Things to Do with Kids in the DMV

Things to Do with Kids in the DMV This Week (Aug 5th – Aug 11th)

Things to Do with Kids in the DMV This Week: Friday, August 5th – Thursday, August 11th

August 5th & 6th

The Amazing Max – Live with Max Darwin

  • Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Location: Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, Vienna, VA

More than a magic show, the Amazing Max conjures masterful illusions and performs daring feats that thrill and delight audiences and challenge the limits of their imaginations. Max Darwin crafts a custom experience through audience participation that young ones will carry with them long after the show ends.

August 5th – 7th

Clue: the Musical

  • Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD

The internationally popular game is now a fun-filled interactive musical that brings the world’s best-known suspects to life and invites the audience to help solve the mystery of who killed Mr. Boddy, in what room, and with what weapon. The audience receives forms to help them deduce the solution from clues given throughout the fun-filled evening.

August 6th

Touch a Truck

  • Time: 9:00am
  • Location: 20125 Arrowhead Road, Montgomery Village, MD

This fun experience for the entire family features local businesses displaying a wide assortment of unique trucks and equipment. Kids can get up close to their favorite vehicles and learn from their operators. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Quiet Hour is from 9 to 10 a.m.

“Luca” at the Starlight Drive-In Cinema

  • Time: 7:00pm
  • Location: Trinity Centre, Centreville, VA

As part of the Summer Entertainment Series with Fairfax County Parks, Starlight Drive-In Cinema will screen four films this August, all of which are free for the public to enjoy. The 2022 season will highlight films about communities and families “coming together.” Attendees are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics. There will be pre-movie entertainment before each screening.

Music & Stamps Family Day with Guest Artist Rafael Lopez

  • Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Location: National Postal Museum, N.E. Washington, DC

Celebrate the United States Postal Service’s new “Mariachi” stamps with a Family Day at the National Postal Museum! Designed by the museum’s Guest Artist Rafael Lopez, these stamps joyfully represent the vibrant colors and sounds of mariachi music and Mexican culture. Stop in between 11:00 am – 4:00 pm ET to enjoy stories, musical performances, crafts, and games with Lopez!

Washington DC Water Lantern Festival

  • Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: Southpointe Event Area at National Harbor, Washington, DC

Voted #1 Best Cultural Festival by USA TODAY two years in a row! Water Lantern Festival is a floating lantern event that is all about connections. Magical nights in cities across the U.S. include food, games, activities, vendors, music and the beauty of thousands of lanterns adorned with letters of love, hope and dreams reflected upon the water.

August 6th & 7th

Dairy Days-Ice Cream Making & Butter

  • Time: 11:00 am – 3:45 pm
  • Location: Sully Historic Site Location, Chantilly, VA

Churn butter, crank ice cream, milk a fake cow, play 18th century games, and experience the products of an historic dairy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 5 years +

The Best of Broadway

  • Time: 2:30pm
  • Location: Reston Town Square Park, Reston, VA

Shenandoah Conservatory’s musical theatre class of 2023 performs a program of Broadway’s greatest hits. Sunday Art in the Park with Shenandoah Conservatory Reston Town Center Association and Reston Community Center present Sunday Art in the Park with Shenandoah Conservatory. Performances take place Sunday evenings during the summer from 7PM to 8PM and are free and open to the public. Pack a picnic and join us in the park for an evening of music!

August 8th

“Scoob” Movie Time

  • Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Location: Purcellville Library, Purcellville, VA

Scoob! (PG, 93 minutes) Bring your blankets and snacks to enjoy a movie on the big screen.

Chess Club at the Rockville Science Center

  • Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Location: Rockville Science Center, Rockville, MD

The Chess Club at the RSC is a family friendly (all ages) place to watch, learn, and play casual chess. Registering via Eventbrite is not necessary but does help us with planning.

August 9th

STEAM Session: Make Your Own CD Hovercraft

  • Time: 1:00pm – 1:45pm
  • Location: Sherwood Regional Library, Alexandria, VA

Learn about friction with this fun, accessible science experiment! Decorate and make your own CD hovercraft. All supplies provided. Ages 6-12.

SummerFest Event Series

  • Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Location: The Plaza at Tysons Corner Center, Tysons, VA

The property’s annual SummerFest activities will keep visitors entertained all spring and summer with a variety of programs for everyone. The SummerFest lineup includes: Ping Pong, Bingo, and Cornhole Happy Hour tournaments on Tuesday nights.

August 10th

An Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social

  • Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Location: One Room Schoolhouse, Broomes Island Road Port Republic, MD

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy local, farm fresh ice cream while visiting the original, fully restored Port Republic One-Room Schoolhouse. You’ll see where the Calvert County fourth grade students experience a day of history. There will be activities for the children, artifact di splay, and live music by the Calvert County Dance Band.

August 11th

Preschool Storytime

  • Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Location: City of Fairfax Regional Library, Fairfax, VA

Enjoy stories together! Build your child’s early literacy skills while enjoying stories, songs and activities. Age 3-5 with adult. Registration In-person with limited numbers, so please register in advance.


  • Time: 10:30am
  • Location: The Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, MD

Rod puppets convey the classic tale of rags to riches, love at first sight (twice!), and getting what we all deserve. Don’t miss this fan favorite production, or your magical midnight curfew!

Teen Movie Night: “The Parent Trap”

  • Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Location: Deale Community Library, Deale, MD

Join us for a Teen Movie Night! Bring your favorite snack, blanket and/or camp chair & get comfy for this indoor event! You’re in for a great movie!

LAST WEEK’s Things To Do with Kids in the DMV: July 29th – August 4th

July 29th

A Closer Look – Salamanders

  • Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm
  • Location: Hidden Pond Nature Center Location, Springfield, VA

(8-12 years) The idea for this program was born from requests by various camp and nature program participants about focusing more on a particular animal, plant or topic. These programs will go further in depth, giving full attention from start to finish on the subject. Collecting and identification, where applicable, will be done.

July 29th, 30th & 31st

Cirque du Soleil KURIOS — Cabinet of Curiosities

  • Time: Various times
  • Location: Under the Big Top, Tysons II, Tysons, VA

Cirque du Soleil celebrates its return to the Washington, DC area with KURIOS — Cabinet of Curiosities. Escape reality with a larger-than-life steampunk spectacle Beginning July 29, 2022 under the Big Top in Tysons.

July 30th

Cars & Coffee Event at The Station at Riverdale Park

  • Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
  • Location: Behind MOD Pizza and District Taco at The Station at Riverdale Park

If you’re a car lover and enjoy a pick-me-up, then come to the Cars and Coffee event at The Station to kick off your weekend. Attendees will receive $5 Starbucks gift cards to enjoy a beverage of choice as well as an awesome group of cars to check out.

Maryland Youth Ballet – Hansel & Gretel

  • Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Location: Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, Vienna, VA

Two candy-loving siblings are tricked by a witch and held captive in the enchanted forest. How will they ever escape the witch’s evil clutches? Cheer on Hansel and Gretel as they use their smarts to break free and save their forest friends in this special performance by the Maryland Youth Ballet.

Family Movie Day: Finding Nemo

  • Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Location: Martin Luther Kin Jr. Memorial Library, Washington, DC

Children and their caregivers are welcome to join us for a screening of Finding Nemo! Space is limited and is first-come, first-served. Masks must be worn by all attendees over 2 years old.

July 31st

Kid’s Splash Bash

  • Time: 3:00pm
  • Location: The Fantastical Character Company, Alexandria, VA

You’ll experience: splash pads, water sprinklers, water toys, kiddie pools, bubble fun, dance party. A surprise guest character will make an appearance for photos and a dance! A snack, popsicle and water will be provided to each child with a ticket.

Caribbean Latin Festival

  • Time: 1:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Location: Veteran’s Plaze, Silver Spring, MD

Carnival Nation Caribbean Latin Festival, Food, Music & Arts Festival. International food, music, crafts, local live bands, outdoor family-friendly environment.

August 1st

STEAM Scavenger Hunts

  • Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Location: Montpelier House Museum, Laurel, MD

Activities include Herb Garden Bingo for ages 3-7. Herb Garden Scavenger Hunt for ages 10+. Tree and Shrub Scavenger Hunt for ages 12+. Outdoor Adventure Hunt for ages 13-17. Inspector Pediment Architecture Scavenger Hunt (indoors) for ages 5+. Return your scavenger hunt/bingo sheets to the main office for a prize!

August 2nd

Rocknoceros – The Award Winning Local Kids Band!

  • Time: 11:00am – 11:40am
  • Location: Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library, Alexandria, VA

Join us on the lawn to jam along with the band!

Family Movie Night at Long Branch – “Luca”

  • Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Location: Long Branch Library, Silver Spring, MD

Join us on Tuesday evenings this summer as we get together to watch some Family-Friendly Favorites! Join us for a screening of “Luca” rated PG.

August 3rd

Science in the Summer: Be a Biologist!

  • Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • Location: Maggie Nightingale Library, Poolesville, MD

The Be a Biologist! program invites children to play the role of biologists and use their observations of living things to solve real world problems, examine the relationships between living things and their environments, and investigate both current and ancient ecosystems. For kids 2nd-3rd grade.

Ocean BINGO (ages 5-11)

  • Time: 3:00pm – 3:45pm
  • Location: Great Falls Library, Great Falls, VA

Play BINGO with ocean animals and win prizes. Program starts at 3:00 PM. Ages 5-11. Registration required.

August 4th

Free First Thursday at The Maryland Historical Society

  • Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Location: Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD

Take advantage of free Museum admission every First Thursday of the month. Explore the spacious Museum galleries and shop in the Museum Store, 10 am-5 pm.

Pizza and Proof

  • Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Location: Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library, Alexandria, VA

Bring or write a poem or essay for the For Love of Country contest, and grab a free slice. You could win up to $100 for your contest entry! For rising grades 7-9.


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