Art + Play: A Community Weekend at the National Gallery of Art on May 19 and 20 from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Kick off summer with a festive weekend at the Gallery! Dance to Heart Stück Bernie, Batalá Washington, and DJ 2-Tones Jones. Create with local artist Rose Jaffe. Strike a pose in a GIF photo booth. Play classic board and parlor games with an artistic twist.
Dragons Love Tacos and other stories at Olney Theatre May 19 & 20. Dragons love all sorts of tacos – except spicy ones! When a boy throws his new dragon friends a spicy salsa taco party, red-hot trouble ensues. Best for Kindergarten-Grade 5.
A few Parent’s Night Out events happening this weekend.
Have you entered our current giveaways? A free month of classes at MOCO Movement? Tickets to see In the Clouds at Arts on the Horizon? Movie passes to see Adrift?
10:00am-6:00pm: Gaithersburg Book Festival
The Gaithersburg Book Festival is a celebration of the written word and its power to enrich the human experience. Our mission is to foster an interest in reading, writing and literary conversation. Complete with a Children’s Village. In the GBF Children’s Village, you will also find a literary sea of activities, workshops and performances brought to us by multiple sponsors. They are designed to engage and stimulate your child’s book curiosity and interest in reading and writing.
10:00am: First Studio at The Kreeger Museum
Children are invited to use their imaginations as they explore the paintings, sculpture, and architecture of The Kreeger Museum. Each First Studio includes a gallery tour, a story, and a hands-on art-making experience. An adult companion is required and art-making attire is recommended. Read our review here.
10:30am and 1:00pm: NSO Music for Young Audiences: Brass of Peace
Comprised of 13 D.C.-area high school students, one of the city’s finest young brass ensembles joins retired NSO hornist Sylvia Alimena to teach audiences all about how this family of instruments makes music out of metal and wind. Age 3+. Brass instruments make a BIG sound! But when Brass of Peace takes the stage, children might be surprised to see that these musicians behind this powerful playing aren’t much bigger than they are. Comprised of 13 D.C.-area high school students, this ensemble plays a selection of pieces that just might blow the roof off the Kennedy Center. Retired NSO hornist Sylvia Alimena conducts these concerts that bring together the city’s finest young brass musicians to teach audiences all about how this family of instruments makes music out of metal and wind. Come early for a Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo”- Starting one hour before the concert, hands-on activities let children get up close with the instruments they’ll see played on the stage.
11:00am-5:00pm: Powell Elementary School Carnival
We are excited to announce the Powell Padres 4th annual Spring Carnival! We’re looking forward to a Saturday filled with fun activities for kids and adults. Come out for music, food, and fun! All proceeds go toward supporting Powell Bilingual Elementary student activities.
9:00am-10:30am: Breakfast with Bears at the National Zoo
Bring your young animal lover to the Zoo during the break in the rain this Sunday for “Breakfast with the Bears,” a preschool classes for 2-3 year olds and their adult buddy! Learn about the favorite foods of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s three species of bears, and then join us for outdoor snack time outside one of the bear exhibits! Please note that this class does not include any behind-the-scenes access or animal contact. Pre-registration is required. $28/child for FONZ members. $35/child for non-members. Registration fee covers one child with adult.
9:30am-10:30am: American Girl Tyson’s Corner Book Club
Calling all bookworms! If she likes to read, she’ll love our book club. We’ll discuss the second book of our 2018 Girl of the Year™, Luciana: Braving the Deep. Then we’ll talk about other American Girl books she is interested in. Afterward, girls will participate in a fun craft. Each girl will receive a goody bag, book, and magazine. This event is free but space is limited. Reservations required, For girls ages 8 and up.
10:00am-2:00pm: May Fair at Friendship “Turtle” Park
An amazing day of fun for the whole family, featuring giant inflatables, a racetrack, ponies, face painting, balloons, carnival games, cotton candy, snow cones, food trucks and more!
11:00am-5:00pm: Feria de Sevilla at Strathmore
The Centro Español de Washington, DC, is bringing a taste of Spain to Strathmore. Join for this free flamenco festival where you will feel like you’re at the fairgrounds of Sevilla. Listen to live flamenco beats, watch the intricate foot and arm work of passionate flamenco dancers, and taste a variety of Spanish tapas.Thanks to the event’s amazing sponsors, there will be performers on stage throughout the day and a variety of food tents. Outdoor Backyard Theater Stage and Mansion Parking Lot.
12:00pm-6:00pm: Ballston Give’s 31st Annual Taste of Arlington
The largest food+beer+music+kids+dog festival showcasing the diversity of Arlington’s food scene and attracting nearly 25,000 people.The exciting and highly anticipated festival transforms downtown Ballston into a family-friendly street festival with dining, music and entertainment for all ages. Taste of Arlington is located along Wilson Boulevard from N. Randolph Street to N. Lincoln Street.
5:00pm-7:00pm: Laser Tag at Rosedale Conservancy
Laser Tag is an exciting combination of tag and hide & seek. Players compete in teams to find and tag their opponents using high-tech laser blasters. Participants will have the chance to play in two or more 15-minute games. This event is perfect for adults and kids 8 years old and up. The game is best enjoyed by those who understand the concept and can play along. Pizza will be served.
Discounted rate on below sleepovers through May 25
Night Out at the Museum:
National Museum of Natural History Sleepovers
Sleepover guests will experience the museum through an interactive exploration of exhibit halls consisting of games, puzzles and challenges; exhibit-based craft projects; and sleeping under the museum’s giant North American right whale, Phoenix. Sleepovers at the National Museum of Natural History will be heldMay 18, June 1, June 29, July 6, Aug. 24 and Aug. 31.
National Museum of American History Sleepovers
Participants will solve a mystery of historic proportions during an interactive exploration of exhibit halls. When the devious diva Miss Rose steals six valuable objects from the museum, kids must discover what is missing before the evening’s end. Using their detective skills, they will collect clues to guide them to the crime scene. Along the way, they will take part in games, experiments and craft projects—and even become a presidential candidate. Sleepovers at the National Museum of American History will be held May 11, May 25, June 15 and Aug. 10.
National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center Sleepovers
Kids and their chaperones will explore the whole world of flight, from its pioneering days through the era of commercial aviation to the excitement of today’s space program. After they grab a flight checklist, they will take off for a night that includes plenty of games, art activities and close-up looks at some of the most historic and fascinating craft ever to take to the skies. Udvar-Hazy Center staff will be on hand to offer information and insights about the aviation treasures on view. Sleepovers at the Udvar-Hazy Center will be held July 14, July 28 and Aug. 18.