In addition to my baby girl turning 3 this weekend, there is a lot happening in our area. Find time in between prepping for Thanksgiving to get out to some of these once a year events!
Final weekend of The Adventures of Peter Pan at Synetic Theatre. Take flight to Neverland with Peter Pan, his Lost Boys and the Darling children! In this magical place filled with fairies, pirates, and mermaids, Peter Pan and crew will battle the delightfully sinister Captain Hook with acrobatics that will leave you on the edge of your seat! This production is recommended for ages 7+ for moments younger viewers may find frightening.
26th Annual Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show is taking place Saturday & Sunday on the campus of George Mason University. Demonstrations, Exhibits, and Door Prizes. Mini-mines for children to dig in and get free fossils and minerals. Over 20 Dealers with Fossils, Minerals, Crystals and Gems for sale.
The Junior League of Northern Virginia’s 17th Annual The Enchanted Forest will take place November 18-19, 2017, at the Westin Tysons Corner. The event will feature live entertainment, Kids in the Kitchen holiday activities, visits from Santa, a model train display, kids’ crafts, gifts for purchase, premium events for adults and kids, and a silent auction of more than 80 lavishly decorated themed trees and wreaths. The Enchanted Forest is your first opportunity to take photos with Santa, get a head start on your holiday shopping, and kick off your holiday season.
6:00pm-8:00pm: Pike & Rose Tree Lighting
(11580 Old Georgetown Rd. Bethesda, MD. 20852)
Light up the Season! Join us for our Annual Neighborhood Tree Lighting. Enjoy: Holiday Music and Entertainment, Tastings & Food Specials, Seasonal Sales & Promotions, Giveaways & Prizes, LIVE! Ice Carving. Shop your favorite stores for the holidays including now open: H&M, Sephora, Sur La Table , L.L. Bean – and so much more! Save the Date for The Menorah Lighting: Dec. 18
9:30am AND 11:00am: Pinot and Augustine at National Theatre
(1321 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20004)
Back by popular demand, family-friendly circus clowns Pinot & Augustine star in a show jam-packed with physical comedy. Bursting with melodic surprises from the ridiculous to the sublime, our clowns perform their own unique compositions with musical saws and an extra-special inflatable cushion!
10:00am-12:00pm: Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade
(The parade steps off from Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street and proceeds south on Georgia Avenue, ending at Silver Spring Avenue)
The streets are being overrun with turkeys, dinosaurs, penguins, and reindeer! No, the zoo hasn’t opened their gates – it is the Annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade! With marching bands, Bolivian dancing groups, floats, giant characters and balloons, and Santa, the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade is the only Thanksgiving Parade in the metro DC area.
11:00am-12:00pm: Wheaton Family Theatre presents Lesole’s Dance Project
(Glenallan Elementary School:12520 Heurich Road, Wheaton, MD 20902)
Dance your way to the tip of the African continent! Experience three different African cultures through dance, from traditional Zulu village dances through modern moves with a South African flair. Founded in 2003 by native South African dancer Lesole Maine, the company has performed to acclaim throughout the U.S. and locally at the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, Smithsonian and area schools. All ages and FREE.
12:00pm-4:00pm: Thanksgiving with the Turkeys at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary
(15200 Mt Nebo Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837)
Come celebrate Thanksgiving WITH the turkeys – join our friendly turkeys and all their friends in celebrating a cruelty-free Thanksgiving potluck. Please bring a vegan (no meat, dairy, or eggs) dinner or dessert item to serve 8. $10 suggested donation.
4:00pm: Family Yoga at Lemon Tree Playgroup
(2100 New Hampshire Ave NW Washington, DC 20009)
Grab the kiddos and join other mamas (and Papas!) for an all-levels vinyasa yoga practice. Grown-ups and older children will move through poses while littler yogis sleep, play and/or explore in a child-friendly (and safe) environment. No prior experience is required. Please bring your mats and a playful attitude. Online registration is available here. Please let me know if you have any questions.
5:00pm-6:30pm: CityJews PopUp: Havdalah! at Edlavitch DCJCC
(1529 16th Street NW)
The traditional Havdalah* ceremony marks the end of Shabbat and can only happen when there are three stars visible in the sky. Explore the stars and our universe with a live planetarium show, cake-pop treats and crafts! We will end with the Havdalah ceremony, a lovely, multi-sensory experience.
7:00pm: Explore the Stars and Sky
(Meet in the field just south of the intersection of Military and Glover Roads NW, near the Nature Center. A parking lot is located immediately next to the field.)
Exploring the Sky is an informal program that for over sixty years has offered monthly opportunities for anyone in the Washington area to see the stars and planets through telescopes from a location within the District of Columbia. Sessions are held in Rock Creek Park once each month on a Saturday night from April through November, starting shortly after sunset. Beginners (including children) and experienced stargazers are all welcome-and it’s free!
Sunday- (Additional options in the introduction)
10:00am-11:30am: Toddler Trailblazers at Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
(National Museum of Natural History, Constitution Avenue Lobby)
Explore the breathtaking beauty of autumn! We will go on a hunt for autumnal colors by looking both outside on the trees and in paintings in the National Gallery of Art. Ages 13 – 23 months, $43. Workshops offer a variety of hands-on experiences that introduce young children to concepts in engaging ways. Each class includes playful activities that are intentionally chosen to support your child’s development. Our learning extends beyond the classroom and into the museum and community where children and parents are encouraged to wonder and explore together as a family.
Weekend Theatre Performances:
Frosty the Snowman at Adventure Theatre- Nov 17 – Dec 31, 2017
(7300 MacArthur Blvd. Glen Echo, MD. 20812)
Charlotte’s Web at Imagination Stage- Nov 18, 2017 – Jan 7, 2018
(4908 Auburn Ave. Bethesda, MD. 20814)
Me…Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall at The Kennedy Center- Nov 18, 2017 – Dec 10, 2017
(2700 F St NW)