The Weekend Round-Up: February 20-21

Fun abounds, outdoors and in, this winter weekend

Fun abounds, outdoors and in, this winter weekend


The combo of nice weather and a choice selection of activities equals guaranteed family fun! Happy Weekend!

Get Out
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

When it’s 60 and sunny in February, a recommendation to get out seize the nice day is going to top the round-up. Hit the trail for a hike, explore Peirce Mill and Rock Creek, stroll the gardens at Dumbarton Oaks, go fossil hunting, day trip to Harpers Ferry, romp on the playground and visit the animals at Watkins Regional Park. Find even more ways to enjoy a lovely day in this post about outdoor recreation around the area.

Travel & Adventure Show
Where: Washington Convention Center
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $16/adults, free for 16 and under

Get travel inspiration, experience culture, and have fun! A big expo like this might sound like a grown-up affair, but some cool pursuits will thrill the kids, too. Besides the hundreds of travel providers and destinations featured, there will be cultural performances, a SCUBA pool, Segway rides, a rock climbing wall, “worldly” photo ops, and kids games. Purchase tickets online and use the promo code DCPA for a $5 discount.

Puppetry Festival
Where: Alden Theatre
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: $15 ($10/McLean residents)

Live entertainment and hands-on activities will make for a fun day at McLean Community Center on Saturday. The festival features two 45-minute shows along with puppet making stations. Watch Jim West Puppets perform “Aesops Fables” at 10:30am followed by Crabgrass Puppets’ “African Adventure Tales” at 11:30am. And kids can make their own at self-guided booths from 10am – 1pm.

African American Pioneers in Aviation
Where: National Air & Space Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join the Air & Space Museum to celebrate the significant contributions African Americans have made to flight and space exploration despite the overwhelming obstacles they had to overcome. Enjoy presentations, hands-on activities, and stories, plus the opportunity to meet astronauts, fighter pilots, and others who will share stories of their challenges and accomplishments. Learn about inspiring historic figures like Bessie Coleman through reenactments and story times – and more!

Roll with It
Where: DC Armory
When: Saturday, 4pm (door open at 3pm)
Admission: $15/adults, $6/ages 6-11, free for 5 and under

DC Rollergirls, the National Capital Region’s only women’s flat-track roller derby league, are back for another season of hard-hitting skating. First, see Scare Force One take on the DC Demoncats. Then, watch the Majority Whips face off against the Cherry Blossom Bombshells.

Ice It
Where: Local Ice Skating Rinks
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

Do some of your own skating, and enjoy the nice days doing it! As long as the warmer temps don’t melt the ice, it’ll be a perfect weekend to get out and glide. Enjoy art as you skate at the Sculpture Garden; circle the rink at Washington Harbour; meander the paths at Canal Park; or do some holiday shopping then skate at Pentagon Row, Veteran’s Plaza, Rockville Town Square, or Reston Town Center. This post has details on alfresco (and indoor) ice skating options in the area. And note that both at Canal Park and Washington Harbor are hosting Cartoon Skate on Saturday morning!

Show Time
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

* James and the Giant Peach is Adventure Theatre’s latest production
* OLIVÉRio: A Brazilian Twist is a clever take on the Dickens classic at the Kennedy Center (Read a KFDC review and look for discount tickets)
* Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic comes to EagleBank Arena in Fairfax on Sunday
* Spend Saturday morning with SteveSongs at Jammin’ Java
* JACK and Phil, Slayers of Giants-INC is on the Imagination Stage
* Mount Vernon Children’s Community Theatre presents Ghostchaser
* The Reston Community Players begin their run of Mary Poppins this weekend
* A Midsummer Night’s Dream is on stage at the Folger Shakespeare Library
* See a beautiful wordless version of Romeo and Juliet at Synetic Theatre (best for ages 12 and up)

Animal Close-Ups
Where: National Geographic Museum
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $15/adult, $10/ages 5-12 (find a discount here)

Experience two fascinating exhibits in one outing at the museum downtown. Photo Ark, a gorgeous collection of portraits of the world’s animal species, spotlights conservation through the lens of photographer Joel Sartore. And you can zoom in on CROCS through an exhibit focusing on crocodilians. Both exhibitions feature components — captivating images, interactive displays, and live creatures — that are compelling for all ages.

Mardi Gras Family Festival
Where: Anacostia Community Museum
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Laissez les bons temps rouler at the Anacostia Community Museum! Enjoy live entertainment, face painting, mask making, storytelling, coconut art, parasol painting, shields, balloon art, and our popular “Parasols on Parade” second-line parade. Attendees also can participate in the popular Art of Adornment workshop with artist and entrepreneur Januwa Moja-Nelson, and get a complimentary picture of yourself dressed in Januwa’s individual designs — sign up on a first-come, first-served basis upon arrival.

Family Art Exploration
Where: Glen Echo Park
When: Saturday, 11am – 1:15pm
Admission: $10, no registration required

Kids ages 10 and under (accompanied by an adult) are welcome to drop in to the Candy Corner at the historic Glen Scho Park for artful an Saturday morning. The ongoing program switches up activities every week, so just be ready to get creative. Combine the activity with a show at Adventure Theatre or The Puppet Co. for an extra fun-filled outing! (Note: This program usually takes place from 10am – 12:30pm; hours have changed this weekend only.)

Lunar New Year Celebration
Where: Leesburg Premium Outlets
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with an afternoon of festivities in honor of the Lunar New Year! Stop by the Food Court for children’s crafts, food samplings, and martial arts demonstrations. A fashion show and live performances featuring Chinese Instrument-Guzheng, Peking Opera will be among the festivities, too.

Nursery School Open House
Where: College Park Nursery and Kindergarten
When: Saturday, 9am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Looking for early education options for your child? College Park Nursery & Kindergarten invites you to check out their programs and facilities on Saturday. The accredited, parent-run, cooperative school offers a play-based curriculum that includes arts and crafts, play, music, language arts, science projects, and outside play! They have half-day classes for 2-5 year olds, with aftercare available until 3pm. Parents volunteer in the classroom up to twice a month, and children do not have to be potty-trained.

Light It Up
Where: The Yards
When: Saturday & Sunday, 7-10pm
Admission: Free

The Yards is becoming known for its eclectic presentations of public art and experiences (think Laser Cat and Tour de Fat), and they’re doing it again starting this weekend with an installation melding light, sculpture, and music. While an event specifically for families (including giant glowing bunnies!) will take place next weekend, some folks might want to see what it’s all about sooner. This Saturday evening will feature large sculptures constructed of industrial steel with illuminated white cubes and a large-scale projection mapping visual display set to the beat of a live DJ set. And the art will be lit every evening while it’s at the Yards. No matter when you get there, it’s sure to be interesting!

Portrait Stories & Discoveries
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 1-4pm & Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the Portrait Gallery to listen to a story about Maya Angelou and complete a hands-on activity. When you’re done there, pick up a Portrait Discovery Kit to explore the museum. For more about the program, see this post about one of our experiences there.

Frozen Day of Play
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: $5/adult, $3/ages 6-17, free for 5 and under

Drop in for a family day of play and creativity as you explore the wonders of winter and ice through a variety of art projects, pretend play, investigations, and more. From frosty face painting, to a frozen treasure hunt, to guided winter walks, kids of all ages will delight in their sensory seasonal experience.

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