Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is one of many places to volunteer this weekend (and maybe spot great blue herons, too!)
1. Saturday is National Public Lands Day, when all are welcome and encouraged to help restore and preserve public lands. Volunteer opportunities like clean-ups, tree plantings, weed removal, trail maintenance, and more are available everywhere from big national parks to small urban green spaces, including many in the DC area. Search here for places nearby where you and the kids can help out. (FYI: It’s also a fee free day, when there is no cost for entry to national parks that usually charge admission.)
2. And speaking of volunteering, if you’re looking for more ways to give back together, check out the KFDC round-up of local places and organizations where kids and families can help out.
1. Audi Field is hosting the National Women’s Soccer League championship match on Saturday, October 29., at 8pm. It’s a big deal because 1) It’s a big match! 2) It’s the first time the NWSL final game is being played in the evening, getting the prime time broadcast coverage the women athletes deserve. Tickets are still available, and you can purchase them here. And the Washington Spirit, our local women’s pro team, will be playing a couple more home matches there this season — this Saturday, September 17, and on Saturday, October 1. They are always exciting to watch, and it’s a great opportunity to support women in sports!
2. This Friday, September 16, is PARK(ing) Day, when people across the globe create temporary pop-up parks and social spaces where there usually is curbside parking. Wheaton Regional Park in Wheaton, MD, is getting in on it as they transform a parking lot into a picnic area and welcome the public to join for a fun-filled day. There will be free Italian ice, lawn games, music from a DJ, an LED lightbulb exchange, and more. It’ll be going on from 12-6pm, and admission is free. Read more about Wheaton Regional Park here.
3. In case you missed it, the annual round-up of fall festivals, updated for 2022, was just posted. The great thing about the KFDC list is that it includes all kinds of fall fests, from traditional seasonal fun on the farm to arts and crafts showcases to community celebrations to cultural experiences to time trips that transport you back a few centuries. And they take place on city streets, country farms, and many places in between!
4. These may just be the best things I’ve bought my kids in awhile. (They even seem to agree!)
1. Get a more in depth look at some of the outdoor art on the National Mall! Starting tomorrow, September 8, free guided tours will be offered at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Every Thursday – Sunday at 12pm, stroll among the modern and contemporary sculptures with an expert tour guide to learn more about the art. (And there are several large, even quirky works that kids will dig seeing, too!) Tours are one hour, and no reservations are required — just meet at the Pavilion Café.
2. This Saturday, September 10, your crew can Soar Together @ Air & Space! The monthly series at the Udvar-Hazey Center, the Chantilly arm of the National Air & Space Museum, presents Family Days that include hands-on activities, opportunities to talk with experts, and more. This weekend, explore how scientists are expanding our view of the Universe with the help of new space telescopes and probes, like the James Webb Space Telescope. You can literally see how these tools provide insight into black holes, the earliest galaxies, asteroids, exoplanets, and more features of outer space. Runs from 10am – 2pm, and admission is free (though parking is $15).
3. Have you checked out CertifiKID lately? You can find deals on some great local (and farther away) activities and entertainment, one of them my very favorite musical.
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden interviewing author Jacqueline Woodson at a past National Book Festival
1. The annual Library of Congress National Book Festival is this Saturday, September 3! Book enthusiasts young and old come from all over for the day of reading-related activities. Works by more than 100 authors, poets, and illustrators will be showcased, and the creators themselves will be at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for special appearances. It’s always a wonderful event, and I highly recommend going if you can. It’s a good idea to plan ahead if there are any authors you really want to see, so take a look at the complete list of them as well as the schedule — most presentations are first come-first served, and people do line up early to get seats. The Festival runs 9am – 8pm, and doors open at 8:30am. Admission to all of it is free, but books and more items will be for sale.
1. We recently stopped in My Cake Theory on Capitol Hill for the first time to get a taste. Why we waited so long — it opened about a year ago — I don’t know, because… YUM! They introduced the area’s first build-your-own “flavors to frills” cupcake process, that lets you select your cupcake flavor, filling, frosting, and “frillings.” They also have pre-made cupcakes loaded with “frills” and offer custom cakes and catering as well. The staff/service there are as sweet as the treats, too. (Btw, I promise this mention is not sponsored in any way.)
2. Summer break is winding down as local kids get ready to head back to school (if they haven’t already). If you want to savor the final days with some quintessential seasonal fun or a special activity, check out the KFDC Guide to Summer Around the DC Area for ideas.