It’s no trick when I say you’re in for some treats this weekend, and not just the sugary kind that’ll have our kids bouncing off walls tonight! With Halloween-themed fun, autumn celebrations, live entertainment, Day of the Dead, special museum programs, and more among the goings-on, you’ll only hear “Boo!” from the ghosts. And don’t forget to check out the Everyday Play page for even more reasons to scream… for joy. Happy Halloweekend!
Trick-or-Treat at Geroge’s Place
Where: Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
When: October 31, gates open at 3:30
Admission: $10/adult, $5/child
Join Mount Vernon’s costumed cast for a special opportunity to trick-or-treat in the historic area. Guests can participate in a Halloween craft activity in the greenhouse; go on a scavenger hunt; view special trade demos, like 18th-century wool carding, spinning, and fish net making. There will also be Halloween-themed stories in the straw bale amphitheater, colonial games, dancing demonstrations, and wagon rides. All young guests are invited to join in the children’s costume parade around the Mansion at 6pm. Prizes will be awarded for the best “George” and “Martha” costumes!
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $10/adult, $8/child
Wondering what to do with your jack-o-lanters now after Halloween is over? Head to Great Country Farms’ for its annual Pumpkin Chunkin, where visitors have permission to make a big mess. Bring your used jack-o-lanterns and old pumpkins to create the Farm’s famous Pumpkin Fireworks as they are dropped from a 40’ lift, smashed, splashed, and shot through pumpkin cannons at targets like an old Chevy suburban and oil tank. While there support our troops through the Lucky Duck Pumpkin Drop, a season-long fund raiser for the Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors. Rubber duckies are on sale all season for $5 each with 100% of proceeds benefiting the 501(c)(3) nonprofit. On Sunday at 2pm, the duckies will be placed in a swimming pool for a giant pumpkin drop. The pumpkin will splash the duckies out of the pool and onto “Prize Spots” which feature prizes from businesses and groups supporting this fund raising effort. And as usual, the Farm will be abuzz with other activities, including the giant farm style playground, tractor rides, rope swings, and the corn maze.
Kids Euro Fest
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Art and culture with European roots continue to entertain kids throughout the area, thanks to the French-American Cultural Foundation, 28 EU embassies, and more than a dozen major cultural institutions. Storytellers, musicians, children’s films, and puppeteers are just a few of the shows and art sessions on the lineup this weekend. See the schedule for specifics.
Dia de los Muertos
Where: National Museum of the American Indian
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10:30am – 5pm
Join the American Indian museum for its annual Día de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”), a celebration originating in Latin America, particularly in Mexico and Central America, to commemorate the lives of the dearly departed and welcome the return of their spirits. Learn and take part in this centuries-old tradition, which includes pre-Hispanic and Spanish customs alike.
Learn About Skulls
Where: National Museum of Health & Medicine
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Human skulls and animal skulls – how are they alike and different? See a variety of skulls from the museum’s collections and participate in skull-related craft activities. Recommended for kids in kindergarten – grade 4.
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
* It’s the opening weekend of Fiddler on the Roof at Arena
* See Fancy Nancy the Musical at BlackRock Center for the Arts this weekend only
* The Kennedy Center presents NSO Kinderclassics: Musical Opposites on Saturday
* Catch a show of The 3 Billy Goats Gruff at The Puppet Co.
* And Old MacDonald’s Farm is the featured Tiny Tots at the Glen Echo puppet theater
* Driving Miss Daisy still in its three-month run at Ford’s Theatre
* Disney on Ice presents their version of Frozen at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore
* Paul Hadfield: Spats the Last Vaudevillian is this week’s free Saturday Morning at the National performance
* Spend Saturday morning with Rocknoceros at Jammin’ Java
Where: Farms around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale
Celebrate the season on the farm while you still can — most fall festivals are only on for another weekend or two. From pumpkin patches and apple picking to corn mazes and hayrides to giant slides and jumping pillows, there are tons activities to help you embrace the autumn spirit. See this page for details on fall festivals happening around the area.
Where: Logan Circle
When: Saturday, 11am
The last DC MEET Market of 2014 will celebrate the thankful season with a canned food drive, Thanksgiving-themed crafts for kids, hearty food from Sloppy Mama’s, and music by DJ AYESCOLD, Finley Martin, and RagnaPOP. Ans as always, the market will showcase over 40 local vendors selling their goods ranging from fine arts, home décor, and handcrafted jewelry to fashion apparel, baby accessories, and prepared foods. The market is free, open to the public, and of course, family and pet-friendly!
Where: Potomac Crescent Waldorf School
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: $5 (extra for activities)
The Potomac Crescent Waldorf School’s annual festival is a family-centered day of games, crafts, puppet plays, a hearty and wholesome lunch, and more! Children can decorate candleholders, make sun catchers, and create beautiful felt necklaces. Puppet shows will also run throughout the day. Guests can also shop for beautiful handmade dolls and traditional craftwork at the Waldorf Handworks table and enjoy music, displays by local craftspeople, and a lunch for purchase. All are welcome! The school is located at 923 South 23rd Street in Arlington.
Where: National Air & Space Museum
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
What better place to celebrate innovation than at the mueum that…. Head to the Air & Space museum to … the accomplishments of American inventors and the spirit of innovation that has led to so many of today’s technologies. Exhibits, crafts, talks, and performances will showcase ingenuity at the Smithsonian and across America. Meet inventors and the patent examiners who worked with them on their inventions, hear directly from experts about how an idea is molded into a working product, and try your hand at making your own invention.
When: Sunday, 12-3pm
Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with cartoons, make and take cupcakes, and a dance party for kids hosted by the folks from Baby Loves Disco. Have a frighteningly fun time with your favorite Looney Toons characters as they screen some of the spookiest episodes. Create your very own adorable cupcake and donut characters — each treat will come to life as participants utilize various materials and mediums to give their art a 3D effect. Artful fun for the kid in everyone!