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The Weekend Round-Up: June 11-13

Sure to be on the Pridemobile Parade route… Happy Pride Month!

 


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Happy Weekend!

Find ongoing and seasonal activities for all ages and interests in these posts:
* Swim Spots
* On the Water
* Indoor Outings
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Peaceful Places
* Bike Rides

Seasonal Treats
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

It still may not be official on the calendar, but when it comes to local recreation, summer has arrived. Free concerts in the open air, outdoor swimming, movies under the stars, sprayground fun, and SO much more! Activities exclusive to the season can be enjoyed all around the area this weekend. Some are listed in this round-up, and the 2021 KFDC Guide to the Best of Summer in DC has the scoop on the rest.

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

Not only is it nice to get a change of metro area scenery sometimes, Baltimore, our sister city just a 45-minute drive away is full of fantastic, family-friendly things to do. I’ve shared recommendations for them before, and now they are all listed together in a brand new post that includes big attractions, suggestions for places to eat, and neighborhoods to explore.

Colorful Pridemobile Parade
Where: Various locations around the DC area
When: Saturday, 3-6pm
Admission: Free
June is Pride Month, and while the annual, much loved big parade isn’t happening in quite the same way, there still will be fabulous and colorful procession of sorts. This unique mobile parade will feature the official Pridemobile trolly, followed by a colorful array of automobiles decorated by registered organizations and businesses, all on display for enthusiastic onlookers to enjoy. The route will be shared with the general public prior to the event and will pass through some of the city’s most lively areas for optimum visibility, including Dupont and Logan Circles, and iconic landmarks such as the Capitol Building.

The Colors of Our Year
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Friday, 5:30pm & Saturday, 10am
Admission: Free

This weekend’s Millennium Stage will be led by the KC’s youth council. Spoken word, music, visual art, movement, and film will be among the entertainment presented on the outdoor plaza. Plan to visit Victura Park while you’re there. The pop-up wine garden and cafe on the grounds of The REACH is a great place to hang out and enjoy a nice day.

Splash & Swim
Where: Around the DC area
When: Starting Saturday
Admission: Free

‘Tis the season for water!  And you can enjoy it at a bunch of places, in a bunch of  ways around the area.  Spray parks, outdoor pools, and waterparks are open and welcoming guests to splash around and cool off.  The 2021 KFDC Summer Guide has details on where to go for water play — see info for sprays here, outdoor pools here, and waterparks here.

Beachy Keen: Sand, Surf, & Fossils
Where: Around the area
When: Daily
Admission: Varies by beach

The rain should let up by Saturday, so enoy a quintessential summer activity and hit the beach!  There are several places within day trip-distance from DC that are nice for sand and surf, where you can also picnic, play, maybe fossil hunt, and enjoy beachy vibes.  Head out to Calvert Cliffs State Park or Flag Ponds Nature Park. Or go east to Sandy Point State Park. You can also play paleontologist and look for prehistoric fragments along the Potomac at the Purse Area in Charles County, MD (one of our very favorite outings in the area).  Find a few more beach recs in this round-up of swim spots around the area.

Al Fresco Films
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by location

Several movies serie and drive-ins will be screening films on weekend evenings. Catch a flick at the Alexandria Drive-in, PG Stadium, and in Greenbelt. The KFDC Summer Guide has details on what’s playing where. And be sure to check that they aren’t cancelled due to weather.

Indoor Flicks
Where: Movie theaters around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by theater

If you’re vaxed and ready to watch a movie inside at a theater, they are open. A few PG & PG-13 showing this weekend: In the Heights, Peter Rabbit 2, Cruella, Spirit Untamed (2021), A Quiet Place Part II,

Hike & Then Some
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

We often like a little (or bigger) post-hike reward (ie, fun place to enjoy food and drinks after). Not only does activity work up appetites, it’s nice to extend the day at another fun place. A few great places to enjoy that: Sky Meadows State Park and Barrel Oak Winery. Sugarloaf Mountain and The Comus Inn or Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard. Great Falls (MD side) and The Old Angler’s Inn. Patapsco Valley State Park and the Guinness Brewery.

100% Nats
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Tickets start at $13

The Nats are hosting the Giants at home this weekend, and you can cheer them on with 40,000-plus other fans as the ballpark returns to 100% capacity! There are games Friday at 7:05pm, Saturday at 4:05pm, and Sunday at 1:05pm, with promo giveaways on Friday (radio lanyards) and Sunday (kids sunglasses). And good news for little one and their parents: The playground will once again be open!

Tee Up
Where: Top Golf | National Harbor & Gaithersburg, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Starts at $27/bay
Practice your swing, enjoy a bite, and have some indoor/outdoor” fun.  At Top Golf, you can stay dry if it rains, but still enjoy the outdoors if it doesn’t.   Plus, there ’s a full service restaurant and bar (for parents, obvi) to make a full experience of it.  And for some golf on a smaller scale, you can play mini-golf at several places around the area.

Arts in Foggy Bottom
Where: Around Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Walk around Foggy Bottom to see the outdoor sculpture biennial “HUMAN/NATURE” featuring works by 12 artists installed throughout the neighborhood. Take a self-guided tour and scan QR codes located at each piece for more information the works. Pair it with a meal in the area — some family-friendly recs: Duke’s Grocery, Founding Farmers, Tonic, and Beefsteak.

Glow with Pride
Where: Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 7-9
Admission: Free

The artist is in at Georgetown Glow on Saturday evening. At the free outdoor public art experience featuring modern light art installations, artist Stephanie Mercedes will be at her work entitled “Weight of a Rainbow,” located next to the old Dean & Deluca, to talk about it. Her installation features a canopy of colorful lights dangling over the walkway with a collective a cappella choir of eight LGBTQ+ voices telling their stories through accompanied song.

DC Way Clean-Up
Where: Around Tyler Elementary | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 1:30pm
Admission: Free

A great family volunteering opportunity! Join DC Way for a clean-up of the area surrounding some of the fields they use. The soccer club’s two-year environmental project, will be able to play a role in keeping DC clean, safe, and healthy. Volunteers of all ages welcome!

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Starting Friday, June 11, DC Covid restrictions are lifted!
* A reminder that many reopened museums and other places require timed-entry tickets, even when they’re free, and you often need to reserve them well in advance. Find a list and links to tickets here.
* CertifiKID has a new ZavaZone offer worth checking out.
* Many DC Libraries have reopened!
* PTA/PTO parents should check out Enrichment Matters, a provider of after school programs, for next fall!
* Join a virtual Juneteenth celebration through June 19.
* Arena Stage recently announced the 2021-22 season!
* President Lincoln Cottage just launched Lincoln’s Letters, subscription-based puzzle game played through mailed letters, that sounds pretty neat.
* Acorns is a neat, easy way to invest and save money — we’ve been signed up for a couple of years now! (Sharing my referral link that offers a little starter gift.)
* Excited about this space saving purchase!
* Currently obsessed with the Mexican thriller Who Killed Sara? on Netflix. Anyone else?
* Places I’m Excited to Go to Again

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The Weekend Round-Up: June 4-6

Stay cool and splash around at Yards Park

 

 

Happy Weekend!

Quick links for all kinds of ongoing fun:
Best Outdoor Spots in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Peaceful Places
* Indoor Outings
* On the Water
* Bike Rides

Seize the Season
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

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!  See the Summer 2019 Guide for details on all of these great pursuits.

Splash Around
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Starting Saturday
Admission: Free

This weekend is going to be a hot one.  Luckily, spray parks, outdoor pools, and waterparks  around the area have started welcoming guests to splash around and cool off.  The 2021 KFDC Summer Guide has details on where to go for water play — see info for sprays here, outdoor pools here, and waterparks here.

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

This round-up of places to swim around the area will also come in handy as temps rise. Find beaches on the Bay (and even Atlantic), lakes and rivers, and swimming holes and creeks — all that welcome the public to take a dip!

Play Work Build
Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $10/adult, $7/child

The much missed exhibition/play space at the recently reopened National Building Museum will once again welcome guests starting this weekend! Play Work Build first opened back in 2012 as a temporary exhibit, but everyone loved it so much, it became permanent. With old building toys on display (and some to play with), plus big foam blocks for constructing all kinds of configurations, it’s a fun place to bring the kids within the museum.  Capacity will be limited in the exhibit, and masks and hand sanitizing required.  Timed-entry passes to PWB are included with admission.  Plan to tour the rest of the exhibits and, of course, hang out in the Great Hall, one of the most stunning spaces in DC. Also, look out for the colorful front lawn in celebration of Pride Month!

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

If you’d rather stay cool indoors, there are plenty of options.  Smithsonians and other venues have started to open, but timed-entry tickets are required, so make sure to reserve in advance. All are taking extra precautions to ensure COVID safety, which includes limited capacity.

Capital Harvest on the Plaza
Where: Woodrow Wilson Plaza | Downtown DC
When: Friday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Browse produce from local farms and artisan producers right downtown at Capital Harvest on the Plaza (CHoP). The farmer’s market is opening for its 13th season and will continue weekly through the fall. The convenient location at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (13th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW) is fun to stop by after visiting museums or for people working in the area. with a bounty of fresh, seasonal produce and a range of delicious prepared foods.

KC Entertaiment
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

There may not be shows on Kennedy Center stages just yet, but you can enjoy all kinds of fun and entertainment at The REACH on weekends.  In celebration of Pride Month, Millennium Stage will present The Wig Party: A Capital Drag Festival on Friday and Saturday. Plus there will be dance lessons, yoga sessions, an arts market on the plaza, and the Victura Park pop-up offering snacks and sips in the beautiful outdoor area.

PG Drive-In
Where: Prince George’s Stadium | Bowie, MD
When: Friday, 8:30
Admission: $30/vehicle

The Bowie Baysox and Prince George County organizations are presenting Drive-In Movies at Prince George’s Stadium on Friday evenings in June. This weekend, see Avengers: End Game. Lot opens at 7:30pm, and tickets must be purchased in advance.

Movies in the Park
Where: Virginia Highlands Park | National Landing, VA
When: Friday, 8pm
Admission: Free – pre-registration required

See a movie under the stars at the weekly series in National Landing. Moana will be on the big outdoor screen this time. Bring chairs and blanket, pack a picnic or grab food from Sweet Frog and Capital Chicken & Waffles food trucks…and sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

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

You can also catch a flick from the comfort of your car in Virginia. See Guardians of the Galaxy on Friday night and Jurassic World on Saturday. Food trucks will be there both nights offering savory and sweet concessions with online ordering through Goodfynd. Purchase movie tickets in advance!

US Air Force Band Summer Concerts
Where: Air Force Memorial, VA & National Harbor, MD
When:Friday, 7:30-9pm & Saturday, 7-8:30pm
Admission: Free

Join The United States Air Force Band’s Concert Band for an evening of chamber music. Bring a chair and enjoy DC’s finest musicians playing some of the world’s finest music! Concerts are at the Air Force Memorial on Friday (1 Air Force Memorial Drive, Arlington VA) and at National Harbor’s waterfront on Saturday (Oxon Hill, MD). Parking info here and here.

Reap the Fruits (& Veggies)
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Strawberries, cherries, even spinach 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.

Walk the Museum Walk
Where: Dupont-Kalorama Neighborhoods, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free


Get off the Mall and explore the many interesting sights and museums in the Dupont-Kalorama neighborhood during the 38th annual Museum Walk Weekend.  Usually offering free admission and special programming at museums, this year is a bit different.  Five diverse museums — the Phillips Collection, Dumbarton House, the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, Anderson House, and the Woodrow Wilson House — have created a self-guided walking tour around the area.  Of course, you can still visit the museums, but be sure to check out guidelines and make sure tickets are available.

Virtual Pride Story Time
Where: American Art Museum Online
When: Saturday, 10am
Admission: Free

The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s annual Pride Month program celebrates inclusivity and love for all. Enjoy a lively virtual story time performance with legendary DC drag queen Ruth Allen Ginsburg. Ruth brings fun for the whole family as she reads classic nursery rhymes and tales for children.

Haunted Tales Scavenger Hunt for Kids
Where: Watson Adventures Online
When: Saturday, 7-8:30pm
Admission: $19

Are you prepared to Zoom with ghosts? Kids and adults team up to explore real places that are said to be haunted, and you’ll learn the tales of the ghosts who linger there. You’ll follow a trail of clues across eerie websites, in search of answers to tricky questions. Ghost-plagued places include the Hollywood Hotel where Marilyn Monroe and other celeb ghosts haven’t checked out; the White House in search of presidential ghosts, and the Salem Witch Trial Memorial where you’ll learn the chilling fate of Giles Corey, just to name a few.  For ages 10 and up. No previous knowledge is required. Teams of up to six can play together or remotely. Each team must have one adult. Advance booking is required.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Tees for Pride Month
* Two giveaways going on: Enter for a chance to win a round-trip airport assistance experience with SkySquad and a free music lesson for your child with the International School of Music!
* There will be some road closures in Arlington this weekend for the Armed Forces Cycling Classic.
* This story about a herd of elephants roaming 300 miles in China is wild.
* If you haven’t tried Instacart yet, you can get free delivery on your first order of $35+ June 7-13.
* Honest Reasons Why Women Don’t Want to Go Back to Work in Person 😏
* Good one.
* Who else loved Solid Gold? ✨

 

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The Weekend Round-Up: May 28-31

 

Happy Long Weekend!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Weekend Round-Up: May 21-23

Seek out light art installations in Georgetown

 

Happy Weekend!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Les Colombes at National Cathedral

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

 

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