Happenings

Local kid friendly area events happening in the DMV (Washington DC area)

October

Build A Fire House Bank
Saturday, October 7th, 9am -12pm; Home Depot Kid workshop–  Check your store for availability

Come build a coin bank with a fire station design. Once the bank is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. . Please register because space is limited http://workshops.homedepot.com/workshops/kids-workshops

Anacostia Community Museum 50th Anniversary Community Block Party

Saturday, October 7th; 11am – 4pm, Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl SE, Washington, District of Columbia 20020

Come celebrate 50 years of being the premier cultural institution east-of-the-river. There will be live performances, food, kid’s activities, art and crafts, storytelling, a vendor’s marketplace, food trucks and more. Activities will take place inside and outside of the museum and there will be fun for the entire family.

Free Fall Softball Clinics for Girls

Every Thursday until December 14th 7:30-8:30 pm. Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy located at 3675 Ely Place SE, Washington DC 20019 202-827-8960
The Nationals Youth Baseball Academy’s and MJLL fall softball clinics immerse youth in a positive culture that cultivates excellence and performance mastery through an emphasis on teamwork, effort, continual learning, and a love of softball.

Kinderfest

Sunday, October 5th; noon – 4pm, Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

Bring the family out to enjoy pony rides, Pumpkin Pyramids, Kindercows,  interactive exhibits, carousel and train rides, food vendors and more. Free

American Indian Festival

Saturday, October 21st; 10am – 4pm, Patuxent River Park, 16000 Croom Airport Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 301 627-6074

Come enjoy the 9th annual American Indian Festival; there will be drumming, singing, dancing and storytelling performances, genealogy, Indian games, crafts, live birds of prey, and much more. Free Admission and Parking

Halloween on the Farm

Sunday, October 22nd; 4pm – 7pm, Old Maryland Fam at Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774 301 218-6770

Join Old Maryland Farm for a Halloween and Fall themed event. Enjoy hayrides, games, crafts, cider, live creepy crawly animals, and a costume contest. The costume contest will be judged in three categories: best animal, most creative, and family participation.

Hilloween at Eastern Market

Friday, October 27th 5:30-7:30 pm.  Eastern Market, 705 N Carolina Ave SE, Washington, DC
Bring the family out to enjoy moon bounces, face painters, giveaways from schools and organizations, and food for purchase. Free

Harbor Halloween

Sunday, October 29th, noon – 2:30pm , National Harbor; 165 Waterfront Street National Harbor, MD 20745
Trick or treat around the shops at the Harbor. There will be trick-or-treating from 12-2pm. See a showing of Hocus Pocus on the Plaza Big Screen (movie will begin at 12:30pm). Watch a chef pumpkin carving contest at 2pm. Plus, get one free Capital Wheel child ticket with each paid adult ticket for children in costume. Free

Falloween

Saturday, October 28th 1-4 pm.  Market Common, 2800 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
Market Common Clarendon’s fifth annual Falloween Festival celebrates the season and the October holiday with a day of delights for the whole fam. Highlights include a Big Barn Puppet Show, pumpkin decorating + crafts for kids, and a trick-or-treat session throughout the property, a stilt walker, scarecrow making, and a petting zoo. Free

Legends by Latnern

Saturday, October 28th; Tours are at 7 pm, 7:30 pm, 8 pm, College Park Avaiation Museum, 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive,College Park, MD 20740
Find out what happened to Corporal Frank Scott and see the airfield by lamplight while hearing tales of the past. Wear your costume on this tour that starts with a hayride, and concludes with hot cider and a fun Fall activity. Director’s choice costume awards will be given each hour!

Maggianos Kids Cooking Class

Saturday, October 28th; 10am – 12pm, Maggianos, 2002 Annapolis Mall
Annapolis, MD 21401

A kids cooking class creating their own Flatbread Pizzas with Chef Matt, as well as decorating pumpkins! taught by their chefs and a sundae bar for kids will follow. Please call (410)266-3584 for cost information

Free Anacostia River Pontoon Boat Tours

Thursday and Fridays noon; Saturday 5pm, April – October; Bladensburg Park, 6600 Kenilworth Avenue, Riverdale, MD 20737 (301) 699-2255

Enjoy a 30 minute free pontoon boat ride on the scenic Anacostia River. The boat tour registration is at 11:30am at the small gazebo outside the park office. Registration is done on a first come, first served basis.

Fee per person: Resident – $2; Non-resident – $3

 

Bowling at Pinstripes

Weekday mornings from 10am to noon, Pinstripes; Georgetown Park 1064 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC 2007, 202-625-6500

Kids bowl for $3 per hour with a $3 shoe rental and parents bowl for free. Please limit four kids 12 and under per adult.

Free Face Painting, Crafts & Ice Cream for Kids!

Every Tuesday at Texas Roadhouse in Bowie, MD, 6011 High Bridge Rd, Bowie, MD 20720, (301) 860-1728

Come experience  Kids Night every Tuesday from 5:00pm-8:00pm for kids 12-years-old and younger at Texas Roadhouse in Bowie.  When kids come in for Kids Night, they get to enjoy:

– Face Painting with Michelle Johnson from 6:00pm-8:00pm – Balloon Artist making hats, animals, and more – Special Andy Armadillo appearances – Craft/Activity in the Corral – Kids receive a Free scoop of Ice Cream with the purchase of a Kids Meal that can be topped at our Sundae Bar

Butterfly Pavilion

Free Every Tuesday at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History; 10th St. and Constitution Ave NW. The museum hours are from 10:00am and 5:30pm.

Come experience the butterfly experience; take a stroll among live butterflies and exotic plants.

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