Disney On Ice presents Frozen {Review}

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Disney On Ice - Frozen with Disney Characters

Feld Entertainment, Inc.,

Brings the #1 Animated Movie of All Time to Life with

Disney On Ice presents Frozen

This new Disney on Ice production focuses on the theme of true love and friendship. It opens with the most popular Disney couple, Mickey and Minnie, and a few more of our favorite Disney characters highlighting the theme.  The rest of the performance is FROZEN – the story about sisters Anna and Elsa. The costumes, props and special effects transports you to Arendelle. My daughters were able to follow along with all of the memorable scenes adapted from the movie.  Yes, you will see the love doctors too! No characters were left out, and Olaf was the highlight of the show singing “Summer.”

All the songs, especially  “Let it go” and “Do you want to build a snowman?” had the entire arena rocking.  It’s amazing how these little people know ALL THE WORDS!

Arrival/Parking: We arrived from Washington D.C. and with the traffic and construction, it was about an hour drive. We parked three blocks away from the Royal Farms Arena and paid $11 for parking, compared to the $20 fee across from the arena.

Ages:  Entertaining for all ages.

Food & Miscellaneous: The $9 saved on parking was spent in the concession area.  For $13, we got an ample size bag of cotton candy, which included a keepsake Olaf hat. It was this hat that attracted my little one.

I wish I’d known: With side seating, you will have a limited view for a few scenes. Not horrible but worth noting. In addition, there’s an opening promotional act for Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. The entire show, including intermission, is about two hours.

Kids’ response: Let’s just say the Frozen soundtrack is back in heavy rotation!

There’s no doubt that you and your family will enjoy, Disney On Ice presents Frozen. It doesn’t disappoint and will have you singing-along… “Do you want to build a snowman?”

Disney On Ice - Frozen (Olaf)

Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore Arena- ROYAL FARMS ARENA, 201 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

To order tickets by phone: (410) 347-2020

Remaining Performances:
·      Saturday, November 1st @ 11:00 a.m. 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
·      Sunday, November 2nd @ 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

To order tickets online:  www.ticketmaster.com 

For a complete list of tour dates, visit the Disney On Ice website

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Disclosure: DC Thrifty Mom is a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events. Even though I receive these benefits, ALL thoughts and opinions are my own.

FREE (& Cheap) “Family Friendly” Things To Do for Halloween 2014

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DC Thrifty Mom’s

FREE & Cheap

HALLOWEEN Events 

in the Washington DC Metro Area:

Friday, October 31, 2014

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

***Visit our Calendar for more FREE & Cheap happenings.***

 

***Washington D.C.***

Visit a DC Public Library for FREE Halloween activities here.

Halloween Safety Events 2014
Metropolitan Police Department
Time: varies by location
Halloween is fun for people of all ages, but it’s important that you and your children remain safe. The MPD provides safety tips for individuals wishing to go trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. MPD-sponsored events are also held in each of the seven police districts.

Spy Fright
International Spy Museum – Spy Store
Time: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
FREE! NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Back for the fifth year in a row, the Spy Store will present “Spy Fright.”
Make plans to visit the store to watch professional makeup artist, Roger Riggle, demonstrate “live” disguise demos complete with audience participation.

Trick or Treat at Spooktacular Heurich House!
Heurich House
Time: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The spirits of Christian and Amelia Heurich open the doors for trick-or-treaters on Halloween evening! The spooktacular Heurich House Museum encourages little ghosts, goblins, and ghouls to stop by the “Brewmaster’s Castle” from 5-8 pm for Halloween candy. Come see our boo-tiful Halloween decorations and meet the bewitching museum staff. The museum will be closed…so enter only if you dare!

Hilloween
Eastern Market
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Hilloween is a great community tradition on Capitol Hill — all taking place on Friday, October 31st from 5:30 to 7:30 pm around Eastern Market!

 

DPRHalloweenEvents2014The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is proud to present a boo-tiful, bubbling, cauldron of Halloween events for all ages to enjoy – so come out, wear your best costume and have fun at our Halloween festivities throughout the District!  Activities will include parades, haunted houses, costume parties, a senior costume event, flashlight hunts, a new annual event for dogs, community events and more.

Halloween Party
Guy Mason Recreation Center (3600 Calvert Street, NW – Ward 3)
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Ages: Cooperative Play program participants only
Guy Mason will host a party for youth 5 and under that will include a costume parade, best costume contest, games and refreshments.
For more information, contact Ralph Wright at (202) 727-7736.
Community Recreation Division

Sassy Seniors Halloween Party
King Greenleaf Recreation Center (201 N Street, SW – Ward 6)
Time: 11 am – 3 pm
Ages: 55 and over
Seniors in the King Greenleaf community will gather to share in the Halloween season with costumes and Halloween treats.
For more information, contact Tiletia “Tee” Harris-Walker at (202) 645-7454.
Community Recreation Division

Halloween Fest
Hearst Recreation Center (3950 37th Street, NW – Ward 3)
Time: 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Ages: 5 – 13 yr.
On the scariest night of the year, if you dare, come for an afternoon of games, food, music and scary fun.
For more information, contact Kim Campbell at [email protected].
Community Recreation Division

“Trick or Treat on the Avenue” – Halloween Fun House
Chevy Chase Community Center (5601 Connecticut Avenue, NW – Ward 3)
Time: 3 pm – 5 pm
Ages: 12 and under
The Chevy Chase Citizen’s Association, neighborhood businesses and Chevy Chase Community Center will participate in the annual “Trick or Treat on the Avenue.”
For more information, contact Chevy Chase Comm. Ctr. at (202) 282-2204.
Community Recreation Division 
Community Partnered Event

Macomb 5th Annual Halloween Haunted House
Macomb Recreation Center (3409 Macomb Street, NW – Ward 3)
Time: 4 pm
Ages: 12 and under
For more information, contact Cleveland Dent at (202) 282-2199.
Community Recreation Division

Halloween Party
Volta Park Recreation Center (1555 34th Street, NW – Ward 2)
Time: 4 pm – 6 pm
Ages: All are Welcome
If you’re not feeling up to Trick-or-Treating this year, consider Volta Park Recreation Center’s Halloween celebration with face painting, carnival games, arts and craft, and a Halloween costume parade.
For more information, contact Shirley Debrow at [email protected].
Community Recreation Division

Halloween Party 
Stoddert Recreation Center (4001 Calvert Street, NW – Ward 3)
Time: 4 pm – 6:30 pm
Ages: 12 & under
Stoddert will host their annual Halloween party with music, games and of course, fun!!
For more information, contact Ricky Davenport at [email protected].
Community Recreation Division

Halloween Party
Lafayette Recreation Center (5900 33rd Street, NW – Ward 4)
Time: 4 pm – 7 pm
Ages: 6 – 17 years old
For more information, contact Ellsworth Hart at (202) 282-2206.
Community Recreation Division

Arboretum Panic Room/Safe House
Arboretum Community Center (2412 Rand Place, NE – Ward 5)
Time: 4 pm – 8 pm
Ages: All are Welcome
Arboretum Community Center is partnering with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) to create a Halloween Panic Room/Safe House for the community.
For more information, contact Erin Skinner at (202) 673-4507.
Community Recreation Division

Autumn Feast
Harrison Recreation Center (1330 V Street, NW – Ward 1)
Time: 4:30 pm – 6 pm
Ages: 6 – 12 years old
Youth will play games, make candy apples, participate in a parade and enjoy Halloween treats!
For more information, contact Stephanie Foster at (202) 673-7760.
Community Recreation Division

Watkins Halloween Party
Watkins Recreation Center (420 12th Street, SE – Ward 6)
Time: 4:30 pm – 8 pm
Ages: 18 and under
For more information, contact Brian Cobbs at (202) 355-4391.
Community Recreation Division

Halloween Town
Fort Stevens Recreation Center (1327 Van Buren Street, NW – Ward 4)
Time: 5 pm – 8 pm
Ages: 12 and under
Come enjoy a fun, haunted, spooky house of tricks and treats.
For more information, contact Nicole Carroll at (202) 541-3754.
Community Recreation Division

Ferebee Hope Boo-Bash Halloween Party
Ferebee Hope Recreation Center (3999 8th Street, SE – Ward 8)
Time: 5 pm – 8:30 pm
Ages: All are Welcome
Join Ferebee Hope Recreation Center for an evening of chills and thrills, food, music and fun.
For more information, contact Wendy Glenn at [email protected].
Community Recreation Division

CCRC’s First Annual Halloween Masquerade Dog Show
Chevy Chase Recreation Center (5500 41st Street, NW – Ward 3)
Time: 5 pm – 7 pm
Ages: All Dogs
Chevy Chase Rec Ctr will host the first and only official DPR event dedicated to our canine constituents.  Dogs (with their owners/families) will participate in a parade and “strut their stuff.” Dogs will be judges in various categories and prizes will be given. Dogs must register with the site and can be registered the day of the dog show to select their entry categories.
There will be Tricks and Treats for all!!!
Please note that the parade will start at Chevy Chase Rec Ctr and will march to the Annual “Trick or Treat on the Avenue” event.
For more information, contact Gladys Shoatz at (202) 727-7714.
Community Recreation Division

Halloween Party 
North Michigan Park Recreation Center (1333 Emerson Street, NE – Ward 5)
Time: 5 pm – 7 pm
Ages: 6 – 12
Youth between the ages of 6 – 12 will come together for a fun filled atmosphere of games and events such as costume contest, musical chairs and more.  Small refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact Joe Clark or Kim West at (202) 541-3526.
Community Recreation Division

Halloween Party!
Benning Park Community Center (5100 Southern Avenue, SE – Ward 7)
Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Ages: 18 and under
Benning Park CC Staff will dress up as superheroes and host a Halloween Super Hero costume party for the Benning Park community with games, music, activities, refreshments and giveaways.
For more information, contact Cecilia Graves at (202) 645-3957.
Community Recreation Division

Halloween Haunted House
Petworth Recreation Center (801 Taylor Street, NW – Ward 4)
Time: 6 pm – 8:45 pm
Ages:  12 & under
Experience the Petworth Recreation Center Halloween Haunted House that will include ghost, goblins, bats, scary battery figures, music and games.
For more information, contact Howard Marshall at [email protected]

Halloween Fear Factory & Flashlight Hunt
Kennedy Recreation Center (1401 7th Street, NW – Ward 6)
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm
Ages: 12 and under
The Kennedy community will experience a night of fun with a costume contest; and games such as electrical musical chairs, the eyeball relay race, dirt & worm eating contest and much more. The event will conclude with a “haunted flashlight hunt” on the field.
For more information, contact Rochelle Bradshaw at (202) 671-4794.
Community Recreation Division

Halloween Spooky Night
Marie Reed Recreation Center (2200 Champlain Street, NW – Ward 1)
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm
Ages: 6 – 17 years old
Come out for a “spooky” evening of games, a haunted house experience and fun!
For more information, contact Essie Bowman at (202) 673-7768.
Community Recreation Division

Halloween OctoberFest
Banneker Community Center (2500 Georgia Avenue, NW – Ward 6)
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm
Ages: 12 and under
Youth will enjoy crafts, carnival games, music, giveaways and more!
For more information, contact Henry Plater at (202) 673-6861.
Community Recreation Division

Halloween Family Party
Turkey Thicket Recreation Center (1100 Michigan Avenue, NE – Ward 5)
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm
Ages: All Ages
Youth can participate games, listen to music and receive light refreshments.  Parents who attend can also join in the line dance class.
For more information, contact Lorenzo Carter at [email protected].
Community Recreation Division

Annual Ward 7 “House of Walkers and Freaks” Haunted House
Fort Davis Community Center (1400 41st Street, SE – Ward 7)
Time: 6 pm – 8:30 pm
Ages: All are Welcome
Come one, come all (if you dare!) for a community-haunted house. See the strange, the misunderstood, ghost, goblins, witches, vampires, mummies and more!
For more information, contact Elijah Fagan at [email protected].
Community Recreation Division

Halloween Haunted House/care Trail & Party
Bald Eagle Recreation Center (100 Joliet Street, SW – Ward 8)
Time: 6 pm – 8:30 pm
Ages: All are Welcome
Join us for a scary night that will leave you frightened once you find ghost and goblins behind the walls.
For more information, contact Marc Williams at [email protected].
Community Recreation Division

Halloween Haunted House and Movie Night
Emery Recreation Center (5801 Georgia Avenue, NW – Ward 4)
Time: 6 pm – 8:45 pm
Ages: All are Welcome
The Emery Recreation Center invites you for a Halloween night of spooky fun and gadgets.
For more information, contact Vondra Woodward at [email protected].
Community Recreation Division

Brentwood’s Annual Fall Festival & Carnival
Brentwood Recreation Center (2311 14th Street, NE – Ward 5)
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Ages: All are Welcome
Join Brentwood Recreation Center for its Annual Fall Festival/ Carnival and Haunted House.
For more information, contact Avalon George at [email protected].
Community Recreation Division

RH Terrell’s Spooky Bash
RH Terrell Recreation Center (155 L Street, NW – Ward 6)
Time: 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Ages: 18 and under
For more information, contact Jamar Hutcheson at (202) 321-9368.
Community Recreation Division

Haunted House
Deanwood Recreation Center (1350 49th Street, NE – Ward 7)
Time: 6:45 pm – 9 pm
Ages: 6 – 18 years old
For more information, contact Marcia Brown at (202) 299-3327.
Community Recreation Division

The Lamond Haunted Trail at Lamond
Lamond Recreation Center (20 Tuckerman Street, NE – Ward 4)
The Lamond Haunted Trail : Participants will experience the Lamond Haunted Trail and receive treats.
For more information, contact Lamond Recreation Center at (202) 576-9541.
Community Recreation Division

***Maryland***

Ride the Cabin John “Eye Spy” Halloween Train!
Cabin John Regional Park
Time: 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm ∙ $5.00 per person, children under age 2 ride FREE with a paying adult
Looking for something fun to do this Halloween that won’t give your younger kids nightmares? Ride the “Eye Spy” Halloween Train at Cabin John Regional Park! Your kids will have fun looking for familiar friends and animals hiding in the woods and marking them off their “Eye Spy” card, while you sit back and enjoy the ride! We’ll show family-friendly Halloween movies each night, too! Through Saturday, November 1. The train departs on the half-hour.

Halloween Fun!
The Mall at Prince Georges
Time: 6:00 pm
Magic Show featuring the High Energy Magic of Speed – 6pm-7pm – Center Court
Trick or Treat begins at 7:00 pm

Ride the Wheaton Haunted Train and Creepy Carousel…If You Dare.
Wheaton Regional Park
Time: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm ∙ $5.00 per person
If you enjoy heart-racing, adrenalin-pumping, throat-constricting Halloween activities, we have a train (and carousel) for you. Who–or WHAT?–lurks in the dark Wheaton woods as you ride the Haunted Train? And what’s that perched on the ghostly horse silently screaming next to you on the Creepy Carousel? We promise to do our very best to scare the pants (metaphorically speaking) off you. We’ll show free frightening movies, and have snacks for sale, too.
The Wheaton Haunted Train and Creepy Carousel is truly not suitable for kids under 8. Please check out the Cabin John “Eye Spy” Haunted Train instead!

Halloween on Ice – Spooky Skate
Cabin John Ice Rink
Time: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm ∙ $6.50+ per person
Creepy music and lighting, and treats for everyone.

***Virginia***

Halloween Trick-or-Treating
The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City 
Look for the orange Jack-O-Lantern on participating storefronts. Have your picture taken with Count Dracula wax figure, compliments of Madame Tussaud’s Wax Historic Wax Museum of DC.

Trick-or-Treat
Participating Springfield Town Center Stores
Time: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm 
Look for the Halloween sign in merchant storefronts indicating their participation. Guest Services will be distributing Trick or Treat bags to the first 500 children.

Haunted Drafthouse – Family Friendly Haunted House for Halloween
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse
Time: 5:00 pm ∙ $2.00 per person, patrons will get a self-guided tour of the zombie-ized theater, a tasty treat to add to the evening’s loot, and a free movie pass to a future movie (a $6.50 value).
Join us for some Trick or Treat fun this Halloween! The Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse has been taken over by zombies! For a small part of your evening, trick or treat with us this Halloween.
Not to worry parents – there will not be any live actors jumping out at your family. We are keeping this haunted house tame, so the whole family can enjoy as part of an evening of trick or treating.

Annual Halloween Spooktacular!
Great Falls Village Centre Green & Great Falls Shopping Center
Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
The Spooktacular was launched over 20 years ago, by members of Great Falls Friends to provide younger children with a central, convenient place in Great Falls to have fun trick or treating. It was because of their initiative that still today we have Great Falls vendors offering candy around the Village Green as well as in the Safeway shopping center at the corner of Georgetown Pike and Walker Road.
Children are encouraged to wear their best Halloween costume, experience the Haunted House, and enjoy trick or treating right in the heart of town.
AND Pet Parade on the Green, 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Halloween Trick-or-Treating
Carlyle House Historic Park
Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Join us on All Hallow’s Eve for good old fashioned 18th century trickery…and treats! Bring your little ghosts, goblins, princesses and action heroes to one of Alexandria’s most haunted dwellings for a fun evening of FREE trick-or-treating. Our own John Carlyle will be back from the grave to welcome our pint-sized costumed visitors and their parents! In case of inclement weather please call museum for status of the event. Located at 121 N. Fairfax Street in Old Town Alexandria, Carlyle House Historic Park is a property of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.

Trick ‘R Treat!
Manassas Mall
Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Come dressed in your favorite costume and get treats throughout the mall.

Adventures in Halloweenville
Village at Leesburg
Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm ∙ $5.00 per person, fundraiser for Loudoun Habitat for Humanity
Don’t miss this first-ever wild, wacky and spooky haunt with age appropriate thrills around every turn! It’s a one-of-a-kind interactive Halloween experience. Great for ages 3 to 11.
NOTE: Kiwanis Halloween Parade [5:30 pm to 8:00 pm] – The parade kicks off at 6:00pm from Ida Lee Park and will travel south on King Street to the Virginia Village Shopping Center at Fairfax Street.

Trunk or Treat
Columbia Baptist Church
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Join us for an evening of fun for all ages – inflatables, family photo booth, crafts, snacks, pizza and Chick-fil-A (available for purchase), and, of course, our TRUNKS with lots of CANDY!!!!

MALL-O-WEEN:

Fair Oaks Mall
Time: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Join us for one of the most popular Halloween traditions in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, Fair Oaks’ 27th Annual Mall-O-Ween. Bring your litle princesses, ghosts and goblins to Fair Oaks on Friday, October 31 from 5 – 8 p.m. for store-to-store trick or treating with witches, wizards and towering ghouls.

Dulles Town Center
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Families are encouraged to attend the event at exactly 5:30 p.m. as the event is always well attended and candy supplies can go quickly.
PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL NOT BE STORE-TO-STORE TREATING THIS YEAR.
Visit our Candy Cauldrons throughout the center from 5:30pm to 7pm. *while supplies last.
Family Arts & Crafts will be available in The Eatery food court near The Play Park from 5pm to 6pm. See MALL-O-Ween rules here.

Potomac Mills
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Come Trick-or-Treat With Us! Mall-Wide & Guest Services
Participating retailers will have a Halloween sticker in their window.
*Kidgits Club members will receive face painting or balloon art for free. Activities are available to non-Kidgits Club members for a $5 fee which includes a Kidgits Club membership, valid for one year.

HOWL-O-WEEN at Lake Anne
Lake Anne Plaza (Waterfront)
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Lake Anne Plaza has gone to the dogs, cats, and other furry critters. Come down to Lake Anne Plaza dressed in Halloween flair (adults + pets) for a Howling good time! Dogs, cats, and all types of animal-friendly furry friends are welcome to participate and join in on the fun.
Activities Include:
Pet Costume Contest (starting at 6:30PM)
Music
Games (Pets + Adults)
“Yappy” Hour at Restaurants
Treats/Tricks/Prizes from Lake Anne Merchants

Haunted Trail at the Workhouse
Workhouse Arts Center
Through Saturday, November 1 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ $5-$10
Strange things are happening in Lorton. One by one, citizens are succumbing to an unidentified infection that mutates them into empty drones with a single purpose: to convert more and more humans to a growing Horde. Self-appointed militias are assigning un-infected persons to safe zones until the situation can be contained. Safe passage is not guaranteed.The trail takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Please note that this is an outdoor trail and may not be appropriate for everyone. This trail is rated PG-13 and recommended for teens 13+.

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Halloween 2014 BOO!

Looking for SPOOK-TACULAR FUN in Metro DC this Halloween? We’ve gathered together Halloween events for families and adults to enjoy. From zombies to haunted houses, from harvest festivals to concerts and everything in between. CultureCapital.com’s Boo! will put the TREAT in your Trick or Treating.

Kids Eat Free

Kids Eat FREE for Halloween 

IHOP  - Kids can create their own free, scary face pancake from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m on October 31st (must be 12-and-under).

Krispy Kreme  - Krispy Kreme is offering EVERYONE a free “boo-tiful doughnut” on Halloween when they wear their costume to the store. All treats, no tricks here — just one donut per costumed customer.

Chipotle - Chipotle’s “Boorito” is where it’s at — drop by the store after 5 pm in full trick-or-treating gear for a $3 burrito.

Olive Garden  - Fill out this little coupon and kids 12-and-under eat free with the purchase of an adult entree. No costume necessary, as this deal has actually been valid this entire week, but will end on Friday.

Sabarro  – On October 31 and during Mall Halloween Festivities bring your kids in-costume and we’ll treat them to a FREE Slice of our New York Pizza.
*One free slice per entrée item ordered. Entrée is any slice, stromboli, pasta or chicken dish. Not good with any other discount.
Valid at participating locations only. Please call your local Sbarro for schedule information and times.

Applebee’s  - Kids can eat for FREE at participating Applebee’s restaurants on Halloween.  Families can get up to two FREE Kids Meals with each adult entree purchased. The FREE Kids Meal offer is for kids 12 and under and is good only for October 31st and applies to items on the Kids Menu. As always, be sure your location is participating before you go.

Some additional local deals from

Beltway Bargain Mom & Capitally Frugal.

 

Happy Halloween!

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Innovation Festival – Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

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National Air and Space Museum

Innovation Festival

Saturday, November 1 &

Sunday, November 2, 2014

10:00 am to 5:00 pm 

National Air and Space Museum

Independence Ave at 6th St, SW, Washington, DC 20560 [Directions]

Admission: FREE!

Join us for a festival for the whole family that celebrates the accomplishments of American inventors and the spirit of innovation that has led to so many of today’s technologies. Exhibits, crafts, talks, and performances will showcase ingenuity at the Smithsonian and across America. Meet inventors and the patent examiners who worked with them on their inventions, hear directly from experts about how an idea is molded into a working product, and try your hand at making your own invention.

The Innovation Festival will feature examples of innovations across the Smithsonian as well as ten exhibits by companies on the cutting edge of innovation:

  • Caterpillar will showcase a broad range of technologies, including telepresence operation of construction equipment.
  • Ford Motor Company will demonstrate how an inflatable seatbelt works.
  • OxySure Systems, Inc. will present new medical technology designed to improve administration of emergency oxygen.
  • 3D Systems will showcase a 3D printer, which will create a three dimensional model as visitors watch.
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service will demonstrate their method for detecting an economically important plant virus.
  • Qualcomm will feature some of their most recent innovations, including those involving portable electronics and wireless technology
  • The National Air and Space Museum will demonstrate makerspace wind tunnel activity.
  • The National Museum of American History’s Spark!Lab will present activities that challenge visitors to invent a video game controller, a rolling robot, or a device that can drive along a wire.
  • The National Museum of Natural History will present two activities from their dynamic, interactive and experimental space, Q?rius, about butterflies and smells.
  • And more innovations from a wide variety of fields.

The Innovation Festival is made possible through the generous support and collaboration of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT NOVEMBER 2014: FAMILY EVENTS IN METRO WASHINGTON DC

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Culture CapitalArts & Entertainment:

Family Events in Metro DC

November 2014

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

***Washington D.C.***

Culture Capital - Beware the Ides of MarchBeware the Ides of March
Folger Theatre
Saturday, November 1 ∙  10:00 am ∙ FREE but advance registration required
Explore Julius Caesar and learn how Shakespeare helped translate historical events into thrilling drama.
Recommended ages: 6-12

First Studio: An Art Exploration for 3-5 Year-Olds
Kreeger Museum
November 1, 12 & 15 ∙  10:00 am ∙ $0-$7
Children and an adult companion are invited to use their imagination as they explore the paintings, sculpture, and architecture of The Kreeger Museum. Each program includes a gallery tour, analysis of works of art, a story and a hands-on art-making experience.

Community Leaders Are Readers
Presented by: Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Venue: Anacostia Neighborhood Library
Saturday, November 1 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
This popular ongoing program, a joint Anacostia Community Museum and DC Public Library collaboration, is open to parents and their children up to 7 years old to enjoy books and reading with local leaders in the community. Children participate in a hands-on activity led by a professional artist and create an art take-away.

NSO Kinderclassics: Musical Opposites
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, November 1 ∙ 11:00 am & 1:30 pm ∙ $20
The Kennedy String Quartet demonstrates many types of musical contrasts and shows how composers use opposites to express a stunning variety of musical moods and emotions. Age 4+

The New Movement
The Washington Ballet
Saturday, November 1 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ $15-$25
The Washington Ballet (TWB) is proud to announce the launch of a new performance series, The New Movement: Rising Stars of The Washington Ballet Studio Company featuring TWB’s Studio Company, an ascending group of dancers who receive vigorous training and will become the dance stars of the future. This series presents one-hour programs of breathtaking dance and dizzying creativity that celebrate new choreographic work. The November performance features the work of Lucy Bowen McCauley, Tamas Krizsa, Luis R. Torres, Jr. and David Palmer.

Free Community Day
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sunday, November 2 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
An opportunity to explore NMWA’s collection and current exhibitions through free admission. Be sure to check out Soda_Jerk: After the Rainbow, a two-screen projection video installation created by two-person art collective, Soda_Jerk.

Tudor Tots: Fall Frolic
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Tuesdays, November 4, 11, 18 & 25 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $0-$5
Tudor Place has enchanted young children for almost two centuries. Experience it yourself on Tuesday mornings as we meet to read, sing, and play in the picturesque gardens. This family-friendly program offers a new theme each week, from “adventurous animals” to “growing gardens” and more. Children will participate each week in an interactive read-aloud, songs and themed movements, all related to the week’s topic, and will enjoy sharing this tranquil setting with the grown-ups who care for them. Parent/caregiver must remain with child. Ages 2-4

Culture Capital - Coyote Mischief TalesCoyote Mischief Tales: Celebrate American Indian Heritage Month
Presented by: The Smithsonian Associates
Venue: Smithsonian Discovery Theater
Wednesday, November 5 through Thursday, November 20 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $5-$8
Trickster Coyote is a crafty, funny, and fearless fellow and a little too smart for his own good. In this play by Philip Blue Owl Hooser, audiences laugh along with his adventures with his wife Mole, and his spirit guide Hashtali as they learn about making choices, sharing, and giving gifts from the heart.
Ages 5-10.

Native Pride Dancers: Celebrate American Indian Heritage Month
Presented by: The Smithsonian Associates
Venue: National Museum of the American Indian
Thursday, November 6 & Friday, November 7 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $5-$8
World-champion fancy dancer Larry Yazzie and his troupe, drawn from many Indian nations, share the excitement of a Native American powwow with full tribal regalia in their Smithsonian return engagement. These vibrant dances celebrate nature, ancestors, and the tribal community with pulsating drum, intricate footwork, and evocative flute and voice. Ages 5+.

Orion Weiss, piano & The Salzburg Marionettes
Presented by: Washington Performing Arts
Venue: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts – Terrace Theater
Tuesday, November 11 ∙ 7:30 pm ∙ $45
It’s not every day that a virtuoso pianist chooses as his creative partner a marionette theater. Given the nature of Orion Weiss’s vivid imagination and collaborative instincts, the pairing makes perfect sense, artistically and historically. The Salzburg Marionettes – one of the world’s oldest and most beloved marionette theaters, founded in 1913 – is celebrated for its performances with live musical accompaniment. Coincidentally, the centerpiece of Orion’s program, the piano score for Debussy’s La boîte à joujoux (“The Toybox”) was penned the very same year.

Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Performance: La bohème
Presented by: Washington National Opera
Venue: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Friday, November 14 ∙ 7:30 pm ∙ $25-$145
For one performance only, WNO’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists are cast in Puccini’s timeless tale of young bohemians struggling to fulfill their dreams and find love in Paris. Timothy Myers conducts.

Jackson Art Center Fall Open Studios
Jackson Art Center
Saturday, November 15 ∙ 11:00 am & Sunday, November 16 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The Jackson Art Center Fall Open Studios will feature free art workshops for adults, teenagers, and children, in watercolor, botanical drawing, and more. Meet the artists in their studios, explore the historic Jackson School and enjoy refreshments and live music. 30+ studios open during the main event on Sunday

Culture Capital - Flamenco en FamiliaFlamenco en Familia
GALA Hispanic Theatre
Saturday, November 15 ∙ 11:30 am & 2:30 pm ∙ FREE!
Free interactive demonstrations with castanets, fans, and zapateo for children and the entire family led by members of the Spanish Dance Society and other local flamenco artists.

Okee Dokee Brothers: A Musical Adventure
National Geographic
Saturday, November 15 ∙ 3:00 pm ∙ $15
Enjoy a musical celebration of the natural world with the Okee Dokee Brothers! Childhood friends who grew up exploring the Rocky Mountain landscapes of their Denver backyard, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing put their passion for the outdoors into the heart of their Americana folk-inspired music. Touring with their new CD Through the Woods—on the heels of their Grammy-winning children’s album Can You Canoe?—they’ll captivate you with their witty lyrics, rootsy instrumentals, sing-along harmonies, and catchy vibe.

YDE at American Folksongs and Spirituals
Presented by: Joy of Motion Dance Center – Atlas
Venue: Church of the Epiphany
Saturday, November 15 ∙ 7:30 pm ∙ $30
The Congressional Chorus and American Youth Chorus will partner with Joy of Motion Dance Center for their upcoming concert: American Folksongs and Spirituals: A Collaboration of Music, Poetry, Paintings, and Dance.

Seniors in Motion
Joy of Motion Dance Center – Atlas
Tuesday, November 18 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
This concert, part of Joy of Motion Dance Center’s community outreach initiative, is free to the public and will feature performances by professional and student dance companies. The performers, mostly seniors citizens, are participants of JOMDC’s Seniors in Motion program which serves seven area senior centers (and counting) by providing free dance classes. RSVP for your ticket today and bring the grandparents!

A Christmas Carol
Ford’s Theatre
Thursday, November 20 through Thursday, January 1, 2015 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $32-$95 
The annual Ford’s Theatre production of A Christmas Carol has been a Washington tradition for more than 30 years. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s Yuletide classic. Celebrated Washington stage actor Edward Gero returns to play Scrooge in the production The Washington Post hailed as “musically high-spirited” and “infectiously jolly.”

Alastair Moock: Tot Rock: Jammin’ at the Smithsonian
Presented by: The Smithsonian Associates
Venue: Smithsonian Discovery Theater
Friday, November 21 ∙ 10:15 am & 11:30 am ∙ $5-$8
One of Boston’s premier folk artists and 2014 Grammy nominee for best children’s album makes his Discovery Theater debut. Ages 2-6.

Culture Capital - Tudor Tots Turkey and ThanksTudor Tots: Turkey and Thanks
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Saturday, November 22 ∙ 10:30 am & 1:30 pm ∙ $0-$5
Celebrate turkey day at Tudor Place! Tiny tots enjoy an interactive story, songs, and movement activities in the enchanting historic buildings of Tudor Place. The program concludes with a special holiday craft to take home! Ages 2-4

The Gift of Nothing
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, November 22 through Sunday, December 28 ∙ Schedule varies ∙ $20
In this Kennedy Center world premiere musical starring characters from the comic strip MUTTS, a charming cat searches for a special gift for his best friend, a lovable pup. Join Mooch and Earl for this heartwarming adventure! Age 4+

Concert: Kirov Academy of Ballet, Washington, DC
National Gallery of Art – West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court
Sunday, November 23 ∙ 3:30 pm ∙ FREE!
An encounter with a 19th-century ballet rehearsal.

Little Bread Hen: with Barefoot Puppets
Presented by: The Smithsonian Associates
Venue: Smithsonian Discovery Theater
Monday, November 24 through Friday, November 28 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $5-$8
Inspired by the classic tale of the Little Red Hen, Barefoot Puppets’ holiday hit uncovers what really happened that fateful day when Millie the chicken decided to bake a loaf of bread. Why wouldn’t the other animals help? Was there something else stewing in the barnyard? We serve up the answers to these questions and more in this hilariously tasty retelling! Ages 4-8.

Swing Time – The Musical!
Burke Theater: US Navy Memorial
Through Sunday, November 30 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $19-$49
Set in a World War II era radio studio, this lively musical revue features three men and three women who are working together to put on their live big-band war bond drive radio broadcast. Lots of delightful surprises ensue, as well as wartime romance and plenty of comedy.

Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous
National Geographic
Through Sunday, April 12, 2015 ∙ $0-$11
Meet Spinosaurus. At over 50 feet long, 20 feet high and weighing in at 6 tons, Spinosaurus is the largest predatory dinosaur to ever roam the Earth — even bigger than T. rex. This bus-sized dino’s extraordinary features include a crocodile-shaped skull and 7-foot spines forming a sail along its back. Spinosaurus is unlike any other dinosaur you’ve seen or heard of before. Encounter this bizarre predator for the first time at the world premiere of “Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous.”
In this exhibition, you can explore a full-sized skeletal model as well as genuine dinosaur fossils and learn about the latest technologies modern paleontologists use. Travel with National Geographic explorers and scientists to the remote edges of the Sahara to discover the origins of this rare African dinosaur and the mysterious journey that led to its rediscovery.

***Maryland***

The Three Billy Goats Gruff
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Through Friday, November 21 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $10
“The 3 Billy Goats Gruff” is a marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet, and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes, as an introduction to the Art of Puppetry.

Culture Capital - Fancy Nancy Tea PartyFancy Nancy Tea Party
BlackRock Center for the Arts
Saturday, November 1 ∙  10:00 am ∙ $10
Pinkies up! Join Fancy Nancy and her friends for an afternoon tea party in the BlackRock gallery prior to or just following a performance of Fancy Nancy the Musical! Come dressed in your best ruffles, bows, and flair, for no outfit is too fancy for this Tea! You’ll meet new friends, perfect your manners, and sip some tea alongside Fancy Nancy herself. And you’ll leave with the fanciest of favors!

Fancy Nancy The Musical
BlackRock Center for the Arts
Saturday, November 1 ∙  11:00 am & Sunday, November 2 ∙ 3:00 pm ∙ $15
Fancy Nancy and her friends Bree, Rhonda, Wanda, and Lionel are going to be performing in their very first show, Deep Sea Dances. Nancy is positive (that’s fancy for 100 percent sure) that she and Bree will be picked to be mermaids. When another girl wins the coveted role of the mermaid, Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can Nancy bring fancy flair to her role, even though it isnt the one she wanted? This 50-minute show manages to entertain both adults and children in a masterful way.

Uncle Nace’s Day: A Maryland Emancipation Day Play
Gwendolyn Britt Senior Activity Center – 4009 Wallace Road, North Brentwood, MD 20722
Saturday, November 1 ∙ 4:00 pm ∙ FREE, but donations will be accepted
We invite you to participate in a jubilant family-friendly production about Maryland Emancipation Day. Actors dressed in period clothing present the day’s historical significance and its relevance in 2014. Teaching artist Culture Queen and actors use drama, music, and movement to evoke this historic event. The audience will leave the play filled with the spirit of freedom!

Kid’s Day Out: The Pirate Of Bully Bay
Arts Harmony Hall Regional Center
Wednesday, November 5 ∙ 10:30 am ∙ $5
Prepare ye matey’s for one our most fun anti-bullying, swashbuckling adventures ever! Join Captain Catherine, the kindest pirate of the high seas, as she meets the bully Black ‘Stache and must overcome his mean ways. This interactive adventure teaches your young crew the tools they need to stop a bully, using clever rhymes and one empowering sea shanty!

RADHE RADHE: Rites of Holi
Strathmore
Thursday, November 6 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $20-$55 [Discount]
This film with live music showcases the Indian celebration of Holi, an annual spring rite that brings devotees by the thousands to the streets in a rhapsodic state of uninhibited, ecstatic freedom, a time when roles are reversed and anything is possible. Best known around the world for its ritual of splashing celebrants with colored powders, Holi is a journey of devotion for the Hindu goddess Radha.

Philadanco!
Publick Playhouse
Friday, November 7 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $25-$30
With a leaping legacy of breaking barriers and building cultural bridges through eye-popping choreography, the term Smokin’ defines Philadanco. One of the featured works in the performance is “Bamm!” which says it all.

”Steamboy”
Montpelier Arts Center
Saturday, November 8 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
From the leader in anime Katsuhiro Otomo, “Steamboy” is the most expensive Japanese anime film production ever. Go on an epic adventure with inventor prodigy Ray Steam in Victorian England as he realizes his dream to build a steam castle, overcome obstacles, fighting evil, and saving London along the way. An open discussion about anime will follow the screening of “Steamboy,” led by Montpelier instructors George Kochell and Joe Holliman.
All ages; includes snacks and beverages.

Early Keepers at The Mall at Prince Georges
Presented by: Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center
Venue: The Mall at Prince George’s
Saturday, November 8 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
From 12pm-1:30pm, the Early Keepers will explore cultural heritage through story-telling, music, movement, and arts & crafts. Parents can spend quality time with their children while engaging in fun and culturally rich activities that incorporate problem solving, math, and reading.

Culture Capital - Disney The Little MermaidDisney’s The Little Mermaid
Olney Theatre Center
Wednesday, November 12 through Sunday, December 28 ∙ Schedule varies ∙ $32-$65
In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home, and her fins, behind and live in the world above. But first she’ll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking.

Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol
Adventure Theatre MTC
Friday, November 14 through Thursday, January 1, 2015 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $19
Tiny Tim longs to have his father home on Christmas day, but mean old Mr. Scrooge won’t give Bob Crachit the day off! There must be a way to change Scrooge’s mind – perhaps a ghost or two will set Scrooge right. Can this clever boy and his best friend Charlotte save Christmas and change the heart of the meanest man in town? This exciting world premiere story of a father and son is adapted by Broadway’s Tony-winning Ken Ludwig (Twas the Night Before Christmas) and his very own son, Jack. Get ready for the wildest ride you’ve ever had at Christmas!
Based on “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Ken Ludwig and Jack Ludwig
Directed by Jerry Whiddon
Starring Chris Dinolfo
Recommended for Ages 4 and up

Parallel Exit
BlackRock Center for the Arts
Saturday, November 15 ∙  3:00 pm & 7:30 pm ∙ $15-$22
Physical comedy: the newest oldest art form! Physical comedy troupe and two-time Drama Desk nominee Parallel Exit offers a very special presentation of Exit Stage Left – a rollicking speed-of-light comedy. Harkening back to the days of vaudeville, Exit Stage Left packs more entertainment in a single show than a three-ring circus. An ensemble of five presents a wide range of old-fashioned family entertainment, from tap dance to live music to slapstick comedy.

Culture Capital - Voca PeopleVoca People 
Strathmore
Saturday, November 15 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $28-$72 [Discount]
This quirky off-Broadway hit originated in Israel, took off on Youtube—13 million hits and counting—and has since charmed audiences around the world. With its zany story of intergalactic beings who power their space ship with music, the show mixes flawlessly sung a cappella harmonies with amazing beat-box simulations of every kind of instrument, transforming music from Bach to Britney Spears, Mozart to Michael Jackson, Scott Joplin to The Spice Girls.

A Christmas Carol
Publick Playhouse
Wednesday, November 19 ∙ 10:15 am & 12:00 pm ∙ $6-$8
Ushering in the holiday season, Charles Dickens’ classic story is presented in a beautiful musical version by TheatreWorks USA. Cheer along as the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future turn Scrooge’s “Humbug” into generosity.
Curriculum Connections: communications, language arts, literary classic, music,
relationships and family.
Recommended for all ages.

We the People
Publick Playhouse
Friday, November 21 ∙ 10:15 am & 12:00 pm ∙ $6-$8
Just as the national election season heats up, TheatreWorks USA puts an energizing spin on the workings of democracy with a new, upbeat musical that presents the three branches of government, the First Amendment, the judicial process, presidential elections and more with a sizzling rock, R&B and hip-hop beat.
Curriculum Connections: American history, music, civics and law.
Recommended for grades 4-8.

The Nutcracker
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Friday, November 28 through Tuesday, December 30 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $10 [Discount]
The Nutcracker is the story of Clara-Marie’s favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugarplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production.
Running Time: 50 Minutes
Ages: K – Adult

Bella Gaia/Beautiful Earth
Strathmore
Friday, November 28 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $25-$42 [Discount]
This award-winning, immersive, live multimedia performance combines high-fidelity images of Earth and stirring live performances of music and dance from around the world. Inspired by astronauts who spoke of the life-changing power of seeing our planet from space, award-winning director, composer and violinist Kenji Williams created Bella Gaia in partnership with NASA.

Lightwire Theater: A Very Electric Christmas
Strathmore
Saturday, November 29 ∙ 3:00 pm & 8:00 pm ∙ $28-$42 [Discount]
Discovered by audiences numbering in the millions in their breakout performances on “America’s Got Talent,” Lightwire Theater creates worlds of endless possibilities with costumes made of light. Journey to a strange and fascinating place where birds grow 16 feet tall, cats battle with light sabers, and an unlikely hero emerges from the darkness. Gather kids and cousins, family and friends for a show that gives “the ancient art of full-body puppetry a magical, luminous update” (New York Post).

***Virginia***

Culture Capital - You're a Good Man Charlie BrownYou’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Presented by: Reston Community Players
Venue: CenterStage
Through Saturday, November 8 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $23
The musical showcases all of your favorite Charles Schultz characters including, Linus, Lucy, Sally, Schroeder, and your favorite pooch, Snoopy. Let RCP bring back your childhood memories of the “Peanuts” gang and help you share them with a younger generation as you experience an average day in the life of Charlie Brown.

Family Day
Artisphere
Sunday, November 2 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE! 
This fun-filled event is centered around a dance party for kids, designed by the team from Baby Loves Disco. Have a frighteningly fun time with your favorite Looney Toons characters as we screen some of their spookiest episodes including A Haunting We Will Go, Bewitched Bunny and more! Rounding out the event will be a mix of activities, including an art “make and take” project from Cuddles and Rage. What goes better with art than food?! Join Liz Reed of Cuddles and Rage and create your very own adorable cupcake and donut characters.

The Amazing Max and the Box of Interesting Things
The Alden
Sunday, November 2 ∙ 4:00 pm ∙ $15-$20 
“The Amazing Max” bursts with striking visual magic, comedy, and loads of audience participation. Magician Max Darwin makes objects appear out of thin air, defies the laws of physics, and performs miracles inches from spectators’ faces.

Ravioli Time! – Family Class
Workhouse Arts Center
Wednesday, November 5 ∙ 4:00 pm ∙ $40 
In this workshop kids and parents will get to create homemade ravioli pasta with a couple of different fillings. (Meets in W-3, 302)
All Skill Levels, Kids & Adults. Instructor: Chef Erin Clarke. Meets Wed Nov 5 (4-6pm). Materials cost: $8 per student covers fresh foods used in class, payable to instructor.

2nd Saturday Art Walk
Workhouse Arts Center
Saturday, November 8 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE! 
The 2nd Saturday Art Walk at the Workhouse showcases the diverse work of more than 100 visual artists in a unique historic venue, creating an atmosphere that encourages visitors to immerse themselves in the richness of this creative community.

Three Great B’s: Bach, Beethoven, and Bartok
George Mason University’s Center for the Arts
Sunday, November 9 ∙  7:00 pm ∙ $24-$40
The musical showcases all of your favorite Charles Schultz characters including, Linus, Lucy, Sally, Schroeder, and your favorite pooch, Snoopy. Let RCP bring back your childhood memories of the “Peanuts” gang and help you share them with a younger generation as you experience an average day in the life of Charlie Brown.

Second Thursday Art Night
Torpedo Factory Art Center
Thursday, November 13 ∙  6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Second Thursday Art Night series brings the fun and spontaneity of the creative process to the streets of Old Town. Visitors can browse open studios and galleries, interact with artists, and enjoy refreshments and music for free on the second Thursday of each month. Stop by on your way to dinner and make an evening of it!
This year’s events focus on specific artistic disciplines represented in our building. Look for special themed exhibits, sales and activities designed to highlight a particular visual form.

Second Thursday
Presented by: Jane Franklin Dance
Venue: Torpedo Factory Art Center
Thursday, November 13 ∙  7:00 pm ∙ $0-$15
Second Thursday – A Niche in the Hall a performance traveling all three floors, cubbyholes and alcoves in dialogue with the art and architecture of the building

American Festival Pops Orchestra: Lights, Camera, Action!
George Mason University’s Center for the Arts
Saturday, November 15 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $29-$48
This outstanding orchestra is known and appreciated throughout the greater D.C. area for its superb musicianship and its delightful performances. This concert features music from film, television and Broadway that is a cherished part of American pop culture. Under the baton of founder and Artistic Director Anthony Maiello, this gifted group of musicians performs some of your favorites in what is certain to be a delightful evening of popular music. Special guest artist, Norma Douglas Zimdahl, has performed on radio, television and on Broadway, and joins the AFPO as piano soloist for a performance of her composition, Norma’s Jazz Classic.

Pinocchio!
Presented by: Educational Theatre Company (ETC)
Venue: McKinley Elementary School
Thursday, November 20 & Friday, November 21 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ FREE!
In ETC’s Main Stage Residency, students in second through fifth grade immerse themselves in the process of creating an original play or musical. Over 10-12 weeks, a director, production manager, choreographer, and music director coach students. At the end of the residency, students have created their own script and lyrics that they then perform multiple times. This Fall’s McKinley Residency is Pinocchio! Performances are free to the public.

Quote-Along ”A Christmas Story”
The Alden
Friday, November 21 ∙ 7:30 pm ∙ FREE! 
Put your bunny pajamas on, get your secret decoder ring out, and experience this holiday movie in a totally different way. Go ahead, yell your favorite lines. We triple-dog-dare you!
Rated PG, 94 minutes.

Culture Capital - Berenstain Bears LIVEBerenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters: The Musical
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Saturday, November 22 ∙ 11:00 am & 2:00 pm ∙ $5-$15 
Come on down to Bear Country for this enchanting adaptation of Stan and Jan Berenstain’s beloved children’s series. Fresh from its sold-out off-Broadway run this heartwarming musical based on three of the Berenstain Bears most popular books. Brother Bear’s grades are slipping, Sister Bear still has a few things to learn about making new friends, and Papa Bear can’t stop eating junk food – but thankfully, they – and we – can always depend on Mama Bear and her loving patience to set things right. Filled with original songs, fun dancing, and important life lessons, this humorous and heartfelt theatrical experience gives parents the opportunity to share these treasured tales they enjoyed as children with their own young cubs! “Like honey for little kids!” (Mommy Poppins)

Cashore Marionettes presents: Simple Gifts
Presented by: Reston Community Center
Venue: CenterStage
Saturday, November 22 ∙ 3:00 pm ∙ $5-$10
Simple Gifts is a series of touching portrayals and poignant scenes from everyday life set to stunning music by such composers as Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven and Copland. Through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, beautiful music, theatrical illusion, and artistic insight, the original vignettes provide an entertaining and sensitive vision of what it is to be human. Appropriate for ages 8 and up.

Andes Manta
The Alden
Saturday, November 22 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $15-$20 
Andes Manta performs the vibrant music of the Andes on more than 35 traditional instruments. From the lyrical sound of the quena, or Andean flute, to the haunting tones of the six-foot-long pan-pipes, the music of Andes Manta is an experience that never fails to bring audiences to their feet.

Culture Capital - Black Friday Holiday CelebrationBlack Friday Holiday Celebration at the Workhouse
Workhouse Arts Center
Friday, November 28 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE! 
Begin your holiday season with family and friends at the Workhouse’s Holiday Celebration! Explore the artwork of nearly 100 artists, join in interactive demonstrations and find that perfect gift for everyone on your list–while supporting local artists in your community. Festivities will also include Doughnuts with Santa, fine-art projects for children, holiday music and theatrical performances throughout the day. Parking and admission is free. Get into the holiday spirit at the Workhouse!

 

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Family Day at ARTISPHERE!

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Family Day at Artisphere

ARTISPHERE PRESENTS

FAMILY DAY

A fun-filled afternoon with cartoons and cupcakes centered around a dance party for kids

 Sunday, November 2, 2014

12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Admission is FREE

Calling all families…spend an artful day at Artisphere’s FREE family day on Sunday, November 2nd from noon until 3 p.m. This fun-filled event is centered around a dance party for kids, designed by the team from Baby Loves Disco. Have a frighteningly fun time with your favorite Looney Toons characters as we screen some of their spookiest episodes including A Haunting We Will Go, Bewitched Bunny and more! Halloween costumes welcome, but not required! For the kid in everyone!

Rounding out the event will be a mix of activities, including an art “make and take” project from Cuddles and Rage. What goes better with art than food?! Join Liz Reed of Cuddles and Rage and create your very own adorable cupcake and donut characters. Each treat will come to life as participants utilize various materials and mediums to give their art a 3D effect. Participants will learn about giving characters unique personalities through expressions and body positions. The lesson will also explore the use of different textures and color palettes.

Artisphere ∙ 1101 Wilson Boulevard Arlington, VA 22209 [Directions]  ∙ (703) 875-1100 

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LET’S LEARN ABOUT SKULLS AT THE MEDICAL MUSEUM

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national museum of health and medicine - skull program 2014

LET’S LEARN ABOUT SKULLS

Saturday, November 1, 2014

10 am – 12 pm

National Museum of Health and Medicine

2500 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 [Directions]

FREE!

Human skulls and animal skulls – how are they alike and different? See a variety of skulls from the museum’s collections and participate in skull-related craft activities. This family program is FREE and open to the public! Reservations are not required. Recommended for grades K-4. For more information, call 301-319-3303.

(ABOVE PHOTO, LEFT TO RIGHT): Cranium of a Civil War-era soldier. (AFIP 1000785); Skull of Able, a rhesus monkey, one of first American animals to fly to space. (AFIP 0759892); Cranium of a Civil War-era soldier. (AFIP 1001823).

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College Fair & DC College Application Week 2014

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College Fair &

DC College Application Week 2014

Fall is in the air and that has many high school seniors thinking about their educational future.  College fairs have many benefits. It’s a great opportunity to discover new schools, save money by traveling to one location instead of several colleges that might not interest your youngster  and most importantly, helps your student begin the conversation with college representatives. On Saturday, November 1, 2014, Woodstream Church will be hosting their first annual College Fair. Below is their confirmed list of colleges, which represent Ivy League, Community Colleges, and schools both local and outside of  the area. For your convenience, I have linked the schools below to their websites.

In addition, next week is DC College Application Week 2014. It encourages students to take a significant step toward college by providing assistance and building excitement for the application process.

Find information about both events below. Good luck to our leaders of tomorrow!
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COLLEGE FAIR 2014

CONFIRMED COLLEGES

Alabama A&M University
Alabama State University
Brown University
The Catholic University of America
Chowan University
Elizabethtown College
Elon University
Fort Valley State University
Grove City College
High Point University
Liberty University
Louisiana State University
Messiah College
Morehouse College
North Carolina Central University
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Prince George’s Community College
Rutgers University
Saint Augustine’s University
Saint Mary’s College of Maryland
Saint Vincent College
Spelman College
Tennessee State University
Tuskegee University
University of Delaware
University of Maryland Baltimore County
University of Maryland College Park
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
University of Michigan
University of Pittsburgh
US Air Force Academy
Voorhees College
William Peace University
Yale University

SUPPORTIVE ORGANIZATIONS

Army National Guard
Bowie State University Army ROTC
EDU: Common Black College Application
Kaplan Test Prep
Project Enrich
UNCF
U.S. Elite International Track and Field, Inc

FREE but REGISTRATION REQUESTED!

Woodstream Church

9800 Lottsford Rd, Bowie, MD 20721 [Directions]

If you have any questions about registration, please call 301-892-6596.

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DC College Application Week 2014

DC College Application Week 2014

What is College Application Week?
College Application Week (CAW) is a national effort to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students who pursue a postsecondary education. The goal of CAW is to
assist all graduating seniors, especially those who may not otherwise apply to college, in navigating the complex college admissions process and ensure that each participating student
completes and submits at least one application.

When is DC College Application Week?
November 3-7, 2014. DC College Application Week (CAW) encourages students to take a significant step toward college by providing assistance and building excitement for the application process. The goal of DC College Application Week is to assist all graduating seniors in navigating the complex college admissions process and provide the opportunity to complete at least one application by the conclusion of DC College Application Week. A special focus is placed on students who would be the first in their families to attend, low-income students, or students who may not have otherwise considered applying. Hosting a College Application week event supports a college-going culture and allows your high school the opportunity to ensure all high school seniors strongly consider pursuing a postsecondary education.

How do I find out if my school is participating in CAW?
Please ask your school’s guidance counselor, principal or college access provider about your school’s participation in CAW. You may also visit http://osse.dc.gov/event/dc-college-application-week-2014to view a list of schools participating in DC CAW 2014.

What if my school is not participating?
If your school is not participating, please contact the CAW District Coordinator Tiffany DeJesus at  [email protected] for further assistance.

What do I need to participate in CAW?
Research the admissions criteria for the colleges to which you are applying, and gather your information needed to complete the application(s).

How do I pay the college application fees? Is there a waiver?
Work with your school guidance counselors to determine if you are eligible for application fee waivers based on your free and reduced price meals status.

How do I request/send my high school transcripts?
Seek assistance from your school guidance counselor to obtain a copy of your school transcript.

How many schools should I apply to?
Apply to more than one school to give yourself options.

What do I do after CAW?
• Follow up with transcripts and test scores.
• Give the schools time to contact you.
• Research scholarships and financial aid.
• Complete your FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1.
• Complete your DC OneApp as soon as possible after February 1.
• Review your award letters, accept your financial aid and decide where you will go to school.
• Notify any schools that you will not be attending.

Who should I contact if I have questions?
You may contact your school’s CAW site coordinator, counselor or college access provider for further information and support.

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FREE & Cheap THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND *Including HALLOWEEN Activities*

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FREE and Cheap

DC Thrifty Mom’s

FREE & Cheap Things To Do 

THIS WEEKEND

in the Washington DC Metro Area:

October 25 & 26, 2014

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

***Visit our Calendar for more FREE & Cheap happenings.***


Kids Euro FestivalKids Euro Festival 2014
Through Sunday, November 9th    80+ FREE Events!
Kids Euro Festival is a two-week long festival of European arts and culture presenting more than 80 free activities to D.C. metro area children and their families. There are performances, concerts, workshops, movies, storytelling, and more… and it’s all brought to you by the 28 European Union Member States. It’s like a trip to Europe — but you don’t need a passport! ON SUNDAY, Theatre Mala Scena at Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE! This show uses miming and circus arts to tell the story of an unusual girl who was born with needles all around her body. Although she tries desperately to fit in with everybody else, she struggles to find a place in society. Part of Kids Euro Festival 2014 and presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Croatia.

Saturday Morning at the National - Tom Dougherty: Classic Clowning
The National Theatre
Saturday, October 25∙  9:30 am & 11:00 am   FREE!

As lead clown for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Tom Dougherty delights families with classic and contemporary visual comedy expressed through his unique and engaging character. Weaving circus skills and theatrical style, Tom creates an atmosphere of play that invites everyone to join in the fun!

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Suburban Nursery School
Saturday, October 25∙  10:00 am   $5 per person – Children Under 2 FREE!

If your little one can’t go one block without pointing out every pick-up, trash, or fire truck they see, then they won’t know how to contain themselves at this annual event. Multiple vehicles (in the past they’ve even had a paper shredding truck and a pink dump truck!) will be parked in the nursery school’s lot, ready to be poked and prodded by kids of all ages. If all that truck crawling works up an appetite in your kiddo, no worries—this year marks the addition of food trucks to the lot. Don’t miss Pumpkin Decorating ∙ Halloween Bake Sale ∙ Toy Raffle [Note: Kids in costume get a free raffle ticket] ∙ Bounce House & Face Painting too!

Family Program: Buds Story Time
Rock Creek Park – Nature Center
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE Admission
Buds is a tree-focused story time aimed toward an audience of toddlers and preschoolers (18 months to 4 years). Buds will be held in the area outside the auditorium on the lower level of the Rock Creek Park Nature Center one Saturday per month. The story time will feature four to five tree and environment focused books interspersed with songs and a craft project. Each family will leave with a list of seasonally appropriate “scavenger hunt items” to track down while exploring the trails on their own after the Buds program has concluded.

HarvestFestHarvest Festival
National Geographic
Saturday, October 25 ∙  10:00 am ∙ FREE!
Celebrate all things food at the Harvest Festival, DC’s official Food Day celebration and part of the National Geographic Museum’s Food: Our Global Kitchen exhibition! Watch demonstrations by local chefs for both kids and adults, ride a smoothie-bike, taste healthy and delicious treats, explore a mini-farmers market complete with a produce scavenger hunt, explore your inner artist with fruit and veggie watercolor painting, and much more. Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.

56th Annual Washington International Horse Show – Kids’ Day
Verizon Center
Saturday, October 25 ∙  10:00 am ∙ FREE!
More than a dozen hands-on educational and fun activities are available, including pony rides, the Animal Planet Horseless Horse Show, horseshoe painting, face painting, pony brushing lessons, plus giveaways from Paisley Pony magazine and Georgetown Cupcake, while supplies last. Klinger, the famous U.S. Army Caisson Platoon horse, will be a special guest. And there’s even a pony kissing booth!

Target Family Night: Chocolate City Rocks presents Jali D, Uncle Devin, and Bab Ras D
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
This for the kids edition features live performances by critically acclaimed musicians, children entertainers, and educators and is hosted by Risikat Okedeyi.

KIDS INTERNATIONAL DISCOVERY (KID) MUSEUM GRAND OPENING!
Davis Library in Bethesda, Maryland
Sunday, October 26 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE Admission!
Bring your family and friends and enjoy a variety of unique, hands-on activities, including digital light painting, creative computing and video game design, kite-making and kite flying, animation, electronic music production, cardboard construction, and Tinkertoy and Lego building. You’ll be able to play with kid-friendly drones, observe our cool 3D printer, make circuit boards, experiment with a wind table, check out a soldering demonstration, and see our inaugural kite exhibit, Kites, Flying Machines, and Life in the Air.

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FREE Tours By FootGhosts of Georgetown Walking Tour
Start: Old Stone House at 3051 M St NW / End: 36th and Prospect Street NW
Cost: Name Your Own Price!
Is this tour family friendly? Yes! We share with you stories of curses, eerie coincidences, and of course a few haunted houses. We aren’t ghost hunters, we’re historians – so we’ll be taking you through the darker side of Georgetown, but we do not have any one jump out at you! More humor than screams, this is fun for all ages!

 

FALL FUN DAY
Mount Vernon Triangle
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE Admission
Fall Fun Day! This morning, we want to highlight everything we have going on for the kids! Starting at 10, we will have free mini-pumpkin painting on the plaza. At 10:30, mini-monsters trick-or-treating K Street begins with retailers World Class Cuts, Vida Fitness, Mandu, Taylor Gourmet, sweetgreen, Capital One, Safeway,Chipotle Mexican Grill and FRESHFARM Markets all participating. Walk the red carpet when you’re done for photo ops and free polaroid (we have the new gen!) of your mini-monster. Busboys and Poets will also be hosting eco “Jugs into Jack-O-Lanterns” painting during the morning AND we have face painting starting at 11. 5th Street Ace Hardware will be providing free popcorn and will have sidewalk chalk out for the kids. FRESHFARM will also be bringing crowd-pleasing musicianRoss Farquhar to the plaza for his great country/bluegrass entertainment. While you’re at the plaza with your kids next week, stop by to talk to Cheryl Zandt, who will have information about Jrs. Clubhouse, her indoor playground/studio initiative that is in the final weeks of crowdfunding.

PUMPKINS IN THE PARK!
Canal Park
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
The fun, hosted by Capitol Riverfront BID, includes small pumpkins and decorating tools, face painting, and a performance by Mr. Skip at 12:00pm! All kids and kids-at-heart are welcome to join.

FALL FESTIVAL
Whole Foods Market Tenley
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Parents, bring the kids to trick or treat throughout the store and get a sneak peek of some of our favorite holiday offerings. You can also sip hot apple cider on the porch while you listen to local band South Rail and youngsters create painted pumpkins with a featured local Etsy artist, Elizabeth Korson.

DPR presents a Boo-tiful, Bubbling Cauldron of Halloween Events for All, complete listing HERE:

Halloween Party
Takoma Community Center
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Youth will have a variety of activities including games, a haunted house and refreshments. Ages: 12 and under

Halloween Parade
Stead Recreation Center
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE!
In conjunction with the Moms of Logan Circle (MLC), participants will parade around the community/neighbor in costumes from Stead to Logan Circle. Come dressed as your favorite scary character and show off your Halloween costume during a fun Halloween parade at the Stead Recreation Center. Ages: 5 and under

Haunted Chocolate House: A Workshop for Children
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 1:30 pm ∙ $3- $15
Enjoy a Spooktacular family-friendly tour through the historic gardens. After the tour, children participate in a chilling chocolate workshop to create 3-D haunted chocolate houses to take home (one per child registered). Ages 5+

Holla-ween Boogie (Costume Dance Party!)
Joy of Motion Dance Center – Friendship Heights
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ $5- $10
Bring the whole family to Joy of Motion Dance Center’s costume dance party! This event is appropriate for all ages. A portion of the proceeds go to support JOMDC’s community outreach initiatives.

HALLOWEEN – JUST FOR KIDS!
National Museum of Crime & Punishment
Sunday, October 26 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ $10 per person
Whether your child wants to be Batman, Wonder Woman or a Police Officer…we encourage you to bring them to the museum!
Festivities include:
Self-Guided Museum Tour (make sure you do all the Safety Stops)!
McGruff’s Halloween Safety Quiz!
Get Fingerprinted!
Candy!

HALLOWEEN PARTY!
Presented by: Waterfront Church DC
Venue: Courtyard Marriott Navy Yard
Sunday, October 26 ∙ 5:00 pm ∙ FREE
Join us for an evening of good, clean fun! There will be games, pumpkin painting, candy and more! Come enjoy a safe, fun, local, and free fun event for kids. You won’t want to miss it!

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Monster Mash!
National Children’s Museum
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Included with Admission
Wear your favorite costume for a day of non-spooky fun at National Children’s Museum’s Monster Mash! We’re planning special Halloween programming, including a dance party, and such hands-on activities as making masks, bats, spiders and paper bag pumpkins and much more! If that’s not enough, the Museum’s theatre staff will debut a brand new show: The Adventures of L.G. and I.F. I.F. will show L.G. what can happen when we use our imaginations to play. No tablets, no phones, no TVs required. Just imagination and you!

Calabash Carnage Family Pumpkin Carving Workshop
Brentwood Arts Exchange
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE Admission
Celebrate Halloween with the Brentwood Arts Exchange! Your family is invited to join us for a pumpkin carving workshop. Use your imagination and create your own pumpkin designs. Admisssion is FREE, $5/pumpkin

FALL FROLIC 2014
Glen Echo Park
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
For the kids, there will be pumpkin decorating and face painting ($1 fee for pumpkin; $1 and $2 for face painting). All other craft activities and trick-or-treating are FREE!
Adults will enjoy strolling through the Park’s open studios and galleries, including Glen Echo Pottery, the Art Glass Center, Photoworks, Yellow Barn Studio & Gallery, and more.
It’s a safe and fun Halloween event with something for everyone!

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National Harbor
Sunday, October 26 ∙ 11:00 am
A Spooktacular family event where the whole family can enjoy…
- Trick-or-treating at select stores and restaurants
- Kids (12 and under) dressed in costume will qualify for a free child’s ride on The Capital Wheel (with adult purchase)
- A Pumpkin Patch at the Miller Farms Farmer’s Market!
- A showing of Hocus Pocus on the Plaza Big Screen (movie will begin at 11:15 AM)

Annual Howl-loween Party
The Black Dog
Sunday, October 26 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Make new friends and enjoy a scenic tour of the Harbor.
The Meet and Greet is from 12pm – 1pm. At 1pm, you and your pup will proceed down the ramp to National Plaza, pass the Gaylord Hotel, and make your way down Fleet Street and American Way. You’ll end up back at the Black Dog, where prizes will be awarded!
All dogs must be leashed or they cannot walk.

Ride the Cabin John “Eye Spy” Halloween Train!
Cabin John Regional Park
Sunday, October 26 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ $5.00 per person, children under age 2 ride FREE with a paying adult
Looking for something fun to do this Halloween that won’t give your younger kids nightmares? Ride the “Eye Spy” Halloween Train at Cabin John Regional Park! Your kids will have fun looking for familiar friends and animals hiding in the woods and marking them off their “Eye Spy” card, while you sit back and enjoy the ride! We’ll show family-friendly Halloween movies each night, too! Everyday from Wednesday, October 29 through Saturday, November 1.
The train departs on the half-hour.

HALLOWEEN IN DOWNTOWN FREDERICK
Downtown Frederick 
Sunday, October 26 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Bring the kids for an afternoon of trick-or-treating and spooky Halloween activities hosted by your favorite Downtown Frederick businesses!

Ride the Wheaton Haunted Train and Creepy Carousel…If You Dare.
Wheaton Regional Park
Sunday, October 26 ∙ 6:30 pm ∙ $5.00 per person
If you enjoy heart-racing, adrenalin-pumping, throat-constricting Halloween activities, we have a train (and carousel) for you. Who–or WHAT?–lurks in the dark Wheaton woods as you ride the Haunted Train? And what’s that perched on the ghostly horse silently screaming next to you on the Creepy Carousel? We promise to do our very best to scare the pants (metaphorically speaking) off you. We’ll show free frightening movies, and have snacks for sale, too.
The Wheaton Haunted Train and Creepy Carousel is truly not suitable for kids under 8. Please check out the Cabin John “Eye Spy” Haunted Train instead!

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ANNANDALE FALL FESTIVAL
Safeway parking lot
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE Admission
This is the largest public event in Greater Annandale attended by over 10,000 people. The Annandale Fall Festival will offer something for everyone in the family, and will be held in conjunction with the annual parade for a fun-filled day! In the Food & Entertainment Zone, Rock, County, & Jazz Bands along with costumed international dancers, will entertain. Japanese, Thai, Nigerian, Caribbean, German, Greek, Italian, and Latin cuisines will be represented along with the perennial favorites such as barbeque, burgers and fried chicken, funnel cakes, snow cones, home baked good, cotton candy, Kettle Corn, and Jaguar Joe Coffee. In the Community Market you can SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP with over one hundred vendors to include numerous artisan handcrafts. The ever popular Pet Vendors will again feature a broad range of clever pet accessories, dog trainers & walkers, and gourmet pet food. Children’s books & toys, endearing marionettes, herbal wraps & wreaths, garden accessories, quality giftware from major manufacturers, silks, handbags, exquisite hair jewelry, fashion accessories, and professional stylists will fill-out the Community Market. You can begin and complete your holiday shopping in this market. In the Kid’s Zone a full day of fun awaits. The Toddler Play Area will be back with age appropriate games such as the Bubble Booth and the Lil’ Pirate Moon Bounce. Puppet Shows are scheduled for your entertainment in The Secret Garden. The ever popular Obstacle Course & Bungee Jump are planned along with interactive & inflatable games. You can also test your racing skills with the Nationwide NASCAR’s Driving Simulator.

FALLoween
Market Common Clarendon
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE Admission
Come for free fall fun and entertainment at Market Common Clarendon and enjoy 3 hours of trick-or- treating, a petting zoo, face painting, the festive photo stop, pumpkin decorating, treats and tastes from restaurants and retailers and much more! Don’t miss featured musical performances are by DC-region favorites, Mr. Knick Knack at 10 a.m., and Rocknoceros at 11:45 a.m.Williams-Sonoma will be handing out apple cider samples along with Nicecream Factory who will feature their fall flavor for sampling! For the adults, Bluemercury will have $5 facials, Ann Taylor will be scheduling private stylings with 15% off all day and Indian food tastings on the second level terrace at Zaika.

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Old Town Boutique District
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE Admission
On Saturday, October 25, start trick-or-treating early and stop by the dozens of shops of the Old Town Boutique District dishing out treats to goblins and ghouls of all ages between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.! Also stop by Pink & Brown for its 5th Annual Costume Contest! Plus, Kids 10 & under eat free from the children’s menu Saturday with the purchase of one adult at Union Street Public House!
The fun continues on Sunday for your furry friends. Join The Dog Park for an afternoon of Doggy Trick or Treating! Click here to download a map of participating boutiques.

Trick or Treat! at Reston Town Center
Reston Town Center 
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE Admission
Trick or Treat! at Reston Town Center, Costumed children can visit participating retailers and the Information Center for treats and goodies. Look for the pumpkin flyer in the window!

FAMILY DAY — FAMILY HALLOWEEN SPECIAL EVENT
National Museum of the Marine Corps
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Bring your little ghosts and goblins to the Museum for a special Halloween event. Crafts, games and a magic show are just the beginning of this annual fun, festive (not the least bit spooky) event for ages 1-10.

TRICK-OR-TREAT @ THE ROW
Pentagon Row
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Join us for a bewitching day of trick-or-treating fun for you and your wee ones. Put on your best costumes and take a stroll by any of the participating merchants on Saturday, October 25th between 1pm and 5pm for treats* and more! Additional offers are listed below. *Free treats are while supplies last.

AIR & SCARE
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE but Parking $15 until 6:00 pm
See the spooky side of air and space at our annual Halloween event! Arrive in costume for safe indoor trick-or-treating, creepy crafts, spooky science experiments, and other Halloween-themed activities. The tiniest visitors can check out the Tot Zone to play dress-up and hear a story. Pose for a photo with your favorite Star Wars or Ghostbusters character. Air & Scare is fun for the whole family! Read SMITHSONIAN AIR & SCARE 2013 REVIEW from Thrifty Contributor, Renita H.

HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL 2014
Falls Church Community Center
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ $ 2 per child, ages 2 and up
The carnival has been a popular event for children for more than 30 years. Infants through sixth graders are invited to enjoy carnival games, a moon bounce, crafts, a haunted house, candy, and a live creepy creature show featuring the spookiest reptiles in nature. Entrance fee is $2 per child ages 2 and up, and free for adults and children under 2 years old

Ghost Train 2014
Burke Lake Park
Sunday, October 26 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $4.00 per person, Children under the age of 2 can ride for free.
Northern Virginia Community College and Burke Lake Park are hosting their 34th annual “Ghost Train” community event at Burke Lake Park (directions). Train times are dependent on ticket sales. The Ghost Train celebrates its 34th year providing fun and affordable activities for children and their families in celebration of the autumn season.
The Ghost Train will feature something for all ages including a moon bounce, cotton candy, and carousel culminating with a magical train ride through the park. The train travels along the tracks depicting scenes of popular children’s stories. The cost to ride the Carousel is $1.75 per person.

Adventures in Halloweenville
Village at Leesburg
Sunday, October 26 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ $5.00 per person, fundraiser for Loudoun Habitat for Humanity
Don’t miss this first-ever wild, wacky and spooky haunt with age appropriate thrills around every turn! It’s a one-of-a-kind interactive Halloween experience. Great for ages 3 to 11.

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Del Ray
Sunday, October 26 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Grab Your Ghosts and Goblins and Head to The Avenue. It’s Time for the Halloween Parade.
One of Del Ray’s favorite traditions is coming soon–the Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade–on Sunday, October 26, at 2 p.m. Please note that both judging for Best Decorated Stroller and registration for Best Pet Costume will begin at 1:30 p.m. The parade begins at Mt. Vernon Avenue, south of E. Bellefonte, and continues down to the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center play fields at Mt. Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues. Children, pets, and strollers in costumes are invited to march and show off their finest and scariest Halloween garb. The Parade and all activities are free!

Haunted Trail at the Workhouse
Workhouse Arts Center
Through Saturday, November 1 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ $5-$10
Strange things are happening in Lorton. One by one, citizens are succumbing to an unidentified infection that mutates them into empty drones with a single purpose: to convert more and more humans to a growing Horde. Self-appointed militias are assigning un-infected persons to safe zones until the situation can be contained. Safe passage is not guaranteed.The trail takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Please note that this is an outdoor trail and may not be appropriate for everyone. This trail is rated PG-13 and recommended for teens 13+.

 

Enjoy your weekend!

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Kids International Discovery (KID) Museum GRAND OPENING!

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KID MUSEUM - Grand Opening

Celebrate the Opening of KID Museum

Sunday, October 26, 2014

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Robots will draw, toys will fly and electronic circuits will make music when KID Museum opens its doors on Sunday, October 26, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., at Davis Library in Bethesda, Maryland! Bring your family and friends and enjoy a variety of unique, hands-on activities, including digital light painting, creative computing and video game design, kite-making and kite flying, animation, electronic music production, cardboard construction, and Tinkertoy and Lego building.  You’ll be able to play with kid-friendly drones, observe our cool 3D printer, make circuit boards, experiment with a wind table, check out a soldering demonstration, and see our inaugural kite exhibit, Kites, Flying Machines, and Life in the Air.  All for FREE!

We’ll also have information on annual memberships and, if you’d like to grab a bite to eat, there will be food trucks on site.  We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

 

Do You Want to Go to Disney World?
At the Grand Opening on Sunday, October 26, KID Museum will hold a drawing for a one-week stay in December at the Westgate Town Center Resort just minutes from Disney World.  The two-bedroom villa has a sleeping capacity of six.  Come to the Grand Opening and enter your chance to win!

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An emerging interactive children’s museum in Montgomery County, MD where kids of all ages can explore the world. The museum will focus on exploring world cultures; science, technology and the arts; and social responsibility and volunteerism.
Our mission is to cultivate the 3Cs: creativity, curiosity and compassion. The museum will be a place that invites the world in and encourages children to go out in the world and make a difference. Our goal is to inspire passion and inquiry and to demonstrate that learning can be a constant adventure.

Keep up with KID Museum!

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6400 Democracy Blvd.
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Glen Echo’s Fall Frolic 2014

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Fall Frolic is the Glen Echo Park Partnership’s annual Halloween-themed family event. It’s open to the public, and visitors of all ages are invited to the Park to explore the arts through hands-on crafts, Halloween activities, trick-or-treating and visiting open studios. It’s a safe and fun Halloween event with something for everyone!

For the kids, there will be pumpkin decorating and face painting ($1 fee for pumpkin; $1 and $2 for face painting). All other craft activities and trick-or-treating are FREE!

Adults will enjoy strolling through the Park’s open studios and galleries, including Glen Echo Pottery, the Art Glass Center, Photoworks, Yellow Barn Studio & Gallery, and more.

The Halloween celebration will conclude with a costume parade through the Park at 3:30 p.m. (weather-permitting)

DON’T MISS THE PUMPKIN PLAYOFFS!!

Pumpkin themed kiddie games with prizes!

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Activities and Daytime Performances

  • Pumpkin Decorating, 1 to 4 pm, Spanish Ballroom, $1
  • Decorate Trick or Treat bags, 1 to 4 pm, Spanish Ballroom, FREE
  • Face painting, 1 to 3:30 pm, Spanish Ballroom, $1/$2
  • Make a friendly ghost or a spooky decoration, 1 to 4 pm, Spanish Ballroom, FREE
  • Join the Pumpkin Playoffs and earn prizes, 1 to 3:30 pm, FREE
  • Trick-or-Treating at studios, galleries and theaters, 1 to 3:30 pm, FREE
  • Costume Parade through the Park (weather permitting), 3:30 pm, FREE

Open Galleries & Artist Demonstrations

  • Art Glass Center at Glen Echo, studio exhibit and sales, 10 am to 4 pm
  • Glassworks, studio demonstrations and sales, 12 to 4 pm
  • Glen Echo Pottery, gallery exhibit and sales, 12 pm to 5 pm
  • Jordan Bruns Studio, open studio and art sales, 12 pm to 5 pm
  • Popcorn Gallery, Silverworks presents 5 years of SilverWorks: A Celebration of Techniques, 12 pm to 6 pm
  • Photoworks Studio presents Photo Slam: 2013 Winners’ Exhibition, 1 pm to 4 pm, and a Master Lecture Series with Frank Van Riper, 1 to 2pm
  • SilverWorks Studio & Gallery, open studio and art sales, 10 am to 6 pm

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Glen Echo Park is a magical place situated on the Potomac palisades near Bethesda, Maryland. Originally a Chautauqua retreat, then an amusement park, this National Park now presents vibrant arts and cultural programs.

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