The Weekend Round-Up: July 10-12

Stop and see the flowers at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Stop and see the flowers at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens



Weather might be a factor in your weekend plans, but luckily you’ve got lots of options for fun with the kids no matter what the conditions outside. From cultural celebrations to a performing arts fest, a spectacular floral showcase outdoors to a swim in the ocean inside, summer staples to special sports events, these recs have you covered — rain or shine. Happy Weekend!

Lotus & Water Lily Festival
Where: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

The lotus and water lilies in full bloom at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens are such a ravishing sight it calls for a celebration, and the public is invited to join in. And while the striking flora is the highlight of the event, the 2015 Lotus & Water Lily Festival will also feature activities for all ages — traditional Asian and African dancing and drumming, gardening workshops, park tours, arts & crafts, face painting, and other family-friendly pursuits. If you haven’t visited the Gardens yet, this is the best time to do so; the blossoming flowers are absolutely spectacular.

On the Fringe
Where: Various venues
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by performance

The Capital Fringe Festival begins this weekend, and the lineup of shows includes a bunch that kids can enjoy. Watch three brave veggies journey across the kitchen to save their friend from the scary fruit bowl in War and Peas. See Alice, a vibrant, steampunk reworking of a much-loved classic that puts us in the main character’s head as she enters Wonderland. Follow The Little Crane on the Long Journey for a piece about the Japanese Americans during WWII. Enjoy a new version of a Shakespeare classic with Twelfth Night: A Musical Remix. Those are just a few with the all-ages tag; more show details and ticket sales are on the Capital Fringe Festival website.

Summer in the City
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Enjoy activities that make this time of year so much fun. Start the weekend off on Friday with a free outdoor concert, then continue the fun on Saturday and Sunday with water play at a pool or spray park. Cool off indoors at special summer museum programs like free admission to the Newseum or The BEACH. Complete it all with a family movie under the stars at National Harbor on Sunday night. Get details about all of these summer diversions and even more here.

BEACH Weather
Where: National Building Museum
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $5-$16 (see below for details)

Rain or shine, you can hit The BEACH, the Building Museum’s big summer installation that is a blast for all ages. The architectural simulation of a beach, there is a beach chair lined seashore that slopes gently into the ocean, and the “water” consists of nearly one million recyclable translucent plastic balls. It’s pretty cool just to view — but even better to experience. Admission is $5/youth member, $10/adult member and $13/youth non-member, $16/adult non-member

Friday Night Fishing
Where: Diamond Teague Park
When: Friday, 5-8pm
Admission: Free

Join Anacostia Riverkeeper at the dock at Diamond Teague Park for catch and release fishing – a wonderful parent/child experience with the Anacostia River. This evening is the first in the series that will take place every Friday through September 4. Diamond Teague Park is located at 100 Potomac Avenue SE, between Nationals Park and Yards Park.

Ball Up
Where: Largo High School
When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

(W)hoop it up at the Ball Up Million Dollar Summer Challenge, an elite summer basketball program that hit DC this season. The championship is this weekend, with playoff games on Friday evening (6:30pm) and SAturday afternoon (3pm) leading up to the grand finale plus slam dunk and 3-point contest on Sunday (3pm). The crowned champs will be taking home a $50,000 cash prize and a chance to play for another $500,000 in the national championships to prove that DC has the best streetball talent in the nation. Largo High School is located at 505 Largo Road in Upper Marlboro, MD.

Sports Family Festival
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Head to the Kogod Courtyard to meet players from some of DC’s pro sports teams and the Washington National’s Racing Presidents! This fun and sports-oriented afternoon will be full of crafts, scavenger hunts, and activities for all ages.

Battle of the Beltway
Where: Camden Yards
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Catch an away game close to home as the Nats play the Orioles in Baltimore this weekend. There are games Friday evening (7:05pm), Saturday evening (7:35pm), and Sunday afternoon (1:35pm). Plan your ballpark snacks with the help of this fun recent WaPo article.

French Festival
Where: Hillwood Estate & Gardens
When: Saturday, 9:30am – 7pm
Admission: $18/adult ($12/members), $5/ages 6-18, free for 5 and under

Celebrate Bastille Day in grand French splendor! With exquisite French 18th-century interiors, collections, and gardens as a backdrop, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is a perfect place for a fête. Throughout the day, games, lively theatrics, dance, pantomime, and music bring the life of the French court to the lush gardens at Hillwood.

Maryland Polish Festival
Where: Timonium Fairgrounds
When: Saturday, 11am – 10pm & Sunday, 11am – 7pm
Admission: $8/adult, free for kids under 12

Celebrate all that is Polish! From homemade pierogies to traditional dancing and from polka music to learning the Polish National Anthem, there is something for everyone at the 41st Annual Maryland Polish Festival. Expect entertainment and live music throughout the day, authentic Polish food and drinks, storytelling, a children’s area, a trivia contest, Polish arts & crafts, and much more.

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

* Cat-ch Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude at Adventure Theatre
* Fly away to Neverland at a performance of Peter Pan in the ThreeSixty Theatre at Tysons. We caught a show last week, and it was spectacular!
* Experience Double Trouble on the Imagination Stage
* And little ones will live Aquarium, just opening at the Bethesda theater
* !Uno, Dos, Tres Con Andres! is this week’s free SAturday Morning at the National performance
* Take the fam to Shakespeare in the park as Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents The Comedy of Errors at Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park
* See a show on strings at The Puppet Co. where Snow White and the 7 Dwarves is the current main stage production
* And Clowning Around is the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theatre
* IMPOSSIBLE: A Happenstance Circus is in its final weekend at the Round House Theatre
* Mr. Jon & Friends are playing the Saturday morning show at Jammin’ Java

Picturing Paris
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday, 10:30am & Sunday, 11:30am
Admission: Free

The National Gallery’s Children’s Film Program is celebrating the City of Lights with two classic tales set in Paris: Madeline, the original animated special based on the beloved book series by Ludwig Bemelmans, and the charming live-action classic The Red Balloon. The films are being shown in honor of the exhibit Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye, on view June 28 through October 4, in the West Building Main Floor galleries. Recommended for ages 4 and up, total running time in just over an hour.

Open Studio Saturday
Where: Freer|Sackler Gallery
When: Saturday, 12pm & 2pm
Admission: Free

Discover Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre with a gallery guide or on a family-friendly tour. With inspiration from the exhibit, return to the ImaginAsia classroom to experiment with art materials, solve creative challenges, and collaborate with friends and family.

Annapolis Irish Festival
Where: Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds
When: Friday, 4-10pm & Saturday 11am – 10pm
Admission: $20/adult, free for kids 12 and under

Magical Celtic traditions and music are just part of the celebration at the 5th Annual Annapolis Irish Festival. Along with a lively lineup of Celtic music acts, there will be over 90 vendors selling everything from food to art to clothes and accessories. Little Leprechaun Land, an area especially for kids, will offer pony rides, face painting, balloon art, cultural activities, bouncy fun, music and magic shows, and Irish dancing – and it’s all part of admission.

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

How about hitting the trail? 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, and Huntley Meadows in Alexandria.

The Ins and Outs of DC
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by adventure

If you’re just looking for things to do outdoors or inside, depending on the weather or simply your preference, these posts are chock full of evergreen pursuits:
The Great Indoors
The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids


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