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The Weekend Round-Up: September 2-5

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It hasn’t been a true DC summer if you haven’t taken advantage of one of the area’s best offerings: blue crabs! Feasting on the steamed Old Bay-spiced creatures is a seasonal treat, and doing so at a waterfront crab house on the Chesapeake Bay is a bonus. Cantler’s in Annapolis is an institution, and Mike’s Crab House in Riva is a family fave with delicious crabs, gorgeous scenery, and a great outdoor waiting area if tables aren’t immediately available. After your feast, head into downtown Annapolis for ice cream at Kilwin’s and a stroll around town. Find even more recommendations for crab feasting here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Plan Ahead for Fall Adventure!
Where: Solomons, MD
When: Future Weekends
Admission: Prices vary by package

Some outings take advanced planning, especially ones that are particularly cool. Ruddy Duck Adventures offers all-inclusive day trips around the Solomons, MD, area. They devise itineraries that include awesome activities and great dining, plus all the instruction and gear needed; all guests have to do is drive. Opt for a fossil and shark teeth hunt, a paddling excursion, or a wine and art adventure. And you can make it a family outing or a day date sans kids. Bonus: Use the code KFDC at checkout to get a discount! And for some inside scoop, read about our experience on the fossil hunt.

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The Weekend Round-Up: August 26-28

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

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






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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Autumn is for Families at Washington Revels

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[Note: This is a sponsored guest post written by Jo Rasi of Washington Revels]

A group of four- and five-year olds are marching down the hallway, waving ribbon sticks and singing an old traditional tune about apples. A dragon is resting on a nearby table while a volunteer sews one of its ears. Six teens are heading upstairs to rehearse with bells tied around their ankles, adding whimsy and celebration to the already joyful scene. And in the parking lot, a group of volunteers are leafing through a songbook choosing songs to share at the evening’s Community Sing.

This is just an ordinary autumn day at Washington Revels, a 35-year old cultural institution dedicated to celebrating cultural traditions through music, dance, storytelling, drama and more.

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There’s something for everyone — after-school workshops for PreK-8th grade, opportunities for children and teens to perform on stage, and family activities ranging from Community Sings, Pub Sings, concerts and parades, plus workshops (in music, dance and traditional crafts) – over 120 events each year. It’s a place where intergenerational interactions are a part of daily activities, a place where a family is invited to share in the joys of singing and community, and a place where traditions are honored, shared and created.

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And it’s the place where ages-old winter holiday traditions are recreated and reshaped every winter, and then performed at Lisner Auditorium in DC to over 10,000 people over two weekends in December. The Christmas Revels is the organization’s biggest annual event, and one that draws all ages and cultures from well beyond the DC area, and then encourages them to dance in the aisles (literally!) during the show. It’s easy to see why families make this event part of their annual holiday celebration.

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All three floors of the Revels’ Silver Spring building are ready for family activities. There’s a bright studio space for workshops and rehearsals, there are shelves and nooks filled with costumes, props, books and CDs, and tucked around the edges you’ll find colorful banners, a couple of dragons, a hobby horse, some jester hats and a Maypole. It’s a place where holidays and special days are celebrated and handed down to future generations, and a place always ready to create the shared joy of community.

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Kids and families refer to themselves as “Revelers” and might be heard saying “I’m reveling.” It’s what Washington Revels offers — a chance to revel in music, dance, drama, cultures, traditions and community. The Washington Post calls the DC-area Revelers “…one hundred of Washington’s most literate merrymakers, from kindergartners to senior citizens…” and notes that Washington Revels can create “…a celebration to make even the most incorrigible Grinch grin.”

Join in a Revels program to share in some singing, dancing, celebrating and grinning, and experience the spirit of Reveling! Try the September family-friendly free Community Sing, or enroll your children to be Little Dragons, Hobby Horses or Jesters after school, or consider having your 3rd-5th grader at the Children & Teen Christmas Revels Auditions.

Learn more about it all on the Washington Revels website!

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

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The Weekend Round-Up: August 19-21

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Head to the Zoo for panda birthdays and have a “shark” encounter, too



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And just like that summer break is coming to an end — for most of us in DC, anyway. But what an outstanding summer it’s been (besides the ridiculous heat). Ours included some great new experiences, a first sleep away camp adventure and theatre debut among them. We also had a fantastic family vacation. And in good ol’ KFDC fashion, we enjoyed plenty of both the tried and true and the new and cool around DC. But just because summer break is winding down, that doesn’t mean the fun is ending. So, whether you’re looking for a last hurrah before school starts or want to make the most of the next few days, these ideas will have you covered. Happy Weekend!

A Giant Birthday Celebration
Where: National Zoo
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the birthdays of the Zoo’s giant pandas Bao Bao, Bei Bei, and Tian. It’s Bei Bei’s first birthday! Bao Bao will be turning 3, and Tian Tian will be 19. Watch as they devour frozen birthday “cakes,” see animal demonstrations, and enjoy a complimentary tasting of Dan Dan (dahn-dahn) noodles from the Chinese Embassy. While you’re at the Zoo, be sure to check out Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea a playful exhibit of sculptures with an environmental message made from completely of plastic debris collected from beaches.

National Park Service Centennial
Where: National Mall
When: Sunday
Admission: Free

The week-long celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary begins on Sunday with special activities on the National Mall. Take a bike ride with U.S. Park Police, explore the treasure of the museums, play mini golf at Hains Point, and more! Go here to see what other events will be taking place over the week ahead in honor of the centennial milestone.

Olympic Celebration Family Day
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum
When: Saturday, 11:30am
Admission: Free

The Olympics may be in Rio de Janeiro, but you can get in the spirit as you join special festivities at the American Art Museum. Go for an afternoon of crafts, games, and music that celebrates the culture of Rio and the athletes competing in the 2016 Olympic Games. Whatever your sport, you can cheer on the red, white, and blue of Team USA!

Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter Fans
Where: National Gallry of Art
When: Saturday, 2pm
Admission: $17.50/ages 10-17, $19.50/ages 18+

Join Watson Adventures on a unique Harry Potter-themed scavenger hunt for kids ages 10 & up! Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the National Gallery in search of art that echoes characters, places, and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Wizards and muggles alike can play and enjoy this hunt, which is not an addition to or variation on Harry’s adventures; instead, references to the books provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art – a great way to discover (or rediscover) the museum. The hunt is designed for kids and adults to do together, but all-adult teams will be allowed to compete separately. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Advance purchase is required.

Turk & Terrain Outdoor Art Tour
Where: Foggy Bottom Historic District
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: Free

Take a free tour of artwork outdoors! The 2016 Arts in Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Biennial has turned the tiny neighborhood into a free outdoor museum for all to enjoy with site-responsive sculptures, new media installations, and more neat works by 14 local, regional, and international artists. On Saturday, join curator Danielle O’Steen for a kid-friendly tour of the show as she explains the meaning of each piece and its connection to the neighborhood. Groups meet outside of the yellow house on 842 New Hampshire Ave (corner of New Hampshire Ave. and I St. NW)

Fair and Square
Where: Arlington, Montgomery, & Prince William Counties
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

County fair season continues as Arlington’s annual fest is underway, and Montgomery and Prince William counties host their final days. All are chock full of amusement for everyone, with carnival rides and games, farm animals, live entertainment, pony rides, the junk food gamut, pig races, and so much more. This post has the whole scoop on all of the county fun.

Colonial Tobacco Harvest
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: $3/adult, $2/child, free for 2 and under

Harvest time is here! Tobacco was a precious crop for Colonial Virginians, used to purchase goods not produced on the Farm. On Saturday, your fam and can help the Claude Moore Colonial Farm family gather their ripened tobacco plants, clean the leaves, and hang them inside the barn to cure. It’s an event that’s educational and fun for all ages!

STEM Magic: Airlane Design
Where: Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15

Join the Air & Space Museum for Making STEM Magic, a new program that introduces young visitors to engineering in a fun and creative way. Learn by doing. Design, build, and test a prototype that solves a given challenge. Every month we’ll explore a new theme and introduce a new problem to be solved, so come back each month to accept the challenge and learn to think like an engineer.

Centennial Hike
Where: Rock Creek Park
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: Free

Explore the history and nature of Rock Creek Park with the folks who know it best! Join park rangers on a two mile hike that looks at the history of the National Park Service through the lens of Rock Creek as the NPS celebrates 100 years. Meet at the Nature Center and remember to wear proper shoes for hiking and bring along water.

Kids Corner
Where: The Park at City Center
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: Free

Join City Center for a special weekend edition of Kids Corner, their weekly series for children. Enjoy storytime, singing, and fun with a musical performance by Chris & Jenna! The Park at City Center is at the corner of 10th & I Streets NW.

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.

Shows on Strings
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $6-10

Peter and the Wolf is the Main Stage performance, and the one-man, multi-marionette show is an engaging and entertaining theatre experience. Read a KFDC review of the production from a few years ago. Really little ones will love Panda Monium, this weekend’s featured Tiny Tots show, where the lights stay on and doors stay open for an atmosphere suited to small fries.

Summer Staples
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Free concerts in the fresh air, outdoor swimming, movies under the stars, sprayground fun… Activities exclusive to this time of year can be enjoyed all weekend long. Details on all of these seasonal staples and more can be found in the guide to Summer in DC.

Kids Day
Where: Palmercare Chiropractic
When: Saturday, 9am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Palmercare Chiropractic DC is hosting a Kids Day and will be giving away free treatments for kids under the age of 16. Call ahead to reserve a time slot, or stop by for face painting, balloon animals, and to learn more about their services. Call 202-828-8303 to book a time for your child to get free care on Saturday.

Fun at Fairfax Parks
Where: Several Fairfax parks
When: Throughout the weekend

Admission: Varies by activity
The Fairfax County Park Authority hosts all kinds of events on weekends for guests of all ages. Explore dairy farm history, then make and eat your own ice cream at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Take a wagon ride or build a bat house at Riverbend. Observe the moon at Burke Lake Park. Details and resgitration for these and more activities this weekend and beyond are available here.

Music on the Mill Kids Concert
Where: River Mill Park
When: Saturday, 5-7pm
Admission: Free

Rock out at this new music series in Occoquan at a special kids concert. Rocknoceros will be performing, and there will be lots of extra fun to accompany the show — face painting, balloon art, arts & crafts, and more. Bring a blanket or chair, pack a picnic, and bring the whole gang for an evening of family-friendly entertainment. River Mill Park is a new 1.1-acre park located on the west end of Mill Street in the quaint little town of Occoquan.

Movie On the Green: Zootopia
Where: Fort Dupont Amphitheater
When: Saturday, 6pm
Admission: Free

Fort Dupont is hosting its first outdoor movie night in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial anniversary as a part of the 44th Fort DuPont Summer Series. They are kicking off the series with a young movie-goer fave: Zootopia! Concessions will be available for purchase onsite. Gates open at 5:30pm. The amphitheater is located at 3600 F St. and Minnesota Ave. SE.

Comcast Outdoor Film Fest
Where: Strathmore
When: Saturday – Monday, 8:45pm (gates open 6:30pm)
Admission: Free

‭Enjoy three nights of summer fun under the stars during the Annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival. The free event‬
celebrates the end of summer as it featurs both recent hits and classic movies on the only nine-story high, 52-foot wide inflatable movie screen within 1,000 miles. ‬During the Festival, the community will be able to enjoy an unrivaled outdoor movie experience with digital cinema ‬ projection. ‬See Jurassic World on Saturday, Minions on Sunday, and The Wizard of Oz on Monday.

Nature & Recreation in Annapolis
Where: Quiet Waters Park
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $6/car

Head east to explore a new park. A few months ago we discovered Quiet Waters, kind of by accident, and it made for a fantastic outdoorsy Mother’s Day. Hike in the woods under a leafy canopy, paddle the South River, take in scenic vistas, and even view some art. Afterwards, go get crabby. :)

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

It’s not a true DC summer if you don’t take advantage of one of the area’s best offerings: blue crabs! Feasting on the steamed Old Bay-spiced creatures is a seasonal treat, and doing so at a waterfront crab house on the Chesapeake Bay is a bonus. Cantler’s in Annapolis is an institution, and Mike’s Crab House in Riva is a family fave with delicious crabs, gorgeous scenery, and a great outdoor waiting area if tables aren’t immediately available. After your feast, head into downtown Annapolis for ice cream at Kilwin’s and a stroll around town!

DC United vs. NY Red Bulls
Where: RFK Stadium
When: Sunday, 3pm
Admission: Tickets

Kick it at a soccer game on Sunday. The DC United are hosting the New York Red Bulls for an afternoon match. Be sure to stop by the Fan Zone in section 222 for extra activities that kids and adults.

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

If you’re just 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

Plan Ahead for Fall Adventure!
Where: Solomons, MD
When: Future Weekends
Admission: Prices vary by package

Some outings take advanced planning, especially ones that are particularly cool. Ruddy Duck Adventures offers all-inclusive day trips around the Solomons, MD, area. They devise itineraries that include awesome activities and great dining, plus all the instruction and gear needed; all guests have to do is drive. Opt for a fossil and shark teeth hunt, a paddling excursion, or a wine and art adventure. And you can make it a family outing or a day date sans kids. Bonus: Use the code KFDC at check out to get a discount! And for some inside scoop, read about our experience on the fossil hunt.


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Giveaway: Win Tickets to InterAct Story Theatre’s One Gold Coin–una moneda de oro

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InterAct Story Theatre is bringing back a favorite from their repertory to entertain young audiences this September! One Gold Coin–una moneda de oro is a fun and engaging play for kids and families about the power of giving, performed in English and Spanish with lots of audience participation.

Could the magic of giving be locked inside one little coin? When the wise old healer Doña Teresa comes to Regalo, she carries a gold coin that brings magic to everyone that holds it — but it must be given to one who truly needs it. But how do you decide who has the greatest need? And who does the coin’s magic benefit most — the one who receives it, or the one who gives it away?

Javier del Pilar, Elicia Moran, and Elle Sullivan in One Gold Coin una moeda de oro

Javier del Pilar, Elicia Moran, and Elle Sullivan in One Gold Coin–una moeda de oro



Penned by founding director Lenore Blank Kelner and directed by Executive Artistic Director Ali Oliver-Krueger, this fresh adaptation of an InterAct Story Theatre classic is set in El Salvador and features music by award-winning musical duo Cantaré Latin American Music.

One Gold Coin–una moneda de oro will run September 9-18 at Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, Theatre II. Performances will take place Fridays at 11am & 1pm and Saturdays & Sundays at 11:30am & 1:30pm. There will also be a Special Sensory Friendly performance on Sunday, September 11 at 1:30pm. Recommended for ages 4 and up, run time is 50 minutes. Tickets are $12.50/adult, $10/ages 4-11, free for 3 and under (plus service fee) and can be purchased online. Of course, you can try to win a free set through the giveaway below.


GIVEAWAY: I have two sets of four tickets up for grabs to see InterAct Story Theatre’s One Gold Coin–una moneda de oro on September 10 at 11:30am or 1pm! For a chance to win one of them, simply leave a comment below telling me what activity you enjoyed most this summer that you learned about from KidFriendly DC. To be eligible, you should subscribe to the KFDC blog (see sign-up to the left) and follow KidFriendly DC on Facebook and InterAct Story Theatre on Facebook. This giveaway will run through Sunday, August 28, then the winners will be picked and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by InterAct Story Theatre, however, I only promote programs, events, and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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