Adventure in the Treetops at Nat Geo
Where: National Geographic Museum
When: Saturday, 1pm
Admission: $16/adults, $12/ages 12 and under; add $4 for exhibit admission, too
At this Nat Geo Family Event, join photographers and scientists Tim Laman and Ed Scholes, authors of the new book Birds of Paradise Revealed, on a virtual adventure through the canopies of the rainforest. Find out what it’s like to go on a jungle exhibition as the explorers regale the audience with tales of their explorations and footage of their experiences. Certifikid currently has a deal for the event — get it here.
Recreation on Ice
Where: Local ice rinks
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
Glide in the fresh air at an outdoor ice skating rink or practice your spins and axels at an indoor venue. ‘Tis the season that outdoor rinks are opening and welcoming skaters, and it looks like this weekend is going to be a perfect time to go. This post has all you need to know to get started.
Hello Kitty For President
Where: LivingSocial’s 918 F Street NW
When: Through November 6, 10am-8pm (closes at 5pm Saturday)
Join the Friendship Party and vote Hello Kitty for President! Hello Kitty has set up Campaign HQ at LivingSocial’s 918 F Street space for fun giveaways, art, curated activities, collectible merchandise, Sephora makeovers, games, and more! You can also meet Presidential Hello Kitty and her running mate, Tuxedo Sam.
Kids Election Day
Where: Madame Tussauds
When: Saturday, 7-10am
Admission: $10/adults, free for ages 12 and under
If your kids are early risers, this sounds like a fun, educational, and timely way to start the weekend. Madame Tussauds is hosting its first ever Kid’s Election Day. The event will give children the chance to let their voices be heard and learn about the election process in a fun and entertaining environment. Guests will view the Presidents Gallery—home to wax figures of all 44 U.S. Presidents—and register to vote at mock Virginia, Maryland, and DC tables. From there, they’ll step into an authentic voting station to decide whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney should be the next All kids will receive an “I Voted” sticker to wear proudly and will also have a chance to view and purchase their own voter registration photo. The Be With Me Playseum will provide interactive demos and activities for all ages, and The Presidents Gallery by Madame Tussauds will also have face painting, a stilt walker, balloon animals and other presidential themed activities for kids to enjoy.
Send Morale by Mail
Where: National Postal Museum
When: Through November 11
Throughout American history, our nation’s armed forces have relied on mail to boost morale and bring memories of home, especially during wartime. The military and postal service has combined forces to deliver mail under challenging circumstances. In consort with the National Postal Museum’s permanent exhibit Mail Call, the museum will provide an opportunity for visitors to send their own letters of support to members of the armed forces currently serving. Stop by the museum any day between now and Veteran’s Day to sign a postcard (or design your own) for the troops. Messages will be gathered and sent to Operation Gratitude, where they will be enclosed with a care package sent in time to reach its recipient by the winter holidays.
Where: Jammin’ Java
When: Saturday, 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm
Kids’ fave SteveSongs is returning to Jammin’ Java on Saturday for three band shows. Known and loved by millions of PBS KIDS viewers throughout the country as “Mr. Steve,” the co-host of the PBS KIDS preschool destination, will bring his signature brand of seriously good (and seriously fun) music to DC area audiences. His three rockin’ shows will preview the upcoming release of Steve’s new album, Orangutan Van, with SteveSongs and his band taking kids on a remarkable musical journey. Orangutan Van will be available for the very first time at these shows. Steve calls it, “super special advance availability for super special fans!”
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday, 10:30am & 12:30pm & Sunday, 11:30am & 2pm
Take young art buffs to see Framed!, a new one-act play for young audiences as it premieres at the National Gallery of Art in honor of the current exhibition Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective. With live jazz music, this dynamic show will delight both children and adults. The play introduces viewers to the ideas behind pop art through an engaging story of two fictional characters, “Pop” and “Art,” who pop out from Lichtenstein’s paintings and embark on a search for identity and meaning, guided by a mysterious saxophone player who speaks only through jazz music. The show will be performed in the East building auditorium; seating is on a first come-first-served basis. Afterward, check out the Lichtenstein exhibit, also in the East Building.
JCC Book Festival
Where: JCC of Greater Washington
When: Sunday, 9am – 10pm
Admission: Varies by event
The 43rd Annual Book Festival presents an exciting line-up of best-selling authors and up & coming writers new to the literary scene. The nine-day Festival is packed with engaging author events, children’s programs, book signings and a bookstore brimming with Jewish must-reads.
Pumpkin Chunkin’ at Great Country
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $10/adult, $8/child, free for 2 and under
Bring those old pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns for Pumpkin Chunkin’ on the farm! Smash-your-own at The Silo Drop and the Zip Wire Sploosh. Or watch while the Pumpkin Drop Zone creates an upside down “fireworks display” as the pumpkins are dropped from a 40ft lift over the parking lot. The farms’ four legged residents greatly enjoy pumpkin chunks and guests’ leashed dogs are welcome. Kids have the run of the five acre farm style play zone, Giant Jumping Pillow, and Corn Maze. The Farm Market, with special deals on local artisan gifts and homemade jams, honey & jellies, will be open and also carries a select assortment of locally produced meat, dairy, and baked goods (free range turkeys for Thanksgiving available for order through Friday November 9). And the Farm’s Roosteraunt will be open for lunch featuring BBQ, soups, chili, hot dogs, hamburgers, fresh Kettle Korn and more. We chunked our pumpkins at this event last year and had a blast!
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
Catch a performance of Encore Stage & Studio’s production of The Hobbit. See puppet shows from GoodLife Theatre at this week’s Saturday Morning at the National. Imagination Stage presents Mouse on the Move for little ones. Beauty and the Beast is still on The Puppet Co. stage. And the Kids Euro Festival is still offering all kinds of free performances all around the area.
DC United Play Offs
Where: RFK Stadium
When: Saturday, 8pm
Admission: Tickets start at $30
We have another home team to root for post season as the DC United takes on the New York Red Bulls this Saturday. This is Leg 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal. You can buy single tickets or go for the Play-Offs 2-Pack, tickets to the match on Saturday, plus you lock-in your seat for the next possible future home playoff match and get a special discounted rate on your tickets
Welcome Back, Wizards
Where: Verizon Center
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $10
The Wizards are playing their first home game of the season against the Boston Celtics. See your favorite returning players and new players like rookie Bradley Beal as they defend their home court. Doors will open at 5:30pm.
1819: A Nation Emerges Family Day
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Enjoy a fun-filled day of learning for all ages that includes music, hands-on activities, and gallery talks in conjunction with the Portrait Gallery’s War of 1812 exhibition.
Model Rocket Launch
Where: Goddard Space Flight Center
When: Sunday, 1-2pm
Join the monthly model rocket launch at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Anyone is welcome, and if you’ve got a model rocket to fly, bring it along (thought there are some restrictions – see them here). The program takes place the first Sunday of every month at 1pm.