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The Weekend Round-Up: January 8-10

There will be beautiful music to accompany the art on Saturday

There will be beautiful music to accompany the art on Saturday



With the hubbub of the holidays completely over, it’s time to delve into some 2016 fun! Happy Weekend!

NSO in Your Neighborhood Museum
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum
When: Saturday, all day & 7:30pm
Admission: Free

The annual program that brings free chamber music, orchestral concerts, and educational events throughout a different neighborhood each year is back, this time in Penn Quarter. The American Art Museum will be one of the hosting venues on Saturday with family programming all day, including an instrument petting zoo, a concert for children, and pop-up performances leading up to the grand finale – an evening concert by the full orchestra in the Kogod Courtyard!

Health & Fitness Expo
Where: Washington Convention Center
When: Saturday, 9am – 5pm & Sunday, 9am – 4pm
Admission: Free

NBC’s annual exposition celebrates healthy living at the Washington Convention Center all weekend. There will be free health screenings, exercise and dance demos, opportunities to try new sports, giveaways, and lactivities especially for kids. The Convention Center is located at 901 Mount Vernon Place, NW. Metered street parking and garages are nearby, and you can take the Metro’s yellow line to the Mount Vernon stop.

Open House
Where: Royalty Learning Center
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Looking for early education options for your little one? Royalty Learning Center in Maryland is hosting an Open House on Saturday, where you can learn more about their programs that focus on education and uniqueness of each child. Meet the director and lead teachers, tour the center, and gain insight into their curriculum. Children are welcome, too! Light refreshments will be served.

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

Get an up-close and personal taste of what summer camp is like at Imagination Stage – they promise you’ll have a blast! Sample camps are 20 minutes long, with the exception of longer drop-off Musical Production. Parents are encouraged to join the samplers for children in grades 2 or younger. Parents of campers in grades 3 or older are welcome to observe the sampler, but not required. Register for a sample class here.

Gustafer Yellowgold
Where: Jammin’ Java
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: $10

The “cross between ‘Yellow Submarine’ and Dr. Seuss” is back with his unique multi-media performance of live music, animated illustrations, and storytelling. Plan to dine along with the show — the full lunch and drink menu will be available.

NSO Kinderclassics: Break it Down
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Saturday, 11am & 1:30pm
Tickets: $20

If your kids love to tinker, they’ll enjoy this high-energy concert, where they delight in dissecting the pieces and parts of music and instruments! There will also be pre-show fun in the Hall of States: Starting an hour before the concert, a Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo” gives children a chance to get up close with the instruments they’ll see played on stage, from violins and trumpets to oboes and flutes. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

Star Wars on the Really Big Screen
Where: Air & Space Museum & Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $15/adult, $13.50/child

If you haven’t seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet (or if you have and are ready for a repeat), Smithsonian’s IMAX theaters are easily among the best places in the area to view them. Some of the key sequences of the film were shot using IMAX cameras, the highest-resolution cameras in the world, so only in IMAX theaters will those scenes expand vertically to fill the entire screen for a truly immersive experience. (Plus, Star Wars in the museums that showcase space!)

Ice It
Where: Local Ice Skating Rinks
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

Get out and glide. Enjoy art as you skate at the Sculpture Garden; circle the rink at Washington Harbour; meander the paths at Canal Park; or do some holiday shopping then skate at Pentagon Row, Veteran’s Plaza, Rockville Town Square, or Reston Town Center. This post has details on alfresco (and indoor) ice skating options in the area. And note that both at Canal Park and Washington Harbor are hosting Cartoon Skate on Saturday morning!

Rock Creek Explorations
Where: Peirce Mill
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Get a glimpse of Rock Creek Park’s past on a visit to the historic Peirce Mill. Tour three-levels of 19th-century machinery and find out water from the creek powered the mill to make flour and meal. Plan on some hiking, too — the site is situated right next to a couple of nice trails. This new post has details on an outing there.

Snow White
Where: Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Tickets: $15/adult, $10/child

Take your kids to see other kids perform as Encore Stage & Studio theatre brings a fairytale classic to the stage. Their signature by kids for kids is great for young audiences. This show is recommended for ages 4 and up, and there are a few performances throughout the weekend.

InterAct Story Theatre
Where: Wheaton Library
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: Free

Enjoy the 4th installment of Wheaton Family Theatre Series as Arianna Ross and Story Tapestries with “The Giggling, Wiggling Book Worm,” a dynamic arts and literacy program for all ages. Combining a dramatic live storytelling performance with an engaging post-performance literacy workshop for kids and families, Arianna and fellow Story Tapestries artist Suzanne Richard leads guests in a literary adventure. Kids and adults alike will dance, sing, wiggle, and giggle as their inner bookworms read, write, draw, dance, and make music about new, exciting stories.

On the Imagination Stage
Where: Imagination Stage
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Tickets start at $14

This weekend is the last chance to catch A Year with Frog & Toad at the Bethesda theatre — the musical inspired by the acclaimed children’s books is coming to a close. The youngest audiences will enjoy Wake Up, Brother Bear that includes hands-on activities along with the performance.

Jonathan Blum Retrospective
Where: Caos Gallery
When: Sunday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

I love the work of Jonathan Blum and wanted to give him and his retrospective exhibit a shout-out. You may be aware of his art – the DC native now residing in Brooklyn occasionally sells his whimsical portraits (often of half-faces or animals sitting on serious heads) at Eastern Market and has some hanging in venues around town. Go to shop his art, or just to enjoy viewing it – kids will appreciate the fanciful faces just as much as you.

The Day the Dinosaurs Came to Noyes
Where: Kensington Town Hall
When: Sunday, 3-5pm
Admission: $15/family donation requested

Join the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation for a fantastic family event featuring dino-mite activities and crafts, plus a theater workshop by the teaching artists of Imagination Stage, based on the book “How Do Dinosaurs Learn to Read?” RSVP on the Noyes Facebook page.

NSO Goes Undercover
Where: International Spy Museum
When: Sunday, 4-5pm
Admission: Free

So, they may not be undercover, but members of the National Symphony Orchestra will again be playing in a different context as part of the NSO In Your Neighborhood program. A small ensemble will perform an espionage-themed concert for this family-friendly event. And patrons who attend this one will also receive a coupon for $5 off the price of admission to visit the museum’s exhibits!

Wizards vs. Raptors
Where: Verizon Center
When: Friday, 7pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Start the weekend with some hoops action as the Wizards host Toronto. And the Verizon Center is within the NSO in Your Neighborhood area, so expect a pre-game bonus: Members from the National Symphony Orchestra will be performing during the warm-ups!

Caps vs. Senators
Where: Verizon Center
When: Sunday, 7pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

There will be some extra Senators in DC on Sunday as the Caps host Ottowa’s hockey team at the Verizon Center. And you can get a T-shirt along with seats to view the action on ice through from Certifikid.


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The Weekend: January 1-3

The beautiful gardens at Dumbarton Oaks

The beautiful gardens at Dumbarton Oaks



Just like the last weekend of 2015, I’m keeping this first round-up of 2016 simple as we emerge from the hoopla of the holidays. There are still some seasonal events going on and plenty things to do around town, but not too many special one-time happenings. So, again, here are some go-to posts that will keep you covered over the next few days. And be sure to follow KFDC on Facebook in case I share any last minute news. Happy Weekend and Happy New Year!

KFDC 2015 Guide to the Best of the Holidays in DC

Winter Entertainment

Everyday Play

The Great Indoors

Indoor Playgrounds

The Best Places in the DC Area to Spend A Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids

Skaters Gonna Skate: Where to Hit the Ice this Season

Walks in the Woods

A few specific ideas…

Season’s Greenings at the Botanic Garden

Millennium Stage: Culkin School of Irish Dance (Friday – and there are Joy of Motion performances Saturday & Sunday)

Free to Roam at Dumbarton Oaks Gardens (Saturday & Sunday)

Hometown Hoops: Wizards vs. Magic (look for a special offer)

Artistic Delights and Fairy Inspiration at Annmarie Sculpture Gardens

Walk Along the River: Hiking from Riverbend to Great Falls Park

Open Studio at the Freer Gallery


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The Weekend: December 25-27

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Just as I did this time last year, I’m keeping this round-up simple over the holiday weekend. But just because you don’t see the usual detailed recommendations for fun with the kids, that doesn’t mean you won’t find awesome things to do — the links below include loads of ideas for family activities, both holiday-inspired and just straight-up fun. Merry Christmas to all…. and to all a Happy Weekend!

KFDC 2015 Guide to the Best of the Holidays in DC

Winter Entertainment

Everyday Play

The Great Indoors

Indoor Playgrounds

The Best Places in the DC Area to Spend A Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids

Skaters Gonna Skate: Where to Hit the Ice this Season

Walks in the Woods

A few specific ideas…

Season’s Greenings at the Botanic Garden (Friday – Sunday)

WONDER at the Renwick Gallery (Saturday & Sunday)

Hometown Hockey: Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens (Saturday)

Holiday Hoops: University of Maryland vs. Marshall (Sunday)


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The Weekend Round-Up: November 7-8

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It’s an interesting mix of events this weekend! Explore and enjoy everything from spaceflight to sideshow performers — with art programs, live entertainment, skate sessions, farm fun, and outdoor adventures in between. Want more options? The Everyday Play page is loaded with ideas for family activities around the area. Happy Weekend!

Spaceflight America Museum Open house
Where: Spaceflight America Museum
When: Saturday, 1-9pm
Admission: Free

Here’s a chance to check out a museum showcasing science and technology. See displays telling spaceflight stories from the beginning of America’s manned spaceflight to current operations. Be among the first to explore the all new International Space Station exhibit, a 2,700 cubic foot, walk-through replica of astronauts’ quarters on the ISS. View historical items like Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s military flight suit. There will also be hands-on activities and guests speakers at this special event.

Kids Euro Festival
Where: Around the DC-Metro
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

This weekend is the last to enjoy free artistic adventures of the European variety, thanks to the annual Kids Euro Festival. Musicians, storytellers, dancers, and puppeteers are just a few of the many, many exciting acts that are performing at a variety of venues through November 8. See what’s on the schedule over the next few days.

Skaters Gonna Skate
Where: Local ice skating rinks
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

Are you ready to glide under the sky? Many outdoor ice skating rinks are welcoming guests to skate the day away. This post has details on all of them (and indoor venues, too), though I recommend calling ahead to make sure the spate of warm weather hasn’t affected their open skate schedules.

Children’s Flea Market
Where: McLean Community Center
When: Saturday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Scope out bargain prices on children’s toys, clothes, games, and other items all sold by those who know them best…the kids! Whether you plan to get your holiday shopping done early or fill the toy chest with new goods, help support local youths’ entrepreneurial ventures.

Celebrate Diwali
Where: Freer | Sackler Gallery
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Join the museum showcasing Asian art for a special Open Studio Saturday to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of light. Visitors of all ages are invited to discover the Sackler’s collection of South Asian and Himalayan art through family-friendly tours and hands-on activities.

Side Yards
Where: The Yards Park
When: Saturday, 6-10pm
Admission: Free

The second annual sideshow extravaganza will be an evening of quirky amusement and wonder as the east coast’s top sideshow performers commune at Yards Park. Three stages of entertainment will showcase the unusual talents of contortionists, magicians, jugglers, escape artists, snake handlers, fire breathers, sword swallowers, and more exciting acts. Live music, delicious eats from neighborhood hot-spots, a photo booth, and a beer garden will round out the evening of carnival delights.

Disc Golf
Where: Calvert Road Park
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Hit the links, the chain links, that is! Disc golf is a great way to enjoy a nice fall day outdoors with the family. Not only is it fun and challenging, the courses, many of them set up in scenic places, are lovely this time of year. This post has info about one in College Park, and there are also great courses at Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg and Burke Lake Park in Burke.

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

* Single Carrot is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance
* Catch a classic story on strings as The Puppet Co. present Aladdin (and his wonderful lamp)
* And Bunny Business is the featured Tiny Tots shows at the Glen Echo venue
* Take the kids to rock out at Signature Theatre’s Girlstar (best for ages 10 and up…look for discount tickets)
* The Reston Community Players present Shrek the Musical at CenterStage through Saturday
* Rock out in Ralph’s World at Jammin’ Java on Saturday morning
* See Elksa at the Alden Theatre in McLean on Sunday
* Mount Vernon Community Theatre presents Mary Poppins
* Darius & Twig is on stage at the Kennedy Center (look for discount tickets)
*Listen to master storyteller Diane Macklin’s Succotash Stories as part of InterAct Story Theatre’s new series at Wheaton Library
*Enjoy Vishwa Rangana, a Sri Lankan dance performance presented by CityDance at Strathmore

“New to You” Yard Sale
Where: Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten
When: Saturday, 7:30am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Want to score some great items that are “New to You?” Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten (LANK) in Reston is holding their annual community yard sale featuring tons of baby and children’s gear donated by nearly 100 local families. They sell infant and children’s clothing up to size 10, strollers, highchairs, bikes, toys, exercisers, books, DVDs, children’s furniture, bottles and much more! Get there early for the full selection, and get 50% off some of what’s left from 12-1pm. Any unsold merchandise will be donated to charity at the conclusion of the sale. Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten is located at 12021 N. Shore Drive & Wiehle in Reston.

Bilingual Book Fair
Where: Oyster Adams Bilingual School
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Bring your young readers for a unique festival of bilingual literacy. Browse and shop more than 500 Spanish and bilingual children’s book titles, plus hundreds of the newest children’s titles in English will be available for purchase in the school cafeteria. Proceeds benefit the school’s primary and secondary library programs. The Oyster Campus is located at 2801 Calvert Street NW.

Movies at the Art Museum
Where: National Gallery
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10:30am
Admission: Free

Young film buffs can enjoy two Dutch films at the National Gallery this weekend. Presented as part of the Kids Euro Festival, there will be a screening of The Amazing Wipala on Saturday and Finn on Sunday. Both are recommended for ages 10 and up, and descriptions are available on the website.

Farm Fun
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Just because you don’t need to pick out a potential Jack o’ lantern, that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun on the farm. Many locales have way more to enjoy than just pumpkin patches. Whiz down slides, bounce on giant jumping pillows, visit farm animals, and loads more. This list of fall fests has details to get started — Ticonderoga, Cox, Clark’s Elioak, and Great Country Farms are all good bets.

Portrait Stories & Discoveries
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 1-4pm & Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the Portrait Gallery to listen to a story about Pocahontas and complete a hands-on activity. When you’re done there, pick up a Portrait Discovery Kit to explore the museum. For more about the program, see this post about one of our experiences there.

Salute to America
Where: DAR Constitution Hall
When: Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free but tickets are required

As a prelude to Veteran’s Day, the national non-profit organization Help Hospitalized Veterans presents Salute To America — Washington, the fifth and final stop in the 2015 HHV Salute To America Concert Series honoring America’s veterans and their families. The family-friendly concert starts with preconcert activities beginning at 2pm with the live entertainment following.

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 autumn hues and historic sites. Harpers Ferry is an easy day trip or weekend destination from DC, and fall is a great time to go. For more about a visit there, see this recent post.


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The Weekend Round-Up: October 30 – November 1

Fall colors and Halloween scenes make  this my favorite time of year in the neighborhood

Fall colors and Halloween scenes make this my favorite time of year in the neighborhood



With tons of fun activities and events happening throughout the weekend — Halloween and otherwise — the whole gang is in for a treat. No trick. Happy Weekend!

AuduBoo!
Where: Woodend Nature Sanctuary
When: Friday, 6-9pm
Admission: $5/child, $10/members, $15/non-member

Join the Audubon Naturalist Society for a family-friendly, nature-themed Halloween! Walk the woods at Woodend Nature Sanctuary and enjoy animal encounters and treat stations along well-lit trails. Afterwards, head inside the mansion for refreshments and visit craft stations where you can make animal masks or paint pumpkins. Costumes not required, but encouraged!

Kids Euro Festival
Where: Around the DC-Metro
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Consider this your passport to two weeks of artistic adventures, as the Kids Euro Festival brings continental entertainment right to DC. This is the first weekend of the event that will present more than 125 free performances all around the metro area. Musicians, storytellers, dancers, and puppeteers are just a few of the exciting acts that will perform at a variety of venues through November 8. See what’s on the schedule over the next few days.

Haunted Hangar
Where: College Park Aviation Museum
When: October 30, 7-9pm
Admission: $5

Wear your costume and enjoy fun fall themed activities. Explore the museum’s gallery and all of its hidden haunts. Arts, crafts, hayrides, and spooky fun await kids and families.

Hilloween
Where: 7th Street SE in front of Eastern Market
When: October 30, 5:30-7:30pm
Admission: Free

Capitol Hill’s annual event is a legendary neighborhood event for little ones. The block of 7th Street SE next to Eastern Market will be closed to traffic for one of the best community Halloween celebrations in the city. Hayrides, moon bounces, goody giveaways, and even a mini carousel add to the excitement. The best part is seeing the masses of jubilant kids in all kinds of costumes indulging in the extravaganza.

Dia de los Muertos
Where: National Museum of the American Indian
When: October 31 – November 1
Admission: Free

Join the American Indian museum for its annual Día de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”), a celebration originating in Latin America, particularly in Mexico and Central America, to commemorate the lives of the dearly departed and welcome the return of their spirits. Learn and take part in this centuries-old tradition, which includes pre-Hispanic and Spanish customs alike.

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

* Sleepy Hollow is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance
* This weekend is the last chance to soar at Imagination Stage’s When She Had Wings
* Catch a classic story on strings as The Puppet Co. present Aladdin (and his wonderful lamp)
* And Kooky Kritters and Old MacDonald’s Farm are the featured Girlstar (best for ages 10 and up…look for discount tickets)
* The Reston Community Players present Shrek the Musical at CenterStage
* Mount Vernon Community Theatre presents Mary Poppins starting this weekend
* Enjoy a Family Block Party at Jammin’ Java on Saturday morning
* See Playing by Air at the Alden Theatre in McLean
* Darius & Twig opens at the Kennedy Center

Glen Echo Fall Frolic
Where: Glen Echo Park
When: October 31, 1-4pm
Admission: Free, but small cost for some activities

It’s a safe and fun Halloween event with something for everyone! Daytime activities for families will include pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating, and a costume parade around the Park.

Spy Fright
Where: International Spy Museum Store
When: October 31, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Go deep undercover this Halloween at the Spy Museum where spooks of every kind will be on the prowl. Spend the scariest night of the year at the place where disguises aren’t just for Halloween! Everyone is invited to arrive in disguise in the Spy Museum Store, where acclaimed professional make-up and disguise artist, Roger Riggle, will be on hand to teach the tools-of-the-trade necessary to transform guests in preparation for a night of tricks and treats. Demonstrations are free-of-charge and include quick disguise applications meant to help guests create their own undercover masterpieces.

Pumpkin Patch Party
Where: Gymboree of DC
When: October 31
Admission: $15/non-members, $10 members ($5/additional child)

Dress up and join the Halloween fun at one of two Gymboree parties! Pumpkin activities, seasonal craft projects, music, snacks, dancing, and parades will be part of the festivities. Newborns – 5-year-olds are invited 11:45am – 1:45pm, and newborns – 2-year-olds can party 4-5:30pm. Reservations required: Call 202.627.2450 or email wdc@gymboreeclasses.com. Gymboree DC is located at 2639 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 113.

Even More Wicked Fun
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

You gotta love it when Halloween falls on a weekend (Halloweekend – so many events and activities that celebrate the spooky spirit. This post has details on where the tricks and treats are happening.

Halloween Yoga
Where: lil omm
When: October 31 – November 1
Admission: Varies by class

Are you in for an ohh-so-omm weekend?? Go to any family yoga classes over the weekend dressed in your Halloween best (yes, costumes!) for some festive yoga family fun.

Fall Fun on the Farm
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Celebrate the season at one of many area festivals on the farm. From pumpkin patches and apple picking to corn mazes and hayrides to giant slides and jumping pillows, there are activities galore to help folks relish in the fun autumn brings. This post has details on many fall festivals happening around the region.

Go, United!
Where: RFK Stadium
When: Sunday, 3pm
Admission: Tickets start at $25

DC United has qualified for the postseason for the 12th time in team history! Root for the home soccer team as they kick off the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the New York Red Bulls. The battle for the MLS Cup should bring some pretty exciting soccer action!

The Ins & Outs of DC
Where: Around the area
Whne: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

If you’re just looking for things to do out of the house (and away from the candy), inside or outdoors, depending on the weather or simply your preference, these posts are chock full of evergreen pursuits:
The Great Indoors
The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids



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