Where to Play on the Weekdays: July 28 – August 1

Hangin at the U.S. Botanic Garden then...

Hangin at the U.S. Botanic Garden then…

...and now

…and now

Monday - Celebrate Peruvian Independence Day at the National Geographic Museum, where they are offering buy-one-get-one-free admission this Monday & Tuesday to visitors wearing the colors of Peru’s flag (it contains red, white, yellow, green, and blue). See the Peruvian Gold exhibit and A New Age of Exploration along with plenty of Nat Geo’s signature mesmerizing photography on display. Hours are 10am – 6pm. Admission is $11/adult, $7/ages 5-12 (but remember you get one free with each paid visitor).

Tuesday - Glimpse the past on the Potomac at Fort Washington Park. Kids will love seeing the cannons and other historic sights there. Grounds are open are 8am – sunset, buildings 9am – 4pm. Admission is $5/vehicle.

Wednesday - Spend what is supposed to be a gorgeous day outdoors at Great Country Farms in Bluemont, Va. Pick your own peaches, plums, and blackberries, all ripe and ready to be harvested now. Stay to play among the acres of fun attractions, including a jumping pillow, slides, petting zoo, mazes, wagon rides, and more! Hours are 9am – 6pm (9am – 5pm in U-pick fields). Admission is $10/adult, $8/child.

Thursday - Devise a plan to visit the International Spy Museum, where you and the kids can go undercover to explore the intriguing world of espionage. Hours are 9am – 7pm. Regular admission is $21.95/adult, $14.95/ages 7-11, free for 6 and under, but you can find a big discount on tickets here.

Friday - Visit the U.S. Botanic Garden — one of our very favorite places in the city — where there’s plenty to enjoy both outdoors and in. Little ones kids can flex their green thumbs in the outdoor Children’s Garden: They can play in a miniature house, dig in the dirt, and pump water. Tour the plant collections, and be sure to stop in the “Plants in Culture” exhibit where you can sniff the aromas of various plants and learn about their everyday uses. Outside in the National Garden, stroll among the roses and other plants, run through the grass, sit in the small amphitheater, and relax by the fountain. Pack lunch to eat at one of several tables there. Read more about the USBG here and here.

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The Weekend Round-Up: July 25-27

A summer evening at Yards Park

A summer evening at Yards Park

You’d never know it was July in DC with this mild weather we’ve been having lately; we can usually cook eggs on the sidewalks this time of year. Looks like it’s going to continue through the weekend, so along with the recs below, be sure to browse The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids. And take a peek at The Great Indoors list while you’re at it – just in case. Happy Weekend!

Reggae on the Riverfront
Where: Yards Park
When: Friday, 6:30pm
Admission: Free

Kick off the weekend with free music in the fresh air. Reggae band Jah Works will be performing on the Yards Park boardwalk this evening. 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 nearby eateries and food truck vendors.

Tennis, Anyone?
Where: William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center
When: Saturday & Sunday, gates open at 9am
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Enjoy the on-court excitement along with some special events as the Citi Open Tennis Tournament swings into action this weekend. Saturday is the first day of qualifying rounds as well as National Parks Community Day featuring activities and entertainment for families, including tennis clinics, games, face painters, pet adoptions, local mascots, and more.

Montgomery County Farm Tour
Where: Montgomery County farms
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Learn about agricultural heritage, promote local farms, and indulge in seasonally fresh food as Montgomery County celebrates the 24th Annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale. Activities will vary from farm to farm, but several will have hayrides, pony rides, music, animals to visit, and other activities planned (you can find a listing here – be sure to scroll down the page). All farms will be open Saturday, and some will reopen on Sunday, so be sure to check the website for the schedule before you go.

Discover the Moon Day
Where: National Air & Space Museum
When: Friday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Head to the museum on the National Mall for a variety of fun and educational activities celebrating Earth’s Moon. Guests can interact one-on-one with scientists active in lunar research, learn about current and past lunar missions and spacecraft, see images of the lunar surface in 3-D, and much more! See the full schedule of activities here.

Summer Fun
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

Free concerts, outdoor swimming, movies under the stars, sprayground fun. Activities exclusive to the season can all be enjoyed this weekend. The Summer 2014 guide has the whole scoop on all of them.

Big Fun at the Big Maze
Where: National Building Museum
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $10/adult, $5/age 3-11 members; $16/adult, $13/age 3-11 non-members

You only have five more weeks to experience this super cool installation at one of our favorite museums. It looms up to 18 feet high in the Great Hall and measures 60 feet by 60 feet. Within there are twists and turns and dead ends, all formed by finely constructed walls of maple plywood at varying heights. Navigating it is a blast, especially for the kids, and viewed from upper levels, it’s like a work of art. Read more about it and get a glimpse here.

Pirate Fest
Where: Lake Fairfax
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Arrrrr, mateys! Celebrate Virginia’s seafaring past at this new festival at Lake Fairfax. Join with Ships Company Chanteymen singing traditional sea chanteys, tavern tunes, and pirate ditties. Explore up close the quarter scale ship called the “Lion” and learn sailor skills. Experience the life of a sailor first hand with lots of fun activity stations, including a pirate-themed tour boat ride. Wear your most dashing pirate clothes and enter a costume contest. Learn about global trade in the 18th century, and discover the luxury goods from international ports that compelled pirates to sail the seven seas. For more about what you’ll encounter there, go here.

Christmas in July
Where: Union Street, Old Town Alexandria
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

Get into the holiday spirit with Santa and Mrs. Claus as they land their sleigh at Union Street for a little Christmas in July. Enjoy special activities for kids including storytelling & cookies at Union Street Public House, photos & face painting at The Christmas Attic, plus Christmas in July sales at The Christmas Attic and drink specials at Union Street Public House for adults ALL day!

Take ‘em out to the Ballgame
Where: Bethesda & Bowie
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Just because the Nats aren’t in town, that doesn’t mean you can’t catch some good baseball action. Minor league team Bowie Baysox and summer collegiate teams Bethesda Big Train and Rockville Express are all playing this weekend. It’s Fan Appreciation Night for the Big Train on Friday, plus their playing the express on Saturday. Over in Bowie, catch a fireworks show along with the action on the field. For game times and tickets, visit the Bethesda Big Train website and Bowie Baysox websites.

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

* Be hugely entertained by The BFG at Imagination Stage (look for discount tickets)
* It’s the opening weekend for Little Red Riding Hood & the 3 Little Pigs at The Puppet Co. and Mother Moose Caboose and Penguin’s Playground are the featured Tiny Tots shows
* Encore Stage & Studio’s Once Upon a Mattress is on stage this weekend.
* Younger audiences will love Mouse on the Move, also at Imagination Stage
* Enjoy Disney’s the Lion King at the Kennedy Center
* Catch a colorful show as Pinkalicious is on stage at Adventure Theatre
* See a performance of the Hudson Vagabond Puppets amid the trees at Wolf Trap’s Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods
* Take a musical journey with AndyRoo & the AndyRooniverse on Saturday morning at Jammin’ Java

Stories in Art
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free

Children ages 4-7 can pack their imaginations and travel to the National Gallery of Art. This week’s session of the series that explore Italy through art will focus on the works of Giotto. There are several time slots available each day. Sign-in will take place in the West Building Rotunda, beginning at 10am on Saturday and at 11:00am on Sunday, and will continue until all spaces are filled. And they do often fill up, so plan to get there early to register.

Artful Conversations
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

Artful Conversations for kids ages 8-11 is also on again this weekend. Guests will observe a work of art, then participate in a discussion about it. Sessions are on Saturday at 11am and 1pm, and Sunday at 12pm and 2pm. Sign-in takes place in the West Building Rotunda beginning at 10am on Saturday and 11am on Sunday and will continue until all spaces are filled.

Parents Day on the Farm
Where: Ticonderoga Farms
When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $10.95, free for one parent per paid child

For the first time ever in recognition of Parents Day, Ticonderoga will be waiving the cost of admission for one parent per paid child. They will also have some family directed games as well as the usual “Amazing Farm Fun” hayrides, animals, slides, giant jumping pillow, panda puzzle, and so much more! Read more about Ticonderoga here.

National Dance Day
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Saturday, 5-7pm
Admission: Free

This celebration of the art of dance began a few years ago (read more background along with my ode to one of my favorite associated shows) and has become an annual happening. The free, two-hour celebration will feature performances by AXIS Dance Company, dance lessons, and talent from Dizzy Feet Foundation, including Jenna Elfman and hip-hop dancer Fik-Shun The celebration takes place in the Kennedy Center’s Grand Foyer.

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Chicken of the Sea Celebrates 100 Years with a Gratitude Tour, Fun for All Ages, and a $10,000 Giveaway

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Chicken of the Sea, best known by many for its canned tuna, is celebrating its 100th anniversary as an iconic American brand. And they are marking the milestone with the first-ever Chicken of the Sea Great American Gratitude Tour, a six-month, 56-city journey that brings the brand’s iconic Mermaid and Centennial celebration to seafood lovers across the country, while also honoring local heroes and nonprofits that are bringing good to their communities.

Washington, DC, is the next stop on the tour, giving residents the chance to join in the celebration — and the chance to win $10,000 instantly. On Thursday, July 24, from 10:30am – 6:30pm, a brightly-wrapped Great American Gratitude truck and vintage Airstream, both created specifically for the tour, will be stopping at Union Station, and the public is invited to join the festivities.


Visitors can have their pictures or video taken with the Mermaid, relive Chicken of the Sea history, and take home Mermaid-themed giveaways. One lucky participant receiving the winning commemorative coin in the Mermaid’s Treasure Chest promotion will instantly win $10,000 to use for the community service project of his or her choice!

For more information on Chicken of the Sea: 100 Years of Good, including the latest Great American Gratitude Tour schedule, go to www.chickenofthesea.com/100.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Chicken of the Sea, however, I only promote events, services, and activities that I truly believe in and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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Employment Opportunity with Everybody Wins!


Are you or is someone you know seeking a part-time position with a wonderful organziation? Everybody Wins!, a non-profit devoted to promoting children’s literacy and a love of learning through shared reading experiences with caring individuals, currently has an opening.

Part-Time School Coordinator
• Make a difference in the life of a child by joining the Everybody Wins! DC team. Everybody Wins! DC (EW!DC) is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting children’s literacy in low-income public elementary schools throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area. EW!DC seeks qualified candidates with experience in education and/or children’s literacy for its Power Lunch and Readers Are Leaders (RAL) programs. This rewarding position requires working on-site at a low-income elementary school, coordinating mentors and students for a reading program during students’ lunch period.

Key Responsibilities & Qualifications:
• Must be available Monday through Friday for 3-4 hours daily approximately 15-20 hours a week.
• Coordinate the school-based reading and mentoring program.
• Ensure that systems are in place for the successful implementation of daily reading sessions, monthly book distributions, and other program events and activities.
• Establish and maintain clear lines of communication with school faculty and community to ensure that EW!DC standards and boundaries are maintained.

Desired Qualifications
• Must be extremely reliable and enthusiastic, and possess excellent organizational skills.
• Strong interpersonal and customer service skills and a passion for working with students are essential.
• Proficient in MS Office.
• Exceptionally attentive to detail and capable of multi-tasking and prioritizing.
• Willingness to be a team player, with ability to positively and effectively manage different personalities, and effectively address conflicts.
• Adapt to change and respond to unexpected occurrences.
• Committed to EW!DC’s mission of education and literacy reform.
• Demonstrated track record of success at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of services.
• Experience working with elementary school aged students a plus.
• Bilingual (Spanish and English) candidates strongly encouraged to apply!

Please email cover letter and resume to Anne Owl at aowl@everybodywinsdc.org with the subject line: School Coordinator Position

Or fax cover letter and resume to: 202.216.9552, Attn. Anne Owl.

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Get Crafty: Try Kiwi Crate for Free!


It goes without saying that I love to get out with my kids and do stuff, especially in this dynamic city where there is so much wonderful stuff to do. But, of course, every second of our time together isn’t spent exploring DC; we also enjoy hanging at home and engaging in activities here.

However, I need a little help with that sometimes, at least when it comes to getting hands-on artsy with my children. Awhile back I wrote about my craftiness (well, lack thereof) and how it plays a role in, well, all of this.

That’s where Kiwi Crate has made a difference for us. The award-winning, monthly subscription service for kids ages 3-8 delivers multiple arts, crafts, and science activities right to your door. It’s made up for my lack of craftiness and produced some fun, inspired, and useful creations, too. You can see and read about a few of them here.

Right now, you and your children have a great opportunity to check it out for yourselves: From today through July 31st, you can get a Kiwi Crate Free Trial! Kiwi Crate is offering KFDC readers a chance to try a sample-size project, Starlight Lantern, from one of their popular crates. Everything you need to complete the craft is free; you just pay $3.95 for shipping.

This is only being offered for a limited time, so go get yours! And when you’re done creating your lantern and want to get out and explore again, you know where to come for ideas. :)

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