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The Weekend Round-Up:
June 28-30

 

Happy Weekend!

Easy links to inspo for local 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

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Where: National Mall, DC
When: Through July 1
Admission: Free

The annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival just began, this year celebrating Indigenous Voices of the Americas and the National Museum of the American Indian. See and experience all kinds exhibits, demonstrations, live performances, talks, food, markets, and more — all free!  Check the schedule of events to help plan your visit.

Rock on the Riverfront
Where: Yards Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 7pm
Admission: Free

Kick off the weekend with  live music in the fresh air — the Friday Night Concert series at Yards Park begins on Friday evening! Perfekt Blend is playing this first installment of the summer staple. Enjoy the music along with food and drinks for purchase (or BYO picnic), let the kids play in the water features and grassy spaces, and dance on the boardwalk — all with the backdrop of scenic river views.

Extraordinary Cinema: Ratatouille
Where: The REACH | Kennedy Center, DC
When: Friday at dusk
Admission: Free

Start the weekend with a free film screenings outdoors on the REACH Video Wall. In this charming, animated family fare, Remy is a rat who dreams of becoming a gourmet chef despite his family’s wishes. He teams up with Linguini, an inexperienced kitchen worker at a top Parisian restaurant.

Heritage Days
Where: Various locales | Montgomery County, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the history, culture, and natural beauty of Montgomery County, MD, as more than 30 even at historic sites welcome visitors for guided tours, re-creations of historic events, children’s activities, and more — all free of charge. Learn about the history of dairy farming, railroads, and trolleys; African American communities, astronomy, local arts & culture, and outdoor recreation. Check the online brochure for participating locations and activities.

Super Nova Comic Con
Where: Dulles Town Center | Dulles, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Super Nova Comic Con is the place to be for fans, enthusiasts, and anyone looking to experience the magic of comics and anime. Dive into a treasure trove of comic and anime products, become immersed in riveting celebrity panels, and witness fantastic costume contests. Visitors, in or out of costume, can also participate in giveaways and surprises. Free of charge and open to all; no pre-registration is required.

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 you can see 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 Kite Runner at the Kennedy Center
* Funny Girl at the Kennedy Center

Chinatown Park Festival
Where: Chinatown Park | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Join the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs for the Chinatown Park Festival. The event includes lively cultural performances, martial art demonstrations, family-friendly activities like face painting, henna, calligraphy, a clothing swap, raffles, Asian arts and crafts, and more! Chinatown Park is located at the corner of 5th & Mass Ave. NW

Metro Fest
Where: Springfield-Franconia Metro | Springfield, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Metro is inviting transit lovers across the region to come together for a family-friendly celebration. The event will include arts and crafts, games, entertainment, snacks, water, and Metro-branded giveaways.

Art Cart: Suspend a Sculpture
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Who says a sculpture needs to be grounded? Explore the possibilities of suspense by creating a suspended sculpture using found materials inspired by artist Alexander Calder and his works in Revolutions: Art from the Hirshhorn Collection, 1860-1960. Find the Art Cart on the Lower Level and pick up your suspension materials.

Weekend Workshops
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the National Portrait Gallery to do some art making! All ages are welcome to get creative at Weekend Workshops. Learn about artists and changemakers, then create art inspired by their stories. Of course, explore the whole museum while you’re there. See more about the National Portrait Gallery here. (PS: The museum is also hosting Portrait Gallery Kid for families on Monday, July 1.)

The Spirit of Soccer
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission:Tickets start at $15

The Washington Spirit are hosting North Carolina Courage at Audi Field on Saturday evening. Enjoy some amazing soccer play — and a fun, action-packed chance to support women in sports. The night will also include celebrations of the LGBTQ+ community as part of the annual Pride Night! Purchase tickets here.

Bethesda Big Train Baseball
Where: Shirley Povitch Field | Bethesda, MD
When:  Saturday, 7pm & Sunday, 10am
Admission: $15

Take kids out to a ball game with special features just for them!  Bethesda Big Train, a local summer collegiate team, brings baseball on a smaller scale.  And this Sunday, there’s an early start time and extra fun it’s Homer’s Birthday Party with Louie of the Baysox!  Giveaways include a Homer cake pops for first 100 kids 10 & under  and a box of color chalk for first 200 fans 12 & under. Kona Ice will be there for Ice Cream Sunday. And kids can run the bases after the game.

Pride in the Plaza
Where: Veteran’s Plaza | Silver Spring, MD
When: Sunday, 12-8pm
Admission: Free

As Pride month winds down, keep the celebrating up at this event that welcomes all ages. Fun festivities include live performances, a voguing competition and the 2024 Drag Duels championship, activities for kids, a resource and vendors fair, and more!

Take Your Pick
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale
Blackberries, raspberries, peaches, and more fruits and veggies are ripe and ready for harvest, and many area farms welcome guests to come PYO. It’s always a good idea to check websites or call ahead to confirm availability the day you plan to go. Sunscreen and hat also recommended.

Summer in the City
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Enjoy activities that make this time of year so much fun. Start the weekend off on Friday with a free outdoor concert or an evening of fishing, then continue the fun on Saturday and Sunday with water play at a pool or sprayground. Cool off indoors at an exhibit. Feast on crabs or hit the beach to fulfill a seasonal must-do. Round it out it with a family movie under the stars. Get details about all of these summer diversions and even more in the 2024 Summer Guide.

Open Swim
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

This round-up of places to swim around the area will come in handy on the hot days. Find beaches on the Bay (and even Atlantic), lakes and rivers, and swimming holes and creeks — all that welcome the public to take a dip!

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
Enjoy an evening at the National Arboretum on Friday — hours are extended until 8pm on the 4th Friday of the month during summer.
* July 7 is a Free Community Day at the National Museum of Women in the Artsreserve tickets now!
* An easy weekend beach getaway or even day trip.
* Did you know Groupon has deals on all kinds of  local activities and services?
* Tips for planning for 4th of July travel.
* What do you think should be the song of the summer?
* A dress to go with that summer song…I was intrigued by this one on social media, then saw someone wearing it IRL and loved it, so ordered for myself!
* REI has an awesome 4th of July sale going on. Some picks: A good deal on a Cannondale, this duffle with backpack straps (Owen has it, so we can vouch its’ great), kids footwear, these women’s water shoes, this hammock.
* And picks from a good home sale: This pretty cakestand, this unique wine rack, this fun pitcher, this mod sofa.  (Update: 50% off sale clothing, too!)
* In honor of the big debate… how to boat 😄

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The Weekend Round-Up:
June 21-23

 

Check out boats from the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

 

Happy Weekend!

Go-to posts chock full of ideas for fun around DC:
* 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

Happy (Official) Summer!
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

It’s the first weekend of official summer, so enjoy some activities that are quintessentially exclusive to this time of year. Catch an outdoor concert or movie under the stars. Enjoy some water fun at an outdoor pool, sprayground, or water park. Check out a special seasonal exhibit. Do some crabbing (the feasting kind). Take a spin on a carousel or mini train.  And so much more. Some activities are highlighted here, but see the 2024 KFDC Guide to Summer Around DC for even more summer faves.

Clipper Round the World (& at The Wharf)
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Through June 25
Admission: Free
Check out some cool boats as the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race makes a stop in DC. The fleet has just completed seven of the eight legs in their 40,000nm, 11-month circumnavigation, and they will be at The Wharf through early next week. From Friday – Sunday, you can take a tour of a stripped down ocean racing yacht — go above and below deck with the Race Crew that have called these yachts home for the past eight months. Stop by the Clipper Race Fanzone set up nearby the boats to learn more about the racing adventure.

Friday Night Fishing
Where: Diamond Teague Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 5-8pm
Admission: Free

It’s the first Friday Night Fishing session of the season! Join Anacostia Riverkeeper for their summer Friday fishing program — all ages are welcome.  All essentials are provided: rods, reels, bait, and lessons for first time fishers. Staff are there to answer any questions and help with casting, tips, and tricks. Be sure to register and fill out a waiver if you plan to go — space is limited.

Folger Grand Reopening
Where: Folger Shakespeare Library
When: Friday, 1-9pm | Saturday, 11am – 9pm | Sunday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free
The Folger Shakespeare Library is welcoming visitors again after a four-year renovation, and they’re celebrating with a grand reopening this weekend. Explore new, fascinating exhibition galleries and see the beautiful historic Reading Room, play jumbo lawn games, grab a bite from local food trucks, chat with guides about the new space, and browse the gift shop. In the evening, catch a performance of Metamorphoses at 8pm (tickets starting at $20). Read more about the renovated Folger in this brand new KFDC post.

Solstice Saturday
Where: Smithsonian Museums | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – midnight
Admission: Free
The Smithsonian is marking the first Saturday of summer — Solstice Saturday — by staying open late and hosting parties, special programs, performances, and more. All of the National Mall museums will have extended hours, with the National Museum of Asian Art and the National Museum of African Art staying open until midnight. Go here for details and schedules and note that some events may require free tickets.

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale
Where: Adventure Theater | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $25

Adventure Theatre’s play based on the beloved book opens this weekend…  Toddler Trixie and her father bustle through the streets of New York City down the block, through the park, past the school, to the Laundromat. But returning home, Knuffle Bunny is gone, and Trixie cannot tell her father what is wrong. Recommended for all ages.

Extraordinary Cinema: Elemental
Where: The REACH | Kennedy Center, DC
When: Friday at dusk
Admission: Free

Start the weekend with a free film screenings outdoors on the REACH Video Wall. At the center of the intergenerational, heartwarming film, Elemental is a story of inclusion and welcome—and a family building a new life and thriving community while they learn, together and with the help of friends, how to have the strength to burn bright.

Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods
Where: Wolf Trap | Vienna, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, 10:30am
Tickets: $12

It’s the first weekend of Wolf Trap’s Children’s Theater-in-the-Woods.  The annual summer series presents over 70 family-friendly performances from late June through mid-August. And it’s all on a stage nestled in a shady grove in the woods.  The productions are geared toward younger children, but all are welcome. See what’s playing this weekend.  And read a KFDC review of the series from a past summer here (it’s an old post, but the series is still very much the same).

Baseball Family Festival
Where: National Postal Museum | Union Station Area, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the 2024 baseball season with the Postal Museum’s family festival highlighting the exhibit Baseball: America’s Home Run. The event will offer fun for all ages with activity stations, crafts, book read-alouds, and live performances from bilingual children’s music duo 123 Andrés. Read more about the museum in this KFDC post.

Moonshot Studio
Where: The REACH | Kennedy Center
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free

Get creative at this studio within The REACH at the Kennedy Center, where all are groups are welcome and encouraged to partake in various art projects and activities. This weekend, the hands-on activities in Moonshot Studio explore the five elements of Hip Hop Culture: DJing, MCing, Breakdancing, Graffiti, and Knowledge.

Inside Info
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity
One word: Heatwave. These posts are always good to keep in your back pocket, and they’ll be especially useful on this hot, hot weekend: The Great Indoors list, the round-up of off-the-beaten-path museums in DC, ideas for fun and games inside, and the post highlighting museums in MD & VA.

Splash & Swim
Where: Around the DC area
When: Starting Saturday
Admission: Free
For outdoor fun where you can still stay cool, head to the water. You can splash and swim at a bunch of places, in a bunch of  ways around the area.  Spray parks, outdoor pools, and waterparks are open and welcoming guests to splash around and cool off.  The 2024 KFDC Summer Guide has details on where to go for water play — see info for sprays here, outdoor pools here, waterparks here, and beaches/lakes/swimming holes here.

Miss Nelson is Missing
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $9.50-36.50

It’s opening weekend for Imagination Stage’s new show… The students of Smedley Elementary School’s Room 207 are not just badly behaved–they’re the “worst kids of all!” No matter what their sweet and caring teacher Miss Nelson tries, they simply won’t listen (or stop throwing paper airplanes across the room). Fed up with their behavior, Miss Nelson leaves her class in the hands of dreaded substitute teacher Miss Viola Swamp, infamous for bringing “woe to those who misbehave.” Terrified of “the Swamp,” the kids must work together and with Detective McSmogg to find their kindhearted teacher and win her back. Recommended for ages 4+.

Pinocchio
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Through Sunday
Admission: $15

This classic on strings closes after this weekend…  Celebrate 50 years of Allan Steven’s Pinocchio! A young puppet goes on a journey to become a real boy. First seen on stage at the Smithsonian Puppet Theater, we are delighted to bring the original rod-puppets back to the stage to tell Carlo Collodi’s tale. Run time approximately 50 minutes. Recommended for ages 4+.

Long Way Down
Where: Olney Theatre
When: Through Sunday
Admission: $40-70

Last chance to see this play based on the award-winning novel by local author Jason Reynolds… Growing up, Will’s big brother taught him three iron-clad rules of how to behave when gun violence claims someone close: Don’t cry. Don’t snitch. Get revenge. So when his brother is himself gunned down, Will is determined to follow the code and gets in the elevator on the top floor of his apartment building, armed and ready to hit the streets in search of vengeance. What happens on the way down is an emotional hip-hop journey through the cycles of violence that have plagued Will’s family and too many others. Rated PG.

Pride Family Day
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free
Celebrate Pride with Glen Echo Park on Saturday, where there will be festivities for the whole family. Check out an interactive chalk maze designed by Chalk Riot. Ride the carousel for free (while comp tickets last; otherwise $2/ride or $5/all day). Pick up a carousel-themed craft activity bag for all ages (while supplies last). Enjoy snacks and specialty Glen Echo Park Root Beer. Plan to see a show while you’re there at The Puppet Co. or Adventure Theatre. The playground, picnic area, Glen Echo Park Aquarium (book tickets in advance), and a variety of art galleries throughout the park will be open, too!

Barbecue Battle
Where: 3rd-7th Streets |  Pennsylvania Ave NW, DC
When: Saturday 11am – 9pm & Sunday, 11am – 7:30pm
Admission: Starts at $20/adults, free/12 & under
Join one of the biggest summer barbeques around as the Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle returns to pit some of the nation’s best barbequers against each other to compete for big prizes. The reward for attendees: Samples from all the entrants (plus, more food), 13 bands on four stages, cooking demos, kids’ fun featuring 90s-inspired activities, games, crafts & more!  It all takes place along Pennsylvania Avenue NW, from 3rd to 7th Streets.

Sound Scene 2024: Solstice
Where: Hirshhorn museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free
This free sound and sensory arts festival featuring local and worldwide artists welcomes all ages to engage with interactive audio art installations, small group workshops, and live performances on the longest night of the year. Hold the cosmos in your hands with a “sonified” star experience. Harness the power of the sun as you build a solar synth, an alt-energy-powered electronic instrument. Receive a personalized celestial serenade inspired by planetary movements and the melodies of eighteenth-century. Enjoy South Indian classical music. Dive into the world of EEG-based sound workshops, where music responds to the power of your mind.

Family Activity: Sampler Bookmarks
Where: DAR Museum | Downtown DC
When: Saturday,
Admission: Free

Take kids to a fun-filled time of creativity and crafting, where they can make their very own sampler bookmarks to take home.  Knowledgeable educators will guide them through the process, providing all the materials needed to create a unique and personalized bookmark. Recommended for ages 7+. Registration recommended.

Create by the Creek 
Where: Peirce Barn | Rock Creek Park, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free
Create by the Creek is a day-long celebration of art and community in Rock Creek Park. Join for free workshops taught by local artists, organized by the Washington Studio School. Or borrow some art supplies and find a quiet spot to draw in Rock Creek Creek Park. There will also be milling And read more about Peirce Mill in this KFDC post.

Bugapalooza!
Where: National Museum of Health & Medicine | Silver Spring, MD
When: Saturday, 10am
Admission: Free
It’s 2024 Bug Week at the museum and the public is invited to join museum staff to discover which bugs are bizarre, beneficial, or downright deadly. Learn how to battle the bugs or use them to your advantage. Bug costumes are encouraged! Plan to tour the rest of the museum whole you’re there — but be sure to read more about it first if you’re with young children.

Astronomy Festival
Where: 7th-9th Streets | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 6-11pm
Admission: Free
Presented in association with the Smithsonian Solstice Saturday events, get an eyeful of the night sky and a chance to mingle with astronomers at the Annual Astronomy Festival on the Mall. This free public stargazing event features optical and radio telescope observations of the sun, star clusters, and colorful double stars. You can also enjoy hands-on activities, and astronomical image exhibits.

Vamos United!
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $40
DC United is home this weekend with a match against Houston on Saturday. As always, I recommend taking public transportation as parking can be difficult. Or park in the Navy Yard neighborhood and plan to walk from there (and maybe grab a bite to eat before the match — see recs for family-friendly eats in the area.

Kid’s Jellyfish Terrarium Workshop
Where: PlantHouse | Alexandria, VA
When: Sunday, 10-11am
Admission: $22

Children can let their imagination soar as they create their very own jellyfish terrariums. Using rocks, sand, air plants, and a variety of decor pieces, kids will craft unique underwater scenes that will captivate and inspire. All materials and expert guidance from staff are included. Recommended for ages 5-12.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* See the new round-up of shows coming to local stages this summer (includes ticket discounts).
* If you’re looking for weekday activities indoors now that kids are on break from school (and because it’s insanely hot out), be sure to check these regularly occurring programs at DC museums.
* A tried-and-true beat-the-heat activity: See a movie!  The Alamo is a great place to catch a flick along with a good meal.
* Futbol fans: Where to watch the Euro Cup around DC.
* The Library of Congress announced the full author line-up for the National Book Festival taking place August 24.
* No cook recipes for a heatwave.
* Something like this will be handy for the hot days, too.
* I’ve mentioned it before, but Acorns is worth sharing again. It’s a neat, easy way to invest and save money, offering bonuses when you buy certain brands and the option to invest “spare change” from credit card purchases — we’ve been signed up for a few years now!
* One of the best family games in a travel set — perfect to bring on vacation.
* So many cute, easy breezy dresses, perfect for hot weather — and 50% off!
* Can’t wait to watch this new documentary and this docuseries about two of the GOATS.
* JGL does TS 💖

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The Weekend Round-Up: June 27-29

Anticipating the excitement the last time a carnival came to RFK

Anticipating the excitement the last time a carnival came to RFK



So much to experience on this summer weekend — DC’s biggest annual festival, carnival fun, music and theatre, museum programs, local heritage, and more! Details below and bonus ideas when your browse the blog. Happy Weekend!

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Where: National Mall
When: All weekend
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 the cultures of China and Kenya 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.

DC Capitol Fair
Where: RFK Stadium
When: Friday 6-11pm & Saturday/Sunday 2-11pm
Admission: Starting at $4

RFK Stadium’s parking lot will be jam-packed with amusement through July 6 at the DC Capitol Fair. More than 100 rides, games, and attractions will be onsite, among them the Giant Wheel, Super Himalaya, Pirate Ship, and the Extreme. Live entertainment will include the Fearless Flores Circus, a magic and illusion show, hypnotist show, wolf show, lion and tiger show, full petting zoo, and more. All live entertainment and shows are free with fair admission. There will also camel and pony rides for an additional charge. Regular admission to the fair is as low as $4 per person with two-for-one admission discounts available online at www.rfkfair.com. Pay-One-Price unlimited rides wristbands are also available online at a $5-off discount before Friday’s opening. Individual ride tickets can be purchased at the event. Parking is free.

Jazz at the Capitol Riverfront
Where: Yards Park
When: Friday 6pm & Saturday/Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free on Friday, starts at $20 Sat & Sun

This three-day blowout of music at Yards Park is part of the DC Jazz Festival. While great jazz performances will be the highlight, there will also be a marketplace, food and drink tastings, chef demos, and family-friendly activities. Not to mention the fountains and wade pool are always a hit with the kiddos.

Del Ray Music Festival
Where: Mt. Vernon Recreation Center Fields
When: Saturday, 12-9pm
Admission: Free

Head to Alexandria to celebrate the rich diversity and talent of the Del Ray neighborhood with a day full of music and fun. Along with a varied line-up of live entertainment, the Festival will also feature food, games, and a chance to ring in the summer with the community.

Choctaw Days
Where: National Museum of the American Indian
When: Friday & Saturday, 10:30am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma celebrates its tribal history and heritage with two days of food, workshops and performances, all in the theme of “Through a New Lens.” Activities and demonstrations include Native dancers, singers, storytellers and booths showcasing bead work, pottery, flutes, the Choctaw language and tribal cooking. Hands-on activities for kids and families along with being able to meet Choctaw Nation princesses of all ages allow visitors to learn more about Choctaw culture.

Heritage Days
Where: Various locales in Montgomery County
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the history, culture, and natural beauty of Montgomery County, MD, as more than 30 historic sites welcome visitors for guided tours, re-creations of historic events, children’s activities, and more — all free of charge. Be sure to check the list of places on the website, as some are only participating for one day.

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

* Be hugely entertained by The BFG, which just opened at Imagination Stage (look for discount tickets)
* Enjoy Disney’s the Lion King at the Kennedy Center
* Catch a colorful show as Pinkalicious is on stage at Adventure Theatre
* “The Yojo Show: Choose to Read” is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance
* The Wizard of Oz is on the Main Stage, and Merlin’s Magic is the featured Tiny Tots shows at The Puppet Co.
* The Diggity Dudes are playing the Saturday morning show at Jammin’ Java.

Music with Little Miss Ann
Where: Room & Board
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

The Room & Board showroom will be hopping as Little Miss Ann performs her favorite tunes. Children will love her upbeat and interactive songs that promote positive messages. CDs, perfect for ages 2-6, will be available for signing and purchase. Kid-friendly sips and snacks will be provided following the performance. Room & Board is located at 1840 14th Street NW. RSVP here.

Lovin’ Summer
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long

Admission: Varies by activity
Free concerts, outdoor swimming, movies under the stars, sprayground fun… Activities exclusive to the season can be enjoyed all weekend long. Get the full scoop on all of these joys of summer.

Watch the World Cup with the Kids
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free, but plan to spend on food and drinks

If you and the kiddos have World Cup fever and want to catch some matches with other fútbol fanatics, check out these suggestions for family-friendly places to watch the tournament. They include local restaurants and bars (that welcome kiddos during the day) as well as outdoor venues hosting special viewing parties, including one by the DC United.

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

Drop in at 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 what Sierra Club founder John Muir and President Teddy Roosevelt had in common.

Getting to Know Degas and Cassatt
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday, 11am & Sunday, 1pm
Admission: Free

The National Gallery’ of Art is kicking off their Children’s Film Program for the summer. During this session, join them for for two animated films about Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt based on Mike Venezia’s Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists books. Learn about the life and work of the two artists who were friends and collaborators in later 19th-century Paris. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

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The Weekend Round-Up: June 20-22

Enjoy the official start of summer  on the river

Enjoy the official start of summer on the river



School is finally ending, and summer is officially starting! Even better, there are some pretty fantastic ways to kick off the new season. Happy Weekend!

Welcome, Summer!
Where: Throughout the DC-Metro
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by locale

Ring in the official start of summer with one (or a few) of the many activities exclusive to the season: swim under the sky, see a concert under the stars, enjoy a special museum program, pick berries at a local farm, go crab feasting, and more. For the whole seasonal fun shebang, check out the Summer 2014 guide.

National Capital Barbeque Battle
Where: Pennsylvania Avenue NW
When: Saturday 11am – 9pm & Sunday, 11am – 7:30pm
Admission: $12/adults, children under 12 are free

Join one of the biggest summer barbeques around as the National Capital Barbeque Battle returns to pit some of the nation’s best barbequers against each other as they compete for big prizes. The reward for attendees: Samples from all the entrants (plus, more food), live music, cooking demos, kids’ fun, and more. It all takes place along Pennsylvania Avenue NW, from 9th to 14th Streets.

Fête de la Musique
Where: Sofitel Hotel
When: Saturday, 12pm – Sunday, 3am
Admission: Free day program, $20 in evening

Every year on June 21, streets, town squares, and riversides across the country in France are filled with an outpouring of rhythm and sound in the annual Fête de la Musique. Inspired by this much-anticipated tradition, the Alliance Française and Malmaison will play host to DC audiences for their own journey across musical worlds. This year’s celebration will take place Sofitel, with a grande fête that will transform the space into a haven where musicians, music enthusiasts, artists, food lovers, families, neighbors, and strangers collide for an all-day musical experience. Local and visiting acts will perform and animate this DC edition of a phenomenon that began in France and has now spread to hundreds of countries around the world. Special all-ages activities will run from 12-4pm, with musical storytelling, crafts, and Beauty and the Beatz DJ.

Nats vs. Braves
Where: Nationals Park
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Varies

Atlanta comes to DC, as the Nats host the Braves for a four-day series. This weekend, there are evening games on Friday (7:05pm) and Saturday (7:15pm), and an afternoon match-up on Sunday (1:35pm). Stay after on Sunday for Kids Run the Bases when children ages 4-12 can loop the infield after the final out. And before you go, read about the Jr. Nationals Kids Club, which for just $20, offers tons of cool perks for kids 12 and under.

Teddy Bear Picnic
Where: Ticonderoga Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $10.95

Bring your favorite stuffed friend along for a day of crafts, contests, and cookies (because bears love dessert, too). Partner up with your parent in a Teddy Bear Toss to see how far you can successfully toss and catch your buddy. Enjoy a bear-themed story time and learn fun facts about President Theodore Roosevelt, from whom the Teddy Bear received its namesake! Bring along a picnic basket filled with your lunchtime goodies and a smile; get lemonade and cookies there. Admission includes access to all of the farm’s fun activities for you and your furry friend. Take your buddy for a trip down one of the hillside slides, go on a hayride, and even introduce your bear to the baby goats!

Alexandria Food & Wine Festival
Where: John Carlyle Square
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free, but purchase tickets to sample

It may sound like a grown-up event – and the main festivity is, for the most part – but there will be activities for little ones, too. The festival will showcase some of the best of Alexandria’s restaurants and Virginia wineries. And to complement it all will be live entertainment, a children’s corner (moon bounce, arts & crafts, and more), and cooking demos. While admission is free, you will need to purchase tickets to sample food and wine – $15 for 8 tickets, $10 for the wine garden. John Carlyle Square is located at 300 John Carlyle Street in Alexandria.

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

* It’s the first weekend of Disney’s the Lion King at the Kennedy Center
* Be among the first audiences to see Pinkalicious at Adventure Theatre
* Creative Cauldron presents A Mid Summer Night’s Dream
* Uncle Devin is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performer
* The Wizard of Oz is on the Main Stage and Teddy Bear’s Picnic and Bunny Business are the featured Tiny Tots shows at The Puppet Co.
* EnjoyA Magical Morning w/The Great Zucchini + Barry The Magician at Jammin’ Java on Saturday morning.
* Do your best Sandy & Danny during Sing-a-long Grease at Wolf Trap

World Cup with the Kids
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free, but plan to spend on food and drinks

If you and the kiddos have World Cup fever and want to catch some matches with other fútbol fanatics, check out these suggestions for family-friendly places to watch the tournament. They include local restaurants and bars (that welcome kiddos during the day) as well as outdoor venues hosting special viewing parties, including one by the DC United.

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

Help the Claude Moore Colonial Farm family harvest their wheat and rye crops, important staples of colonial living. Watch as they carefully cut the grains and join in to help bind and stack the crops. Then help make bread on an open hearth, made from those very same grains.  Educational and fun!

Row Your Boat
Where: Potomac & Anacostia Rivers
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by boathouse

If weather permits, a great way to enjoy the weekend will be on the water, where you can paddle and explore. A bunch of places around the area rent kayaks, canoes, rowboats, and pontoons. Fletcher’s Boathouse is a popular place to go, and we recently rowed from the Ballpark Boathouse at Yards Park. Bladensburg Waterfront Park also has vessels for rent along with free pontoon boat tours on weekends from 5-5:45.

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

Drop in to the 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 author and humorist Mark Twain. And for more about the program, see this post about our experience there.

Getting to Know Degas and Cassatt
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday, 11am & Sunday, 1pm
Admission: Free

The National Gallery’ of Art is kicking off their Children’s Film Program for the summer. During this session, join them for for two animated films about Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt based on Mike Venezia’s Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists books. Learn about the life and work of the two artists who were friends and collaborators in later 19th-century Paris. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

Spread the Happy with Nutella
Where: Safeway BBQ Battle, Pennsylvania &14th Streets
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Nutella is celebrating 50 years as The Original Hazelnut Spread with a “Spread the Happy” Truck Tour around the U.S., and they’ll be in the DC area over the next couple of weeks. This Saturday, locals are invited to join the tour and receive complimentary samples of Nutella paired with various foods, play interactive games, have the opportunity to show their love for Nutella on social media, and participate in Nutella branded gear giveaways.

Baby Loves Disco
Where: Rock & Roll Hotel
When: Sunday, 11am
Admission: $18 or $60/four-pack

The family dance party is back on H Street! The fun will feature BLD’s signature DJ and MC, along with all kinds of kids activities. The MC will pump up the crowd, and the DJ will spin G-rated dance tunes, while kids and parents groove along and enjoy the disco.

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