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The Weekend Round-Up: October 1-2

The Kennedy Center, where you can celebrate Hispanic Heritage and join in a BIG HUG

The Kennedy Center, where you can celebrate Hispanic Heritage and join in a BIG HUG



There’s plenty of fun to soak up around the area this weekend! Celebrate Hispanic Heritage with a big hug at the Kennedy Center, get a taste of a couple local neighborhoods, see innovation in progress at a Maker Fair, hit a fall festival, explore the newly renovated East Wing of the National Gallery, play Minecraft or join a LEGO build, enjoy a variety of live entertainment. And when the sun makes an appearance again, there are lots of great ways to soak it up, too. Happy Weekend!

Family Day: Con Las Puertas Abiertas
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Kennedy Center! The entire Terrace level will be transformed into a fair with activities, performances, and games for all ages — art, coloring, face painting, instrument building, and poetry writing among them. Two interactive murals will welcome kids to create their own art. Foosball tables and soccer goals encourage some “sports” play. And music and dance performances, as well as dance lessons, can be enjoyed throughout the day. The highlight, however, is the THE BIG HUG of the Kennedy Center. All attendees can celebrate unity, friendship, and diversity by joining hands in solidarity and wrapping around the entire building. Batalá Washington will lead the crowd into “el abrazo.”

Fall For Fairfax KidsFest
Where: Fairfax County Government Center, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 7pm & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

This annual event includes exciting, interactive, and educational programs, entertainment, and activities. Especially designed for families with elementary and pre-K aged children, activities include scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, public safety and recycling-themed exhibits, pony rides, a petting zoo, hay rides, model trains, and the KidWay MidWay with more than a dozen rides, bounces, and attractions. There’s plenty for adults, too, with more than 75 exhibits, live entertainment, fun activities, and great festival food. While admission is free, some rides and concessions will require a fee.

More Fall Festing
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Seasonal festivals are in full swing at area farms, in local communities, even a 16th century village in Maryland, and they’re welcoming visitors for all kinds of fun. A fee tasty ones are listed here, and you can get details on all of them in this post about autumn celebrations.

Virginia Tech Maker Festival
Where: Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia Center
When: Saturday, August 20, 2016
Admission: Free

Virginia Tech and 4-H is hosting a full day of fun and science at its annual Maker Festival. The family-friendly event will be chock full of creativity, engineering, and resourcefulness where you can learn to make just about anything — natural dyes, play dough circuits, LED paintbrushes, t-shirts, jewelry, robots, rockets, and more. There will be concessions for sale 11:30am – 2pm. The first 150 kids who check in that day also will receive a free event T-shirt.

LEGO Master Build
Where: Pentagon City LEGO Store
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

In honor of the interactive store’s recent opening, shoppers and LEGO builders are invited to experience the LEGO Store Master Builder Weekend at Fashion Centre at Pentagon City on the Metro Level from Friday, September 30 – Sunday, October 2 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.! All weekend long, shoppers and plastic-brick engineers can look forward to open play, photo opportunities, and prize giveaways as well as an opportunity to play and create alongside LEGO Store Master Builders! As an added bonus, each child who completes a brick for the Master Build will receive a voucher to redeem at the LEGO Store and a personalized Certificate of Achievement.

Taste of Georgetown
Where: K Street NW, Wisconsin to Thomas Jefferson
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free, but pay per taste

In its 23rd year, the Taste of Georgetown will showcase the spectacular cuisine of over 30 of the neighborhood’s premier restaurants, highlighting Georgetown’s culinary personalities and featuring more than 60 delectable dishes to sample, as well as wine pairings. Bring young foodies for free activities including face painting, balloon art, and more fun for kids of all ages. Tasting tickets can be purchased online or at the event.

Taste of Bethesda
Where: Woodmont Triangle
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free, but you pay for food samples

According to some stats, Bethesda has more restaurants per capita than any other city in the U.S. Accurate or not, DC’s suburban neighbor definitely has a food scene worth celebrating. The 27th year of Bethesda’s famous food and music festival will bring 60 restaurants and five stages of entertainment to the downtown’s Woodmont Triangle. Along with delicious food samples and live entertainment, there will be a kid’s corner for face painting, arts & crafts, and more fun for young ones. Admission is free, and taste tickets are sold on-site in bundles of four tickets for $5. Food servings cost one to four tickets. Ticket sales end at 3:30pm.

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

* Find Knuffle Bunny at Adventure Theatre
* Reserve your free tickets for Andres 123, this weeks Saturday Morning at the National performance
* See (and smell?) Flowers Stink, a collaboration between the U.S. Botanic Garden and the Kennedy Center
* Watch Rapunzel let down her hair as The Puppet Co. presents the marionette version of the classic fairytale.
* Catch the Shakepeare Theatre Company’s fantastic production of Romeo & Juliet (recommended for older children or make it a date night)
* Andi Roo and the Andirooniverse is playing the Saturday morning show at Jammin’ Java
* See Tap Kids perform at Alden Theatre
* The Olney Theatre presents The Diary of Anne Frank
* The Little Foxes is coming to the Arena Stage (recommended for teens and up)
* Enjoy the body percussion, dance, spoken word, blend of The Migraton from Step Afrika

Super Gaming League: Minecraft
Where: iPic Pike & Rose
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 12pm
Admission: $20

Children can experience Minecraft in the most exciting way possible: In a movie theater! While gaming on the big screen, players will engage in a variety of games that reinforce STEM educational concepts, encourage creativity, and promote team building and sociability. Bonus: Every participant receives a free Super League T-shirt! Use code KIDFRIENDLY to get a 25% discount, and try to win a ticket through the latest KFDC giveaway.

Crafty Yogis
Where: Room & Board
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Join Room & Board 14th Street and celebrate the fall with your family at their second kids’ yoga morning. Instructor Sean Fraser returns to help budding yogis find their inner Zen while teaching children how to communicate, be healthy,Y and relieve stress. Yoga sessions are first come, first serve with a signup on-site. Mats are provided. In between yoga sessions, kids of all ages can craft and participate in hands-on activities. Enjoy sips and snacks and be inspired to create an imaginative space for children using American-made furnishings.

Rock Creek Park Day
Where: Georgetown Waterfront Park
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

To celebrate it’s 126th birthday, Rock Creek Park is throwing us (as in, the public) a party! Join the celebration and head down to the Georgetown Waterfront, where they’ll be hosting free events all day, from ranger led programs to photo-walks, all of them celebrating Rock Creek Park as well as the NPS Centennial. And it’ll all be set up right next to the Taste of Georgetown, so you can sample some tasty bites while you explore nature!

Art on the Avenue
Where: Mount Vernon Ave in Del Ray
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free

It’s a showcase of multicultural arts at Alexandria’s Del Ray community festival. Over 300 artists – jewelers, woodworkers, pottery makers, soap crafters, glass makers, painters, sculptors, fabric artists, and musicians – will have their work on display and for sale. And kids’ activities have always been a big part of the festival — scarecrow stuffing, pumpkin painting, lotus flower design, screen art weaving are just some of the crafts to enjoy. Food vendors will also be there offering hot dogs, BBQ, Indian fare, crab cakes, chocolate bananas dipped on a stick, and home made cider donuts.

Glover Park & Burleth Farmers Market
Where: Hardy Middle School
When: Saturday, 9am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Bring the whole family to your local farmers market to taste test fall favorites, like heirloom varieties of apples and all-natural goat cheeses, while listening to live music by the upbeat guitarist, Jerry Hergenreder. The market’s kid-friendly clown, Chubbzy, will be offering facepaint, balloon animals and plenty of jokes! Plus, adults can enjoy free yoga from 110-11am. Prepare for your family’s fall bike rides by getting your bikes repaired through DC Vintage Cycles. Pop ups this Saturday include home-made dog treats by Three Puppies, and Zivaara, a local artisan chocolatier! Hardy Middle School is located at 1819 35th Street NW, across from Safeway.

theatreWeek
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $15-35

The theatre world’s version of Restaurant week celebrates the fun of going to the theatre by offering patrons tickets for less. Through October 2, you can see any of the participating shows for $15-35, giving you some kind of discount on the regular price — and several of this week’s Show Time recommendations (see above) are among them!

Trike & Bike Health Fair
Where: Patuxent Community Center
When: Saturday, 11am – 1p
Admission: $25

The National Harbor Chapter of Jack & Jill of America presents this event for kids ages 2-9. Bring your bike, trike, wagon, big-wheel, or other ride-on (don’t forget your helmet) and have fun navigating an obstacle course. Zumba, a children’s book author, fire saftey demo, health & wellness activities, and a raffle will also be part of day’s fun.

PorchFest
Where: Adams Morgan
When: Saturday, 2-6pm
Admission: Free

Get the best seats in the house (or on the sidewalk) as the front porches of homes and a few local businesses are transformed into intimate performance spaces to be enjoyed by anyone who happens to stroll by. Part of Cultural Tourism DC’s Art4All festival, the Adams Morgan PorchFest creates a family-friendly, neighborhood-based alternative to the nightclub music scene. Enjoy a variety of music styles from 36 musicians and/or bands playing at a dozen homes and businesses in the area. Music maps will be available at PorchFest headquarters at 18th Street and Columbia Road NW and on the PorchFest Facebook page.

Back, East
Where: National Gallery of Art
When:Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

After being closed for long term renovations, the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art is reopening! Stop in to see the additional 12,250 square feet of new exhibition space, including two soaring tower galleries and a rooftop terrace overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue. More room to showcase the museum’s growing collection of modern and contemporary art!

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

It’s the final series of the regular season this weekend for the National League East the #1 team. Catch a them as they host the Marlins tonight (7:05pm), and tomorrow (4:05pm), and Sunday (3:05). Stay after on Sunday for Kids Run the Bases, and check these KFDC tips for doing a Nats game without breaking the bank.

Oktoberfest
Where: The Pavilion of Turkey Run
When: Saturday, 6-9pm
Admission: $35/adult, $12/ages 6-12, free for under 6

Claude Moore Colonial Farm is celebrating 43 years of operation, and the public is invited to join in the occasion! One of the only privately operated and funded National Park in the U.S., the locale providing an 18th-century experience has welcomed over two million visitors over the years. And they recently signed an agreement with the NPS to continue their work. Help them celebrate with a Bavarian Feast, live entertainment , and dancing at Turkey Run!

Cardboard Day of Play
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Gardens
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: $5/adult, $3/child

Enjoy an afternoon of imaginative play as Annmarie Scupture Garden participates in the Global Cardboard Challenge. The Main Gallery of the Arts Building will be transformed into a cardboard wonderland as families build, create, and play their way through awesome amusements, art activities, cardboard construction, creative play, and tons of tinkering. Stop by one of several art stations to create your own cardboard masterpiece. Visit Cardboard City, the Cardboard Farm, or let little engineers build and tinker in the cardboard construction zone! Go ahead of the event for even more artistic delights at Annmarie.

Takoma Park Street Festival
Where: Carroll Avenue to Carroll Street
When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The streets of Takoma Park will be filled with music, artisans, community groups, children’s activities, food vendors and a variety of green companies at the city’s 34th annual festival. Start your holiday shopping — vendors will be selling all kinds of artistic wares. Festivities for kids include crafts, face painting, inflatables, and FUN! And music lovers will enjoy three stages hosting 19 popular local bands playing everything indie folk, rock, blues, country, reggae and everything in between.

Navy Mile
Where: Navy Memorial Plaza, Pennsylvania Ave.
When: Sunday, 8am
Admission: $10-40 to run

Modeled after the famous Fifth Avenue Mile in New York City, the Navy Mile is designed for all ages and abilities, from serious mile athletes and Wounded Warriors to casual runners and even non-runners. The run is only half the fun; it will be accompanied on the Navy Memorial Plaza by an Expo featuring a full slate of activities, like a push-up challenge, Teddy from the Racing Presidents, performances by the U.S. Navy Band Cruisers and the Navy Ceremonial Guard. It’s all family-friendly and open to everyone!

Fun at Fairfax Parks
Where: Several Fairfax parks
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

The Fairfax County Park Authority hosts all kinds of events on weekends for guests of all ages. Help feed animals at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Explore the wild side of Huntley Meadows on a wagon ride. Go on a pirate treasure hunt at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Details and registration for these and more activities this weekend and beyond are available here.

Forced From Home Exhibit
Where: Washington Monument Grounds
When: Through October 9
Admission: Free

Doctors Without Borders, the International medical humanitarian organization, will launch its free, interactive exhibit on the global refugee crisis in front of the Washington Monument this week. “Forced From Home,” aims to put a face on the ongoing global refugee crisis by explaining various migration journeys, showcasing the conditions in which refugees live, and offering first-hand accounts from aid workers working in MSF migration projects around the world.

Inside (or) Out
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by adventure

If you’re looking for activities 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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Where to Play on the Weekdays: September 26-30

Get a great nature fix at Riverbend Park

Get a great nature fix at Riverbend Park



Monday – Rise + Rhyme at Busboys and Poets in Takoma or Hyattsville, MD. The weekly series welcomes children 5 and under with their caregivers to enjoy a morning of performances and stories from 9:30-11am. Admission is $5. Plan on breakfast, too — full service will be available while the little ones are grooving. (FYI: The series also takes place in Shirlington, VA, the last Tuesday of every month.)

Tuesday – Hit the trail at Riverbend Park. The Great Falls locale may not be as popular as its national park neighbor, but it’s just as fantastic a place to enjoy some time in nature — especially with kids. Trails are mellow for little hikers, the views are gorgeous, there are plenty of nice picnic spots, and admission is free. Plus, if you want to see the magnificent falls up river, they’re an easy two-mile walk in the woods away. Riverbend Park hours are 7am to dusk.

Wednesday – Check out your local library. Drop in for story time, sing-a-longs, arts & crafts, and other activities, or just go to browse for books. See this post from the very early KFDC days for a little background and quick links to libraries around the area. Hours vary by location, admission is free.

Thursday – Catch a production of Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale at Adventure Theatre. The all-ages production adapted from the classic book begins at 10:30am, and tickets are $19.50. If weather permits, stay to play at Glen Echo Park after the show and have a picnic lunch — BYO or pick up a bite at the Praline Cafe there.

Friday – Enjoy a free screening of One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure at the Einstein Planetarium in the National Air & Space Museum. Showtime is 10:30am every Friday (and Sunday, plus the first Saturday of every month). It only lasts about 20 minutes, so explore the many impressive exhibits and discover How Things Fly, a room full of hands-on activities with major kid appeal, while you’re there.


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Celebrate the Grand Opening of Bright Horizons in Reston!

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Bright Horizons recently opened a new state-of-the-art early education and preschool center in Reston, and they are hosting a Grand Opening party to celebrate the launch! On Saturday, October 1, from 10am – 1pm, community families are invited to enjoy all kinds of family fun and get a first look at the new location.

Festivities will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30am, followed by a pumpkin smash science experiment and leaf sorting activity for children. After that, there will be a musical puppet show by Carousel Puppets, then an interactive performance with Cody & BJ, plus more fun for all!

Plan to get there early — the first 12 families to arrive at the event will receive a complimentary mini photography session with professional photographer, Robert Holley! The session includes the rights to five high resolution digital files. All attendees will have a chance to meet Robert at the event!

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This new opening gives local parents an opportunity to balance their work life and family life, while providing high-quality education for their children. With capacity for 164 children, the center offers Infant, Toddler, Twos, Preschool, and Kindergarten Prep programs as well as drop-in care.

Bright Horizons at Commerce Metro Center is located at 11400 Commerce Park Drive, Suite R140 in Reston, VA. It’s open year-round year-round Monday – Friday, 6:30am to 6:30pm. To learn more about their programs and stay updated on new and events, visit their website and follow them on Facebook.


This post is sponsored by Bright Horizons, however, I only promote events, programs, and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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Where to Play on the Weekdays: September 19-23

Exploring the National Gallery of Art

Exploring the National Gallery of Art



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Monday – Discover the history of flight at the College Park Aviation Museum. It’s a perfect place for young visitors, with eye-popping displays and hands-on fun. They can view early airplanes up close, dress up like aviators, create flight-inspired art, and much more. Keep an eye on the runway right outside the floor-to-ceiling windows — you might see planes take off and land at the College Park Airport, the oldest continuously operating airport in the world! Open daily 10am – 5pm. Admission is $4/adults, $2/children, free for ages 2 and under.

Tuesday – Get another, but different museum of experience at the National Gallery of Art. Head to the West Wing as most of the East is still under renovation, but be sure to take the “sparkly walkway” in between the two — that’s often kids’ favorite part (adults love it, too). Stroll among sculptures and stop to view works by many of the masters. There’s a cafe in the museum, but I recommend heading elsewhere for better value or BYO. Museum hours are 10am – 5:30pm. Admission is free.

Wednesday – Enjoy a musical morning with Boogie Babes as they bring kiddie entertainment to The Angelika Pop-Up @ Union Market at 10:30am. Admission is $5/child, and siblings 6 months and under are free. And did you know the program is now run by the DC Diaper Bank? Proceeds from the shows support the organization’s mission to help families in need. (FYI: You can also catch Boogie Babes shows at The Atlas Performing Arts Center on Mondays and Eastern Market on Thursdays.)

Thursday – Celebrate the official start of the new season at a fall festival! The Pumpkin Village Fall Fest at Leesburg Animal Park runs daily, and weekdays are a great time to go when you won’t encounter crowds. Slides, wagon rides, moon bounces, a maze, and pedal carts are among the seasonal fun. And, of course, animals are part of the mix with pony rides and furry friends to pet and feed. It’s open 9:30am – 6pm. Admission is $12.95/adult, $9.95/ages 2-12, and free for children under 2.

Friday – Play in the sprays at Canal Park. The recreational space in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood in southeast DC has both a gentle, shallow fountain that is perfect for really little ones, plus a bigger one for more enthusiastic play where the ice rink is in the winter. Admission is free. Grab a bite to eat at Il Parco on premises or at another nearby eatery — there are options right across the street and food trucks in parked right in the area often — or pack lunch for a picnic.


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The Weekend Round-Up: September 16-18

How will you enjoy the last official weekend of summer?

How will you enjoy the last official weekend of summer?



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You can eke out the last bit of summer or start focusing on fall (or both!) with this round-up of special events and activities. Taking place indoors and out, in the heart of the city to farms miles beyond, there’s fun to indulge all interests — and seasons. Happy Weekend!

Celebrate from City Streets Country Farms
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by event

Fall may not have officially started, but seasonal festivals have begun at several area farms, on H Street (see below), and in locales that recall historic times (huzzah!). And they’re welcoming visitors for all kinds of fun. Get details on all of them in this guide to autumn celebrations around the area.

Truckaroo
Where: The Bullpen at Half Street Fairgrounds
When: Friday, 11am – 11pm
Admission: Free

Go for lunch, an after school snack, or al fresco dinner and stay awhile for entertainment and fun! Truckeroo, the food truck festival showcasing local eats on wheels, features tons of food options along with live music, games for all ages, and tasty beverages (for adults). Kids and canines are always welcome to enjoy it all, too!

Colonial Market Fair
Where: Mount Vernon
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $17/adult, $9/child, free for ages 5 and under

At George Washington’s old digs, they re-create a lively early-American marketplace with demonstrations, crafts, and entertainment for all. Artisans from across the nation show off their trades and sell their wares, while family entertainment delights audiences with 18th-century amusements. Try your hand at 18th century cricket — demonstrations and cricket games will be played throughout the weekend. General Washington will preside many festivities. And concession will be available from the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant stands. (Note: Admission prices listed above are online only; they are slightly higher there.)

The National Garden 10th Anniversary
Where: U.S. Botanic Garden
When: Saturday,
Admission: Free

Help the USBG celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their very own National Garden! Highlighting the three-acres of garden space adjacent to the Conservatory, the day-long festival showcases the amazing diversity of American plants through the Mid-Atlantic Regional Garden, Rose Garden, and Butterfly Garden with special activities and programs. Highlights will include tasty treats with native plants, rose garden tours, hands-on activities for all ages, and much more! Read a little more about the National Garden in this KFDC post.

Gimme an H!
Where: H Street NE
When: Saturday, 1-6pm
Admission: Free

The annual festival on northeast DC’s thriving corridor is always a big one. If you don’t mind crowds, there is a lot to see and do. The event features loads of live entertainment, including a kids stage; art exhibits; food trucks; crafts for sale by local vendors; fashion shows; dancin’ in the street; and kids’ activities, including face painting, story telling, and moon bounces. I recommend taking public transportation there — parking is guaranteed to be difficult.

Fiesta DC
Where: Constitution Ave. & Pennsylvania Ave. NW
When: Saturday, 1-5:30pm & Sunday, 11am – 7pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Latino culture all weekend long! on Saturday, catch the parade along Constitution Avenue from the at the 45th Annual Fiesta DC. It all starts with the Parade of Nations along Constitution Ave. NW from 7th to 14th Streets. On Sunday, head to the festival on Pennsylvania Ave. NW from 3rd to 7th Streets to enjoy live performances, children’s activities, international cuisine, vendors, and much more!

King Street Art Festival
Where: Old Town Alexandria, King & Union Streets
When: Saturday 10am – 7pm & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The King Street Art Festival returns for its 14th year with live music, special programming, and more than 200 artists’ work available for purchase at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Shop and learn about the works, try some art activities for all ages, and enjoy live entertainment, too. And the annual Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser will be back! Purchase one of 1,000+ hand-made bowls created by the talented and prolific artists of The Art League’s Ceramics Department and enjoy local artisan ice cream from Artfully Chocolate in Alexandria – all for only $15 per bowl. Proceeds go to benefit The Art League’s Ceramics department.

ARTSFest
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $6/adult, free for ages 11 and under

Head out to Solomons, MD, for an art-filled experience at a magical place! Browse and shop more than 165 artist booths throughout gardens and in the arts building. Enjoy entertainment from more than 30 performers on two stages. Kids will love activities in the Discovery Tent and Zany Zone, plus creative free-play in the gorgeous Fairy Lolly, the Studio School, and the Children’s Garden. Street performers — stilt walkers, mimes, live statues, and more — will entertain and mesmerize. There’s something for everyone at this anniversary celebration of the visual, performing, and creative arts. For more about Annmarie Sculpture Garden, see this KFDC post.

One Gold Coin–una moneda del oro
Where: Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission:$12.50/adult, $10/ages 4-11, free for 3 and under

Catch a performance of this favorite for young audiences from InterAct Story Theatre! One Gold Coin–una moneda de oro is a fun and engaging play for kids and families about the power of giving. Performed in English and Spanish with lots of audience participation, it’s a show that all ages can enjoy.

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

Bring your budding architects to the Kogod Courtyard for a day of LEGOs, where they can use problem-solving skills and imagination to make works of art and architecture at LEGO building stations. Recreate some of the museum’s famous sculptures on display in the galleries or build your own new designs! Get inspired by the USPTO’s LEGO model of the museum’s historic building, which was home to the U.S. Patent Office in the 19th century.

Women in Aviation & Space
Where: National Air & Space Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Throughout the history of aviation and space exploration, women have fought to be on equal terms with their male counterparts. At this family day, enjoy learning about the significant contributions women have made despite the many challenges they faced. The day will feature presentations by women in the field, hands-on activities, and stories.

Honey Harvest Festival
Where: Brookside Gardens & Nature Center
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Brookside will be buzzing with fun on Saturday! Join them and the Maryland State Beekeepers Association to celebrate honeybees and pollinators. Talk to beekeepers, watch honey being harvested, buy local honey and bee products, plus enjoy family-friendly activities, live music, and crafts.

Monarch Fiesta
Where: Black Hill Visitors Center
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the monarch butterfly’s amazing and inspiring metamorphosis and incredible journey to Mexico. Join us for music, food, dance, hands-on art, native plant sales, and plenty of opportunities to get up close with monarch butterflies. Participate in monarch tagging and learn about their habitats, and what you can do to make a difference.

Dulles Plane PullWhere: Dulles Airport
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Airplane tug o’ war, anyone? This annual event is Special Olympics Virginia’s “heaviest” fundraiser, pitting teams of 25 against one another to see who can pull a 164,000+ pound Airbus 12 feet the fastest. And the public is invited to watch it all go down. Along with the tug o’ airplane, there will be live music, a car show, military and civilian aircraft displays, business exhibits, and children’s games and entertainment. Gates open at 10:30am. Go here for directions and parking information.

Georgetown Community Day
Where: Georgetown University, 37th & O Streets NW
When: Saturday,
Admission: Free

Join the Georgetown community for a day of fun and family-friendly activities! Enjoy the celebration where there will be free food, face painting, moonbounces, and so much more. The community fair will include tables from local schools, community organizations, and University departments with information, giveaways, and more.

All Aboard for a Model Train Open House
Where: Historic Vienna Depot of the W&OD Railroad
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Chug on down to Vienna to watch model train and trolley activities that realistically depict an actual railroad that existed in North Carolina in the 1950′s, the Western North Carolina (WNC). Every hill, town, building, locomotive, rail car, and industry in this layout is modeled after those places and things as they looked in that era. Well, almost everything. To satisfy popular demand, expect an occasional sighting of Thomas the Tank Engine (and a few of his friends) chugging around among the bigger steam and diesel locomotives. The Vienna Depot is located at 231 Dominion Road NE in Vienna, Virginia just down the street from the red caboose.

Ren Fest
Where: Revel’s Grove in Crownsville, Md
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: $22/ages 16 and up, $10/ages 7-15, free for 6 and under

Enjoy the bounty of merriment at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. The annual faire recalls medieval times with a village full of fun and entertainment for the whole family. This is one of my very favorite events in the DC area, and it could very well become one of yours, too. Huzzah!

A Rainbow Rockin’ Morning
Where: Jammin Java
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: $8/person, $25/4-pack

Get ready to rock the rainbow at a concert especially for kids! The talented Rainbow Rock tunesters will entertain the kiddie crowd with a combination of classic and original children’s songs from their CD “Meet the Rainbow.”

Let Down Your Hair!
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am & 1pm
Admission: $10

It’s opening weekend for Rapunzel at the puppet theater in Glen Echo Park. Recommended for ages 3.5-9 years old, the show uses “coloring-book” charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in this production designed to delight its younger audiences. And really little ones can enjoy Old MacDonald’s Farm, the featured Tiny Tots show on Saturday morning.

18th Century I Do’s
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: $3/adult, $2/ages 3-12, free for 2 & under

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm family and their neighbors cordially invite you to celebrate with them on this joyous occasion. Witness an 18th century-style outdoor wedding ceremony. You can even dance with the bride and groom afterward and taste an authentic 18th century wedding cake! It’s an outing as fun as is it educational.

Family Workshop: Afghan Fighter Kites
Where: Sackler Gallery
When: Saturday and Sunday, 11am – 1pm & 2-4pm
Admission: Free

Children ages 6-12 and adults are invited to visit the exhibit Turquoise Mountain with teaching artist Mukhtar Ziarmal and learn about kite fighting, a popular activity for kids in Afghanistan. Then return to the classroom to collaborate with family and friends on constructing and decorating your own kite. Register in advance.

Mid-Autumn Festival
Where: Leesburg Premium Outlets
When: Saturday, 2-4pm
Admission: Free

Moon madness! Area trendsetters can look forward to a festive afternoon in honor of the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrating the moon at its brightest and roundest point. Shoppers of all ages are invited to the Food Court to enjoy savory mooncake samples, construct one-of-a-kind lotus lanterns, and take advantage of extra-holiday savings on festive fall fashions!

Lantern Walk
Where: Yards Park
When: Saturday, 6:30-9:3pm
Admission: Free

Inspired by the story of African American families who built their homes in historic neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River by candlelight after returning home from a long day’s work, this Lantern Walk is hosted by 1th Street Bridge Park and Washington Performing Arts. Create a lantern and join for an evening of performances celebrating the community!

ZooFiesta
Where: National Zoo
When: Sunday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

¡Celebramos! Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month at ZooFiesta! See animal demonstrations and learn about animals native to Latin America, such as golden lion tamarins, sloths, Andean bears, and anteaters. Meet Zoo experts and learn how they are working to save these species and more. Family activities include animal feedings, arts and crafts, musical entertainment, educational activities highlighting conservation research in Central and South America, and authentic gourmet cuisine at a Latin American inspired food bazaar. Bring the whole familia!

Cavalcade of Streetcars
Where: National Capital Trolley Museum
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: $7/ages 18 and up, $5/ages 2-17

Hop on for a day of fun! Along with the museum’s array of exhibits, enjoy trolley rides on several of the cars from the museum’s collection. This event only happens a few times a year so take advantage while you can!

Spin through Glen Echo History
Where: Glen Echo Park
When: Sunday,
Admission: $25/adult, free for ages 9 and under

Join Oscura Society DC as they go for a spin and learn about the Dentzel Carousel of Glen Echo Park. Field agent Julie Seigel will lead a tour the grounds, and National Park Service Ranger Janet Greene will illuminate the remnants of the amusement park and share how the carousel itself served as a site of protest during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s. Historian and co-founder of the National Carousel Association Barbara Fahs Charles will discuss the creation and twenty-year long restoration of the Dentzel Carousel. Afterward, guests will be treated to a group ride and a small picnic!

Pirates & Princesses, Sea & Tea
Where: Pirate Adventures, Annapolis
When: Sunday
Admission: $27, $12/ages 2 and under

Ahoy, your little majesties! Pirate Adventures is teaming up with Party Time Princesses for an event to please both young buccaneers and royalty. Ariel and Tinkerbell will be visiting the Pirate Adventures party room on Sunday, giving patrons a chance to mingle them after an excursion on the Chesapeake. The Meet and Greet, including a Princess Tea Party, will be available after the 9:30am cruise and before the 12:30pm cruise. Enjoy photo ops, singing songs, and tea and treats as part of the special fun!

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

Hit the trail with the fam to enjoy the nice weather and some quality time. See very beginnings of autumn hues, tramp in places with scenic views, hike and explore history at interesting locales, and enjoy a day of active fun. This post, started in the early KFDC days and updated several times since, has a a bunch of recommendations for good walks in the woods with the kids.


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