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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 5-7

Sweet treats after a hike in Harpers Ferry

Sweet treats after a hike in Harpers Ferry



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This new batch of events and activities contains all kinds of awesome. But if you want even more ideas for family fun, check out the Everyday Play page, too. Happy Weekend!

Harry Potter Symphony
Where: Strathmore
When: Friday, 8pm
Tickets: $35-65

The Harry Potter film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. This concert will feature the Baltimore Symphony performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score.

Fairfax 4-H Fair & Carnival
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Depends on activities (details below)

Head on down to the 4-H fair! Through Sunday, enjoy carnival rides, amusements, treats, farm animals and rabbits, rides and displays, horse and dog shows, the tractor pull, kids crafts and face painting, plus plenty of good food, drinks and live music. Held at Frying Pan Farm Park, hours for the many activities vary by day, so be sure to check the website before you go. Carnival ride tickets are $1 or 24 for $20 (most rides take 3-5). Unlimited carnival ride tickets are $25.

BrickFair ’16
Where: Dulles Expo Center
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $15, free for ages 3 and under

The nation’s largest LEGO Fan Festival will be enthralling guests of all ages this weekend. BrickFair brings together LEGO enthusiasts from across the country to showcase their amazing brick constructions, from tiny intricate works to elaborate, towering creations. Over 800 exhibitors will be there to display their designs, along with vendors selling all things LEGO — T-shirts, hats, mini figures, models, and more. And guests can use it all as inspiration to do some building there themselves!

Slide the City
Where: Tyson’s Corner
When: Saturday, 12-7pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

A 1,000-foot slip ‘n’ slide will be the centerpiece of Slide the City, an all-day party in Tyson’s Corner that also offers live music, entertainment, and vendors. Sliders must be 5 years old and 46″ tall. There are several ticket options available, and prices vary, so visit the website for details.

Peach Daze Fuzztival
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $12/adult, $10/child

Great Country Farms is teaming up with Bluemont Vineyard and Dirt Farm Brewing to celebrate the peach picking season! Along with tons of fun activities, you can also learn how the peaches are grown and used in food and drink — and enjoy the results! Kick off each morning with a Peach Pancake Breakfast at Great Country Farms, then later on get the whole family involved in a peach eating and spitting contests and family water games. The playground of farm attractions will be open, and there will also be live music to entertain the crowd. Over at Bluemont Vineyard, enjoy peach wine slushies, and Dirt Farm Brewing will showcase its Som Peach Craft Brew.

Walking Stick Weekend
Where: National Museum of the American Indian
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5:30pm
Admission: Free

Celebrating the exhibition “Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist,” this weekend festival will features special activities the whole family can enjoy. Navajo and Nez Perce cultural specialists will talk about designs that inspired WalkingStick’s recent paintings, plus an array of hands-on art activities for all ages inspired by WalkingStick’s art will be offered.

Fair Play
Where: Howard County
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Carnival rides and games, farm animals, live entertainment, pony rides, the junk food gamut, pig races. Yes, it’s county fair season, and it’s kicking off in the area at the Howard County Fair. This post has the scoop on all of the county fun.

Rock Creek
Where: Rock Creek Nature Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy special programs along with the ongoing offerings at Rock Creek’s Nature Center. “Buffalo Soldier” presentations will take place Saturday. Take a Centennial Hike to celebrate the 100 years of the National Park Service. Do some nature crafts. Explore the night sky with the planetarium movie Zola Patrol Down to Earth. You can also pop over to the nearby Horse Center to visit the stables and treat the kids to a pony ride! Read more about Rock Creek programs in this KFDC post.

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

It’s a weekend of home games for the Nats as they host the Giants. There are games tonight and Saturday evening at 7:05pm, and on Sunday at 1:35pm. Check for special promos here. And before you go, get some KFDC tips on doing Nats game without breaking the bank.

STEM Across Cultures
Where: Steven C. Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free (parking is $15)

Jet out to the Chantilly arm of Air & Space for this some STEM focused fun! Celebrate the global feats in the fields of science, math, technology, and engineering. Meet scientists and engineers who are active in fields such as robotics, aerospace design, and aviation, and develop your own skills through hands-on activities.

DC United: Family Fun Night & Talon’s Birthday
Where: RFK Stadium
When: Saturday, 7pm
Admission: Starts at $25 (look for a deal)

Family fun, futbol action, and a birthday celebration for Talon will make this DC United match extra special. Photos with Talon and other area mascots, face painting, food trucks, and games are part of the birthday festivities. And pregame fun includes live music, corn hole, sand drink specials for adults. Even better, Certifikid has a deal for a discount on all of it (look under Activities & Events).

‘Tis the Season
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

Take advantage of the host of activities that only occur this time of year. Enjoy an open air concert at one of the many series in the area. Get wet at an outdoor pool, sprayground, or water park. Feast on crabs. Ride mini-trains and carousels at local parks. And so much more…

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

* Dive into the magical world of Cirque Italia!
* Go on a wild journey to Jumanji at Adventure Theatre
* See the Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could is wrapping up the Children’s Theatre in the Woods series at Wolf Trap
* Imagination Stage and The Washington Ballet bring you The Little Mermaid
* Peter and the Wolf is running at The Puppet Co.
* And Penguin’s Playground is the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theater
* Born for This: The Bebe Winans Story is playing at Arena Stage this summer
* Enjoy a KidFree evening out at a performance of Tweflth Knight at Synetic Theatre
* The Phantom of the Opera is on stage at the Kennedy Center, and its recommended for ages 6 and up (look for discount tickets)

Hiking & History
Where: Harper’s Ferry
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free ($10 if you park in lot)

Get some fresh air and exercise as you take in beautiful vistas and historic sites. Harpers Ferry is an easy day trip or weekend destination from DC, and summer is a great time to go. For more about a visit there, see this KFDC post.

Open Studio: Welcome to Murad Khani
Where: Sackler Gallery
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Witness how artists from Afghanistan are transforming their lives and their country during an afternoon of free family-friendly activities. Take a tour (12:30pm or 2:30pm) of the special exhibition Turquoise Mountain, then head to the ImaginAsia classroom to get creative with family and friends. All ages are welcome with adult companions.

Pixar Shorts
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday, 10:30am & 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.

Full STEAM Ahead!
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free for little ones, $5/adult, $3/ages 6-17

The amazing Garden & Arts Center in Solomons, MD, injects creativity and fun into STEM by adding Art, and turning Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math into STEAM! The program, designed for toddlers and preschoolers, uses hands-on investigations and challenges as children explore, observe, ask questions, and make predictions about the world around them as they create and play. Drop in Sunday for a Groovy Geology session, then plan to explore the rest of the grounds and exhibits while you’re there – it’s seriously fantastic! Read more about Annmarie in this KFDC post.

Hit the Harbor
Where: National Harbor
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Make a family day of it at National Harbor! There are a bunch of activities and attractions to keep the whole gang amused and entertained for hours. Go for a spin on the Capital Wheel, paddle (or pedal!) on the Potomac, climb around gigantic art, ride whimsical creatures on the carousel, grab a bite to eat and have a sweet treat, catch a free outdoor movie, and even more. This post has details about a KFDC experience there.

Target Family Night: Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Sunday, 6pm
Admission: Free

Grammy Award®–winning musician Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets bring their indie-pop dance party to the Millennium Stage. Their most recent album, Home, is full of songs about togetherness and is a celebration of the small moments in life spent with family.

Shop Tax Free
Where: Leesburg Premium Outlets
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free, but plan to buy (and save)

It’s tax free time in Virginia, and Leesburg outlets are celebrating. Stock up on all of this season’s back-to-school trends, as the shopping center offers sidewalk sales featuring additional savings on top of the regular 25-65%. As an added bonus, you can unwind and sing-along with a performance from Darcy Down. Catch the live music and electric atmosphere in Courtyard C, near Kate Spade and Vineyard Vines on Saturday from 1-3pm.


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The Weekend Round-Up: April 29 – May 1

Catch a Duck Race at Yards Park...or just go to play and relax

Catch a Duck Race at Yards Park…or just go to play and relax



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Racing toy ducks, bluegrass and jazz music, French flair, college and carousel celebrations, the arts, science, history, and so much more can be part of your weekend experience. And for activities beyond the round-up, browse the big list of indoor ideas as well as the best outdoor places to hang with the kids. Happy Weekend!

Bon Jour, Georgetown
Where: Wisconsin Avenue NW, between P St. & Reservoir Rd.
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 13th 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.

Duck, Duck… Race!
Where: Yards Park
When: Saturday 10am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free

See thousands of environmentally-friendly toy ducks race along the Anacostia River! The first ever 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, music, and a Kids’ Zone.

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 Worldof Fearless Ideas” is the theme of this year’s fair, 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.

Glen Echo Family Day
Where: Glen Echo Park
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the opening of the park’s beautiful historic Dentzel Carousel for its 96th season! Along with rides on the merry-go-round ($1.25/ride), guests of all ages can enjoy a loads of fun activities: Magic shows, dance performances, arts & crafts, face painting, photo exhibits, and balloon animals are just some of the usual favorites. The full schedule of events is available of the Glen Echo website.

Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival
Where: Kingman Island
When: Saturday 12-8pm
Admission: $25

The 7th 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 includes eight hours of performances by local bluegrass and folk acts on six stages. Fuel up with DC’s favorite food trucks and Sierra Nevada beer. Entertain kiddos in the Living Classrooms family tent with natural-inspired crafts and games for all ages. There will also be motor boat tours, kayaing, a marketplace selling all kinds of wares, and a Jam Tent, where pickers, strummers, and yodelers are welcome to stop in and play. Kingman Island is located on the Anacostia River at 575 Oklahoma Avenue NE (at the entrance to RFK Stadium).

Astronaut Academy
Where: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free (but parking is $15)

Experience the Air & Space Museum’s new Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy. The free alternate reality game challenges you to become an astronaut-in-training for a future trip to Mars. Choose what role you will play on the mission; engage in fun interactive activities; and explore the science, technology, engineering, and math skills you will need as a member of the next generation of space travelers. Along the way, you’ll learn about some of the Museum’s fascinating artifacts. Read more about the adventure on the website. Best for upper elementary and middle school visitors and their families.

Spring Arts Fair
Where: THEARC
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Washington Performing Arts and THEARC invite you to their Spring Arts Fair & Birthday Bash on Saturday to celebrate of DC’s diverse artistic offerings. The event will feature electrifying performances, interactive workshops, a moon bounce, face painting, free food (hot dogs, hamburgers, and Rita’s Italian Ice), and much more! A complimentary shuttle to THEARC will be available from the Southern Avenue Metro. Ample free parking is also available.

Revolutionary War Weekend
Where: Mount Vernon
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $20 ($17online)/adult, $9/ages 6-11, free 5 and under

Join Mount Vernon for one of the largest Revolutionary War encampments in the area! Step back in time and experience more than 500 Continentals, Redcoats, Hessians, cannon, and cavalry in action at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Meet hundreds of Revolutionary War military re-enactors, learn more about life in the 18th-century, discuss military techniques, and watch battle re-enactments, and more.

Jazz Hands
Where: Throughout the city
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

Take advantage of a fabulous opportunity for kids (and parents) to discover jazz music. International Jazz Day will bring together a hugely diverse group of artists for free shows in every Ward around the city, including major venues like The Kennedy Center, The National Museum of Natural History at The Smithsonian, and a number of great DC Jazz clubs.

Move Me Festival
Where: Kenmore Middle School
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Bowen McCauley Dance is celebrating 20 years of Creating Community through Dance with the 7th Annual Move Me. The free, family-friendly event celebrates art and culture, promoting healthy lifestyles through movement and the arts. Festivities include performances and interactive activities provided by more than 20 local arts organizations, plus storytelling, arts & crafts, face painting, raffle prizes, food trucks, and more.

Au Pair in American Cultural Fair
Where: Nationals Park
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Help celebrate 30 years of Au Pair in America and the U.S. Department of State’s au pair program! You’re invited to a fun afternoon of educational country displays, performances by au pairs, photo ops, face painting, and other fun activities for children. Au pairs from over 30 countries will be participating! If you’re curious about au pairs as a childcare option, don’t miss this fun-filled event! Sign up here.

REEP 40th Anniversary Event
Where: Gymnasium at the Arlington Mill Community Center
When: Friday, 6-9pm
Admission: $5/adult, $2/child, free for 2 and under

Start the weekend with the Arlington Education and Employment Program (REEP) for a 40th anniversary community celebration. Festivities will include carnival games, balloon animals, face painting, games, and raffles, live music, a DJ, food and drink, and more! REEP provides much-needed literacy, workforce development, and technology instruction to thousands of limited English proficient adults in Arlington.

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

* The Emperor’s Nightingale just opened at Adventure Theatre
* Looking for Roberto Clemente is on the Imagination Stage
* And so is Lord of the Flies, just through this weekend
* Join Moona Luna for a Saturday morning concert at Jammin’ Java
* Catch a performance of Boxes, Boxes, Boxes at the Atlas Performing Arts Center
* See a fairy tale on strings as Sleeping Beauty is performed at The Puppet Co.
* And Doggy Doodle’s is the featured Tiny Tots show there
* The Children of the Gospel Choir and Children’s Chorus of Washington will unite for a concert at the Lincoln Theatre

Fancy This
Where: Brookside Gardens
When: Through September 25, 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 exhibit opens for it’s 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.

Experience the WONDER of Art
Where: Renwick Gallery
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

The Renwick’s extraordinary exhibition will only be there in full for another a couple of weeks, so go see it while you can (or go for a repeat visit if you’ve already been). The aptly named WONDER features a major art installation in each gallery. And the works aren’t just beautiful, they’re breathtaking. Be sure to experience it with the kids — they’ll love it, too.

Literary Hill
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 Capitol Hill will display, discuss, and sign their books. The Hill’s newest bookseller will sell books on-site. Select authors will give brief talks or readings. And children’s corner will offer story times and activities.

Art and Me: Become a Conservator!
Where: Sackler Gallery
When: Sunday, 11:30am – 1pm & 3-4:30pm
Admission: Free

Visit the museum’s immersive installation Filthy Lucre and explore how art and science collide when conservators preserve precious works of art. Then, return to the ImaginAsia classroom and work with a Freer | Sackler conservator to learn about the process of repairing a work of art. This program is designed for children ages 3–5 with adult participation. Registration is required.

Tiptoe Through the Tulips
Where: Burnside Farm
When: Friday – Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Admission: $8

Experience Holland in Haymarket, VA! Burnside Farm’s annual Festival of Spring showcasing the season’s flowers is open and blooming. Stroll 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.

Re-ball! Raise/Raze
Where: Dupont Underground
When: Through June 1
Admission: $16.82

If you were wondering what happened to all the balls from last summer’s BEACH exhibition at the National Building Museum, well, this is it! Over 650,000 of the translucent spheres have been re-purposed into a reconfigurable block system in Dupont Underground’s first-ever installation. (Note: I was actually hesitant to even post this, since tickets have already sold out, but I figure it’s worth letting readers know about it if they want to try to score tickets elsewhere — I’ve seen them for sale on Craig’s List).

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Toys”R”Us Grand Opening at Tanger Outlets National Harbor this Friday

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A Toys“R”Us Outlet store is opening its doors at Tanger Outlets National Harbor this Friday, April 29, ready to bring convenience and value to customers seeking out deals on everything from construction sets to dolls for their little ones!

The store’s Grand Opening will feature special savings and activities for families, friends, and children. During the first day of business, shoppers can save $5 on purchases of $30 or more. There will also be appearances and photo opportunities with Geoffrey the Giraffe and Toys“R”Us balloon giveaways while supplies last. And more than 100 items will be on sale from Cra-Z-Art and Fisher-Price to Playskool.

With a fresh new look and layout, the store will feature a unique selection of products at value prices exclusive to their Outlet stores, keeping the bargain shopper top of mind. It will also offer a smaller array of toys found at their full-size stores, including a dedicated LEGO shop, expanded NERF and Barbie assortments, board games, educational toys, and the hottest properties like Star Wars, Shopkins, Avengers and more.

The Tanger Outlets National Harbor are located at 6800 Oxon Hill Road in National Harbor, MD. The Toys”R”Us store will be open Monday – Saturday 9am -9pm and Sunday 9am – 7pm.


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Toys”R”US, however, I only promote programs, services, and events that I truly believe in and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.


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Pop-Up Shop & Family Game Day at The Escape Lounge

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