The Weekend Round-Up: July 18-20

Flowers in bloom at last year's Lotus & Water Lily Festival

Flowers in bloom at last year’s Lotus & Water Lily Festival





The glorious effects of the summer Polar Vortex will continue through the weekend, and there are plenty of outdoor happenings where you can take advantage — a flower festival, colonial fair, butterfly and blueberry fest, Nats game, and summer pursuits among them. And there are plenty of indoor pursuits to round out the fun — museum programs, an ice cream contest, live entertainment, and then some. For even more, check out the Everyday Play page for tons of mainstay ideas. Happy Weekend!

Lotus and Water Lily Cultural Festival
Where: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free

The lotus and water lilies in full bloom at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is such a ravishing sight it calls for a celebration, and the public is invited to join in. The 2014 Lotus & Water Lily Festival will feature activities for all ages — traditional Asian and African dancing and drumming, gardening workshops, park tours, arts & crafts, face painting, and other family-friendly pursuits. If you haven’t visited the Gardens yet, this is the best time to do so; the blossoming flowers really are spectacular.

18th Century Summer Market Fair
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4:30pm
Admission: $7/adults, $3/ages3-13 & seniors

Enjoy the colonial museum and working farm’s Summer Market Fair. There will be tons of activities for all ages: See colonial farm family and community members in character and costume, as well as chickens, turkeys and other animals. Dance and sing to period music. Watch the colonial blacksmith and cabinetmaker as well as spinners and pewter smith. Sit in the shade and enjoy rosemary chicken, fresh vegetables, roasted olives, fruit pies and more. The Colonial Tavern offers variety of chilled beverages including beer, wine, and fresh ginger ale. Browse original jewelry creations, soaps, lotions, herbs and flowers. Along with the special festivities, stroll the living history museum grounds for a glimpse of life in the old days.

The Ultimate Urban Safari
Where: Corcoran Gallery
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Join the Corcoran for a wild summer day dedicated to the animal kingdom! Spurred on by the American Metal: The Art of Albert Paley exhibition, discover how creatures big and small can inspire through workshop activities, book readings, and a live performance. Participate in an animal welfare community service project and make a difference. All ages welcome, and there no charge – it’s part of the museum’s Free Summer Saturdays program!

The DC Scoop
Where: Union Market
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

It’s a day for ice cream lovers and makers alike. It is a day of activities and fun with ice cream to taste and buy from both local artisans and makers from other cities as well. There will be a wide array of ice cream products including gelato, ice cream sandwiches, popsicles and good old-fashioned ice cream. For kids there will be an Ice Cream eating contest for demonstrations and raffles as well as giveaways throughout the day. And what could go better with Ice Cream than Timber Pizza Co. and Luke’s Lobster? Both will be serving food throughout the day. The event will be held in the indoor event space above the market, Dock 5 and the alley behind it.

Summer in the City
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Enjoy activities around the area exclusive to summer. Start the weekend off on Friday with a free outdoor concert, then continue the fun on Saturday and Sunday with water play at a pool or spray park. Cool off indoors at one of a several special summer museum programs like free admission to the Newseum, Stories in Art at the NGA, or the Corcoran Summer Series. Complete it all with a family movie under the stars at National Harbor on Sunday night. Get details about all of these summer diversions and even more here.

Butterflies & Blackberries
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Admission: $10/adult, $8/child

The most recognizable of all butterflies are in need of HELP! The Monarch butterflies population has diminished drastically due to the lack of milkweed and other plants no longer available for their habitat. Join the folks at Great Country Farms this weekend for blackberry picking and monarch education and action to bring back their habitat. Visit the new Butterfly garden and learn about the plants that the monarchs need to survive and how you can help restore habitat in your community.

Storytime with Nats
Where: Select DC Public Libraries
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

The Washington Nationals are sponsoring DC Public Library’s 2014 Summer Reading program and to celebrate, the team’s players and manager Matt Williams will visit a few of the libraries to read to and interact with kids enrolled in the three-month initiative. For details, including schedule, location, and players expected to attend, go here.

Baseball Family Festival
Where: American Art Museum/Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Play Ball with the American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery! Tour the galleries to find some of the best names in the game, baseball-themed crafts, a book signing of Becoming Babe Ruth by author Matt Tavares, and appearances by local team mascots! The event will take place in the Kogod Courtyard.

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

Take the kids out to the ballgame this weekend! The Nats are hosting the Brewers with evening games on Friday and Saturday (7:05pm) and an afternoon match-up on Sunday (1:35pm). Stay after on Sunday for Kids Run the Bases when children ages 4-12 can loop the infield after the final out.

Balloon Plays
Where: Fort Fringe – The Shop
When: Saturday, 4:30pm
Admission:

If you want to check out the Capital Fringe Festival with the kiddos, this is your best bet. A show for both children (ages 5 and up) and children-at-heart. It’s fantastical enough for Fringe, whimsical enough for adults – intended for all audiences. Balloons fill the stage and become puppets, scenery, musical instruments, games, and more under the lighthearted touch of three talented clown performers. “Three clowns find themselves in a world of balloons. Each wants to tell their own story within the magical landscape. Come to play, come to pop. Balloons can be anything.” Fort Fringe – The Shop is located at 607 New York Avenue NW.

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

* Be hugely entertained by The BFG at Imagination Stage (look for discount tickets)
* Encore Stage & Studio’s Once Upon a Mattress opens this weekend.
* Younger audiences will love Mouse on the Move, also at Imagination Stage
* Enjoy Disney’s the Lion King at the Kennedy Center
* Catch a colorful show as Pinkalicious is on stage at Adventure Theatre
* It’s the final week of The Wizard of Oz on the Main Stage, and Winter Wonderland is the featured Tiny Tots shows at The Puppet Co.
* See the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance perform amid the trees at Wolf Trap’s Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods
* Rock out with Secret Agent 23 Skidoo on Saturday morning at Jammin’ Java

Craftsy You
Where: Studio 21
When: Saturday, 3-5pm
Admission: $10

The mobile crafting business is hosting a crafting bonanza on Saturday for children for ages 3-7. Stop by and get creative! Studio 21 is located in the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market – 716 Monroe
Street, NE.

Maryland Polish Festival
Where: Exhibition Hall at Timonium Fairgrounds
When: Saturday, 11am – 10pm & Sunday, 11am – 7pm
Admission: $8/adults, $7/seniors, free for ages 12 and under

From homemade pierogies to traditional dancing and from polka music to learning the Polish National Anthem, there will be something for everyone at the Annual Maryland Polish Festival. Presented by The Polish Community Association of Maryland, the festival feature live entertainment throughout the day, authentic Polish food and drinks, storytelling, a children’s area, a trivia contest, Polish arts & crafts, a Polish Heritage Arena and much more.

Living Earth Festival
Where: National Museum of the American Indian
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free

The annual festival celebrates Native contributions to protecting the environment, promoting sustainability, and using indigenous plants to improve health and nutrition. See music and dance performances, enjoy hands-on activities, and an Iron Chef-style contest. There will also be a food market, plus cooking and craft demos that highlight the ways the Earth’s gifts feed human creativity.

Bubble Days
Where: Maryland Science Center
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission:

See the sudsiest spectacle of the summer at the Maryland Science Center’s 9th annual Bubble Days. The fun will be bubbling up all over the building—and outside too! Craft your own bubble solution and wand, create bubble art to take home, experiment with homemade bubble wands, and compete in a bubble blowing contest. World-renowned bubble artist Casey Carle will be there to perform his fantastic BubbleMania show — you will be amazed at what Casey can do with seemingly ordinary soap bubbles! Performances will be on our Atrium Stage at 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm.

Stories in Art
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free

Children ages 4-7 can pack their imaginations and travel to the National Gallery of Art. This week’s session of the series that explore Italy through art will focus on the works of Andrea del Verrocchio. There are several time slots available each day. Sign-in will take place in the West Building Rotunda, beginning at 10am on Saturday and at 11:00am on Sunday, and will continue until all spaces are filled. And they do often fill up, so plan to get there early to register. For more about the series, check out this KFDC review.

Artful Conversations
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

Artful Conversations for kids ages 8-11 is also on again this weekend. Guests will observe a work of art, participate in a discussion about it, then sketch their own masterpiece. Sessions are on Saturday at 11am and 1pm, and Sunday at 12pm and 2pm. Sign-in takes place in the West Building Rotunda beginning at 10am on Saturday and 11am on Sunday and will continue until all spaces are filled.


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UberFAMILY Launches in DC!

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Have you heard? Starting today, Uber is making life easier for parents in the DC metro area with the launch of uberFAMILY, their new on-demand car seat option. With the touch of a button and a $10 surcharge, parents can easily request a ride that’s equipped with a car seat.

To develop uberFAMILY, Uber DC teamed up with The Car Seat Lady’s Dr. Alisa Baer, who trained the service’s highest-rated partner drivers on how to safely secure the seats — which were all manufactured specifically for Uber by IMMI.

Even better, in celebration of the launch, Uber DC is kicking things off with a surcharge-free week brought to you by Care.com, the world’s largest online destination for finding and managing family care. You can also get $25 off your first ride with a special promo just for my readers – see below!

To learn more about UberFAMILY, including how to request UberFAMILY on your Uber app and safety details, head to: http://bit.ly/1vXbOjz

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uberFAMILY: For parents on the go

Getting around with your child just got easier with Uber’s new on-demand car seat option.
1) Use promo code KFDC for $25 off your first Uber ride!
2) Download the App and enter the code.
3) Request uberFAMILY and be connected to a highly rated driver with a car seat.


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


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: July 14-18

She could play all day at Yards Park

She could play all day at Yards Park



Monday - Head to National Harbor for an afternoon of all-request Rockin’ music at Bobby McKeys, where they’re hosting a FREE ‘School’s OUT for Summer’ family show! You book the seats and bring the kids, they’ll supply the entertainment & air-conditioning. Doors open at 12:30pm, the dueling piano show will jam from 1-3pm, and the lunch menu will be available. Reserve your spots here.

Tuesday - Enjoy free admission for kids to the Newseum while you can! The Kids Free Summer Fun Deal, which ends after Labor Day, waives the regular $32.95 entrance fee for youth with one paid adult admission. The deal benefits kids ages 7 and up most, since children 6 and under always get in free, and much of the Newseum’s collection will be better appreciated by older children. Adult tickets are $22.95, but you can get a $14 deal on them here.

Wednesday - Discover Milestones in Aviation and Space at the National Air & Space Museum’s special Family Day. Learn how aviation and space exploration changed the world through a variety of activities, including interactive shows, astronaut talks, story time, and lots more hands-on fun. The program runs 10am – 3m. Admission is free.

Thursday - Take advantage of what’s expected to be awesome weather, courtesy of the Polar Vortex, and play outdoors. A great spot to go is Yards Park, where you can enjoy water play in the fountains and land play in the green spaces. Bring along a picnic lunch or pop into one of the new nearby eateries.

Friday - Roam around the lovely grounds, view wildlife in the ponds, and visit the Korean Bell Garden at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna. Admission is $5/adults, $2.50/ages 7-17 and seniors, free for ages 6 and under. Hours are 10am – 8pm.

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The Weekend Round-Up: July 11-13

Completing a muddy mile at last year's Merrell Down & Dirty

Completing a muddy mile at last year’s Merrell Down & Dirty



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A mud run, museum programs, celebrations of French and Irish cultures, archaeology appreciation, live entertainment, and plenty of summertime fun make the recs in this round-up. And the Everyday Play list, full of mainstay DC ideas, is always a good one to keep handy. Happy Weekend!

Merrell Down & Dirty Mud Run
Where: Prince George’s Stadium
When: Sunday
Admission: $85/adult, $30/ages 7-13, $20/ages 4-6

If you’re up fun and muddy physical challenge, the Merrell Down & Dirty Obstacle Race is making its seventh stop across the nation on the series’ tour when it comes to the DC area on Sunday. And one of the best things about it is that kids can get in on the fun, too. For children ages 4-13, there’s the Adventure Kids series, featuring tike-size obstacles for a 100 yard dash or 1 mile course. For the grown-up crowd, the exhilarating racing series features 5K and 10K off-road courses filled with military-style obstacles, commanding cargo climbs, wild water crossings, and of course, tons of mud. Get a glimpse of Owen and his buddies in last year’s race here.

Stories in Art
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

One of my favorite museum programs for kids begins this weekend! Children ages 4-7 can pack their imaginations and travel to the National Gallery of Art. They’ll be introduced to Italian artists, investigate paintings and sculptures from Italy, and make a souvenir to document each adventure. This weekend’s sessions will focus on artist Canaletto’s Venetian views. There are several time slots available each day. Sign-in for Stories in Art will take place in the West Building Rotunda, beginning at 10am on Friday and Saturday and at 11:00am on Sunday, and will continue until all spaces are filled. And they do often fill up, so plan to get there early to register. For more about the program, see this past post about one of our Stories in Art experiences.

Artful Conversations
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

The National Gallery of Art is also kicking off the summer series of its Artful Conversations program for kids ages 8-11. Guests will observe a work of art, participate in a discussion about it, then sketch their own masterpiece. Sessions are on Saturday at 11am and 1pm, and Sunday at 12pm and 2pm. Sign-in takes place in the West Building Rotunda beginning at 10am on Saturday and 11am on Sunday and will continue until all spaces are filled.

Fun on the Farm
Where: Ticonderoga Farm
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $10.95

Remember what it was like to run through the sprinklers, have little pools, and not have to wait in line to get wet? Ticonderoga Farm’s Duck Duck Splash event this weekend has just that, and it’s a fun, relaxing time for kids and parents. Bring a picnic and enjoy the great outdoors, the pillow bounce, hayride, swinging bridge, and many other activities for that all ages will love.

Bastille Day Open House
Where: Alliance Française
When: Friday, 3-8pm
Admission: Free

The Alliance will open its doors to all for a Bastille Day Themed Open House featuring mini classes, placement tests, wine and cheese, and a DJ. This is a great opportunity to get to know the AFDC community of friends, teachers and students. From 3pm-5pm is the Kids Open House, and an Adults Open House will take place 5:30-8pm.

French Festival
Where: Hillwood Estate & Gardens
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $18/adult ($12/members), $5/ages 6-18, free for 5 and under

With exquisite French 18th-century interiors, collections, and gardens as a backdrop, and the gems of French jeweler, Cartier, sparkling in a special exhibition, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens celebrates France’s national holiday, Bastille Day. Throughout the day, games, lively theatrics, dance, pantomime, and music bring the life of the French court to the lush gardens at Hillwood. The estate remaining open until 7 p.m. for leisurely enjoyment of the gardens, the Mansion, and the special exhibition, Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Dazzling Gems.

Lovin’ Summer
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

See a free outdoor concert tonight at Yards Park out the Sculpture Garden , swimming under the sun at one of many public pools, catch a movies under the stars at National Harbor on Sunday, enjoy some sprayground fun in Georgetown, Arlington, or the Capitol Riverfront… Activities exclusive to the season can be enjoyed all weekend long. Get the full scoop on all of these summer staples.

Nat Geo Honors Futbol
Where: National Geographic Museum
When: Sunday
Admission Free

In honor of the World Cup, the National Geographic Museum is offering free admission on Sunday to visitors wearing a soccer jersey. Don your favorite team’s shirt and check out the Peruvian Gold or New Age of Exploration exhibit. Or see a the Wildest Weather in the Solar System 3D ($7 but admission to the museum is waived).

Balloon Plays
Where: Fort Fringe – The Shop
When: Saturday, 12:45pm
Admission:

If you want to check out the Capital Fringe Festival with the kiddos, this is your best bet. A show for both children (ages 5 and up) and children-at-heart. It’s fantastical enough for Fringe, whimsical enough for adults – intended for all audiences. Balloons fill the stage and become puppets, scenery, musical instruments, games, and more under the lighthearted touch of three talented clown performers. “Three clowns find themselves in a world of balloons. Each wants to tell their own story within the magical landscape. Come to play, come to pop. Balloons can be anything.” Fort Fringe – The Shop is located at 607 New York Avenue NW.

Annapolis Irish Festival
Where: Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds
When: Friday, 4-10pm & Saturday 11am – 10pm
Admission: $20/adult, free for kids 12 and under

Celebrate magical Celtic traditions and music at the 4th Annual Annapolis Irish Festival. Along with a lively lineup of Celtic music acts, there will be over 90 vendors selling everything from food to art to clothes and accessories. Little Leprechaun Land, an area especially for kids, will offer pony rides, face painting, balloon art, cultural activities, bouncy fun, music and magic shows, and Irish dancing – and it’s all part of admission.

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

* Be hugely entertained by The BFG at Imagination Stage (look for discount tickets)
* Younger audiences will love Mouse on the Move, also at Imagination Stage
* Enjoy Disney’s the Lion King at the Kennedy Center
* Catch a colorful show as Pinkalicious is on stage at Adventure Theatre
* The Wizard of Oz is on the Main Stage, and Baby Bear’s Birthday is the featured Tiny Tots shows at The Puppet Co.
* See Dino Rock amid the trees at Wolf Trap’s Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods
* Groove with Rainbow Rock on Saturday morning at Jammin’ Java

Bear Awareness Day
Where: National Zoo
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Become more Bear Aware at the Zoo’s free family-friendly event celebrating bears of all kinds. This event offers educational and fun activities for children, keeper talks and animal demonstrations. Learn how to bear-proof a camp site, compare bears from around the world, and take the Bear Awareness pledge.

Celebrate the Potomac
Where: Piscataway Park
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: $10/ages 11+, free for 10 and under

Returning for its second year at Piscataway Park, Celebrating the Potomac is a Celebrate Potomac River heritage as the Potomac River Heritage Tourism Alliance commemorates the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Admission to the event includes Pride of Baltimore II deck tours where you’ll learn about the critical role that these topsail schooner privateers played in the war, music from the era performed by Jennifer Cutting’s OCEAN, theatrical performances, Piscataway Park hayrides, and shore side Captain talks. Be adventurous and book a War of 1812 kayak tour with Atlantic Kayak Company; additional fee required. Picnics are welcome, but food will also be available for purchase.

Day of Archaeology Festival
Where: Fort Totten/ Fort Circle Park
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Part of a worldwide celebration of archaeology, the DC festival will be hosted by Archaeology in the Community with archaeological organizations from DC, Maryland, and Virginia presenting a variety of festivities. The public will be able to talk to archaeologists in person and learn about the science and art of archaeology. There will be engaging activities for children, including mock‐excavations, hands‐on artifact displays, crafts, and demonstrations. The archaeology of local prehistoric and historic inhabitants will also be featured. Enjoy live music, face painting, and visits from some of DC’s best food trucks! Fort Totten/Fort Circle Park is located at the Corner of Gallatin St. and South Dakota Ave. NE.

London Nights with Whistler
Where: Sackler Gallery
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

Explore the impact of gaslights and electricity on nightlife in the nineteenth century. Examine paintings and prints of London by Whistler for content, mood, and technique. In the classroom, use black paper backgrounds, foreground cutouts of people, oil and chalk pastels, and wax gilt to create nightscapes of your favorite outdoor nighttime activities. Recommended for ages 8-14.

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.


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Take a Hike at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve

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We love Great Falls Park, but we also know from experience that on a nice weekend day, chances are it’s going to be pretty crowded. So, we often seek out alternatives in that area if we want a similar hiking experience — trails that meander through lush woods, leading to lovely hang out spots and great views of the Potomac, all within a not-too-far drive from home.

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This is what led us to Scott’s Run Nature Preserve a couple of weekends ago. The locale in McLean is just a couple of miles away from Great Falls. And while it doesn’t have the spectacular vistas that it’s larger, better known neighbor does, Scott’s Run is peaceful and pretty and makes for a nice hiking experience with kids.

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There are two places to park and start a trip there. Both are right off Georgetown Pike, just past the Beltway. We opted for the second lot adjacent to the main creek (the actual Scott’s Run) that flows through the park, eventually into the Potomac. We walked along the creek a bit on a wide gravel path that also leads to the river, crossing offshoots of the creek en route. Along the way, we spotted several chipmunks and caterpillar eggs, and enjoyed the shade of the leafy canopy above.

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It was probably a little less than a mile to the river from our parking lot. There’s a great waterfall and pool of water surrounded by boulders and a small sandy area, which would have been an ideal place to stop for a picnic had it not been occupied already. We opted for a nearby area, sitting on a fallen tree to eat lunch and hang out before exploring a grassy area stretching along the water.

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On the way back, we chose a different route along a trail that snaked through the woods and took us by what looked like remnants of an old fireplace and chimney. This way was longer and deeper in the woods, but generally a flat, easy hike. Though we only encountered it near the waterfall, I hear there are many areas with rocky cliffs in the park — something to keep in mind if you’re with little ones who tend to wander. All in all, we probably hiked about three miles total that day, but you can easily extend or shorten that depending on what you’re family is up for when you go.

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Scott’s Run Nature Preserve is located in McClean just off Georgetown Pike. It’s open from just before sunrise to just after sunset. Admission is free.

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