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Where to Play on the Weekdays: June 12-16

Stay cool in the sprays at Turkey Thicket playground

Stay cool in the sprays at Turkey Thicket playground



Monday – Cool off on the hot day at a spray park. There are a bunch of playgrounds within the DC Department of Parks and Rec that have areas where kids can splash around. See locations here, and find a list of other interactive fountains and splash pads around the area in the Guide to Summer in DC.

Tuesday – Venture up to Baltimore for a day of play and learning at Port Discovery. Several levels full of awesome hands-on exhibits, including the current KLUTZ: Amazingly Immature! Exhibit, keep kids entertained all day long. Hours are 10am – 5pm. Admission is $14.95 for ages 2 and up, free for under 2. And if you think you might go a few times this year, I recommend checking out their membership options.

Wednesday – Jump with joy at Flight Trampoline Park in Springfield, VA. This bouncy nirvana hosts Kid Flight sessions, when the whole park is open only to children under the age of 6, from 10am – 2pm Monday through Friday. Special pricing starts $10/hour, and an accompanying adult jumps free! I recommend buying tickets and submitting waivers online in advance to save time when you get there.

Thursday – Roam the enchanting gardens at Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown while you still can — starting July 10, they will close for renovations until March 15, 2018. The grounds don’t open to the public until 2pm, but you can play at nearby Montrose Park or grab a bite to eat on M Street beforehand. I promise, it’s worth waiting for the afternoon visit. Admission is $10/adult, $5/ages 12 and under. No entry fee for Montrose Park.

Friday – Play with light and technology at XYZT: Abstract Landscapes, the debut exhibit at the brand new ARTECHOUSE. All ages will be dazzled by 10 digital installations that are meant to be manipulated (and awed!) by guests. Hours are 10am – 4pm, and timed tickets are required. Admission is $15/adult, $10/child.


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The Weekend Round-Up: June 9-11

Catch a Nats game with the kids this weekend!

Catch a Nats game with the kids this weekend!



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: June 5-9

Spray fun at Canal Park, where a new kids' series kicks off this week!

Spray fun at Canal Park, where a new kids’ series kicks off this week!



Monday – Go bowling! It’s a great indoor activity for a day with rain in the forecast. Take advantage of Kids Club Bowling at Pinstripes in Georgetown. From 10am – 12pm Monday – Thursday, kids can bowl for $3/hour ($3/shoe rental) and parents are free (limit 4 kids per adult). Eat while you bowl or stay after for lunch — they have a good kids menu and a pretty extensive main menu, too.

Tuesday – Head to the National Building Museum for all kinds of kid fun. The monthly Little Builders Storytime takes place at 10:30am & 11:30am in the Building Zone, where children can also enjoy areas that encourage pretend play with dress up and props inspired by some of the displays. And the PLAY WORK BUILD exhibit upstairs is always fun for kids. Museum hours are 10am – 5pm. Exhibit admission is $10/adult, $7/child, free for members. I highly recommend checking out membership options if you frequent the museum a few times per year.

Wednesday – Bring kiddos to the kick off of Kids in Canal, a new 12-week series of kid friendly entertainment at the city park in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. Every Wednesday from 10:30-11:30am, enjoy a live show for littles — kids music, science demos, magic shows, and puppetry are all part of the summer lineup. Of course, top it all off with water play in the fountains and sprays. Admission is free, and the program takes place in the middle block of the park. For more about Canal Park, see this KFDC post.

Thursday – Experience the wonderful Wings of Fancy exhibit at Brookside Gardens. The seasonal display featuring live butterflies and caterpillars from all over the world always delights all ages! While you’re there, stroll the beautiful grounds, play in the Children’s Garden, see turtles in the pond, and more. Admission to the park is free, but entry to the butterfly exhibit is $6/adults and $4/ages 3-12 (check CertifiKID for a deal before you go). Hours are 10am – 4pm for Wings of Fancy, 9am – 5pm at the Visitor Center, and sunrise to sunset for the grounds. For more about the annual exhibit and the rest of Brookside Garden’s offerings, see this KFDC post.

In the evening, join Capitol Hill Cooperative Nursery School for Family Movie Night at Miracle Theater on Barracks Row. Enjoy a screening of Muppets Take Manhattan along with a pizza dinner, plus a number of kid friendly activities. Doors open at 5:30, and the movie starts at 6:15. Single tickets are $15 each, family tickets are $48. 

Friday – Take a little time trip back to the 18th century at Claude Moore Colonial Farm. The living history museum welcomes visitors to explore the grounds, where there is a tobacco barn, farm house, garden, orchard, and animals. Guests can also interact with a family portraying life as it was in the 1700’s. Hours are 10am – 5pm Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is $5/adults, $3/children ages 3 and up, free for 2 and under. Read more about the farm in this post about our first experience there.


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