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Five Teen-Friendly August Cool-Down Activities

What to do with your teen in those final weeks of the summer? We have some ideas for you

Teens get free admission to the Newseum this summer with the purchase of one adult ticket. Photograph by Sam Kittner, Courtesy of the Newseum

The start of school is just around the corner, but there are still some weeks between now and then. What do you do with your antsy teen? We have some great ideas to help you get through the month of August.

If you want to beat the heat, escape a rainy day, or learn something new, then the Newseum is a great place to go. Right now, there is a deal going on that lets up to 10 kids (ages 18 and below) get into the Newseum for the price of one full-price adult ticket ($21.95 plus tax). The deal started on July 1 and ends on Labor Day. This is a great time to enjoy exhibits, such as the museum’s collection of Pulitzer Prize Photography, the Berlin Wall Exhibit, First Dogs (the presidents and their pets), and NBC’s Interactive Newsroom, where you can be the reporter. The Newseum is open from 9 AM until 5 PM, and tickets last for two consecutive days. Although tickets can be purchased at the Newseum, you can get a 10 percent discount on tickets by ordering them in advance on the Newseum’s Web site. You can also call 888-639-7386 for more information.

Rosslyn Film Festival
The fifth annual Rosslyn Film Festival gives you the opportunity to spend a cool Friday night under the stars at Gateway Park. In previous years, it had themes such as I Heart the ’90s and James Bond 007. This year, the theme is SNL in the Movies. The festival ends on August 26. The festival is showing Hot Rod, Mean Girls, Night at the Roxbury and Shrek in August. They usually show the films rain or shine, but if a show is canceled, it will be posted on the Rosslyn Web site. Films starts playing as the sun goes down at 8 PM, but by arriving earlier you can reserve a space, enjoy games before the movie, and even win prizes. It is recommended that viewers bring blankets or lawn chairs to sit on and picnic baskets to enjoy dinner in the park and have a snack during the film. For more information, call 703-522-6628.

Eastern Market
Whether you’re buying fresh food or looking for some unique accessories to spice up your outfits for the fall, you will not leave disappointed when shopping at Eastern Market. The indoor South Hall Market is full of different foods like meat, produce, dairy, and baked goods as well as flowers. On the weekend, the Farmers Line and the Outdoor Market bring in crowds looking for foods grown and made locally or antiques, clothing, jewelry, accessories, and works of art. Eastern Market is open from 7 AM to 7 PM on Tuesday through Friday, 7 AM to 6 PM on Saturday, and 9 AM to 5 PM on Sunday. To get more information, you can visit, e-mail the manager at, or call 202-698-5253.

Capitol Riverfront
If you’re in the mood to listen to some live music, then stop by the Capitol Riverfront on Wednesdays at lunchtime and enjoy their free outdoor concerts. Annie Sidley and Cazhmiere will be performing on August 10 and August 17 for the final two performances of the concert series. You can bring a lunch, or buy some food and desert from Sweet Green, On the Fly and other nearby food trucks. The concert is at Yards Park along the Potomac River by the Navy Yard Metro, and they last from 12 PM until 2 PM. For more information go to or call (202)-465-7093.

Arlington County Fair
From August 10 to 14, Arlington County is going to celebrate its citizens and diverse culture at their annual fair with free admission. Even if you are not a resident of Arlington County, you can still enjoy the festivities. In addition to rides, the Harlem Wizards will stop by, the fair will host piglet races, and attendees can catch outdoor movie nights. On August 10, the fair will be open from 5 PM to 10 PM; on August 12 and 13, it will operate from 10 AM to 10 PM; and on August 11 and 14 the fair will be open from 11 AM to 10 PM. The most convenient metro station to use when coming to the fair is the Ballston Metro Station because you can take a shuttle from the station to the Thomas Jefferson Community Center for a $1 fee. For more information visit or e-mail

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