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Where to Go & What to Do During Spring Break 2022

 

Spring Break has begun in the DC area, so you may be in need of some extra reminders of all the great activities there are to do around the area to keep your kids entertained over the next few weeks — depending on when they’re off from school. And if some of this sounds familiar, that’s because a version of this post has been published in many previous years, but it’s been updated to reflect what’s going on now.

Many of the ideas here are already on the blog, but sometimes a little guidance for what’s best at certain times helps. Among these recommendations are special and seasonal activities,  exhibits and shows that are currently running, and outings that take advantage of the (usually) great spring weather.

And, of course, the rest of the blog is full of suggestions if you want even more options. So, whether you’re enjoying a staycation or visiting from out of town, you should have no problem keeping the kids (and yourself!) happy during the week off — or on, depending how you look at it. Happy Spring Break!

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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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Spring Entertainment Coming to Local Stages

The Puppet Co. is one of many venues presenting family entertainment this spring!

 

With the new season comes a whole new line-up of live entertainment!  There are shows for all ages and interests — plays, puppet theatre, musicals, singalongs, and more — to enjoy at venues all around the area. Here’s what you and the kids can see on local stages this spring, listed in order of opening date.

P.Nokio – A Hip-Hop Musical
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Through March 30
Tickets: Coming soon!

G.Petto is an ingenious computer games designer who one day discovers that his newest game character, P.Nokio, can live outside the computer! G.Petto is thrilled at the prospect of having a “son,” and with the help of the Graffiti Fairy, he teaches P.Nokio how to become a real boy. But, P.Nokio falls in with con artists and finds himself in a web of lies that endangers his father. To save G.Petto, P.Nokio must wise up, keep it real, and learn that words and truth are the mightiest weapons of all. Recommended for age 5-11.

Make Way for Ducklings 
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Eco Park, MD
When: Through March 27
Tickets: $25
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.

Riverdance – The 25th Anniversary Show
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through March 27
Tickets: $39-155 (find discount)

Riverdance, as you’ve never seen it before! This powerful and stirring reinvention of a beloved favorite is celebrated the world over for its Grammy Award-winning score and the thrilling energy and passion of Irish and international dance. Recommended for all ages.

The Adventures of Mr. Toad
Where: Creative Cauldron | Falls Church, VA
When: Through April 3
Tickets: $20/adult, $18/child

Generations of children have roamed the countryside in the company of Rat, Mole, Toad, and Badger, the immortal animal friends in The Wind and the Willows. Once again, the Learning Theater ensemble brings this heartwarming and hilarious tales to life in a show that will capture the imaginations of young and old.

Mother Goose
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Through April 10
Tickets: $12

A brand new, music-filled piece by the creators of Wake Up, Brother Bear and Mouse on the Move! 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.

Catch Me If You Can
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: Through April 17
Tickets: $66-105 (find discount)
Owen and I saw a performance of this show… it’s  vibrant and clever and bursting with talent!  Needless to say, we both loved it. 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, D.C., could a musical about con men and being conned be the perfect story we need right now? Recommended for tweens and up. KFDC readers can get a 15% discount with code FANTIX!

Grace
Where: Ford’s Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Through May 14
Tickets: $40-81

Packed with an eclectic mix of styles including jazz, R&B, rousing up-tempos and raise-the-roof ballads, Grace is an electrifying musical celebrating the perseverance of family and the power of traditions. Created by Washington, DC,’s own celebrated composer Nolan Williams, Jr., with a book by Nolan Williams, Jr. and actress and writer Nikkole Salter, Grace examines the little-told history of African-American culinary tradition and the challenges faced by Black-owned businesses. The musical captures a day in the life of the Mintons, a Philadelphia family who gather to mourn the loss of their matriarch and deal with the future of their family restaurant in a changing neighborhood. Heartfelt and hopeful, timely and timeless, Grace is the new American musical where, although family comes first, everyone has a seat at the table. Recommended for ages 10+.

RENT – The 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: March 25-27
Tickets: $50-110

RENT follows a year in the lives of a diverse group of artists and friends struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. This powerfully resonant phenomenon has become more than a musical – it’s a cultural touchstone, a rite of passage and a source of joy and strength for millions. The extraordinary RENT fan community spans every continent and every generation – including many born over a decade after the show opened on Broadway. Read of A KFDC review from the last time it toured here (note that there are changes to the cast).

Tiny Tots: Tree Songs
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: March 25, 26, & 30 (More dates coming soon!)
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.

The Fantastic Tale of Rumpelstiltskin
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: March 31 – 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.

Pippin
Where: Olney Theatre | Olney, MD
When: April 1-3
Tickets: $60

A concert performance of the Broadway favorite. This classic musical about a young man in search of his purpose features some of music-theater’s best-loved songs and most theatrical moments. From the battlefield to the bedroom, from intrigues political to intrigues romantical, Pippin just can’t figure out how to be extraordinary.

Mean Girls
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: April 5-24
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: April 5-10
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: April 6-24
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 Bergerac, The Servant of Two Masters is a raucous adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s classic farce.

Beastgirl
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: April 7-22
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+

NSO Music for Young Audiences: Super Cello!
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: April 9-11
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.

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

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.”

Come From Away
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: April 12-17
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+.

The Other Side
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: April 21-30
Tickets: $20

Adapted from the book by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis. Clover’s mom says it isn’t safe to cross the fence that segregates their African-American side of town from the white side where Anna lives. But when the two girls strike up a friendship, they’ll find a clever way to get around the grown-up rules together. Recommended for ages 5+.

Poop the Musical
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: April 22 – May 30
Tickets: $25

Taro, a young Asian American boy, faces the ridicule and bullying of his classmates when he accidentally “poops in his pants”. Too ashamed to talk to anyone or return to school, Taro can only confide in his “best friend”—a stuffed toy rabbit named Blackberry, who invites three special friends to visit Taro to help him overcome his shame by taking him on a “magical” journey through space and time. Each of the three visitors—Thomas Crapper, the real-life 19th century British inventor known as the “father of the modern toilet”, Zhi Yan, the beautiful Chinese goddess of the toilet, and Cheddar, a toy mouse with performance issues—helps Taro learn that only by letting go of our societal disgust with poop can we take our first steps to make positive change for the billions of people whose lives are impacted because of this issue. Recommended for all ages.

Mother Goose
Where: Olney Theatre | Olney, MD
When: April 23-24
Tickets: $15

Imagination Stage presents their show on the Olney Theatre 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.

NSO Family: Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: April 30
Tickets: $20-55

Once upon a time, there were three hungry Dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur…and a dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway! That’s just the beginning of this hilarious, fractured, symphonic take on “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” as retold by Mo Willems. This new classic is presented by favorite performers and the National Symphony Orchestra, featuring original music by indie pop icon and NSO Artistic Advisor Ben Folds.

Wu Fei
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: April 30
Tickets: $20

WU FEI is a renowned master of the guzheng, the 21-string Chinese zither. She plays in the guzheng’s language—almost 2,000 years old—by mixing Western classical and Chinese traditions with a contemporary sound. The classically trained composer and vocalist has taken her music around the world to venues such as the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing and New York’s MoMA, and collaborated with renowned artists across disciplines and genres. Recommended for ages 8+.

Into the Woods
Where: Creative Cauldron | Falls Church, VA
When: May 5-29
Tickets: $40/adult, $25/child

With an imaginative book by James Lapine that skillfully intertwines the stories and characters from Grimm fairy tales, and a luscious score by Stephen Sondheim, this Tony Award-winning musical has become a timeless masterpiece. A baker and his wife wish for a child, Cinderella wishes to go to the King’s Festival and Jack wishes to sell his cow, so into the woods they must go in search of their prize. Happily ever after eludes them, however, as they soon learn the tangled consequences of getting exactly what you wished for.

Hairspray
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: May 10-15
Tickets: $50-95+

You Can’t Stop the Beat! HAIRSPRAY, Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy phenomenon is back on tour! Join 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in 1960’s Baltimore as she sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Can a girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair) change the world? Recommended for ages 8+.

Freestyle Love Supreme
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: May 10-15
Tickets: $45-135

Before Hamilton, before In the Heights, there was Freestyle Love Supreme. Now—direct from Broadway—the original hip hop musical phenomenon from Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale. The subject of the recently released Hulu documentary We are Freestyle Love Supreme, every performance of this Grammy®-nominated show brings the unexpected, as the crew takes the crowd on a freestyle, hip hop, improvisational comedy ride. The performers take suggestions from the audience and spin them into instantaneous riffs and full-length musical numbers. See it for the first time each time—as no two shows are ever the same. Recommended for ages 14+.

Show Way the Musical
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: May 13 – 29
Tickets: $20

Soonie’s great-grandma was just seven years old when she was sold to a big plantation without her ma and pa, with only some fabric and needles to call her own. She began to stitch a Show Way, a quilt with secret meanings to show enslaved people the way to freedom. As each generation passes, the Show Way shines a light on the past and paves a road to the future, stitching together possibility and promise. Education Artist-in-Residence Jacqueline Woodson’s book of history, love, and resilience becomes a world premiere stage adaptation. This moving, lyrical account based on Woodson’s own family pays tribute to women whose strength and knowledge illuminate their daughters’ lives—from enslavement to freedom, through segregation, freedom marches, and the fight for literacy. Recommended for ages 7+.

Our Town
Where: Sidney Harman Hall | Penn Quarter, DC
When: May 12 – June 11
Tickets: $49-112

Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town continues to leave audiences awestruck with wonder and a shared sense of our humanity. Guided by an amiable stage manager, the theatre becomes turn-of-the-century Grover’s Corners, where the occurrences of everyday life reveal universal truths about community and love, life, and death.

Disney Singalong
Where: Olney Theatre | Olney, MD
When: May 14-15
Tickets: $15

Three of Olney Theatre’s favorite performers, Patricia Hurley Carpenter (Mary Poppins herself!), Ashleigh King (Elf the Musical), and Matt Schleigh (Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors) lead kids of all ages in their favorite Disney songs from stage and screen.

NSO Family Concert: Philharmonia Fantastique
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: May 15
Tickets: $18-20

Dynamic concerto meets animated film! Through a mesmerizing hybrid of animated and live action filming, follow a magical Sprite as it embarks on a musical journey through the inner workings of an orchestra. Violin strings vibrate, brass valves slice air, and drum heads resonate like you’ve never seen before—all set to live music from members of the NSO. By the film’s end, the orchestra comes together in a spectacular finale! Recommended for all ages.

2022 Teen Twelfth Night
Where: Synetic Theatre | Crystal City, VA
When: May 20-29
Tickets: $20-60

If music be the food of love, play on! The brilliant young artists of the Teen Company present Synetic’s celebrated 1920s take on Shakespeare’s whirlwind of romance and slapstick.

A Monster Calls
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: May 25 – June 12
Tickets: $45-139

Patrick Ness’s piercing novel A Monster Calls is brought to the stage in a powerful new adaptation by visionary director Sally Cookson. Thirteen-year-old Conor and his mum have managed just fine since his dad moved to America. But now his mum’s very sick and she’s not getting any better. His grandmother won’t stop interfering and the kids at school won’t look him in the eye. Then, one night, at seven minutes past midnight, Conor is woken by something at his window. A monster has come walking. It’s come to tell Conor tales from when it walked before. And when it’s finished, Conor must tell his own story and face his deepest fears. Recommended for ages 10+.

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Five Things for Today: March 22, 2022

A cherry blossom scene from the FDR Memorial

 

1.. The cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin are peaking — and it is gorgeous! Get a glimpse of the scene from a visit there on Sunday, and if you plan to go see it, be sure to read my Tips for Families Viewing the Cherry Blossoms (trust me… there’s a reason I’ve been reposting these tips for years).  Also be sure to check out this post listing activities and events during cherry blossom season that are particularly great for families.  Some have already started, and there’s a big one happening this weekend!

 

2. A special and delightful way to celebrate spring and the bloom: Afternoon cherry blossom tea!  The Washington Post has details on several of them around the area.

 

3. Steadfast Supply, the great shop at The Yards stocked with unique items by independent brands and designers from around the world, just announced a new recurring family event that will take place the first Saturday of every month from April – September. It will include a book reading, a kid’s activity, and an opportunity to connect with a local small business. The first one takes place on April 2 from 11am – 12:30pm  as local author, Scott McBride, reads his book, Connor The Courageous Cutter. Kids can also enjoy a fun craft, and local food delivery service, Vegetable & Butcher, will provide samples from their menu. This event will take place outdoors, weather permitting, and it’s all free!

 

4. Have you checked out the deals on CertifiKid lately?  There are some good ones for activities this spring, including PIXELBLOOM at ARTECHOUSE, Wizards games, DC United matches, an NSO family show at the Kennedy Center, getaways, and much more!

 

5. A chuckle from The Onion.

 

 

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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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