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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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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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Giveaway: Journey Down Huckleberry Finn’s Big River at Adventure Theatre!



A literary classic is coming to Adventure Theatre’s stage this winter. Huckleberry Finn’s Big River is a world-premiere adaptation of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn that celebrates the glorious richness of our world by cultivating equity, diversity, and inclusivity.

With the support of over 100 consensus organizers (individuals and organizations serving the black community), this revision of the Tony-winning Broadway musical will lift your spirit. Recommended for all ages, the small-cast, hour-long version of Mark Twain’s novel removes offensive language and expands the role of Jim, now the same age as Huck.

Twain’s timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Touching and timeless, this tale of friendship against all odds is recreated for young audiences as two best friends demonstrate the power of changing the world.

Huckleberry Finn’s Big River is running at Adventure Theatre February 8 – March 10. Tickets are $20 and available for purchase online. Don’t miss the chance to win a Family 4-Pack through the giveaway below!

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Giveaway: For a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to see Huckleberry Finn’s Big River at Adventure Theatre, simply leave a comment below with your preferred date and time to see the show. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too. This giveaway will run through January 28, 2019 then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!


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


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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.

Cartography
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.

***MORE GOOD STUFF TO KNOW***
* 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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