The Weekend Round-Up: May 22-25

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Whether you seek events that honor those who have served and sacrificed for our nation, are ready to get the summer fun started, or just want to enjoy some quality time with the kids over the holiday weekend, this round-up of family recreation should have you covered. Happy Weekend!

“Summer” in the City
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

Celebrate the unofficial start of summer with an activity exclusive to this time of year. Outdoor public pools, spraygrounds, and water parks open Saturday; music and movies are playing under the stars; the strawberry picking season is underway; and blue crabs are making many a feaster very happy. The KFDC guide to summer in DC has specifics on all of the special events and series that come with the warm months — and a select few are also mentioned below.

Jazz in the Garden
Where: National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
When: Friday, 5-8:30pm
Admission: Free

The popular summer series is kicking off its new season with jazz guitar by Tom Lagana. Enjoy the music along with big, bold works of art in the NGA Sculpture Garden on the Mall. Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner or buy a bite there. Note: Adult drinks are available from the pavilion; BYO alcohol is not permitted.

Rock by the River
Where: The Yards Park
When: Friday, 6:30-8:30pm
Admission: Free

Kick off the long weekend with free music in the fresh air. Still Surfin’, a Beach Boys tribute, is tonight’s performance. Catch the show along with great views of the Anacostia River from the comfort of a blanket spread out on the grass. Pack a picnic or purchase food there from one of many food trucks or nearby eateries.

Nats vs. Phillies
Where: Nationals Park
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Nats are hosting the Phillies this weekend with an evening game tonight (7:05pm) and afternoon match-ups on Saturday (4:05pm) and Sunday (1:35pm). Stay after on Sunday for Kids Run the Bases when children ages 4-12 can loop the infield after the final out.

Strawberry Jubilee
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Admission: $10/child, $12/adult

The area’s largest U-pick strawberry festival is this weekend – and next – rain or shine. Get ready for loads 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 Pumpkin Jumpin’ Pillow, slides, a pedal cart track, rope swings, mazes, a tractor tire mountain, Cow Train ($2), and animal encounters. Whew!

Smithsonian Big Screens
Where: Natural History Museum, & Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Two new IMAX films just opened at the Natural History Museum and National Air & Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly. Dinosaurs Alive! will thrill anyone fascinated by the prehistoric beasts, and Tomorrowland will take viewers on a sci-fi adventure with George Clooney. Be sure to make time to tour the exhibits, too – both museums are Smithsonian favorites!

Archaeological Adventures, Indy Style
Where: National Geographic Museum
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $15/adult, $10/ages 5-12, free for 4 and under (look for a ticket deal)

If you opt to check out Indiana Jones & the Adventure of Archaeology at Nat Geo, then you have chosen wisely. Interesting and entertaining, the new exhibit showcases props, video, and fun facts from Indy’s cinematic adventures along with fascinating artifacts and details about real-life archaeological studies and discoveries. Nat Geo recommends it for ages 8-80. If you’ve got really little ones, the Monster Fish exhibit is more their speed and also super fun.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road
Where: Adventure Theatre
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $19.50

Adventure Theatre’s latest production has been getting such rave reviews, they’ve extended its run to May 31. Journey with Dorothy and friends to meet the Wizard and experience some entertaining adventures along the way. Tickets are available online, or you can still try to win a 4-pack through this KFDC giveaway!

Show Time
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

* It’s your last chance to catch a performance of Sinbad: The Untold Tale at Imagination Stage
* The Creative Cauldron brings Once on this Island to the stage again this weekend
* See a show on strings at The Puppet Co. where Cinderella is the current main stage production
* And Clowning Around is the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theatre on Saturday

Land of the Free Music
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, 6pm
Admission: Free

Every day, the Kennedy Center presents a free performance at 6pm on the Millennium Stage. This weekend, see winners of the VSA International Young Soloists Competition (all musicians ages 14-25 with disabilties), Slovenian accordionist Marko Hatlak, bluegrass band Bud’s Collective, and The Greek Chamber Music Project.

Street Car Show
Where: National Capital Trolley Museum
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: $5/child, $7/adult

Enjoy special programs that recall the role of the transit industry during wartime in observance of Memorial Day. See Tilley the Trolley and Billy the Bus, a wartime production of the Capital Transit Company, and Ten Seconds to Go, a wartime production by Kansas City Public Service. The special exhibit, Homefront Street Cars, will also be on display.

Memorial Day at Abe’s Place
Where: President Lincoln’s Cottage
When: Monday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: $15/adult, $5/ages 6-15 for cottage tours; other tours are free

President Lincoln’s Cottage will host an array of activities on Memorial Day to honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. military. Family-friendly activities will include guided tours of the first National Cemetery, commemorative ceremonies honoring veterans at multiple locations, picnicking opportunities on the grounds of the Soldiers’ Home, and tours of the Cottage, the seasonal residence of the Lincoln family during the Civil War. Registration is requested. See the website for more information and a schedule of tours and activities.

National Memorial Day Concert
Where: West lawn of the Capitol
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 2015 National Memorial Day Concert will take place on the west lawn of the Capitol on Sunday from 8 – 9:30pm. Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna are hosting the event once again, and an all-star line-up of artists will join the National Symphony Orchestra in honoring those who have served and sacrificed for the U.S. If you’re planning to go, this FAQ page on the concert website is worth a read. 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.

Memorials on the Mall
Where: National Mall
When: All Weekend
Admission: Free

Tributes to those who have served our country will take place at the many memorials and monuments on the National Mall throughout the weekend. Times vary, but you can look for schedules on the National Park Service website. The Mall is guaranteed to be crowded, so plan accordingly.

Memorial Day Observance
Where: Arlington National Cemetery
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 in this KFDC post.

National Memorial Day Parade
Where: Constitution Avenue NW, 7th to 17th Streets
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.

Memorial Day Tour
Where: National Museum of Health & Medicine
When: Monday, 1pm
Admission: Free

The museum dedicated to the history of health and medicine is commemorating Memorial Day with a special program. A free, docent-led tour will offer an overview of the museum’s exhibits, with a special emphasis on advances in military medicine from the Civil War to the present. I should warn: Some exhibits at the museum may not be appropriate for very young children or the faint of heart, as this post about one of our experiences there describes (but for many, it is a very fascinating museum).

Strawberry Fields
Where: Area farms
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by location

The PYO season is well underway! Many local farms have opened their strawberry patches to the public, so you can get out there and reap the fruits. See this post for a list of area farms where you can gather your own strawberries, several offering much more than just picking.

Find even more ideas for family fun in these popular KFDC posts:
The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy A Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids
The Great Indoors

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Go on a Gigantic Adventure with Dinosaurs Alive 3D!


Something big — no, huge — is coming to the National Museum of Natural History. Tomorrow, May 22, Dinosaurs Alive 3D opens at the Samuel C. Johnson IMAX® Theater, and it’s sure to be an enormous hit with anyone fascinated by the prehistoric beasts.

Dinosaurs Alive 3D is a global adventure of science and discovery — featuring the earliest dinosaurs of the Triassic Period to the monsters of the Cretaceous — reincarnated life-sized for the giant IMAX® screen. Audiences will journey with some of the world‘s preeminent paleontologists as they uncover evidence that the descendants of dinosaurs still walk (or fly) among us. From the exotic, trackless expanses and sand dunes of Mongolia‘s Gobi Desert to the dramatic sandstone buttes of New Mexico, the film will paleontologists as they explore some of the greatest dinosaur finds in history. Through the magic of scientifically accurate computer-generated animation, these newly discovered creatures, and some familiar favorites, will come alive…in a big way!

Showtimes and tickets for Dinosaurs Alive 3D are available online and at the box office: $9/adult, $8/senior, $7.50/youth. Running time is 40 minutes.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Smithsonian Enterprises, however, I only promote services, events, and programs that I truly believe in and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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Giveaway: Enter to Win Tickets to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Adventure Theatre!


Follow the yellow brick road to Adventure Theatre and its latest production, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The classic tale brought to life on stage at the Glen Echo theatre is getting such rave reviews its run has been extended through May 31. Even better, two KFDC readers have a chance to win a 4-pack of tickets to see it!

Based on the novel by L. Frank Baum and adapted by Jacqueline E. Lawton, the show is recommended for all ages. Running time is one hour with no intermission.

Life in Kansas has been a bit boring for Dorothy and her little dog Toto. Until one day, a cyclone swoops in and takes them “over the rainbow” to the wonderful and magical land of Oz. With the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy sets off on the adventure of a lifetime down the yellow brick road to the Emerald City. These new friends brave witches, flying monkeys, and a Haunted Forest all to meet the Wizard of Oz, who promises to make their dreams come true.

Showtimes and tickets are available online — I recommend getting them in advance, since they often sell out before performances. For a glimpse of the show, visit Adventure Theatre’s Facebook page.

Giveaway: For a chance to win a 4-pack of tickets to see The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Adventure Theatre, simply leave a comment below telling me your child’s (or yours) favorite classic tale. To be eligible, you must like KidFriendly DC on Facebook. There will be two ticket giveaways: The first will run through Friday, May 22, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. The second will run through next Wednesday, then another winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. You only need to enter/comment once to be included in both drawings. Good luck!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Adventure Theatre-MTC, however, I only promote services, events, and programs that I truly believe in and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.


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Giveaway: Enter to Win Tickets to Tomorrowland at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center!


Tomorrowland, a PG-rated sci-fi film starring George Clooney, opens at the National Air & Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center this week, and you have a chance to win a 4-pack of tickets to see it!

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure Tomorrowland, starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as Tomorrowland. What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

You can experience the film in the Museum’s recently upgraded Airbus IMAX® Theater, featuring the new IMAX® laser projection and 12 channel sound system as well as the largest IMAX® screen in Northern Virginia.

Showtimes and tickets are available online. You can also purchase tickets at the box office or enter below for a chance to win them.

The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is located at 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway in Chantilly, VA. Admission to the museum is free. Parking is $15, but free after 4pm.

Giveaway: For a chance to win a 4-pack of tickets to see Tomorrowland at the Airbus IMAX® Theater, simply leave a comment telling me your child’s favorite Smithsonian museum. The tickets are good through June 11, 2015. To be eligible, you must like KidFriendly DC on Facebook. This contest will run through this Friday, May 22, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Smithsonian Enterprises, however, I only promote services, events, and programs that I truly believe in and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.


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{Sponsored} Ask a Plastic Surgeon: How to Heal Scrapes & Prevent Scars


[Note: This is a sponsored guest post written by Houtan Chaboki, MD, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon serving Washington, DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. With summer on the horizon and kids outdoors, active, and likely a bit more prone to cuts and scrapes than usual, these tips and information will be good to keep on hand.]

Cuts, scrapes, and abrasions are expected in any household, especially homes with children. As a facial plastic surgeon in the bustling Washington, DC area, I’m often asked what ointment is recommended to minimize scars after injuries or surgery. Generally, the answer is always the same: A bland, non-allergenic ointment must be used continuously for the first few weeks after injury or surgery. Keep the area “glistening” with ointment.

Many companies may claim that their particular ointments or creams reduce scarring after plastic surgery, injury, scratches, or cuts better than competing products. However, in the medical literature, there isn’t much well-done scientific research to support those claims. So how does one pick the best ointment to prevent scars?

First, speak with your plastic surgeon, dermatologist, or primary care physician and follow his or her advice, as some injuries might require more than just an ointment.

Historically, the general idea among plastic surgeons years ago was to keep the wound open and let it dry and scab to aid in preventing infection. However, plastic surgeons now better understand the wound healing process and no longer recommend letting a wound get dry. Covering a wound and skin with an ointment generally improves healing and may possibly prevent the need for future scar revision procedures.

Numerous studies suggest that any occlusive dressing on the skin (after injury, plastic surgery, etc.) will improve the final scar by around 33%. The dressing may be a bandage, ointment, or both. Simply covering up the skin area with something improves the redness, swelling, and overall cosmetic appearance. Physicians don’t know specifically how covering the skin helps, but it does help.


A bland, non-allergic material, such as petrolatum jelly or silicone, should be used as the occlusive skin dressing for the first several weeks after injury or surgery. Some brand names of products with varying degrees of petrolatum include Vaseline®, Aquaphor®, and Mederma®.

Studies have additionally shown that a few topical ointments, such as vitamin E, triple antibiotic, Neosporin®, or Bacitracin®, may cause contact dermatitis or a skin allergy after lengthy use. Other topical antibiotic ointments have much less risk of skin allergy, such as polymyxin B or muporicin.

Lastly, there isn’t any convincing evidence that adding any ingredients to the bland, non-allergic ointment has an added benefit. Ointments with these additives, on the other hand, might cause irritation or allergy, so I generally don’t recommend them.

Covering a wound is one aspect of wound care to minimize scarring. Other methods to help reduce scarring after injury or plastic surgery include:

  • Avoid prolonged, direct sunlight. Use hats, clothes, bandages, etc. for protection.
  • Treat infections immediately. Signs of infection include increasing pain, redness, swelling, and discharge.
  • Massage the area once the wound has appropriately healed.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and keep hydrated.

For my plastic surgery patients, I usually recommend topical petrolatum jelly or silicone gel (patient’s choice) to be used continuously on the incision for the first several weeks after surgery. The patient doesn’t need to remove the existing ointment; he or she can just apply more to the area several times daily to keep it “glistening.” Once incisions have healed appropriately, patients should go back to using sunblock daily.

At our own home with our two very active (and mischievous) daughters, we keep several containers of plain petrolatum jelly around the house.

sm_kidfriendlydc-chaboki-image About the author: Dr. Houtan Chaboki is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon. Serving Washington, DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia, he specializes in cosmetic facial surgery, reconstructive facial surgery, and medical spa treatments. He is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. As a member of FACE TO FACE: The NationalDomestic Violence Project, he provides free cosmetic surgery for victims of domestic violence. He is passionate about providing all his deserving patients with top-level care and beautiful results.

Dr. Chaboki’s two offices are located at:

2021 K St NW #206
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 741-3409

5215 Loughboro Rd NW #210
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 741-3409

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Dr. Houtan Chaboki, however, I only promote services, events, and programs that I truly believe in and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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