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The Weekend Round-Up: August 12-14

Keeping cool by a waterfall in Shenandoah National Park

Keeping cool by a waterfall in Shenandoah National Park



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The weather will likely be a major factor in your weekend planning, so keep The Great Indoors list handy along with these ideas. Happy Weekend!

All’s Fair
Where: Montgomery, Prince William, & Howard Counties
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

County fair season continues as Montgomery and Prince William kick off their annual fests that are chock full of amusement for everyone in the fam. Carnival rides and games, farm animals, live entertainment, pony rides, the junk food gamut, pig races, and so much more. You can also find it in Howard County, where the fair is on for its final couple of days. This post has the scoop on all of the county fun.

High Wheelin’
Where: Frederick, MD
When: Saturday, 1-7pm
Admission: Free

Get a curbside seat to America’s only high wheel race in historic downtown Frederick, MD. The National Clustered Spires High Wheel Race is a unique event that celebrates the history of bikes with an antique bike display and more festivities throughout the day at the Best Fest — live music, face painting, bouncy fun, beer garden, and more.

Anatomy of Sports
Where: National Museum of Health & Medicine
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Admission: Free

Play a sport? Learn how your body works and stay off the sidelines! Bones and muscles need to work together for optimal performance. Athletes of all ages should know how their bodies work in order to compete and stay healthy. During the event, athletes will demonstrate their sport while medical illustrators and physical therapists reveal how muscles and bones work together. Anatomy of Sports is perfect for families with children playing sports, the recreational athlete, or the practiced sports enthusiast.

May the Force Be with the Nationals
Where: Nationals Park
When: Saturday, 7:05
Admission: Ticket prices vary

How about some Star Wars with your baseball? You might run into Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Storm Troopers, or Princess Leia before you even enter the ballpark, and more of their crew await inside. Along with roving characters, the game will feature lots of Star Wars themed fun. FYI: Fans are encouraged to dress in Star Wars garb! Get there early — the first 20,000 fans to enter Nationals Park will receive a special giveaway. And if you can’t make it to Star Wars Saturday, you can catch the Nats Friday (7:05pm) or Sunday (1:35pm).

Star Wars Marathon
Where: Warner Theatre
When: Saturday, 2pm
Admission: Tickets (get a deal here)

Dress up in your galactic best and join fellow fans at the theatre for an all-day viewing fest of the Star Wars films. Alamo Drafthouse is hosting this celebration of the movie trilogy, with a rare digital screening of the special edition versions of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Return of the Jedi. Doors open at 1pm.

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

* Go on a wild journey to Jumanji at Adventure Theatre
* Imagination Stage and The Washington Ballet bring you The Little Mermaid for the final weekend
* Peter and the Wolf is entertaining at The Puppet Co.
* And Bedtime Buddies is the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theater
* Born for This: The Bebe Winans Story is still running at Arena Stage
* The Phantom of the Opera is on stage at the Kennedy Center, and its recommended for ages 6 and up (look for discount tickets)
* Enjoy an evening of ukelele entertainment at Strathmore’s annual Uke Summit

Summer Fun
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

The summer break from school may be starting to wind down, but summer fun around the area continues. Catch a concert outdoors to start the weekend on a musical note — Jazz in the Garden on the National Mall and Rockin’ on the Riverfront at Yards Park are local faves. Keep the seasonal pursuits going with a variety of options: Head to a farm for peach picking. Enjoy some water fun, either at an outdoor pool or a spray park. Take advantage of free admission for kids at the Newseum or see ICEBERGS at the Building Museum. Feast on crabs by the water. This post has all the details you need on all these summer joys.

Arts of Afghanistan
Where: Sackler Gallery
When: Saturday, 1-7pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Afghanistan’s Independence Day with a fun-filled afternoon making art, tasting Afghan food, hearing from artisans, watching musical performances, listening to traditional stories, and exploring the arts of the country. The day’s finale will be PechaKucha-style presentations by social entrepreneurs working with artisans in Asia and beyond, who will share how they got involved and the lives they’ve seen changed.

National Bowling Day
Where: Alleys around the area
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

It seems there is a “national day” for just about everything these days, and this Saturday it’s for bowling. But it also has a charity angle to it — help knock down a million pins in the Million Pin Challenge and half a million meals will be donated to Feeding America. So, hit a local lane and have fun knocking down some pins. Everyone can bowl free at participating centers – go here to find one near you.

Serve Up Some Tennis
Where: Kastles Stadium at the Smith Center
When: Saturday, 5pm (USTA Family Day starts at 1:30)
Admission: Tickets start at $12

The last home match of the Washington Kastles’ season is also USTA Family Day. Along with the exciting tennis action, there will be fun activities outside the court for all ages to enjoy. We know from experience these matches are a really good time — and the extra festivities make it even more fun for kids!

Irish Festival
Where: Waterfront Park in Alexandria
When: Saturday, 11am – 7pm
Admission: Free

Head to Old Town for a day of fun and music to celebrate Irish history and culture. Along with lots of live Celtic music and Irish dancing, shop the vendor booths featuring a variety of Irish items, arts & crafts, and traditional festival foods.

The Great Zucchini
Where: MLK Library
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: Free

The Great Zucchini is back at the library. The popular children’s performer is bringing his wacky and zany antics to the Great Hall. It’s fun entertainment for kids ages 0-12 and an accompanying adults.

Pixar Shorts
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Sunday, 11:30am
Admission: Free

Celebrate 30 years of animated shorts from Pixar Animation Studios. Beginning with the delightful Luxo Jr., the first computer-animated film nominated for an Academy Award, this collection of shorts showcases Pixar’s contributions to the art of filmmaking. The 45-minute series will include hilarious favorites For the Birds, Mike’s New Car, and One Man Band.

Day Trip from DC
Where: Around the region
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Get out of dodge for a day for some cool fun in areas that require a bit of a drive, but not one that requires an overnight stay (though you could consider it). Explore the spectacular underground world of stalagmites and stalactites at Luray or Shenandoah Caverns (look for a deal here). Take an ice cream making tour at Turkey Hill in Lancaster, PA. Or venture out to the Calvert Marine Museum to experience fascinating exhibits that highlight the history of the Chesapeake Bay.

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

When it’s just too darn hot to play outside, but the kids still have a lot of energy to expend, this round-up of play spaces where, in some cases, they can literally bounce off the walls will come in handy.

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

Cool off and enjoy some water fun beyond the local pool. Make a day of it at a lakeside beach, hike to a hidden waterfall, or find a swim spot tucked away in the woods to chill out and spend quality time with the fam. This Washington Post article about lakes, swimming holes, and waterfalls within a fairly easy drive from DC has some great suggestions.

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The Weekend Round-Up: August 5-7

Sweet treats after a hike in Harpers Ferry

Sweet treats after a hike in Harpers Ferry



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This new batch of events and activities contains all kinds of awesome. But if you want even more ideas for family fun, check out the Everyday Play page, too. Happy Weekend!

Harry Potter Symphony
Where: Strathmore
When: Friday, 8pm
Tickets: $35-65

The Harry Potter film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. This concert will feature the Baltimore Symphony performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score.

Fairfax 4-H Fair & Carnival
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Depends on activities (details below)

Head on down to the 4-H fair! Through Sunday, enjoy carnival rides, amusements, treats, farm animals and rabbits, rides and displays, horse and dog shows, the tractor pull, kids crafts and face painting, plus plenty of good food, drinks and live music. Held at Frying Pan Farm Park, hours for the many activities vary by day, so be sure to check the website before you go. Carnival ride tickets are $1 or 24 for $20 (most rides take 3-5). Unlimited carnival ride tickets are $25.

BrickFair ’16
Where: Dulles Expo Center
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $15, free for ages 3 and under

The nation’s largest LEGO Fan Festival will be enthralling guests of all ages this weekend. BrickFair brings together LEGO enthusiasts from across the country to showcase their amazing brick constructions, from tiny intricate works to elaborate, towering creations. Over 800 exhibitors will be there to display their designs, along with vendors selling all things LEGO — T-shirts, hats, mini figures, models, and more. And guests can use it all as inspiration to do some building there themselves!

Slide the City
Where: Tyson’s Corner
When: Saturday, 12-7pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

A 1,000-foot slip ‘n’ slide will be the centerpiece of Slide the City, an all-day party in Tyson’s Corner that also offers live music, entertainment, and vendors. Sliders must be 5 years old and 46″ tall. There are several ticket options available, and prices vary, so visit the website for details.

Peach Daze Fuzztival
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $12/adult, $10/child

Great Country Farms is teaming up with Bluemont Vineyard and Dirt Farm Brewing to celebrate the peach picking season! Along with tons of fun activities, you can also learn how the peaches are grown and used in food and drink — and enjoy the results! Kick off each morning with a Peach Pancake Breakfast at Great Country Farms, then later on get the whole family involved in a peach eating and spitting contests and family water games. The playground of farm attractions will be open, and there will also be live music to entertain the crowd. Over at Bluemont Vineyard, enjoy peach wine slushies, and Dirt Farm Brewing will showcase its Som Peach Craft Brew.

Walking Stick Weekend
Where: National Museum of the American Indian
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5:30pm
Admission: Free

Celebrating the exhibition “Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist,” this weekend festival will features special activities the whole family can enjoy. Navajo and Nez Perce cultural specialists will talk about designs that inspired WalkingStick’s recent paintings, plus an array of hands-on art activities for all ages inspired by WalkingStick’s art will be offered.

Fair Play
Where: Howard County
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Carnival rides and games, farm animals, live entertainment, pony rides, the junk food gamut, pig races. Yes, it’s county fair season, and it’s kicking off in the area at the Howard County Fair. This post has the scoop on all of the county fun.

Rock Creek
Where: Rock Creek Nature Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy special programs along with the ongoing offerings at Rock Creek’s Nature Center. “Buffalo Soldier” presentations will take place Saturday. Take a Centennial Hike to celebrate the 100 years of the National Park Service. Do some nature crafts. Explore the night sky with the planetarium movie Zola Patrol Down to Earth. You can also pop over to the nearby Horse Center to visit the stables and treat the kids to a pony ride! Read more about Rock Creek programs in this KFDC post.

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

It’s a weekend of home games for the Nats as they host the Giants. There are games tonight and Saturday evening at 7:05pm, and on Sunday at 1:35pm. Check for special promos here. And before you go, get some KFDC tips on doing Nats game without breaking the bank.

STEM Across Cultures
Where: Steven C. Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free (parking is $15)

Jet out to the Chantilly arm of Air & Space for this some STEM focused fun! Celebrate the global feats in the fields of science, math, technology, and engineering. Meet scientists and engineers who are active in fields such as robotics, aerospace design, and aviation, and develop your own skills through hands-on activities.

DC United: Family Fun Night & Talon’s Birthday
Where: RFK Stadium
When: Saturday, 7pm
Admission: Starts at $25 (look for a deal)

Family fun, futbol action, and a birthday celebration for Talon will make this DC United match extra special. Photos with Talon and other area mascots, face painting, food trucks, and games are part of the birthday festivities. And pregame fun includes live music, corn hole, sand drink specials for adults. Even better, Certifikid has a deal for a discount on all of it (look under Activities & Events).

‘Tis the Season
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

Take advantage of the host of activities that only occur this time of year. Enjoy an open air concert at one of the many series in the area. Get wet at an outdoor pool, sprayground, or water park. Feast on crabs. Ride mini-trains and carousels at local parks. And so much more…

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

* Dive into the magical world of Cirque Italia!
* Go on a wild journey to Jumanji at Adventure Theatre
* See the Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could is wrapping up the Children’s Theatre in the Woods series at Wolf Trap
* Imagination Stage and The Washington Ballet bring you The Little Mermaid
* Peter and the Wolf is running at The Puppet Co.
* And Penguin’s Playground is the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theater
* Born for This: The Bebe Winans Story is playing at Arena Stage this summer
* Enjoy a KidFree evening out at a performance of Tweflth Knight at Synetic Theatre
* The Phantom of the Opera is on stage at the Kennedy Center, and its recommended for ages 6 and up (look for discount tickets)

Hiking & History
Where: Harper’s Ferry
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free ($10 if you park in lot)

Get some fresh air and exercise as you take in beautiful vistas and historic sites. Harpers Ferry is an easy day trip or weekend destination from DC, and summer is a great time to go. For more about a visit there, see this KFDC post.

Open Studio: Welcome to Murad Khani
Where: Sackler Gallery
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Witness how artists from Afghanistan are transforming their lives and their country during an afternoon of free family-friendly activities. Take a tour (12:30pm or 2:30pm) of the special exhibition Turquoise Mountain, then head to the ImaginAsia classroom to get creative with family and friends. All ages are welcome with adult companions.

Pixar Shorts
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday, 10:30am & Sunday, 11:30am
Admission: Free

Celebrate 30 years of animated shorts from Pixar Animation Studios. Beginning with the delightful Luxo Jr., the first computer-animated film nominated for an Academy Award, this collection of shorts showcases Pixar’s contributions to the art of filmmaking. The 45-minute series will include hilarious favorites For the Birds, Mike’s New Car, and One Man Band.

Full STEAM Ahead!
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free for little ones, $5/adult, $3/ages 6-17

The amazing Garden & Arts Center in Solomons, MD, injects creativity and fun into STEM by adding Art, and turning Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math into STEAM! The program, designed for toddlers and preschoolers, uses hands-on investigations and challenges as children explore, observe, ask questions, and make predictions about the world around them as they create and play. Drop in Sunday for a Groovy Geology session, then plan to explore the rest of the grounds and exhibits while you’re there – it’s seriously fantastic! Read more about Annmarie in this KFDC post.

Hit the Harbor
Where: National Harbor
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Make a family day of it at National Harbor! There are a bunch of activities and attractions to keep the whole gang amused and entertained for hours. Go for a spin on the Capital Wheel, paddle (or pedal!) on the Potomac, climb around gigantic art, ride whimsical creatures on the carousel, grab a bite to eat and have a sweet treat, catch a free outdoor movie, and even more. This post has details about a KFDC experience there.

Target Family Night: Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Sunday, 6pm
Admission: Free

Grammy Award®–winning musician Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets bring their indie-pop dance party to the Millennium Stage. Their most recent album, Home, is full of songs about togetherness and is a celebration of the small moments in life spent with family.

Shop Tax Free
Where: Leesburg Premium Outlets
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free, but plan to buy (and save)

It’s tax free time in Virginia, and Leesburg outlets are celebrating. Stock up on all of this season’s back-to-school trends, as the shopping center offers sidewalk sales featuring additional savings on top of the regular 25-65%. As an added bonus, you can unwind and sing-along with a performance from Darcy Down. Catch the live music and electric atmosphere in Courtyard C, near Kate Spade and Vineyard Vines on Saturday from 1-3pm.


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The Weekend Round-Up: July 29-31

At the US Botanic Garden, where the stinky plant is about to bloom

At the US Botanic Garden, where the stinky plant is about to bloom



The return of a certain wizard is adding some extra magic to the weekend that might justify keeping the kids up well past their bedtimes to celebrate. There’s all kinds of awesome daytime fun to be had, too. And if you want to plan based on the weather, check out the round-up of outdoor places and the big indoor list for tons of ideas for area adventures. Happy Weekend!

Rockin’ on the Riverfront
Where: Yards Park
When: Friday, 6:30pm
Admission: Free

Kick off the weekend with free music in the fresh air. Sly 45 will be performing on the Yards Park boardwalk this evening. Catch the show along with great views of the Anacostia River from the comfort of a blanket spread out on the grass. Pack a picnic or purchase food there from nearby eateries and food truck vendors.

Seize the Summer Days
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Summer is zooming by, so enjoy the season while you can with activities that only occur this time of year. Start off the weekend with a free outdoor concert this evening, then continue the fun on Saturday and Sunday with water play at a pool or spray park. Or take it indoors at special summer program like ICEBERGS at the Building Museum or free admission for kids to the Newseum. Complete it all with a family movie under the stars at National Harbor on Sunday night. Get details about all of these summer diversions and even more in the 2016 Summer Guide.

National Dance Day
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Saturday, 1-11pm
Admission: Free

This celebration of the art of dance began a few years ago (read more background along with my ode from a few years ago to an associated shows) and has become an annual happening. This year’s events in DC will take place on the Kennedy Center’s outdoor North plaza along the Potomac River and Grand Foyer with performances and dance lessons all afternoon and a free social dance party going into the night with “Dancing Under the Stars.” There will be performances and appearances by Alex Wong (from this amazing SYTYCD performance), tap dancer and singer song-writer Evan Ruggiero, and many local artists — see the website for the full line-up.

Stop & Smell
Where: US Botanic Garden
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Follow your nose to the Botanic Garden to catch a whiff of the stinky plant! After much anticipation, the titan arum (aka corpse flower) is expected to bloom this weekend. The USBG will have extended hours until 8pm, so visitors have extra time to “enjoy” the stench. Of course, tour the rest of the lovely gardens while you’re there.

All Ages Dueling Pianos
Where: Bobby McKey’s at National Harbor
When: Saturday, 1-3:30pm
Admission: $18

The whole crew can enjoy an afternoon of music and fun at this dueling piano shows. The two hours of all-request live music paired with a lunch buffet is a great way to stay cool on a hot summer day. And this is a performance where kids are encouraged to wiggle in their seats, dance in the aisles, and sing along!

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

* Dive into the magical world of Cirque Italia!
* Go on a wild journey to Jumanji at Adventure Theatre
* See the Maryland Youth Ballet perform at Children’s Theatre in the Woods at Wolf Trap
* The UniverSoul Circus is wowing audiences at National Harbor (look for discount tickets)
* Imagination Stage and The Washington Ballet bring you The Little Mermaid
* Peter and the Wolf is running at The Puppet Co.
* And Magic Toyshop is the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theater
* Last chance for ages 1-5 to enjoy Inside Out at Imagination Stage
* Born for This: The Bebe Winans Story is playing at Arena Stage this summer
* Enjoy a KidFree evening out at a performance of Tweflth Knight at Synetic Theatre
* The Phantom of the Opera is on stage at the Kennedy Center, and its recommended for ages 6 and up (look for discount tickets)

That’s My Girl Bike Ride
Where: Capitol Hill
When: Saturday
Admission: $30-40

Calling all tough little girls and the grown ups who support them! Recess Outings is debuting a new series this Saturday afternoon, called That’s My Girl! The bike ride is a celebration of brave and resilient women, young and old, and riders will pedal past several monuments and landmarks devoted to inspirational women. Regular rides are on the weekend schedule too, so join in for a bike ride! Register in advance.

Stories in Art
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

Step inside a music concert and then listen to a live lute performance during this session of the National Gallery’s summer program for children. Designed for ages 4-7, the series explores Dutch art through stories and activities inspired by works in the museum, with a focus on music this weekend. There are several time slots available — 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, and 1:30pm. Sign-in takes place in the West Building Rotunda, beginning at 10am and will continue until all spaces are filled. And they do often fill up, so plan to get there early to register.

Harry Potter Parties
Where: East City Bookshop
When: Saturday, 10pm & Sunday, 1pm
Admission: Free

Our favorite wizard is coming back in a new book, and East City Bookshop is celebrating his return! The store will remain open late on Saturday, so that you can buy your copy of the newest installment in the Harry Potter series, The Cursed Child, the instant it goes on sale at midnight! Get there at 10pm for an evening of wizarding festivities, including HP-themed cocktails and snacks, movie screenings, and fun activities for all ages, including Harry Potter trivia and a costume contest. Register for the event here. On Sunday, there will be a Harry Potter birthday celebration for kids and families. A sorting ceremony, refreshments, a costume contest, and book read-along will be part of the festivities. RSVP here.

Harry Potter Midnight Release Party
Where: Child’s Play Locations
When: Saturday, 10:30pm
Admission: Free

Whether you’re a Muggle, witch, or wizard, join fans of all ages at a Hogwarts-themed party at any Child’s Play location. The countdown begins at 10:30pm, with the official release of the new book at 12:01am. Activities will include a photo station, wand-making and tie-decorating inspired by the four Hogwarts houses, a sorting hat station, Harry Potter trivia games, a scavenger hunt, snacks, Quidditch games, and a visit by an owl (on loan from Potomac Overlook Park). Note that activities may vary by location.

Book it to Old Town
Where: Hooray for Books
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

The children’s book store in Old Town Alexandria is hosting several family events this weekend. Take little ones to a story time and sing-a-long on Saturday at 2pm as picture book author Liz Starin presents her new books Splashdance. Join a Harry Potter book release party at midnight. And celebrate Where’s Waldo in Alexandria, the conclusion of a month-long scavenger hunt on Sunday 2-3pm.

Game On
Where: Labyrinth Game Shop
When: Saturday, 1-6pm & Sunday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free (but be ready to buy!)

Stock up on your board games and puzzles! Labyrinth’s 5th annual Used Game Sale will have more than 1,000 amazing games that will be sold for great prices! There will also be both live and silent auctions for the hotter ticket items (register to bid here), and Sunday will be the rummage sale. As always, all funds raised by the event will be used to buy local teachers games for their classrooms, to support Labyrinth’s after school game clubs, and to buy new demos for our game library (this store really rocks!).

Brookside Nature Challenge
Where: Brookside Nature Center
When: Saturday, 2-3pm
Admission: Free

Play, discover, and connect at Brookside Nature Center! The activities vary from week to week at this program – you might search for native wildlife or track the motion of the sun — but they’re all designed for having fun in nature. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

The Magical Brunch
Where: 1606 K Street NW
When: Saturday, 12pm & 4pm
Admission: Tickets starts at $19.99

Enjoy action packed entertaiment for the entire family as Clown ‘n Around Live presents two shows on Saturday. Enjoy with over 20 of your child’s favorite characters, brunch buffett, face painting, balloon animals, a dj, raffles, and much more! Get your tickets here.

Under the Sea at the Library
Where: MLK Library
When: Saturday, 2pm
Admission: Free

Learn about the ocean’s most feared and misunderstood creatures, and how sharks, stingrays & skates are important to marine ecosystems. This is a great introduction program for participation in the Library’s Science in the Summer Program focusing on oceanography. Recommended for ages 5 – 12.

Kick it with Spirit
Where: Maureen Hendricks Field at the Maryland SoccerPlex
When: Saturday, 7pm
Admission: Tickets start at $25

The United aren’t the only soccer game in town. Women’s pro soccer team, Washington Spirit, plays in Germantown, and this weekend they’re hosting the Sky Blue FC at home. Per a KFDC reader: “You get affordable tickets and concessions, picnic seating behind the goal, a really intimate, family-friendly environment and top-level soccer.”

Discover Rembrant
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Sunday, 11:30am
Admission: Free

The National Gallery’s film program for young guests presents three animated short films based on children’s books. The series introduces audiences to the works of Rembrant and the imaginative world of art. Combine it with the Stories in Art program, and you’ve got quite an art lesson for kids! Recommended for ages 4 and up. Read more about the films on the NGA website.

Creature Feature
Where: Brookside Nature Center
When: Sunday, 1:30-2pm
Admission: Free

Join a naturalist at this weekly program to learn about the animals who live in and around Wheaton Regional Park. Discover the amazing adaptations and features of the different animals on display in the nature center. Afterwards, stay at at Brookside to explore the rest of the grounds. For ages 1 and up.

Insectival
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: $5/adults, $4/child, free for 4 and under

Buzz on down to Solomons, MD as Annmarie celebrates and investigates insects through games, art activities, bug hunts, and show & tell fun. And be sure to explore the rest of the gardens and art center while you’re there – artistic delights and play abound!

Nature & Recreation in Annapolis
Where: Quiet Waters Park
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $6/car

Head east to explore a new park. A couple of months ago we discovered Quiet Waters, kind of by accident, and it made for a fantastic outdoorsy Mother’s Day. Hike in the woods under a leafy canopy, paddle the South River, take in scenic vistas, and even view some art.

Mission Good Time
Where: International Spy Museum
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $21.95/adult, $14.95/ages 7-11, free for 6 and under (discount here)

Devise a plan to visit the International Spy Museum and go undercover to explore the intriguing world of espionage. See the largest collection of espionage-related artifacts ever placed on public display and learn about the lives of secret agents through lots interactive exhibits. Head to Shake Shack for a bite (or treat) before or after — it’s conveniently located right next door.

Disc Golfin’
Where: Calvert Road or Seneca Creek State Parks
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Hit the links, the chain links, that is! Disc golf is a great way to enjoy a day outdoors with the family. Read about one of our outings enjoying the Frisbe-golf combo here. We’ve also enjoyed it at Seneca Creek State Park. Not only is it fun and challenging, the courses are set up in pretty parks with opportunities for more recreation at both.

Go with the Flow
Where: Potomac, Anacostia, & Patuxent Rivers
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by boathouse

Enjoy the weekend on the water, where you can paddle and explore. A bunch of places around the area rent kayaks, canoes, rowboats, and pontoons. Fletcher’s Boathouse is a popular place to go, and you can also row from the Ballpark Boathouse next to Yards Park. Bladensburg Waterfront Park also has vessels for rent along with free pontoon boat tours on weekends from 5-5:45. And if you’re up for a bigger excursion, you can rent your own pontoon at Solomons Island.

DC United vs. Montreal Impact
Where: RFK Stadium
When: Sunday, 6:30pm
Admission: Tickets

Wind down the weekend with some fútbol action. The DC United are hosting the Montreal Impact on Sunday evening. Be sure to stop by the Fan Zone in section 222 for a variety of kids activities.

Plan Ahead for Adventure!
Where: Solomons, MD
When: Future Weekends
Admission: Prices vary by package

Some outings take advanced planning, especially ones that are particularly cool. Ruddy Duck Adventures offers all-inclusive day trips around the Solomons, MD, area. They devise itineraries that include awesome activities and great dining, plus all the instruction and gear needed; all guests have to do is drive. Opt for a fossil and shark teeth hunt, a paddling excursion, or a wine and art adventure. And you can make it a family outing or a day date sans kids. Bonus: Use the code KFDC at check out to get a discount! And for some inside scoop, read about our experience on the fossil hunt.


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The Weekend Round-Up: July 22-24

Yards Park fountains are a perfect place to cool off on a hot summer evening

Yards Park fountains are a perfect place to cool off on a hot summer evening



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This is going to be the hottest weekend of the summer so far, and this round-up was created accordingly, with ideas that will keep you as cool as the pursuits are fun. And for those who can stand the heat, there are plenty of suggestions that’ll have you covered, too. Happy Weekend!

The Great Indoors
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

This post with over 80 ideas for adventures around the area that take place indoors is a good one to keep handy this weekend. Many are well known attractions, but sometimes we need reminders about even the most obvious spots. You’ll likely find lots of nice surprises listed, too.

Capital Fringe Festival
Where: Various venues
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by performance

The Capital Fringe Festival is in its final weekend and presenting several performances kids will enjoy. Barry Beaver’s Adventures in Happy Valley will keep tots engaged with activities and singing as they learn about giving, sharing, and accepting differences. See a fairytale come to live through opera and dance in Once Upon a Bedtime. A group of teenage girls created and will perform Act Like a GRRRL at MLK Library. And there will be free music from the Fringe Arts Bar Courtyard Jams at various times. Those are just a few shows with the all-ages tag; there are many more for ages 13 and up to entertain tweens and teens. More details and ticket sales are on the Capital Fringe Festival website. And, parents, consider catching a performance for a KidFree night out!

Stories in Art
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

Sail the seas during this session of the National Gallery’s summer program for children. Designed for ages 4-7, the series explores Dutch art through stories and activities inspired by works in the museum, with a focus on seascapes this weekend. There are several time slots available — 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, and 1:30pm. Sign-in takes place in the West Building Rotunda, beginning at 10am and will continue until all spaces are filled. And they do often fill up, so plan to get there early to register.

Story Time with the Nats
Where: DC Public Libraries
When: Saturday, 11:30am
Admission: Free

Story time will be a big hit on Saturday as a few Nats players host readings at three DC Public Libraries. Starting pitcher Tanner Roark will be at Northeast Library on Capitol Hill, pitcher Shawn Kelley will be at Chevy Chase Library, and a player TBA will be at Anacostia Library. Each session will be followed by a Q&A session between the player and the audience.

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

* Go on a wild journey to Jumanji at Adventure Theatre
* See Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap where the Pushcart Players are performing Peter and the Wolf
* Encore Stage & Studio presents the classic Mary Poppins by kids for kids
* Reserve free tickets to see Vladimir Goes for the Gold Saturday Morning at the National
* Marsha and the Positrons are also playing a free show at MLK Library on Saturday
* The UniverSoul Circus is wowing audiences at National Harbor (look for discount tickets)
* Imagination Stage and The Washington Ballet bring you The Little Mermaid
* Peter and the Wolf just opened at The Puppet Co.
* And Clowning Around is the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theater
* See theatre by kids for kids at Encore’s production of Mary Poppins (look for discount tickets)
* Enjoy a picnic and a play as Chesapeake Shakespeare presents The Three Musketeers at PFI Park in Ellicott City, MD (bonus: kids are FREE)
* Take your teen or make it a date night to see The Bridges of Madison County at the Kennedy Center
* Everybody cut Footloose for the final weekend at Alden Theatre (look for discount tickets)
* Little Ones will enjoy Inside Out, a performance geared toward ages 1-5, at Imagination Stage
* Born for This: The Bebe Winans Story is playing at Arena Stage this summer
* Enjoy a KidFree evening out at a performance of Tweflth Knight at Synetic Theatre
* The Phantom of the Opera is on stage at the Kennedy Center, and its recommended for ages 6 and up (look for discount tickets)

Montgomery County Farm Tour
Where: Montgomery County farms
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Learn about agricultural heritage, promote local farms, and indulge in seasonally fresh food as Montgomery County celebrates the 27th Annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale. Activities will vary from farm to farm, but several will have hayrides, pony rides, music, animals to visit, and other activities planned. All 21 participating farms will be open Saturday, and some will reopen on Sunday, so be sure to check the website for the schedule before you go.

Citi Open Tennis
Where: Rock Creek Park Tennis Center
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: Ticket start at $10

Enjoy the on-court excitement along with other fun activities as the Citi Open Tennis Tournament wraps up. With the quarterfinals on Friday, the semis on Saturday, and the championship matches on Sunday, the event is sure to serve up some excellent tennis.

Tennis on the Big Screen
Where: National Harbor
When: Saturday & Sunday, 1:30pm
Admission: Free

If you can’t make it to the tennis tourney, head to National Harbor where they’ll be showing the Citi Open on the waterfront Jumbotron. The 18’ x 32’ foot LED screen located on the plaza is great for viewing sports events. Bring lawn chairs to set up on the plaza green, or grab a meal and drinks and watch from a nearby outdoor patio. And if you want to make a day of it at National Harbor, this post details all there is to do there.

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

Free concerts, outdoor swimming, movies under the stars, sprayground fun. Activities exclusive to the season can all be enjoyed this weekend. The Summer 2016 guide has the whole scoop on all of them.

Fancy This
Where: Brookside Gardens
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $8/ages 13 and up, $5/3-12, free ages 0-2

Walk amid a garden of butterflies at Brookside Garden’s amazing Wings of Fancy exhibit, on view through September 2. The seasonal display featuring live butterflies and caterpillars from all over the world is sure to delight. Read about a KFDC experience at the exhibit. Plan to tour the rest of Brookside’s lovely grounds while you’re there (if it’s not sweltering) and see if there are any other special kids’ programs to enjoy.

Chill with ICEBERGS
Where: National Building Museum
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies, see below

Th Building Museum’s big summer exhibit brings a cool loating sculptures, an environmental narrative, interactive features, and shaved ice treats make ICEBERGS pretty cool to experience. While you probably won’t stay and play for hours like you did at The BEACH last year, it’s definitely worth checking out. Plus, the admission fee gets you into all of the other NMB exhibits, too — Small Stories, PLAY WORK BUILD, and the Building Zone are all great for kids. Cost is $5/youth member, $10/adult member and $13/youth non-member, $16/adult non-member.

Indoor Swim
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by pool

If it’s too darn hot to even hang by the pool, but you want to get in some swim time, hit an indoor pool! There are plenty in the area that are open to the public. Wilson Aquatic Center in NW is popular, and Deanwood in NE even has a slide. In Maryland, Rollingcrest in PG County has a special preschool area, and there are several indoor aquatic facilities in Montgomery County. In Northern Virginia, Arlington County has a few indoor public pools, and there’s one in Alexandria, too. Be sure to check schedules for open swim times at all of them, and I recommend calling ahead to confirm there are no random closings.

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

It’s another weekend at home for the Nats as they host the Padres. There are games tonight, Saturday night, and Sunday afternoon. Check for special promos here. And before you go, get some KFDC tips on doing Nats game without breaking the bank.

Baltimore, Hon!
Where: Inner Harbor Area
When: All Weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

You won’t escape the heat by heading north just 45 minutes, but you’ll find a few wonderful places to take shelter from it where the kids can have a blast. Explore the exhibits and loads of hands-on activities at the Maryland Science Center. See some of the quirkiest, coolest art ever at the American Visionary Art Museum. Play the day away at Port Discovery. Get an eyeful of the underwater world at the National Aquarium. Tour the historic ships at the Inner Harbor. Or view history in the works at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

Pop-Up Dance Performance
Where: Rosedale Recreation Field
When: Sunday, 3-5pm
Admission: Free

Agora Dance, a new DC dance company, presents two free, 20-minute perfromances on Sunday. And the fun it goes beyond the entertainment! Each performance will be followed by a short Q & A with the dancers, plus cookies from Grassroots Gourmet to nibble while you watch. They’ll be dancing rain or shine – therain or extreme heat location is Rosedale Library – located next to the Rosedale Recreation Field (1701 Gales St. NE).

STEM for a Buck
Where: Children’s Science Center Lab
When: Sunday
Admission: $1

Experiment with science-y fun on the cheap! To celebrate their first birthday, the Children’s Science Center Lab is offering $1 admission on Sunday. Kids can explore a variety of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts through fun, engaging hands-on exhibits and activities. Read more about it in this KFDC post.

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

You may have already seen this among The Great Indoors recs, but it’s a good one to spotlight this weekend. When it’s just too darn hot to play outside, but the kids still have a lot of energy to expend, this round-up of play spaces where, in some cases, they can literally bounce off the walls will come in handy.

Day Trip from DC
Where: Around the region
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Get out of dodge for a day for some cool fun in areas that require a bit of a drive, but not one that requires an overnight stay (though you could consider it). Explore the spectacular underground world of stalagmites and stalactites at Luray or Shenandoah Caverns (look for a deal here). Take an ice cream making tour at Turkey Hill in Lancaster, PA. Or venture out to the Calvert Marine Museum to experience fascinating exhibits that highlight the history of the Chesapeake Bay.


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The Weekend Round-Up: July 15-17

Taking in a spectacular scene at the Lotus & Water Lily Festival

Taking in a spectacular scene at the Lotus & Water Lily Festival



Milestones 300 by 250

Mid-summer magic comes in the way of fantastic events galore this weekend. Enjoy a dazzling display of flowers at a cultural festival. Dig a celebration of archaeology. Time trip back to the 18th century at a colonial market fair. Meet a new local author and make a cool craft with her. Catch a movie under the stars. Take your pick of awesome live entertainment. Do the polka at a Polish fest or enjoy Celtic music at an Irish one. Shop a few local fashion and beauty brands. And so much more! This round-up highlights the special events, and you can find tons of ideas for ongoing fun on the Everyday Play page. Happy Weekend!

Lotus & Water Lily Festival
Where: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

The lotus and water lilies in full bloom at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens are such a ravishing sight it calls for a celebration, and the public is invited to join in. And while the striking flora is the highlight of the event, the 2016 Lotus & Water Lily Festival will also feature activities for all ages — traditional Asian and African dancing performances, gardening workshops, lotus tea tastings, arts & crafts, face painting, and other family-friendly pursuits. If you haven’t visited the Gardens yet, this is the best time to do so; the blossoming flowers are absolutely spectacular. Read more about Kenilworth in this KFDC post.

Do You Dig Archaeology?
Where: Dumbarton House
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Be part of a celebration of archaeology, at the annual Day of Archaeology Festival. Talk to archaeologists in person and learn about the science and art of archaeology. Kids can enjoy engaging activities, including mock‐excavations, hands‐on artifact displays, crafts, and demonstrations. The archaeology of local prehistoric and historic inhabitants will also be featured — a great way to learn about local history! Live music, face painting, and visits from some of DC’s best food trucks will also be part of the day’s festivities.

Finding Nemo
Where: Gateway Park in Rosslyn
When: Friday evening
Admission: Free

Make a family evening of it at Rosslyn Cinema, the summer outdoor movie festival, where Finding Nemo is this week’s featured film. Enjoy kids’ activities and story time before the movie. Grab dinner from food trucks, open from 5pm until the film starts, along a glass of beer or glass of wine at the Pub in the Park. BYO blanket or low chairs and enjoy a night under the stars. And furry family members welcome, too!

18th Century Summer Market Fair
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm
When: Saturday, 11am – 4:30pm
Admission: $8/adults, $3/ages 3-12 & seniors: $3, free/2 and under

Take a little time trip back to the 18th century at Claude Moore Colonial Farm’s seasonal fair. Watch colonial Virginia tradesman such as the blacksmith and cabinetmaker, and try your hand at crafts like spinning, dyeing, watercolors and writing skills. Turkeys, pigs, and chickens are among the heritage breed animals to visit. Music, games, and dancing as well as opportunities to interact with colonial family members in costume and character are unique festivities, too. Savor grilled chicken, sausages, cheese and breads, seasonal vegetables, watermelon, roasted olives, fruit pies and more. Cask ale, beers, and authentic ginger ale will also be available at the Colonial Tavern.

On the Fringe
Where: Theatres around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by performances

It’s the first weekend of the Capital Fringe Festival, and the lineup of shows includes a bunch that kids can enjoy. Barry Beaver’s Adventures in Happy Valley will keep tots engaged with activities and singing as they learn about giving, sharing, and accepting differences. See a fairytale come to live through opera and dance in Once Upon a Bedtime. And 1! A Dansical is a dance parody that will have the whole fam chuckling. Lil Women: A Rap Musical combines the classic story with rap music. Those are just a few shows with the all-ages tag; there are many more for ages 13 and up to entertain tweens and teens. More details and ticket sales are on the Capital Fringe Festival website. And, parents, consider catching a performance for a KidFree night out!

Comcast Outdoor Film Fest
Where: Waterfront Park in Alexandria
When: Friday & Saturday, 8:30pm
Admission: Free

You’ve got some bonus outdoor movies to enjoy along with the rest of summer film series. Friday, take the fam to see Inside Out. Saturday, catch a screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Both for free!

Summer Staples
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Celebrate summer with a host of activities exclusive to this time of year — outdoor swimming, sprayground play, concerts under the stars, museum programs, special exhibits, and so much more. Go here for the full scoop on these seasonal joys.

Annapolis Irish Festival
Where: Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds
When: Friday, 4-10pm & Saturday 11am – 10pm
Admission: $20/adult, free for kids 12 and under

Magical Celtic traditions and music are just part of the celebration at the 5th Annual Annapolis Irish Festival. Along with a lively lineup of Celtic music acts, there will be over 90 vendors selling everything from food to art to clothes and accessories. Little Leprechaun Land, an area especially for kids, will offer pony rides, face painting, balloon art, cultural activities, bouncy fun, music and magic shows, and Irish dancing – and it’s all part of admission.

Maryland Polish Festival
Where: Timonium Fairgrounds
When: Saturday, 11am – 10pm & Sunday, 11am – 7pm
Admission: $8/adult, free for kids under 12

Celebrate all that is Polish! From homemade pierogies to traditional dancing and from polka music to learning the Polish National Anthem, there is something for everyone at the 41st Annual Maryland Polish Festival. Expect entertainment and live music throughout the day, authentic Polish food and drinks, storytelling, a children’s area, a trivia contest, Polish arts & crafts, and much more.

All Aboard for a Model Train Open House
Where: Historic Vienna Depot of the W&OD Railroad
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Chug on down to Vienna to watch model train and trolley activities that realistically depict an actual railroad that existed in North Carolina in the 1950′s, the Western North Carolina (WNC). Every hill, town, building, locomotive, rail car, and industry in this layout is modeled after those places and things as they looked in that era. Well, almost everything. To satisfy popular demand, expect an occasional sighting of Thomas the Tank Engine (and a few of his friends) chugging around among the bigger steam and diesel locomotives. The Vienna Depot is located at 231 Dominion Road NE in Vienna, Virginia just down the street from the red caboose.

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

Explore the past, present, and future of flight and space exploration at the Milestones in Aviation and Space family day. Celebrate the amazing accomplishments in aviation and aerospace, from the glamorous early days of air travel to the future of commercial space flight. With presentations and hands-on activities, this family day will have something to offer everyone!

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

* Go on a wild journey to Jumanji at Adventure Theatre
* See Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap where Dinorock are playing a concert al fresco
* Encore Stage & Studio presents the classic Mary Poppins by kids for kids
* Reserve free tickets to see Uncle Devin perform on Saturday Morning at the National
* The UniverSoul Circus is wowing audiences at National Harbor
* Imagination Stage and The Washington Ballet bring you The Little Mermaid
* It’s you last chance to see Little Red Riding Hood and the 3 Little Pigs at The Puppet Co.
* Enjoy a picnic and a play as Chesapeake Shakespeare presents The Three Musketeers at PFI Park in Ellicott City, MD (bonus: kids are FREE)
* Take your teen or make it a date night to see The Bridges of Madison County at the Kennedy Center
* MOXIE: a Happenstance Vaudeville closes at RoundHouse Theatre after this weekend
* Everybody cut Footloose at Alden Theatre.
* Little Ones will enjoy Inside Out, a performance geared toward ages 1-5, at Imagination Stage
* Born for This: The Bebe Winans Story is playing at Arena Stage this summer
* Enjoy a KidFree evening out at a performance of Tweflth Knight at Synetic Theatre.
* The Phantom of the Opera is on stage at the Kennedy Center, and its recommended for ages 6 and up.

Tennis, Anyone?
Where: William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center
When: Saturday & Sunday, gates open at 9am
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Enjoy the on-court excitement along with some special events as the Citi Open Tennis Tournament swings into action this weekend. Saturday is the first day of qualifying rounds as well as National Parks Community Day featuring activities and entertainment for families, including tennis clinics, games, face painters, local mascots, and more.

Banish Boredom
Where: Kit & Ace
When: Sunday, 2-4pm
Admission: Free

Join Rebecca Green aka Not-So-SAHM and her kids, Kane and Cam, as they celebrate the launch of her book, Banish Boredom: Activities to Do with Kids That You’ll Actually Enjoy. The event will include mocktails for kids, cocktails for adults, munchies, and a chance to create a fab pop art portrait! RSVP here.

Open Studio: Crazy for Ceramics
Where: Sackler Gallery
When: Saturday and Sunday, 12–4 pm
Admission: Free

Explore the wonder of Chinese porcelain from past to present during this afternoon of free family-friendly activities. Discover contemporary artist Walter McConnell’s A Theory of Everything series through tours of the special exhibition Chinamania (12:30pm and 2:30pm), and then make art of your own. All ages welcome with adult companions.

Bubble Days
Where: Maryland Science Center
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $20.95/adult, $16.95/child

See the sudsiest spectacle of the summer at the 9th annual Bubble Days. The fun will be bubbling up all over the building—and outside too! Craft your own bubble solution and wand, create bubble art to take home, experiment with homemade bubble wands, and compete in a bubble blowing contest. World-renowned bubble artist Casey Carle will be there to perform his fantastic BubbleMania show!

Sip & Shop
Where: 52 O Street Artist Studios
When: Sunday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

Moms, this one is for you! Four locally owned DC fashion and beauty brands – DeNada, Mint Lola, Kicheko Goods, and Be Clean – are an afternoon of shopping and socializing. With a nod to DC’s summer spirit, attendees will find new and sophisticated skincare, hair accessories, jewelry, and knitwear that are perfect for high temps and family vacations. In addition, attendees can meet the brand founders over handcrafted drinks and local bites.

Sibley Family Fun Festival
Where: Sibley Memorial Hospital
When: Saturday, 9am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Bring the family to Sibley for a morning of fun. There will be games, mini-golf, face painting, health screenings, zumba, entertainment, tech demonstrations by the Sibley Innovation Center, snacks, giveaways, music from 97.1 and more. Enjoy it all in parking lot 2, across from the medical building. Register online here.

The DC Scoop
Where: Union Market
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

DC’s sweetest event returns on National Ice Cream Day! This is a dayfor ice cream lovers and makers alike — there will be a wide array of ice cream products to sample and for sale. Local food trucks will also be there serving savory snacks. The event will be held at Union Market’s Dock 5 and the alley behind it.

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

It’s a weekend at home for the Nats as they host the Pirates. There are games tonight, Saturday night, and Sunday afternoon. Check for special promos here. And before you go, get some KFDC tips on doing Nats game without breaking the bank.

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

Go beyond the local pool for some water fun. The Washington Post just published this article about lakes, swimming holes, and waterfalls within a fairly easy drive from DC. Make a day of it at a lakeside beach, hike to a hidden waterfall, or seek out a swimming spot tucked away in the woods to cool off and enjoy quality time with the fam.

*Plan ahead for summer weekends!* Check out Ruddy Duck Adventures packages that explore all kinds of cool fun in Solomons, MD. And KidFriendly DC readers can get a discount using the code KFDC!


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