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National Children’s Chorus Online Conservatory – Apply Now for Spring 2021!

 

The National Children’s Chorus Academy based in Washington, DC, provides children ages 5 to 17 the opportunity to learn and grow in an extraordinary online musical environment this spring. The country’s leading music educators work with students in small groups weekly to develop their vocal and musicianship skills from the most basic concepts through the college level. Tone quality, breath support and musical expression are cultivated within the individual singers, while working together as an ensemble culminates in an exciting array of virtual performances, presenting world premieres and collaborating with an exceptional roster of professional artists from around the world.

Additionally, students have the exclusive opportunity to participate in annual international summer tours and national concerts at premier venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. With a spectacular musicianship curriculum to accompany its first-rate vocal training, the National Children’s Chorus is an unparalleled educational resource for children who love to sing! If your child has musical ability, don’t waste another minute. Set up a virtual audition today!

 

Children ages 5 to 17 are invited to apply.

Online courses include:
Ensemble Training (Virtual Choir Videos) • Individualized Coachings with Conductors • Musicianship & Kodály Method • Voice Class • Advanced Ear Training • Advanced Sight Singing • Masterclass Series


Apply now to book a virtual audition and attend the online information presentation on November 7th!

This post is sponsored by the National Children’s Chorus, however, I only promote programs, events, and places that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.

 

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International School of Music: Lessons in All Instruments & Giveaway!

 

Looking for fun and engaging activities for your children this fall? 

Music can bring joy during uncertain times like these, and the International School of Music is pleased to offer private music lessons online from the comfort of your home or in-person lessons with safety measures that comply with CDC guidelines. 

In addition to providing structure and normalcy to children’s lives during this pandemic, music lessons help improve academic skills, test scores, and concentration, while boosting self-esteem and encouraging creativity and self-expression!

What sets the International School of Music apart is their team of high quality, hand-picked instructors and customized lesson approach so each child can progress at their own pace and learn the music they love!  From piano, guitar, voice, violin, drums & more, lessons are available for all ages and levels.  Their top-rated nurturing and patient instructors, voted best for Music Instruction by Washington Families, make learning fun and exciting!

 

 

Their teaching methods are student-centered and focused on individual learning styles and personal goals to help each student reach his or her full musical potential. With a flexible Musical Ladder  curriculum that rewards practicing and achievement, their students get to explore music they are passionate about, whether they play classical, rock, pop, jazz, folk, etc.

Check out International School of Music to see how you can book an introductory lesson for your child, try classes yourself, or make it a family affair!

Call 301-365-5888 or CLICK HERE to claim 50% Off Registration for Private Online & In-Person Music Lessons.

 

 

Giveaway! Three KFDC readers can win a half-hour private music lesson at the International School of Music in any instrument or voice with one of their amazing teachers! Want a chance to win? Simply leave a comment below telling me what kind of music your child loves to listen to. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too! Contest is open to new students only. This giveaway will run through Friday, September 11, 2020, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

For more information about International School of Music and its programs and performances, visit their website.

 

This post is sponsored by International School of Music, however, I only promote programs, places, and services that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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Activities & Events for Families During Cherry Blossom Season (2020)


UPDATE: Due to the coronavirus, the National Cherry Blossom Festival and just about all other events have been canceled. You can still try view them, but use good judgement doing so.

Cherry blossom season is almost upon us, and it’s time to start getting ready for it! Because not only is the city at its prettiest when the beloved flowers are in bloom, there also are loads of special events and activities to celebrate it all. The National Cherry Blossom Festival, running March 20 – April 12 this year, presents all kinds of fun and enriching activities over a few weeks, plus there are even more blossom-inspired happenings that aren’t part of the official festivities. I’ve picked the best of them for families to help you plan for a peak experience. Happy Spring!

Cherry Blossom Viewing
Where: Around the DMV
When: Late March
Admission: Free

Viewing the cherry blossoms may just be the top thing to do during the season — and lots of people agree. The scenery really can’t get more iconic DC than the flowering trees around the Tidal Basin at their peak pink and white brilliance with our grand memorials in the background. However, viewing the famous blooms can be a bit challenging without being aware of a few things, so be sure to check out these KFDC tips before you go to see them. And view scenes from last year’s bloom here.

STORYTIME: Under the Cherry Blossom Tree CANCELLED!
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: March 11, 10-11am & March 15 & 22, 11am – 12pm
Admission: Free

In celebration of cherry blossoms, join the Hirhshorn for a read aloud of Under the Cherry Blossom Tree by Allen Say. Take a close look at the museum’s lobby’s tables, created by artist Hiroshi Sugimoto using a 700-year-old nutmeg tree, then create your own tree- and blossom-inspired works.

Hanami: Beyond the Blooms
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: March 13 – May 25
Admission: $16-20/adult, $8-10/child

ARTECHOUSE introduces a new exhibit every season, and it’s only apropos that its spring offering highlights the cherry blossoms. Hanami: Beyond the Blooms “pushes the limits of the cherry blossom experience, inviting visitors to enter an immersive world of spring re-imagined. Now an annual tradition, ARTECHOUSE’s cherry blossom-inspired installation continues to celebrate springtime and women in the arts and tech.” Look for a KFDC review of it soon!

Cultural Performances CANCELLED!
Where: Tidal Basin Welcome Area
When: Weekends, March 21 – April 12
Admission: Free

Catch live entertainment as you take in views of the blossoms! On weekends during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, there will be music and dance performances on a special stage set up at the Tidal Basin Welcome Area. A highlight will be the Miyako Takio Takeover Saturday on March 28 from 11am to 6pm.

Cherry Blossom Celebration CANCELLED!
Where: American Art Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: March 21, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join SAAM and the National Cherry Blossom Festival for a celebration of Japanese culture. A taiko drumming performance kicks off the day, followed by Les The DJ spinning Japanese pop, funk, and boogie beats and the Koto Ensemble performing traditional Japanese dance. Enjoy face painting, make cherry blossom crafts, and go on an art scavenger hunt throughout the exhibition Chiura Obata: American Modern in the first-floor galleries. 

Japanese Fashion Family Day CANCELLED!
Where: GWU & Textile Museum | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: March 21, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Japanese fashion during cherry blossom season this spring. Join the Textile Museum & George Washington University museum for a family day featuring kimono, happi coats, accessories, and the creative shapes of contemporary Japanese fashion designers. Enjoy dance performances of Eisaa and Ryubu traditional dances from Okinawa. See a demonstration for how to dress in a kimono and take the opportunity to design one of your own. Make a cherry blossom pendant to take home. And enjoy family-friendly tours of the Japanese artwork on display in Delight in Discovery: The Global Collections of Lloyd Cotsen. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience a museum that usually may be a bit sophisticated for little ones!

Go with the Flow
Where: Local waterways
When: Starting mid-March
Admission: Rates vary

Get a new perspective of the blossom and enjoy a fun activity on a paddling excursion. Many boathouses will open around the same time the National Cherry Blossom Festival begins, offering canoe, kayak, and other rentals to take you out on the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers and Tidal Bason, where you can see the blooming cherry trees from the water. This KFDC post has more information on where to go with the flow around DC.

River Cruisin’
Where: Local waterways
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by tour operator

Enjoy blossom filled scenery from the comfort of a cruise on the Potomac. Several companies offer boat rides along the river, many of them specifically for the season when the cherry trees are in bloom. Right now you can find great deals with Washington Marina National Ferry Corp, Boomerang Boat Tours, and Capitol River Cruises. Potomac Riverboat Company and DC Water Taxi are a couple more to check out.

Last year’s cherry blossom inspired exhibit at ARTECHOUSE

STORYTIME: The Tiny Seed CANCELLED!
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: March 25, 10-11am
Admission: Free

Join the Hirshhorn for a special STORYTIME, their regular program for littles, and join them to celebrate spring with the journey of a tiny seed. Take a close look at the round bronze sculptures of Spatial Concept: Nature by Lucio Fontana, and read-aloud The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle. Then, explore how plants move and change throughout their life cycle. Following the story, children will participate in a hands-on art activity.

Cherry Blossom Night with the Washington Wizards CANCELLED!
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: March 25, 7pm
Admission: Tickets start at $19

Celebrate the cherry blossom season with the Wizards and some basketball as they take on the Phoenix Suns! Each ticket purchased through this link comes with a limited edition Wizards Cherry Blossom t-shirt. In addition first 10,000 fans entering the arena will receive a Rui Hachimura Cherry Blossom inspired bobblehead!

Blossom Kite Festival CANCELLED!
Where: Washington Monument Grounds | National Mall, DC
When: March 28, 10am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free

The annual Blossom Kite Festival is a favorite for many during the blossom season. The sight of thousands of kites in all colors, shapes, and sizes soaring around the Washington Monument truly is a sight to behold. The sails you see flying at the Festival each spring range from simple to pretty darn creative. Dragons, sharks, butterflies, giant soccer balls, even some that look like big, beautiful origami works way outnumber your basic diamond. And anyone can go fly their kites, so BYO or make one there at an activity station. There’s a competition aspect to the event, too; expert kite enthusiasts will wow crowds with cool stunts, and prizes will be awarded to winners of various categories such as most beautiful, funniest, and aerodynamics.

Cherry Blossom Celebration CANCELLED!
Where: Freer|Sackler Gallery | National Mall, DC
When: March 28, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the season at the museum dedicated to Asian art! At this special event, explore Japanese art and culture through musical performances, making art, and taking a tour of Hokusai: Mad about Painting and Meeting Tessai. Try Japanese bookmaking, listen to taiko drumming, and then join the kite festival right outside on the National Mall. Japanese-inspired food and drink will be available for purchase.

Into the Woods
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park | Centreville, VA
When: March 28, 11am – 1:30pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the cherry blossoms at the farm park! Hike the nature trail to experience the changes of spring. Visit stations peppered throughout the trail to build a fairy house, help tally migratory and year round resident birds, and search for critters in the soil and water. Enjoy Japanese teas at the historic Frying Pan Meeting House, too. Stop by the Indoor Arena first for a map and instructions.

Cherry Blossom STEM Day
Where: Children’s Science Center Lab | Fairfax, VA
When: March 29, 10am – 6pm
Admission: $13

Celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival with a twist of STEM! Visitors can learn more about the special flower and festival through hands-on activities and experiments inspired by the cherry blossom throughout the entire Lab. Read more about the Children’s Science Center Lab in this KFDC post.

Cuenta-Cuentos: STORYTIME in Spanish CANCELLED!
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: March 29, 11am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Join a special STORYTIME in Spanish and inspired the season! Celebrate spring with a close look at the round bronze sculptures Spatial Concept: Nature by Lucio Fontana, and a reading of The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle. Then, explore how plants move and change throughout their life cycle. Following the story, children will participate in a hands-on art activity.

Cherry Blossom Night at DC United
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: April 3, 7pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Support local sports and be a part of the Cherry Blossom Festival at once! DC United’s home match against New York City FC will include cherry blossom-themed activations, activities, and celebrations for fans along with the action on the pitch. Score tickets here.

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade CANCELLED!
Where: Constitution Avenue, 7th – 17th St NW | Downtown DC
When: April 4, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

The pinnacle of cherry blossom festivities just might be the parade. Thousands of people line Constitution Avenue every year to watch the procession of lavish floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands, and a variety of performers roll through the city. Tickets for grandstand seats are available for $20, but you can stake out a spot along the curb for free. Plan to arrive early to get a good view — the crowds come out for this one, especially if it’s a pretty spring day.

See Racing Presidents rolling down Constitution Ave at the annual parade

Sakura Matsuri
Where: Pennsylvania Ave, 3rd-7th St NW | Downtown DC
When: April 4, 10:30am – 6pm
Admission: $10/ages 13+, free/12 & under

Following the Cherry Blossom parade, many folks head over to Sakura Matsuri, the Japanese Street Festival that is America’s largest one-day exhibition of Japanese culture. The 60th annual event will feature live music and dance performances, all kinds of Asian and Western foods, martial arts demos, Japanese art, and more. Be prepared for a crowd.

Bloomaroo
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: April 4, 2-9pm
Admission: Free

Join The Wharf for Bloomaroo, their local version of Bonaroo, where they’ll be celebrating the cherry blossoms with a full day of art, music, and family-friendly fun along the waterfront! If you want to make this a special adult experience with food and drinks included, VIP tickets are available for $55. Read more about The Wharf in this KFDC post.

Art Blooms at Mosaic
Where: Mosaic District | McLean, VA
When: April 4 & 5, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The 2nd annual Art Blooms at Mosaic is celebratory weekend with fun for all ages. Do some shopping at the market, catch live entertainment and art exhibits, do some kids activities, enjoy a pop-up beer garden & wine patio, snap pics at selfie stations, join a free yoga session, and much more!

Sakura Sunday
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: April 5, 11am – 8pm
Admission: Free

National Harbor’s Sakura Sunday is an official event of the 2020 National Cherry Blossom Festival — and a taste of the traditional Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan! The day’s activities include a traditional Japanese picnic, unique Japanese market, foods of Japan, Japanese music & entertainment, and a sake, beer & rose garden!

Anacostia River Festival
Where: Anacostia Park | Southeast DC
When: April 5, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

The 6th annual Anacostia River Festival is a premier event of the 2020 National Cherry Blossom Festival. This year will feature an artist market, special performances, and activities that include boating, hands-on art projects, musical performances, and other unique programs engaging families with the river, its history, and ecology.

Blossoms & Baseball
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: April 6
Admission: Ticket price vary

The Nats are getting in on the Cherry Blossom festivities again this year with a petal-packed, pink takeover of Nationals Park as they host the Marlins. A portion of ticket proceeds from the game will also benefit the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Japanese Culture Day
Where: Library of Congress | Capitol Hill, DC
When: April 11, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Children of all ages and their families can learn about Japanese culture through reading, writing, and craft-making with Japanese cultural and linguistic professionals. Japanese-related books will be on display, and a special highlight of the day is “Japan-In-A-Suitcase,” an inspiring program about Japanese life and culture. Other activities include Japanese drum music and dance performances, instructions on the art of tiara-making by former Cherry Blossom princesses, origami artwork lessons, decorative Konobori coloring, and the kimono dress-up experience. Children can also explore the Library’s Young Readers Center, which is full of current and classic children’s literature — read more about it here.

Petalpalooza
Where: The Yards | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: April 11, 12-9:30pm
Admission: Free

Join the Capitol Riverfront community for Petalpalooza! It’s the first time the event will be held in neighborhood, and it should be a blast. The event will celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival with live music, art installations, a beer garden, and lots of family-friendly activities. Plan to go for awhile, or just stop by for a bit. The day will cap off with a fireworks show over the Anacostia River.

Ikebana Demonstrations
Where: National Arboretum | Northeast DC
When: April 11 & 12, 10am – 1:30pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy spring flowers with a Japanese twist! The Washington DC Chapter of Ikebana International is co-hosting four different Ikebana masters. Each master represents a different school and and will highlight the characteristics of their school. Demonstrations will be held in the Auditorium of the Visitor Center and are free to attend.


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The Weekend Round-Up: February 28 – March 1

Vamos United! A new season of soccer kicks off this weekend



Happy Weekend!

Full STEAM Ahead
Where: National Children’s Museum | Downtown DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $10.95/age 1+

The new National Children’s Museum opened this week with an array of STEAM-inspired exhibits that offer fun and interesting ways to engage, learn, and exercise creativity. It’s geared toward kids up to age 12, and there are areas especially for littles. Read more about it in this new post. Tickets are timed entry, and it’s likely to be popular this first weekend, so reserve yours in advance!

Kids Consignment Sale
Where: Trinity United Methodist Church | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 8am – 12:30pm
Admission: Free

Being a parent in Alexandria is challenging and expensive, but a little help comes every spring and fall from the MOMS Club of Alexandria NE Consignment Sale. The event offers thousands of children’s books, toys, clothes and supplies for ages 0-10.  Each sale is made possible by volunteer labor from MOMS Club members, consignors, and community members. The low prices and half-price sale help families stay on budget, and those volunteering find camaraderie among fellow parents. The sale is also very environmentally responsible, lowering the need for landfill and avoiding the need for new materials. Word has it they get some great brands and merchandise, and shoppers line up outside an hour before doors open to score some amazing finds! 

Intersect with the Performing Arts
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center | H Street NE, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Varies – see the website

It’s the second weekend of the Atlas’ annual INTERSECTIONS festival that presents tons of fantastic performances in music, theatre, dance, film, and spoken word with several exhibitions especially for families. Saturday is a Family Fun Day with free and ticketed shows for young audiences plus a Creation Station by Happy Little Art Studio. On stage for kids: A free concert with Culture Queen, Imagination Stage’s Mouse on the Move, Elements Dance Company’s The World According to Mr. Rogers, and more! These are just the most family-friendly opportunities — the whole line-up throughout the Festival is worth checking out by adults.

Screen Time
Where: Showplace ICON Theatre | Tysons, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

A 110-year-old movie theater chain is opening a new location in the area. Coming soon is the Showplace ICON Theatre Tysons. It officially opens on March 6, but the soft opening is from Friday, February 28 – Wednesday, March 4. This will include FREE movies to the public, in addition to free popcorn and drinks to Extra Club Members (a free membership that the public can sign up for online).

DC Way Soccer Festival
Where: RFK Fields | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 9:30-11am
Admission: Free

Are you ready to end winter memorably with super fun outdoor activities? Bring your kids this Saturday to the RFK Fields for DC Way’s Free Festival. It’s a great way to spend more time with your little athletes and play different games with them. Get ready for an obstacle course, 1v1, tic tac toe, and a parents vs players scrimmage. The festival is also an opportunity for a tryout session for anybody who is considering joining the club – children of any skill level ages 7 and older are welcome. 

Baby Scientist Book Readings
Where: Hooray for Books | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: Free

Join author Laura Gehl when she visits Hooray for Books to read her Baby Scientist board books: Baby Paleontologist, Baby Botanist, Baby Astronaut, and Baby Oceanographer. The Baby Scientist books introduce scientific concepts to babies, toddlers, and preschoolers in an entertaining and accessible way. With stories, props, songs, and games, there will be fun for all budding scientists!

Sensory Friendly Screening: The Call of the Wild
Where: Regal Rockville Center Stadium | Rockville, MD
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: $6.50

Catch a Sensory-Friendly Screening of The Call of the Wild on Saturday morning. The newest My Way Matinee from Regal gives everyone the opportunity to experience a movie once a month with the sound turned down and the lights turned up. Watch the trailer for the movie here.

Snow Days
Where: Eastern Market Plaza | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Head to Eastern Market Plaza to celebrate the last few weeks of winter! Enjoy FREE s’mores, games, and best of all, snow flurries! Before (or after) you do your weekend shopping — you can find fresh produce, art, jewelry, wearable items, and more — be sure to stop by for some fun.

Deeply Rooted
Where: US Botanic Garden | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

The USBG is turning 200 this year, and the major exhibition of the bicentennial is “The U.S. Botanic Garden at 200: Deeply Rooted, Branching Outward,” on display now through October 15 in the Conservatory’s East and West Galleries. Explore historic images of the Garden, learn about plant exploration through the years, and discover how the Garden works day-to-day. Discover the original 3D images through historic 1800s stereoscope photos of the Garden, test your detective skills with botanical challenges in a set evoking a scientist’s station in an 1800s exploration ship, and see what notes you can identify in a recreation of the infamous corpse flower smell. Visitors will also see a life-size bronze sculpture of a corpse flower created especially for the Garden.

Black to the Future Festival
Where: Anacostia Arts Center | Anacostia, DC
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Join a celebration of black business, art, wellness, music, food, and lives. Bring the family and shop at the Melanin Market, a collective of black owned business owners and brands offering merchandise from jewelry to clothing to home goods. There will also be cooking demonstrations and delicious samples of local black-owned food vendors and beverage makers. Attendees will also have access to community impacts representatives, image and branding consultants, epicureans, and health conscious cuisine within the heart of the #food desert that has become of wards 7 & 8.

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

* The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats is on stage at Adventure Theatre
* Enjoy YAO YAO, which uses interactive screen art technology and live music to capture a whimsical adventure, at he Kennedy Center
* Thumbelina is making a big impression on the Imagination Stage.
* Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth is also at Imagination Stage on Saturday (read a KFDC review)
* Beauty and the Beast is the Main Stage show at The Puppet Co.
* And really little ones will enjoy Magic Toyshop, Sunday’s Tiny Tots performance there
* It’s the final weekend for Synetic Theatre’s production of Phantom of the Opera
* Make it a date night for Celia and Fidel, opening at Arena Stage this weekend

DC United Season Kicks Off
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 1pm
Admission: Tickets start at $30

Soccer season begins this weekend as the DC United play their first match at home against the Colorado Rapids. I recommend taking public transportation since parking can be difficult. Or park in the Navy Yard neighborhood and plan on brunch before or late lunch after the game — El Bebe, The Salt Line, and All Purpose are very convenient and my top recs for family-friendly spots to eat there.

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

Drop in at the National Portrait Gallery to listen to a story about Michelle Obama and complete a hands-on activity. When you’re done there, pick up a Portrait Discovery Kit to explore the museum. For more about the program and museum, go here and here.

Feel the Heritage Festival
Where: Charles Drew Community Center | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday, 1-6pm
Admission: Free

Join the Arlington County of Parks & Recreation as they celebrate Arlington’s rich African-American history at the 28th annual Feel the Heritage Festival. This Black History Month event will feature live music and dance, dozens of vendors, free activities for kids, delicious food, a cook-off competition (sign up here!), Hall of History with photos and artifacts for Arlington’s historically African-American neighborhoods and organizations, and more.

Wow in the World Pop Up Party
Where: Strathmore | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 1pm & 5pm
Admission: $28-48+

The Wow in the World Pop-Up Party brings the insanely popular kids podcast out in the world. Host Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz weave STEM-themed interactive games and foley-infused comedy skits with science-themed songs from three-time Grammy-nominated kindie duo, and creators of the “Wow in the World” theme song, The Pop Ups. Sketches and games are inspired by topics from Wow in the World and bring Wowzers from the audience on stage to be lab assistants and game show contestants. This exciting show engages curious kids and their grown-ups in science, wonder, imagination, and music and leaves them all saying “WOW!” Ideal for ages 5–12.

Fun at Fairfax Parks
Where: Parks throughout Fairfax County, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

The Fairfax County Park Authority hosts all kinds of events on weekends for guests of all ages. Take a Leap Day Wilderness Walk at Huntley Meadows. Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Check out a Maple Syrup Boil-Down at Colvin Run Mill. Details and registration for these and more activities this weekend and beyond are available here.

Park it in MoCo
Where: MoCo Parks | Montgomery County, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Montgomery Parks also presents loads of special activities for visitors of all ages. Enjoy Fairy Tale Days or at Locust Grove Nature Center. Or sign up kids age 7+ for the Care of Magical Creatures there. Go on a Black History Month Walking Tour at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park. Find details on all of these and even more events coming up.

NCAA B-Ball
Where: Colleges around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Ticket prices vary

As we get closer to March Madness, the college court action is getting more exciting. And with so many universities in the area, there’s always great b-ball going on. Here’s where you can watch it live this weekend:
* GWU women vs Richmond on Saturday at 2pm
* American women vs Holy Cross on Saturday at 2pm
* George Mason women vs. LaSalle on Saturday at 2pm
* Maryland men vs Michigan State on Saturday at 8pm (Go, Terps!)
* Howard men vs. Yale on Monday at 1pm
* Georgetown men vs. Xavier on Sunday at 2pm

STORYTIME: Owl Moon
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Hoo, hoo! Join the Hirshhorn for a wintery exploration of the night sky and an imaginary search for owls. THey’ll read aloud Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, and create our own wintery artworks. STORYTIME explores contemporary art through stories and movement. Each week features a fresh and fun theme. Bring your littlest art lover for an introduction to an artist on view, interactive read aloud, and a hands-on activity.

Last Call for Future Sketches
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $16-20/adult, $8-10/child

This weekend is the last chance to experience Future Sketches at ARTECHOUSE. Immerse in digital art as you enjoy fun and quirky designs, plus neat interactives that focus on faces. Purchase tickets online for a discount.

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. It’s a fantastic mix of art that will appeal all ages — the collection includes bold and quirky designs that little museum-goers will love along with more profound works that big art enthusiasts will appreciate. Plan for a Fierce Women tour, offered 1-2pm or explore the museum on your own.

Laurie Berkner Band
Where: Gordon Center for Performing Arts | Owings Mills, MD
When: Sunday, 11am & 3pm
Tickets: $36-65

Best selling children’s music artist Laurie Berkner is returning to the DC area for two shows. A true pioneer in children’s music, beloved by generations of children and parents for over twenty years, she’ll be playing well-loved hits like “Bumblebee (Buzz Buzz)” and “We Are the Dinosaurs” along with newer songs. Kids should plan to bring their dancing shoes and a stuffed animal (for their heads). FYI: We took a toddler Owen to one of Laurie’s shows years ago, and it was a blast!

Hot Peas ‘N Butter
Where: Center for the Arts | George Mason University, VA
When: Sunday, 1pm & 4pm
Tickets:$15/adult, $10/child

Get the whole family on their feet dancing at an infectiously fun global music celebration. This family music ensemble blends together traditional Latin music, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, jazz, bluegrass, country, and rock. Singing in English, Spanish, French, Korean and Hebrew, Hot Peas ‘n Butter aims to show multi-cultural interconnectedness. Their repertoire of songs like “Number 1” and their signature Latin beat tracks “Somos Familia,” “Amistad,” “Que Llueva,” and “Round the World” enjoy radio play nationwide. Recommended for ages 2-6.

The Icing on the Skate
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

There are only a couple of weeks left to skate under the sky, so take advantage while you can — especially over the nice, sunny weekend! Take in art as you skate at the Sculpture Garden; circle around Washington Harbour as you enjoy river views; meander along the Figure 8 path 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.

The Ins & Outs of DC

Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend

Admission: Varies by adventure


Want even more options for fun things to do with the kids around the area? If you’re looking for activities outdoors or inside, depending on the weather or simply your preference, these posts are chock full of ongoing pursuits:

The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids

The Great Indoors

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* There’s a giveaway going on for a chance to win a free private music lesson with International School of Music!
* National Theatre is saluting the troops with two Military Night performances of Bandstand on Tuesday, March 3 and Friday, March 6 — tickets are just $40 for patrons with military ID.
* Gap is going more sustainable and partnering with ThredUp — you can now drop off used clothes at Gap locations in exchange for store credit.
* 12 new restaurants and bars in the area
* The latest, greatest item at Trader Joe’s.
* Tiny kindnesses can make a huge impact ❤️

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