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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.)

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* 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 20-21

Spring at the Capitol

Spring at the Capitol



These are just the special events happening around the area over the next few days. If you’re looking for even more ideas for activities with the kids, check out the Everyday Play page. Happy Weekend!

Earth Day Party for the Planet
Where: National Zoo
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Earth Day with the planet’s amazing and diverse wildlife! Party for the planet at the National Zoo and help celebrate their commitment to green practices with special activities for visitors. Plant a plant, make your own garden journal, and get involved as State Farm volunteers assist children in making plant pots out of recycled newspaper and garden journals. There will also be special visit from Chef Remmi—kid chef extraordinaire! He’ll be doing live cooking demons and sampling, and will share tips and information about healthy eating. Bring your old cell phones to recycle in the Zoo’s Visitor Center.

Awesome Con
Where: Washington Convention Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 7pm & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $15/1-day pass, $25/2-day pass, free for kids 10 and under

This celebration of popular culture is DC’s comic-con, embracing all aspects of geekdom and pop culture. Expect a wide assortment of comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay, and much more. Special events will include discussion panels, costume contests, trivia contests, and gaming tournament. Especially for kids will be all-day art stations, children’s book readings, art projects and show, and more (view the full kids’ schedule.)

Bethesda Literary Festival
Where: Throughout Downtown Bethesda
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free

The 14th annual festival celebrating reading and writing begins Friday night and runs through the weekend. Both local and national authors, journalists, and poets will be there to present their works, lead discussions, and sign books. There will also be a a discussion with best selling author Jill Smokler (aka Scary Mommy). Other events include children’s storytimes, writing contests, and poetry slams. View the schedule for event times and locations.

Georgetown French Market
Where: Wisconsin Avenue NW, between P St. & Reservoir Rd.
When: Friday & Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Book Hill neighborhood of Georgetown’s signature European open air market returns for its 10th year, featuring nearly 40 Georgetown boutiques, antique shops, restaurants and galleries, art and antique home furnishings. But it’s not all about the shopping; kids will enjoy the strolling mimes, children’s activities, live music, and French cuisine from Georgetown cafes and restaurants. Visit the website to download a schedule of events and list of participating shops.

Happy Birthday to the Bard!
Where: Folgers Shakespeare Library
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

‘Tis Shakespeare’s 449th birthday, and the Folger Shakespeare Library is celebrating with an Open House on Sunday afternoon. In true Renaissance fashion, there will be song and dance, jesters and jugglers, and opportunities to recite your favorite Shakespeare lines on stage. Especially for children will be fortune telling, shield making, quill writing, arts & crafts, a Shakespeare portrait contest, and a giant birthday cake with the cutting lead by Queen Elizabeth I. The event is free and will take place rain or shine. Some concessions will be available for purchase. The Library is located at 201 East Capitol Street SE.

Privateer Festival
Where: Fells Point
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free

Yo ho ho, mateys! Head to Baltimore to honor the maritime history of Fell’s Point and the patriotic privateer fleet and celebrate the ‘pirate’ fantasy of sailing lore. The weekend will be full of family-friendly activities from Thames Street Park and Ann Street Pier to Broadway Square, Broadway Pier. Festivities include live entertainment for buccaneers of all ages, plus loads of kids’ activities – bounce house, arts & crafts, magic shows, storytimes, and treasure hunts. You can also opt for a sail on the high seas with Urban Pirates Adventure Cruises (fee for these). Craft and food vendors, plus a grog garden will keep the grown-ups happy, too. Hours are Friday 5-10pm, Saturday 10am – 7pm, and Sunday 10am – 6pm.

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union
Where: RFK Stadium
When: Sunday, 5pm
Admission: Tickets start at $26

Kick it family-style with the D.C. United this weekend. They play the Philadelphia Union at home on Sunday, and you can catch the match along with loads of other family fun. Games are always a blast, and the VW Garage offers activities for all ages — face painting, a Zig Zag challenge, trivia, and more. Even better, you can score a Family Pack, which includes 4 tickets, 4 hotdogs, and 4 drinks. Get more info on the match and deal here.

Cavalcade of Cars
Where: National Capital Trolley Museum
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: $7/adults, $5/children 2-17

Hop on board for a day of fun! Along with the museum’s array of exhibits and regular trolley rides, there will be several European trams and North American street cars offering visitors a spin through Northwest Branch Park during visits.

Festival of Tulips
Where: Burnside Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Admission: $3

Experience Holland in Haymarket, Va. The Festival of Tulips is in full swing, showcasing a brilliant display of blooming flowers. Stroll through the giant fields that contain over 50 different varieties of tulips in a rainbow of colors and pick your own for $1 per stem. Don’t forget the camera — this outing has holiday card photo op written all over it.

Domino Days
Where: Maryland Science Center
When: Saturday
Admission: $16.95/adults, $13.95/ages 3-12, free for 2 and under

World renowned domino topple expert Scott Suko, along with a team of local engineering volunteers will be at the Science Center creating a dynamic design through the Legg Mason Gallery, overlooking the Baltimore Inner Harbor. Witness over 12,000 dominoes of different sizes and colors zigzag, spiral, climb up stairs, across tables, fall in a collapsing pyramids and much more. The big topple will be at 2:00pm, but go early to test designs of your own and interact with the experts.

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

Here’s the live entertainment on local stages this weekend:
Gustafer Yellowgold is bringing his Rock Melon Tour to the Alden Theatre
Laura Ingalls Wilder is opening at BlackRock Center for the Arts
– This weekend is your last chance to see Jack & the Beanstalk at The Puppet Co.
Ellis Paul is playing the 10:30am show on Saturday at Jammin’ Java.
– Children’s illustrator and author Jackie Urbanovic is this week’s Saturday morning at the National performer.
The Magic Finger & James and the Giant Peach are on the Imagination Stage.
Hello Dolly! is the latest Ford’s Theatre production.
Get details on all of these productions in this post about entertainment this season.

Time & Navigation Family Day
Where: National Air & Space Museum
When: Saturday,
Admission: Free

Celebrate the opening of the National Air and Space Museum’s newest exhibition, Time and Navigation. Activities in the exhibit gallery and around the Museum will engage visitors in hands-on experiences that will explore 300 years of navigation history from the early days at sea to today’s GPS. See the schedule of events on the NASM website.

Civil War 150th Anniversary
Where: Clara Barton National Historic Site & Glen Echo Park
When: Saturday, 1-4:30pm
Admission: Free

In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, Clara Barton National Historic Site will feature a series of special events on Saturday, including a couple that are family-friendly: At 1pm, re-enactors of the 54th Massachusetts regiment will give a presentation on the Civil War African American soldier experience. They will talk about the uniform and the weapons of the Civil War era. They will also describe the regiment’s experience at the siege on Fort Wagner in July 1863. From 3-4:30pm, Visitors of all ages are welcome to visit the historic home during the open house to see it at their own pace. Volunteers and rangers will be stationed at several locations to tell stories of Miss Barton’s service and life. Children ages 7-12 are invited to become Junior Rangers at Clara Barton NHS and Glen Echo Park. Explore both sites, complete an activity book, and earn a Junior Ranger badge.

Stories from the Revolutionary War
Where: Congressional Cemetery
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Step back in time and learn about the Revolutionary War veterans and patriots interred at Historic Congressional Cemetery. From drummer boys to surgeons, statesmen to generals, many of the Cemetery’s individuals played an integral part in the founding of the nation. To recognize and honor these patriots, come experience a living history event at their final resting place. Talk to reenactors from the College Company of William and Mary about life in the Revolutionary War, and take a tour from General Levi Casey himself to learn about the fascinating stories of the fight for liberty. Watch and learn about the musket through firing demonstrations, and listen to a concert featuring the music of the time as performed by the baroque trumpets from the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps.

Beyblade Revolution
Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Park
When: Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: $5 entry fee

If your kid is a Beyblade enthusiast, consider checking out this tournament taking place in Silver Spring this weekend. Word has it these events are super fun, inclusive, and a great bargain. Registration begins at 11am, and tourney time is around 12:30pm. The day should end around 3pm for most, 4pm for finalists.

Portrait Story Days
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday 1-4pm & Sunday 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Drop in to the National Portrait Gallery to listen to a story about a person who has influenced American history and culture and to create a special piece of art. This weekend, learn about poet and writer Gertrude Stein.

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