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The Weekend Round-Up: April 23-24

He could be your host this weekend...

He could be your host this weekend…



Spring is in full swing, and there are so many great ways to make the most of it. Celebrate Earth Day, experience some fairy magic, go all aboard with Thomas, bring your pooch to the farm, be a guest at Shakespeare’s birthday party, and so much more. Take advantage, seize the day…and party like it’s 1999. Happy Weekend!

Fairy & Gnome Fest
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Gardens
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: $5/adult, $3/child

Get ready for a magical time at Annmarie’s Annual Fairy & Gnome Home Festival, a magical afternoon of imaginative fun and natural play in Solomons, MD. Festival activities will be scattered throughout the beautiful grounds, creating a charming journey of discovery for young guests. Search for hidden fairy and gnome homes and use them as inspiration to create their own special pieces. Climb, explore, build, and dream in the enchanting Fairy Lolly. Face painting, music, dancing, games, food, and drink will also be part of the festivities. As will unicorn (yes, unicorn!) rides and a petting zoo that are sure to delight little ones. Read more about Annmarie here.

A Wild Earth Day
Where: National Zoo
When: Saturday,
Admission: Free

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is committed to saving species and our planet — did you know that the Zoo recycles approximately 100 tons of materials and composts 600 tons of waste each year? – so, accordingly, they are hosting an Earth Day event with loads of green-themed activities. Get gardening tips from their expert horticulturists, take a tour of the Zoo’s green facilities, attend special demos, and much more. Plan to ride your bike there — the first 75 bicyclists to register for this event will receive free bike valet parking at the Zoo and a free recycled notebook!

Day Out with Thomas
Where: B&O Railroad Museum
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: $18, $21 with train ride

All aboard, little engineers! Thomas the Tank Engine™ will be able to talk to his fans when he returns to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore! Take a 25 minute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy a full day of live entertainment, activities, and family fun!

Dog Days Bloom Fest
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $10/adult, $8/child

This adventure for dogs and their people has something for every member of the family. Canine guests can run a brand agility course set up by Joyful Dog Training owner, Marnie Montgomery, and trainer and agility competitor, Susan Sanderson.. Other professionals will also be providing tips for working with your dog. And the rest of the farm, which is essentially a sprawling playground, is open for all to enjoy. Explore the many acres, and opt for a wagon ride to see the orchards and farm in bloom!

Centennial Junior Ranger Day
Where: Peirce Mill
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Head to Rock Creek Park for a day full of activities to learn about the park and celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service. Do a corn husk craft, learn how to make a map, ind out how to tie different knots, and more. Check here for a schedule of activities. And read this KFDC post for more about Peirce Mill.

Happy Birthday to the Bard!
Where: Folger Shakespeare Library
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

‘Tis Shakespeare’s 452nd birthday, and the Folger Shakespeare Library is celebrating with an Open House on Sunday afternoon. In true Renaissance fashion, there will be song and dance, Elizabethan crafts, and performances by the Reduced Shakespeare Company and Nickel Shakespeare girls. Swordfighting demos, drum corps, special tours, and a giant birthday cake (usually cut by by Queen Elizabeth I). The event is free and will take place rain or shine. Food trucks will be stationed in Puck’s Circle The Folger Shakespeare Library is located at 201 East Capitol Street SE.

Earth Day Festival
Where: Brookside Gardens
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Join Montgomery Parks at Brookside Gardens to celebrate the world and learn ways to keep it healthy. Go in the morning for a volunteer project in the gardens. The afternoon will offer even more: a green craft fair, native plant sale, community art project, family activities, tours of the Gardens, live music with the band Nature Jams, and more. Visit the website for a schedule of activities.

Celebrate the Kids Farm
Where: National Zoo
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

State Farm is hosting a day of special activities at the Zoo to celebrate the Kids’ Farm! Visitors to the exhibit can enjoy arts & crafts, giveaways, and other fun festivities. “Tend your Garden” to learn how to recycle used shipping pallets to easily create beautiful urban gardens, meet members of the Zoo’s horticulture team and help “plant” seedlings in the pallets, and more.

Eagle Festival
Where: Mason Neck State Park
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

It’s a day of fun and adventure at the 31st annual Eagle Festival by the scenic Belmont Bay. Celebrate the wonder, beauty, and serenity that make Mason Neck special as you enjoy wildlife exhibits, guided hikes, games, nature programs, archery, food vendors and, of course, bald eagles.

Show Time
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

* The Emperor’s Nightingale just opened at Adventure Theatre
* Watch a production of Moby Dick in the Kennedy Center’s Family Theater
* Looking for Roberto Clemente is on the Imagination Stage
* Join Miss Nina’s Saturday Morning Sing-Along at Jammin’ Java
* Children’s classics will come to life at The Alden’s production of Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny
* See a fairy tale on strings as Sleeping Beauty is performed at The Puppet Co.
* And Teddy Bear’s Picnic is the featured Tiny Tots show there
* NextStop Theatre’s production of Snow White closes after this weekend
* Or bring little ones to the NSO Kinderclassic Fancy That! at the Kennedy Center
* Or take the whole family to the symphony for Lights! Canvas! Music!

Holland in Haymarket
Where: Burnside Farm
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Admission: $8/day

Tiptoe, stroll, frolic through the tulips! Burnside Farm’s annual Festival of Spring showcasing the season’s flowers is open and blooming. Wander through the giant fields that contain over 50 different varieties of flowers in a rainbow of colors and pick your own to enjoy at home: $1 for 2 daffodils, $1 per tulip.) Be sure to have your camera handy for some brilliant photo ops.

Park It
Where: National Parks
When: All weekend long
Admission: Free

It’s the tail end of National Park Week, and there’s no entrance fee to national parks that usually charge admission this weekend. Between that and the nice weather, it’s a good time to hit the trail at Shenandoah or Great Falls, take a ride on Skyline Drive to see the mountains in their spring greenery, or visit Harpers Ferry.

Spring Cleaning
Where: The Container Store
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm
Admision: Free

A great opportunity to do some spring cleaning at the The Container Store has partnered with Goodwill to help customers Kiss Clutter Goodbye with a goal to declutter, donate, and do life — organized. They are hosting in-store monetary donations for Goodwill through May, plus donation and demonstration events at stores this weekend and next. Goodwill representatives will be there to accept donations of new or used clothing, textiles, small appliances and household good (sorry, no mattresses, furniture, chemicals or paint). See demos set up throughout the store, where organizing experts will share decluttering tips and more. There will also be samples to try at home and prize drawings.

Nats vs. Twins
Where: Nationals Park
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

It’s a weekend at home for the Nats as they host Minnesota. There is a game tonight, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Don’t miss the special fun — Saturday is Pups in the Park and Sunday is Kids Opening Day as well as Screech’s Birthday. And Kids Run the Bases invites young fans ages 4-12 do just that after the game. Before you go, get some KFDC tips on doing Nats game without breaking the bank.


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History Meets Style at an American Girl Fashion Show (+ Giveaway!)

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Girls and their families, friends, and favorite dolls are invited to celebrate the experience of being a girl as the Junior League of Northern Virginia (JNLV) hosts its 3rd annual American Girl Fashion Show. Themed “Styles of Today and Yesterday,” the colorful presentation of historical and contemporary fashions will take place this weekend, April 23-24, at the Sheraton Pentagon City.

A total of five fashion shows — three on Saturday and two on Sunday — will feature more than 200 girls from throughout the DC-Metro region. Guests at each show will enjoy elegant refreshments, enter to win door prizes, and learn how clothing has changed over the years to reflect history, culture, and girls’ individual styles.

Individual tickets, ranging from $40-50, and seven different group packages starting at $119, are available for purchase through the JLNV website. Attendees may also pre-order exclusive American Girl merchandise for pick up on-site, including items exclusive to American Girl Fashion Shows®, as well as reserve a spot for their dolls at an American Girl Fashion Show® Doll hair salon.

Proceeds from the sale of both tickets and merchandise support the JLNV’s community initiatives focused on empowering families to make healthy eating and active living a priority. Their community programs offer hands-on leadership development opportunities for members and directly benefit the Northern Virginia community.

The American Girl Fashion Show will take place on April 23 at 10am, 1pm, and 4pm, and on April 24 at 11am and 2pm. All shows will be held at the Sheraton Pentagon City located at 900 South Orme Street, Arlington, VA. Tickets are available for purchase online.

Giveaway: Do you have an American Girl Doll fan who would love to attend this event? Here is your chance to win two free tickets (1 adult, 1 child). To enter, simply leave a comment telling me the name of your child’s favorite doll. To be eligible you must like KidFriendly DC on Facebook and subscribe to the KFDC blog (see sign-up near the top left). This giveaway will run until Wednesday, April 20, at 5pm, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

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The Weekend Round-Up: April 16-17

Everything's coming up tulips at Burnside Farm

Everything’s coming up tulips at Burnside Farm



Hanna Andersson


Seasonal celebrations, educational festivals, live entertainment, outdoor adventures, and much more… these fabulous spring days will be bursting with fun — and this round-up has details on all of it. Happy Weekend!

USA Science & Engineering Expo
Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm & Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

If your child has any inkling of interest in science and engineering, likes to do hands-on experiments, see fascinating live demos, or talk first-hand with the experts, then chances are very good that they will dig this event. (And so will you, parents.) Over 3,000 interactive exhibits and 150 stage shows will highlight all kinds of science-related topics in fun, engaging, exciting ways. Attendees can suit up in astronaut gear, explore the science of music, see 3-D printers at work, hold eight-legged creatures, solve science and math mysteries, check out rockets and robots, discover renewable energy sources of the future, and much, much, much more! There will also be some awesome entertainment (see below) that adults will be just as excited about as the kids!

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
Where: Constitution Avenue, 7th – 17th Streets NW
When: April 16, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

This parade is for many the pinnacle of the Cherry Blossom Festival and a fantastic grand finale for the seasonal celebration. Thousands of people line Constitution Avenue every year to watch the spectacle of lavish floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands, and a variety of performers travel down it. Tickets for grandstand seats are available for $20, but you can stake out a spot along the curb for free. Plan to arrive early to get a good view — the crowds come out for this one, especially if it’s a pretty spring day.

Sakura Matsuri
Where: M Street & New Jersey Ave. SE
When: April 16, 10:30am – 6pm
Admission: $8/ages 13 and up in advance, free for 12 and under

Following the Cherry Blossom parade, many folks head right over to Sakura Matsuri, the Japanese Street Festival that is America’s largest one-day exhibition of Japanese culture. There will be live music and dance performances, all kinds of Asian and Western foods, martial arts demos, Japanese art, and more. All at a new location in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. Be prepared for a crowd.

Make a Little Birdhouse in Your Soul
Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
When: Saturday, 1pm & 4pm
Admission: Free

They Might Be Giants is definitely going to rock when they play two free shows this Saturday as part of the USA Science & Engineering Festival. And if you’re thinking it’s odd that one of our generation’s bands is performing at an event for kids, then you need to brush up on your children’s music. TMBG are award-winning artists — in the kids’ music genre. But given that their fun, alternative sound spans the generations, you can bet that kids young and old will have a blast.

Tiptoe Through the Tulips
Where: Burnside Farm
When: Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am – 6pm
Admission: $8

Experience Holland in Haymarket, Va! The bloom has begun at Burnside Farm, where their annual Festival of Spring showcases the season’s flowers. Stroll through the giant fields that contain over 50 different varieties of flowers in a rainbow of colors and pick your own to enjoy at home: $1 for 2 daffodils, $1 per tulip.) Be sure to have your camera handy. (Note: This first weekend is the smallest bloom, so if you can only visit once this spring, you may want to wait a week or two.) Along with the flowers, there concessions are also for sale.

Bluebells at the Bend
Where: Riverbend Park
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: $5

Celebrate the Virginia Bluebells as they blanket the banks of the Potomac River at Riverbend Park. Bring the whole family for fun including games, music, wildflower walks, wagon rides, live animals, and more! And to see what else is going on at other Fairfax County Parks, go here.

Free Parking
Where: National Parks
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: FREE!

It’s National Park Week through April 24, so there will be no entrance fee at National Parks where they usually charge to get in. Take advantage of complimentary admission and celebrate our parks by visiting a local natural treasure. Hit the trail at Shenandoah or Great Falls, take a ride on Skyline Drive, or visit Harpers Ferry. For more ideas of places to visit, see the National Park Service website.

Show Time
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

* Looking for Roberto Clemente just opened on the Imagination Stage
* Reserve free tickets to see NRITYA: Rhythms of India, this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance
* The Billy Jonas Band is playing the Saturday show at Jammin’ Java
* It’s opening weekend for Sleeping Beauty at The Puppet Co.
* And Clowning Around is the featured Tiny Tots show there
* NextStop Theatre’s production of Snow White begins this weekend
* The Gardens Figure Skating Club presents Peter Pan on Ice at the Gardens Ice Rink in Laurel
* See Teatro Hugo y Ines at the BlackRock Center for the Arts on Sunday

The Swedish Circus is Coming!
Where: Meridian Park
When: Saturday, 3-5pm
Admission: Free

Join the Embassy of Sweden and Cirkus Cirkör for free circus trial sessions in the park! Try juggling, acrobatics, and tight wire walking — all at your own level. The timid participant becomes courageous; the smallest participant becomes the strongest! No preparation or special clothes needed. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Earth Day Plant Sale & Picnic
Where: Tudor Place
When: Sunday, 12-3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day and help Tudor Place kick off their Annual Plant Sale by supporting conservation and education at Tudor Place. For one day only, the grounds will be open for picnicking. Enjoy the historic gardens and browse a range of flowering and native sun to shade perennials. Varieties for sale will include toads lily, lambs ear, columbine, anise and more to add to your own garden. Tropical and house plants also for sale!

Presidential Cars at the Capitol
Where: National Mall
When: Through April 26
Admission: Free

The Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) Cars at the Capital is hosting its second Cars at the Capitol, a display of Presidential Cars at the National Mall. The event features two iconic presidential cars as it begins the documentation of the vehicles into the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and National Historic Vehicle Register. Until April 19, you can view President Taft’s 1909 Steam Car on the Mall between the National Gallery of Art and National Air & Space Museum. President Reagan’s 1962 Willys ‘Jeep’ CJ-6 will be there April 20-26.

Family Workshop: Paper Trails
Where: Sackler Gallery
When Saturday, 1–4pm
Admission: Free

In celebration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, explore the importance of paper across Asian artmaking traditions. With educators from the Freer|Sackler and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, use traditional Japanese papers and bookmaking tools and techniques to create your own artist’s book. This program is designed for children ages 6–12 and adults to enjoy together. Registration opens March 15 at 12 pm.

DC United vs. Toronto FC
Where: RFK Stadium
When: Saturday, 5pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Kick it at a soccer game as the DC United host Toronto FC on Saturday evening. Be sure to stop by the Fan Zone in section 222 for a variety of kids activities. For some extra goodies just for young fans, join the Kids Club!

Market & More in Brookland
Where: Monroe Street Market
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

The Brookland & Edgewood communities kick off a schedule of spring events this Saturday its first Brookland’s Monroe Street Farmers Market. Special activities and performances by Only Make Believe, plus a one-year anniversary celebration for The Bike Rack DC and Filter Coffeehouse & Espresso Bar will be among the festivities to enjoy this weekend.

Something Fishy Going On
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm
When: Saturday, 10am – 4:30pm
Admission: $3/adult, $2/child

Join the Farm Family at Claude Moore as they clean and salt their yearly catch of herring – guests are invited to help scale, clean, and pack the fish into jars. Tour the rest of the grounds while you’re there, and learn about the important contributions the Potomac River made in colonial era Virginia.

All Aboard for a Model Train Open House
Where: Historic Vienna Depot of the W&OD Railroad
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Chug on down to Vienna to watch model train and trolley activities that realistically depict an actual railroad that existed in North Carolina in the 1950′s. Every hill, town, building, locomotive, rail car, and industry in the layout is modeled after those places and things as they looked in that era. Well, almost everything… to satisfy popular demand, expect an occasional sighting of Thomas the Tank Engine (and a few of his friends) chugging around among the bigger steam and diesel locomotives.

Squad Up
Where: RESPECT by PRSVR Lifestyle Boutique
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Washington, DC’s fashion scene has something to celebrate! The newest RESPECT by PRSVR Lifestyle Boutique is opening in the historic Shepherd Park neighborhood at 7610 Georgia Ave NW and there will be a pop-up BBQ to celebrate the first weekend. Shop kids clothes and enjoy a cookout with al the cool kids and their parents.

Anacostia River Festival
Where: Anacostia Park
When: Sunday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the connection of people to parks as the National Park Service and the 11th Street Bridge Park present the second annual Anacostia River Festival. Enjoy kayaking, boating, fishing workshops, hands-on art projects, musical performances, bike parades, and other unique programs engaging families with the river, its history, and ecology.

The Magic of Books
Where: Kensington Town Hall
When: Sunday, 3-5pm
Admission: $5/person, $20/family

Have some fun as you help support the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation Make MORE Noyes Campaign, a partnership between the Foundation and Montgomery County that is funding a major renovation of the historic library. The Magic of Books will feature a magic show by Joe Romano, a renowned performer who has entertained audiences at the White House and at a Read Across America celebration with Michelle Obama. Recommended for ages 3-10, but all ages are welcome.

The Great DC Outdoors
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission:Varies by Locale

The superb spring weather is beckoning! You’ve got your pick of spots around the DC-Metro to get outside and enjoy it. Take a hike, hit a playground, explore a garden, visit animals, or see what else there is to do al fresco in this post with tons of ideas for fun in the fresh air.


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The Weekend Round-Up: April 9-10

Play ball!

Play ball!



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Don’t let a little spring snow thwart your family fun. There’s plenty happening over the next few days to ensure a good time no matter what the weather. Happy Weekend!

Cherry Blossom Celebration
Where: American Art Museum
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Smithsonian’s American Art Museum welcomes you to a celebration of Japanese culture and the arrival of the cherry blossoms. A taiko drumming performance kicks off the afternoon, followed by other traditional Japanese music and dance, face painting, and cherry-blossom themed crafts. Colleagues from the Freer|Sackler can help you make your own Japanese fan. Create a koinobori windsock at one of our crafting tables or check out the spring book corner with our friends from MLK Jr. Memorial Library.

Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival
Where: Southwest Waterfront, 600 Water Street SW
When: Saturday, 1-9pm
Admission: Free

The annual fireworks show at the Southwest Waterfront is one of the highlights of cherry blossom season. It’s an all-day and part-evening affair with free live music and family-friendly festivities, including water-related activities, cultural experiences, and delicious foods. The grand finale will begin at 8:30pm when the starbursts of fireworks light up the night sky.

The Nats are Back!
Where: Nationals Park
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Baseball season is in full swing again, and the Nats are home for their first weekend of regular season games. Catch them against the Marlins on Saturday at 4:05 or Sunday at 1:35 — stay after the latter for Kids Run the Bases. For tips on doing Nats game without breaking the bank, see this post. And don’t forget to sign up little fan for the Jr. Nationals Kids Club to get all kinds goodies and discounts.

Buds
Where: Rock Creek Nature Center
When: Saturday, 10am
Admission: Free

Join friends from Casey Trees for tree-focused story time interspersed with songs and a craft project. Each family will leave with a list of “scavenger hunt items” while exploring the trails on their own after the program. Recommended for ages 18 months – 4 years.

Run of the Mill
Where: Peirce Mill, Rock Creek Park
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

See the 2,000-lb millstones convert corn to corneal using good old-fashioned renewable energy of water. Miller Jeanne and the Friends of Peirce Mill invite you to discover DC’s only surviving gristmill in action. Be sure to explore the exhibits at Peirce Barn next door and hit the nearby trails, too! Read more about the historic site in this KFDC post about our visit there last fall.

Play in the Zone
Where: ZavaZone
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Starts at $19.50

The brand new Indoor Adventure Park dedicated to ages 5-105 calls itself a “gamechanger.” With ninja courses, ropes courses, trampolines, climbing challenges, zip lines, and more under one soaring roof, guests have their pick of active fun. Disclosure: We have yet to check it out ourselves, but it looks and sounds pretty awesome.

Swedish Explorations
Where: Sweden House
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

The Swedish Embassy in Georgetown has focused more on kids this year, and their new exhibition Next Level Craft shows it. Presenting works by more than 40 crafters, artists, and designers from all over Sweden, plus its own soundtrack and music video, it’s a showcase of handiworks and imagination, from traditional to modern. The exhibit will be open every weekend, with guided tours available. Be sure to stop in the library with kids books and toys, and join a story time session on Saturdays at 2pm.

Children’s Walking Tour of Penn Quarter
Where: Starts at District Architecture Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: $5/child

Discover buildings! This walking tour for children will take a hands-on approach to learning about architecture in the vibrant Penn Quarter neighborhood during a walking tour led by architect Mary Kay Lanzillotta, FAIA. As we walk along the streets, participants will learn new terms like keystone, cornice, pilaster, pediment, portico, and many more architectural features that make up buildings.

Explore the Universe
Where: Air and Space Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

This annual event focuses on how different cultures see the sky. Learn about telescopes and do some daytime observations (weather), see a planetarium show, watch The Chromatics out on an AstroCapella performance, enjoy story time, and more!

Enchanted Forest Cherrybration
Where: Clarks Elioak Farm
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: $5 (some activities are extra)

Let little princesses dress up for this visit to the storybook-themed farm (you can read more about it in the list about outdoor outings). Clark’s Elioak will be celebrating Howard County’s “Cherrybration” Days with treats fit for young royalty and plenty of pink pizzazz. Children in a family will get a free hayride if at least one person in the family is dressed as a pink princess. Kids can also dress up in gowns on hand at the farm for a photo opportunity with “Princess Cherrybella.” A Truly Pink Treasure Hunt in the Enchanted Forest Maze will round out the weekend activities.

Show Time
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

* See Adventure Theatre’s delightful production of James and the Giant Peach
* Reserve free tickets to see Frog Prince, this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance
* Marsha and the Positrons are playing the Saturday show at Jammin’ Java
* Catch a performance of Beauty and the Beast at The Puppet Co.
* And Bedtime Bunnies is the featured Tiny Tots show there
* Little ones will love Boxes, Boxes, Boxes at Imagination Stage
* NextStop Theatre’s production of Snow White begins this weekend
* Love That Dog will be on stage at BlackRock Center for the Arts
* Los Dos Burritos, a bilungual show for all ages will be at Wall of Books on Saturday and Colony Club on Sunday at 11am both days.

Fun at Fairfax Parks
Where: Several Fairfax parks
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 to enjoy. Have lunch with live animals at Huntley Meadows, take a wagon ride at Riverbend, join a princess tea party at Hidden Oaks, star gaze at Burke Lake, and more! Go here to see all of your options, this weekend and beyond, and register for activities.

Kids in the Kitchen
Where: Children’s National Medical Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

The Junior League of Washington is hosting its annual healthy eating and fitness activity fair for children. Designed for ages 3 to 13, the event showcases ways for kids to eat smart and make healthy lifestyle choices. The lineup of activities will include exercise classes like Zumba, CrossFit and yoga, cooking fun with professional chefs, demos from nutrition experts, and more. There will also be crafts, games, goodie bags, and exciting raffle prizes, all to celebrate and promote nutritional literacy. Note that while this is a free event, advance sign-up is required.

DC United vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
Where: RFK Stadium
When: Saturday, 5:30pm
Admission: Tickets prices vary

Kick it at a soccer game as the DC United host the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday evening. Be sure to stop by the Fan Zone in section 222 for a variety of kids activities. For some extra goodies just for young fans, join the Kids Club!

Full STEAM Ahead: Awesome Astronomy
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Families are invited to visit the Annmarie artLAB for hands-on investigations and challenges. This month’s astronomy-themed session features fun, engaging activities that will help kids explore, observe, ask questions, and make predictions about the world around them as they create and play! Perfect for all ages, and walk-ins welcome. Be sure to extend your visit to explore the rest of Annmarie, including the art-filled grounds and magical Fairy Lolly — more about it here (cost $5/adult, $3/child).

Family Workshop: Paper Trails
Where: Sackler Gallery
When Sunday, 1–4pm
Admission: Free

In celebration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, explore the importance of paper across Asian artmaking traditions. With educators from the Freer|Sackler and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, use traditional Japanese papers and bookmaking tools and techniques to create your own artist’s book. Recommended for ages 6–12 and accompanying adults.

The Inside Scoop
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

With un-springlike weather on the way, this post with over 70 ideas for indoor adventures around DC will help keep your crew sheltered and entertained all weekend long.


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The Weekend Round-Up: April 2-3

Go fly a kite at the Washington Monument

Go fly a kite at the Washington Monument



Weather may factor in to your picks for activities with the kids this weekend, but there’s fun to be had no matter what the conditions outside. Happy Weekend!

Go Fly a Kite!
Where: Washington Monument Grounds
When: Saturday, 10am – 4:30pm (Rain date: Sunday, 12pm)
Admission: Free

The Blossom Kite Festival is, in my opinion, the best event during cherry blossom season. The sight of thousands of kites in all colors, shapes, and sizes soaring around the Washington Monument is truly a sight to behold. The sails you see flying at the Festival each spring range from simple to pretty darn creative. Dragons, sharks, butterflies, giant soccer balls, even some that look like intricate works of art actually outnumber your basic diamond. And anyone can go fly their kites, so be sure to bring one. 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.

Marshmallow Harvest & Egg Hunt
Where: Great Country Farms
When: April 2-3, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $10/child $12/adult at the gate

Head to Great Country for the first “crop” of the spring — Marshmallow Picking! Do marshmallow peeps grow on trees? Be sure to check it out and harvest a few to roast on the bonfire with Farmer Bob. You can even purchase a s’mores kit to melt away that chocolate craving. Guests can also join a post-Easter egg hunt (by age – see the schedule) with over 18,000 treat-filled eggs. Plan to visit spring chicks and baby animals, check out the spring plantings in the greenhouse, take a hayride and rejoice in the new season.

Kite Fun Day
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 12pm or 1-2:30pm
Admission: $10/child (reservations required)

Make a kite and watch it soar at Frying Pan’s special event on Saturday. All materials will be provided, and advanced registration is required. Plan to hang out and enjoy the may other attractions at the park after (or before) your session. Animal visits, wagon rides, and playgrounds are just a few of them!

More Fun at Fairfax Parks
Where: Several Fairfax parks
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 to enjoy. Take a wagon ride at Riverbend, celebrate cherry blossom season at Green Spring Gardens, volunteer for the Watershed Cleanup Day, build a bat house, join a nature play group, and more! Go here to see all of your options and register for activities.

Saturday Family Jazz Session
Where: Strathmore
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: $10

Jumpstart a love for jazz with classes that nurture talent and spark musicality! Junior jazz aficionados can spend Saturday mornings singing, playing, and preparing for a lifetime of jazz appreciation at this fun, creative, kid-friendly series featuring classes with multi-instrumentalist and local jazz legend Seth Kibel and renowned jazz singer Rochelle Rice. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. All attendees, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

The Outwin 2016 Family Day
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm

Admission: Free

Families are invited to celebrate a day of storytelling while learning about contemporary portraiture. Enjoy portrait workshops led by artists featured in the newly opened exhibition The Outwin 2016. Additionally, Grammy-nominated artist Christylez Bacon will demonstrate how musicians use song as a narrative, and the Bowen McCauley Dance company tells their stories through dance.

Forklift Garden Party
Where: Community Forklift
When: Saturday, 9am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Throughout the winter, Community Forklift collects gently-used and surplus lawn & garden supplies as well as outdoor décor and furniture. Come spring, they put it all out for your shopping pleasureatt heir Annual Garden Party. Even more, along with the sale, the event will feature gardening demonstrations, experts, and vendors; activities for kids; local bands; and a farm-to-fork food truck.

Show Time
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

* See Adventure Theatre’s delightful production of James and the Giant Peach
* Reserve free tickets to see the Ballet Theatre of Maryland on Saturday Morning at the National Theatre
* Superman 2050 is on the Family Theater stage at the Kennedy Center Friday through Sunday
* Catch a performance of Beauty and the Beast at The Puppet Co.
* And Bedtime Bunnies is the featured Tiny Tots show there
* Little ones will ove Boxes, Boxes, Boxes at Imagination Stage
* The American Youth Chorus will perform their newest concert Songs of the Earth, Sea, & Sky on Saturday evening
* The U.S. Navy Commodores are kicking off National Jazz Month at Alden Theater on Saturday
* The Washington Ballet presents Hamlet at the Kennedy Center

Light City Baltimore
Where: Baltimore Inner Harbor
When: Through Sunday, 7pm – 12am
Admission: Free

See Baltimore’s Inner Harbor lit up with a temporary light art exhibition, a 1.5-mile light art walk with 28 illuminated artworks. The installations range from 15-foot sculptures to projections on the sides of buildings (and even on roofs!) and explore questions of social justice, sustainability and climate change, and history. This will be accompanied by 100 musical and street theater performances and 50 concerts, all free and open to the public.

Go Colonial
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4:30pm
Admission: $3/adults, $2/ages 3 and up, free for 2 and under

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm opens for the first weekend of its 2016 season, welcoming visitors to explore family life on a pre-Revolutionary War working farm. There is a tobacco barn, farm house, garden, orchard, and animals. Guests can also interact with a family portraying life as it was back then. Read more about it in this post (ignore the “autumn” part; it’s a great outing in the spring, too).

April Maker’s Market
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden
When: Saturday, 9am – 1pm
Admission: Free

The Annmarie Maker’s Market is THE place to find all things handmade, homemade, or homegrown, including crafts, hanging baskets, organic skincare products, farm fresh produce, cut flowers, baked goods, batik and fleece clothing, handmade soaps and candles, herbal teas, ornaments, folkart, handmade gifts, and more! Delight in the local treasures to be found here! While you’re there, explore the amazing grounds, arts center, and Fairy Lolly, too ($5/adult, $3/child). More about it here.

Symphony for Babes
Where: Downtown Silver Spring Civic Center
When: Saturday, 10am & 11:30am
Admission: $12

Take wee ones to the symphony! The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents this Music Box Interactive Concert especially for babies and toddlers ages six months to three years with the theme Birtdie Melodies. Go early — 30 minutes prior the concert the lobby fills with a range of musical, creative and fun activities for little ones and families.

Family Game Day & Boutique Pop Up
Where: The Escape Lounge
When: Sunday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free (Escapes at regular prices)

You have your choice of adventures at The Escape Lounge this Sunday! Shop a special Yummi Yummi Goodness Boutique Pop Up offering up to 40% off children’s couture. There will also be board game competitions and puzzles, raffle drawings for amazing prizes, and beverages and light snacks. Of course, you can also opt for an Escape the Classroom or Escape the Oval Office experience, which I highly recommend (read more about it here)! 10% of proceeds from the event will be donated to the National Children’s Alliance in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Sumo-Sized Sunday
Where: North End Shaw
When: Sunday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

The Shay and Atlantic Plumbing, mixed-use retail and residential projects in North End Shaw, are celebrating cherry blossom season by welcoming three world sumo wrestling champions — Yama, Byamba, and Takeshi — for Sumo-Sized Sunday. Attendees will have the chance to not only watch these world-renowned wrestlers engage in some friendly competition, but also try their hand at taking down one of the classically trained fighters. This will all take place in the lot adjacent to 945 Florida Avenue NW.


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