Things to Do with Kids in the DMV

Top Things to Do with Kids in the DMV This Week

Top Things to Do with Kids in the DMV This Week: May 16th – May 22nd 2022

May 16th

Disney Singalong

  • Time: 12:00pm
  • Location: Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD

Three of Olney Theatre’s favorite performers, Patricia Hurley Carpenter (Mary Poppins herself!), Ashleigh King (Elf the Musical), and Matt Schleigh (Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors) lead kids of all ages in their favorite Disney songs from stage and screen.

May 17th

Homework Help

  • Time: 5:00pm – 5:30pm
  • Location: Reston Regional Library, Reston, VA

Children in grades K-3 are welcome to sign up to work one-on-one with a local high school student. Grades K-3.

May 18th

Tiny Tots Starring Beech Tree Puppets

  • Time: 10:00am
  • Location: The Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, MD

In this marionette show, a woman lives in the countryside with her lively dog, her shy cat and her cuddly sheep. She decides to plant an apple tree so she can make a pie for her birthday. She is surprised by an unexpected little helper. Warm colors and beautiful singing bring special magic to this 30-min show.

May 19th

Pop-Up Stories Outside

  • Time: 10:30am – 10:55am
  • Location: Pohick Regional Library, Pohick, VA

Join us outside behind the library (by the staff parking) for a couple of stories, songs and rhymes. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit upon; if you bring a chair, please set it up behind all the kids. Canceled if the weather’s bad. No registration. All Ages.

Pokémon Playing and Trading

  • Time: 4:30pm – 5:15pm
  • Location: Oakton Library, Oakton, VA

This is a self-paced, self-guided event where children have the opportunity to trade and/or play Pokémon. You must bring your own cards. Registration is available, walk-ins are welcome . Suggested grades 2 & up.

May 20th

Arts Barn Story Time

  • Time: 1:00pm – 1:30pm
  • Location: Gaithersburg Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD

Join us at the Arts Barn for an engaging story and creative arts activities. A parent or guardian must accompany their young person. Our featured story in May will be*Yayoi Kusama Covered Everything in Dots and Wasn’t Sorry* by Fausto Gilberti.

May 21st

Geocaching Adventures

  • Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Location: Colvin Run Mill Location, Great Falls, VA

Event Description (8-Adult) Join us for a tour of caches throughout Fairfax county. Hunt for hidden treasures throughout our park system using a GPS. Join one class or sign up for them all! Equipment provided.

Clark’s Elioak Farm- Special Rocking Saturdays

  • Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm
  • Location: Clark’s Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, MD

This Spring, Bach to Rock will be bringing its musical spirit to Clark’s Elioak Farm in the form of games, prizes, and live performances!”Note, The Petting Farm & Enchanted Forest will be open these days 10AM-5:30PM.

May 22nd

Build Your Own Bee House

  • Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
  • Location: Riverbend Park Location, Great Falls, VA

(3-Adult) Have fun learning about local pollinators and using some invasive plants to build homes for native pollinators. The bees this house attracts are mason bees, pollinators and solitary bees that rarely sting.

Kayak Fishing

  • Time: 1:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Location: Lake Mercer Location, Fairfax Station, VA

(12-Adult) Instructors from Fish and Explore will cover fishing and kayaking basics, including use of spinning gear, tackle selection, kayak strokes and water safety. Kayaks and fishing gear will be provided. Participants 16 and older must have a valid Virginia fishing license.

LAST WEEK’s Top Things to Do: May 9th 2022 – May 15th 2022

May 9th

Pre-K Skill Builders

  • Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
  • Location: Brambleton Library, Brambleton, VA

Get ready for kindergarten with our drop-in skill-building program. Work on tracing, sorting, cutting with scissors and other fun activities and crafts. For ages 3-5 with a caregiver.

Bats and Satellites

  • Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Location: The Chesapeake Children’s Museum, Annapolis, MD

What do bats and satellites have in common? They can “see” in the dark with senses other than sight! Meet NASA scientists who will share hands-on activities about how satellites are keeping tabs on our home planet. The author of Echo the Bat will do a reading from the book. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Advance registration is appreciated. $10 per child. Free for accompanying adults.

May 10th

Storytime at Maydale – Fish is Fish

  • Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
  • Location: Maydale Nature Classroom, Colesville, MD

Join a naturalist for a reading of a seasonal story, participate in a hike, and make a craft to take home. In this spring series we are going to be searching for salamanders, flying kites, looking for wildflowers, and much, much more. Enroll in the entire series or individual sessions. Join us for a reading of Fish is Fish. Then we will head out on a hike around the pond looking for fish, frogs, and turtles and make a craft to take home. Intended for ages 3 to 5.

May 11th

Morning Story Time

  • Time: 10:00am – 10:45am
  • Location: P.D. Brown Memorial Branch, La Plata, MD

Join us for Morning Story Time and share the fun of reading with your children!

May 12th

Ukulele Thursday

  • Time: 10:30am – 11:00am
  • Location: Thomas Jefferson Library, Jefferson, VA

Join us for stories and ukulele songs. Age: 0-5.

Groove & Go

  • Time: 11:00am – 11:40am
  • Location: Burke Centre Library, Burke, VA

Come and express yourself at the library at our Groove and Go Dance Time. This program is designed to provide education through dance as well as increase motor development. We will meet inside the library in rooms 116-117. Ages 3-5 with caregiver.

May 13th & 14th

Soar Together @ Air and Space Virtual Family Day: Crafty and Creative Career Connections

  • Location: National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC.

When you think of careers in air and space, you might not think of clothing designers, bakers or artists. However, there are jobs that require skills in artistry, creativity and visuals and this month, we’ll introduce you to some of these air and space career connections. Join us for live, virtual story times, our monthly Air and Space Adventures challenge game, and artifact exploration.

May 14th

Rainbow Families’ Annual Family Conference: A Tradition for LGBTQ+ Families, Parents & Perspective Parents

  • Time: 8:30am – 5pm
  • Location: Barries School, Silver Spring, MD.

A full-day of inspiration, important discussions and community-building. Informative workshops for all stages of our lives. Resource Fair. Dedicated meet-up for LGBTQ Parents (and Prospective Parents) of Color. KIDS CAMP available for children ages 5-12.

Migratory Bird Watch

  • Time: 4:00 – 6:00pm
  • Location: Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.

Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day here in Cabin John Regional Park. Join us as we keep track of the different migratory birds that pass through the park this time of year. Ask our naturalist any bird related questions as well. All levels of birders welcome, you are welcome to bring your own pair of binoculars, the nature center will have pairs to borrow if necessary. Registration is required for this program. The afternoon session is great for families. Intended for ages Ages 8 and up.

May 15th

Family Strategy Gaming

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

Kids of all ages, and their families, are invited to play a variety of fun board games. We’ll provide a mix of different types of board games so you can play a favorite title or try out something new! Parental participation for this program is highly encouraged. Ages 2+


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