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The Weekend Round-Up: April 23-24

He could be your host this weekend...

He could be your host this weekend…



Spring is in full swing, and there are so many great ways to make the most of it. Celebrate Earth Day, experience some fairy magic, go all aboard with Thomas, bring your pooch to the farm, be a guest at Shakespeare’s birthday party, and so much more. Take advantage, seize the day…and party like it’s 1999. Happy Weekend!

Fairy & Gnome Fest
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Gardens
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: $5/adult, $3/child

Get ready for a magical time at Annmarie’s Annual Fairy & Gnome Home Festival, a magical afternoon of imaginative fun and natural play in Solomons, MD. Festival activities will be scattered throughout the beautiful grounds, creating a charming journey of discovery for young guests. Search for hidden fairy and gnome homes and use them as inspiration to create their own special pieces. Climb, explore, build, and dream in the enchanting Fairy Lolly. Face painting, music, dancing, games, food, and drink will also be part of the festivities. As will unicorn (yes, unicorn!) rides and a petting zoo that are sure to delight little ones. Read more about Annmarie here.

A Wild Earth Day
Where: National Zoo
When: Saturday,
Admission: Free

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is committed to saving species and our planet — did you know that the Zoo recycles approximately 100 tons of materials and composts 600 tons of waste each year? – so, accordingly, they are hosting an Earth Day event with loads of green-themed activities. Get gardening tips from their expert horticulturists, take a tour of the Zoo’s green facilities, attend special demos, and much more. Plan to ride your bike there — the first 75 bicyclists to register for this event will receive free bike valet parking at the Zoo and a free recycled notebook!

Day Out with Thomas
Where: B&O Railroad Museum
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: $18, $21 with train ride

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!

Dog Days Bloom Fest
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $10/adult, $8/child

This adventure for dogs and their people has something for every member of the family. Canine guests can run a brand agility course set up by Joyful Dog Training owner, Marnie Montgomery, and trainer and agility competitor, Susan Sanderson.. Other 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!

Centennial Junior Ranger Day
Where: Peirce Mill
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Head to Rock Creek Park for a day full of activities to learn about the park and celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service. Do a corn husk craft, learn how to make a map, ind out how to tie different knots, and more. Check here for a schedule of activities. And read this KFDC post for more about Peirce Mill.

Happy Birthday to the Bard!
Where: Folger Shakespeare Library
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

‘Tis Shakespeare’s 452nd birthday, and the Folger Shakespeare Library is celebrating with an Open House on Sunday afternoon. In true Renaissance fashion, there will be song and dance, Elizabethan crafts, and performances by the Reduced Shakespeare Company and Nickel Shakespeare girls. Swordfighting demos, drum corps, special tours, and a giant birthday cake (usually cut by by Queen Elizabeth I). The event is free and will take 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
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Join Montgomery Parks at Brookside Gardens to celebrate the world and learn ways to keep it healthy. Go in the morning for a volunteer project in the gardens. The afternoon will offer even more: a green craft fair, native plant sale, community art project, family activities, tours of the Gardens, live music with the band Nature Jams, and more. Visit the website for a schedule of activities.

Celebrate the Kids Farm
Where: National Zoo
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

State Farm is hosting a day of special activities at the Zoo to celebrate the Kids’ Farm! Visitors to the exhibit can enjoy arts & crafts, giveaways, and other fun festivities. “Tend your Garden” to learn how to recycle used shipping pallets to easily create beautiful urban gardens, meet members of the Zoo’s horticulture team and help “plant” seedlings in the pallets, and more.

Eagle Festival
Where: Mason Neck State Park
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

It’s a day of fun and adventure at the 31st annual Eagle Festival by the scenic Belmont Bay. Celebrate the wonder, beauty, and serenity that make Mason Neck special as you enjoy wildlife exhibits, guided hikes, games, nature programs, archery, food vendors and, of course, bald eagles.

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

* The Emperor’s Nightingale just opened at Adventure Theatre
* Watch a production of Moby Dick in the Kennedy Center’s Family Theater
* Looking for Roberto Clemente is on the Imagination Stage
* Join Miss Nina’s Saturday Morning Sing-Along at Jammin’ Java
* Children’s classics will come to life at The Alden’s production of Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny
* See a fairy tale on strings as Sleeping Beauty is performed at The Puppet Co.
* And Teddy Bear’s Picnic is the featured Tiny Tots show there
* NextStop Theatre’s production of Snow White closes after this weekend
* Or bring little ones to the NSO Kinderclassic Fancy That! at the Kennedy Center
* Or take the whole family to the symphony for Lights! Canvas! Music!

Holland in Haymarket
Where: Burnside Farm
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.

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

It’s the tail end of National Park Week, and there’s no entrance fee to national parks that usually charge admission this weekend. Between that and the nice weather, it’s a good time to hit the trail at Shenandoah or Great Falls, take a ride on Skyline Drive to see the mountains in their spring greenery, or visit Harpers Ferry.

Spring Cleaning
Where: The Container Store
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm
Admision: Free

A great opportunity to do some spring cleaning at the The Container Store has partnered with Goodwill to help customers Kiss Clutter Goodbye with a goal to declutter, donate, and do life — organized. They are hosting in-store monetary donations for Goodwill through May, plus donation and demonstration events at stores this weekend and next. Goodwill representatives will be there to accept donations of new or used clothing, textiles, small appliances and household good (sorry, no mattresses, furniture, chemicals or paint). See demos set up throughout the store, where organizing experts will share decluttering tips and more. There will also be samples to try at home and prize drawings.

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

It’s a weekend at home for the Nats as they host Minnesota. There is a game tonight, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Don’t miss the special fun — Saturday is Pups in the Park and Sunday is Kids Opening Day as well as Screech’s Birthday. And Kids Run the Bases invites young fans ages 4-12 do just that after the game. Before you go, get some KFDC tips on doing Nats game without breaking the bank.


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The Weekend Round-Up: April 16-17

Everything's coming up tulips at Burnside Farm

Everything’s coming up tulips at Burnside Farm



Hanna Andersson


Seasonal celebrations, educational festivals, live entertainment, outdoor adventures, and much more… these fabulous spring days will be bursting with fun — and this round-up has details on all of it. Happy Weekend!

USA Science & Engineering Expo
Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm & Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

If your child has any inkling of interest in science and engineering, likes to do hands-on experiments, see fascinating live demos, or talk first-hand with the experts, then chances are very good that they will dig this event. (And so will you, parents.) Over 3,000 interactive exhibits and 150 stage shows will highlight all kinds of science-related topics in fun, engaging, exciting ways. Attendees can suit up in astronaut gear, explore the science of music, see 3-D printers at work, hold eight-legged creatures, solve science and math mysteries, check out rockets and robots, discover renewable energy sources of the future, and much, much, much more! There will also be some awesome entertainment (see below) that adults will be just as excited about as the kids!

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
Where: Constitution Avenue, 7th – 17th Streets NW
When: April 16, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

This parade is for many the pinnacle of the Cherry Blossom Festival and a fantastic grand finale for the seasonal celebration. Thousands of people line Constitution Avenue every year to watch the spectacle of lavish floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands, and a variety of performers travel down it. Tickets for grandstand seats are available for $20, but you can stake out a spot along the curb for free. Plan to arrive early to get a good view — the crowds come out for this one, especially if it’s a pretty spring day.

Sakura Matsuri
Where: M Street & New Jersey Ave. SE
When: April 16, 10:30am – 6pm
Admission: $8/ages 13 and up in advance, free for 12 and under

Following the Cherry Blossom parade, many folks head right over to Sakura Matsuri, the Japanese Street Festival that is America’s largest one-day exhibition of Japanese culture. There will be live music and dance performances, all kinds of Asian and Western foods, martial arts demos, Japanese art, and more. All at a new location in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. Be prepared for a crowd.

Make a Little Birdhouse in Your Soul
Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
When: Saturday, 1pm & 4pm
Admission: Free

They Might Be Giants is definitely going to rock when they play two free shows this Saturday as part of the USA Science & Engineering Festival. And if you’re thinking it’s odd that one of our generation’s bands is performing at an event for kids, then you need to brush up on your children’s music. TMBG are award-winning artists — in the kids’ music genre. But given that their fun, alternative sound spans the generations, you can bet that kids young and old will have a blast.

Tiptoe Through the Tulips
Where: Burnside Farm
When: Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am – 6pm
Admission: $8

Experience Holland in Haymarket, Va! The bloom has begun at Burnside Farm, where their annual Festival of Spring showcases the season’s flowers. 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. (Note: This first weekend is the smallest bloom, so if you can only visit once this spring, you may want to wait a week or two.) Along with the flowers, there concessions are also for sale.

Bluebells at the Bend
Where: Riverbend Park
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: $5

Celebrate the Virginia Bluebells as they blanket the banks of the Potomac River at Riverbend Park. Bring the whole family for fun including games, music, wildflower walks, wagon rides, live animals, and more! And to see what else is going on at other Fairfax County Parks, go here.

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

It’s National Park Week through April 24, so there will be no entrance fee at National Parks where they usually charge to get in. Take advantage of complimentary admission and celebrate our parks by visiting a local natural treasure. Hit the trail at Shenandoah or Great Falls, take a ride on Skyline Drive, or visit Harpers Ferry. For more ideas of places to visit, see the National Park Service website.

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

* Looking for Roberto Clemente just opened on the Imagination Stage
* Reserve free tickets to see NRITYA: Rhythms of India, this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance
* The Billy Jonas Band is playing the Saturday show at Jammin’ Java
* It’s opening weekend for Sleeping Beauty at The Puppet Co.
* And Clowning Around is the featured Tiny Tots show there
* NextStop Theatre’s production of Snow White begins this weekend
* The Gardens Figure Skating Club presents Peter Pan on Ice at the Gardens Ice Rink in Laurel
* See Teatro Hugo y Ines at the BlackRock Center for the Arts on Sunday

The Swedish Circus is Coming!
Where: Meridian Park
When: Saturday, 3-5pm
Admission: Free

Join the Embassy of Sweden and Cirkus Cirkör for free circus trial sessions in the park! Try juggling, acrobatics, and tight wire walking — all at your own level. The timid participant becomes courageous; the smallest participant becomes the strongest! No preparation or special clothes needed. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Earth Day Plant Sale & Picnic
Where: Tudor Place
When: Sunday, 12-3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day and help Tudor Place kick off their Annual Plant Sale by supporting conservation and education at Tudor Place. For one day only, the grounds will be open for picnicking. Enjoy the historic gardens and browse a range of flowering and native sun to shade perennials. Varieties for sale will include toads lily, lambs ear, columbine, anise and more to add to your own garden. Tropical and house plants also for sale!

Presidential Cars at the Capitol
Where: National Mall
When: Through April 26
Admission: Free

The Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) Cars at the Capital is hosting its second Cars at the Capitol, a display of Presidential Cars at the National Mall. The event features two iconic presidential cars as it begins the documentation of the vehicles into the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and National Historic Vehicle Register. Until April 19, you can view President Taft’s 1909 Steam Car on the Mall between the National Gallery of Art and National Air & Space Museum. President Reagan’s 1962 Willys ‘Jeep’ CJ-6 will be there April 20-26.

Family Workshop: Paper Trails
Where: Sackler Gallery
When Saturday, 1–4pm
Admission: Free

In celebration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, explore the importance of paper across Asian artmaking traditions. With educators from the Freer|Sackler and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, use traditional Japanese papers and bookmaking tools and techniques to create your own artist’s book. This program is designed for children ages 6–12 and adults to enjoy together. Registration opens March 15 at 12 pm.

DC United vs. Toronto FC
Where: RFK Stadium
When: Saturday, 5pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Kick it at a soccer game as the DC United host Toronto FC on Saturday evening. Be sure to stop by the Fan Zone in section 222 for a variety of kids activities. For some extra goodies just for young fans, join the Kids Club!

Market & More in Brookland
Where: Monroe Street Market
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

The Brookland & Edgewood communities kick off a schedule of spring events this Saturday its first Brookland’s Monroe Street Farmers Market. Special activities and performances by Only Make Believe, plus a one-year anniversary celebration for The Bike Rack DC and Filter Coffeehouse & Espresso Bar will be among the festivities to enjoy this weekend.

Something Fishy Going On
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm
When: Saturday, 10am – 4:30pm
Admission: $3/adult, $2/child

Join the Farm Family at Claude Moore as they clean and salt their yearly catch of herring – guests are invited to help scale, clean, and pack the fish into jars. Tour the rest of the grounds while you’re there, and learn about the important contributions the Potomac River made in colonial era Virginia.

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

Chug on down to Vienna to watch model train and trolley activities that realistically depict an actual railroad that existed in North Carolina in the 1950′s. Every hill, town, building, locomotive, rail car, and industry in the 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.

Squad Up
Where: RESPECT by PRSVR Lifestyle Boutique
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Washington, DC’s fashion scene has something to celebrate! The newest RESPECT by PRSVR Lifestyle Boutique is opening in the historic Shepherd Park neighborhood at 7610 Georgia Ave NW and there will be a pop-up BBQ to celebrate the first weekend. Shop kids clothes and enjoy a cookout with al the cool kids and their parents.

Anacostia River Festival
Where: Anacostia Park
When: Sunday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the connection of people to parks as the National Park Service and the 11th Street Bridge Park present the second annual Anacostia River Festival. Enjoy kayaking, boating, fishing workshops, hands-on art projects, musical performances, bike parades, and other unique programs engaging families with the river, its history, and ecology.

The Magic of Books
Where: Kensington Town Hall
When: Sunday, 3-5pm
Admission: $5/person, $20/family

Have some fun as you help support the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation Make MORE Noyes Campaign, a partnership between the Foundation and Montgomery County that is funding a major renovation of the historic library. The Magic of Books will feature a magic show by Joe Romano, a renowned performer who has entertained audiences at the White House and at a Read Across America celebration with Michelle Obama. Recommended for ages 3-10, but all ages are welcome.

The Great DC Outdoors
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission:Varies by Locale

The superb spring weather is beckoning! You’ve got your pick of spots around the DC-Metro to get outside and enjoy it. Take a hike, hit a playground, explore a garden, visit animals, or see what else there is to do al fresco in this post with tons of ideas for fun in the fresh air.


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The Weekend Round-Up: May 8-10

I'll take a note like this anytime -- regardless of where she was or what she was doing while writing it.

I’ll take a note like this anytime — regardless of where she was or what she was doing while writing it.



Start off the weekend excitement on the National Mall today with the much anticipated flyover and a garden fest. Continue it over the next couple of days with a European tour, a Washington Ballet performance, more great live entertainment, a Nats game, fun on the farm, or some tennis. Or make some plans based on these ideas for Everyday Play. Whatever you do, make sure it includes something special for mom. Happy Weekend! And a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms!

Arsenal of Democracy Flyover
Where: The Skies over the National Mall
When: Friday, 12:10pm
Admission: Free

This sight that is certain to be spectacular. Honoring those who fought in World War II on its 70th anniversary, the flyover will include dozens of vintage aircraft flying in historically sequenced warbird formations from the Lincoln Memorial to the U.S. Capitol. The National Mall will be the most obvious viewing place, but it’s bound to be crowded, so you may want to find an alternative spot to witness the event.

Garden Fest
Where: Enid A. Haupt Garden
When: Friday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate National Public Gardens Day with an array of activities focused on the important roles that pollinators play with regard to our food and ecosystems. Explore the history of honey bees, learn what you can do to attract pollinators to your own garden, and participate in all kinds of hands-on activities. The day will also include the return of popular events like the annual Container Contest, free water bottles from Fairfax Water, and musical performances by Bay Jazz Project. The Enid A. Haupt Garden is located behind the Smithsonian Castle.

Shortcut to Europe
Where: EU Embassies
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 our experience at an Around the World Embassy Tour.

Fly-in to Victory Day
Where: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15

If you can’t make it to the Flyover on Friday, you still have a chance to see the vintage airplanes – just not in flight. The day after formations of World War II aircraft fly over DC as part of the Arsenal of Democracy World War II Victory Capitol Flyover, a selection of the historic airplanes will be on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. The celebration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe will also feature educational and WWII-era activities, including performances by the U.S. Air Force Band’s Airmen of Note, swing dancing, themed story times, and hands-on activities.

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

The Nats are hosting the Braves this weekend, and there are a few family-friendly promos to enjoy along with the action on the baseball diamond. On Signature Sunday, kids can get autographs from players starting an hour before the game (a voucher is required and given out on a first come-first served basis on a first come, first served basis at Sections 109 and 140). Mother’s Day is also being recognized, and Kids Run the Bases welcomes 4-12-year-olds can loop the infield after the Sunday game.

Fun – & Asparagus! – on the Farm
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $8/child, $10/adult

Why buy mom roses when you can you can give her a bouquet of something as unique and fresh as asparagus? The veggie is at its peak and full of flavor this time of year, and you can get it at Great Country Farms – and have a ton of fun. Let dad take the kids out to the five-acre play area, while mom enjoys shopping in the Farm Market stocked with jams & jellies, honey, local meats, baked goods and great gift ideas! Or just relax over lunch and a strawberry sundae at the Roosteraunt concession stand. They’ll have a Chocolate Dipped Strawberry for each visiting mom to thank her for her love, patience, and nurturing in raising our next generation – now, that is sweet!

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

* Be enchanted by The Washington Ballet’s Alice (in wonderland) at the Kennedy Center (look for a deal on select seats)
* Enjoy the symphony with little ones at NSO Kinderclassics: Beethoven at the Ballpark, also at the Kennedy Center
* It’s opening weekend for Creatiive Cauldron’s Once on this Island
* Catch a performance of Sinbad: The Untold Tale at Imagination Stage
* The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is on stage at Adventure Theatre
* See a show on strings at The Puppet Co. where Cinderella is the current main stage production
* And Penguins’ Playground and Animal Crackers are the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theatre
* Rock out with Beatles & Bubblegum at Jammin’ Java on Saturday morning

Spring Farm Day
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park
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.

Q’s Gadget Day
Where: International Spy Museum
When: Saturday, 11am, 12pm, or 1pm
Admission: $8

Tech-ops in training ages 8 and up have a chance to create way-cool spy gadgetry for their future missions at this KidSpy Family Workshop. From cameras that shoot through a button-hole to a secret listening device in the heel of a shoe, spies have always used the slickest tools of the trade. Whether it’s to hide top secret intelligence, escape from a sticky situation or communicate covertly, trainees will have the choice to use everyday objects, recycled materials, or basic electronics develop a pre-determined spy gadget or create a new gadget of their imagination.

National Train Day
Where: National Postal Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Trains played a critical part in America’s postal history. From 1864-1977, the Railway Mail Service used clerks on board moving trains to sort and process mail, speeding delivery. And this weekend, the Postal Museum is paying tribute on National Train Day. If you choo choo choose to visit the Museum on Saturday, you can see model train displays and enjoy special railway themed activities the whole family will enjoy!

Free Tennis Play Day
Where: Trinity Washington University
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Want to get a pre-summer sample of a new camp coming to DC AND have a fun time on the tennis court? RDUTennis is hosting a Free Play Day and Clinic on Saturday. Get some tips, meet the staff, learn about their programs, and have fun! Brian Rosenthal and staff will be on court for two hours to provide instruction and answer questions. RSVP to Brian@rdutennis.net with the name of your child, age, skill level, and when you plan to arrive. Go for the whole two hours or just a few minutes. Participants should bring their own racquets, but RDUTennis will have all the balls ready. Trinity Washington University is located at 125 Michigan Ave NE.

Ultimate Frisbee Clinic
Where: Glenallan Elementary School, Silver Spring
When: Saturday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Girls in grades 3-6 are invited to this two-hour clinic that will introduce them to the basic skills of Ultimate Frisbee, one of the fastest-growing team sports in the country, in a fun and positive environment. The clinic will be led by coaches from local women’s club teams and is organized in partnership with Impact Silver Spring. Glenallan Elementary is located at 12520 Heurich Road in Silver Spring. To register call Damian at 240.650.2797 or email damian@impactsilverspring.org.

Kids in the Kitchen
Where: Mosaic District’s Glass Alley
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

The Junior League of Northern Virginia’s Spring Health Fair aims to encourage kids to live a healthy lifestyle by providing resources for child-centric exercise and nutrition education and recipes for healthy eating habits. The event will include fitness demonstrations, interactive booths, games and many other fun activities for all ages.

Pachamama: Mother Earth Celebration
Where: American Indian Museum
When: Sunday, 10:30am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a line-up of lively entertainment at the American Indian Museum. See dance performances by Tinkus Llajtaymanta, Tradiciones Bolivianas, Somos Bolivia, and Grupo Autoctono Tarkeada Bolviana. Musical group, Los Jathas will perform, and artists from ASUR Textiles, cocoa products from El Ceibo, Bolivian Stevia Growers, and quinoa products from Alimentos “La Chapaquita” will be exhibiting. Be sure to stop in the imagiNATIONS activity center for more kids’ activities.

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

How about hitting the trail? This go-to KFDC post has a bunch of recommendations for good places to hike with kids (though I heard Greenbelt Park has been having a tick problem recently). Find more details on the Riverbend to Great Falls trail here. And a few that aren’t on the list, but great for family tramping: Turkey Run Park, just off the GW Parkway and Scott’s Run Nature Preserve near Great Falls.

Mother’s Day on the Patuxent
Where: Solomons Island
When: Sunday (or anytime)
Admission: Varies

Still making plans for Mother’s Day? We celebrated last year with a pontoon boat outing on the Patuxent River, a fun and relaxing time for all — read all about it here. But if you want to stay closer to home, you can turn many of these outdoor ventures into a family outing with some mom celebrating.


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The Weekend Round-Up: December 12-14

Bundle up for outdoor fun - the brisk air might put a skip in your step!

Bundle up for outdoor fun – the brisk air might put a skip in your step!



Get into the spirit of both the holidays and DC! With loads of seasonal activities, special events, and the ongoing fun around town, this dynamic city is a great place to be right now (and any time of year, for that matter). Happy Weekend!

Georgetown GLOW
Where: Georgetown neighborhood
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 6-10pm
Admission: Free

See Georgetown in a whole new light – literally. Every evening this weekend, the neighborhood will sparkle with modern light art installations on exhibit throughout the bustling community. Works of local, regional, and international artists will be on display in both public and privately-owned spaces, including M Street, Washington Harbour, and more nearby places. Take the family dinner, then go for a stroll to check them all out.

Parcel Market
Where: Canal Park
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: Free, but be ready to buy!

Parcel Market will transform Canal Park in the Capitol Riverfront into a festive winter wonderland with the best independent retailers, craftsmen, and cuisine in DC. There will be ice skating at the Canal Park Ice Rink, plus creative retail showcasing local small businesses, artists, and designers. Vendors will include Be Clean, DeNada, Matine, Mutiny, Native Danger, TCI Letter Press, Winthrop Clothing Co. for pets, and more! The Parcel Market dining lounge will feature DC foodie favorites and warm drinks in a relaxed atmosphere complete with fire pits as lve music from local DJ’s and performers also fills the air.

Italian Holiday Family Festival
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 4pm
Admission: Free

“Buon Natale!” Join American Art, the Embassy of Italy, and the Italian Cultural Institute Saturday for seasonal fun inspired by Italian holiday traditions! Among the Italo-fun: dancers from the Washington Ballet performing original choreography by Mimmo Miccolis, “OperaPop”, Simona Rodano, “The Italian Fairy,” stilt walkers from Italy’s famed Teatro Tascabile, and Zampogna (Italian bagpipes) players performing traditional holiday songs. There will also be craft tables featuring decoration and card making activities, face painting, a photo-op station, and a book signing and meet-and-greet with Shannon Jones, author of KeeKee’s Big Adventures in Rome, Italy. Sounds molto buona to me!

‘Tis the Season
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies be venue

The area’s big holiday events and activities are in full swing! Enjoy Holiday on the Ellipse, including Santa’s Workshop; Season’s Greenings at the U.S. Botanic Garden; Holly Trolley Fest at the National Capitol Trolley Museum; Christmas on the Potomac; Christmas at Mount Vernon; train and light displays, and much more. Get the full rundown on all of them in the 2014 KFDC Holiday Guide.

Gifts that Give Hope
Where: Calvary United Methodist Church
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Instead of giving another tie or candle this year, how about boxing up hope and happiness? Gifts That Give Hope Arlington is holding their 3rd annual Gift Fair, capturing the holiday spirit in a way that redefines the notion of meaningful, alternative gift giving. This year’s fair will feature 15 local and global nonprofit organizations, many of them based in Arlington. Shoppers will have the opportunity to peruse the tables hosted by each organization and purchase alternative gifts that will directly benefit the mission of those organizations. There will also be refreshments, face painting, and kids activities.

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

* Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend is in town through the weekend at the Patriot Center
* 101 Dalmations is on the Imagination Stage
* And little ones will enjoy interactive theatre with Inside Out at the Bethesda theatre
* Bright Star Theatre presents Christmas with Santa as this week’s Saturday Morning at the National show
* Rainbow Rock will be rockin in a rainbow wonderland at Jammin’ Java on Saturday morning
* The Kennedy Center presents The Gift of Nothing through December 28
* See Beauty and the Beast at Synetic Theatre
* Fiddler on the Roof is on the Arena Stage (and it’s fantastic!)
* Date night? I highly recommend the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s latest productions of As you Like It in its final weekend, and The Tempest (both are also good for older children who’d enjoy Shakespeare)
* There are holiday shows GALORE on stages right now. Check out the 2014 KFDC Holiday Guide for the full list of them.

NatsFest
Where: Washington Convention Center
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: $25/adult, $10/child

Nats fans can get a baseball fix at this annual prelude to the season. Join more than 20 Washington Nationals players, coaches, and team personnel for a day full of fun activities for all ages, including photo ops with players and mascots, player story times, caricature art, live batting cages and demos, Nationals merchandise and authenticated memorabilia, interactive games, autographs, and much more.

Shakespeare, Family-Style
Where: Sidney Harman Hall
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by event

If you want to introduce your kids to the work of The Bard, this is a perfect time to do so. Starting this weekend through December 22, during the five-week run of The Tempest, Shakespeare Theatre Company will be hosting a variety of programs and performances geared especially to young theatre-goers. This post has a schedule of ways you and your kids can participate.

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

Chug on down to Vienna this holiday season to watch model train 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. Since the holidays are here, the Polar Express makes an appearance, and Thomas the Tank Engine (and a few of his friends) can also be seen chugging around among the bigger steam and diesel locomotives. The Vienna Depot is located at 231 Dominion Road NE in Vienna, Virginia. It is sponsored by the Northern Virginia Model Railroaders. Check out the virtual tour on the website.

2nd Annual Cozy Christmas
Where: St. Elizabeths Gateway Pavilion
When: Saturday, 4-7pm
Admission: Free

Join the folks at Gateway DC (they hosted the awesome ice slide last winter) for Christmas crafts, games, and treats.
 They’ll even have a special guest in attendance — SANTA! They are also debuting the new cafe at Gateway during the Cozy Christmas Celebration — taste the delectable treats from 
The Mustard Seed Cafe by Chef Nadine.

 In addition, there will be a memorial ceremony for former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry.

Children’s Open House
Where: Alliance Francaise
When: Saturday, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Admission: Free

Bienvenue! Discover the programs at The Alliance Française is hosting an open house, where you can learn about their programs for children 1 to 18 years old. Visit the beautiful building and classrooms dedicated to babies and toddlers.Meet the experienced teachers, who are native speakers trained to teach French at all levels. Listen to a few stories in the warm and welcoming library, and introduce your child to French and francophone culture through comic books, novels, and movies. Children can also attend a mini-class to get a taste for French language at the Alliance. See the website for the day’s schedule.

Recreation on Ice
Where: Local ice rinks
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

If the weather is conducive to outdoor ice skating, lace up the skates and get gliding. Enjoy art as you skate at the Sculpture Garden; join a Cartoon Skate at Canal Park on Saturday morning, circle the rink at Washington Harbour; or shop then skate at Pentagon Row, Veteran’s Plaza, Rockville Town Square, or Reston Town Center. This post has details on both alfresco and indoor ice skating options in the area.

Colonial Wassail
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: $3/adult, $2/child, free for children under 3

In the winter apple trees need encouragement to bear fruit in the coming year. Gather in the Farm’s orchard to wassail or toast the trees with singing, dancing and chants to ensure a “howling crop.” Enjoy hot spiced cider, ginger biscuits, a roaring bonfire, and 18th century games at this fun and educational holiday event.

Go Nat Geo
Where: National Geographic Museum
When: 10am – 6pm
Admission: $11/adult, $7/ages 5-12, free for 4 and under

Experience two interactive exhibits recommended for all ages. “Spinosaurus” and “Food: Our Global Kitchen” are currently at the National Geograhic Museum, and right now adults can get a discount on admission to visit them.

Roam Free
Where: Dumbarton Oaks Gardens
When: Throughout the weekend, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy free admission along with the lovely gardens at Dumbarton Oaks. Through mid-March, there is no fee to roam the grounds of the Georgetown locale. Bundle up for a walk among the various plats — it’s a beautiful place to explore any time of year. After, head up to M Street and exprience Georgetwon GLOW. Read more about about Dumbarton and get a glimpse in this post from last fall.


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The Weekend Round-Up: March 15-16

DC's Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade is a weekend highlight

DC’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a weekend highlight



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Green is a theme among this weekend’s events. Along with a couple of St. Patty’s Day parades, you can play in the treetops at Sandy Springs and learn about sustainable food at a local restaurant. If that’s not your color, there’s also plenty of live entertainment, a couple of birthday celebrations, museums programs, a Maker Fair, and more. Happy Weekend!

DC St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Where: Constitution Ave. from 7th to 17th Streets NW
When: Sunday, 12pm
Admission: Free

Find a spot on the curb along Constitution Ave. between 7th to 17th Streets NW to watch the 43rd annual St. Patrick’s parade roll through the city. Floats, marching bands, Irish dancers, bag pipers, members of the police and fire departments, and other entertainment will be part of the celebratory spectacle.

Women in Aviation and Space
Where: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15

Bring the whole family to the Chantilly arm of Air & Space to learn about the incredible contributions of women in aviation, science, and aerospace. Enjoy hands-on activities, guest speakers, stories, and more!

Adventure in the Trees
Where: Adventure Park at Sandy Spring
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by age

The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring opens for the season this weekend! Kids as young as 5-years-old can experience fun and adventure on the ropes courses and ziplines in the park’s aerial forest, the largest in North America. Children ages 5-6 and an accompanying adult have access to two of the easier courses. Older kids can do even more. It may seem like a pricey venture, but it’s worth it. Trust me.

Meet the Farmer
Where: Commissary
When: Saturday, 9am
Admission: Free

Kids are invited to join Farmer Erica at Commissary, one of several restaurants in the EatWell group, to plant tomato seeds and learn about sustainable food. The event is one of several this weekend that aims to introduce the community to EatWell Natural Farm, which harvests naturally raised vegetables and fruits to feature in the restaurants. The event begins at 9am and will continue throughout the day. Commissary is located at 1443 P Street NW.

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

* This weekend is your last chance to see Rumplestiltskin at Imagination Stage.
* Inside Out, theatre aimed at the toddler and preschool crowd is also on the Imagination Stage.
* Enjoy theatre on strings at The Puppet Co., where Sleeping Beauty is on the main stage and Mother Goose Caboose is the featured Tiny Tots show.
* Rick Potter: Bert the Nerd is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance.
* Banjo Man Frank Cassel is playing a Family Show at Jammin’ Java Saturday morning.
* The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is at Ford’s Theatre through May 17.

Port Discovery Birthday Bonanza
Where: Port Discovery
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $5

The children’s museum in Baltimore is turning 15, and you’re invited to help celebrate with a special reduced admission of just $5! Along with the discounted entry, you can enjoy performances, a visit from the Chick-Fil-A cows, design your own birthday “cake,” create Happy Birthday Shrinky Dinks, and more.

A Day at the Ballet
Where: Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
When: Saturday, 10am
Admission: Free

CHAW and Connect the Dots Dance Company present “A Day at the Ballet” on Saturday. The interactive ballet program is perfect for children ages 3-12. Along with performances from major works, there wil be ballet crafts, costumes, a backstage tour, and more. While it’s free, registration is requested — call 202.547.6839 or email bwashington@chaw.org to sign up. CHAW is located at 545 7th Street SE.

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

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

Gaithersburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Where: Washingtonian Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

The city’s 14th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will include both traditional Irish performances and classic parade pageantry. Celtic dancers, bagpipes, marching bands, clowns, firetrucks, and more will make their way through town. Afterward, stay for live music in the Lakefront Plaza until 1pm.

Pendragwn Youth Film Festival
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center
When: Saturday, 1-6pm
Admission: Free

The Pendragwn Youth Film Festival showcases the best and brightest young filmmakers between 11-18 years old. Twelve films will be screened and a Q & A with the filmmakers will be held after each screening block.

Lullabies from Around the World
Where: Vienna Baptist Church
When: Saturday
Admission: $25/adults, $16/student, free for kids 12 and under

Enjoy children’s classics from all over the world at this concert by the Vienna Choral Society, including songs in Ladino, Zulu, and Russian. They’ll also sing pieces from closer to home by Aaron Copland and Billy Joel. Yes *that* Billy Joel. Special guests at this family-friendly concert will include the Mosby Woods Mustang Chorus and a student accompanist on violin. And because they know kids (of all ages) can only sit still for so long, there will also be a campfire, with a story teller, and silly songs like “Sarasponda” that all can join in singing. Comfortable attire – PJs! – encouraged. Guests are also invited to stay for a post-concert cookie reception, catered by Whole Foods-Vienna.

A Wild Birthday Bash
Where: Patuxent Research Refuge
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the Birthday of the National Wildlife Refuge System at the Patuxent Research Refuge on Saturday. Activities will include live animal viewing, children’s crafts, hikes, live music, and much more. The Refuge’s National Wildlife Visitor Center is located off of Powder Mill Road, 2 miles east of the Baltimore/Washington Parkway, just south of Laurel, Md.

Last Skate
Where: Local Ice Rinks
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

This weekend is your last chance to hit the ice al fresco. Our local outdoor ice skating rinks (that are still open) are closing for the season after this weekend. See this post listing them all for details on where you can glide ‘neathe the sky one last time this winter (and note that Canal Park is already closed).

See Stars
Where: David M. Brown Arlington Planetarium
When: Friday/Saturday, 7:30pm & Sunday 1:30pm/3pm
Admission: $3/adult, $2/children

Get a close look at the night sky at a planetarium show. Open for public multimedia programs on weekends throughout the school year, the Arlington Planetarium presents “Black Holes – The Other Side of Infinity” on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm and Sunday at 1:30pm. “Magic Tree House:  Space Mission” will be shown at 3pm. Doors open 15 minutes prior to show time and are closed and locked once the program begins. Sky theater has a 58 seat capacity.  Once full capacity is reached, the doors will be closed.

Baby Loves Disco
Where: Rock and Roll Hotel
When: Sunday, 11am – 1:30pm
Admission: $18 or $60/four-pack

The family dance party is back on H Street! The fun will feature BLD’s signature DJ and MC, along with all kinds of kids activities. The MC will pump up the crowd, and the DJ will spin G-rated dance tunes, while kids and parents groove along and enjoy the disco.

NOVA Mini Maker Faire
Where: South Lakes High and Hughes Middle Schools
When: Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: $15 advance or $20 at door/adults, $5 advance or $8 door/child

This family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness is a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making and share what they are learning. Ranging from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers, Makers are of all ages and backgrounds. And the aim of the Faire is to entertain, inform, connect, and grow their community.

Portrait Story Days
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 1-4pm & Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the National Portrait Gallery to listen to a story about a person who has influenced American history and culture and to create a special piece of art. This weekend, learn about Elizabeth Cady Stanton, one of the founders of the women’s rights movement.

Think Outside
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Savor warmer temps while you can! Because according to the weather forecast, we’re in for a wintry mix on Monday. The round-up of the Best Places in the DC Area to Spend a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids is full of ideas for al fresco adventures.

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