The Weekend Round-Up: February 15-18

Huntley Meadows park is a great place to savor a bit of sunshine




Happy President’s Day Weekend!

Art Investigators
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: Free

Drop in for the museum’s wonderful program for children ages 4-7. Art Investigators introduces kids to art and encourages them to make observations and use their imaginations as they discover different works. During this weekend’s sessions, they’ll explore works of Alma Thomas. Read a KFDC review of the program from the early KFDC years (it’s old, but still relevant, as the program is very much the same, although the name has changed). Sessions are at 10:30, 11:30, and 12:30 on Saturday and Monday, and at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30 on Sunday. Sign-in takes place in the East Building Atrium, starting at 10am on Saturday and Monday and 11am on Sunday.

Discover Engineering Family Day
Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free

Join a fun-filled day designed to introduce kids ages 4-12 to the wonder of engineering and the importance of technological literacy. The event attracts thousands of people and kicks off DiscoverE Engineers Week activities in the national capital area. Meet professional engineers of all kinds. And try out exciting, hands-on engineering experiences! Construct a building that can withstand high winds, design a motorized bot to walk across a table, mix slime and learn about different chemical reactions, meet an astronaut, create a zoetrope movie, cypher secret messages with coding, and much more!

Make Your Own Abe Hat
Where: President Lincoln’s Cottage | Petworth, DC
When: Saturday, various times
Admission: $15/adult, $6/ages 6-12, free for 5 and under

In honor of President’s Day, President Lincoln’s Cottage is offering an opportunity for children and their families to answer the question, “What do you do with a chance?” As President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln took many chances in the hopes of unifying the country. At times, Lincoln felt his ideas were just out of his reach and worried that he might fail. With some courage and support, he developed his brave ideas by taking notes and keeping them safe in his signature stovepipe hat. Join an interactive program (45 minutes) on taking chances and create your own Lincoln hat to hold your brave ideas. Recommended for ages 4-9, but all are welcome! Register in advance.

Big Apple Circus
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Through March 24
Tickets: $20-25 (look for a discount)

The Big Apple Circus is in town and celebrating its 41st season, featuring amazing stunts under the big top. Known for its one-ring, artistic, European-style, no seat is more than 50 feet from the performers. That’s perfect for viewing some first-ever feats for the Circus along with fan favorites. Hire wire acts, contortionists, bicycle acrobatics, hilarious clowns, and doggie dances are some of thrills and fun you can expect. Read a review of one of our past experiences at a Big Apple Circus show.

Washington Dollar Days
Where: Tudor Place | Georgetown, DC
When: Throughout February, 10am – 3pm
Admission: $1

Practice frugality our founding father would approve of: Pay just $1 per person for any regular tour in February, the month of George Washington’s birth. Tudor Place is the only historic house museum in the District with family ties to Martha and George Washington. Highlights of the Washington Collection will be on display as part of all house tours. See it all for one “Washington dollar!” Tours begin hourly, and it’s recommended you book ahead.

HBD, Frederick Douglass!
Where: Frederick Douglass Historic Site | Anacostia, DC
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Join the National Park Service as they end the bicentennial year of Frederick Douglass’s birth and continue a celebration of the man, his legacy and his impact to the world. Enjoy a commemorative ceremony D.C. Prep Academy (1409 V Street, SE) from 1-2:30pm. Take a walking tour of the neighborhood surrounding Douglass Cedar Hill estate titled “Douglass Anacostia” and enjoy ranger led house tours on the quarter of every hour from 1-4pm. Registration required at the visitor center.

Black History Month Celebrations
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

February is Black History Month, and there are events and activities throughout the DC area to celebrate it. Museum programs (including an entire museum!), special tours and exhibits, story time sessions, and more will be enlightening and fun for all ages. See where they’re all happening here.

Cool Hikes
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

It might be chilly, but it looks like there will be some sunshine after the snow this weekend, so get out and soak it up and get some exercise. Tramp in places with scenic views, hike and explore history at interesting locales, and enjoy a day of active fun. This post has a a bunch of recommendations for good walks in the woods with the kids.

Show Time
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by performance

* Journey Down Huckleberry Finn’s Big River at Adventure Theatre!
* She a Gem at the Kennedy Center is recommended for ages 12+
* Dicken’s Davy Copperfield is opening at Imagination Stage
* See Anatole: Mouse Magnifique at the Bethesda theatre, too
* It’s opening weekend for Rapunzel at The Puppet Co.
* And Snow Show is the featured Tiny Tots performance there on Sunday
* Catch a President’s Day concert as Rocknocerous plays at Jammin Java on Monday
* Take teens to see the stage adaptation of Once at Olney Theatre (look for discount tickets)
* The Virginia National Ballet performs Aladdin at the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment
Where: Capital One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Ticket start at $20

Enter the world of Disney magic live in ice with four of your favorite stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment! See Lightning McQueen, Mater, and the Disney Pixar’s Cars race across the ice! Dive into undersea fun with Ariel in The Little Mermaid’s kingdom. Experience the adventures of Buzz, Woody, and the Toy Story gang as they race for home. Join sisters Anna and Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff from Disney’s Frozen as they learn true love comes from within. From wheels to waves, icy wonderlands to infinity and beyond, your family’s beloved Disney moments will come to life.

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Friday – Sunday
Tickets: $39-139

In this adaptation of the best-selling novel by Rick Riordan, the Greek gods are real, and they’re ruining Percy Jackson’s life. As a son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and is on an epic quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods. Recommended for ages 8+.

BSO Music Box Concert
Where: AMP at Pike & Rose | North Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 10am & 11:30am
Admission: $12

Families can introduce little ones to classical music during the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s BSO Music Box concerts with a repertoire inspired by travel and discovery. These take place at Strathmore’s club-style venue, AMP at Pike & Rose. Concerts are recommended for children ages 6 months to 3 years.

President’s Day with a View
Where: Observation Deck at CEB Tower | Rosslyn, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $17.76/adult (with code), $11/age 5-13

Gaze out of floor-to-ceiling windows that offer a new perspective of DC. The 30+ story high space in Rosslyn offers breathtaking 360-degree panoramic vistas plus neat interactive and immerse experiences to enjoy them A perfect history lesson on President’s Day and they are offering a discount for the occasion — use the code PRESIDENTS for a reduced ticket rate of $17.76. Read more about the experience in this KFDC post.

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.

Annual Summer Camp Fair
Where: McLean High School | McLean, VA
When: Saturday, 3-5:30pm
Admission: Free

The Fairfax County Association for the Gifted is hosting its annual Summer Camp Fair on Saturday. Meet representatives from summer programs of all varieties, from adventure day camps to rigorous academic programs at prestigious campuses. Explore camps and programs for STEM, visual and performing arts, computer technology, environmental science, math enrichment, nature, science, sports, and leadership. Find the camp that is just right for your elementary, middle or high school student. All are welcome to attend this free event.

Saturday Morning with Rocknocerous

Where: Dangerously Delicious Pies | H Street NE, DC

When: Saturday, 11am – 12:30pm

Admission: $6.90


Catch a concert with local kids fave Rocknocerous! The band of three guys — Coach, Williebob, and Boogie Bennie — are celebrating their 10th year together with a brand new album. With the pending release of Plymouth Rockers, the band’s fifth record, Rocknoceros have hit their creative peak. The new batch of songs entertain and educate in equal measure, and you can groove along to them on Saturday morning! Doors open at 11am, and the show starts at 11:30am.

President’s Day Celebration
Where: Port Discovery | Baltimore, MD
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: $5

Hours on President’s Day Weekend: Friday: 10 AM – 4PM, Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM, Sunday: Noon – 5 PM, Monday: 10 AM – 5PM| Location: The Construction Zone in the Atrium at Port Discovery (located directly next door to the main Museum at 35 Market Place, Baltimore, MD 21202)
Admission is included in entry to The Construction Zone in the Atrium at Port Discovery, which is $5 per person for individuals two and over. Members and children under two enter for free.

Great Backyard Bird Count
Where: Kingman and Heritage Islands | Northeast DC
When: Sunday, 9am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Join Living Classrooms for a local Great Backyard Bird Count! They’ll lead group monitoring sessions at Kingman Lake and the Main meadow, but you are also encouraged to conduct your own counts through out the islands. Binoculars and checklists will be available to borrow. Meet at the Bridge platform between Kingman and Heritage islands. Register in advance here.

Wild Love
Where: City Wildlife | Northeast DC
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

Take advantage of this rare occasion to visit City Wildlife, the animal rescue and rehabilitation center, as it’s the only time of the year they open their doors to the public. At the 5th Annual Valentine’s Day Open House, get a behind-the-scenes tour of the rehabilitation facility, enjoy some goodies, and get a gift for your Valentine. Free-will donations will be collected to ensure that the Center can help its animal patients.

Open Explore
Where: KID Museum | Bethesda, MD
When: Monday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $12 (includes one child, two adults)

School’s out, KID’s open with a special day of Open Explore activities and Maker Studio workshops! Drop in anytime for Open Explore, featuring unique hands-on learning experiences designed by our professional Maker Educators. Activities include: Stop-Motion Animation using the power of green screen technology, Coding Corner with KIBO robotics (designed for younger makers), Service Project involving knitting with textiles to create a blanket for those in-need, and much more!

Party at George’s Place
Where: Mount Vernon Estate | Mount Vernon, VA
When: Monday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $20/adult, $11/age 6-11, free/5 & under

Every Presidents Day weekend, George Washington’s former estate hosts special festivities in celebration of the first POTUS’ big day. Sample syrups, enjoy a musical to the President, and hear stories about his past birthday celebrations. Of course, take time to explore the grounds, mansion, and Education Center exhibits, including Be Washington, a great interactive experience that lets you step into his boots and make the tough decisions he faced. There will also be a special marching drill and dance demos along with ceremonial wreathlayings to honor Washington. Be prepared for a crowd — I can tell you from experience that a lot of folks show up to take advantage of the complimentary entry.

Main Reading Room Open House
Where: Library of Congress | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Monday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Twice each year, the Library of Congress opens its magnificent Main Reading Room to share information about how the public can access the Library’s resources year-round. That’s right, you don’t just have to get a glimpse of it through a window upstairs. The Main Reading Room will be open to the public on Presidents Day. Be sure to tour the rest of the LOC, too — it’s incredible! Read more about it in this KFDC post.

George Washington Birthday Parade
Where: Throughout Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Monday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

Alexandria hosts the largest parade in the country celebrating George Washington’s birthday with marching bands, historic re-enactment troops, and more. Bundle up to watch the procession as it travels through Old Town. See the website for more info and route details.

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

Word has it there is some snow on the way, 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. And if you’re looking specifically for places where kids can burn energy and be active, check out this round-up of Indoor Playgrounds.

***MORE GOOD STUFF TO KNOW***
* Just in time for wet and snowy weather on the way, this brand new post highlights seven stunning spaces in DC where you can hang out with kids.
* Imperfect Produce, a delivery service on a mission to reduce food waste by delivering “ugly” produce to people’s doorsteps, is launching in DC.
* Love this Wapo piece about how being a parent helped shape Nancy Pelosi as a politician.
* The National Geographic Museum will be closed through February 28 as installation of the Queens of Egypt exhibition, opening March 1, is underway.
* Russian Doll on Netflix — whoa! Don’t give up after one or two episodes thinking it’s just a Groundhog Day/Happy Death Day ripoff. I promise, you’ll be glad you stuck with it. (PS: Not for kids!)


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One Response to The Weekend Round-Up: February 15-18

  1. Lindsay W.

    Hi there! Your blog has been so helpful to us since our recent move from the west coast! It’s helped us better navigate the area with our kiddos! Our favorite activity in February was the Brookside Nature Center. Although we missed the Valentine making part, we made our own adventure out of it and we really enjoyed it. Thank you 🙂

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