The Weekend Round-Up: October 27-28

Halloween activities abound this weekend!


I can’t get John Travolta’s voice out of my head. And not the Vinnie Bobarino “Up your nose with a rubber hose” or Vincent Vega “Royal with Cheese” bit. What I’m hearing is Danny Zuko crooning the sappy Grease ballad: “Oh, Sandy… baaaaaby, sooomeday, when hi-yi-skewl is done…” I think you can probably guess why. Hurricane Sandy is hogging the headlines as she makes her way up the coast with DC seemingly as her bullseye.

Why a weather synopsis (and overshare of my knowledge about the guy who was Tony Manero) as I present this weekend’s happenings?  Because it will likely impact activities on Saturday and Sunday. The big storm isn’t expected to hit for a few days, but we’ll be experiencing its effects — rain, wind, cooler temps, and all that — in the meantime. Hence, I recommend bookmarking this post about indoor activities and making sure outdoor events are still happening if you’re a rain-or-shine adventurer. Happy Weekend!

(PS: Taking recommendations for new songs to put on repeat in my head.)

A Wicked Good Time
Where: Around the DC Metro
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale
The weekend before Halloween may as well be the actual holiday with the mass of events that celebrate it.  The annual Air and Scare at the Udvar-Hazy Center, Boo at the Zoo, Haunted Hangar at the College Park Aviation Museum, the NSO Halloween Spooktacular at the Kennedy Center,  Trick or Treat with the Boutiques in Alexandria, Crime Museum festivities for kids, Hallowmarine at the DC Aquarium, Falloween in Clarendon, and even more! This post has details on where the tricks, treats, frights, and delights are happening. Events are listed by start date, so just scroll down a bit to get to this weekend’s fun.

Decision Day 2012
Where: Newseum
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: $21.95/adults, $14.95/kids, free for 6 and under
Get in on the excitement of the this year’s elections during a day of special events and activities at the Newseum. Guetss can take part in a scavenger hunt, decorate buttons and bumper stickers, vote in a kids-only mock election, discover artifacts from past presidential campaigns, and more.

Truck Touch
Where: Suburban Nursery School
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: $5, children under 2 are free
It’s the school’s biggest, most diverse Truck Touch ever! Suburban Nursery School has assembled a ton of trucks for kids (and adults) to explore and touch. Home-baked goods, refreshments, snacks, and lunch will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit Suburban Nursery School, a 50-year-old non-profit, cooperative preschool and its creative programming for 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds. The event will be held at the school located at 7210 Hidden Creek Road in Bethesda rain or shine.

Fall Harvest Family Days
Where: Mount Vernon
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $15/adults, $7/ages 6-11, free for 5 and under

Mount Vernon welcomes the autumn season with Fall Harvest Family Days that include wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, 18th-century dancing demonstrations, a straw bale maze, apple-roasting, blacksmithing and corn husk doll demos, and early-American games and music. Guests can also get a view of the estate from the water – Potomac River sightseeing cruises are half-price during this weekend event. And on Saturday only, at 12pm and 3:30pm, the author of Mount Vernon’s newest childrens book “Mount Vernon’s Magnificent Menagerie and the Very Mysterious Guest,” will be at The Shops for a book reading and signing.

Glen Echo Fall Frolic
Where: Glen Echo Park
When: October 27, 1-4pm
Admission: Free, but small cost for some activities
It’s a safe and fun seasonal celebration with something for everyone. Explore the arts through hands-on crafts, enjoy Halloween activities, and see performances at Glen Echo’s annual event. There will be pumpkin decorating and face painting ($1 fee for pumpkin; $1-2 for face painting) and other craft activities, including decorating trick-or-treat bags to use in the Park. Don’t miss the Pumpkin Promenade, a simple maze that children may walk through to pick up special prizes.

Family Fest at Marine Corp Marathon
Where: Crystal City, 18th Street & Crystal Drive
When: Sunday, 9:30am – 2pm
Admission: Free
You don’t have to be able to run 26.2 miles to take part in Marine Corps Marathon festivities. Watch the runners while the kids have a ball at miles 22 and 23 of the course in Crystal City. Arts and crafts with the National Children’s Museum, face painting, moon bounces, balloon animals, obstacle courses, and circus fun are just some of the activities kids will enjoy. There will be plenty of free parking available in the parking garage at Crystal Drive and 23rd Street, or simply take the blue or yellow line to Crystal City. Be sure to check street closures before you go.

Kids Euro Fest  
Where: Around the DC-Metro
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free
Art and culture with European roots continue to entertain kids throughout the area, thanks to the French-American Cultural Foundation, 27 EU embassies, and more than a dozen major cultural institutions. Mimes, storytellers, 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.

Show Time
Where: Around the DC-Metro
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
Encore Stage & Studio’s production of The Hobbit opens tonight for two weekends of performances. It’s the final weekend to catch Big, the Musical at Adventure Theatre — read a KFDC review hereBeauty and the Beast  and Tiny Tots are on The Puppet Co. stage.  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance. See the The Spooky Magic of Joe Romero at the BlackRock Center for the Arts. And Alistair Moock’s Slighty Scary Spectacular will bring the Halloween spirit to Jammin’ Java on Saturday. Follow the links above for more details and ticket info.

Glow Night
Where: Great Country Farms
When: October 26-27
Admission: $10/child, $12/adult, free for ages 2 and under

Enjoy a magical evening on the farm! See a spectacular display of over 3,000 lighted jack-o-lanterns carved by local school children. The magical moment when they cut the lights (7pm) will take your breath away. Bring your carved Jack-o-lantern to enter in carving competitions — Jack-o-lanterns are judged for Best in Glow, Scariest and Funniest. Along with the light show, warm yourself by the bonfire, roast some marshmallows, and enjoy apple cider. The farm is open daily 9am – 9pm.

Fall Fun on the Farm
Where: Around the DC-Metro
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by locale
Celebrate the season at one of many area festivals on the farm. From pumpkin patches and apple picking to corn mazes and hayrides to giant slides and jumping pillows, there are activities galore to help folks relish in the fun autumn brings. This post has details on many fall festivals happening around the region.

Fall Family Day at DAR
Where: DAR Museum
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 2:30pm
Admission: Free
Fall into the spirit of the season by making a beeswax candle to light the autumn nights and other fun crafts like a Bilbo catcher, magnetic puzzle and more. Drop-ins are welcome, but advance registration is requested. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Friends Community School Fall Fair
Where: Sunday, 12-4pm
When: Friends Community School
Admission: Free
Friends Community School welcomes the public to enjoy a day of fun activities at their annual Fall Fair. There will be an obstacle course, moon bounce, books and toys for sale, face painting, a strolling circus performer, and plenty of good food prepared by local restaurants and school families.  The fair will take place rain or shine. The school is located at 5901 Westchester Park Drive in College Park, MD.

Hanna Andersson

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