The Weekend Round-Up: October 10-12

That-a-way for autumn fun on the farm at Homestead

That-a-way for autumn fun on the farm at Homestead

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Most of us have one extra day to fill with fun this weekend, and that won’t be a problem with so many great events and activities happening around the DC-Metro. This round-up has the scoop you need to get your family’s good time started. Happy Weekend!

Taste of DC
Where: Pennsylvania Ave., 3rd-7th Streets NW, WDC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-7pm
Admission: $20, $10/ages 6-12, free for 5 and under

Celebrate the food, wine, and culture of our city during Columbus Day weekend. Along with the obvious — tastings from more than 50 area restaurants — there will be cooking demos, live entertainment, a beer garden, and a Worldwide Family Fun Stop with activities especially for kids, including dancing, games, storytelling, arts & crafts, and more.

National Fossil Day
Where: National Museum of Natural History
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy a day of family-friendly, fossil-themed activities! Explore the “Last American Dinosaurs: Discovering a Lost World” exhibition, see ongoing research and fossil preparation at the FossiLab, and do fossi-related art activities. Kids of all ages will have the chance to be “deputized” by National Park Service rangers as Junior Paleontologists and will get to take home a badge and book about fossils found in our National Parks. Head to Q?rius, the museum’s education center, where there will be opportunities to handle fossils and talk to fossil scientists.

Art Safari
Where: The Torpedo Factory
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

An Alexandria family tradition, Art Safari returns for the 20th year with a full day of hands-on activities for kids and families. Artists will lead young visitors in creative projects across a variety of media, including clay, papier-mâché, fiber, and printmaking. Children should wear clothing that can get a little dirty. All activities are free with most appropriate for children ages 5 – 11 with some activities requiring parental assistance.

Just Between Friends Consignment Sale
Where: Landmark Mall
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: $5 at door (free pass online)

Find anything and everything you need for your kids, from newborns to teens, at Just Between Friend’s fun consignment sale. Get bargains on baby gear, car seats, strollers, infant items, books, DVDs, fall/winter coats, Halloween costumes, teen brands, toys, toys and more toys, plus thousands of children’s clothing items and more — all at savings of up to 50-90% off retail! Even better, KFDC readers can download a free admission pass here.

It’s All Greek to You
Where: Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free

Saint Sophia’s annual festival brings the best of Greek food, drink and culture to the D.C. area. Festival goers can sample dishes from the Greek Cuzina made fresh and daily across the weekend. A variety of children’s games and activities including balloon toys, sand art and a moon bounce will delight young guests. A marketplace will showcase wares like jewelry, pottery and home goods, clothing, music, Byzantine icons, as well as a traditional Greek grocer. And every evening under the stars, enjoy live Greek music played by local musicians — all are welcome to join in and dance… Opa! Saint Sophia is located at 2815 36th St & Mass. Ave, NW.

Art on the Avenue
Where: Mount Vernon Ave in Del Ray
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the diversity of Alexandria’s Del Ray community at this multicultural arts festival. Over 300 artists – jewelers, woodworkers, pottery makers, soap crafters, glass makers, painters, sculptors, fabric artists, and musicians – will have their work on display and for sale. And kids activities have always been a vital part of the festival – scarecrow stuffing, pumpkin painting, lotus flower design, screen art weaving are just some of the crafts to enjoy. Food vendors will also be there offering hot dogs, BBQ, Indian fare, crab cakes, chocolate bananas dipped on a stick, and home made cider donuts.

Grape Stomp
Where: Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-6pm
Admission: $5/adult, $5/child

Join Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard for their annual Grape Stomp festival! The locale and event are family-friendly, featuring a Play Area and live music along with the main event. Test your skills and competitive juices throughout the day in the ancient wine making tradition — prizes will be awarded. And remember, it’s not the size of your foot that matters… it’s the power of your sole! Read more about the vineyard in this KFDC post.

Show Time
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

* See Mariko’s Magical Mix: A Dance Adventure at the Kennedy Center
* When She Had Wings is on the Imagination Stage
* Catch a classic story on strings as The Puppet Co. present The Velveteen Rabbit
* And Animal Crackers is the featured Tiny Tots show at the Glen Echo venue
* Head to the U.S. Botanic Garden for The Cerulean Time Capsule, an interactive theatrical adventure (and tour the plant collections while you’re there)
* Ben Rudnick & Friends are playing the Saturday morning show at Jammin’ Java
* And Rocknocerous is playing a special Columbus Day show at the Vienna music venue

Celebrate the Season
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by locale

Enjoy autumn fun and then some at a number of farms around the area. Pick pumpkins, whiz down slides, visit animals, jump on giant inflatables, take pony rides, indulge in caramel apples, and much more. The KFDC guide to fall festivals has details on all of them.

Wicked Fun
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Get the Halloween party started with activities and events that celebrate the spooky spirit. This post has details on where the tricks and treats are happening.

Fire Prevention Week Open House
Where: Falls Church Fire Station
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Did you ever wonder what it’s like to use a fire hose, sit in the driver’s seat of a fire truck or have questions answered on how to protect your family from fire? Join the Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department at their annual Open as they conclude Fire Prevention Week. Firefighters from the Falls Church and the Arlington County Fire Department will conduct fire and emergency medical demonstrations, lead activities for those young and old, provide tours of our station, fire apparatus, tools, equipment and much more! There will also be invaluable fire safety and prevention information available to take home. Sparky the fire dog is anxiously awaiting this exciting event!

Family Fall Festival
Where: Shops at Town Center in Germantown
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy an afternoon full of delight, shopping, and autumn-themed fun. Families can choose between pumpkin painting, face painting, spin art, or jumping in one of our moon bounces. Or you could do it all! Light snacks will be for sale, and be sure to grab a flyer at the event listing specials the Shops will be running all day in celebration of the season and holiday.

ABC’s of Family Biking
Where: Brookland Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market
When: Sunday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Want to get the whole family two wheelin’ together? The “ABC’s of Family Biking” will help you learn more about the tools and resources available to help you all bike together and offer fun activities for all ages. There will be trail rides, balance bike races, helmet decorating, bike maintenance, and more.

The Martian
Where: Theaters near you
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by theater

For a flick both you and the kids will enjoy, The Martian is a stellar choice. The story is captivating, the cinematography enthralling, and Matt Damon gives a fantastic performance. While it’s rated PG13, we had no problem with Owen (9.5) seeing it, and I think kids even younger could watch it, too. This IMDB parental guide has specifics on what to expect.

Walks in the Woods
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Fall is a perfect time to hit the trail, when you can enjoy the foliage just as much as the activity itself. This go-to KFDC post has a bunch of recommendations for good places to hike with kids. Find more details on the Riverbend to Great Falls trail here. And a few that aren’t on the list, but great for family tramping: Turkey Run Park, just off the GW Parkway, Scott’s Run Nature Preserve near Great Falls, Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria, and Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in NE DC.

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Night Out at National Harbor


Considering the vast range of the DC-Metro area I explore with my kids, it’s kind of funny how close to home I tend to stay on kid-free nights out with friends. That’s probably a testament to how great my neighborhood is for an evening on the town — and how infrequent those occasions seem to be these days. But I do enjoy eating, drinking, and being merry beyond my nearby haunts; sometimes it just takes an extra something to get me there.


That’s exactly what brought my friends and me to National Harbor on a recent Friday evening. The folks there invited me to enjoy a night out to share my experience with the KFDC community. And after a great a time there over the summer with the kids, I was excited to see what a visit sans children would be like. Packed with dining and entertainment options, plus located right on the water, it was bound to be a good time.



We caught an Uber taxi from DC to National Harbor, then began our evening at the Walrus Oyster & Ale House — and this was a fantastic place to start. The drinks and food were delicious, the staff extremely friendly and attentive, and the whole place had a fun, relaxed vibe. We devoured starters including oysters, deviled steak and eggs, tuna tartare, and mussels then went on to consume entire entrees of scallops, crab cakes, and lobster mac ‘n cheese. It was all accompanied by tasty cocktails and a nice bottle of wine.


After dinner, we headed to Bobby McKey’s, where a reservation was set up for us. I hadn’t been to a dueling piano bar since my early 20′s, so was interested to see if I’d find it fun now.


The verdict: So much fun! So, maybe singing drunkenly along to nostalgic tunes being played on piano by guys making lewd jokes isn’t what I’d opt to do every weekend, but on this occasion, it was a blast. Those guys are pretty talented (they know, like, every classic song!) and funny (after several drinks, anyway), plus it was fun to recall lyrics to old tunes (..he’s just a poor boy from a poor family spare him his life from this monstrosity…) and dance and let loose. We didn’t even mind what my friend Jody called the Gatorade margaritas, so you know it had to be fun.


We closed out the place along with many other dueling piano-goers, then got another Uber taxi for the ride back to Capitol Hill. Unfortunately, it was rainy that night, so we didn’t get to take advantage of the riverfront location, but a walk on the boardwalk or drinks by the water would probably be great on a nice night. No complaints from any of us, though — the food, drinks, and entertainment were thoroughly fun, and we all had the hangovers Saturday morning to prove it. :-/


Ready for a night out at National Harbor? Here are some details to help you plan:

* The Walrus Oyster and Ale House is located at 152 Waterfront Street in National Harbor. Hours are Monday – Saturday 11am – 11pm for food and the bar is open until midnight, Sunday 10 am – 10 pm (brunch served 10am to 3pm). Even though this was a grown-up night out, the restaurant is family-friendly with plenty of dishes that would appeal to kids, plus young diners are welcome to watch the oyster shucking.

* Bobby McKey’s is located at 172 Fleet Street in National Harbor. Hours are Monday – Thursday 6pm – 12am, Friday & Saturday 5pm – 2am. Be sure to check the calendar for special events or specials. (FYI: They occasionally have kids shows during the day on weekends.)

* Keep in mind you can make this a date night or an evening out with a big group.

* Read about more restaurants and entertainment at National Harbor on the website.

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

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Save on School’s Out Day Camp at Adventure Theatre MTC!


School is out, but the office is still open. What to do? Send your kids to play with Adventure Theatre MTC! Your kids will thank you — and so will your boss.

When students are off from school, Adventure Theatre MTC is open and offering School’s Out Day Camp for kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Along with theatrical activities throughout the day, campers will also enjoy a performance of a main stage show when one is scheduled and an afternoon snack. Aligned with the Montgomery County Public School schedule, current School’s Out Day Camp dates are October 16, November 2, December 28-31, January 18, January 25, and several spring days.

Sign up for individual days or sign up for a bunch and save! Register for five School’s Out Day Camps and save $25, register for 10 and save $50. Spring dates are not yet listed on the website, so be sure to call 301.251.5766 to signup for those and get your discount. (Valid only at the Glen Echo Park location.)

For more information about School’s Out Day Camps and to register online, visit the Adventure Theatre MTC website.

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

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Where to Play on the Weekdays: October 5-9

Go postal in a good way with Story Time and interesting exhibits, all in a beautiful space

Go postal in a good way with Story Time and interesting exhibits, all in a beautiful space

Monday - Enjoy Story Time at the National Postal Museum, the monthly program that includes a book reading, plus other activities for little ones in the museum’s education space. Sessions take place at 10:30am and 11am. Stay after to explore the rest of the museum — it’s full of interactive exhibits that appeal to all ages. Read more about them in this KFDC post. Admission is free.

Tuesday - Get a unique dose of nature in the city at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Go on a nature walk among the ponds and marsh areas filled with giant lily pads and other interesting water plants. Look for geese, egrets, great blue herons, turtles, frogs, and small fish on the way. Hours are 9am – 5pm this time of year. Admission is free.

Wednesday - Play the day away amid the lovely wooded setting of Cabin John Regional Park. Kids can climb, swing, jump, slide, and run on the sprawling Adventure Playland. The Miniature Train is only open on weekends for Halloween rides starting this Saturday, but the playground alone has plenty to keep children happy. Bring along food for a picnic — there are several tables to eat on, or you can spread out a blanket in a nearby grassy area. Admission is free.

Thursday - Have a rockin’ morning of music at the Air & Space Museum where Ben Rudnick & Friends will be Jammin’ at the Smithsonian. As this post goes live, tickets are still available for the 1pm show. Tickets are $6/child 3 and up, $3/ages 2 and under, $8/adult.

Friday - Visit a fall festival! Weekdays are a great time to go when the crowds thin out (it’s also a nice activity for the DCPS day off). Several farms are offering amusement during the week — Great Country, Ticonderoga, Summers, Clark’s Elioak, and Cox among them. The guide to autumn fun has details.

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The Weekend Round-Up: October 2-3

A special Family Day, fascinating exhibits, and shelter from the rain make the Air & Space Museum a great destination this weekend

A special Family Day, fascinating exhibits, and shelter from the rain make the Air & Space Museum a great destination this weekend


Whether or not Hurricane Joaquin hits DC remains to be seen, but at least it sparked this great meme. That said, many of this weekend’s events are at the mercy of the impending storm and could be cancelled at any time. While this round-up will be updated as much as possible, it’s a good idea to check websites and call ahead to confirm events are still on. Rain or shine… Happy Weekend!

Taste of Georgetown
Where: K Street NW, Wisconsin to Thomas Jefferson
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free, but pay per taste

In its 21st year, the Taste of Georgetown will showcase the spectacular cuisine of over 30 of the neighborhood’s premier restaurants, highlighting Georgetown’s culinary personalities and featuring more than 60 delectable dishes to sample, as well as wine pairings, a Chef Showdown, and Gypsy Sally’s Music Stage. Bring young foodies to the Kids Canteen for free activities including facepainting, bocce ball, and more fun for kids of all ages. Plus, they can meet characters from WETA Kids, Peg + Cat! Tasting tickets can be purchased online or at the event.

Where: Fairfax County Government Center
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

The annual event especially designed for families with elementary and pre-K aged children features scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, public safety and recycling-themed exhibits, pony rides, a petting zoo, hay rides, model trains, and the KidWay MidWay with more than a dozen rides, bounces, and attractions. And that’s just for the kids. Adults can enjoy more than 75 exhibits, live entertainment, activities, and great festival food. While admission is free, some rides and concessions will require a fee.

DC Veg Fest
Where: Yards Park
When: Saturday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Bring the kids to the largest celebration of vegetarian and vegan living in the area. Now in its 8th year, DC VegFest is a full day of delicious vegetarian and vegan cuisine, cooking demos, music, and more. A Kid’s Area will feature games and crafts, Ask-A-Vegan Family, kid-friendly cooking demos and music. Attendees will enjoy free food samples along with tasty vegan cuisine from food vendors.

Show Time
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

* See Mariko’s Magical Mix: A Dance Adventure at the Kennedy Center
* When She Had Wings just opened on the Imagination Stage
* Catch a classic story on strings as The Puppet Co. present The Velveteen Rabbit
* And Mother Goose Caboose is the featured Tiny Tots show at the Glen Echo venue
* Head to the U.S. Botanic Garden for The Cerulean Time Capsule, an interactive theatrical adventure (and tour the plant collections while you’re there)
* Anna Menendez – La Fiesta Del Baile is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National show
* The Alden Theatre presents Sleeping Beauty at the McLean Community Center

Hispanic Heritage Day: Innovators in Air and Space
Where: National Air & Space Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Head to the AIr & Space Museum on the Mall as they celebrates the contributions of Latinos to aviation and space exploration. Hear about Latin Americans’ contributions to aviation and space exploration, meet Hispanic scientists and engineers — including a NASA astronaut — and participate in bilingual activities

Fall Fun
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Seasonal festivals are in full swing at area farms, in local communities, even a 16th century village in Maryland, and they’re welcoming visitors for all kinds of fun. Get details on all of them in this post about autumn celebrations.

Wheaton Family Theatre
Where: Wheaton Library
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: Free

Fresh off of a successful fall production in Silver Spring, InterAct Story Theatre is launching the first season of their new Wheaton Family Theatre Series. The season begins with a free community performance of InterAct’s popular play The Hero of EVERYTHING followed by a special Behind The Scenes talkback, where kids can meet the actors, talk about the play, and find out how some of the special effects and backstage magic happens. Wheaton Library is located at 11701 Georgia Avenue in Wheaton, MD.

Plated Road to Discovery Tour
Where: M Street Lot
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Plated, the service that delivers fresh ingredients for meals at home, is hitting the road. Outfitted with a fully functional kitchen and espresso bar, the “Road To Discovery” Airstream tour includes cooking demonstrations featuring Kenwood and De’Longhi products, food tastings, and talks by local tastemakers. This weekend, they’ll be in DC, and De’Longhi barista partner and 2014 U.S. Barista Champion, Laila Ghambari, will be educating consumers on coffee culture and showing them how to create the perfect home brew.

Takoma Park Street Festival
Where: Carroll Avenue to Carroll Street
When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The streets of Takoma Park will be filled with music, artisans, community groups, children’s activities, food vendors and a variety of green companies at the city’s 34th annual festival. Start your holiday shopping — over 150 vendors will be selling all kind of artistic wares. Festivities for kids include crafts, face painting, inflatables, and FUN! And music lovers will enjoy three stages hosting 18 popular local bands playing everything indie folk, rock, blues, country, reggae and everything in between.

Ultimate Clinic for Girls
Where: West Potomac Park, next to MLK Memorial
When: Sunday, 9-11am
Admission: Free

Learn to play Ultimate Frisbee! Girls in grades 5-8 are welcome to join a FREE two-hour clinics that teaches the basic skills and concepts of Ultimate, one of the fastest growing team sports in the country. There are four clinics total — attend one or all four! No experience is necessary! Email to register for free.

¡Sí se puede! Dolores Huerta Family Day
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Sunday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join the Portrait Gallery in celebrating the work of labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta during Hispanic Heritage. Storytelling with artist and author Joe Cepeda and music by Luis Orozco will entertain and enlighten visitors of all ages. Hands-on activities and bilingual tours of the exhibition “One Life: Dolores Huerta” will also be offered.

Barbie in Concert
Where: Potomac Mills Mall
When: Sunday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

Families are invited to a rockin’ show starring Barbie in her all new movie, Rock ‘N Royals. Fans will have the opportunity to see a live concert performance of songs from the movie, meet the stars of the film, sing along with interactive karaoke, and play with new Barbie in Rock ‘N Royals dolls and toys. Follow the link for schedule details.

Cardboard Day of Play
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Gardens
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: $5/adult, $3/child

Enjoy an afternoon of imaginative play as Annmarie Scupture Garden participates in the Global Cardboard Challenge. The Main Gallery of the Arts Building will be transformed into a cardboard wonderland as families build, create, and play their way through awesome amusements, art activities, cardboard construction, creative play, and tons of tinkering. Stop by one of several art stations to create your own cardboard masterpiece. Visit Cardboard City, the Cardboard Farm, or let your imagination soar on the Cardboard Autobahn! Go ahead of the event for even more artistic delights at Annmarie.

Navy Mile
Where: Navy Memorial Plaza, Pennsylvania Ave.
When: Sunday, 8am
Admission: $10-40 to run

The inaugural Navy Mile on Pennsylvania Avenue – set for Sunday, October 4, from 8:00 am until 12 pm – will festively kick off the U.S. Navy 240th Birthday and Heritage Week. Modeled after the famous Fifth Avenue Mile in New York City, the Navy Mile is designed for all ages and abilities, from serious mile athletes and Wounded Warriors to casual runners and even non-runners. The run is only half the fun; it will be accompanied on the Navy Memorial Plaza by an Expo featuring a full slate of activities, like a push-up challenge, Teddy from the Racing Presidents, performances by the U.S. Navy Band Cruisers and the Navy Ceremonial Guard. It’s all family-friendly and open to everyone!

The Great Indoors
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

If there’s any weekend that this list of more than 70 ideas for indoor activities will come in handy, this one is it. Stay dry and have fun!

NOTE: Art Safari at the Torpedo Factory, which was originally listed, has been removed, as it’s taking place next Saturday, October 10.

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