The first-ever Kids World is coming to Franklin Square this weekend with an array of food, installations, and activities meant for kids 3 -15. Though I’m hoping they won’t turn me away at the stuff-your-own-bear station.
The festival runs from noon to 8 p.m. today through Sunday. We asked Melanie Nwosu, DowntownDC BID’s Director of Events how to make the most of it.
What are the must-see exhibits at Kids World?
“There are too many to number, but we hope everyone has the chance to read along with, and meet, our special guests: the Lorax, Curious George, or the Cat in the Hat. There’s also an engineering and building activation with our friends from the National Children’s Museum. Don’t forget to get in a workout with Black Panther, Wonder Woman, Spiderman, or Supergirl.”
A map of Kids World in Franklin Park. (Anthony Hesselius/LRA PR)
What inspired the city to start this new festival?
“Kids! We have so many festivals in the District geared toward adults and almost none like this, dedicated solely to children. We wanted to do the same for them, but better! More exciting, more learning, more fun — and did we mention the cotton candy?”
What are some great year-round sites for kids in DC?
“Planet Word, right next to Franklin Park, is a must! Other fantastic places include the National Children’s Museum, the Museum of Illusions, the National Building Museum, and the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden.”