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Free Popcorn + BOGO Tickets at the Big Apple Circus this Week!

This post is sponsored by Big Apple Circus, however, I only promote events, programs, and places that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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Where to Play on the Weekdays: March 4-8

Bowl the kids over with fun at Pinstripes

Monday – Go bowling! Take advantage of Kids Bowling at Pinstripes in Georgetown. From 11am – 1pm Monday – Thursday, kids can bowl for $6/hour and parents are free (limit 4 kids per adult). Eat while you bowl or stay after for lunch — they have a good kids menu and a pretty extensive main menu, too.

Tuesday – Let the kids burn some energy in a Gymnastics Workshop at Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex. It might sound structured, but it’s really more of open play with soft mats, balance beams, trampolines, a rope swing and foam pit, and soft climbing apparatus for little one to explore in a fun and safe environment. The hour-long session begins at 11:30am (on Wednesdays, too). Admission is $7. Read a KFDC write-up about it here — we were regulars when the kids were little!

Wednesday – Plan an outing to the National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum. Take little ones to Story Time in the Explore! activity space at 11:45am, and plan for play among the interactive stations after. Of course, make time to tour the collections and hang out in the beautiful Kogod Courtyard, one of DC’s most stunning spaces where you can hang out with kids. Museum hours are 11:30am – 7pm. Admission is free. Read more about the Penn Quarter galleries in this KFDC post and this one.

Thursday – Catch a performance of Beep Beep, the newest production for little ones by Arts on the Horizon. Showtime is 10:30am at The Lab at Convergence in Alexandria. Tickets are $10.

Friday – Find indoor adventure at the new Summit Ropes in Sterling, VA. Full disclosure: We have yet to check it out ourselves, but with over 16,000 feet of ropes courses and climbing, it sounds like a fantastic way to enjoy some active fun (and spend the DCPS day off from school)! Admission is $35/ages 7+ and $20/ages 4-6 for a two-hour session. Reserve a time slot in advance online.

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The Weekend Round-Up: March 1-3

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

Happy Weekend!

Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast Storytime
Where: Kramerbooks | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Saturday, 10-11:30am
Admission: $12

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Kramerbooks is hosting a Green Eggs and Ham breakfast and storytime! They’ll be reading the classic children’s book as well as other popular Dr. Seuss stories and kids can try their very own green eggs and ham breakfast. Fun crafts will follow immediately after. Ticket includes kid’s breakfast entrée, juice or milk, and a Dr. Seuss goody bag. Adults may order off the regular breakfast menu (price not included). Limited tickets are available, so reserve yours now!

Family Day: Freedom From Want
Where: GWU & Textile Museum | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

DC area families are invited to collaborate on a service project to support local families in need. Bring a few cans or boxes of non-perishable items, learn how to construct a recycled tote bag, and fill it with food to give away. Throughout the day, join in family-friendly tours of the exhibition Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms. Donations will go to Building Bridges for a Better Life families. 

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, which includes a Youth summit, free and ticketed shows for young audiences, plus a Creation Station by Makeshift, where you can stop by to do a kid-friendly craft for a community art installation. On stage for families: Dress Up Day, Wake Up, Brother Bear, music with Mr. Skip, Duke Ellington’s Neighborhood, Instastory, and more. These are just the most family-friendly shows — the whole line-up throughout the Festival is worth checking out by adults.

Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Where: Old Town | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 12:30-2pm
Admission: Free

Don your green and line the streets of Old Town Alexandria to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a bit early at the 38th annual parade! Go early for the Fun Dog Show on Market Square as more than 30 costumed dogs will compete in a range of categories. The procession kicks off at 12:30pm at Alfred and King Streets, then winds through Old Town, showcasing elected officials, Irish Ambassadors, military commanders, scout troops, high school bands, and local celebrities.

Shake Up Your Saturday
Where: Folger Shakespeare Library | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free, but registration required

Shake up your Saturday with a workshop at the Folger! These programs occurring on the first Saturday of every month encourage families to experience Shakespeare’s language together. During this “Cram thee with more food” session, Bite into Shakespeare’s words and Elizabethan table manners. Register in advance: 10-11am is recommended for ages 4-7, and 11am – 12pm is recommended for ages 7-11. Read a KFDC write-up about the Folger here.

Penguin Highway – Anime Breakfast Experience
Where: The Miracle Theater | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Through March 10
Admission: $9/child, $13/adult

Part of the DC Independent Film Festival, this film for ages 8+ and based on the novel of the same name tells the story of budding genius, Aoyama, a 4th grader who already lives his life like a scientist. When penguins start appearing in his sleepy suburb hundreds of miles from the sea, Aoyama vows to solve the mystery. When he finds the source of the penguins is a woman from his dentist’s office, they team up for an unforgettable summer adventure! This screening is served with an anime breakfast experience — tea, coffee, milk, cereal, and pastries. Come in your PJs!

Make Morning: Pump it Up
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate and explore rhythm, music, and movement at the Hirshhorn! Join this Pump it Up-themed Maker Morning and explore the exhibition Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse through hands-on making activities. Play in the sound space, experiment with a poly pulse beat machine, make your own instrument, Gand roove to beats by local drumming group Harambee (12pm). This will take place every the first four Saturdays in March.

Creativity Workshop
Where: Phillips Collection | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Admission: $18/adult & child

Let your creativity fly in several art-making stations — it’s an art materials “petting zoo” for the whole family! Each station has a different project with art materials, instructions, and artistic inspiration from The Phillips Collection. A professional art educator is on site to support families who would like guidance. Comes with Artful Wellness Kit for parents and caregivers. Geared for families with children ages 2 to 8. See the website for more details!

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

* Journey Down Huckleberry Finn’s Big River at Adventure Theatre!
* Reserve free tickets for Bright Star Theatre’s George Washington Carver, this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance
* The Washington Ballet presents The Sleeping Beauty at the Kennedy Center
* See theatre by kids for kids as Encore Stage & Studio presents Robin Hood
* Dicken’s Davy Copperfield is on the Imagination Stage
* See Anatole: Mouse Magnifique at the Bethesda theatre, too
* Watch Rapunzel let down her hair at The Puppet Co.
* And Baby Bear’s Birthday is the featured Tiny Tots performance there on Sunday
* Finding Neverland is at National Theatre through the weekend
* Take teens to see the stage adaptation of Once at Olney Theatre (look for discount tickets)

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

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

Queens of Egypt
Where: National Geographic Museum | Downtown DC
When: Through September 2
Admission: $15/adult, $10/child

Opening at the National Geographic Museum on Friday, this exhibit is a time trip back to ancient Egypt — one of the world’s greatest civilizations — that highlights its mighty queens. Learn about the hidden role of women in all aspects of Egyptian society and “meet” seven Egyptian queens whose impact helped shape both the ancient and modern worlds.

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

There’s only a little over a week left for this exhibit at ARTECHOUSE. Everything in Existence explores concepts of eternity and infinity and offers new perspectives from which to observe and consider our reality. It does this through several digital art installations, some of them interactive, and all of them very cool. Family friendly hours are 10am – 5pm, adults-only hours with fun, original cocktails also available, are 5:30-11:30pm.

Born Free Screening
Where: Old Greenbelt Theatre | Greenbelt, MD
When: Saturday,
Admission: $5-7

Catch a screening of the classic film Born Free, which tells the story of a real-life couple who raised Elsa the Lioness, an orphaned lion cub, to adulthood and released her into the wilderness of Kenya. (And be ready to for the song to play on repeat in your head afterwards.)

Weekend Walk-In: Beaded Beast
Where: American Visionary Arts Museum | Baltimore, MD
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: $5

Join the museum for their hands-on, drop-in, once-a-month art-making workshop in the AVAM classroom! Education staff will help you explore new creative territory & make a project inspired by one of their beloved visionary artists. During this session, make a beaded mosaic of your pet (or imaginary pet)! Supplies & boundless inspiration provided, and all ages are welcome.

Mardi Gras Celebration
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 2-6pm
Admission: Free

Who needs New Orleans? The Wharf is celebrating Mardi Gras with a community-wide extravaganza featuring a spirited parade down Wharf Street, a dance party with live music from Junkyard Saints on District Pier, and a fireworks finale. The parade will be set to the sounds of Batalá drumming and the Eastern High School Marching Band. Feast your eyes on custom-designed floats from Wharf friends, restaurants, and retailers—including a float featuring the Washington Nationals and its presidents—along with dancers, mascots, hoopers, and stilt walkers. Get special treats at your favorite neighborhood restaurants. There will be activities and crafts for kids. And don’t forget to stop by Camp Wharf for Mardi Gras décor. Brush up on your bead-catching skills and get ready to party at the waterfront!

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. Currently on view is Ambreen But’s Mark My Words and Betsabeé Romero: Signals of a Long Road Together plus many more great works in the permanent collection. And “Fierce Women” is a free tour highlighting women who refused to let men define their place; thumbed their noses at the limited roles society accorded them; and blazed a trail as artists, activists, and innovators. It’s a perfect way to celebrate Women’s History Month!

American Girl Live!
Where: Strathmore | Bethesda, MD
When: Sunday, 2pm & 6:30pm
Tickets: $30-76, VIP $100-$130

Experience American Girl® in an all-new musical! American Girl Live features original songs and unforgettable experiences. The show invites fans along to a sleepover camp with some new friends for an exciting summer away from home. As bold tales of bravery and friendship come to life, iconic American Girl characters lend a hand through story and song. VIP ticket packages available.

Wizard’s Kid’s Day
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Sunday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

Calling all Superheroes — and Wizards fans! Join the Wizards’ G-Wiz Kids Club for a fun-filled day of testing out your superhero power. The first 200 kids will receive a G-Wiz Kids Club Superhero Kids Cape. And there will be lots of activities for everyone to enjoy. Follow the link for more info and to RSVP. (PS: There’s also a game against the Timberwolves at 6pm.)

Where: Audi Field
When: Sunday, 6pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Are you ready for some fútbol? DC United kicks off a new season this weekend as they host Atlanta United for their home opener (United vs. United!). I recommend bundling up and bringing your stadium blankets. And if you need to catch up on the local soccer scoop, check out the DC United website for a refresher.

DC, Inside & Out

Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend

Admission: Varies by adventure

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

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

* There’s a giveaway going on for a chance to win a 4-Pack of tickets to a Day Out with Thomas at the B&O Railroad Museum!
* Beloved author and illustrator Mo Willems has been named the Kennedy Center’s first Education Artist-in-Residence and will develop new works for children, former children, and their families!
* Annmarie Sculpture Garden is accepting entries for its annual Fairies in the Garden exhibit contest!
* A Little Free Library provided this current read, which I’m enjoying so far.
* The t(w)een girl that a small part of me will always and forever be absolutely adored PEN15. (Adult me also loved it.) I promise, you will, too.

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

Cartwheels on the East Lawn at Dumbarton Oaks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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