The Weekend Round-Up: May 14-15

The sun'll come out... this weekend (fingers crossed)!

The sun’ll come out… this weekend (fingers crossed)!

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Sports, art, culture, nature, and entertainment are just some of what you can explore and enjoy with the kids over the next few days. Even better, some of them may actually take place in the sunshine. Happy Weekend!

May the Force be with United
Where: RFK Stadium
When: Friday, 7pm (gates open at 6pm)
Admission: Ticket prices vary

It’s Star Wars Night at the DC United match against the New York Red Bulls. Along with the soccer action on the pitch, there will be lightsabre battles, appearances by your favorite characters, and more fun Sta Wars-inspired fun. Before you go, be sure to check out the preview video to set the scene for the game.

Shortcut to Europe
Where: EU Embassies
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Avoid the hefty airfare and jet lag and explore the Continent from this side of the pond. Passport DC invites you to join European Union embassies and the EU Delegation for a day of international food, dancing, kids entertainment, exhibitions, vacation planning, and more. Get a rare behind-the-scenes look at the embassies, some of which are among Washington’s historic and architectural treasures. Admission is free, but bring identification, as some embassies will conduct security checks. Get an idea of what to expect in this post about one of our experiences at an Around the World Embassy Tour.

Spring Farm Day
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: $7/advance, $8/at door

Have a super fun day getting the farm experience at Frying Pan Farm Park’s annual spring fest — milk a cow or goat, visit baby animals, see farm equipment demos, and watch some sheep lose their wool. Along with the farm-y stuff, there will be carousel and wagon rides, plus crafts, games, and fair food for all to enjoy.

Go Fish!
Where: Fletcher’s Cove
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Get the kids hooked on nature at this fishing event. All ages are invited to an action-packed day of fishing instruction and fun at the Department of Energy and Environment’s 9th Annual Family & Youth Casting Call. Training and gear will be provided for participants to catch a fish. Activities aren’t limited to casting a line — guests can learn to tie knots, do some fish art, enjoy games, and learn about the Potomac watershed and the wildlife that is such an exciting part of it.

Renwick in Bloom Family Day
Where: Renwick Gallery
When: Saturday, May 14 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Most of WONDER may be gone, but now spring is in bloom at the Renwick Gallery! Make your own bookmark with pressed flowers, create a bug with paper plates, or transform a paper bag into a tree. The RockCandy cloggers will bring spring to life with lively dancing, and Smithsonian Gardens will bring the blooms indoors with live plants and gardening ideas.

Taste of Arlington
Where: Wilson Blvd. from Glebe Rd. to N. Quincy St.
When: Sunday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free, but pay for tasting tickets

The 29th annual Taste of Arlington transforms Wilson Boulevard and neighboring streets into a family-friendly street festival with dining, music, and entertainment for all ages. This annual event features the cuisine of more than 50 Arlington restaurants, two concert stages with live music, an expanded Beer and Wine Garden with Deschutes Brewery’s Street Pub, a 5k race benefiting Girls on the Run, BarkPark, and a KidZone with a rock climbing wall and carnival games.

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

It’s a weekend at home for the Nats as they host Miami. There’s a game tonight, a doubleheader on Saturday, and one Sunday afternoon. Check for special promos here. And before you go, get some KFDC tips on doing Nats game without breaking the bank.

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

* Follow the yellow brick road to the National Theatre where The Wizard of Oz is running through the weekend
* Watch ArtsPowers’ new colorful musical Chicken Dance at Alden Theatre
* See The Emperor’s Nightingale at Adventure Theatre
* Encore Stage & Studio presents Shakespeare’s Tweflth Knight by kids for kids
* Looking for Roberto Clemente is on the Imagination Stage
* See a fairy tale on strings as Sleeping Beauty is performed at The Puppet Co.
* And Animal Crackers is the featured Tiny Tots show

Strawberry Fields
Where: Area farms
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by location

The PYO season has begun! A few local farms have opened their strawberry patches to the public, so you can get out there and reap the fruits. See this post for details on area farms where you can gather your own strawberries, several offering much more than just picking.

Children’s Walking Tour
Where: Around Penn Quarter
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: $5

Kids ages 8-12 can get a new perspective of the city on this walking tour that take a hands-on approach to learning about architecture in the vibrant Penn Quarter neighborhood. Architect Mary Kay Lanzillotta will lead the group along the streets, and participants will learn new terms like keystone, cornice, pilaster, pediment, portico, and many morel features that make up buildings. The tour will start and end at District Architecture Center where the kids can incorporate the architectural details they learned into their own cardboard buildings after the tour. Parents are invited to join the tour and participate in the building process. Sign up here.

Where: Saint Luke Serbian Orthodox Church of Potomac
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free

Celebrate Serbian culture an enjoy family activities at this three-day festival. There‘s something for everyone, including traditional Serbian cuisine, beverages, dance and music performances, gifts and boutique items, and lots of family-friendly activities.  Saint Luke’s is located at 10660 River Road in Potomac, MD.

Tennis Camp Open House
Where: Trinity Washington University
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

RDUTennis is offering an opportunity to have fun, grab some tips, meet the staff, and learn about their camps in DC this summer. Brian Rosenthal and staff will be on court & soccer fields for two hours to provide instruction and answer all questions — drop in for two hours or just a few minutes. Participants are expected to bring their own racquet, but RDUTennis will have all the balls ready. Just RSVP to with the name of your child, age, and when you plan to arrive.

Kids Saturday Crafting
Where: A.C. Moore
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

Get crafty with leading arts and crafts retailer, A.C. Moore! Children are invited to join the store’s Craftologists for Kids 2nd Saturday, a free monthly event where guests work on a new arts & crafts project each session – this time they’ll color an owl drawstring backpack to bring home. All supplies are provided.

Spring Fest
Where: Cathedral Commons
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

Cathedral Commons, the new mixed-use development on Wisconsin Avenue, will be in full bloom on Saturday for Spring Fest. Curated by Art Soiree, the event will combine art, music, family-friendly fun, and food throughout the day. Stroll the streets and catch to live musical performances, peruse local art vendors, taste delicious food and beverage offerings from neighborhood restaurants, and have a chance to win prizes and giveaways from area retailers. Festivities take place rain or shine.

O Roy G. Biv Writing Workshop
Where: 826 DC
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

What’s in an ode? In this workshop hosted by 826DC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting kids with their creative and expository writing skills, young writers ages 6-12 will not only go over all the goods and gold living in one of poetry’s greatest forms of flattery but they will focus their writing on an easy to adore object: colors. This workshop is highly recommended for those who have a favorite color above all else.

Inova Celebration
Where: Inova Loudoun Hospital
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Inova Loudoun Hospital will celebrate 10 years of treating pediatric patients in the county’s only Children’s ER, and the public is invited to this FREE fun, family celebration. Guests can enjoy a variety of activities including a petting zoo, glitter tattoo artists, moon bounce, and educational stations. Children are invited to bring their favorite teddy bear or stuffed toy to the teddy bear clinic in the Mobile Health Services bus. In addition, there will be tours of the Children’s ER, ambulance and helicopter, and Loudoun County Fire & Rescue emergency vehicles. Yummy birthday treats and giveaways will be available throughout the event. RSVP here or call 1.855.My.Inova to enter a drawing for four great seats and parking at a Nats game ($1,000 value).

CityJews PopUp: Havdahlah
Where: Stead Park
When: Saturday, 5:30-7:30pm
Admission: Free

Havdalah is a fun, family experience for the senses. Bring a picnic dinner (vegetarian or dairy) and blanket and enjoy play time, a Shabbat-friendly craft, story time, desserts, and the Havdalah ceremony that marks the symbolic end of Shabbat and ushers in the new week. The ritual involves lighting a special Havdalah candle with several wicks, blessing a cup of wine or grape juice, and smelling sweet spices.

 RSVPs requested so there are enough desserts and drinks for all!

Beyblade Tourney
Where: MLK Park in Silver Spring
When: Saturday
Admission: $5 to participate

Calling all Bladers! The Beyblade Tourney is returning. It will take place beside the pavilion just above the basketball courts. For more details on tourney times and more, see the website.

Frozen on the Potomac
Where: National Harbor
When: Sunday, 8:30pm-ish
Admission: Free

The National Harbor kicked off Movies on the Potomac, its summer (and spring) outdoor film series last Sunday, showing free family-friendly flicks under the stars by the river. This week, you can wind down the weekend with a screening of Frozen. Get there early and grab some dinner at one of the many eateries there. For more about things to do at National Harbor, see this post.

Sun Day
Where: Around the area
When: Sunday (& Saturday if you wanna get wet)
Admission: Varies by activity

Put away the building materials and stop gathering animals in pairs, because it looks like we’re finally going to emerge from this patch of wet weather. So, if you see a big, bright, yellow spot in the sky on Sunday, rejoice by getting out and taking advantage of what, hopefully, will be a nice, sunny day. Find a boatload of great ideas to enjoy time outdoors here.

Plan Ahead for Adventure
Where: Solomons, MD
When: Future Weekends
Admission: Prices vary by package

Some outings take advanced planning, especially ones that are particularly cool. Ruddy Duck Adventures offers all-inclusive day trips around the Solomons, MD, area. They devise itineraries that include fun activities and great dining, plus all the instruction and gear needed; all guests have to do is drive. Opt for a fossil and shark teeth hunt, a paddling excursion, or wine and art adventure — and you can make it a family outing or a day date sans kids. This recent post has all the details you need to start planning.


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2 Responses to The Weekend Round-Up: May 14-15

  1. ana

    This is a beautiful event with lots of good food:

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