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FREE Family Fun in the DMV This Weekend

May 14 & 15, 2016

Washington DC Area

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This Weekend’s Activities Includes Tot Rock Fest, 4th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair, Shortcut to Europe, Tour de DCPL VII, 29th Annual Taste of Arlington & MORE!

Always call or check the event website before heading out;
Event information is subject to change or weather cancellation.

***  Visit the Calendar AND Arts & Entertainment: Family Events for additional happenings.***

Feed my starving children

2016 Food Fight
Dulles Expo Center
Thru Sunday, May 15 ∙ Volunteer, RSVP Here
At least 6,200 children die worldwide each day as a result of malnutrition and hunger-related diseases. So imagine thousands of volunteers from across the Northern Virginia region coming together with a common goal to fight world hunger by packing 5,000,000 meals. Imagine a project where people from all walks of life stand side by side pushing toward greater levels of action and community involvement, for the greater good of starving children around the world.
This is the vision of an exciting and historic event called 2016 Food Fight—the Battle to Fight Hunger. This event is hosted in partnership with hunger relief organization, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC).

Alexandria's Tot Rock Festival - May 14 2016Tot Rock Fest
Del Ray Alexandria
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 9:00 am ∙ Free Admission
Performances by:  Mr. Jon Music,  Groovy NateThe Great Zucchini ,  The Uncle Devin Show, and Rainbow Rock Band 
A collaboration of the Rainbow Rock Collection and community partners, brings you a festival with a cause. Please bring any NEW or USED music instruments to Tot Rock Fest to benefit NOW I PLAY ALONG TOO, a nonprofit committed to improving the lives of individuals with socio-economic or other disadvantages through music and arts.
Financial donations are also being collected online through Rainbow Rock Collection and on-site at the Tot Rock Fest event. The money donated will be used to buy instruments and the majority of the proceeds will directly aid “Now I Play Along Too!” The Rainbow Rock Band will be helping to deliver many of the instruments collected to Haiti this summer along with MELODIME.
The Tot Rock Fest is a festival for infant to 7 year olds but kids of all ages are welcome! [View schedule of performers here]
While in the neighborhood: Visit La Bella Strada: Del Ray’s First Annual Street Painting Festival – It’s a modern street painting festival that originates from an ancient Italian art form. Organized by the parents of students who attend The Del Ray Montessori School, this unique event takes place along Mt. Vernon Avenue, throughout the day (9am-3pm) on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Tour de DCPL 2016

Tour de DCPL VII
DC Public Library – Takoma Park Neighborhood Branch
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 9:00 am ∙ Free, Register for the ride HERE!
Every year, to celebrate National Bike Month, a group of library staff, advocates and community members strap on their bike helmets to help the DC Public Library promote environmentally friendly transportation and explore how our libraries connect with the communities they serve.
For the first time, the Tour de DCPL will include two branches from neighboring library systems in Maryland. The Tour de DCPL VII will start at the Takoma Park Neighborhood Library, with check in beginning at 9 am. We will leave promptly at 9:30, visiting the newly made over Shepherd Park (Juanita Thornton) Library, the Takoma Park Maryland Library, the newly-built Silver Spring Library, Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, and Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library. For our seventh ride, we are excited to go check in on our friends in Maryland as well as show off DCPL’s finest. The route will take us through a variety of paths and neighborhoods which we think will make for a pleasant Saturday morning ride. Free snacks and water will be provided, courtesy of the Federation of Friends of the DC Public Library. All participants must wear a helmet. Questions? Email bike.dcpl@gmail.com.
NOTE: Want to Learn to Ride a Bike? Every Sunday at 1pm, the National Park Service (Turkey Run Park and Jones Point Park locations) will teach adults and young children how to ride a bike. Click here for the FREE program information.

Fairland Health & Wellness Fair
Fairland Sports and Aquatics Complex
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 9:00 am ∙ FREE!
A community health fair that will include over 50 vendors! The Delivering Inclusive Solutions for Total Body health fair will be totally interactive with health classes and screenings, children’s activities and more.
Enjoy new and exciting additions to the event this year, including a blood mobile, food truck, and live music & entertainment.

European Union Embassies' Open House 2016Shortcut to Europe: European Union Embassies’ Open House
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free!
Experience the best of European Culture without the Jet Lag
The annual EU Embassies’ Open House: a day of family fun, food, culture and more. Visitors to the European Union (EU) Delegation and the embassies of the EU member states will enjoy the authentic music, dance, food, film, and art of 28 distinctive nations. Previous participants in the embassy open houses include Croatia, Denmark,Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Austria, Cyprus,Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain,Belgium, the Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovakia, and Sweden.
NOTE: There is no charge to participate in Shortcut to Europe and tickets are not required. It is recommended that you take a form of government-issued identification with you. #‎EUopenhouse ‪#‎PassportDC   International Migratory Bird Day 2016

International Migratory Bird Day
National Zoo
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 10:00 am* ∙ Free!

Spread your wings for bird conservation at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo! Did you know some migratory birds fly more than 10,000 miles one way? Learn what propels these migrants each year, as well as specific issues threatening their long-term survival at this free event.
The Zoo’s International Migratory Bird Day festival will feature activities, demonstrations, and live musical theater performances—all in the name of bird conservation. During this festival, you will have the opportunity to hear from Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center scientists, find out how to help protect migratory birds through your coffee drinking habits, create a bird strike window decal to help make your home more bird friendly, and so much more.
Joining the Zoo at this event will be the DC Audubon Society, the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE), Environment for the Americas, Raptor Conservancy of Virginia, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Program.
Birds are one of our closest connections to wildlife and nature; they share habitats with humans in cities, suburbs, forests, farms, and beyond. On May 14, join the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in making the world a better place for birds! [View the Animal Demonstration Schedule Here]
*NOTE: From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. there will be special activities around the Bird House exclusively for Migratory Bird Club and FONZ members.

Renwick in Bloom Family Day
Renwick Gallery – 2nd Floor, Grand Salon
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free!

Spring is in bloom at the Renwick Gallery! Make your own bookmark with pressed flowers, create a bug with paper plates, or transform a paper bag into a tree. The RockCandy cloggers bring spring to life with their lively dancing, and Smithsonian Gardens brings the blooms indoors with live plants and gardening ideas.
Join the event on Facebook!

World Bonsai Day Festival2016 World Day Bonsai Festival
United States National Arboretum
Saturday, May 14 & Sunday, May 15 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free Admission
Have you always wanted to try bonsai, but weren’t sure where to start? This annual festival features something for everyone, with special programs for beginners. Activities include demonstrations, special exhibits, vendors, workshops, family activities, and a free “Getting Started” booth.
The festival also celebrates World Bonsai Day, an annual event founded on Saburo Kato’s belief that bonsai has the power to unite people by acting as a bridge to international friendship and peace. This annual event features free events including: Demonstrations at 12:00 and 2:00 pm with raffle drawings for the demonstration trees; Curator-led museum tours at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, and an exhibit about Mr. Kato, founder of the World Bonsai Friendship Federation.
World Bonsai Day Festival is co-sponsored by the National Arboretum, the National Bonsai Foundation, and the Potomac Bonsai Association. Click here for a complete schedule of activities. Some programs have fees. Free festival admission.

Cantaré Cecilia Esquivel Latin American Music

Cantaré (Cecilia Esquivel): Latin American Music
DC Public Library – Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – Central Branch
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free!
Audiences are transported to Latin America through the many rhythms and unique instruments from different regions, while learning about the three cultures that shaped Latin music– Indigenous, European & African.
This program will take place in the Children’s Room on the second floor.
For kids of all ages

2016 Family Youth Casting Call FlyerFamily & Youth Casting Call
The Boat House at Fletcher’s Cove
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free!
The 2016 Family and Youth Casting Call is a FREE family fishing and environmental education event at Fletcher’s Cove. Anglers will learn basic fishing skills while fishing in a stocked section of the C & O canal and practice catch and release fishing. Partnering community organizations will share information on their programs and provide environmental education activities for the kids: Learn how to tie common knots, create beautiful fish prints, and learn about watersheds and conservation of our aquatic resources. All equipment and bait will be provided as well as angling instruction and support from volunteers. Youth must be accompanied by parents.
NOTE: Want more fishing? Urban American Outdoors is excited to host  Urban Kids Fishing Derby in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, June 4, 2016. This event is from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Constitution Gardens on the Washington Mall and it’s FREE. This Urban Kids Fish is a Catch and Release. There will be a $100 grand prize.
Space is limited – 250 kids max. *ALERT* Slots are filling up fast. Register today! Note: Students must have parent or guardian permission in order to participate. Please fill out the registration here to reserve your spot today.

Amending America Family Day
National Archives – Boeing Learning Center
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free!
Only 27 times out of 11,000+ proposals have Americans changed, or amended, the Constitution. Come explore some of the successful and not so successful proposals and figure out the answer to, just how do you change the Constitution.      Bethesda Up Urban Partnership Inc

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival
Woodmont Triangle, along Norfolk, Auburn & Del Ray Avenues
Saturday, May 14 & Sunday, May 15 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free Admission
120+ fine art & craft vendors & live entertainment. This event is held rain or shine.The Bethesda Fine Arts Festival was ranked #78 on the 200 Best Shows by Sunshine Artist  Magazine in September 2008, making it the highest ranked fine art show in Maryland.

RDUTennisRDUTennis Summer Camp Open House and FREE Clinic
Trinity Washington University
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free, RSVP Required*
RDUTennis is offering an opportunity to have fun, grab some tips, meet the staff, and learn about RDUTennis camps in Washington, D.C. this summer. Participants are expected to bring their own racquet, but RDUTennis will have all the balls ready. Complimentary event for ages 4-14.
Brian Rosenthal and staff will be on court & soccer fields for 2 hours to provide instruction and answer all questions. This is a drop-in event, 10am-12pm. Please RSVP to Brian@rdutennis.net with the name of your child, age, and when you plan to arrive.    CaseyTreesV

Family Program: Buds Story Time
Rock Creek Park Nature Center
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free, RSVP Requested
Buds is a tree-focused story time aimed toward an audience of toddlers and preschoolers (2 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 three to four 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 Rock Creek on their own after the Buds program has concluded.
NOTE: Another free event on Saturday at 10am, Tree Tour: The Kreeger Museum Grounds.

Free Saturday Kids Program
Reston Art Gallery & Studios
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free!
Bring your kids, ages 3-11 years, to the Reston Art Gallery for a FREE Kid’s program. No reservation needed – just come on by!
This week’s project: Wire Sculpture   Occoquan River Festival

Occoquan River Festival
Occoquan Regional Park
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free Admission
Celebrate life along the Occoquan River in Lorton! Enjoy a day of fun and free events on the Occoquan River – including complimentary boat rides on the Miss River Shore! Activities include:

  • Children’s Midway ($5 charge for a wristband)
  • History Paddle
  • Snails Alive!
  • Nature hike
  • Live animals
  • Stream science with GMY
  • Kids fishing event
  • Partners information tent
  • Over 20 conservation and recreation organizations will be on display!

If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach Don't by Elise ParsleyIf You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don’t! Storytime
Barnes & Noble – select locations
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 11:00 am ∙  Free storytime & activity
If your mom says to get ready to play at the beach, she means with a boat, or a Frisbee or a shovel. She is NOT talking about the piano. But Magnolia is a little girl with a big idea, determination and one very heavy upright piano she insists she needs to take with her. What’s the worst that can happen? Find out at Storytime. Activities to follow. Spring into Literary Excellence Book Festival

The Prince George’s Book Festival
Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE event for the entire family!
Let’s Spring Into Literary Excellence!
Book lovers of all ages – this indoor event – a celebration of the written word – will feature presentations and signings by authors, workshops, literary exhibitors, books sales, children’s activities and more.

Spring Family Fun Day
Deerfield Run Community Center
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
Bring the family along for a day of activities! There will be fun activities for all ages from skating, games, a game mobile, face painting, arts and crafts and activities to discover.

Letters4aCause - Teen Advocacy Workshop#Letters4aCause – Teen Letter Writing Workshop
National Postal Museum – Level 2 – Historic Lobby
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ Free. No reservation required.
Come join us at the FREE #Letters4aCause Teen Advocacy Workshops!
Explore the National Postal Museum and National American History Museum’s collections to make connections between past and current social justice issues. Choose an issue that you care about, and use template and experts’ example to write a letter of your own, take action and become an advocate.
Meet curators, learn the history of letter writing campaigns and start your journey into letter writing.
DC area High school students are eligible for community service hours for attending this event.
For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator at hiokim@si.edu.

Drop-In Art Activities: Elements of Art
Walters Art Museum

Saturday, May 14 & Sunday, May 15 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
Calling all artists! Explore a variety of media and fill your toolkit with the elements of art!
Every weekend join us in our studios and create artful projects related to the collection and special exhibitions. Check out our monthly themes and visit often to participate in a different project each weekend. No registration required—drop in, make, and take a fantastic work of art home with you!
May 14 & 15: Texture
May 21 & 22: Lines and Shapes
May 28 & 29: Composition      Lakeshore Learning store craft project - Giddy-Up Pony

Free Crafts for Kids!
Lakeshore Learning
Every Saturday ∙ 11:00 am – 3 pm ∙  FREE, no reservation necessary
Drop-in project on May 14: Giddy-Up Pony! [Make it at home]

Early KeepersEarly Keepers Program
Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Join us as we celebrate Memorial Day!
Early Keepers is a free program for children 3-7 years old (Parent/Guardian Participation Required) where they can explore multicultural heritage through story-telling, music, movement/dance, and arts & crafts. Parents can spend quality time with their children while engaging in fun and culturally rich activities that incorporates problem-solving, math, and reading skills.    4th Annual African American Children's Book Fair

4th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair
Reginald F. Lewis Museum
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission, RSVP Requested
Dive into the world of kids’ literature focused on African Americans and people of other ethnicities. Enjoy author readings, illustration workshops, performances, and craft activities. Purchase hard-to-find titles in the Book Village. Free children’s book for every family, while supplies last.
Celebrity Readers and Special Guest:
Ashlee Thomas, Miss Black Maryland USA 2016
Tavon Mason, Former NFL New York Jets wide receiver
Poe, Ravens Mascot
[View Schedule of Events Here]
Sponsored by BGE with support from Comcast, and Harford County Public Library System. Presented in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore County Public Schools, Baltimore County Public Library, Enoch Pratt Free Library, and Mocha Moms Inc.

Spring Fest at Cathedral CommonsSpring Fest
Cathedral Commons
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ Festival is free* and open to all-ages. Rain or Shine

Celebrate the blooming season with a Spring Festival at Cathedral Commons curated by Art Soiree!
30+ vendors, 5 hours of live entertainment, 4 live music bands, outdoor workout class, $3,000+ in raffle giveaways, flower art installations, & more!
This year’s Spring Festival will close Newark Street to traffic, and transform Cathedral Commons and the Cathedral Heights neighborhood into a kaleidoscope of colors, sounds and flavors with thousands in attendance for a day of art, music, and family-friendly fun. Stroll the streets as you listen to live musical performances, peruse local art and taste delicious food and beverage offerings from a number of neighborhood businesses and restaurants. [View the event program here]
*RSVP to automatically enter you in for a chance to win over $3,000+ in gift cards & giveaways from local retailers! 
Join the event on Facebook!     National Museum of the Marine Corps

Family Day — Transportation
National Museum of the Marine Corps
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Marines have to move on land, sea and air. Learn about how transportation has changed from 1775 to today.
NOTE: The second Saturday of every month is “Family Day” at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Children of all ages are invited to participate in fun, educational, hands-on activities as they learn about Marine Corps history. View Family Days & Special Events – 2016

FAMILY FUN: Room for Children
Embassy of Sweden
Saturday, May 14 & Sunday, May 15 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙
FREE admission and guide on site  ∙ No registration is required
Room for Children is a Swedish library and arts studio for the young designed to stimulate their desire for books, music, storytelling and self-expression. A child’s perspective is applied throughout, from the greeting to the interior design and the way books are placed and displayed.
The exhibition will be on display until December, 2016.
NOTE: Story time sessions will be offered every Saturday at 2 pm for families to experience Swedish children’s literature. The sessions are held in Room for Children with FREE admission.
Room for Children Arts & Crafts Workshops
As an extension of Room for Children, FREE arts & crafts workshops will be offered. The series of workshops will run from 12 pm – 3 pm on the following dates:  Sunday, May 15; and Sunday, June 12.
The workshops will be held by Swedish artist and art teacher Karin Lithell www.karinlithell.se

Montgomery ParksHistory in the Parks – Dance Workshop: ‘Celebrating African Rhythms through Dance & Song’
Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE Guided Cabin Tours
Join us at Oakley Cabin for an African dance workshop, tours of the 19th century cabin, crafts and games for children. Explore an archaeology dig with Montgomery Parks archaeologists.
More information about all our historic ongoing and special events is online at HistoryInTheParks.org along with information about Group Tours and School Fieldtrips offered throughout the year.
NOTE: Parking for this event is located at Longwood Local Park, 19330 Georgia Ave., Olney, MD 20833
Dock Diving Dogs - Lake Anne

Dock Diving Dogs
Lake Anne
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ Free!
Back by popular demand. World Champion dogs from the Chesapeake Dock Diving Dog Club will dazzle spectators with their amazing leaps and jumps into the lake. Meet adoptable dogs from area adoption agencies. Please park in the Lake Anne parking lot and walk towards the lake. Sponsored by PetMAC – Pet Nutrition Center

Children’s ER 10th Birthday Party – A FREE Fun, Family Celebration
Inova Loudoun Hospital
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 1:00 pm  ∙  FREE, RSVP to enter the drawing for four great seats at a Nats game this summer!
Inova Loudoun Hospital Celebrates 10 Years of Children’s Emergency Service
The public is invited to this FREE fun, family celebration. Guests can enjoy a variety of activities including a teddy bear clinic, petting zoo, glitter tattoo artists, moon bounce, and educational stations. In addition, Loudoun County Fire & Rescue will be bringing emergency vehicles and tours will be offered of the Children’s ER. There will be yummy birthday treats, snow cones and giveaways while supplies last!

A C Moore Arts & CraftsKids 2nd Saturday – FREE Crafts for Kids
A.C. Moore
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The craftologist have crafted some fun free projects every 2nd Saturday through June 2016.
Saturday’s project: What a hoot – color your very own drawstring backpack.   826DC Logo

O Roy G. Biv Writing Workshop
826DC – Writing Center
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE, RSVP Required
What’s in an ode? Young writers in this workshop will not only go over all the goods and gold living in one of poetry’s greatest forms of flattery but they will focus their writing on an easy to adore object: colors. This workshop is highly recommended for those who have a favorite color above all else. Ages 6-12

Tween Workshop: Journalist Journeys
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery – ImaginAsia
Saturday, May 14 & Sunday, May 15* ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ Free but RSVP Required

Join Akbar Ahmed, a foreign affairs reporter for the Huffington Post, and staff of the Freer|Sackler for a writing workshop with other tweens. Inspired by artist Ahmed Mater’s work in Symbolic Cities, explore urban development through the lens of other cultures and use memoir and journalistic techniques to compose short pieces. This program is designed for ages 9–13.
*NOTE: Sunday, May 15 Workshop is SOLD OUT!

Wildlife AmbassadorsWildlife Ambassadors
Hosted by Doodlehopper 4 Kids Toy Stores
Saturday, May 14  ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ Springfield
Sunday, May 15 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ Falls Church
ALL ARE WELCOME! Meet animals that call America home, as we find out how animals survive, raise their young and live in their unique habitats.

Celebrate Takoma Festival 2016Celebrate Takoma Festival 2016
Maple Ave (from Philadelphia Ave to Lee Ave)
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 4:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission!
The Celebrate Takoma Festival features the culinary tastes, festive performances, visual and performing arts, crafts and games that originate from nations around the world.
Maple Avenue is transformed into a world of fun and learning; the venue for this family festival that features a large stage of free live entertainment, food vendors, exhibit areas and game area (nominal fees charged for food vendors). Incorporated into the festival again this year will be the Takoma Foundation’s Azalea Awards. Don’t miss the fun! View the program of events here.
Event will be held rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, it will be held inside Piney Branch Elementary School.
Thanks for the tip, KindiemusicDC!

Adams Morgan Free Summer Concert Series 2016 FlyerAdams Morgan Summer Concert Series
Corner of 18th Street & Columbia Road NW in the plaza
Outside of BB&T Bank
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 5:00 pm ∙ Free!
Hollertown is a bluegrass and old-time music band that has played in and around Washington, DC, for nearly ten years. Playing everything from haunting (and haunted) originals, to old-timey standards, to tunes by Mötley Crüe, Bob Marley, and the Texas Tornados, Hollertown has been known to inspire spontaneous dancing, questionable public displays of affection, and glossolalia. Hollertown performs monthly for bluegrass nights at both the Argonaut Tavern in the H street Atlas district, and Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill, and has been a featured performer at the Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival, as well as top music venues across the DC area.
*NOTE: The concerts date/times may be changed or cancelled due to weather. Also, wristbands will be available at the event and will entitle attendees to discounts at a variety of Adams Morgan businesses. Check the Adams Morgan Free Summer Concert Series Facebook page for updates.     nando downtown concerts

Nando’s Spicy Saturday Night Concerts
Downtown Silver Spring
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 6:30 pm ∙ Free!
Watch all your favorite local bands LIVE from 6:30pm-8:30pm on the Fountain Plaza Stage every Saturday Night through September.
May 14: Eclectiks
Thrifty Friends, the full Downtown Silver Spring Nando’s Spicy Saturday Night Concert schedule has been added to the calendar!


Ferris WheelSpring Family Fun Day

Bowie Town Center [Behind Off Broadway Shoes]
Thru Sunday, May 15 ∙ Free Admission*
Come out and enjoy rides, food and games at the Carnival!
*Fee for amusement rides and games

Welcome Hokule’a 2016
Waterfront Park
Sunday, May 15 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Arrival and welcome of the Hokule’a canoe to the DC area. The Hokule’a canoe will navigate the Potomac to the pier at the Waterfront Park in Alexandria, accompanied by an escort vessel. There will also be Hawaiian musicians and Hula group dancers.  2016 Taste of Arlington

29th Annual Taste of Arlington
Along Wilson Boulevard
Sunday, May 15 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ Free Admission*
The Largest Festival Showcasing Arlington’s Food Scene and Benefitting the Arlington Food Assistance Center.
Over 50 restaurants participate in this spectacular community event, which draws an average of 40,000 people each year who live in the greater Washington, D.C. area.
Taste of Arlington 2016 isn’t just for adults, the KidZone is the place to bring your toddler to teenager. Enjoy a rock-climbing wall, face-painting, carnival games and the Washington Wizards and Capitals inflatable games.
*Admission to the May 15 event is free, but tickets are required for some tasting & KidZone games. Save $5 and get your tickets online here. Taste of Arlington is a rain or shine event; tickets are non-refundable.

Something Awesome!
Black Hill Nature Programs
Sunday, May 15 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE, RSVP Required!
Nature is awesome, cool, and super-fun! We’ll celebrate the spring wonders around us with awesome activities around the Visitor Center. Check the Facebook page before the program to find out what’s happening today and to know how to dress.

The Glass Menagerie

“The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams Staged Reading
DC Public Library – Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – Central Branch
[Great Hall]
Sunday, May 15 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ Free and open to the public
DC Public Library, in partnership with The Theatre Lab School of Performing Arts, is pleased to announce a staged reading of Tennessee Williams’ iconic play, The Glass Menagerie.
The Glass Menagerie is a four-character memory play by Tennessee Williams that premiered in 1944 and catapulted Williams from obscurity to fame. The play has strong autobiographical elements, featuring characters based on Williams himself, his histrionic mother, and his mentally fragile sister, Laura. The Glass Menagerie was Williams’s first successful play; he went on to become one of America’s most highly regarded playwrights.

Baltimore Museum of Art - Pic StitchFree Family Sunday: Spring Inspiration
The Baltimore Museum of Art
Sunday, May 15 ∙  2:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission!
Paint watercolor flowers as we look to spring for inspiration.
Join us every Sunday for activities the entire family can enjoy. Explore your creative side with active hands-on art-making workshops in response to works on view.  Movies on the potomac

Movies On The Potomac: FROZEN
National Harbor
Sunday, May 15 ∙  6:00 pm ∙ FREE! (fee for parking)
Pack a picnic and your chairs! Meet at the Plaza screen for an evening of fun for all ages!
Showing: Frozen [PG]

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boomerang-water-cannons-06513Family Treasure Hunt Cruise on the Boomerang Pirate Ship
May 21, 22, 28, 29 & June 4, 5, 12, 18, 19 ∙ $10.00*
Georgetown’s Washington Harbour

Set sail for an afternoon of swashbuckling fun as you and your little mateys search for adventure and booty. This family cruise takes place aboard the Boomerang Pirate Ship, which holds the city’s treasure. But the keys to the chest have been stolen by rascally scallywags, and your job is to recover them. You’ll search the waterways of the Potomac, armed with water cannons and pirate bravado while having fun playing games, dancing and getting your face painted. Little buccaneers and their parents will love this creative cruise idea, complete with on-board snacks and drinks for purchase, and will be sent home with treasure and souvenirs after enjoying an afternoon on the water seeing the sights in a whole new way.
*Additional fees apply

The Ugly Duckling

The Ugly Duckling
May 14, 21, 28 ∙ 11:30am ∙ $8.50*
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children’s Theater

Originally a Danish fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, this hour-long musical version of The Ugly Duckling comes complete with a light pre-show lunch of cheese pizza or a hotdog and chips. Kids ages 3 to 10 are sure to be entertained and enchanted by this new telling of the classic story, which finds a swan egg accidentally mixed in with a mother duck’s brood. The homely little hatchling endures much teasing until it gets older and grows into a beautiful swan. Bring your youngsters down to see the show at the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children’s Theater in Hagerstown.
*Additional fees apply

DC Thrifty Mom - Washington Nationals 2016 Discount Code***** Washington National Discount Available *****
Suggestion: Nationals vs. Marlins
Nationals Park
Sunday, May 15 ∙ 1:35 pm 
Join the fun with Youth Baseball & Softball Parade,  Signature Sunday & Kids Run the Bases
Save on tickets using discount code: DCTM16
NOTE: Special Ticket Event: Yoga in the Outfield | Nationals Yoga Mat, with purchase of a special ticket [Details Here]

BOGO Ticket Discount - Imagination Stage Presents Looking for Roberto Clemente

BOGO Ticket Discount – Looking for Roberto Clemente
Imagination Stage
While available through May 22 
Sam and Charlie are best friends and baseball fanatics in Pittsburgh, PA, in the year 1972. Puerto Rican superstar Roberto Clemente is the hero of the Pittsburgh Pirates, having led the team to victory after years of losing. When a mysterious fly ball transforms Sam into a Little League Superstar pitcher, he is invited onto the most prestigious Little League team in town, while Charlie is rejected for being a girl. Charlie forms her own team with the less athletic kids and her new friend Tommy, a boy with a disability. Sam and Charlie ultimately discover what it truly means to be a “hero” when their final game coincides with Clemente’s fateful decision to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
Best for Ages 5+ | Tickets: $10+

busch gardensBusch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA Ticket (50% Off)
The Deal:
$48.50 gets you unlimited admission to Busch Gardens AND Water Country USA for up to seven consecutive days ($97 value)
Enjoy the flexibility to go back and forth between these two great parks or just visit them each on different days, as many times as you want for up to seven days
Children under the age of 3 admitted free – See Free Preschool Pass Deal!
See park’s hours to plan your visit.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg - Preschool Pass

FREE Preschool Pass
Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA
FREE unlimited admission to two great parks for kids ages 3-5.
Introduce your little ones to their favorite characters at Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™ or take them to Land of the Dragons® to discover a magical playland at Busch Gardens®. Splash over to Water Country USA® where kids can play in our interactive splash zones like H2O UFO® and Cow-A-Bunga®. Throughout both parks, you’ll find lots of KIDsiderate® rides, slides and attractions created for our youngest guests. The 2-Park Preschool Pass offers unlimited admission to both Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA for children ages 3 – 5, through Sept. 5, 2016. Hurry, passes must be registered and redeemed by May 31, 2016.

UniverSoul_Circus_ticketsUniverSoul Circus
June 1-9, 2016
Security Square Mall, Baltimore

Ranked among Ticketmaster’s Top 25 Most Requested Family Events for five consecutive years, UniverSoul Circus grants an interactive spectacle of acrobatic stunts, dance, and comedy set to popular urban sounds. With its swirling lights and pulsing beats, the circus’s resemblance to a blowout concert tour is no accident: production designer Tom Marzullo has created internationally touring stage shows for Justin Bieber, Jay-Z, and Prince.
$13.50–$23.50 for one G-Pass for side premium grandstand seating (up to $34.50 value)
$20–$22 for one G-Pass for side upper grandstand seating (up to $32 value)
Ticket prices and values vary depending on the date and showtime you select. Seating availability also varies depending on the date.   Celebrate Fairfax

Celebrate Fairfax! Sunday Funday Family Pack Admission $22
June 12, 2016

Sunday Funday Family Pack covers Two Adults and Four Kids or One Adult and Five Kids
Festival Includes Carnival (Additional Purchase Required at Festival), Family and Youth Interactive Activities, Fair Food, and More!
Get ready for a perfect Sunday: head down to Celebrate Fairfax! to explore 25 acres of pure excitement, including rides, games, kids performers, eight stages and much more fantastic family fun on Sunday, June 12, 2016. The family fun pack gives you access to the fair for two adults and four kids, or one adult and five kids.
There’s something for everyone at this fest, and you can explore it all. The Petting Zoo, Trackless Train, Comedy Hypnotist, Public Safety and Robotics Tents, Silent Disco, Interactive Village, and the DockDogs Championship are all included with admission. Plus, carnival ride tickets are available for purchase at the fair.

LOGO - AAAOrbit_2c$36 for a One-Year Basic AAA Mid-Atlantic Primary Membership w/ $10 Gift Card
A one-year basic membership includes roadside assistance, complimentary trip-planning tools, and AAA exclusive discounts for one member. Customers choose their favorite gift card from a wide variety of popular retailers. Restrictions apply. ($82 Value)

Regal Summer Movie Express

2016 Regal Summer Movie Express
Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1.
Family fun movies playing on Tuesdays & Wednesdays for the summertime!
The 2016 Regal Summer Movie Express will begin soon! (June in the Washington DC Area.) Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10:00 am. Each week both movies play on both days. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute. Parents for your convenience, DC Thrifty Mom has linked each movie title to a review from Common Sense Media. View the schedule here.

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DC Public School LogoFREE DCPS Summer Enrichment Program

July 5 – 29, 2016
Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 1
For the third year, DC Public Schools is pleased to provide DCPS students a 4-week FREE summer enrichment learning opportunity for students entering 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th grade in the 2016-17 school year. Students will be immersed in engaging and challenging topics in which they have a strong interest and work in groups with others who share these interests. They will use technology and other resources to carry out original investigations by solving real-world problems in science, math, creative writing, social studies, or the arts while having a hands-on, enjoyable, learning experience with a strong focus on field trips to supplement classroom learning. Students will select enrichment groups as a part of this application based on their strengths and interests. Enrichment teachers will provide students with the necessary structures to research, develop, and produce small-group projects over the 4-week period.

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FREE Family Fun in the DMV This Weekend

May 14 & 15, 2016

Washington DC Area

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This Weekend’s Activities Includes Tot Rock Fest, 4th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair, Shortcut to Europe, Tour de DCPL VII, 29th Annual Taste of Arlington & MORE!

Always call or check the event website before heading out;
Event information is subject to change or weather cancellation.

***  Visit the Calendar AND Arts & Entertainment: Family Events for additional happenings.***

Feed my starving children

2016 Food Fight
Dulles Expo Center
Thru Sunday, May 15 ∙ Volunteer, RSVP Here
At least 6,200 children die worldwide each day as a result of malnutrition and hunger-related diseases. So imagine thousands of volunteers from across the Northern Virginia region coming together with a common goal to fight world hunger by packing 5,000,000 meals. Imagine a project where people from all walks of life stand side by side pushing toward greater levels of action and community involvement, for the greater good of starving children around the world.
This is the vision of an exciting and historic event called 2016 Food Fight—the Battle to Fight Hunger. This event is hosted in partnership with hunger relief organization, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC).

Alexandria's Tot Rock Festival - May 14 2016Tot Rock Fest
Del Ray Alexandria
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 9:00 am ∙ Free Admission
Performances by:  Mr. Jon Music,  Groovy NateThe Great Zucchini ,  The Uncle Devin Show, and Rainbow Rock Band 
A collaboration of the Rainbow Rock Collection and community partners, brings you a festival with a cause. Please bring any NEW or USED music instruments to Tot Rock Fest to benefit NOW I PLAY ALONG TOO, a nonprofit committed to improving the lives of individuals with socio-economic or other disadvantages through music and arts.
Financial donations are also being collected online through Rainbow Rock Collection and on-site at the Tot Rock Fest event. The money donated will be used to buy instruments and the majority of the proceeds will directly aid “Now I Play Along Too!” The Rainbow Rock Band will be helping to deliver many of the instruments collected to Haiti this summer along with MELODIME.
The Tot Rock Fest is a festival for infant to 7 year olds but kids of all ages are welcome! [View schedule of performers here]
While in the neighborhood: Visit La Bella Strada: Del Ray’s First Annual Street Painting Festival – It’s a modern street painting festival that originates from an ancient Italian art form. Organized by the parents of students who attend The Del Ray Montessori School, this unique event takes place along Mt. Vernon Avenue, throughout the day (9am-3pm) on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Tour de DCPL 2016

Tour de DCPL VII
DC Public Library – Takoma Park Neighborhood Branch
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 9:00 am ∙ Free, Register for the ride HERE!
Every year, to celebrate National Bike Month, a group of library staff, advocates and community members strap on their bike helmets to help the DC Public Library promote environmentally friendly transportation and explore how our libraries connect with the communities they serve.
For the first time, the Tour de DCPL will include two branches from neighboring library systems in Maryland. The Tour de DCPL VII will start at the Takoma Park Neighborhood Library, with check in beginning at 9 am. We will leave promptly at 9:30, visiting the newly made over Shepherd Park (Juanita Thornton) Library, the Takoma Park Maryland Library, the newly-built Silver Spring Library, Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, and Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library. For our seventh ride, we are excited to go check in on our friends in Maryland as well as show off DCPL’s finest. The route will take us through a variety of paths and neighborhoods which we think will make for a pleasant Saturday morning ride. Free snacks and water will be provided, courtesy of the Federation of Friends of the DC Public Library. All participants must wear a helmet. Questions? Email bike.dcpl@gmail.com.
NOTE: Want to Learn to Ride a Bike? Every Sunday at 1pm, the National Park Service (Turkey Run Park and Jones Point Park locations) will teach adults and young children how to ride a bike. Click here for the FREE program information.

Fairland Health & Wellness Fair
Fairland Sports and Aquatics Complex
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 9:00 am ∙ FREE!
A community health fair that will include over 50 vendors! The Delivering Inclusive Solutions for Total Body health fair will be totally interactive with health classes and screenings, children’s activities and more.
Enjoy new and exciting additions to the event this year, including a blood mobile, food truck, and live music & entertainment.

European Union Embassies' Open House 2016Shortcut to Europe: European Union Embassies’ Open House
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free!
Experience the best of European Culture without the Jet Lag
The annual EU Embassies’ Open House: a day of family fun, food, culture and more. Visitors to the European Union (EU) Delegation and the embassies of the EU member states will enjoy the authentic music, dance, food, film, and art of 28 distinctive nations. Previous participants in the embassy open houses include Croatia, Denmark,Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Austria, Cyprus,Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain,Belgium, the Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovakia, and Sweden.
NOTE: There is no charge to participate in Shortcut to Europe and tickets are not required. It is recommended that you take a form of government-issued identification with you. #‎EUopenhouse ‪#‎PassportDC   International Migratory Bird Day 2016

International Migratory Bird Day
National Zoo
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 10:00 am* ∙ Free!

Spread your wings for bird conservation at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo! Did you know some migratory birds fly more than 10,000 miles one way? Learn what propels these migrants each year, as well as specific issues threatening their long-term survival at this free event.
The Zoo’s International Migratory Bird Day festival will feature activities, demonstrations, and live musical theater performances—all in the name of bird conservation. During this festival, you will have the opportunity to hear from Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center scientists, find out how to help protect migratory birds through your coffee drinking habits, create a bird strike window decal to help make your home more bird friendly, and so much more.
Joining the Zoo at this event will be the DC Audubon Society, the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE), Environment for the Americas, Raptor Conservancy of Virginia, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Program.
Birds are one of our closest connections to wildlife and nature; they share habitats with humans in cities, suburbs, forests, farms, and beyond. On May 14, join the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in making the world a better place for birds! [View the Animal Demonstration Schedule Here]
*NOTE: From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. there will be special activities around the Bird House exclusively for Migratory Bird Club and FONZ members.

Renwick in Bloom Family Day
Renwick Gallery – 2nd Floor, Grand Salon
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free!

Spring is in bloom at the Renwick Gallery! Make your own bookmark with pressed flowers, create a bug with paper plates, or transform a paper bag into a tree. The RockCandy cloggers bring spring to life with their lively dancing, and Smithsonian Gardens brings the blooms indoors with live plants and gardening ideas.
Join the event on Facebook!

World Bonsai Day Festival2016 World Day Bonsai Festival
United States National Arboretum
Saturday, May 14 & Sunday, May 15 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free Admission
Have you always wanted to try bonsai, but weren’t sure where to start? This annual festival features something for everyone, with special programs for beginners. Activities include demonstrations, special exhibits, vendors, workshops, family activities, and a free “Getting Started” booth.
The festival also celebrates World Bonsai Day, an annual event founded on Saburo Kato’s belief that bonsai has the power to unite people by acting as a bridge to international friendship and peace. This annual event features free events including: Demonstrations at 12:00 and 2:00 pm with raffle drawings for the demonstration trees; Curator-led museum tours at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, and an exhibit about Mr. Kato, founder of the World Bonsai Friendship Federation.
World Bonsai Day Festival is co-sponsored by the National Arboretum, the National Bonsai Foundation, and the Potomac Bonsai Association. Click here for a complete schedule of activities. Some programs have fees. Free festival admission.

Cantaré Cecilia Esquivel Latin American Music

Cantaré (Cecilia Esquivel): Latin American Music
DC Public Library – Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – Central Branch
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free!
Audiences are transported to Latin America through the many rhythms and unique instruments from different regions, while learning about the three cultures that shaped Latin music– Indigenous, European & African.
This program will take place in the Children’s Room on the second floor.
For kids of all ages

2016 Family Youth Casting Call FlyerFamily & Youth Casting Call
The Boat House at Fletcher’s Cove
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free!
The 2016 Family and Youth Casting Call is a FREE family fishing and environmental education event at Fletcher’s Cove. Anglers will learn basic fishing skills while fishing in a stocked section of the C & O canal and practice catch and release fishing. Partnering community organizations will share information on their programs and provide environmental education activities for the kids: Learn how to tie common knots, create beautiful fish prints, and learn about watersheds and conservation of our aquatic resources. All equipment and bait will be provided as well as angling instruction and support from volunteers. Youth must be accompanied by parents.
NOTE: Want more fishing? Urban American Outdoors is excited to host  Urban Kids Fishing Derby in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, June 4, 2016. This event is from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Constitution Gardens on the Washington Mall and it’s FREE. This Urban Kids Fish is a Catch and Release. There will be a $100 grand prize.
Space is limited – 250 kids max. *ALERT* Slots are filling up fast. Register today! Note: Students must have parent or guardian permission in order to participate. Please fill out the registration here to reserve your spot today.

Amending America Family Day
National Archives – Boeing Learning Center
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free!
Only 27 times out of 11,000+ proposals have Americans changed, or amended, the Constitution. Come explore some of the successful and not so successful proposals and figure out the answer to, just how do you change the Constitution.      Bethesda Up Urban Partnership Inc

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival
Woodmont Triangle, along Norfolk, Auburn & Del Ray Avenues
Saturday, May 14 & Sunday, May 15 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free Admission
120+ fine art & craft vendors & live entertainment. This event is held rain or shine.The Bethesda Fine Arts Festival was ranked #78 on the 200 Best Shows by Sunshine Artist  Magazine in September 2008, making it the highest ranked fine art show in Maryland.

RDUTennisRDUTennis Summer Camp Open House and FREE Clinic
Trinity Washington University
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free, RSVP Required*
RDUTennis is offering an opportunity to have fun, grab some tips, meet the staff, and learn about RDUTennis camps in Washington, D.C. this summer. Participants are expected to bring their own racquet, but RDUTennis will have all the balls ready. Complimentary event for ages 4-14.
Brian Rosenthal and staff will be on court & soccer fields for 2 hours to provide instruction and answer all questions. This is a drop-in event, 10am-12pm. Please RSVP to Brian@rdutennis.net with the name of your child, age, and when you plan to arrive.    CaseyTreesV

Family Program: Buds Story Time
Rock Creek Park Nature Center
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free, RSVP Requested
Buds is a tree-focused story time aimed toward an audience of toddlers and preschoolers (2 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 three to four 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 Rock Creek on their own after the Buds program has concluded.
NOTE: Another free event on Saturday at 10am, Tree Tour: The Kreeger Museum Grounds.

Free Saturday Kids Program
Reston Art Gallery & Studios
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free!
Bring your kids, ages 3-11 years, to the Reston Art Gallery for a FREE Kid’s program. No reservation needed – just come on by!
This week’s project: Wire Sculpture   Occoquan River Festival

Occoquan River Festival
Occoquan Regional Park
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free Admission
Celebrate life along the Occoquan River in Lorton! Enjoy a day of fun and free events on the Occoquan River – including complimentary boat rides on the Miss River Shore! Activities include:

  • Children’s Midway ($5 charge for a wristband)
  • History Paddle
  • Snails Alive!
  • Nature hike
  • Live animals
  • Stream science with GMY
  • Kids fishing event
  • Partners information tent
  • Over 20 conservation and recreation organizations will be on display!

If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach Don't by Elise ParsleyIf You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don’t! Storytime
Barnes & Noble – select locations
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 11:00 am ∙  Free storytime & activity
If your mom says to get ready to play at the beach, she means with a boat, or a Frisbee or a shovel. She is NOT talking about the piano. But Magnolia is a little girl with a big idea, determination and one very heavy upright piano she insists she needs to take with her. What’s the worst that can happen? Find out at Storytime. Activities to follow. Spring into Literary Excellence Book Festival

The Prince George’s Book Festival
Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE event for the entire family!
Let’s Spring Into Literary Excellence!
Book lovers of all ages – this indoor event – a celebration of the written word – will feature presentations and signings by authors, workshops, literary exhibitors, books sales, children’s activities and more.

Spring Family Fun Day
Deerfield Run Community Center
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
Bring the family along for a day of activities! There will be fun activities for all ages from skating, games, a game mobile, face painting, arts and crafts and activities to discover.

Letters4aCause - Teen Advocacy Workshop#Letters4aCause – Teen Letter Writing Workshop
National Postal Museum – Level 2 – Historic Lobby
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ Free. No reservation required.
Come join us at the FREE #Letters4aCause Teen Advocacy Workshops!
Explore the National Postal Museum and National American History Museum’s collections to make connections between past and current social justice issues. Choose an issue that you care about, and use template and experts’ example to write a letter of your own, take action and become an advocate.
Meet curators, learn the history of letter writing campaigns and start your journey into letter writing.
DC area High school students are eligible for community service hours for attending this event.
For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator at hiokim@si.edu.

Drop-In Art Activities: Elements of Art
Walters Art Museum

Saturday, May 14 & Sunday, May 15 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
Calling all artists! Explore a variety of media and fill your toolkit with the elements of art!
Every weekend join us in our studios and create artful projects related to the collection and special exhibitions. Check out our monthly themes and visit often to participate in a different project each weekend. No registration required—drop in, make, and take a fantastic work of art home with you!
May 14 & 15: Texture
May 21 & 22: Lines and Shapes
May 28 & 29: Composition      Lakeshore Learning store craft project - Giddy-Up Pony

Free Crafts for Kids!
Lakeshore Learning
Every Saturday ∙ 11:00 am – 3 pm ∙  FREE, no reservation necessary
Drop-in project on May 14: Giddy-Up Pony! [Make it at home]

Early KeepersEarly Keepers Program
Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Join us as we celebrate Memorial Day!
Early Keepers is a free program for children 3-7 years old (Parent/Guardian Participation Required) where they can explore multicultural heritage through story-telling, music, movement/dance, and arts & crafts. Parents can spend quality time with their children while engaging in fun and culturally rich activities that incorporates problem-solving, math, and reading skills.    4th Annual African American Children's Book Fair

4th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair
Reginald F. Lewis Museum
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission, RSVP Requested
Dive into the world of kids’ literature focused on African Americans and people of other ethnicities. Enjoy author readings, illustration workshops, performances, and craft activities. Purchase hard-to-find titles in the Book Village. Free children’s book for every family, while supplies last.
Celebrity Readers and Special Guest:
Ashlee Thomas, Miss Black Maryland USA 2016
Tavon Mason, Former NFL New York Jets wide receiver
Poe, Ravens Mascot
[View Schedule of Events Here]
Sponsored by BGE with support from Comcast, and Harford County Public Library System. Presented in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore County Public Schools, Baltimore County Public Library, Enoch Pratt Free Library, and Mocha Moms Inc.

Spring Fest at Cathedral CommonsSpring Fest
Cathedral Commons
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ Festival is free* and open to all-ages. Rain or Shine

Celebrate the blooming season with a Spring Festival at Cathedral Commons curated by Art Soiree!
30+ vendors, 5 hours of live entertainment, 4 live music bands, outdoor workout class, $3,000+ in raffle giveaways, flower art installations, & more!
This year’s Spring Festival will close Newark Street to traffic, and transform Cathedral Commons and the Cathedral Heights neighborhood into a kaleidoscope of colors, sounds and flavors with thousands in attendance for a day of art, music, and family-friendly fun. Stroll the streets as you listen to live musical performances, peruse local art and taste delicious food and beverage offerings from a number of neighborhood businesses and restaurants. [View the event program here]
*RSVP to automatically enter you in for a chance to win over $3,000+ in gift cards & giveaways from local retailers! 
Join the event on Facebook!     National Museum of the Marine Corps

Family Day — Transportation
National Museum of the Marine Corps
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Marines have to move on land, sea and air. Learn about how transportation has changed from 1775 to today.
NOTE: The second Saturday of every month is “Family Day” at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Children of all ages are invited to participate in fun, educational, hands-on activities as they learn about Marine Corps history. View Family Days & Special Events – 2016

FAMILY FUN: Room for Children
Embassy of Sweden
Saturday, May 14 & Sunday, May 15 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙
FREE admission and guide on site  ∙ No registration is required
Room for Children is a Swedish library and arts studio for the young designed to stimulate their desire for books, music, storytelling and self-expression. A child’s perspective is applied throughout, from the greeting to the interior design and the way books are placed and displayed.
The exhibition will be on display until December, 2016.
NOTE: Story time sessions will be offered every Saturday at 2 pm for families to experience Swedish children’s literature. The sessions are held in Room for Children with FREE admission.
Room for Children Arts & Crafts Workshops
As an extension of Room for Children, FREE arts & crafts workshops will be offered. The series of workshops will run from 12 pm – 3 pm on the following dates:  Sunday, May 15; and Sunday, June 12.
The workshops will be held by Swedish artist and art teacher Karin Lithell www.karinlithell.se

Montgomery ParksHistory in the Parks – Dance Workshop: ‘Celebrating African Rhythms through Dance & Song’
Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE Guided Cabin Tours
Join us at Oakley Cabin for an African dance workshop, tours of the 19th century cabin, crafts and games for children. Explore an archaeology dig with Montgomery Parks archaeologists.
More information about all our historic ongoing and special events is online at HistoryInTheParks.org along with information about Group Tours and School Fieldtrips offered throughout the year.
NOTE: Parking for this event is located at Longwood Local Park, 19330 Georgia Ave., Olney, MD 20833
Dock Diving Dogs - Lake Anne

Dock Diving Dogs
Lake Anne
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ Free!
Back by popular demand. World Champion dogs from the Chesapeake Dock Diving Dog Club will dazzle spectators with their amazing leaps and jumps into the lake. Meet adoptable dogs from area adoption agencies. Please park in the Lake Anne parking lot and walk towards the lake. Sponsored by PetMAC – Pet Nutrition Center

Children’s ER 10th Birthday Party – A FREE Fun, Family Celebration
Inova Loudoun Hospital
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 1:00 pm  ∙  FREE, RSVP to enter the drawing for four great seats at a Nats game this summer!
Inova Loudoun Hospital Celebrates 10 Years of Children’s Emergency Service
The public is invited to this FREE fun, family celebration. Guests can enjoy a variety of activities including a teddy bear clinic, petting zoo, glitter tattoo artists, moon bounce, and educational stations. In addition, Loudoun County Fire & Rescue will be bringing emergency vehicles and tours will be offered of the Children’s ER. There will be yummy birthday treats, snow cones and giveaways while supplies last!

A C Moore Arts & CraftsKids 2nd Saturday – FREE Crafts for Kids
A.C. Moore
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The craftologist have crafted some fun free projects every 2nd Saturday through June 2016.
Saturday’s project: What a hoot – color your very own drawstring backpack.   826DC Logo

O Roy G. Biv Writing Workshop
826DC – Writing Center
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE, RSVP Required
What’s in an ode? Young writers in this workshop will not only go over all the goods and gold living in one of poetry’s greatest forms of flattery but they will focus their writing on an easy to adore object: colors. This workshop is highly recommended for those who have a favorite color above all else. Ages 6-12

Tween Workshop: Journalist Journeys
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery – ImaginAsia
Saturday, May 14 & Sunday, May 15* ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ Free but RSVP Required

Join Akbar Ahmed, a foreign affairs reporter for the Huffington Post, and staff of the Freer|Sackler for a writing workshop with other tweens. Inspired by artist Ahmed Mater’s work in Symbolic Cities, explore urban development through the lens of other cultures and use memoir and journalistic techniques to compose short pieces. This program is designed for ages 9–13.
*NOTE: Sunday, May 15 Workshop is SOLD OUT!

Wildlife AmbassadorsWildlife Ambassadors
Hosted by Doodlehopper 4 Kids Toy Stores
Saturday, May 14  ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ Springfield
Sunday, May 15 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ Falls Church
ALL ARE WELCOME! Meet animals that call America home, as we find out how animals survive, raise their young and live in their unique habitats.

Celebrate Takoma Festival 2016Celebrate Takoma Festival 2016
Maple Ave (from Philadelphia Ave to Lee Ave)
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 4:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission!
The Celebrate Takoma Festival features the culinary tastes, festive performances, visual and performing arts, crafts and games that originate from nations around the world.
Maple Avenue is transformed into a world of fun and learning; the venue for this family festival that features a large stage of free live entertainment, food vendors, exhibit areas and game area (nominal fees charged for food vendors). Incorporated into the festival again this year will be the Takoma Foundation’s Azalea Awards. Don’t miss the fun! View the program of events here.
Event will be held rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, it will be held inside Piney Branch Elementary School.
Thanks for the tip, KindiemusicDC!

Adams Morgan Free Summer Concert Series 2016 FlyerAdams Morgan Summer Concert Series
Corner of 18th Street & Columbia Road NW in the plaza
Outside of BB&T Bank
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 5:00 pm ∙ Free!
Hollertown is a bluegrass and old-time music band that has played in and around Washington, DC, for nearly ten years. Playing everything from haunting (and haunted) originals, to old-timey standards, to tunes by Mötley Crüe, Bob Marley, and the Texas Tornados, Hollertown has been known to inspire spontaneous dancing, questionable public displays of affection, and glossolalia. Hollertown performs monthly for bluegrass nights at both the Argonaut Tavern in the H street Atlas district, and Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill, and has been a featured performer at the Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival, as well as top music venues across the DC area.
*NOTE: The concerts date/times may be changed or cancelled due to weather. Also, wristbands will be available at the event and will entitle attendees to discounts at a variety of Adams Morgan businesses. Check the Adams Morgan Free Summer Concert Series Facebook page for updates.     nando downtown concerts

Nando’s Spicy Saturday Night Concerts
Downtown Silver Spring
Saturday, May 14 ∙ 6:30 pm ∙ Free!
Watch all your favorite local bands LIVE from 6:30pm-8:30pm on the Fountain Plaza Stage every Saturday Night through September.
May 14: Eclectiks
Thrifty Friends, the full Downtown Silver Spring Nando’s Spicy Saturday Night Concert schedule has been added to the calendar!


Ferris WheelSpring Family Fun Day

Bowie Town Center [Behind Off Broadway Shoes]
Thru Sunday, May 15 ∙ Free Admission*
Come out and enjoy rides, food and games at the Carnival!
*Fee for amusement rides and games

Welcome Hokule’a 2016
Waterfront Park
Sunday, May 15 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Arrival and welcome of the Hokule’a canoe to the DC area. The Hokule’a canoe will navigate the Potomac to the pier at the Waterfront Park in Alexandria, accompanied by an escort vessel. There will also be Hawaiian musicians and Hula group dancers.  2016 Taste of Arlington

29th Annual Taste of Arlington
Along Wilson Boulevard
Sunday, May 15 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ Free Admission*
The Largest Festival Showcasing Arlington’s Food Scene and Benefitting the Arlington Food Assistance Center.
Over 50 restaurants participate in this spectacular community event, which draws an average of 40,000 people each year who live in the greater Washington, D.C. area.
Taste of Arlington 2016 isn’t just for adults, the KidZone is the place to bring your toddler to teenager. Enjoy a rock-climbing wall, face-painting, carnival games and the Washington Wizards and Capitals inflatable games.
*Admission to the May 15 event is free, but tickets are required for some tasting & KidZone games. Save $5 and get your tickets online here. Taste of Arlington is a rain or shine event; tickets are non-refundable.

Something Awesome!
Black Hill Nature Programs
Sunday, May 15 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE, RSVP Required!
Nature is awesome, cool, and super-fun! We’ll celebrate the spring wonders around us with awesome activities around the Visitor Center. Check the Facebook page before the program to find out what’s happening today and to know how to dress.

The Glass Menagerie

“The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams Staged Reading
DC Public Library – Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – Central Branch
[Great Hall]
Sunday, May 15 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ Free and open to the public
DC Public Library, in partnership with The Theatre Lab School of Performing Arts, is pleased to announce a staged reading of Tennessee Williams’ iconic play, The Glass Menagerie.
The Glass Menagerie is a four-character memory play by Tennessee Williams that premiered in 1944 and catapulted Williams from obscurity to fame. The play has strong autobiographical elements, featuring characters based on Williams himself, his histrionic mother, and his mentally fragile sister, Laura. The Glass Menagerie was Williams’s first successful play; he went on to become one of America’s most highly regarded playwrights.

Baltimore Museum of Art - Pic StitchFree Family Sunday: Spring Inspiration
The Baltimore Museum of Art
Sunday, May 15 ∙  2:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission!
Paint watercolor flowers as we look to spring for inspiration.
Join us every Sunday for activities the entire family can enjoy. Explore your creative side with active hands-on art-making workshops in response to works on view.  Movies on the potomac

Movies On The Potomac: FROZEN
National Harbor
Sunday, May 15 ∙  6:00 pm ∙ FREE! (fee for parking)
Pack a picnic and your chairs! Meet at the Plaza screen for an evening of fun for all ages!
Showing: Frozen [PG]

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boomerang-water-cannons-06513Family Treasure Hunt Cruise on the Boomerang Pirate Ship
May 21, 22, 28, 29 & June 4, 5, 12, 18, 19 ∙ $10.00*
Georgetown’s Washington Harbour

Set sail for an afternoon of swashbuckling fun as you and your little mateys search for adventure and booty. This family cruise takes place aboard the Boomerang Pirate Ship, which holds the city’s treasure. But the keys to the chest have been stolen by rascally scallywags, and your job is to recover them. You’ll search the waterways of the Potomac, armed with water cannons and pirate bravado while having fun playing games, dancing and getting your face painted. Little buccaneers and their parents will love this creative cruise idea, complete with on-board snacks and drinks for purchase, and will be sent home with treasure and souvenirs after enjoying an afternoon on the water seeing the sights in a whole new way.
*Additional fees apply

The Ugly Duckling

The Ugly Duckling
May 14, 21, 28 ∙ 11:30am ∙ $8.50*
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children’s Theater

Originally a Danish fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, this hour-long musical version of The Ugly Duckling comes complete with a light pre-show lunch of cheese pizza or a hotdog and chips. Kids ages 3 to 10 are sure to be entertained and enchanted by this new telling of the classic story, which finds a swan egg accidentally mixed in with a mother duck’s brood. The homely little hatchling endures much teasing until it gets older and grows into a beautiful swan. Bring your youngsters down to see the show at the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children’s Theater in Hagerstown.
*Additional fees apply

DC Thrifty Mom - Washington Nationals 2016 Discount Code***** Washington National Discount Available *****
Suggestion: Nationals vs. Marlins
Nationals Park
Sunday, May 15 ∙ 1:35 pm 
Join the fun with Youth Baseball & Softball Parade,  Signature Sunday & Kids Run the Bases
Save on tickets using discount code: DCTM16
NOTE: Special Ticket Event: Yoga in the Outfield | Nationals Yoga Mat, with purchase of a special ticket [Details Here]

BOGO Ticket Discount - Imagination Stage Presents Looking for Roberto Clemente

BOGO Ticket Discount – Looking for Roberto Clemente
Imagination Stage
While available through May 22 
Sam and Charlie are best friends and baseball fanatics in Pittsburgh, PA, in the year 1972. Puerto Rican superstar Roberto Clemente is the hero of the Pittsburgh Pirates, having led the team to victory after years of losing. When a mysterious fly ball transforms Sam into a Little League Superstar pitcher, he is invited onto the most prestigious Little League team in town, while Charlie is rejected for being a girl. Charlie forms her own team with the less athletic kids and her new friend Tommy, a boy with a disability. Sam and Charlie ultimately discover what it truly means to be a “hero” when their final game coincides with Clemente’s fateful decision to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
Best for Ages 5+ | Tickets: $10+

busch gardensBusch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA Ticket (50% Off)
The Deal:
$48.50 gets you unlimited admission to Busch Gardens AND Water Country USA for up to seven consecutive days ($97 value)
Enjoy the flexibility to go back and forth between these two great parks or just visit them each on different days, as many times as you want for up to seven days
Children under the age of 3 admitted free – See Free Preschool Pass Deal!
See park’s hours to plan your visit.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg - Preschool Pass

FREE Preschool Pass
Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA
FREE unlimited admission to two great parks for kids ages 3-5.
Introduce your little ones to their favorite characters at Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™ or take them to Land of the Dragons® to discover a magical playland at Busch Gardens®. Splash over to Water Country USA® where kids can play in our interactive splash zones like H2O UFO® and Cow-A-Bunga®. Throughout both parks, you’ll find lots of KIDsiderate® rides, slides and attractions created for our youngest guests. The 2-Park Preschool Pass offers unlimited admission to both Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA for children ages 3 – 5, through Sept. 5, 2016. Hurry, passes must be registered and redeemed by May 31, 2016.

UniverSoul_Circus_ticketsUniverSoul Circus
June 1-9, 2016
Security Square Mall, Baltimore

Ranked among Ticketmaster’s Top 25 Most Requested Family Events for five consecutive years, UniverSoul Circus grants an interactive spectacle of acrobatic stunts, dance, and comedy set to popular urban sounds. With its swirling lights and pulsing beats, the circus’s resemblance to a blowout concert tour is no accident: production designer Tom Marzullo has created internationally touring stage shows for Justin Bieber, Jay-Z, and Prince.
$13.50–$23.50 for one G-Pass for side premium grandstand seating (up to $34.50 value)
$20–$22 for one G-Pass for side upper grandstand seating (up to $32 value)
Ticket prices and values vary depending on the date and showtime you select. Seating availability also varies depending on the date.   Celebrate Fairfax

Celebrate Fairfax! Sunday Funday Family Pack Admission $22
June 12, 2016

Sunday Funday Family Pack covers Two Adults and Four Kids or One Adult and Five Kids
Festival Includes Carnival (Additional Purchase Required at Festival), Family and Youth Interactive Activities, Fair Food, and More!
Get ready for a perfect Sunday: head down to Celebrate Fairfax! to explore 25 acres of pure excitement, including rides, games, kids performers, eight stages and much more fantastic family fun on Sunday, June 12, 2016. The family fun pack gives you access to the fair for two adults and four kids, or one adult and five kids.
There’s something for everyone at this fest, and you can explore it all. The Petting Zoo, Trackless Train, Comedy Hypnotist, Public Safety and Robotics Tents, Silent Disco, Interactive Village, and the DockDogs Championship are all included with admission. Plus, carnival ride tickets are available for purchase at the fair.

LOGO - AAAOrbit_2c$36 for a One-Year Basic AAA Mid-Atlantic Primary Membership w/ $10 Gift Card
A one-year basic membership includes roadside assistance, complimentary trip-planning tools, and AAA exclusive discounts for one member. Customers choose their favorite gift card from a wide variety of popular retailers. Restrictions apply. ($82 Value)

Regal Summer Movie Express

2016 Regal Summer Movie Express
Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1.
Family fun movies playing on Tuesdays & Wednesdays for the summertime!
The 2016 Regal Summer Movie Express will begin soon! (June in the Washington DC Area.) Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10:00 am. Each week both movies play on both days. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute. Parents for your convenience, DC Thrifty Mom has linked each movie title to a review from Common Sense Media. View the schedule here.

Education equals Future


DC Public School LogoFREE DCPS Summer Enrichment Program

July 5 – 29, 2016
Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 1
For the third year, DC Public Schools is pleased to provide DCPS students a 4-week FREE summer enrichment learning opportunity for students entering 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th grade in the 2016-17 school year. Students will be immersed in engaging and challenging topics in which they have a strong interest and work in groups with others who share these interests. They will use technology and other resources to carry out original investigations by solving real-world problems in science, math, creative writing, social studies, or the arts while having a hands-on, enjoyable, learning experience with a strong focus on field trips to supplement classroom learning. Students will select enrichment groups as a part of this application based on their strengths and interests. Enrichment teachers will provide students with the necessary structures to research, develop, and produce small-group projects over the 4-week period.

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