Where to Play on the Weekdays: February 25 – March 1

Cartwheels on the East Lawn at Dumbarton Oaks




Monday – Go to a special Black History Month Story Time at theNational Postal Museum. The program includes a book reading and activities for little ones in the museum’s education space. Stay to explore the rest of the museum, which is full of interactive exhibits that all ages can enjoy. Story Time is at 10:30am and repeated at 11am. Admission is free. Read more about the museum in this KFDC post.

Tuesday – Let the kids burn some energy at Dynamite Gymnastics Center. Tumbling mats, a foam pit, floor beams, trampolines, and more equipment will keep them active during Open Gym time. Sessions take place at two different locations on Tuesday: 12-12:50pm and 3-3:50pm in Rockville, and 11:30am – 12:20pm and 2:30-3:20pm in Gaithersburg. Admission is $9/child, $14/participating adult. (Times and locations vary on other days, so see the calendar for those details.)

Wednesday – Catch a performance of Wake Up, Brother Bear at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street NE. The interactive show recommended for ages 1-5 is also part of the annual INTERSECTIONS Festival. Showtime is 10am, and tickets are $12. Plan to grab lunch at one of many nearby eateries after.

In the evening, head to the Millennium Stage performance at the Kennedy Center, where dancers from the Washington Ballet will perform portions from their upcoming production of The Sleeping Beauty. They’ll also be hosting a free one-hour class for kids ages 6-12, teaching the five feet and arm positions in classical ballet. Space is limited, so you might want to get there early if you hope to join!

Thursday – Roam free while you can at the enchanting gardens at Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown — there is no entry fee through mid-March! The grounds don’t open to the public until 2pm, but you can play at nearby Montrose Park, where admission is also free) or grab a bite to eat on M Street beforehand. I promise, it’s worth waiting for the afternoon visit.

Friday – Enjoy a quintessential winter activity and go ice skating! There are rinks, outdoors and in, located all around the area. Several offer push aids to help newbie skaters, and most are located in places with even more to do beyond the ice. This post has details for all of them.

* A late addition…The NHL and American Legacy Magazine are celebrating Black History Month with a mobile truck experience celebrating over 200 years of black achievements in hockey. You can view a display about black hockey history as far back as 1815, see gear from legendary players, and check out the next generation of young stars and women in the game. This mobile exhibit will be at the Canadian Embassy this Monday – Wednesday, February 25-27, 11am – 7pm. Admission is FREE!

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