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The Weekend Round-Up: June 23-25

The lovely Fairy Lolly at Annmarie Sculpture Garden, where there’s a Mud Day on Sunday



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It’s the first “official” weekend of the summer, and there are so many cool ways to enjoy it! A Giant BBQ Battle, summer fun, all kinds of live entertainment, a day of play for little ones, art and mud, baseball, plus the myriad Everyday Play options around DC that practically guarantee a good time. Happy Weekend!

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

Free concerts, outdoor swimming, special exhibits, movies under the stars, sprayground fun… Activities exclusive to the season can be enjoyed all around the area throughout the weekend. Get the full scoop on all of these joys of summer in the 2017 Summer Guide.

Barbeque Battle
Where: Pennsylvania Avenue NW | Downtown DC
When: Saturday 11am – 9pm & Sunday, 11am – 7:30pm
Admission: $15/adults, free for ages 12 and under

Join one of the biggest summer barbeques around as the Giant National Capital Barbeque Battle returns to pit some of the nation’s best barbequers against each other to compete for big prizes. The reward for attendees: Samples from all the entrants (plus, more food), live music, cooking demos, kids’ fun, and more. It all takes place along Pennsylvania Avenue NW, from 3rd to 7th Streets.

Heritage Days
Where: Various locales | Montgomery County, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the history, culture, and natural beauty of Montgomery County, MD, as more than 30 historic sites welcome visitors for guided tours, re-creations of historic events, children’s activities, and more — all free of charge. Learn about the history of dairy farming, railroads, and trolleys; African American communities, astronomy, local arts & culture, and outdoor recreation. Check the online brochure for participating locations and activities.

UniverSoul Circus
Where: FedEx Field | Landover, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Tickets: $17-40

The world-class, live entertainment attraction that has captured the hearts and imaginations of a new generation of families is celebrating its 23rd year of FUN. UniverSoul connects with progressive, upwardly mobile, urban pop cultures from around the world, embracing and celebrating the unique and familiar aspects of global cultures and ethnicities into a stellar production that blends circus arts, theater and music. A fresh, cool, and hip approach to live family entertainment!

Dance and Bagels
Where: CityDance POP
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Add some entertainment to your brunch! CityDance POP invites you for a morning of dance and bagels. Bring the family to a sample class and mini performance, and maybe even get the kids signed up for dance lessons.

Refurbished Bike Sale
Where: Impala | H Street NE, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Kick off Summer with a “new to you” ride! All sale support Phoenix Bikes and their mission to educate youth, promote bicycling, and build community. The sale will be held in the courtyard of Impala Cantina y Taqueria located at 1358 H Street NE.

National Day of Play
Where: Gymboree Play & Music | Cleveland Park, DC
When: Saturday, 9:30am – 5pm  
Admission: Free

Gymboree Play & Music is opening their doors for all to join in the play event of the year. All families with children from birth to 5 years old are welcome to drop-in for spectacular play activities, flying parachutes, bubbles, art, music, and more!  Sites are located in Alexandria, Burke, and Chantilly. Jump in and enter to win this $150 gift basket, filled to the brim with bubbles and play products.   

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

* David Engel Jedi Training Academy! is this weekend’s Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods performance at Wolf Trap
* Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook is running at Adventure Theatre
* It’s the first weekend for Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure at Imagination Stage
* And little ones will love Raton en Movimiento!, also playing at the theatre in Bethesda
* Company | E presents Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book at the Kennedy Center
* Rent: 20th Anniversary Tour is now running at the National Theatre – see it with older children or on a KidFree outing
* See a classic on stage as the Kennedy Center presents The Sound of Music
* See another classic on strings as The Puppet Co. presents The Wizard of Oz
* And Panda Monium is the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theatre in Glen Echo
* Creative Cauldron has a production of The Wizard of Oz on their stage, too
* Hedwig and the Angry Inch running at the Kennedy Center is recommended for ages 12 and up
* Make it a KidFree outing at a performance of Shakespeare Theatre Company’s The School for Lies
* My Fair Lady at Olney Theatre is recommended for ages 10 and up
* Catch Shakespeare in the Park As the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company brings The Tempest to PFI Historic Park in Ellicott City, MD

Room for Children
Where: House of Sweden | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

Visit the space for family fun at the Swedish Embassy on Georgetown’s waterfront. This library and arts studio for the young is designed to stimulate children’s interest in books, music, storytelling, and self-expression. Room for Children pushes the boundaries of what a library can be. Parents are encouraged to engage in it all with kids and share the experience! It’s open on weekends through December, and every Saturday, there is a storytime session at 2pm.

Fun at Fairfax Parks
Where: Local parks | Fairfax, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

The Fairfax County Park Authority hosts all kinds of events on weekends for guests of all ages. Celebrate the great outdoors at Huntley Meadows, take a wagon ride at Riverbend, enjoy colonial games and icecream at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, and more! Go here to see all of your options, this weekend and beyond, and register for activities.

Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunt
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 2pm
Admission: $17.50/ages 10-17, $19.50/adult

Join Watson Adventures on a unique Harry Potter-themed scavenger hunt that kids and adults will love! Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the National Gallery in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry’s adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art. This hunt is designed for kids and adults to do together (but all-adult teams are allowed to compete separately) Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Read about this super fun adventure in this KFDC post.

Vine on the Waterfront
Where: Oronoco Bay Park | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

This food and wine festival in Alexandria may sound like a grown-up event — and the main festivity is, for the most part — but there will be activities for little ones, too! The festival will showcase some of the best of Alexandria’s restaurants and Virginia wineries. And to complement it all will be live entertainment, a children’s corner (moon bounce, arts & crafts, and more), and cooking demos. While admission is free, you will need to purchase tickets to sample food and wine – $20 for 8 tickets, $20 for the wine sampling. Rain or shine.

Get the Blues
Where: Homestead Farm | Poolesville, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $3

Blueberries are currently ripe for the picking at Homestead Farm (along with tart cherries, too!). While admission to the farm is free, it’s $3 to access the patches. BYO container or purchase one there. Be sure to visit the goats and pigs while you’re at the farm. And for more places to PYO produce, see this post.

Mud Day
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Solomons, MD
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: $5, free for members and kids under 4

Join Annmarie for this popular family-friendly event where everyone is encouraged to stomp, splash and get dirty! Giant mud play areas like the Mega Mud Pit and the Mini Mud Pit will welcome little ones to play.  Make mud pies in the Mud Kitchen and create a Mud Masterpiece in the Mud Gallery. Give the trees at Annmarie Garden some personality with a Squish-a-Face Forest Friend activity, using clay, mud and natural materials to make faces on the trees. Take home mud creations including a Terrific Terrarium and Seed Cake to remind you of the wonderful mud-a-licious day you spent there! Light snacks will be available for purchase.  Families are encouraged to bring a picnic, beach chairs, sunscreen and bug spray, and extra clothes.

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

The Nats are hosting the Reds all weekend and there are a bunch of special evens and promotions to enjoy along with the baseball action of the field, including Game of Thrones night on Friday and Pups in the Park on Sunday. Before you plan your day at the ballpark, checkout these KFDC tips on how to do a Nats game without breaking the bank.

Author Reading
Where: Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe | Shaw, DC
When: Sunday, 3-4pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy a reading of the children’s book, Niama’s Adventures, by the author herself! Renina Jarmon will be at the bookstore to read the tale about Niama, a little African-American girl who uses her magic wand to time travel to various places and meet trailblazing black women. She visits the astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison, Queen Nefertiti in Egypt and Ms. Ella Fitzgerald in Harlem. Niama is happy and free and she wants you to be free, too

Flamenco Juntos
Where: GALA Hispanic Theatre
When: Sunday, 4-6pm
Admission: $20/adult, $17/child

How about some flamenco to spice up your Sunday? A KFDC reader let me know about this flamenco student recital, showcasing the students of Yolit Yospe-Kachlon, Alexa Miton, and Edwin Aparicio. The show will also feature performances by the teachers and guest artists. A small reception will follow the showcase.

Screen Time – Wonder Woman
Where: Movie Theaters around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by theater

If you haven’t yet seen Wonder Woman on the big screen, make a plan to go. Our family caught a screening last weekend, and everyone loved it! The movie isn’t a cheesy remake of the 70’s TV series, but a well thought out, action-packed, dramatic story. And that it spotlights a female superhero makes it all the better.

UniverSoul Circus on the Millennium Stage
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Sunday, 6pm
Admission: Free

Sunday is Target Family Night at the Kennedy Center as UniverSoul circus brings its amazing spectacle to the Millennium Stage. The combination of circus arts, theater, music, and audience interaction that embraces and celebrates urban pop culture from around the world.

**MORE GOOD STUFF TO KNOW**
* Sibley Memorial Hospital is hosting a diaper drive for DC Diaper Bank. Help them reach their goal of 7,000 diapers by October and support families in need!
* There’s lots of good theatre to catch this summer. See what’s coming to local stages and save your seats!
* Tour de Fat, the zany-in-the-best-way-possible festival celebrating bikes and beer, is coming up on July 22, and this year it will be a ticketed event.
* Bargain alert: 100 Montaditos, the Spanish chain at Yards Park specializing in mini-sandwiches, has tons of $1 menu items on Wednesdays. Plan for fountain play then yummy food!
* XYZT: Abstract Landscapes is a must-experience exhibit this summer. It’s sold out for the weekend, so reserve tickets for a later date!


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The Weekend Round-Up: June 16-18

Celebrating this fun dad this weekend

Celebrating this fun dad this weekend



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School is out, summer is almost officially in, and it’s Father’s Day. All great reasons to celebrate, and this round-up is full of ways to do it. Happy Weekend! And Happy Father’s Day to all the dads!

Celebrate Dad
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

If you’re still in need of plans for dad’s big day, there are so many great ways to celebrate. There are activities and offerings especially for the occasion, special events that coincide with the date, and everyday outings that can be made special with a few extra touches and great company. See this post with a bunch of ideas to help plan your day.

Awesome Con
Where: Washington Convention Center | Mount Vernon Square, DC
Whne: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Starts at $35/day, free for 10 and under

The mid-Atlantic’s premier pop culture convention brings a three-day celebration of television, movies, comic books, science, technology and more to DC. With hundreds of hours of programming, an impressive lineup of special guests, and exciting activities for fans of all ages, this is going to be one fun event. More details here, but note that the chance to enter the giveaway has ended.

Jazz It Up
Where: The Yards | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free on Friday, starts at $49/day Sat/Sun

The annual DC Jazz Festival presents a selection of the genre’s most acclaimed artists as well as emerging artists at venues all around the city over a whole week. And it culminates this weekend at The Yards with a three-day blowout of music and good times.

Friday Night Fishing
Where: Diamond Teague Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 5:30-8:30pm
Admission: Free

Join Anacostia Riverkeeper at the dock at Diamond Teague Park for catch and release fishing. This Friday evening kicks off the series that will take place every Friday through August 25. Rods, reels, bait, and instruction are all free. No registration required — just show up! Diamond Teague Park is located at on the Anacostia River, between Nationals Park and Yards Park.

Joys of Summer
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by locale

The calendar may not say so, but it’s summer for all intents and purposes, so celebrate with one — or several — of the many activities exclusive to the season. Swim under the sky, catch a concert beneath the stars, see a special exhibit, play at a water park, and more. For the whole gamut of seasonal fun, check out the 2017 Summer Guide.

Spy Fiction Writer’s Workshop
Where: International Spy Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Friday, 5:30-7:30pm
Admission: $30, $25/members

The shadow world of spying has captured the imagination of authors for centuries. Kids ages 9-14 can join this writing workshop for young spies led by Melissa Mahle, former CIA intelligence officer and author of Anatolia Steppe: Lost in Petra and Camp Secret.  Learn from her hands-on work in disguise, surveillance, and spy gadgetry and be the one to develop a plot and storyline that grips readers’ attention and quickens their pulses. Dinner included.

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

* It’s opening weekend for Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook at Adventure Theatre
* See a classic on stage as the Kennedy Center presents The Sound of Music
* See another classic on strings as The Puppet Co. presents The Wizard of Oz
* And Panda Monium is the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theatre in Glen Echo
* Creative Cauldron has a production of The Wizard of Oz on their stage, too
* Hedwig and the Angry Inch running at the Kennedy Center is recommended for ages 12 and up
* Make it a KidFree outing at a performance of Shakespeare Theatre Company’s The School for Lies
* Catch Shakespeare in the Park As the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company brings The Tempest to PFI Historic Park in Ellicott City, MD

Taste of Reston
Where: Reston Town Center | Reston, VA
When: Friday, 3-11pm & Saturday, 12-11pm
Admission: Free (purchase tickets for tastings)

The largest outdoor food festival in NoVA has also been named “Northern Virginia’s Best Food Festival” by Virginia Living magazine for several years. Reston Town Center will be bustling for two days with restaurants and community vendors, live entertainment on three stages, a Wine ‘n Dine area, and the Family Fun Zone featuring activities, interactive games, demonstrations, and arts & crafts for all ages.

Strawberry Fields in Petworth

Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church | Petworth, DC

When: Saturday, 4-8pm

Admission: Free


Okay, maybe not fields, but a Strawberry Festival is even better! St. Paul’s Episcopal Church welcomes all to enjoy free family to celebrate the season, including two bounce houses, face painting, crafts, pony rides, a rock climbing wall, and tours of Rock Creek Cemetery (where the church is located). Food, including strawberries and strawberry shortcakes, can be purchased there. Located in Petworth DC, the main entrance to the grounds is on Rock Creek Church Road NW & Webster St NW.

Creative Spark! 
Where: National Building Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 1–5 pm
Admission: Free

Drop in to experience innovation and creative expression in the world we build for ourselves through activities designed and facilitated by the National Building Museum’s Teen Council. Complete a digital scavenger hunt that connects you to the collections and historic building and share your vision of DC’s future through collage-making. A teens-only workshop and hangout space will be available. Some activities require exhibition tickets, but high school students receive free admission with a valid school I.D.

Columbia Heights Day Festival
Where: 11th Street Park btw Park & Irving | Columbia Heights, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Whether or not you live in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of DC, you’re invited to bring the fam out for a fun, free day of excitement and activities to help celebrate the community. In its 12th year, Columbia Heights Day brings together residents and businesses for all kinds of festivities. Enjoy local food vendors, live music and entertainment, a beer garden, and tents full of fun and unique vendors, and more!

Shaw Open House
Where: Shaw Neighborhood, DC
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Everyone from arts enthusiasts and the health conscious to foodies and families are invited to Shaw Main Streets Open House for tastes from some of DC’s best restaurants and bars and fun family-friendly experiences at distinctive retail and art establishments in central Shaw. Attendees can look forward to an afternoon full of discounts, fun and freebies, including fun prizes for the kids, cocktail samples, lots of free bites and an array of specially curated experiences.

Innovations in Flight Family Day
Where: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Head to the Chantilly arm of the Air & Space Museum for a special Family Day and Outdoor Aviation Display. See military, recreational, and home-built aircraft as well as classic automobiles. Enjoy presentations, demonstrations, special tours, and hands-on activities for all ages.

Celebrate the Inka Road
Where: National Museum of the American Indian
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10:30am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Learn how to dress a llama, see how the Inka engineered a bridge out of grass, and participate in an interactive weaving project. This festival will transport you to the Andes with live performances, demonstrations and hands-on activities found along the Inka Road. A pop-up planetarium featuring the constellations of Inka sky culture will be available courtesy of the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center. For lovers of Andean music and dance, Tradiciones Bolivianas and Centro Cultural Bolivia will perform throughout the weekend.

Columbia Pike Blues Fest
Where: Columbia Pike & S. Walter Reed | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday, 1-8:30pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy food and beverages, arts and crafts vendors, and kids’ activities as you spend the day on Arlington’s oldest and newest Main Street—in one of its most diverse, vibrant communities—listening to quintessential American music that will make it impossible not to get up and dance. The Blues Festival covers three blocks at the intersection of Columbia Pike and Walter Reed Drive. So put on your dancing shoes, grab friends and family and head to the Pike for a day of great music, food, art and fun!

Juneteenth Celebration
Where: Walker Miller Regional Park | District Heights, MD
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

Bring the whole family to celebrate this historic date and enjoy free concerts, exhibits, and activities honoring African American culture. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, marking the date that the last enslaved people learned of their freedom — the month of June and the nineteenth day were combined to form the name.

Around The World Cultural Food Festival
Where: Washington Monument Grounds | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

The largest cultural food festival in the DMV brings together diverse, authentic, living traditions from different countries around the world. With a mission to preserve and strengthen the culture of each country while presenting it to the public, all the participants have a chance to learn from one another and understand the cultural differences and similarities. And the public will have the opportunity to learn, to eat, to dance, to shop, to witness these vibrantly connected cultures and create their own connections with each and every single country presented in the event.

Colonial Pickling
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm | McLean, VA
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: $5/adult, $3/child, free for 3 and under

Homemade pickles prepared from the kitchen garden will preserve the Claude Moore Colonial Farm family’s crops and bring flavor to the family’s meals in the coming year. Help the farm wife pickle vegetables as she combines salt, water and homemade vinegar. Enjoy samples, too!

DC Way Soccer Festival
Where: Tyler Elementary School Field
When: Sunday, 2-4pm
Admission: Free

The goal of this festival is to gather parents & children to play soccer, socialize, and have fun! It’s a great chance to introduce your child to the magnificent game of soccer, test your own skills, participate in fun competitions, and ask the DC Way coach all the questions regarding the game — and sports in general. Festival programs will include multiple games & activities such as soccer tennis, a parents vs. children challenge, best strike contest, and more. Bring the kids and let them fall in love with the game of soccer.


**More Good Stuff to Know**
* The next Wizard School Scavenger Hunt by Watson Adventures is June 24 at the National Gallery of Art. These tend to sell out so reserve your spots soon!
* In case you haven’t heard (or seen it all over local Instagram feeds) yet, XYZT: Abstract Landscapes is the must-experience exhibit in DC this summer.
* I’ve already declared myself a big fan of Joselito, and it looks like I’m in good foodie company. Give it a taste if you haven’t yet!
* Watch the sky Friday night shortly after 9pm, as a rocket launch from Wallops Island creates colorful clouds (if it’s not scrubbed due to weather like the several previous attempts).


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The Weekend Round-Up: June 9-11

Catch a Nats game with the kids this weekend!

Catch a Nats game with the kids this weekend!



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The eclectic mix of happenings around DC this weekend encompasses everything under the rainbow! Explore cool rides, join a huge community festival, celebrate Capital Pride, root for the home team, watch (or enter) a cycling race, dance with faeries, enjoy some jazz or the blues….read on for details on all of these and many more ways to . Happy Weekend!

Keep on Truckin’
Where: RFK Stadium, Lot 7 | Kingman Park, DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 2pm
Admission: Free

The Truck Touch event that easily takes the title as Mac Daddy of them all. This is the 9th year that the DC Department of Public Works welcomes guests to climb aboard, honk the horn, work the gears, and explore all kinds of neat vehicles that serve our city. There will also be opportunities to test ride Segways, spec out a helicopter, and sit atop police horses. Read more about it and see images from a past Truck Touch here (and be sure to note that it was posted a few years ago, so the dates don’t confuse you).

Celebrate Fairfax
Where: Fairfax County Government Center | Fairfax, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Admission: $8-12/adult, $4-5/youth, free for 2 and under

The annual Celebrate Fairfax! Festival has something for everyone — live music (Bush, Everclear, and Sunday Brew are headlining), carnival rides, children’s activities, art, food vendors, and much more to keep guests entertained throughout the weekend. For more details, along with the full musical line-up, see the Celebrate Fairfax website.

Capital Pride
Where: Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, & Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 4:30-7:30pm & Sunday, 12-7pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Capital Pride at the annual parade that’s expected to draw tens of thousands of spectators! The procession steps off at 4:30pm at 22nd & P Streets NW and will wind its way through Dupont, Logan, and other areas of NW. It’s sure to be a spectacular extravaganza of ornate floats, street performers, music and dancing, glitter and beads, and plenty of reveling. Sunday’s family-friendly festival, on Pennsylvania Avenue from 3rd to 7th Streets NW, will feature three stages of live entertainment and will host 300 exhibitors, including local and community groups, national sponsors, local businesses, food vendors, restaurants, and businesses looking to promote their services. It’s all a fun and fabulous opportunity to show support for the LGBTA community and join the celebration.

Summer Fun
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

Free concerts in the open air, outdoor swimming, movies under the stars, sprayground fun, and SO much more! Activities exclusive to the season can be enjoyed this weekend, and the 2017 KFDC Guide to the Best of Summer in DC has the whole scoop on all of them.

Jazz Fest
Where: Venues around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by show

The first weekend of the annual DC Jazz Festival presents a selection of the jazz genre’s most acclaimed artists as well as emerging artists at venues all around the city. Bring the kids for some afternoon jazz or make it a date night at a show in the evening. See the full schedule of concerts to help you plan.

Armed Forces Cycling Classic
Where: Throughout Clarendon & Crystal City, VA
When: Saturday, 11:30am & Sunday, 11:15am
Admission: Free

The official race is for adults, but kids ages 9 and under can get in on the cycling, too – there are special races just for them along with the main event. The Saturday kids races will take place in Clarendon at 11:30am, and Sunday’s will be held in Crystal City also around 11:30am. Multiple heats for different age groups will vary in distance; the older the kids, the further they ride. Participants must bring their own helmets and bikes, and trikes are welcome, too. Online registration has ended, but yo can still sign up kids day of.

Maryland Faerie Festival
Where: Darlington, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $5/ages 3-12, $15/ages 13-99

Indulge little faerie dreams at the annual festival inspired by faerie folklore and literature. Apparently, it’s kind of like Renn Fest on a much smaller scale with facets that will delight children, especially those who believe in faeries. Treasure hunts, craft projects, nature walks, and acrobats are some of the activities kids (and adults) will enjoy. Art, crafts, musical performances, and jewelry vendors will appeal to the bigger faeries in the crowd.

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

The Nats are hosting the Rangers this weekend with games Friday at 7:05pm, Saturday at 12:05pm, and on Sunday at 4pm. There’s a Tanner Roark bobblehead giveaway on Friday, and Saturday is Pups in the Park, when canine fans are welcome! If you’re planning on catching a some baseball, be sure to check these KFDC tips for doing a Nats game without breaking the bank.

Celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright!
Where: National Building Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 10amm – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate what would be Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday with a special family day at the Building Museum. Visitors can create stained glass ornaments in Wright’s signature style, build paper models of the Research Tower at the Johnson Wax Headquarters, “visit” iconic Wright buildings via Google Cardboard, and test how much load cantilevers can bear. The Museum will also host drop-in “lightning talks” and offer discounts on Wright-themed products in the museum shop.

Happy 45th, CHAW!
Where: Capitol Hill Arts Workshop | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday,
Admission: Free

CHAW is celebrating its 45th anniversary with a day of fun for the whole family. Join a fun run/walk, enjoy music from the NSO, shop a ceramics sale, see student music and dance recitals, and catch special performances by Washington Improv, Taffety Punk Theatre, and Light Switch Dance Theatre.

Musical Instrument Petting Zoo
Where: Union Market | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 10-11:30am
Admission:

Children ages 5-12 are invited to explore all kinds of musical instruments at the DC Youth Orchestra’s Musical Instrument Petting Zoo! The program is designed to provide every child in the DC region the opportunity to become familiar with the instruments of the orchestra and to introduce them to DCYOP. A variety of musical instruments will be available to check out, from string, wind, and brass sections.

Shows on Strings
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $12/Cinderella, $6/Tiny Tots

Its the final weekend to see Cinderella on the Main Stage at the Glen Echo puppet theatre. And Teddy Bear’s Picnic is the featured Tiny Tots show, a produtcion for really little ones, on Saturday at 10am.

Tinner Hill Blues Festival
Where: Various locales | Falls Church, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Varies by day

From blues in restaurants to Cherry Hill Park, and gospel on Tinner Hill, it’s three days of music and blues-related events for all ages all over the City of Falls Church. The 24th Annual Tinner Hill Blues Festival will bring loads of activities along with the live music, including fun for young festival-goers. Kids can enjoy a blues reading, films, and an instrument petting zoo. See the website for details on all of it.

Imagine, Inspire, Ignite, and Engage: Family Day
Where: National Academy of Sciences | National Mall area, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Join Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS) and the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC) for a day of family fun. Explore Igniting the Imagination: Selections from the Collection of the Mazza Museum, an exhibition featuring original artwork from picture books relating to science, engineering, mathematics, and medicine. Read the books in which the artwork appears and enjoy hands-on activities inspired by them — make a city construction site, dissect a log, play with objects from nature, and make a balloon rocket. Best for families with children ages 3-8.

Books in Bloom
Where: Merriweather Park | Columbia, MD
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

The Downtown Columbia Partnership of Columbia, MD, is launching its inaugural book festival, Books In Bloom. Taking place at the Chrysalis in Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, the event brings together some of the country’s best and brightest writers for a daylong celebration of the joy of books and reading. Activities just for kids include a storytime corner and children’s author tent. Visit the website to see which of your kids’ favorites will be there!

Red Rover: Mission to Mars
Where: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15

Join the Air & Space Museum in Chantilly for Making STEM Magic, a weekly program that introduces young visitors to engineering in a fun and creative way. On Saturdays this month Red Rover: Mission to Mars is the theme, and guests will learn more about NASA’s mobile labs and construct their own rolling rovers in the June design challenge.

Mmmm… Doughnut Pop-Up
Where: Toki Underground | H Street NE, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free, but be ready to buy food!

For what sounds like a delicious endeavor, Toki Underground will partner with Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken to host a one-day-only pop-up at the H Street ramen shop. The special menu will feature collaborative dishes, like a black sesame glazed doughnut, scallion biscuits & tonkotsu with Kimchi cream cheese, and a Toki Monster doughnut, which is made with a bourbon and angostura glaze with cured and spiced bacon bits. The menu is available on a first come, first served basis while supplies last, and guests will have the option of enjoying in the restaurant or ordering for take-out.  Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken will also sell the Toki Monster doughnut at the G Street location in limited quantities on Sunday.

Rockville Community Day
Where: Thomas Farm Community Center | Rockville, MD
When: Sunday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Join the Rockville Chamber of Commerce for this free, fun activity festival. With something for everyone in the family, there will be a truck touch, bounce house, obstacle course, healthy food samples, activity stations, and raffle prizes.

Equality March
Where: Begins at I & 17th Streets NW | Downtown DC
When: Sunday, 10am
Admission: Free

Another Pride Weekend event, the March aims to mobilizing LGBTQ+ communities, their loved ones, and our allies to affirm and protect the rights, safety, and humanity of all. The March begins at 10am (line up at 9am) at I and 17th Streets NW and will end at the National Mall. You can hit the Pride Festival on Pennsylvania Avenue from there.

Out in DC
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Capital Pride isn’t the only thing bringing peops out this weekend. The area is full of great places to enjoy being outside. You can read about them in The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids. (But if the heat has you seeking shelter, check out The Great Indoors post instead.)

***More Good Stuff to Know***
* XYZT: Abstract Landscapes at ARTECHOUSE is a must-experience this summer!
* A whole new lineup of live entertainment is coming to local stages this summer. Save your seats!
* If you like poke bowls try one from the District Fishwife in Union Market next time you’re there. So good.
* You have until Sunday to enter the giveaway for a 4-pack of tickets to see Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook at Adventure Theatre. Also, there is still space in Session 2 of their fantastic summer camp at the Atlas.


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