Where to Play on the Weekdays: May 11-15

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens during last summer's Lotus Festival

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens during last summer’s Lotus Festival


Monday - Get a unique dose of nature in the city at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in northeast DC. Go on a nature walk among the ponds filled with giant lily pads and other interesting marsh plants and look for geese, great blue herons, turtles, frogs, and tiny fish on the way. Open 9am – 5pm this time of year, and admission is free.

Tuesday - Enjoy Stories from Strawberry Park in the Mosaic District. The series presents live interactive performances for children ages 10 and under every Tuesday 10-11am. After, stay to splash in the fountain and/or grab a bite to eat at one of the many eateries. Admission is free.

Wednesday - Visit the digs of first POTUS George Washington at Mount Vernon in Alexandria. Get there by 11am for Story Time in Hands-on-History, a program for especially for young children. Special tours are also available throughout the day, or you can roam the grounds on your own. The estate and gardens are open daily 8am – 5pm. Admission is $17/adult, $9/ages 6-11, free for children 5 and under.

Thursday - Be among the first visitors to explore the National Geographic Museum’s newest exhibit. Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology: The Exhibition will feature real, fascinating archaeological artifacts, along with an extensive collection of original Indiana Jones™ film materials that will take you on the adventure of a lifetime. The exhibit will run May 14, 2015 – January 3, 2016. Admission is $11/adult, $7/ages 5-12, free for 4 and under. That also gets you into Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants, a super fun and interesting exhibit for all ages.

Friday - See a fairytale classic on strings at The Puppet Co., where Cinderella is the current Main Stage production. Showtimes are 10am and 11:30am. Tickets are $10.

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The Weekend Round-Up: May 8-10

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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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Giveaway: Win a Summer Session at Camp Gan Israel!


Are you still making summer plans for your kids? Here’s a great option to consider — and you have a chance to win a week-long session there!

Camp Gan Israel is a Jewish camp for kids ages 2-10 years old. The all-in-one program includes crafts, sports, gymnastics, martial arts, field trips, swimming, Judaics, baking, drama, dance, and many more exciting activities.

Camp is run at the TheSHUL – Lubavitch Center and is uniquely suited for a great summer camp experience. Conveniently located in the heart of Dupont Circle (just across Connecticut Ave. from the Washington Hilton), it’s easily metro accessible and has spacious indoor facilities that enable summer fun, no matter the weather outside. Nearby Mitchell and Kalorama Parks offer age appropriate playgrounds and playing fields, adding to the Camp Gan Israel experience. Swimming takes place at the Washington Hilton, and group swim lessons are included for campers in grades K-2.


The camp runs for three one-week sessions June 22 – July 10. Core camp hours are 9am – 3:30pm, but before and after care is offered, extending available options from 8am – 5:30pm daily. A healthy lunch and snacks are included for all campers, and the camp is allergy-friendly, accommodating children with various food allergies.

For more information about Camp Gan Israel, visit the website. And for a chance to win a free week, enter the giveaway below!


Giveaway: For a chance to win a weeklong session at Camp Gan Israel, simply leave a comment telling me your favorite activity with your kids this past weekend. To be eligible to win, you must also like KidFriendly DC on Facebook. The giveaway will run through this weekend, then the winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

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


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: May 4-8

An urban oasis at Yards Park

An urban oasis at Yards Park

Monday - Spend the beautiful spring day at Yards Park! The water features are on and welcoming guests to enjoy them at the riverfront recreational space in the Navy Yard. You can also hang out in the grassy areas, stroll the boardwalk, take in the scenic views, and have a picnic by the water (or grab some lunch at one of the many nearby eateries). Admission to the park is free.

Tuesday - Head to the National Building Museum, where the Book of the Month program will take place in the Building Zone. Readings of a building-themed book will begin at 10:30am & 11:30am. Get there early for play time, as entry is on the hour ($3/person). Afterwards, stay to hang out in the magnificent Great Hall or the PLAY WORK BUILD exhibit upstairs ($8/adult, $5/child). Museum hours are 10am – 5pm. Exhibit admission for members is free.

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 rides on the water are offered Tuesday – Friday from 12-12:45pm through October 31. Admission to the park is also free.

Thursday - Hit the trail at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve. The Great Falls locale offers a nice dose of nature in a short drive from the city, with paths that meander through lush woods, peaceful spots to hang out by the river, and great views of the Potomac. Open from just before sunrise to just after sunset. Admission is free.

Friday - Watch the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover, a sight that is certain to be extraordinary. Honoring those who fought in World War II on its 70th anniversary, the spectacle will include dozens of aircraft from that era flying overhead in historically sequenced warbird formations from the Lincoln Memorial to the U.S. Capitol. It’s set to start at 12:10pm, so plan accordingly. 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.

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The Weekend Round-Up: May 1-3

Ready to rule the road at a past Cheverly Truck Touch

Ready to rule the road at a past Cheverly Truck Touch

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Explore the world right here in DC, get up close and personal with some of the coolest rides on the road, celebrate the season and la dia, have fun supporting local schools, enjoy live entertainment and special museum programs, opt for an outing centered around your furriest family member, or revel in the fantastic weather ahead on an outdoor adventure. There’s definitely no shortage of great ways to kick off May. Happy Weekend!

Around the World Embassy Tour
Where: More than 40 Embassies
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

You might get to hear live Australian didgeridoo music, sample Nicaraguan rum, see a Peruvian dance show, and enjoy the rich tradition of Nepalese storytelling – all in one day! On Saturday, Cultural Tourism DC presents its annual Around the World Embassy Tour, an open house to embassies from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania. The free event will showcase art, music, traditional dress, culinary delights from nations across the globe. It’s also your chance to check out the interiors of those huge mansions along Mass Ave & International Drive that you usually just admire from the street. Admission is free, but bring identification, as some embassies might conduct security checks. For more about the event, read about one of our experiences there. (And neat to note now: we actually did make it to Nicaragua, so this event could inspire your travels, too.)

Flower Mart
Where: National Cathedral
When: Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The annual spring festival, in its 76th year at the National Cathedral, is celebrating Asia this year, with partner representing numerous countries presenting their culture, history, and food for all to learn, experience and enjoy along with Flower Mart’s yearly offerings — plant sales, floral and horticultural displays, and boutique booths, and tons of fun for children. Music and entertainment, games and rides, tasty foods, the All Hallows Guild antique carousel, and other activities will delight the younger set. Admission is free, though concessions and some activities will cost a fee. Proceeds from other sales benefit the Cathedral’s gardens, grounds and woodlands. See the website for the entertainment schedule.

Glen Echo Family Day
Where: Glen Echo Park
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the opening of the park’s beautiful historic Dentzel Carousel for its 95th season! Along with rides on the merry-go-round ($1.25/ride), guests of all ages can enjoy a loads of fun activities: Magic shows, dance performances, arts & crafts, face painting, photo exhibits, and balloon animals are just some of the usual favorites. The full schedule of events is available of the Glen Echo website.

Cheverly Truck Touch
Where: Cheverly Nursery School
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: $5 (under 18 months are free)

Little ones love Truck Touch events, and this one is always especially fun. The biggest lineup of vehicles yet, including the PGPD Helicopter back the 2nd year in a row, has been confirmed for Cheverly Weekday Nursery’s annual fundraiser. Children can sit in the driver’s seat of a fire truck, honk the horn of a dump truck, run around inside the trailer of an 18-wheeler, check out the a police car interior, stand on the back of a garbage truck, and get behind the wheel of many more cool rides. And the fun doesn’t end there—games geared toward little ones, moon bounces, concessions, balloons, and more will also be available. The event will be held in the Cheverly United Methodist Church parking lot (2801 Cheverly Avenue, Cheverly MD 20785). All proceeds benefit the nursery school. Read an early KFDC post about our take on these events here.

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

* Enjoy a mix of math, science, and music at an NSO Ensemble Concert at the Kennedy Center
* 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 Jack and the Beanstalk is the current main stage production
* And Mother Goose Caboose is the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theatre on Sunday
* Rock out with the grandson’s jr. at Jammin’ Java on Saturday morning

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

Space Day is a favorite at the National Air and Space Museum where visitors enjoy STEM-inspired hands-on activities, meet astronauts, and learn about space from experts from the Museum and NASA. All of the activities take place amid the awe-inspiring collection of historic aviation and space artifacts in the Museum on the Mall.

Innovation Family Festival
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum and United States Patent and Trademark Office as they celebrate creativity, invention, and thinking outside the box—or container – at Innovation Family Day! Explore how containers are put to work, from shipping art and precious gems, to eco-friendly plant beds, to space suits. Make new containers from old ones in the cardboard playground or watch containers being made in a 3-D printer. Fun for the whole family!

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 an impressive agility course set up by Sit Stay Training and owner, Meghann Weller-Redmer. And other professionals will 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!

Garden Guild Open House
Where: Franciscan Monastery in Brookland
When: Saturday, 9:30-11am
Admission: Free

The garden at the Franciscan Monastery is one the most gorgeous in the city, and on Saturday you can find out how that happens. The monastery’s Garden Guild will give you an inside look at everything they do — vegetable, herb and flower gardening and care; urban beekeeping; potpourri and lavender wand making; garden tours; luminaria, Easter lily and palm cross sale; annual plant and herb sale; and more. They’ll also be happy to answer your questions. Experienced and new gardeners of all ages are welcome. Read more about the Franciscan Monastery here.

Lafayette Spring Fair
Where: Lafayette Elementary School
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Tickets or $35 KidPass available

Support a local elementary school and enjoy a day of family fun at the Lafayette Spring Fair. They’ll have carnival rides, bounce houses, face painting, arts and crafts, a dunk tank, and karaoke. Need a new ride? There will be a bike swap to trade in outgrown bikes for a “new” one. Looking for some good reads? Shop the used book sale. There will also be tons of food for purchase, including their ever-popular bake sale. Tickets will be on sale at the fair, or purchase a $35 KidPass for unlimited rides. Event will take place rain or shine.

Arts for Families: Felt Masks
Where: Textile Museum
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Now that the Textile Museum has re-opened after its merger with George Washington University, the Arts for Families program is also back, inviting kids and their parents to explore art, history, and culture through a hands-on activity. During this session, drop in to create felt masks and transform yourselves into a superhero, animal, or whatever you imagine to be.

Where: Heurich House
When: Saturday, 1-4
Admission: $20/adult, $5/child, under 2 are free

Frühlingsfest, translated as ‘Spring Festival’ and known as “Oktoberfest’s little sister,” celebrates the end of a cold winter and beginning of spring in Germany, and the Heurich House brings the age-old traditional to Washington, DC! Join in their annual family-friendly festival, featuring scavenger hunts, ice cream making, garden games, and more. Enjoy a pig roast from Rockland’s BBQ, beer from Old Ox Brewery, and German butter cookies from Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe. John Henry, The Guitar Playing Man, will be performing live music all afternoon. Buy tickets and get more info on the registration page.

Day of the Dog
Where: Congressional Cemetery
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join a puppypalooza at Congressional Cemetery! Known on Capitol Hill as one of the best places to walk your dog, the cemetery typically only allows dog-walking privileges to members of the K9 Corps. However, Day of the Dog opens the cemetery to the public and their leashed pups — a special opportunity for dog lovers to experience this historic site along with local pet vendors and services. This year, they’re also debuting a Day of the Dog 5k as one of the featured events of the day. For more information about the vendors, rescues, and activities of the day, see the Day of the Dog website.

Korea Day Family Festival
Where: Freer | Sackler Gallery
When: Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
Admission: Free

The Korean Film Festival kicks off with a full day of Korean cultural activities for the whole family. Explore the richness of Korean culture through hands-on activities, an animated film, gallery conversations, cooking demonstrations, and dance performances.

Independent Bookstore Day
Where: Barston’s Child’s Play Bookstores
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

There will be parties at all four Child’s Play locations to celebrate the first annual Independent Bookstore Day. Festivities will include giveaways, scavenger hunts, an author appearance, and special merchandise. Location are in DC, Rockville, Arlington, and McLean.

Azalea Garden Fest
Where: Landon School
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free, but fee for some activities

The Landon School in Bethesda is hosting its annual Azalea Garden Festival featuring carnival rides, designer fashions and student art, and the season’s flowers. Celebrate spring and stroll through the budding beauty of Landon’s azalea garden or take a spin on one of our amusement park attractions. Enjoy food from some of the area’s best food trucks, art and live music, and rare flowers to bring home to plant in your home garden!

Cinco De Mayo Festival
Where: National Mall
When: Sunday, 12- 7
Admission: Free

Celebrate the day with the Maru Montero Dance Company as they host the 23rd annual National Cinco de Mayo Festival to celebrate Latin American dance, music and crafts. Live performances will include salsa, Mexican folk dancing, mariachis, and other dance and music. The children’s pavilion will host arts and crafts activities where young people can make piñatas, braid hair, build dancing puppets, and enjoy a day of fun activities. For more info, see the festival website.

NAMI Bazaar
Where: NAMI Montgomery County
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Montgomery County is hosting a bazaar to help support and promote their cause. Along with being a kickoff for the grand reopening of their thrift shop, the family friendly event will include games, music, food, and a petting zoo. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the organization will also be having their annual NAMI Walk in Baltimore on May 16. NAMIMC is located at 11718 Parklawn Drive in Rockville, MD.

Spring Fun Fair
Where: Washington Hebrew Congregation
When: Sunday, 12:30-3:30pm
Admission: Free, but activities and food are extra

Bring your family and friends to JBSC and spend the afternoon playing interactive games, having fun on carnival rides, and creating wonderful arts and crafts projects at the annual RJWECC Fun Fair. Enjoy music from a live DJ, delicious treats at the bake sale, and amazing food trucks — rain or shine. Location is 11810 Falls Road in Potomac, MD.

Tiptoe Through the Tulips
Where: Burnside Farm
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Admission: $4/day, $7/unlimited entry

Experience Holland in Haymarket, Va! Burnside Farm’s annual Festival of Spring showcasing the season’s flowers is open and blooming. 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.

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