For once I have absolutely NOTHING planned this weekend. I’m simply going with the flow. I’ll wake up when Johanna wakes up, do some housework, take a nap when she naps and simply relax! However, if you’re looking for activities to do with your little ones this weekend, checkout one of the following events:
Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm
The annual spring festival, in its 74th year, at the National Cathedral will take place today and tomorrow. While plant sales, floral and horticultural displays, and boutique booths will likely be of more interest to grown-ups, there will also be music and entertainment, games and rides, tasty foods, the All Hallows Guild antique carousel, and other fun activities to delight kids as well. Admission is free, though concessions and some activities will cost a fee. Proceeds from other sales benefit the Cathedral’s gardens, grounds and woodlands. See the website for the entertainment schedule.
Music by the River
The Yards Park Friday Concert series starts up again this evening! I’m personally psyched about this; it’s one of my favorite activities during late spring and summer. Lloyd Dobler Effect will be kicking off the series, and concessions will be available from Pepe, Jose Andres’ food truck (or you can BYO). Bring a blanket and a bottle of wine, and make an evening of it with the family. A heads-up: The fountains that the Yards are so well known for are not on while construction is going on at the park, but there’s still plenty of space for kids to frolic, and, of course, the boardwalk where everyone can dance!
Birds and Afternoon Tea
Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD
Kids ages 3+. 1 to 3 p.m.
Sit on the deck and look at the birds while you sip tea.
From Here to There
Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC
Kids ages 0 to 5. Times vary.
England’s Tell Tale Hearts Company travels to D.C. to premiere this show about bridges. Using rhythm, vocal play, shoe boxes, cards and a lot of imagination, kids will explore the many types of bridges.
Rockville Town Square, Rockville, MD
All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun.
The square turns into an outdoor art gallery for the weekend! Shop from vendors and enjoy live entertainment.
Let’s Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
Anacostia Community Museum, Washington, DC
All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 4 p.m.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by making Mexican crafts.
Family & Youth Casting Call
Fletcher’s Cove on the C&O Canal, Washington, DC
All ages (family-friendly event). Saturday May 4th 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Spend a day fishing in the C&O Canal! We’ll provide the instructors and all the gear. When not fishing, children can participate in water quality testing, fish art, scavenger hunts and more.
National Air & Space Museum
Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Fun activities nurture young peoples’ enthusiasm for the wonders of the universe and inspire them to pursue careers in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and math). Special activities throughout the museum will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Skylab and the 30th anniversary of the flights of Guy Bluford Jr., the first African American in space, and Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.
Kids World Cinema
This is recommended for children ages 3-9
Start nurturing little foreign film buffs at the 2013 Kids World Cinema. With an aim to inspire the artistic development of DC children through the discovery of quality foreign films, significant international children’s films and accompanying workshops are coming to venues around Washington. On Saturday, they can see short animated children’s films from China and Germany, followed by related craft activities, including creating simple figures from a Chinese paper craft. Read about the films being presented here.
Around the World Embassy Tour
More than 40 Embassies
Saturday, 10am – 4pm
You might get to hear live Australian didgeridoo music, sample tasty Korean dishes, see a Peruvian dance show, and enjoy the rich tradition of Nepalese storytelling – all in one day! On Saturday, Cultural Tourism DC presents it annual Around the World Embassy Tour, an open house to embassies from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania. The free event will showcase art, music, traditional dress, culinary delights, and more. It’s also your chance to check out the interiors of those huge mansions along Mass Ave that you usually just admire from the street. The tour runs from 10am – 4pm. Free shuttle bus service will be available throughout the day (see route on the website), and many embassies are convenient to Metro for walking. Admission is free, but bring identification, as some embassies will conduct security checks.
Super Family Sunday
Signature Blue Events
Admission: Online – $13/adults, $10/kids online, $15/adults, $13/kids at door
This event produced by Culture Kingdom Kids features the best of family friendly music, storytelling, crafts, and vendors for your super family, including Grammy-nominated musician/storyteller Chrystylez Bacon, an all children’s Motown Revue by Visions Performing Arts Company and Zumbatomic by Zukossa Fitness.
Washington Jewish Music Festival in the Park
Sunday, 11am – 3pm
Enjoy a day of free outdoor concerts with games and fun for all ages. Featuring performances from children’s music sensation Robbie Schaefer (of Eddie From Ohio), footstomping bluegrass fusion group Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys, and biblical bubblegum pop duo Stereo Sinai. Other amusement for kids includes a moonbounce, arts and crafts, face-painting, field games, and more. Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch. Stead Park is located at 1625 P Street NW.