Things to Do with Kids in the DMV

Things to do with Kids in the DMV This Week (Oct 7th – Oct 14th)

Things to do with Kids in the DMV This Week: October 7th – October 14th

October 7th

Full Moon Fridays

  • Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Location: Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD

Join us for the magic of the full moon for a hike and campfire on each Friday nearest to the full moon. Feel free to bring your own hot dogs or food to warm over the fire, and we’ll provide marshmallows. Please register and pay for adults and children. Intended for ages 6 and up.

Adam Stone – Family Magic Show

  • Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Location: Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd, Gaithersburg, MD

Adam Stone’s live magic shows are beyond anything you have ever seen and your child will say it was the best time they have ever had! Recommended for ages 10+.

October 7th – 9th

78th Waterford Fair

  • Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Location: National Historic Landmark of Waterford Virginia, Waterford, VA

Come shop, play, tour and make memories during this 78-year-old tradition — the Waterford Foundation’s “Waterford Fair”! The Fair is the mid-Atlantic’s quintessential fall festival with demonstrating fine heritage & contemporary craft artisans, living historians, a juried art show, historic properties tour, local libations, Waterford Craft School talks & workshops, and entertainment for all ages.

October 7th – 10th

Disney On Ice Presents Frozen & Encanto

  • Time: Multiple times & dates
  • Location: EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, VA

Disney On Ice invites families to step inside the magical adventures of Frozen & Encanto, as they come to life like never before. This adventure on ice transports fans into two of the most popular Disney films as audiences can sing-along to their favorite songs while embracing world-class ice skating, aerial acrobatics and more when it visits EagleBank Arena until October 10th.

October 8th

Saturday Morning Live!

  • Time: 9:30am & 11:00am
  • Location: The National Theatre, NW Washington, DC

Fun takes center stage at the National Theatre for Saturday Morning Live! Join us Saturday mornings for wow-inspiring children’s entertainment of all sorts, from interactive performances, puppets, dance, and music – all designed to light up imaginations and celebrate a world of wonder. It’s free, fun and a great way to Saturday.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

  • Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Location: Little Fall Library, Bethesda, MD

Drop in between 2 pm and 4 pm to paint a colorful one-of-a-kind piece of art in the style of Mexican amate paintings.

Music Box: Autumn Colors

  • Time: 10:00am – 10:30am & 11:30am – 12:00pm
  • Location: AMP by Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD

Back by popular demand! The BSO Music Box concerts are the perfect program for budding little music lovers. Maria Broom hosts these 30 minute, highly engaging and interactive concerts featuring an ensemble of BSO musicians performing light-hearted classical and children’s songs to develop your child’s musicality, creativity, coordination, and literacy. Half an hour prior to the concert, the room fills with a range of musical, creative, and fun activities for children and families, presented by Levine Music. Recommended for 6 months – 3 years.

Family Festival at Shipgarten – Family & Kids

  • Time: 1:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Location: Shipgarten, McLean, VA

Adults & Kids of all ages are welcome to our Family Festival at Shipgarten! Featuring a Zoo, live music, character performances and more! Face painting, Balloon Twisting, Children’s Pie Eating Contest, Family Photo Booth, Crafts Corner and more. Pet Friendly.

October 8th – 9th

Halloween Eye Spy Train

  • Time: 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • Location: Wheaton Regional Park, Wheaton, MD

Take a Halloween-themed ride aboard the miniature trains in Cabin John and Wheaton Regional Parks. Each rider is given an “Eye Spy” card with seasonal items to look for along the tracks during the ride. Great for families of all ages.

October 9th


  • Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Location: Activity Center at Bohrer Park, Gaithersburg, MD

Dust off your dirndl, grab your lederhosen and get ready to Prost! The 29th annual celebration of Oktoberfest is on Sunday, October 9, 2022, from noon to 5 p.m. The festival takes place in & around the Arts Barn, Kentlands Mansion & Kentlands Village Green and along Main Street & Inspiration Lane.

2022 Fall Festival at Horsmon Farm

  • Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Location: Horsmon Farm, St. Leonard, MD

Bring the whole family for fall fun at Horsmon Farm – there is lots to see and do! There will be a maze, farm animals, a pumpkin patch, farm trail and hayride to enjoy. Kids can also enjoy the playground, corn pit and much more! Kids admission includes picking their own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch (while supplies last).

October 10th


  • Time: 10:00am
  • Location: McLean Community Center, McLean, VA

Enjoy the Fairfax County Public Schools’ holiday by joining us for this FREE event that gives kids the chance to see, touch and explore some of their favorite cars and trucks.

Paper Marbling & Paintings with Milk!

  • Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Location: Rockville Science Center, Rockville, MD

Spectacular eruption of colors when soap interacts with fat in the milk. Then we will use paint for paper marbling.

October 11th

Sneak Peek Pop Up – Museum of Illusions DC

  • Time: 10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Location: CityCenterDC, 925 H St NW, Washington, DC

The brand new Museum of Illusions will be opening soon at CityCenterDC, but in the meantime, we’ve got a fun and immersive sneak peek pop-up available to experience before we officially open our doors this fall. The Museum of Illusions is an educational and instagrammable experience, teaching visitors about perception, vision, and the human brain via interactive exhibits. The pop-up is free to experience in the CityCenterDC Plaza (located just outside the Tatte Bakery) and is open everyday from 10am and 7pm.

Beatley Friends’ Booksale – Members’ Preview

  • Time: 3:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Location: Charles E. Beatley Jr Central Library, Alexandria, VA

Shop a giant selection of books, DVDs, CDs, and more at the Beatley Friends’ Booksale! Friends members can shop one day early today! You can purchase a membership at the door for $15.

October 12th

National Fossil Day at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

  • Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Location: Nationals Park, 1500 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC

Celebrate National Fossil Day with real dinosaurs and free, kid-friendly activities in the museum’s Hall of Fossils – Deep Time. Scientists and educators from the Smithsonian and the National Park Service will be on hand to welcome families, school groups, and anyone interested in exploring Earth’s deep past. No registration required.

Raptor Caretaker Chats

  • Time: 12:00pm – 12:30pm
  • Location: Meadowside Nature Center, Meadowside Lane, Rockville, MD

What does it take to care for a raptor – Come and learn how our Naturalist Staff care for our amazing birds of prey! Discover what raptors eat for lunch, what raptors do for fun, and how trainers build relationships with these incredible animals.

October 13th

Imagination Station (ages 1-5)

  • Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm
  • Location: Great Falls Library, Great Falls, VA

Make some music, dress up, put on a puppet show or create some art. We provide the tools, you provide the imagination! Ages 1-5 with adult.

Campfire and a Movie

  • Time: 6:30pm
  • Location: Maydale Nature Classroom, Colesville, MD

Come and cookout over a campfire. You supply the hot dogs, buns, and your favorite condiments. We will supply the roasting sticks and all the ingredients for making S’mores. We will finish the cookout by watching a fall themed children’s film. Please register and pay for all participants. Intended for ages 3 and up.

LAST WEEK’S Things To Do: September 30th – October 7th

September 30th

Hispanic Heritage Month Snacks at The Quad

  • Time: 4:00pm
  • Location: 60 College Ave, Annapolis, MD

Build your own nacho bar and a pinata on the quad!

Half-Price Friday Night at The National Aquarium

  • Time: 5:00pm
  • Location: National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD

Overview Friday is your night! Enjoy access to all our amazing animals and award-winning exhibits for half the price of general admission during Half-Price Friday Nights, brought to you by M&T Bank. An evolution of our Friday After Five program, Half-Price Friday Nights runs year-round, allowing you to spend any (or every) Friday evening after 5 pm at the Aquarium. Tickets are available online or Friday evenings on-site.

Outdoor Family Movie Nights: Raya and The Last Dragon

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

Last Friday of each month at 7 pm. Make sure to bring your chairs and blankets for a movie under the stars! Complimentary popcorn and soft drinks will be provided while supplies last.

October 1st

Reston Baby Expo

  • Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA

Reston Baby Expo is the perfect place for new and expecting moms and families to explore local resources, programs and services from local organizations. This expo will also include workshops, educational sessions, cooking demonstrations and more. Free. Registration is required in advance or at the door.

Maryland Renaissance Festival

  • Time: 10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Location: 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD

The Maryland Renaissance Festival, a tradition for the entire family, begins its 46th season August 27th and runs Saturdays and Sundays and Labor Day Monday through October 23rd for nine weekends of thrills, feasting, handmade crafts, entertainment and merriment in Crownsville, near Annapolis, Maryland.

A Jurassic Corn Maze & Fall Festival

  • Time: 10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Location: Maryland Corn Maze, 389 Gambrills Rd, Gambrills, MD

Get lost in Everything Fall! Explore 8 acres of a Jurassic Corn Maze, hayrides, pumpkins, corn pits, pony rides, petting farm, ziplines, slingshots, straw pyramids, jumping pillows and so much more. Enjoy all your favorite festival treats including fresh dipped corn dogs, kettle corn, snow balls and pretty much whatever you might be craving…

Wizarding Weekend on Magical Main

  • Time: 10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Location: Old Ellicott City, Main Street, Ellicott City, MD

Muggles and Wizards rejoice! The 4th Annual Wizarding Weekend flies into Old Ellicott City on October 1 and 2. Expect the return of the things you love – a scavenger hunt, a costume contest, live music and Potter inspired mischief and magical treats all over town.

Taste of Bethesda

  • Time: 11am – 4pm
  • Location: Norfolk and Cordell Avenues, Bethesda, MD

Taste of Bethesda will bring 40 restaurants, five stages of entertainment and family fun to Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle. Downtown Bethesda’s famous food and music festival celebrates more than 30 years of bringing the community together to celebrate our delicious restaurants. Admission is free.

Fall Festival

  • Time: 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • Location: VFW 160, 2597 Dorsey Rd, Glen Burnie, MD

Corn Hole tournament, Pumpkin carving contest, Food, Live music. Free admission. Fee for each activity.

October 2nd

RPCS Fall Festival

  • Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Location: Roland Park Country School, 5204 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD

Come join the Roland Park Country School community for our first annual Fall Festival! Families are invited to spend the morning exploring a petting zoo, moon bounces, pumpkin decorating, face painting, and more! This event is open to RPCS families as well as the surrounding community! School tours will be available for inquiring families.

Nature Walk and Farm Tour

  • Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
  • Location: Honey’s Harvest Farm, 5801 Brooks Woods Rd, Lothian, MD

Walk the farm’s beautiful woodland and meadow trails with Anna and learn about the regenerative agriculture practices we use on the farm. Enjoy the clean air and observe wildlife, plants, and trees. Learn about our permaculture gardens and identify wild edibles – grazing is encouraged!

Halloween Eye Spy Trains

  • Time: 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • Location: Bethesda and Wheaton, MD

Take a Halloween-themed ride aboard the miniature trains in Cabin John and Wheaton Regional Parks. Each rider is given an “Eye Spy” card with seasonal items to look for along the tracks during the ride. Great for families of all ages. Visit their website and learn more.

Family Fun Night at Springhill Lake Recreation Center

  • Time: 1:30pm
  • Location: Springhill Lake Recreation Center, 6101 Cherrywood Lane, Greenbelt, MD

Families are invited to enjoy group games and drop-in gym time every Sunday afternoon this Fall. Complimentary recreation equipment is available on site.

October 3rd

Toddler Day at Sharp Farm

  • Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Location: Sharp Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd, Brookeville, MD

It is always a blast to watch the toddlers come take over Sharp Farm for the morning! Dress the kids up in farm attire and come join the fun! Recommended for ages 1 – 5 The program will include: Feed for the chickens, goats and cows & visit the other animals, (including Simon, our pig), Take a fun and bumpy hayride over our fields and through the Cattail Creek and much more.

October 4th

Bouncing Babies

  • Time: 11:00am – 11:30am
  • Location: Kingstowne Library, Alexandria, VA

Lapsit time with songs, bouncing rhymes, a story and more. Ages 0-18 months with adult.

Chuck E. Cheese Halloween Boo-tacular

  • Time: 11:00am – 9:00pm
  • Location: All Chuck E. Cheese Locations

From now through October 31, party like every day is Halloween at Chuck E. Cheese. Guests will be greeted by cast members in costume and surrounded by age-appropriate décor, like giant cobwebs, friendly ghosts and floating bats. Kids can enjoy costumes more than once, as Chuck E. Cheese encourages guests to come in costume every day to make the most of the spooky season.

October 5th

Yom Kippur Services

  • Time: 9:00am
  • Location: Chabad Lubavitch of Upper Montgomery County, Gaithersburg, MD

We invite you to join our community for the High Holy Days where we are offering services for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah. Open to all; you do not need to be a member to join us. Nor do you need tickets. There is plenty of unreserved seating available.

Storytime at Old Town Square

  • Time: 10:30am – 11:00am
  • Location: City of Fairfax Regional Library, Fairfax, VA

Stories Outdoors! Cross the street to Old Town Square to hear stories in the park, weather permitting. Cosponsored by City of Fairfax Parks. No registration necessary. Age 2-5 with adult.

October 6th

Sea Squirts: Otters

  • Time: 10:15am – 11:00am
  • Location: Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons Island Road Solomons, MD

Discover the museum through music, story time and a craft with this month’s theme: otters! Register at the admissions desk upon arrival, sessions are 20-40 minutes located in Harms Gallery. For children 18 months to 3 years with an adult.

Read to a Dog: Olney Library

  • Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Location: Olney Library, Olney, MD

Practice reading aloud and build your confidence during a one-on-one reading session with a certified therapy dog.

October 7th

Witch Wartsmith’s Halloween Spooktacular

  • Time: Multiple times & dates
  • Location: The Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, MD

Witch Wartsmith (the sister of Witch Wartsmith from our Legacy and touring show Rapunzel,) hosts the annual Halloween Spooktacular and you get to vote on the winner! Part contemporary competition show, part vintage telethon, and part punpalooza, this spooky variety show will tickle your funny bone.



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