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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: March 12-13

Spring has sprung!

Spring has sprung!



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What a week! The glorious weather has brought such a happy vibe along with the lovely hues of early blooms. Everyone seems to be out and about wearing shorts, sandals, and big smiles. (Plus, I had some great sightings — Michelle Obama at Union Market, a lovely sunset view of the Capitol from a roof deck, and a penny-farthing!) All of it puts a little extra spring in the step. And the good mood around town will continue with a terrific selection of things to do over the next few days. Happy Weekend!

Museum Day Live!
Where: Select museums around the area
When: Saturday
Admission: FREE

There are some museums in the DC area that actually charge admission. But on Saturday, Smithsonian Institution is hosting the annual Museum Day Live!, when those that require us to open our wallets to visit are free, and many that don’t charge admission are hosting special programs, several highlighted below. Take advantage at the B&O Railroad Museum, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Museum, National Building Museum, College Park Aviation Museum, Calvert Marine Museum, Alexandria Archaeology Museum, and many more fantastic institutions in the area. You do have to register and bring a ticket (that is good for admission for two people), but it’s all complimentary!

Spring Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Ticonderoga Farm
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $14.95 ages 2 and up

Start celebrating Easter as soon as this weekend at Ticonderoga’s annual spring festival! With giant slides, awesome jumping pillows, playgrounds, animals, mazes, and more, the farm in Chantilly is a blast everyday (it’s open daily), but they take the fun up a notch on weekends in early spring. Along with the permanent amusement, there are egg hunts and visits from the Easter Bunny. Be sure to check the website for timing of specific activities. For an idea of what’s there, see this post about their Winter Festival, which is much of the same, but with Easter instead of Christmas festivities. And this post about a class field trip has info and pics, too.

Museum Day Live! Family Celebration
Where: Renwick Gallery
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Who runs the world? Girls! Celebrate women and girls of color and their many contributions to our communities with a day of live music, performances, and crafts at the Renwick. Hands-on activities will feature Native American Tlingit designs, Mexican folk art, and Indonesian shadow puppets. And it goes without saying, that the brilliant WONDER exhibit is a must-explore while you’re there!

Hands-On Chemistry
Where: Koshland Science Museum
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: Free

Bring the whole family to explore the fascinating world of chemistry! Join the Koshland Science Center for a free community event featuring hands-on chemistry demonstrations from the Chemical Educational Foundation, Association of Women in Science, and the American Chemical Society. Tie dye t-shirts, make water defy gravity, learn about nano foods, and more. Registration is recommended, but not required.

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

Join the museum for a family day that celebrates the accomplishments of women in aviation and space exploration. From the days of the earliest pilots to today’s space program, women have been making significant contributions. During this event, visitors will have the opportunity to meet female role models and learn about the women who inspired them.

Museum Day Live! Chalk Art
Where: Anacostia Community Museum
When: Saturday,11am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Smithsonian Museum Day doing doing some chalk art! Using different color chalk sticks, families can decorate the sidewalks leading to the entrance of the museum with their own original portraits of inspirational women or color in history. All materials will be provided for the activity led by artist and educator Jay Coleman. Participants will be assisted with their drawings by volunteer 8th grade students interested in museum careers from Excel Academy, Washington’s first public charter school for girls.

Open Studio: Celebrate Museum Day Live!
Where: Sackler Gallery
When: Saturday, 12–4 pm
Admission: Free

Join the Sackler for an afternoon of family-friendly activities in conjunction with Museum Day Live! Discover the special exhibition Perspectives: Lara Baladi with an activity guide and sketch kits. Experiment with a variety of art materials, solve creative challenges, and collaborate with friends and family. All ages are welcome with an adult companion.

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

* Little ones will love Arts on the Horizon’s Space Bop at the Atlas Performing Arts Center
* James and the Giant Peach is Adventure Theatre’s latest play for all ages
* The Alden Theatre at the McLean Community Center presents Sideways Stories from Wayside School
* Introduce kiddos to the symphony at the NSO Teddy Bear Concert: The String Thing
* Or at Strathmore as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra helps Bob Brown Puppets bring Peter & the Wolf to life
* Catch a performance of Beauty and the Beast at The Puppet Co.
* And Dragon Babies is the featured Tiny Tots show at the Glen Echo theater
* It’s the final weekend to see JACK and Phil, Slayers of Giants-INC on the Imagination Stage
* But Boxes, Boxes, Boxes recently opened at the Bethesda theatre and will entertain the younger set
* The Reston Community Players present the last performances of Mary Poppins
* A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Folger Shakespeare Library closes on Sunday
* Jungle Gym Jam & Friends feat. Marsha Goodman-Wood is the Saturday morning entertainment at Jammin’ Java
* Enjoy a grown-up night out at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s new production of Othello

Science Talent Search Finals
Where: National Geographic Society
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Join finalists of the 40 Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) 2016, the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition, as they display and present their research. Visitors who share an enthusiasm for science research will have the opportunity to discuss the projects with the finalists.

NOVA Mini Maker Faire
Where: South Lakes High & Langston Highs Middle Schools
When: Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: $15/adult, $5/children

It’s a gathering of inventors, entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts, and curious minds at the 3rd annual NoVa Mini Maker Faire. The event inspires, informs, connects, and entertains thousands of attendees in a family-friendly environment. More than 100 makers will share their knowledge through hands-on projects for adults and kids in areas from primitive tools and blacksmithing to drones and 3D printers.Experience it all at South Lakes High School and Langston Hughes Middle School in Reston, VA.

Full STEAM Ahead
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Preschool age children and their caretakers are invited to visit the Annmarie artLAB for hands-on investigations and challenges! This month’s session is called “Fun with Fractions,” and will include a variety of fun and wildly creative games that will help kids explore, observe, ask questions, and make predictions about the world around them as they create and play! Join in on these fun and imaginative sessions that will get kids excited about learning. Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.

Purim Carnival & Silent Auction
Where: Congregation Adat Reyim’s
When: Sunday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: See website

Celebrate the holiday of Purim at Congregation Adat Reyim’s annual Carnival and Silent Auction in Springfield, VA. This fun family event is open to everyone. Dress in costume and enjoy fun games for all ages, professional face painting, a LEGO building zone, photo booth, and yummy food!

DC, Inside and Out
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Looking for ways to stay active and entertained without a chill in the air? Then The Great Indoors post, a list of over 70 ideas for places to go inside, should have you covered. And if you prefer the outdoors no matter the weather, The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids has a bunch of recommendations, too.


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The Weekend Round-Up: March 4-6

Giant bunny sculptures will be back at The Yards - see them aglow in the evenings

Giant bunny sculptures will be back at The Yards – see them aglow in the evenings



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Once again, there are numerous great ways to enjoy your days off with the kids around DC. From a performing arts fest to museum programs to nature explorations to winter fun to whimsical art in the park and plenty more among all of that, there’s something for everyone to love. Happy Weekend!

Intersect with the Performing Arts
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center
When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Admission: See the website

There’s more family programming at the INTERSECTIONS Festival this weekend, most of it on Saturday. See Midsummer Madness, Shakespeare for the Young’s puppet tribute to the bard. Arts on the Horizon presents several Space Bop performances. And enjoy The Singing Cricket, a cross-cultural interactive show for all ages. There will also be fun activities and music in the lobby. Check the schedule for details on all of the shows plus more (grown-up) events going on throughout this weekend.

Washington Antiquarian Book Fair
Where: Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge
When: Friday, 4-8pm & Saturday 10am – 5pm
Admission: $14/two days, $8/Saturday, $5/students & librarians

Book lovers, rejoice! The Washington Antiquarian Book Fair returns to DC celebrating its 41st year, featuring new and longtime favorite exhibitors and collections. Celebrate and discover rare books and manuscripts, and connect with fellow enthusiasts for this rare opportunity to share conversations, discoveries, and experiences with the larger community. New (and highly anticipated) to the Fair this year is Typewriter Rodeo, who will bring custom, on-demand poetry written on vintage typewriters. In five minutes or less, this Austin, Texas-based traveling quartet will write ticket holders an original and personal poem as a keepsake!

Women’s History Month Celebration
Where: National Postal Museum
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Women’s History Month at this family festival! See “Amelia Earhart” speak about her love of stamps and airborne adventures, and enjoy activities that focus on females in the USPS. A special story time will be held featuring the adventures of good friends Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt in the story “Amelia and Eleanor Go For A Ride.” Guests can also participate in a scavenger hunt and take home an NPM airplane as a souvenir.

Tossed & Found Children’s Trunk Show
Where: Crystal City – 1225 S. Clark Street, 10th Floor
When: Saturday, 10am – 12:30pm
Admission: $10

Score some great deals at this huge second hand sale. The Tossed & Found Series features new and gently used clothing, toys, and gear with proceeds going to support the Junior League of Washington’s mission of improving children’s literacy. This year’s sale also features great vendors like Arbonne from Heidi Miller, thirty-one from Erin Krekeler, Wren Riley by Amy Riley and children’s author Sharon Hicke.

Shake Up Your Saturday with Shakespeare
Where: Folger Shakespeare Library
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free, but registration required

Join this family program about the Merry Women of Shakespeare at the Folger on Saturday. Are you a fan of Beatrice or Ophelia? What about Viola, Juliet, or Kate? In honor of Women’s History Month, explore your favorite heroines from the works of Shakespeare. Ages 5-7 at 10-11am, and ages 8-14 at 11am – 12pm. Go here to sign up.

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

* Reserve free tickets to InterAct Story Theatre’s One Gold Coin, this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance
* James and the Giant Peach is Adventure Theatre’s latest play for all ages
* Encore Stage & Studio brings theatre by kids for kids in their latest production, Treasure Island
* Catch a performance of Beauty and the Beast at The Puppet Co.
* And Baby Bear’s Birthday is the featured Tiny Tots show at the Glen Echo theater
* JACK and Phil, Slayers of Giants-INC is on the Imagination Stage
* The Reston Community Players present Mary Poppins
* A Midsummer Night’s Dream is on stage at the Folger Shakespeare Library
* Justin Roberts is playing two shows, morning and afternoon, at Jammin’ Java on Saturday
* Catch Wild Kratts Live at DAR Constitution Hall on Sunday
* Enjoy a grown-up night out at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s new production of Othello

Nowruz: A Persian New Year Celebration
Where: Sackler Gallery
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Ring in the Persian New Year with the kids at a scaled-down version of the gallery’s annual Nowruz celebration! With free attractions for all ages include storytelling, hans-on art activities, a photo booth, calligraphy, food trucks, and a book signing by Najmieh Batmanglij.

Bird Walk
Where: Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
When: Saturday, 8:15-10:15am
Admission: Free

All ages are welcome on this guided hike to search for birds in several refuge. Field guides and binoculars are recommended. Registration is required The program is held at the North Tract located on Rt. 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Rt. 32.

Animal Close-Ups
Where: National Geographic Museum
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $15/adult, $10/ages 5-12 (find a discount here)

Experience two fascinating exhibits in one outing at the museum downtown. Photo Ark, a gorgeous collection of portraits of the world’s animal species, spotlights conservation through the lens of photographer Joel Sartore. And you can zoom in on CROCS through an exhibit focusing on crocodilians. Components like captivating images, interactive displays, and live creatures are compelling for all ages.

Bunnies A-Glow-Glow
Where: Yards Park
When: Saturday & Sunday evenings
Admission: Free

Light Yards, the art installation melding light, sculpture, and music, that opened at The Yards Park two weeks ago will be hopping again this week as the giant luminescent bunnies return. While there won’t be another special event along with the art, you can still see them in the park, and they’ll be lit up in the evenings starting at sunset. Plan on dinner at The Yards then check out the glowing riverfront rabbits.

Weekend Family Matinee
Where: Avalon Theatre
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: $12/adult, $9/child

Enjoy the Avalon’s series that present films and live performances that are family-friendly and ridiculously fun. This week, meet the rainbow and join Rainbow Rock Band members, the Rainbow Lady (Kate Moran) and Mister Melody (Michael Mattice), as they entertain little ones with tunes, laughs and lots more. This amazing team will have microphones and more for kiddos to get in on the fun.

Rock(noceros) On
Where: Gypsy Sally’s
When: Saturday, 11am (door open at 10:30am)
Admission: $10

Local music fave Rocknoceros have just released a new album, Plymouth Rockers, and they’re sharing the new tunes live at Gypsy Sally’s, the place for family-friendly musical events in Georgetown. The new batch of songs is sure to entertain and educate in equal measure!

A Great Escape
Where: The Escape Lounge
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $15

Test your puzzle solving skills and have a great adventure at the H street venue that offers escape experiences for kids and adults. Bring the whole fam to Escape the Classroom by figuring out a series of clues – it’s a fun and challenging way to enjoy time together. Read more about it in this new post about Owen’s birthday party there.

National Parks Adventure
Where: National History Museum
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $9

Explore some of our country’s most spectacular places at a viewing of National Parks Adventure 3D at the National History Museum’s Johnson IMAX Theater. The film is full of stunning cinematography and thrilling adventure that will transport you and spark wanderlust. You can also try to win a 4-pack of tickets to see it here!

Ice It
Where: Local Ice Skating Rinks
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

Take advantage of a fun and active winter activity while you can. Enjoy art as you skate at the Sculpture Garden; circle the rink at Washington Harbour; meander the paths at Canal Park; or do some shopping then skate at Pentagon Row, Veteran’s Plaza, Rockville Town Square, or Reston Town Center. This post has details on alfresco (and indoor) ice skating options in the area. And note that both at Canal Park and Washington Harbor are hosting Cartoon Skate on Saturday morning!

Date Night: Shakespeare Sans Words
Where: Synetic Theater
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Admission: Tickets start at $20

It’s probably hard to imagine a wordless Shakespeare production, but Synetic Theater’s version of Romeo and Juliet is just that — and it’s phenomenal. Innovative, fluid choreography set against dramatic scenery of gears in a clock, all to a unique soundtrack of ticks, tocks, and chimes makes for a gorgeous, mesmerizing production. Words aren’t necessary when a familiar story is told in such a beautifully expressive way. If you’re a fan of the bard or just appreciate superb theatre, I highly recommend this show. Teens and up could enjoy it, but it makes for a great grown-up night out.

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

Drop in at the Portrait Gallery to listen to a story about Clara Barton and complete a hands-on activity. When you’re done there, pick up a Portrait Discovery Kit to explore the museum. For more about the program, see this post about one of our experiences there.

An Evening of Exploration
Where: National Geographic Headquarters
When: Sunday, 5:30pm
Admission: Free, but registration required

Join National Geographic Student Expeditions for an evening of exploration and a chance to meet with experts, trip leaders, and alumni. Hear about the careers of photographer Tyrone Turner and biologist Greg Marshall, and learn how middle and high school students can pursue their own passions while traveling on a summer trip with the group. Learn what it’s like to shoot a story for National Geographic magazine, and get an intro to the Crittercam—a device to see what wild animals do when we’re not around. Eligible high school students who attend can enter to win a summer 2016 trip with National Geographic Student Expeditions. Register here to reserve your space!

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

Looking for ways to stay active and entertained without a chill in the air? Then The Great Indoors post, a list of over 70 ideas for places to go inside, should have you covered. And if you prefer the outdoors no matter the weather, The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids, has a bunch of recommendations, too.


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: February 29 – March 4

The National Arboretum is always a good bet on a nice day

The National Arboretum is always a good bet on a nice day



Monday – Locate secret doors, see outrageously fabulous themed rooms, and browse a trove of secondhand treasures on a tour of The Mansion on O Street. The Dupont Circle landmark is a mansion, museum, restaurant, vintage store, and hotel all in one. And visitors are welcome to explore it all. Tours offered 11am – 3:3opm. Self-guided tours start at $15. Purchase tickets in advance online.

Tuesday – Seize what’s forecast to be a beautiful day at the National Arboretum. Go for nature walks through the woods, visit the Washington Youth Garden, romp in open green spaces and at the old Capitol columns, picnic in the Grove of State Trees… so many ways to enjoy one of the loveliest places in the city. Hours are 8am – 5pm, and admission is free.

Wednesday – Let little ones bounce, climb, swing, tumble, and slide at the PG Sports & Learning Complex Gymnastics Center. The hour-long open play session begins at 11:30am, and admission is $6/child. (This also takes place on Tuesday at the same time.)

Thursday – Venture up to Baltimore to see some of the most wonderful, whimsical art around at the American Visionary Art Museum. The colorful, quirky works — some of them interactive — can be appreciated by art buffs of all ages. Hours are 10am – 6pm Tuesday – Sunday. Admission is $15.95/adults, $13.95/seniors, $9.95/students & ages 7 and up, free for 6 and under.

Friday – Catch a performance of Callaloo: A Jazz Folktale at the Discovery Theater. As this post goes live, tickets are still available for the 10:15am show. Admission is $3-6. If the show sells out, take the opportunity to explore the Smithsonian Ripley Center, where the theater is located, and the Smithsonian Castle next door.


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The Weekend Round-Up: February 26-28

Riding the streetcar (finally!) is just one of several reason to head to H Street this weekend

Riding the streetcar (finally!) is just one of several reasons to head to H Street this weekend



Whether you like your recreation conventional or offbeat, these recs have you covered. From engineering and art at museums to entertainment and streetcar rides on H to giant glowing bunnies (!) in the park, the latest DC happenings span the spectrum of fun. Happy Weekend!

Discover Engineering Family Day
Where: National Building Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

The Building Museum always hosts great family events, and this annual festival is no exception. Celebrate National Engineers Week as you discover how professional engineers turn ideas into reality and do some engineering and problem solving of your own. Hands-on activities allow kids to explore forces behind roller coasters, build a structure that withstands a tsunami, discover what makes popcorn pop, launch a rocket, and more! We’ve gone several years and have always had a great time. It gets crowded, but there are so many activities available, kids can always be involved in the fun. Recommended for children ages 6-12 with adult supervision.

Intersect with the Performing Arts
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center
When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Admission: See the website

The Atlas is kicking off its annual festival that presents tons of fantastic performances in music, theatre, dance, film, and spoken word with several exhibitions especially for families. See Midsummer Madness, Shakespeare for the Young’s puppet tribute to the bard. Enjoy The Singing Cricket, a cross-cultural interactive show for all ages. And the whole line-up of shows is worth checking out by grown-ups. And watch the General Mischief Dance Theatre perform playful dances and incorporate mobiles created by the Mobilizing Our Community project. And the whole line-up of shows throughout the Festival is worth checking out by grown-ups.

Bunnies A-Glow-Glow
Where: Yards Park
When: Saturday, 3-6pm
Admission: Free

Light Yards, the unique art installation melding light, sculpture, and music, that opened at The Yards Park last weekend will be hopping again on Saturday as giant luminescent bunnies created by artist Amanda Parer join the creative mix. This DC gig kicks off their US tour, and there will be an event especially for families. Kids and adults can delight in the sight of the enormous glowing bunnies, while enjoying children’s activities, including a giant Lite-Brite, bunny crafts, balloon artists, face painters, glitter tattoos, and a DJ. There will also be an evening event (geared more toward adults) from 6-10pm, with a performance by electric violinist DJ Manifesto.

Meet Mr. Lemoncello
Where: Barston’s Child’s Play
When: Friday, 4:30pm
Admission: Free

Start the weekend with a childen’s book reading! Exuberant and inventive children’s author Chris Grabenstein is bringing his hugely popular Mr. Lemoncello books to fans in DC. He’ll be reading from and signing the much-anticipated Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics at Child’s Play located at 5536 Connecticut Ave. NW.

All Aboard the DC Streetcar
Where: H Street NE
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

After years of anticipation, the DC Streetcar will finally start service along H Street NE. There will be an opening ceremony at 13th and H NE at 10am, and rides right now are free. However, no guarantees of getting aboard on Saturday, as it could be packed. But with other activities happening along the corridor (INTERSECTIONS and Nando’s Grand Opening), it’s worth checking out.

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

* Reserve free tickets to Pinot & Augustine, this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance
* James and the Giant Peach is Adventure Theatre’s latest play for all ages
* Encore Stage & Studio brings theatre by kids for kids in their latest production, Treasure Island
* It’s opening weekend of Beauty and the Beast at The Puppet Co.
* And Doggy Doodle is the featured Tiny Tots show at the Glen Echo theater
* Spend Saturday morning with The Great Zucchini at Jammin’ Java
* JACK and Phil, Slayers of Giants-INC is on the Imagination Stage
* The Reston Community Players present Mary Poppins
* A Midsummer Night’s Dream is on stage at the Folger Shakespeare Library
* Let’s Remix the Classics at an NSO Family Theater performance at the Kennedy Center
* The Laurie Berkner Band is playing the Lincoln Theatre on Sunday afternoon

Nando’s: Chicken & Trolley Rides
Where: H Street NE
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free, but plan to purchase food!

Nando’s Peri-Peri is opening their newest location at 411 H Street NE with a Grand Opening celebration this weekend. And they’re bringing their own streetcar (well, trolley) with them and offering rides as part of the fun. A few DC United players will also be helping cook on Saturday from 1-5pm. Even more, from 5-10pm on Saturday and 11am – 10pm on Sunday, 100% of every bill will go to supporting community programs at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.

Date Night: Shakespeare Sans Words
Where: Synetic Theater
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Admission: Tickets start at $20

It’s probably hard to imagine a wordless Shakespeare production, but Synetic Theater’s version of Romeo and Juliet is just that — and it’s phenomenal. Innovative, fluid choreography set against dramatic scenery of gears in a clock, all to a unique soundtrack of ticks, tocks, and chimes makes for a gorgeous, mesmerizing production. Words aren’t necessary when a familiar story is told in such a beautifully expressive way. If you’re a fan of the bard or just appreciate superb theatre, I highly recommend this show. Teens and up could enjoy it, but it makes for a great grown-up night out.

Dance Your Socks Off
Where: River Park Nursery School
When: Saturday, 4-7pm
Admission: $15 or $40/family

River Park Nursery School’s annual Sock Hop is always a fun-filled, family-friendly event. Featuring entertainment by local musical celebrity Mr. Skip, food, games, and a silent auction, enjoy activities for all ages and an opportunity to support preschool education on Capitol Hill.

Kids in the Kitchen
Where: YMCA Anthony Bowen
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

The Junior League of Washington is hosting its annual healthy eating and fitness activity fair for children. Designed for kids ages 3 to 13, the event showcases ways for kids to eat smart and make healthy lifestyle choices. Activities include exercise classes (like Zumba, CrossFit and yoga), cooking fun with professional chefs, demos from nutrition experts, and more. Kids can also craft, play games, enjoy goodie bags, and try for exciting raffle prizes – all to celebrate and promote nutritional literacy. The YMCA is located at 1325 W Street NW.

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

Drop in at the Portrait Gallery to listen to a story about Langston Hughes and complete a hands-on activity. When you’re done there, pick up a Portrait Discovery Kit to explore the museum. For more about the program, see this post about one of our experiences there.

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

It looks like we’re going to have another weekend with weather that beckons us outside. You’ve got your pick of places around the DC-Metro to 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.

The Inside Scoop
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by locale

If you’d prefer to spend the day indoors, or just want to see what else there is to do around town, this post has 70+ ideas for activities.

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