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SATURDAY, June 20th

Arlington Kids featured events.

Red Cross Waterfront Festival @ Oronoco Bay Park (Alexandria, VA)

The Alexandria Red Cross Waterfront Festival offers lots of activities, including rides, entertainers, arts and crafts, great food, tall ships, and children’s crafts and music at 11:30am: Secret Agent 23 Skidoo (hip hop for kids!).  And Saturday night ends with a spectacular fireworks show.

Family Summer Solstice Salsa & Swing Dance @ FPC (Alexandria, VA)

Nationally acclaimed Bio Ritmo will be playing and it’s sure to be a ton of fun! Even better, it’s free. Join us from 7pm-10pm for this FREE, fun and family-friendly evening of dancing in an alcohol-free environment! Proceeds from concessions will support the Computer CORE program (www.computercore.org).

Earth First Family Day @ The Corcoran (DC)

Venture to the far corners of the Gallery and go green this spring at the Corcoran’s Earth First Family Day. The celebration includes art-making workshops, storytelling, face-painting, music from the award-winning group Milkshake, puppet shows by Blue Sky Puppet Theatre, and family tours of the Corcoran’s special exhibition, Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes, and permanent collection installation, Nature as Nation.

Become a Pilot Family Day @ Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (Chantilly, VA)

Appearing with their aircraft parked outside the center’s Boeing Aviation Hangar, pilots greet visitors and discuss life in the cockpit – and in some cases, let visitors climb behind the controls. Inside the center, visitors can attend a “briefing” on flight ramp safety, learn about the science and early history of flight, learn how to build models of their favorite aircraft, and view treasures like a Concorde, an SR-71 Blackbird, and the Space Shuttle Enterprise. A special “Flights of Fancy” story time and hands-on activities are offered for younger visitors.

Trains! @ National Postal Museum (DC)

Celebrate mail by rail at the annual event! Kids can toot their own train whistles, sort railway mail, read adventure stories, look at transportation stamps, and more. Local railroad clubs showcase their model railways and a representative from the Railway Mail Service Library shares expertise and resources.

Kids Bowl Free @ AMF (Alexandria, VA)

A select number of metro DC bowling halls, including AMF Alexandria, offer kids two free games every day throughout the summer, redeemable by email coupons. Parents can sign their children up through the website and receive coupons for each child every week. A Family Pass is also available for $23.95 and allows up to four adults to go bowling with the kids.

Father’s Day Fun @ Lakeshore Learning Store (Alexandria, VA)

Lakeshore celebrates Father’s Day by offering a day of games, product demos, and make-n-take crafts.

Art in the Garden Festival: Music and Rhythm @ US Botanic Gardens (DC)

The garden celebrates the symbolic and aesthetic role of plants in culture, inviting visitors to discover the role plants play in music and the beautiful rhythms of a garden.

The Monkeys of Danyang @ Classika Theatre (Arlington)

Set in ancient China, three troublesome monkeys run through the farms of Danyang, stealing food and creating trouble. The monkeys believe that they run the town, but are eventually challenged by a tricky old man who shows them their place in the world.

Artomatic @ Navy Yard (DC)

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Artomatic is a month-long multimedia arts event featuring nine floors of visual and installation art, theater, dance, and comedy, three music stages, street performances such as fire dancing and drum troupes, and a film screening theater. Workshops and seminars are held all month long, as well as special events (such as an exhibit of the Washington Post’s Peeps diorama finalists), and hands-on activities for children.

Fathers Day SUNDAY, June 21st


Father’s Day Picnic in a Boat @ Riverbend Park (Great Falls, VA)

Bring along a picnic for dad have Father’s Day brunch in a boat. A naturalist leads the group to appropriate anchoring spots and answers questions about the river’s history and abundant wildlife. Previous experience rowing not required. Boats and PFD’s provided. Advance registration is required.

Father’s Day Fish-a-Rama @ Great Country Farms (Bluemont, VA)

Families can bring their own gear or purchase a cane pole to join the fun, including measuring for the largest fish caught from 11am-4pm and for the most fish caught during the Power Hour from 1pm-2pm. Plus farm activities like mazes, hayrides, pick-your-own strawberries.

Father’s Day Celebration @ Colvin Run Mill (Great Falls, VA)

Treat dad to a free wood carving lesson with the Northern Virginia Carvers from 12n-4pm (nominal charge for wood blanks). And fathers accompanied by their children can also take free tours of the mill and miller’s house. Hand-crank ice cream and then taste a sample for $1.25 a cup.

Father’s Day Ice Cream Social @ Tudor Place Historic House (DC)

Children and their fathers can make ice cream sundaes, become garden detectives as they tour the historic gardens in search of a variety of plants and animals, make their own kites and take them for a test flight, create a small garden to take home, and play games. Advance registration is required.

Father’s Day Open House @ Friendship Firehouse Museum (Alexandria, VA)

A special tour for Fathers on Father’s Day – every father gets to be an honorary Chief of the Friendship Fire Company Bucket Brigade. Every dad, with his children, receives a certificate, gets to ring the fire bell, and has his picture taken with the Friendship fire engine.

Red Cross Waterfront Festival @ Oronoco Bay Park (Alexandria, VA)

The Alexandria Red Cross Waterfront Festival offers lots of activities, including rides, entertainers, arts and crafts, great food, tall ships, and children’s crafts and music at 12:00pm: Rocknoceros (music for kids).  And Saturday night ends with a spectacular fireworks show.

The Monkeys of Danyang @ Classika Theatre (Arlington)

Set in ancient China, three troublesome monkeys run through the farms of Danyang, stealing food and creating trouble. The monkeys believe that they run the town, but are eventually challenged by a tricky old man who shows them their place in the world.

Artomatic @ Navy Yard (DC)

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Artomatic is a month-long multimedia arts event featuring nine floors of visual and installation art, theater, dance, and comedy, three music stages, street performances such as fire dancing and drum troupes, and a film screening theater. Workshops and seminars are held all month long, as well as special events (such as an exhibit of the Washington Post’s Peeps diorama finalists), and hands-on activities for children.

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