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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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The Weekend Round-Up: September 9-11

Catch a sunset this evening at Yards Park's final Friday Night Concert of the summer

Catch a sunset this evening at Yards Park’s final Friday Night Concert of the summer



This summer is kind of like those last lingering party guests. You know, great to have around while the bash is in full swing, but now that it’s winding down, you’re ready for them to go. But don’t let summer’s overstayed welcome (i.e., heat) curb your family fun. Opt for indoor activities or seek out shade. And keep in mind that fall is just around the corner, so enjoy the last bits of this season while you can. Because when those guests do finally leave, you often long for their company again. Happy Weekend!

Final Concert by the River
Where: Yards Park
When: Friday, 6:30pm
Admission: Free

Tonight is your last chance to catch live music in the fresh air at The Yards. Party Like It’s, the DC party band, will be playing a mix of covers and original tunes on the boardwalk to close out the Capitol Riverfront Summer Concert Series. Go early, so the kids can play in the fountains before the music starts or listen to it as they splash around. Bring along a picnic dinner or buy food there (and note that you can’t BYOB).

Family Day at Abe’s
Where: President Lincoln’s Cottage
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy the grounds of President Lincoln’s Cottage and Armed Forces Retirement Home as the Lincoln family did! There will be live entertainment and activities inspired by the Lincoln family and their life at the Soldiers’ Home. A Civil War encampment, petting zoo, pony rides, arts & crafts (including a top hat station and card making for veterans), live music, and food vendors will be part of the day’s festivities. RSVP to the free event!

Step Xplosion
Where: Raymond Recreation Center
When: Saturday, 2pm
Admission: Free

Step right up for the culminating performance of Step Xplosion, the Step Africa! tour through all 8 DC Wards to kick off the new season. Featuring step teams from the DC area and DC’s own DJ Beauty & the Beatz, this is sure to be one thrilling show! Reserve your free tickets here.

Short Film Family Showcase
Where: DC Public Libraries
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: Free

The 13th Annual DC Shorts Film Festival is back through September 18, presenting 131 films from 33 countries, countless parties, special screenings, and free events throughout the 10-day event. Among them is a FREE Family Showcase presented by RCN in partnership with DC Public Libraries – and you’re invited! For more about the films, the screenings, and the festival and to reserve your spot, visit the DC Shorts website.

Savor the Bay
Where: Sandy Point State Park
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $10, free for ages 12 and under

How about a day filled with delicious seafood, live entertainment, kids activities, food demos and competitions, loads of shopping options, vendors, exhibits, contests? You can enjoy all that and more at the 49th annual Maryland Seafood Festival. Even better, it all takes place on the beautiful shores of the Chesapeake Bay.

You Say Tomato…
Where: North Bestheda Market
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

You don’t have to travel all the way to Spain for a tomato-centric festival. And at Tomato Fest 2016, North Bethesda Market’s celebration of the fruit (or veggie, depending on how you categorize), you won’t get pelted by them either. Instead, you can enjoy live music, food & drink offerings, art, kids activities, contests, prizes, and a bushel of fun for the whole family!

Arts & Ales
Where: Hyattsville Gateway Arts District
When: Saturday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

The arts and brewing are coming together for a festival the whole family can enjoy. Over 100 exhibiting artists and artisans, Maryland craft breweries, food vendors, as well a variety of music and dance performances, and activities especially for kids, will be part of the all-ages fun.

Family Fit and Fun Open House
Where: My Gym Potomac & My Gym Bethesda
When: Saturday, 9am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Take part in a specially designed and fun-filled day of fitness, including award-winning programs and Zumba, for kids of all ages. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about My Gym classes and offerings for children and families, and take advantage of enrollment specials and discounts offered at the event! Note that this is taking place at both the Potomac and Bethesda locations.

Pawpaw Festival
Where: Meadowside Nature Center
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: $5

Get your paws on this delightful native fruit and celebrate it with Meadowside Nature Center. They’ll have music, crafts, games, face painting, and advice on growing pawpaws. You can also get a taste of the fruit and purchase pawpaw trees, so you grow your own at home.

Fall into Fun Fair
Where: Washington Episcopal School
When: Saturday, 9am – 12pm
Admission: Free, but tickets are required

Got kids ages 3-11? Don’t miss the Fall Into Fun Fair presented by our friends at Activity Rocket! Try sports, dance, STEM, yoga, Instrument Petting Zoos & more FREE. Washington Episcopal School is located at 5600 Little Falls Parkway in Bethesda). Get your free tickets here.

Fall Class Sampler
Where: Imagination Stage
When: Saturday, 9:45am – 12:45pm
Admission: Free

Sample Imagination Stage’s line-up of fall classes – on them. Sample classes are about 20 minutes in length, and give students and families a taste of the theatre’s classroom setting. They have exciting offerings for ages 12 months to grade 5. This is not a drop-off event; children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Online registration ends at noon on Friday, September 9. You can still register by phone on September 9 and in-person on September 9 and 10.

A Musical Journey into Space
Where: Jammin Java
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: $8

Can kids go into space? Find out at Jammin Java on Saturday morning as Dr. Jim Thorne, a real space scientist and singer/songwriter, takes you and the kids on a musical journey from the historic Apollo moon program all the way to the stars. The full dinner and drinks menu will be available, so plan on lunch there, too.

Fall Family Festival
Where: Anacostia Community Museum
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the turn of the seasons with the Anacostia Community Museum at their annual event. Enjoy live entertainment, face painting, mask making, storytelling, art activities for the kids, and more. There will be all kinds of fun demos, vendors, and exhibitors outside, and even indoors – plenty of fun for the whole fam!

WashingCon
Where: Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $40

If you’re serious about board games, this tabletop gaming convention is an event you’ll want to check out. There will be opportunities to demo new games, enter tourneys to test your gaming skills against some of the best players, meet people who make and sell games, and more. Kids 10 and under can enter a fantasy themed costume contest in the Family Area. And word has it there will be lots of good swag to score.

Merriment for All
Where: Revel Grove in Crownsville, Md
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 7pm
Admission: $19/adults, $16/seniors, $8/ages 7-15, free for 6 and under

Take a glorious day trip back to medieval times at the Maryland Renaissance Festival — it’s a faire that appeals to all ages and sensibilities. Enjoy jousting matches, kids shows, cheeky comedy, tight rope walkers, jugglers, puppetry, Celtic music… and that’s just some of the live entertainment. There are also pony rides, a pirate playground, a giant slide, and all kinds of fun, fascinating things to see. Walk among knights, maidens, pirates, and villagers in Ren wear in a 16th-century village as you chomp on turkey legs and down cups of “mead.” It runs every weekend through October 23 — and admission prices go up after this Sunday — so put it on your fall must-go list. Huzzah!

Virginia Indian Festival
Where: Riverbend Park
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $7

Members of several Native American tribes will gather on the banks of the Potomac to share and celebrate their culture. See dance performances and dug-out canoe demos. Try throwing a spear, shooting a bow, and building a canoe. Shop for pottery, jewelry, and dreamcatchers. All in the beautiful Riverbend setting along the river!

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

It’s one of the last weekends at home for the Nats as they host the Phillies. There are games tonight and tomorrow night 7:05pm, and on Sunday at 1:35pm. Stay after on Sunday for Kids Run the Bases, and check these KFDC tips for doing a Nats game without breaking the bank.

PG County Fair
Where: Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington
When: Through Sunday
Admission: $6/ages 12 and up, $5/ages 6-11, free for 5 and under

The county fair season continues! Enjoy a variety of entertainment and attractions for all ages at PG County’s annual event — 4-H exhibits, magic and dance shows, pig and duck races, a horse pull competition, a chain saw artist, a K-9 show, and much more carnival-style fun.

Rosslyn Jazz Festival
Where: Gateway Park
When: Saturday, 1-7pm
Admission: Free

Head across the Key Bridge from the city for this free annual music festival. Enjoy six hours of performances, fun, and drinks, plus a Kids’ Jazz Zone where children can create their own instrument by the Sandboxand play lawn games. See the website for the line-up of bands and details on parking.

Sing, Talk, and Read Family Festival
Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission Free

Join DC Public Library for a day of literacy fun and learn how singing, talking and reading with your baby or young child now can help them later in school. There will be workshops for, crafts and games for kids, live entertainment, door prizes, face painting, complimentary lunch, and more!

Apple Gala & Cider Festival
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: $12/adult, $10/child

September may mean back to school for many, but at Great Country it means back to the farm for freshly pressed cider and freshly picked apples. Celebrate the start of the apple picking and cider pressing season with tastings of Rinkers freshly pressed cider — touted as the best in the Valley! — demos, picking, donuts, and more. Of course, the farm’s five-acre play area will be open for fun and amusement, too. Enjoy it all every weekend through September.

Adams Morgan Day
Where: Along 18th Street & Columbia Ave NW
When: Sunday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate one of the city’s most diverse communities at the 38th Annual Adams Morgan Day, offering a day full of music, art, culture, dancing, and more. The family-friendly celebration will have activities for all ages, including free crafts for kids and adults, the Make Fix Anything Project, bike demos, live entertainment, and tons more. More details and the schedule of performances are available on the website.

Rainbow Families Picnic
Where: Hillwood Estate
When: Sunday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: $5/adult, free for under 18

Connect with LGBT families and enjoy Hillwood’s urban oasis at this family celebration. Pack a picnic or purchase food from the café’s express menu, play lawn games, get faces painted, try on costumes, make a craft, explore the exhibitions, and more!

Falls Church Feeds the World
Where: Christ Crossman UMC
When: Sunday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Honor the memory of those impacted by the events of 9/11 through service at Christ Crossman’s Falls Church Feeds the World event. Volunteers (ages 4+) are needed to assist in assembling 30,000 healthy meals that will be packed and shipped around the world through Stop Hunger Now. During the meal packaging event, there will be a children’s festival outside, which includes games teaching children about food insecurity, and opportunities for service projects (ages 3+).

September 11: Reflections from the Smithsonian
Where: National Museum of American History
When: Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

To observe the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the American History Museum will display 35 objects from New York, the Pentagon and Shanksville, PA, including airplane fragments, a World Trade Center stairwell sign and a Pentagon clock that stopped upon impact. Visitors can meet Robin Murphy, the inventor of a rescue robot used at Ground Zero and see a screening of the Smithsonian Channel’s award-winning documentary, “9/11: Stories in Fragments,” based on the museum collections and featuring the perspectives of victims, witnesses, ordinary people and heroes from that fateful day.


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The Weekend Round-Up: September 2-5

Exploring the Textile Museum where you can join a free family festival this weekend

Exploring the Textile Museum where you can join a free family festival this weekend



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Labor Day weekend may mark the unofficial end of summer, but it’s also a time of some fantastic special events. Celebrate the apple season on the farm, join a family festival at a downtown museum, hear the blues in Rock Creek Park, experience the merriment of Ren Fest, attend the annual concert at the Capitol, and, of course, take advantage of the final chance to enjoy some of the season’s best activities. These recs have all you need to make the most the next few days in DC. Happy Weekend!

Season Finales
Where: Various locales
When: Through Monday
Admission: Varies by activity

This weekend is the last for many pursuits that we’ve been enjoying all summer long, outdoor swimming, concerts and movies under the stars, special museum programs among them. If you’re hoping to get in one final jazz show in the Sculpture Garden, some chill time at ICEBERGS, a free visit to the Newseum for the kids, see the fairy houses at Annmarie Sculpture Garden, check out the sculpture exhibit at the Zoo, or a day at an outdoor public pool, then check out the 2016 Summer Guide, which has details on all of those diversions and many more.

Apple Gala & Cider Festival
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: $12/adult, $10/child

September may mean back to school for many, but at Great Country it means back to the farm for freshly pressed cider and freshly picked apples. Celebrate the start of the apple picking and cider pressing season with tastings of Rinkers freshly pressed cider — touted as the best in the Valley! — demos, picking, donuts, and more. Of course, the farm’s five-acre play area will be open for fun and amusement, too!

Huzzah for Ren Fest!
Where: Revel Grove in Crownsville, Md
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 7pm
Admission: $19/adults, $16/seniors, free for 15 and under

Take a glorious day trip back to medieval times at the Maryland Renaissance Festival — its a faire that appeals to all ages and sensibilities. Enjoy jousting matches, kids shows, cheeky comedy, tight rope walkers, jugglers, puppetry, Celtic music… and that’s just some of the live entertainment. There are also pony rides, a pirate playground, a giant slide, and all kinds of fun, fascinating things to see. Walk among knights, maidens, pirates, and villagers in puffy shirts in a 16th-century village as you chomp on turkey legs and down cups of mead. It runs every weekend through October 25, so put it on your fall must-do list. Huzzah!

Celebration of Textiles
Where: Textile Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Join the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum for their annual community festival that celebrates diverse cultures and the textile traditions they share through live performances and activities for all ages. Watch sheep shearing, try your hand at spinning and quilting with local craft artists, take a selfie in clothing from around the world and much more. The weekend is also the last chance to see Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora,” a wonderful exhibition of works by 44 international textile artists that examine how displaced communities maintain their cultures, traditions, and languages, despite distance from their homelands.

Arrrgh, Mateys!
Where: Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $22, $12/ages 2 and under

Set sail on the high seas in Annapolis for a jolly good adventure. Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake takes little buccaneers on a search for buried treasure. Several time slots are available throughout the day, and admission includes face painting and dress up along with the on board fun. And police, fire fighters and teachers get a 20% discount with valid ID over Labor Day weekend. Read about one of our experiences on the adventure.

Hear the Blues
Where: Carter Barron Amphitheater
When: Saturday, 12-7:30pm
Admission: Free

Head to the outdoor stage in Rock Creek Park for the 28th Annual DC Blues Festival. Along with the line-up of performers, there will be musical workshops throughout the day, where both children and adults can learn about Blues music. Kids will especially enjoy instrument and vocal workshops, including an instrument petting zoo.

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

It hasn’t been a true DC summer if you haven’t taken 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 Mike’s Crab House in Riva is a family fave with delicious crabs, gorgeous scenery, and 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. Find even more recommendations for crab feasting here.

Page-to-Stage Festival
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: Free

More than 40 theater companies will present readings and rehearsals of plays and musicals during the Kennedy Center’s 14th annual Page-to-Stage Festival — all free and open to the public! Performances will take place at several venues around DC, and there are a few that are family-friendly, including City Kids Theatre’s Cashall Alley Kids Kick It Old School, Art in the Horizon’s Adventures with Mr. Bear, A Musical Medley by Seventh Street Playhouse, The Students’ Art Collaborative by The Highwood Theatre, Monument Theatre Company’s Wendy, and Faction of Fools’ Classics Made Foolish – The Threequel. See the schedule for details and the full list of shows. And note that while tickets are not required, seating is limited.

Virginia Scottish Games
Where: The Plains, Virginia
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 9pm
Admission: $20adults, $5/ages 5-12, free for under 5

Celebrate Scottish heritage at this annual fair featuring everything from music and dance to sports and games to food and cars, even Scottish dogs. Much of it will be showcased through competition, but there is plenty that all visitors can partake in, too. Two-day adult passes are available for $30. Festival gates will close at 6pm both days, but Saturday’s concert will continue until 9pm. And children under 12 are free on Sunday!

Labor Day Concert at the Capitol
Where: West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building
When: Sunday, 8pm
Admission: Free

The National Symphony Orchestra continues its annual Labor Day Weekend tradition with a free concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Led by Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke, this year’s program also features singer Storm Large and her band Le Bonheur. Gates open to the public at 3pm, and if the 8pm show is too late, you can catch the open dress rehearsal at 3:30pm. In the case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. You can call the NSO Summer Concert Hotline at 202.416.8114 after 2:30pm for updates.

Row Your Boat
Where: Potomac & Anacostia Rivers
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by boathouse

Take to the water this holiday weekend, where you can paddle and explore. A bunch of places around the area rent kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, rowboats, and pontoons. Fletcher’s Boathouse is a popular place to go, or you can explore the Anacostia from Ballpark Boathouse in the Navy Yard. Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis is a gorgeous place to paddle and enjoy more outdoor recreation. Bladensburg Waterfront Park also has vessels for rent along with free pontoon boat tours on weekends from 5-5:45.

An Apple a Day…
Where: Area farms
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

The apple picking season has begun! Several farms in the area open their orchards for guests to PYO. This list of area farms and orchards offering pick-your-own opportunities has details. And I always recommend calling ahead to be sure the pickings are good the day you plan to go.

Weather or Not
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

The forecast calls for both sunshine and rain (who has Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock playing in their head now?), so if you want to plan your activities accordingly, keep these two posts bookmarked.
The Great Indoors
The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids

Plan Ahead for Fall 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 awesome 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 a wine and art adventure. And you can make it a family outing or a day date sans kids. Bonus: Use the code KFDC at checkout to get a discount! And for some inside scoop, read about our experience on the fossil hunt.

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The Weekend Round-Up: August 26-28

One of the most visited sites in the National Park Service system is right in our backyard

One of the most visited sites in the National Park Service system is right in our backyard






Whether you’re celebrating a great first week of school, enjoying the final weekend of your summer break, or still going with the flow of the season, there are options galore for making the most of it. Celebrate our national parks — or catch a game at Nationals Park. Enjoy whimsical art, watch dragon boats race, see a show, or play some new video games. Head on down to the DC State Fair, kick off a new season of theatre, or travel back to Medieval Times at one of the best fests around. No matter what you and the kids do, there’s a good chance you’ll feel like exclaiming, “Huzzah!” Happy Weekend!

Ren Fest!
Where: Revel Grove in Crownsville, Md
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 7pm
Admission: $19/adults, $16/seniors, free for 15 and under

Anyone up for merriment? (Me!) The Maryland Renaissance Festival is a glorious day trip back to medieval times that appeals to all ages and sensibilities. Enjoy jousting matches, kids shows, cheeky comedy, tight rope walkers, jugglers, puppetry, Celtic music… and that’s just some of the live entertainment. There are also pony rides, a pirate playground, a giant slide, and all kinds of fun, fascinating things to see. Walk among knights, maidens, pirates, and villagers in puffy shirts in a 16th-century village as you chomp on turkey legs and down cups of mead. It all begins tomorrow and will run every weekend through October 23, and this weekend kids ages 15 and under get in for FREE. Get a glimpse of the area’s best annual event here. Huzzah!

America’s Front Yard Family Festival
Where: Constitution Gardens
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Kids’ music fave Milkshake highlights this day of live entertainment, storytelling, and exhibits that focus on today’s youth as the future stewards of our national parks. Enjoy more music by Ellis Woodward, Uncle Devon, the Great American Indian Dancers, Erica Wheeler, plus a lively children’s sing-alongs with Yosi & the Superdads. Other acts include the Wes Holly Balloon Magic Show and YAP, who delivers national park themes through hip-hop music and culture. Explore festival exhibits by more than 20 National Park Service partners, among them Lego models of national parks, virtual reality park tours, 3-D printing of National Mall monuments and memorials, natural flora and fauna found in urban parks, and much more!

Free Parking
Where: National Parks
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: FREE!

The National Park Service just turned 100, and to celebrate we can all enjoy fee free days at national parks, which means there’s no entrance fee where they usually charge to get in. Take advantage of complimentary admission visit some of our local parks that normally require you to pay. Hit the trail at Shenandoah or Great Falls, take a ride on Skyline Drive, or visit Harpers Ferry.

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

There’s not much time left to enjoy some of the best activities of the season. Outdoor pools and spraygrounds, music and movies in the open air, mini golf and carousels rides at local parks and museums, or a good ol’ crab feast. The guide to Summer in DC has all the inspiration you need to eke out the most of the summer wind-down.

Movies to Celebrate the NPS 100th
Where: Carter Barron Amphitheatre
When: Friday & Saturday, 8:10pm (gates open at 7pm)
Admission: Free

In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial anniversary, Carter Barron is hosting two movie nights as a part of their 66th Summer Series. Catch a screening of Rocky on Friday, and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax on Saturday. Concessions will be available for purchase onsite.

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

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

Grand Slam Sunday: Jewish Community Day at Nationals Park
Where: Nationals Park
When: Sunday, 11:30am
Admission:

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington proudly presents the second annual Grand Slam Sunday: Jewish Community Day at Nationals Park! Join them as the Nats take on the Colorado Rockies. Pre-game fun for all ages begins at 11:30 am, the game at 1:35pm. You also get a free t-shirt with every ticket purchased!

Dance Class Open House
Where: CityDance School and Conservatory at Rockville
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

CityDance invites Little Movers ages 3 to 7 to sample dance classes at an Open House this weekend. Children can try out Ballet, Hip Hop, Flamenco, and Sri Lankan – for free! To sign up, call 202-242-3646 or email: asanga@citydance.net.

How ‘Bout Them Apples?
Where: Area farms
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

The apple picking season has begun! Several farms in the area have opened their orchards for guests to start gathering. This list of area farms and orchards offering pick-your-own opportunities has details. And I always recommend calling ahead to be sure the pickings are good the day you plan to go.

Celebrate 17th Street
Where: 17th Street NW, from Riggs Place to P Street
When: Saturday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

The event in the Dupont Circle neighborhood will feature all kinds of activities for the whole fam. Live entertainment; more than 100 vendors selling food, art, and other cool wares; a kids zone with bouncy fun, face painting, games, and more; exhibits by non-profit groups, and appearances by city officials will be part of the festivities that celebrate the community and businesses.

Dragon Boat Regatta
Where: Southwest Waterfront
When: Saturday, 8am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The 3rd annual Capital Harbor Dragon Boat Regatta will be an experience for atheletes and spectators alike. The family-friendly event features the best premier and local dragon boat teams from along the east coast racing in multiple distances over the course of the day. The public is welcome to watch this unique event for free.

A Presidential Book Rap for Kids
Where: National Press Club
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: Free for kids, $10/adult ($5 for NPC members)

Travel back in time to meet George Washington during a magical morning for the whole family as the National Press Club Book and Author Committee presents a family-friendly Book Rap with Deborah Kalb, author of The President and Me: George Washington and The Magic Hat. The event will also feature crafts, magic and refreshments. The book, targeted to youngsters ages 7 and up, tells the tale of a 5th grade boy struggling to find his place after his best friend abandons him. A visit to Mount Vernon lands him in the 18th century where George and Martha Washington help him learn about history, himself, and the nature of friendships and families.

Jumanji
Where: Adventure Theatre
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $19.50

Adventure Theatre’s latest production is as funny as it is wild. Based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg, the show takes its characters — and the audience — on an incredible journey to claim Jumanji.And you only have two more weekends to catch a performance. Read a KFDC review here.

Run of the Mill
Where: Peirce Mill, Rock Creek Park
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

See the 2,000-lb millstones convert corn to corneal using good old-fashioned renewable energy of water. Miller Jeanne and the Friends of Peirce Mill invite you to discover DC’s only surviving gristmill in action. Be sure to explore the exhibits at Peirce Barn next door and hit the nearby trails, too! Read more about the historic site in this KFDC post about our visit there last fall.

A Sprinkling of Fairy Dust
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission:

Take a day trip out to Solomons, MD, for an enchanting array of artistic delights. View eye-popping works, both indoors and out, hunt for fairy houses (which are only there for another week!), play in the Fairy Lolly, and create some of your own art with inspiration from all you see there. Trust me, it’s worth the hour-plus drive. Read about one of our experiences at Annmarie.

Nintendo Play Day
Where: Tysons Corner Center
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: Free

Nintendo’s classic characters and games are coming to life as part of the one-of-a-kind Play Nintendo Tour and you’re invited to be a part of it! The unique experience offers parents and their kids the chance to play some of Nintendo’s best games on new systems, participate in exciting contests, win awesome prizes, and snap memorable photos. Hop into a Yoshi egg to play Yoshi’s New Island, recline on a giant banana while checking out Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, and relax in pink beanbag chairs to play one of the newest games, Kirby: Planet Robobot. Fun surprises await around every corner

Welcome to Monster High
Where: Select theaters
When: Saturday
Admission: Varies by theater

Fathom Events is bringing the premiere of Welcome to Monster High to select movie theaters for a spook-tacular one-day event on Saturday. Along with the movie screening, there will be a special behind-the-scenes look into the partnership between MonsterHigh™ and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation and an exciting monsterfied dance tutorial by YouTube superstar choreographer Matt Steffanina. Find participating theaters here.

Arena Stage Season Kick Off Carnival
Where: Arena Stage
When: Sunday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

Arena Stage is celebrating the 2016/17 season with a full day of free family-friendly activities inspired by two of this season’s most anticipated productions — Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel and Lookingglass Theatre Company’s Moby Dick. Guests of all ages can try their luck at classic fair games run by Arena Stage’s finest barkers, marvel as aerialists from Gwynne with Wings Aerial Entertainment perform death-defying feats overhead, and enjoy carnival-inspired food and drink as they stroll down the lobby promenade. Plus, kids will love the giant “Carousel” bounce house and petting zoo. Throughout the day there will be special season discounts, prizes and much more.

DC State Fair
Where: NoMa Junction at Storey Park
When: Sunday, 11am – 8pm
Admission: Free

Apparently, being an actual state isn’t a requirement to have a state fair! This agricultural and artistic showcase of the District will be a celebratory day, full of competitions and other fun and educational activities for all ages. Festivities include contests of all kinds – photography, knitting, kids art and poetry, pickling, pies, ice cream, jams, and more. Get a taste of it all, do some shopping among the vendors, and enjoy live entertainment, to boot.

Park it in MoCo
Where: Montgomery County Parks
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Montgomery Parks presents loads of special activities for visitors of all ages. Watch a raptor feeding at Meadowside Nature Center, join a Nature Challenge at Brookside, take a tour by kayak at Little Seneca Lake, and more. The online calendar has even more events happening this weekend.

The Ins and Outs of DC
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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The Weekend Round-Up: August 12-14

Keeping cool by a waterfall in Shenandoah National Park

Keeping cool by a waterfall in Shenandoah National Park



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The weather will likely be a major factor in your weekend planning, so keep The Great Indoors list handy along with these ideas. 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 in the fam. 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 couple of days. This post has the scoop on all of the county fun.

High Wheelin’
Where: Frederick, MD
When: Saturday, 1-7pm
Admission: Free

Get a curbside seat to America’s only high wheel race in historic downtown Frederick, MD. The National Clustered Spires High Wheel Race is a unique event that celebrates the history of bikes with an antique bike display and more festivities throughout the day at the Best Fest — live music, face painting, bouncy fun, beer garden, and more.

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.

May the Force Be with the Nationals
Where: Nationals Park
When: Saturday, 7:05
Admission: Ticket prices vary

How about some Star Wars with your baseball? You might run into Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Storm Troopers, or Princess Leia before you even enter the ballpark, and more of their crew await inside. Along with roving characters, the game will feature lots of Star Wars themed fun. FYI: Fans are encouraged to dress in Star Wars garb! Get there early — the first 20,000 fans to enter Nationals Park will receive a special giveaway. And if you can’t make it to Star Wars Saturday, you can catch the Nats Friday (7:05pm) or Sunday (1:35pm).

Star Wars Marathon
Where: Warner Theatre
When: Saturday, 2pm
Admission: Tickets (get a deal here)

Dress up in your galactic best and join fellow fans at the theatre for an all-day viewing fest of the Star Wars films. Alamo Drafthouse is hosting this celebration of the movie trilogy, with a rare digital screening of the special edition versions of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Return of the Jedi. Doors open at 1pm.

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

* Go on a wild journey to Jumanji at Adventure Theatre
* Imagination Stage and The Washington Ballet bring you The Little Mermaid for the final weekend
* Peter and the Wolf is entertaining at The Puppet Co.
* And Bedtime Buddies is the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theater
* Born for This: The Bebe Winans Story is still running at Arena Stage
* The Phantom of the Opera is on stage at the Kennedy Center, and its recommended for ages 6 and up (look for discount tickets)
* Enjoy an evening of ukelele entertainment at Strathmore’s annual Uke Summit

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 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. Enjoy some water fun, either at an outdoor pool or a spray park. Take advantage of free admission for kids at the Newseum or see ICEBERGS at the Building Museum. Feast on crabs by the water. This post has all the details you need on all these summer joys.

Arts of Afghanistan
Where: Sackler Gallery
When: Saturday, 1-7pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Afghanistan’s Independence Day with a fun-filled afternoon making art, tasting Afghan food, hearing from artisans, watching musical performances, listening to traditional stories, and exploring the arts of the country. The day’s finale will be PechaKucha-style presentations by social entrepreneurs working with artisans in Asia and beyond, who will share how they got involved and the lives they’ve seen changed.

National Bowling Day
Where: Alleys around the area
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

It seems there is a “national day” for just about everything these days, and this Saturday it’s for bowling. But it also has a charity angle to it — help knock down a million pins in the Million Pin Challenge and half a million meals will be donated to Feeding America. So, hit a local lane and have fun knocking down some pins. Everyone can bowl free at participating centers – go here to find one near you.

Serve Up Some Tennis
Where: Kastles Stadium at the Smith Center
When: Saturday, 5pm (USTA Family Day starts at 1:30)
Admission: Tickets start at $12

The last home match of the Washington Kastles’ season is also USTA Family Day. Along with the exciting tennis action, there will be fun activities outside the court for all ages to enjoy. We know from experience these matches are a really good time — and the extra festivities make it even more fun for kids!

Irish Festival
Where: Waterfront Park in Alexandria
When: Saturday, 11am – 7pm
Admission: Free

Head to Old Town for a day of fun and music to celebrate Irish history and culture. Along with lots of live Celtic music and Irish dancing, shop the vendor booths featuring a variety of Irish items, arts & crafts, and traditional festival foods.

The Great Zucchini
Where: MLK Library
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: Free

The Great Zucchini is back at the library. The popular children’s performer is bringing his wacky and zany antics to the Great Hall. It’s fun entertainment for kids ages 0-12 and an accompanying adults.

Pixar Shorts
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Sunday, 11:30am
Admission: Free

Celebrate 30 years of animated shorts from Pixar Animation Studios. Beginning with the delightful Luxo Jr., the first computer-animated film nominated for an Academy Award, this collection of shorts showcases Pixar’s contributions to the art of filmmaking. The 45-minute series will include hilarious favorites For the Birds, Mike’s New Car, and One Man Band.

Day Trip from DC
Where: Around the region
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Get out of dodge for a day for some cool fun in areas that require a bit of a drive, but not one that requires an overnight stay (though you could consider it). Explore the spectacular underground world of stalagmites and stalactites at Luray or Shenandoah Caverns (look for a deal here). Take an ice cream making tour at Turkey Hill in Lancaster, PA. Or venture out to the Calvert Marine Museum to experience fascinating exhibits that highlight the history of the Chesapeake Bay.

Indoor Playgrounds
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

When it’s just too darn hot to play outside, but the kids still have a lot of energy to expend, this round-up of play spaces where, in some cases, they can literally bounce off the walls will come in handy.

Test the Waters
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Cool off and enjoy some water fun beyond the local pool. Make a day of it at a lakeside beach, hike to a hidden waterfall, or find a swim spot tucked away in the woods to chill out and spend quality time with the fam. This Washington Post article about lakes, swimming holes, and waterfalls within a fairly easy drive from DC has some great suggestions.

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