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Where to Play on the Weekdays:
June 4-8

The carousel at Watkins Regional Park is now open daily through the summer!

Monday – Join a story time where kids don’t have to sit still! Stories and Stretches is a monthly program for ages 3-5 at Shaw Library that incorporates the entire body. Children and grownups can engage with books and storytelling through movement as you experiment with poses, shapes, and stretches. (Be prepared to participate and model poses for little ones at the level that is appropriate for them!) Yoga mats are welcome but not required. The fun begins at 11am, and admission is free.

Tuesday – Go over the rainbow and beyond at Watkins Regional Park. The adorable Wizard of Oz themed playground will have kiddos frolicking for hours. Be sure to stop by Old Maryland Farm to visit the animals and spend time at Watkins Nature Center to view even more cool creatures and birds, then hike the nearby trails. Go for a spin on the carousel, take a ride on the miniature train that winds through woods, and play mini golf. Park hours are dawn to dusk, 9am – 4pm at the Farm, and 10am – 5:30pm at the Nature Center. Admission is free, but rides and mini golf are a small fee.

Wednesday – Laugh it up with The Great Zucchini at Kids in Canal. The weekly series at Canal Park is kicking off another fun summer with the children’s comedic magician. Every Wednesday from 10:30-11:30am, enjoy a live show for littles — kids music, science demos, magic shows, and puppetry are all part of the summer lineup. Of course, top it all off with water play in the fountains and sprays. Admission is free, and the program takes place in the middle block of the park. For more about Canal Park, see this KFDC post.

Thursday – Head to the Hirshhorn for a special edition of STORYTIME from 10-11am. Put on your red bandana for this session that is part of “To Future Women” with artist Georgia Saxelby. Participate in a lively read-aloud of Rosie Revere, Engineer. Following the story, participants will be invited to create art or write letters to future women. Admission is free. After, plan to explore the Sculpture Garden outside and go for a spin on the nearby National Carousel ($3.50/ride) to take advantage of the nice weather.

Friday – Take a little time trip back to the 18th century at Claude Moore Colonial Farm. The living history museum welcomes visitors to explore the grounds, where there is a tobacco barn, farm house, garden, orchard, and animals. Guests can also interact with a family portraying life as it was in the 1700’s. Hours are 10am – 5pm Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is $5/adults, $3/children ages 3 and up, free for 2 and under. Read more about the farm in this post about our first experience there. PS: This gem of a place is under threat of being shut down and needs your help — see what you can do!

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The Weekend Round-Up: June 1-3

Jazz meets art at The Phillips Collection this weekend!


If this first weekend of June is any indication of the summer fun to come, then things are looking excellent for the season ahead. There are events and activities to cover all interests, ages, and weather possibilities. And with storms in the forecast, it doesn’t hurt to confirm that outdoor happenings are still on. I’ll try to keep you updated, too. Happy Weekend!

Seize the Season

Where: Throughout the DMV

When: All weekend long

Admission: Varies by activity

Enjoy summer fun with a host of activities that only occur this time of year. Catch an open-air concert at one of several series in the area. Stay cool at an outdoor pool, sprayground, or water park. See a movie under the stars. Check out a seasonal exhibit. Go berry picking. Ride mini-trains and carousels at local parks. And much, much more! Check the Summer 2018 Guide for details on all of these great pursuits.

The Drive-In (as if!) 😉
Where: Union Market | Northeast DC
When: Friday
Admission: $10/car

Clueless is this month’s featured film at Union Market’s outdoor movie series. Watch Cher and friends on the big screen from the comfort of your car in the UM parking lot. Get there as early as 6pm and have a bite to eat in the Market or bring food back to your car. The lot closes at 8:15pm, and the film begins at 8:30pm. Advance purchase is recommended.

Imagination Bethesda

Where: Woodmont & Elm Street | Bethesda, MD

When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm

Admission: Free

The annual Imagination Bethesda is back for its 24th year on Saturday. Musical performances and children’s entertainers will light up the stage, while hands-on art & craft activities will line the streets along Elm St. and Woodmont Avenue in downtown Bethesda. Face painters balloonists, free giveaways, and more will round out the fun community day.

Jazz ‘n’ Families Fun Days

Where: The Phillips Collection | Dupont Circle, DC

When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm & Sunday, 12-7pm

Admission: Free

Leading up to the DC Jazz Festival starting next week and part of The Phillips Collection’s Museum Walk events, there will be special performances and activities for guests, especially young ones. Enjoy both the art and live jazz throughout the museum, including musicians improvising to paintings in the galleries. Kids can enjoy story time, meet some of the artists, visit an instrument petting zoo, create their own masterpieces to take home, and more. Read about one of our experiences there.

Urban Kids Fishing Derby
Where: Constitution Gardens | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 8am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Gather up the kids and enjoy a day of fishing fun! This catch & release lesson is also a contest — youth who have the winning catches will receive gifts and other outstanding prizes. For the biggest fish, there will be a $100.00 prize, and there will also be goodie bags. Even more, the entire derby will be filmed for an upcoming segment on Urban American Outdoors TV with host Wayne Hubbard. You do not have to know how to fish, the event is free, and there will be plenty of family fun, fishing, and volunteers to help. Pre-registration is required!

Washington Folk Festival

Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD

When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-7pm

Admission: Free

Get folksy at Glen Echo Park this weekend, as the 38th annual Washington Folk Festival showcases the diversity of traditional music in Washington. All of the artists hail from the DC area, but cultures from around the nation, as well as the world, will be represented through music, dance, crafts, and stories.

Wear Orange Day
Where: Anacostia Park | Anacostia, DC
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: Free

The community is invited and encouraged to join the DC Chapter of Moms Demand Action for a picnic on Wear Orange Day, a national campaign to honor victims of gun violence and their loved ones. The free event will include survivor speakers along with food, friendship, and fun for all ages. RSVP to let them know you’ll be going. There is also an event in Silver Spring — more info is available here.

Race to the Moon
Where: Udvar-Hazy Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 4pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15

Join this free alternate reality game at the Chantilly arm of Air & Space. Set in the thrilling era of early spaceflight, the game explores the exciting race to space by the first American astronauts. Your mission in this installment: Develop a rocket to launch into space, travel over 200,000 miles to the Moon, and land safely. It’s 1969 and national pride and prestige are on the line. The U.S. is in a tight race with the Soviet Union to see who can be the first to land humans on the Moon and return them safely to Earth. NASA needs engineers and scientists with real problem-solving skills.

Kids in the Castle
Where: Heurich House Museum | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Heurich House Museum will open its doors for free, kid-friendly, self-guided tours. Kids in the Castle gives families the chance to explore the ornate details of the Heurich. A suit of armor, woodcarvings of animals and magical beasts, and towering ceilings are just some of the features that make the mansion a magical castle to explore. Children and parents are invited to wander through the house at their own pace and complete a photo scavenger hunt to win prizes. If weather permits, families can also relax and play games in the Castle Garden. Register for free tickets; only a limited number will be available at the door.

Museum Morning
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

There’s all kinds of fun for little ones at the Hirshhorn this weekend. On Saturday, enjoy the Library + Art Pop-Up and find a cart in the galleries and check out a fun kit full of our favorite finds for kids. On Sunday, examine artist Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Seascape Series and take a seaside journey with the book Flotsam by David Wiesner. Following the read-aloud, participants will create their own adventure stories.

Shake Up Your Saturday
Where: Folger Shakespeare Library | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: Free, but registration required

Join the Folger’s family program that takes place the first Saturday of every month. In this session kids ages 5-11 can make Shakespeare’s poetic language their own in “Dressing old words new.” Go here to sign up — ages 4-7 at 10am, and 8-11 at 11am. And read more about the Folger Shakespeare library in this KFDC post.

Curtains Closing on a Wildly Fun Treasure Hunt
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $19.50

This weekend is the last chance to see Judy Moody and Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt, the hilariously entertaining and engaging production at Adventure Theatre. Based on the popular children’s books, the play follows Judy Moody and her little brother Stink on a weekend family getaway to Ocracoke Island that turns into quite an adventure for the duo. Read a full KFDC review of the show here.

Annapolis Irish Festival
Where: Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds | Annapolis, MD
When: Friday, 4-10pm & Saturday 11am – 10pm
Admission: $15-20/adult, free/12 & under

Magical Celtic traditions and music are just part of the celebration at the 5th Annual Annapolis Irish Festival. Along with a lively lineup of Celtic music acts, there will be over 90 vendors selling everything from food to art to clothes and accessories. Little Leprechaun Land, an area especially for kids, will offer pony rides, face painting, balloon art, cultural activities, bouncy fun, music and magic shows, and Irish dancing – and it’s all part of admission.

Smile Project Carnival & Concert
Where: RFK Stadium | Hill East, DC
When: Friday & Saturday,

Thrill rides, carnival food and games, cash bars, live art installations by local artists, and music performances. Produced by Broccoli City and Southwood Ent., the mission of the Smile Project Carnival is to encourage smiling more often to support physical and mental health.

Happy Trails

Where: Throughout the DMV

When: Saturday

Admission: Free

Saturday is National Trails Day, and you can celebrate by taking part in one of many special events around the area. Take a hike, do some volunteer trail maintenance, go bird watching, and more. Find an event for your family on the National Trails Day website. Or if you just want to hit the trail for a hike, check out this post about great walks in the woods with kids.

Walk the Museum Walk

Where: Dupont-Kalorama Neighborhoods, DC

When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4pm

Admission: Free

Get off the Mall and explore the many museums in the Dupont-Kalorama neighborhood during the 35th annual Museum Walk Weekend. (You can also check out the Obama’s future neighborhood!) See the exhibits and enjoy special programs for free at several diverse museums, including The Phillips Collection, Dumbarton House, the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, Anderson House, and Woodrow Wilson House.

Vintage Virginia Wine & Food Festival

Where: Bull Run Park | Centreville, VA

When: Saturday & Sunday

Admission: $30/adults, $10/kids

A wine fest might sound like a grown-ups-only event, but this one offers plenty of fun for kids, too. Chef demos, food truck fare, live music, and a whole family area with activities especially for children are among the festivities. Of course, there will be plenty of opportunity for wine tasting, too!

Smokin’ Saturday
Where: Cox Farms | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Head to the farm for their weekly gathering of food and fun! Visit friendly critters, play on the wooden climbing structures, enjoy pulled pork from the smoker and other tasty eats, listen to live music, take a ride to Foamhenge, and frolic around the grounds. Visit the website for timing and more details. 
Kid Obstacle Challenge
Where: Wicomico Motorsports Park | Charlotte Hall, MD
When: Saturday
Admission: $52-$66/age 5-16, free for parents

Run, jump, scale, and wade your way through the largest touring adventure and obstacle course event series for kids in the nation! The Kids Obstacle Challenge event series for kids ages 5-16, includes 13-15 fun and challenging obstacles through water and mud! Designed for kids to push their limits and reach new heights, it offers the ultimate experience that involves the whole family. Participants can rope swing into a giant mud pit, army crawl through tough terrain, scale up rugged cargo nets, and slide into a muddy paradise! Prepare to Brave Your Adventure and have some muddy family fun! Parents are invited to run for FREE with the purchase of a child’s ticket.

One Journey Festival
Where: Washington National Cathedral | Northwest DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Be part of the first national celebration of refugee talents, courage, accomplishments, and contributions of refugees. Celebrate refugees from around the DC area and across the United States, the One Journey Festival will be inspiring day of food, music, dance, fashion, art, and fun. Festival goers can meet refugees and their families from around the world and discover ways to get involved in assisting and supporting refugees locally. The day’s events will include everything from cooking demos with famed chef Jose Andres to a Saharan belly dancing workshop.  See the full schedule of events on the website.

Occoquan Arts & Crafts Show

Where: Downtown Historic Occoquan, VA

When: Saturday & Sunday

Admission: Free

Get ready for a weekend full of art, crafts, entertainment, and family fun. Over 10,000 people are expected to attend the Town of Occoquan’s 49th Annual Arts and Crafts Show. Along with the creative items for sale by more than 300 contemporary and country crafters, there will be live entertainment, a DJ, food, and a Kidz Corner.

Shows on Strings
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $10 & $6

Sleeping Beauty is the Main Stage production at the puppet theatre in Glen Echo. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small. And little ones will enjoy World on a String, this weekend’s featured Tiny Tots show — the lights stay on, doors remain open, and performances are short for newbie theatre-goers.

Where: Gunston Arts Center | Arlington, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Tickets: $15/adult, $10/child

Travel with Pinocchio on his road of misadventures, meeting many kooky characters along the way. From Pleasure Isle, to his showdown with the Great Fish, Pinocchio tries to find his way back to his father, Geppetto. Will he learn to choose truth and kindness on his quest to become a “real boy?” Find out at Encore Stage and Studio’s by kids for kids production! Recommended for ages 4+.

Commit to Be FitWhere: Rhode Island Row | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Join friends and neighbors and commit to being the healthiest you at the Commit to Be Fit event at Rhode Island Row! Enjoy free fitness classes, health screenings, healthy food offerings, kids activities, giveaways, and more! This takes place outdoors at Rhode Island Row – 2300 Washington Place, NE.

Where: Harpers Ferry Adventure Center | Harpers Ferry, WV
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

RiverPalooza is a season-long celebration of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, featuring two months of paddle trips ranging from bird watching, fishing, and snorkeling on the Shenandoah to overnight camping on the Potomac’s beautiful Paw Paw Bends!  It all kicks off on Saturday in Harpers Ferry with lots of paddling and tubing fun and post-paddle grilling. Register in advance to guarantee a water vessel.

Field Day
Where: Town of Somerset | Chevy Chase, MD
When: Sunday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Field Day is free for-fun potluck with friends & friend of friends altruistically organized by a bunch of buddies who wanted an old school day in the sun. Relax in a sunny field while listening to music and entertainment from yet-to-be-discovered local artists. Play yard games, bring food to share, and invite a friend!

Farmers Market at the Ballpark
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront DC
When: Sunday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

The Nats may be on the road this weekend, but there’s still something happening at he ballpark! The Nationals along with Kaiser Permanente present the first annual Farmers Market at Nationals Park. Located in Center Field Plaza, fans and neighbors will have access to locally sourced produce, meats, dairy products and more. Fun games will also be set up for everyone to enjoy, and Screech and the Racing Presidents will be in attendance!
Visit the website for the full vendor list. Garage C will be open with free parking.

Israel@70: A Musical Celebration
Where: Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner | Tysons, VA
When: Sunday, 2-6pm
Admission: Free

Party with the Jewish community of Greater Washington and celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday. Enjoy live music from Israeli artists, food and fun activities for the whole family, including arts & crafts, outdoor Games, Israeli dancing, photo booths, henna tattoos, and more.

* The Chinatown Community Festival that was scheduled for this weekend has been postponed due to inclement weather. A new date will be announced soon.
* Two giveaways are currently running on KFDC: Enter to win admission for 4 to Wings of Fancy at the Brookside Gardens and Under the Big Top at the B&O Railroad Museum.
* 826DC, the nonprofit that supports kids with creative and expository writing skills, is hosting a free summer workshop for students in grades 3-6. Walking Gemstones and Other Invisible Science will run July 16-27, 9am -12pm. Learn more!
* If you’re looking for good places to watch the Caps vie for the Stanley Cup, here are some recommendations (though not all kid-friendly).


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: May 29 – June 1

All ages will dig the imaginative works in the Renwick’s No Spectators exhibit

Tuesday – Take toddlers to story hour at East City Bookshop on Capitol Hill — the weekly book readings are perfect for ages 1-4. The session starts at 11am, and admission is free. After, stay to browse the inventory, then head next door to Labyrinth to check out their great selection of games and puzzles or grab a bite at one of many nearby eateries.

Wednesday – Spend the forecasted rainy day at Badlands Play Space, where there are mountains of indoor adventures for kids. From active fun to creative explorations to learning experiences to relaxation options, the enormous facility in Rockville has it all! Hours are 9am – 6pm (Tuesday – Sunday). Admission is $20/child and $12.50/toddler.

Thursday – Check out No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man at the Renwick Gallery. The big, bold, imaginative works originally showcased at the annual festival in Black Rock City wow viewers of all ages. Hours are 10am – 5:30pm, and admission is free.

Friday – Enjoy a “summer” activity and hit a sprayground! There are a bunch open for the season within the DC Department of Parks and Rec that have areas where kids can splash around. (Open at 10am, free admission.) Find a list of even more interactive fountains and splash pads around the area in the 2018 KFDC Guide to the Best of Summer in DC.

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The Weekend Round-Up: May 25-28

The World War II Memorial is one spot to observe the holiday this weekend

With Memorial Day Weekend comes an extra day off — and plenty of ways to enjoy and observe it. Whether you seek events that honor those who have served and sacrificed, are ready to get your “summer” started, or just want to enjoy some quality time with the kids over the long weekend, this round-up easily has you covered. Happy Weekend!

“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 music at the Yards Park’s first concert of the season or Jazz in the Garden on the National Mall. Make a splash at an outdoor public pool or a sprayground, see a family flick outdoors at National Harbor on Sunday night, and so much more. The KFDC 2018 Guide to the Best of Summer in DC has the scoop on where and when you can experience all the joys of season that start Memorial Day weekend.

Rockin’ on the Riverfront
Where: Yards Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 6:30-8:30pm
Admission: Free

Kick off the weekend as the Yards Park kicks off its seasonal Friday Night Concert series! Pebble to Pearl is playing the first installment of the summer staple. Enjoy the music along with food and drinks for purchase (or BYO picnic), let the kids play in the fountains and grassy spaces, and take in the scenic river views.

Memorials & Poppies on the Mall
Where: National Mall, DC
When: All Weekend
Admission: Free

Tributes to those who have served our country will take place at the many memorials and monuments on the National Mall throughout the weekend. Times vary, but you can look for schedules on the National Park Service website. Be sure to stop by the pop-up poppy memorial on the southwest side — 645,000 poppy flowers, one for every soldier lost since WWI, should be quite a remarkable sight. The Mall will likely be crowded, so plan accordingly.

Duck, Duck…Race!
Where: Yards Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

See thousands of environmentally-friendly toy ducks race along the Anacostia River! The third annual DC Duck Race, a fundraiser to benefit more than 30 non-profits executing sustainable service projects in the community, will showcase the flock of sponsored rubber duckies “racing” along a contained course on the water. The race begins at 2pm. There will be even more at the community festival, including entertainment, food, and activities for kids.

Strawberry Jubilee
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Admission: $10/child, $12/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.

Delaplane Strawberry Festival
Where: Sky Meadows State Park | Delaplane, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $25/car

Spend Memorial Day weekend at the 25th Annual Delaplane Strawberry Festival! In addition to having delicious, gourmet-sized strawberries for sale, the festival features live music, hayrides, old fashioned field games, dancing, music, magic, storytelling, crafts, a petting farm, hikes in the shadow of the Appalachian Trail, face painting, cake-walking, Corn Hole, a monkey, and much more!

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

Join the family and community oriented celebration of Memorial Day and the greater Vienna Community spirit. Amusement rides, food, crafts, vendors, and entertainment will be part of the all-ages fun. Even better, 100% of proceeds go to charitable, community, and humanitarian organizations.

Homefront Street Cars
Where: National Capital Trolley Museum | Silver Spring, MD
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: $5/child, $7/adult

Recall the role of the transit industry during wartime in observance of Memorial Day. Enjoy Tilley the Trolley and Billy the Bus, a wartime production of the Capital Transit Company, and Ten Seconds to Go, a wartime production of Kansas City Public Service. The special exhibit, Homefront Street Cars, will also be on view.

Room for Children
Where: House of Sweden | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

Pop in to the House of Sweden’s space for children up to 10 years old, recently updated with new books, games, and crafts.The Swedish library and arts studio was designed to stimulate their desire for books, music, storytelling, and self-expression. Storytime sessions are offered every Saturday at 2pm. Located at the Washington Harbour, pair this with some outdoor time at Georgetown Waterfront Park for a whole day’s outing!

Dinos & Then Some
Where: Port Discovery | Baltimore, MD
When: Throughout the weekend

This weekend is the opening of Port Dicovery’s new Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice exhibit. Enjoy fun Dino-themed activities and drop-in programs along with Memorial Day themed projects. Of course, there are many more galleries and exhibits to explore in among the many levels of the wonderful children’s museum. It’s also the start of tsummer hours, with the Museum now open seven days a week for fun, learning and adventure. Visit Monday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm, and on Sundays from 12-5pm.

Here Comes Hamilton
Where: Mount Vernon Estate | Mount Vernon, VA
When: Throughout the weekend

George Washington’s Mount Vernon has caught Hamilton fever! This weekend, they will debut four new Washington-Hamilton objects that highlight the partnership and friendship between the two founding fathers in temporary exhibit, History has its eyes on you: George Washington & Alexander Hamilton. And from 12-2pm on Saturday, sing your favorite Hamilton song, during HAMILTUNES: An American Sing-Along! During that time, singers from Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre and DC-area adult musicians will lead guests in a rousing rendition of the hit musical’s songs. Bring a blank and enjoy your favorite Hamilton tunes during the family-friendly event.

On Stage: A Wildly Fun Treasure Hunt
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $19.50

Judy Moody and Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt, is the current production at Adventure Theatre, and it’s a hilariously entertaining and engaging one. Based on the popular children’s books, the play follows Judy Moody and her little brother Stink on a weekend family getaway to Ocracoke Island that turns into quite an adventure for the duo. Read a full KFDC review of the show here.

Shows on Strings
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $10 & $6

Sleeping Beauty is the Main Stage production at the puppet theatre in Glen Echo. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small. And little ones will enjoy Panda-Monium, this weekend’s featured Tiny Tots show on Saturday — the lights stay on, doors remain open, and performances are short for newbie theatre-goers.

Hometown Holidays
Where: Rockville Town Square | Rockville, MD
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: Free

A music festival, the Taste of Rockville, and Memorial Day events make up most of the festivities at the Rockville Town Center this weekend. Kids activities, food, and more fun will also be part of the lineup. View the website for the complete schedule of events.

Model Trains and Thomas
Where: Historic Vienna Train Station | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free (donations accepted)

While you’re at Viva Vienna, stop by the Historic Vienna Train Station where you can see and hear HO scale model trolleys and trains, including Thomas and some of his friends on display and in operation. It’s a great family fun and activity for the young and young at heart. The Station is at 231 Dominion Road NE, Vienna, VA along the W&OD trail just past the Caboose.

Take Your Pick
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.

Go with the Flow
Where: Waterways around the DMV
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

Enjoy the weekend on the water, where you can paddle and explore. A bunch of places around the area rent kayaks, canoes, rowboats, and stand up paddleboards. Fletcher’s Boathouse is a popular place to go and has a great riverside area to hang out and picnic when you’re off the water. You can also row from Ballpark Boathouse then picnic and play at Yards Park. We spent a wonderful Mother’s Day a couple of years ago at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis — with lots of options for outdoor recreation along with paddling, it’s particularly awesome. This post has a round-up of even more places to navigate the local waterways.

National Memorial Day Concert
Where: West lawn of the Capitol | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 8-9:30pm, gates open at 5pm
(or Saturday for the dress rehearsal)
Admission: Free

Why watch on TV when you can be there in person? The 2017 National Memorial Day Concert will take place on the west lawn of the Capitol on Sunday from 8 – 9:30pm. Joe Mantegna is hosting the event this year, and an all-star line-up of artists will join the National Symphony Orchestra in honoring those who have served and sacrificed for our country. If you’re planning to go, the FAQ page on the concert website is worth a read. KFDC Tip: If you can’t make Sunday’s show or don’t want to deal with the crowds, Saturday’s dress rehearsal is also always open to the public — gates open at 5pm, and the show begins at 8pm.

Memorial Day Observance
Where: Arlington National Cemetery | Arlington, VA
When: Monday, 10:30am
Admission: Free

Observe the holiday at one of the most iconic spots to honor those who have served. A prelude concert by the United States Navy Band will begin in the amphitheater at 10:30am, and a wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at 11am followed by an observance program in the amphitheater. Space is limited to standing room only for the wreath-laying ceremony, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the amphitheater. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to ensure access to these events and should plan to be seated no later than 9:30am. Read more about Arlington National Cemetery here.

National Memorial Day Parade
Where: Constitution Avenue NW, 7th to 17th Streets | Downtown DC
When: Monday, 2pm
Admission: Free

The annual National Memorial Day Parade celebrates and honors American veterans with a grand procession through the city. Get a curbside view of military units and vehicles, marching bands, flag teams, and hundreds of veterans as they travel up Constitution Avenue.

The Ins & Outs of DC
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by adventure

For even more ideas for things to do, depending on the weather or simply your preference, these posts are chock full of evergreen pursuits:
The Great Indoors
The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids

* You can help keep Claude Moore Colonial Farm stay open and operating by attending the Save the Farm Rally this coming Thursday, May 31!
* Next Saturday, the DC chapter of Moms Demand Action is hosting a Wear Orange Day event to honor those lost to gun violence and their loved ones with a family-friendly day of food, fun, and friendship.
* As you’re taking advantage of Memorial Day sales, sign up for Ebates and use the service to get cash back on all your purchases.
* Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win admission for 4 to “Under the Big Top” at the B&O Railroad Museum.
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The Weekend Round-Up: May 18-20

The bright and beautiful National Gallery will be full of art and play all weekend

Did your invitation get lost in the mail, too? Luckily, there are plenty of royally great ways to enjoy the next few days on this side of the pond. (Or is that in the pond with the weather we’ve been having?) Keep in mind some events may be cancelled due to rain — I’ll update on the KFDC Facebook Page as best I can. Happy Weekend!

Español para Niños
Where: Union Market | Northeast DC
When: Friday, 10am
Admission: Free

Bring kiddos for a free interactive Spanish classes — for toddlers & kids ages 2-5, accompanied by their parents (and siblings). The 45-minute session will include live music, puppets, games, dance, stories and more, all authentic to the Spanish-speaking world. Join the fun inside Union Market in front of Bidwell restaurant.

Jazz it Up
Where: NGA Sculpture Garden | National Mall, DC
When: Friday, 5–8:30pm (weather permitting)
Admission: Free

Start the weekend with live entertainment in the fresh air. The free, outdoor summer music series kicks off this weekend with The JoGo Project. Spread out a blanket, pack a picnic dinner or purchase food and drinks there, and enjoy the tunes and the “summer” vibe. Note: BYO alcohol is not permitted, but adult drinks are available from the pavilion.

Shake it Up
Where: Brookland’s Finest | Brookland, DC
When: Friday, 5-10pm & Saturday, 3-10pm
Admission: Free, but plan to buy milkshakes!

Celebrate patio season as Brookland’s Finest and local ice cream purveyor Moorenko’s Ice Cream team up to serve boozy milkshakes on the restaurant’s patio. Three flavors of spiked milkshakes will be available for $12 and flavors include Green Apple sorbet with Altos Tequila and ginger beer, Salted Caramel ice cream with Jameson Irish Whiskey, and Coconut Pineapple ice cream with Cotton and Reed Spiced Rum. For kids and adults who want to skip the spirits, alcohol-free milkshakes will be available, too!

Art + Play Community Weekend
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Kick off “summer” with a festive weekend at the Gallery! The East Building will be transformed into a large-scale game room — with an artistic twist. Play classic board and parlor games, go on a scavenger hunt through the galleries, enjoy the the drum beats of Batalá Washington, move to the sights and sounds of DC-based dance company Heart Stück Bernie, make some of your own art, get creative with a large-scale collaborative sculpture, and much more. Bring family and friends and see where art and play meet at the National Gallery of Art! See more about the East Building in this KFDC post.

Train Day Celebration
Where: National Postal Museum | Union Station Area, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Chug on over to the National Postal Museum as they celebrate the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad in 1869. (The tracks connecting the coasts allowed the Post Office Department to quickly move mail across the entire country.) At the Train Day Celebration, both days, museum-goers and little locomotive buffs can enjoy a variety of educational activities with opportunities to learn, engage, and play!

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

Strawberries are ripe and ready for harvest, and many 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 — or maybe an umbrella this weekend.

SerbFest DC
Where:  Saint Luke Serbian Orthodox Church | Potomac, MD
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free

Presented by  Saint Luke Serbian Orthodox Church of Potomac, MD—the epicenter for Serbian culture in and around Washington, DC—this three-day festival has something for everyone, including traditional Serbian dishes, beverages, dance and music performances, gifts and boutique items and family-friendly activities.  In addition, admission and parking are free, an indoor setup has been arranged in case of inclement weather and all a la carte food item proceeds benefit Saint Luke Serbian Orthodox Church. 

Colonial Spring Market Fair
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm | McLean, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4:30pm
Admission: $8/adult, $4/child, free/under 3

The seasonal Colonial Market Fairs at the local living history working farm make for great family outings! Play games, listen to music and interact with staff and volunteers in 18th century costume and character. Watch a children’s puppet theater and make your own corn husk doll. See spinning and candle making. Enjoy the heritage breed animals on site including Ossabow pigs, chickens, geese and turkeys. Herbs and flowering plants available for sale as well as soaps, candles, 18th century clothing and jewelry. And if you haven’t heard, Claude Moore is in danger of being closed by the National Park Service — please sign this petition to help save it!

Artes de Cuba
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free (fee for some performances)

The festival is a celebration of the Cuba’s “artistic richness,” showcasing it through a variety of live entertainment, art exhibits, hands-on activities for kids, fashion, films, and more. Along with Millennium Stage performances, art exhibits are free to view, and they include amazing installations that all ages will enjoy.

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

* Judy Moody and Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt at Adventure Theatre is a fun, fantastic adventure for young audiences.
* The Kennedy Center presents NSO Music for Young Audiences: Brass of Peace – get discounted tickets here
* Sleeping Beauty just opened at The Puppet Co.
* And little ones will love Panda-Monium, the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theatre in Glen Echo Park on Sunday.
* Snow Child is a wonderful musical for the T(w)een Scene and up at Arena Stage

McLean Day
Where: Lewinsville Park | McLean, VA
When: Friday, 2-7pm & Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

McLean’s annual festival to celebrate the city has something for everyone in the fam. Enjoy carnival rides, food trucks, live entertainment, a petting zoo, exhibitor booths, free field games, a tennis clinic, Bubble Ball, laser tag, balloon animals, and more that will delight all ages.

Migratory Bird Day & Kids to Parks Day
Where: Rock Creek Nature Center | Rock Creek Park, DC
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

Learn about migratory birds through a variety of activities and special programs at the Rock Creek Nature Center. Find out why birds choose Rock Creek as a stopover, explore the causes of color differences, and hear star stories about animals, too. If weather permits, plan to hike around and visit the nearby Horse Center, too!

Asian Pacific Celebration
Where: Washington D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center | Kensington, MD
When: Saturday, 7-9pm
Admission: Free

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the local Polynesian community and friends will be performing dances from around the South Pacific. Children welcome. Please be seated 15 minutes prior to the event. Empty seats will be released for stand-by. Extra tickets may be available one hour before the event. Saving seats is not permitted. Mahalo!

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

The Nats are hosting the Dodgers all weekend, with games Friday and Saturday evenings and Saturday afternoon. The first 10,000 kids to arrive on Sunday will get a Nats Superhero cape! And don’t forget they can run the bases after the game, too. Be sure to check for cancellations or delays due to weather, and check out these KFDC tips on doing a Nats game without breaking the bank.

DC Bike Ride
Where: Throughout Washington, DC
When: Saturday, 8am – 12:30pm
Admission: $70/age 8+, $50/Girl Scouts, free/7 & under

This celebration of biking in DC, now in its third year, is a closed-roads, car-free, 20-mile bike ride through the District. Bicyclists ages 3 and up can pedal past monuments and memorials with the city’s two-wheelin’ community. End up at a Finish Festival in front of the U.S. Capitol with beats, eats, and fun activities for all ages.

Strawberry Jam Fest
Where: Norman’s Farm | Woodbine, MD
When: Saturday, 3-7pm
Admission: $10, free/12 & under

Join Waredaca Brewing Company on the farm to ring in the summer and kick off the season. Live music, tasty food, hay rides, pick-your-own strawberries, and more will be part of the fun for the whole family. Bring a blanket or chair and kick back for a fantastic afternoon. UPDATE: Cancelled due to weather!

Discover Occoquan
Where: Historic Downtown | Occoquan, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 8pm
Admission: Free

The Town of Occoquan and the Occoquan Merchants Guild are hosting a day of free activities for everyone, including a boat parade, interactive classes and free demonstrations hosted by Occoquan businesses, historic tours, live entertainment, a photo booth, and children’s activities. Watch the Blessing of the Fleet Parade along the Occoquan River; browse unique shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and cafes; and enjoy free drop-in classes and demonstrations, including yoga in the park, painting for adults and kids, pen and ink drawings, massages, candle pouring, fiber art, jewelry making, puzzle making, SCUBA, pet CPR, and more!

Hawai’i Festival: He Lani Ko Luna
Where: American Indian Museum | National Mall, DC                       
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am–5:30pm
Admission: Free

Navigation and wayfinding are the focus of this two-day festival. Activities highlighting the science of traditional Hawaiian practices include scientific and artist demonstrations, storytelling, navigation workshops, a pop-up planetarium, and creative hands-on activities. Learn about the Hawaiian star compass (hōkū pānānā); watch a planetarium presentation, Ke Ala Hōkū; try Hawaiian knot tying (ka hana kaula wa‘a); and discover star names in the Hawaiian Language (keiki star songs). Meet the Native Hawaiian scientists from the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i.

Gaithersburg Book Festival
Where: Gaithersburg City Hall | Gaithersburg, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free

The City of Gaithersburg welcomes you to their 7th annual literary event! Festivities will include the chance to see and meet some of the world’s best writers, from best-sellers to acclaimed up-and-comers; join in literary workshops; and a full day of fun at the Children’s Village. The Gaithersburg City Hall is located at 31 South Summit Avenue.

Powell Elementary Spring Carnival
Where: Roosevelt High School | Petworth, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free (fee for activities)

Enjoy a Saturday filled with fun activities for kids and adults while you support a local elementary school! There will be a dunk tank, moon bounce and obstacle course, carnival games and prizes, face painting, balloon animals, live music, and more. All proceeds go toward supporting Powell Bilingual Elementary student activities. And this has been moved form the football field to the gym, so it’s on rain or shine!

Commit to Be Fit
Where: Rhode Island Row | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Join friends and neighbors and commit to being the healthiest you at the Commit to Be Fit event at Rhode Island Row! Enjoy free fitness classes, health screenings, healthy food offerings, kids activities, giveaways, and more! This takes place outdoors at Rhode Island Row – 2300 Washington Place, NE. UPDATE: This event has been rescheduled for June 2.

May Fair
Where: Pine Crest Elementary School | Silver Spring, MD
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Everyone is invited to join the Pine Crest Elementary community for a May Fair celebration! Bounce houses, face-painting, food trucks, a DJ-led dance party, performances, carnival style games, awesome raffle prizes, and fun activities.  The school is located at 201 Woodmoor Dr. in Silver Spring.

Capitol Hill Classic
Where: Stanton Park | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 8:30-11:30am
Admission: $10-40

Get some exercise and support DC public schools at this annual race, one of my personal favorites, through the beautiful Capitol Hill neighborhood. It’s fun and family-friendly with a couple of distance options — 10k and 3k — plus a fun run around Stanton Park for little ones. The 10k starts at 8:30am, the 3k about 10:30am, and the Fun Run at 11am.

May Fair
Where: Friendship “Turtle” Park | AU Park, DC
When: Sunday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: $20/first child ($10/child after), free/adults

The annual spring celebration and fundraiser is returning to Turtle Park after a few years’ renovation. All are invited to join for a day of fun. Bounce houses, an inflatable obstacle course, pony rides, face painting and balloon art, human hamster wheels, carnival games, concessions, and much more will keep the whole crew delighted.

Strawberry Festival
Where: Oatlands | Leesburg, VA
When: Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: $10/person, $20/family

Enjoy a day of family fun at the Oatlands Strawberry Patch! There will be U-pick Strawberries by Wegmeyer Farms, hayrides, crafts, games, and more!

Taste of Arlington
Where: Ballston | Arlington, VA
When: Sunday, 12-7pm
Admission: Free, fee for tasting tickets

The 31st annual Taste of Arlington transforms Wilson Boulevard and neighboring streets into a family-friendly street festival with dining, music, and entertainment for all ages. This annual event features the cuisine of more than 50 Arlington restaurants, two concert stages with live music, a Beer and Wine Garden, a 5k race benefiting Girls on the Run, BarkPark, and a KidZone. This will all take place on Wilson Blvd. from Glebe Rd. to N. Quincy St.

* If you haven’t yet bookmarked the 2018 KFDC Guide to the Best of Summer in DC, go do it now. It has all you need to make the most of the season — which has already “unofficially” begun!
* There’s a Tiny Tinkerers Workshop for little builders coming up at the National Building Museum.
* Free Forest Schools, 1.5-2 hour sessions of outdoor time that consists of a snack, child-led play, and a story, are offered in the DC area every day of week!
* Be sure to read this before Saturday morning if you plan to watch the big wedding.
* Or read this if you’re looking for ways to celebrate around DC.
* And for LOLs, this.

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