Kidriffic Events for October 26-27, 2013

I know I have been MIA, but our team is incredibly short staffed at my job and I’ve been putting in more hits than usual. I’m sorry. That means no kidriffic events major post this weekend. However, I can quickly tell you that Glen Echo Park is having an event Sunday from 1-4 p.m. The Halloween event celebrates the arts through hands-on crafts, live performances, and activities for all ages. Today and Sunday Mount Vernon is celebrating harvest days. There will be horse-drawn wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, a straw bale maze, early-American games, music and demonstrations. Also enjoy boo at the zoo and the white house fall garden tour! Have a great weekend my luvs!

~JM

Kidriffic Events for October 12-13, 2013

In light of the government shutdown, and knowing how many families in this area are effected by it, I’m only listing free events for this weekend. Have a great weekend everyone!

18th Annual Alexandria Arts Safari
Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314
When: Saturday, 12-4
Admission: Free
The Torpedo Factory will host the eighteenth annual Alexandria Arts Safari with a day of hands-on arts and crafts activities for kids and their families.

POP ART FUN: FREE FAMILY DAY
1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia
When: Sunday, noon to 4
Admission: free
Families can play amongst Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds and engage in pop art “make and take” projects with the Albus Cavus art collective, including how you can “Warhol” favorite everyday objects.

Free Fall Arts Fair
1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE   Washington, DC
When: Sunday, noon to 4
Admission: free
Spend the afternoon immersed in D.C.’s rich artistic community. Featuring everything from face painting to food trucks to an instrument petting zoo, WPAS connects families, the neighborhood, and the arts through interactive performances and imaginative workshops.

Kidriffic Events, October 5-6, 2013

 

 

Kid Friendly DC  has a wonderful list of fall festivals taking place in the DMV. Please go check it out!

 

Fall for Fairfax Kids Fest
When: Saturday, 10am – 7pm and Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Where: Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035
Admission: Free to attend
Activities include scarecrow making*, pumpkin painting*, public safety and recycling-themed exhibits, pony rides*, petting zoo, hay rides, model trains, instrument petting zoo, and the KidWay MidWay* (with more than a dozen rides and attractions).

Washington DC Premiere of Thomas and Friends: King of the Railway DVD
When: Saturday, 10:15am
Where: Avalon Theatre
5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.
Admission: Tickets are free, but limited

 

The event is held along Norfolk, Fairmont, St. Elmo, Cordell and Del Ray Avenues in Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle. Admission to the Taste of Bethesda is free. Taste tickets are sold on-site in bundles of four tickets for $5. Food servings cost one to four tickets.

Adams Morgan PorchFest celebrates local talent by turning the front stoops and porches of several Adams Morgan homes into performance spaces where local musicians will play for the community for free! The sounds will be spread throughout the residential side streets of the neighborhood, making the stunning architecture the backdrop as you follow your ears from house to house.

Fabulas Mayas Open Rehearsal
When: Saturday, 1pm – 3pm
Where: Gala Hispanic Theatre
3333 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20010
Admission: Free to attend
The Gala Hispanic Theatre presents an Open Rehearsal of Fabulas Mayas, a bilingual children’s show for GALita. In this entertaining children’s play the Creator and Shaper provide lessons about life through the creatures they create to populate the earth. An adaption of traditional Maya legends and fables that features puppets, music, and song.

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Kidriffic Events for September 14-15, 2013

Hello all. I just want to say that I do owe you all an updated entry on meeting up with my biological father, but I’m still processing. I haven’t even discussed it with dh yet. But I promise not to leave you hanging. When I’m ready to, I will write about it. Thank you for all of your support and prayers. They mean a lot to me.

Speaking of dh, he left for Afghanistan and has been gone for a week. Johanna isn’t taking it very well. She looks like she is to others, but I know this child really well and I can see how it has affected her. She’s even sleeping more than normal. So I decided to take us on a mini-staycation. That’s when you don’t leave your state, but just get a hotel room nearby and relax, do some site seeing, etc. Today we did a lot of resting and went to see a Nats game (we won, go Nats!). Tomorrow we will swim a little and just relax, grab some ice cream, chill. I hope everyone had a great week, and here’s to an even better weekend!

1001942_713659711982854_397197306_nThere will be over 70 exhibiting artists, live entertainment, food, and arts and crafts. While you’re there, go visit Pretty Girl Cupcakery, open from 10am-7pm this Saturday. They are also giving away 100 cupcakes this week and the flavor is White Chocolate Espresso! New fall flavors include Mint Chocolate Chip, Apple Pie A La Mode, Pumpkin Spice and Black Cherry.

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3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway,
Mount Vernon, VA
When: Saturday and Sunday 91m-5pm
Admissions: $17 age 12-61, $8 age 6-11, Free 5 & under, $16 62 and over

Eighteenth-century fun and colonial craftsmanship come together in this popular annual event. Enjoy lively entertainment, including sword-swallowing, tight rope-walking, magic, comedy, music, and shop for furniture, glass, pottery, rugs, clothing, and more, hand-crafted by leading artisans.

As an added treat, festival-goers can also take advantage of FREE Potomac River sightseeing cruises throughout the weekend.  Entry to the Colonial Market & Fair is FREE with your general admission ticket. 

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Baby Loves Disco
U Street Music Hall
1115 U Street NW, Washington D.C
When:
Sunday at 11am
Admission:
$15
A family dance party featuring BLD’s signature DJ and MC, face painting, tattoos, crafts, games, dance contests, kid-friendly spa services, and goody bags are all part of the admission fee, as are snacks for everyone.

Don’t forget to checkout Doc Mcstuffins at Nats Park on Tuesday from 10-4. And bring a stuffed animal friend for her to diagnose 🙂

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Kidriffic Events for August 16-18, 2013

Hello my luvs. I hope everyone had a great week and has great things planned for the weekend. If you don’t, I have your weekend events right here. Tomorrow Johanna and I are meeting friends for lunch, then hopefully we’ll kick the soccer ball around for a while. Sunday is made for Church and relaxation. Enjoy your weekend!

Montgomery County Fair
596 N. Frederick Ave.
When: Now – Saturday, August 17
Admission: $10, Children 11 & Under Free
Enjoy the fair before time is up! Fair food, great rides, and cute animals. What more could you ask for?

Arts & Humanities Festival
St. Elizabeth’s East
1100 Alabama Avenue SE
When: Saturday-Sunday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free
A festival to celebrate the history and culture of Ward 8. There will be live performances, plenty of activities and workshops.

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Kidriffic Events for August 10-11, 2013

Hello my luvs! I honestly don’t see a lot of events for kids this weekend that I love. I usually try to post free or low cost events and I’m striking out this time. So, here’s my suggestions. Head to the Zoo because honestly, what kid doesn’t like animals? Visit a museum! I suggest the Museum of african Art or the National Museum of the american Indian. Checkout a Nats game. Goldstar.com usually has cheap tickets for the game.

As for me, I’m going outside to play soccer with Johanna before having some grown up time tonight. Have a great weekend and be safe! Oh, and don’t forget to enter my giveaway!

~JM

Kidriffic Events for August 3-4, 2013

I tried posting this through by scheduling the post last night and it didn’t work, grrr. Sorry for the delay. We may head down to the Big Glen Burnie Carnival later since its from 6:30-11pm today. There are still a few awesome events to check out around town!

Elmo’s Big Bash
National Children’s Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $10
If you hurry you can enjoy Elmo at the National Children’s Museum as he turns 3. There will be special birthday activities as well as parades, crafts and more! 

Brick Fair
Dulles Expo Center
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: $12, free for ages 3 and under
Who doesn’t like Legos? Even as an adult I love them! Head down to the Dulles Expo Center for the lego Fan Festival. Hundreds of exhibitors will be there showing off their lego techniques as well as vendors having lego related items for sale.

Fairfax County Fair
Frying Pan Farm Park
When: Saturday 9am-9pm and Sunday 9am-5pm
Admission: $25
County fairs immediately bring back the memory of funnel cakes. I can smell them as I type this! Go enjoy the rides, the games, the prizes and…funnel cakes! And since I’m an animal lover I have to say I’m jealous of everyone that goes since there will also be farm animals as well as a horse and dog show!

~JM

Kidriffic Events: TODAY

You have probably noticed that I’ve been pretty quiet lately. I didn’t even come back last weekend to finish my events post. That’s because the Zimmerman trial had me biting my nails, and afterwards had me sick to my stomach. I’ll have a post on that later, but today’s event is dedicated to Trayvon Martin.

There well be a vigil held outside of the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse on Constitution Avenue NW at noon. Be there, if possible, with your Skittles, hoodies and tea.

That’s it. If you do something with your family this weekend, go to that rally. Fruitvale Station is also playing at E Street Theatre in DC. Very fitting, no? Have a great weekend. Take time to reflect on race in this country and how to have that discussion with your children.

~JM

Kidriffic Events for June 28-30, 2013

It’s the weekend, woot! And to top it all off, the husband and I just may be kid free, at least for a day, this weekend! So, with that, weekend events are pending until we know for sure whether or not Johanna will be with us. Here’s a list of events happening in your neck of the woods!:

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
National Mall
When: All weekend
Admission: Free
The annual Folklife Festival is held on the national mall every summer. You will have the chance to visit special exhibits, performances, demonstrations and more. Make sure to dress for the weather and take water bottles with you.

LFCM Annual Yard Sale
Love Fellowship Christian Ministries
9901 Brandywine Road
Clinton, MD
When: Saturday 8-3
Admission: Free
Come on out to Love Fellowship for their annual yard sale. Do some shopping while filling your belly with fish, chicken, hotdogs, hamburgers, chips and drinks that will be for sale.

KazokuFit Family Obstacle Course
Brambleton Town Center
22855 Brambleton Plaza
Brambleton, VA
Admission:
Single Participant: $27
Team of 2: $25 per person
Team of 3: $23 per person
Team of 4+: $21 per person
Tot Course: $10 per person
Recommended for ages 4 and up.
Bring your family for a 1.2 mile course that will challenge each of your physical levels. You’ll run, climb and jump your way through.

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Theatre In the Woods
Wolf Trap
1635 Trap Road
Vienna, Virginia
When: Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
Admission: $10
Go on a journey into science, nature, and history with award-winning puppeteers. The kids will love the Life-size dinosaurs who will sing and dance while sharing stories that introduce the kids to science.

Get Kids Movin’
National Harbor
165 Waterfront St
National Harbor, MD
When: Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Admission: Free
This event to fight childhood obesity will include fitness, entertainment and an afternoon of health education during the fourth edition of Get Kids Movin’ at National Harbor, MD. The whole family will enjoy music, fitness, entertainment, health and arts-related activities. Activities will include a performance by Chi Chi Monet, a fitness session with Nike Trainer Deanna Jefferson, moving with Beans-N-Frank “Edutainment” Puppet Duo, zumba with Kena Hodges of Zumba Fitness, dramatic performances from Dreams, a healthy eating cooking demo with Kitchen Cray, and much more.

~JM

Kidriffic Weekend Events For May 3 – 5 2013

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:

Flower Mart
National Cathedral
Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free
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
Yards Park
Friday, 6:30-8:30pm
Admission: Free
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
Admission: Free
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
Admission: $$
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.

A-RTS Festival
Rockville Town Square, Rockville, MD
Admission: Free
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
Admission: Free
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
Admission: FREE
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.

Space Day
National Air & Space Museum
Admission: Free
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
Goethe-Institut Washington
Admission: Free
This is recommended for children ages 3-9
Saturday, 2-4:30pm
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
Admission: Free
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
Sunday, 4-6pm
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
Stead Park
Admission: Free
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.

~JM