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The Weekend Round-Up: August 12-14

Enjoy scenic river views on a hike at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve

 

Happy Weekend!

Quick links for all kinds of ongoing & seasonal fun:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Swim Spots
* On the Water
* Pick-Your-Own Ops
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Bike Rides
* The Great Indoors
* Peaceful Places
* Baltimore with Kids

Fair Play
Where: Montgomery, Prince William, & Howard Counties | MD & VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

County fair season continues as Montgomery and Prince William kick off their annual fests that are chock full of amusement for everyone in the fam. Carnival rides and games, farm animals, live entertainment, pony rides, the junk food gamut, pig races, and so much more. You can also find it in Howard County, where the fair is on for its final couple of days. This post has the scoop on all of the county fun.

Sidewalk Art Party
Where: The Torpedo Factory | Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Friday, 7-10pm
Admission: Free

Find early discounts and specials in select studios throughout the Torpedo Factory on the eve of the 2022 Alexandria Sidewalk Sale (see below). Discover new art to love with a visit to Artist Row, featuring local artists from across the DMV, and take part in a massive sidewalk chalk mural party on the Waterfront side of the art center. Plan on dinner out, too — there are lots of  family-friendly places to get a bite nearby.

!Viva Cultura! Festival
Where: Gateway Park | Rosslyn, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

This festival promises to be packed with fun and excitement! Enjoy the cultural experience celebrating Latino music, food, family entertainment, and an artisans’ market. Musical performances, folklore dance groups, kids activities, sweet and savory treats, and much more will be part of the festivities.

Take a Hike
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Take advantage of the great weather this weekend on the trail. Walk in places with scenic views, maybe pick a route that leads to a place to swim, and savor a sunny day outdoors. This post has a a bunch of recommendations for places to walk in the woods (and more) with the kids. Some specific recs for right now:  Scott’s Run Nature Preserve in McLean,VA; Patapsco Valley State Park in Howard County, MD (swimming ops!), Huntley Meadows in Alexandria, VA; Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane, VA; and Calvert Cliffs State Park in Calvert County (beach fun, too!).

Ice Cream-Making Demo
Where: Peirce Mill | Rock Creek Park, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Head to Peirce Mill to learn all about the frozen treat brought over from France by Dolley Madison. Watch the ingredients being poured into the dasher, learn about the brine that freezes the cream, and take a turn cranking the handle to make old-fashioned ice cream. A historic recipe by Thomas Jefferson with a modern adaptation will be available to take away. Read more about Peirce Mill in this KFDC post.

Alexandria Sidewalk Sale
Where: Del Ray and Old Town
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

The streets of Alexandria will buzz with shoppers grabbing great deals during the annual Summer Sidewalk Sale. This year’s event includes more than 40 Alexandria boutiques stepping out of their storefronts and offering deeply discounted summer merchandise, plus live music activations on King Streetto provide a soundtrack to your strolling and shopping.  Visit the website to for a map of participating stores.

Adventure in the Trees
Where: Adventure Park at Sandy Spring | Sandy Spring, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by age

There are still spots open at the Adventure Park at Sandy Spring this weekend. Kids as young as five years old can experience thrills on the ropes courses and zip lines in the park’s aerial adventure forest, the largest in North America (ad best around the area, imo). Children ages 5-6 with an adult have access to two of the easier courses. Older kids can do much more. It may seem like a pricey venture, but it’s so worth it. Trust me. See more about the park in this post from last summer and  this ones from several years back. And if you can’t get in this weekend, I highly recommend reserving ahead for another time.

Peach Fuzzitval
Where: Great Country Farm | Bluemont, VA
When: Saturday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $14/child & $16/Adult

It’s the second weekend celebrating peak peach picking season at Great Country Farms! Along with tons of fun activities, you can also learn how the peaches are grown and used in food and drink and enjoy the results as well. Kick off each morning with fresh apple cider donuts , then later on get the whole family involved in peach eating and peach pit spitting contests and family water games. All the fun farm attractions will be open, and there will also be live music to entertain the crowd.

Second Saturday Sungazing
Where: Udvar-Hazy Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free (but parking is $15)

Head out to the Chantilly arm of the Air & Space Museum and play astronomer. Join staff outside the museum entrance to observe the Sun safely with a filtered telescope. Get a close look at a variety of features on the Sun during this program that occurs the second Saturday of every month. If clouds are blocking the view of the sky, go inside the museum’s Space Hangar to see images of the Sun taken by a satellite.

Carpe Librum
Where: Canal Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Shop a pop-up bookstore on Saturday.  Browse through thousands of books all under $6 in a nice, 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 Canal Park.  And plan for some time to let the kids play in the sprays while you’re there.

Entertainment in NoVa Parks
Where: Fairfax Parks | Fairfax, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Enjoy music and more live performances in Northern Virginia parks! The Fairfax County Park Authority’s Summer Entertainment Series has a bunch of shows happening this weekend at parks all around the county. Bring along picnic, blankets, and lawn chairs to enjoy the best local and regional entertainers. See what’s on the schedule here.

Let’s Skate DC
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free (rentals $10 for kids)

Get rolling at The Wharf, where there’s a free outdoor roller skating rink on the Transit Pier.  Go for a spin in the fresh air, vibe out to great music, and watch incredible skate performances by professionals. The rink will operate on Saturday from 10am-2pm and 7-10pm, and on Sunday from 3-7pm. Admission is free for all ages. Skate rentals are available for children only (size 12 junior – 6); adults need to bring their own skates.

Catch the Ultimate Breeze
Where: Catholic University | Northeast, DC
When: Saturday, 7pm
Admission: $15-20, free/age 12 & under

Bring the fam out for fun, fresh air, and Pro Ultimate Frisbee! See some exciting Frisbee action as local team DC Breeze takes on Philadelphia Phoenix in a playoff game! Concession will be for sale, and it’s supposed to be a beautiful evening, so make a night of enjoying a different kind of sporting event.

Nats vs. Padres
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary
The Nats are back home and hosting the Padres this weekend. Catch them on Friday and Saturday evenings (7:05pm) and Sunday afternoon (12:05pm). Goveaways include a clear fanny pack for the first 25,000 fans on Friday and pencil cases for young guests the other days.  Don’t forget about the Kids Eat Free summer promo, plus they can run the bases after the Sunday game.  Before you go, get some KFDC tips on doing Nats game without breaking the bank.

Pirates & Wenches Fantasy Weekend
Where: Rock Hall, MD
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free

Buccaneers and landlubbers of all ages! Head out to the Eastern Shore for a fun, unique experience. This town-wide family-friendly event will be loaded with kids activities, shows, and costume contests. Check out the website for details and schedules. Pirate attire is highly encouraged!

Joys of Summer
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Take advantage of all the activities that come with the season! See a special museum exhibit. Have some water-inspired fun. Enjoy free music outdoors and movies under the stars. Go with the flow on local waterways. Hit the beach. Feast on seasonal treats. And so much more. Details on all of these summer joys in DC can be found here.

Bikes, Wheels, and Wings Show
Where: Culpepper, VA
When: Saturday,
Admission: Free to spectate

If you feel the need for speed, the Bikes, Wings & Wheels Show may just be the event for you. At this open event all petrol-heads are welcome to come out and show off their cars while World War II warbirds surround the infield. All kinds of vehicles will be on display — antiques, hot rods, exotics, imports, and moderns. Plus there will be live music, raffles, the new Doris Mae IPA beer from Flying Ace Brewery, and a chance to take flight on a WWII Warbird.

Moonshot Studio
Where: The REACH | Kennedy Center, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Get creative at this studio within The REACH at the Kennedy Center.  This weekend, explore activities and projects inspired by the musical Show Way (running through Aug. 21). Get creative as you share your love for an influential woman in your life, map your migration story, offer guidance to the world, and more. Sessions begin at 11am, 1pm, & 3pm and are first come, first served. you can also try dropping in anytime from 11am – 4:30pm to work on a short digital project or a collaborative community artwork.

C&O Canal Boat Tours
Where: C&O Canal | Georgetown, DC
When: Starting Friday
Admission: $15/adult, $10/senior, $8/child

Take a one-hour guided historical tours along the first mile of the C&O Canal National Historical Park that starts in Georgetown. Learn about the fascinating history, technology, and culture of the Canal, and the surprising stories of the people who lived, worked and played nearby over the past two centuries, while you enjoy a cruise on the water and the surrounding scenery. (Note: These are offered Wednesday – Sunday through October.)

Fantastagirl and the Math Monster
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Through August 21
Tickets: $25 

On stage at Adventure Theatre…   Fantastagirl, a second-grade superhero who uses words to save the day, comes face to face with her worst nightmare: the Math Monster! When confronted with problems too big for words alone to solve, Fantastagirl must accept help from her friendly, furry, fraction-loving foe. While Fantastagirl and Math Monster use words and numbers to help her friends and scientist moms, something far more sinister than Math brews on the horizon.

Cinderella
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Through August 28
Tickets: $15 (look for discount)

See a show on strings!  Rod puppets convey the classic tale of rags to riches, love at first sight (twice!), and getting what we all deserve. Don’t miss this fan favorite production, or your magical midnight curfew! Recommended for ages 5+. Run time is approximately 45 minutes.

Six
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Through September 4
Tickets: $65-150 (look for discount)

From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the mic to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st century girl power! This new original musical is the global sensation that everyone is losing their head over.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* The National Children’s Museum is celebrating one year in their new downtown space with a One-der Party — and you’re invited!
* Just a reminder that the Regal Summer Movie Express is still running through September 7, showing flicks for kids on many Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10am for just $2!
* Expert advice on how to budget for a kitchen renovation.
* Looking for a funny and sweet easy series to watch? Check out Uncoupling on Netflix! Neil Patrick Harris is charming as ever.
* These 5 recipes for hot weather sounds yummy and super easy to make.
* The 10 best places to live in the world, according to Condé Nast Traveler.
* In case you haven’t see it yet… sportsmanship at its best.

 

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Five Things: August 11, 2022

Dog days at Congressional Cemetery

 

1. How about a movie in the cemetery?  Tomorrow evening, August 12, catch a showing of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy at Congressional Cemetery as part of their summer Cinematery series.  Gates open at 7pm, and the film begins at sunset.  Admission is $10/adult, $5/child.  See what Common Sense Media says about the film here.  And PS: Congressional Cemetery is a cool place to visit anytime with gravesites of notable people, lovely peaceful paths to stroll, geocaching opportunities, and a chance to let doggies have a blast running around off leash. Read more about it here.

2. Did you know the Skating Pavilion at Anacostia Park in Southeast DC offers free skate rentals?  They are available Thursday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm through Labor Day.  At other times, you can BYO skates to roll around the rink.  And there’s even more recreation to enjoy at the park — a biking/running/skating trail, three playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, large fields for playing and picnicking, and all of it with scenic views of the Anacostia River.  Read more about Anacostia Park in this KFDC post.

 

3. DC Restaurant Week, when you can get a great deal on meals at hundreds of DC area restaurants, is August 15-22.  See which places are participating, get a look at the menus, and make reservations — they tend to book up fast!

 

4. We just returned from our trip to Greece, and I wanted to share three items that I used everyday and am so happy I had with me:  A belt bag… mine is very similar to this one; a light, airy white blouse like this that can be worn as a beach cover up, open or knotted over an outfit, or just as a blouse with pants or shorts; and my new favorite sunscreen from Trader Joe’s (it’s not on the website, but still in the stores… I just stocked up in case they take it off shelves after this summer).

 

5. All of the Smartless episodes are awesome, but this one is a particularly fun listen, because the actor/musician truly rocks.

 

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The Weekend Round-Up: August 5-7

Always a fave…the Multiverse walkway at the National Gallery of Art

 

Happy Weekend!

Ideas galore for seasonal and ongoing activities are in these posts:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Swim Spots
* On the Water
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Bike Rides
* The Great Indoors
* Peaceful Places

Fairfax County 4-H Fair & Carnival
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park | Herndon, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $10 parking + tickets for rides, etc.
Head on down to the 4-H fair! Through Sunday, enjoy carnival rides, amusements, treats, farm animals and rabbits, rides and displays, horse and dog shows, the tractor pull, kids crafts and face painting, plus plenty of good food, drinks and live music. Held at Frying Pan Farm Park, hours for the many activities vary by day, so be sure to check the website before you go.

Music & Stamps Family Day
Where: National Postal Museum | Union Station Area, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate artist Rafael Lopez’s new Mariachi stamps with a Family Day next weekend. Music, crafts, stories, stamps, and more will be available throughout the day. If anyone needs to step away from the festivities, a Take-A-Break space will be available throughout the program. Recommended for ages 0-10 (though anyone can join), no advanced registration is required. Read more about the National Postal Museum here.

Sunflower Planting
Where: 8th & Virginia Ave, SE | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Join the Capitol Riverfront BID to celebrate and enrich the vibrant street connecting Capitol Hill and Capitol Riverfront. Help revitalize and enhance the future Emblem Plaza just past Barracks Row with a sunflower planting this Saturday. The plaza is in the design phase, but when it’s finished, there will be space for small public gatherings, new planting beds, and a pop-up café. Coffee and pastries will be served while supplies last. We hope to see you there!

Friendship Firehouse Festival
Where: Friendship Firehouse | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 9am – 2pm
Admission: Free

This annual family event hosted by the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association invites the public to enjoy the history of the fire department at the historic Friendship Firehouse. The popular event features antique fire apparatus, craft booths, displays by Alexandria merchants, and live music.  The Festival will be the last opportunity to see Friendship’s 1851 hand-operated suction engine – elaborately decorated with the company’s clasped-hands insignia – before it is sent for conservation treatment. Kids will receive free toy Friendship firefighting helmets.

DC Funk Parade Festival
Where: U Street Corridor | DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The DC Funk Parade is back in Festival format on Saturday! Four activation sites along the U Street corridor will feature live, outdoor music. CHeck the website to see where you can experiece “The Magic of Music” and an authentic cultural experience that is a 20+ year DC tradition.

Howard County Fair
Where: Howard County Fairgrounds | West Friendship, MD
When: Begins Saturday
Admission: $10/ages 13+, $5/seniors, free for under 10

County Fair season is starting around the area with the 76th annual Howard County Fair, and you have through next Saturday to enjoy rides, magic shows, musical entertainment in the evenings, pig races and pony rides, the Kids & Critters barn, Demolition Derby, a pro rodeo, and more. Most of the rides cost extra, and packages are available, so be sure to check out the website to see what’s available if you plan to go.

BrickFair
Where: Dulles Expo Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm & Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $20/all day, $13/afternoon

The nation’s largest LEGO Fan Festival will be enthralling guests of all ages this weekend. BrickFair brings together LEGO 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 — T-shirts, hats, mini figures, models, and more. And guests can use it all as inspiration to do some building there themselves, plus enjoy all kinds of fun hands-on activities.

Entertainment in NoVa Parks
Where: Fairfax Parks | Fairfax, VA
When: hroughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Enjoy music and more live performances in Northern Virginia parks! The Fairfax County Park Authority’s Summer Entertainment Series has a bunch of shows happening this weekend all parks all around the county. Bring a picnic dinner, blankets, and lawn chairs to enjoy the best local and regional entertainers. See what’s on the schedule here.

Summer Time
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Summer fun around the area continues! Keep the seasonal pursuits going with a variety of options: Catch an outdoor movie or concert.  Head to a farm for peach picking. Enjoy some water fun, either at an outdoor pool,  sprayground, or water park. Feast on crabs. See a seasonal exhibition like The Playhouse at the Building Museum or Fairies in the Garden at Annmarie Sculpture Garden. And so much more.  This post has all the details you need on all these summer joys.

Water Lantern Festival
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $26-36/adult, $22-26/age 8-14, free/7 & under

The Water Lantern Festival brings together people from all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life to join in a memorable event. Create your own paper lantern — write down some of your hopes and dreams, or a letter to a loved one — and see the beauty of it joining thousands of lanterns and the lights reflecting upon the water. Admission prices are for advance purchase, on site cost is $41 for adults.

Tennis, Anyone?
Where: Rock Creek Park Tennis Center | Rock Creek, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Ticket prices vary

There’s more on-court excitement as the Citi Open Tennis Tournament wraps up this weekend. With the quarterfinals on Friday, the semis on Saturday, and the championship matches on Sunday, the event is sure to serve up some excellent tennis.

Citi Open Watch Party – CANCELED
Where: City Ridge | Northwest, DC
When: Saturday, 2-11pm
Admission: Free

If you can’t get to the matches, join the City Ridge community to view them and enjoy more fun, too! Gather with friends and family on the Great Lawn to watch the 2022 Citi Open women’s and men’s semifinals and women’s doubles final on Saturday. Cheer on your favorite players on the big screen while playing oversized outdoor games and participating in the Citi Open Trivia Contest with a chance to win tickets to Sunday’s finals! Food and drinks will be available for purchase. BYO blanket and chairs for the ultimate watch party experience as seating will not be provided. See the website for the day’s schedule and to register for free.

Peach Fuzzitval
Where: Great Country Farm | Bluemont, VA
When: Saturday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $14/child & $16/Adult

Celebrate peak peach picking season at Great Country Farms! Along with tons of fun activities, you can also learn how the peaches are grown and used in food and drink and enjoy the results as well. Kick off each morning with a peach pancake breakfast, then later on get the whole family involved in peach eating and peach pit spitting contests and family water games. All the fun farm attractions will be open, and there will also be live music to entertain the crowd. And across the way at Bluemont Vineyard, enjoy special peach drinks and wine.

The Time is Ripe
Where: Farms around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Along with peaches, blueberries, blackberries, and a few more fruits and veggies are among the produce that’s ripe right now.  And most area farms have something ready for harvest and welcome guests to come pick ’em themselves. It’s always a good idea to check websites or call ahead to confirm availability the day you plan to go. Sunscreen, hat, and water also recommended.

Exhibit This
Where: Museums & venues around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by exhibit

There are some extraordinary installations and delightful annual exhibits at our museums and galleries right now. Go to The Playhouse at the Building Museum, explore Ase: Afro Frequencies at ARTECHOUSE, see Fairies in the Garden, immerse in the work of Yayoi Kusama, make a wish, explore King Tut’s tomb at Nat Geo, or take the kids to play at the Botanic Garden.

DC vs. New York
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $29

DC United is home again this weekend with a match against New York FC on Saturday evening. I recommend taking public transportation as parking can be difficult. Or park in the Navy Yard neighborhood and walk from there. Plan to grab dinner before the match— El Bebe, All Purpose Pizza, The Salt Line, and Dacha are very convenient and my top recs for family-friendly spots to eat there. Purchase match tickets here.

Tax Free Shopping
Where: Throughout VA
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free (but plan to spend, obvi!)
Are you ready to do some back-to-school shopping? This weekend will be a good time to start! Virginia is taking a sales tax holiday August 5-7. During that time, all school supplies that is $20 or less per item and qualifying clothing and footwear that is $100 or less per item will be tax free!  There are also tax waivers on other home appliances and accessories —  details here.

ABBA The Concert
Where: Wolf Trap | Vienna, VA
When: Sunday, 8pm
Tickets: $37+

Sweden’s ABBA The Concert continues to be the top ABBA tribute group in the world, dazzling audiences with fantastic performances of ABBA’s iconic hits including “Mamma Mia,” “S.O.S,” “Money, Money, Money,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Waterloo,” “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme,” and “Dancing Queen.”

Mr. Poppers Penguins
Where: Imagination Stage
When: Through August 7
Tickets: $14

It’s the final weekend to catch this show…  Mr. Popper’s Penguins have waddled onto Imagination Stage, delighting audiences as only these loveable creatures can. The whimsical tale about dreaming as big as an Antarctic adventure, even in bleak times, sends a timely message to kids and adults alike. Recommended for ages 3-10.  Read a full review of the show here.

Fantastagirl and the Math Monster
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Through August 21
Tickets: $25 

On stage at Adventure Theatre…   Fantastagirl, a second-grade superhero who uses words to save the day, comes face to face with her worst nightmare: the Math Monster! When confronted with problems too big for words alone to solve, Fantastagirl must accept help from her friendly, furry, fraction-loving foe. While Fantastagirl and Math Monster use words and numbers to help her friends and scientist moms, something far more sinister than Math brews on the horizon.

Cinderella
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Through August 28
Tickets: $15 (look for discount)

See a show on strings!  Rod puppets convey the classic tale of rags to riches, love at first sight (twice!), and getting what we all deserve. Don’t miss this fan favorite production, or your magical midnight curfew! Recommended for ages 5+. Run time is approximately 45 minutes.

Six
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Through September 4
Tickets: $65-150 (look for discount)

From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the mic to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st century girl power! This new original musical is the global sensation that everyone is losing their head over.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* The Air & Space Museum in DC just announced it will partially repoen October 14 after many months’ renovation!
* We’ve been in Greece for the past week+ — some pics on IG, if you’d like to see.
* This is really cool and satisfying to view.
* A legendary area restaurant is returning!
Go read the latest Humans of New York series — and have tissues handy.
* I usually cringe at public proposals, but this one is pretty awesome.
* 10 Happy Things for August from my lovely friend and stellar photographer Darcy

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Music & Stamps Family Day at the National Postal Museum this Saturday!

 

Save the date for this coming Saturday, August 6!  The National Postal Museum is hosting its first in-person Family Day in over two years — and if it’s anything like its pre-pandemic events, it’s sure to be a festive, well organized, and super fun time.

The United States Postal Service recently issued a series of five postage stamps depicting mariachi musicians. Designed by the Postal Museum’s Guest Artist, Rafael Lopez, the stamps joyfully celebrate the vibrant colors and sounds of mariachi music and Mexican culture.

This weekend, you can join Rafael for Music & Stamps Family Day, a celebration of Latinx music and the new mariachi stamps.  He’ll be at the museum leading visitors through stories, musical performances, crafts, and games.

Keeping visitor comfort in mind, a Take-A-Break space will be available throughout the program for anyone who needs to step away from the festivities. And, of course, the rest of the museum is fantastic to explore — I’ve always recommended it as an especially great one with young children.

Music & Stamps Family Day
Where: National Postal Museum | 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE, DC
When: Saturday, August 6, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

 

This post is sponsored by the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, 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: July 29-31

Catch a Nats game  — and possibly a gorgeous sunset, too!

 

Happy Weekend!

Links to keep handy for local fun and recreation ideas:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Swim Spots
* On the Water
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Bike Rides
* The Great Indoors
* Peaceful Places

Smithsonian Nighttime Adventures
Where: National Museum of Natural History | National Mall, DC
When: Friday, 7-11pm
Admission: $70-85
Hang in Natural History after hours!  Kids ages 8-14 and their adult chaperones can join other night owls in this unique experience held on Friday evenings through August 12.  Wander through the museum’s galleries to explore the Earth’s past, discover the wonders of the ocean, and more, all guided by the fun and challenging “Adaptation Game” filled with activities to complete.  Cost is per person (adults, too) and includes exclusive access and activities in the museum, interactive exploration, and a pre-packaged individually wrapped snack.

Movies in the Park
Where: Virginia Highlands Park | National Landing, VA
When: Friday, 7pm
Admission: Free

The National Landing BID will host its first Movies in the Park of the season, with a showing of The First Lego Movie. Arrive anytime after 6pm to grab a bite to eat at the food trucks or pack a picnic! The movie begins at 7pm.

SAAM Arcade
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum | Penn Quarter, DCa
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 7pm
Admission: Free

The annual SAAM Arcade is back! The museum’s Kogod Courtyard will be full of new games from indie developers, classic arcade games, and more. Join the celebration of Color, Line, and Form and the ways these essential art elements show up in video games and interactives. Test out some new games and replay some of the beloved older ones. A special scavenger hunt that connects video games and SAAM’s collections will also be available. See more about the American Art Museum in this KFDC post.

Nats vs. Cards
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Nats are back home and hosting the Cardinals this weekend. Catch them on Friday and Saturday evenings (7:05pm) and Sunday afternoon (1:05pm). There’s a new Kids Eat Free summer promo, and kids can run the bases after the Sunday game. Before you go, get some KFDC tips on doing Nats game without breaking the bank.

‘Tis the Season
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

Make the most of quintessential summer activities around DC!  Enjoy an open air concert at one of the many series in the area. Hit the beach.  See a movie under the stars. Enjoy a special museum program. Get wet at an outdoor pool, sprayground, or waterpark. Feast on crabs. Ride mini trains and carousels at local parks. And so much more.  More info for all of these pursuits is in the KFDC Summer Guide.

Serve Up Some Tennis Fun
Where: William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center | Rock Creek, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, gates open at 9am
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Enjoy the on-court excitement along with some special events as the annual Citi Open Tennis Tournament returns to DC and swings into action this weekend. Saturday is the first day of qualifying rounds, and they’ll continue on Sunday. Among the many great players this year are Andy Murray, Nick Kyrgios, and the legendary Venus Williams!

The Office Experience
Where: Woodies Building | Downtown DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $35-42

Take a tour of Dunder Mifflin…a re-created version of it, anyway. The just opened The Office Experience immerses you in the world of Michael Scott, Jim & Pam, Dwight, Angela, and the rest of their colleagues and friends. Explore re-created sets loaded with authentic, fun details; recall so many funny moments from the show; play actual games and put yourself into iconic scenes for both awesome photo ops and great laughs. The kids and I got a sneak peek of it, and we all thought it was a hoot! If your crew are Office fans, they’ll love it, too.

Otakon
Where: Washington Convention Center | Downtown DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Starts at $40, free/ages 8 & under

This weekend-long convention is a celebration of Asian pop culture — think anime, mange, video games, etc. — and its fandom. There are tons of fun opportunities for all ages. Pore over all kinds of manga, see some amazing costumes (and where one yourself), play video games, check out other kids of games and battles, join a dance party, bring little ones to the Ota-chan area where there are activities just for them… and so much more!

Out and About
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

The forecast indicates that this weekend’s weather is making up big time for last, so take advantage and enjoy some adventures outside. The round-up of The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids has ideas galore for doing just that.

All Ages Dueling Pianos
Where: Bobby McKey’s | National Harbor, MD
When: Saturday, 3:30-6pm (doors open at 2pm)
Admission: $27.50 – $32.50

The whole crew can enjoy an afternoon of music and fun at this dueling piano shows. The two hours of all-request live music paired with a lunch buffet is a great way to stay cool on a hot summer day. And this is a performance where kids are encouraged to wiggle in their seats, dance in the aisles, and sing along!

Last Call for Laurie Anderson: The Weather
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

This weekend is the last chance to check out the fantastic Laurie Anderson: The Weather exhibit at the Hirshhorn. The collection of multimedia works includes beautiful abstract paintings, captivating stories, interesting photography, original instruments, spoken word video sculptures, and much more. Most striking of them all is an entire black and white gallery hand painted by Anderson with sketches, quotes, poems, and passages — and you’ll want to examine all of them.

See the Sunflowers
Where: McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area | Poolesville, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Relatively cooler weather this weekend will make it a good time to see  the sunflower bloom at McKee-Beshers. Nine fields showcase 30 acres of flowers — and it’s such a happy scene. Read more about it and see pics from a previous bloom here and view some from 2020 here.  Sunscreen, hat, bug repellent, and water highly recommended. KFDC Tip: If you plan to go, pair it with a PYO blackberries outing at Homestead Farms, which is just minutes away. Or stop by Rocklands Farm Winery, also nearby.

Take a Hike
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

The milder weather will make it a great time to hit the trail.  And while there’s a link up top for a round-up of local hikes,  specific recs are also helpful: Fountainhead Regional Park in Lorton, VA (paddling ops, too!); Turkey Run Park in McLean, VA; Riverbend Park also in McLean, VA;  Prince William Forest Park  in Triangle, VA;  Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, MD (more padling ops!); and Patapsco Valley State Park near Baltimore, MD (swimming ops too!).

Toy Story in Concert
Where: Wolf Trap | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, 8pm
Admission: $28

The National Symphony Orchestra brings Toy Story in Concert to Wolf Trap, featuring the Oscar and Grammy-winning score by Randy Newman as the full feature film is projected in HD onto screen in-house and on the lawn. Ever wonder what toys do when people aren’t around? Toy Story answers that question with a fun-filled journey through the eyes of two rival toys—Woody and Buzz Lightyear. Bring along a picnic dinner or plan to purchase food there.

Special Art-Making Event
Where: KID Museum | Bethesda, MD
When: Sunday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: $15

Guatemalan artist Ubaldo Sanchez will make one last visit to KID Museum to demonstrate the colorful practice of sawdust carpet making (Alfombra de Aserrín). Sanchez will guide visitors through the steps of sawdust carpet art, from design to completion. (Check out a time-lapse video that shows the process.) At the end of his visit, kids and adults will experience the ephemeral aspect of this artwork by destroying the sawdust carpet together.This all takes place at KID Museum’s brand new space at Bethesda Metro Center. Other activities, including Robot Tech Arena, Big Build Maze, Wonder Forest of Lights Exhibit, and much more will also be accessible. Tickets are timed entry, and advance online purchase is recommended.

Mr. Poppers Penguins
Where: Imagination Stage
When: Through August 7
Tickets: $14

Mr. Popper’s Penguins have waddled onto Imagination Stage, delighting audiences as only these loveable creatures can. The whimsical tale about dreaming as big as an Antarctic adventure, even in bleak times, sends a timely message to kids and adults alike. Recommended for ages 3-10.  Read a full review of the show here.

Fantastagirl and the Math Monster
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Through August 21
Tickets: $25 

On stage at Adventure Theatre….   Fantastagirl, a second-grade superhero who uses words to save the day, comes face to face with her worst nightmare: the Math Monster! When confronted with problems too big for words alone to solve, Fantastagirl must accept help from her friendly, furry, fraction-loving foe. While Fantastagirl and Math Monster use words and numbers to help her friends and scientist moms, something far more sinister than Math brews on the horizon.

Cinderella
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Through August 28
Tickets: $15 (look for discount)

Rod puppets convey the classic tale of rags to riches, love at first sight (twice!), and getting what we all deserve. Don’t miss this fan favorite production, or your magical midnight curfew! Recommended for ages 5+. Run time is approximately 45 minutes.

Six
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Through September 4
Tickets: $65-150 (look for discount)

From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the mic to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st century girl power! This new original musical is the global sensation that everyone is losing their head over.

United vs. Orlando 
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Sunday, 5pm
Admission: Tickets start at $29

DC United is home this weekend with a match against Orlando FC on Sunday. I recommend taking public transportation as parking can be difficult. Or park in the Navy Yard neighborhood and walk from there. Plan to grab dinner after the match— El Bebe, All Purpose Pizza, The Salt Line, and Dacha are very convenient and my top recs for family-friendly spots to eat there. Purchase match tickets here.

Plan Ahead: Music & Stamps Family Day
Where: National Postal Museum | Union Station Area, DC
When: Saturday, August 6, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Save the date for an in-person program at the National Postal Museum! Celebrate artist Rafael Lopez’s new Mariachi stamps with a Family Day next weekend. Music, crafts, stories, stamps, and more will be available throughout the day. If anyone needs to step away from the festivities, a Take-A-Break space will be available throughout the program. Recommended for ages 0-10 (though anyone can join), no advanced registration is required. Read more about the National Postal Museum here.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Since this Round-Up is out early, here’s something for Thursday evening:  A Quiet Place 2 will be the featured film at Movies on the Pitch, the free summer series at Audi Field. Starts at 7pm, reserve tix in advance.
* AdMo Vibe, a series of free, outdoor concerts, will feature local artists in Kalorama Park on Columbia Road, NW on Wednesday evenings throughout August (excluding August 17) from 6-7:30pm.
* Check out the newest resident in the National Statuary Hall at the Capitol.
Just finished reading and loved Crying in H-Mart and now starting on this much recommended book this much recommended book.
* This salad looks perfect for summer and tomato season.
* Love some light, flowy pants for summer — like these.
* Hahaha…relatable!
* We just kicked off a couple of weeks vacay in Greece if you want to see pics and follow along!
 

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