Greetings from Vacationland! We may not be in DC right now, but I’ve still got you covered on family fun there for the next few days. Happy Weekend! (And p.s. – KidFriendly DC is realllly close to hitting 2,000 “likes” on Facebook, so if you don’t already follow, help me reach it! You’ll also get extra updates about local happenings, deals, and more there.)
Where: Arlington, Montgomery, Prince William, and Howard Counties
When: All weekend
Admission: Varies by fair
Carnival rides and games, farm animals, live entertainment, pony rides, the junk food gamut, pig races. Yes, it’s county fair season, and you have your pick of four going on right now. This post from a couple of days ago has the scoop on all of the county fun.
Where: Shenandoah River Andy Guest State Park
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Celebrate the Shenandoah at Riverfest, a family event designed to connect the community with the river. The festival will feature canoe rides along the South Fork off the Shenandoah River; live bluegrass music; fly fishing demos; environmental and wild animals displays; and more. View the day’s schedule here – the public is invited to enjoy it all for free!
Super Science Saturday: Helicopters
Where: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15
The Dulles arm of the Air & Space Museum hosts its own special program on the second Saturday of every month, and this weekend it’ll be all about helicopters. Visitors can enjoy hands-on demos and activities related to the subject. And the permanent exhibits – a hangar full of amazing air and space craft – are worth a trip out there themselves.
Where: Local theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
See a Tiny Tots shows for little ones or “Snow White and the 7 Dwarves” at The Puppet Co. and look for a discount on tickets here. “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” is on the Imagination Stage. Adventure Theatre presents “If You Give a Moose a Muffin.” And Justin Roberts is performing at Wolf Trap’s Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods on Saturday.
Where: Waterfront Park in Alexandria
When: Saturday, 11am – 7pm
Head to Old Town for a day of fun and music, featuring Pat Garvey, Brook Yoder, Pat Carroll, the City of Alexandria Pipes & Drums, the Washington Scottish Pipes & Drums, and the Northern Virginia Firefighters Emerald Society Pipes & Drums. There will also be performances by the Boyle School of Irish Dance, the Culkin School of Irish Dance, the O’Neill-James School of Irish Dance, and the Celtic Rhythm School of Irish Dance. Great vendors will have a variety of Irish items, arts & crafts, and traditional festival foods.
East Coast Dance Concert
Where: Carter Barron Amphitheater
When: Saturday, 7:30pm (doors open 6:30pm)
The biggest free hip-hop and urban dance concert on the east coast is happening this weekend Rock Creek Park’s entertainment venue. The event will be hosted by Culture Shock Inc., a professional dance company that serves as a nonprofit youth outreach organization, and will feature their own professional and youth teams as well as dance groups from all over the world.
National Bowling Day
Where: Alleys around the area
It seems there is a “national day” for just about everything these days, and this Saturday it’s for bowling. Hit a local lane and go for the strike… or just have fun knocking down some pins. Everyone in America can bowl free at participating centers – go here to find one near you.
Where: Freer-Sackler Gallery
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 5:30pm
Celebrate the art and culture of the Indian subcontinent with a free all-day family event. Watch classical kathak dancing, listen to traditional Indian flute music, and make a rakhi bracelet. Watch artists create Indian rangoli (rice powder) paintings, and join exhibition tours of Worlds within Worlds: Imperial Paintings from India and Iran.
All Kids Can CREATE
Where: MLK Jr. Memorial Library
When: All weekend
A new art exhibit is now on display at the MLK Jr. Memorial Library. And this is no ordinary exhibit – it’s an incredible show of artwork by youth aged 5-15, with and without disabilities, from across the nation, who were motivated by the theme “What Inspires Me.” Over 100 artworks were selected from children of all abilities – including some with autism, cerebral palsy, bipolar disorder, and other challenges – to represent each U.S. state. The exhibit will be on display at the library through August 26. The MLK Jr. Memorial Library is located at
Facing History: Be the Artist
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 2-4pm
Children ages 5 and up are invited to explore portraiture in depth as they take a brief guided tour of an exhibition, this week focusing on the work of Georgia O’Keefe; listen to a children’s story or short gallery talk; and create a piece of art using some of the same materials or concepts. The event is free, but space is limited, so registration is required.
Where: College Park Aviation Museum
When: Sunday, 1-3pm
Admission: $4/adult, $3/seniors, $2/child, free for 2 and under
Celebrate the anniversary of the first Airmail flight out of the College Park Airport by creating your own stamp and airmail bag at the nearby museum. While you’re there, view the old airplanes and other relics of flight on display, and enjoy the many interactive exhibits and hands-on activities for kids.
Portrait Story Days
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Sunday, 2-5pm
Drop in at the National Portrait Gallery to listen to a story about a person who has influenced American history and culture and to create a special piece of art. This weekend, learn about sculptor Patience L. Wright.
Supra Cool Art
Where: Hirshhorn Museum
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5:30pm
This weekend is your last chance to experience, Suprasensorial, the Hirshhorn’s unique, interactive exhibit that experiments with light and space. The walk through doesn’t take very long, so plan on another activity while you’re on the Mall.
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