The Weekend Round-Up: August 14-16

Play in the trees at the Adventure Park at Sandy Spring

Play in the trees at the Adventure Park at Sandy Spring

Looking for a unique pursuit with the kids? There are lots of special events and activities going, and this round-up has all the deets. And if you’re seeking an adventure that’s tried and true, you can find plenty of ideas for that, too. Happy Weekend!

All’s Fair
Where: Montgomery, Prince William, & Howard Counties
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

County fair season continues as Montgomery and Prince William kick off their annual fests that are chock full of amusement for everyone. Carnival rides and games, farm animals, live entertainment, pony rides, the junk food gamut, pig races, and so much more. You can also find it in Howard County, where the fair is on for its final weekend. This post has the scoop on all of the county fun.

Outdoor Kids Corner
Where: Union Market
When: Friday, 5:30pm
Admission: $25

Start the weekend with something creative and sweet! Cookbook author and illustrator Marcella Kriebel is hosting a workshop for kids ages 6-12 to indulge in a classic soda float while making some art celebrating the drink. All materials and supplies are included – for both the art and the treat. And kids will return home with a great new piece for the kitchen fridge.

Superhero Science Saturday
Where: U.S. Navy Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Do you have what it takes to be a science superhero? Find out at the U.S. Navy Museum on Saturday, where they’re hosting a special event for to test your superhero potential. Try on body armor, and you’re your invisibility skills with ghillie suits. Design your own LASER maze. Build a car that moves faster than a speeding train. There’s even more, not to mention the museum itself is packed with fascinating exhibits – you can read more about it in this KFDC post.

Mobilize on H Street
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Join the Atlas in bringing balance, beauty, and connection to the H Street community at a mobile making workshop. Help create an installation of over 50 mobiles — you can design, paint, and balance pieces for the project with kinetic artist and performer Kevin Reese. The final work will be unveiled at the H Street Festival on September 19. Register for a 90-minute workshop here.

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

The summer break from school may be starting to wind down, but the summer fun around the area continues. Catch a concert outdoors to start the weekend on a musical note — Jazz in the Garden on the National Mall and Rockin’ on the Riverfront at Yards Park are local faves. Keep the seasonal pursuits going with a variety of options: Head to a farm for peach picking. Go for for a swim, either at an outdoor pool or The BEACH at the Building Museum. Take advantage of free admission for kids at the Newseum. Feast on crabs by the water. This post has all the details you need on all these summer joys.

Zip through the Trees
Where: Adventure Park at Sandy Spring
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by age

Hang out in the trees at the Adventure Park at Sandy Spring. Kids as young as 5 years old can experience fun and adventure on the ropes courses and ziplines in the park’s aerial forest, the largest in North America. Children ages 5-6 and an accompanying adult have access to two of the easier courses. Older kids can do even more. It may seem like a pricey venture, but it’s so worth it. Trust me.

Colonial Tobacco Harvest
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: $3/adult, $2/child, free for 2 and under

Harvest time is here! Tobacco was a precious crop for Colonial Virginians, used to purchase goods not produced on the Farm. Help the Claude Moore Colonial Farm family gather their ripened tobacco plants, clean the leaves, and hang them inside the barn to cure. It’s an event that’s educational and fun for all ages!

Gamer Family Festival
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum
When: Saturday, August 15, 11:30 am
Admission: Free

Imagine a whole day inspired by the video games in the American Art Museum’s collection. Play the game Flower, create pixel art and other crafts, catch up with museum partners at MAGFest, and enjoy live music and performances. All of this will take place in the lovely Kogod Courtyard.

Clear the Shelters
Where: Washington Humane Society Adoption Centers
When: Saturday, 12-7pm
Admission: Free, and adoption fees waived

Is your family looking for a new furry member? The Washington Humane Society, along with several other shelters in the region, is taking part in NBC’s nationwide push to find homes for pets in need. Made possible by the ASPCA, pet adoptions centers across the are waiving adoption fees for one day to encourage potential pet owners to help #ClearTheShelters. The Washington Humane Society New York Avenue and Georgia Avenue Adoption Centers are among the participating shelters.

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

* Watch a Dickens classic come to life at Round House Theatre, where OLIVER! is on stage for its final weekend
* 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, and it was spectacular!
* See a show on strings at The Puppet Co. where Dinosaur Desperados is the new main stage production
* And Magic Toyshop is the featured Tiny Tots shows at the puppet theatre

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

See movie shorts for little ones at the NGA this weekend. Laugh out loud as William Wegman’s famed Weimaraner dogs use everything from apples to zucchini to teach kids their letters in Alphabet Soup. The program also includes animated shorts featuring pups facing everyday challenges with comic results. After the films,pick up an activity sheet to explore paintings in the Gallery’s collection that include canines.

(Geo)Cache in on Fun
Where: Around the Area
When: Anytime
Admission: Free

In honor of International Geocahcing Day, take the kids on a treasure hunt and have a little adventure along the way. Geocaching is a perfect way to be active and enjoy a day outdoors. Whether you search in the city or seek out a destination that requires a hike in the woods, locating the hidden cache will be a thrill for everyone. See this post about our first foray into the pursuit.

Dear Evan Hansen
Where: Arena Stage
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Tickets prices vary (details below)

Whether a family outing with older kids (not recommended for all ages) or a grown-up night out, I highly recommend seeing this show. The world premiere musical is incredibly moving, brilliantly performed, and full of songs and a story that will stick with you for a while. Tickets start at $55, and for families with kids/teens interested in a theatre outing, Arena offers pay-your-age tickets (for patrons 30 and under) and the Family Fun Pack (four seats for $125). More details about both programs are available here. Bring tissues.

Goats in the Graveyard
Where: Congressional Cemetery
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

The herd of 30 goats is still hanging out at Congressional Cemetery to help with grounds maintenance. They’ll be there through August 20 eating vines, poison ivy, ground cover, and even fallen debris, while also “depositing” fertilizer. But the goats aren’t the only reason to go; Congressional Cemetery is a beautiful and historic spot in the District, the final resting place of many famous folks, including J. Edgar Hoover, John Philip Sousa, and Choctaw Chief Push-ma-ta-ha. Open dawn to dusk.

And Speaking of Cemeteries…
Where: Arlington National Cemetery
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

There may not be goats, but a tour of Arlington National Cemetery is DC area must-do. The grounds are lovely and peaceful to stroll, and there’s a lot of interesting history to be gleaned and fascinating sights to behold, the Changing of the Guard topping the list. This KFDC post has details and photos of a visit there.

Ice Screeeam!
Where: Various DC locations
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free

Who wants free ice cream? (Me!) Good Humor is on a mission to bring joy to the mundane moments of everyday life and transform DC into a capital of Joy, one neighborhood at a time. Hence, the Good Humor “Welcome to Joyhood” tour is here to give out FREE Good Humor treats. You can track their whereabouts on Twitter, but I got the scoop (pun intended) that they’ll be at the National Zoo & Lafayette Square on Friday, in Georgetown on Saturday, and Penn Quarter & Dupont Circle on Sunday.

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