9 Things to Do with Your Kids in DC: May 27-31

A Smithsonian scavenger hunt, family fitness, and three fun festivals.

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SEARCH FOR SMITHY: Take your tots on a hunt for Smithy the dog through three Smithsonian museums. Locate the dog based on the online photos that depict Smithy hiding at three different exhibits, snap a shot once he’s been found, then upload your evidence to Flickr to win a prize for you or your pooch. Free.

GET FIT: The whole crew can join in on the National Harbor’s Family Fitness 30-minute class led by WillPower Fitness instructors, followed by a cool down during a kid’s TV show. 10 AM, free.


HEAD TO HERNDON: The 35th Annual Herndon Festival will take over the historic downtown this weekend with an outdoor concert series, firework displays, hands-on arts, a craft show, and all the attractions of a carnival. Through May 31, some activities ticketed.

GET SOME SOUL: The UniverSoul Circus is headed to the Security Square Mall, and it’s bringing all the activity with it. From theatrical performances to acrobats to contortionists to clowns, there’s plenty to experience at this evening event. 7:30 PM, children 12 months and under are free, $19 to $30.


MEET A SUPERHERO: DC’s Awesome Con at the Washington Convention Center will bring together comic book fanatics from around the area, and your little superhero can join in on the activities in the kids zone that’ll offer games, sketches, a magic show, and a costume contest on May 30. Through May 31, $31 to $42.


DO THE STRAWBERRY SWING: Great Country Farms Strawberry Jubilee offers pick-you-own strawberries, a pie eating contest, and a plethora of strawberry-flavored treats for attendees of all ages to enjoy. Through May 31.

HEAR A STORY: The Folklore Society of Greater Washington is celebrating its 35th annual Washington Folk Festival this weekend with plenty of family-friendly fun, from storytelling to live music to dance performances and craft exhibitions. 12 to 7 PM, through May 31, free.

SEE A SHOW: The Children’s Theatre at Other Voices Theatre is bringing the classic tale of a misfit character, The Ugly Duckling, to life on stage, and since its intended for a young crowd, the ticket price includes cookies and a drink. 11:30 AM, $12.

READ ALONG: Take your tots to Room & Board for a book reading by local author Dr. Courtney Davis as she shares her alphabet-based book, A is for Anacostia that takes kids on a tour through the neighborhood and its history. 10 AM to 12 PM, free.

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Caroline Cunningham joined Washingtonian in 2014 after moving to the DC area from Cincinnati, where she interned and freelanced for Cincinnati Magazine and worked in content marketing. She currently resides in College Park.