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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


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: October 24-25


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Get your Halloween fun started early, support a local school at one of several fundraisers, enjoy some live entertainment (even on front porches!), celebrate the season, join a museum program, cheer on runners, have one last huzzah… these are just some of the ways you and the kids can conquer the weekend. And something to keep in mind as you do: The Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday means there will be some major road closures, but it shouldn’t hamper your good time. Happy Weekend!

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.

Air and Scare
Where: Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air & Space Museum
When: Saturday, 2-7pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15

Discover the spooky side of air and space at the Udvar-Hazy Center’s 10th Annual Air & Scare! Arrive in costume for safe indoor trick-or-treating. Participate in creepy crafts, spooky science experiments, and other Halloween-themed activities. Bring the tiniest visitors by the Tot Zone to play dress-up and hear a story. Be sure to pose for a photo with your favorite Star Wars and Ghostbuster characters!

Fall Harvest Family Days
Where: Mount Vernon
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $18/adults, $8/ages 6-11, free for 5 and under

Mount Vernon welcomes the autumn season with Fall Harvest Family Days that include wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, 18th-century dancing demonstrations, a straw bale maze, apple-roasting, blacksmithing and corn husk doll demos, and early-American games and music. Guests can also get a view of the estate from the water – Potomac River sightseeing cruises are half-price during this weekend event.

Food History Festival
Where: National Museum of American History
When: Saturday, 10am – 5:30pm
Admission: Free

When it comes to food innovations, is everything old really new again? This Smithsonian festival presents a full day of free activities for visitors of all ages that will spark conversations about the past, present, and future of food innovations in America.

Where: Adams Morgan
When: Saturday, 3-7pm
Admission: Free

Get the best seats in the house (or on the sidewalk) as the front porches of homes and a few local businesses are transformed into intimate performance spaces to be enjoyed by anyone who happens to stroll by. Part of Cultural Tourism DC’s Art4All festival, the Adams Morgan PorchFest will create a family-friendly, neighborhood-based alternative to the nightclub music scene. Enjoy music styles from Brazilian, Irish and jazz, to indie rock, children’s tunes, and even Egyptian Nubian folkloric.

Truck Touch
Where: Suburban Nursery School
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: $5 (under 2 are free)

Get up close and personal with fire trucks, police cars, delivery trucks, construction rigs, buses, dump trucks, and many more! And there’s more than just trucks — bounce Houses, a toy car race track, games, photo booth, pumpkin decorating, food trucks, bake sale, will also be part of the festivities.

River Park Yard & Bake Sale
Where: Eastern Market
When: Saturday, 8am-1pm
Admission: Free

Head to the Rumsey Aquatic Center Plaza (635 North Carolina Ave SE) at Eastern Market to find great bargains, from baby gear to housewares and furniture, and yummy goodies at River Park Nursery School’s annual yard sale and bake sale. All proceeds support River Park, an independent non-profit with a 50-year tradition on Capitol Hill.

Pumpkins in the Park
Where: Canal Park
When: Saturday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate fall with some fresh air, creativity, and free entertainment! The Capitol Riverfront BID welcomes families to come out for pumpkin decorating, face painting, a giant pumpkin moonbounce, music from Rainbow Rock, and more! This event is open to all — kids and kids-at-heart. Pumpkins will be available on a rolling basis throughout the event, so go early to get yours!

A Last Huzzah!
Where: Revel Grove in Crownsville, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 7pm
Admission: $22/ages 16 and up, $10/ages 7-15, free for 6 and under

It’s the final weekend of the Maryland Renaissance Festival, the annual faire that recalls medieval times with an English Tudor village full of fun and entertainment for the whole family. I highly, highly recommend going if you haven’t been yet. Huzzah!

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

* Rainbow Puppets’ Really Big Dinosaur Show is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance
* Head to the U.S. Botanic Garden for The Cerulean Time Capsule, an interactive theatrical adventure (and tour the plant collections while you’re there)
* See (and smell?) Flowers Stink, a collaboration between the U.S. Botanic Garden and the Kennedy Center
* When She Had Wings is soaring at Imagination Stage
* Catch a classic story on strings as The Puppet Co. present Aladdin (and his wonderful lamp)
* And Panda-Monium is the featured Tiny Tots show 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
* Spend Saturday morning with The Great Zucchini at Jammin’ Java
* Do Halloween at the Kennedy Center where the NSO Family Concert Sleepy Hollow-een will entertain the whole fam (look for discount tickets)

Marathon Fun for Spectators
Where: Miles 22 & 23 in Crystal City
When: Sunday, 9am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Cheer on the Marine Corps Marathon runners at toward the end of their race while the kids enjoy some family activities at the Crystal City Family Festival. Along miles 22 and 23, there will be a variety of activities for young spectators, including face painting, moon bounces, balloon animals, circus activities, and more!

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

Young film buffs can enjoy screenings of 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.

Family Workshop: Sculpting to the Beat
Where: Freer | Sackler Gallery
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Join the Asian art museum for the opening weekend of Sōtatsu: Making Waves! Visitors of all ages are invited to discover the exhibition on a family-friendly tour (held at 12pm and 2pm) or by making their own Sōtatsu-inspired fans in the galleries. Return to the ImaginAsia classroom to experiment with a variety of art materials, solve creative challenges, and collaborate with friends and family.

Pumpkin Palooza
Where: The Wharf
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Let children express their imaginations as they craft their very own “Pumpkin” with the assistance of a talented team of on-site Wharf artists. When they’re done, relax by the water and enjoy some terrific music from the Wil Gravatt Band. Great food, beverages and refreshments are just steps away at Cantina Marina, the District’s original dock bar. Grillmaster Bufus will also be on site at the King Ribs shack offering tasty-to-the-bone grilled foods. It’s a day the whole fam can enjoy together!

Kinderdance for Free
Where: Columbia Heights Recreation Center
When: Saturday, 1-2pm
Admission: Free

Dance into fall with Kinderdance of Washington, DC! The program offers lessons in ballet, tap, acrobatics, and more. And children ages 3-5 can sample a class this Saturday – on them. To reserve a spot, contact Kinderdance at 240.270.2490 or info@kdwashingtondc.org.

Cathedral Commons Fall Festival
Where: Northwest DC
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

The new mixed-use development on Wisconsin Avenue is hosting its first annual Cathedral Heights Fall Festival & Craft Beer Showcase on Saturday. The event will highlight the abundance of onsite retailers in the area, and will feature live entertainment including a class with specialty fitness center PureBarre, dance demos with The Washington Ballet, musical performances from local community. Free activities for kids include a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, inflatable slide, and fall crafts.

Fall Festival
Where: Potomac Crescent Waldorf School
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: $15/child ($45 max/family)

Join Potomac Crescent Waldorf School in celebration of their annual Fall Festival. The rain or shine event has fun for the whole family. Enjoy traditional games, crafts & activities, local artisan sales, great food, marionette plays, puppet plays, a bake sale and live music. Marionette and puppet play tickets are extra. The school is located at 3846 King Street in Alexandria.

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.

Haunted Harvest
Where: Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan
When: October 24, 6-9 p.m.
Admission: $20 per family ($1-$5 for food)

The annual Haunted Harvest festival has something for every age. Activities include haunted house, ghoulish games, zombie dance party, mad science experiments for older kids and crafts and scary storytelling for younger kids. There are also chili and hot dog dinners for sale, plus a chili cook-off contest. Admission fees benefit the school. The first 150 kids to arrive will get to paint a real pumpkin and take it home with them. Costumes are encouraged for all ages!

Haunted Garage and Fall Festival
Where: Oyster Adams School
When: Saturday & Sunday, 4-8pm
Admission: Free

Get ready for a family evening of friendly fright and ghoulish crafts! Oyster-Adams Bilingual School is hosting its 1st Annual Haunted Garage and Fall Festival. Hold on to friends and loved ones as you walk through our Haunted Garage. Enjoy pumpkin decorating, candy skull decorating, food and costume contests, games, and more. Oyster is located at 2801 Calvert Street NW.

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

Halloween in the Annmarie Sculpture Garden and at National Harbor, Boo at the Zoo, an Anna Banana art party, special train and carousel rides, and more ways to celebrate Halloween a little bit early are going on around the area this weekend. Find the huge list of ‘em here.

Friends Community School Fall Fair
Where: Sunday, 12-4pm
When: Friends Community School
Admission: Free

Friends Community School welcomes the public to enjoy a day of fun activities at their annual Fall Fair. The event will include student-run old-fashioned games, a moon bounce, a toy and book sale, entertainment, and plenty of good food prepared by local restaurants and school families. The fair will take place rain or shine. The school is located at 5901 Westchester Park Drive in College Park, MD.

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

It’s your last chance to walk amid the garden of butterflies at Brookside Garden’s amazing Wings of Fancy exhibit. The 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 and see if there are any other special kids’ programs to enjoy.

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 very recent post.


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European Adventures in DC, Courtesy of the 8th Annual Kids Euro Festival


How about some cultural adventures for the kids of the European variety? Thanks to the 8th Annual Kids Euro Festival they will be aplenty — and you don’t need passports or money to experience them.

From October 24 through November 8, the Festival will present more than 125 FREE family-friendly, Euro-themed events all around the DC-metro area. Dancers, storytellers, musicians, films, and puppeteers are just a few of the exciting acts on the schedule. DC embassies, The Kennedy Center, National Gallery of Art, Sidney Harman Hall, public libraries, Hill Center, and Strathmore Mansion are among the many performance venues.

The festival, designed for kids ages 2-12, is the largest of its kind in the country. All 28 nations in the European Union are represented in the shows that highlight national cultural traditions and art.

Some events require reservations, so be sure to visit the Kids Euro Festival website for details, including the complete schedule of performances, age recommendations, and registration info. You can also like the Facebook page and follow them on Twitter for updates on events.

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