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Top o’ the Weekend

The hills are alive with the sound of Sasha...


If the alpine landscape in the photo didn’t give it away, the jacket surely did.  We’re not in DC.  But even on vacation in the mountains of Colorado, I remain a dedicated blogger.  And with that, here are this week’s recommendations for fun with the kids FRiday through Sunday…in the DC-metro. Happy Weekend!

LEGOS Galore  BrickFair, the nation’s largest LEGO Fan Festival, takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Dulles Expo & Conference Center. From 11am – 4pm both days, guests can behold some amazing creations constructed by LEGO enthusiasts from around the world. Admission is $9/person, $30/family of 4, free for children 3 and under.

Movies Under the Stars – The 15th Annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival began last night and continues this evening with a viewing of Tangled at 8:30pm.  Taking place at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, several more family films will be screened throughout the weekend, and there will on-site dining (popcorn, candy, pizza, & fare from Hard Times Cafe of Bethesda).  Admission is free, but $1 food tickets can be purchased there, with a portion of the proceeds going to NIH Children’s Charities.

Mail Art WorkshopDiscover the fun of creative correspondence at the National Postal Museum. They’ll provide colorful materials, canceled postage stamps, inspiration, and everything else needed to make a unique piece of mail art. Drop in, get creative, and send the mail on its way to brighten someone’s day.

Edible Color WheelThe Corcoran is hosting a free art workshop for kids ages 4-12 on Saturday from 10:30am – 2pm. Participants will use icing to discover how to mix primary colors into secondary colors and create their own edible color wheels.

Fairfax County 4-H FairThe fun began Thursday at Frying Pan Farm Park with an old-fashioned carnival featuring amusements, rides, and food vendors that runs through the weekend. The 4-H part of the 63rd Annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair takes place on Saturday and Sunday.  See the website for schedules and more details.

Get a Legg UpThe final matches of the annual Legg Mason Tennis Classic will be played this weekend.  Tickets, while not cheap, are still available for all of the sessions.  Visit the official website to see who is still swinging in the tourney and to reserve seats online.

Children’s Theatre-in-the-WoodsThere’s only one more week to enjoy Wolf Trap’s summer family theatre series.  On Saturday, Secret Agent Skidoo and Instant Opera! Will take the outdoor stage among the trees.  Tickets are $8 for both shows. Read the KFDC review of the CTITW series here.

International Spy MuseumPut a little mystery into the weekend with a visit to the International Spy Museum.  I know… it’s one of the few DC museums that charges admission, but Goldstar currently has a deal for half-price tickets. The exhibits would probably be enjoyed best by kids ages 5 and older.

And these KFDC posts have even more ideas for recreation with the kids:

Joys of Summer

The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids

Rainy Day Recreation (ie, Indoor Fun)

Stay Entertained Through Summer

And be sure to have a gander at last weekend’s suggestions, several of which remain relevant now.


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Weekend in Washington

Peachy keen on the farm

The title of this post might seem obvious, but the distinction makes sense from my vacationing perspective. I must note that we’re missing out on some fun stuff while we’re out of town.  Hope those of you at home enjoy it.  Happy Weekend!

Swim in Nature’s MidstAdd some adventure to your next swimming experience by seeking out a natural spot to submerge. The Natural Capital blog has a fantastic list of places where you can take a dip and enjoy the great outdoors in one fell swoop.

The Wizard of Oz x 2You can catch two different productions of the classic show this weekend. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are the last chances to see the play performed by the talented young cast of the Act III Theatre Company. And The Puppet Co. presents their own fun version through September 4 with several show times over the weekend. Tickets are still available for all of performances. Read the KFDC review of both productions.

Shark Weekend On Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 4pm, celebrate Shark Weekend at DC’s National Aquarium by getting up-close and personal with several shark species. Learn from leading experts on the history, lives, and habits of one of the world’s most fascinating ocean dwellers. Visitors can participate in a scavenger hunt, touch an actual shark tooth and other artifacts, make arts and crafts, and more.  Admission to the Aquarium is $9.95/ages 11 and up, $4.95/ages 3-11, free for children 2 and under. There is no fee beyond that for the event.

Gonna Eat a Lot of Peaches – It’s peach picking time at many local farms; the summer fruits are at their ripest from late July to early August. If you want to get them at their peak, check out this list of local farms that offer pick-your-owns.  (Note: the post is about blueberry picking, but many of the same places are harvesting peaches now. But it’s always a good idea to check the website for updates.)

Classic TennisSee some exciting sports action served up at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic. The annual tournament begins on Saturday at 10am , and continues through August 7.  Tickets for the first round of matches this weekend are still available ranging from $10-45. 

Art for Families: Design a Button BraceletBe your own jewelry designer at the Textile Museum on Saturday while recycling grandma’s buttons into something fashionably hip.  Participants will create a bracelet with buttons of all sizes, colors and textures and walk away wearing their new work of art.  The free activity takes place from 2-4pm.

Family Fest at the Postal Museum Hop on board for a rail-riding good time with Owney the dog, the subject of one of the Postal Museum’s most popular exhibits.  This celebration includes such fun activities as designing an Owney tag, sorting mail in the Railway Post Office, making a stamp collection, and more. Enjoy the free event on Friday and Saturday from 12-3pm.

Livin’ Large Kids ArtOn Saturday from 11am – 1pm, children are invited to render their own abstractions influenced by artist Tory Cowles’ work, which is currently on exhibit at the Torpedo Factory. With inspiration her imagery, kids have an opportunity to experience the same thrill from the act of painting that Cowles’ herself does and has portrayed in her own bold canvases.

Jump on the Park Wagon  – I’ve recommended Riverbend Park in Fairfax as a great place to spend a day outdoors with the kids, and now there’s one more reason why:  Visitors can board a tractor-pulled wagon for a naturalist-led tour of the park. Rides are offered every Saturday and Sunday at 12:30pm, 2pm, and 3:30pm. Cost is $4/person, children 2 and under ride free. Rides run approximately 30-45 minutes.

Get Up and Go! –  On Friday and Saturday at 11am, the National Children’s Museum Launch Zone invites families to discover fun summer activities to make them healthy and strong. Activities like spoon and “egg” relays, freeze dancing, Simon Says, and jumping jack contests will take place throughout the day. And, weather permitting, guests can also enjoy a Hippity Hop Course. This free event runs from 11am – 6pm.

For even more ideas for fun with the kids, check out these popular KFDC posts:

Joys of Summer

The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids

Rainy Day Recreation (ie, Indoor Fun)

Stay Entertained Through Summer

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The Legg Mason Tennis Classic

Want to see Andy Roddick crush a 130-mph serve, Lleyton Hewitt smash a forehand cross-court, or James Blake handle the net like a hockey goalie (a really good one)?  You might have the opportunity very soon when the Legg Mason Tennis Classic brings professional tennis action to the city starting this weekend.  From July 31 – August 8, some of the most exciting men’s tennis players will take court at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park.  Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster. (You might also try to find deals on StubHub.)

The Classic is a fun, action-packed event for your family and a great contribution to the city.  Part of the proceeds from the Legg Mason Tennis Classic benefits the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF). The WTEF seeks to improve the life prospects for DC area youth, particularly those from lower-income communities, through tennis, educational and community-based activities that teach discipline, build self-esteem and improve academic performance.

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