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The Weekend Round-Up:
April 26-28

Celebrate the Dentzel Carousel at Glen Echo Park

 

Happy Weekend!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STAR Fest
Where: MLK Library | Penn Quarter, DC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Giveaway: Enter to Win a Family 4-Pack of Passes to Awesome Con!


As mentioned last week, Awesome Con, the convention celebrating pop culture and geekdom, is coming to DC this weekend, April 26-28. For three days at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, there will be an amazing assortment of engaging events, comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay, and more, with something for all ages, including a while Awesome Con Jr. area with programming especially for kids.

Even better, I have a Family 4-Pack of passes up for grabs for one lucky KFDC reader and crew ($190 value), good to attend Awesome Con all weekend. Of course, you can go ahead and guarantee yourselves tickets by purchasing online, too.

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Giveaway: For a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of passes (2 adult, 2 kids) to attend Awesome Con this weekend, April 26-28, 2019, simply leave a comment below letting me know what your family is most excited for at the event. Get a second chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too! This giveaway will run through Wednesday, April 24 2019, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!


This post is sponsored by Awesome Con, however, I only promote events, programs, and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.


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Awesome Con, DC’s Own Comic Con, Expands Its Family-Friendly Awesome Con Jr. Event!


Awesome Con, the Mid-Atlantic’s premier pop culture convention, takes place next weekend, April 26-28, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, celebrating all aspects of geekdom and pop culture with a huge assortment of engaging activities, comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay, and so much more.

The event practically guarantees to be, well, awesome for the whole family, even more so as Awesome Con Jr., a family-focused area especially for young fans, expands its offerings for kids this year. Powered by The Toy Association, there will be hours of fun with entertaining and educational programs especially for young fans. Kids can meet their favorite characters, experience tons of hands-on activations, visit an entire stage dedicated to children’s programming, check out popular brands including DreamWorks, SpinMaster, KIND Snacks, Detective Pikachu, and more!

Awesome Con Jr. Workshops
These 45-minute to one-hour workshops are for kids who have an interest in drawing and sketching and want to learn techniques from some of the best cartoonists and professional artists in the business. With 18 workshops throughout the weekend, your child can learn to draw their very own Pokemon and werewolves, or create their very own superhero symbol. There’s also a Fan Art Design Contest presented by Art Way Alliance Artists & Craftsman Supply.

Dedicated Kids Stage & Programming – Expanded for 2019!
Over the course of the weekend, there will be 18 dedicated programs on the Awesome Con Jr. Kids Stage. Guests can experience imaginative play sessions, from Super Art Fight Jr to Saber Guild Corellia’s Live Lightsaber Performance and Intro to Spells for Young Witches and Wizards to Saber Guild Padawan Training, and so much more. Check out the full Awesome Con Jr. Stage Schedule.

Character Appearances
Your child will be delighted to meet their favorite characters including: Goku from Dragon Ball Z, Pikachu, Ranger Rick, Luna from Let’s Go Luna, Super Why, Daniel Tiger, and Disney Princess Cosplayers.

Free Custom Sketches
Comics artists Ron Chan, Amy Mebberson, Ron Randall, and James Silvani will each have a one-hour session doing free, custom sketches for kids in the character meet & greet areas.

DreamWorks Screenings
At 11am each day, the Kids Stage is the spot to watch some favorite shows from DreamWorks.

National Wildlife Federation Animal Show
An opportunity to see and learn more about some very cool animals as Naturalist David Mizejewski presents an animal “show and tell” for kids! An opossum, alligator, coati, arctic fox, porcupine, cavy, and python will all make appearances.

Awesome Con Arcade by MagFest & Table Top Games by Foam Brain
This is the spot to let kids be kids and get their video game time in — they’ll find all types of vintage arcade games to play. Parents will enjoy the nostalgia, too!

Kids Costume Parade
Kid who love to dress up as their favorite characters can can show it off at the Kids Costume Parade, held Saturday and Sunday at 12pm. This is only open to the first 30 registrants, so get there early!

Awesome Con 2019 is an event to put on your family’s calendar! It runs April 26-28, 2019 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Admission starts at $40/adult, $15/child. More information and a full schedule of events and activities is available on the Awesome Con website.


This post is sponsored by Awesome Con, however, I only promote events, programs, and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.


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The Weekend Round-Up: April 27-28

Got milk and then some at South Mountain Creamery's annual spring festival.

Got milk and then some at South Mountain Creamery’s annual spring festival.



Have you had a look at the forecast for the next few days? If so, then you know the big list of outdoor pursuits is a must-view along with the picks below. Happy Weekend!

Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival
Where: Kingman Island
When: Saturday 1-9pm
Admission: $10 suggested donation

The 4th Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival will feature seven bluegrass bands and plenty more revelry. The celebration of local music, food, and culture as well as the revitalization of the Anacostia River includes seven hours of performances by local bluegrass acts, DC’s favorite food trucks, Sierra Nevada beer, bike giveaways from BicycleSPACE and tours of the island, local music busking stages, and a children’s area with crafts and games. The $10 suggested donations helps support Living Classrooms’ environmental education programming for DC youth on Kingman Island. Tickets can be purchased ahead online, and all advance purchased tix include a free beer. Kingman Island is located on the Anacostia River at 575 Oklahoma Avenue NE (at the entrance to RFK Stadium).

Don’t Fear the Turtle
Where: University of Maryland
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

The Maryland Day celebration in College Park gets a giant thumbs-up from me, and not just because it’s my alma mater. This is a fantastic event for families, and I know from experience. The University is hosting a huge open house for, well, everybody. “Explore Our World” is the theme of the annual fair, and guests will be able to do that and then some. There are loads of activities for kids, including learning games; a kids carnival with moonbounces, bungee runs, climbing walls, and more; a hip hop orchestra; arts & crafts; farm animal visits; puppet shows and singalongs; face painting; fossil digs; insect and instrument petting zoos; and much, much, MUCH more. It’s spread out all over campus, and it’s a big campus. Be prepared for lots of walking (worth every step!) and be sure to bring a stroller for little ones.

South Mountain Creamery Spring Festival
Where: South Mountain Creamery
When: Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

You don’t have to be a customer to experience farm fresh hospitality at South Mountain Creamery’s annual festival. (We’re not and had a great time there last year!) Take a ride out to the country in Middleton, Md, to enjoy farm fun for all ages — go on a hayride, visit the animals and feed a calf, sample SMC products, listen to Bluegrass, and more. BBQ, ice cream, drinks, and other concessions are available for purchase.

Ciné Teens: La guerre des boutons
Where: Alliance Francais – Dupont
When: Friday, 6pm
Admission: Free

The Alliance’s Movie Hour for Children series kicks off with “La guerre des boutons,” the tale of two warring towns in rural France. Every summer, the boys of the villages terrorize each other in the tradition of their fathers and their fathers before them: throwing rotten fruit, wooden sword fights, and the like. When one wily warrior steals all of a prisoner’s buttons, boyhood insanity promises to follow. For kids ages 8+. RSVP to www.francedc.org.

National Hairball Awareness Day
Where: National Museum of Health & Medicine
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Something you probably didn’t know (and I didn’t either until I heard about this event): The last Friday in April is National Hairball Awareness Day. (Like I even needed a special day when my two cats make me aware on a regular basis.) The National Museum of Health & Medicine invites you to celebrate the occasion tomorrow — among the museum’s collections are 24 veterinary and three human hairballs or “trichobezoars.” You can see one of the human hairballs and explore the myths and realities behind these medical curiosities. If you’re thinking of going, read this post about our experience at the museum first! While hairball awareness sounds fun, some of the other exhibits at the museum might not sit so well with the young children or the faint of heart.

Nationals vs. Reds
Where: Nationals Park
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Tickets start at $13

Catch the Nats in this weekend’s series against the Reds. Tickets are available for all of the games, and there are some special promos going on including Harris Teeter Family Fun Days, Signature Sundays, Kids Run the Bases. Game times are 7:05pm on Friday, 1:05pm on Saturday, and 1:35pm on Sunday.

Visit (& Vote for) George’s Place!
Where: Mount Vernon Estate
When: Saturday & Sunday, 8am – 5pm
Admission: $17/adults, $8 ages 6-11, free for 5 and under

Spend a day at Mount Vernon, the Virginia estate of first POTUS George Washington. Tour the mansion and other buildings, take a wagon ride, and stroll the sprawling grounds. While you’re there, be sure to use social media to help the historic site gain points to win a $1 million grant for preservation. Read more about the initiative from Partners in Preservation. And even if you don’t make it to Mount Vernon, you can still cast your vote for the site.

Healthy Kids Day
Where: National Capital YMCA
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® with free community events to get more families moving, learning, and living healthier. Healthy Kids Day, a national initiative of the Y, takes place at 1,900 Ys and features fun, educational activities such as cooking and group exercise demos, arts and crafts, games and much more. Join us and jumpstart a journey that lasts kids a day, a summer, and, we hope, their entire future. Visit the YMCA website for information about events taking place at Y’s in other parts of the area.

Park It
Where: National Parks
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

It’s National Park Week through Sunday, so celebrate it by visiting one of our local national parks. These include spectacular natural areas, historic homes, battlefields, seashores, and archaeological sites, and we have many of them throughout the region. Get a nature fix at Rock Creek, tour the monuments and memorials on the National Mall, bike along the C&O Canal, see living history at Claude Moore Colonial Farm, take in the views at Great Falls, hike at Roosevelt Island. These are just a few suggestions; search for many, many more national park pursuits on the NPS website.

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

Here’s the live entertainment on local stages this weekend:
The Magic Finger & James and the Giant Peach are on the Imagination Stage.
– See the marionette version of Cinderella during the first weekend of The Puppet Co. latest production.
– Go classical with the kids at “Viva Violins: From Baby Talk to Mozart,” the NSO Kinderkonzert at The Kennedy Center.
Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players are playing the Saturday 10:30am and 2:30pm shows at Jammin’ Java, and Beethoven’s Wig will be there on Sunday at 2pm.
– Uno, Dos, Tres, con Andrés! is this week’s Saturday morning at the National performance.
Hello Dolly! is the latest Ford’s Theatre production.
Get details on all of these productions in this post about entertainment this season.

Child Fest 2013
Where: Reservoir High School, Fulton, Md
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

The Children’s Cancer Foundation, Inc., (CCF), a local non-profit that awards grants to fight childhood cancer, hosts its fun-filled Child-Fest this weekend. Now in its 6th year, Child-Fest is a day of valuable information, entertainment, food, games, an inflatable zone, and activities for children of all ages. Entertainment includes Grammy award-winning acts, fencing, dance teams, and an appearance by the Raven’s mascot, Poe. Look out for a giant Peep and more costumed characters and strolling entertainers.

Move Me Festival
Where: Kenmore Middle School in Arlington
When: Saturday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Bowen McCauley Dance (BMD) presents the 4th Annual Move Me Festival on Saturday. The free, family-friendly celebration of the arts and culture promotes healthy lifestyles through movement and the arts and will feature performances and artistic activities by local arts partners. This year, the festival focuses on the need to “Get Active, Get Creative, Get Involved.” More than a dozen arts partners will provide an afternoon of exciting performances and activities, including Latin dance, clogging, theater workshops, orchestra performances, an instrument petting zoo, yoga, face painting, magic tricks, arts and crafts, and much more.

ABC’s of Family Biking
Where: Capitol Hill Montessori School at Logan (215 G Street NE)
When: Sunday 11am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Want to get the family two wheelin’ together? Kidical Mass DC, WABA and DDOT Safe Routes to School is bringing back the “ABC’s of Family Biking” to help interested families learn more about the tools and resources available to help them bike together and offer fun activities for all ages. There will be a special class on biketrains and group riding, a display of bikes and equipment used to transport kids, a “swap or sell” for secondhand kids’ bikes and gear, and a chance to get tips and tricks from other biking parents.

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

Drop in to listen to a story about a person who has influenced American history and culture and to create a special piece of art. This weekend, learn about poet William Carlos Williams.

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