Special & Seasonal

The Maryland Rennaissance Festival is one of the area's most anticipated annual events

The Maryland Rennaissance Festival is one of the area’s most anticipated annual events

Holiday events, notable festivals, temporary exhibits, touring shows, and seasonal activities… all covered in these KFDC posts.


Free “Books From Birth” for DC Children

Get Crafty with Kiwi Crate

Shakespeare at Six

Cooking Camp, DIY Style


Family Style at the Park Hyatt (and Special Occasions at the Blue Duck Tavern)

The Jefferson Hotel: DC’s Best Reason to Take a Staycation


A Weekend Getaway to Great Wolf Lodge

Wintergreen Summer Getaway with a Toddler

Summer Weekend at Wintergreen

The Outer Banks


Activities & Events Around DC to Help Make Mother’s Day Extra Special

Easter Celebrations for DC Peeps this Spring

The Best Events of the 2017 Cherry Blossom Season for Families

Tips for Families Viewing the Cherry Blossoms (2017)

Live Entertainment on Local Stages this Spring

Review: Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors at the Hirshhorn (Through May 14, 2017)
Journey with Earth Explorers at the National Geographic Museum (Through September 10, 2017)

WINTER 2016-17

Local Events & Activities to Celebrate Black History Month

Valentine’s Day-Inspired Activities Around the DMV

Warm Up With Some Winter Entertainment

Review: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe at Adventure Theatre (Through December 31)

Glow with it in Georgetown During the Holiday Season

FALL 2016

The 2016 KFDC Holiday Gift Guide

The 2016 KFDC Guide to the Best of the Holidays in DC

Brighten Up the Holidays at Brookside’s Garden of Lights

Thanksgiving Made Easy and Delicious with Whole Foods Market

Family Programs at the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (Fall Programs)

Adventure Theatre MTC Academy: Where Kids are Encouraged to Act Up (Fall Classes)

Autumn is for Families at Washington Revels

Ren Fest is Returning with Merriment for All! (Through October 23)


Ren Fest is Returning with Merriment for All!

The American Youth Chorus is Now Open for Fall Enrollment!

Play it Cool with ICEBERGS at the National Building Museum

‘Jumanji’ at Adventure Theatre: Review, Discount, & Giveaway!

2016 Independence Day Celebrations Around DC

Dive into the Magical World of Cirque Italia this Summer!

Showtime Around DC this Summer

Summer Entertainment at Wolf Trap’s Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods

Ideas for Father’s Day Fun


PYOP: Pick Your Own Produce at These Local Farms (2016)

The Emperor’s Nightingale at Adventure Theatre

The Wizard of Oz at National Theatre

Gymboree DC is Offering School Skills Classes this Spring!

Get 20% off Spring Birthday Parties at Gymboree DC!

Live Entertainment to Enhance Your Spring

Tips for Families Viewing the Cherry Blossoms (2016)

Easter Events Around DC for a Hopping Start to Spring

WINTER 2015-16

We’re 6 in Blog Years!

Glow Time: Giant Bunnies Will Light up The Yards Park

Animal Close-Ups & Crocs at the National Geographic Museum

Snowzilla 2016 Photo Contest Winners

The Kennedy Center’s OLIVÉRio is a Clever Twist on the Dickens Classic (Through February 21, 2016

Where to Celebrate MLK Day 2016

The KFDC Top 15 of 2015

Fall into Winter with a Cool Line-Up of Live Entertainment

FALL 2015

The 2015 KFDC Holiday Gift Guide

Fall into Winter with a Cool Line-Up of Live Entertainment

ICE! Up Your Holidays and Then Some at Christmas on the Potomac

Skaters Gonna Skate: Where to Hit the Ice this Season

Wicked Fun Ways to Celebrate Halloween in 2015

From City Streets to Country Farms, Celebrate at these Fall Festivals

Get Kids into the Act this Fall at Adventure Theatre MTC Academy

It’s Time to Say “Huzzah!”


Dear Evan Hansen at Arena Stage is Musical Theatre Perfection

Make a Family Day of it at National Harbor this Summer

Life’s a BEACH at the National Building Museum

Beach Fun & Fossil Hunting at Flag Ponds Nature Park

Celebrate Peru at the 2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Stay Entertained All Summer Long

The 2015 KFDC Guide to Summer in DC


Potted Potter is Pure Comical Magic (Through June 21)

PYOP: Pick Your Own Produce at These Local Farms

Save Your Seats for Live Entertainment this Spring

WINTER 2014-15

Iberian Explorations Through the Arts at the Kennedy Center

Love is in the DC Air

Ways to Celebrate MLK Day 2015

Hot Tickets for Live Entertainment Through Winter

The 2014 KFDC Guide to the Best Holiday Events in DC

FALL 2014

Where to Observe Veteran’s Day & Activities for the Day Off from School

Play it Cool at these Local Ice Skating Rinks

Wicked Fun Ways to Celebrate Halloween in 2014

Fall In: Festivals Galore to Celebrate this Season

Get Your Fill of Live Entertainment this Fall

Merriment is Coming (Ren Fest 2014)


Fair Play: The 2014 County Fair Season

A-Maze-ing Fun at the National Building Museum

Where to Watch the 2014 World Cup with the Kids

On Stages this Summer

The 2014 KFDC Guide to Summer in DC


Take Your Pick this Strawberry Season

Stay Entertained Through Spring


Ice Slidin’ Away at St. Elizabeths East

Where to Celebrate MLK Day

It’s Showtime All Winter Long

FALL 2013

To Market, To Market this Holiday Season

Recreation on Ice: Where to Skate During the Cool Season

6th Annual Kids Euro Festival

Wicked Fun Ways to Celebrate Halloween 2013

The Library of Congress 2013 National Book Festival

Fall for Festivals Throughout the DC Area

The Autumn 2013 Line-Up of Live Entertainment

Get into the Act with Fall Classes at Adventure Theatre MTC Academy

New Ventures in Art at Little Loft this Fall


Ren Fest: The Most Wonderful Medieval Time of the Year

Fair Play: The 2013 County Fair Season

The Newseum Summer Fun Deal Starts… Now!

Come Fourth and Celebrate

The 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Live Entertainment on Local Stages this Summer

The 2013 KFDC Guide to Summer in DC


I’m Going to… Strawberry Fields

Global Adventures with Passport DC

Hop for Joy: Easter & Spring Celebrations Around the DC Area

Start off Spring on an Entertaining Note

WINTER 2012-13

The KFDC Top 12 (Plus a Bonus!) of 2012

New Winter Entertainment in the New Year

Shakespeare at Six

Holidays at the Botanic Garden

Brookside’s Garden of Lights

Holiday Magic on the AFI Silver Screen

Festival Time at Ticonderoga Farms

FALL 2012:

The 2012 KFDC Guide to DC’s Best Holiday Events

Fun on Ice

The Late Fall Lineup of Live Entertainment

“Ai Weiwei: According to What?” at the Hirshhorn

Let the Halloween Festivities Begin!

Huzzah for Renn Fest!

An Autumn Full of Live Entertainment

2012 Fall Celebrations from City Streets to Country Farms

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from DC

A Magical Day at the National Book Festival

SUMMER 2012:

A Magical Day at the National Book Festival

The Art of Video Games (and Showing Your Kids How Cool You Are)

All’s Fair in the Counties

Breaking News: “Kids Free Summer Fun Deal” Returning to Newseum!

The 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Summer on the Stage

Summer in the City…and Surrounds

Nothing to Get Hung About this Strawberry Season

SPRING 2012:

Fascination of Titantic Proportions at the National Geographic Museum

Look Both Ways for an Invasion of Street Art

Showtime in Late Spring

Tips for Families Viewing the Cherry Blossoms

DC in Bloom: The 2012 National Cherry Blossom Festival

Put a Little Spring in Your Step…with Some Entertainment in Your Spring

WINTER 2011-12:

Supra Cool Art at the Hirshhorn

Party at George’s Place! (And More Ways to Celebrate Presidents Day in DC)

Review: Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker at the Warner Theatre

The KFDC 2011 Guide to DC’s Best Holiday Events

Celebrate MLK on Monday Off

Drop in for Art and Fun at the National Gallery this Winter

Hot Tickets for Winter Entertainment

Tell Your Friend Veronica, It’s Time to Celebrate Chanukah!

FALL 2011:

Ice Ice Skating

Get the Halloween Party Started

Let the Merriment Begin!

How ‘Bout Them Apples?

SUMMER 2011:

Joys of Summer

The 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Get in on the Tennis Action with the Washington Kastles

Take Your Pick at Local Farms

Spring into Summer with a New Selection of Family Entertainment

6 Responses to Special & Seasonal

  1. Kelly O'Brien

    Hello – Every year we have an advent calendar that I diligently prepare in November and I wonder if you might have some fun suggestions for winter/Christmas things to do during the month of December leading up to Christmas? Sleigh rides, angel trees, or events that I don’t even know about?? We live in Silver Spring, so things in Montgomery County and DC are great. Your advice and suggestions are always appreciated! Thanks in advance.

  2. Kate Malcuit

    Hi! I love your blog!! I have a 2 year old and we just love all the activities in the city. I currently live in a neighborhood in which there are not many kids, so trick or treating the old fashion way on the 31st we get lots of college kids without candy and old people that don’t open their doors. Do you know good kid friendly neighborhoods to go trick or treating on Oct 31st? Thank you!! Kate

    • Linda @ KidFriendly DC

      Hi Kate – I’m not sure how convenient it is for you, but Capitol Hill (my neighborhood) is fantastic for trick or treating. Houses along East Capitol Street really go all out, and folks come in from all over to collect candy along that route. I would definitely recommend coming early with a 2-yr-old, however. It can get VERY crowded and overwhelming for a toddler later on. Also, the Arlington Historical Museum is hosting a free trick or treat event – details are in the Halloween 2015 guide (see tab above). Whatever you do, have fun!

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