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The Weekend Round-Up: November 14-16

This is how they roll

This is how they roll

The happenings this weekend are as cool as the weather we’re going to get — and there are plenty of them, too. Embrace the holiday spirit, enjoy a museum program, have some artsy fun, see a show, celebrate our local trails, the start of the ice skating season, or a park reopening…and those are just a few of a plethora of options. Happy Weekend!

Celebrate the Ice Skating Season
Where: Canal Park Ice Rink
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: Rates to skate: $9/adult, $8/child, $4/rentals

The ice skating season has officially begun, and Canal Park is celebrating with a Grand Opening bash on Saturday. Along with the obvious (ie, gliding around the rink), guests can enjoy other fun activities, including balloon making and face painting. If you want to hit the ice in an area closer to home, check out this post for more places to skate the day away.

Thanksgiving Family Festival
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Kids can celebrate fall at the American Art Museum by making Thanksgiving Day decorations to display, learning to contra dance with a live band, and taking a scavenger hunt in the galleries to find feast-themed art!Make your own Thanksgiving centerpieces (every Turkey Day celebration needs a well-dressed table!), learn to contra dance with a live band, and take a scavenger hunt through the galleries to find feast-themed art!

Family Volunteer Day
Where: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
When: Saturday, 9-11am
Admission: Free

Bring the whole family and participate in the annual Family Volunteer Day at Kenilworth Aquatic! Join them to jump start the holiday season by showing he kids the value of service and gratitude for nature’s beauty. Projects include separating and potting grasses, raking leaves, removing invasive plants and picking up trash. There is no set age limit but parent supervision is required for those 18 and younger. Face painting and park tours will follow the volunteer service! RSVP recommended.

Party Arty!
Where: Anna Banana Art Studio
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Anna Banana, the children’s art studio in Georgetown, is celebrating two years of offering art classes with an Open House Birthday Party. Stop by to say hi, check out the studio, enjoy treats, and make some art with the kids – all for free! It’s a thank you to YOU for two years of art classes in Georgetown. The studio is located at 3270 S Street, NW, and there’s easy parking nearby.

Holiday Cheer
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by locale

If you think it’s too early to start celebrating the holidays, think again! Shows and events that embrace — and emit — the holiday spirit are beginning around the area. This weekend, catch Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol at Adventure Theatre (find discount tickets), enjoy the holidays on ICE! At National Harbor, Re-Imagine the holidays at a tree lighting in Silver Spring, go holiday shopping at Strathmore and Mosaic District, and stroll through Meadowlark Garden’s Winter Walk of Lights. The 2014 KFDC Guide to the Best Holiday Events in DC has ALL you need to help make the season bright.

Future Trails Celebration
Where: First & Pierce Street NE in NoMA
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Join the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, REI, and trail lovers from around on Saturday for a free and family-friendly celebration of the biking and walking trails that connect our region. There will be free bike repairs by REI mechanics and an interactive REI Signature Camp where you can test out camping and bike touring gear. There will also be free cookies from the Captain Cookie food truck and free coffee, free bike rentals for those who wish to join a trail tour, trail tours of the nearby Met Branch Trail, carnival games, amazing raffle prizes, face painting, and crafts. It’s a party for the whole family!

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

* Little ones can enjoy interactive theatre with Wake Up, Brother Bear at Imagination Stage
* The Okee Dokee Brothers are playing at the National Geographic Museum on Saturday
* Encore Stage & Studio’s version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is in its second weekend (get a deal on tickets)
* Catch a performance of The 3 Billy Goats Gruff at The Puppet Co.
* Parallel Exit brings physical comedy to BlackRock Center for the Arts
* Fiddler on the Roof is on the Arena Stage (and it’s fantastic!)
* Driving Miss Daisy is still in its run at Ford’s Theatre
* Michael Shwedick’s Reptile World is this week’s free Saturday Morning at the National performance
* The Diggity Dudes are playing the Saturday morning show at Jammin’ Java
* Creative Cauldron presents Arabian Nights this month
* Date night? I highly recommend the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s latest production of As You Like It (also good for older children who’d enjoy Shakespeare)

Family Day: World War I -A War of Innovation
Where: National Air & Space Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

The First World War was among the deadliest conflicts in history. In the race to gain tactical advantage, each side of the conflict worked on major advances in manufacturing, chemistry, medicine, communications, and weaponry–including the introduction of aircraft into the war. This family day will explore the social and technological history through presentations and hands-on activities.

Chew the Fat
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: $3/adult, $2/child

What can you do with fat? Many things! Help the Farm Family in their final preparations for winter by making soap, candles, dubbin and tallow. While you’re there, tour the grounds and get a glimpse of farm life in the 18th century. Read more about Claude Moore in this past KFDC post.

Annual Book Fair
Where: Oyster-Adams Bilingual
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Get started on your holiday shopping and support a local school at Oyster-Adams Bilingual School’s 20th Annual Book Fair. There are books for children of all ages and adults alike. The school is located at 2801 Calvert Street NW.

Girls Frisbee Clinic
Where: Walter Pierce Park in Adams Morgan
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Girls in grades 5-8 can learn to play Ultimate Frisbee! They’re invited to take part in a clinic that is part of the Girls Ultimate Movement (GUM), a nation-wide movement to get girls involved in Ultimate at a young age. Led by two local women’s club teams, the two-hour clinic will introduce the basic skills and concepts of ultimate, one of the fastest-growing team sports in the country. More information, including registration info, can be found here.

Pay MOM’s a Visit
Where: MOM’s Organic Market
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free

MOM’s Organic Market is opening its first DC location today and will be celebrating with a Grand Opening this weekend. Stop by for local samples, kid’s activities, and a reusable MOM’s bag full of goodies (while supplies last), all while supporting Sasha Bruce Youthwork — 5% of Grand Opening sales will be donated to the youth shelter and services provider doing wonderful work in the city. The new MOM’s is located at 1501 New York Avenue NW.

Animal Safety Story Time
Where: Shaw Neighborhood Library
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: Free

Home Buddies DC is on a mission to reduce the millions of dog bites that occur to children each year and it all starts with education. That’s why they’re holding a fun and interactive book reading to teach kids how to interact with dogs. Join them at the Shaw Neighborhood Library on Saturday for a reading of their very own children’s book Scout Says, “Dogs Get Nervous, Too.” Each child will get a FREE copy of the book to take home! In addition, there will be a trained dog on-site for children to practice proper interaction with pets. The program is most appropriate for preschool aged children; however, kids 12 and under are welcome to attend.

Stead Park Reopening Celebration
Where: Stead Park
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 1:30pm
Admission: Free

After three years of planning and renovating, Stead Park will be reopened to the public on Saturday. The park now boasts a jogging track, splashpark, performance stage, seating, trees, and an additional entrance from 17th Street. Celebrate its reopening at a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Mayor Vincent. C. Gray, followed by a Family Fun Field Day, featuring games, face painting, refreshments, live entertainment, crafts and more! Stead Park is located at 1625 P Street NW.

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

Drop in 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 Sequoyah, the creator of the Cherokee alphabet. The story will be read at 1:05pm, 2pm and 3pm on Saturday and at 2:05pm, 3pm, and 4pm on Sunday. Read more about the program in this post about one of our experiences there.

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The Weekend Round-Up: November 8-9

Peep the peak -- fall foliage is at its best right about now

Peep the peak — fall foliage is at its best right about now


We’re right about at autumn’s midpoint and the foliage is peaking accordingly. These recs include a bunch of ways to enjoy the best of the season, and there’s a nice variety of other happenings, too. See a show, cheer on the DC United, score some bargains or “new” bike, attend a book festival storytime. And if you want even more options, check out the Everyday Play page for a huge list of mainstay recreation around the area. Happy Weekend!

Kids Euro Fest
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

It’s the last weekend to enjoy all kinds of art and cultural entertainment of the European variety. Among the lineup this Saturday and Sunday are puppetry and music from Slovenia, opera from Cyprus, a Lithuanian dance performance, fun with science from Estonia, an animated film from Spain, and much more. Even better, it’s all FREE! See the schedule for showtimes and descriptions.

Go, United!
Where: RFK Stadium
When: Saturday, 2:30pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Support the DC United in the second game of the Eastern Conference Semifinals as they take on the New York Red Bulls. Ticket prices are a little higher than they are for regular season matches, but the battle for the MLS Cup should bring some pretty exciting soccer action! View your ticket options here.

Trash to Treasure Green Craft Fair
Where: Watkins Nature Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Do some eco-friendly shopping while the kids have fun at this special event featuring vendors selling items made from recycled, organic, or sustainable materials. Along with local artists selling their handmade wares, there will be non-profit environmental groups and crafts for kids, a book exchange booth, and more. Don’t miss a chance to win some loot from the multi-item raffle to benefit the nature center.

Theatre Workshops for the Very Young
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center
When: Saturday & Sunday (& Monday)
Admission: $5

Along with Arts on the Horizon, the Atlas is presenting this interactive, 30-minute story time for children ages 1-3 years old, featuring the classic, “Are You My Mother?” The workshop aims to promote new vocabulary, build listening skills, and encourage working together in groups. After, stay for a free 20-minute play session.

Ice It
Where: Local ice skating rinks
When: Throughout the weekend (& winter)
Admission: Varies by rink

Glide the day away as several area outdoor ice rinks open for the season. Meander your way around Canal Park Ice Rink and stop in the Park Tavern for some hot chocolate and a bite to eat. Skate in Silver Spring at Veteran’s Plaza. Do some shopping and snacking along with your skating at Pentagon Row in Arlington. Practice your axles and triple lutzes at Reston Town Center. Circle the largest outdoor ice skating rink between Baltimore and DC at Rockville Town Square. This new post has details on all of our local skating venues.

Disc Golf
Where: Calvert Road Park
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Hit the links, the chain links, that is! Disc golf is a great way to enjoy a nice fall day outdoors with the family. I just posted about the golf-Frisbee combo, and my kids’ first venture on the course. Not only is it fun and challenging, the Calvert Road Park course in College Park is lovely this time of year.

Autumn Bonsai: The Colors of Nature
Where: U.S. National Arboretum
When: Through Monday
Admission: Free

Take your little people to see the little trees in their brilliant autumnal colors before the leaves fall away to reveal bare winter silhouettes. See red maples, yellow ginkgos, and fruited trees in the Museum’s permanent collection pavilions. Be sure to tour the big trees around the rest of the National Arb while you’re there, too – it’s easily one of the best places in the city to do some leaf peeping.

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

* Encore Stage & Studio’s version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow opens this weekend! (get a deal on tickets)
* Catch a performance of The 3 Billy Goats Gruff at The Puppet Co.
* Fiddler on the Roof is on the Arena Stage
* Driving Miss Daisy is still in its run at Ford’s Theatre
* Lesole’s Dance Project: Dancing through South Africa is this week’s free Saturday Morning at the National performance
* Join the Billy Jonas Band for their “Build It Back Again” CD Release show at Jammin’ Java
* CReative Cauldron presents Arabian Nights this month
* Date night? I highly recommend the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s latest production of As You Like It (also good for older children who’d enjoy Shakespeare)

Grand Fall Festival Finale
Where: Ticonderoga Farm
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $14.95

It’s time to really play with the leftover pumpkins or make some home made pumpkin pie, and Ticonderoga Farms knows just how to. Head out to Chantilly to bowl some pumpkins down their 85-foot-plus slide or let them blast off from the new pumpkin chunking cannon — you pick out the special pumpkin, and they’ll pull the plug. Of course, admission includes hayrides and the rest of their farm attractions – slides, jumping pillows, animals, playground, bamboo maze, and more. Plus, a pumpkin is included with each paid admission to try one of the fun activities.

“New to You” Yard Sale
Where: Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten
When: Saturday, 7:30-11:30am & 12-1pm
Admission: Free

Want to score some great items that are “New to You?” Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten (LANK) in Reston is holding their annual community yard featuring tons of baby and children’s gear donated by nearly 100 local families. They sell infant and children’s clothing up to size 10, strollers, highchairs, bikes, toys, exercisers, books, DVDs, children’s furniture, bottles and much more! Get there early for the full selection, and get 50% off some of what’s left from 12-1pm. Any unsold merchandise will be donated to charity at the conclusion of the sale. Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten is located at 12021 N. Shore Drive & Wiehle in Reston.

Leaf Peep on the Trail
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Take in the brilliant color spectrum of autumn and get a little exercise, to boot, on a family hike. From right here in the city to country locales, you’ve got your pick of places where you can enjoy the fall foliage and some time on the trail. This post about good area hikes with kids might be old, but the recommendations are still relevant for happy trampers.

Roam Free
Where: Dumbarton Oaks Gardens
When: Saturday & Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy free admission along with the lovely gardens at Dumbarton Oaks. From November through mid-March, there is no fee to roam the grounds of the Georgetown locale. Read more about about it and get a glimpse in this KFDC post.

(Buy a) Bike and Roll
Where: Bike and Roll National Mall Location
When: Sunday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Need some new wheels? Bike and Roll DC, a bike tour and rental company, is holding a fleet sale. They’ll be selling their 2013 Trek Verve 3 Adult Comfort Hybrid special edition bikes in a wide variety of sizes to fit your cycling needs – check them out for yourself or for an older child. Lock and light sets will be on sale with the purchase of any bike. All sales are cash only and final, so be prepared…and excited to go home with a “new” bicycle! Their National Mall location is at 955 L’Enfant Plaza SW.

Storytime with the Author
Where: JCC of Greater Washington
When: Sunday, 9:30am
Admission: Free, but tickets required

The JCC of Greater Washington’s annual Book Festival is from November 6-16 and includes a free children’s program this Sunday. Join Lesléa Newman, PJ Library author of more than 50 books, for morning snacks and story time! Here Is the World is a joyous celebration of the Jewish holidays throughout the year for young children. From lighting the menorah for Chanukah, shaking a grogger for Purim, and sounding the shofar for Rosh Hashanah, the joy and significance of each holiday comes to life in her book. For ages 4-7, and children must be accompanied by an adult. The JCC of Greater Washington is located at 6125 Montrose Road in Rockville.

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The Weekend Round-Up: November 1-2

Minecraft Steve and Vampire Kitty say bring on Halloween!

Minecraft Steve and Vampire Kitty say bring on Halloween!


It’s no trick when I say you’re in for some treats this weekend, and not just the sugary kind that’ll have our kids bouncing off walls tonight! With Halloween-themed fun, autumn celebrations, live entertainment, Day of the Dead, special museum programs, and more among the goings-on, you’ll only hear “Boo!” from the ghosts. And don’t forget to check out the Everyday Play page for even more reasons to scream… for joy. Happy Halloweekend!

Trick-or-Treat at Geroge’s Place
Where: Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
When: October 31, gates open at 3:30
Admission: $10/adult, $5/child

Join Mount Vernon’s costumed cast for a special opportunity to trick-or-treat in the historic area. Guests can participate in a Halloween craft activity in the greenhouse; go on a scavenger hunt; view special trade demos, like 18th-century wool carding, spinning, and fish net making. There will also be Halloween-themed stories in the straw bale amphitheater, colonial games, dancing demonstrations, and wagon rides. All young guests are invited to join in the children’s costume parade around the Mansion at 6pm. Prizes will be awarded for the best “George” and “Martha” costumes!

Pumpkin Chunkin’
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $10/adult, $8/child

Wondering what to do with your jack-o-lanters now after Halloween is over? Head to Great Country Farms’ for its annual Pumpkin Chunkin, where visitors have permission to make a big mess. Bring your used jack-o-lanterns and old pumpkins to create the Farm’s famous Pumpkin Fireworks as they are dropped from a 40’ lift, smashed, splashed, and shot through pumpkin cannons at targets like an old Chevy suburban and oil tank. While there support our troops through the Lucky Duck Pumpkin Drop, a season-long fund raiser for the Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors. Rubber duckies are on sale all season for $5 each with 100% of proceeds benefiting the 501(c)(3) nonprofit. On Sunday at 2pm, the duckies will be placed in a swimming pool for a giant pumpkin drop. The pumpkin will splash the duckies out of the pool and onto “Prize Spots” which feature prizes from businesses and groups supporting this fund raising effort. And as usual, the Farm will be abuzz with other activities, including the giant farm style playground, tractor rides, rope swings, and the corn maze.

Kids Euro Fest
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Art and culture with European roots continue to entertain kids throughout the area, thanks to the French-American Cultural Foundation, 28 EU embassies, and more than a dozen major cultural institutions. Storytellers, musicians, children’s films, and puppeteers are just a few of the shows and art sessions on the lineup this weekend. See the schedule for specifics.

Dia de los Muertos
Where: National Museum of the American Indian
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10:30am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Join the American Indian museum for its annual Día de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”), a celebration originating in Latin America, particularly in Mexico and Central America, to commemorate the lives of the dearly departed and welcome the return of their spirits. Learn and take part in this centuries-old tradition, which includes pre-Hispanic and Spanish customs alike.

Learn About Skulls
Where: National Museum of Health & Medicine
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Human skulls and animal skulls – how are they alike and different? See a variety of skulls from the museum’s collections and participate in skull-related craft activities. Recommended for kids in kindergarten – grade 4.

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

* It’s the opening weekend of Fiddler on the Roof at Arena
* See Fancy Nancy the Musical at BlackRock Center for the Arts this weekend only
* The Kennedy Center presents NSO Kinderclassics: Musical Opposites on Saturday
* Catch a show of The 3 Billy Goats Gruff at The Puppet Co.
* And Old MacDonald’s Farm is the featured Tiny Tots at the Glen Echo puppet theater
* Driving Miss Daisy still in its three-month run at Ford’s Theatre
* Disney on Ice presents their version of Frozen at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore
* Paul Hadfield: Spats the Last Vaudevillian is this week’s free Saturday Morning at the National performance
* Spend Saturday morning with Rocknoceros at Jammin’ Java

Where: Farms around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Celebrate the season on the farm while you still can — most fall festivals are only on for another weekend or two. From pumpkin patches and apple picking to corn mazes and hayrides to giant slides and jumping pillows, there are tons activities to help you embrace the autumn spirit. See this page for details on fall festivals happening around the area.

Where: Logan Circle
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: Free

The last DC MEET Market of 2014 will celebrate the thankful season with a canned food drive, Thanksgiving-themed crafts for kids, hearty food from Sloppy Mama’s, and music by DJ AYESCOLD, Finley Martin, and RagnaPOP. Ans as always, the market will showcase over 40 local vendors selling their goods ranging from fine arts, home décor, and handcrafted jewelry to fashion apparel, baby accessories, and prepared foods. The market is free, open to the public, and of course, family and pet-friendly!

Fall Festival
Where: Potomac Crescent Waldorf School
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: $5 (extra for activities)

The Potomac Crescent Waldorf School’s annual festival is a family-centered day of games, crafts, puppet plays, a hearty and wholesome lunch, and more! Children can decorate candleholders, make sun catchers, and create beautiful felt necklaces. Puppet shows will also run throughout the day. Guests can also shop for beautiful handmade dolls and traditional craftwork at the Waldorf Handworks table and enjoy music, displays by local craftspeople, and a lunch for purchase. All are welcome! The school is located at 923 South 23rd Street in Arlington.

Innovation Festival
Where: National Air & Space Museum
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

What better place to celebrate innovation than at the mueum that…. Head to the Air & Space museum to … the accomplishments of American inventors and the spirit of innovation that has led to so many of today’s technologies. Exhibits, crafts, talks, and performances will showcase ingenuity at the Smithsonian and across America. Meet inventors and the patent examiners who worked with them on their inventions, hear directly from experts about how an idea is molded into a working product, and try your hand at making your own invention.

Family Day
Where: Artisphere
When: Sunday, 12-3pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with cartoons, make and take cupcakes, and a dance party for kids hosted by the folks from Baby Loves Disco. Have a frighteningly fun time with your favorite Looney Toons characters as they screen some of the spookiest episodes. Create your very own adorable cupcake and donut characters — each treat will come to life as participants utilize various materials and mediums to give their art a 3D effect. Artful fun for the kid in everyone!

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Boo at the Zoo Tix on Sale for FONZ Members

When the costume catalogs start to arrive, it’s officially acceptable to start planning for Halloween–even when they come as early as mid-August. Not only have we received new reading for the kids (both Owen and Sasha are captivated by pictures of superheroes, cartoon characters, and princesses), the emails are invading my inbox as well.  And they are working–already I am worried that all the good stuff is going to get snatched up before I’m ready to commit to costumes. But when my kids have a new favorite every week, it’s risky to buy so far in advance!

It seems the National Zoo is on the same schedule as the costume people because as of today,  Boo at the Zoo tickets are on sale for FONZ members.  The cost is $20 for all visitors ages 2 and over.  Tickets for non-members will go on sale September 1 for $30.  You can purchase tickets at the National Zoo gift shops, through Ticketmaster, or by calling the Zoo’s ticket line at 202.633.0151 (a $2/ticket service fee will apply).

If you haven’t been to Boo at the Zoo, I recommend checking it out.  It’s a DC tradition and a blast for kids (the zoo recommends it for ages 2 – 12, and I’d say that’s about right).  Kids can trick-or-treat their way through a wild Halloween party that includes 40 treat stations, animal encounters, and loads of spooky fun.  It’s a great, family-friendly way to celebrate one of the most fun holidays of the year.

Boo at the Zoo will take place on October 22, 23, and 24 this year.  Festivities will run from 5:30-8:30 p.m.


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