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Where to Play on the Weekdays: October 21-25

Enjoy the lovely fall weather and foliage on a hike

Monday – Take a hike! According to the forecast, the rain will clear up and it’ll be nice weather for hitting the trail. Do some leaf peeping, try to spot wildlife, take in pretty scenery, and enjoy some active fun along with a nice dose of nature. This post about local walks in the woods has a bunch of suggestions for outings with little hikers.

Tuesday – Giddy up on over to the Washington Horse Show. From October 22 to October 27, there will be equestrian competition and entertainment at Capitol One Arena for the public to view and enjoy. Even more, on this opening day general admission is only $2 ($15 other days, free for children 12 and under). Doors open at 7am.

*In the evening, watch the NATS IN THE WORLD SERIES!*

Wednesday – Enjoy the fall day at River Farm. The American Horticulture Society’s headquarters overlooking the Potomac River in Alexandria are as lovely as they are fun. Little ones will have a blast playing in the delightful Children’s Garden, and you’ll all love exploring the grounds. Hours are 9am – 5pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

*In the evening, watch the NATS IN THE WORLD SERIES!*

Thursday – Play the day away at Anacostia Park. The locale stretching along the Anacostia River in SE DC is full of opportunities for recreation with a pirate-themed playground; two other playgrounds; a skating pavilion; a nature center; tennis courts; and fields for playing ball or tossing a Frisbee. Plus, you can walk, run, or bike along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail or just find a table or nice spot in the grass to relax, have a picnic, and take in the views. Hours are dawn to dusk, 11am – 5:45pm for skating, and 10am – 2pm at the Education Center. Admission is free.

Friday – Go to the free Public Day at the 70th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2019) to find out what living and working in space feels like, meet astronauts, and explore an exhibit hall the size of three football fields. The event takes place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from 7:30am – 5pm. Registration is required.

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The Weekend Round-Up:
October 18-20

This weekend is your last chance to experience Ren Fest magic!

Happy Weekend!

Boo at the Zoo
Where: National Zoo | Woodley Park, DC
When: Friday-Sunday, 5:30-8:30pm
Admission: $20/members, $30/non-members

Join the National Zoo for their annual not-so-spooky Halloween haunt, one of DC’s most popular events for the kiddie crowd. With more than 40 treat stations, animal demonstrations, keeper chats, a dance party and kids’ karaoke, and decorated trails, this frightfully fun evening is a treat for the whole family. By the end of the evening, Boo at the Zoo commemorative bags will be brimming with your favorite chocolates, snacks and souvenirs. Treat stations will include goodies for all ages, including adult treats like craft beer and food tastings. Costumes encouraged!

Fall Carnival & Fall Harvest Days
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park | Herndon, VA
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: Free, but carnival ride passes are $16-25

Fall is a busy — and fun — time on the farm, and you can be part of it at Frying Pan’s annual festival! Carnival fun and games start Thursday with rides, games, fair food, and more. On Saturday & Sunday, you can also watch the cider press in action, milk a goat, shell corn, peel apples, meet farm animals, and see traditional farm demonstrations.

Family Happy Hour
Where: Hill Center | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Friday, 5-7pm
Admission: $10/child, $5/adult

Kick off the weekend with a casual happy hour for parents and tots! Local fave band, King Bullfrog, will hit the stage with high-energy original, folk and blues songs carefully tailored to get children dancing and delight grownups. Complimentary pizza and a water dispenser there, too.

Annual SHERO Family Walk
Where: 1333 N Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
When: Saturday, 8:30am
Admission: $45/walker, $150family

Join hundreds of DC families and neighbors for the Annual Family SHERO Walk, a morning of fun and impact that the whole family can participate in. This 2-mile walk includes a free t-shirt, breakfast, mask decorating, and treats for four-legged friends. Best of all, every step benefits N Street Village, the city’s largest provider of housing and services for women experiencing homelessness.

24th Annual Art Safari
Where: The Torpedo Factory | Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, October 19, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

An annual Alexandria tradition for almost a quarter-century, Art Safari returns for a day of hands-on activities for kids and families. Professional artists lead budding art enthusiasts in dynamic projects across all three floors of the Torpedo Factory. Join other children to build a life-sized papier-mâché creature. Experiment with potter’s clay and silkscreen printing. Paint with Japanese black ink, turn cereal boxes into a city, create metallic leaf rubbings, and so much more. Projects are best for ages 5–12, but younger kids will have lots of fun with some grown-up help. Dress to get a little messy!

Down in the Reeds
Where: Parks at Walter Reed Army Hospital | Brightwood, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 7pm
Admission: $10

The day-long fall celebration and music festival brings together a mosaic of entertainment and activations reflective of DC’s cultural diversity and in celebration of the healing power of music. Enjoy a variety of love music, do some family arts and crafts, play lawn games, check out live art, grab a bite from food trucks, relax in the beer garden, and much more. Visit the website for the complete schedule of events.

Museum Open House
Where: Kreeger Museum | Northwest DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate art, music, and nature with the Kreeger Museum. Join them for a day of family-friendly fun, including interactive art activities, a djembe drum circle, performances by the Shannon Gunn Quartet, and food trucks. Visit the website for the full day’s schedule.

Last Call for Merriment
Where: Revel Grove | Crownsville, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 7pm
Admission: $27/age 16+, $12/age 7-15, free/under 7

It’s the final weekend of the Maryland Renaissance Festival, the annual faire that recalls medieval times with an English Tudor village full of fun and entertainment for the whole family. I highly, highly recommend going if you haven’t been yet. And I recommend getting tickets online in advance, as they likely will sell out. Huzzah!

Fall Harvest Family Days

Where: Mount Vernon Estate | Mount Vernon, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $20/adults, $12/kids 6-11, free/under 6

Enjoy fall activities with the whole family at George Washington’s digs. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride and play colonial games on the bowling green before heading to the Pioneer Farm to observe 18th-century demonstrations and greet General Washington. Find your way through a straw bale maze and listen to the Itinerant Band play colonial tunes. And Potomac River sightseeing cruises are free this weekend only (while supplied last)!

Fall, Y’all!
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Celebrate the season at one of many area festivals. From pumpkin patches and apple picking to corn mazes and hayrides to giant slides and jumping pillows, there are activities galore that let you relish in the fun autumn brings. This post has details on where all the fall is happening.

Wicked Fun
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

This time of year is always a scream with loads of ways to get the Halloween party started early. From mini train rides through the woods to haunted tours to festivals inspired by the holiday, details on where the tricks and treats are happening can be found in this annual post.

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

* Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are In A Play!” brings some of kids’ favorite characters to life at Adventure Theatre
* Catch a Gustafer Yellowgold concert at Strathmore AMP on Sunday
* Kid Prince and Pablo at the Kennedy Center is a reimagined version of Mark Twain’s classic The Prince and the Pauper
* InterAct Story Theatre presents Bobtail BONG BONG: A Monkey’s Tail Tale as part of their Wheaton Family Theatre Series
* The Very Hungry Caterpillar is eating its way across Imagination Stage
* Darci Lynn & Friends are perfroming at DAR Constitutional Hall on Sunday
* The Royale is running at Olney Theatre
* You gotta cut loose, Footloose at the Kennedy Center (find discounts)
* See theatre by kids for kids at Encore Stage & Studio’s production of Disney’s Frozen Jr.
* No lie, Pinocchio is at The Puppet Co.
* And Mother Goose Caboose is the featured Tiny Tots show there on Sunday
* Source Theatre’s Little Shop of Horrors is recommended for tweens and up.
* Make it a date night for Jitney at Arena Stage, The Tempest at Synetic Theatre, or Escaped Alone at Signature Theatre

Where: DC Armory | Southeast DC
When: Through October 27

29Rooms is a collaboration of visionaries and brands in the fields of art, activism, style, and technology that brings 29 experiences under one roof that tap into the conversations of today and hopes for tomorrow. Each room puts visitors at the center of the event with hands-on activities and several phone-free experiences, sparking engagement and igniting self-expression, storytelling and dialogue. Through multi-sensory installations, performances, and workshops, you’re presented you with a new way to connect with creativity, culture, and community.

Preservation Family Workshop: Art & Me
Where: American Art Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 12:30pm & 1:30–3pm
Admission: Free (but reservations required)

H2Oh my! Experience the art of making and preserving watercolors by exploring the Lunder Conservation Center, where families can experiment with professional tools and learn different watercolor techniques. This program is part of a yearlong partnership with the Freer|Sackler and is for children ages three to five years old with adult participation.

Truck Touch
Where: Suburban Nursery School | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: $5, free/under 2

Climb aboard and honk all the horns at Suburban Nursery School’s Annual Truck Touch, a hands-on event for kids of all ages. The parking lot will be full of emergency vehicles, construction trucks, school buses, and other cool things that go. Kids are not just allowed, but encouraged to explore. There will also be food trucks, a used toy and book sale, bounce houses, face painting, a bake sale, and much more! Don’t wait in line, buy your tickets ahead of time here!

World of Wheels for CASA
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Where: DeMatha High School | Hyattsville, MD
Admission: Free

Join the Purple Line World of Wheels for CASA on Saturday! The 8th annual touch-a-truck and family festival will be a great opportunity for families to see and explore a variety of vehicles, have fun and play games… all while supporting Court Appointed Special Advocate and helping to bring a voice to more children in foster care!

Archaeology Family Day
Where: Natural History Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5:30pm
Admission: Free

Drop in to celebrate International Archaeology Day with special activities. Talk to archaeologists — learn about fascinating finds, career paths, challenges in the field, and the joy of discovery. Do some archaeology — practice the skills archaeologists use to piece together the past and participate in mock excavations, illustration, decoding ancient writing systems, experimentation, and artifact analysis. Explore collections — examine museum artifacts in the Q?rius Collections Zone, get resources, and find out about opportunities to get involved in archaeology in your community.

Teddy Bear Clinic
Where: PM Pediatrics | Greenbelt, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

PM Pediatrics, the nation’s largest provider of pediatric urgent care, will host a “Teddy Bear Clinic” to help dispel children’s potential fear of a visit to the doctor. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed animal or doll for a routine medical exam where a friendly doctor will take height and weight measurements, examine eyes, ears, heart and lung function and more. The clinics are designed to help kids understand that a visit to the doctor is not only painless, but can also be fun.

Fall Family Fest
Where: Katzen Arts Center | AU Park, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Fall Family Fun Day at the AU Museum for all ages! All activities are free and inspired by our current exhibitions. Create hands-on art projects, explore art with a scavenger hunt, take a tour with one of our guides, listen and participate in storytelling and music-making, and more. Free, please register in advance and check-in at the door. Children must be accompanied by an adult. You do not need to print your Eventbrite ticket. Register here

Kids Contemporary Art Workshop
Where: Mango Street DC | Shaw, DC
When: Saturday, 10-11:15am
Admission: $27/child

Join MangoStreet art educator and artist Marie B. Gauthiez for Contemporary Artists Series: Richard Tuttle: Assemblages & Found Materials to learn about creating small scale ASSEMBLAGES (a work of art made by grouping found or unrelated objects) inspired by American artist Richard Tuttle’s process. The group will read a story, then look at Richard Tuttle’s fascinating works before getting started on personal projects. Parents will play the crucial role of assistants to their children (discussing a plan, choosing material and helping with the hardest tasks). This is a great opportunity to discover that art making is not confined to a flat piece of paper. MangoStreet is located at 52 O Street NW.

Creepy Cupcakes Kids Confectionery Class
Where: Creative Saints Loft | Hyattsville, MD
When: October 19, 1-3pm
Admission: $35

Calling all Ghouls and Goblins! Join Executive Pastry Chef Padua Player of SugaChef Desserts in the Hyattsville Arts District for this Halloween-themed class. This event is for kids who love being in the kitchen and parents who love to eat their creations! If you’re looking for a safe and exciting way to have some SpOOky fun bring your little ones dressed in their BEST costumes and lets create! Each ticket includes:
2 hour instructor lead class, 1/2 dozen uniquely decorated cupcakes (spiders, witches, and Frankenstein, oh my!), coffee and sweet treats for adults, spooky punch for kids, and candy giveaway.

Taste of the Harvest
Where: Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus | Southeast DC
When: Saturday, 4-8pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the fall harvest from the Bridge Park Plots and THEARC Farm. Free festivities include live music, arts activities, dance performances, garlic planting, tastings from the harvest, and tours of THEARC Farm. Bring your main dinner course from home to accompany tasty recipes from the gardens. Activities will continue into the evening with performances by Dupont Brass, Tamika Love Jones, & The Washington Ballet @ THEARC. Reserve your seats here.

Glow in the Park
Where: Adventure Park at Sandy Spring | Sandy Spring, MD
When: Saturday, 6pm
Admission: $42

Do the monster mash through the trees! Enjoy Halloween festivities at the Adventure Park’s spooky Halloween-themed Glow in the Park. Wear your costume for a chance to spin a prize wheel (just make sure it’s comfortable & safe to climb in) — you could win free tickets, a t-shirt, or something else special! Start times will be available every 10 minutes between 6pm & 8:20pm, and tickets are good for two hours of climbing & ziplining + 40 minutes for the safety briefing and getting geared up. Online reservations are highly recommend, as this event tends to sell out. Ages 5 & up are welcome!

Storybook Theater
Where: Northeast & Shaw Libraries | Capitol Hill & Shaw, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 2-3:30pm
Admission: Free

All ages are invited to join this Storybook Theater program. Be a part of the stories and have some fun during dramatic interactive readings of children’s books! It takes place at Northeast Library on Saturday and Shaw Library on Sunday. Seating is limited so register in advance. Parents of small children must remain on site.

The Future of Transportation Day
Where: KID Museum | Bethesda, MD
When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $12/child (includes two adults)

Kids of all ages are invited to think creatively about electric cars, self-driving vehicles, high speed rail, and other exciting ways to get around in the future! Families will have an opportunity to explore these activities and more at KID Museum’s The Future of Transportation Day: Use sensors, “smart paints,” and energy harvesting devices to design “smart roads” for Ozobot robots and construct aerodynamic vehicles powered by pneumatic tubes. Design suspension and cable-style bridges using cardboard, string, and popsicle sticks. Learn about magnetic levitation rail technology and build “maglev” vehicles out of cardboard, hot glue, and magnets. Read a KFDC write-up about KID Museum.

Rumpus Room Family Dance Party: Halloween Special
Where: Black Cat | 14th Street NW, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 1:30pm
Admission: $15

The Rumpus Room, DC’s only daytime dance party for families, returns in time for Halloween! This October they’ll be getting (slightly) spooky in the club, so put on your costumes and go dance. Get ready for a dance floor filled with little ghosts, goblins, witches, dragons, and pumpkins of all ages. The soundtrack for the day will be a family-friendly mix of dance hits and Halloween classics, all at a kid-friendly volume. Rumpus Room is designed for kids 10 and under and their caregivers, but older siblings are welcome.

DCschooolHUB Preschool & Private School Fair
Where: St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School | Northwest, DC
When: Sunday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

If you are looking for a preschool or private school for your child, don’t miss the 3rd Annual DCschoolHUB Preschool & Private School Fair on Sunday. More than 50 of the top schools from the DMV area will be in attendance, so you can learn all about their programs for your child. Visit solo or bring the kids!

NSO Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom
When: Sunday, 2pm & 4pm
Admission: $15-18

Enjoy spooky fun for the whole family at this annual tradition! The Concert Hall transforms into a ghostly sight when our ghoulishly attired musicians perform new and old classics to celebrate Halloween. Nicholas Hersh leads this exciting concert experience, which features music from Harry Potter and more. Arrive early for trick-or-treating and a special Haunted Hall Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo.” Recommended for ages 5+.

Opera starts with Oh!
Where: Hill Center | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 3-5pm
Admission: Free

Spend an afternoon with your children or grandchildren, niece or nephew and immerse yourselves in the arts of opera! Unravel the many elements of opera, through play and immersive activities, à la Opera Lafayette. Led by internationally-trained director, choreographer, and teaching artist, Emma Jaster, and featuring a dancer, singer and cellist, Opera starts with Oh! is perfect for families with children aged 5 and up. The first atelier of the season will explore the story of Venus and Adonis through dance and music. Cupids, graces, hunters, and goddesses come alive in this opera about love, magic ,and storytelling. Enjoy a free afternoon of artistic playtime and immerse yourselves in the art of all arts – opera! Register in advance here.

Halloween on the Farm
Where: Watkins Regional Park | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Sunday, 4-7pm
Admission: $4/ages 2+

Head Old Maryland Farm at Watkins Regional Park for a Halloween & Fall themed event for little ones. Enjoy hayrides, games, crafts, cider, creepy-crawly animals, a costume contest, and pumpkins for purchase. Kids 13 & under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Read more about Watkins and Old Maryland Farm here.
Brookland Exchange, Makers Market
Where: Arts Walk at Monroe Street | Brookland, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Between local vendors and Arts Walk tenants, Brookland Exchange will share the local, handmade wares of forty-plus local makers and artists collectors with the community. The outdoor market is a concept that aims to support local artists, creative expression and interaction between community and creative commerce. Vendors include 2D and 3D artists, candle and jewelry makers, small food businesses, wellness and beauty creatives, and many more artisans. Brookland Exchange provides a day of creative fun for the whole family with live music and entertainment and food.

Families Serving Together: “Soupkot” Edition
Where: Edlavitch DCJCC | Downtown DC
When: Sunday, 9:30–11:00am
Admission: $20/family fee requested to help cover supplies

Join the EDCJCC and PJ Library to celebrate the end of the harvest holiday of Sukkot and make instant soup kits for people experiencing food insecurity in our city. The morning will include learning about the holiday of Sukkot and doing the service project. Children of all ages are welcome! Register here. Walk-ins welcome if space available.

Out & About
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

This time of year is perfect for outdoor adventures, so the keep the round-up of the Best Places in the DC Are to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids handy! (And looks like Sunday might bring some wet weather, so keep The Great Indoors list in your back pocket, too.)

Autumn off the Farm
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Farm festivals may be the go-to autumn outing, but there are lots of other fantastic ways to enjoy the season around the area. This KFDC post lists 10 great places to for fall adventures.

* In case you were wondering….
* If you’re a fan of Jane Goodall (and who isn’t?), check out this KFDC post about her recent visit to DC and a new exhibition about her coming to the National Geographic Museum.
* Calling all young actors! Studio Theatre is holding local auditions October 19-21 to cast children’s roles in the Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home.
* Have you checked out Certifikid lately? So many awesome deals on all kinds of DC activities!
* In the mood for a creepy movie? Watch Ma.

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Where to Play on the Weekdays: October 15-18

Get a dose of nature at Huntley Meadows Park

Tuesday – Roam the beautiful grounds and explore the cathedral of the Franciscan Monastery in Brookland. A DC “secret” to many, the site welcomes visitors to stroll through the gardens and tour the main church. Hours are 9am – 4:45pm. Admission is free.

Wednesday – Go to Story Time at Kramerbooks in Dupont Circle. The weekly program features a different children’s book and fun activities for little ones each session. They’ll watch your kids while you grab a coffee (or, if its that kind of morning, a mimosa) from the great Afterwords Café. The session starts at 10:30am, and admission is free (but mimosas you have to pay for). All ages welcome.

Thursday – Go ice skating (yes, really)! The outdoor rink at Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring has opened for the season. They have skate sizes ranging from toddler 7 to adult 14, plus push penguins for newbies, so little ones can get gliding, too. Hours are 12-10pm Monday – Thursday (10am–12am Friday – Saturday, 10am–10pm Sunday). Admission is $9/age 13+, $8/12 & under, $5/skate rental.

Friday – Enjoy the fantastic fall weather at Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria. As you hike the woods and wetlands, look for little creatures — turtles, frogs, fish, and birds are practically guaranteed wildlife sightings. Take in sweeping vistas of the marshland, which should include tinges of autumn foliage now. And be sure to stop in the Visitors Center, where there are several interactive exhibits about the surrounding environment. Open daily from dawn to dusk. Admission is free.

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The Weekend Round-Up: October 11-14

It’s going to be a great weekend for some garden-ing!

Happy Weekend! Go, Nats!!!

Nationals NLCS Viewing
Where: Around the DMV
When: Friday, 8:08pm & Saturday, 4:08pm
Admission: Free

Want to get out to watch the Nats play the Cards with fellow fans? Lots of spots around the area will be showing the NLCS games. Here are some places that were recommended for the NLDS. And I’ll keep you updated as more round-ups of where to watch are shared. UPDATE: Here’s are more recs from the Post, The Brig and Salt Line being the most family-friendly (imo).

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

Pick some pumpkins, whiz down giant slides, get lost in corn mazes, go on and hayrides, bounce around on jumping pillows, say “huzzah!” to Ren Fest, and so much more. There are activities galore to you embrace the autumn spirit, and the KFDC guide to fall festivals has details on all of them.

Soccer: USA vs. Cuba
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Friday, 7pm
Admission: $24+

The US Men’s National Team takes its first steps in the inaugural Concacaf Nations League when it faces Caribbean foe Cuba Friday evening at Audi Field. I recommend taking public transportation since parking can be difficult. Or park in the Navy Yard neighborhood, grab early dinner at one of the many eateries (El Bebe, The Salt Line, and All Purpose are my top recs), then walk to the match.

The Big Build
Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Build, discover, play, make, climb, and design alongside architects, hobbyists, artisans, and craftspeople. Explore the construction vehicle “petting zoo,” spackle walls, or chop and hammer wood. This year’s line-up also includes cutting-edge virtual and augmented reality in the Tech Lab. Attendees can also visit all exhibitions for free on this day.

Culture Queen’s Dance Party
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center | H Street NE, DC
When: Saturday, 9:30am & 11am
Admission: $15

Join the Culture Queen as she does “The Locomotion” on a journey through the swinging ’60s. This energetic show introduces young audiences to the music of Dance Hall kings and queens like Chubby Checker, Little Richard, Little Eva, and Dee Dee Sharp. She’ll teach your royal children the hottest dances of the era like “The Twist”, “The Mashed Potato”, “The Bird” and many more through music and storytelling.

Heritage Day
Where: Peirce Mill | Rock Creek Park, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

A blacksmith, carpenter, bluegrass music, cider press, and corn sheller will round out the demonstrations for Heritage Day. And we’ll have hands-on children’s crafts.  A food truck will provide lunch options for hungry millers. The waterwheel will be turning from 11am – 2pm to showcase the magic of the giant wooden machine, designed by Oliver Evans. Built in 1820-1829 by Isaac Peirce as part of his large estate, the gristmill brings to life the agricultural history of Washington, DC. Read more about Peirce Mill in this KFDC post.

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

* Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are In A Play!” brings some of kids’ favorite characters to life at Adventure Theatre
* The Very Hungry Caterpillar is eating its way across Imagination Stage
* Reserve free tickets to see The Three Not So Little Pigs, this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance
* The Royale is running at Olney Theatre
* You gotta cut loose, Footloose at the Kennedy Center (find discounts)
* See theatre by kids for kids at Encore Stage & Studio’s production of Disney’s Frozen Jr.
* You could be the next contestant on The Price is Right at MGM National Harbor
* It’s opening weekend for Pinocchio at The Puppet Co.
* And Old McDonald’s Farm is the featured Tiny Tots show there on Sunday
* Make it a date night for Jitney at Arena Stage, The Tempest at Synetic Theatre, or Escaped Alone at Signature Theatre

Bethesda Row Arts Festival
Where: Downtown Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 6pm & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

All ages are welcome to join one of the region’s most exciting and esteemed outdoor festivals. Overnight, Bethesda Row’s Shopping and Entertainment District will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery, featuring more than 200 juried fine arts and crafts from artists around the nation. “Art Fair Sourcebook” and “Sunshine Artists” have recognized the event as one the most important in the country, and over 45,000 attendees agree! Especially for kids will be a spin-art tent to create their own art. And new for 2019: STartER GALLERY — a separate cluster of tents located on Bethesda Lane, featuring local and emerging artists showcasing their works to first-time and novice art collectors. 

Latino Art, Beats & Culture Fest
Where: American History Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage at the Latino Art, Beats & Culture Fest, a museum-wide festival showcasing Latino music such as mambo, salsa, hip-hop, pop, and reggaeton. Explore history and culture through hands-on activities, encounters with Smithsonian collections, experts and curators from the Smithsonian Latino Center, National Museum of American History, National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. The program will also feature dance lessons, a mini film festival, and guest appearances and entertainment by a variety of performers.

Fun Family Fall Festival
Where: YMCA of Bethesda-Chevy Chase | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 1:30pm
Admission: $15

Celebrate fall with fun for the entire family while raising critical funds for the YMCA and MetroBethesda Rotary Foundation. Enjoy Rides, games, pumpkin patch, and all kinds of interactive FUN at the newly renovated YMCA of Bethesda-Chevy Chase (9401 Old Georgetown Road).  For ages preK and up.

Arts & Crafts & Storytime
Where: House of Sweden | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Bring children ages 3-10 to the House of Sweden for activities just for them! From 12-3pm, they can express themselves through art in special workshops — attendees are set up with everything they need to participate. (Note: This will also take place on October 12, November 2, and November 16). Then at 3pm, experience Swedish children’s literature (in English). And while you’re there, tour the photo exhibition ‘Swedish Dads,’ portraits 45 fathers who have chosen to stay at home with their children for at least six months.

Wicked Fun
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Halloween may not be for a few more weeks, but you can get the party started with activities and events that celebrate the spooky spirit. This post has details on where the tricks and treats are happening.

DC Comics Book Signing
Where: Third Eye Comics | Annapolis, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: Free

DC Comics is celebrating two of the publisher’s most popular authors with a special fan signing. Author Kami Garcia and Eisner Award-winning author Tom King will sign copies of their latest titles. Before and during the event, fans will be able to purchase several King and Garcia titles at Third Eye Comics. Wrist bands and tickets are not required for the event, but fans are encouraged to get to the event early to get a spot in line, as entry is determined on a first-come, first-served basis.

Grand Re-Opening
Where: Anacostia Community Museum | Anacstia, DC
When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Everyone is invited to join the Anacostia Community Museum for its grand re-opening after being closed for renovations. See the new look both inside and outside. And from 2-4pm, there will be special festivities. Meet and greet with the new director, Melanie Adams, enjoy refreshments and live music, and see the current exhibition, A Right To The City.

Story Time: Iggy Peck Architect
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 12pm
Admission: Free

This weekend’s Story Time at the Hirshhorn features one of my favorite children’s books — I loved reading Iggy Peck Architect to my kids when they were little. On Sunday, you can hear it at a read-aloud, then investigate the museum building with close looking and hands-on building activities.

Harvest Festival
Where: Capitol Cider House | Brentwood, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 2pm

Start your Sunday off right with lots of fall goodness at Capitol Cider House, where they may focus on offerings for adults, but they aim for a family-friendly vibe — and this fest is no exception. There will be live apple pressing, apple cider donuts, apple tasting, mulled cider, face painting, balloon animals, and random prizes. RSVP to let them know you’re going.

Family Cardio Day
Where: RFK Fields | Northeast DC
When: Sunday, 10-11am
Admission: $10/person or $20/family of 3+

Body by Buckner invites all families to “meet them at the field” for Family Cardio Day, part of the “Fitness at the Fields” Sunday workout series this fall. During the hour-long workout event, Body by Buckner owner Lauren Buckner will lead a dynamic workout with the mission to encourage families to get moving and to take advantage of the great outdoors as part of their active routine. The Fields at RFK are located at 401 Oklahoma Ave NE. Bring a yoga mat if you have one!

Take advantage of a rare chance to visit the Main Reading Room!

Main Reading Room Fall Open House
Where: Library of Congress | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Monday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Where you can usually only look from a window above, you can visit on one of the two days per year it’s open to the public! The beautiful Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress is holding its semi-annual Open House on Columbus Day. This year’s Fall event will highlight a variety of materials from the Library’s collections: children’s books by and about Supreme Court Justices, items from the personal library of Carl Sagan, the Blackwell Family tree (family of Arthur Ashe, Jr.) tracing family lineage back to 1735, Copyright Treasures such as the collection of Muppet toys, and a display of print-braille books and tactile images. Reference librarians will also be on hand to demonstrate services, offer instruction on obtaining a reader-registration card and answer questions. The Young Readers Center will be open 10am – 3pm with activity stations and programming for visitors — kids can make, paint and decorate “cartoneras,” or books made from cardboard and recycled materials.

Culturfied Interational Children’s Festival
Where: Ronald Reagan Building | Downtown DC
When: Monday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Take kids around the world in a day and without leaving DC! At the Culturfied Interational Children’s Festival, visit more than 30 embassy booths to learn more about countries through displayed geography, attire, arts and crafts, food samples, and more fun activities.

Pre & Post Natal Yoga
Where: Gymboree DC | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Monday, 6:30-7:30pm
Admission: Free

Join a FREE pre/post natal yoga class taught by a certified doula and yoga instructor. Classes will take place on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month. Register in advance, though walk-ins are welcome, too.

Do Some Garden-ing
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

Fall is a great time to roam the many gardens in the area as the changing leaves start to brighten up the summer green. Enjoy the fall flowers and manicured grounds of the Enid A. Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle (then visit the museums). Stroll among the many multi-tiered plats at Dumbarton Oaks. Explore, play, and see a variety of plant collections at the National Arboretum. Wander around Green Spring Gardens on a scavenger hunt. Venture out to the gorgeous Meadowlark Botanical Garden. Relish in the peace at the Brookland Monastery. Or enjoy a tour indoors and out at the U.S. Botanic Garden. You can bring along a picnic to many of these places and make it a whole day’s outing.

24th Annual Art Safari
Where: The Torpedo Factory | Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, October 19, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

An annual Alexandria tradition for almost a quarter-century, Art Safari returns for a day of hands-on activities for kids and families. Professional artists lead budding art enthusiasts in dynamic projects across all three floors of the Torpedo Factory. Join other children to build a life-sized papier-mâché creature. Experiment with potter’s clay and silkscreen printing. Paint with Japanese black ink, turn cereal boxes into a city, create metallic leaf rubbings, and so much more. Projects are best for ages 5–12, but younger kids will have lots of fun with some grown-up help. Dress to get a little messy!

* This is Howie do it!
* And this is how we fans do it! 😁
* The Newseum will close after December 31, so plan to visit before then. (Look for a discount on admission here.)
* There’s a giveaway going on…enter for a chance to win eight free classes at MOCO Movement Center!
* I’d been coveting these Day Glove flats forever and finally bought them — just as cute IRL as online! (That’s my referral link, btw.)
* Am I abnormally sappy, or do these make you tear up, too?
* Haha!

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