Safe and Fun Stuff to do with the Family: May 20-22
Joint Service Open House and Airshow
Saturday and Sunday everyone is invited to the open house at Andrews Air Force Base as the best the U.S. Military has to offer are put on display, including the Air Force Thunderbirds air show and the Army’s Golden Knights parachute team. The best part…it’s FREE http://jsoh.org/
Bike DC Day
On Sunday, enjoy 20 miles of biking with your family and friends on car-free streets, highways and parkways.The ride begins on the National Mall in front of the U. S. Capitol. Bike up Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House and cross the Potomac River into Virginia on the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge/I-66. Yes, the freeway will be bicycles only for Bike DC. Relish the views of Washington and Georgetown from the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Pedal past some of the Nation’s most treasured sites: the Marine Corps Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, the Pentagon and the Air Force Memorial. Cross the Potomac River again to reach the finish line back in Washington. The entire ride is on streets closed to motorized traffic.Bike DC will be held rain or shine. http://www.bikedc.net/
McLean Day Festival
McLean Day features live entertainment, carnival rides large and small, activities for children such as pony rides and face-painting, great music and terrific food! This year’s menu includes, crabcakes, BBQ, gyros, falafel, bratwurst, schnitzel, burgers, subs, kettle korn, cotton candy, ice cream and snow cones, pizza, the famous Rotary Club hotdogs ( a meal for a great cause indeed!) and crowd-favorite funnel cakes! 11 a.m.–5 p.m. | Lewinsville Park | 1675 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA | Admission: FREE
Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival at Reston Town Center
The popular festival celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year will offer plenty to see, taste, hear and do – from hand crafted, one of a kind artwork, a host of live musical and visual performance arts, artist demonstrations, children’s activities, and food and refreshments. The festival is free and open to the public however a voluntary donation of $10 to GRACE at the events ArtCarts, individuals will receive a $10 gift certificate to dine at participating Reston Town Center restaurants. Reston Town Center | 12001 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190 | www.NorthernVirginiaFineArtsFestival.org
Humane Society of Fairfax County’s Woof Walk
The event will include a 3-mile walk, silent auction, contests, food and vendor booths. Additionally, there will be dogs available for adoption. Each walker will get a free T-shirt and their dog will get a bandana. Admission is $20 if pre-registered or $25 at the event with $5 for each additional group member. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Fairfax County, a non-profit organization that rescues and protects both domestic and wild animals. For more information, www.hsfc.org. Contact: Humane Society of Fairfax County, Phone: (703) 385-7387 Sunday, May 22 | 8a – 1p (rain or shine) Burke Lake Park Amphitheater 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, Virginia | Admission: $20 if pre-registered; $25 admission at the event with $5 for each additional group member.
Taste of Arlington
The restaurant bubble in Arlington these days translates into more choices than ever at this annual foodie street fair; among the restaurants serving up bites are Bayou Bakery, Rustico and Willow. Tickets include eight “tastes” Ballston Common Mall4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA | 703-528-3527
Family Field Day, Bowie.
Come to an old-fashioned Family Field day. We will be hosting 3-legged races, balloon tosses, a pie eating contest, an egg toss, a tug-of-war, our longest game of musical chairs, and much more. South Bowie Community Center, Bowie. 12-4:30 pm.Ages 5 and up. Free. 301-249-1622, pgparks.com
Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival.
Feel the vibe with headliners Chris Isaak and Kenny Wayne Sheperd at this fest. Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis. 10:30 am-8 pm.$50 one day, $70 both days. $65 & $115 day of. Children under 10 free w/ paying adult. Through May 22. bayblues.org
Gaithersburg Book Festival
The Gaithersburg Book Festival will be held on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the grounds of City Hall, featuring a host of talent, panel discussions, workshops and a special Children’s Village and the lively Ogden Nash Coffee House, which will showcase local musicians and spoken word performances. More than 80 local and nationally-known authors will participate in discussions and book signings. There will also be poetry readings, music, food and children activities.Gaithersburg City Hall31 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg, MD | 301-258-6350
Pirates of the Carribean PG 13
Common Sense Media recommends it for kids 12 and up. Parents need to know that the fourth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series is actually slightly less violent and creepy than the previous movies. But rum and wine do still flow in a couple of scenes, and there are loads of innuendo-laden comments (most thanks to Johnny Depp‘s iconic Captain Jack Sparrow) — as well as all of the swordfighting, explosions, and felled pirates and soldiers that audiences are used to in this franchise. Though there are some deaths, none are bloody/graphic. And although this movie isn’t an age-appropriate pick for young kids who might be frightened by some of the pirates and fighting, this shorter-and-simpler edition is fine for older tweens and up.