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Where to Play on the Weekdays: May 28-31

Experience In Peak Bloom at Artechouse before it closes


Tuesday – Experience In Peak Bloom at Artechouse before it closes after June 2. The digital art exhibit invites visitors to immerse in and interactive with a variety of works that are stunning and delightful, unique and profound. They’ll have kids and adults alike smiling and appreciating the gifts of art and nature. Hours are 10am – 7pm, and admission is $16-20/adult, $8-10/child.

Wednesday – Play, learn, and explore at the National Museum of American History! Wegmans Wonderplace, the activity center designed especially for children 0-6 years old, is full of features that cater to curious young visitors. If you’re with older kids, check out the Spark!Lab right next door. Hours at Wegmans Wonderplace are 10am – 4pm, and free admission is on a first come, first served basis, so there may be a short wait to get in. Of course, the rest of the museum is great to explore, too.

Thursday – Spend a musical morning with Boogie Babes, where King Bullfrog will be entertaining the kiddie crowd in Eastern Market’s North Hall. The show starts at 10:30am, and admission is $6/child, free for siblings 6 months and under. Plan on lunch there after — you can find all kinds of tasty bites at the market — or head to one of the many nearby Capitol Hill eateries.

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 2019 KFDC Guide to the Best of Summer in DC.


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The Weekend Round-Up: May 24-27

Attend a special Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday


Happy Long 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 Jazz in the Garden on the National Mall or another seasonal music series. 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 2019 KFDC 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.

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.

Digital Bookmobile
Where: Chevy Chase Library & Rec Center | Chevy Chase, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

This unique exhibit traveling from coast to coast presents an interactive reading experience to learn about and try ebooks and audiobooks available through DC libraries. Explore digital services available at public libraries and learn how to browse and borrow from the collection of ebooks and audiobooks. Library staff and eReading experts will be on hand, and tours are free and open to the community.

Escape Velocity
Where: Gaylord National Resort | National Harbor, MD
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $25-100/adult, $10/age 11-16, free/10 & under 

Pop culture meets science at this convention presented by the Museum of Science Fiction. Expect cutting-edge technology and panels on science and pop culture, hands-on STEAM activities for kids, cosplay and evening events for adults, plus astronauts, authors, artists, gaming, drone-racing, and more. There’s plenty that appeals to all ages.

Beast Coast Parkour Festival
Where: Gateway Park | Rosslyn, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday,
Admission: $35/day, $60/two days

Beast Coast Parkour is bringing the world’s largest Parkour festival to Rosslyn’s Gateway Park where to practice, train, and demonstrate their high-octane sport and art. Beginners and experienced Parkour’ers alike are encouraged to attend — along with demos there will be seminars and speakers tailored for all levels of expertise.

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.

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

The Nats are hosting the Marlins this long weekend, and there are a bunch of special activities and promos to enjoy along with the baseball action of the field. There will be fireworks on Friday, Saturday is a Captain Zimmerman Bobblehead giveaway, the 10,0000 kids can get a Scherzer jersey on Sunday + it’s Pups in the Park, and seniors can stroll the bases after the game on Monday. Before you plan your ballpark outing, checkout these KFDC tips on how to do a Nats game without breaking the bank.

Show Time
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by performance

* It’s your last chance to join Winnie the Pooh and friends at Adventure Theatre.
* Spend Saturday morning with The Great Zucchini at Jammin Java.
* The Reluctant Dragon at Keegan Theatre closes after this weekend.
* Create your own adventure to Escape from Peligro Island at Imagination Stage
* See a fairytale classic on strings with Cinderella at The Puppet Co.
* And Clowning Around is the featured Tiny Tots performance there on Sunday.

Homefront Street Cars
Where: National Capital Trolley Museum | Silver Spring, MD
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: $8/child, $10/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.

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.

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.

Kidz Graffiti Party
Where: ArtJamz | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Sunday, 12:30-2:30pm
Admission: $15

Get messy like a street artist at a Kidz Graffiti Party. Children of all ages are invited to paint their very own master pieces on the ArtJamz walls.The lounge will be open for accompanying parents, and they’ll be playing jamming tunes to inspire all the little artists. Afterwards, your family can purchase additional studio time and canvas and let your vision come to life off the wall.

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 2019 National Memorial Day Concert will take place on the west lawn of the Capitol on Sunday from 8 – 9:30pm. On the consert’s 30th Anniversary, Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Tony-nominated actress Mary McCormack are hosting, and an all-star line-up of artists, including Patti LaBelle, Alison Kraus, and Gavin DeGraw, 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.

#OptOutside
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

It looks like the weather is going to be quite pleasant for most of the long weekend, so plan on some adventures outside! The round-up of The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids is loaded with ideas for doing just that — all of them written about from firsthand experience. But if the forecast takes an unexpected swing (or you just want shelter and AC), The Great Indoors lists over 100 suggestions for outings that take place inside.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* This weekend, the Capital Wheel invites active and retired military and up to 4 family members to enjoy a free ride as a way of honoring their dedication, service, and sacrifice.
* If you’re still looking for kid coverage and a fun activity on the DCPS day off on Tuesday, 5/28, DC Way is hosting a one-day camp!
* Discount tickets are available to set sail aboard the Boomerang Pirate Ship’s Family Treasure Hunt Cruise.
* Guess which city was named the best for parks by the Trust of Public Lands?
* Él Bebe in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood is a great place to go for a family-friendly pre- or post-baseball or soccer game (or, really, anytime) bite.
* The second season of Fleabag is now available. (And if you haven’t seen the first one, give a watch!)
* Organizing Corps 2020 is an effort to train 1,000 local and diverse field organizers for the eventual Democratic nominee in order to beat Trump in 2020. Learn more about them and consider supporting their work!
* This is a lovely read.


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: May 20-24

Dig some beach time at Flag Ponds on Friday


Monday – Get a glimpse of the past on the Potomac at Fort Washington Park. Kids (and adults) will love seeing the cannons and historic remnants of the old fort within the grounds along the river. Hours are 8am – sunset. Admission is $10/vehicle.

Tuesday – Visit the U.S. Botanic Garden, where there is so much for all ages to dig (literally, in one area) indoors and out. Let little ones flex their green thumbs in the Children’s Garden — they can water and plant, and play with lots of neat features. Explore the different plant collections, too — walk amid tropical rainforest, desert, and woodland flora. Then take a stroll through the lovely National Garden outside. Hours are 10am – 5pm. Admission is free. Read more about the USBG here and here.

Wednesday – Enjoy mountains of indoor adventures at Badlands Play Space. From active fun to creative explorations to learning experiences to relaxation options, including a cafe, the enormous facility in Rockville has it all! Hours are 9am – 6pm (Tuesday – Sunday). Admission is $20/child, $12.50/toddler, $5/adult.

Thursday – Explore the local environment at Buddie Ford Nature Center. The facility in Alexandria houses fascinating exhibits (including live creatures!), hands-on activities, and a staff of friendly and knowledgeable naturalists that all ages will appreciate. If weather permits, take the fun outdoors afterwards with a short hike at the adjacent Dora Kelley Nature Park. Buddie Ford hours are 10am – 5pm (Wednesday – Saturday, 1-5pm Sunday). Admission is free.

Friday – Kick off Memorial Day weekend and get into the swing of “summer” with some beach fun at Flag Ponds Nature Park. Swim in the Chesapeake (or just dip the toes if it’s too cold or jellyfishy), build sandcastles on the shore, have a picnic, spot wildlife in the woods, and definitely do some fossil hunting — the park is one of several places in that area where you can search for shark teeth and other prehistoric remnants. Hours are 9am – 4pm, and admission is $8/car. Get more info and logistics in this post. And PS: After Memorial Day, the park will be open daily! (Until then it’s open Friday-Monday.)

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The Weekend Round-Up: May 17-19

Take a DC Bike Ride this weekend



Happy Weekend!

Bike to Work Day!
Where: Around the DMV
When: Friday
Admission: Free

This isn’t exactly a family activity — though you could make it one by combining your work commute with school drop-off — but it’s worth highlighting. Join the celebration of bicycling as a clean, fun, and healthy way to get to work. Be one of the first 20,000 to register and attend this free event, then bike to your choice of 115 pit stops in DC, MD, and VA, and receive a free T-shirt, refreshments, and be entered into a raffle for a new bicycle. Register and find pit stop locations here.

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

Start the weekend with some live jazz amid great art! The National Gallery of Art’s free, outdoor summer music series kicks off this weekend with Rob Curto’s Forró For All’s Brazilian Folk Jaxx music. 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.

Teen Takeover: Night at the Museum
Where: Freer|Sackler Gallery | National Mall, DC
When: Friday, 6-9pm
Admission:Free

Teens are taking over at this free after-hours event to discover the Smithsonian’s first museum of Asian art. Kids ages 13 to 18 can enjoy a night with a fun lineup of activities made by and for teens, including a pop-up gallery featuring teen artists, musical performances, gallery tours, art making, free food and giveaways. Bring valid student ID!

DC Bike Ride
Where: Throughout Washington, DC
When: Saturday, 8am – 12:30pm
Admission: $70/adult, $35/age 8-17, free/7 & under

This celebration of biking in DC, now in its fourth year, is a closed-roads, car-free, 20-mile bike ride through the District. Bicyclists ages 3 and up will have the opportunity to pedal past some of the capital’s most iconic sites 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. Participating is easier than ever this year for riders and families. Now, riders can rent bikes on-site for only $12, thanks to a partnership with Unlimited Biking — they can pick-up and drop-off their bike at the event finish line for a seamless experience, and youth pricing is available for young riders.

Family Day: European Textiles   
Where: Textile Museum | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Art Museum Day and the European Month of Culture at the Textile Museum with family-friendly activities that celebrate the rich cultures and textile traditions of Lithuania and other EU nations. Design a woven belt inspired by traditional Lithuanian folk costume, enjoy story time and Hungarian folk dance, create a lacey accessory, and more. Stop by the museum’s interactive gallery Textiles 101 to learn how textiles are made. This celebration is presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Lithuania and the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. 

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

Once again, the Heurich House Museum will open its doors for free, kid-friendly, self-guided tours. Kids in the Castle: Scavenger Hunt gives families the chance to explore the ornate details of the Heurich family home. Children and parents are invited to wander through the house at their own pace and complete a photo scavenger hunt to win prizes. Once visitors have finished their tour, they can relax and play games in the museum’s Castle Garden (weather permitting). Typically, the museum is not open to children under 10, but during this special event, children are the main focus. This event is free, but registration is suggested.

Art Adventures
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Head to the Hirshhorn for programs especially for kids, activities for all ages, and to check out the newest exhibit. On Saturday at 10am, find a Check it Out! cart in the gallery that include a children’s book, suggested artworks for viewing, and hands-on materials, and at 2pm, drop in for a sketching session. On Sunday, take kiddos to Storytime at 11am. And if you’re with t(w)een kids, check out Rirkrit Tiravanija: (who’s afraidof red, yellow, and green), a new exhibit (and culinary experience) opening on Friday.

Lucketts Spring Market
Where: Clarke County Fairgrounds | Berryville, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $15-40/adult, free/ages 12 & under

The weekend long event features all things vintage, farmhouse, industrial, garden, architectural, textiles. If you are looking for a unique one-of-a-kind piece, this is the weekend to find the perfect treasure. To insure everyone has a fun time, Vanish Brewery will be there, as well as yummy food trucks, live music, and pony rides for kiddos.

Hawaiian Cultural Festival
Where: American Indian Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5:30pm
Admission: Free

King Kamehameha—respected Native Hawaiian warrior, leader and diplomat—united the Hawaiian Islands into a royal kingdom in 1810. Learn about the King’s legacy by exploring the lua, traditional training for warriors, as well as the unique royal Hawaiian regalia, including distinctive feather capes. Other activities include scholarly presentations, music, storytelling and family activities.

Spring Fling
Where: Armed Forces Retirement Home Grounds | Petworth, DC
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: $10 donation to park

The Friends of the Soldiers Home is hpsting their 7th Annual Spring Fling o Saturday, and all are welcome to join the fun! There will be activities for children, plenty of delightful food and drink treats, music by the local rock ‘n’ roll legends Rockits.

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

The Nats are hosting the Cubs this weekend, with evening games on Friday and Saturday, and an afternoon match-up in Sunday that will make for a great family outing. It’s Youth Baseball and Softball Day (special tickets required), plus kids ages 12 and under they can run the bases after the game. Before you plan your ballpark outing, checkout these KFDC tips on how to do a Nats game without breaking the bank.

Show Time
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by performance

* Join Winnie the Pooh and friends at Adventure Theatre.
* Keegan Theatre presents The Reluctant Dragon
* Enjoy Colors, a dance performance where colors become a place of relationships and emotions, at the Kennedy Center
* Create your own adventure as you Escape from Peligro Island at Imagination Stage
* See a fairytale classic on strings with Cinderella at The Puppet Co.
* Clowning Around is the featured Tiny Tots performance at The Puppet Co. on Sunday.
* Venture Into the Woods at Ford’s Theatre.

SerbFest DC
Where: Saint Luke Serbian Orthodox Church | Potomac, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 9pm
Admission: Free

Presented by  Saint Luke Serbian Orthodox Church of Potomac, MD, 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.

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

The City of Gaithersburg welcomes you to their 8th 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.

Children’s Arts & Crafts Workshops
Where: House of Sweden | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 12-3pm
Admission: Free

Let your creativity loose and draw inspiration from the current exhibits in House of Sweden and participate in STEAM activities for kids, encouraging innovation and children’s curiosity. Children will be able to create abstract art, make small popsicle stick homes in honor of Folkhem’s sustainable wooden home design in Sweden, and more! You can also check out the interactive room Children in the City – Little Library & Funky Town or listen to a Swedish children’s book (in English) after you are done crafting, during Storytime at 3pm. Located at 2900 K Street NW.

Take Your Pick
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.

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 rock climbing wall, Bubble Ball, laser tag, balloon animals, and more that will delight all ages.

Discover Occoquan
Where: Historic Downtown | Occoquan, VA
When: Saturday, 11am – 8pm
Admission: Free

The Town of Occoquan and the Occoquan Merchants Guild are hosting a day of free activities for everyone, including including interactive classes and free demonstrations hosted by Occoquan businesses, a scavenger hunt, a history tour, a pop-up tea room, a photo booth, live entertainment, and more! The festive event culminates with a beer garden and concert in River Mill Park.

Kids Day with Valor
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 3:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $10

The Washington Valor of the Arena Football League is hosting “Kids Day” on Saturday when the team hosts the Philadelphia Soul. In addition to the fast-paced, family-friendly action on the field, fans will have the opportunity to participate in a number of concourse activities, including a photo booth with Valor mascot “Blitz” and a Washington Mystics-branded pop-a-shot. Additionally, kids who arrive early will receive a Valor hat. Following the game, fans will be welcomed onto the field for an autograph session with the players.

Portrait Stories & Discoveries
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the Portrait Gallery to listen to a story about Maya Lin, and complete a hands-on activity. When you’re done there, pick up a Portrait Discovery Kit to explore the museum (and the American Art Museum housed in the same building). For more about the program, see this post about a past experience and this one with more scenes and info.

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.

The Fiddle Diva Kids Show
Where: Capitol Cider House | Petworth, DC
When: Sunday, 10am
Admission: Free

Catch some entertainment especially for kids at a place that is making an effort to cater to families. The Fiddle Diva, this Sunday’s performance, is a big show in a small package. Based out of Washington DC, she combines 20+ years of event experience with her unparalleled skills as a violinist, singer, and DJ. Her dynamic style of event entertainment covers jazz, pop, classic rock, oldies, dance hits, and much more. Doors open at 10am. Full food and drink menus will be available. This is a family-friendly event.

Old Town Festival of Speed & Style
Where: King Street | Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Sunday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

A collection of high performance and racing cars from the 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s will span three blocks on lower King Street, showcasing approximately 60 rare and unusual supercars from around the world. Ferrari, Jaguar, Porsche, Lamborghini, Aston-Martin ,and Cobra are some of the cars you can view for up close! This will be paired with a fashion exhibition presented by the Old Town Boutique District from 1-2pm featuring spring looks from Old Town Boutique District stores. The event will also include live music, street vendors, and an opportunity to explore Old Town shops and restaurants.

Takoma Park Children’s Business Fair
Where: Takoma Park Seven Day Adventist Church | Takoma Park, MD
When: Sunday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

This one-day fair that gives children the opportunity to showcase their very own businesses. Shop for a variety of original and innovative wares and treats crated by kids, including abacus bracelets, organic dog treats, T-Shirt bags, on the go hair supplies, macarons, fused glass jewelries, and more. Enjoy other activities, too, like a photo booth and raffles. Local entrepreneurs have been invited as judges for the fair and prizes will be presented at the end. The church is located at 6951 Carroll Ave.

Family Yoga: Earth Yoga
Where: Roda Movements | Takoma Park, MD
When: Sunday, 10:30am – 11:30am
Admission: $15/family (siblings/parents/relatives included)

Finally you can go to yoga class with your children! Prepare to sweat, dance, sing, strike poses, balance, play games, do partner acro-yoga,  go on yoga adventures, and enjoy meditative time to relax, reflect and connect.  Class includes smoothies and themes like “Earth Yoga,” “Yoga Dance Party” and “Happy Yoga.” 

Southeast Porchfest
Where: Front porches | Hillcrest, DC
When: Sunday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

Get the best seats in the house (or on the sidewalk) as front porches of homes and other venues are transformed into intimate performance spaces to be enjoyed by anyone who happens to stroll by. The Southeast Porchfest embodies the life and soul of DC, spotlighting the region’s top emerging talent. It’s an outing for the entire family. Wear walking shoes and bring a lawn chair along with cash to tip the performers.

Decoding Dislexia DC
Where: Southeast Library | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free

Does your child struggle with reading, writing, or spelling? Are you a teacher and want to know more about specific learning disability (dyslexia), other reasons why far too many students have trouble learning to read, and what can be done about it? Join this group and meet concerned parents of struggling readers and like-minded educators. Learn why so many DC school children read below grade level, what resources are available, and how Decoding Dyslexia DC is advocating for changes in education policy.  The topic of this meeting will be: Understanding Dyslexia and Essential Elements of an Effective Intervention. Laurie Moloney, Certified Academic Language Therapist and President of the DC Capital Area Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, will give a brief talk on the reading crisis and how to solve it. All are welcome!

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* I just posted about our fantastic getaway to Colonial Williamsburg.
* Enjoy a progressive lunch at Taste of Dupont.
* The UniverSoul Circus is coming to town this summer, and you can score discount tickets to see it now.
* The New York Times just launched a new Parenting section.
* If you need a good 😂😂😂, watch Wine Country on Netflix.
* Finally made it to St. Anselm and the hype is well-deserved.
* The Onion really nails it sometimes.
* This Humans of New York post does, too.


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: May 13-17

Stop and smell the roses at Dumbarton Oaks on a nice spring day later this week



Monday – Rise + Rhyme at Busboys and Poets. The weekly series welcomes children 5 and under with their caregivers to enjoy a morning of performances and stories from 9:30-11am. Catch a show at any of three loations: Mr. Jon will be in Brookland, Marsha Goodman Wood in Takoma Park, and Oh! Susannah in Hyattsvill. Admission is $5. Plan on breakfast, too — full service will be available while the little ones are grooving.

Tuesday – Spend the day at the National Building Museum. Little ones can enjoy a free story time with DC Public Library (10:30am) and engage in all kinds of interactive play in the Building Zone. The PLAY WORK BUILD exhibit upstairs is also super fun for kids. You can also hang out in the Great Hall and take in the grandeur of the stunning space. Museum hours are 10am – 5pm. Exhibit admission, including Building Zone, is $10/adult, $7/child, free for members.

Wednesday – Join a Mommy & Me session at Tanger Outlets National Harbor, where kids music fave 123 Andrés will bring the entertainment. Children will enjoy singing and dancing, while moms can relax in the lounge and enjoy exclusive store discounts and prize giveaways! Refreshments will be provided by Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Perfect/Planet Smoothie and Starbucks Coffee. (Make time to do some shopping, too!) The fun starts at 11am, and will take place in the Community Room behind Polo Ralph Lauren. Admission is free.

Thursday – Enjoy the spring day roaming the enchanting gardens at Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown. The grounds don’t open to the public until 2pm, but you can play at nearby Montrose Park or grab a bite to eat on M Street beforehand. I promise, it’s worth waiting for the afternoon visit. Admission is $10/adult, $5/child to the gardens, but there’s never an entry fee at Montrose.

Friday – Have some fun on the farm at Frying Pan Park. Get a glimpse of 20th-century farm life as you visit animals, take a wagon ride, play on kid-sized tractors and playgrounds, and much more. The locale in Herndon is a guaranteed hit with little ones. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk, the farm is open 9am – 5pm, wagon rides 10am – 4pm. Admission is free, though the wagon rides cost $3.50.


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