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Where to Play on the Weekdays: May 8-12

Hains Point has play options for all ages

Hains Point has play options for all ages



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Monday – Hang out at Hains Point! Play, picnic, and enjoy the surrounding scenery at locale where the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers converge. Head all the way down, almost to the tip of the park, to reach the playgrounds. They’re set amid a large grassy area with picnic tables and restrooms right there, too. And the spot offers great views of the rivers and airplanes taking off and landing at DCA. Admission is free.

Tuesday – Visit the animals, roam the lovely grounds, check out exhibits of old farm machinery and local history, and enjoy activities in the Visitors Center at Oxon Hill Farm in Maryland. Hours are 8am – 4:30pm, and admission is free.

Wednesday – Explore contemporary art through stories and movement at STORYTIME+, the Hirshhorn Museum’s weekly program for little ones. This session will celebrate Mother’s Day as museum staff read Ann Herbert Scott’s On Mother’s Lap to the children, then introduce them to the sculpture Evocation of a Form: Human, Lunar, Spectral by Jean Arp. After that, they’ll create art for mom’s special day ahead.

Thursday – Shake those sillies out with the Boogie Babes as they bring kiddie entertainment to Eastern Market at 10:30am. Mr. Skip will get little ones dancing along as he strums fun tunes. Admission is $6/child, and siblings 6 months and under are free. Plan on lunch after the show — there are lots of options at the market or nearby for a tasty bite.

Friday – Wander around the Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria. Stop by the art center’s many galleries to view all kinds of works in a variety of mediums — you may even see the artists, too! Plan to grab lunch in the area at one of the many dining options nearby. Take a stroll by the waterfront for scenic views and boat watching, then head to Armory Tot Lot a few blocks away, for some playground fun.


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The Weekend Round-Up: May 5-7

How 'bout them strawberries?  (And a nod to May the 4th.)

How ’bout them strawberries? (And a nod to May the 4th.)



You’ve got your pick (literally, in some cases) of fun things to do over the next few days. Weather may horn in on your plans (check to make sure events are running if it rains), so keep the The Great Indoors list handy — and go ahead and bookmark the best outdoors spots, too, just in case. Happy Weekend!

Flower Mart
Where: National Cathedral | Woodley Park, DC
When: Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The annual festival, in its 78th year at the National Cathedral, is a wonderful way to spend a spring day . While plant sales, floral and horticultural displays, and boutique booths will likely be of more interest to grown-ups, there will also be music and entertainment, games and rides, tasty foods, the All Hallows Guild antique carousel, and other fun activities to delight kids as well. And be sure to visit the awesome Beauvoir School playground while your’re there. Admission is free, though concessions and some activities will cost a fee. Read about one of our experiences at the event.

Friday Night Drive-In
Where: Union Market | Northeast DC
When: Friday, 6-10pm
Admission: $10/car

Celebrate May the 4th a day late as the Union Market Drive-In presents Star Wars: The Force Awakens in their monthly series that runs through November. Catch the flick on the big screen from the comfort of your car in the UM parking lot. Get there as early as 6pm and have a bite to eat in the Market or bring food back to your car. The film starts at 8:15pm. Advance purchase is recommended.

Around the World Embassy Tour
Where: More than 40 Embassies | Embassy Row & Dupont Circle, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

You might get to hear live music from Albania, sample snacks from Sri Lanka, see a Bolivian dance performance, and enjoy the rich tradition of Nepalese storytelling – all in one day! Cultural Tourism DC presents its annual Around the World Embassy Tour, an open house to embassies from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania. The free event showcases art, music, traditional dress, and culinary delights from nations across the globe. It’s also your chance to check out the interiors of those mansions along Mass Ave & International Drive that you usually just admire from the street. A heads-up that there could be lines to get in some embassies, so be prepared. Admission is free, but bring identification, as some embassies might conduct security checks. Read about one of our globetrotting-in-DC experiences and get a glimpse of what to expect.

Racing Art
Where: Around the Inner Harbour | Baltimore, MD
When: Saturday, 9am – 7pm
Admission: Free

You might see giant pink poodles and other outrageous works of art “race” down Baltimore streets at the American Visionary Art Museum’s 19th annual Kinetic Sculpture Race. Kinetinauts (the pilots of the moving sculptures) will compete for the Grand East Coast National Mediocre Champion, awarded to the competitor who finishes exactly in the middle (that is the BEST). Vehicles are wacky and whimsical, straight from a lunatic genius imagination and constructed out of all kinds of materials. They may be a small one-person machine or a 50-foot feat of engineering navigated by many. This is one of those spectacles you just have to see for yourself.

Duck, Duck… Race!
Where: Yards Park | Navy Yard, DC
When: Saturday 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

See thousands of environmentally-friendly toy ducks race along the Anacostia River! The second annual DC Duck Race, a fundraiser to benefit more than 30 non-profits executing sustainable service projects in the community, will showcase the flock of sponsored rubber duckies “racing” along a contained course on the water. There will be even more at the community festival, including entertainment, food, and activities for kids.

Kids in the Castle
Where: Heurich House | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

The Heurich House Museum will open its doors for free, kid-friendly, self-guided tours. Kids in the Castle allows visitors to explore the gilded details of the Heurich family home at their own pace. Children and their parents are invited to wander through the house and complete a photo scavenger hunt to win prizes, then head to the museum garden to play games and relax. Register in advance here.

May Day Music Festival
Where: Potomac Overlook Park | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

Get outside and join Potomac Overlook Park for their wonderful springtime tradition. This annual Open House in its 32nd year is full of fun activities and exhibits for all ages, including live music performances, entertainment, community exhibits, games, and much more.

Azalea Garden Festival
Where: Landon School | Bethesda, MD
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: Free

Carnival rides, rare flowers, and boutique gifts… oh, my! The Landon School’s annual Azalea Garden Festival is a celebration of spring. Stroll through the budding beauty of the school’s azalea garden or take a spin on an amusement park attraction. Enjoy food from some of the area’s best food trucks in the area and take home gorgeous flowers to plant in your home garden. Fun for the whole family!

International Migratory Bird Day
Where: National Zoo | Woodley Park, DC
When:: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Something to tweet about: The Zoo’s annual Migratory Bird Day festival features family-friendly activities, games and demonstrations — all in the name of bird conservation. Meet Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center scientists who study birds and their environments. See raptors up close, watch bird-banding demos, and sample Smithsonian bird-friendly coffee. Bird experts will also be there to chat about the vital role birds play in the ecosystem and how to protect migratory birds at home.

Train Day Celebration
Where: National Postal Museum | Union Station area, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

The Postal Museum’s annual celebration of the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad (May 10, 1869) will offer activities for the whole gang. Experience the Railway Post Office by checking out the inside of the train car, learn how train conductors use whistle signals to communicate, and get to know some jargon used by Postal Clerks who worked on the Railway Post Offices. Check out model trains running through our museum atrium, enjoy a special Story Time, and “meet” Owney the Dog, a mascot of the Railway Post Office. Read more about the Postal Museum in this KFDC post.

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

* Head to Glen Echo Park to see Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp at Adventure Theatre
* Go wild for The Jungle Book at Imagination Stage
* See the Virginia National Ballet perform Snow White on Friday evening
* Cinderella just opened at The Puppet Co.
* And Baby Bear’s Birthday is this week’s featured Tiny Tots show there
* This weekend is the last chance to see A Raisin in the Sun at Arena Stage, an outstanding show appropriate for middle school ages and up
* Ragtime is running at Ford’s Theatre, a historic DC etertainment venue
* Make it a date night at Fun Home running at National Theatre through May 13 (look for a discount)
* Shakespeare Theatre’s Macbeth would also make for a good KidFree outing (look for a discount)
* See The Secret Garden performed by Fauquier Community Theatre

African-American Children’s Book Fair
Where: Reginald F. Lewis Museum | Baltimore, MD
When: Saturday,10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Book it to Baltimore for a fun-filled day focused on kids’ literature about African Americans and people of other ethnicities. Enjoy author readings, illustration workshops, live performances, and art activities. Munson Steed, author of Little Professor Skye, will be among the featured authors, and Callaloo Puppets and Maria Broom delight with entertainment. You can also purchase hard-to-find titles in the Book Village. Register for the event here.

Strawberry Jubilee
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Admission: $10/child, $12/adult

The largest U-pick strawberry festival takes place this weekend and next, rain or shine. Get ready for lots of fun activities for all ages, including the popular diaper derby, pie-eating contests, tart toss, strawberry princess, great food, and live music. As if that’s not enough to keep the family entertained for the day, there’s also the five-acre play area, complete with the jumping pillow, slides, rope swings, mazes, a tractor tire mountain, and animal encounters. (Whew!)

Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival
Where: Howard County Fairgrounds | West Friendship, MD
When: Saturday, 8:30am – 6pm & Sunday, 8:30am – 5pm
Admission:

The largest and longest-running showcase of domestic sheep and wool in the United States takes place annually the first weekend of May. The festival includes live music, judging and a parade of breeds, a sheep to shawl contest, wool yarn for sale, and border collie demonstrations. Food vendors sell various lamb dishes, and there are lamb cooking contests and cooking demos.

Raptor Festival
Where: Meadowside Nature Center | Rockville, MD
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

See owls, hawks, eagles, and other birds of prey up close and face to face Explore the world of these beautiful birds through all kinds of games and crafts, flight demonstrations, and presentations from local experts. Don’t forget your camera. No registration required.

Trains, Mini Golf Games, & Carousel Rides
Where: Watkins Regional Park | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission:

Watkins Regional Park is always a great destination with little ones, but it’s even better in the warm months when there’s extra fun going on. The lovely Chesapeake Carousel, miniature train, and mini golf start running again Thursday – Sunday beginning this weekend. Of course, that’s just bonus fun on top of all of the other great things to do there — read more about them in this KFDC post.

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

The PYO season is underway as several area farms have opened their strawberry patches to the public. So, 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.

Silver Spring Truck Touch
Where: Silver Spring Nursery School | Silver Spring, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: $5, free for ages 2 and under

Kids can explore all kinds of cool vehicles, including Montgomery County construction trucks, a fire engine, rescue vehicles, a school bus, a Metro bus, and more. Also enjoy live music from local favorites Mr. Gabe and RockStarts, as well as yummy food and drinks, arts & crafts, games and face painting. And returning again this year is the popular Silent Auction, where you can bid on lots of amazing items. Park at the CHI Center (10501 New Hampshire Ave. in Silver Spring), then head one block South to SSNS at 10309 New Hampshire Ave.

Batter Up!
Where: Cameron Run Regional Park | Alexandria, VA
When: Sunday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free, but batting may be a fee

Get in some batting practice and celebrate opening day of the batting cages at Cameron Run Regional Park. Giveaways, games, prizes, and food will be among the festivities. Make a longer day of it at the park and plan to spend more time enjoying the outdoors there.

Japanese Woodblock Printing
Where: Sackler Gallery & Haupt Garden | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday,12-4pm
Admission: Free

Join the Freer|Sackler Gallery for free family activities with Smithsonian Gardens for this open studio. Learn about orchids and witness firsthand the beauty of Japanese woodblock prints in Inventing Utamaro. Take a family-friendly tour (12:30pm and 2:30 pm) of the exhibition, then explore traditional tools and papers to create orchid prints in the Enid A. Haupt Garden. A teaching artist will demonstrate basic printing techniques, carving, and transferring designs to a block. Be prepared for inky hands! All ages welcome with adult companions.

Spring Fling
Where: Children’s Weekday Program | Arlington, VA 22204
When: Saturday, 9am – 12pm
Admission: Free

All are welcome to join the annual fair for fun and games in Alcova Heights! They’ll have a bounce house, a visit from an Arlington fire truck, a book walk, face painting, and tasty treats at the bake sale! Plus, a portion of the parking area will offer a community yard sale.  Children’s Weekday Program is located at 716 S. Glebe Rd. in Arlington.

KidStory Theatre Festival
Where: Glenallan Elementary School | Silver Spring, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 12pm
Admission: Free

InterAct Story Theatre is closing out Season 2 of their Family Theatre Series with a special festival of performances of stories and plays written by kids! Through out the season, we will be inviting kids from the Wheaton Family Theatre Series audiences and from schools throughout Montgomery County to submit stories and ideas for short plays. We’ll cap off our wonderful year of family arts with a few of these plays, directed and performed by InterActors!

Revolutionary War Weekend
Where: Mount Vernon Estate | Mount Vernon, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $20/adult, $9/ages 6-12, free for 5 and under

Step back in time at one of the largest Revolutionary War encampments in the area! See more than 300 Continentals, Redcoats, Hessians, cannon, and cavalry in action and meet the military re-enactors to learn more about life in the 18th-century, discuss military techniques, and watch battle re-enactments. This family-friendly event features a youth muster on the bowling green, military medicine, and artillery demos! Walk through furnished replicas of the tents Washington used to work, sleep, and dine throughout the Revolutionary War. Listen to costumed characters from the Museum of the American Revolution explain how each Washington used each space and what it was like to live in one of these tents.

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

It’s Star Wars Night at the DC United match against the Montreal Impact. Along with the soccer action on the pitch, there will be a halftime light sabre battle, appearances by your favorite characters, and more fun Star Wars-inspired fun.

Literary Hill Bookfest
Where: Eastern Market
When: Sunday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join Capitol Hill neighbors in supporting the community’s own literary festival! The annual Literary Hill BookFest attracts thousands of visitors to meet and greet local authors, buy books, and learn about book-related resources and services on the Hill. Over 30 local writers from the community will display, discuss, and sign their books. New booksellers will sell books on-site. Select authors will give brief talks or readings. And a Children’s Corner will offer story times and activities.

Model Rocket Launch
Where: Goddard Space Flight Center | Greenbelt, MD
When: Sunday, 1-2pm
Admission: Free

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 (though there are some restrictions – see them here). The program takes place the first Sunday of every month at 1pm. Read more about it in this post.

We’re All Daughters
Where: Provision No. 14 | 14th Street NW, DC
When: Sunday,/adult, $20/ages 13 and under
Admission: $60 (Use code KIDFRIENDLYDC25 for 25% off!)

Girls Health Ed is hosting a benefit brunch titled “We’re All Daughters” in honor of Mother’s Day and to support the organization in their mission to provide free health education to girls and young women nationally and internationally. Open to the entire family, tickets will include a buffet brunch and one mimosa (for adults, obvi). Register in advance here.

***BONUS BITS***
* Get ideas for celebrating Mother’s Day around DC.
* Make it a family meal or go KidFree at Joselito on Capitol Hill.
* Learn about Flex Academies and their after school enrichment programs.
* The Kennedy Center recently announced their 2017-18 season, and it is stellar!
* Plan ahead to shop and support entrepreneurial kids at the Acton Children’s Business Fair next weekend!


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The Weekend Round-Up: April 28-30

Go for a spin on the beautiful Dentzel Carousel at Glen Echo Park

Go for a spin on the beautiful Dentzel Carousel at Glen Echo Park



This is always a great time of year in DC, and not only because of the warmer weather and colorful hues that come with spring. It’s also when some of the area’s best annual events occur. Say “oui” to a Georgetown outing, celebrate a grand carousel, explore your world at local university, enjoy a day of fun on a dairy farm, experience “shear” joy at one of the best parks around, spend a day with beloved train, and even more. And the compilation of the best outdoor places and the big list of indoor activities have even more ideas for mainstay fun. Happy Weekend!

Bon Jour, Georgetown!
Where: Book Hill Neighborhood | Georgetown, DC
When: Friday/Saturday, 10am – 5pm & Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

The Georgetown French Market returns to the Book Hill neighborhood bringing the signature European open air market back for its 14th year, featuring nearly 40 Georgetown boutiques, antique shops, restaurants and galleries, art, and antique home furnishings. But it’s not all about the shopping; kids will enjoy the strolling mimes, children’s activities, live music, and French cuisine from Georgetown cafes and restaurants. Visit the website to download a schedule of events and list of participating shops.

Carousel Day
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free (rides are $1.25)

The park’s annual Family Day may have a new name, but the celebration of the beautiful historic Dentzel Carousel, now open for its 97th season, is the same fantastic event. Along with rides on the merry-go-round, guests of all ages can enjoy a loads of fun activities: Music and dance performances, arts & crafts, face painting, storytelling, and balloon animals are just some of the usual favorites. See the full schedule of events here.

Go, Terps!
Where: University of Maryland
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

The annual Maryland Day celebration in College Park gets a giant thumbs-up from me, and not just because it’s my alma mater. This is a fantastic event for families, and I know from experience. Every year, the University hosts a huge open house for, well, everybody. “Explore Our World of Fearless Ideas” is the theme, and guests will be able to do that and then some. There will be over 400 activities for varying ages, including learning games; an adventure area; autograph sessions with the basketball teams; musical performances; arts & crafts; farm animal visits; puppet shows and sing-a-longs; face painting; fossil digs; insect and instrument petting zoos; and TONS more. It’s spread out all over campus — and it’s a huge campus, so prepared for lots of walking (worth every step!) and be sure to bring a stroller for little ones.

Shearing & Fiber Day
Where: Watkins Regional Park | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Join the workers at the Old Maryland Farm for the annual shearing of the sheep and llama! See firsthand how wool and hair are collected from farms and learn how it will end up in your clothing. Enjoy the wool spinning demonstration and fiber display. Hay rides are also available for $2 per rider. And while you’re there, enjoy the rest of the wonderful offerings at Watkins Regional Park!

Picnic on the Pasture
Where: South Mountain Creamery | Middletown, MD
When: Saturday, 9am – 7:30pm
Admission: $14/adult, $9/child, $40/family

Join South Mountain Creamery for breakfast and plan to stay all day to enjoy wide open country, fresh air, green grass, and wholesome fun for the entire family. Free tours of the farm, petting zoo for the kids, hay rides for everyone, live music, and fun farm exhibits, like ice cream churning and bee keeping, will be going on. Visit our farmers market and meet farm and producer partners. Admission fee includes parking, family activities, and one (adult/child) meal platter good for either breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Additional food and snacks will be available for purchase.

Day Out with Thomas
Where: B&O Railroad Museum
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: $22-25

All aboard, little engineers! Thomas the Tank Engine™ will be able to talk to his fans when he returns to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore! Take a 25-minute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy a full day of live entertainment, activities, and family fun!

Book Shop Birthday Bash
Where: East City Book Shop | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 8pm
Admission: Free

Help East City Book Shop celebrate their first birthday as well as Independent Bookstore Day! A daylong lineup of activities will include two storytimes, authors as guest booksellers, an a capella performance, free food throughout the day, plus a free gift to anyone who purchases $50+ at the store (while supplies last). There will be evening fun, too! Visit the website for the day’s schedule and more details.

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

* Your wish for all-ages entertainment has been granted: Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp is at Adventure Theatre
* Enjoy Theatre for the Very Young at a performance of Paper Dreams at the Atlas
* Go wild for The Jungle Book at Imagination Stage
* It’s the last weekend to see The Three Billy Goats Gruff at The Puppet Co.
* And Baby Bear’s Birthday is this week’s featured Tiny Tots show
* A Raisin in the Sun at Arena Stage is outstanding and appropriate for middle school ages an dup
* Gala Hispanic Theatre presents Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights – En Español!
* Ragtime is running at Ford’s Theatre, a historic DC etertainment venue
* Make it a date night at Fun Home running at National Theatre through May 13 (look for a discount)
* Synetic Theatre’s Macbeth would also make for a good KidFree outing (look for a discount)

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

It’s a weekend at home for the Nats as they host the Mets. There are games Friday at 7:05pm, Saturday at 1:05pm, and on Sunday at 1:35pm. Stay after on Sunday for Kids Run the Bases, and be sure to check these KFDC tips for doing a Nats game without breaking the bank.

Root for the Baysox
Where: Prince George’s Stadium | Landover, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Nats aren’t the only baseball team in town. The Bowie Baysox, one of the local minor league teams, are hosting the Akron Rubber Ducks all weekend, and there’s extra fun and special promos to enjoy, too — post-game fireworks, Purple Rain Night, Read & hit a hoe Run Night, PJ Masks Day and more. Get details on what’s happening when here. And read more about Baysox games in this KFDC post.

Charm City Bluegrass Festival
Where: Druid Hill Park | Baltimore, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 9:30pm
Admission: $55/advance, $60/day of, free for 10 and under

Music lovers and foodies will be gathering for the fifth annual all-day celebration of bluegrass. Three stages, 14 bands, and 12 hours of family-friendly festivities, will include local food, limited release beer from Union Brewery, artists, kid’s games, crafts, spontaneous jam sessions, and more. New to the festival this year is a third stage, providing festival goers with a more comprehensive musical experience featuring traditional and progressive bluegrass, folk and Americana. Visit the website for the lineup of music and food.

Mother’s Day Fused Glass Pendants
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Solomons, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: $40/member, $45/non-member (includes parent & child)

Kids ages 10 and up with adults can learn to create a fused glass heart pendant with various bits of colorful mosaic glass. Each parent/child couple will create two hearts to exchange for Mother’s Day. Hearts will need to be fired in a kiln and will be ready for pickup by Mother’s Day. A special gift for the maternal figures in your life!

Catch the Ultimate Breeze
Where: Gallaudet University | Northeast, DC
When: Saturday, 6:30pm
Admission: $10/advance, $12.50/day of

Bring the kids out for fun, fresh air, and Pro Ultimate Frisbee! Not only will you get to see exciting Frisbee action as local team DC Breeze takes on the Ottawa Outlaws, kids can join a free youth clinic (for ages 6-17) before the game at 5pm (FYI: they offer this at every home game.) And while your kids are learning Ultimate out on the field, you can enjoy food and drink specials and listen to a live band to get ready for the game.

KidFree Theatre: Smart People
Where: Arena Stage
When: Through May 21
Admission Tickets start at $41

Oh, this is good! The newest production at Arena Stage is clever and captivating as it deals with race and what shapes our belief systems. The topic is explored through four smart, strong characters, their approaches to their professions, and interactions with each other. While it covers serious subject matter, the show is loaded with laugh-out-loud moments, bringing comic relief to tense situations. In the end, though, it leaves you thinking… and also wistful for a time when we thought, perhaps, we’d crossed some of those bridges.

Family Day: From a Moment to Infinity
Where: Hirshhorn Museum
When: Sunday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

The Hirshhorn and Smithsonian Gardens are teaming up for a day of free family friendly activities inspired by Orchids: A Moment and Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors. Visitors of all ages are invited to pot their own orchid, try their hands at botanical sketching, obliterate an orchid with dots, create their own “orchidgami,” explore an infinity play space, and more. And those who dress in the theme “A Moment to Infinity” will be entered in a costume contest to win exciting prizes!

Dog Days Bloom Fest
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $8/child, $10/adult

This adventure for dogs and their people has something for every member of the family, but canines especially will have a blast at the day’s festivities. The addition of a Frisbee Competition with the Appalachian Air Canines on Saturday brings a new level of excitement to this year’s event. Professionals will also be providing tips for working with your dog. And the rest of the farm, which is essentially a sprawling playground, is open for all to enjoy. Explore the many acres, and opt for a wagon ride to see the orchards and farm in bloom!

Fancy This
Where: Brookside Gardens
When: Through September 17, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $8/ages 13 and up, $5/3-12, free ages 0-2

Walk amid a garden of butterflies as Brookside Garden’s amazing Wings of Fancy during the first weekend of its annual run. The display featuring live butterflies and caterpillars from all over the world is sure to delight! Plan to tour the rest of Brookside’s lovely grounds while you’re there and see if there are any other special kids’ programs to enjoy. Read about one of our experiences at the exhibit and rest of Brookside.

Strawberry Fields
Where: Shlagel Farms
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

The PYO season has begun as the first farms has opened its strawberry patches to the public, so you can get out there and reap the fruits. See this post for details on Shlagel and other area farms that will open soon where you can gather your own berries, several offering much more than just picking.

Celebrate Ella
Where: Meridian Hill & Marvin Gaye Parks
When: Saturday, 6pm & Sunday, 3pm
Admission: Free

Ella Fitzgerald is turning 100, and in the spirit of celebration for her life and legacy, The DC Youth Orchestra Program (DCYOP) and The American Pops Orchestra (APO) are partnering to bring the joy and beauty of music to the DC community with performances this weekend. Open to the public, this tribute to Fitzgerald brings music to local parks in a family-friendly environment and will feature Fitzgerald favorites including  “A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” “Just One of Those Things,” and “The Lady is a Tramp” among many others in the setting of two of DC’s iconic parks. Saturday’s show will take place in Meridian Hill Park in Columbia Heights, and Sunday’s will be at Marvin Gaye Park in northeast.

27th Annual Garden Fair and Plant Sale
Where: National Arboretum
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

The Arboretum’s annual Garden Fair and Plant Sale is a weekend designed for gardeners of all levels searching for their perfect plant, herbs from the Potomac Unit of the National Herb Society, or horticulture guidance from expert horticulturists. Make it a family affair — the event also features food and drink vendors, a performance by the Washington Revels, and a strawberry potting activity for children. Festivities will take place outside the Administration Building and Visitor Center, adjacent to the National Capitol Columns, near the Azalea Collection (which is beautiful now!), and in the Grove of State Trees, so you can enjoy the beautiful grounds, too.

Mother’s Day Tea Party: A Family Clay Workshop
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Solomons, MD
When: Sunday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: $65/members, $75/non-members (includes parent & child)

Celebrate Mother’s Day by working with Mom to create an entire tea service complete with teapot, creamer, sugar bowl, and teacups. Work together to make your own whimsical set out of clay, then decorate them with colorful underglazes. Create special memories with this great workshop!

***BONUS BITS***
* Learn about Flex Academies and their after school enrichment programs.
* Want a fun & educational summer camp? Check out e² Young Engineers.
* You might find a great deal on it (and lots of other camps) on CertifiKID.
* The azaleas in bloom at the National Arboretum is a beautiful!
* The National Air & Space Museum just debuted a new Virtual Reality Motion Ride. Go for a spin in space on the VR Transporter next time you’re there!


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