The Weekend Round-Up: August 21-23

Waiting for a table at Mike's Crab House isn't so bad with a view like this

Waiting for a table at Mike's Crab House isn’t so bad with a view like this



Summer break is winding down in DC, but this round-up of local fun around the area will help you and the kids make the most of these final days. Happy Weekend!

Think Outside
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Looks like it’s going to be a glorious DC weekend, so get out and take advantage of activities outside. Take a hike, hit a beach, explore a garden, visit animals, or see what else there is to do al fresco in this post with tons of ideas for outdoor fun.

Nature & Animals & Fun… Oh, My!
Where: Watkins Regional Park
When: Throughout the Weekend
Admission: Free

The recently opened Wizard of Oz themed playground is a new draw that will delight children, but there are plenty of other tried and true things to do at Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro, MD. Visit the animals at Old Maryland Farm. Go for a spin on the Chesapeake Carousel, take a ride on the Miniature Train, and play a round of Mini Golf. Drop in at the Nature Center, where feathery and reptilian residents are on view. Get details on all of it in this recent post.

Hatch Day
Where: Rock Creek Nature Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Join Rock Creek Park in celebrating Hatch Day, the 20th birthday of resident box turtle Pokey – it was two decades ago that he hatched from his egg! Pokey is a quite an unusual turtle because he loves people. Kids are invited to meet Pokey and earn a junior ranger badge as they enjoy a day of activities, including a turtle obstacle course, Ranger Reads storytime, worm hunts, and a Pokey dance competition.

Get Crabby
Where: Annapolis
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Depends on how much you order!

It’s not a true DC summer if you don’t take advantage of one of the area’s best offerings: blue crabs! Feasting on the steamed Old Bay-spiced creatures is a seasonal treat, and doing so at a waterfront crab house on the Chesapeake Bay is a bonus. Cantler’s in Annapolis is an institution, and we recently had a fantastic experience at Mike’s Crab House in Riva — the crabs were delicious, the scenery gorgeous, and there’s a great outdoor waiting area if tables aren’t immediately available. After your feast, head into downtown Annapolis for ice cream at Kilwin’s and a stroll around town — it’s going to be perfect weather for it!

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

County fair season continues in Montgomery and Prince William counties this weekend, where their annual fests 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. These are the last few days of both, so get there while you can. This post has the whole scoop on all of the county fun.

Nats vs. Brewers
Where: Nationals Park
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Nats are back at home for a weekend of baseball against the Milwaukee Brewers. Catch a game on Friday or Saturday evenings (both at 7:05pm) or Sunday afternoon (1:35pm). Stay after on Sunday for Kids Run the Bases when children ages 4-12 can loop the infield after the final out. And be sure to check out these tips on how to do a Nats game without breaking the bank!

Magical Moments from the Movies
Where: Wolf Trap
When: Friday, 7:30pm
Admission: $26-50

Kids and their parents can “Let It Go” on Friday evening as Wolf Trap presents Disney in Concert: Magical Moments from the Movies. Whether they’re pirates or princesses, children are invited to dress as their favorite Disney character to enjoy film clips and live singers performing scenes from beloved Disney classics, including Frozen, Mary Poppins, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and more. Thirty minutes prior to the performance, children are invited to participate in a parade from the Plaza and onto the Filene Center stage.

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.

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

Free concerts in the fresh air, outdoor swimming, movies under the stars, sprayground fun… Activities exclusive to this time of year can be enjoyed all weekend long. Details on all of these seasonal staples and more can be found in the guide to Summer in DC.

Arts Open House
Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Get a taste of all that BlackRock has to offer at their annual Open House. Sample art glasses, view gallery exhibits, and enjoy a family-friendly live performance by local rock group The Grandsons. Kids can join an “Around the World” themed scavenger hunt, and adults can browse a fine arts and crafts sale hosted by the Art League of Georgetown.

Anatomy of Sports
Where: National Museum of Health & Medicine
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Admission: Free

Play a sport? Learn how your body works and stay off the sidelines! Bones and muscles need to work together for optimal performance. Athletes of all ages should know how their bodies work in order to compete and stay healthy. During the event, athletes will demonstrate their sport while medical illustrators and physical therapists reveal how muscles and bones work together. Anatomy of Sports is perfect for families with children playing sports, the recreational athlete, or the practiced sports enthusiast.

Baysox Appreciates the Kids
Where: Prince George’s Stadium
When: Saturday,
Admission: $7-15

The the kids out to the minors for a fun local baseball experience. A smaller stadium means good views from just about every seat, and lower costs for almost everything means you can indulge a little more. There’s also a great play area for children, not to mention it’s Kids Appreciation Night – fireworks, a T-shirt giveaway, and a Halloween Party (kids encouraged to dress in costume), and an invasion by Minions during the game!

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

* It’s your last chance to 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 Panda-Monium is the featured Tiny Tots shows at the puppet theatre
* Ben Tufts and Friends present The Great Zucchini + Rainbow Rock + John Henry at Jammin’ Java on Saturday.

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

This weekend is your last chance to see what the raves are all about. 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.


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