APISS Weekend Picks July 24-26

This weekend the APISS household will be one giant child labor law violation, as I put my preschoolers to work packing up our house. Yes, we’re moving…within Silver Spring. Thank goodness. If we were headed to Gaithersburg or Germantown, I wouldn’t be able to handle the acronym. I mean, I have no problem aligning myself with urine, but I draw the line at the porcine.

So while we’re getting high off the fumes of packing tape and Sharpies, please to enjoy these great family activities.


Rock n’ Romp in Downtown Silver Spring on Ellsworth Plaza
Kid-friendly rock by local indie bands The Courtesans and Hey Abore. Little fans shaking their Pull-Up clad booties or fountain-diving welcome. Grab dinner, eat outdoors, celebrate the weekend. Free, 6:30-8:30pm.


Annual Farm Tour of Montgomery County
Speaking of pigs, this is one of the coolest events of the year. There are 13 farms open on Saturday, 9 on Sunday, admission is free for all. Every farm on the list should be a great outing for families, some have specific activities for kids. Fox Hollow Farm has lots of baby animals, there are alpacas at Blue Ribbon Alpaca Breeding Co., Camp Olympia has pony rides, Red Wiggler has a mini kids’ fair – the MoCo Farm Tour brochure has the scoop on them all!


Banjo Man Frank Cassel Plays Free Summer Concert in Kensington
Every Saturday across from the Kesington Train Station Farmers’ Market, the Kensington Historical Society showcases great local artists. Catch a jam between squeezing the heirloom tomatoes. The Banjo Man is always a huge hit with kids. He was my babies’ first intro to bluegrass – a tricky genre for sure, but Frank gives good banjo. Free, 10-11am.


VisArts in Rockville’s Discovery Art Sunday
An interactive gallery tour and instructor-led art creation seminar are held on the last Sunday of each month for kids age 4-6 at VisArts. These workshops are equally fun for the parents as well as the kids, and all levels of art ability (and interest) are welcome. $10 per kid, adult chaperones are free, registration is required – call 301-315-8200 x.113 or email Brett Johnson to sign up.

Image courtesy kevinkarnsfamily on Flickr

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