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The Weekend Round-Up: August 17-18

A view from Georgetown Waterfront Park, always a great summer hangout

A view from Georgetown Waterfront Park, always a great summer hangout

Is it really mid-August already? It’s like I blinked and the summer is nearly over. So along with these special events, definitely check out the Summer 2013 guide (also listed below) to take advantage of some of the season’s best. Happy Weekend!

Anatomy of Sports
Where: National Museum of Health & Medicine
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Admission: Free

Calling all sports enthusiasts! Hear from specialists and athletes and learn about key muscle groups to improve performance while preventing injuries. Watch medical illustrators paint on athletes’ bodies to reveal key muscles and bones structures. Featured will be an anatomical art demonstration that will literally illustrate how the bodies of horse and rider must work in tandem to achieve maximum performance. The program is perfect for families with children playing sports, or for the recreational athlete or the practiced sports enthusiast. This program is free and open to the public.

Colonial Tobacco Harvest
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: $3/adults, $2/children & seniors

All summer the colonial farm family at Claude Moore has carefully tended their vital tobacco crop, which they use to pay rent and to purchase goods not produced on the farm. Now that the tobacco leaves have ripened, harvest time is here. Help the family clean the leaves and watch how they cut and split the stems. Help gather the cut plants and hang them on tobacco sticks to cure. The program is both educational and fun. Also weather permitting, so you might want to call ahead if conditions outside are questionable.

All’s Fair…
Where: Montgomery and Prince William Counties
When: Friday & Saturday
Admission: Varies

You’ve got a couple more days to enjoy both the Montgomery and Prince William County Fairs. Enjoy carnival rides and games, 4-H exhibits, pig races, pony rides, fair food, and more. See this post about county fair season for details on both and this one for a peek at the fun in MoCo, where we had a fantastic time last weekend.

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

Relish in the season with a host of activities that only occur this time of year. Enjoy an open air concert at one of the many series in the area. Get wet at an outdoor pool, sprayground, or water park. Feast on crabs. Ride mini-trains and carousels at local parks. And much, much more.

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

The theatre selection for kids tends to slow down this time of summer, and right now there are only a few options that kids will enjoy. Catch a performance of Dr. Seuss’s A Cat in the Hat at Adventure Theatre. Or head to the Puppet Co. where they’re presenting Circus! on strings all weekend. There’s also a Tiny Tots show especially for little ones at the venue on Saturday at 10am. And the Olney Theatre’s production of A Chorus Line is on stages for several more weeks.

Cemetery Tour
Where: Arlington National Cemetery
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Because I just posted about it and because it’s a must-do DC pursuit, consider a tour of Arlington National Cemetery this weekend. The grounds are lovely and peaceful to stroll, and there’s a lot of interesting history to be gleaned and fascinating sights to behold, the Changing of the Guard topping the list. This post about our recent experience there offers more details and photos.

Totally Awesome Family Films
Where: AFI Silver Theatre
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $12/adult, $7/child

The AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring has been showcasing 80’s film faves , and among the featured movies this weekend are a couple of family-friendly flicks, including The Last Unicorn and Raiders of the Lost Ark. There are Saturday matinees of both, and an evening showing of Harrison Ford in his prime (imo, anyway). See the website for more details.

The Arts & Humanities Festival
Where: St. Elizabeth’s East
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

This free festival showcasing the history, culture, and community of Ward 8 in the District will feature an exciting scope of activities, live performances, art exhibits, readings and workshops that the entire family will enjoy. St. Elizabeth’s East is located at 1100 Alabama Avenue SE.

Kids Safe Community Day Fun Fair
Where: Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

The 2nd Annual Kids Safe Community Day Fun Fair will focus on kids’ safety as it relates to their transportation, nutrition, health, self-defense, banking, education, extra-curricular activities, and their overall well-being. There will be Child ID Kits available for purchase free Safety Seat Inspections, as well as many other back to school giveaways. Families can also participate in a raffle for a Back-To-School basket courtesy of Christopher’s Hardware of Sandy Spring. This will take place rain or shine. The Sandy Spring Fire Department is located at 17912 Brooke Road in Sandy Spring, Md.

Think Outside
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by locale

If this stretch of sublime weather continues, get out and take advantage — take a hike, explore a garden, play in the trees, row on the river, visit animals at a farm or the Zoo. This post has a loooong list of ideas for al fresco fun.

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