The Weekend Round-Up: January 5-7

Happy Birthday to my favorite girl!



It’s that time of year when I get a little sappy with my posts: Birthday Season. (That’s right, we do Chanukah, Christmas, New Year’s, Sasha’s big day, then Owen’s, so it’s like a non-stop celebration from early December on.) Anyway, I have to include a special shout-out along with these weekend recs. After all, my girl is a huge part of the inspiration for this blog and key to making our adventures — and life — more fun. She is as tough and determined as she is giggly and girly. She wears cowgirl boots with athletic clothes. She’s keenly observant and remembers every detail, like the color of the house we stayed in at the Outer Banks 6 years ago. Math and art are her favorite subjects in school. Sometimes she says her brother is her best friend (and sometimes it really seems like it). Her laugh makes me laugh, and even better, she’s generous with it. And although she now prefers Sash, she’ll always be my sweet Sashi.

Aaand now that my indulgence is out of the way, on with the round-up. Happy Weekend! (And a very happy birthday to my sweet Sashi.)

Insider Info
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Frigid, blustery weather is in the forecast, so you might need extra ideas for indoor outings. Burn some energy at an indoor playground, visit a museum, go bowling, this post has nearly 100 suggestions for activities and places inside, most them mainstays around DC, and just about all of them tried and tested by the Team KFDC.

NSO in Your Neighborhood
Where: Around DC
When: Through January 8
Admission: Free

The annual program that brings free chamber music, orchestral concerts, and educational events throughout a different neighborhood each year is back, this year celebrating the Downtown/Penn Quarter and Brookland/NoMa areas of our city. This weekend, see community performances at Shakespeare Theatre Company, National Portrait Gallery, National Building Museum, local libraries, Busboys & Poets and more spots around DC. View the website for details — there are many events that welcome all ages, and one particularly family-friendly concert is highlighted below.

NSO at the NBM
Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: Free

Enjoy a free concert by National Symphony Orchestra musicians as part of the annual NSO in Your Neighborhood program. The performance also kicks off “1968: Shaping the District,” a year of programming and exhibitions at the Building Museum as part of the 50th anniversary of the events that took place in 1968.

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

* See local youth dance ensembles from Joy of Motion perform for free on Friday evening at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
* Go Around the World in 80 Days with the American Pops at Arena Stage
* Enjoy one last weekend with Frosty the Snowman at Adventure Theatre!
* Say farewell to Charlotte’s Web at Imagination Stage, too.
* Celebrate the new year with The Great Zucchini at Jammin Java

Summer Camp Sampler
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 9:45am – 12:45pm
Admission: Free

Warm up on this cold weekend with thoughts of summer! Get an up-close and personal look at what summer camp is like at Imagination Stage – they promise you’ll have a blast. Sample camps are 20 minutes long, with the exception of longer drop-off Musical Production. Parents are encouraged to join the samplers for children in grades 2 or younger. Parents of campers in grades 3 or older are welcome to observe the sampler, but not required. Register for a sample class here. This is geared toward children aged 4 – Grade 12.

MAGFest
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Thursday 2pm – Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Varies by day (ages 6-12 are 50% off)

This 4-day music and gaming festival is dedicated to the appreciation of video game music, gaming of all types, and the gaming community. Run by fans for fans, there are consoles, arcades, tabletop, LAN, live video game cover bands, chiptunes, vendors, guest speakers, and much much more to discover and enjoy.

hiSTORY time
Where: National Museum of American History | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: Free

Early learners ages 0-6 and their caregivers will have the chance to hear a story and participate in hands-on activities and crafts inspired by objects from the museum’s collection at this bi-weekly program. The first and third Saturdays in January are all about the alphabet. Enjoy a letter filled story and engage in fun activities that encourage early alphabet learning.

Portrait Story Days
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the Portrait Gallery to listen to a story about American dance and choreographer, Martha Graham, and complete a hands-on activity. Of course, tour the collections while you’re there, and try to coordinate your visit, so you can catch a free concert presented by NSO in Your Neighborhood (see above). Read more about the museum and the program for kids here.

Nature’s Calling
Where: Nature centers around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Get a dose of the outside world in the comfort of the warm indoors at a nature center. There are several great ones around the area that offer lots of cool exhibits along with fun programs. Check out Buddie Ford Nature Center in Alexandria, Rock Creek in the park, Watkins in Upper Marlboro, Potomac Overlook and Long Branch in Arlington, or Brookside in Wheaton.

Ice It
Where: Ice skating rinks around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

Get out and glide to stay active and warm up outdoors on a cold winter day! Enjoy art as you skate at the Sculpture Garden; circle the rink at Washington Harbour; skate over the Anacostia at The Wharf; meander the paths at Canal Park; or do some 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 Washington Harbor hosts Cartoon Skate on Saturday morning!

La Galette des Rois
Where: Bonjour Mama | Kensington, MD
When: Saturday, 11m – 12pm
Admission: $7

Celebrate the traditional Galette des Rois at the Bonjour Mama French Bookstore! The wonderful Achille Ango will be there to lead songs and stories before indulging in the galette. Whoever finds the fève will be King or Queen for the day! (Galette slices are for children only.)

(W)Hoop it Up!
Where: Colleges around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Ticket prices vary

With so many universities in the area, there’s always some good college hoops action going on during the season — and it’s always a good time for families. Here are some games to catch this weekend:
* Georgetown women vs. Butler on Friday at 7pm
* GWU men vs. Rhode Island on Saturday at 4pm
* American women vs. Navy on Friday at 7pm
* Howard women vs. Bethune-Cookman on Saturday at 2pm
* Howard men vs. Bethune-Cookman on Saturday at 4pm
* Georgetown men vs. Creighton on Sunday at 6pm
* George Mason men vs. Davidson on Sunday at 12pm
* GWU women vs. George Mason on Sunday at 6pm
* Maryland men vs. Iowa on Sunday at 8pm(Go, Terps!)

Live Wizardry
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 8pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

If you want to see the pros play, the Wizards are at home this weekend. Watch them take on the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday evening. And plan for dinner out in the Penn Quarter area to make the most of your time in neighborhood — there are tons of family-friendly eateries there.

Complimentary Community Day
Where: National Museum of Women in the Arts | Downtown, DC
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

The first Sunday of every month is a great opportunity explore the National Museum of Women in the Arts when admission is FREE! Works span the centuries, from the 16th to the present in a variety of mediums, highlighting women artists all over the world. Currently on view is Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today, which places abstract works by multiple generations of black women artists in context with one another — and within the larger history of abstract art — for the first time.

Family Night at Millennium Stage
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Sunday, 6pm
Admission: Free

The Kennedy Center free nightly entertainment is a special family program featured Joy of Motion Dance Center. Faculty member Kelly Kunst will lead a dance cardio and conditioning class, inspiring you to keep moving, build your endurance, and keep your resolutions in 2018. Limited seating/space available.

Big Screen Time
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by theater

This will be a great weekend to watch a movie in the comfort of a theater, and there are a bunch of good family flick to see right now. Here are quick links to them.
* Coco – We just saw this, and it was so good!
* Pitch Perfect 3 – We also saw this, and we all declared it our favorite of the series (FYI, it’s PG-13)
* Star Wars: The Lost Jedi – We still have’t seen (!), but everyone else seems to love it
* Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Also haven’t seen yet, but heard it’s really funny
* Ferdinand – Sounds cute for little ones
* The Greatest Showman – Heard it’s so-so, but entertaining enough

GLOW with It
Where: Throughout Georgetown, DC
When: Through January 7
Admission: Free

Bundle up to see Georgetown in a whole new light – literally. The neighborhood is twinkling for one last weekend with modern light art installations on exhibit throughout the bustling community. Works of local, regional, and international artists will be on display in both public and privately-owned spaces, including Washington Harbour, Georgetown Waterfront Park, Cady’s Alley, and more nearby places. Take the family dinner, then go for a stroll to check them all out. Read a KFDC write-up about last year’s GLOW.

***PLAN AHEAD***
Prospective Families Camp for New Elementary School
Where: Hill Center | Capitol Hill, DC
When: January 13-15
Admission: Free

A new elementary school is opening in SE DC next fall! Capitol Learning Academy is coming to Capitol Hill, and there will be a great opportunity to learn more about it next weekend, January 13-15. If you are applying, considering applying, or want to know more about how Capitol Learning Academy will work as a school, sign up to send your children to their weekend camp! Families are invited to sign up their children for 1, 2, or all 3 days of camp, stay and watch the sessions, and ask questions about the admissions process, school design, or anything else you would like to know in regards to the school. Camp is daily from 9am – 3pm at the Hill Center (921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE) and will entail learning activities, recess, and a lunch break. It’s also FREE! To secure a spot, email alex@capitollearningacademy.org.

***MORE GOOD STUFF TO KNOW***
* The Mindful Ones, a new local tutoring company, brings a new approach to their work with children, combining mindfulness with STEAM education.
* The Acorns app is a neat, easy way to invest and save a little extra money. I just signed up myself (and, full disclosure, shared my referral link).
* This is a beautiful love story.
* Washington Post staff share some of their favorite take out spots, and a couple (Toki and Indigo) are among my faves, too!

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