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The Weekend Round-Up: May 11-13

Why wait until Sunday to start celebrating? There are so many great ways for mom — and the rest of the fam — to enjoy the whole weekend. This round-up has the scoop on all of them. Happy Weekend! And a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms!

Mom’s the Word
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

If you’re still in need of plans to celebrate mom’s big day, there are so many great ways to celebrate. The are activities and offerings especially for the occasion, special events that coincide with the date, and everyday outings that can be made special with a few extra touches and great company. See this post with a bunch of ideas to help plan your day.

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. A few events that children will especially enjoy, all free and happening this Saturday: A Drum Beat Parade, talks about Cuban Natural Wonders by scientist Dr. Ana Luz Porzecanski, and Batucada for Cuba: From Brooklyn to Brazil, a drumming performance on the Millennium Stage. The art exhibits are also free to view, and they include amazing installations that all ages can enjoy.

Smithsonian Sleepover
Where: American History Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Friday – Saturday
Admission: $125

Registration is still open for a real night at the museum: Become a detective and roam through the galleries. Use your cunning and skills to collect clues that guide you to the crime scene. Along the way, take part in some great games, experiments, and craft projects — and even become a presidential candidate. After you have solved the crime, roll out your bag and sleep soundly knowing that you’ve protected some of America’s treasures — and had plenty of fun.

Raiders of the Lost Ark at the Drive-In
Where: Union Market | Northeast DC
When: Friday, 6-10pm
Admission: $10/car, free for walk-ins

Union Market’s monthly outdoor movie series is back, and they’re kicking it off with an 80’s action classic. Watch Raiders of the Lost Ark 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.

EU Open House
Where: EU Embassies throughout DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Avoid the hefty airfare and jet lag and explore the Continent from this side of the pond. Passport DC invites you to join European Union embassies and the EU Delegation for a day of international food, dancing, kids entertainment, exhibitions, vacation planning, and more. Get a rare behind-the-scenes look at the embassies, some of which are among Washington’s historic and architectural treasures. Admission is free, but bring identification, as some embassies will conduct security checks. Get an idea of what to expect in this post about one of our experiences at an Around the World Embassy Tour.

Preakness Balloon Festival
Where: Howard County Fairgrounds | West Friendship, MD
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free, balloon rides are a splurge

WCBM and WQLL present the annual Preakness Balloon Festival with over 25 hot air balloons, tethered balloon rides, a large kid zone, a beer and wine garden, Maryland’s finest vendors, the Baltimore area’s best food, a balloon glow after dusk, live music on the main stage by Pressing Strings, Higher Education, Amber North, Rhett Repko, Shiftwork, Spencer Joyce, and many more! Nathan’s Hotdogs will be having a qualifying round for their national Hotdog Eating Championship and the winner will be competing in Coney Island to compete in the finals on July 4th! Join for music, food, and tons of balloon fun!

World Migratory Bird Day
Where: National Zoo | Woodley Park, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Saturday is World Migratory Bird Say, and the Zoo is celebrating our feathered friends with special games, family activities and animal demonstrations. Visitors will be able to learn about migration while sipping Bird Friendly® coffee and testing their bird-spotting skills.

Anacostia Boat Tour
Where: Kingman Island | Northeast, DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Join the Anacostia Watershed Society for a tour of the Anacostia River by boat and an exploration of Kingman Island. Learn about the hard work of students participating in their Rice Rangers program and ways to get your students involved. Advance registration required! Read more about Kingman Island here.

Spring Farm Day
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park | Herndon, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: $7/advance, $8/at door

Have a super fun day getting the farm experience at Frying Pan Farm Park’s annual spring fest — milk a cow or goat, visit baby animals, see farm equipment demos, and watch some sheep lose their wool. Along with the farm-y stuff, there will be carousel and wagon rides, plus crafts, games, and fair food for all to enjoy.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Family Day
Where: American Art Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Bring the whole family for a day filled with art, performances, and a variety of crafting activities. Make a parol lantern from the Philippines or create a rubbing inspired by Korean artist Do Ho Suh’s work, currently featured in the exhibition Do Ho Suh: Almost Home. Be sure to explore the galleries by taking part in a scavenger hunt that will guide you to works by Asian American and Pacific Islander artists in SAAM’s collection

Acton Children’s Business Fair
Where: 3400 Connecticut Ave | Cleveland Park
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Experience the power of young entrepreneurs! Shop the Acton Children’s Business Fair of Washington, DC, an outdoor market where children ages 6-14 become entrepreneurs for a day. Over 100 young entrepreneurs will be selling everything from animal books to poems, tomato plants and wiggly worms, homemade bread, iPhone screen repairs, and more. This event is free and open to the public. Most businesses will accept cash only, so plan accordingly.

Day of the Dog
Where: Congressional Cemetery | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

The sixth annual Day of the Dog festival celebrates everything to love about dogs. Activities for both people and their pups include contests, games, demonstrations, and much more. Local pet vendors and services will also be present, as well as pet adoption agencies and shelters with dogs and cats ready for adoption.

Author Reading
Where: SolidState Books | H Street NE, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: Free

Local author, Barbara Kanninen, will present her first children’s book, Circle Rolls, at morning story time. She has written a charming story about shapes with beautiful illustrations by Serge Bloch, perfect for young kids up to age 6. In addition to being an author, Barbara is also Chair of the Arlington School Board. 

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.

La Bella Strada
Where: Mount Vernon Avenue | Del Ray, VA
When: Saturday, 9am – 3pm
Admission: Free (donation to the school welcome!)

Del Ray’s main street, Mount Vernon Avenue, will come alive with vibrant chalk art on Saturday as Del Ray Montessori School and parents host the third annual La Bella Strada Street Painting Festival. Modeled after an ancient Italian art form, the event will bring artists from around the region to create masterpieces up and down the sidewalk. La Bella Strada, reviving the street painting tradition of Renaissance-era Europe, will offer patrons of the Del Ray main street an afternoon of interactive public arts programming. With a donation to La Bella Strada, families and children can use a reserved area to add their own artistic imprint on the Avenue. It’s a great time to explore the vibrant community. watch artists work on their craft, and do some art yourself!

KidStory Theatre Festival
Where: Glenallan Elementary School | Wheaton, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 12pm
Admission: Free

KidStory Theatre Festival wraps up season three of the Wheaton Family Theatre Series with a celebration of stories for kids and families. Celebrate a wonderful year of arts with a day fill of stories and plays written by kids for kids. Throughout 2018, InterAct Story Theatre visited classrooms throughout Maryland and invited kids from all over the state to submit their stories and ideas for short plays.  InterAct’s artists chose the best of the best to be developed into a unique collection of performances.  Now, you can join them for a joyous theatrical celebration of kid-fired, kid-inspired imagination and creativity!

Funk Parade
Where: U Street NW, DC
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

This one-of-a-kind day fair, parade, and music festival in Washington DC’s U Street neighborhood celebrates DC’s vibrant music and arts, the history of Black Broadway, and the Spirit of Funk that brings us all together. Now in its 5th year, hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians from all corners of the District have come together for the Funk Parade, and all are welcome to participate and celebrate.

Flower Arranging Workshop
Where: Rosewood Hotel | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 12pm
Admission: $75/parent & child ($20/additional children)

Ideal for parents and children looking for a perfect gift for mom or for moms and kids to celebrate the holiday with a unique bonding moment, this workshop will be led by a local floral expert providing tips and techniques for creating a sophisticated, one-of-a-kind arrangement using the season’s most beautiful blooms.  Guests will go home with a stunning bouquet for mom! Taking place on the hotel’s stunning Rooftop Bar, the event also includes two bespoke beverages, a cocktail for parents, and mocktail for children. Reserve a spot in the workshop by emailing washingtondc@rosewoodhotels.com or calling 202.617.2400.

Hooded or Being Black for Dummies 
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center | H Street NE, DC
When: Saturday
Admission: $20-60

One for the T(w)een Scene! See Mosaic Theater’s show about growing up black in America, then participate in a post-show discussion, From Ferguson to a National Movement: Black Lives Matter. At Mosaic, they encourage open dialogue during post-show discussions to create a “fusion community” around stories that illuminate issues of justice, tolerance, and identity with universal resonance. Representatives from Moms Demand Action DC will sit on a panel and contribute to this urgent national discussion.  

T(w)een Theatre Scene: Snow Child
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The latest production at Arena stage is recommended for tweens and teens, but slightly younger children may enjoy it as well. The musical is as beautiful as it is entertaining with a great bluegrass score, amazing puppetry, and a story that is played out masterfully by the talented cast. Read a full KFDC review here.

Lion Fest
Where: Liberty Middle School | Clifton, VA
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free (fee for some activities)

All are invited to a day of fun, food and shopping to help support a local school. Check out the “pie in the face” contest, SuperNova Archery, local vendors, henna and face painting, food truck and silent auction table where all proceeds go to support the Liberty Middle School PTA!

Catch the Ultimate Breeze
Where: Gallaudet University | Northeast, DC
When: Saturday, 6:30pm
Admission: $10/advance, $12.50/day of

Bring the kids out for fun, fresh air, and Pro Ultimate Frisbee! Not only will you get to see exciting Frisbee action as local team DC Breeze takes on Philadelphia Phoenix, kids can join a free youth clinic (for ages 6-17) before the game at 5pm (FYI: they offer this at every home game.) And while your kids are learning Ultimate out on the field, you can enjoy food and drink specials and listen to a live band to get ready for the game.

AF Pop-Up Market
Where: Union Market Dock 5 | Northeast DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

The pop-up market of local and national craftsmen and makers returns to DC this weekend, putting a spotlight on authentic, high quality products, and connecting makers within the fashion, food, lifestyle, and home industries directly with consumers, providing a fun and engaging marketplace for everyone, especially families.

Children’s Program: Mother’s Day at the USBG
Where: U.S. Botanic Garden | National Mall, DC
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

One more fun, easy way to celebrate Mother’s Day: Join Lee and Danielle to explore the “Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals” exhibit as you make your own oversized flower to take home. Afterwards, learn how to make (and taste) several healthy recipes kids can make for mom. This drop-in program is appropriate for ages 7 and up.

Movie on the Potomac
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Sunday, 6pm
Admission: Free

Wind down the weekend with an outdoor movie by the water. National Harbor’s Movies of the Potomac series has begun, and Despicable Me 3 is the featured film being shown on the Plaza Square this weekend. Movie-goers are encouraged to bring chairs and order take-out from one of the many restaurants right around the plaza.

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

If you’re looking for activities outdoors or inside, 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

* Mark your calendar: June 2 is Wear Orange Day, Moms Demand Action’s annual (and very kid-friendly) event and part of their gun violence prevention campaign.
* On Mother’s Day, bring mom (or moms bring kids) to Poke Papa and get a free baby poke bowl with the purchase of a regular one. (Btw, it’s the best poke place in the city!)
* The next batch of free tickets for Carne Y Arena, the incredible virtual reality immigration experience for tween ages and up, will be released on May 15 at 8am.
* If you love a good flower bloom, this new KFDC post has details on where and when to view them best of them around the area.


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Check Out the Acton Children’s Business Fair this Saturday!

This post is sponsored by Acton Academy of Washington, DC, however, I only promote programs and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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The Weekend Round-Up: May 11-13


My favorite Mother's Day presents


With all of the special honorees in mind, this round-up includes pursuits that moms will enjoy just as much as their babes. (For the more kid-focused ventures, let dad take over while mama hits the spa… hint hint, Levi!)  And be sure to have a gander at the outdoor list for ways to take advantage of the weather while you celebrate the day. Happy Weekend!  And a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms!

Street Arts in the Park
Where: The Yards Park
When: Saturday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free
Judging by the performance we caught last weekend and all the great things I’ve been hearing from people who have been lucky enough to catch the festival throughout the week, this is going to be da bomb!  Head to the Yards Park to celebrate the conclusion of Look Both Ways: Street Art Across America, the Kennedy Center’s week-long series of free performances around the city. Spend the day with a huge cast of eclectic characters and astounding artists — there will be all kinds of free performances and workshops all day long. Go here for the day’s schedule.

Bike DC
Where: Throughout DC and NoVa
When: Sunday
Admission: Adults start at $30, ages 13 – 19 starts at $15, free for ages 12 and under
Take a Mother’s Day bike ride! Once a year, bicyclists have a special opportunity to explore and enjoy Washington and Arlington on two wheels. Parts of Pennsylvania Avenue and the George Washington Parkway will be closed for this non-competitive ride through the area. Choose the full 24-mile route or the shorter family route (recommended for young children). See the website for specifics.

Mother’s Day at Mount Vernon
Where: Mount Vernon Estate
When: Saturday & Sunday, 8am – 5pm
Admission: —$15/adults, $14/seniors, $7/ages 6-11, free for 5 and under
Join the “Mother of Our Country,” Martha Washington, and her granddaughter “Nelly” as they celebrate this special weekend with visitors. Listen to “Lady Washington’s” reminiscences of motherhood and her sage advice to her youngest granddaughter. While supplies last, Martha Washington will hand out lavender sachets of her own recipe for

Garden Fest
Where: Enid E. Haupt Garden
When: Friday 11am – 1:30pm, Saturday 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free
The beautiful Haupt Garden at the Smithsonian Castle will be buzzing as Garden Fest connects people and plants through educational demonstrations and engaging hands-on fun. This year’s theme, “Gardening for Healthy Living,” will feature live music and a variety of activities for children and families. Kids will dig plant-inspired art activities, plant science at the Curiosity Zone, dancing, and a garden scavenger hunt. Adults can enjoy the same, plus vegetable growing demos, gardening book sales and signings, flora displays, and many other horticultural exhibits.

LEGO® Master in Action
Where: National Building Museum
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free
Meet and talk with LEGO® Certified Professional Adam Reed Tucker as he completes the White House model for the LEGO® Architecture: Towering Ambition exhibit. Adam will lead tours of the exhibition at 2:30pm and 3:30 pm on both days. Along with the LEGO celeb encounter, there willl be LEGO® design challenges for guests — become your own LEGO® master and build with thousands of bricks in the Great Hall.

Shortcut to Europe
Where: EU Embassies
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free
Avoid the steep airfare and jet lag, and explore The Continent from this side of the pond. Passport DC invites you to join European Union embassies and the EU Delegation for a day of international food, dancing, kids entertainment, exhibitions, vacation planning, and more. Get a rare behind-the-scenes look at the embassies, some of which are among Washington’s historic and architectural treasures. Free shuttle bus service will be available throughout the day, and some embassies are convenient to Metro for walking. Admission is free, but bring identification, as some embassies will conduct security checks.

The Dirty Sock Funtime Band
Where: Jammin’ Java
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: $10
Beloved by millions of families for their high-energy music videos on the Nick Jr. channel’s Jack’s Big Music Show, The Dirty Sock Funtime Band returns to the DC area for the first time since 2007, with a show for the whole family at Jammin’ Java. If you’re not familiar with the band, read more about them and sample some tunes on their website.

Last Call for Suprasensorial
Where: Hirshhorn Museum
When: All weekend
Admission: Free
The final days of Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color and Space, are this weekend, and I highly recommend experiencing it if you haven’t yet. It may not have been created with kids in mind, but many of the installations can be appreciated on several levels, including from a child’s perspective. All of the displays are interactive in some way, and a few are exceptionally fascinating — and quite fun. Read more about it in this post. UPDATE: A KFDC reader just let me know that the exhibit has been extended until August 19.  (But I still think it’s a great activity for this weekend.)

Imagination Playground
Where: National Children’s Museum Launch Zone
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free
You’re invited to drop in for a play date at the Launch Zone! Children can experience a fantastic day of playing and building with the new Imagination Playground. Their imaginations will guide them as they build castles, pirate ships, and more out of foam blocks and loose parts – the opportunities are endless!

Go Postal for Trains
Where: National Postal Museum
When: Saturday, 12-3:30pm
Admission: Free
Drop in and ride the rails with the Postal Museum to celebrate National Train Day! Sort railway mail, make a transportation-themed stamp collection, learn about Owney the railway mail dog, and watch model trains whiz by courtesy of Rappahannock Model Railroaders.

May Fair
Where: Turtle Park
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free
Friendship ‘Turtle’ Park’s annual spring carnival is its largest event of the year. There will be pony rides, games, face painting, food, and more. Entertainment will include Turley the Magician, Mad Science, and a performance by Groovy Nate. For more info, see the Turtle Park website.

Art & Asparagus Mother’s Day Weekend
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Admission: $8/child, $10/adult
Forget the flowers for Mother’s Day this year and replace them with a unique – and tasty – bouquet of asparagus, fresh from the farm! The veggies will be at their peak, so Great Country Farms is offering them along with other special treat. The whole family can enjoy a theatrical performance put together just for Mom by Theaterpalooza (Saturday Only). And while the children are challenging themselves in them farm’s five-acre play area, Mom can walk among local artists and admire their talents. On Sunday, there will be a special brunch at the Stables at Bluemont Vineyard, just across the street from GCF. See the website for details.

Horse Around at the Movies
Where: AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center
When: Saturday, 11am (box office opens at 10:30am)
Admission: Free

In recognition of the Preakness Stakes to take place just up the road in Baltimore, the American Film Institute Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in downtown Silver Spring are hosting a free screening of the charming 1961 horse classic, MISTY. Be sure to stick around after the screening when movie goers will be able to meet live horses outside the theatre, courtesy of the Maryland-National Capital Park Police! There will be more horse-themed movies throughout the weekend (though not free), several appropriate for children — go here for the schedule.

Super Science Saturday
Where: Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Saturday, 10am -3pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15
It’s a Super Science Saturday at the Dulles arm of the Arm & Space Museum. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, visitors of all ages will become immersed in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration. This month’s program will focus on Astronomy.

Gyotaku Fish Printing
Where: National Museum of Natural History
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free
It’s Second Saturday Arts & Sciences at the Natural History Museum. During this month’s session, try your hand at the art of Japanese fish printing. Learn the techniques of this traditional art form as well as the basic anatomy of fish. Then take your “catch” home with you.

Berry Good
Where: Schlagel Farms
When: Daily 8am – 7pm
Admission: Free (but you gotta pay for the berries you pick)

Schlagel Farms in Waldorf, Md, always begins their pick-your-own season ahead of other area farms, and their berries are ripe and ready now. Hat and sunscreen recommended. Greehouse flowers and other bedding plants are also for sale.

Best in Shows
Where: Theatres around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by performance
Rapunzel at Imagination Stage. Five Little Monkeys at Adventure Theatre. Tiny Tots and Pinocchio on the puppet stage (ticket discount here). Emily Loves to Bounce and an NSO Family Concert at the Kennedy Center. Details on all of them in this post about live entertainment in late spring.



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