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The Weekend Round-Up: May 28-31

 

Happy Long Weekend!

* Indoor Outings
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Swim Spots
On the Water
* Peaceful Places
Best Outdoor Spots in the DC Area
* Spring Things to Get Excited About (technically, it still is spring)

“Summer” Fun
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

It may not be official on the calendar, but “summer” is underway! Water fun, outdoor concerts, movies under the stars, and more ongoing seasonal treats have begun or are about to begin in DC. Start the weekend with free entertainment and more fun at The REACH. Make a splash at an outdoor public pool or a spray ground, enjoy a special exhibit, and so much more. The 2021 KFDC Guide to Summer Around the DC Area has the scoop on where and when you can experience all the joys of season.

Cruise with Martha
Where: The Wharf, DC to Mount Vernon, VA
When: Friday, 9am – 3:15pm
Admission: $50/adult, $45/senior $29/age 2-11

Catch a water taxi from The Wharf in Southwest DC to Mount Vernon with a very special guide: Martha Washington! To launch the cruise season, the first First Lady will join guests on the boat ride. Of course, your ticket includes admission to the Mount Vernon grounds, though entry to the Mansion requires a tour ticket. And if you can’t make it on the cruise, a visit to Mount Vernon is great any day!

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

The Nets host the Brewers this weekend with an evening games on Friday and SAturday, and an afternoon match-up on Sunday. Single game tickets are now available to everyone, sold in socially distanced pods of one to six seats. Be sure to take a look at the Welcome Home page, so you know what to expect. We’ve been to a couple of games and can vouch for good safety measures — and a really good time for Nats fans.  I recommend bringing kiddos only if they’re truly into the game. The playground isn’t open for antsy kids to play, and getting ballpark treats is a little less fun and convenient with the new mobile ordering system. But those who are into the game will love being back at the ballpark!

The REACH Reopens
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free

The Kennedy Center’s extension for arts immersion reopens this weekend  — and it’s bringing Millennium Stage, the long beloved and much missed free entertainment program, with it. On the REACH plaza from Thursdays to Saturday through October 2, there will be films, live shows, arts vendors, dance and yoga lessons, plus food and drinks for sale at Victura Park!  You need to register for tickets in advance.  (Note: Looks like it’s sold out this weekend, but you can register for next weekend starting at 10am on Friday.  And Victura Park, the family-friendly pop-up wine garden, will be open and you can pop in!]

Inside Outings
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

With rain in the forecast, you may be seeking out places to play indoors. There are plenty of options for them, especially as Smithsonians and other venues have started to open. All are taking extra precautions to ensure COVID safety, which includes limited capacity and reserving tickets in advance.

Spring Drive-In Movie Series
Where: The Stacks at Buzzard Point | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday & Saturday, 8pm
Admission: $20/car

It’s the final weekend of the Capitol Riverfront BID’s drive-in movie series, a fun, contact-free experience for all ages at an appropriate social distance. Not the most family-friendly, but very hilarious, Bridesmaids will be screened on Friday, Get on Up will be shown on Saturday, and Ocean’s Eight on Sunday. Even more, all funds are donated to local charities — this weekend proceeds benefit Capital Area Food Bank, Anacostia Riverkeeper, and DC Central Kitchen.

Drive-In, in NoVa
Where: Alexandria Drive-In Movie Theater | Alexandria, VA
When: Friday, 8pm
Admission: $40/car

You can also catch a flick from the comfort of your car in Virginia. See everyone’s favorite ogre Shrek on Friday night. Food trucks will be there both nights offering savory and sweet concessions with online ordering through Goodfynd. Purchase movie tickets in advance!

Water, Water Everywhere
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Starting Saturday
Admission: Free

Two of the most popular places for water play, Yards Park and Canal Park reopen on Friday!  Spray parks and outdoor pools within the DC Department of Parks and Rec system reopen to the public starting Saturday!  And some area waterparks will start welcoming guests to the slides and wave pools, too. The weather this weekend may not be the most conducive to splashing around (unless it’s in the rain), but given that these places are finally accessible again after nearly two years, inclusion here seems mandatory. And, who knows, maybe the forecast will surprise us! The 2021 KFDC Summer Guide has details on even more places for water play — see where to play in sprays here and swim in outdoor pools here.

ViVa! Vienna!
Where: Historic Downtown Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: Free

Vienna’s community celebration is back. The family-friendly Memorial Day weekend includes lots of all ages fun — amusement rides, food, crafts, vendors, and entertainment. Even better, 100% of proceeds go to charitable, community, and humanitarian organizations. Safety measures are in places for Covid — see them on the website.

Charm City Fun, Hon
Where: Baltimore, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

There are a bunch of great places to visit with the fam in our sister city, Baltimore, just 45 minutes up I-95. Explore the exhibits and loads of hands-on activities at the Maryland Science Center. Play the day away at Port Discovery. See some of the quirkiest, coolest art around at the American Visionary Art Museum. Get an eyeful of the underwater world at the National Aquarium. Tour historic ships at the Inner Harbor.  Or learn about Baltimore’s early business days at the Museum of Industry.  All of these places require advance reservations, so be sure to book ahead.

Glow With It
Where: Around Georgetown
When: Through June 27
Admission: Free

A great evening activity with the fam: Dinner in Georgetown, then a stroll around the neighborhood to see Georgetown Glow, the free outdoor public art experience featuring modern light art installations. Find a map of them here and plan your walking route. A few restaurant recs: Pizzeria ParadisoFarmers Fishers BakersPinstripes, and Peacock Cafe.

Strawberry Jubilee
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $12/child, $14/adult

The longest running strawberry festival in Loudoun County takes place this weekend and next, rain or shine. Get ready for lots of fun activities for all ages, including the popular diaper derby, pie-eating contests, tart toss, strawberry princess, great food, and live music. As if that’s not enough to keep the family entertained for the day, there’s also the five-acre play area, complete with the jumping pillow, slides, rope swings, mazes, a tractor tire mountain, and animal encounters. Get tickets in advance!

Pick Your Own
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Strawberries are ripe and ready for harvest, and many area farms welcome guests to come PYO. It’s always a good idea to check websites or call ahead to confirm availability the day you plan to go. Sunscreen and hat also recommended.

Salute the Sunset Summer Concert
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Saturday & Monday, 7-8:30pm
Admission: Free

Saturday May 29 and Monday May 31, 7:00 – 8:30
Join The United States Air Force Band’s Airmen of Note for the first concert of the annual “Salute the Sunset” series at National Harbor. Enjoy jazz favorites and beautiful views under the open sky! Free concert, no tickets required. Garage and street parking available.

Wizard School Virtual Scavenger Hunt
Watson Adventures Online
When: Saturday, 4-5:30pm
Admission: $19

Grab your wizarding wands for an adventure that takes you to museums across America in search of art that echoes characters, places, and magical objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. No, you won’t need the Weasleys’ flying car: You’ll sit at your home computer, join your teammates via Zoom, and use the Watson Adventures online app to get clues, pop onto museum websites, and search for answers to fun, tricky questions on this virtual scavenger hunt. For about ages 8 and up. We’ve done the IRL version of this, and it’s super fun! We’ve also joined a virtual program with Watson Adventures and had a blast!

Tour Memorials on the Mall
Where: National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

On Memorial Day Weekend, pay tribute to those who have served and sacrificed for our country by visiting the memorials on the National Mall that honor them.  A loop of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Korean War Veterans Memorial and WWII Memorial make for a good walk.  On Monday 9-10am, there will be a wreath laying ceremony at the WWII Memorial — the public is invited, but register in advance. There will also be a ceremony at the Vietnam Memorial on Monday 1-2pm with limited access (so plan to visit the Memorial another time that day or even Saturday or Sunday).

Reopening | Pay Respects
Where: Arlington National Cemetery | Arlington, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free
Observe the holiday at one of the most iconic spots to honor those who have served… Arlington National Cemetery is once again open to the public.  However, the reopening plus the holiday weekend could bring the crowds.  Be sure to see these tips and info for visiting before you go.  The traditional wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is NOT open to the public this year.  But the Cemetery is still a fitting place for a visit on this holiday weekend. Read more about Arlington National Cemetery in this KFDC post.

Virtual Memorial Day Observances
Where: Televised
When: Monday
Admission: Free

Both the annual National Memorial Day Parade and Memorial Day Concert are happening, however, the public is not invited to be part of the in-person audience. Instead, both events will be televised, the parade on WJLA and the concert on PBS.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* There’s a new giveaway going on for a chance to win a free music lesson for your child with the International School of Music!
* The Classes & Camps page on the blog has quick links to info about all kinds of, well, classes and camps around the area that have been promoted here on KFDC.
* The Shakespeare Theatre Company just announced its 2021-22 season, and subscriptions are available! (I am so intrigued by and admittedly excited about this one!)
* Memorial Day sale round-ups:  Clothes & Home.
* Memorial Day menu ideas (refreshments start at #26 😉).
In case you haven’t seen it over the past week, this totally rocks. (And not just because of their name.😁)
* #OptOutside 💚

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The Weekend Round-Up: May 21-23

Seek out light art installations in Georgetown

 

Happy Weekend!

KFDC Go-To Posts Loaded with Ideas & Inspo for Area Fun:
Spring Things to Get Excited About
Best Outdoor Spots in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Peaceful Places
* Indoor Outings
* On the Water
* Bike Rides

Welcome Back, DC!
Where: Around the District
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

A few more beloved DC places are reopening their doors to visitors starting this weekend. You’ll once again be able to visit the National Zoo, National Museum of American History, and the National Museum of the American Indian. (And note that several other spots also reopened this month.) Timed-entry passes are required for all of them, and they’re going fast. If you can’t get them for this weekend, reserve for a later date! (Click links to get yours.)

Glow Up
Where: Around Georgetown
When: Through June 27
Admission: Free

A great evening activity with the fam: Dinner in Georgetown, then a stroll around the neighborhood to see Georgetown Glow, the free outdoor public art experience featuring modern light art installations. Find a map of them here and plan your walking route. A few restaurant recs: Pizzeria Paradiso, Farmers Fishers Bakers, Pinstripes, and Peacock Cafe.

Battle of the Beltway
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

It’s a big area sports weekend as the Nats play the Orioles — on our home field — with an evening game on Friday and afternoon match-ups on Saturday and Sunday. Single game tickets are now available to everyone, sold in socially distanced pods of one to six seats. Be sure to take a look at the Welcome Home page, so you know what to expect. But we’ve been to a couple of games and can vouch for good safety measures — and a really good time for Nats fans.  I recommend bringing kiddos only if they’re truly baseballs fans. There is no playground for antsy kids, and getting ballpark treats is a little less fun and convenient with the new mobile ordering system. But those who are into the game will love being back at the ballpark!

Open Swim
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

This round-up of places to swim around the area will come in handy sooner than expected over the hot weekend. Find beaches on the Bay (and even Atlantic), lakes and rivers, and swimming holes and creeks — all that welcome the public to take a dip.

Spring Drive-In Movie Series
Where: The Stack at Buzzard Point | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 8pm
Admission: $20/car

Booksmart (so good and funny, but not for young kids) will be on the big outdoor screen in the Capitol Riverfront this weekend.  The neighborhood BID’s drive-in movie series is a fun, contact-free experience for all ages at an appropriate social distance.  Even more, all funds are donated to local charities — this weekend proceeds benefit Living Classrooms.

Row Your Boat
Where: Fletcher’s Boathouse | Foxhall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Rentals start at $/hour

On the water pursuits are linked at the top, but one of our favorites is paddling the Potomac from Fletcher’s Boathouse. That area of the river is particularly pretty, verdant with trees flanking the shoreline. Wildlife sightings are likely — we always see turtles, egrets, and ducks, and have spotted hawks and herons, too. And if you paddle east toward Georgetown, you’ll catch views of the Washington Monument. Read about our first Fletcher’s paddling adventure here. And find more places for recreation on the water here.

Hikes You’ll Like
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Getting out for a walk in the woods is a great way to enjoy some family time on the weekend. Given the hot weather on the way, you’ll probably want to opt for spots that offer good shade. Some places to find it: Great Falls (Virginia Side), Scott’s Run Nature Preserve, Prince William Forest Park, Patapsco Valley State Park, Rock Creek Park (note: the Rock Creek post is about Peirce Mill, and mentions a park hike we did — it’s a nice place to begin and we often start there).

Hike & Paddle
Where: Quiet Waters Park | Annapolis, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $6/car

Combine the recreation recs above at Quiet Waters, a beautiful park in Annapolis. Walk along trails that edge the South River and through the woods, then rent a kayak or canoe for a paddling excursion. There are even more areas in the park to enjoy, including a playground and wide expanses of grass where you can run around, toss a Frisbee, kick a ball. Bring along a picnic or plan to stop for Maryland’s best treat — crabs! — afterwards. (We really like Mike’s Crab House in Riva.) Other local places to hike & paddle: Fountainhead Regional Park and Pohick Bay Regional Park.

 Take kiddos for a spin on the beautiful Dentzel Carousel at Glen Echo Park

Carousel Family Day
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: $10/family suggested donation + *$5/carousel rides

This is the first of a couple Carousel Family Days to celebrate the park’s 100th anniversary. Whirl around on the carousel and pick up craft activity bags with supplies to create a carousel craft and a birthday card. Be sure to register in advance for both the event and carousel rides, and note that the $5 gets you as many rides as you want during your time slot.

Street Cars
Where: National Capital Trolley Museum | Silver Spring, MD
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: $10/adult, $8/child

The National Capital Trolley Museum reopens this weekend. Two special exhibits, Civil War Streetcars and Gilded Age Streetcars, will be on display to celebrate the beginning of street car service in the Nation’s Capital. Hourly docent-guided tours will be offered followed by a streetcar ride from noon to 4pm. Admission is limited to 10 patrons per hours so it’s a good idea to book tickets ahead.

Strawberry Jubilee
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $12/child, $14/adult

The longest running strawberry festival in Loudoun County takes place this weekend and next, rain or shine. Get ready for lots of fun activities for all ages, including the popular diaper derby, pie-eating contests, tart toss, strawberry princess, great food, and live music. As if that’s not enough to keep the family entertained for the day, there’s also the five-acre play area, complete with the jumping pillow, slides, rope swings, mazes, a tractor tire mountain, and animal encounters. Get tickets in advance!

Pick Your Own
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Strawberries and a few veggies are ripe and ready for harvest, and several area farms are now welcoming guests to pick their own. This post has a round-up of where to go.  It’s always a good idea to check websites or call ahead to confirm availability the day you plan to go. Sunscreen and hat also recommended.

Pop-Up Kids Consignment Shop
Where: Stoddert Elementary | Glover Park, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Life is starting to return to a new “normal,” and with that everyone needs a new wardrobe for all the weddings, events, and vacations that have been postponed. Shop for your kids’ summer threads. They’ll have adorable summer clothing items, bathing suits, shoes, and toys.

Synetic Theatre Summer Camp Open House
Where: Synetic Theatre | National Landing, VA
When: Saturday, 12-2:30pm
Admission: Free

Stop by Synetic’s studio to play some theater games, watch a performance, and do crafts while you learn all about Synetic Summer Camp. With performances of the The Miraculous Magical Balloon, students and parents will get a feel for how physical, active, and fun their summer camps are! (And for an idea of the kind of unique productions Synetic is know for, read a review of a past show here.

Around the World Virtual Family Scavenger Hunt
Where: Watson Adventures Online
When: Saturday, 4-5:30pm
Admission: $19

Just because you can’t travel widely doesn’t mean your family still can’t go around the world! This global virtual adventure will send you off to explore the world’s best museums and historic locations via links to eye-popping websites. Your challenge: follow our clues, find amazing objects, and answer tricky questions about them. Stops along the way include a 360-degree view of the ancient streets of Pompeii, Italy, prehistoric cave paintings in France, a swim around the Great Barrier Reef and a live panda cam in China, just to name a few.

Vamos United!
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Sunday, 7pm
Admission: Tickets start at $40

DC United is home this weekend, and there’s a match against Philadelphia Union on Sunday evening. Safety measures for Covid are in place, including limited capacity, which is 5,000 fans right now. FYI: Capacity has increased to 36% will be at full capacity starting June 11!

Les Colombes at National Cathedral

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* See a cascade of 2,000 origami doves Les Colombes (The Doves) at National Cathedral (tickets for Junes dates are available)
* CityDance School & Conservatory is offering a combo of online and in-person programs for young dancers this summer.
* Need some outdoor game recs for summer? We love Kadima, Kan Jam, and Spike Ball,
38 Standout Dining Destinations Around D.C.
* If you’re watching Mare of Easttown (I highly recommend it, if not), then you have to see this .
* Zoomies!

 

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The Weekend Round-Up: May 14-16

Biking by Constitution Gardens on the National Mall

 

Quick links for activities galore around the DC area:
Spring Things to Get Excited About
Best Outdoor Spots in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Peaceful Places
* Indoor Outings
* On the Water
* Bike Rides

DC Reopenings
Where: Around DC
When: Staring this weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

Several DC museums and other beloved places are opening their doors to visitors again starting this weekend after being closed for many months due to Covid. You’ll once again be able to visit the National Museum of African American History & Culture, National Portrait Gallery & American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, National Gallery of Art, and Dumbarton Oaks Garden. Ford’s Theatre also opened earlier this week, and the Udvar-Hazy Center reopened last week. Timed-entry passes are required for all of them, and they’re going fast. If you can’t get them for this weekend, reserve for a later date! Click links to get yours.

Open Play
Where: The Lane Social Club | Ivy City, DC
When: Timed-entry on Sunday
Admission: $15/person (adults, too)

Snag a block of time for Open Play at the family hang out spot in Ivy City. With super cool play elements that kids will dig and lots of thoughtful details that parents will appreciate, it’s a place where you’ll all enjoy spending time. Covid safety measures are in place, and note that they are not offering food or drinks right now, but you can BYO small snack.

Spring Drive-In Movie Series
Where: The Stack at Buzzard Point | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 8pm
Admission: $20/car

Remember the Titans will be on the big outdoor screen in the Capitol Riverfront this weekend.  The neighborhood BID’s drive-in movie series is a fun, contact-free experience for all ages at an appropriate social distance.  Even more, all funds are donated to local charities — this weekend proceeds benefit Unity Health Care.

Drive-In, in NoVa
Where: Alexandria Drive-In Movie Theater | Alexandria, VA
When: Friday & Saturday, 8pm
Admission: $40/car

You can also catch a flick from the comfort of your car in Virginia. The Secret Life of Pets will be screened on Friday night, and Jaws on Saturday (dun-dun, dun-dun…). Food trucks will be there both nights offering savory and sweet concessions with online ordering through Goodfynd. Purchase movie tickets in advance!

A Fairytale of a Farm
Where: Clarks Elioak Farm | Clarksville, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $8

Enjoy all kinds of farm fun — with a side fairytale charm, to boot. Clark’s Elioak delights with its old storybook park installations and mini rides for kids. There are also animals to visit and pony rides. A bonus: JoAnn Hill, author of the book Secret Washington, DC, which features Clark Elioak, will be there signing books and happy to chat about obscure and interesting things to see and do around the area.

Arrrgh, Mateys!
Where: Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake | Annapolis, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $22, $12/ages 2 and under

Set sail on the high seas in Annapolis for a jolly good adventure. Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake has reopened for the season, taking little buccaneers on a search for buried treasure. Several time slots are available throughout the day, and safety measures are in place for Covid. Read more about the adventure in this KFDC post, but note that it’s from pre-Covid days.

Ride On
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

There’s a quick link to bike routes above, but here’s a stronger recommendation to get out for a family ride. Last weekend, we had a great time biking the National Mall, stopping at the memorials and Constitution Garden, then making our way to West Potomac Park and over to The Wharf, where we grabbed an easy, delicious bite at Falafel Inc. You can find even more recs for good two-wheel trips here.

Day Out with Thomas
Where: B&O Railroad Museum | Baltimore, MD
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: $26-30

All aboard, little engineers! Thomas the Tank Engine is rolling into town with the Party Train Tour! Take a train ride behind him, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy a full day of activities and family fun!

More Charm City Fun, Hon
Where: Baltimore, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Have even more fun in our sister city, just 45 minutes up I-95. Explore the exhibits and loads of hands-on activities at the Maryland Science Center. Play the day away at Port Discovery. See some of the quirkiest, coolest art around at the American Visionary Art Museum. Get an eyeful of the underwater world at the National Aquarium. Tour historic ships at the Inner Harbor.  Or learn about Baltimore’s early business days at the Museum of Industry.  All of these places require advance reservations, so be sure to book ahead.

Lambdapalooza
Where: National Colonial Farm | Accokeek Park, VA
When: Saturday
Admission: Depends on activities

Head to the park for Lattes with Lambs: Lambapalooza festival — they’re going out with a baa-ng. Enjoy music, hayrides, DIY activities, sheep shearing demonstrations, and a special book signing. This is a hybrid event that also takes place online — visit the website for details.

Secret Agent Scavenger Hunt
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $15-25
Join Imagination Stage for an outdoor adventure perfect for families. Complete missions, take pictures and video, and enhance spy skills as you explore your local park, neighborhood, or even a guided walk of downtown Bethesda. You can participate right on your phone through the Goose Chase app, which comes complete with everything you need for this COVID-safe adventure. If you enjoyed Imagination Stage’s Spy Academy, you’ll be sure to enjoy the Secret Agent Scavenger Adventure.

Quarterfest Crawl
Where: Around Ballston, VA
When: Saturday, 12-7pm
Admission: Free

Savor, sip, and seek at this street festival around Ballston! The 2021 Quarterfest Crawl that benefits Homeward Trails Animal Rescue combines safe and socially-distanced activities with specials on food and drinks from many neighborhood restaurants. Enjoy a pup-friendly scavenger hunt, live music from local artists, giant-size games, and a fun day outdoors in the community.

Fiesta de Chihuahua
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 3pm
Admission: $30 for up to 6 people

The Wharf can’t bring back their annual Chihuahua races yet, but they’re still hosting a day of Chihuahua fun. See little pooches dressed up for a costume contest and get a look back at prior years’ races on the 20 foot LED movie screen, followed by a special screening of the movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua. All ticket sales and raffle proceeds benefit Rural Dog Rescue. Each ticket is good for up to six people.

Strawberry Fields
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Strawberries are ripe and ready for harvest, and several area farms are now welcoming guests to pick their own. It’s always a good idea to check websites or call ahead to confirm availability the day you plan to go. Sunscreen and hat also recommended.

Victura Park Pop-Up
Where: The REACH | Kennedy Center, DC
When: Friday 4-9pm, Saturday & Sunday, 12-9pm
Admission: Free

The weekend wine garden at The REACH, the Kennedy Center’s immersive extension, is family-friendly and a lovely spot to hang out.  The cafe offers snacks and sips that you can enjoy at socially distanced tables or in other areas. Explore the beautiful grounds, including the large plaza (we’ve seen skates and scooters there) and the  Kennedy Center terrace, where you can enjoy sweeping Potomac River views. PS: Victura Park is now there on Thursdays, too!

A Cicada Inspired StoryWalk
Where: Downtown Kensington, MD
When: Starting Saturday through June 6
Admission: Free
The fifth Noyes StoryWalk spotlights cicada season in the DC area. Families are invited to read Cecily Cicada by Kita Helmetag Murdock and Patsy Helmetag posted signs on a self-guided stroll through Clum-Kennedy Park (10298 Frederick Ave., Kensington, MD).  It will be on view from this Saturday through June 6. The event is likely to coincide with swarms of 17-year cicadas in the D.C. region

Vamos United!
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Sunday, 8pm
Admission: Tickets start at $6

DC United is home this weekend, and there’s a match against Orlando City SC on Sunday evening. Safety measures for Covid are in place, including limited capacity, which is 5,000 fans right now. But FYI: It will be increased to 36% next weekend and to full capacity starting June 11!

We Can…Write! Workshop
Where: Rosie Riveters Online
When: Saturday, 9-10m
Admission: Free

Children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade are invited to this virtual young writers workshop on Saturday morning! Participants will meet Fabian Ferguson, author of Jackie Wins Them All, and learn about the creative process that goes into writing a children’s book. Then, Rosie Riveters instructors will explore the five parts of a story with participants, encourage them to write their own children’s book, and engage in an interactive book binding demo so participants can bind the books they wrote at home! Register here.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Vaccinations are now available for kids ages 12-15– and very easy to get in DC! (And go to vaccines.gov to find them everywhere.)
* Get a glimpse of the fantastic Forces of Nature exhibit at the Renwick, which reopens this weekend. A new post with has scenes from our visit there in the fall.
* Tickets for Great Country Farm’s annual Strawberry Jubilee Festival taking place May 22-23 and May 29-31 are now available.
* Who else is so excited for the Friends reunion on May 27?
* An impressive, beautiful essay.

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The Weekend Round-Up: May 7-9

 

Happy Weekend!  And Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms!

Go-to posts for all kinds of ongoing local fun:
Spring Things to Get Excited About
* Local Hikes with Kids
Best Outdoor Spots
* Peaceful Places
* Indoor Outings
* On the Water
* Bike Rides

Mom’s the Word
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

If you’re still in need of plans to celebrate Mother’s Day, there are lots of last-minute ways to make the occasion special. This round-up has ideas ranging from fairly mellow to very active, totally free to a total splurge. So there’s sure to be something to make every mom’s day.

Wonderful World of Watkins
Where: Watkins Regional Park | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free (but rides are a fee)

I just recommended this last weekend, and it’s back because there’s even more to enjoy now. The Antique Carousel and Train are now open along with Old Maryland Farm, the Nature Center, and Wizard of Oz Playground. Hiking trails are accessible, too. And it all makes for a fantastic place to spend a day with the fam. Note that you need to make advance reservations for the Nature Center (go here to book), there may be a wait for the Farm as capacity is limited, and carousel and train hours are 12-5pm Friday- Sunday right now. The train and carousel each cost $2/PG County resident, $2.50/non-resident.

More Places to Go for a Spin
Where: Several locations in the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Other area carousels and trains have reopened for the season. Montgomery Park’s Cabin John Train and Wheaton Train and Carousel offer rides on weekends. The Dentzel Carousel at Glen Echo Park is whirling once again. Kids can also go for a spin on the Americana-themed carousel at National Harbor (the Capital Wheel is open, too!).  Read more about Cabin John here , Wheaton here, and National Harbor here.

Spring Drive-In Movie Series
Where: The Stack at Buzzard Point | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 8pm
Admission: $20/car

Catch a movie on the big outdoor screen. This week’s featured film in the Capitol Riverfront BID’s drive-in movie series is Ocean’s Eight. It will be a fun, contact-free experience for all ages at an appropriate social distance. And all funds are donated to local charities — this weekend proceeds will benefit DC Central Kitchen.

Fishing In The District
Where: Tidal Basin, West Potomac Park | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 8:30-10:30am
Admission: Free

This free, outdoor, and socially distanced event brings families and communities together through learning the basics of fishing. With equipment, bait and tackle provided, Fishing In The District will offer DC residents of all ages the chance to experience fishing hands-on, guided by expert volunteers from the Aquatic Resources Education Center. All participants will be required to wear a face mask at the event, and a DC fishing license is required for all participants ages 16 to 64. Located at 2912 Independence Ave. SW.

Meet the Author & Book Signing
Where: Steadfast Supply | The Yards, DC
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

There have been some great guests posts recently from JoAnn Hill, local author of Secret Washington, DC, about some off-the-beaten path places for families (here and here). This weekend, you can meet her, have your book signed, and get a little more insight into the DC area’s rich history, hidden stories, mysterious relics, forgotten about and abandoned buildings, and controversial scandals. She’ll be at Steadfast Supply at The Yards to talk about and sign her book. Plan to do even more shopping while you’re there — the store has a fantastic selection of unique, fun, and beautiful items (many that would make for perfect gifts for a certain special day on Sunday).

Art Hop
Where: Monroe Street Market | Brookland, DC
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Join the Monroe Street Market on the Arts Walk for an Art Hop just in time for Mother’s Day! The Arts Walk is home to 27 art studios producing a diverse range of art and crafts, including fine art, photography, sculpture, furniture, pottery, jewelry, candles, beauty goods, art prints, paper goods, and more. Along with browsing to find the most unique Mother’s Day gifts this year, you can enjoy a dance performance, maker pop-ups, specials, and more. Monroe Street Market is located at 716b Monroe Street NE.

Fun at Fairfax Parks
Where: Parks around Fairfax County, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

The Fairfax County Park Authority hosts all kinds of events on weekends for guests of all ages. Join a Campfire Friday at Lake Fairfax Park. Listen to myths and legends celebrating Mother Earth at Green Spring Gardens. Go on a Pooh-inspired hike at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Details and registration for these and more activities this weekend and beyond are available here.

Fiesta de Chihuahua
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 3pm
Admission: $30 for up to 6 people

The Wharf can’t bring back their annual Chihuahua races yet, but they’re still hosting a day of Chihuahua fun. See little pooches dressed up for a costume contest and get a look back at prior years’ races on the 20 foot LED movie screen, followed by a special screening of the movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua. All ticket sales and raffle proceeds benefit Rural Dog Rescue. Each ticket is good for up to six people.

Open Play
Where: The lane Social Club | Ivy City, DC
When: Timed-entry on Sunday
Admission: $15/person (adults, too)

The family hang out spot in Ivy City has some Open Play spots left for Sunday. With super cool play elements and lots of thoughtful details, it’s a place where kids and parents alike enjoy hanging out. Covid safety measures are in place, and note that they are not offering food or drinks right now, but you can BYO small snack.

empowerHER Luminaria
Where: Lincoln Memorial | National Mall, DC
When: Sunday, 6:30-9pm
Admission: Free

empowerHER is on a mission to support, connect + empower girls who’ve lost their mothers. This Mother’s Day, empowerHER LUMINARIA will illuminate the night with a whimsical display of personalized bags in honor of and in memory of loved ones, with 100% of proceeds to benefit empowerHER programs. Join empowerHER at the Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool on Mother’s Day – Sunday at sunset! Purchase your bag before bag sales close Friday!
 

Recreation Galore
Where: Anacostia Park | Anacostia, DC
When: Ongoing, dawn to duck
Admission: Free

Play the day away at Anacostia Park! Stretching along the river for which it’s named in southeast DC, the park is full of opportunities for recreation with a pirate-themed playground; two other playgrounds; a skating pavilion; tennis courts; and fields for playing ball or tossing a Frisbee. Plus, you can walk, run, scoot, or bike along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail or just find a table or nice spot in the grass to relax, have a picnic, and take in the views. Admission is free.

Charm City Fun, Hon!
Where: Baltimore, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Have some fun in our sister city, just 45 minutes up I-95. Explore the exhibits and loads of hands-on activities at the Maryland Science Center. Play the day away at Port Discovery. See some of the quirkiest, coolest art around at the American Visionary Art Museum. Get an eyeful of the underwater world at the National Aquarium. Tour historic ships at the Inner Harbor.  Or learn about Baltimore’s early business days at the Museum of Industry.  All of these places require advance reservations, so be sure to book ahead.

Remake Learning Days Festival
Where: Online
When: Through May 22
Admission: Varies by event, but mostly free

Happening across the country in 17 different regions, the Remake Learning Festival highlights innovative experiences and opportunities for youth to develop their sense of creativity, perseverance, and curiosity. Across DC, Maryland and Virginia, a wide range of organizations — schools, libraries, nonprofits, businesses and other community centers — are coming together to provide youth and families with high-quality learning experiences. Events are designed to be hands-on, relevant, and engaging educational experiences, and the majority of them are free and open to learners of all ages.  The Remake Learning Days-DMV Festival is led by the Professional Development Collaborative at Washington International School and the KID Museum.

KidStory Theater Festival @Home
Where: InterAct Story Theatre | Online
When: Through May
Admission: Free

InterAct’s KidStory Theatre Festival, a theatrical celebration of stories written by kids, for kids, is going virtual this year. Since it’s not possible to gather, they invited professional theatre artists to choose a favorite story written by kids, dreamed up their own interpretation, and create videos showcasing their version of the story. No fancy props, costumes, or equipment–just artists using what we have at home and our imaginations to celebrate our favorite writers: kids! Every Saturday starting this weekend, a new video will be released for all to enjoy! Stream them on InterAct’s Facebook Page or our YouTube page pages at 10am. And stories will stay up all month long for folks who’d like to view later.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* 10 Happy Things for May (Thank you, Darcy!)
* Dumbarton Oaks Garden, one of the prettiest places in the city, has reopened, and there’s a new KFDC post with scenes and good-to-know info for visiting.
* Some great summer programs featured on KFDC this week: Boolean Girl Camps and Young Artists of America Musical Theatre Camp.
* Today, you can start reserving timed-entry tickets for a few museums getting ready to reopen.
* Not all no-longer-wanted items should go to Goodwill.
* Kid90, the new documentary from Soleil Moon Fry, is a compelling watch, especially for us Gen Xers.
* We just finished watching the series Life in Pieces — such a fun, feel good show.
* A great last minute Mother’s Day gift: Make a donation in her honor to the Greater DC Diaper Bank!
* This poem from the amazing Kate Baer ❤️

 

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