. Read a KFDC review of the show from a bunch of years back.

Tiny Tots: Tree Songs
Where: The Puppet Co.
When:  Saturday, 10am
Tickets: $8 (look for discount)

The series presents puppet shows designed for the youngest theater patrons (ages 0-4). They are shorter, the lights stay on, and the doors stay open. In this marionette show, a woman lives in the countryside with her lively dog, her shy cat and her cuddly sheep. She decides to plant an apple tree so she can make a pie for her birthday. She is surprised by an unexpected little helper. Warm colors and beautiful singing bring special magic to this 30-minute show.

A Monster Calls
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Throughout the weekend, 8pm
Tickets: $35-139

A play for kids age 10+… Patrick Ness’s piercing novel A Monster Calls is brought to the stage in a powerful new adaptation by visionary director Sally Cookson. Thirteen-year-old Conor and his mum have managed just fine since his dad moved to America. But now his mum’s very sick and she’s not getting any better. His grandmother won’t stop interfering and the kids at school won’t look him in the eye. Then, one night, at seven minutes past midnight, Conor is woken by something at his window. A monster has come walking. It’s come to tell Conor tales from when it walked before. And when it’s finished, Conor must tell his own story and face his deepest fears.

River Fest & Crafts Show
Where: Downtown Historic Occoquan, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

Get ready for a weekend full of art, crafts, entertainment, and family fun. at this annual crafts festival. Along with the creative items for sale by more than 200 contemporary and country crafters, there will be live entertainment and food, plus, 35 local businesses participating and we  scores of emerging artists with eco-friendly materials and/or processes.

Capital Cup: CD Aguila vs. Club Xelaju
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $20

DC United and Audi Field are hosting the second annual Capital Cup, with one of the matches played on Saturday evening. Read more about the tournament here.  While the United aren’t playing this weekend, you can see who they might be up against later — and, of course, watch some exciting soccer action!

World Heritage Festival
Where: Veterans Plaza | Silver Spring, MD
When: Sunday, 1-7pm
Admission: Free

Explore cultures across the globe at the World Heritage Festival. Taste delicious ethnic food, while getting refreshed with a scoop of ice cream, shaved ice, or even a fresh smoothie. Enjoy a beautiful cultural performance and shop from more than 60 vendors displaying everything from fine art to jewelry, ceramics to crafts, and every creative item in between. Other vendors include area nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs, and local businesses. A kids zone will have activities and games throughout the day.

Planet Bethesda
Where: Elm Street Urban Park | Bethesda, MD
When: Sunday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

Join this family-fun event that brings together the best of Bethesda’s restaurants and eateries serving up small dishes of cutting-edge and creative plant-based cuisine! With a multicultural array of food choices, there will be something for everyone. Along with the tasty fun, there will be a Kids’ Korner, complete with a Mad Science show (REGISTER here), Henna character art, face painting, and environmental DIY crafts; there will be a pie-eating contest, Canine Courtyard, Bier Garten, Giveaways, music & more.

French Open Watch Party
Where: City Ridge | northwest DC
When: Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

City Ridge, the highly-anticipated new neighborhood in Northwest DC, welcomes tennis fans to celebrate the 2022 French Open men’s singles finals for the ultimate watch party. All guests need is a picnic blanket to pop-up on City Ridge’s expansive Great Lawn and cheer on their favorite players on the big screen. Plan to grab a bite from local food trucks and play life-size lawn games and enter the French Open Trivia Contest to win a Wegmans gift card.  Later in the day, keep the party going with an evening under the stars for City Ridge’s showing of “An American in Paris” at 6:30pm, complete with a FREE pop-up candy bar.

Shavuot Ice Cream Factory
Where: Lincoln Park | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 5pm
Admission: Free

Shavuot is the day that the Jewish nation received the Torah. Bring the Shavuot excitement to kids by joining Chabad East DC’s awesome ICE CREAM FACTORY! The kids will make ice cream from scratch, then choose from an array of toppings! Adults and kids alike can enjoy the cheesecake bar, non-dairy options available as well! After, gather to hear the 10 commandments read from a Torah scroll, continuing the tradition of thousands of years. A special game and souvenirs for all children will follow. Sign up in advance.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Save your seats with the just-posted round-up of live entertainment around the DC area this summer.
* A very difficult, but very impactful read.
* Tees for Pride Month.
* This looks like a yummy summer salad.
* The 30 Best Movies for Kids on Netflix.
* That’s a Tough Age 😉

 

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The Weekend Round-Up: May 27-30

 

We’re heading into this weekend with heavy hearts, but as one reader commented on yesterday’s post, “Many of us want more than ever to cherish the time with our kids…”  This round-up is full of ideas to help with that.  Happy long weekend 💛

First, some (hopefully) helpful and informative links:
* What to say to kids when the news is scary.
* Reflections on the Uvalde school shooting and suggestions on how to take action. (Be sure to read the comments, too.)
* PBS NewsHour asked every senator what action should be taken on guns…here are the responses.
* How to Prevent Gun Violence?  Look Around the World.
* There will be another March for Our Lives in DC and more cities around the country on Saturday, June 11.
 

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

“Summer” Fun
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

It may not be official on the calendar, but “summer” is underway! Water fun, outdoor concerts, movies under the stars, and more ongoing seasonal treats have begun or are about to begin around DC. Start the weekend with free music at Jazz in the Garden on the National Mall. Make a splash at an outdoor public pool or a sprayground.  See a family flick outdoors.  Go paddling, see a special exhibit, or just plan ahead for seasonal fun. The 2022 KFDC Guide to Summer Around the DC Area has the scoop on where and when you can experience all the joys of summer that start Memorial Day weekend.

Bilingual Baseball Story Time
Where: National Postal Museum | Union Station Area, DC
When: Friday, 11am
Admission: Free
Join National Postal Museum educators for a bilingual story time program highlighting themes from the exhibit Baseball: America’s Home Run. Sessions will be interactive and last about 45 minutes. The program is targeted for ages 3-6, but all are welcome. Of course, stay to explore the rest of the museum, which is full of interactive exhibits that appeal  kids and adults. Read more about the museum in this KFDC post.

FUTURES Field Day
Where: Arts & Industries Building & National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 10pm
Admission: Free
The Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building invites
play enthusiasts of  all skill levels, ages, and body types to get moving and find joy in play! In partnership with the NFL and NFL Players Association,  FUTURES Field Day will feature fun activities to get bodies moving while exploring an inclusive, uplifting, and intentional future of sports. Enjoy interactive talks with experts, skill-building with pro athletes, a wacky obstacle course, hands-on crafts, and more.  Advanced and on-site registration will be required for some activities. All activities will be located within AIB or on the National Mall between 7th and 12th St. NW.

Black Birders Week Family STEM Day
Where: National Museum of Natural History | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am –
Admission: Free

Celebrate Black Birders Week at this special event, part of a series at the Smithsonian to raise awareness of birding and the birding community. Together, families will learn about birds and birding through various hands-on and collections-based activities that will encourage families to start their own birding adventures after the program. Registration is required to secure your family’s spot, and make sure to include how many people will be attending with you. (PS: There are even more events during Black Birders Week — view them here.)

Flowers of Remembrance
Where: Arlington National Cemetery | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday, 9am – 4pm
Admission: Free

On Memorial Day Weekend, the public is welcome to pay homage to those who have sacrificed at this inaugural event at Arlington National Cemetery. Flowers will be provided or you can bring your own long-stemmed flower to place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. (Do not bring vases, wreaths, or flowers with any packaging or plastic containers.) Plan to tour the rest of the Cemetery while you’re there — read more about it in this KFDC post.

Strawberry Jubilee
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $12/child, $14/adult

The longest running strawberry festival in Loudoun County takes place this weekend and next, rain or shine. Get ready for lots of fun activities for all ages, including the popular diaper derby, pie-eating contests, tart toss, strawberry princess, great food, and live music. As if that’s not enough to keep the family entertained for the day, there’s also the five-acre play area, complete with the jumping pillow, slides, rope swings, mazes, a tractor tire mountain, and animal encounters.

Take Your Pick
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

There’s even more strawberries activity to enjoy as the fruits are are ripe and ready for harvest, and many area farms welcome guests to come PYO. Check out this post for some of the best places to go. 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.

Take a Dip
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

With “summer” starting and hotter temps though the weekend, it’ll be a great time to go for a swim.   This round-up has details on where to do that. Find beaches on the Bay (and even Atlantic), lakes and rivers, and swimming holes and creeks — all that welcome the public to take a dip.

Maker Morning RevelArte Celebration
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10-11am
Admission: Free

In Spanish, RevelArte means to reveal. Reveal your inner artist in this special celebration and bonus Maker Morning program! Explore hands-on maker stations, join zine and map making workshops, enjoy performances, check out books in the DC Public Library nook, and do some salsa dancing! Materials will be available in both English and Spanish. Meet in the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden!

Design Zone
Where: National Children’s Museum | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: $15.95
A new exhibit opens at the National Children’s Museum this weekend!  At Design Zone, step into the shoes of video game developers, music producers, roller coaster designers, and more to discover how STEM is used everyday to solve design challenges. Throughout three interactive areas, put your creative problem solving skills to the test to see, hear, and watch STEM principles in action: Use patterns to build 3D towers, apply math to create the rhythms of your own hit song, and tweak the slopes of a roller coaster to construct the most thrilling ride!  The exhibit will run through September 5, 2022 and is recommended for Dreamers ages 5-12.  And for more, off-the-beaten-National Mall-path museums, see this KFDC post.

Feeling Crabby?
Where: Eastern Shore, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Depends on how much you order!

Kick off summer is with one of the area’s best offerings: Blue crabs!  Enjoying the seasonal treat at a waterfront crab house is a bonus. Cantler’s in Annapolis is an institution, and Mike’s Crab House in Riva is popular with delicious crabs, gorgeous scenery, and a great outdoor waiting area if tables aren’t immediately available. Kentmorr on Kent Island has a great beach scene. And you can find even more recommendations for getting crabby in the Summer Guide.

Hike+
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Enjoy a family hike — then extend (and elevate) the day with some some snacks (or a whole meal) and sips after.  A few awesome combos for that: Sky Meadows State Park and Barrel Oak Winery. Sugarloaf Mountain and The Comus Inn or Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard.  Great Falls (MD side) and The Old Angler’s Inn.  Patapsco Valley State Park and the Guinness Brewery.

Nats vs. Rockies
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Nats are hosting the Marlins part of the long weekend, and there are a bunch of special activities and promos to enjoy along with the baseball action on the field. Thursday is a value Day when you can save 30% on tickets, concessions, and more. Friday is a Juan “Soto Shuffle” bobblehead giveaway.   Saturday is Pups in the Park, and kids can run the bases after the game on Sunday. Before you plan your ballpark outing, check out these KFDC tips on how to do a Nats game without breaking the bank.

Summer Reading Sunday
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Sunday, 12:15-1:15pm
Admission: Free with game admission
A neat bonus for kids at the Nats’ Sunday game…  This season, the Nats have expanded their annual Summer Reading program to include four events at the ballpark, all of which are free to attend with a ticket to that day’s game — read-along with a Nationals player, plus other fun activities! This Sunday, Sean Doolittle(!) will be reading to the group, and among the featured games is Mad-Libs. Even more, each child who attends will receive up to three free books to take home. This Sunday’s event takes place in the Kennedy Room located on the Club Level down the third-base line.  (PS: Other Reading Sunday events are scheduled for June 12, July 17, and August 14.

Root for the Baysox
Where: Prince George’s Stadium | Landover, MD
When: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Nats aren’t the only baseball team in town. The Bowie Baysox, one of the local minor league teams, are hosting the Erie Seawolves part of the weekend, and there’s extra fun and special promos to enjoy, too — happy hour on Thursday, Top Gun Night on Friday, post-game fireworks on Saturday, a cat-themed Caturday on Sunday, and more. Plus, there are always fun and games especially for kids. Read more about Baysox games in this KFDC post.

Day Trippin’
Where: Around the DC area (and a bit beyond)
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by adventure

The long weekend is a great time to head a little further out and enjoy a day trip. Some ideas for where to go:
* Zip up to Baltimore, where there are so many great attractions for families
* See the spectacular underground world of Luray Caverns.
* Enjoy hiking and history at Harpers Ferry.
* Go to Calvert County for art adventures at Annmarie Sculpture Garden, a beach day at Calvert Cliffs State Park, maritime explorations at the Calvert Marine Museum, or even a pontoon boat excursion from Solomons Island.

A Museum for this Weekend
Where: National Museum of the U.S. Navy | Navy Yard, DC
When: Friday & Saturday
Admission: Free

In honor of the holiday this weekend, visit a museum that highlights a military branch that also happens to be one of the coolest museums in DC that most people don’t even know exists. Located on the Navy base in Southeast DC, the National Museum of the U.S. Navy is a trove of fascinating artifacts, stories, and art that illustrate the history and impact of the Navy over hundreds of years. If you plan to go, be sure to read this post, which includes must-know information about visiting.

ViVa! Vienna!
Where: Historic Downtown Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: Free

Join the family and community oriented celebration of Memorial Day and the greater Vienna Community spirit. Amusement rides, food, crafts, vendors, and entertainment will be part of the all-ages fun. Even better, 100% of proceeds go to charitable, community, and humanitarian organizations.

Art, Flowers, & Flavors Festival
Where: Ticonderoga Farms | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: $25

After a long pandemic pause, Ticonderoga Farms (which was always one of our favorites for seasonal festivals) is reopening with a festival to celebrate their new botanic garden! The Art, Flowers & Flavors Festival will feature the work of fine artists, wine and beer tasting, gourmet food, live music, and more in or one-of-a-kind, spectacular natural setting that has never been open to the public before now.

A Monster Calls
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Throughout the weekend, 8pm
Tickets: $45-139

A play for kids age 10+… Patrick Ness’s piercing novel A Monster Calls is brought to the stage in a powerful new adaptation by visionary director Sally Cookson. Thirteen-year-old Conor and his mum have managed just fine since his dad moved to America. But now his mum’s very sick and she’s not getting any better. His grandmother won’t stop interfering and the kids at school won’t look him in the eye. Then, one night, at seven minutes past midnight, Conor is woken by something at his window. A monster has come walking. It’s come to tell Conor tales from when it walked before. And when it’s finished, Conor must tell his own story and face his deepest fears.

Show Way the Musical
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Friday, 7pm | Saturday & Sunday, 1:30pm & 4pm
Tickets: $20 (get discount)

A show for kids age 7+… Soonie’s great-grandma was just seven years old when she was sold to a big plantation without her ma and pa, with only some fabric and needles to call her own. She began to stitch a Show Way, a quilt with secret meanings to show enslaved people the way to freedom. As each generation passes, the Show Way shines a light on the past and paves a road to the future, stitching together possibility and promise. Education Artist-in-Residence Jacqueline Woodson’s book of history, love, and resilience becomes a world premiere stage adaptation. This moving, lyrical account based on Woodson’s own family pays tribute to women whose strength and knowledge illuminate their daughters’ lives—from enslavement to freedom, through segregation, freedom marches, and the fight for literacy.

Main Reading Room Holiday Opening
Where: Library of Congress | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Monday, 10a – 4:30pm
Admission: Free

Where you can usually only look from a window above, you can visit on the rare occasion that it’s open to the public! The beautiful Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress is holding a special holiday open house. And being in the grand space really is a treat. There’s even more to explore at the LOC — read about it here. And note that visitors must reserve timed-entry passes.

National Memorial Day Parade
Where: Constitution Avenue NW, 7th to 17th Streets | Downtown DC
When: Monday, 2pm
Admission: Free

A great way to wind down the long weekend, the annual National Memorial Day Parade is returning, celebrating and honoring American veterans with a grand procession through the city. Get a curbside view of military units and vehicles, marching bands, flag teams, and hundreds of veterans as they travel up Constitution Avenue.

Tour Memorials on the Mall
Where: National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

On Memorial Day Weekend, pay tribute to those who have served and sacrificed for our country by visiting the memorials on the National Mall that honor them.  A loop of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Korean War Veterans Memorial and WWII Memorial make for a good walk.  On Monday 9-10am, there will be a wreath laying ceremony at the WWII Memorial — the public is invited, but register in advance.

#OptOutside
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

It looks like a mix of weather this weekend, including some nice days, so plan on some adventures outside! The round-up of The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids is loaded with ideas for doing just that — all of them written about from firsthand experience. But if forecasted storms roll in (or you just want shelter and AC), The Great Indoors lists over 100 suggestions for outings that take place inside.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* The annual National Memorial Day Concert will take place on the U.S. Capitol lawn on Sunday, but it is NOT open to the public again this year.
* It’s a good time to make sure you and the kids are beach ready — check out these recommendations for items to help with that.
* It’s also a good time to get some new lawn games to elevate your summer fun.
* The water features at Yards Park are closed this weekend due to maintenance.
* Recipes for your Memorial Day menu.
* Some great Memorial Day Weekend sales:  Nordstrom, REIAnthropologie, Sur la Table.
* Sam Sifton from NY Times Cooking nailed it with Grief and Cooking.
* Just finished the third season of My Brilliant Friend on HBO and Conversations with Friends on Hulu, and recommend both.
* We’re headed out of town this weekend and can’t wait to use these! (More options here.)
* Finally, a quick, fun watch.

 

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