Tag Archives: July 2019

Don’t Miss Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, Running Through August 3!

This post is sponsored by Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, however, I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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Hang out on the LAWN in the National Building Museum

The National Building Museum’s annual Summer Block Party installation just opened, and it’s one to put on your seasonal To Do list. LAWN transforms the Great Hall into an inviting, expansive green space that encourages recreation and relaxation — whatever your preference — with an aesthetic and activities that evoke a feeling of summer.

Designed by the LAB at Rockwell Group, the studio that built the PLAY WORK BUILD exhibit upstairs, LAWN is a sloping, stretch of “grass” (it’s a soy-based, recyclable product) adorned with elements for visitors to enjoy. Adirondack chairs and blankets offer seating. Corn hole and croquet mallets and soft balls welcome play. The gentle hill is fun to run up or roll down. Hammocks invite guests to lay back and relax…and listen to stories of summer.

The hammocks are equipped with speakers above them playing audio of famous people talking about summer experiences. You can listen to Jose Andres, Whoopi Goldberg, Venus Williams, and many more celebrated folks share their memories. It kind of feels like you’re chilling out with a friend on a lazy day, listening to them relay a story.

There are more speakers placed around the exhibit that play sounds of the season — crickets chirping, a thunderstorm, birds calling. A stand at the bottom of the hill sells summer treats, lemonade and ice cream and cookies. And the museum’s fountain is incorporated into the exhibit in an interesting way, reminding me of an inflatable swimming pool in the backyard.

You can get a bird’s eye view of the whole scene from a three-story scaffolding tower at the top of the hill. Walk in and climb the stairs to a platform to watch the action below and get new perspectives of the stunning Great Hall.

There will be special programming like movie night, yoga sessions, and late nights, so be sure to check the calendar to see what’s coming up. And DC residents should be aware of Ward Days, when they can visit LAWN with complimentary admission from 9–11am when the ward they live in is invited: July 23 is Wards 7 and 8, July 30 is Wards 2 and 6, August 6 is Wards 3 and 4, and August 13 is Wards 1 and 5.

Plan a day to play and relax on the LAWN. It’s one that kids of all ages (including us really big kids 😉) will enjoy.

Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $16/adult, $13/age 3-17, $10/AARP & Blue Star, FREE/members

* Museum members get free admission, so this is a good time to consider a Family Membership


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The Weekend Round-Up: July 5-7

Hang out on the LAWN at the National Building Museum

Happy Weekend!

Hang out on the LAWN
Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $16/adult, $13/age 3-17

LAWN, this year’s big summer installation at the National Building Museum transforms the Great Hall into an inviting, expansive green space that encourages recreation and relaxation, whatever your preference. Kids of all ages (that includes us really big kids 😉) are welcome to frolic along the turf, roll down hills, play lawn games, get bird’s eye views, enjoy special programming, or just relax in a hammock and listen to stories of summer.

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire in Concert
Where: Wolf Trap | Vienna, VA
When: Friday & Saturday, 8:30pm
Tickets: $35-60

The Harry Potter™ film series is a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomenon that delights millions of fans around the world. This concert will feature the NSO performing every note from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant HD screen while hearing the orchestra perform Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score live to picture.

Drive-In Movie Time
Where: Union Market | NoMa, DC
When: Friday, 8-11pm
Admission: $15/car, walk-ups are free

A League of Their Own is this month’s featured film at Union Market’s outdoor movie series. Watch the classic flick about an all-female baseball league on the big screen from the comfort of your car in the UM parking lot. Get there as early to enjoy delicious foods from market vendors and fun pre-show activities for movie-lovers of every age! The film begins at 8:55pm. Advance purchase is recommended.

Summer in the City
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend

Admission: Varies by locale
Enjoy activities that make this time of year so much fun. Start the weekend off on Friday with a free outdoor concert or an evening of fishing, then continue the fun on Saturday and Sunday with water play at a pool or spray park. Cool off indoors at special summer museum programs like free admission to the Newseum or Lawn at the Building Museum. Feast on crabs or hit the beach to fulfill a seasonal must-do. Complete it all with a family movie under the stars at National Harbor on Sunday night. Get details about all of these summer diversions and even more in the 2019 summer guide.

Bike to the Blooms
Where: Kenilworth Aquatic Garden | Northeast DC
When: Daily, 7:45am – 4pm
Admission: Free

The annual lotus flower and water lily bloom has begun at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, and it’s pretty spectacular! You can add some adventure to an outing to see it by biking the Anacostia River Trail there, which I just posted about. No matter how you get there, try to see it during the peak, but do keep in mind the annual festival celebrating them is next weekend, July 13-14, and it’s a fun one for families. See scenes from a past bloom here and read more about Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens here.

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

The Nats are hosting the Kansa City Royals on Friday and Saturday and there some special programs to enjoy along with the baseball action of the field. Friday evening is Apollo Night, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing with space-themed activities, including stargazing, special guest appearances, and giveaways. And Saturday is Cat-urday, a purr-fect day for Cats fans. Before you plan your ballpark outing, checkout these KFDC tips on how to do a Nats game without breaking the bank.

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

* Enjoy fun and antics with The Cat in the Hat at Adventure Theatre (look for discount tickets)
* See a storybook character come to life in Matilda the Musical at Olney Theatre (look for discount tickets)
* The Ballad of Mulan is now on the Imagination Stage
* And little ones will love Balloonacy at the Bethesda theater
* Catch a performance of Circus! at The Puppet Co.
* Imaginary Friends is the featured Tiny Tots show there
* Take teens to see Byhalia, Mississippi at the Kennedy center

Dinosaur Park Open House
Where: Dinosaur Park | Laurel, MD
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Discover an ancient world right in Prince George’s County! Paleontologists and educators will display fossils, casts, and models of Astrodon johnstoni, Maryland’s state dinosaur, along with other 112 million-year-old creatures found at Dinosaur Park. Weather permitting, visitors help search for new fossils and make discoveries that will be preserved with their names for all time.

Where’s Waldo Tour
Where: Yards Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Join Universal Kids, the TV Network that playfully celebrates kids’ everyday adventures, on their tour in support of the new series “Where’s Waldo?” Stop by the family-friendly mobile truck at Yards Park to watch a sneak peek episode of “Where’s Waldo?” And enjoy a fun, interactive experience. Plan to stay and hang out at Yards Park — let the kids play in the water features and grab a bite at one of the many eateries.

Weekend Walk-In: Crazy Crowns
Where: American Visionary Art Museum | Baltimore, MD
When: Saturday, 1-4pm.
Admission: $5

Join the museum for their hands-on, drop-in, once-a-month art-making workshop in the AVAM classroom! Education staff will help you explore new creative territory & make a project inspired by one of their beloved visionary artists. During this session, create a custom royal headpiece just for YOU using shiny tape, faux flowers & more. No reservations are necessary, just pop in any time 1-4pm.

Creativity Workshop
Where: Phillips Collection | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Admission: $18/adult & child

Let your creativity fly in several art-making stations — it’s an art materials “petting zoo” for the whole family! Each station has a different project with art materials, instructions, and artistic inspiration from The Phillips Collection. A professional art educator is on site to support families who would like guidance. Comes with Artful Wellness Kit for parents and caregivers. Geared for families with children ages 2 to 8. See the website for more details! Read more about the Phillips and an upcoming annual event in this KFDC post.

ArtsFest 2019
Where: Riverdale Park Station | Riverdale,MD
When: Saturday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

The 12th Annual ArtFest and welcome dozens of local artists and purveyors showcasing and selling their original artwork, crafts and books. Find everything from original stained glass, oil paintings to hand-made jewelry and author signings, alongside a Children’s Pavilion featuring gardening crafts and face paintings. There will be local vendors selling food and a free, day-long concert featuring blues, rock, and classical musicians, dance and poetry.  

UniverSoul Circus
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Tickets: $13+ (look for discount tickets)

The world-class, live entertainment attraction that has captured the hearts and imaginations of a new generation of families is celebrating its 23rd year of FUN. UniverSoul connects with progressive, upwardly mobile, urban pop cultures from around the world, embracing and celebrating the unique and familiar aspects of global cultures and ethnicities into a stellar production that blends circus arts, theater and music. A fresh, cool, and hip approach to live family entertainment!

Infinite Space
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Throughout the weekend

Admission: $16/adult, $8/age 2+
The latest exhibition at ARTECHOUSE, Infinite Space explores the concept of infinity and “invites visitors to open their senses to the endless transformation and infinite possibilities at the intersection of man and machine.” Six immersive installations will delight and amaze and some will make you feel like you’re floating in, well, Infinite Space. Family-friendly hours are 10am -5pm, and evening hours 5:30-11:30pm for ages 21+ when exhibit-themed cocktails are served make for a fun date night.

Women’s World Cup Viewing Party
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Cheer on team USA on the waterfront at The Wharf! Watch the Women’s World Cup Final with other fútbol fans on a 16-foot jumbotron screen on Wharf Street, broadcasting to the Pearl Street party zone. Enjoy food and drink on the patios of Kirwan’s on the Wharf, Kaliwa, Pearl Street Warehouse, and Lupo Marino (must purchase, of course). The event is free to attend, all ages welcome.

World Cup Watch
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Sunday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Kick it at National Harbor for the USA vs. Netherlands final. The World Cup celebration will feature live broadcasts; VIP stadium seating in the new District Stadium, a converted cargo crate complete with LED lighting, ceiling fans, shaded seating, and beverage service; plus food and beverage specials.

DC Art Book Fair
Where: National Museum of Women in the Arts | Downtown DC
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

This curated, kid-friendly event in the Museum’s Great Hall brings together small presses, artists, and more to sell their independently published (largely paper-based) works. More than 40 artists will be selling creations from zines to books, comics to prints, and plenty in between. The Fair is part of the monthly Free Community Day, so be sure to explore the current exhibitions and permanent collection, too!

* With mixed weather this weekend, both The Great Indoors list and the round-up of the best outdoor places will be good to keep handy.
* Jaco Juice & Taco Bar is a great little place to get a tasty bite with kids in Georgetown. (Pair it with a visit to Dumbarton Oaks, like we just did!)
* Get ready for Amazon Prime Day (well, days,)…on July 15 & 16 you can score some amazing deals!
* Free in DC is a great local blog to follow for the scoop on free and low-cost things to do.
* Pop-up cuteness!

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Immerse in Infinite Space at ARTECHOUSE

Experience infinity (and beyond!) at ARTECHOUSE this summer

ARETCHOUSE has made its mark on the DC art scene with exhibitions that fuse art and technology, and encourage visitors to not just view it, but experience it. The latest, Infinite Space, is no exception. Exploring the concept of infinity, the exhibit asks, “…if finitude is the only absolute truth in life, how can we imagine structures and patterns that repeat themselves into an imperceivable horizon? How do we frame imagined realities that represent something beyond our perception of life and of linear time?”

Owen neverending

Yes, that’s a lot to contemplate, especially for a kid. But you really don’t have to think about it too deeply to experience and enjoy Infinite Space. The exhibit is comprised of several major installations, including three infinity boxes, an infinity room, a hall of mirrors, and large-scale projections on the walls of the main room, images generated by a machine using data sets ranging from human memories, photographs of Mars, cultural archives, and sea surface activity. All of the works are immersive in some way, and visitors can, in a way, be part of the art and delight in it from within.

Artist Refik Anadol explaining how it works

You can step into the infinity boxes with changing digital designs reflected on all sides (except the open front), including the ceiling and floor, and see yourself floating within them. It’s also interesting to get an “outside-the-box” perspective, too. You can walk through a maze of mirrors with multiple versions of you walking along with you. A whole infinity room surrounds you with digital patterns, all reflected onto mirrored walls, seeming to go on forever and eliciting that rubber-knees sensation when you look down and feel like you’re standing on a precipice (or maybe that’s just me). You can also relax on a beanbag in the main room, watch the images sweep over the lofty walls, and ponder what it all means to you.

Contemplating infinity

Infinite Space is running at ARTECHOUSE through September 2. Update: The exhibit has been extended to September 15! Family-friendly hours are 10am -5pm, and evening hours are 5:30-11:30pm for ages 21+ when exhibit-themed cocktails are served. It’s recommended for ages 6+, but all ages are welcome, and I think younger children would like it, too. Admission is $16/adult, $8/age 2+.

Put this on your summer activity list, for sure. In the meantime, here’s more of a glimpse…

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