Weekend Fun for the Family
Food, hiking, art, festivals—this weekend has something for everyone.
The city pools are open, Cinema Del Ray kicked off and the mosquitoes have made their triumphant return. Summer is upon us!
Whether you’re looking for a cool refuge or a fun afternoon in the sun, this weekend has a little something for everyone.
Today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy free live entertainment (including Rocknoceros), face painting, balloon animals and tons of hands-on creative activities at Imagination Bethesda. The street festival celebrates the arts and is geared toward children 12 and under.
Near and dear to my heart, today is also the National Trails Day. The day is intended to encourage communities and outdoor enthusiasts to get outside and improve their favorite footpaths. In celebration, many parks are holding trail maintenance projects and educational events. If you can’t make it to an official event, consider taking your family for a hike and collecting litter along the way.
Open daily through June 23, check out Artomatic in Crystal City. In addition to more than 1,300 artists, there are live music performances, food and drink (including a Busboys and Poets popup) and workshops for kids and adults. Today, ages 7 and over will enjoy mask making at noon and ages 10 and over can practice creative writing at 2 p.m. On Sunday, kids can learn about art journaling and abstract art (RSVP online). While you’re there, make sure you see the hunger-inducing “Bacon” exhibit by local Del Ray artists and food bloggers, Rebecca and Eric Gordon (10th floor, Room 184). Also a must-see: finalists from The Washington Post’s 2012 Peeps Diorama Contest.
TIP: The exhibits around the children's activity center are family friendly. However, not all exhibits are. Use discretion when visiting with younger kids.
Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. is the battle for best neighborhood eats—the fourth annual Taste of Del Ray. This year’s competition will feature celebrity chef Rock Harper (winner of "Hell’s Kitchen") and live music by Elroy Jenkins. You can pick up tickets today at the Del Ray Farmers' Market.
Also on Sunday, explore ocean life and conservation issues through interpretive dance in a free performance of “Ocean” at 3 p.m. at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. This event comes just before World Oceans Day on June 8.
From art to food to outdoor excursions, there is no shortage of family entertainment this weekend. Have fun!