Safe and Fun Stuff to do with the Family – Friday Nov. 4, 2011
Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show
Date & Time: Nov. 5-6, Sat. 10 am – 7 pm, Sun. 10 am – 6 pm
Location: Washington Convention Center – 801 Mount Vernon Place NW Washington, DC
Admission: Adults $24.50 (in advance) $27 (on site), Children $12.50 (in advanced) $15 (on site), ages 4 & under free.
This consumer event focuses on food and entertainment. It features more than 400 food specialty companies, caterers, party planners, personal chefs, and more. Guest appearances include by Food Network stars Paula Deen, Gaida De Laurentiis, and Guy Fieri.
For more information, call 800-368-9000.
Harvest Bazaar & Craft Show
Date & Time: Nov. 5 & Nov. 6, 9 AM-3 PM
Location: Holy Family Catholic Church – 14160 Ferndale Rd Dale City, VA 22193
Featuring handcraft doll clothes, ornaments, candles, wreaths, baby items, flower arrangements, quilts, religious articles, decorations, toys, and more.
Call 703-670-8161 for more information.
Pumpkin Madness Days at Cox Farms
Date & Time: Nov. 5-6, Sat 10 am-6pm, Sun 10 am- 5 pm.
Location: Cox Farms – 15621 Braddock Rd. Centreville, VA 20120
Admission: $ 15
Bring your old jack o’ lantern for us to High Drop, Catapult, Squish, Smash, and Stomp! Also enjoy hayrides, giant slides, ropes swings and more!
Learn more here.
Hope Africa Children’s Choir benefit Concert
Time & Date: Nov. 5, 4 PM – 5 PM
Location: Charles Wesley United Methodist Church – 6817 Dean Drive McLean, VA 22180
Join the Charles Wesley United Methodist Church for the Hope for Africa Children’s Choir Benefit Concert. Children from the HUMBLE United Methodist School in Lukojjo Village, Uganda will share their amazing energy and joy. Funds raised during the series of concerts will improve the clinic, library, and other services at the primary school that 266-orphaned children, many of whom of war and disease, are victims call home.
For more Information, call 703-356-6336 or visit here.
Safe and Fun Stuff to do with the Family- Friday, Oct.14, 2011
Thinking of seeing a Movie this weekend? Plugged In Online has some family friendly reviews.
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, DC
Date& Time: Oct. 16 9:00 am
Location: the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial on the northwest corner of the Tidal basin at the intersection of West Basin Drive SW and Independence Avenue SW Washington DC.
The dedication of the new Martin Luther King Memorial will honor Dr. King’s national and international contributions and vision for all to enjoy a life of freedom, opportunity, and justice. Limited seating is available so attendees are encouraged to bring folding chairs and blankets. Also, because of limited parking, the use of public transportation is suggested.
Taste of Georgetown
Date & Time: Oct. 15 11:00 am- 4 pm
Location: Wisconsin Avenue, NW, south of M Street in the heart of George
Price: Each tasting $5 or 5 for $20
A Taste of Georgetown will feature approximately 30 of Washington DC’s restaurants serving samples portions of their signature dishes.
Kid Euro Festival
Date & Time: Oct. 14-Nov. 10
The Festival features more than 27 European countries and is designed for children ages 2-12.Come and enjoy mimes, storytellers, dancers, puppeteers and more! Please be aware that some events require reservations.
Check out the performance line-up, venues, and other information here.
18th Annual Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival
Date and Time: Through Oct. 31 Opens 9:00 am
Location: Great County Farms
1780 Foggy Bottom Rd. Bluemont, VA
Price: Weekends Adults $12 Children $10, Weekdays Adults 10 Children 8
Pick pumpkins at the pumpkin patch and watch pig races.
Falling for Handmade
Date & Time: Oct. 16 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Ernst Cultural Center at Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003
Falling for Handmade is an annual arts and crafts event hosted by CREST. The Capital Region Etsy Street Team (CREST) consists of local artists from the DC area. Falling for Handmade will feature jewelry, children’s items, pottery, pet accessories, and more!
Sugarloaf Craft Festivals
Date & Time: Oct. 14 & 15 – 10am-6pm, Oct. 16 – 10am-5pm
Location: Montgomery Co. Fairgrounds Gaithersburg 16 Chestnut Street, MD 20877
Price: tickets $7 online, $9 at door
View unique pottery, sculptures, glass, jewelry, fashion, home décor, and more! This event also features interactive demonstrations with master craftspeople.
For more information, go here.
Maryland Renaissance Festival Grounds
Date & Time: Through Oct. 23, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm.
Location: 1821 Crownsville Rd. Annapolis, MD
Price: Adults $19, Seniors $16, Ages 9-15 $9
Don thy period costumery and prepare thy gullet to sup on oversized turkey legs and, yea, other medieval fair.
For More information click here or call 1-800-296-7304
Safe and Fun Stuff to do with the Family – Friday, October 7, 2011
Draconid Meteor Shower
Learn more here.
Railfest Steam Days
Date & Time: Oct. 8-9, Saturday 10 am – 4 pm
Location: B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore MD 21223
Admission: Adults $14, Seniors (60+) $12, Children (2-12) $8
Train rides behind an historic steam engine, the St. Elizabeth #5! See the only Civil War steam engine in America, the William Mason #25 operate along the first commercial mile of railroad track laid in America! Programs and demonstrations highlight steam power and celebrate the Museum’s historic steam engine collection. Civil War encampment by the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry, Company E will be on hand to talk about the life of Union soldiers during the War and will conduct demonstrations and military drill. The Blacksmiths Guild of Central Maryland will demonstrate their unique skills and craftsmanship performing one of the most essential jobs necessary for the successful operation of early railroads.
Click here or Call 410-752-2490 for more information.
Gaithersburg Oktoberfest at the Kentlands
Date & Time: Oct. 9, 12-4pm
Location: 320 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.
Amidst horse-drawn wagon rides and pumpkin painting, festival goers can enjoy authentic Bavarian food and beer and lively performances by the Alte Kameraden German Band and Alt-Washingtonia Bavarian dancers. New to the festival this year will be an outdoor wine tasting and a children’s puppet show held indoors at Kentlands Mansion. Free performances on the Arts Barn Theater stage will include a variety of local dance and singing groups. Kids will also enjoy a full day of pony rides, moon bounce, face painting, art projects, and many other activities. Please note that there will be a fee for some activities.
Find more information here.
Corn Maze at Buckland Farm Market
Date & Time: Sept. – Nov. , 11 am – 5 pm
Location: 4484 Lee Highway, Warrenton, Virginia
This event features a 4-acre Civil War themed corn maze, hayrides, a barrel train ride, farm animals, children’s play area and other activities. Civil War Encampment will be staged in an adjacent field on the weekend of Oct. 8 & 9.
Find information here.
Big Apple Circus
Date& Time: Through Oct. 10
Location: Dulles Town Center, Dulles, Virginia.
New York’s original one-ring circus, has been entertains audiences of all ages under its Big Top by presenting world-class circus artistry where no seat is more than 50 feet from the ring.
For more information, go here.
Date& Time: Oct. 9, 11:30 am- 5:30 pm
Location: Casa Italiana Cultural Center, 3rd and F Sts. NW Washington DC
The festival celebrates Italian-American culture with a lively street festival featuring traditional Italian music, dancing, art, crafts and of course food – such as fresh pizza, pasta, sausage and peppers, Italian sandwiches, baked goods and much more.
Learn more here.
Safe and Fun Stuff to do with the Family – Friday, September 30, 2011
Fall for Fairfax Festival
Dates & Times: Saturday, October 1, 2011, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway Fairfax, Virginia
Fall for Fairfax Festival is Northern Virginia’s largest fall festival including more than 100 interactive activities and exhibits and programs focusing on education, sport and fitness, the environment, public safety, and personal health. Fall for Fairfax activities include a train ride, kids climbing wall, pumpkin patch, hayrides, petting zoo, inflatables and dozens of children’s performances. Provides a free shuttle bus service from Vienna metro Station (Orange Line) to the festival grounds every hour beginning at 9:30 a.m.
For more information, click here.
Clark’s Elioak Farm
Dates & Time: All October, 10 a.m. – 4 pm.
Location: 10500 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, Maryland
Enjoy the petting farm, a pumpkin patch, hayrides, pony rides and storybook characters from the Enchanted Forest.
For more information, click here, or call 410- 730-4049.
Taste of Bethesda
Date & Time: October 1, 2011, 11 a.m.-4p.m.
Location: Along Norfolk, Fairmont St. Elmo, Cordell, and Del Ray Avenues in Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle.
At the annual Taste of Bethesda, you’ll get to sample food from 60 restaurants and enjoy five stages of live entertainment. You can also visit the kids’ corner for arts & crafts , face painting, and balloons.
For more information, go here.
Safe and Fun Stuff to Do this Weekend – Friday, September 23, 2011
If you’re looking for something indoors to avoid the rain, there are several movies out this weekend:
The Lion king 3D
I Don’t Know How She Does It
Check out our Family Friendly reviewer @ pluggedin.com
Time: 10 am – 5pm
Location: 2220 Davis Mill Road, Germantown, Maryland
Pick a pumpkin, ride in a wagon full of hay, or feed and pet farm animals. What better way is there to enjoy the change of seasons? Fall festivals are held in a variety of places throughout Maryland and Virginia. Here are some of the best pumpkin patches in the Washington, DC area.
Junior Detective Day
Date & Time: September 24, 1:30 -3:30 pm
Location: Kentlands Mansion
320 Kent Square Road Gaithersburg, MD
Price: $20 Adults, $15 ages 12 and younger
Gaithersburg police department teach about neighborhood safety, police cars, and motorcycles, K9 demonstrations, finger printing, and more.
Hyattsville Arts Festival
Date & Time: September 24, 11am-5pm
Location: Arts District Hyattsville, 5500 Baltimore Ave Hyattsville, MD.
Features more than 50 talented local artists including musicians, dancers, and street performers. Other activities include face painting and arts and crafts for kids.
For more information, click here.
Shake Up Your Saturday: The King James Bible
Date & Time: September 24, 10:00 am
Location: Folger Shakespeare library
201 East Capitol St. SE Washington, DC
Price: Free Reservations required
Kid ages 6 to 12 will learn about the translation of the King James Bible and how its relevant today.
Book Festival National Mall
Date: Sept. 24, 10am-5:30pm & Sept. 25, 1pm-5pm
Location: National Mall Washington D.C.
Come to the 11th annual National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The festival is free and open to the public. More than 100 authors will headline the two-day National Book Festival, including David McCullough, Russell Banks, Dave Eggers, Terry McMillan, Pulitzer Prize-winners Siddhartha Mukherjee and Jennifer Egan, Garrison Keillor, Amy Chua & Toni Morrison.
For More Information, go here.
Barracks Row Fall Festival
Date: September 24, 11am-5pm
Location: 8th Street SE, Capitol Hill
This Annual festival displays the marine barracks and commerce including historic tours, a petting zoo, and tons of fun for kids.
For more information, go here.
Big Apple Circus-Dream Big 2011
Dates: September 22-October 10, 2011
Times: Tues-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat-Mon 10am-6pm
Location: Dulles Town Center
Routes 7 and 28 Dulles, Virginia
Price: Starts at $15
The Big Apple Circus presents the World Premiere of Dream Big at Dulles Town Center near Washington DC. Come and enjoy entertainment for all ages. Acts include juggling, acrobatics, trapeze flyers, magic tricks and more!
For more information, visit here, or call 1-888-541-3750
Safe and Fun Stuff to do with the Family – Friday, Sept. 16, 2011
Cox Farms Fall Festival Preview Weekend
Location: Cox Farms
15621 Braddock Road, Centreville, VA
Date: Sep 17 – 18
Admission: see coxfarms.com for pricing
It’s Northern Virginia’s largest & most famous Fall Festival! Washington Post Editor’s Choice: Cox Farms is “The Big Kahuna of farms with fall festivities in northern Virginia.” Northern Virginia Magazine Award: 2009 Best of Nova Award ‘Family Friendly Event’. Enjoy all of your Cox Farms favorites a week early! 5 giant slides, famous hayrides, rope swings, farm animals & their babies, CORNundrum© cornfield adventure, farm chores, kiddie zone, apples & cider, food, entertainment, over 90 acres of fun! Everyone gets a small patch pumpkin to take home FREE with paid admission. SPECIAL OFFERS and coupons available to Cox Farms Members and Facebook fans. Register free at coxfarms.com & Like us on Facebook. Perfect for families, school groups and birthday parties.
For More Information:
Canine Cruise at Accotink Park
Location: 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, VA
Admission: $6 per person; Limit one dog per person
Treat your canine companion to a special cruise aboard Lake Accotink Park’s pooch friendly pontoon boat. Catch the last rays of the sun as it dips toward the distant lakeshore while your dog scans for ducks, geese and other wildlife. Limit one dog per person.
Phone: (703) 569-0285 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting or (703) 569-0285
Maryland Renaissance Festival
Location: 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Date: September 17, 18, 24, 25
October 1, 2, 4, 9, 15,16,22,23
Time: 9:30 am to 7:00pm
Step out of the 21st century and experience history through Revel Grove! The Maryland Renaissance Festival has provided outdoor entertainment experiences featuring stage acts, music, archery demonstrations, craft shows, and more for over thirty seasons. Come and Enjoy!
For More Information Visit: http://www.rennfest.com/
Phone: 1-800-296-7304 or (410)-266-7304
Frederick County Fair
Location: Frederick Fairgrounds
797 E. Patrick St. Frederick, Maryland
Date: September 16 – 24
Time: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
The Frederick County Fair is one of the oldest agricultural fairs in the state of Maryland dating back to 1822 when it was known as the Cattle Show and Fair. Over the years the fair has changed names several times. Today, the Frederick County Fair is officially named the Great Frederick Fair. The event is held each September and features live entertainment, tractor pulls, carnival rides, an equine expo and showcase, agricultural events, educational activities, contests, food and lots more. The 2011 event will include live performances by Darius Rucker, Kellie Pickler, Demolition Derby, REO Speedwagon, Billy Currington and Vince Gill.
Gaithersburg Street Festival
Date: September 18, 2011
Time: Noon to 5 p.m.
The City of Gaithersburg, in Montgomery County, Maryland comes alive each fall with its annual Celebrate Gaithersburg Street Festival, including live music, food, arts & crafts, amusements and more. Children will enjoy interactive theatre, games, demonstrations and amusements.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
H Street Festival
Date: September 17, 2011
Time: Noon until 6 p.m.
The H Street Festival is an annual street festival designed to showcase the unique qualities of this vibrant Washington, DC community. The event is a part of the revitalization strategy to bring attention to the developing arts and entertainment district at the eastern end of the H Street NE corridor. This year’s festival includes more than 30 musical and dance performances, an art car exhibit, two live performance stages that are produced by the Rock & Roll Hotel, a fashion show preview of DC Fashion Week, face painting, rock climbing, basketball games, carnival games, free popcorn, cotton candy, and dog tag making, a fully-loaded Hummer display, luxury car displays, free health screenings, crafts, and international foods.
White House Tour
Location: 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC
The White House Visitor Center provides a good introduction to many aspects of the White House, including its architecture, furnishings, first families, social events, and relations with the press and world leaders. At the Visitor Center, you can see a 30-minute video, entitled “Where History Lives”, explore six historical exhibits and purchase souvenirs at the gift shop run by the White House Historical Association.
Tours of the White House are available on a first-come, first-served basis for groups of 10 or more and must be requested through one’s member of Congress. If you haven’t planned ahead and reserved a tour, you can still sample some of the history of the White House by visiting the White House Visitor Center. The National Park Service offers interpretive programs and special events at various times throughout the year.
How do you talk to your kids about 9/11?
Here are some resources that may be helpful:
Christian Broadcast Network shares one mom’s thoughts here.
The APA and Nickelodeon teamed up to produce a video for 8 to 12 year olds to explain what happened that day w/o too much graphic footage. *please know this is an external site, and WGTs cannot guarantee that all the materials will be family friendly. Click here to view.
Crosswalk.com shares views on dealing with the hurt of 9/11 here.
Focus on the Family remembers here.
CBS shares suggestions for talking to kids, and provides resources here.
American Psychological Association talks about what to do if the 9/11 Anniversary is causing your kids to worry here.
Safe and Fun Stuff to do with the Family
-Irene may have you seeking INDOOR activities this weekend. If a movie is on your list, Spy Kids 4 is in theaters. Check out Movie Mom’s reviews here.
-Newseum in Washington DC
Kids Free at Newseum through Labor Day. All children 18 years or under can be admitted into the museum free of charge with an adult. Ten children per adult.
For more information, call 1 (888) 639-7386 or visit http://www.newseum.org
-Aug 27 – 28, Manassas National Battlefield Park (Call to check for Weather related closings/cancellations)
Address: 6511 Sudley Road, Manassas, VA
Phone: (703) 361-1339
Special ranger tours of the battlefield, military demonstrations of musketry and artillery firing, cavalry demonstrations, living history portrayals of soldiers in an encampment of Union and Confederate troops , cavalry demonstrations of maneuver and carbine firing, and music will mark this anniversary event at Brawner Farm and various locations throughout the park. “Manassas’s Own” Artillery (representing Confederate battery) and infantry troops will portray Union and Confederate soldiers. 149th Anniversary of Second Manassas
-Maryland Renaissance Festival 2011
Recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. The Maryland Renaissance Festival is a fun family event held in Anne Arundel County, about 30 miles from Washington, DC.
Dates and Hours: Open weekends from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., August 27 – October 23, 2011.
Location: The intersection of Route 450 and Crownsville Road in Crownsville, Maryland (about 8 miles northwest of Annapolis)
Admission: Adults – $19.00, Seniors (62+) – $16.00, Children (7-15) – $9.00, Children 6 & under are free.
They say “open rain or shine”, but they didn’t say anything about a Hurricane. You may want to check the website or call first: (410) 266-7304
-Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Dedication Ceremony WAS set for Sunday, August 28. But has been POSTPONED due to the storm. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as we learn more
Sunday 28, 2011 – POSTPONED DUE TO STORM
Spring has sprung . . .
The kids had a blast sledding this week in 65 degree weather! How fun.
Farewell to a Friend . . .
You may have gotten to know Angela Stevens from listening to the Morning Show w/ Brennan and Angela. For the years that Angela has been at WGTS, she has helped bring a smile to faces of many of her listeners, sometimes a tear, and a lot of laughter during our afternoon and morning commutes.
She recently announced that she will be moving on from WGTS to pursue to some other interests. Angela shared with me that she has been praying about direction in her life, and feels that God has some exciting plans in store for her. She is thrilled to see where God can use her ministry and talents next. One of the things that she will be working on is exploring her musical talents.
Angela’s energetic, fun loving spirit will be missed very much, but we understand that she is following God’s lead. We’ll be keeping her in our prayers. I hope you will to.
Feel free to share your well wishes with her here