Where to Play on the Weekdays: September 21-25


*The Pope in DC this Tuesday through Thursday is going to have a huge impact on transportation in the city and generally getting around. Be sure to check details on the Papal Visit — including the Pope’s schedule, road closures, public transportation adjustments, and more — to help you plan for it. This Washington Post article also has good tips.

Monday - Celebrate the official start of autumn at Ticonderoga Farm’s Fall Festival. Whiz down slides, bounce on jumping pillows, go on a hayride, pick a pumpkin from the patch, romp on the playground, visit goats and chickens, and much more. Admission is $9.95 on weekdays ($16.95 on weekends and holidays), hours are 9am – 6pm.

Tuesday - Get outta dodge as the crowds descend on DC for the Pope’s visit and head up the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore. Explore a variety of cool hands-on exhibits, join the Kiddie Collaborations program at 11am or 2pm, play in the Kids Room, and much more. Hours are 10am – 5pm. Admission is $20.95/adults, $16.95/ages 3+, free for 2 and under. (I suggest checking out their membership options — if your family visits just three times in a year, it’s worth it. Plus, there’s reciprocity with other museums all around the country.)

Wednesday - Hike the woods and wetlands of Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria. Turtles, frogs, and birds are among the wildlife you could see. Stop by the visitor center for even more exhibits and animal encounters. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk, and admission is free.

Thursday - Join the Moms Clean Air Force contingent on the National Mall and have fun with other concerned moms and dads while enjoying speakers and musicians — and the Pope’s address via Jumbotron. The Rally for Climate Justice coincides with Pope Francis’ address to the U.S. Congress, as he previously has called for swift action to protect our planet and the world’s most vulnerable from climate change. A wide swath of people across faith, secular, environmental, youth and other sectors are expected at the rally to show support for his core message and heighten global attention. Register here ASAP to see where to meet, reserve T-shirts, and ensure you’ll get a follow-up email with logistics and speaker/musician line-up. Drop in anytime 8am – 12pm. Admission is free. If you don’t want to be in the middle of the Papal hoopla, hang out at a playground instead. The Meanest Momma blog has an amazing compilation of playground reviews, so pick one and go have fun!

Friday - Enjoy a musical morning with Boogie Babes as they bring kiddie entertainment to the Atlas Performing Arts Center at 10:30am. Admission is $5/child, and siblings 6 months and under are free. Bonus while you’re there: A wonderful art installation of 50 mobiles, which many neighborhood kids got to work on during school field trips. (FYI: You can also catch a Boogie Babes show at Union Market on Wednesdays and Eastern Market on Thursdays.)

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The Weekend Round-Up: September 19-20

The delightful Fairy Lolly at Annmarie Sculpture Garden, where ArtsFest is on this weekend

The delightful Fairy Lolly at Annmarie Sculpture Garden, where ArtsFest is on this weekend

Say farewell to summer and welcome fall with an amazing selection of possibilities for family fun. Seriously, this weekend is jam-packed with ubercool things to do. Happy Weekend!

The Big Build
Where: National Building Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Any kid (or adult, for that matter) with an interest in building and construction will dig the National Building Museum’s big annual event celebrating all things, well, building. The Great Hall will be full of different stations where guests of all ages aren’t just welcome, but encouraged, to try their hands at all kinds of construction and design techniques. There will opportunities to build a brick wall, explore construction vehicles, carve stone, build a log cabin, imagine a sculpture of plumbing pipes, create a hardware wind chime, and so much more. And it’s all totally free!

Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $6/adult, free for ages 11 and under

Head out to Solomons, MD, for an art-filled experience at a magical place! The 22nd Annual ArtsFest is a family fun weekend of fine art shopping, children’s activities, live music, delicious food & drink, wine & beer, and more – all set amidst the lovely trees and artwork of Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center. Browse and shop more than 160 artist booths throughout gardens and in the arts building. Enjoy entertainment from more than 25 musicians — jazz, rock, folk, blues, and country – and strolling performers. Kids will love activities in the Discovery Tent and Zany Zone, plus creative free-play in the gorgeous Fairy Lolly, the Studio School, and the Children’s Garden. There’s something for everyone at this anniversary celebration of the visual, performing, and creative arts. For more about Annmarie Sculpture Garden, see this KFDC post.

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

As summer officially comes to a close, you can celebrate the new season and then some at one of many festivals happening this weekend, from city streets to country farms. The popular H Street Festival is on Saturday (see below), Ren Fest gets medieval every weekend through October, and more farms are opening to welcome visitors for all kinds of autumn-inspired fun. Get details on all of them in this guide to fall festivals around area.

Up in the Air
Where: Andrews Air Force Base
When: Saturday, 9am – 3pm
Admission: Free

See thrilling action in the sky and on the ground at the 2015 Joint Service Open House and Air Show. Thunderbirds, Trojan Horsemen, the F-22 Demo Team, and the Jelly Belly plane are among the featured performers — a full schedule and more info is available on the Air Show website. Unauthorized vehicles are not permitted on Andrews Air Force Base, but shuttle buses from the FedEx Field parking lot and Branch Avenue Metro will provide free transportation.

Colonial Market Fair
Where: Mount Vernon
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $17/adult, $9/child, free for ages 5 and under

At George Washington’s old digs, they re-create a lively early-American marketplace with demonstrations, crafts and entertainment. More than forty juried artisans from across the nation will demonstrate their trades and sell their wares, while two stages of family entertainment delight audiences with 18th-century amusements. Try your hand at 18th century cricket — demonstrations and cricket games will be played throughout the weekend. General Washington will preside many festivities. And fair fare will be available from the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant concession stands.

J.A.M 5th Element
Where: Joe’s Movement Emporium
When: Friday & Saturday, 8pm
Admission: $20/online, $25/at door

Watch a showcase of Washington-area performers celebrate the two-year anniversary of J.A.M Revuw, an exciting song and dance revue in DC. This year they’ll pay tribute to some of the hottest songs from across the years that are “J.A.M.med” into one show-stopping production.

Gimme an H!
Where: H Street NE
When: Saturday,
Admission: Free

The annual festival on northeast DC’s thriving corridor is always a big one. If you don’t mind crowds, there is a lot to see and do. The event features loads of live entertainment, including a kids stage; art exhibits; food trucks; crafts for sale by local vendors; fashion shows; dancin’ in the street; and kids’ activities, including face painting, story telling, and moon bounces. This year, check out “Mobilizing the Community,” a fantastic art installation of 50 mobiles being unveiled at 12:30pm the Atlas Performing Arts Center (which many local elementary school classes contributed to, including Owen’s). I recommend taking public transportation there, as parking is guaranteed to be difficult.

Game on!
Where: Koshland Science Museum
When: Saturday,11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

It’s game on at the Koshland Science Museum! Bring the whole family for a free community event highlighting local games and their developers. Play STEM/ STEAM-themed games like Brain Garden, Immune Defense, and That Rock Paper Scissor Game; hear talks from the people who created them; and win prizes.

Teddy Bear Clinic
Where: National Museum of Health & Medicine
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Children can bring their favorite stuffed friends and explore the Teddy Bear Clinic at the National Museum of Health and Medicine with activities and crafts designed to highlight the body, physical fitness and healthy habits. Recommended for children in PreK – 2nd grade, this family program is free and open to the public. For more about the museum, see this past KFDC post.

Dulles Plane Pull
Where: Dulles Airport
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Airplane tug o’ war, anyone? This annual event is Special Olympics Virginia’s “heaviest” fundraiser, pitting teams of 25 against one another to see who can pull a 164,000+ pound Airbus 12 feet the fastest. And the public is invited to watch it all go down. Along with the tug o’ airplane, there will be live music, a car show, military and civilian aircraft displays, business exhibits, and children’s games and entertainment. Gates open at 10:30am. Go here for directions and parking information.

Dragons, Tacos and Crafts – Oh My!
Where: Room and Board
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Bring your family for a morning of fun inspired by the bestselling children’s book, Dragons Love Tacos. Kids of all ages will love the live storytelling and dragon-and-taco-themed crafts and activities. Come hungry and enjoy the Taqueria Nacional taco bar and discover how to create an imaginative space for children using American-made furnishings. Readings will be at 10:30am & 11:30am. RSVP here.

Show Time
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

* See Caps for Sale, the world premiere musical at Adventure Theatre (look for a ticket deal)
* Let little ones discover their inner superhero at the InterAct Story Theatre’s The Hero of EVERYTHING
* City Kids Theatre is debuting The Story Thief and the Princess of Dreams in Georgetown
* Catch a classic story on strings as The Puppet Co. present The Velveteen Rabbit
* And really little ones can enjoy a Tiny Tots Sing-a-long at the Glen Echo venue
* Head to the U.S. Botanic Garden for The Cerulean Time Capsule, an interactive theatrical adventure
* Micheal Shwedick – Reptile World is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National show
* Join a Baby Loves Disco dance part at Jammin’ Java on Saturday

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

The Nats are hosting the Florida Marlins as they wind down the season. Catch an evening game on Friday or afternoon games on Saturday and Sunday. And be sure to check out this post on how to do a Nats game without breaking the bank.

Colonial Spinning & Dyeing
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm
When: Saturday, 1-4pm

Help the Claude Moore Colonial Farm family card, spin, and dye wool for knitting. Learn the differences between wool processing and flax from the working farm staff in character and costume. This fun and educational event is great for families and small groups.

King Street Art Festival
Where: Old Town Alexandria
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

The 13th Annual King Street Art Festival on Saturday, September 19, continues across Union Street with live music, special programming, and more than 100 artists’ work available for purchase at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. See work being created in the makerspace, follow the trail of bubbles and spot the Torpedo Bike­ riding along the waterfront, dance along with the Flashback party band, and more. Also, the annual Ice Cream Bowl will be back. Purchase one of 1,000+ hand-made bowls created by the talented and prolific artists of The Art League’s Ceramics Department and enjoy local artisan ice cream from Artfully Chocolate in Alexandria – all for only $15 per bowl! Proceeds go to benefit The Art League’s Ceramics department.

Walk This Town
Where: Various DC neighborhood
When: Throughout the weekend (and week)
Admission Free

Put on your walking shoes for a free guided stroll in the city! WalkingTown DC features outdoor walking tours of DC’s most interesting locations and neighborhoods September 19-27. The tours take place outside, rain or shine, and many include a restroom break. Just about all of the tours are family-friendly and wheelchair accessible and take place at varying times throughout the day. See the schedule for details and to sign up.

Fall into Fall
Where: Tudor House
When: Saturday, 10:30-11:15am
Admission: $5/child, free for adults

Experience the 200-year history of Tudor House with your favorite little one as they read, sing, and play in the garden. Children will participate in an interactive read-aloud, learn songs and related movements, and make a craft to take home, all geared to understanding and delighting in the season’s change. Recommended for ages 2- 4. Tickets available here.

Where: National Zoo
When: Sunday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

¡Celebramos! Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month at ZooFiesta. See animal demonstrations and learn about animals native to Latin America, such as golden lion tamarins, sloths, Andean bears, and anteaters. Meet Zoo experts and learn how they are working to save these species and more. Family activities include animal feedings, arts and crafts, musical entertainment, educational activities highlighting conservation research in Central and South America, and authentic gourmet cuisine at a Latin American inspired food bazaar. Bring the whole familia!

Takoma Park Folk Fest
Where: Takoma Park Middle School
When: Sunday, 10:30am – 6:30pm
Admission: Free

Folk music and performances from around the world will be on six stages at the annual Takoma Park Folk Festival. The Grassy Nook Stage will offer activities for children — folksinging, musical games and dancing, storytelling, and more. And a crafts show and sale will showcase the works of local artisans. Pack snacks or purchase food from vendors there. Rain or shine.

Yoga Reggae Festival
Where: Gateway DC East
When: Saturday
Admission: $40/adult, $15/student, $1/child

This all-day, family-friendly music and wellness festival is a fusion of live reggae and yoga that aims to bring health, relaxation and the art of peaceful living to urban areas like Southeast D.C.
Enjoy music from Grammy-nominated band “Third World” and local performers from the D.C. community, plus health food and craft vendors, wellness workshops, and premier yoga and fitness instructors.

Silver Spring Maker Faire
Where: Veteran’s Plaza, Silver Spring Civic Building
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

Robots, interactive art, flying machines, and so much to do and see! KID Museum, the new children’s museum serving the DC-Metro is hosting Maker Faire Silver Spring on Sunday. Featuring family activities and innovative projects created by inventors, hackers, crafters, artists, and do-it-yourselfers of all kinds, the Maker Faires demonstrate creative and unusual projects and pursuits that encourage attendees to explore their own curiosity and to make something new and different. Is event will also feature two performance stages as well as interactive activities for children and adults of all ages.

Food Truck Fest
Where: Cheverly Community Center
When: Sunday, 4-7pm
Admission: Free, but be ready to buy food!

Fill up on food and fun at the 2nd Annual Cheverly Food Truck Festival. Lot of food trucks, kid friendly activities, a beer and wine tent, and live music will be among the enjoyment and entertainment. Kids can get amazing balloon creations for free, face painting and tattoos for just a couple of bucks, and more. Feed the fam and have a blast!

Cavalcade of Streetcars
Where: National Capital Trolley Museum
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: $7/ages 18 and up, $5/ages 2-17

Hop on for a day of fun! Along with the museum’s array of exhibits, enjoy trolley rides on several of the cars from the museum’s collection. This event only happens a few times a year so take advantage while you can!

A Dynamite Celebration
Where: Dynamite Gymnastics Center
When: Sunday, 2-6pm
Admission: Free

Dynamite Gymnastics and Agility Centers are having a 6th birthday celebration, and you’re invited to join them for family-centered activities, including tumbling and trampoline, parkour, music, food trucks, crafts, and raffles, and more. Wear your gym clothes for demos and sample classes. Festivities will take place indoors and out. Bring cash to buy tickets to indoor events — approximately $5 per activity — and enjoy the street fair atmosphere and outdoor fun. Open gym welcomes ages 18 months to 18 years, sample classes 3 years to adults.

Back (in Time) to School
Where: Mountain Gap Schoolhouse
When: Sunday, 1:15, 2:15, 3:15 and 4:15
Admission: $20/family or car

See how different school was in an earlier era as Oatlands Historic House and Gardens opens the Mountain Gap Schoolhouse during their School’s in Session Open House Days! The curriculum includes a guide dressed in period “schoolmarm” clothing, a lesson in the history of the school and a one-room schoolhouse education, a sample of typical 19th-century school day with lessons in the 3 R’s: Reading, Writing and Arithmetic.

Savor the Day
Where: Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard
When: Daily, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy a perfect balance of kid and grown-up fun at the Dickerson, MD, locale. Sugarloaf welcomes children to join adults at the winery and even has a designated Play Area where all ages can kick balls, throw Frisbees, and be active. Bring along a picnic, listen to live music, and maybe do some hiking nearby. And be sure to savor the house specialty, of course — I highly recommend the rosé!

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Savor a Day at Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard

Cheers to a perfect day at Sugarloaf!

Cheers to a perfect day at Sugarloaf!

You know those days that are just kind of perfect? Schedules line up, the weather is sublime, everyone is in good spirits, there’s a dose of spontaneity, the stars seem to align…and something about it all just feels extra special.


We had one of those days recently. It was over Labor Day weekend, after the second week of school, which Owen missed because he was out sick (after not missing a single day last year, go figure). Anyway, it was the first day he was really feeling better, and we were all ready to get out and enjoy the beautiful day.

As we were deciding what to do that morning, my friend Margaret texted asking what we were up to. We threw out a few ideas, and I mentioned Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard, which I’d heard about from my friend Besa of Mom in DCity.

Long story short: Within a couple of hours, we were at the Dickerson, MD, locale enjoying the lovely scenery, awesome company, picnic lunch, relaxed family-friendly vibe, and a couple of bottles of the house special.


So, a vineyard may not be the first type of place that comes to mind when you’re planning a day out with the kids. But one visit to Sugarloaf, and you’ll understand why it’s a great option for a family outing.

For starters, they welcome children. Our crew was among many with kids in the mix, and they even have a designated Play Area for running around, kicking balls, tossing Frisbees, and other kinds of all-ages fun.



There are a few areas where you can set up camp for the day. We opted for one of many big round tables with umbrellas for shade in an open grassy space between the parking lot and grape fields, behind the big red barn. A wine tasting tent is also there, and you can sample a variety for $10. A level below that area is a patio with more tables. It’s closer to the road, but also where live music is performed — a guy on guitar entertained the crowd for hours that day. Behind the patio and next to the Play Area is a long stretch of grass, and folks are invited to bring blankets and chairs to hang out there, too.



The barn is at the center of it all — that’s where they make and sell wine and snacks, and indoor seating is available. Crackers, cheese, and summer sausage are the only munchies they have for sale (all of it the packaged, grocery store variety), but you can BYO food for a bigger picnic. That’s just what we did — a couple of coolers full of food made for a nice feast and nibbling throughout the day. Of course, we also purchased wine — outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted — and they also offer sangria by the glass.



There is terrific hiking nearby, and many folks actually make a stop at the Vineyard a reward after summiting Sugarloaf Mountain, located less than a mile away. It’s about a six-mile hike total up and down the mountain; we decided to skip it since Owen was just back to good health. Something to save for next time, as I hear it’s a great hike with fantastic vistas from the top.



Along with the picnic, we played games with the kids in our field, threw a Frisbee in the play area, spent some time on the patio listening to the music, and just relaxed, hung out, and savored the day.

A perfect day, at that.

Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard is located at 18125 Comus Road in Dickerson, MD, less than an hour’s drive from DC. Hours are 12-6pm daily, and last call is at 5:30pm. Admission is free, but plan on spending anywhere from $19-30 per bottle of wine or $6 a glass for sangria. There are some tips and policies to be aware of before you go, which you can read here. Sugarloaf occasionally hosts special events, including a Grape Stomp coming up October 3-4 and 11-12. And, generally, fall will be a great time to go when you can enjoy both the foliage and the fun.

Wait, it gets even better! On the way back to DC, we stopped at Honey Pig in Germantown. If you haven’t been to the authentic Korean barbeque, I highly recommend going. The food is delicious, and it cooks on a grill right in the middle of your table. Plus, kids love the variety of fruity drinks and Korean pop music videos playing on TV’s around the restaurant.


Honey Pig in Germantown is located at 19743 Frederick Road. There are also a few other locations around the area.


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: September 14-18

Tour the exhibits and make some art at the National Portrait Gallery

Tour the exhibits and make some art at the National Portrait Gallery

Monday - Go wild at the National Zoo, as there’s barely a crowd on weekdays. Check the Daily Programs schedule to help plan your outing or pick your animal visits as you go. Grounds are open 6am – 8pm, exhibit building hours are 10am – 6pm. Admission is free, though parking in the Zoo lot for non-members is $22. I recommend taking Metro to Woodley Park or Cleveland Park stations, then walking the short distance to the Zoo. You can also try parking on Connecticut Avenue or a side street.

Tuesday - Enjoy a storytime session and the gorgeous weather at Stories from Strawberry Park in the Mosaic District. The series presents live interactive performances for children ages 10 and under every Tuesday 10-11am. While you’re there, let the kids play with the life-size chess set, check out Mosaic Yards, and/or grab a bite to eat at one of the many eateries. Admission is free.

Wednesday - Catch a performance of Caps for Sale during its limited engagement at Adventure Theatre before embarking on a national tour. Showtime is 10:30am. Tickets are $19.50, but Goldstar has discount seats available. After the show, hang out at Glen Echo Park for a picnic (BYO food or grab a bite from the cafe) and some fun on the playground.

Thursday - Watch the airplanes, kick a soccer ball, have a picnic, or just hang out at Gravelly Point. The park located right off the GW Parkway next to Ronald Reagan Airport is a great place to enjoy a nice day, offering views of the river and airplanes taking off or landing right overhead. (Warning: Some kids find that part exciting, others might be frightened by the loud noise and sight of an airplane coming right at them.) Admission is free.

Friday - Join the National Portrait Gallery for some creative fun at an Open Studio Friday session. All ages are welcome to explore a different art medium each week with all kinds of neat projects. Drop in anytime from 1-6pm. Go earlier or stay after to explore the museum’s collections, too! Museum hours are 11:30am – 7pm. Admission is free. Read more about the Penn Quarter gallery in this KFDC post.

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The Weekend Round-Up: September 11-13

The Kogod Courtyard, one of the prettiest indoor spots in the city

The Kogod Courtyard, one of the prettiest indoor spots in the city


You can eke out the last bit of summer or start focusing on fall (or both!) with this round-up of special events and activities. Taking place indoors and out, in the heart of the city to farms miles beyond, there’s fun to suit all interests — and seasons. Happy Weekend!

Last Concert on the Riverfront
Where: Yards Park
When: Friday, 6:30pm
Admission: Free

It’s the final Rockin’ on the Riverfront concert of the season, and they’re closing it out with a country performance by Sara Gray. Concert-goers are encouraged to arrive early with their picnic dinners, blankets, and take out meals from Capitol Riverfront restaurants to enjoy a free evening of music!

Free For All Festival
Where: Sidney Harman Hall
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Get an insider’s look at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s home and access to artists who work behind the scenes to create their stage productions. The free, family-friendly event will include backstage tours, special performances, open theatre classes, demonstrations of stage effects and more.

Fall Family Day
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Head to the lovely Kogod Courtyard to celebrate the season with a day of fun activities, like scavenger hunts, craft making, live performances, a cake walk and face painting. Kick up your heels to lively Americana folk music as you enjoy the dazzling footwork of the RockCandy Cloggers!

Celebrate from City Streets Country Farms
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by event

Fall may not have officially started but seasonal festivals are ON at several area farms, in Columbia Heights, on 17th Street NE, even at 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.

DC State Fair
Where: Old City Farm & Guild
When: Saturday, 12-8pm
Admission: Free

Apparently, being an actual state isn’t a requirement to have a state fair! This agricultural, culinary, and artistic showcase of the District will be a celebratory day, full of competitions and other fun and educational activities for all ages. Festivities include contests of all kinds – photography, knitting, kids art and poetry, pickling, pies, ice cream, jams, and more. Get a taste of it all, plus do some browsing among the vendors, at the Old City Farm & Guild located at 925 Rhode Island Ave NW.

Maryland Seafood Festival
Where: Sandy Point State Park
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $15, free for ages 12 and under

How about a day filled with delicious seafood, live entertainment, kids activities, food demos and competitions, loads of shopping options, vendors, exhibits, contests? You can enjoy all that and more at this 48th annual seafood fest. Even better, it all takes place on the beautiful shores of the Chesapeake Bay.

Virginia Indian Festival
Where: Riverbend Park
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $5

Members of several Native American tribes will gather on the banks of the Potomac River to share and celebrate their culture. See dance performances and dug-out canoe demos. Try throwing a spear, shooting a bow, and building a canoe. Shop for pottery, jewelry, and dreamcatchers. Enjoy food from a Rappahannock Tribe member, plus other lunch and snack items. All at the beautiful setting along the Potomac!

Show Time
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

* Be among the first audiences to see Caps for Sale, the world premiere musical at Adventure Theatre
* Let little ones discover their inner superhero at the InterAct Story Theatre’s The Hero of EVERYTHING
* See the Spirit of America come alive at a free show at the DC Armory
* Head to the U.S. Botanic Garden for The Cerulean Time Capsule, an interactive theatrical adventure
* AndyRoo and the AndyRooniverse are playing the 10:30am show at Jammin’ Java on Saturday
* Catch an outdoor show at Oatlands as Stage Coach Theatre presents Puss in Boots

Family Day at Abe’s
Where: President Lincoln’s Cottage
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Family Day at President Lincoln’s Cottage is back! You’re invited to the festivities on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home as the Lincoln family did at this fourth annual event. All ages can enjoy live entertainment and creative activities inspired by the Lincoln family and their life at the Soldiers’ Home! Register online here.

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

Join the Air & Space Museum for 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.

Family Community Festival
Where: Anacostia Community Museum
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

With a theme of Celebrating Cultural Diversity, the museum welcomes the public to their annual festival for live music, food vendors, and art activities. Make Japanese kites, Mexican paper flowers, Venetian ball masks, Indian Henna painting, and more. Enjoy African storytelling and civil war re-enactments. It’s a fun day for the entire family with activities taking place both outside on the grassy picnic area and inside the museum.

Fall Class Sampler
Where: Imagination Stage
When: Saturday, 9:45am – 12:45pm
Admission: Free

Sample Imagination Stage’s line-up of fall classes – on them! Sample classes are about 20 minutes in length, and give students and families a taste of the Imagination Stage classroom setting. They have exciting offerings for ages 12 months to grade 5. So, try a class and get into YOUR Imagination Stage. This is not a drop-off event; children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Register in advance here.

Rosslyn Jazz Festival
Where: Gateway Park
When: Saturday, 1-7pm
Admission: Free

Head across the Key Bridge from the city for this free annual music festival. Enjoy six hours of music, fun, and drinks, plus special activities for kids and fashion trucks. See the website for the line-up of bands and details on parking.

Children’s Art Talk & Tour
Where: Strathmore
When: Saturday, 10:15am
Admission: $5

Young art lovers can get behind the brushstrokes and into the head, heart, and history of the artists with these kid-friendly Saturday tours. Children take part in an educational guided tour of the current exhibit followed by a hands-on art activity. Accompanying adults have no charge.

Fall into Fun Fair
Where: Rockville Sportsplex
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

This interactive fair features custom designed booths filled with the hottest fall activities, where families of kids ages 0-18 can try everything — theatre, art, music, language, science, & much more. Plus, you can groove to the HOT sounds of DJ “A Squad”; get FREE silly photos from Click & Flick Photo Booth; and be entered into giveaways for incredible prizes including swim/splash parties, science parties, private cheer, music, dance lessons, and much more! Admission is free, but registration is required.

Kreeger Museum Open House
Where: Kreeger Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate art, music, and nature with the Kreeger Museum! Live music, art activities, stories for children, a drum circle, and more creative pursuits will be part of the days events. Enjoy concession from food trucks and beer from local breweries. Rain or sine.

Apple Gala & Cider Festival
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: $12/adult, $10/child

September may mean back to school for many, but at Great Country it means back to the farm for freshly pressed cider and freshly picked apples. Celebrate the start of the apple picking and cider pressing season with tastings of Rinkers freshly pressed cider — the best in the Valley! Of course, the farm’s five-acre play area will be open for fun and amusement, too!

All Aboard Kensington
Where: Kensington Armory/Town Hall
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: $5/adult, $2/child or $10/family

All Aboard Kensington is on track to enthuse and entertain at this family friendly event. Model trains will chug along model railroads. Special guest performances include Dixie Land Express Band on Saturday from 11am-1pm and Matthew Dodd (railroad songs and stories) on Sunday from 1-4pm. This all benefits the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation and the Kensington Historical Society.

Pawpaw Festival
Where: Meadowside Nature Center
When: Sunday, 12-3pm
Admission: $5

It’s time to get your paws on some pawpaws! Meadowside Nature Center will celebrate the delightful native fruit with music, storytelling, crafts, games, face painters, raptor talks, expert advice on pawpaw cultivation, and, most importantly, a pawpaw tasting station with fruits and trees for purchase for those who want to bring some home.

Back (in Time) to School
Where: Mountain Gap Schoolhouse
When: Sunday, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm, and 4:15pm
Admission: $20/family or car

See how different school was in an earlier era as Oatlands Historic House and Gardens opens the Mountain Gap Schoolhouse during their School’s in Session Open House Days! The curriculum includes a guide dressed in period “schoolmarm” clothing, a lesson in the the history of the school and a one-room schoolhouse education, a sample of typical 19th-century school day with lessons in the 3 R’s: Reading, Writing and Arithmetic.

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