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What to do this October in Washington DC, the family friendly guide

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What to do this October in Washington DC, the family friendly guide

 

 

How is October already?! Anyway, here’s some fun stuff for ya!

New and Exciting

How I Became a Pirate is currently showing at the Adventure theater. Photo by Sarah Straub

How I Became a Pirate is currently showing at the Adventure theater. Photo by Sarah Straub

As I’m putting this post together it certainly doesn’t feel like October, it’s been in the upper 80’s all this week. But, not to fear there’s plenty to feel festive about this month. I for one am really looking forward to Halloween activities and there’s plenty of new exhibits coming our way. And if you’re looking to attend a fall festival I have a round up of every pumpkin patch, harvest festival, you name it, here!

Mark your Calendars

Sunday, October 1st 

10am Amazing Butterflies: the science behind their beautiful color – Natural History Museum

3pm Co-working space pop-up for parents at Sospeso

Monday, October 2nd 

10am Story Time at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in honor of World Architecture Day

Tuesday, October 3rd

2pm Story time in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery

6:30pm Shopkins Live at the Warner Theater

Wednesday, October 4th 

9am Co-working space pop-up for parents at Sospeso

10:15 & 11:30 am Discovery Theater: African Roots/Latino Soul S. Dillon Ripley Center

1pm The Scientist Is In: Human Origins Natural History Museum

2pm Story time in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery

Thursday, October 5th

10:15 & 11:30 am Discovery Theater: African Roots/Latino Soul S. Dillon Ripley Center

2pm Story time in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery

Friday, October 6th

10:15 & 11:30 am Discovery Theater: Fabulas Fairy Tales S. Dillon Ripley Center

2pm Story Time in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery

2:30pm Encountering Human Evolution Across the United States : A Panel Discussion Natural History Museum

2:30pm Recovering Voices Ethnographic Film Series : Dead Birds Natural History Museum

7pm Night Train 57: A Sensory Friendly Folk Opera Kennedy Center

Saturday, October 7th 

8am-5pm Daughter and Mother Camp Congress for Girls 

10am-10pm Taste of DC RFK Stadium (5 and under free)

11am Anacostia Community Museum 50th Anniversary Community Block Party

11:30am Hispanic Heritage Month Family Day American Art Museum

12-3pm Swedish Art Workshops for Children at the House of Sweden

3pm Playtime at the Clubhouse Ten Tigers Parlour

1:30 & 4pm Night Train 57: A Sensory Friendly Folk Opera Kennedy Center

4-11pm Opus 1 Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD

Sunday, October 8th 

10am Amazing Butterflies: The science behind their beautiful color Natural History Museum

11am-6pm Taste of DC at RFK Stadium (5 and under free)

1:30 & 4pm Night Train 57: A Sensory Friendly Folk Opera Kennedy Center

Monday, October 9th

10am Kids Bowling Pinstripes, Washington DC

10:30am Young Portrait Explorers- Edgar Allan Poe Portrait Gallery

Tuesday, October 10th

2pm Story Time in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery

Wednesday, October 11th 

2pm Story Time in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery

Thursday, October 12th

10am Lottery for the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony opens 

10:30am Preschool Series: Spectacular Statues Hillwood Estate

2pm Story Time in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery

Friday, October 13th 

10am ACCelerate Creativity and Innovation Festival American History Museum

2pm Story Time in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery

2:30 pm Recovering Voices Ethnographic Film Series: The Feast and The Ax Fight Natural History Museum

Saturday, October 14th

9am DC school HUB Preschool & Private School Fair Norbeck Country Club Rockville MD

9:30am First Moves Game Club for Little Kids aged 3-5 Labyrinth Games & Puzzles

10am ACCelerate Creativity and Innovation Festival American History Museum

10:30am The Great Zucchini plays at the grand opening of The Wharf

12pm Chalkfest at the Congressional Cemetery

3pm Playtime at the Clubhouse Ten Tigers Parlour

4pm Kid’s Magic: the Gathering Labyrinth Games & Puzzles

5pm Bali Wayang: Shadow Puppet Making Smithsonian Gardens

9:30pm Shadow Puppet Theater from Bali: The Legend of Sutasomo Smithsonian Gardens

Sunday, October 15th 

10am ACCelerate Creativity and Innovation Festival American History Museum

10am Amazing Butterflies: The science behind their beautiful color Natural History Museum

11am Along the Silk Road Featuring Members of the Silkroad Ensemble Freer Gallery of Art

11:30am Shadow Puppet Theater from Bali: The Legend of Sutasomo S. Dillon Ripley Center

12:30pm Along the Silk Road Featuring Members of the Silkroad Ensemble Freer Gallery of Art

1pm Peppa Pig Live! Warner Theater

1pm OctoberFresh at The Blind Whino

1:30-4:30pm Storytelling across Asia S. Dillon Ripley Center

Tuesday, October 17th

2pm Story Time in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery

5:30pm Kids Night: Two Faces Comedy Series at President Lincoln’s Cottage

Wednesday October 18th

1pm The Scientist is In: Human Origins Natural History Museum

2pm Story Time in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery

Thursday, October 19th

10:30am Preschool Series: Spectacular Statues Hillwood Estate

2pm Story Time in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery

 Friday, October 20th

10:15 & 11-30am Discovery Theater Fabulas Fairy Tales S Dillon Ripley Center

2pm Story Time in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery

2pm Early Closure for Boo at the Zoo National Zoo

2:30pm Recovering Voices Ethnographic Film Series: Cochengo Miranda Natural History Museum

5:30pm Boo at the Zoo National Zoo

7pm Smithsonian Sleepover at the American History Museum Halloween Special American History Museum

7pm-10pm Soul Strolls at the Congressional Cemetery

Saturday, October 21st

7am Children’s National Race for Every Child in Washington 

9am-5pm Fall Harvest Family Days at Mount Vernon

9:30am- 1:30pm Girls Inspire Summit R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center

9:30 &11am Saturday Morning at the National Theater Traveling Lantern: Robin Hood

10am Archaeology Family Day Natural History Museum

11am-2pm Family Event: Ghost Stories in Washington Daughters of the American Revolution Museum

12pm Air & Scare at the Udvar Hazy Center

1pm Artful Afterrnoons with the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center

2pm Early Closure for Boo at the Zoo National Zoo

2pm Robert Post’s Comedy Theater for Kids Kennedy Center

4pm October Pokemon Club ages 6+ Labyrinth Games & Puzzles

5:30pm Boo at the Zoo National Zoo

7pm Smithsonian Sleepover at the American History Museum Halloween Special American History Museum

7pm-10pm Soul Strolls at the Congressional Cemetery

Sunday, October 22nd

9am-5pm Fall Harvest Family Days at Mount Vernon

2pm Early Closure for Boo at the Zoo National Zoo

5:30pm Boo at the Zoo National Zoo

Monday, October 23rd

10:30am Young Portrait Explorers- Edgar Allen Poe Portrait Gallery

Tuesday, October 24th 

2pm Story Time in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery

6pm Kids Euro Festival- Screening of Quando saro bambino (Once I’ll be a child) Italian Cultural Institute of Washington

7pm Washington International Horse Show Capitol One Arena

Wednesday October 25th

10 & 11:30am Theater for the Very Young: Drumming with Dishes Atlas Theater

10:15 & 11:30am Discovery Theater: Fabulas Fairy Tales S.Dillon Ripley Center

2pm Story Time in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery

Thursday, October 26th

10am Theater for the Very Young: Drumming with Dishes Atlas Theater

10:15 & 11:30am Discovery Theater: African Roots/Latino Soul S.Dillon Ripley Center

10:30am Preschool Series: Spectacular Statues Hillwood Estate

2pm Story Time in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery

Friday, October 27th

10am Theater for the Very Young: Drumming with Dishes Atlas Theater

2pm Story Time in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery

2pm Early Closure for Ticketed Event: Night of the Living Zoo

2:30pm Recovering Voices: Ethnographic Film Series: N!ia: The Story of a !Kung Woman Natural History Museum

3:30-6:30pm Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon

5:30-7:30 Hilloween Eastern Market

7pm-10pm Soul Strolls at the Congressional Cemetery

Saturday, October 28th

9am Dia de los Muertos Event Petworth

9:30 & 11am Theater for the Very Young: Drumming with Dishes Atlas Theater

9:30 &11am Saturday Morning at the National Theater The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

10am Smithsonian Food History Weekend: Many Flavors, One Nation Festival American History Museum

11am-1pm Pumpkins in the Park Family Festival Canal Park

11am More than Shorts: Cortoespana: a Selection of Short Films for Kids Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain

12pm Did de los Muertos/ Day of the Dead American Indian Museum Heye Center

1pm-4pm Little Goblins Parade Stead Park

3:30-6:30pm Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon

5pm Kids’ Night Out Labyrinth Games & Puzzles ages 7-10

7pm-10pm Soul Strolls at the Congressional Cemetery

Sunday, October 29th

10 & 11:30am Theater for the Very Young: Drumming with Dishes Atlas Theater

12pm Open Studio: Furr-tastic Felines Arthur M Sackler Gallery

2 & 4pm NSO Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular Kennedy Center

Tuesday, October 31st

2pm Story Time in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery

 

On-Going Weekly Events

These events occur regularly every week, I encourage you to check the original website just in case there’s a cancellation. To find events at your local library, click here. And to see the full list of daily events happening at The National Zoo, click here. The Kennedy Center hosts nightly live, free performances check their schedule, here, to see if your child may enjoy an upcoming event.

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