Want to have a “hole” lot of fun and a “wicked” good time while supporting a beloved local organization? Join Adventure Theatre for their Mini Golf Fore Good fundraiser, an event that will benefit DC area kids through their theatre programs, classes, and camps!
On October 29, the ATMTC Academy studios at Wintergreen Plaza in Rockville will be transformed into an 18-hole mini golf course for families to swing their way through. There will also be a Halloween costume contest, a Tricky Tray for a chance to win amazing prizes, fun giveaways, snacks, and more!
Tickets are $10 per person or $100 for a 4-Pack that includes a set tee time with individual golfer benefits, snack packs for four people, and $50 worth of tricky tray tickets.
Who’s on board for Halloween fun? The B&O Railroad Museum has a couple of spooktakluar events for kids coming up, and I have two 4-Packs of Tickets to give away to two lucky KFDC readers!
Toddler Time Halloween Parade
On October 26 at 10:30am, bring the sippy cup to the B&O Railroad Museum for the year’s last Toddler Time — a Halloween celebration and costume parade. Choo Choo Blue, the museum’s mascot, will lead the parade. Children listen to a Halloween story, create a craft, enjoy a train ride through the fictional town of Choo Choo Blueville, and parade in costume around the Museum to collect special treats — all included with paid admission. The spooktacular event is a train load of fun you don’t want to miss!
Witches & Wizards
On October 28 & 29, kids of all ages can celebrate Halloween at the train museum on this magical adventure. Dress as your favorite wizard or witch and take a ride on the Wizards Express, see sword demos, and enjoy all kinds of “magical” activities throughout the day, including a Wizards show. See all of the fun that will be included in the day here.
Admission to both events is $18/adult, $12/age 2-12, under 2/free. You can also try to win free tickets in the giveaway below.
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Giveaway: For a chance to win a 4-Pack of Tickets to your choice of the Toddler Time Halloween Parade or Wizards & Witches event at the B&O Railroad Museum, simply leave a comment below telling me what your child(ren) is going to be for Halloween. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too! This giveaway will run through Friday, October 20, 2017, then the winners will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!
Monday – Make it a musical morning with the Boogie Babes as Mr. Gabe performs for the kiddie crowd. Showtime is 10:30am at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Admission is $6/child, free for siblings 6 months and under. (And I’d guess at least some of the show will be inspired by the day’s main event.)
Later on, get your Halloween on! Head to the International Spy Museum store for Spy Fright, where you can learn tricks of the trade from make-up and disguise artist, Roger Riggle. Then you’ll be all set for a Gymboree party or trick-or-treating at Mount Vernon, Old Town Alexandria boutiques, Leesburg Outlets, Gateway DC, or the Pentagon City Mall! Details about all of these events are in the guide about Wicked Fun Ways to Celebrate Halloween in DC.
Tuesday – Visit the largest library in the world to see the #1 children’s author in the world! Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, is coming to the Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium from 10am – 12pm, for a one-hour program and book signing. Seating is limited for the public, so get there early! Admission is free.
Wednesday – Go for a walk in the woods and explore the grounds of Woodend Nature Sanctuary in Chevy Chase. The home of the Audubon Naturalist Society is perfect for hiking with little ones. The trails are mellow, there are several small exhibits like bees nests and bird feeding areas, and wildlife sightings are practically guaranteed. Open dawn to dusk. Admission is free.
Then from 4:30-5:30pm, take children ages 5-12 to the Shaw Neighborhood Library for a fun afternoon of music with the DC Youth Orchestra! Kids will have the opportunity to check out and play a variety of orchestral instruments with the help of the DCYO’s specialized instructors. Admission is free.
Thursday – Jump with joy at Flight Trampoline Park in Springfield, VA. This bouncy nirvana hosts Kid Flight sessions, when the whole park is open only to ages 6 and under, from 10am – 2pm Monday through Friday. Special pricing starts at $8/30 minutes ($10/hour) — and an accompanying adult jumps free! I recommend buying tickets and submitting waivers online in advance to save time when you get there.
Friday – Take the money tour at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. It’s a great outing with kids on the DCPS day off, since tours are only offered on weekdays. Tours run every 15 minutes 9am – 2pm this time of year. Admission is free, but tickets are required, and you can pick them up at the booth on Raoul Wallenburg Place starting at 8am. This post from one of our outings there has more details about the experience.
A giant blue rooster, a roof top space, and great views from it…all new at the NGA
Monday – Visit the recently reopened East Building of the National Gallery of Art! Full of modern art with bold colors and captivating designs, it’s a great museum to visit with kids. Be sure to stop in the new Alexander Calder room on the 4th floor, where mobiles of all shapes and sizes spin and dazzle. And, of course, don’t miss the giant blue rooster — and fabulous views of the Capitol — on the roof top. Hours are 10am – 4:30pm, and admission is free.
Tuesday – Explore and play at Potomac Overlook Park in Arlington. Hike the short trails and let the kids romp on the playground, then visit the nature center where you can see turtles, snakes, and other creatures in terrariums and discover more about the natural world in the Kids Cave. Hours are 10am – 5pm. Admission is free.
Wednesday – Let little ones bounce, climb, swing, tumble, and slide at the PG Sports & Learning Complex Gymnastics Center. The hour-long open play session begins at 11:30am, and admission is $7/child. (This also takes place on Tuesday at the same time.)
Thursday – Catch a performance of Aquarium at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. With gentle music, beautiful puppets, and interactive props, children and caregivers will delight in the magical underwater world the play creates. Showtime is 10am, and tickets are $10. Afterward, grab some lunch at a nearby H Street eatery — Maketto, Bullfrog Bagels, and Shawafel are a few of our faves.
Friday – Head to Cabin John Regional Park for play time and Halloween fun. Begin with some time on the awesome sprawling playground amid the lovely woods. Then starting at 1pm, you can take a ride on the “Eye Spy” Halloween Train, which features just enough “boo” power for kids age 8 and under. Park hours are 9am – dusk, and admission is free. Train rides are $6, and I recommend purchasing tickets in advance online.