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Enter to Win Tickets to See The Not-Its at Children’s Theater-in-the-Woods!


Want to shake, rock, and roll with The Not-Its at Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods? I have FIVE pairs of tickets to giveaway for the July 26 show at Wolf Trap’s summer entertainment series for kids. The “kindie rock” quintet from Seattle will have the whole family on their feet screaming for more from the moment they hit the dance floor! Sing along to high-energy songs about family, individuality, and the joys of being a kid.

The show starts at 10:30am at the lovely amphitheater tucked away in the Wolf Trap woods. Tickets are $8. Of course, you can try to win yours by entering the giveaway below.

GIVEAWAY: For a chance to win one of the pairs of tickets to see the Not-Its on Tuesday, July 26, at Wolf Trap, simply leave a comment below telling me your child’s current favorite song. To be eligible, you should subscribe to the KFDC blog (see sign-up to the left) and follow KidFriendly DC on Facebook. This giveaway will run until 5pm on Sunday, July 24, then the winners will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: February 29 – March 4

The National Arboretum is always a good bet on a nice day

The National Arboretum is always a good bet on a nice day

Monday – Locate secret doors, see outrageously fabulous themed rooms, and browse a trove of secondhand treasures on a tour of The Mansion on O Street. The Dupont Circle landmark is a mansion, museum, restaurant, vintage store, and hotel all in one. And visitors are welcome to explore it all. Tours offered 11am – 3:3opm. Self-guided tours start at $15. Purchase tickets in advance online.

Tuesday – Seize what’s forecast to be a beautiful day at the National Arboretum. Go for nature walks through the woods, visit the Washington Youth Garden, romp in open green spaces and at the old Capitol columns, picnic in the Grove of State Trees… so many ways to enjoy one of the loveliest places in the city. Hours are 8am – 5pm, and admission is free.

Wednesday – Let little ones bounce, climb, swing, tumble, and slide at the PG Sports & Learning Complex Gymnastics Center. The hour-long open play session begins at 11:30am, and admission is $6/child. (This also takes place on Tuesday at the same time.)

Thursday – Venture up to Baltimore to see some of the most wonderful, whimsical art around at the American Visionary Art Museum. The colorful, quirky works — some of them interactive — can be appreciated by art buffs of all ages. Hours are 10am – 6pm Tuesday – Sunday. Admission is $15.95/adults, $13.95/seniors, $9.95/students & ages 7 and up, free for 6 and under.

Friday – Catch a performance of Callaloo: A Jazz Folktale at the Discovery Theater. As this post goes live, tickets are still available for the 10:15am show. Admission is $3-6. If the show sells out, take the opportunity to explore the Smithsonian Ripley Center, where the theater is located, and the Smithsonian Castle next door.

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Where to Play on the Weekdays: February 22-26

Get a close look at the world's animals at Nat Geo

Get a close look at the world’s animals at Nat Geo

Monday – Relish in the sunny day on the trail at Riverbend Park. Make that your starting point for a 2-mile hike to Great Falls, where you can take in magnificent vistas, explore the Nature Center, and have a picnic. Or just wander around Riverbend and enjoy the Visitor Center and views there. Park hours are 7am to dusk, Visitor Center 9am – 5pm. Admission is free.

Tuesday – Zoom in on the world’s animal species at the National Geographic Museum, where two fantastic exhibitions, Photo Ark and CROCS, will engage visitors of all ages. Hours are 10am – 6pm. Admission is $15/adult, $10/ages 5-12, free for 4 and under — look for discount tickets here.

Wednesday – Check out your local library. Drop in for story time, sing-a-longs, arts & crafts, and other activities, or just go to browse for books. See this post from the very early KFDC days for a little background and quick links to libraries around the area. Hours vary by location, admission is free.

Thursday – Take a little time trip through Baltimore’s early business days at the Museum of Industry. The Inner Harbor attraction highlights the trades and people that helped build the port city through exhibits that showcase relics from the past and recreate various industry environments. Hours are 10am – 4pm (Tuesday – Sunday). Admission is $12/adult, $7/ages 7-12, free for 6 and under.

Friday – Put some colorful music in your morning at a Rainbow Rock show. The kindie band is playing at Jammin’ Java at 10:30am (doors open at 10am). Admission is $5, but you can find a discount on Certifikid). Plan on lunch there, too — the full menu will be available.

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Where to Play on the Weekdays: January 6-10

Happy Birthday to my sweet Sashi, the funniest little girl and one my favorite people in the world.

Happy Birthday to my sweet Sashi, one my favorite people in the world and the funniest little girl I know.

Monday – Head out to Dulles for Air & Space exploration beyond the District. The Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center showcases flight artifacts they can’t fit into the museum on the Mall. See all kinds of air and space crafts, pretend to pilot in a flight simulator, get hands-on in a discovery station, and much more. Hours are 10am – 5:30pm. Admission is free, but parking is $15.

Tuesday – Combine story and play time at the National Building Museum’s Building Zone. The Book of the Month program is back with a reading of “Katie and the Big Snow” at 10:30am followed by a related art activity. Admission is $3 (free for members), and entry is timed, with guests admitted every hour. After, visit the PLAY WORK BUILD exhibit for even more fun at the NBM ($8/adult, $5/child admission, free for members).

Wednesday – Shake those sillies out with the Boogie Babes as they present Mr. Skip at Union Market. Showtime is 10:30am. Admission is $5/child, free for siblings 6 months and under. Plan to go early for coffee and/or stay after for lunch. (Note: There will also be shows on Thursday at Eastern Market and Friday at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, also at 10:30am.)

Thursday – Explore the world, from the home to across the globe, at the National Children’s Museum. Interactive exhibits and hands-on activities encourage play and learning. Hours are 10am – 4pm. Admission is $10.

Friday – Join National Symphony Orchestra violinists at Ebenezer’s Coffeehouse for a musical experience that tells the tale of three little violins and how their mother teaches them to “sing” through sweet lullabies like “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” all the way to breathtaking Bach. Starts at 10am, and immediately following the performance, little ones can can enjoy a Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo.” This program is part of NSO in your Neighborhood, which will be bringing a variety of NSO performances to venues around Capitol Hill January 6-13. Ebenezer’s is located at 201 F Street NE.

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The Weekend Round-Up: September 14-15

The Monument at sunset; sometimes I think it looks better with scaffolding

The Monument at sunset; sometimes I think it looks better with scaffolding


Tug o’ War with an airplane, check. A day trip back to colonial times, check. Kids disco, check. Special museum programs, check. Cider celebration, check. Traversing the trees, check. There’s definitely no lack of fun and unique activities going on this weekend. The conundrum will come with deciding which to do. Happy Weekend!

Festival Fever
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Various by festival

Fall may not have officially begun, but seasonal festivals are ON at several area farms, along 17th Street in the city, even a 16th century village in Maryland (huzzah, Ren Fest!), and they’re welcoming visitors for all kinds of fun. Get details on all of them in this post about autumn celebrations.

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

The Air & Space Museum on the Mall is celebrating the women who have contributed to technological advances in aviation and space. Meet women who are today’s role models and learn about the historical women who have inspired them through storytelling, arts & crafts, and more. Join astronaut Kay Hire (STS-90 and STS-130) as she shares her experiences as an astronaut and a naval officer, enjoy a story abot Amelia Earhart, design a mission patch, dress up like astronauts and pilots, and much more.

Baby Loves Disco
Where: U Street Music Hall
When: Sunday, 11am
Admission: $15/all walking humans

Join the family dance party on U Street on Sunday as Baby Loves Disco returns to DC for the first time in three years. The fun will feature BLD’s signature DJ and MC, along with all kinds of kids’ activities; face painting, tattoos, crafts, games, dance contests, kid-friendly spa services, and goody bags are all part of the admission fee, as are snacks for everyone. The MC will pump up the crowd, and the DJ will spin G-rated dance tunes, while kids, parents, and grandparents groove along and enjoy the party. These super-active events are aimed at families with kids ages 6 months to 7 years old.

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

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

Colonial Market & Fair
Where: Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $15/adults, $7/kids 6-11, children 5 and under are free

Take a day trip back to 18th-century America at Mount Vernon’s Colonial Market & Fair. Watch artisans and craftspeople from all over the country demonstrate early techniques of their crafts, many of which will be for sale. Enjoy live entertainment including music performances, puppet shows, a sword swallower, a fire eater, and a miracle medicine man. And this weekend only, Potomac River sightseeing cruises, courtesy of Spirit Cruises and Potomac Riverboat Company, are free-of-charge. Admission to the Fair is included in the entrance fee to the estate. Food will be available at extra cost. For more information and the full performance schedule, visit the Mount Vernon website.

Cider Fest
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $12/adult, $10/child

Great Country Farms is celebrating apple season with a focus on one of the fruit’s yummiest products – cider. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be cider pressing demos with the farm’s antique cider press as well as tastings. Apples are available for U-Pick, plues the weekend will include live music, arts, crafts, and clown entertainment. Visit the website for activity times. There is also loads of other fun for kids, like the pumpkin jumpin’ pillow, 60-foot slide, pedal tractors, and five mazes, including the brand new Tractor Corn Maize.

A Baby Affair
Where: National Children’s Museum
When: Sunday, 11am – 2:30pm
Admission: $10 or $30/4 people with promo code BUMP

DC’s best resources for new moms and moms-to-be have been brought together through a carefully curated collection, in an intimate setting, with the modern, discerning and savvy mom in mind. A collection uniting national luxury brands with local gems – top celebrity experts with trend-setting vendors for a day full of solutions, surprises and a celebration of Mommyhood … There will be a host of exhibitors, many of whom have donated fun gift bag items and raffle prizes. There will be a runway show for the chic moms, a mommy spa, demos, and an expert panel. But wait! This event is not just catered to mommies.There will be plenty for daddy’s to enjoy, too, including local craft beer and scotch tasting, cigar favors, NFL on hi-def big screens, and more.

Show Time
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by Venue

The live entertainment options may be slim, but what’s on stages is sure to please. Potted Potter, a hilarious show condensing all seven Harry Potter books, is on for one more weekend at Sidney Harmon Hall. See a show for really little ones at The Puppet Co’s Tiny Tots series. Justin Roberts is playing his “Recess” album Release show at Jammin’ Java on Saturday morning. And the Workhouse Arts Center presents Winner the Pooh! all weekend. Get details and ticket info for all of these shows in this post about fall entertainment.

Celebrating Ceramica
Where: National Museum of the American Indian
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

Join the Smithsonian’s kickoff celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month at the Central American Family Day Festival. Inspired by the exhibition Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed, guests can learn about Central America through a variety of activities throughout the museum – watch food demos; get an inside look at the animals, flutes, and pottery in the exhibit; create a clay medallion or clay pot based on designs found in the collection. Central American dance performances, art, and music will round out the cultural adventure. *In my experience, the NMAI always hosts a great festival, with compelling performances and great activities for kids, and this one sounds like it’ll maintain that rep.

Apples of My Eye
Where: Area farms and orchards
When: All weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Enjoy one of fall’s most anticipated traditions: apple picking! There are plenty of area orchards and farms that offer pick-your-own opportunities, and the selection is good at many of them now. See this post to find out where you can reap the fruits. (Note: It’s from last year, but all listed locales have apple picking going on now, though I always recommend calling day-of for an update on the harvest.)

Super Science Saturday
Where: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15

It’s a Super Science Saturday at the Dulles arm of the Air & Space Museum. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, visitors of all ages will become immersed in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration. This month’s program will focus on Living and Working in Space.

Adventure in the Trees
Where: Adventure Park at Sandy Spring
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by age

Hang out in the trees at the Adventure Park at Sandy Spring. Kids as young as 5-years-old can experience fun and adventure on the ropes courses and ziplines in the park’s aerial forest, the largest in North America. For $49, children ages 5-6 and an accompanying adult have access to two of the easier courses. Older kids can do even more. Hours are 9am – dusk, and admission is $39/ages 7-9, $44/ages 10-11, $49/ages 12 and older. It may seem like a pricey venture, but it’s worth it. Trust me.

Portrait Story Days
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Drop in to listen to a story about a person who has influenced American history and culture and to create a special piece of art. This weekend, learn about civil rights activist César Chávez. And for more about the program, the Portrait Gallery, and American Art Museum, see this post about our experience there.

Out & About
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by locale

The list of best places to enjoy the outdoors with the kids keeps growing. And this weekend will be a perfect time to check it out for ideas on where to have fun al fresco.

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