Friday, October 3, 2014

2014 Fall Children's Activities

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Kid's activities and events focused on kid's play, learning, socialization and confidence building in the Washington DC and Maryland areas. Please feel free to comment on any of these activities you may have participated. We are always open to suggestions for activities we may have missed. Thank you for all your responses.

Calendar Quick Links

Aug 23-25 NIH and Comcast Outdoor Film Fest
Aug 23- Maryland Renaissance Festival Opens
Aug 23:- Sky Meadow Star Party with the Air and Space Museum
Aug 30: National Book Festival
Sept 1- Maryland Renaissance Festival Seniors Free
Aug 31- Monarch Butterfly Fiesta
Sept 1 - Adventure Theater's Open House
Sept 1 & 2 - Sesame Street movie at the Einstein Planetarium
Sept 2 - NASA Goddard Rocket Launches
Sept 6:  Imagination Stage's Fall Open House with Free class sampling
Sept 6 & 7 - Maryland Seafood Festival
Sept 7 - Sesame Street movie at the Einstein Planetarium

Sept 13 - Teddy Bear Clinic at National Museum of Health and Medicine
Sept 13-14 Alexandria's King Street Art Festival
Sept 19:  Adventure Theatre's Stuart Little Opens
Sept 19- Puppet Company's "Rapunzel" Opens
Sept 20: Dulles Family Day and Plane Pull
Sept 20-21 ArtFest at Annemarie Gardens
Sept 27 - Sky Meadow Star Party with the Air and Space Museum
Sept 21 - Sesame Street movie at the Einstein Planetarium
Sept 22 - Maryland Zoo Aloha Picnic
Sept 20-21- Maryland Renaissance Festival Scottish Celebration
Sept 24: Imagination State- The Night Fairy Opens

Sept 27: National Museum Day
Sept 27 - Butler Orchard's Fall Festival Opens
Sept 27 - Cox Farm's Fall Festival Opens
Oct 2-3: Discovery Theater's Uno, Dos, Tres con Andres
Oct 5:  National Indian Museum Kids workshop
Oct 12- Maryland Renaissance Festival ASL Interpretation Day
Oct 15-16: Discovery Theater's Fabulas Fairytales
Oct 18-19- Maryland Renaissance Festival Jousting Competition
Oct 18 - Sky Meadow Star Party with the Air and Space Museum
Oct 18-19:  Liberty Mountain Fall Festival/Ski Swap
Oct 19 - Story time at the National Indian Museum
Oct 23-24 Discovery Theater's Starry, Starry Night
Oct 24-26:  ZooBoo! Maryland Zoo
Oct 24:  Kids EuroFestival Begins
Oct 25-26:  Whitetail Mountain Fall Festival
Oct 25:  Longwood Gardens Chrysanthenum Festival Begins
Nov 11:  Imagination Stage- Wake Up, Brother Bear Opens
Nov 14-15 Muscogee Creek Festival -National Indian Museum

Ongoing Kid's activities at the National Indian Museum
Now-Oct 19   Maryland Renaissance Festival
Now - Oct 31 Cox Farm's Fall Festival
Now - Nov Fall and Halloween events at the Public Library
Now - Dec Fall art, Drama, Dance and Music classes for children
Now-Oct 31 Longwood Garden's Pumpkin Patch
Sept 19-Oct 26 Adventure Theatre's Stuart Little
Sept 19-Oct 12  Puppet Company's "Rapunzel"
Sept 24-Oct 26  Imagination Stage's 'The Night Fairy'
Oct 24: Kids EuroFestival Begins
Nov 11-30 Imagination Stage's Wake Up, Brother Bear
Nov 14-Jan 1  Adventure Theatre's Tiny Tim's Christmas Card
Nov 19-Jan 11 Imagination Stage's 101 Dalmatians

Any time

Air and Space Museum - Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Ctr, Chantilly, VA
Air and Space Museum - Washington DC
Annemarie Sculpture Gardens and Arts Center
Butler Orchards, Germantown, MD - Hayrides, Pick your own fruits
Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD
International Spy Museum, Washington DC
Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA
Maryland Zoo, Baltimore, MD
NASA Goddard Visitors Center, Greenbelt, Washington DC
National Zoo, Washington DC
Olde Towne Alexandria, VA
River Bend Park, Great Falls, VA
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Washington DC
Storyville at Woodlawn & Rosedale Libraries, Maryland
The Yards Park, Washington DC
US Botanic Gardens

Kids Euro Festival 2014

Registration Required for Some Events
October 24 - November 9

Schedule TBA Soon


Children and their caregivers can experience numerous FREE performances, workshops and screenings for children. The festival is presented by 27 European Union Member States and sponsored by the French-American Cultural foundation with the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institution, National Gallery of Art and other institutions to enhance cultural and intellectual understanding between countries. These performances and workshops will take place at many different venues including libraries, schools, museums, the Kennedy Center, Strathmore and the French Embassy. It is important to review the calendar carefully for times and locations.

Sweden 01Week 1 Performances TBA

Day for Families with Special Needs Children
La Maison Francaise
Art workshops, short movies and performances from Romania, Ireland, Belgium and Luxembourg

We have not had problems parking on Reservoir Road and walking up to the Embassy for events. Parking is available at Georgetown Hospital for a fee. Be warned cars travel very fast in this area, and drivers are not respectful of families with children.
Family Days at La Maison Francaise
11 am-4 pm

French Embassy
4101 Reservoir Rd, Washington DC

Performances from Slovakia, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Hungary and Belgium, art activities and other activities. Last year my daughter and her friends really enjoyed the dramatic puppet show Red Riding Hood with Russian nesting dolls and the song and dance show "The boy with the violin." Visitors were treated to French pastries and juices on the day we visited. Children can sign up for the Junior Embassador program by getting at least two stamps from performances viewed at the Embassy.


Parking at Georgetown Hospital and Reservoir Road. Be warned cars travel very fast in this area, and drivers are not respectful of families with children.

Family Day at House of Sweden
Performances and activities

There are convenient parking garages ($8-$11 flat weekend fee) along K Street right across the street from the House of Sweden. After a great time watching the scheduled performance, doing art crafts, playing games and silly photos, we like to enjoy some shopping and treats in Georgetown's tourist shopping area on M street. My daughter likes the indoor sandbox at Ben & Jerry's ice cream store.
Kennedy Center's Millenium Stage 6:00 pm shows

(Check out the Millenium Stage archive if you missed a show)

October 26 - Theatre Mala's "Little Needle Girl" - Croatia
October 27 - Shannon Dunne Dance - Ireland
October 28 - Laurent Piron's "Magicalment Drole" - Belgium
 October 29 - Arabesque "The Mist" - Vietnamese
October 30 - Tev Un Man pop ensemble - Latvia
There are many, many different types of programs and different venues. Families should review the performances they would like to see, the venue sites and dates/times of performances since they are spread across a wide area with limited dates from October 16 to November 13. Some events require pre-registration. Most events are very popular, so register early when required and arrive early.

Please check the Registration Requirements for the Venue that you will be attending. Different sites have different requirements due to security reasons. For example, you must register to attend any events at La Maison Francaise (French Embassy) but not required to do so at the House of Sweden.

French-American Cultural Foundation
4101 Reservoir Rd, Washington, DC 20007

ZooBoo! Maryland Zoo


October 24th-26th

10:00am – 4:00pm Each Day

It’s the most spooktacular time of the year at the Maryland Zoo! Get your costume ready and join us for FREE trick-or-treating, costume contests, fun carnival games, crafts, live entertainment, yummy food and more! It’s bound to be a frightfully fun & wild time.
  • *Parents and kids of all ages are encouraged to bring goodie bags and wear costumes! If you forget your costume, face painting will be available for a small additional cost.
  • Some games may require additional fees.
  • This event is rain or shine.

10:30am – Silly Goose and Val
  • Sing and dance along with this entertaining duo. Lots and laughs and lyrics for young and old.
1:30am – Amazing Andres
  • Halloween would not be complete without a little hocus pocus! Get ready to be wowed by this magical performance.

Animal Enrichment (Daily)

  • 10:30am – Chimp
  • 10:30am – Lion
  • 11:30am – Elephant Pumpkin Smash
  • 12:15pm – Giraffe
  • 1:30pm – Leopard
  • 2:00pm – Warthog
  • 2:30pm – Otter
  • 2:30pm – Penguin
  • 3:00pm – Polar Bear
  • 3:30pm – Farmyard

Costume Contests

11:30am & 2:30pm daily
All guests 0-12 year old are encouraged to participate. Please limit entries to only one contest per day. This year’s costume categories are:
  • Best Animal
  • Scariest
  • Most Original
Registration for the first contest closes at 11:15am and at 2:15pm for the second contest. {No exceptions, no late entries will be permitted}.

Boo at the National Zoo!

October 24 - 26, 2014
5:30-8:30 PM

Boo at the Zoo is Washington DC's favorite Halloween treat. With nearly 40 not-so-spooky treat stations, animal demonstrations, keeper chats, and decorated trails, this event is frightfully fun for the whole family. With traditional chocolates, as well as good for you snacks, souvenirs, and other items, thousands of Boo treat bags will be brimming with goodies at the end of the evening. Don’t forget your costume!

Purchase ticketsPurchase tickets online through Ticketmaster now!
Up to six tickets are available for each member at the member rate.
Join FONZ to take advantage of discounted tickets.

Ticket Information


$20 FONZ members
$30 nonmembers


Passes for Saturday are SOLD OUT
$5 FONZ members
$10 nonmembers
Up to six tickets are available for each member at the member rate.
Join FONZ to take advantage of discounted tickets and advance sale tickets.

Longwood Gardens, Pennslyvania

Pumpkin Playground
Open Now To October 31

Chrysanthenum Festival
October 25-November 23

Longwood Gardens is called "One of the great gardens of the world." Visitors can view amazing botonical specimans from every different type of environment including rain forests, deserts, cold climates and hot climates. The 4-acre Conservatory has stunning garden displays and beautiful lily pad ponds to amaze visitors and the photo opportunities are endless. Children could spend all day in the children's water garden area inside the conservatory. There are wonderfully creative fountains and timed water sprays and spurts to delight children. My daughter loves to chase jumping water sprays that follow a stairway from top to bottom and back up. A very unique area of the water garden is a Chinese themed room with paint brushes. Children dip the the brushes into the water and paint the stucco walls as if they are really painting. However, they must first reach into the dragon's mouth to grab a brush. Parents should bring a change of clothes and towel because children will get wet from this experience. There are volunteer helpers with small towels

to use and sometimes there are event arts and crafts events in the garden area. A volunteer helped my daughter make a beautiful sun catcher with a cd disc, string and colorful beads. In addition to the indoor children's area, there is an outdoor play area just for children. The massive topiary garden may give adults a chill ,because it certainly does look like the garden from a certain Jack Nicholson horror movie.

The grounds are massive (1,077 acres) with real tree houses in the back, a beautiful lake and tree house on the right and beautiful streams and bell tower on the left. The site is popular for weddings and professional photographers. We love to visit in the spring to see the thousands and thousands of blooming spring, fall for the pumpkin harvest and beautiful winter lights in December. There is a large gift store on site, and a restaurant towards the rear of the garden. Longwood hosts many different and unique shows and concerts during the year. We once saw aerial ballerinas dancing to various forms of music from the tops of long poles that would spin and sway side to side over the audience. At one point, they even performed the French Cancan and flipped over their skirts to show their bloomers while still high in the sky. It reminded me of a Cirque du Soleil show. We usually purchase a yearly membership since we visit at least three times yearly. A portion of the membership fee is tax deductible and membership discounts can be used in their store and special events. Wear comfortable clothes and a light jacket in the fall. Strollers are great because children do get tired on the long walks. Bathrooms are located in the main building as well as on the grounds. Maps are available. There are few gas stations on the long country highway, so be sure to fill up before you leave.

Tickets to the gardens vary from $18-$25 per adult depending on time of year. There is a discount for seniors, military families and students. Children under 4 are Free. Membership for a family of 4 is $120 and $88 is tax-deductible. If you have already purchased regular tickets and decide you want a membership, show your sales receipt and Longwood will usually apply the amount towards a membership pass. Purchase tickets online, by phone or on site. Be prepared for lines during special events and holiday seasons. Garden Railway now Open (weather permitting) - January 12

Upcoming Events


Night of 1000 Lights - Sold OUT
November 7-8, 6-9:00 pm

Make your own lantern and carry it in the garden parade.
There will be special performances, music and illuminated fountains.
Unveiling of the Chrysanthenums!
Ticket prices: ages 15 and under $13, 16+ $28, Member Discounts

A Longwood Christmas
November 27 - January 11

1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348

The Gardens open at 9:00 am.

The Terrace Restaurant and GardenShop are also open daily.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

National Indian Museum

The National Museum of the American Indian houses one of the world’s largest and most diverse collections of its kind. The museum’s sweeping curvilinear architecture, its indigenous landscaping, and its exhibitions, all designed in collaboration with tribes and communities from across the hemisphere, combine to give visitors from around the world the sense and spirit of Native America.

Some displays may not be suitable for young children.  There is a great children's area on the 3rd level that includes a large teepee, kayak activity, learning areas and more.  Their restaurant is truly a unique experience with by far the largest variety and most unique of entrees compared to the other museumes.   Always a delight to stop in for lunch. 

Activities for Kids
 Sundays 1:30-3:30 -Children's art workshop
Free, first come-first serve

Hok Noth Da Story Time
October 19,  Sunday 11:15-11:45

Mvskoke Etvlwv - Muscogee Creek Festival
November 14-16, 10:30am-5:00 pm
Arts, crafts and demonstrations

Mvskoke Etvlwv: Muscogee Creek Festival

Washington DC Mall (link)
Open 10 AM–5:30 PM daily;
closed December 25.

Friday, September 19, 2014

National Museum Day

Museum Day Live!

The Museum Day Live! Ticket provides free admission for two people.  In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket… for free.

Whitetail Mountain Ski, Golf and Fishing Resort

13th Annual Great Outdoors Festival

13th Annual Great Outdoors Festival
October 25th & 26th, 10 am - 5 pm
It is great fun for the whole family,
Annual 5k Fall Downhill Trail Run
Annual Whitetail Chili Cook-Off Competition.
Kids events include MoonBounce, Pony Rides,
Haunted Halls, Antique Car Show, Snowmaking Tours and more!
Festival Admission: Adults $8, Seniors $4, Kids 6-12 $4 and Kids under 6 FREE

Ski & Board Swap
Annual Ski & Board Swap during the Great Outdoors Festival.
Saturday, October 25th from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm
Sunday, October 26th from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm
If you have gear you would like to sell at the swap, you may drop it off
October 21nd thru October 25th between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm
at our Guest Services lobby.

Upcoming Events

Job Fair in November
New Year's Celebrations
Kids Snow Tubing New Year's Pizza Party
10 pm - 1 am
Pizzas, chips, soda, hot chocolate, and cookies buffet style.
Space is limited and reservations are required, so make yours today! (link)

Ski Resort Party
December 31, 5 pm-1 am
Full buffet dinner, live entertainment, skiing and snowboarding until 1 am, and our very own ball drop at midnight!
Space is limited and reservations are required (link).


January Winter Trails
Learn to Ski and Snowboard!
January 10, 2015
Wednesday $39 classes include lift ticket, equipment and "First Lesson"
Ask about "FREE" childcare reservation during your lesson.

Childrens and Adaptive Ski, Snowboard and Snowshoe Lessons
13805 Blairs Valley Road
Mercersburg, PA 17236