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The Weekend Round-Up: July 5-7

Stay cool and enjoy creative fun at the National Gallery of Art


Happy Weekend!

Link up to ideas for ongoing DC fun:  
* The Great Indoors
* Swim Spots
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Baltimore with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Paddling Options
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places

Summer FUN
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Free concerts in the fresh air, outdoor swimming, al fresco movies, play time in the water sprays… Activities exclusive to this time of year can be enjoyed all weekend long. Details on all of these seasonal staples and MUCH more can be found in the guide to summer in DC.

Inside Action
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

With the insane heat this weekend,  you may be looking for places to be indoors, but want some active fun or something with an engaging mission.  From pickleball and roller skating to tennis and ping pong to escape rooms and scavenger hunts to an indoor waterpark, this post shares all kinds of ways to get your fun and game on.

Dino Safari
Where: Montgomery Mall | Bethesda, MD
When: Through August 4
Admission: $23.13

Go on adventure steeped in prehistoric wonders! Explore 70+ life-sized animated dinosaurs and immersive ice age animals lighting sculptures. Enjoy an interactive area with bouncy fun, a playground, a carousel, and other fun rides. Participate in a Safari Dig and Dino Fossil Hunt. And more! Read about Dino Safari when it was at National Harbor a few years ago here (but note that it was during Covid and was a drive-thru experience).

First Saturday: July
Where: National Gallery of Art | NationalMall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

It’s the NGA’s monthly series that presents activities for all ages the first Saturday of the month.  Little ones can enjoy story time, have their faces painted, and play in a space just for them.  Discover Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction and give paper weaving a try. For more inspiration, stop by a touch table and learn about patterns from around the world with educators from the Textile Museum. There will also be a movie screening from 2-4pm.  And of course, check out the rest of  the exhibits while you’re there.

Show Time
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by show

There’s all kinds of entertainment on local stages this weekend. Here’s what and where you can catch it (and you can find show details and any discount links here):
* Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale at Adventure Theatre
* Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap
* Miss Nelson is Missing at Imagination Stage
* The Wizard of Oz at the The Puppet Co.
* Funny Girl at the Kennedy Center

Nats All Weekend
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Tickets start at $13

The Nats are playing the Cards at home through Monday. Catch a game and maybe a good promo, too. There’s a CJ Abrams Kids Autograph Cap giveaway on Sunday, plus young fans can run the bases after the game. Also, the Kids Eat Free program, where ages 12 and under can get a comp meal, is underway.

Art Cart: Weave with Color
Where: Hirshhorn Museum |National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Droop in at the modern art museum for hands-on artsy play with colors and patterns! Young artists Create and get inspired by artist Anni Albers as they take a close look at her work, Under Way. Then they can collage or weave their own layered work of art! Find the Art Cart on the Second Level and pick up your colorful materials.

Cool Down Movie Time: The Princess and the Frog
Where: Anacostia Community Museum | Anacostia, DC
When: Saturday, 12-2pm
Admission: Free

Take a break from the heat and bring the family to the museum for Cool Down Movie Time, where you can enjoy a free screeening of a family film. See The Princess and The Frog on Saturday. Total run time is 97 minutes.

Charm City, Hon!
Where: Baltimore | Baltimore, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

DO a day trip or even an overnight up to Baltimore, where there are so many great family-friendly attractions, many of them in the comfort of AC. Explore the exhibits at Maryland Science Center. See some of the quirkiest, coolest art around at the American Visionary Art Museum. Play the day away at Port Discovery. Get an eyeful of the underwater world at the National Aquarium. View history in the works at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. And even more! This KFDC guide has the scoop.

Peachy Keen
Where: Area Farms
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

It’s peach picking time at many local farms. If you want to get them at their peak, check out this list of area farms that offer pick-your-own (note that not all of them have peaches, so be sure to read descriptions… one that definitely does and we love to go to is Homestead Farms). And it’s always a good idea to check websites or call for updates to confirm availability when you plan to go.

Hikes to Like
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

The recommendation to hit the trail is a staple in these round-ups. And it looks like weather should be good for it at least one day. Take in pretty scenery, explore local history, or try to spy some wildlife. You can even work in some geocachingThis post has a a bunch of recommendations for places to tramp with kids. Some specific recs for right now: Roosevelt Island is always a neat locale to explore; head out to Harpers Ferry for hiking and history; walk in the woods with good shade at Pohick Bay  or Fountainhead Regional Parks; or tramp in the city at Rock Creek Park.

* Stay cool inside as you enjoy a meal with the fam… this post has KFDC picks for family friendly restaurants all around DC.
* And more posts to keep handy for upcoming hot days… A round-up of off-the-beaten path museums in DC, one about museums in MD & VA, and this one about regularly-occurring museum programs.
* The Folger Shakespeare Library just announced its summer programming, which includes family activities.  Read all about the newly reopened attraction here.
* Amazon Prime Days are soon, but you can shop some early deals now!
* An amazing sale (extra 60% off!)…  This kind of skirt is trendy in Paris right now, I have and love this dress, and many more great items, including girls and boys clothes.
* 10 Happy Things for July!

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The Weekend Round-Up: July 6-7

This dog sculpture by Hungarian artist Gábor Miklós Szőke on display at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival is even more awesome up close

This dog sculpture by Hungarian artist Gábor Miklós Szőke, on display at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, is even more awesome up close.

Hope everyone had a great 4th! Keep the fun going at these special events and activities happening around the area over the next few days. Or enjoy a DC mainstay — the list of Everyday Play has loads of ideas. Happy Weekend!

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Where: National Mall
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free

The annual Festival celebrating living cultural heritage and community traditions is underway. Visitors of all ages will have ample opportunity to discover and explore it all through special exhibits, workshops, performances, exhibits, demos, and more, including plenty of activities especially children. For specifics, see the festival schedule. And it all takes place right on the National Mall where you can easily pop into museums when you need a break from the heat.

Celebrate Summer with Science
Where: Koshland Science Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $7/adults, $4/children

Celebrate summer with special hands-on science activities at the National Academy of Science’s very own museum, the Koshland Science Museum. Heading to the beach? Find out how the ocean is changing. Using a plastic cup and mollusk shells, see how our actions impact coastal communities. Making new summer memories? Learn a series of visual techniques that will help you translate this summer’s get-togethers and events into memories that last a lifetime. Planning a picnic? Think about portion size. Use everyday objects to determine whether you are eating proper portion sizes. Get tips for planning healthy meals and snacks, even when on the go. These activities are included at no cost with regular admission. Tour the exhibits to find out how small changes can make a difference for your health and our environment.

Dance Jam Family Day: Art on 8th NW
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The National Portrait Gallery and Dance Place present this fun-filled family day that includes dance performances, arts and crafts, hula hooping, and line dancing to get you moving. See the website for the schedule of entertainment and activities througout the day. This will all take place in the NPG’s Kogod Courtyard.

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

Seize 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. Stay cool under the sun at an outdoor pool, sprayground, or water park. Feast on crabs. Ride mini-trains and carousels at local parks. And much, much more. Find details on all these summer pursuits here.

An Alien’s Perspective on Art
Where: Corcoran Gallery
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

At this week’s session of the Corcoran’s Free Summer Saturday program, guests are invited to take a look at some of the Corcoran’s abstract works of art and discuss what they think the artists who created them wanted to convey. With that as inspiration, young artists can get hands-on and create their version to take home.

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

See Peter Pan and Wendy or Mouse on the Move at Imagination Stage Catch a performance of Dr. Seuss’s A Cat in the Hat at Adventure Theatre. Dinosaur Babies are entertaining young audiences at The Puppet Co. You can also head to the venue early on Saturday & Sunday for Tiny Tots, puppet show performances especially for little ones. And the Bari Koral Family Rock Band is performing at Wolf Trap’s Children’s-Theatre-in-the-Woods on Saturday at 10:30am.

Movin’ & Groovin’ Movies at the Museum
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday, 10:30am & Sunday, 11:30am
Admission: Free

Celebrate the joy of dance with characters who twist, twirl, tiptoe, shake, stamp, and sashay their way through life. Featured is El Salón México (Paul Glickman and Tamarind King, US, 2009), an animation set to Aaron Copland’s 1936 musical composition of the same title, which follows the adventures of young Antonito as he dreams of attending his very first fiesta. Other films include Mobile (Verena Fels, Germany, 2010), about a cow whose precarious perch tests the laws of gravity; Ballet of Unhatched Chicks (Shaun Seong-Young Kim, US, 2011), an ode to self-expression; and Giraffes Can’t Dance (Weston Woods, US, 2007), the tale of Gerald the giraffe, whose passion for dance overcomes the doubts of the animal kingdom. Recommended for ages 5 and up, the program lasts approximately 55 minutes and takes place in the East Building concourse auditorium.

Healthy First Saturday
Where: Port Discovery
When: Saturday, 10am – 3:30pm
Admission: $13.95/ages 2 and up

Start your month off the healthy way at Port Discovery’s community health fair featuring performances by The Mr. Gabe Music Show and more. Other activities will include Art Ala Cart (10 am – 1 pm), Circle Time (11am & 12pm), and a visit from FIDOS for Freedom (2-3:30pm). And, of course, there are three glorious levels of fun hands-on exhibits to keep kids engaged for hours.

Ice Cream Sundays
Where: Dumbarton House
When: Sunday, 1-3pm
Admission: $6/child or adult

Bring the family to the Dumbarton House gardens to make your own cool ice cream treat, as well as sample an ice cream flavor popular during the Federal period. End your visit with a tour of Dumbarton House to learn about the history of early Georgetown and First Lady Dolley Madison, a visitor to our historic home, who first popularized ice cream in America when she served it at the White House. While you’re there, take a stroll through the gardens as well – they are absolutely sublime! Get a glimpse of them in this post.

Rhyme Time
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Sunday, 6pm
Admission: Free

Catch a family-friendly performance from the Hip-Hop Theater Festival on the Millennium Stage this Sunday evening. Christon “Christylez” Bacon, Grammy-nominated D.C. progressive hip-hop artist and multi-instrumentalist presents Rhyme Time, a performance featuring various instruments, including the human beat-box, and the oral tradition of storytelling through his lyrics.

Model Rocket Launch
Where: NASA Goddard
When: Sunday,
Admission: Free

Join the monthly model rocket launch at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Anyone is welcome, and if you’ve got a model rocket to fly, bring it along (though there are some restrictions – see them here). The program takes place the first Sunday of every month at 1pm.

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