Kids World Weekend at Franklin Park

July 28, 2023 @ 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Franklin Park

The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) is excited to announce an immersive celebration of youth and learning: Kids World debuts at Franklin Park for three fun-filled days: Friday, July 28, through Sunday, July 30. This action-packed weekend will be free and open to all and will feature a variety of creative pop-ups, hands-on activities, playful installations, and more to entertain and educate young visitors and their families. Attendees can expect to dive into the worlds of literacy, health and fitness, creativity, science and nature, and entrepreneurship.

Franklin Park will offer multiple activities and installations for children ages 3 to 15.

“Franklin Park is a favorite downtown destination for locals and visitors of all ages, and we love seeing families and kids reveling in downtown’s largest green space. With Kids World, the park will be filled with a variety of engaging activities, curated by some of downtown’s most kid-friendly partners, that appeal to all of the senses and make space for kids to gather, learn, and have fun,” said BID President and CEO Gerren Price. “This will be an unforgettable weekend, and one that shouldn’t be missed.”

The dynamic programming of Kids World is being developed by the BID and partners, including event sponsors the DC Public Library FoundationBeyond the Book, and Events DC, plus the DC Department of Parks and RecreationPlanet WordTurning the Page, and others. Franklin Park will be filled with interactive exhibits, play spaces, and learning opportunities. Activities will be focused on young people ages 3 to 15, but there will be plenty of options to keep attendees of all ages active and engaged. The full schedule of programming is available online at

Highlights include:

  • Storyland story time with special guest appearances

  • Pop-up children’s bookstore

  • Hands-on science, nature, art, and craft projects

  • Teatime with Paddington Bear

  • Stuff-your-own-bear station

  • Meet and learn from kid entrepreneurs

  • Superhero workouts with Black Panther, Wonder Woman, and Spiderman

  • Rock out with youth bands, singers, dancers, and other performers

  • Dance party with DJ Princess Christiona

  • Trackless train rides

  • and much more!

All Kids World spaces and activities are free and open to the public. Select events have limited capacity and require pre-registration — visit to view those events and reserve your free pass.


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