We've rounded up the hottest local family happenings, trends, topics, and events in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore to kick off your weekend!
Air Force One Comes to National Harbor
A full-sized Air Force One replica was transported via barge on the Potomac River this week to National Harbor, Maryland. The Boeing 747 plane will be part of a new exhibit opening near the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center on October 19th called the Air Force One Experience. The 90-minute learning experience is an initiative of the Children's Democracy Project to teach children the importance of democracy. Visitors can tour the plane and see what it's like to be a president on Air Force One! This is a temporary exhibit expected to stay at National Harbor through the holiday season.
Toys "R" Us May be Making a Comeback
Former Toys "R" Us kids everywhere shed tears when the toy mega-store of our youth declared bankruptcy and closed the doors to all of its U.S. stores earlier this year. This week, the owners of the company's remaining assets disclosed that Geoffrey the Giraffe may not be retired after all! Read more here.
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Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show | Oct. 3rd - 7th | Baltimore, MD
Events include tours of U.S., Canadian and British Navy and U.S. Coast Guard vessels docked around the Inner Harbor, Fells Point, Tide Point, and North Locust Point; an air show in the skies over Fort McHenry and the Middle Branch featuring the USAF Thunderbirds; exhibitions from maritime, military, cultural, and historical organizations; live entertainment; a food and drink festival; and more. Pick up a special Maryland Fleet Week Passport and get it stamped aboard the visiting ships and other local cultural sites! For more information and event schedule, click here.
Tour the World's Largest Operating Viking Ship! | Oct. 6th - 14th | The Wharf, Washington D.C.
This weekend, the Draken Harald Hårfagre sails in to The Wharf in D.C. with a display of Viking valor and excitement during Expedition America: East Coast Tour 2018. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the world's largest operating Viking ship!
Get Scared! | Saturday & Sunday
Two of our favorite local Halloween haunts open this weekend, Markoff's Haunted Forest in Dickerson, MD and Shocktober Haunted House at Paxton Manor in Leesburg, VA. This year, Markoff's is upping their game with a brand new Transylvania-themed terrifying hike through the trees. Shocktober at Paxton Manor features two hair-raising experiences -- a horrifying and haunted boarding school and a basement attraction full of creepy clowns and carnival carnage.
Markoff's Haunted Forest by Martin Radigan Photography
Get Your GLOW On | Oct. 4th - 28th | Reston, VA
If you're a scaredy-cat like some of us over here, then you may prefer a more festive celebration of the season. Head to The GLOW: A Jack O'Lantern Experience at Lake Fairfax in Reston, VA to see an enchanting and unforgettable wonderland of more than 5,000 hand-carved, illuminated jack-o-lanterns.
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