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DC Thrifty Mom’s suggestions for

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Saturday, July 15 & Sunday, July 16, 2017

Family Fun in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area

Includes National Ice Cream Day, Festivals, Art Workshops, Concerts, Movies,  & More!

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

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*** Washington, DC ***  

Living Earth Festival

8th Annual Living Earth Festival
National Museum of the American Indian
Saturday, July 15 & Sunday, July 16 ∙ 10:00am ∙ Free Admission
Celebrating the bounty and wisdom of the Earth, the festival will feature daily cooking presentations highlighting cacao as the featured ingredient, artist demonstrators, and dance performances by the Southern Ute Bear Dancers from Ignacio, CO, Artists taking part this year include Mi’kmaq bead and textile artist Karen Hodge Russell, Potawatomi traditional potter Pahponee, Tlingit hide painter Margie Morris, Mayan cacao growers Julio and Heliodora Saqui, and traditional Mayan potters Josefa Canto and Timotea Mesh. Isleta farmer Joseph Jaramillo will speak to traditional farming practices and the heirloom food products he grows.

Archaeology in the Community6th Annual Day of Archaeology Festival
Dumbarton House Museum
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 10:00am ∙ Free Admission
Dumbarton House hosts Archaeology in the Community‘s 6th Annual Day of Archaeology Festival.
Music ∙ Family Fun ∙ Food Trucks ∙ Face Painting

Astronomy Day
Rock Creek Park [Nature Center]
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 10:00am ∙ Free Admission
Explore space in this day devoted to astronomy. Activities include a 40-foot-long NASA traveling exhibit, crafts that are out-of-this-world, an animated movie about space, and planetarium programs. Find something fun for everyone!
*10:00 a.m. – Planetarium Movie: Zula Patrol Down to Earth – Hey Kids! Join us for
Zula Patrol as they chase Madam Deliria back through geologic times in an attempt to rid the universe of litter. Animated film. Ages 4 and up.
*10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. – NASA’s Destination Station traveling exhibit – This exhibit, which is located inside of a 40′ truck/trailer, promotes research opportunities and educates the public about activities and life on-board the International Space Station. All ages.
*10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Astronomy Crafts – It was 48 years ago this month that Apollo 11 landed on the Moon. Join us for astronomy crafts as we honor the accomplishment. All ages.
*1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – Ranger-led planetarium programs, including Summer Night Sky, Exploring the Universe – All ages.
NOTE: Parking is limited. Consider taking public transportation–E2, E3, and E4 buses drop off at Military Road and Glover/Oregon–a short walk from the Nature Center.
*** Program of Interest *** Fire and Ice: Moons of the Solar System (Sunday, 4:00 pm)- Did you know that planet Earth is not the only place in the universe that harbors active volcanoes and saltwater oceans? Search for life by exploring the moons of Jupiter and other planets during this plantetarium program. Recommended for ages seven to adult.

Lotus and Water Lily Festival

Lotus and Water Lily Festival
Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens
Saturday, July 15 [Festival Kickoff] ∙ 10:00am &
Sunday, July 16 [Garden Walk] ∙ 10:00am ∙ FREE!

Celebrate global culture in the wild wetlands of Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens at the week long 2017 Lotus and Water Lily Festival! Join the only national park dedicated to growing aquatic plants for fun FREE activities for the whole family.
Saturday July 15: Festival Kickoff 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
See a spectacular display of lotus and water lilies in full bloom! Enjoy gardening workshops & traditional Latin, Asian & African dancing performances! Hands-on activities including face painting, lotus tea tasting, and painting demonstrations! Visit educational and cultural exhibitors and much more!
NOTE: High visitation is expected at Lotus and Lily Festival event. Use of public transportation is highly advised. On Saturday, July 15th a free shuttle will be provided from MINNESOTA AVE METRO STATION to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.The full list of stage performances and additional details (what to bring) are listed here and includes:
* Sunday July 16 to Saturday July 22: Garden Walk – Walks will be held on Sunday July 16 and Saturday July 22 at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and Monday – Friday at 10:00 a.m. The program begins from the Visitor Center.
* Tuesday July 18: Kids Day Tuesday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
* Thursday July 20: Paddle Night 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.
* Friday July 21: Park After Dark 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
* Saturday July 22: Music in the Gardens 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Early Stages Workshop
DC Public Library – Mt. Pleasant Branch
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 10:00am ∙ FREE!
Early Stages offers an interactive workshop for families to learn about stages of child development, while engaging in various activities for pre-school age children to stimulate learning and growth.
Program Repeats: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10:00 am

Georgia O'Keeffe, Jack-in-Pulpit Abstraction - No. 5, 1930, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Alfred Stieglitz Collection, Bequest of Georgia O'Keeffe, 1987.58.4

Georgia O’Keeffe, Jack-in-Pulpit Abstraction – No. 5, 1930, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Alfred Stieglitz Collection, Bequest of Georgia O’Keeffe, 1987.58.4

Art Investigators (Ages 4-7)
National Gallery of Art
Saturday, July 15  ∙ 10:30 am and 12:00 pm & Sunday, July 16  ∙ 11:30 am and 1:00 pm ∙ FREE
Topic – Investigate: Georgia O’Keeffe
See the natural world through Georgia O’Keeffe’s eyes and discover the beauty found in a flower and then create a pastel drawing inspired by flowers.
How do you investigate a work of art? This program helps children make careful observations, analyze artists’ choices, ask questions, and use their imagination while exploring works of art. Led by museum educators, each program includes reading a children’s book, exploring one work of art in the galleries, and completing a simple hands-on activity. Children will receive a notebook to accompany the program. Each program is approximately 60 minutes.
Free drop-in programs designed for individual families on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no advance registration and space is limited, so please plan accordingly. Only accepting sign-in for children in the age range for which the program is tailored. Groups cannot be accommodated in the program.
NOTE: Program repeats on Monday, July 17 at 10:30 am and 12:00 pm
NEXT Weekend (July 21 – 24) – Learn how music inspired Wassily Kandinsky’s color-filled compositions and then create your own work of art while listening to music.

Summer Hands-On Science – Health & the Human Body
Koshland Science Museum
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 11:00am ∙ FREE, RSVP Requested!
Explore how the human body works through hands-on science this July at Koshland. Each session investigates a different aspect of the body – everything from DNA to why our skin burns after too much sun exposure. Visitors can compare DNA and amino acids, experiment with biomedical engineering, discover the different lobes of the human brain, and much more!
NOTE: Every Saturday in July from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Appropriate for ages 10+.

What Doesn’t Belong
Rock Creek Park [Nature Center]
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 11:00am ∙ FREE!
A two-mile hike to learn about the non-native plant species in our park and their impact on the park’s eco system. All ages. Remember to wear proper shoes for hiking and bring drinking water.
NOTE: View a list of National Park Service events this weekend.

Union Market DC ScoopDC Scoop Free Ice Cream Social
Union Market
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 1:00pm ∙ Free Admission
DC’s sweetest event is back! Join us for frozen treats and savory snacks from your favorite ice cream shops and local food trucks. Vote on your favorite flavors and help crown the Peoples Choice winner for best ice cream. View this year’s participants + vendors  #unionmarketdcDC Public Library - makers generation drone

Makers Generation: Robotics
DC Public Library – Deanwood Branch
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 2:00pm ∙ FREE!
Bring a friend an explore what being a maker is all about! This interactive program introduces children to basic robotics. For children ages 6-12

Summer Splash Party
Banneker Pool – Recreation Center
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 7:00pm ∙ FREE, RSVP Requested!
This will be a great time for all with food, music and celebrating swimming for all ages and backgrounds. DC Department of Parks and Recreation celebrates the first annual year of the grassroots group Freestyle Swim DC, while encouraging people throughout the city to enjoy this fun event at one of our best pools!
NOTE: Oxon Run Pool (July 29) & Langdon Park Pool (August 12) Social Media: #DCSPLASHPARTY #SAFERSTRONGERDC #FREESTYLESWIMDC

violinAn Afternoon with the Illudium String Quartet
DC Public Library – Tenley-Friendship Branch
Sunday, July 16 ∙ 2:00pm ∙ FREE!
Enjoy a free classical music concert with a special guest performance by the Illudium String Quartet.
Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Self Defense Class for Women
DC Public Library – Mt. Pleasant Branch
Sunday, July 16 ∙ 2:00pm ∙ FREE!
The second of four women-oriented self-defense classes with Master Gloria DuBisette of DC Gentle East Martial Arts. This class will focus on falling safely and fighting from the ground. Mats will be provided. The next classes in the series are on August 6 and August 13. The classes will take place in the Large Meeting Room from 2 – 4 p.m.
Please wear comfortable clothes.
Recommended for ages 13 and above.       DC Public Library - Financing College Education - College Fund

Learn About Financing College Education
DC Public Library – Benning (Dorothy I. Height) Branch
Sunday, July 16 ∙ 2:00pm ∙ FREE!
Is college education in your child’s future? What options do you have to pay for college?
Parents with children ages up to 10 years old: please attend this FREE workshop to learn about financing college! To register, call or visit the Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library.
And remember, it’s never too early to start!

Fort Davis Neighborhood Photo Scavenger Hunt
DC Public Library – Francis A. Gregory Branch
Ongoing thru Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Explore the neighborhood AND win Summer Reading prizes this July when you stop by the Francis A. Gregory Library to participate in the Fort Davis Neighborhood Photo Scavenger Hunt! Details here.

*** Maryland *** 

Montgomery Parks Athletic Field ShowcaseMontgomery Parks Athletic Field Showcase & Family Fun Event
Cabin John Regional Park

Saturday, July 15 ∙ 8:00 am ∙ FREE!
Join Montgomery Parks staff to learn about the state-of-the-art equipment and techniques used to manage and maintain county athletic fields. We’ll also have fun activities for kids including a climbing wall, games, and giveaways! Come early for breakfast!    City of Gaithersburg SportsFest

5th annual SportsFest
Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm [Activitiy Center]

Saturday, July 15 ∙ 8:30 am ∙ FREE Event!
Explore all things sports as the City of Gaithersburg hosts the 5th annual SportsFest. Youth entering grades K through 8 can participate in a variety of activities. The day kicks off with a 1K Fun Run through Bohrer Park at 8:30 a.m. After that, participants can test their skills in soccer, football, baseball, track and field, basketball, volleyball, tennis, and on an inflatable obstacle course, while visiting challenge stations located on the front field and inside the Activity Center. T-shirts and prizes will be awarded for completing the challenges, while supplies last. “Coach G,” the official Gaithersburg Sports mascot, and members of the City’s own Gaithersburg Giants, part of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, will also be in attendance. Rain or shine.

Have Fun at Maydale Conservation Park
Saturday, July 15 ∙ FREE!
Events Include:
Citizen Science – Dragonfly Pond Watch (11:30am) – Dragonfly Pond Watch monitors the movements of migratory dragonflies throughout North America. Come, be a part of the science every Saturday as we look for and record dragonfly species found around the ponds and wetlands of Maydale Conservation Park. Intended for ages 8 & up
Name That Tree! (12:30pm) – Celebrate National Tree Day as we examine bark, leaves, twigs and seeds to identify the trees of Maydale. Intended for ages 5 & up
Citizen Science – Bumble Bee Watch (2:30pm) – Come and help track one of our native pollinators, the bumble bee. Join a naturalist every Saturday to learn the buzz on this bee. Rain cancels program. Intended for ages 8 & up

Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation - PG ParksFossil Deposit Interpretation
Dinosaur Park
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 12:00pm ∙ FREE!
Dinosaur Park is a 41-acre park in Laurel, Maryland, featuring a rare deposit of fossils from the Cretaceous Period (144 to 65 million years ago). On the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, you can join paleontologists and and volunteers on-site to interpret fossil deposits. Fun for all ages!

The JAPA Kids Show!!
Bowie State University
[Black Box Theater at the Fine and Performing Arts Center]
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 2:00pm ∙ FREE!
Watch the kids of the Junior Academy for the Performing Arts (JAPA) strut their stuff in an original musical theater masterpiece! Ages: All ages are welcome

Montgomery Parks

Sprinklers, Bubbles and Rainbows!
Black Hill Nature Programs

Saturday, July 15 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Come play in our backyard! Dance and run through sprinklers. Make bubbles with giant bubble wands. Splash in water play stations designed for the littlest of revelers. This is what summer is all about! Bring sunscreen, a towel and change of clothes. Intended for ages 6m & up

National Ice Cream Month: Ice Cream Social
Darnall’s Chance House Museum
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 6:00pm ∙ FREE!
Did you know the first time ice cream was recorded as being served in America occurred in Maryland in 1774 when Governor Thomas Bladen served it to his dinner guests? Come on over to Darnall’s Chance and make yourself a sundae to celebrate ice cream’s colonial roots. Enjoy live music, participate in lawn games, and more! Program co-sponsored by the Town of Upper Marlboro Historical Committee. No reservation necessary. Get yours while supplies last! Ages: All ages are welcome

Xtreme Field Games
John E Howard Community Center
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 7:00pm ∙ FREE!
Do you consider yourself to be athletic? Are you looking to enjoy the Summer and have some fun? Well, come join us as we parade through various field games while enjoying the beautiful weather outside!
Ages: 12-17

Mariachi Flor de la ToloacheMariachi Flor de la Toloache
BlackRock Center for the Arts
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ FREE*
According to NPR, “the best way to introduce yourself to Mariachi Flor de Toloache is to see it live.”
BlackRock is excited to debut Mariachi Flor de Toloache to our outdoor summer concert series this year. Their 2014 self-titled debut album earned a Latin Grammy nomination in the Best Ranchera category — a category that celebrates an incredibly long tradition of Mexican music. The nomination undoubtedly illustrates the group’s entrancing mariachi swagger.
*NOTE: All Summer Concerts will be performed on the BlackRock front lawn, weather permitting. Low-back lawn chairs and blankets are permitted along with food and non-alcoholic beverages. In the case of inclement weather, the concert will move inside to the BlackRock Mainstage.
Tickets are not required, but RSVPs are recommended to be the in-the-know about updates and weather decisions. summer concerts are free, but BlackRock incurs expenses to keep the beloved concert series going, including artist fees, overhead, and technical costs. Any donation you can give is welcome and super helpful in putting on these amazing outdoor shows.

Lights ! Cameras ! Action! Movie In The Park
Watkins Regional Park
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 8:00pm ∙ Movie ONLY: FREE!
Sing” [Rated PG, Best for ages 7+, Read Common Sense Media Review]
Enjoy movie night with family and friends of all ages this summer starting at sunset on the Green at beautiful Watkins Park.
NOTE: Before the movie, stop at the Watkins Summer Operations [PG County Resident: $5; Non-resident: $7] for unlimited train rides, mini golf, carousel rides, and face painting from 6 to 8 pm. Snacks and refreshments will be sold on site.    Takoma Radio One-Year Celebration

Takoma Radio One-Year Celebration!
Takoma Radio
Sunday, July 16 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
On Sunday, July 16th, Takoma Radio will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a day of music, community, and special broadcasts. Please join us, from 12pm to 7pm with live music from Airshow Mastering & Recording – Takoma Park’s music space ALLYWORLD; plus food, CD and vinyl sale, and commemorative Takoma Radio merchandise at Roda Movements. And, of course there will be food and cake!!

Apollo 11 Model Rocket Contest
NASA Goddard Visitor Center
Sunday, July 16 ∙ 12:30 pm ∙ FREE!
NARHAMS is sponsoring a special model rocket contest in honor of the Apollo 11 moon landing!
Celebrate the Apollo 11 moon landing during the annual Apollo Contest. Attempt to land your model rocket on a “moon” target on the ground. Trophies and model rocket kit prizes will be awarded to the top youth and adult finishers. The contest promotes interest in space sciences among area students. This event also includes a narrated demonstration launch of historic space vehicle models.
The contest is free to enter. On-site registration is required on the day of the contest. You must bring your own model rocket and motors, or purchase them at the nearby Goddard Gift Shop. An awards ceremony will follow the contest. For more contest details, please call the Goddard Visitor Center at 301-286-8981.

Nature Makerspace
Black Hill Nature Programs
Sunday, July 16 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Are you creative? Do you want to build things with and inspired by nature? Then drop by the Visitor Center and have some creative fun! We’ll have nature supplies and tools to help you design your own creations. You can work as a family group or join together with others to construct something amazing. Each Nature Makerspace session will have its own theme which we’ll post on our Facebook page before the program. No registration required; drop in anytime during program hours, but be sure to come by early enough to have time to get creative. Intended for ages 1 & up

FrozenMovies On The Potomac – DOUBLE FEATURE: Happy Feet & Frozen
National Harbor
Sunday, July 16 ∙  4:00 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: Happy Feet [PG – Best for ages 5+ & Frozen [PG – Best for ages 5+]
Movies linked to Common Sense Media for reviews.

*** Virginia ***  

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Family Fun Entertainment Series – Mark Lohr
Reston Town Square Park
[Corner of Market Street and Explorer Street]
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE Admission & Parking!
A fast-paced, side-splitting, family vaudeville show filled with audience participation and circus skills with a sprinkling of magic thrown in the mix. One continuous surprise after another just makes the time fly! View the full Family Fun Entertainment Line Up
Reminder: Parking is free on weekends at Reston Town Center.

Arts in the Parks
Fairfax County
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 10:00am ∙ FREE Children’s Entertainment Series
Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Park Foundation bring your family the enjoyment
of their beautiful outdoor parks and the fascinating world of the performing arts. Programs held at outdoor amphitheaters:
Burke Lake Park – Blue Sky Puppet Theater (Puppets)
E.C. Lawrence Park – The Goodlife Theater (Puppets)
Mason District Park – Fairfax Symphony Orchestra ‘String Quartet’ (Children Music)
NOTE: Wednesday performances at Frying Pan Farm Park – On July 19th, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra ‘Percussion Ensemble’ (Children Music) at 10am.

Heritage Family Days: Your Eclipse
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free, $15 parking
Late this summer, a solar eclipse will cross the entire United States, coast to coast. Join us for a day of special programming designed to get you excited about the August 21 eclipse. At Your Eclipse you can:
∙Learn about the science of eclipses
∙Make your own safe solar eclipse viewer
∙Plan how you’ll observe the eclipse in August
∙Share your experiences of past eclipses
∙Learn how to photograph the eclipse from experienced astrophotographers
The full schedule of the event can be found here.

Peter McCoryKidz Korner – Peter McCory One Man Band
Old Town Square
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 10:30am ∙ Free Show!
NOTE: Kidz Korner Children’s Event – Summer on the Square repeats Saturday’s June – September, 10:30am – 11:30am, weather permitting. A variety of children’s activities and entertainment.

Centennial of the Everyday: Artist Tour
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
Saturday, July 15 ∙ Tours Begin at 11:00am ∙ Free, RSVP Requested
Enjoy a free artist-led tour of the Centennial of the Everyday exhibit by Stewart Watson and Lauren Frances Adams! They will be sharing their research process and how they sculpted the artworks on display throughout Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Tickets are free for this 60-min tour however, space is limited. You must register for a free ticket to secure your spot.   Lakeshore Learning - Sail Away STEAM Boats

FREE Crafts for Kids
Lakeshore
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 11:00am ∙ FREE!
Project: Sail Away STEAM Boats [Make it at Home]
A new project every Saturday 11am-3pm. Ages 3 and up. No reservations necessary.

Open House – Northern Virginia Model Railroaders, INC.
Vienna Depot
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 1:00pm ∙ FREE!
visitors include people of all ages who enjoy watching railroad activities that realistically depict an actual railroad that existed in North Carolina in the 1950’s. That railroad was called the Western North Carolina (WNC) and every hill, town, building, locomotive, rail car, and industry on our layout is modeled after those places and things as they looked in that era. Well, almost everything; we must admit that to satisfy popular demand, an occasional sighting can be made of Thomas the Tank Engine and a few of his friends chugging around among the bigger steam and diesel locomotives.
Young visitors are often offered a souvenir WNC Railroad ticket as they enter the depot.
NEXT Open House: Saturday, September 16. View 2017 Open House Schedule.

Up Against the Stream: Salmon, Yoga & You!
Arlington Library – Columbia Pike Branch
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 3:00pm ∙ FREE, RSVP Requested!
Celebrate Latino Conservation Week with a free yoga and art event. The community will learn about the life cycle of salmon through a one hour power yoga class. Post yoga, we will have an adult and kids coloring book activity provided by US Fish and Wildlife Services.
This family friendly event (ages 7 & up) is limited capacity of 50 people. RSVP.

Rocknoceros - 9th Annual Rocknoceros New Years Eve PartyMusic on Mill – Rocknoceros (Children’s Rock / Pop)
River Mill Park
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 6:00pm ∙ Free Summer Concert Series!
The Town of Occoquan is proud to announce this summer’s Music on Mill, a free summer concert series featuring family-friendly entertainment. Bring a blanket or lawn chair (no tents or pop ups), pack a snack or picnic, and head down to River Mill Park for live entertainment and stunning views of the Occoquan River! All concerts are free and open to the public. If you arrive early, check out the Lemonade Stroll (Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm).
NOTE: All concerts are held on 1st Friday and 3rd Saturday evenings. NEXT (Friday, August 4): Jahnel Daliya (Folk / Pop) – view the full Music on Mill lineup

Plaza Party
Village Plaza
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Live music and fun! • Outdoor games • 12+ outdoor patios and dining options • Smokehouse Live, The Conche, Ten Spot Kitchen & Tap, Cobb Theatre or 12+ bars to continue the party • Bubble Spectacular Shows, Pop Up Fountain and fun for the kids, too! In the event of rain, the concert will be held in Smokehouse Live.
NOTE: Every Friday and Saturday. See full entertainment listing.   Zootopia - FB Logo

Cinema Del Ray: Zootopia
Mount Vernon Rec Center
Saturday, July 15 ∙  7:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Showing: Zootopia [PG] – Best for ages 8+ – Read review from Common Sense Media here.
The fun starts at 7pm and the show begins at Dusk.

Movie Under the Stars – Finding Nemo
Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center
Saturday, July 15 ∙  7:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Showing: Finding Nemo [G] – Best for ages 5+ – Read review from Common Sense Media here.
NOTE: Children’s entertainment on Wednesday morning. Live music and family time.
Entertaining this week (July 19th): Rocknoceros

Movie Night – Predator 
Penrose Square
Saturday, July 15 ∙  8:35 pm ∙ FREE!

Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO)’s 30 Years: Celebrating the Great Movies of 1987(ish)!
Predator (1987) [R] – Best for ages 16+ – Read review from Common Sense Media here#CPMovieNights

Loudoun Wildlife ConservancyInsect Safari! A “We’re Going WILD” Family Nature Walk
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy
Sunday, July 16 ∙ 9:00 am ∙ FREE, RSVP Required
WHAT IS THAT BUG? This walk will explore discoveries in the micro-world of insects at one of their busiest times of day! Local entomologist Ed Clark of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture will lead a hands-on investigation into the secret lives of insects that flit, buzz, and crawl about in summer. Come dressed for an outdoor adventure. Space is limited to 20 children, ages 7+, with accompanying adult(s). NOTE: No strollers or pets. Scouts welcome. Registration required. Questions: Contact info@loudounwildlife.org.

Sunday Art In The Park at GRACE: Dip and Dye
Reston Town Square Park
Sunday, July 16 ∙  3:00 pm ∙ Free. All ages welcome.
Before attending the Sunday concert, come to the gallery to see the work of Radcliffe Bailey and take part in a free art-making activity – Sunday Art In The Park with Shenandoah Conservatory: A Little Charm from Across the Pond. Fun for adults and kids alike!

Summer Sundays Concerts in the Park: Da Capo
McLean Central Park Gazebo
Sunday, July 16 ∙  5:00 pm ∙ FREE!
This ain’t your grandpa’s barbershop quartet. The four guys of Da Capo can throw down a mean beatbox as well as create gorgeous harmonies, all while maintaining street cred and chops that earned them multiple championships in the barbershop genre.
NOTE: Free concerts at 5 p.m. every Sunday in July in McLean Central Park Gazebo.

Sunday Evening Movie: The Little Mermaid
Strawberry Park
Sunday, July 16 ∙  6:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Showing: The Little Mermaid [G] – Best for ages 5+ – Read review from Common Sense Media here.

National Ice Cream Day Freebies & Deals

Sunday, July 16th is #NationalIceCreamDay

Check these Freebies & Deals:

FREE Ice Cream for LifeFree vanilla ice cream cone
McDonalds
Sunday, July 16
Customers who download the McDonald’s app get a coupon for a free vanilla ice cream cone on Sunday, no purchase required. One lucky winner will also score the Golden Arches Cone, which equals free soft-serve for life.

FREE mini cup of Dippin’ Dots
Dippin’ Dots
Sunday, July 16

Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with FREE Dippin’ Dots!
Participating Dippin’ Dots locations will be giving away a FREE mini cup of Dippin’ Dots during a two hour window- so check with your local store to see when the giveaway will be!
Not available at convenience stores or entertainment venues.

$1 scoops at Millie’s DC and Jetties
Sunday, July 16
Celebrate National Ice Cream Day at Millie’s DC and Jetties with $1 Scoops all day Sunday!

BOGO FREE! at Carvel
Sunday, July 16
Carvel is offering a buy one, get one deal on any size soft serve in a cone or cup. You can order your soft serve in vanilla, chocolate, or Oreo.

BOGO Free at Cold Stone Creamery
Sunday, July 16
Get a buy one, get one free deal on their special summer flavor, Confetti Cupcake Ice Cream.

BOGO FREE! at Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream
Sunday, July 16
From 2 to 6 p.m. on National Ice Cream Day, Sub Zero is offering a buy one, get one free deal at participating locations.

Eat Ice Cream For A Good Cause!
Friendly’s
Sunday, July 16

For every $2.99 Friend-z ice cream order on Sunday, Friendly’s will donate $2 to the Boys & Girls Club of America. Customers who purchase a Friend-z on Sunday will also get a coupon good for a free ice cream in the future.

Whole Foods Market
Sunday, July 16
The grocery chain is offering a special deal on Ben & Jerry’s ice cream pints. On Sunday, you can get two pints for just $6. Select Whole Foods locations will also be holding what the chain is calling a “Sundae Fundae” sampling event. At Sundae Fundae, customers will be invited to make-their-own sweet treats inside the store.

Baskin-Robbins
Sunday, July 16
If you download the Baskin-Robbins mobile app, you’ll get special offers for National Ice Cream Day and other days.

PetSmart
Sunday, July 16
All pets visiting PetSmart PetHotel locations get free Doggie Ice Cream Sundaes this Sunday.

 

Great Deals Look here

Evolution Engine
B&O Railroad Museum
Thru Sunday, July 16 ∙ 10:00am ∙
ADMISSION: $18 adults, $16 seniors (60+), $12 children (2-12), FREE for B&O Members
The B&O Railroad Museum is excited to announce its first ever Evolution Engine! This exploratory and fun summertime STEM series, highlights the technological evolution of locomotives and the environmental changes which impacted the lives of dinosaurs.
Kids and adults, alike, can roam the evolution maze, discovering facts and truths about the extinction of dinosaurs and the shift from steam to diesel engines. Sensory challenges include an excavation and rail design station, egg hunt races, waterworks zone, and more. Dinosaur face painting between the hours of 10am – 12pm. So embrace your inner scientist and historian for a day filled of dino-riffic activities and challenges at the B&O’s outdoor pavilion.
Interested in attending? I have four (4) free tickets. Email Events@DCThriftyMom.com TAKEN!

Blast-in-the-Past: A Hands-On History Playground
Montpelier Mansion/Historic Site
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 10:00am ∙
PG County Residents: $2.50; Non-residents: $3. Two free adults per group.
NOTE: Saturdays are All-County Days when all visitors pay the resident fee!!

Montpelier’s grounds are transformed into a kid-sized colonial village! Young visitors can camp out on the frontier, design a hat at the milliners, harvest crops at the farm, and much, much more.
Come for an hour, or stay for the day. Drop-in, no reservation required. Win a free pass by joining Prince George’s County Memorial Library System’s “Summer @ Your Library” program!
Ages: All ages are welcome

Engineering 101
College Park Aviation Museum
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 2:00pm ∙ $5 includes museum admission & supplies
What is an Engineer? Engineers are people who design and build things to solve specific problems. Learn the basics of engineering through an interactive, hands-on design challenge by creating your own design from drawing to prototype. Ages: 8 & older
Program Continues: The 3rd Saturday of every month!

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Saturday, July 15 & Sunday, July 16, 2017

Family Fun in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area

Includes National Ice Cream Day, Festivals, Art Workshops, Concerts, Movies,  & More!

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Event information is subject to change or weather cancellation.

***  Visit the Calendar for additional happenings.***  

*** Washington, DC ***  

Living Earth Festival

8th Annual Living Earth Festival
National Museum of the American Indian
Saturday, July 15 & Sunday, July 16 ∙ 10:00am ∙ Free Admission
Celebrating the bounty and wisdom of the Earth, the festival will feature daily cooking presentations highlighting cacao as the featured ingredient, artist demonstrators, and dance performances by the Southern Ute Bear Dancers from Ignacio, CO, Artists taking part this year include Mi’kmaq bead and textile artist Karen Hodge Russell, Potawatomi traditional potter Pahponee, Tlingit hide painter Margie Morris, Mayan cacao growers Julio and Heliodora Saqui, and traditional Mayan potters Josefa Canto and Timotea Mesh. Isleta farmer Joseph Jaramillo will speak to traditional farming practices and the heirloom food products he grows.

Archaeology in the Community6th Annual Day of Archaeology Festival
Dumbarton House Museum
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 10:00am ∙ Free Admission
Dumbarton House hosts Archaeology in the Community‘s 6th Annual Day of Archaeology Festival.
Music ∙ Family Fun ∙ Food Trucks ∙ Face Painting

Astronomy Day
Rock Creek Park [Nature Center]
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 10:00am ∙ Free Admission
Explore space in this day devoted to astronomy. Activities include a 40-foot-long NASA traveling exhibit, crafts that are out-of-this-world, an animated movie about space, and planetarium programs. Find something fun for everyone!
*10:00 a.m. – Planetarium Movie: Zula Patrol Down to Earth – Hey Kids! Join us for
Zula Patrol as they chase Madam Deliria back through geologic times in an attempt to rid the universe of litter. Animated film. Ages 4 and up.
*10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. – NASA’s Destination Station traveling exhibit – This exhibit, which is located inside of a 40′ truck/trailer, promotes research opportunities and educates the public about activities and life on-board the International Space Station. All ages.
*10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Astronomy Crafts – It was 48 years ago this month that Apollo 11 landed on the Moon. Join us for astronomy crafts as we honor the accomplishment. All ages.
*1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – Ranger-led planetarium programs, including Summer Night Sky, Exploring the Universe – All ages.
NOTE: Parking is limited. Consider taking public transportation–E2, E3, and E4 buses drop off at Military Road and Glover/Oregon–a short walk from the Nature Center.
*** Program of Interest *** Fire and Ice: Moons of the Solar System (Sunday, 4:00 pm)- Did you know that planet Earth is not the only place in the universe that harbors active volcanoes and saltwater oceans? Search for life by exploring the moons of Jupiter and other planets during this plantetarium program. Recommended for ages seven to adult.

Lotus and Water Lily Festival

Lotus and Water Lily Festival
Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens
Saturday, July 15 [Festival Kickoff] ∙ 10:00am &
Sunday, July 16 [Garden Walk] ∙ 10:00am ∙ FREE!

Celebrate global culture in the wild wetlands of Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens at the week long 2017 Lotus and Water Lily Festival! Join the only national park dedicated to growing aquatic plants for fun FREE activities for the whole family.
Saturday July 15: Festival Kickoff 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
See a spectacular display of lotus and water lilies in full bloom! Enjoy gardening workshops & traditional Latin, Asian & African dancing performances! Hands-on activities including face painting, lotus tea tasting, and painting demonstrations! Visit educational and cultural exhibitors and much more!
NOTE: High visitation is expected at Lotus and Lily Festival event. Use of public transportation is highly advised. On Saturday, July 15th a free shuttle will be provided from MINNESOTA AVE METRO STATION to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.The full list of stage performances and additional details (what to bring) are listed here and includes:
* Sunday July 16 to Saturday July 22: Garden Walk – Walks will be held on Sunday July 16 and Saturday July 22 at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and Monday – Friday at 10:00 a.m. The program begins from the Visitor Center.
* Tuesday July 18: Kids Day Tuesday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
* Thursday July 20: Paddle Night 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.
* Friday July 21: Park After Dark 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
* Saturday July 22: Music in the Gardens 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Early Stages Workshop
DC Public Library – Mt. Pleasant Branch
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 10:00am ∙ FREE!
Early Stages offers an interactive workshop for families to learn about stages of child development, while engaging in various activities for pre-school age children to stimulate learning and growth.
Program Repeats: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10:00 am

Georgia O'Keeffe, Jack-in-Pulpit Abstraction - No. 5, 1930, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Alfred Stieglitz Collection, Bequest of Georgia O'Keeffe, 1987.58.4

Georgia O’Keeffe, Jack-in-Pulpit Abstraction – No. 5, 1930, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Alfred Stieglitz Collection, Bequest of Georgia O’Keeffe, 1987.58.4

Art Investigators (Ages 4-7)
National Gallery of Art
Saturday, July 15  ∙ 10:30 am and 12:00 pm & Sunday, July 16  ∙ 11:30 am and 1:00 pm ∙ FREE
Topic – Investigate: Georgia O’Keeffe
See the natural world through Georgia O’Keeffe’s eyes and discover the beauty found in a flower and then create a pastel drawing inspired by flowers.
How do you investigate a work of art? This program helps children make careful observations, analyze artists’ choices, ask questions, and use their imagination while exploring works of art. Led by museum educators, each program includes reading a children’s book, exploring one work of art in the galleries, and completing a simple hands-on activity. Children will receive a notebook to accompany the program. Each program is approximately 60 minutes.
Free drop-in programs designed for individual families on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no advance registration and space is limited, so please plan accordingly. Only accepting sign-in for children in the age range for which the program is tailored. Groups cannot be accommodated in the program.
NOTE: Program repeats on Monday, July 17 at 10:30 am and 12:00 pm
NEXT Weekend (July 21 – 24) – Learn how music inspired Wassily Kandinsky’s color-filled compositions and then create your own work of art while listening to music.

Summer Hands-On Science – Health & the Human Body
Koshland Science Museum
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 11:00am ∙ FREE, RSVP Requested!
Explore how the human body works through hands-on science this July at Koshland. Each session investigates a different aspect of the body – everything from DNA to why our skin burns after too much sun exposure. Visitors can compare DNA and amino acids, experiment with biomedical engineering, discover the different lobes of the human brain, and much more!
NOTE: Every Saturday in July from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Appropriate for ages 10+.

What Doesn’t Belong
Rock Creek Park [Nature Center]
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 11:00am ∙ FREE!
A two-mile hike to learn about the non-native plant species in our park and their impact on the park’s eco system. All ages. Remember to wear proper shoes for hiking and bring drinking water.
NOTE: View a list of National Park Service events this weekend.

Union Market DC ScoopDC Scoop Free Ice Cream Social
Union Market
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 1:00pm ∙ Free Admission
DC’s sweetest event is back! Join us for frozen treats and savory snacks from your favorite ice cream shops and local food trucks. Vote on your favorite flavors and help crown the Peoples Choice winner for best ice cream. View this year’s participants + vendors  #unionmarketdcDC Public Library - makers generation drone

Makers Generation: Robotics
DC Public Library – Deanwood Branch
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 2:00pm ∙ FREE!
Bring a friend an explore what being a maker is all about! This interactive program introduces children to basic robotics. For children ages 6-12

Summer Splash Party
Banneker Pool – Recreation Center
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 7:00pm ∙ FREE, RSVP Requested!
This will be a great time for all with food, music and celebrating swimming for all ages and backgrounds. DC Department of Parks and Recreation celebrates the first annual year of the grassroots group Freestyle Swim DC, while encouraging people throughout the city to enjoy this fun event at one of our best pools!
NOTE: Oxon Run Pool (July 29) & Langdon Park Pool (August 12) Social Media: #DCSPLASHPARTY #SAFERSTRONGERDC #FREESTYLESWIMDC

violinAn Afternoon with the Illudium String Quartet
DC Public Library – Tenley-Friendship Branch
Sunday, July 16 ∙ 2:00pm ∙ FREE!
Enjoy a free classical music concert with a special guest performance by the Illudium String Quartet.
Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Self Defense Class for Women
DC Public Library – Mt. Pleasant Branch
Sunday, July 16 ∙ 2:00pm ∙ FREE!
The second of four women-oriented self-defense classes with Master Gloria DuBisette of DC Gentle East Martial Arts. This class will focus on falling safely and fighting from the ground. Mats will be provided. The next classes in the series are on August 6 and August 13. The classes will take place in the Large Meeting Room from 2 – 4 p.m.
Please wear comfortable clothes.
Recommended for ages 13 and above.       DC Public Library - Financing College Education - College Fund

Learn About Financing College Education
DC Public Library – Benning (Dorothy I. Height) Branch
Sunday, July 16 ∙ 2:00pm ∙ FREE!
Is college education in your child’s future? What options do you have to pay for college?
Parents with children ages up to 10 years old: please attend this FREE workshop to learn about financing college! To register, call or visit the Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library.
And remember, it’s never too early to start!

Fort Davis Neighborhood Photo Scavenger Hunt
DC Public Library – Francis A. Gregory Branch
Ongoing thru Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Explore the neighborhood AND win Summer Reading prizes this July when you stop by the Francis A. Gregory Library to participate in the Fort Davis Neighborhood Photo Scavenger Hunt! Details here.

*** Maryland *** 

Montgomery Parks Athletic Field ShowcaseMontgomery Parks Athletic Field Showcase & Family Fun Event
Cabin John Regional Park

Saturday, July 15 ∙ 8:00 am ∙ FREE!
Join Montgomery Parks staff to learn about the state-of-the-art equipment and techniques used to manage and maintain county athletic fields. We’ll also have fun activities for kids including a climbing wall, games, and giveaways! Come early for breakfast!    City of Gaithersburg SportsFest

5th annual SportsFest
Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm [Activitiy Center]

Saturday, July 15 ∙ 8:30 am ∙ FREE Event!
Explore all things sports as the City of Gaithersburg hosts the 5th annual SportsFest. Youth entering grades K through 8 can participate in a variety of activities. The day kicks off with a 1K Fun Run through Bohrer Park at 8:30 a.m. After that, participants can test their skills in soccer, football, baseball, track and field, basketball, volleyball, tennis, and on an inflatable obstacle course, while visiting challenge stations located on the front field and inside the Activity Center. T-shirts and prizes will be awarded for completing the challenges, while supplies last. “Coach G,” the official Gaithersburg Sports mascot, and members of the City’s own Gaithersburg Giants, part of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, will also be in attendance. Rain or shine.

Have Fun at Maydale Conservation Park
Saturday, July 15 ∙ FREE!
Events Include:
Citizen Science – Dragonfly Pond Watch (11:30am) – Dragonfly Pond Watch monitors the movements of migratory dragonflies throughout North America. Come, be a part of the science every Saturday as we look for and record dragonfly species found around the ponds and wetlands of Maydale Conservation Park. Intended for ages 8 & up
Name That Tree! (12:30pm) – Celebrate National Tree Day as we examine bark, leaves, twigs and seeds to identify the trees of Maydale. Intended for ages 5 & up
Citizen Science – Bumble Bee Watch (2:30pm) – Come and help track one of our native pollinators, the bumble bee. Join a naturalist every Saturday to learn the buzz on this bee. Rain cancels program. Intended for ages 8 & up

Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation - PG ParksFossil Deposit Interpretation
Dinosaur Park
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 12:00pm ∙ FREE!
Dinosaur Park is a 41-acre park in Laurel, Maryland, featuring a rare deposit of fossils from the Cretaceous Period (144 to 65 million years ago). On the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, you can join paleontologists and and volunteers on-site to interpret fossil deposits. Fun for all ages!

The JAPA Kids Show!!
Bowie State University
[Black Box Theater at the Fine and Performing Arts Center]
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 2:00pm ∙ FREE!
Watch the kids of the Junior Academy for the Performing Arts (JAPA) strut their stuff in an original musical theater masterpiece! Ages: All ages are welcome

Montgomery Parks

Sprinklers, Bubbles and Rainbows!
Black Hill Nature Programs

Saturday, July 15 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Come play in our backyard! Dance and run through sprinklers. Make bubbles with giant bubble wands. Splash in water play stations designed for the littlest of revelers. This is what summer is all about! Bring sunscreen, a towel and change of clothes. Intended for ages 6m & up

National Ice Cream Month: Ice Cream Social
Darnall’s Chance House Museum
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 6:00pm ∙ FREE!
Did you know the first time ice cream was recorded as being served in America occurred in Maryland in 1774 when Governor Thomas Bladen served it to his dinner guests? Come on over to Darnall’s Chance and make yourself a sundae to celebrate ice cream’s colonial roots. Enjoy live music, participate in lawn games, and more! Program co-sponsored by the Town of Upper Marlboro Historical Committee. No reservation necessary. Get yours while supplies last! Ages: All ages are welcome

Xtreme Field Games
John E Howard Community Center
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 7:00pm ∙ FREE!
Do you consider yourself to be athletic? Are you looking to enjoy the Summer and have some fun? Well, come join us as we parade through various field games while enjoying the beautiful weather outside!
Ages: 12-17

Mariachi Flor de la ToloacheMariachi Flor de la Toloache
BlackRock Center for the Arts
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ FREE*
According to NPR, “the best way to introduce yourself to Mariachi Flor de Toloache is to see it live.”
BlackRock is excited to debut Mariachi Flor de Toloache to our outdoor summer concert series this year. Their 2014 self-titled debut album earned a Latin Grammy nomination in the Best Ranchera category — a category that celebrates an incredibly long tradition of Mexican music. The nomination undoubtedly illustrates the group’s entrancing mariachi swagger.
*NOTE: All Summer Concerts will be performed on the BlackRock front lawn, weather permitting. Low-back lawn chairs and blankets are permitted along with food and non-alcoholic beverages. In the case of inclement weather, the concert will move inside to the BlackRock Mainstage.
Tickets are not required, but RSVPs are recommended to be the in-the-know about updates and weather decisions. summer concerts are free, but BlackRock incurs expenses to keep the beloved concert series going, including artist fees, overhead, and technical costs. Any donation you can give is welcome and super helpful in putting on these amazing outdoor shows.

Lights ! Cameras ! Action! Movie In The Park
Watkins Regional Park
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 8:00pm ∙ Movie ONLY: FREE!
Sing” [Rated PG, Best for ages 7+, Read Common Sense Media Review]
Enjoy movie night with family and friends of all ages this summer starting at sunset on the Green at beautiful Watkins Park.
NOTE: Before the movie, stop at the Watkins Summer Operations [PG County Resident: $5; Non-resident: $7] for unlimited train rides, mini golf, carousel rides, and face painting from 6 to 8 pm. Snacks and refreshments will be sold on site.    Takoma Radio One-Year Celebration

Takoma Radio One-Year Celebration!
Takoma Radio
Sunday, July 16 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
On Sunday, July 16th, Takoma Radio will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a day of music, community, and special broadcasts. Please join us, from 12pm to 7pm with live music from Airshow Mastering & Recording – Takoma Park’s music space ALLYWORLD; plus food, CD and vinyl sale, and commemorative Takoma Radio merchandise at Roda Movements. And, of course there will be food and cake!!

Apollo 11 Model Rocket Contest
NASA Goddard Visitor Center
Sunday, July 16 ∙ 12:30 pm ∙ FREE!
NARHAMS is sponsoring a special model rocket contest in honor of the Apollo 11 moon landing!
Celebrate the Apollo 11 moon landing during the annual Apollo Contest. Attempt to land your model rocket on a “moon” target on the ground. Trophies and model rocket kit prizes will be awarded to the top youth and adult finishers. The contest promotes interest in space sciences among area students. This event also includes a narrated demonstration launch of historic space vehicle models.
The contest is free to enter. On-site registration is required on the day of the contest. You must bring your own model rocket and motors, or purchase them at the nearby Goddard Gift Shop. An awards ceremony will follow the contest. For more contest details, please call the Goddard Visitor Center at 301-286-8981.

Nature Makerspace
Black Hill Nature Programs
Sunday, July 16 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Are you creative? Do you want to build things with and inspired by nature? Then drop by the Visitor Center and have some creative fun! We’ll have nature supplies and tools to help you design your own creations. You can work as a family group or join together with others to construct something amazing. Each Nature Makerspace session will have its own theme which we’ll post on our Facebook page before the program. No registration required; drop in anytime during program hours, but be sure to come by early enough to have time to get creative. Intended for ages 1 & up

FrozenMovies On The Potomac – DOUBLE FEATURE: Happy Feet & Frozen
National Harbor
Sunday, July 16 ∙  4:00 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: Happy Feet [PG – Best for ages 5+ & Frozen [PG – Best for ages 5+]
Movies linked to Common Sense Media for reviews.

*** Virginia ***  

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Family Fun Entertainment Series – Mark Lohr
Reston Town Square Park
[Corner of Market Street and Explorer Street]
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE Admission & Parking!
A fast-paced, side-splitting, family vaudeville show filled with audience participation and circus skills with a sprinkling of magic thrown in the mix. One continuous surprise after another just makes the time fly! View the full Family Fun Entertainment Line Up
Reminder: Parking is free on weekends at Reston Town Center.

Arts in the Parks
Fairfax County
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 10:00am ∙ FREE Children’s Entertainment Series
Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Park Foundation bring your family the enjoyment
of their beautiful outdoor parks and the fascinating world of the performing arts. Programs held at outdoor amphitheaters:
Burke Lake Park – Blue Sky Puppet Theater (Puppets)
E.C. Lawrence Park – The Goodlife Theater (Puppets)
Mason District Park – Fairfax Symphony Orchestra ‘String Quartet’ (Children Music)
NOTE: Wednesday performances at Frying Pan Farm Park – On July 19th, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra ‘Percussion Ensemble’ (Children Music) at 10am.

Heritage Family Days: Your Eclipse
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free, $15 parking
Late this summer, a solar eclipse will cross the entire United States, coast to coast. Join us for a day of special programming designed to get you excited about the August 21 eclipse. At Your Eclipse you can:
∙Learn about the science of eclipses
∙Make your own safe solar eclipse viewer
∙Plan how you’ll observe the eclipse in August
∙Share your experiences of past eclipses
∙Learn how to photograph the eclipse from experienced astrophotographers
The full schedule of the event can be found here.

Peter McCoryKidz Korner – Peter McCory One Man Band
Old Town Square
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 10:30am ∙ Free Show!
NOTE: Kidz Korner Children’s Event – Summer on the Square repeats Saturday’s June – September, 10:30am – 11:30am, weather permitting. A variety of children’s activities and entertainment.

Centennial of the Everyday: Artist Tour
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
Saturday, July 15 ∙ Tours Begin at 11:00am ∙ Free, RSVP Requested
Enjoy a free artist-led tour of the Centennial of the Everyday exhibit by Stewart Watson and Lauren Frances Adams! They will be sharing their research process and how they sculpted the artworks on display throughout Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Tickets are free for this 60-min tour however, space is limited. You must register for a free ticket to secure your spot.   Lakeshore Learning - Sail Away STEAM Boats

FREE Crafts for Kids
Lakeshore
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 11:00am ∙ FREE!
Project: Sail Away STEAM Boats [Make it at Home]
A new project every Saturday 11am-3pm. Ages 3 and up. No reservations necessary.

Open House – Northern Virginia Model Railroaders, INC.
Vienna Depot
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 1:00pm ∙ FREE!
visitors include people of all ages who enjoy watching railroad activities that realistically depict an actual railroad that existed in North Carolina in the 1950’s. That railroad was called the Western North Carolina (WNC) and every hill, town, building, locomotive, rail car, and industry on our layout is modeled after those places and things as they looked in that era. Well, almost everything; we must admit that to satisfy popular demand, an occasional sighting can be made of Thomas the Tank Engine and a few of his friends chugging around among the bigger steam and diesel locomotives.
Young visitors are often offered a souvenir WNC Railroad ticket as they enter the depot.
NEXT Open House: Saturday, September 16. View 2017 Open House Schedule.

Up Against the Stream: Salmon, Yoga & You!
Arlington Library – Columbia Pike Branch
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 3:00pm ∙ FREE, RSVP Requested!
Celebrate Latino Conservation Week with a free yoga and art event. The community will learn about the life cycle of salmon through a one hour power yoga class. Post yoga, we will have an adult and kids coloring book activity provided by US Fish and Wildlife Services.
This family friendly event (ages 7 & up) is limited capacity of 50 people. RSVP.

Rocknoceros - 9th Annual Rocknoceros New Years Eve PartyMusic on Mill – Rocknoceros (Children’s Rock / Pop)
River Mill Park
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 6:00pm ∙ Free Summer Concert Series!
The Town of Occoquan is proud to announce this summer’s Music on Mill, a free summer concert series featuring family-friendly entertainment. Bring a blanket or lawn chair (no tents or pop ups), pack a snack or picnic, and head down to River Mill Park for live entertainment and stunning views of the Occoquan River! All concerts are free and open to the public. If you arrive early, check out the Lemonade Stroll (Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm).
NOTE: All concerts are held on 1st Friday and 3rd Saturday evenings. NEXT (Friday, August 4): Jahnel Daliya (Folk / Pop) – view the full Music on Mill lineup

Plaza Party
Village Plaza
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Live music and fun! • Outdoor games • 12+ outdoor patios and dining options • Smokehouse Live, The Conche, Ten Spot Kitchen & Tap, Cobb Theatre or 12+ bars to continue the party • Bubble Spectacular Shows, Pop Up Fountain and fun for the kids, too! In the event of rain, the concert will be held in Smokehouse Live.
NOTE: Every Friday and Saturday. See full entertainment listing.   Zootopia - FB Logo

Cinema Del Ray: Zootopia
Mount Vernon Rec Center
Saturday, July 15 ∙  7:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Showing: Zootopia [PG] – Best for ages 8+ – Read review from Common Sense Media here.
The fun starts at 7pm and the show begins at Dusk.

Movie Under the Stars – Finding Nemo
Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center
Saturday, July 15 ∙  7:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Showing: Finding Nemo [G] – Best for ages 5+ – Read review from Common Sense Media here.
NOTE: Children’s entertainment on Wednesday morning. Live music and family time.
Entertaining this week (July 19th): Rocknoceros

Movie Night – Predator 
Penrose Square
Saturday, July 15 ∙  8:35 pm ∙ FREE!

Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO)’s 30 Years: Celebrating the Great Movies of 1987(ish)!
Predator (1987) [R] – Best for ages 16+ – Read review from Common Sense Media here#CPMovieNights

Loudoun Wildlife ConservancyInsect Safari! A “We’re Going WILD” Family Nature Walk
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy
Sunday, July 16 ∙ 9:00 am ∙ FREE, RSVP Required
WHAT IS THAT BUG? This walk will explore discoveries in the micro-world of insects at one of their busiest times of day! Local entomologist Ed Clark of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture will lead a hands-on investigation into the secret lives of insects that flit, buzz, and crawl about in summer. Come dressed for an outdoor adventure. Space is limited to 20 children, ages 7+, with accompanying adult(s). NOTE: No strollers or pets. Scouts welcome. Registration required. Questions: Contact info@loudounwildlife.org.

Sunday Art In The Park at GRACE: Dip and Dye
Reston Town Square Park
Sunday, July 16 ∙  3:00 pm ∙ Free. All ages welcome.
Before attending the Sunday concert, come to the gallery to see the work of Radcliffe Bailey and take part in a free art-making activity – Sunday Art In The Park with Shenandoah Conservatory: A Little Charm from Across the Pond. Fun for adults and kids alike!

Summer Sundays Concerts in the Park: Da Capo
McLean Central Park Gazebo
Sunday, July 16 ∙  5:00 pm ∙ FREE!
This ain’t your grandpa’s barbershop quartet. The four guys of Da Capo can throw down a mean beatbox as well as create gorgeous harmonies, all while maintaining street cred and chops that earned them multiple championships in the barbershop genre.
NOTE: Free concerts at 5 p.m. every Sunday in July in McLean Central Park Gazebo.

Sunday Evening Movie: The Little Mermaid
Strawberry Park
Sunday, July 16 ∙  6:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Showing: The Little Mermaid [G] – Best for ages 5+ – Read review from Common Sense Media here.

National Ice Cream Day Freebies & Deals

Sunday, July 16th is #NationalIceCreamDay

Check these Freebies & Deals:

FREE Ice Cream for LifeFree vanilla ice cream cone
McDonalds
Sunday, July 16
Customers who download the McDonald’s app get a coupon for a free vanilla ice cream cone on Sunday, no purchase required. One lucky winner will also score the Golden Arches Cone, which equals free soft-serve for life.

FREE mini cup of Dippin’ Dots
Dippin’ Dots
Sunday, July 16

Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with FREE Dippin’ Dots!
Participating Dippin’ Dots locations will be giving away a FREE mini cup of Dippin’ Dots during a two hour window- so check with your local store to see when the giveaway will be!
Not available at convenience stores or entertainment venues.

$1 scoops at Millie’s DC and Jetties
Sunday, July 16
Celebrate National Ice Cream Day at Millie’s DC and Jetties with $1 Scoops all day Sunday!

BOGO FREE! at Carvel
Sunday, July 16
Carvel is offering a buy one, get one deal on any size soft serve in a cone or cup. You can order your soft serve in vanilla, chocolate, or Oreo.

BOGO Free at Cold Stone Creamery
Sunday, July 16
Get a buy one, get one free deal on their special summer flavor, Confetti Cupcake Ice Cream.

BOGO FREE! at Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream
Sunday, July 16
From 2 to 6 p.m. on National Ice Cream Day, Sub Zero is offering a buy one, get one free deal at participating locations.

Eat Ice Cream For A Good Cause!
Friendly’s
Sunday, July 16

For every $2.99 Friend-z ice cream order on Sunday, Friendly’s will donate $2 to the Boys & Girls Club of America. Customers who purchase a Friend-z on Sunday will also get a coupon good for a free ice cream in the future.

Whole Foods Market
Sunday, July 16
The grocery chain is offering a special deal on Ben & Jerry’s ice cream pints. On Sunday, you can get two pints for just $6. Select Whole Foods locations will also be holding what the chain is calling a “Sundae Fundae” sampling event. At Sundae Fundae, customers will be invited to make-their-own sweet treats inside the store.

Baskin-Robbins
Sunday, July 16
If you download the Baskin-Robbins mobile app, you’ll get special offers for National Ice Cream Day and other days.

PetSmart
Sunday, July 16
All pets visiting PetSmart PetHotel locations get free Doggie Ice Cream Sundaes this Sunday.

 

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Evolution Engine
B&O Railroad Museum
Thru Sunday, July 16 ∙ 10:00am ∙
ADMISSION: $18 adults, $16 seniors (60+), $12 children (2-12), FREE for B&O Members
The B&O Railroad Museum is excited to announce its first ever Evolution Engine! This exploratory and fun summertime STEM series, highlights the technological evolution of locomotives and the environmental changes which impacted the lives of dinosaurs.
Kids and adults, alike, can roam the evolution maze, discovering facts and truths about the extinction of dinosaurs and the shift from steam to diesel engines. Sensory challenges include an excavation and rail design station, egg hunt races, waterworks zone, and more. Dinosaur face painting between the hours of 10am – 12pm. So embrace your inner scientist and historian for a day filled of dino-riffic activities and challenges at the B&O’s outdoor pavilion.
Interested in attending? I have four (4) free tickets. Email Events@DCThriftyMom.com TAKEN!

Blast-in-the-Past: A Hands-On History Playground
Montpelier Mansion/Historic Site
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 10:00am ∙
PG County Residents: $2.50; Non-residents: $3. Two free adults per group.
NOTE: Saturdays are All-County Days when all visitors pay the resident fee!!

Montpelier’s grounds are transformed into a kid-sized colonial village! Young visitors can camp out on the frontier, design a hat at the milliners, harvest crops at the farm, and much, much more.
Come for an hour, or stay for the day. Drop-in, no reservation required. Win a free pass by joining Prince George’s County Memorial Library System’s “Summer @ Your Library” program!
Ages: All ages are welcome

Engineering 101
College Park Aviation Museum
Saturday, July 15 ∙ 2:00pm ∙ $5 includes museum admission & supplies
What is an Engineer? Engineers are people who design and build things to solve specific problems. Learn the basics of engineering through an interactive, hands-on design challenge by creating your own design from drawing to prototype. Ages: 8 & older
Program Continues: The 3rd Saturday of every month!

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MPG - Preit Perks PhotoSummer Shopping, PREIT Perks & Changes at MPG!
The Mall at Prince Georges
The Mall at Prince Georges (MPG) is renovating! New stores arriving and PREIT Perks program, which rewards you for shopping. Learn about my #MPGSummerShopping experience and additional ways to maximize your summer shopping budget. PREIT Perks Information & Enter to win a $40 MPG Gift Card and tote bag with additional swag here.   

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