Quick links for a great mix of ongoing fun:
* Indoor Outings
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Pick-Your-Own Ops
* Swim Spots
* On the Water
* Bike Rides
* Peaceful Places
* Baltimore with Kids
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend
Admission: Varies by activity
Summer break is starting its wind-down as kids begin heading back to school on Monday (mine, anyway). But plenty is still going on to enjoy the season… Spraygrounds, special exhibits, music and movies in the open air, beach fun, crab feasts, mini golf and carousels rides. The guide to Summer in DC has all the inspo you need to eke the most out of the season.
Where: Washington Convention Center | Mount Vernon Square, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Starts at $45/adult, $20/child
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 (including Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd this year!), 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.
Where: Arlington, Montgomery, and PW Counties | VA & MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale
County fair season continues as Arlington’s annual fest is underway, and Montgomery and Prince William counties host their final days. All are chock full of amusement for everyone, with carnival rides and games, farm animals, live entertainment, pony rides, the junk food gamut, pig races, and so much more. This post has the whole scoop on all of the county fun.
Walk in Museum Circles Again
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall
When: Throughout the weekend
You can add another Smithsonian to your museum rotation this weekend: The Hirshhorn reopens it’s building (circle-shaped, hence the title) on Friday! Hours will be 10am – 5:30pm Wednesday – Sunday, and no timed-entry passes will be required.
Ice Cream-Making Demo
Where: Peirce Mill | Rock Creek PArk, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 12pm
Head to Peirce Mill to learn all about the frozen treat brought over from France by Dolley Madison. Watch the ice cream ingredients being poured into the dasher, help turn the crank, and learn about the brine that freezes the cream. A historic recipe by Thomas Jefferson adapted for modern kitchens will be available. You can also find a printable Peirce Mill scavenger hunt for families in English and Spanish. Read more about Peirce Mill in this KFDC post. (PS: The historic building has reopened, and there will also be milling demonstrations through October on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 11am – 2pm.)
New Hampshire Gardens Children’s Business Fair
Where: 7300 Glenside Drive | Takoma Park, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Join over a dozen young entrepreneurs at the first New Hampshire Gardens Children’s Business Fair! These business-minded kids, age 6 to 15, are selling soap, jewelry, dog treats, and baked goods, just to name a few. Head to the business fair to support them and snatch up some cool kid-made goods!
Where: Wolf Trap | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, 10am
At the final installment of Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, join Grammy-nominated Falu and her band on a musical journey through South Asia and around the globe, celebrating the instruments, languages, sights, and humanity of a diverse world. This take place in Wolf Trap’s delightful outdoor theatre surrounded by trees and nature. Recommended for ages 3-12.
Where: Summer Farms |
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $17.50/age 3+
Escape to Summers Farm for their 2nd Annual Sunflower Festival and enjoy the beauty of the 8-acre field glowing with thousands of blooms! Over 35 different varieties and colors make for very Instaworthy photos. Walk through, pick your own, take stunning pictures, sip a local drink in their spacious tent, and relax at the farm.
Millennium Stage: Don’t Mute DC
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom DC
When: Friday & Saturday
Go-Go is music amplifying the voices of marginalized and displaced Washingtonians, and Don’t Mute DC is a collective of activists fighting for the music, culture, and people. Join for performances, a movie screening and more this weekend. While you’re there, plan to visit Victura Park — the pop-up wine garden and cafe on the grounds of The REACH is a great place to hang out and enjoy a nice day. (Note: Victura Park is also open on Sunday.)
Where: Steadfast Supply | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 1pm
Discover your dog’s inner artist — or meet a potential fur baby! Steadfast Supply is partnering with Rural Dog Rescue and Fetching Life to bring the community an outdoor, socially distant puppy painting event. Dogs will be able to “paint” with peanut butter like Pablo Pupcasso. The rescue will be bringing adoptable dogs for participants to meet and fall in love with to the event. All proceeds will benefit Rural Dog Rescue. Participants will also receive a 10% in-store shopping discount to use in Steadfast Supply during the event.
Big Dig Potato Harvest
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Admission: $10/child or $12/adult
The Big Dig is on for another weekend. Head to Great Country for take a wagon ride out to the fields to dig up your own potato treasures. After digging, play all day in the five-acre play area, with attractions including Putt Putt golf, the Farm Ninja Warrior obstacle course, mazes, swings, slides, animals to visit, and feed, and so much more! PYO peaches will also be available this weekend.
Where: Canal Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Shop a mobile bookstore on Saturday. Browse through thousands of books all under $6 in a safe, outdoor setting. There’s something for everyone — children’s books, teen reads, brand-new bestsellers in amazing condition, classic vintage hardbacks, and more. Look for it in the southern block of the park. While you’re there, plan for some play time for little ones at the gentle fountain (second block of the park) or head across the street to Yards Park for more water play.
Catch the Ultimate Breeze
Where: Gallaudet University | Northeast, DC
When: Saturday, 6:30pm
Admission: $10/advance, $12.50/day of
Bring the kids out for fun, fresh air, and Pro Ultimate Frisbee! Not only will you get to see exciting Frisbee action as local team DC Breeze takes on Raleigh Flyers, kids can join a free youth clinic (for ages 6-17) before the game at 5pm (FYI: they offer this at every home game.) And while your kids are learning Ultimate out on the field, you can enjoy food and drink specials and listen to a live band to get ready for the game.
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 5:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $28
DC United is home this weekend with a match against Atlanta on Saturday. I recommend taking public transportation since parking can be difficult. Idea: Take Metro to the Navy Yard and have a pre-game bite to eat then it’s an easy walk to the stadium. El Bebe, The Salt Line, and All Purpose are very convenient and my top recs for family-friendly spots to eat there. Look for a deal on a Family Four-Pack of tickets.
We’ve Got Spirit, Yes We Do…
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Sunday, 4pm
Admission: Tickets start at $37
The Washington Spirit, our local women’s pro soccer team, is also playing at Audi field this weekend, as they take on Orlando Pride. Enjoy some amazing soccer play while supporting women in sports! Purchase tickets here. And see my recs for transportation/dining above.
Weekend Walk-In: Flower Crowns
Where: American Visionary Art Museum | Baltimore, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Join the museum for an in-person, drop-in, art workshop! In the spacious Tall Sculpture Love Barn, create a flower crown, in this hands-on program that complements the current show “The Secret Life of Earth.” Recommended for ages 7+, and supplies included while they last. Read more about wonderful, wacky AVAM here. And find more ways to enjoy Baltimore, including food recs and ares to explore, here.
Yard Sign Giveaway
Where: Cleveland Park Market | Cleveland Park, DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 1pm
To encourage drivers to slow down on neighborhood streets, DDOT will hand out free yard signs to Ward 3 residents on Saturday. With messages such as, “Slowing Down Saves Lives,” and “Everyone Deserves Safer Streets,” the signs highlight the 20-mph default speed limit, which significantly reduces the risk of severe injury and death during a crash, particularly when one involves a pedestrian or cyclist. Cleveland Park Market is located on the 3400 block of Connecticut Avenue NW.
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Where: Rhode Island Center | Logan Circle, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Tickets start at $34.90/adult, $19.90/child
Step into more than 300 of Van Gogh’s sketches, drawings, and paintings for an intimate understanding of the Post-Impressionist genius and his work. Floor-to-ceiling digital projections, made possible by state-of-the-art video mapping technology, offer visitors a socially distanced, hands-free immersive art experience. All ages are welcome to explore this exhibition. Rhode Island Center is located at 524 Rhode Island Avenue NE.
Fashion + FUN
Where: Georgetown Park | Georgetown, DC
When: Friday, 5-9pm | Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 9pm
Admission: $28/adult, $19/age 4-15 (get a discount!)
Go “Inside the Wardrobe” at this new art installation/fashion funhouse in Georgetown. The 20,000 square foot space contains more than 20 exhibits/spaces, all them wildly creative, fashion-inspired, interactive, even kind of trippy. You can try on paper doll cutouts, play with size in a fun house, get a close look at beautiful handiwork, take pics in whimsical and delightful settings, strut the catwalk, and much more. Read more about it and see some snaps from a visit there in this KFDC post!
Olney Outdoors: Paper Dreams
Where: Olney Theatre | Olney, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am & 12pm
Olney Theatre is presenting Theatre for Young Audiences outdoors this summer, and this weekend is “Paper Dreams,” one of Imagination Stage’s original shows for little ones. Best for ages 1-7, it will be at Olney Theatre’s outdoor Root Family Stage through August 15. Purchase tickets in advance. If you are vaccinated, masks are encouraged but not required. Those who have not been vaccinated should follow CDC guidelines and wear a mask.
Fairytales in the Sun
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday, 11am, 2pm, & 4:30pm | Sunday, 11am & 2pm
Admission: $20.50 (look for a discount)
Adventure Theatre is presenting live, in-person family entertainment again! Two one-act plays, The Flood in the Future by Lyra Yang and From Cinders to Ella by Michelle Lynch, will be performed outside in the grassy field next to ATMTC and the Irish Inn. Covid protocols will be followed. BYO blanket or chair.
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Tickets: $27+ (look for a discount)
The world-class, live entertainment attraction that has captured the hearts and imaginations of a new generation of families is celebrating its 28th year of FUN. UniverSoul connects with progressive, upwardly mobile, urban pop cultures from around the world, embracing and celebrating the unique and familiar aspects of global cultures and ethnicities into a stellar production that blends circus arts, theater and music. A fresh, cool, and hip approach to live family entertainment!
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