The Weekend Round-Up: October 4-5

Let's go, Nats!

Let’s go, Nats!





Surely, you can tell by the photo and first two recs in this round-up what I’m most excited about this weekend. But there’s plenty going on over the next few days to keep everyone entertained, Nats fan or not. Happy Weekend!

Natitude
Where: Nationals Park
When: Friday & Saturday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

It’s play-off time! If, like me, you weren’t lucky enough to score seats for the home games this weekend, you still may be able to go, just not sit in the grandstand. A limited number Standing Room Only tickets will be available each game day, subject to availability. I recommend going early to get ‘em! (P.S. If anyone has extra tickets you want to unload, please message me at kidfriendlydc@yahoo.com!)

Celebrate the Nats
Where: Yards Park
When: Friday & Saturday, 3pm
Admission: Free

If you don’t make it in to Nationals Park, you can still get close and have a blast viewing the game plus other festivities at Yards Park. Cheer on the team with fellow fans, get the kids’ faces painted, listen to live music, enjoy food from local eateries, and more!

Fall For Fairfax KidFest
Where: Fairfax County Government Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 7pm & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

This annual event by Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. includes exciting, interactive, and educational programs, entertainment and activities. Especially designed for families with elementary and pre-K aged children, activities include scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, public safety and recycling-themed exhibits, pony rides, a petting zoo, hay rides, model trains, and the KidWay MidWay with more than a dozen rides, bounces, and attractions. And that’s just for the kids. Adults can enjoy more than 75 exhibits, live entertainment, activities, and great festival food. While admission is free, some rides and concessions will require a fee.

Fall Fun
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Seasonal festivals are in full swing at area farms, in local communities, even a 16th century village in Maryland (huzzah, Ren Fest!), and they’re welcoming visitors for all kinds of fun. Get details on all of them in this post about autumn celebrations.

Art on the Avenue
Where: Mount Vernon Ave in Del Ray
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the diversity of Alexandria’s Del Ray community at this multicultural arts festival. Over 300 artists – jewelers, woodworkers, pottery makers, soap crafters, glass makers, painters, sculptors, fabric artists, and musicians – will have their work on display and for sale. And kids activities have always been a vital part of the festival – scarecrow stuffing, pumpkin painting, lotus flower design, screen art weaving are just some of the crafts to enjoy. Food vendors will also be there offering hot dogs, BBQ, Indian fare, crab cakes, chocolate bananas dipped on a stick, and home made cider donuts.

Make a Music Video with The Singing Lizard
Where: Rock Creek Park
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Local children’s music fave The Singing Lizard is making a video for her song “Bicycle,” and she wants YOU to be a part of the magic! Bring your bicycles to the meeting location, put on your helmets, and get ready for ACTION. TSL will follow the camera on her bike while lip synching along to the “Bicycle” song, and one-by-one the other bikers (you!) will start riding behind her. The video should scream FUN (so, silliness and costumes encouraged). The more people that gather, the more exciting the video will be!

Happy Fall at DC MEETMarket
Where: Logan Circle, 15th and P St NW
When: Saturday,
Admission: Free

This month’s DC MEET Market will celebrate the season by providing small pumpkins for kids to paint and take home to display. Along with crafts, games of cornhole will be set up around the market for everyone to enjoy. And Baked & Wired will be selling pumpkin-inspired desserts, including cupcakes and whoopie pies. There will be live music by DJ AYESCOLD, The Caribbean, and The Plums, all presented by Rock-n-Romp! and some delicious Korean-style BBQ by Kingston Seoul. As always, the market will showcase over 40 local vendors selling their goods in various categories such as fine arts, home décor, handcrafted jewelry, fashion apparel, baby accessories, and prepared foods.

I Am Eleven
Where: West End Cinema & AMC Hoffman Theater
When: Opens Friday in the DC area
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Do you remember when you were 11? I am Eleven, a new film by director Genevieve Bailey, weaves together deeply personal and at times hilarious portraits of what it means to sit at this transitional age. These young minds provide us with a powerful insight into the future of our world. It opens in the area this weekend at West End Cinema in the District and AMC Hoffman 22 in Alexandria.

Face Value Family Day
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join the National Portrait Gallery to explore portraiture through the lens of the exhibition Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction. Sean Lane and Bay Jazz Group will set the tone with their musical talent. Guests can experiment with different art materials in the style of Benny Andrews, Andy Warhol, Jacob Lawrence, and Roy Lichtenstein, and participate in an additional art-making activity led by artist/illustrator Sushmita Mazumdar, in the style of Red Grooms.

Chessie Jam Children’s Music Festival
Where: Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore
When: Saturday, 12-6pm
Admission: $30

Join the fun and sing and dance to performances by Milkshake, Recess Monkey, Father Goose, Justin Roberts, and Biz Markie from Yo Gabba Gabba. The Festival will include free facepainting 12-2pm, an instrument petting zoo, a storybook village, a moon-bounce, a photo-booth, tie-dying, and lots more fun and interactive activities for children.

Let’s Move! DC
Where: Deanwood Rec Center
When: Saturday, 10am -2pm
Admission: Free

The 2nd Annual Let’s Move! DC aims to encourage District youth to make healthier food choices and be more active throughout the day. Children and families can enjoy cooking demos, fishing and dance lessons, music, games, and a farmers market. Streetball stars Hugh “Baby Shaq” Jones and Randy “White Chocolate” Gill will be on hand to sign autographs and take photos, while the Street Basketball Association hosts clinics and skills exhibitions. Community organizations will also be available with information for families on healthy eating, early childhood education, and youth fitness and enrichment programs.

Potomac Country House Tour & Festival
Where: St. Francis Episcopal Church at 10033 River Road
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free (some activities require a fee and tours are $40)

The 58th annual Potomac Country House Tour & Festival offers a weekend of family-friendly activities, including a pirate ship moon bounce, 35-foot Turbo Rush obstacle course, a large slide, cotton candy, ice cream, and Dr. Doolittle Petting Zoo with bunnies, teacup pigs, baby chicks, and a baby llama. For adults, there will be 25+ boutiques featuring beautiful jewelry, art, crafts and gifts, silent auction and raffle, a BBQ luncheon and Georgetown Cupcake. Also on Saturday and Sunday, the annual House Tour will be underway from 1-4pm with four magnificent Potomac, MD, homes plus the Wreath Love Carriage House open for viewing (adults only).

Takoma Park Street Festival
Where: Carroll Avenue to Carroll Street
When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The streets of Takoma Park will be filled with music, artisans, community groups, children’s activities, food vendors and a variety of green companies at the city’s 33rd annual festival. A diverse collection of items from over 150 artisans makes holiday shopping easy — find paintings, photographs, pottery, silk-screening, soaps, stained glass, jewelry, wood-working, textiles, ceramics, kids’ items and much, much more! Kids also love activities just for them, including inflatables and FUN! Music lovers can enjoy three stages hosting 18 popular local bands playing everything indie folk, rock, blues, country, reggae and everything in between.

Kinderfest
Where: Watkins Regional Park
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro, Md, is hosting the 34th Annual Kinderfest, a day focused on children that takes place every year on the first Sunday in October. The scores of events and activities to entertain the whole family include clowns and costumed characters, singers and dancers, pony and hay rides, carnival games, scarecrow workshops, sweet and savory refreshments, and spins on the famous Watkins carousel and miniature train. Admission to the event is free, but some activities require a fee. Visit the website for more info and directions.

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

* Danny Weinkauf of They Might Be Giants is playing a Saturday morning show at Jammin’ Java!
* See a performance of The Night Fairy at Imagination Stage
* Enjoy jazz for kids as Bop Goes the Weasel plays the Just for Families series at Arts on the Green
* Be wowed by the acrobatic feats and playful performances of the Big Apple Circus!
* Catch Stuart Little at Adventure Theatre
* Rich & The Rockin’ Dogs will rock the Highwood Theatre in Silver Spring Saturday morning
* Watch Rapunzel let down her hair as The Puppet Co. presents the marionette version of the classic fairytale.
* Dragon Babies and Teddy Bear’s Picnic are the featured Tiny Tots shows at The Puppet Co.
* Driving Miss Daisy is beginning its month-long run at Ford’s Theatre
* Saturday Morning at the National presents Theatre IV’s version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – for free!

Fall Arts Fair
Where: THEARC
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

Washington Performing Arts hosts its Fall Arts Fair on Sunday. The event is geared toward all ages with performances and interactive activities that connect families and neighborhoods with DC’s diverse artistic offerings. The gymnasium at THEARC will be transformed into a central marketplace housing vendors selling crafts, food and garments. Surrounding it all will be stations hosting a variety of imaginative, interactive activities including face painting, henna art, a Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra ensemble performance, Silk Road inspired crafts, Bollywood and Persian dance classes, origami and fortunes art activity, interactive painting, and a photo booth. instrument petting zoo, the “Silk Road Jam Session,” will also be available to provide children a hands-on introduction to a range of musical instruments.

Fall Fest at the Soldiers’ Home
Where: President Lincoln’s Cottage
When: Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate fall at the Soldiers’ Home and enjoy an array of activities throughout the day, including: an Antique Car Show, beer and bourbon tasting tents, children’s games and activities, golfing, live music, a military drill team, and tours of buildings in the historic core of the Soldiers’ Home campus, including the Sherman Tower.

Model Rocket Launch
Where: NASA Goddard
When: Sunday, 1pm
Admission: Free

Join the monthly model rocket launch at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Anyone is welcome, and if you’ve got a model rocket to fly, bring it along (though there are some restrictions – see them here). The program takes place the first Sunday of every month at 1pm. Read more about it in this KFDC guest post.

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Performing and Visual Arts “Just for Families” at Arts on the Green

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Arts on the Green, Gaithersburg’s premier center for the performing and visual arts, recently launched a new initiative that encourages children and families to explore the world around them through programs in music, theater, movement and the visual arts.

Just for Families provides performing and visual arts programs for families with young kids. From painting workshops to theater productions and concerts, Arts on the Green offers experiences for parents and children to enjoy the arts together at their two facilities, Arts Barn and Kentlands Mansion.

Bop Goes the Weasel performs October 4

Bop Goes the Weasel performs October 4

Next in the line-up is Bop Goes the Weasel this Saturday, October 4, 11am – 12pm. The jazz-for-kids performance is high-energy, interactive, and encourages young listeners to clap, snap, and have fun as Christiana Drapkin and her quartet introduce children to jazz greats like Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Charlie Parker. It’s recommended for children in pre-K to grade 5, and tickets are $12/adult, $8/child. Call 301-258-6394 to reserve yours.

"Not My Monkey" brings family theater October 11-26

“Not My Monkey” brings family theater October 11-26

The family programing also includes ongoing series like Songs & Stories, a preschool program held the first and third Thursday of each month. Workshops, concerts, magic shows, and theater are also featured in the Just for Families series. You can view the complete schedule for dates and details.

Arts on the Green venues, Arts Barn and Kentlands Mansion, are located in the heart of the Kentlands at 311 and 320 Kent Square Road in Gaitherburg, MD. Follow them on Facebook to stay updated on events and programs.


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Arts on the Green, 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 in DC?

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How well do you know your city? This new contest might help you gauge that. If you think you know where this image was shot AND want a chance to win a cool prize, leave a comment answering the “Where in DC?” question.

Everyone who correctly names the location of the photo will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win TWO of these Certifikid deals for admission to the Newseum! This contest will run through the weekend, and a winner will be notified on Monday.

Good luck!


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Win a Month of After-School Snacks from Munchkin Fun! {Sponsored}

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A month into school and already in a snack rut? Looking for something healthy and portable that won’t leave a mess? If so, then you’ll surely dig this: I’m teaming up with Munchkin Fun and GoGo squeeZ to give away a month of after-school snacks!

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Munchkin Fun is a booking site for kids classes & camps — think Ticketmaster for after-school fun. Click here to sign up, and they’ll send you a list of classes recommended just for your family. They do the research, you have the fun.

To enter the giveaway, click here. A winner will be announced on October 8. Good luck!


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Munchkin Fun, 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: September 29 – October 3

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Monday - See the newest IMAX playing at the Smithsonian. Mysteries of the Unseen World just opened at the Johnson IMAX Theater in the Natural History Museum, and it’s sure to fascinate. Check the schedule for showtimes, as there are several screenings throughout the day. Tickets are $9. The movie is only about 40 minutes, so plan to spend more time at the museum and explore the exhibits. (Note: The giveaway mentioned in the post about the film has ended.)

Tuesday - Take the kids to see world famous, Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell play at Union Station — for free! You may have read or heard about his stint here several years ago when he played in a Metro station as a social experiment for a Washington Post article; they wanted to see if anyone would stop to hear his beautiful music (not many did). He’s coming back for a do-over and to promote his new album and music education. You can catch his performance in Union Station’s main hall at 12:30pm.

Wednesday - Romp on the playground and in an old train car, discover some history of the area, and take a pontoon boat tour at Bladensburg Waterfront Park. The free boat rides are offered Tuesday – Friday at 12-12:45pm through October 31. Admission to the park is also free.

Thursday - Head to an area farm to take advantage of smaller weekday crowds at one of several fall festivals that are already underway. See this guide to find out where you can celebrate the season Monday thru Friday as well as the weekends.

Friday - Go for a hike at Great Falls. Whether you opt for the Maryland or Virginia side, you can’t go wrong. Enjoy spectacular views of the falls and rapids from several overlooks, hike easy trails along the river or through the woods, and stop in the Visitor Center (there’s one on each side) to learn more about the area’s history and wildlife. The park is open 7am – dark, the Visitors Centers 10am – 4pm. Admission is $5/car.


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