Wednesday, August 27, 2014

2014 Fall Children's Activities

Kids activities in Washington DC for Maryland Kids too! (ki

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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 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
Oct 18 - Sky Meadow Star Party with the Air and Space Museum
Sept 27 - Butler Orchard's Fall Festival Opens
Sept 27 - Cox Farm's Fall Festival Opens
Sept 13-14  Alexandria's King Street Art Festival


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

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

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dulles Family Festival and Plane Pull

Dulles Day Plane Pull
September 20, 2014
Charity event supporting Special Olympics

The 2013 Dulles Day Family Festival & Plane Pull is a full day of excitement attracting more than 11,000 people! Highlights of this annual Special Olympics Virginia benefit include air plane and auto exhibits, the kid’s zone and bus pull, varied displays and activities, vendors, food and entertainment for all! Join the fun and support Special Olympics at this community event featuring the Plane Pull, a team competition and battle against a 164,000+ pound air bus.

Since the first-ever Plane Pull was held in 1993 at Dulles International Airport, Special Olympics Virginia has raised more than $1,500,000 for athletes with intellectual disabilities throughout the state, and also started a worldwide plane-pulling phenomenon. Today, similar Plane Pulls are held throughout the year in Colorado, Maryland, Hawaii, Tennessee and Texas.

The Dulles Day Festival & Plane Pull® is Special Olympics Virginia’s “heaviest” fundraiser, pitting teams of 25 against one another to see who can pull a 164,000+ pound Airbus 12 feet the fastest. Teams must raise a minimum of $1250 to participate – that’s just $50 per person – and all proceeds help Special Olympics Virginia provide year-round training and athletic competition to more than 11,000 athletes of all ages.

If pulling a plane seems just a bit beyond your reach – how about a truck? The Kids Truck Pull pits teams of children against a big red 123JUNK truck; the team who pulls the truck 12 feet the fastest wins. Each child must raise a minimum of $10 to compete and will receive a t-shirt.

Other Events include:

Harrier Jet Landing and Takeoff
Pizza-Eating Contest
Police K-9 Demonstrations
Kids Zone !
Gates open Saturday at 10:30 am,
with event festivities beginning at 11 am;
gates close at 3:45 pm, with festivities ending at 4 pm.
Please note: no backpacks, coolers or pets will be allowed.
Dulles Airport

Fall Farm Festivals 2014

Butler's Orchards
Germantown, Virginia

Butler's Orchard was founded by George and Shirley Butler, and the farm and orchard continue to be managed by their children and grandchildren. The 300 acre farm is used to grow more than 25 varieties of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Visitors can either purchase fruit, vegetables and flowers already handpicked or pick their own.

Fall is a great time to take the kids out to pick their own fruit. The weather is cooler, and children can run freely through the orchards and gardens. My children love to try and find the largest of anything, and fill their baskets first. In August there are quite a few options including blackberries, raspberries,

blueberries and apples. Their website maintains an up-to-date calendar to let visitors know the best times to come and pick their own fruits and vegetables. During the Fall, there is a great children's play area with giant slides, playground and hayrides. There is also a great country store with homemade cakes, cookies and jams and fresh fruit, vegetables and dairy products.

Evening Hayrides May to December
Bring a group of friends and take a tractor-driven hayride around the farm.
Afterward, gather around a crackling bonfire where you can enjoy
the refreshments and entertainment you have brought.

34nd Annual Pumpkin Festival -
Sept 27-October 26
Check Calendar for specific times and daily activities

Go for a hayride, jump in the hayloft, swoosh down the giant slides, visit barnyard buddies, play the rubber duckie derby, and explore the straw maze! Enjoy beautiful fall foliage, live music, hand dipped caramel apples, crafts, and lots more! This festival is great for small children and families. Entry fee is $11 per person/child and most rides and activities are included in the entry fee. Cash or Check at the gate only. Food may be purchased on site and there is an extra fee for some activities. Pony rides $5. Ride in the Pumpkin Coach is free and for children only. Hay jumping, slides and corn maze are included in admission price.
22200 Davis Mill Road • Germantown MD 20876 • Telephone – 301-972-3299


Cox Farms
Centreville, Virginia

Fall Halloween Festival
September 27 to October 31

Cox Farms was started by brothers Eric and Steven Cox in 1972 and also continues to be managed by family members. It is a very child friendly farm and a yearly trek for our family. The Halloween/Fall Festival is a fun filled adventure for all. Activities are designed for small children and other activities for older children and teenagers. There are numerous slides, game areas, food/drink stands and hundreds of pumpkins of all sizes, colors and shapes. My daughter loves to feed the goats, but they can get a little too frisky for her. There baby pigs, 'toddler pigs,' pre-teen pigs, young adults pigs and pends of very large pigs. In addition, children are delighted to see cows, calves, horses and chickens. My son's favorite adventure is the haunted hayride. It is a little campy, but great fun. The rides always starts with a couple of teenagers dressed in space alien outfits having a Star Wars type of laser fight. The driver's of the haywagon always manage to get stuck in the water soaked areas of the dirt road, and children squeal when they are splashed. The driver finally pulls through a barn with halloween lights, scary music and frightful moving mannequins. We have never been to the night ride, Fields of Terror, but I am sure it is hysterical fun. Conumdrum Corn Maze is a unique maze with special spooky exhibits around every corner. The first is a haunted school bus with a quite spectacular visual effect that left us all dizzy. My 4 1/2 year old had to be carried through this particular exhibit because she was scared of the spinning lights and did not want to walk across the small bridge. You have to see it to understand. She was the group leader through the rest of the course, and the shaky pyramids were her favorite. Additionally, after Halloween, the farm hosts a Pumpkin Madness event which includes smashing pumpkins with a catapult.

There are usually live band shows on the weekends and sometimes special shows during the week. It is a very popular fall festival event, and expect to see large school and tour buses. Where shoes you will not mind if they get muddy since this is a working farm. The weather is variable, and we have been when it was very hot

and also very chilly. Strollers are popular, but a little difficult to maneuver in the dirt and straw areas. There are port-a-potties on site, and the festival is all outdoors. There is a single price per visitor and sometimes specials online. All rides, slides and play areas are included in ticket price. Credit cards are accepted. Each ticket entitles the holder to a free small pumpkin. There is a country open air market and a pumpkin patch with small to extremely large, heavy pumpkins.

15621 Braddock Rd,
Centreville, VA 20120

Fresh produce market open Mon-Sun


Friends of Kinder Farm Park

Millersville, Maryland

Fall Festival October 11, 2014   10:00 am-4:00 pm


Banner: Kinder Farm Park
Kinder Farm Park is located in central Anne Arundel County, Maryland within close proximity to the Chesapeake Bay. The park is on 288 acres and was purchased by the county in 1979 from the original owners, the Kinder Family, who operated a typical Maryland farm from 1898 to the late 1970’s. The purpose of the Friends Group is to support the Farm Park with funding and to conduct volunteer activities to highlight a typical working farm set in Maryland during the 1930’s. Kinder Park attendance is the second largest of all Anne Arundel County Parks. The Park already has been the host of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemoration, which is national in scope and of several years’ duration. There is a 4-H program and a quilters club. Visitors can enjoy playgrounds, picnic pavilions, fishing, hiking trails and trails for horseback riding (call to schedule time for you and your horse(410) 222-6115 ).
Fall festival activities include tractor rides, face painting,
llamas, arts/crafts,
Halloween "Boo" Barn, quilters and square dancing.


1001 Kinder Farm Park Road, Millersville, MD 21108
(410) 222-6115
Hours: Open 7:00 a.m. to dusk Monday-Sunday but closed Tuesdays
Park fee: $6 per vehicle; Free for active military; Discounts for disabled & Seniors

Annemarie Gardens' ArtFest 2014

Annemarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center

September 20-21,
10:00 am-5:00 pm (rain or shine)
No Pets

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center features a 1/4 mile walking path that meanders through the woods past permanent and loaned sculpture, including over thirty works on loan from the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art. The award-winning Arts Building includes rotating exhibition space, a gift shop, and a sunny patio. Annmarie presents a variety of popular annual festivals, rotating exhibitions, family activities, and creative public programs. The Studio School offers classes for all ages and abilities.

The ArtFest will host more than 150 artist booths, 25 performers on two stages, lots of art activities for kids, Studio School, and the Zany Zone with beach balls and hula hoops. Visitors can purchase a variety of foods, wine & beer, and lots more! It's a fabulous weekend of great shopping and artful activities at the beautiful Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Solomons, Maryland

The gardens are known to become quite crowded during special events. An Artsfest Bus in downtown Solomons (in front of the public restrooms) will be available to take visitors to the festival.

While visiting the gardens, check out their schedule of adult and children's classes and programs.

Tickets: Adults $6, Children under 11 FREE
Hours: Open daily 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Annmarie Members
Child (5 & under)
Youth (6-17)
Adult (18 & up)
Senior (65 & older)
13480 "Dowell Rd
Solomons, MD

Teddy Bear Clinic at the NMHM

The National Museum of Health and Medicine
Silver Spring, Maryland

The museum preserves, collects and interprets objects, specimens, photographs and documents chronicling the history and practice of medicine over centuries. It is a small museum and geared towards visitors with strong interests in medicine. Collections represent archival materials, anatomical and pathological specimens, medical instruments and artifacts, and microscope slide-based medical research collections. Some specimans may be inappropriate for young children. There are special events designed for small children. Exhibits focus particularly on the history and practice of American medicine, military medicine, and current medical research issues. A good resource for middle to high school students interested in anatomy, medicine and rehabilitation. Adults may find the brain injury exhibits on George Clooney and Keith Richardson interesting.

Teddy Bear Clinic
National Museum of Health and Medicine
September 13 from 10:00-12:00
This is a yearly event and FREE to the public.
Recommended for grades preK-2.

Children can bring their favorite stuffed friend and explore the Teddy Bear Clinic with activities and crafts designed to highlight the body, dental care, physical fitness and health habits. The staffers at this event are cheerful and completely involved in helping children become doctors and nurses for the day to care for their favorite stuffed friend. Children are given a worksheet with a list of different activities to complete to earn a visit to the prize table. Activities include a craft table to create their own personalized medical bag, nurse's cap and/or doctor hat. Tent two teaches kids about taking vital signs including using a stethoscope, blood pressure monitor and reflex hammer. After assuring the health of their friend, children can move to the vaccine tent where they learn about germs and vaccines. They can even give their friend a vaccine. Moving on to the dental tent, children can learn flossing techniques on a large model and receive a dental gift. The last tent is about healthy nutrition and physical exericise. My daughter, 5 years old at the time, enjoyed the event and treasured the small rubber microscope she earned. This is a limited 2-hour event.

Regular children/teen activities:

Forensics Mystery Tour for grades 5+ with
museum docent.

Museum discovery sheets link for grades 8-12

NMHM Building Front EnteranceHours: Daily 10:00-5:30, closed December 25.
Metro-Silver Spring and Forest Glen (Red line)
Free parking in museum lot.

National Museum of Health and Medicine
2500 Linden Lane
Silver Spring, MD