County-wide summer events and activities in D.C. and Prince George’s County aim to keep children busy and adults entertained through summer months. The National Harbor plans to host events ranging from movie showings to fitness classes to concerts. Free Movies on the Potomac, which will run every Sunday at 6 p.m. on the Plaza from May […]
County-wide summer events and activities in D.C. and Prince George’s County aim to keep children busy and adults entertained through summer months.
The National Harbor plans to host events ranging from movie showings to fitness classes to concerts.
Free Movies on the Potomac, which will run every Sunday at 6 p.m. on the Plaza from May 25 to September 28, screens family-friendly films.
This year, the program extended its season until the end of September and is using a state-of-the-art LED screen, said a National Harbor spokesperson.
A free eight-week Military Concert Series at the National Harbor will run every Saturday at 6 p.m. from May 24 through July 12. The concerts feature varied performances from the U.S. Armed Forces.
The concert series “will feature stylings in a variety of genres for all ages and musical tastes,” said a National Harbor spokesperson.
Movies and concert series hosted at the National Harbor typically have 300-500 people in attendance, the spokesperson said.
The blue and yellow Big Top at the Plateau at Downtown National Harbor will host Amaluna by Cirque du Soleil from July 31 to September 21. Directed by renowned director Diane Paulus, tickets for the show range from $40-100.
Cirque du Soleil attracts around 240,000 tickets at National Harbor each season. Xtreme Teens is a summer youth program that offers daytime activities for local teenagers.
A couple thousand youth participate in Xtreme Teens activities each summer said Stephen Makel, youth services coordinator. The teens will have the opportunity to travel to Ocean City this year to spend time on the beach, shop at local stores and eat a meal together at a local restaurant.
“Xtreme Teens is more of a brand than a program,” said Makel, “It’s more of an initiative to help young people build skills to help them in life and be successful.”
Xtreme Teens started offering activities about twelve years ago due to a concern about the direction the lives of young people in the county were taking.
Two popular teen events held through Xtreme Teens are the Teen Cotillion and Safe Summer.
According to the Xtreme Teens website, The 2014 Teen Cotillion is a 16-week, co-ed comprehensive program that runs from January-May, 2014 for young men and women ages 14-17. Through a series of workshops, special events, service learning projects and more, the 2014 Teen Cotillion program offers leadership and growth opportunities to participants.
“We do the finale cotillion activity at Martins Crosswinds for a dinner and dance for the kids,” Makel said. “They dance with one of their parents so it’s also family time for the kids because the parents participate with their teens. A little over 600 to 700 families participate in this program.”
Safe Summer, a late-night recreation program that runs from 9 p.m. to midnight, provides late night recreation designed specifically for teenagers.
Activities include paintball, sports, visual arts, nature activities and more.
“We keep our recreation centers open until midnight to keep our kids in the community center and not on the streets unsupervised,” said Makel.
Safe Summer, which is entering its sixth year, gets about 4,500 visits in an 8-week period across 24 locations.