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This Weekend: Museums, a Folk Fest, and Tons of Seasonal Fun

Playing in the fountains at the U.S. Botanic Garden

As this post goes live, the forecast is calling for both sun and showers this weekend. Luckily, there are options for family fun to suit all weather possibilities — museum family days, the Washington Folk Festival, a community children’s fair, theatre performances, strawberry picking, and much more summer recreation. Here’s where it’s all happening. Happy Weekend!

Celebration of TextilesThis free, annual two-day festival at the Textile Museum offers something for everyone.  Venture outside to the spectacular garden to participate in hands-on textile activities, watch live sheep being shorn (weather permitting), and learn from embroidery, weaving, and lace-making guilds of the region as they demonstrate their skills.  Explore the exhibitions Green: the Color and the Cause and Second Lives: The Age-Old Art of Recycling Textiles. Also on view will be DC Public School student’s textile art projects inspired by this year’s theme of recycling and created in part of the 2011 Museum-School Partnership. The celebration will take place on Saturday from 10am – 4pm and Sunday from 1-5pm. All ages are welcome.

Washington Folk Festival  – Get folksy at Glen Echo Park this weekend. In its 31st year, the Washington Folk Festival will showcase 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. The public is invited to enjoy the festival that is renown in the folk community Saturday and Sunday from 12-7pm both days. Admission is free.

Imagination BethesdaOn Saturday from 11am – 4pm, join the Bethesda Urban Partnership to celebrate children, art, and all things fun at the 17th annual Imagination Bethesda. Where Woodmont Avenue meets Elm Street, activity tents will line the streets, face painters will bring butterflies and pirates to life, and a stage of live entertainment will have the whole street dancing. Activity details and the entertainment line-up are available on the Imagination Bethesda website.

Summer in the City – Outdoor concerts, a children’s garden and more ongoing seasonal fun has begun in DC. From Jazz in the Garden on Friday evenings to open swim at local pools to play time at the Botanic Garden,  this post has the scoop on where and when you can experience the joys of summer.

Bear Awareness Days – The National Zoo is hosting two days of fun, family programming all about bears. Enjoy special keeper talks and animal demos, learn about the bears of the world, and find out how to stay safe around local bears. Kids of all ages can help bear-proof a campsite, share what they love about bears, sneak a peek at our bamboo shed, and even bring their own teddy bear for a check-up. This free program will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 2pm. View a schedule of activities on the National Zoo website.

The Time is Still Ripe – Strawberry fields may not be forever on DC area farms, but they’re still yielding fruit for now.  This may be the last weekend to harvest your own — if you plan to go, this list includes farms offering pick-your-own opportunities.

Family Night Out at the Theatre1st Stage Theatre at Tysons Corner presents a special family performance of  “Jack and the Bean-Stalk” on Saturday at 6pm.  The brand new adaptation of the classic fairytale just opened last weekend and will run through June 19.  Tickets are $15 and available for purchase online.

National Trails DayThe first Saturday of every June is National Trails Day. Celebrate it this weekend by taking a family hike.  For some ideas on where to go, see this post about good walks in the woods with the kids.

History in the Making Family DayThe Smithsonian American Art Museum is celebrating  History in the Making: The Renwick Craft Invitational 2011 with a day of activities for the family.  Guests are invited to take a family-oriented tour of the exhibition galleries, then make arts and crafts inspired by the work of the four artists on view.  There will also be live music and a scavenger hunt.  The free event runs from 11am – 2pm on Saturday.

Click, Clack, MooOn Sunday at 3pm, the Alden Theatre in McLean presents a new musical based on the Caldecott Award-winning book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.  All day long Farmer Brown hears “click clack moo, clickety clackety moo…” The cows are typing and protesting their working conditions! When his granddaughter Jenny comes to visit, Farmer Brown declares the farm a “tech-free zone.” The hilarious musical is all about negotiation and compromise.  Recommended for ages 4 and up.  Tickets are $12, $8/McLean residents.

Best in Shows – Along with the above-mentioned plays, there are several more performances to see around the area, including A Year with Frog and Toad, which is in its final weekend at Adventure Theatre.  Find out what else is on stages this weekend — see this post for live entertainment options for the family.

Sunny Days – The weather forecast is looking good for at least part of the weekend.  Bask in the sunshine and have a good time with help of this list of great places to enjoy a beautiful day outdoors with the kids.

Rainy Days – Let’s hope you won’t have to use this, but if the skies should open up this weekend, these ideas for rainy day recreation will come in handy.

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Summer Fun Abounds at Glen Echo Park

The Carousel, one of many reasons kids (and adults!) love Glen Echo Park

As if we need anymore reasons to adore Glen Echo Park, the venue known for its children’s plays and puppet shows (and carousel and playground and rail car) will offer even more entertaining and educational experiences this summer. From a weekend folk festival and new theatre productions to concert series and classes that explore the environment, there’s something for every age and interest to enjoy.

Washington Folk Festival
In its 31st year, the festival showcases the diversity of traditional music in Washington. All of the artists hail from the DC area, but cultures from around the nation and the world will be represented through music, dance, crafts, and stories. The public is invited to enjoy the festival renown in the folk community this weekend, June 4-5 from 12-7pm both days. Admission is free.

Adventure Theatre
You have merely days to catch the final shows of “A Year with Frog and Toad,” as curtains close on June 5. And it will be a couple of weeks before they open again for the theatre’s next production. “Charlotte’s Web” will take the stage June 24 and run through September 5. The play based on the classic children’s book is sure to be a hit. Tickets for both shows are available for advance purchase online.

The Puppet Co.
The Great Dinosaur Mystery” opens June 9 and runs through July 17. Less than a week later “The Wizard of Oz” will come to puppet life from July 22 – September 4. Tickets for both shows are $10 and available for advance purchase online.  And the littlest ones can enjoy Tiny Tots shows just about every Wednesday and Saturday this summer. See the schedule for details.

Living Classrooms
On Saturdays and Sundays from 10am – 3pm, families can explore and experience the local environment through various activities, including environmental programs, short hikes to the creek, arts & crafts, and live animal encounters. Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members. There are also various classes on Saturday mornings at 9am & 10am, specifically for kids ages 3-7 (with a parent). Visit the Living Classrooms website for complete class descriptions and registration information.

Summer Concert Series
Starting June 23, the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts & Culture will present six nights of live music in the Bumper Car Pavilion on various Thursdays evenings throughout the summer. Families are invited to bring a picnic dinner or visit the Ballroom Cafe for a meal or dessert. Concerts begin at 7:30pm rain or shine, and the Carousel will also be open from 7-9pm on these evenings. The Glen Echo website has the full concert schedule, and for more summer concerts in the area, see this post about summer recreation and entertainment.

The Magic of Music Series
The Washington Conservatory of Music presents a summer series of family music and magic shows on several Saturday afternoons during June and July (see the complete schedule for specifics) . The Magic of Music, a fun introduction to music for the young (and the young at heart!), features Musico the Magnificent – aka Drew Owen, cellist and WCM faculty member – and musical guest artists. Concerts will take place in Washington Conservatory’s recital hall in the South Arcade Building. Tickets are $10 and available through the Washington Conservatory website until 1pm. on the day of the show. All shows begin at 3pm.

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