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The Weekend Round-Up: May 12-14

Jamming in the woods at the Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival

Jamming in the woods at the Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival



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Fingers crossed that the weather forecast is off and Saturday will turn out be be as lovely as it was in the photo above. If not, be sure to check ahead that outdoor events are still on — there has already been some rescheduling due to anticipated downpours – though there are plenty of great indoor activities happening, too. And the silver lining to the rain and clouds: It’ll make the sunshine on the special day Sunday that much brighter. Happy Weekend! And a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms!

National Public Gardens Day
Where: Tudor Place | Georgetown, DC
When: Friday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

In honor of the day, entry is free all day to the historic, 5½-acre garden in Georgetown. Stroll among spring blooms at leisure or join free guided tours. Shop the Garden Sale for gifts, seeds, and live plants cultivated from heirloom specimens on the estate.

Celebrate Mom
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

If you’re still in need of plans to celebrate mom’s big day, there are so many great ways to celebrate. The are activities and offerings especially for the occasion, special events that coincide with the date, and everyday outings that can be made special with a few extra touches and great company. See this post with a bunch of ideas to help plan your day.

Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival
Where: Kingman Island | Hill East, DC
When: Saturday 12-9pm
Admission: $30, free for ages 13 and under

The 8th Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival will feature bluegrass entertainment and plenty more revelry. The celebration of local music, food, and culture as well as the revitalization of the Anacostia River features a whole day and evening of performances by local bluegrass and folk acts on five stages. Fuel up with DC’s favorite food trucks and Sierra Nevada beer. For kiddos, Living Classrooms and a Kids Zone will have activities just for them, including Washington Nationals treats and giveaways, plus a show by the Great Zucchini at 5pm. Kingman Island is located on the Anacostia River at 575 Oklahoma Avenue NE (at the entrance to RFK Stadium).

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

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

Children’s Ball
Where: Textile Museum | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm & 1-3pm
Admission: $15/adult & child together, $10 members

It may be called a Children’s Ball, but this event for the whole family will make it a special Mother’s Day weekend at the Textile Museum. Dress in your best and enjoy fun and fancy treats, dancing beats by GW Ballroom, and a kid-centered visit to the exhibition Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair. There are two time slots for this, 10am – 12pm and 1-3pm. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. Register online or call 202.994.7394.

Spring Family Day
Where: Renwick Gallery | Downtown, DC
When: Saturday, 10am-2pm
Admission: Free

Help the Renwick celebrate the joys of spring! Check out the two exhibitions, June Schwarcz: Invention & Variation and Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years, then try your hand at a clay-related craft. Listen to live music performances, take a spring scavenger hunt through the Renwick galleries, and enjoy the changing colors of Janet Echleman’s work, 1.8 Renwick, hanging above you in the Grand Salon.

Neighborhood Day
Where: Throughout Arlington, VA
When: Saturday
Admission: Varies by activity

On Saturday, neighborhoods across Arlington are organizing fun community events as part of Neighborhood Day 2017. The beloved Arlington tradition brings communities together to enjoy the great outdoors (or indoors) and strengthens ties between neighbors. This year’s events include the Turtle Trot 5K race, International Migratory Bird Day Festival, home tours, a yard sale, and more! View the Web page for details.

Bee an Architect
Where: District Architecture Center | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: $15/members, $20/non-members

Bees and other pollinators are more important to our parks and our food supply than you might imagine. They are responsible for one in every three bites of food we take according to a White House study. Come learn about different kinds of bees and how you can help them survive better in the city. You’ll learn about honey bees and the bee hive the District Architecture Center’s roof from DAC’s Beekeeper, Heritage Honey. You’ll also learn some amazing facts about native bees from Executive Director Mary Fitch, that she learned while working on the Bees and the City exhibition which opened in the gallery on April 10. The session will conclude with a hands-on activity to build your own bee house for native bees to take home. 

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

This annual favorite Family Day welcomes visitors to enjoy STEM-inspired hands-on activities, meet an astronaut, and learn about space from experts from the Museum and NASA. And all of it takes place amid the awe-inspiring collection of historic aviation and space artifacts in the much-loved museum on the National Mall.

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

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

DC Green Festival
Where: Washington Convention Center | Mt. Vernon Square, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $12/one day, $22/weekend

Go green and enjoy family time at the nation’s premier sustainability event. As a Mother’s Day treat, moms get 50% off admission (kids 16 and under are free). Explore over 250 exhibitors, hear from inspirational speakers, indulge in delicious vegan or vegetarian food, and the PG County Parks and Recreation Family Fun Pavilion will host interactive educational activities and entertainment for kids all day.

Neighborhood Design Day (RESCHEDULED for May 20!)
Where: Next to Richard England Clubhouse 14 | Benning, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join the National Building Museum, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Community Forklift, and DC Public Library for the transformation and unveiling of a new community space in the Benning neighborhood–designed and built by teens in the Design Apprenticeship Program. Plant a butterfly-friendly flower, learn about landscape architecture, or make something for your own garden. Bring a picnic and your friends and family to enjoy the afternoon in the newly redesigned space. The park is located next to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington’s Richard England Clubhouse 14 4103 Benning Road, NE.

Spring Fair
Where: Concord-St.Andrew’s Nursery School | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: $5, free for under 2

All are invited to join Concord-St. Andrew’s Cooperative Nursery School Community (CSA) for the first annual CSA Spring Fair! Bring the whole gang for performances by The Great Zucchini (11am) and Groovy Nate (1pm), bounce houses, Construction Zone” and “Bang and Clang” play areas, a petting zoo, face painting, games, and more! Rolling Brick pizza will be baking personalized pies on site and sweet treats can be purchased from the CSA Bakery. Vendors from local sports, camps, and arts program will also be there to showcase their offerings.

Heroes for Moms Blood Drive
Where: Alexandria Library | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free (requested donations – see below – appreciated)

Join Heroes for Moms on Mother’s Day weekend for a blood drive and maternal health awareness event dedicated to saving the lives of mothers. The free, family-friendly event will have exciting giveaways, activities for kids, and support for women, moms and families from local maternal health organizations. It’s free and open to the public, but donations of diapers, clothing, baby items for moms and babies in need for My Grandmother’s House are appreciated.

Milkshake Celebrate Moms Concert
Where: Creative Alliance | Baltimore, MD
When: Sunday, 12pm
Admission: $10, $8/members in advance (+ $3 at door) free for 2 and under

The Milkshake Band is hosting a mini-activist fair as part of their Celebrate Moms Concert. Kids can have their face painted, make Mother’s Day cards for mom, and even get their picture taken with Moo, Milkshake’s mascot. Every mom will get a flower and some chocolates, and they can also Moms can connect with some great non-profit organizations. Bring a diaper and/or diaper ointment donation for Share Baby and get a free Milkshake CD!

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

* Head to Glen Echo Park to see Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp at Adventure Theatre
* The Kennedy Center presents Nearly Lear, a one-woman tour-de-force for ages 9 and up
* Go wild for The Jungle Book at Imagination Stage
* Cinderella is on the Main Stage at The Puppet Co.
* And World on a String is this week’s featured Tiny Tots show there
* Ragtime is still running at Ford’s Theatre, a historic DC etertainment venue
* Make it a date night at Fun Home at National Theatre (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
* Experience Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live at the The Hylton Performing Arts Center on Sunday

International Migratory Bird Day
Where: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens | Northeast, DC
When: Saturday, 10am through the afternoon
Admission: Free

With a theme of “Stopover Sites: Helping Birds Along the Way,” finsd out at the festival what a flyway is and how you can help birds during spring migration! Family fun activities will include beginner bird walks, educational bird games, and crafts throughout the day! There will also be exhibitors, a dance performance, and raptor shows in the afternoon. Visit the website for the day’s schedule.

Last Call for Infinity Mirrors
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5:30pm
Admission: Free

Saturday is your final chance to see Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, the uber popular exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum. If you follow social media of any kind, then surely you’ve seen images of the installations — lots of polka dots! — at some point. If you don’t have passes already, free same-day walk-up timed passes will be available at the museum’s front desk starting at 10am for times throughout the day. It’s guaranteed to be crowded, so check out my review of the exhibit to for tips and idea of what to expect.

Tot Rock Festival
Where: Mount Vernon Community Center | Del Ray, VA
When: Saturday, 9am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Join the Rainbow Rock Collection and community partners for an amazing day of movement, music, and making a difference! A great line-up of kids entertainment (see the schedule here), will be accompanied by food, fun, games, and more! Donations will be collected for Now I Play Along Too, which provides music instruments and instructions to kids in Haiti, Florida, and DC with the DC Dream Center. So, bring any new or used instruments to donate — they’ll also accept cash and credit donations on-site.

Market Days
Where: Rhode Island Row | Brentwood, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Check out a city market, as the popular Community Foodworks’ Farmers Market returns to Rhode Island Row for its second year. Residents can shop for freshly picked produce, specialty baked goods, and prepared foods as well as other locally sourced products. The streets around Washington Place will be closed for the Market, creating more opportunity to shop, mingle, and meet up with favorite local vendors.

DC Bike Ride
Where: Throughout Washington, DC
When: Sunday, 8am – 1pm
Admission: $70/ages 8 and up, $50/ Girl Scouts, free for 7 and under

Celebrate the day, our communities and amazing city, and life on two wheels! In its second year, the DC Bike Ride is a closed-roads, car-free, 20-mile bike ride through DC. The inaugural ride had over 7,000 participants and raised more than $38,000, and this year they hope to do even better. There will be entertainment on the course for a lively atmosphere, plus kids ages 3-7 ride for free (though they need to be in a bike seat, tagalong, trailer, or tandem). Admission fee includes a sling backpack.

La Bella Strada
Where: Mount Vernon Avenue | Del Ray, VA
When: Sunday, 9am – 2pm
Admission: Free (donation to the school welcome!)

Del Ray’s main street, Mount Vernon Avenue, will come alive with vibrant chalk art on Saturday as Del Ray Montessori School hosts its second annual La Bella Strada Street Painting Festival. Modeled after an ancient Italian art form, the event will bring artists from around the region to create masterpieces up and down the sidewalk. La Bella Strada, reviving the street painting tradition of Renaissance-era Europe, will offer patrons of the Del Ray main street an afternoon of interactive public arts programming. It’s a great time to explore the vibrant community and watch artists work on their craft! Pair this event up with the Tot Rock Festival, as the two events are close by. (Note: This was originally scheduled for Saturday, but moved to Sunday due to weather.)

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

It’s a weekend at home for the Nats as they host the Phillies. There are games Friday at 7:05pm, Saturday at 7:05pm, 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.

Washington Torah Experience
Where: TheSHUL DC at the Lubavitch Center | Downtown DC
When: Sunday, 1-3pm
Admission: $7

TheSHUL DC – Chabad welcomes all for the unique opportunity to watch a sofer at work writing the Washington Torah, the first Torah to be exclusively written in DC — with portions written in some very intriguing Washington locations. There will even be the chance to participate in the actual writing of it! The event will also feature Torah Unwrapped, an exciting, interactive workshop about how a Torah is made, as well as a balloon artist and other children’s entertainment. There’s a giveaway for a chance to win free admission for your family – enter by 2pm on Friday!

The Ins and Outs of DC
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by adventure

If you’re looking for things to do outdoors or inside, depending on the weather or simply your preference, these posts are chock full of evergreen pursuits:
The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids
The Great Indoors


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Enjoy Family Fun and Then Some at the Spring Occoquan Arts & Crafts Show

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The Spring Occoquan Arts & Crafts Show is less than a month away! On June 3 and 4, the streets of the historic town will abound with creative works, live music, great food, and activities for all ages! For the 48th year, Occoquan will close its roads for the annual showcase of more than 300 contemporary and country crafters and artisans from across the country, drawing thousands of visitors to browse and shop one-of-a-kind, hand crafted items in the charming riverfront town.

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While the arts and crafts are the centerpiece of the event, there will be festivities galore beyond that, including several especially for young show-goers. Mill House Museum will host a story time with a children’s author, plus arts and crafts throughout the weekend. There will be a firetruck that visitors are welcome to climb aboard and explore. And Fairy Jennabelle will bring her magical face painting skills both days of the event (for a small fee).

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Live performances will keep the crowd entertained all weekend. Kids are sure to be awed by magician The Amazing Kevin on Saturday from 1-2pm, and local kids’ music fave Rocknoceros will get fans grooving on Sunday from 12-2pm.

Visitors to the show can ride a shuttle bus from one of four parking locations and will be dropped off at one of three stops — details are available on the website. Shuttle cost is $5 per person round-trip (cash only), but admission to the event is free!

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The Occoquan Spring Arts & Crafts Show runs June 3-4, 10am – 6pm on Saturday, and 10am – 5pm on Sunday. And if you want to plan ahead, mark your calendar for September 23-24 when the Fall Arts & Crafts Show takes place. Stay updated by following the Occoquan Craft Show on Facebook


This post is sponsored by the Town of Occoquan, however, I only promote programs and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.


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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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The Weekend Round-Up: April 21-23

Celebrate National Parks and Earth Day at Shenandoah (and cross fingers for no rain!)

Celebrate National Parks and Earth Day at Shenandoah (and cross fingers for no rain!)



Earth Day celebrations, the March for Science, a math festival, National Parks Week, dinosaurs! It sounds like a STEM sort of weekend. Except there’s also a birthday bash for Shakespeare, lots of live entertainment, a literary fest, an extravaganza of fairies and gnomes, and much more. It’s a well-rounded selection of fun. Happy Weekend!

Earth Optimism Day
Where: National Zoo | Woodley Park, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

A great way to spend Earth Day: Celebrating conservation success stories at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo! The family-friendly event will feature fun activities and interactive demos, including a conservation scavenger hunt. Plan to bike there and get free valet bike parking – register for it here.

March for Science
Where: Starts north of Washington Monument | DC
When: Saturday, 9am
Admission: Free

Celebrate science and join the “first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.” Well-timed to take place on Earth Day, the DC event will start with a teach-in and rally, then a march through the streets will follow.

Shop & Celebrate
Where: 529 Kids Consign | Alexandria, VA
When: Friday, 3-6pm
Admission: Free

The go-to upscale children’s and maternity consignment boutique is celebrating five years of business and you’re invited to the birthday bash! During the festivities, get 10% off all full-price items, plus there will be balloon animal art and a photo booth with a chance to win a FREE mini photo session. Party goers will also have the chance to score raffle prizes from local shops. And no party is complete without treats, so adults can enjoy rosé and Popped Republic will be on-hand with popcorn goodies for all. Local lifestyle and family blogger Angelica Talan (who is awesome!) of ClarendonMoms.com and AngelicaInTheCity.com will serve as the guest host for the party.

Juggle Jam
Where: Capitol Hill Arts Workshop | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Friday, 6-7:30pm
Admission: $5 suggested donation

Throw caution to the weekend! Conquer the thrilling challenge of juggling with veteran juggler Christian Kloc. This workshop begins with a short demo, moves into some goofy warm-ups, then puts juggling props in your hands and offers pro tips to jumpstart your newfound circus habit. After practicing controlled chaos, put on a show with your fellow jugglers and get the thundering applause you deserve! All ages are welcome. Equipment is provided. Wear comfortable clothes that allow relaxed movements.

National Math Festival
Where: Washington Convention Center | Mt. Vernon Square, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 7pm
Admission: Free

The National Math Festival brings together some of the most influential mathematicians of our time to inspire and challenge participants to see math in new and exciting ways. Through a day of lectures, hands-on demonstrations, art, films, performances, puzzles, games, children’s book readings, and more, we bring out unexpected sides of mathematics for everyone, from toddlers to adults of all ages.

Earth Day Family Day
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am-3pm
Admission: Free

The American Art Museum is going green for the 47th annual Earth Day! Follow the rhythms of Bash the Trash as they perform with instruments made from recycled and reused materials, or make artworks inspired by Mother Nature. From trees to oceans to critters, come celebrate the many gifts this planet has to give us.

Discover the Dinosaurs
Where: DC Armory | SE DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $14-52

Venture back to a time when the dinosaurs roamed the earth at the ALL NEW Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED! Experience up-close encounters with a lifelike Stegosaurus, Velociraptor, and the king T-Rex in this thrilling walk-through exhibit. Kids can meet a baby dino, take a spin in the Jurassic Jeeps on the Dino Raceway, and visit the Kids Adventure Zone filled with themed bouncy houses, crafts, face painting, and more. It’s family fun of prehistoric proportions!

Musical Morning with Uncle Devin
Where: Room & Board | 14th Street, DC
Whne: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free – RSVP here

Kids can get their groove on with the Uncle Devin Show, a DC-based musical experience featuring percussion instruments and vocals. All ages will love learning about percussion and can create their own musical instrument-themed craft to take home. Two sessions will take place at 10:20am and 11:20am. Room & Board is located at 1840 14th Street NW.

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

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 Anatomy of Sports, athletes will demonstrate their sport while medical illustrators and physical therapists reveal how muscles and bones work together. This session is perfect for families with children playing sports, the recreational athlete ,or the practiced sports enthusiast. Read more about the National Museum of Health & Medicine in this KFDC post.

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
* TreeHouse Shakers: Hatched brings family puppetry to Black Rock Center for the Arts
* It’s opening weekend for The Jungle Book at Imagination Stage
* The Three Billy Goats Gruff is on the Main Stage at The Puppet Co.
* And Baby Bear’s Birthday is this week’s featured Tiny Tots show
* 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

A Raisin in the Sun
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: Through May 7
Tickets: $40-111

Take older kids or make it a date night for this play. The story follows an African American family in the 1950’s as they yearn for a better life from their Chicago tenement and have the opportunity to realize it. With stellar performances by the cast, the show is emotional and thought-provoking as it spotlights struggles and issues that our society still grapples with today. Read the full KFDC review of it here.

Holland in Haymarket
Where: Burnside Farm | Haymarket, VA
When: Saturday, & Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Admission: $8/day

Tiptoe, stroll, frolic through the tulips! Burnside Farm’s annual Festival of Spring showcasing the season’s flowers is open and blooming. Wander through the giant fields that contain over 50 different varieties of flowers in a rainbow of colors and pick your own to enjoy at home: $1 for 2 daffodils, $1 per tulip.) Be sure to have your camera handy for some brilliant photo ops.

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

All ages are welcome to see the 2,000-pound millstone convert corn to cornmeal using good old-fashioned renewable energy of water. Miller Jeanne and Friends of Peirce Mill invite you to see DC’s only gristmill in action. Be sure to stop by Peirce Barn next door to explore the exhibits and enjoy children’s crafts. They will also be celebrating Rock Creek’s spring herring run with a special obstacle course for kids. Read more about Peirce Mill in this KFDC post.

Weekend Tudor Tots: Earth Day
Where: Tudor Place | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 10-11am
Admission: $5/child, free for adults

It’s a special weekend session of the (usually) Tuesday program for little ones to celebrate Earth Day. Read, sing, and play as Tudor Place celebrates spring while learning to reduce, reuse, and recycle in the picturesque gardens. Tots will take home a craft they’ve made themselves.

White House Spring Garden Tours
Where: White House Grounds | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4:30pm & Sunday, 10am – 2:30pm
Admission: Free, but tickets are required

Here’s a chance to see the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden, Kitchen Garden, and South Lawn at the White House. The annual Spring Garden and Grounds Tours are being held on Saturday and Sunday — and gaining admission to the event is as easy as picking up tickets the day of. Go here for more details and info on how to get tickets.

Earth Day Campfire
Where: Meadowside Nature Center | Rockville, MD
When: Saturday, 7:15-8pm
Admission: $6

Celebrate Earth Day around the campfire! Craft some handy take-care-of-the-planet reminders for your home and wind down the evening with s’mores. All participants must register in advance.

Hop on the Eye Spy Trains
Where: Montgomery County Parks | Cabin John & Wheaton, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $4/ride

Montgomery Parks recently started offering Spring Eye Spy Train rides at Cabin John and Wheaton Regional Parks for the first time! (The mini trains run during summer, too, but the Eye Spy fun is usually reserved for Halloween.) Hope on board and look for hidden figures in the woods as you ride around the park. Of course, stay to play at the park, too. Read KFDC write-ups about the Cabin John playground and the Wheaton playground.

All Aboard for a Model Train Open House
Where: Historic Vienna Depot of the W&OD Railroad | VA
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, VA.

Happy Birthday to the Bard!
Where: Folger Shakespeare Library | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 12pm
Admission: Free

‘Tis Shakespeare’s 453rd birthday, and the Folger Shakespeare Library is celebrating with its annual Open House on Sunday afternoon. In true Renaissance fashion, there will be song and dance, Elizabethan crafts, and theatrical performances. Guests can also enjoy sword fighting demos, special tours, a giant birthday cake, and an appearance by Queen Elizabeth I. The free event takes place rain or shine. Food trucks will be stationed in Puck’s Circle The Folger Shakespeare Library is located at 201 East Capitol Street SE.

Earth Day Festival
Where: Brookside Gardens | Wheaton, MD
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Join Montgomery Parks at Brookside Gardens for a celebration of their wild animal friends and learn how you can help them. Fun crafts, games, nature walks, and talks will are some of the festivities to enjoy. And you’ll also have opportunities to see and meet the animals who live at Brookside up close!

Fairy & Gnome Festival
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Solomons, MD
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: $5, free for member and under 2
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This annual festival at one of the most enchanting places will delight the whole family — and we know from experience. Festivities are scattered throughout the beautiful grounds, creating a charming journey of discovery for young (and old) guests. Search for hidden fairy and gnome homes and use them as inspiration to create your own special pieces. Climb, explore, build, and dream in the lovely Fairy Lolly. Get faces painting, and enjoy music, dancing, games, crafts, food, drink, and more. Oh, and don’t let little ones miss the unicorn (yes, unicorn!) rides and a petting zoo. Read more about Annmarie Sculpture Garden in this KFDC post.

Park It
Where: National Parks
When: All weekend long
Admission: Free

It’s the tail end of National Park Week, so there’s no entrance fee to national parks that usually charge admission this weekend. If weather permits, hit the trail at Shenandoah, Prince William Forest, Great Falls, Harpers Ferry, or head up to Baltimore to explore Fort McHenry. Find even more parks to visit here.

HERtime2shine
Where: Silver Spring Civic Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Join Montgomery County Recreation at the second #HERtime2shine Sports & Fitness Event in celebration of girls and women in sports. The event aims to empower girls to get involved in sports and live healthy, active lifestyles by bringing the county’s sports and fitness organizations together to showcase new opportunities. The fun, carnival-style day will include demonstrations, entertainment and informational booths,cool prizes, and activities for the whole family.

Bethesda Literary Festival
Where: Throughout downtown Bethesda, MD
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: Free

The 18th annual festival celebrating reading and writing begins Friday night and runs through the weekend. Both local and national authors, journalists, and poets will be there to present their works, lead discussions, and sign books. While most of it is geared toward adults, especially for the younger set will be family storytime on Saturday morning. View the schedule for event times and locations.

Falls Church Feeds the World
Where: Christ Crossman UMC | Falls Church, VA
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Volunteer with the community to assemble and package 30,000+ meals to combat hunger around the world — kids aged 4 and older can help with meal packaging. There also will be a children’s festival with games and fun activities that will teach children about food insecurity in our community and the world.

The Great Indoors
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Rain is in the forecast, so you might need extra ideas for indoor outings. Burn some energy at an indoor playground, visit a museum, explore a historic place, catch some live entertainment, bring the outdoors in at a nature center. This post listing over 90 ideas for activities inside that will get your fun started.

***BONUS BITS***
* The Chime giveaway to celebrate moms is still running – enter for your chance to win a $200 gift card to Bliss Spa and $100 in free babysitting!
* How about a fun — and yummy — day date? Hank’s Oyster Bar is hosting it’s 10th Annual Oyster Fest on Saturday!
* This weekend may be too rainy for it, so plan ahead for some recreation on the water with this new round-up places to paddle, pedal, sail, and go with the flow.
* Looking for summer activities? Kids can kick it at DC Way Soccer Camp!

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