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The Weekend Round-Up: April 15-17

 

Kick off National Park Week at Great Falls — for free!

 

Happy Weekend! And if you’re celebrating…  Chag Sameach!  Ramadan Mubarak!  Happy Easter!

Quick links for go-to posts:
* Spring Things
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Indoor Outings
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Bike Rides
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places
* Baltimore with Kids

Free Parking
Where: National Parks
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

National Park Week starts on Saturday, and it’s kicking off with a fee free day, so there’s no entrance fee to national parks that usually charge admission. Take advantage and hit the trail at  Great FallsShenandoahPrince William ForestHarpers Ferry, or head up to Baltimore to explore Fort McHenry. Find even more parks to visit here.

Petalpalooza
Where: The Yards | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Saturday, 1-9pm
Admission: Free
Celebrate spring at the final big event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.  Petalpalooza is a day-long, all-ages celebration featuring art, music, and play on multiple outdoor stages, interactive art installations, a beer garden (note that the bar is cashless), family-friendly hands-on activities, and more, all along the banks of the Anacostia River. The evening will be capped by a dazzling 15-minute fireworks show set to music starting at 8:30pm.

Pandaversary Party
Where: National Zoo | Woodley Park, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 2pm
Admission: Free
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute and Chinese partners have been saving giant pandas for 50 years and it’s time to celebrate! Partygoers can enjoy special treats from the Chinese Embassy, free world premiere screenings of the Smithsonian Channel documentary “The Miracle Panda,” lion dance performances, live music and, of course, special panda-themed activities. Be sure to reserve free entry passes!

Happy Emancipation Day, DC!
Where: Freedom Plaza & Pennsylvania Ave. | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 2-9pm
Admission: Free

Join in the celebration of DC Emancipation Day with a parade led by Mayor Bowser, a concert featuring local and national artists, and a fireworks display to end the night! Emancipation Day honors President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act in 1862, which freed over 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia.

Opera Starts with Oh!
Where: Tregaron Conservancy | Northwest DC
When: Saturday, 10:45am – 12pm
Admission: Pay What You Can

Budding opera enthusiasts can connect back to the land with the opera Silvain and learn about all the aspects that bring it to life in this outdoor event! Opera Starts with Oh! welcomes back Guest Artists Sarah Laughland (dance) and Patrick Kilbride (tenor), and introduces new Guest Artist Penelope Musto (cello)!  Together, they’ll rotate through each guest artists different activities, which will include dance, music, and opera singing as it relates to Silvain! Tregaron Conservancy is located at 3100 Macomb St. NW.

One with Eternity
Where: Hirhshorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free (with timed-entry passes)

Try to catch the new Yayoi Kusama exhibit at the Hirshhorn!  Including two Infinity Rooms, the yellow and black polkadot Pumpkin, plus a couple more pieces and elements that illustrate Kusama’s fascinating life and artistry, all ages will dig it.  Free same-day Timed Passes are distributed daily at the Museum starting at 9:30am. All visitors age 12+ must have a pass!  Kids under 12 do not need passes, adults with a pass can bring up to two children. Be sure to read this KFDC write-up about the exhibit that includes more info, tips, and a glimpse of what you’ll experience.

Exhibit A… and B, C, & D
Where: Museums around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free
There are even more great exhibits to experience right now at our local museums. The whole family will be fascinated by FUTURES at the Arts & Industries Building.  Take kiddos to hang with Thomas and Friends at the National Children’s Museum.   Laurie Anderson: The Weather at the Hirshhorn is a great one for tween ages and up.  Enjoy the cherry blossoms a little bit longer as you immerse in Pixelbloom at ARTECHOUSE (get a glimpse here). And, of course, the rest of our Smithsonians have permanent collections that we never get tired of seeing — see links to them and loads of other museums and indoor places here.

Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt
Where: Victura Park | Kennedy Center, DC
When: Saturday, 12-1pm
Admission: Free

Bring little ones out to the outdoor areas of The REACH at the Kennedy Center park for an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt! There will be lots of hidden treats and prizes to find throughout the grounds, plus two Golden Tickets to win a fully stocked Easter Basket! Stay to enjoy food and sips from the cafe, live music starting at 2pm, and the lovely views from the riverside park.

Egg Hunts & More
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: Through Saturday
Admission: $10/child, $12/adult, $7.50/egg hunt

The Easter Bunny hid some eggs  filled with treats to enchant children, and Great Country Farms welcomes kids to find them! There will be multiple egg hunts with timed ticket entrance ($7.50 extra).  Plan to see spring chicks and baby animals, take a wagon ride, and enjoy the sprawling play area, too!

Bunnyland
Where: Butler’s Orchard
When: Friday & Saturday
Admission: $10/online, $12/at gate

Butler’s Orchards’s  popular spring festival begins this weekend, back wth all the trappings for seasonal fun: bunnies, eggs, and other Easter-related treats for young guests. Attractions include hayrides down the Day Trail, good baskets for children,  giant slides, jumping pads, farm animals, pedal tractors, and more.  Concessions are available, and there are  picnic tables if you prefer to pack a lunch.

Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Potomac Overlook Regional Park | Arlington, VA
When: Daily through Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: $8

Hop on over to Potomac Overlook and experience a brand-new kind of egg hunt. Pick up your egg hunt sheet at the nature center, explore the park for different “wooden eggs”, and then return to the nature center with your completed sheet for a prize!

Egg Hunt Days
Where: Clark’s Elioak Farm | Clarksburg, MD
When: Daily through Monday
Admission: $8

Little ones (ages 1 to 3 and 4 to 6) will have a chance to hunt for eggs throughout the day at this Maryland Farm that looks like something out of a story book! After hunting, they get to turn the eggs in for a goodie bag. The petting farm, rides, and play areas will be open for all to enjoy, too. Be sure to take a look at the website for a heads-up on how the egg hunts will run, so you can make the most of your day there. Read more about Clarks Elioak in the KFDC post about the best outdoor places in the area.

Go for a Spin
Where: Cabin John (Bethesda) & Wheaton Regional Park, MD
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $2.50

All aboard! Montgomery Park’s Cabin John Train and Wheaton Train and Carousel are open for the season. Take kiddos for a spin around the parks on replicas of an 1863 steam locomotive. Or go for whirl on the Carousel (Wheaton only). Plan for time on the playgrounds, too — both offer lots of fun for little ones.  Read more about Cabin John here and Wheaton here.

Model Train Open House
Where: Historic Vienna Train Station | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free (donations accepted)

Is it time to get out and see something fun past “Zoom” sessions? Stop by the Vienna Train Station for great family fun and activity for the young and young at heart. Visit our museum of train memorabilia.  Saturday, March 12, 2022  from 1-5 p.m.  FREE ADMISSION (donations accepted). Hosted by the Northern Virginia Model Railroaders.  The Station is at 231 Dominion Road NE, Vienna, VA along the W&OD trail just past the Caboose.  Phone 703-938-5157 [leave a message] or check our website  www.nvmr.org  for more information and a full open house schedule.

Come From Away
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Through Sunday
Tickets: $50-95+ (find discount)

I saw this show a few years ago, and it is incredibly emotional (in the best way possible) and entertaining… Broadway’s Come From Away takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Recommended for ages 10+.

Beastgirl
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through April 22
Tickets: $20

This exciting world premiere for young adults is based on the chapbook Beastgirl and Other Origin Myths by New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo. The collection of folkloric poems is brought to the stage with music as the play explores the mythological and geographic identities of three first generation American sisters. From the border in the Dominican Republic to an apartment rooftop in New York City, Beastgirl considers what it means to walk the world as “beastly” beings and how the myths that make us can be both blessing and birthright. Recommended for ages 12+.

The Fantastic Tale of Rumpelstiltskin
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: Friday, 10:30am | Saturday, 11:30am & 1pm
Tickets: $15

In a brand new production, the Puppet Co. gives you the full story of what happens after the gold has been spun and the day has been saved. This hilarious and smart comedy will be a great romp for adults and kids alike. Can you guess Rumpelstiltskin’s new name?! Recommended ages 4+. Run time approximately 50 minutes.

Catch Me If You Can
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: Through Sunday
Admission: $66-105 | Find Discount
This weekend is the final chance to see this show.  Owen and I caught a performance, and it was fantastic — vibrant, and clever, and bursting with talent!  Here’s the official description:  Humor, music and dance drive this rousing musical based on true events and a critically acclaimed film. See how a charming, young con man posed as an airline pilot, a lawyer and then escaped police custody all before he turned 22. Where else, but Washington, DC, could a musical about con men and being conned be the perfect story we need right now? Recommended for tweens and up.

Mean Girls
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through April 24
Tickets: $45-199 (find discount)

Direct from Broadway, Mean Girls is the hilarious hit musical based on Tina Fey’s movie. Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. Soon, this naïve newbie falls prey to a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung. Recommended for age 10+.

The Servant of Two Masters
Where: Synetic Theatre | Crystal City, VA
When: Through April 24
Tickets: $20-50

Mistaken identities, wily servants, and madcap antics abound in this laugh-a-minute tale of the ultimate trickster. Helmed by Vato Tsikurishvili and the Helen Hayes Award-nominated team from the 2019 hit Cyrano de BergeracThe Servant of Two Masters is a raucous adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s classic farce.

Vamos United!
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $30 (look for deal)

DC United host Austin FC this weekend. Tickets are still available to cheer on the black and red! I recommend taking public transportation since parking can be difficult. Or park in the Navy Yard neighborhood (Audi Field is a short walk from there) and get a bite to eat before the match — El Bebe, All Purpose Pizza, The Salt Line, and Dacha are very convenient and my top recs for family-friendly spots to eat there.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* The Bonsai Museum at the National Arboretum has reopened to the public for the first time since 2020!
* There’s now a Wordlebot to analyze your Wordle play.
* Do you know about Greenlight, the debit card is especially for kids? Both of mine have one, and we all find it a great way for them to manage money (and for us parents to keep track of, too).
* This true crime podcast starring Jon Hamm is so gripping!
* Some great ideas. 🙂

 

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The Weekend Round-Up: April 8-10

Baseball season has begun!

 

Happy Weekend!

Quick links for go-to posts:
* Spring Things
* Cherry Blossom Festivities
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Indoor Outings
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Bike Rides
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places
* Baltimore with Kids

The Nats are Back!
Where: National Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Baseball season has begun! The Nats kicked it off with an Opening Day game against the Mets, and the series continues through the weekend. There are evening games Friday and Saturday at 7:05pm, and an afternoon match-up on Sunday at 1:35pm. There are special promos and happenings, including a Stephen Strasburg Bobblehead giveaway and a cherry blossom celebration.  Back this season are Signature Sundays when two Nationals players, coaches or broadcasters will be available for autographs down the first base line near the Nationals dugout. (vouchers provided at Section 103 on a first-come, first-served basis), and Kids Run the Bases where young fans can loop the in field after the Sunday game.

Outdoor Movie Night
Where: The Yards | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 7:45-9pm
Admission: Free

In honor of Earth Month, The Yards and Capitol Riverfront BID are hosting The Yards Green Guide Movie Night, with a screening of The Lorax. It’s free to attend, but a $5 donation to the Anacostia Watershed Society is suggested — register in advance here. BYO chairs and blankets, and plan to pick up a food for a picnic under the stars at one of the many restaurants and eateries there.

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
Where: Constitution Avenue, 7th – 17th St NW | Downtown DC
When: April 9, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

The pinnacle of cherry blossom festivities just might be the parade. Thousands of people line Constitution Avenue to watch the procession of lavish floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands, and a variety of performers roll through the city. Tickets for grandstand seats are available for $25-40, but you can stake out a spot along the curb for free. Plan to arrive early to get a good view — the crowds come out for this one, especially if it’s a pretty spring day, and likely even more so after being cancelled for the last two years..

Sakura Matsuri
Where: Pennsylvania Ave, 3rd-7th St NW | Downtown DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10:30am – 6pm
Admission: $10-15/ages 13+, $50/family package, free/12 & under

Following the Cherry Blossom parade, head over to Sakura Matsuri, the Japanese Street Festival that is America’s largest exhibition of Japanese culture. The 60th annual event will feature live music and dance performances, all kinds of Asian and Western foods, martial arts demos, Japanese art, and more. Even better, this year it will be held over two days!

Bluebells at the Bend
Where: Riverbend Park | Great Falls, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm & 12-2pm
Admission: $8/advance, $10/at event

Celebrate the Virginia Bluebells as they blanket the banks of the Potomac River at Riverbend Park. This annual festival is back after a Covid hiatus and will have  wildflower walks, live animals, exhibitors, live music, crafts, and food trucks. There are two ticketed sessions, and you can save a couple of dollars by registering in advance online. Read more about Riverbend in this KFDC post. And to see what else is going on at other Fairfax County Parks, go here.

Festival of Spring
Where: Burnside Farm | Nokesville, VA
When: Daily, 9am – 6pm
Admission: $8/day

Tiptoe (and stroll and frolic) through the tulips! Burnside Farm’s annual Festival of Spring showcasing the season’s flowers is open and blooming. Wander through the giant fields that contain 200 different varieties of tulips in a rainbow of colors and 30+ varieties of daffodils and pick your own to enjoy at home. Admission also includes all kinds of play opportunities — bouncy fun,  cornhole games, hop on-hop off wagon rides, antique tractors and a real life size caboose, authentic dutch wooden shoes to “klomp” around in, and more.  You can BYO food for lunch or a snack al fresco in the picnic area, too. Be sure to have your camera handy for some brilliant photo ops!

Japanese Culture Day
Where: Library of Congress | Capitol Hill, DC
When: April 9, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

The Library of Congress is hosting a day of fun especially for kids to celebrate cherry blossom season.  All ages are welcome to learn about Japanese culture through reading, writing, and craft-making with Japanese cultural and linguistic professionals during the Library’s Japanese Culture day. Books related to Japan and Japanese culture will also be on display. Special highlights include a Japanese drum presentation by Miyako Taiko led by Mark Rooney (outside on the Plaza) and a karate demonstration by Tsuyoshi Takemori from D.C. Yamato-juku Club in the Great Hall.  Register here!

Food Waste Prevention Program
Where: Anacostia Community Museum | Anacostia, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Take on the role of a strawberry and try not to get wasted as you journey from farm to fork. Bring the whole family to participate in this 20 min outdoor game about food waste led by a very smart, but silly Strawberry. Players will learn about the daunting journey strawberries take in order to make it to our refrigerators – and the many obstacles they face in order to avoid the landfill. Other kid-friendly activities about food waste will round out the experience, as well as the chance to see the museum’s thought-provoking exhibition: Food for the People: Eating and Activism in Greater Washington.   Activities will take place both outdoors and indoors. Appropriate for children ages 4 and up, as well as their grown-ups.

White House Spring Garden Tours
Where: White House Grounds | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4:30pm & Sunday, 10am – 2:30pm
Admission: Free, but tickets are required
Here’s a chance to see the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden, Kitchen Garden, and South Lawn at the White House. The annual Spring Garden and Grounds Tours are back and being held on Saturday and Sunday — and gaining admission to the event is as easy as picking up tickets the day of.  They will be distributed at a National Park Service tent located near the Ellipse Visitors Pavilion each day starting at 8:30am. (That means you could be getting entry times for  later in the day, so plan accordingly as best you can.) Go here for more details and info on how to get tickets.

Early Egg Hunts
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: Through April 3
Admission: $10/child, $12/adult, $5/egg hunt

The Easter Bunny hid some eggs  filled with treats to enchant children, and Great Country Farms welcomes kids to find them! There will be multiple egg hunts with timed ticket entrance ($7.50 extra).  Plan to see spring chicks and baby animals, take a wagon ride, and enjoy the sprawling play area, too!

Bunnyland
Where: Butler’s Orchard
When: April 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 11
Admission: $10/online, $12/at gate

Butler’s Orchards’s  popular spring festival begins this weekend, back wth all the trappings for seasonal fun: bunnies, eggs, and other Easter-related treats for young guests. Attractions include hayrides down the Day Trail, good baskets for children,  giant slides, jumping pads, farm animals, pedal tractors, and more.  Concessions are available, and there are  picnic tables if you prefer to pack a lunch.

Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Potomac Overlook Regional Park | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: $8

Hop on over to Potomac Overlook and experience a brand-new kind of egg hunt. Pick up your egg hunt sheet at the nature center, explore the park for different “wooden eggs”, and then return to the nature center with your completed sheet for a prize!

Egg Hunt Days
Where: Clark’s Elioak Farm | Clarksburg, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $8

Little ones (ages 1 to 3 and 4 to 6) will have a chance to hunt for eggs throughout the day at this Maryland Farm that looks like something out of a story book! After hunting, they get to turn the eggs in for a goodie bag. The petting farm, rides, and play areas will be open for all to enjoy, too. Be sure to take a look at the website for a heads-up on how the egg hunts will run, so you can make the most of your day there. Read more about Clarks Elioak in the KFDC post about the best outdoor places in the area.

Beastgirl
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through April 22
Tickets: $20

This exciting world premiere for young adults is based on the chapbook Beastgirl and Other Origin Myths by New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo. The collection of folkloric poems is brought to the stage with music as the play explores the mythological and geographic identities of three first generation American sisters. From the border in the Dominican Republic to an apartment rooftop in New York City, Beastgirl considers what it means to walk the world as “beastly” beings and how the myths that make us can be both blessing and birthright. Recommended for ages 12+.

Opera Starts with Oh!: Bringing Silvain To Life
Where: The Hill Center | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 1:30-3:30pm
Admission: Pay what you can

young opera-goers can join the program that dives deep into Silvain and learn about all the aspects that bring it to life! Guest Artists: Sarah Laughland (dance), Jeannette Christensen (costume design), and Rachel Felstein (soprano) will rotate through different activities — dance, costume design, and opera singing — as it relates to the opera.

The Fantastic Tale of Rumpelstiltskin
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: Through May 15
Tickets: $15

In a brand new production, the Puppet Co. gives you the full story of what happens after the gold has been spun and the day has been saved. This hilarious and smart comedy will be a great romp for adults and kids alike. Can you guess Rumpelstiltskin’s new name?! Recommended ages 4+. Run time approximately 50 minutes.

NSO Music for Young Audiences: Super Cello!
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Tickets: $20

The city is safe with the help of a unique cellist: professional musician by day, superhero by night. SCOTTIE ROWELL of Atlanta’s TELLER PRODUCTIONS and NSO cellist DAVID TEIE unite to tell a fantastic story using puppets, props, and plenty of music to help a very super musician save the day. Recommended for ages 3+. Following select performances, young audience members can ask questions and hear stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with some of the artists.

Catch Me If You Can
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: Through April 17
Admission: $66-105 | Find Discount
Owen and I just saw this show recently, and it was fantastic — vibrant, and clever, and bursting with talent!  Here’s the official description:  Humor, music and dance drive this rousing musical based on true events and a critically acclaimed film. See how a charming, young con man posed as an airline pilot, a lawyer and then escaped police custody all before he turned 22. Where else, but Washington, DC, could a musical about con men and being conned be the perfect story we need right now? Recommended for tweens and up.

Mean Girls
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through April 24
Tickets: $45-199 (find discount)

Direct from Broadway, Mean Girls is the hilarious hit musical based on Tina Fey’s movie. Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. Soon, this naïve newbie falls prey to a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung. Recommended for age 10+.

Oklahoma!
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through Sunday
Tickets: $49-159

This is Oklahoma! as you’ve never seen or heard it before — reimagined for the 21st century, and now the Tony winner for Best Revival of a Musical. Funny and sexy, provocative and probing, “this production shocked me and moved me. This is the OKLAHOMA! that was there all along,” raves New York Magazine. Direct from an acclaimed run on Broadway, OKLAHOMA! “lets us experience Rodgers and Hammerstein’s greatness anew” (The New Yorker). Note that the show contains fog, loud gunshot effects, moments of total darkness, and violence. Recommended for ages 12+.

The Servant of Two Masters
Where: Synetic Theatre | Crystal City, VA
When: Through 24
Tickets: $20-50

Mistaken identities, wily servants, and madcap antics abound in this laugh-a-minute tale of the ultimate trickster. Helmed by Vato Tsikurishvili and the Helen Hayes Award-nominated team from the 2019 hit Cyrano de BergeracThe Servant of Two Masters is a raucous adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s classic farce.

Brigadoon
Where: Olney Theatre | Olney, MD
When: April 8-10
Tickets: $60 (find discount)

Enjoy a concert performance of the Broadway classic. New Yorker Tommy Albright unexpectedly arrives at mysterious Scottish Highland village of Brigadoon, which only appears for one day every 100 years. When Tommy meets and falls in love with Fiona, a beautiful villager in this magical hamlet, he must decide whether to return to his old life, or stay in Brigadoon — forever. Featuring such standards as “Almost Life Being in Love”, “Come to Me, Bend to Me”, and “Heather on a Hill.”

Enchanted Rhapsody
When: Saturday, 4-7:30pm
Where: 6th St S & S Ball St, Arlington, VA 22202
Admission: Free; Registration required.

Welcome the bliss of springtime with a starlit night listening to a live set of Taylor Swift versus Queen songs performed by the Edgewood String Quartet. Specialty drinks and food will be available for purchase from RĀKO and other local eateries. Registration is required to experience this night of Enchanted Rhapsody and to break free from the winter blues, embracing an evening of being fearlessly you.

Planet Curious
Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

This complimentary family and community event will explore the causes and effects of climate change and help you and your family learn how to have a role in reducing its impact on your community and the world. Designed for all ages, NBM Climate Day will offer essential information and hands-on, interactive activities for the whole family led by architects, landscape architects and builders that show new ways that they are addressing climate change. Talk with community activists to learn how you can support their efforts and become engaged in their work. Attend a series of quick, engaging talks to learn about solution-based projects already in progress. Experience family-friendly hands-on activities designed to inspire children ranging from 5 to 12. Explore a curated exhibition of projects inspired by the Green New Deal Superstudio that translate its core goals—decarbonization, justice, and jobs. And more! Free, drop in. No registration required. All ages welcome.

Cherry Blossom Jubilee
Where: Torpedo Factory | Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Sunday, 12-3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the Cherry Blossoms on the other side of the Potomac, too! Head to the heart of Alexandria for cherry blossom-themed activities and other events at the Torpedo Factory, the wonderful riverfront arts center. The fun kicks off with a live performance by taiko drum group Nen Daiko on the Waterfront side. Afterward, view the Art Center-wide exhibition of cherry blossom-inspired works by resident artists and galleries while enjoying music and live art demonstrations from participating TFAC artists.

Anacostia River Festival
Where: Anacostia Park | Southeast DC
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

The annual Anacostia River Festival is a premier event of the 2022 National Cherry Blossom Festival. This year enjoy a series of musical performances, including the sights and sounds of Go-Go music, local drum lines, and military bands. Along with live music, the Festival will feature pre-registered and socially distant river activities such as canoeing and fishing along the Anacostia River.  Sign up here!

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Spring break is beginning for most DC students, so be sure to check the guide for Where to Go and What to Do if you’re going to be in town and looking for fun activities.
* Plan ahead: The National Zoo is hosting a Pandaversary Party next weekend.
Interesting read about baby names — and picking the wrong one.  (True story: Owen arrived a little early, and we weren’t yet totally decided on the name, so he was Matthew for one day!)
* A friend this recommended this film for a family movie watch, saying if we like Sing Street (which we looove), we’ll enjoy this, too.
* Ukraine still really needs support, and this is an easy and tasty way to offer it.
* 10 Happy Things for April 🙂

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The Weekend Round-Up: April 1-3

Spend time in the tropics at the US Botanic Garden

 

Happy Weekend!

Link up to posts full of ideas for ongoing and seasonal activities:
* Spring Things
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Indoor Outings
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Bike Rides
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places
* Baltimore with Kids

Go Back to the Garden!
Where: US Botanic Garden | Capitol Area, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

We can finally go back inside the US Botanic Garden! Starting Friday, the Conservatory will welcome visitors again for the first time since pre-Covid. Explore the different plant collections as you walk amid woodland flora, desert areas, and tropical rainforest (one of the the most stunning spaces in DC). Be sure to bring kids to the (hopefully open) Children’s Garden, where they can play and use some gardening tools.   And plan on a stroll through the lovely National Garden outside, too. Read more about the  USBG here and here.

One with Eternity
Where: Hirhshorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free (with timed-entry passes)

The much anticipated Yayoi Kusama exhibit opens at the Hirshhorn on Friday! Including two Infinity Rooms, the yellow and black polkadot Pumpkin, plus a couple more pieces and elements that illustrate Kusama’s fascinating life and artistry, all ages will dig it.  Free same-day Timed Passes will be distributed each day it’s open, Thursday – Sunday, at the Museum starting at 9:30am. All visitors age 12+ must have a pass!  Kids under 12 do not need passes, adults with a pass can bring up to two children.  The museum will be staying open until 8 pm on Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2. This adds extra walk-up spots for Kusama and time to spend in five other exhibitions.   Be sure to read this KFDC write-up about the exhibit that includes more info, tips, and a glimpse of what you’ll experience.

Fairies in the Garden
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Lusby, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $5/adult, $3/child

The annual magicalicious exhibit of fairy and gnome houses at Annmarie opens this weekend! This annual display adds extra delight to the already wonderful sculpture garden in Calvert County with a collection of handmade fairy and gnome homes scattered throughout the grounds.  On Friday evening 5-7pm, join a family-friendly event to celebrate the opening and  see all of the fairy houses on display on the patios before they are spread around the garden. You can also enjoy live music, tour the gallery exhibit, take a walk, and appreciate an evening of art and nature. Cash bar and food truck there, too.  Read more about Annmarie Sculpture Garden in this KFDC post and this one.

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The Weekend Round-Up: March 25-27

 

 

Happy Weekend!

Quick links to loads of ideas for local activities:
* Spring Things
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Indoor Outings
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Bike Rides
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places
* Baltimore with Kids

‘Tis the Cherry Blossom Season
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies

The cherry blossoms hit their peak at the Tidal Basin this week, and you might still be able to catch the tail end of it there. You can also seek out other places to view them — this post includes suggestions for where to go. Even more, events and activities to celebrate the iconic bloom are getting into full swing. Some are listed below, and you can find even more happening this weekend in this post as well as plan for the rest of the season.

Maryland Day
Where: Various locations in Maryland
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies
Celebrate Maryland’s birthday and enjoy a weekend full of activities highlighting the state’s heritage and culture. More than 60 events that are free or just $1 will be offered throughout Anne Arundel County.  They will take place at museums, libraries, parks, historic downtown Annapolis, and more places. Find details for all of it here.

Blossom Kite Festival
Where: Washington Monument Grounds | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday 10am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free

The sight of thousands of kites in all colors, shapes, and sizes soaring around the Washington Monument truly is a sight to behold. The sails you see flying at the Kite Festival each spring range from simple to pretty darn creative. Dragons, sharks, butterflies, giant soccer balls, even some that look like big, beautiful origami works way outnumber your basic diamond. And anyone can go fly their kites, so plan to BYO. There’s a competition aspect to the event, too; expert kite enthusiasts will wow crowds with cool stunts, and prizes will be awarded to winners of various categories such as most beautiful, funniest, and aerodynamics.

NoMa in Bloom Day
Where: Alethia Tanner Park | NoMa, DC
When:: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

This free family-friendly event will be filled with music, delicious food, kite flying, and a curated market by Neighbors DC. The National Cherry Blossom Festival has designated Alethia Tanner as a “Featured Park” for the National Kite Festival. BYOK (Bring Your Own Kite) or use one of a free kite there (while supplies last).  The event is, but let tyhem know you’re going with an RSVP here.

Free Family FunFest
Where: Prince George’s Stadium | MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 1:30pm
Admission: Free

Join the Bowie Baysox for this free festival that will be loaded with fun for the whole family. Enjoy carnival-style rides and games, lots of activities from Baysox sponsors and partners, opportunities to hang out with mascots Louie and Rocko, raffles, and more. Fans can also tour the field and walk the warning track. Even more, the Bowie Police Department will be there with police cars, horses from the Maryland National Capital Park Police Mounted Unit, and fire apparatus from PG Fire & EMS.

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

There’s all kinds of entertainment on local stages this weekend. Here’s what and where you can catch it (and you can find show details here):
* P.Nokio – A Hip-Hop Musical at ImaginationStage
* Make Way for Ducklings at Adventure Theatre
* Catch Me If You Can at Arena Stage
* The Adventures of Mr. Toad at Creative Cauldron
* Mother Goose at Imagination Stage
* Grace at Ford’s Theatre
* RENT at National Theatre
* Snow White at Hylton Performing Arts Center

Tiny Tots: Tree Songs
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am
Tickets: $15

The Puppet Co.’s sweet Tony Tots series is back! At these shows especially for little ones (2-4 years old). lights remain on, doors stay open, and running times are short (30 minutes) to accommodate smaller attention spans. In Tree Songs, Jasper and his puppet friends take you on an interactive, musical adventure. Sing and dance to your favorite tree songs, while exploring pre-school science.

Spring Cleaning (& Art Collecting!)
Where: Victura Park | Kennedy Center, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

Victura Park, the great outdoor cafe and wine garden at The REACH, has opened for the season, and is hosting an art market this weekend. Over 50 local artists have been invited to declutter their studios for a Spring Cleaning sale. All DC-based visual artists, they’ll be selling work made before 2022 to make room in their studios for their next big project! All work sold will be $150, or less and 100% sales go back to the artists.

Anime Movies Days
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday & Sunday | 2pm, 4:30pm, & 7pm
Admission: $10

Enjoy some anime by the river! The Wharf is celebrating the globally popular Japanese genre of anime with an outdoor anime movie festival. Anime Movie Days includes favorites like Steamboy, Okko’s Inn, A Letter to Momo, The Sky Crawlers, and more. Screenings take place each day at 2pm, 4:30pm, and 7pm. Drinks and snacks are available at the Cantina Bambina concession window.

NoVa Parking
Where: Various parks in Northern Virginia
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Not only are many of the locales within the NoVa Parks system great places to go for outdoor recreation, other activities within some of them are now available. Batting cages, mini golf, kayak and canoe rentals, and disc golf are some of them. And some are just beautiful to roam around.  Find things to do by activity, or check out individual parks and see what they have going on. A couple of specific recs:  FountainheadPohick Bay, Potomac Overlook, and Meadowlark.

Blooms at the Fort
Where: Fort McHenry | Baltimore, MD
When: throughout the weekend
Admission:
DC isn’t the only city with cherry blossoms in bloom. You can see them in Baltimore, too, and Fort McHenry apparently is at peak bloom now.  It also makes for a very interesting, informative, and enjoyable outing for all ages. Engaging exhibits range from historical objects and structures to multimedia displays and interactives. And the grounds located right on the Chesapeake are lovely to stroll on a nice day.  Make a longer day of it in Baltimore (or even a weekend)  — the KFDC Guide to Exploring Baltimore with Kids has ideas and info for all kinds of things to do.

Oxon Run Pinknic & Kite Fly
Where: Oxon Run Park | Anacostia, DC
When: Sunday, 12-3pm
Admission: Free

For a smaller kite flying fest than the big one on the National Mall, head to Oxon Run Park in Anacostia, There will be kite programming, entertainment, and more in coordination with the Blossom Kite Festival.

Petal Porches
Where: Around the DC area
When: Through April 17
Admission: Free

Check out local porches decorated for cherry blossom season! For the second year, residents and businesses around the area were encouraged to get creative and show their blossom spirit by decorating their porches, yards, and windows to spread joy and connect communities. Find a map here showing locations of all registered Petal Porches, so you can plan a walk or drive to see and share in the celebration of spring.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***

* Spots are still open for hand cut portraits with Master Silhouette Artist Karl Johnson — just for KFDC readers! The 10-minute virtual sessions will take place Monday, March 28, and Wednesday, March 30. (FYI, they make for great Mother’s Day gifts!)
* Be aware of road closures for the Rock ‘n’ Roll half-marathon on Saturday, and consider taking Metro to get around DC.
* The new Yayoi Kusama exhibit opens at the Hirshhorn next Friday, April 1 — and it is fantastic!  Get a sneak peek of it here. (More about it on the blog soon!)
And reopening next Friday: The U.S. Botanic Garden!
* The cherry blossoms aren’t the only flowers in town.  See what other big blooms are on their way — and where to see them — in this KFDC post.
* Oscars this weekend!  Rooting for Drive My Car for Best Picture.  Other excellent films (imo): Parallel Mothers, CODA, The Lost Daughter. What were your favorite movies this past year?
* Is this going around 😆
The way she’s looking at her mom 💕

 

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The Weekend Round-Up: March 18-20

 

Happy Weekend!

Quick links to loads of ideas for local activities:
* Indoor Outings
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places
* Baltimore with Kids

Happy Spring!
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Spring begins this weekend, and with the season comes some awesome events and activities. This new post  highlights spring things that have already started, are about to begin, or are coming up in the next few month!

HerStory 5k
Where: Freedom Plaza | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 9am
Admission: Free

Start your Saturday with a run/walk to celebrate women’s history! Inspired by Mayor Muriel Bowser and the history-making women of our nation’s capital,  FITDC HerStory5K  attracts DC residents and folks from around the country to commemorate Women’s History Month, live and in person. This annual event pays homage to the 350,000 women and girls living in the nation’s capital, and the 165 million women and girls across the country.

 

 

Cherry Blossom Season
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

‘Tis the season for celebrating DC’s famous bloom! The National Cherry Blossom Festival officially kicks off on Sunday, but there are some blossom inspired activities and events happening before that. See where and when and plan for upcoming fun with this round-up of cherry blossom happenings that are especially great for families.

Women’s History Geocaching Hunt
Where: In & around The Crossing | Clarendon, VA
When: Through April 3
Admission: Free
Rosie Riveters’ free, fun Women’s History Hunt  honors women’s contributions to STEM.  This geocaching adventure includes six clue boxes, also called caches. Each one contains a puzzle piece with information and fun facts about a real woman in STEM! Kids who complete the hunt will also receive a Rosie Riveters STEM kit as a prize! All you need to do to enter is take a picture of your completed puzzle and email it to info@rosieriveters by Sunday, April 9. Read more about it here.

Cherry Blossom Cultural Performances
Where: Tidal Basin Welcome Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Catch live entertainment presented by the National Cherry Blossom Festival! Starting on Saturday, there will be music and dance performances on a special stage set up at the Tidal Basin Welcome Area (at a new location on West Basin Drive SW between the Martin Luther King, Jr., and Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorials and near the Japanese Pagoda).  Daily live performances on the ANA stage will take place 12-6pm and showcase a cross-cultural mix of American, Japanese, and other performing arts celebrating 110 years since the gift of trees from Tokyo to Washington, DC. A full list of performers and performance schedules can be viewed here. The National Park Service will also offer Ranger talks, Bloomin’ Junior Ranger activities, and more.  

Cherry Blossom Family Celebration
Where: American Art Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join the Smithsonian American art Museum and the National Cherry Blossom Festival outside on the museum’s F Street plaza for a celebration of Japanese culture. A taiko drumming performance kicks off the day, followed by Les The DJ spinning Japanese pop, funk, and boogie beats and the Koto ensemble performing traditional Japanese dance.  Pick up a step-by-step cherry blossom craft kit to take home, and discover spring-themed artworks in SAAM’s galleries with a self-guided scavenger hunt designed for all ages. Read more about the museum in this KFDC post.

Kickin’ It on the Hill: A Family Game Day
Where: Grace Covenant Church | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Grace Covenant Church is hosting a day of family fun! They’ll have free pizza, games, a balloon artist, face painting, and a live kid’s band, “Curtis and the Shimmies,” entertaining guests. Invite your friends and neighbors to kick it on the Hill. Admission is free, but consider bringing a donation of a box of individually packaged snacks to benefit Sasha Bruce Youthwork. The church is located at 417 9th St SE.

Ireland at The Wharf Festival
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free
The Wharf and Kirwan’s Irish Pub are celebrating all things Irish this weekend. Bagpipers; live Irish music and dance performances; and, of course, pints of beer will be part of the festivities. Read more about The Wharf, DC’s beautiful riverfront area in southwest, in this KFDC post.

Raptors of the Potomac
Where: Potomac Overlook Park | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday, 1-2pm
Admission: $7
Soar on down to this program about local avian predators! Learn about the area’s native birds of prey and the amazing adaptations they use to hunt. Meet the resident raptors that are cared for at the park, and watch a naturalist feed a live bird of prey! Plan on more time at Potomac Overlook Park, where you can hike the trails and see ever more exhibits in the Nature Center and outside— read about it all in this KFDC post.

 

One of my favorite theatre-goers and I both loved the show!

Catch Me If You Can
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: Through April 17
Admission: $66-105 | Find Discount
Owen and I just saw this show last night, and it was fantastic! More to come soon, but here’s the official description for now:  Humor, music and dance drive this rousing musical based on true events and a critically acclaimed film. See how a charming, young con man posed as an airline pilot, a lawyer and then escaped police custody all before he turned 22. Where else, but Washington, DC, could a musical about con men and being conned be the perfect story we need right now? Recommended for tweens and up.

Shamrock Shindig
Where: The Station | Riverdale, MD
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free
Keep the St. Patty’s day celebration going and meet at The Station’s Bear Square for an Irish extravaganza with bagpipe performances, Irish Step Dance performances and classes, a live DJ, and DIY St. Patrick’s Day crafts. Guests can also participate in a leprechaun scavenger hunt to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!

Pop Up Market, Seed Exchange & Kids Planting Kits
Where: Common Good City Farm | Shaw, DC
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free
Looking for activities to do at home with your kids? Pick up a spring planting kit from Common Good at their pop-up market. The LEAF program is putting together spring planting kits for youth in the community. They will also have a painting station for kids to decorate a pot before taking them home to plant. Kits and supplies are free, but if you are able to support, they suggest a donation of $10 per kit. Pick up will be next to the main gate entrance of the farm.

Mother Goose
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $12

Enjoy a music-filled show at Imagination Stage! Mother Goose leads the audience through some of her most beloved nursery rhymes, using puppets and props to bring to life Humpty Dumpty, Old King Cole, the Eensy Weensy Spider, and more. The magical Mother Goose invites your little ones to join in with each rhyme’s story — teaching them that the very best way to do what needs to be done is to do it together. Recommended for ages 1-5.

Make Way for Ducklings 
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $25
Catch a show at children’s theatre in Glen Echo Park.  Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are exhausted from their search for a starter home when they land in the Boston Public Garden as a potential home. Surprised by a few conditions in the Garden, the Mallards move on to continue their search until their baby ducklings are born. When the ducklings begin to explore the world around them. The challenges of parenthood in the busy Boston environment create a fun bit of family drama. A classic story for all ages, this world premiere musical celebrates family, Boston, children, and the beings who make an unfamiliar place a home. Recommended for all ages.

 

The Friends Experience
Where: Woodies Building | Downtown DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $35-42

Take a little trip down TV nostalgia lane and into the world of Friends. This interactive experience recreates some of the sets from the show — including the opening fountain scene, Central Perk, Joey and Chandler’s apartment, and Monica and Rachel’s kitchen — and highlights some of the best moments, hair, and fashion, and even offers some extra insights (ie, Rachel’s actual letter to Ross — all 18 pages, front and back!).  A friend and I had lots of laughs when we toured it earlier this week.  (My kids haven’t watched the series, but I know it’s been a hit with many tweens and teens, and they could definitely enjoy this, too.)

Minyo Blooms, Tree Planting & Concert
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Saturday, 3-5pm
Admission: Free
Celebrate cherry blossom season with National Harbor as they host a tree planting and concert on Saturday. A special Kanzan cherry tree, characterized as the “showiest” cherry trees with dramatic, deep pink blossoms, will be planted at 3pm to join more than 200 cherry trees there. The existing trees bloom each year in March and are some of the earliest blooms in the D.C. region. Stay for a performance by Minyo Crusaders from 4-5pm. on the waterfront stage. The group performs minyo music with Latin and African influences and uses instruments from around the world.

Virtual Youth Law Fair
Where: Online
When: Saturday
Admission: Free
Students in 6th – 12th grades are invited to join this free daylong event that tackles the most current legal issues facing local students. Past topics include social media use, bullying, and racial profiling. The students are introduced to a hands-on experience within various aspects of the law through a mock trial and exhibition hall. The day also includes activities involving educating youth about the layout of courthouses and their courtrooms, getting their questions about the law answered by D.C. Superior Court judges and lawyers, a mock trial in the courtroom led by attorneys and the open forum speak out sessions on various youth related legal themes are the focus of the day.

NSO Family Concert: Because
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Sunday, 2pm & 4pm
Tickets: $20-35

Because Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence Mo Willems wrote a powerful story of how chance, discovery, and persistence changed the Amber Ren related to the hero of the story, she created magical illustrations. Because the book moved them, the NSO wanted to turn it into an orchestral piece. Because acclaimed composer and violinist Jessie Montgomery was also changed by music as a young person, she composed the score. Because is a world premiere symphonic exploration that you and your loved ones want to see and hear to become part of the story. Recommended for ages 5+.

Young People’s Concert: Once Upon a Symphony
Where: Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center | Alexandria, VA
When: Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free

The United States Marine Band is hosting its annual Young People’s Concert titled “Once Upon a Symphony.” This concert will take place at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College. Join guest composer James Stephenson and the Marine Chamber Orchestra for the 50-minute immersion in the fascinating world of musical composition. This highly engaging and interactive program not only introduces young audiences to the instruments of the symphony orchestra, but also involves them in the compositional process culminating in a unique world première performance.

*** MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Public tours at the White House will resume April 15!
* In case you missed it in the latest Five Things, Hamilton is returning to the Kennedy Center this summer, and Goldstar has pre-sale tickets available.
* This Washingtonian article about kids birthday parties is an interesting read.
* Where to watch March Madness around DC, indoors and outside.
* A very heated Instagram debate about who can claim DC. (Thoughts?)
* World Central Kitchen has been doing incredible work to help Ukrainian refugees — led by DC’s own Jose Andres. If you can, please make a donation to support their efforts. 💙💛

 

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