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A Blue-Hued Escape into Crystalline at ARTECHOUSE

 

ARTECHOUSE debuted their latest exhibition at the Southwest DC gallery last week, and it’s one to feel blue about — in a very good way.  Crystalline is inspired by many things, among them Pantone’s color of the year, Classic Blue, and this unprecedented pandemic year.

The exhibit’s explorations of the color connect it with earth and crystals and presents that through large scale digital images on the walls of the main gallery and smaller ones in side areas.  Just about all of it is interactive, as the images change with viewers’ motions, moving elements as you walk around or evolving into more detailed pictures as you step closer.

Blue also plays a role beyond the individual installations.  As ARTECHOUSE puts it, blue “brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit.”  The exhibit is intended to serve not just as entertainment, but as a refuge for visitors during this turbulent time.

 

And immersing into the depths of blue, even just for a little while, is a beautiful — and fun — escape from the bizarre Covid world outside.

Crystalline is running at ARTECOUSE through January 3, 2021.  Tickets are $19-24/adult, $12-15/child, $17-20/students, seniors, military & first responders (the lower price for online advance tickets, higher at the door).  Children under 4 are free.

ARTECHOUSE is taking extra measures to ensure safety in response to Covid.  Capacity is limited, guests must wear masks,  directional signage helps social distancing, there are hand sanitizing stations, and cleaning and disinfecting takes place hourly.  More details are available here.

 

 

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Where to Play on the Weekdays: March 9-13

Discover Native American culture at the National Museum of the American Indian


Monday – Take advantage of the 70-degree sunny day at River Farm. The American Horticulture Society’s headquarters overlooking the Potomac River in Alexandria are as lovely as they are fun. Little ones will have a blast playing in the delightful Children’s Garden, and you’ll all love exploring the grounds. Hours are 9am – 5pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. And for more places to opt outside, check out The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids.

Tuesday – Discover Native American culture at the National Museum of the American Indian through a variety of exhibits and hands-on activities. Check out kayaks and canoes and totem poles in the stunning atrium, then head upstairs to the imagiNATIONS space especially for kids. Weave a big basket, play in a teepee, do some arts & crafts, hear bird calls of the wild, read kids books in the library, and much more. Plan on lunch or a snack in the Mitsitam Cafe, where you can enjoy the indigenous cuisines of the Americas. Museum hours are 10am – 5:30pm, imagiNATIONs 10am – 4pm. Admission is free.

Wednesday – Learn about the area’s wildlife, enjoy hands-on activities in the Nature Center, take a hike, and visit horses at Rock Creek Park. The Nature Center is open Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm, and admission is free. There are nearby trails for walks in the woods. You can also visit the equine residents at the nearby Horse Center — guests are welcome to stop by the stables, though pony rides are not offered this time of year. Read more about Rock Creek Park in this KFDC post.

Thursday – Catch a performance of The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats at Adventure Theatre. Showtimes are at 10am and 12pm, and tickets are $20.50. If weather permits, stay at Glen Eco Park to let the kids romp on the playground after the show.

Friday – Roam free at the enchanting gardens of Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown while you still can — the no entry fee period ends after March 14! 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.


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Giveaway: See the Harlem Globetrotters “Pushing the Limits” in DC!


NOTE: This event and giveaway have been cancelled due to coronavirus.

The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring larger than life entertainers, are bringing their ALL-NEW show, Pushing the Limits to DC!  Don’t miss your chance to get up close and personable with a star-stuffed roster including Big Easy Lofton, Hi-Lite Bruton, and woman stars TNT Lister, Swish Sutton, and Torch George.

Every show features a blend of hilarious hijinks and incredible basketball skills, including ball handling, high flying dunks, and a new record-breaking attempt. The Harlem Globetrotters are a one-of-a kind experience putting a new spin on family time. You won’t want to miss these memories worth repeating!

The Harlem GlobetrottersPushing the Limits is coming to Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax on March 20 & 21, and to Capitol One Arena on March 21. Tickets start at $18, and if you purchase by March 18, you can get a 25% discount using the code FUNFAM. You can also try to win them through the giveaway below!

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Giveaway: For a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to see The Harlem Globetrotters’ Pushing the Limits at Eagle Bank Arena on March 20 or 21 at 7:30pm, or at Capitol One Arena on March 21 at 1pm, simply leave a comment below naming your (or your child’s) favorite basketball player. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too. This giveaway will run through Tuesday, March 10, 2020, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

 

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Where to Play on the Weekdays: March 2-6

Take advantage of warmer temps on a hike at Huntley Meadows


Monday – Spend the warmer day outdoors at Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria. Look for little creatures — turtles, frogs, fish, and birds are practically guaranteed wildlife sightings — as you hike the woods and wetlands. Be sure to stop in the Visitors Center, where there are several interactive exhibits about the surrounding environment. Open daily from dawn to dusk. Admission is free.

Tuesday – Bring little ones for fun early arts enrichment activities with Washington Revels — they can explore some of the parts and pieces that make up Revels traditions in the Revels Play Space. The session runs 10-11am at their studio space located at 531 Dale Drive in Silver Spring. Admission is free, but a Goodwill donation is requested.

Wednesday – Play the nice day away at Clemyjontri. The sprawling, vibrantly colored playground in McLean, VA, accommodates kids of all abilities with all kinds of climbing structures, swings, and other apparatuses that encourage activity and imagination. Hours are 7am to dusk, and admission is free.

Thursday – Visit the brand new National Children’s Museum! Located within the Ronald Reagan Building, the venue is full of STEAM-inspired exhibits that are fun, engaging, and educational for kids. It’s geared toward children up to age 12, and there are spaces especially for really little ones. Hours are 9:30am – 4:30pm, and admission is $10.95. Reserve tickets in advance online.

Friday – Take budding scientists to a special story hour with Author Laura Gehl. She’s bringing her latest board books, Baby Paleontologist and Baby Botanist, to Scrawl Books in Reston. The Baby Scientist books introduce scientific concepts to babies, toddlers, and preschoolers in an entertaining and accessible way. With props, songs, stories, and games, there will be fun for all future scientists! The session is at 10:30am, and admission is free.


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