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Where to Play on the Weekdays: January 22-25

Explore the eclectic collections, find secret doors, and secondhand shop at the Mansion on O Street!


Tuesday – Locate secret doors, see outrageously fabulous themed rooms, and browse a trove of secondhand treasures on a tour of The Mansion on O Street. The Dupont Circle landmark is a mansion, museum, restaurant, vintage store, and hotel all in one. And visitors are welcome to explore (and shop!) it all. Tours are offered 11am – 3pm. Self-guided tours start at $15. Purchase tickets in advance online.

Wednesday – Take kiddos to Scramble, an indoor play space in Alexandria, that was recently recommended by a KFDC reader: “…an awesome play structure, a smaller “soft play” area for littler kids, a back area with soft building blocks, soccer etc. They have a little cafe too (coffee, tea, snacks)! They also have a great bookstore.” Sounds perfect for some inside activity of a foul-weather day. hours are 8am – 7pm, and admission is $6-12.

Thursday – Enjoy a musical morning with Boogie Babes at Eastern Market! King Bullfrog is the featured entertainment playing tunes that kids really dig (and parents enjoy, too). The fun starts at 10:30am, and admission is $6/child, free for siblings 6 months and under. Plan on lunch after the show — there are lots of options at the market or nearby for a tasty bite.

Friday – See some entertainment just for kids at The Puppet Co., where The Velveteen Rabbit is the current Main Stage production. Showtime is 11am, and tickets are $12. Look for a ticket deal here.


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The Weekend Round-Up: January 18-21

Celebrating my teen(!) this weekend ♥



There are a couple of reasons I chose the above photo for this Round-Up. One of them being that along with all of the recommendations below, you might want to consider doing some sledding this weekend given the latest forecast. The other reason — the main one — is that the happy, handsome kid pictured in it (my not-so-little baby boo) is going to be a teenager this weekend. Yes, the same chubby-cheeked tot on the banner of this blog is completing his thirteenth trip around the sun — and what an amazing adventure those 13 years have been. He makes me proud every day, in so many ways. Happy Birthday, sweet O.

And Happy Long Weekend to you!

Celebrate MLK
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies

MLK Day may be on Monday, but there are events and activities that pay tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout the weekend. Volunteer opportunities, library activities, the annual Peace Walk & Parade, art adventures, and live entertainment are some of the ways you can celebrate and pay tribute. This post has details on all of them.

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

The government is still in shutdown mode, so many go-to spots to hang with kiddos in the DC area are still closed. There are plenty of places to enjoy in the meantime, though. This post lists a bunch of great alternatives, 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!

Everything in Existence
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Through March 10
Admission: $15-20/adult, $8-10/child

Concepts of eternity and infinity are put on display at ARTECHOUSE’s newest digital light exhibition, Everything in Existence, by internationally-acclaimed Italian artist studio fuse*. Offering new perspectives from which to observe and consider our reality, the installation draws audiences into something larger than what we already know.

Juggle Jam
Where: Capitol Hill Arts Workshop | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Friday, 6-7pm
Admission: $5 suggested donation

Get ready to throw mad tricks and boogie down at Juggle Jam. The workshop begins with a short demo, moves into hands-on instruction, then finishes with a collaborative show that puts students in the center ring! All ages and skill levels are welcome, and equipment is provided. Wear comfortable clothes that allow relaxed movements.

Fire & Ice Festival
Where: District Pier at The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Friday, 2-8pm & Saturday, 12-8pm
Admission: Free

Thousands of DC area families, veterans, seniors, and more experience this event every year are expected to attend the second-annual Ice House on behalf of the Washington Area Fuel Fund (WAFF). Feel the chill of living in a house with no heat and help raise funds to keep our neighbors warm this winter! Stop by to visit the Ice House on District Pier and enter to win exciting prizes, see local celebrities “chill” in the House, get your “Bring the Heat” thermal photo, and more! Visit WAFF’s website for the latest Ice House event schedule.

The Velveteen Rabbit
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Tickets: $12

Applause Unlimited returns with Margery Williams’ gentle tale of how toys become real. Told with hand puppets, storytelling and song, solo puppeteer Christopher Hudert takes children through this classic story of friendship, changes, and magic. The popular tale is of particular interest to youngsters learning to read, and to anyone who has ever had a favorite stuffed toy. Recommended for kids in preK – Grade 4.

School of Rock
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Through January 27
Tickets: $54-99 (look for a discount)

Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Recommended for ages 8+.

Saturday Morning with Rocknocerous
Where: Dangerously Delicious Pies
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 get a first listen of some of the new tunes on Saturday morning!

Disney Sing-Along
Where: Nordstrom at Montgomery Mall | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 12pm
Admission: Free

This sing-along of Disney tunes is a free, fun and interactive sing-along for your 0-8 year olds, sponsored by Disney on Ice. Enjoy live music for kids with Disney songs and more. And if it inspires you to buy tickets for Disney on Ice at Capitol One Arena, save $8 on tickets with offer code BABYJAM at Ticketmaster.com for these shows: Feb 15 @ 7:30pm, Feb 16 @ 6:30pm, Feb 17 @ 4:30pm, Feb 18 @ 4:30pm.

Free Ping Pong Lessons
Where: SPIN | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

Get a first look at SPIN, a new ping pong social club opening this weekend, and learn the art of the serve and the slice! Enjoy a complimentary lesson from SPIN Pro and 14-time Swedish ping pong champion, Malin Pettersson. Newbies, aspiring pros, kids, and devotees are welcome to join and embrace the movement. Space is limited, so you must register in advance here.

Mouse in House
Where: Theatre on the Run | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday, 4pm
Admission: $15/adult, $10/child

Adapted from the book by Elizabeth Spires, Mouse in House is about a friendship between a lively mouse and reclusive 19th-century poet Emily Dickinson. The mouse’s life changes forever when a gust of wind blows one of Emily’s poems her way. Moved by Emily’s evocative words that capture her own feelings, the mouse becomes determined to be a poet herself.

Wake Up, Brother Bear
Where: Imagination Stage
When: Saturday & Sunday
Tickets: $12

Sister Bear and Brother Bear are back from hibernation to take your little ones on an interactive journey through the seasons. Meet a curious butterfly, play in a rushing waterfall, and catch lightning bugs as the bears frolic through the forest in this unforgettable live theatre experience. Reimagined for this 10th anniversary performance, this audience favorite is sure to delight and inspire.

Opera Workshop for Kids
Where: Hill Center | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 2:30-4:30pm
Admission: Free

Spend an afternoon with your child (or grandchildren, niece, or nephew) and immerse yourselves in the arts of opera! Learn the story of Radamisto, a drama about the taming of a powerful and ambitious king. Sing in Italian with a soprano! Stage a battle with our armory props! See and design costumes. Hear and touch an oboe. (Did you know the word “Oboe” comes from a French Word Hautbois, that translates to “High-Wood” or “Loud-Wood?”) Come enjoy a free afternoon of opera playtime. Stop by for a few minutes or join us for a full afternoon of fun. Recommended for families with children age 8–12, but all are welcome

2019 Women’s March
Where: Starts at Freedom Plaza | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am
Admission: Free

The 2017 Women’s March inspired hundreds of women to run, millions more to vote, and dozens to win elected office. The 2019 Women’s March marks two years of resistance to the Trump presidency, two years of training new activists, and two years of building power. And this time, women are back with an agenda. On Saturday, join to flood the streets of DC and cities across the globe. The #WomensWave is coming.

Step Afrika! 25th Anniversary Celebration
Where: Strathmore | Bethesda, MD
When: Sunday, 5pm
Tickets: $35-75

Step Afrika!, the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping, launches its 25th anniversary season at Strathmore with a retrospective performance of the company’s best-loved works including Wade, Passing 25, and Nxt/Stp: Hip Hop. Featuring the critically acclaimed artists of Step Afrika!, the company celebrates 25 years of stepping while paying homage to the company’s deep connections to South African dance, music, and culture.

Complimentary Community Weekend
Where: National Museum of Women in the Arts | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: Free

On the weekend of the Women’s March, take this opportunity to join the museum as they celebrate the creative contributions of women and champion women through the arts! 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 Ambreen Butt—Mark My Words, Rodarte, and the New York Avenue Sculpture Project outside the museum, plus many more great works in the permanent collection.

It’s All Downhill…
Where: Around the region
When: Through winter
Admission: Varies

Last weekend’s snow and more on the way will make for great skiing at local-ish resorts! There are a bunch of them within a few hours’ drive that are great for young, newbie skiers (and experienced 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.

NCAA Bball
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 women vs. Penn State on Saturday at 2pm (Go, Terps!)
* American men vs. Lafeyette on Saturday at 2pm
* GWU women vs. George Mason on Saturday at 4pm
* George Mason men vs. Fordham on Saturday at 7pm
* Howard men vs. Harvard on Monday at 1pm
* GWU men vs. Duquesne on Sunday at 4pm
* Georgetown men vs. Creighton on Monday at 8:30pm

Recreation on Ice
Where: Ice rinks around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

Get outside, be active, and have fun ice skating! Enjoy art as you skate at the Sculpture Garden; skim over the meandering paths at Canal Park; circle the rink at Washington Harbour; glide over the Potomac at The Wharf, or do some shopping then skate at Pentagon Row, Tyson’s Corner, Veteran’s Plaza, Rockville Town Square, or Reston Town Center. This post has details on alfresco (and indoor) ice skating options in the area.

Wizards Matinee
Where: Capital One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Monday, 2pm

Admission: Ticket prices varyhe Wizards are playing at home on Monday when many have the day off work. See the on court action against the Detroit Pistons. Plan on a pre-game lunch in Penn Quarter –there are plenty of family-friendly places to go in the neighborhood. Some recs: Jaleo, Camine’s, Cava Grill, Oyamel, Shake Shack, and Pi Pizzeria.

All Caps
Where: Capital One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Friday, 7:30pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

For sports action on ice, catch the Capitals on Friday evening as they host the New York Islanders. See the above restaurant recs for a fam-friendly bite before the match.

Paint for Peace
Where: Art Jamz | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $12-20

Bring the whole family Art Jamz for their Painting for Peace Weekend. In honor of MLK Day, they are donating $5 per canvas order to local charity DC Central Kitchen. During the event, they encourage the creation of original art under the guidance of local artists and with inspiration from their jamming social art studio and lounge. There will be plenty of images and quotes inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. plus stencils to help you create a unique masterpiece! Book your session in advance here.

MLK Dare to Dream Celebration
Where: American Visionary Art Museum | Baltimore, MD
When: Monday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free

The American Visionary Art Museum will pay lively tribute to one of the world’s greatest visionaries, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with its annual, all-ages-welcome MLK Dare to Dream Day Celebration. The intergenerational community party honors the great Dr. King’s legacy and vision with birthday cake, performances, film footage of his speeches, a hands-on art activity, complimentary museum admission, and more — all of it free for everyone!

***MORE GOOD STUFF TO KNOW***
* Don’t miss the latest giveaway from Adventure Theatre — a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of ticket to see Huckleberry Finn’s Big River!
* There’s also a giveaway for a chance to win a session of Spring Break Camp from RDUTennis!
* The Free in DC blog has a great list of where to get free wi-fi in DC.
* Gymboree is closing all its retail stores, which may be why they have this great 50% off everything sale going on right now.
* These 52 Places to Go in 2019 from the New York Times could spark some vacay ideas (and wanderlust).
* DC Restaurant Week is underway, running through this Sunday.
* In case you haven’t heard, we’re likely in for one monster of a winter.


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Registration is Open for CityDance Summer Camps!


This post is sponsored by CityDance, however, I only promote programs, places, and services that I genuinely believe in and think will be of interest to KFDC readers.


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Where to Celebrate MLK Day 2019

One of many wise, inspiring MLK quotes etched in the stone of his memorial



Whether you’re looking for ways to teach kiddos about MLK, want to give back on the Day of Service, enjoy live entertainment that pays tribute to his legacy, or join a special event to observe the occasion, these recommendations will have you covered.

Day of Service
Where: Various locations around the DMV
When: January 21
Admission: Just your time

If you want to volunteer on the MLK, Jr. Day of Service, there are many ways and places you can do so around the area. Start here to find opportunities that suit your family.

More Family Volunteer Ops
Where: Various locations around the DMV
When: Ongoing
Admission: Just your time

For more places to volunteer as a family that aren’t included in the official MLK Day of Service database, this KFDC post has suggestions. All of the organizations listed welcome kids to help out, though some have age requirements, so be sure to note them.

Portrait Story Days
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: January 19-20, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

If the Smithsonian museums re-open by the weekend, drop in to the National Portrait Gallery to listen to a story about Martin Luther King, Jr. and complete a hands-on art project. Read more about the program and museum here.

MLK at the Library
Where: Libraries around the DMV
When: Through January 21
Admission: Free

Many public libraries are hosting MLK-inspired events and activities geared especially toward children. Make an “I Have a Dream Craft” at Southwest Library, join a “Social Justice” Family Story Time at Woodridge Library, enjoys songa and stories of freedom and peace at Petworth Library. There are just a few happenings in DC. For quick links to see what’s happening at other libraries around the area, see this KFDC post (scroll all the way down for links).

Artsy MLK Days
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Gardens | Dowell, MD
When: January 19-21, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King with community art activities. Each year on this weekend, Annmarie invites guests of all ages to help create a community art installation in honor of a dream. The 2019 MLK Days project is a community of clay figurines led by visiting artist Pinkie Strother. There will also be a tent of many colors filled with coloring supplies that all are welcome to use to create.

KanKouran West African Dance Company
Where: Dance Place | Brookland, DC
When: January 19, 8pm & January 20, 4pm
Admission: $15-30 (1 child free with adult paid ticket*)

KanKouran West African Dance Company returns to Dance Place for their annual celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Introducing the essence of traditional African dancing and drumming to audiences, KanKouran enriches American cultural heritage through the integration of authentic West African arts and promotes intercultural understanding. This annual MLK Day concert celebrates 35 years of fulfilling their mission of “giving back that which was lost.” *The Sunday 4pm performance is part of the Family Series – Get 1 free ticket for a child 12 & under with paying adult.

Paint for Peace
Where: Art Jamz | Dupont Circle, DC
When: January 19 & 20
Admission: $12-20

Bring the whole family Art Jamz for their Painting for Peace Weekend. In honor of MLK Day, they are donating $5 per canvas order to local charity DC Central Kitchen. During the event, they encourage the creation of original art under the guidance of local artists and with inspiration from their jamming social art studio and lounge. There will be plenty of images and quotes inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. plus stencils to help you create a unique masterpiece! Book your session in advance here.

Visit Memorials
Where: National Mall & Tidal Basin, DC
When: January 21 (and ongoing)
Admission: Free

Pay tribute to Dr. King at places that honor his legacy. Visit the MLK Memorial, a powerful and poignant site along the Tidal Basin. From there, you can head to the Lincoln Memorial where Dr. King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech and see if you can find his words etched in the stone there. Visitors Center and facilities are closed due to the shutdown, but you can still visit the rest. For a guided walking tour that includes those locations, check out DC by Foot, which offers name-your-own-price tour options.

MLK Dare to Dream Day
Where: American Visionary Art Museum | Baltimore, MD
When: January 21, 10am -6pm
Admission: Free

The American Visionary Art Museum will pay lively tribute to one of the world’s greatest visionaries, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with its annual, all-ages-welcome event. The intergenerational community party honors the great Dr. King’s legacy and vision with birthday cake, performances, film footage of his speeches, a hands-on art activity, complimentary museum admission, and more — all of it free for everyone! Read more about the wonderful AVAM here.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Tribute & Celebration
Where: Strathmore | Bethesda, MD
When: January 21, 3:30pm
Admission: Free, but tickets are required

Montgomery County celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King’s life through dialogue, presentations, music, and theatrical performances. The program also incorporates audiovisual elements, showcasing projected videos and photos throughout the event. Free tickets are required for this event, and will be distributed onsite the day of the performance. Limit four tickets per household.

MLK Parade, Peace Walk, & Fair
Where: Throughout SE & SW DC
When: January 21
Admission: Free

Commemorate the life of MLK, Jr. on a peace walk and parade along Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. The Peace Walk begins at 10am at 2500 MLK Ave SE and ends at the Barry Farm Recreation Center. The MLK Parade will commence at noon from Good Hope Road near the Anacostia Park entrance and continue up MLK Avenue, concluding at the campus of St. Elizabeth’s East with a Health and Community Fair at the Gateway Pavillon located at 2700 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE. All ages are welcome to join.

Rockville Celebrates MLK
Where: Montgomery High School | Rockville, MD
When: January 21
Admission: Free

Rockville’s 47th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration will include multicultural performances, awards, and a keynote speech by Justin Hansford, the executive director of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center at the Howard University School of Law. The program’s theme of “Enduring Hope, Enduring Progress” will reflect on how to keep hope alive while enduring tough times. The celebration is free and open to all ages. A reception will follow.

Volunteer on MLK Day & Tu B’Shevat
Where: FACETS Robinson Square Community Ctr | Fairfax, VA
When: January 21, 10:30 am
Admission: $20/family

Join PJ Library and Federation’s Doing Good to show your children the Jewish value of tikkun olam (repairing the world) by assembling healthy snack bags and laundry kits for those facing hunger and homelessness in our community. We will also celebrate Tu B’Shevat (the Jewish New Year of the trees) with a holiday-related activity and story time. Pre-registration required as this program WILL fill. Cost is $20 per family to help offset the cost of food and supplies. If the registration fee would cause a hardship, please contact them for a free or reduced rate. This program is intended for children ages 4+, but everyone is welcome.

Let Freedom Ring!
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom
When: January 21, 6pm
Admission: Free

At this annual performance in honor of MLK Day, the Kennedy Center and Georgetown University host a musical celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. This year the concert will feature Tony, Emmy, and Grammy–winning artist Audra McDonald and Tony-winning artist Brian Stokes Mitchell along with the Let Freedom Ring Choir led by Music Director Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. Free tickets will be given away up to two per person in line in the Hall of Nations starting at 4:30pm on a first-come, first-served basis.


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