The Weekend Round-Up: January 11-13

Learn about the life of George Washington at Mount Vernon

Shutdown Alternatives
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

The shutdown is still in effect, which means many go-to spots to hang with kiddos in the DC area are still closed. But KFDC has got you covered! This post lists a bunch of fantastic alternatives to enjoy in the meantime, including museums and outdoor places to visit while Smithsonian venues aren’t open and national parks may not be accessible. You might even discover a new favorite once you step off the beaten path! (And, FYI, the post has been updated with suggestions from the KFDC community, so it’s worth taking another look if you’ve already seen it.)

NSO in Your Neighborhood
Where: Venues in Columbia Heights, U Street, & Shaw, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
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 Columbia Heights, U Street, and Shaw areas of our city. This weekend, you can enjoy community performances at Mount Pleasant Library & Colony Club (both of these are particularly family-friendly) as well as the Lincoln Theatre, African American Civil War Museum, All Souls Church, Ben’s Next Door, Wonderland Ballroom and more spots around DC. View the website for details.

A Presidential Outing
Where: Mount Vernon Estate | Mount Vernon, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $18-20/adult, $11-12/age 6-11, free/5 & under

George Washington’s old digs are not affected by the shutdown, so they’re a great place to go right now. Sprawling along the banks of the Potomac across the river from DC, it offers a history lesson, beautiful riverfront views, and fun, engaging activities all in one. Get a glimpse into the life of the first POTUS by touring the mansion and museum full of interesting exhibits and interactives. There are also several gardens and a four-acre working farm on the estate, though weather might make it tough to tour. But if that’s the case, there’s plenty indoors to enjoy!

Circle Yoga
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am
Admission: Free

Yoga is an activity that kids and adults can actively participate in together — their whole lives! Circle Yoga’s Family Yoga is a playful class designed for kids ages 5 to 8 years to experience yoga with a parent or caregiver. The class will incorporate yoga poses for kids and adults to enjoy together, as well as yoga and mindfulness games and breathing and relaxation techniques. All will leave the class rejuvenated, calmly energized and full of joy. This is part of Sound Health: Second Saturdays, a series of free workshops designed for families with children under the age of 8 that explore the power of the arts to promote wellness of the mind and body. It occurs every second Saturday of the month.

Camp Arena Stage Open House
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Get a preview of Camp Arena Stage at an Open House this weekend! Children ages 8-15 are welcome to participate in sample workshops and classes focusing on theater, musical theater, visual art, singing, and dance — all taught by Camp staff. It’s also a great opportunity to have all of your camp questions answered. (PS: We can tell you from firsthand experience that this camp is fantastic!)

Family Afternoon: Capture Light with Stained Glass
Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Harness the playful nature of light with the colorful building art of stained glass at this drop in activity at the Building Museum. Draw inspiration from the National Cathedral Collection, and take home your very own craftwork.

Paint, Build, Create
Where: Fairlington Community Center | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Join a day of creative exploration at the Fairlington Community Center. This annual event will feature STEM-based projects for all ages and abilities, including bubble painting, mirror boxes, kaleidoscopes, kinetic sand, cup and string telephones, simple levers, slime, and lots more! Food trucks will be parked nearby for concessions. Attendees are encouraged to park on-street in the neighborhood on S. Stafford Street, S. Utah Street and 32nd Road S. View the event webpage for more details.

Health & Fitness Expo
Where: Washington Convention Center
When: Saturday, 9am – 5pm & Sunday, 9am – 4pm
Admission: Free

NBC’s annual exposition celebrates healthy living at the Washington Convention Center all weekend. There will be free health screenings, exercise and dance demos, opportunities to try new sports, giveaways, and activities especially for kids. The Convention Center is located at 901 Mount Vernon Place, NW. Metered street parking and garages are nearby, and you can take the Metro’s yellow line to the Mount Vernon stop.

The Enchanted Bookshop
Where: Gunston Arts Center | Arlington, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Tickets: $15/adult, $12/child (look for a discount)

Enjoy Encore Stage and Studio’s “by kids for kids” newest production. During the day, A Likely Story looks like any other bookshop, but at night the characters inside the books come alive. Classic characters — including Dorothy Gale, Pollyanna, Heidi, Tom Sawyer and more — long to help Margie, the scatterbrained owner, save her struggling store. When a pair of smugglers come looking for a stolen necklace hidden inside one of the books, the characters must find a way to rescue the bookshop without being seen. Join us on this magical mission to celebrate the enchantment and joy of reading. Recommended for ages 4 and older.

Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $15-20

Recommended for ages 12 and up, Cartography is inspired by the artists’ creative work with young refugees around the world. Fusing map-making, dance, film, and sound sensor technology, the show explores the tragedy and wonder of lives in motion. From the effects of climate change to war and poverty, this powerful story examines the forces that send youth into unsure waters of their future—and invites audiences to consider their own maps and journeys.

A Family Literacy Fiesta
Where: Wheaton Interim Library | Wheaton, MD
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: Free

Join InterAct Story Theatre for a free morning of theatre and arts as their Family Theatre Series shares the joy of stories! During the January and February events, Artistic Director Ali Oliver-Krueger will leas kids and adults in an interactive Literacy Fiesta, bringing stories to life through creative drama. In these interactive workshops, kids and adults work together to explore a folk tale or children’s story, act out the stories in our own words, and maybe even make up stories of your own. Act, sing, and dance your way through favorite folk tales and chase the chills away!

Story Time
Where: Book shops around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Several local bookstores around the area host free story times for children on weekends that often include more than just a reading. East City Bookshop has one for ages 4-8 on Saturday at 10:15am. Head to Hooray for Books in Old Town Alexandria on Friday or Saturday for story time from 10:30-11am. Solid State Books hosts readings on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30am. At Kramer Books, they’ll watch your kiddos while you grab a coffee on Sundays at 11am.

Model Trains and Thomas
Where: Historic Vienna Train Station | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free (donations accepted)

Stop by the Historic Vienna Train Station where you can see and hear HO scale model trolleys and trains, including Thomas and some of his friends on display and in operation. It’s a great family fun and activity for the young and young at heart. The Station is at 231 Dominion Road NE, Vienna, VA along the W&OD trail just past the Caboose.

The Construction Zone
Where: Port Discovery | Baltimore, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $5

While much of Port Discovery is closed due to construction of two new immersive exhibits, The Construction Zone in the Atrium will be open and offering interactive, educational activities for children and families. Visitors can design, build, launch, act, and move with a variety of hands-on stations and programs available for all ages. It begins this Saturday and will be open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays after that.

Tu B’Shvat Workshop
Where: NE Neighborhood Library | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 1:15-2pm
Admission: Free

Join American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad) to commemorate Jewish Arbor Day with plant-themed crafts. Paint your own planter, fill it with soil and seeds, and create a window sill garden! Kids of all ages are welcome to join this free event. Register in advance here.

Grand Opening Celebration
Where: International School of Music | Potomac, MD
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

All are invited to check out the International School of Music’s programs for kids at this grand opening. Enjoy fun-filled activities, including tours often school, face painting, snacks, live music, giveaways, an instrument petting zoo, and a chance to win a year of music lessons.

Skate with Slapshot
Where: Canal Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Sunday, 1-3pm
Admission: $9/adult, $8/child, $5/skate rental

The eagle is landing at Canal Park. And the bird they’re talking about is Slapshot, the Capitals’ mascot. Lace up your skates to glide around the ice rink with him on Sunday afternoon. And for more places to ice skate in the DMV, see this KFDC post.

College Hoops
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:
* Maryland men vs. Indiana on Friday at 7pm (Go, Terps!)
* Georgetown men vs. Providence on Saturday at 12pm
* GWU women vs. Dayton on Saturday at 12pm
* American women vs. Army West Point on Saturday at 1pm
* GWU men vs. Richmond on Saturday at 4pm
* Maryland women vs. Michigan on Sunday at 4:30pm (Go, Terps!)
* George Mason women vs. Duquesne on Sunday at 2pm

Pro Ballers
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Friday, 7pm & Sunday, 3pm
Admission: Tickets prices vary

The Wizards are playing at home this weekend. See the on court action against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday evening and the Toronto Raptors on Sunday afternoon. Plan on dinner/lunch in Penn Quarter, too — there are plenty of family-friendly places to go in the neighborhood. Some recs: Jaleo, Camine’s, Oyamel, Shake Shack, and Pi Pizzeria.

Cap It
Where: Capital One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 7pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

In between Wizards games, the Capitals will be taking over Capital One Arena. Watch them hit the ice against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday evening. See the above restaurant recs for a fam-friendly bite before or after the match.

The Great Indoors
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by Activity

Surely, you’ve heard about the snow coming this weekend, so this go-to post listing over 100 suggestions for things to do inside — just about all of them tried and tested by yours truly and co. — will be a good one to keep in your back pocket. (Though the whole top section, with info on Smithsonian Museums, can be skipped due to the shutdown.) And if you’re looking specifically for places where kids can burn energy and be active, check out this round-up of Indoor Playgrounds.

Hit the Slopes
Where: Around the region
When: Through winter
Admission: Varies

Of course, snow in the forecast means one thing to many: Skiing! It’s a fun, active way to take advantage of winter, and there are a bunch of ski resorts within a few hours’ drive that are great for young, newbie skiers (and veteran swooshers, too). SkiPA is a good resource for finding slopes to suit your crew, and if you have a 4th or 5th grader, be sure to sign up for the SnowPass that offers free skiing opportunities. Some resorts to check out, both with or without the pass: Liberty, Whitetail, Seven Springs, Hidden Valley, Bryce, Snowshoe, and Wisp.

* JK Tutoring works with children to build the confidence they need to excel in school, matching them with tutors who are a good fit, while keeping logistics simple for you. They work with students K-10 in Math, Writing, Reading, Test Prep, Executive Functioning, and Confidence Building. Contact Jamie Klein to learn more! [email protected]
* Washington Waldorf School is hosting open houses this month. Read more about the school and find out when you can visit here.
* I hope I become as obsessed about the magic of tidying up as I am with this show!
* Speaking of, if you’re doing post-holiday/new year organizing, this list of where to give stuff away will come in handy.
* Flower Child, a kid-friendly, west coast-based, wellness-centric eatery will open their first DC location in Foggy Bottom on February 4.
* Bethesda Magazine’s Restaurant Week starts this weekend, January 11, and runs through January 20.
* For a home cooked meal, this stew is delicious, easy to make, and perfect for winter.
* Does this Humans of New York post resonate? (It sparked some interesting comments, too.)

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