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The Weekend Round-Up: October 16-18

The slide at Revel Grove is a Ren Fest must-do

The slide at Revel Grove is a Ren Fest must-do



Cool, crisp air and autumnal hues will help make for a quintessential fall weekend. Even better, there are myriad ways to enjoy it all. Happy Weekend!

Fall Carnival Fun & Harvest Days
Where: Frying Pan State Park
When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free, activities cost extra

Fall is a busy — and fun — time on the farm, and you can be part of it at Frying Pan’s annual festival! Watch the cider press in action, milk a goat, shell corn, peel apples, meet farm animals, and see traditional farm demonstrations. After doing some farm work, it’ll be time to PLAY, and there will be plenty of carnival fun to do just that with rides, games, fair food, and more. On Friday, just the carnival will be open from 6-10pm. All activities will be available on Saturday 12-10pm, and on Sunday 12-7pm.

Soul Stroll
Where: Congressional Cemetery
When: Friday & Saturday, 6-9pm
Admission: $20/adult, $10/child

Get into the Halloween spirit on Capitol Hill as you explore Congressional Cemetery and the stories of those laid to rest there on these special guided after-hours tours. Congressman, carpenters, suffragists, and bootleggers are among the graveyard residents, and they all have a unique tale to tell.

18th Century Autumn Market Fair
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission:

Enjoy the splendor of fall at Claude Moore’s annual 18th Century Autumn Market Fair. Play games, listen to music and catch children’s puppet theater. Watch the blacksmith, fencing demos, and the cabinetmaker in action, and try hands-on crafts, such as spinning or making a Corn Husk Doll. Meet the farm family and neighbors, in costume and character. See heritage breed animals including turkeys, chickens and pigs. Browse and shop crafts, jewelry, soaps, candles and more. Food will be available for purchase – nosh on spit roasted chicken, potato soup, sausages, bread and cheeses, roasted olives and seasonal fruit pies. And the Colonial Tavern will serve cask ales and beers, mulled wine, and authentic ginger ale. Fun and educational for all!

White House Fall Garden Tours
Where: White House
When: Saturday, 10am – 4:30pm & Sunday, 10am – 2:30pm
Admission: Free

It’s a rare opportunity to enjoy autumn at the White House! The annual Fall Garden and Grounds Tours are being held this weekend. The Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden, Kitchen Garden, and South Lawn will be on view to guests. The public is invited, but every visitor, small children included, needs a ticket to tour. Starting at 9am on both days, tickets will be distributed at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion at 15th & E Streets NW on a first-come, first-served basis. Tour times are indicated on each ticket, so keep your day open if you hope to go.

Halloween Family Day
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Ghosts and goblins and witches, oh my! Get in the Halloween spirit with spooky craft activities, scavenger hunts, and live music and performances. Whether in new costume or an old favorite, all are welcome to arrive wearing their Halloween best.

VelocityDC Dance Festival
Where: Sidney Harmon Hall
When: Friday & Saturday
Admission: $18

If you like dance, you’ll love this festival featuring performances by some of the city’s best-known ensembles, undiscovered gems, and everyone in between. Returning for its seventh season the VelocityDC Dance Festival will showcase styles ranging from ballet to hip hop, tap to flamenco, demonstrating why it’s a highlight of Washington’s dance season. There are evening shows both days at 8pm, as well as a 2pm show on Saturday.

Where the Merriment Is
Where: Revel’s Grove in Crownesville, Md
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $24/ages 16 and up, $10/ages 7-15, free for 6 and under

There are only a couple of weekends left to enjoy the bounty of merriment at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. The annual faire recalls medieval times with a village full of fun and entertainment for the whole family. This is one of my very favorite events in the DC area, and it could very well become one of yours, too. Huzzah!

Book It to Georgetown
Where: Wisconsin Ave NW, btwn P & Reservoir
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The Book Hill enclave of Georgetown is hosting its first Fall Market on Saturday. Many of the businesses in the area will be showcasing their wares for folks to shop. You can also purchase apples and pumpkins, enjoy live music and food, and find activities for children.

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

* See (and smell?) Flowers Stink, a collaboration between the U.S. Botanic Garden and the Kennedy Center
* When She Had Wings is on the Imagination Stage
* Catch a classic story on strings as The Puppet Co. present The Velveteen Rabbit
* And Teddy Bear’s Picnic is the featured Tiny Tots show at the Glen Echo venue
* 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)
* The Reston Community Players present Shrek the Musical starting this weekend
* Take little ones to the NSO Teddy Bear Concert Fiddlin’ Around — and make sure they’re favorite teddy goes, too!

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 the Town of Vienna to visit the Vienna Depot and see 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 from the town’s real caboose. The Open House is sponsored by the Northern Virginia Model Railroaders. Check out the virtual tour on the website.

Kid’s Corner Fall Fair
Where: Mitchell Park, 23rd & S Streets NW
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free (food and activities are extra)

Enjoy a fun-filled fay featuring lively entertainment, seasonal activities, and yummy food for young children and their families. Kids’ activities include pumpkin decorating, a moon bounce, crafts, wagon-led hayrides, face painting, and live performances by Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers, FUNdamentals of Music and Movement, Gerry Herbert – Musician/Guitarist and the Flamenco Dancers. This all benefits Kids’ Corner Day Care. (Rain Location: Kids’ Corner Facilities around the block at 2200 California Street NW.)

Goodbye, USS Barry
Where: Navy Yard Cold War Gallery
When: Saturday, 10am
Admission: Free

The former battleship that has been moored at the Navy Yard as a public display ship for the last 30 years is being retired from its post. Folks have an opportunity to say goodbye at a a formal departure ceremony on Saturday. Former sailors and Navy employees will be at the farewell, and the public is welcome to attend as well. Taking place at the Navy Yard’s Cold War Gallery, guests can get there through the Washington Navy Yard Riverwalk (the boardwalk that runs along Potomac at Yards Park) with a government-issued identification card.

Best of Brookland
Where: 701 Monroe Street NE
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate one of DC’s most vibrant and historic neighborhoods. Along with food and drinks from local haunts, there will be live and entertainment and fun for kids, including face painting, a mobile phone booth, and balloon art.

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

Get the Halloween party started with activities and events that celebrate the spooky spirit. This post has details on where the tricks and treats are happening.

Dancing in the Streets
Where: Joe’s Movement Emporium
When: Saturday, 2-6pm
Admission: Free

Join Joe’s Movement Emporium as it takes its celebration to the streets of Mount Rainier to commemorate 20 years of supporting the health and wellness of its community, county and region! This Dancing In The Streets Block Party will feature live music, activities for children, local vendors, dance class demos, delicious food, drink and LOTS of dancing! The event will take place in the area outside Joe’s on Bunker Hill Road between 33rd and 34th Streets in Mount Rainier, MD.

Just Between Friends Consignment Sale
Where: Landmark Mall
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: $5 at door (free pass online)

Find anything and everything you need for your kids, from newborns to teens, at Just Between Friend’s fun consignment sale. Get bargains on baby gear, car seats, strollers, infant items, books, DVDs, fall/winter coats, Halloween costumes, teen brands, toys, toys and more toys, plus thousands of children’s clothing items and more — all at savings of up to 50-90% off retail! Even better, KFDC readers can download a free admission pass here.

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.

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.

Hit the Takoma Park Streets
Where: Carroll Avenue to Carroll Street
When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Rescheduled from a couple of weeks ago when it was rained out, the Takoma Park Street Festival will be filled with music, artisans, community groups, children’s activities, food vendors and a variety of green companies at the city’s 34th annual event. Start your holiday shopping — over 150 vendors will be selling all kind of artistic wares. Festivities for kids include crafts, face painting, inflatables, and FUN! And music lovers will enjoy three stages hosting 18 popular local bands playing everything indie folk, rock, blues, country, reggae and everything in between.

Ultimate Clinic for Girls
Where: West Potomac Park, next to MLK Memorial
When: Sunday, 9-11am
Admission: Free

Learn to play Ultimate Frisbee! Girls in grades 5-8 are welcome to join a FREE two-hour clinics that teaches the basic skills and concepts of Ultimate, one of the fastest growing team sports in the country. There are four clinics total — attend one or all four! No experience is necessary! Email lperkins.letitbe@gmail.com to register for free.

World of Montgomery Festival
Where: Montgomery College, Rockville
When: Sunday, 12- 5pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the rich cultural heritages of the DC area at the annual World of Montgomery Festival. KID Museum of Bethesda has organized this year’s festivities with highlights that include an international village, a global kitchen with chef demos of traditional ethnic foods, a craft market, a Parade of Cultures, two performance stages of traditional dance and music, traditional arts and fun interactive activities for the whole family.


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The Weekend Round-Up: October 10-12

That-a-way for autumn fun on the farm at Homestead

That-a-way for autumn fun on the farm at Homestead



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Most of us have one extra day to fill with fun this weekend, and that won’t be a problem with so many great events and activities happening around the DC-Metro. This round-up has the scoop you need to get your family’s good time started. Happy Weekend!

Taste of DC
Where: Pennsylvania Ave., 3rd-7th Streets NW, WDC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-7pm
Admission: $20, $10/ages 6-12, free for 5 and under

Celebrate the food, wine, and culture of our city during Columbus Day weekend. Along with the obvious — tastings from more than 50 area restaurants — there will be cooking demos, live entertainment, a beer garden, and a Worldwide Family Fun Stop with activities especially for kids, including dancing, games, storytelling, arts & crafts, and more.

National Fossil Day
Where: National Museum of Natural History
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy a day of family-friendly, fossil-themed activities! Explore the “Last American Dinosaurs: Discovering a Lost World” exhibition, see ongoing research and fossil preparation at the FossiLab, and do fossi-related art activities. Kids of all ages will have the chance to be “deputized” by National Park Service rangers as Junior Paleontologists and will get to take home a badge and book about fossils found in our National Parks. Head to Q?rius, the museum’s education center, where there will be opportunities to handle fossils and talk to fossil scientists.

Art Safari
Where: The Torpedo Factory
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

An Alexandria family tradition, Art Safari returns for the 20th year with a full day of hands-on activities for kids and families. Artists will lead young visitors in creative projects across a variety of media, including clay, papier-mâché, fiber, and printmaking. Children should wear clothing that can get a little dirty. All activities are free with most appropriate for children ages 5 – 11 with some activities requiring parental assistance.

Just Between Friends Consignment Sale
Where: Landmark Mall
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: $5 at door (free pass online)

Find anything and everything you need for your kids, from newborns to teens, at Just Between Friend’s fun consignment sale. Get bargains on baby gear, car seats, strollers, infant items, books, DVDs, fall/winter coats, Halloween costumes, teen brands, toys, toys and more toys, plus thousands of children’s clothing items and more — all at savings of up to 50-90% off retail! Even better, KFDC readers can download a free admission pass here.

It’s All Greek to You
Where: Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free

Saint Sophia’s annual festival brings the best of Greek food, drink and culture to the D.C. area. Festival goers can sample dishes from the Greek Cuzina made fresh and daily across the weekend. A variety of children’s games and activities including balloon toys, sand art and a moon bounce will delight young guests. A marketplace will showcase wares like jewelry, pottery and home goods, clothing, music, Byzantine icons, as well as a traditional Greek grocer. And every evening under the stars, enjoy live Greek music played by local musicians — all are welcome to join in and dance… Opa! Saint Sophia is located at 2815 36th St & Mass. Ave, NW.

Art on the Avenue
Where: Mount Vernon Ave in Del Ray
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the diversity of Alexandria’s Del Ray community at this multicultural arts festival. Over 300 artists – jewelers, woodworkers, pottery makers, soap crafters, glass makers, painters, sculptors, fabric artists, and musicians – will have their work on display and for sale. And kids activities have always been a vital part of the festival – scarecrow stuffing, pumpkin painting, lotus flower design, screen art weaving are just some of the crafts to enjoy. Food vendors will also be there offering hot dogs, BBQ, Indian fare, crab cakes, chocolate bananas dipped on a stick, and home made cider donuts.

Grape Stomp
Where: Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-6pm
Admission: $5/adult, $5/child

Join Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard for their annual Grape Stomp festival! The locale and event are family-friendly, featuring a Play Area and live music along with the main event. Test your skills and competitive juices throughout the day in the ancient wine making tradition — prizes will be awarded. And remember, it’s not the size of your foot that matters… it’s the power of your sole! Read more about the vineyard in this KFDC post.

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

* See Mariko’s Magical Mix: A Dance Adventure at the Kennedy Center
* When She Had Wings is on the Imagination Stage
* Catch a classic story on strings as The Puppet Co. present The Velveteen Rabbit
* And Animal Crackers is the featured Tiny Tots show at the Glen Echo venue
* 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)
* Ben Rudnick & Friends are playing the Saturday morning show at Jammin’ Java
* And Rocknocerous is playing a special Columbus Day show at the Vienna music venue

Celebrate the Season
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by locale

Enjoy autumn fun and then some at a number of farms around the area. Pick pumpkins, whiz down slides, visit animals, jump on giant inflatables, take pony rides, indulge in caramel apples, and much more. The KFDC guide to fall festivals has details on all of them.

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

Get the Halloween party started with activities and events that celebrate the spooky spirit. This post has details on where the tricks and treats are happening.

Fire Prevention Week Open House
Where: Falls Church Fire Station
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Did you ever wonder what it’s like to use a fire hose, sit in the driver’s seat of a fire truck or have questions answered on how to protect your family from fire? Join the Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department at their annual Open as they conclude Fire Prevention Week. Firefighters from the Falls Church and the Arlington County Fire Department will conduct fire and emergency medical demonstrations, lead activities for those young and old, provide tours of our station, fire apparatus, tools, equipment and much more! There will also be invaluable fire safety and prevention information available to take home. Sparky the fire dog is anxiously awaiting this exciting event!

Family Fall Festival
Where: Shops at Town Center in Germantown
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy an afternoon full of delight, shopping, and autumn-themed fun. Families can choose between pumpkin painting, face painting, spin art, or jumping in one of our moon bounces. Or you could do it all! Light snacks will be for sale, and be sure to grab a flyer at the event listing specials the Shops will be running all day in celebration of the season and holiday.

ABC’s of Family Biking
Where: Brookland Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market
When: Sunday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Want to get the whole family two wheelin’ together? The “ABC’s of Family Biking” will help you learn more about the tools and resources available to help you all bike together and offer fun activities for all ages. There will be trail rides, balance bike races, helmet decorating, bike maintenance, and more.

The Martian
Where: Theaters near you
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by theater

For a flick both you and the kids will enjoy, The Martian is a stellar choice. The story is captivating, the cinematography enthralling, and Matt Damon gives a fantastic performance. While it’s rated PG13, we had no problem with Owen (9.5) seeing it, and I think kids even younger could watch it, too. This IMDB parental guide has specifics on what to expect.

Walks in the Woods
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Fall is a perfect time to hit the trail, when you can enjoy the foliage just as much as the activity itself. This go-to KFDC post has a bunch of recommendations for good places to hike with kids. Find more details on the Riverbend to Great Falls trail here. And a few that aren’t on the list, but great for family tramping: Turkey Run Park, just off the GW Parkway, Scott’s Run Nature Preserve near Great Falls, Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria, and Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in NE DC.


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The Weekend Round-Up: October 2-3

A special Family Day, fascinating exhibits, and shelter from the rain make the Air & Space Museum a great destination this weekend

A special Family Day, fascinating exhibits, and shelter from the rain make the Air & Space Museum a great destination this weekend



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Whether or not Hurricane Joaquin hits DC remains to be seen, but at least it sparked this great meme. That said, many of this weekend’s events are at the mercy of the impending storm and could be cancelled at any time. While this round-up will be updated as much as possible, it’s a good idea to check websites and call ahead to confirm events are still on. Rain or shine… Happy Weekend!

Taste of Georgetown
Where: K Street NW, Wisconsin to Thomas Jefferson
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free, but pay per taste

In its 21st year, the Taste of Georgetown will showcase the spectacular cuisine of over 30 of the neighborhood’s premier restaurants, highlighting Georgetown’s culinary personalities and featuring more than 60 delectable dishes to sample, as well as wine pairings, a Chef Showdown, and Gypsy Sally’s Music Stage. Bring young foodies to the Kids Canteen for free activities including facepainting, bocce ball, and more fun for kids of all ages. Plus, they can meet characters from WETA Kids, Peg + Cat! Tasting tickets can be purchased online or at the event.

KidsFest
Where: Fairfax County Government Center
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

The annual event especially designed for families with elementary and pre-K aged children features scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, public safety and recycling-themed exhibits, pony rides, a petting zoo, hay rides, model trains, and the KidWay MidWay with more than a dozen rides, bounces, and attractions. And that’s just for the kids. Adults can enjoy more than 75 exhibits, live entertainment, activities, and great festival food. While admission is free, some rides and concessions will require a fee.

DC Veg Fest
Where: Yards Park
When: Saturday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Bring the kids to the largest celebration of vegetarian and vegan living in the area. Now in its 8th year, DC VegFest is a full day of delicious vegetarian and vegan cuisine, cooking demos, music, and more. A Kid’s Area will feature games and crafts, Ask-A-Vegan Family, kid-friendly cooking demos and music. Attendees will enjoy free food samples along with tasty vegan cuisine from food vendors.

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

* See Mariko’s Magical Mix: A Dance Adventure at the Kennedy Center
* When She Had Wings just opened on the Imagination Stage
* Catch a classic story on strings as The Puppet Co. present The Velveteen Rabbit
* And Mother Goose Caboose is the featured Tiny Tots show at the Glen Echo venue
* 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)
* Anna Menendez – La Fiesta Del Baile is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National show
* The Alden Theatre presents Sleeping Beauty at the McLean Community Center

Hispanic Heritage Day: Innovators in Air and Space
Where: National Air & Space Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Head to the AIr & Space Museum on the Mall as they celebrates the contributions of Latinos to aviation and space exploration. Hear about Latin Americans’ contributions to aviation and space exploration, meet Hispanic scientists and engineers — including a NASA astronaut — and participate in bilingual activities

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

Seasonal festivals are in full swing at area farms, in local communities, even a 16th century village in Maryland, and they’re welcoming visitors for all kinds of fun. Get details on all of them in this post about autumn celebrations.

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

Fresh off of a successful fall production in Silver Spring, InterAct Story Theatre is launching the first season of their new Wheaton Family Theatre Series. The season begins with a free community performance of InterAct’s popular play The Hero of EVERYTHING followed by a special Behind The Scenes talkback, where kids can meet the actors, talk about the play, and find out how some of the special effects and backstage magic happens. Wheaton Library is located at 11701 Georgia Avenue in Wheaton, MD.

Plated Road to Discovery Tour
Where: M Street Lot
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Plated, the service that delivers fresh ingredients for meals at home, is hitting the road. Outfitted with a fully functional kitchen and espresso bar, the “Road To Discovery” Airstream tour includes cooking demonstrations featuring Kenwood and De’Longhi products, food tastings, and talks by local tastemakers. This weekend, they’ll be in DC, and De’Longhi barista partner and 2014 U.S. Barista Champion, Laila Ghambari, will be educating consumers on coffee culture and showing them how to create the perfect home brew.

Takoma Park Street Festival
Where: Carroll Avenue to Carroll Street
When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The streets of Takoma Park will be filled with music, artisans, community groups, children’s activities, food vendors and a variety of green companies at the city’s 34th annual festival. Start your holiday shopping — over 150 vendors will be selling all kind of artistic wares. Festivities for kids include crafts, face painting, inflatables, and FUN! And music lovers will enjoy three stages hosting 18 popular local bands playing everything indie folk, rock, blues, country, reggae and everything in between.

Ultimate Clinic for Girls
Where: West Potomac Park, next to MLK Memorial
When: Sunday, 9-11am
Admission: Free

Learn to play Ultimate Frisbee! Girls in grades 5-8 are welcome to join a FREE two-hour clinics that teaches the basic skills and concepts of Ultimate, one of the fastest growing team sports in the country. There are four clinics total — attend one or all four! No experience is necessary! Email lperkins.letitbe@gmail.com to register for free.

¡Sí se puede! Dolores Huerta Family Day
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Sunday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join the Portrait Gallery in celebrating the work of labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta during Hispanic Heritage. Storytelling with artist and author Joe Cepeda and music by Luis Orozco will entertain and enlighten visitors of all ages. Hands-on activities and bilingual tours of the exhibition “One Life: Dolores Huerta” will also be offered.

Barbie in Concert
Where: Potomac Mills Mall
When: Sunday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

Families are invited to a rockin’ show starring Barbie in her all new movie, Rock ‘N Royals. Fans will have the opportunity to see a live concert performance of songs from the movie, meet the stars of the film, sing along with interactive karaoke, and play with new Barbie in Rock ‘N Royals dolls and toys. Follow the link for schedule details.

Cardboard Day of Play
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Gardens
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: $5/adult, $3/child

Enjoy an afternoon of imaginative play as Annmarie Scupture Garden participates in the Global Cardboard Challenge. The Main Gallery of the Arts Building will be transformed into a cardboard wonderland as families build, create, and play their way through awesome amusements, art activities, cardboard construction, creative play, and tons of tinkering. Stop by one of several art stations to create your own cardboard masterpiece. Visit Cardboard City, the Cardboard Farm, or let your imagination soar on the Cardboard Autobahn! Go ahead of the event for even more artistic delights at Annmarie.

Navy Mile
Where: Navy Memorial Plaza, Pennsylvania Ave.
When: Sunday, 8am
Admission: $10-40 to run

The inaugural Navy Mile on Pennsylvania Avenue – set for Sunday, October 4, from 8:00 am until 12 pm – will festively kick off the U.S. Navy 240th Birthday and Heritage Week. Modeled after the famous Fifth Avenue Mile in New York City, the Navy Mile is designed for all ages and abilities, from serious mile athletes and Wounded Warriors to casual runners and even non-runners. The run is only half the fun; it will be accompanied on the Navy Memorial Plaza by an Expo featuring a full slate of activities, like a push-up challenge, Teddy from the Racing Presidents, performances by the U.S. Navy Band Cruisers and the Navy Ceremonial Guard. It’s all family-friendly and open to everyone!

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

If there’s any weekend that this list of more than 70 ideas for indoor activities will come in handy, this one is it. Stay dry and have fun!

NOTE: Art Safari at the Torpedo Factory, which was originally listed, has been removed, as it’s taking place next Saturday, October 10.


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The Weekend Round-Up: March 14-15

Get in your last DC skate of the season this weekend

Get in your last DC skate of the season this weekend



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There are so many things to love about this time of year: The much anticipated change in weather, the earliest sprouts of spring, a reason to drink green beer (and drink it outdoors), the lead up to March Madness (go, Terps!). Even better, with it all comes a host of events and activities that let us enjoy everything even more. This round-up, packed with local happenings, is proof. Happy Weekend! (PS – Something to keep in mind: The Rock’n’Roll Marathon is Saturday morning, so be sure to check road closures before you attempt to drive or take the bus in DC.)

Later, Skaters
Where: Local Ice Rinks
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

This weekend is your last chance to hit the ice al fresco. Our local outdoor ice skating rinks (that are still open) are closing for the season after this weekend. See this post listing them all for details on where you can glide ‘neathe the sky one last time this winter (and note that Canal Park is already closed).

Shop and Celebrate
Where: 529 Kids Consign at Hollin Hall
When: Friday, 6-8pm
Admission: Free

The high-end consignment shop in Hollin Hall will celebrate their first-year milestone, and the boutique is inviting all to come join the celebration. Stop in for sweet treats, drinks, door prizes from local businesses, and15% off all full-priced items. The party also marks the official launch of the store’s original kids art collection, and artist Cindy Wallace of lovinarte will be in attendance as she introduces her kids line described as colorful, whimsical, and bold.

DC St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Where: Constitution Ave. from 7th to 17th Streets NW
When: Sunday, 12pm
Admission: Free

Find a spot on the curb along Constitution Ave. between 7th to 17th Streets NW to watch the 44th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade roll through the city. Floats, marching bands, Irish dancers, bag pipers, members of the police and fire departments, and other entertainment will be part of the celebratory procession.

Smudge! Comics Arts Expo
Where: Artisphere
When: Saturday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

It’s a showcase of independent comics that will inspire attendees to become storytellers themselves. The second annual Smudge! Comics Arts Expo will feature tons of fun activities for both children and adults. Browse and buy comics and comics-related art in the Artisphere Ballroom, then step into the Black Box Theater for a variety of presentations. After that, try your hand at making comics during an hour-long workshop or at the MAKE SOMETHING! area, which will feature button-making and comics-drawing all day.

A Wild Birthday Bash
Where: Patuxent Research Refuge
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the birthday of the National Wildlife Refuge System at the Patuxent Research Refuge on Saturday. Activities will include live animal viewing, children’s crafts, hikes, live music, and much more. The Refuge’s National Wildlife Visitor Center is located off of Powder Mill Road, 2 miles east of the Baltimore/Washington Parkway, just south of Laurel, Md.

Women in Aviation and Space
Where: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15

Bring the whole family to the Chantilly arm of Air & Space to learn about the incredible contributions of women in aviation, science, and aerospace. Enjoy hands-on activities, guest speakers, stories, and more flight-themed fun.

Pi(e) Day
Where: Maryland Science Center
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: $18.95/adult, $15.95/child

The annual celebration of all things circular at the Baltimore children’s museum will feature activities, demonstrations, and experiments — all in honor of the mathematical symbol for the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Visitors can stuff their faces in a pie eating contest (with pies provided by Dangerously Delicious Pies), explore how to draw the perfect circle, and recite as many digits as they can in the pi recitation competition, and more.

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

* Wiley and the Hairy Man is in its final weekend on the Imagination Stage (look for a deal on tickets)
* And Blue just opened at the Besthesda theatre
* Arts on the Horizon presents Blossom’s Rainbow at The Athenaeum on Sunday
* Jon Spellman’s Tall Tales is this week’s free Saturday Morning at the National show
* Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp are entertaining audiences at The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park for the final weekend
* And Clowning Around is the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theatre
* Bari Koral is playing the Saturday morning show at Jammin’ Java

Iberian Explorations
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Through March 22
Admission: Free

Iberian Suite, the festival celebrating the cultures of Portugal and Spain includes exhibits, performances, food demos, workshops and more through March 22. Drop in anytime to view the art (many works that kids will find cool, too), crafts and games for children, and to explore Iberian culture through theatre, dance, or music performances — several will be taking place over the weekend. See the schedule for details.

Gaithersburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Where: Washingtonian Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

The city’s 15th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will include both traditional Irish performances and classic parade pageantry. Celtic dancers, bagpipes, marching bands, clowns, firetrucks, and more will make their way through town.

Go for a Spin at RIO
Where: RIO Washingtonian
When: Sunday, 11am
Admission: $3 per ride

The new carousel at RIO Washingtonian in Gaithersburg opens for the season with a special celebration on Saturday. Along with spins, enjoy live music, face painting, balloon art, samples from RIO restaurants, and specials from merchants. (Note: This was originally scheduled for Saturday, but postposed for a day due to weather.)

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. Check out a virtual tour.

NOVA Mini Maker Faire
Where: South Lakes High and Hughes Middle Schools
When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $15 advance or $20 at door/adults, $5 advance or $8 door/child

This family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness is a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making and share what they are learning. Ranging from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers, Makers are of all ages and backgrounds.

American Girl Fashion Show
Where: Sheraton Pentagon City
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Ticket range is $35-50

The Junior League of Northern Virginia (JLNV) will be hosting its 2nd Annual American Girl Fashion Show®, “Styles of Today and Yesterday,” March 14-15, 2015, at the Sheraton Pentagon City (900 South Orme St., Arlington, VA). This fun-filled event for girls and their families, friends and favorite dolls celebrates the experience of being a girl throughout history through a colorful presentation of historical and contemporary fashions. Attendees at each show will enjoy elegant refreshments, enter to win door prizes and learn how clothing has changed over the years to reflect history, culture and girls’ individual styles.

Great Adventures
Where: Freer | Sackler Gallery
When: Saturday & Sunday, 2-4pm
Admission: Free

Embark on a voyage across China, Japan, India, and the Middle East. This drop-in workshop offers a guided tour and hands-on activities related to The Traveler’s Eye. All ages are welcome, but it’s recommended for ages 8–14 with adult companions.

Music Together
Where: William Penn House
When: Saturday, 9am, 10am, & 11am
Admission: $20/family

Support the scholarship fund of Toddlers on the Hill, a Montessori learning experience on Capitol Hill, by bringing your children to a 45-minute Music Together class with Mr. Steve Leroy and Ms. Libby Quaid. Fun for the whole family, the classes include songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement and instrument play developmentally appropriate for kids ages 0-5. All proceeds going towards the scholarship. Advanced registration encouraged, not required. The William Penn House is located at 515 East Capitol Street SE.

Good Deeds Day
Where: Three locations (see below)
When: Times vary by location
Admission: See the website

Being kind to animals can happen on Good Deeds Day and any day when you join the JCC’s PJ Library to take part in this special project. Make items to donate to animals in local shelters as well as a birdfeeder to take home and feed the birds in your backyard. Please bring old T-shirts to use to make the items for the shelters. This will take place in Fairfax at Gesher Jewish Day School (4800 Mattie Moore Court) 1–1:50pm and 2–2:50; in Rockville at the JCCGW (6125 Montrose Road) 1:30–2:30pm, and in the District at the DCJCC (1529 Sixteenth Street NW), 10-11am

Nowruz Festival
Where: John Carlyle Square Park
When: Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Persian culture as hundreds of Persian-American artists, musicians, singers, dancers, and traditional players assemble to ring in the Nowruz, the Persian New Year in Alexandria. Along with the live entertainment, more than 75 vendors will be offering traditional foods, jewelry, crafts, books ,and other traditional products – all in a family-friendly environment.

Climb On
Where: ClimbZone
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $25/ages 6 and up, $12/5 and under

The new indoor climbing center in Laurel lives up to the hype! Kids and adults will have a blast scaling the many colorful, whimsically-themed climbing walls. Get the full scoop on what to expect there in this recent post about our experience there.

Think Outside
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

After the dreary winter the mid-Atlantic has endured, we all owe it to our souls to get out and relish in warmer temps and sunshine. The round-up of the Best Places in the DC Area to Spend a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids is full of ideas for al fresco adventures.

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The Weekend Round-Up: March 7-8

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What could have been a dreary snow day stuck inside the house turned out to be one of the most memorable and fun times had this winter. Yes, we joined the much publicized sled-in at the Capitol yesterday. And while we didn’t spearhead the charge (thanks for that, Tim Krepp and Lyndsey Medsker!), it was a thrill to join friends and neighbors for a stand-up-(or would that be slide down?)-for-what-we-believe-in moment, a perfect, lighthearted way to show our kids that, in some instances, it’s okay to question the rules. And as we all share stories, images, and videos of our children from local and national new sources covering the feel-good story of the week, I’m reminded why I love this city so much. (All that said, I still can’t wait for the sun and slightly warmer weather that’s coming along with these recommended activities.) Happy Weekend!

Intersections Festival
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by Performance

It’s the final weekend of the Atlas Performing Arts Center’s 6th annual festival of the arts, and there will be several performances and activities for the entire family to enjoy: Sunny and Licorice from Arts on the Horizon, a free Boogie Babes show, a performance by Pace Setters Dance, a theatre and percussive dance show from The Phenix, free cafe concerts on Saturday, and even more. Visit the Intersections website for show times, descriptions, and ticket info.

theNEWmovement
Where: THEARC
When: Sunday, 3pm (reception at 4pm)
Admission: $15

Join The Washinton Ballet for the recently launched series, theNEWmovement: rising stars of The Washington Ballet Studio Company featuring TWB’s Studio Company, an aspirant dancer group poised to become the dance stars of the future. Sunday’s one-hour program of funky, fancy and energetic choreography will feature music by Jay-Z, “musical explorer” Debruit, and scores taken from classics including Peter Pan, The Nutcracker, ALICE (in wonderland), Swan Lake, and Giselle.

An Anniversary for Abe
Where: Lincoln Memorial & Washington Monument Grounds
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural address with activities that honor the 16th POTUS. See a reenactment of the event at the Lincoln Memorial during a ceremony from 9:30-11:30am. Then enjoy family activities highlighting life in Washington during the Civil War. The Washington Monument grounds will be the scene of four activity stations from 12-5pm that will explore different aspects of life in the capital city during the war.

Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Where: Old Town Alexandria
When: Saturday, 12pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the Irish holiday a a bit early in Old Town Alexandria. Pre-parade festivities begin at noon, and the annual procession kicks off at 12:30pm at Alfred and King Streets, then winds through Old Town, showcasing elected officials, Irish Ambassadors, military commanders, scout troops, high school bands, and local celebrities.

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

* Encore Stage & Studio’s production of The Three Musketeers opens this weekend (look for a deal on tickets)
* Wiley and the Hairy Man is on the Imagination Stage (look for a deal on tickets)
* Into the Woods is also at the the Bethesda theatre
* Catch a performance of Petit Rouge, A Cajun Red Riding Hood at Adventure Theatre (look for a deal on tickets)
* Happenstance Theatre’s The Maestro is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National show
* Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp are entertaining audiences at The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park
* And Dragon Babies is the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theatre
* AndyRoo and the AndyRooniverse is playing the Saturday morning show at Jammin’ Java

Are You Ready for Some Futbol?
Where: RFK Stadium
When: Saturday, 3pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The DC United kicks off the new season at home with a match against the Montreal Impact on Saturday afternoon. Right now, you can get a Home Opener Bundle, which includes a tickets + an Adidas beanie for $25. And if you need to catch up on the local soccer scoop, check out the DC United website for a refresher.

Journey to Space
Where: National Air & Space Museum
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $9/adult, $7.50/youth

Go on a 3D adventure with NASA at the Air & Space Museum’s newest IMAX movie! Journey to Space 3D lets you travel with the astronauts to explore the outer limits. See how they prep for missions and live and work in space. Learn about the importance of the International Space Station. And discover what NASA and the space community are working toward now.

Recreation on Ice
Where: Local Ice Rinks
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

The weather might not be a good indicator, but the ice skating season is quickly winding down. The next week is your last chance to glide at many local outdoor rinks (a couple have already closed for the season). If you want to get in some double axle practice, work on your speed skills, or just make a few leisurely rounds on the ice, see where you can do so in this post listing local rinks.

Persian New Year Celebration
Where: Freer | Sackler Gallery
When: Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm
Admission: Free

Dance, play, and feast your way into the Persian New Year at the Freer and Sackler Galleries. The museums’ seventh annual Nowruz celebration features free attractions for all ages, including “fire” jumping, storytelling, face painting, calligraphy, crafts, a photo booth, games, and more.

Kids in the Kitchen
Where: YMCA National Capital
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

The Junior League of Washington is hosting their annual spring event that showcases ways kids can eat smart and make healthy lifestyle choices. Enjoy a fun-filled day of games, crafts, hands-on learning, and exciting prizes – all to celebrate and promote nutritional literacy. Local chefs will present healthy cooking demos, fitness experts will lead kids in high-energy exercise sessions, and certified nutritionists will be on hand to answer questions. The Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Mobile Dental Van will also provide free dental screenings for kids up to age 12.

STEM Symposium
Where: The Nysmith School
When: Saturday, 9am – 3pm
Admission: Free, registration requested

This all-day free event will include exciting exhibits, inspiring speakers, and panel experts who will highlight just how vital it is to engage parents, students, teachers, corporate/government execs and non-profit representatives alike in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) education and careers. Activities for the day will include hands-on experiments for children, government and industry exhibitors, student science fair projects and panel discussions with STEM stakeholders. Attendees will also be able to find information about government and industry STEM-related high school and college internships. The Nysmith school is located at 13625 EDS Drive in Herndon, Va.

Portrait Story Days & 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 Susan B. Anthony and complete a hands-on activity. The story is usually read at 1, 2 and 3pm on Saturday and at 2, 3 and 4pm on Sunday. 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.

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

Along with special events suggested above, DC is full of mainstay attractions that are just as exceptional as the one-off happenings. Looking for ways to stay active and entertained, yet still warm? Then The Great Indoors post, a list of over 60 ideas for places to go inside, should have you covered. And if you find exploring in the cool air exhilarating, The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids, has a bunch of recommendations, too.


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