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The Weekend: March 13-15


If you visited this page hoping to find information about events and activities happening around DC this weekend, you’re going to be very disappointed. I had a whole Weekend Round-Up all ready to go, but it’s been scrapped.

Not only have many events been canceled due to concerns about the coronavirus, my conscience is weighing in, too. With all that we now know about coronavirus, I believe that exercising caution and proactively preventing the spread of the disease should be of utmost importance at this time. No, I am not a health expert (though I did discuss this with one), but I am a concerned human, and I just wouldn’t feel right encouraging my readers in any way to put themselves (and others) in potentially risky health situations. This isn’t panic; it’s just taking these unique circumstances very seriously.


If you still want to get out of the house, consider outdoor activities that still allow for social distancing like hiking, a bike ride, or even a shark tooth hunting adventure.

I’m still sharing my planned *MORE GOOD STUFF* section with a mix of relevant, informative, and fun links, plus some more recommendations for activities in lieu of large public events.

Thanks for your understanding of this decision. Stay healthy and safe.

And, as always, Happy Weekend!

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* The DC government set up a central website for local coronavirus updates.
* The Washington Post also has Live Updates.
* Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo are still open as of now, but all public events through May 3 are canceled.
* All shows scheduled at the 9:30 Club, Lincoln Theatre, and The Anthem through March 31 are being postponed.
* How the coronavirus hijacks your cells.
* Some National Cherry Blossom Festival events have been canceled, including the Kite Festival, and there may be even more.
* The cherry blossom peak has been revised to March 21-24, and these tips for viewing them include places to go without the crowds.
* My friend Darcy always has the best recommendations for reading, watching, and listening.
* The second season of My Brilliant Friend, based on the wonderful books by Elena Ferrante, premieres Monday!
* I love a good protest.

*FUN & GAMES AT HOME WITH KIDS*
* Fatherly has some good suggestions for DIY activities with kiddos.
* Here are some good ideas from The Cut.
* 10 Kid-Friendly Card Games.
* Some of our favorite family games: Rummikub, Anomia, Scrabble, and Catan.
* A KFDC reader shared this fun website with me.

*MORE TO WATCH* (With and without kids)
* A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood seems like a good one to see now for something uplifting and, because, Tom Hanks.
* In case you didn’t (or did) see Frozen 2 in the theater, you can rent it now.
* Sing Street is one of our family’s favorite movies.
* Sasha and I just watched Legally Blonde together — her first time seeing and enjoying it — and I loved it all over again.
* The Outsider on HBO is so creepy and compelling.
* Owen (age 14) is really into this anime series.
* I’m with Hillary on Hulu!
* Levi and I just watched Swallow, a super bizarre movie.
* I mentioned Love is Blind last week, and I’m suggesting it again because it’s a perfect binge.
* Contagion apparently has had a resurgence in popularity (wonder why?).

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The Weekend Round-Up: March 6-8

Where will your DC adventures take you this weekend?


Happy Weekend!

Story Time | La Hora de Cuento
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Friday, 10-11am
Admission: Free

Head to the museum for an English & Spanish story time. Together you’ll read a book aloud, move, and play. All ages are welcome, especially the youngest visitors and nursing parents. The featured children’s book will be read in both English and Spanish. This will take place in the East Building Atrium (the modern side with the big, blue rooster on the roof). Afterward, plan to stay and explore the museum!

Parents’ Night Out
Where: The Lane Social Club | Ivy City, DC
When: Friday, 6-9pm
Admission: $50

Looking for a stress free night out without the kids? Is that even a question? Of course you are! Drop the kids off for creative and playful night of fun at The Lane so you can hit the town. Parents Night Out is organized and staffed by their friends at Kidovation Stage. Participating kids must be 3 or older. Price includes pizza, parfait bar, crafts and lots of fun.

Wizardry
Where: Capital One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Friday & Sunday, 7pm
Admission: Tickets start $10

Kick off and wind down the weekend with some basketball! The Wizards are hosting the Atlanta Hawks on Friday evening and the Miami Heat on Sunday. Plan on a pre-game dinner in Penn Quarter — there are plenty of family-friendly places to go in the neighborhood. Some recs: Carmine’s, Jaleo, Pi Pizzeria, Cava Grill, and Shake Shack. Before you get tickets, learn about the Wizards Kids Club that offers some great perks for young fans as well as their Jr. Wizards Basektball Camps!

Travel & Adventure Show
Where: Washington Convention Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm & Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: $16/adults, free/children

Get travel inspiration, experience culture, and have fun! A big expo like this might sound like a grown-up affair, but a bunch of cool pursuits will thrill the kids, too. Besides hundreds of travel providers and destinations featured, there will be cultural performances, virtual reality experiences, and much more family fun.

Washington Justice for All
Where: The Anthem | Southwest DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Tickets start at $30/day

The Washington Justice is back at The Anthem for another weekend of esports. “Huh?” you ask. Esports are, essentially, professional video gaming competitions — and I hear they’re quite popular and fun. There are several matches throughout the weekend, and both kids and adults can enjoy them.

#OptOutside
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission:Varies by Locale

It looks like it’ll be great weather to get outdoors! You’ve got your pick of places around the DC-Metro for adventures in the fresh air. Take an urban hike among the memorials, hit a playground, explore a garden, visit animals, or see what else there is to do al fresco in this post with tons of inspiration for fun in the sun.

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

123 Andrés
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 11am & 1:30pm | Sunday, 1:30pm & 4pm
Admission: $20

Catch a highly interactive and bilingual event that will delight children ages 3-8 and their families. Before each concert, kids may explore the instruments that the artists willl be playing during the show.

DC United vs. Inter Miami CF
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 3:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $29

Enjoy the afternoon at a DC United match, their second of this season. Get to Audi Field early and take the kids to the new Kick Zone when gates open! The family-friendly area will be full of fun games, a mini soccer field, and other outdoor activities. Find it all in the Southwest corner of the stadium near Gate B.

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
* Thumbelina is making a big impression on the Imagination Stage.
* Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth is also a hit at the Bethesda theatre
* Beauty and the Beast is the Main Stage show at The Puppet Co.
* And really little ones will enjoy Magic Toyshop, Saturday’s Tiny Tots performance there
* Spend Saturday morning laughing with The Great Zucchini at Jammin Java
* Make it a date night for Celia and Fidel at Arena Stage

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

The National Children’s Museum is the newest cool place for kids, 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. Tickets are timed entry, so it’s a good idea to reserve yours in advance!

Moonshot Studio Art Adventures
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

The Moonshot Studio at The REACH, the Kennedy Center’s expansion offering more ways to experience the arts, welcomes weekend drop-ins. Offering activities especially for families, you can learn to draw like Mo Willems, explore the words and ideals of JFK, and have fun at the Mixmaster Station creating mixes using sounds, rhythms, and beats. The Studio is open every Saturday and Sunday, and it’s always free to pop in.

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. Go nature snooping at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Join an Astronomy Festival at Observatory Park at Turner Farm. Enjoy an All Things Frozen Tea Party at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Details and registration for these and more nature activities this weekend and beyond are available here.

Ethiopia Day CANCELLED!
Where: KID. Museum | Bethesda, MD
When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $12/child (includes 2 adults)

Celebrate the culture, crafts, and flavors of Ethiopia as you explore traditional forms of making, experience Ethiopian art and music, take part in cultural rituals, enjoy performances, sample traditional Ethiopian foods, and more! Drop in any time and stay as long as you like. Same day tickets may be purchased at the front desk.

International Women’s Day Celebration
Where: National Museum of Women in the Arts | Downtown DC
When: Sunday, 12–5 p.m.
Admission: Free

Celebrate International Women’s Day at at the museum dedicated to women’s art! They’ll be hosting their signature Fierce Women and #5WomenArtists tours, hands-on activities for young learners, special offers in the museum shop, and more. The Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center, usually only open on weekdays, will also welcome visitors. See the calendar on the website for more details about tour times and programs.

Purim Carnival
Where: Agudas Achim Congregation | Alexandria, VA
When: Sunday, 10:30am – 1:30pm
Admission: $25/all you can play or $1/game ticket

Agudas Achim Sisterhood invites you to join in fun, games, hamentaschen ,and falafel at the annual Purim Carnival on Sunday. The youngest set (ages 0-5) are welcome for a special preview and play hour, 10:30-11:30am. Check out lots of new new games and have lots of fun! Get your tickets online in advance or at the door: All you can play and bounce wristband: $25; individual game tickets: $1.

Tunes 4 Tots Kids Sing Along
Where: Steadfast Supply | Navy Yard, DC
When: Sunday, 10-10:30am
Admission: $16

Join a half hour Tunes 4 Tots class where little ones will learn fundamental music concepts through song, movement, and play! Tunes 4 Tots is designed for children ages 6 and under along with a participating adult. Make a day of it and enjoy lunch, shopping, ice cream, and more at The Yards!

Harambee w/ Baba Ras D
Where: Capitol Cider House | Petworth, DC
When: Sunday, 10:30am
Admission: $7-10

Baba Ras D’s session is a morning jolt of inspiration for parents, caregivers and children alike. Harambee, which means “all pull together” in Swahili, is the practice of hope, possibility and compassion – basically, all the things that happen when we all come together. Little ones can express their voices (into a microphone), dance, play a drum or percussion instrument, shout or sing-along to songs that build character, confidence and community. Tickets required for all ages. Adult ticket holders will be able to enjoy our normal weekday happy hour – $4 pours of house cider, $5 craft beer, $6 local wine & $7 cocktails – from 10am-12pm.

Nowruz: A Persian New Year Celebration
Where: Freer|Sackler Gallery | National Mall, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Ring in the Persian New Year at the annual Nowruz celebration! Free attractions and activities for all ages include storytelling, hands-on art projects, live music, film screenings, calligraphy, food, and the featured exhibitions Engaging the Senses, Feast Your Eyes, and Shaping Clay in Ancient Iran.

Yarn Storming
Where: Adkins Arborteum | Eastern Shore, MD
When: Sunday, 2-4pm
Admission: $5/adult, $2/age 6-18, free/5 & under

Day trip out to the Eastern Shore to enjoy unique art and the outdoors. Also known as yarn bombing, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting, and graffiti knitting, yarn storming is a street art that employs knitted or crocheted yarn in place of paint or chalk. Through early April, Adkins Arboretum will be decked out in colorful and whimsical “sweaters” created by local yarn artists. The public is welcome to attend the opening reception of the exhibit on Sunday. Discount: When you arrive at the visitor center, mention that you heard about Adkins on KFDC, and get one adult admission FREE!

Kid’s Hamentasch Bake
Where: Hill Center | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 2-3pm
Admission: $10/child, $25/family

Get ready for Purim and join Chabad DC at the Hill Center for an awesome Hamentasch Bake! Roll, shape, and fill your own hamentaschen with an assortment of fillings, then bring home to bake and share with your family and friends!

Washington Justice for All
Where: The Anthem | Southwest DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Washington Justice is back at The Anthem for another round of esports matches. “Huh?” you ask. This is a league of professional video gamers, and apparently gets a big following. There are several matches throughout the weekend, and both kids and adults can enjoy them!

Icing on the Skate
Where: Ice rinks around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

The outdoor ice skating season is winding down, and there are only a couple of weekends left to enjoy gliding al fresco. It’s a great way to take advantage of both the season and the nice, sunny weather. See this post about local rinks for details on where you can skate under the sky.

Ready, Set… Hike!
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

It’ll be a great weekend to hit the trail for a hike. Enjoy the beginning of spring flowers, tramp in places with scenic views, hike and explore history at interesting locales, and savor some time outdoors together. This post has a a bunch of recommendations for places to walk in the woods (and other places) with the kids.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Coronavirus prevention advice. You’ve likely seen a version of this, but it doesn’t hurt to look again.
* A comic about it for kids.
* Goldstar has pre-sale tickets for Hamilton at the Kennedy Center this summer!
* I have 20 “Admit 4” passes up for grabs to see a promo screening of Spies in Disguise at Mazza Gallerie on Saturday at 11am. Snag them here.
* Enter for a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters!
* The public will soon be able to go inside the Mormon Temple. (You know, the big palace-like place you can see from the Beltway near Kensington, where there used to be the “Surrender Dorothy” sign). Get a peek here.
* Say cheese.😄
* Have I mentioned yet that Emilie’s is awesome?
* Love is Blind was the best worst thing I’ve seen in awhile. Anyone else???


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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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The Weekend Round-Up:
February 21-23

Disc golfin’ – a great way to enjoy a nice day outdoors with the fam


Happy Weekend!

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

The Atlas is kicking off its annual INTERSECTIONS festival that presents tons of fantastic performances in music, theatre, dance, film, and spoken word with several exhibitions especially for families. Family Fun Days are this weekend with free and ticketed shows for young audiences plus a Creation Station by Happy Little Art Studio and an Instrument Petting Zoo with Capitol City Symphony. On stage for kids: Building Better People Productions’ Friendlier Fables & Thoughtful Tales, Imagination Stage’s Mouse on the Move, a free show by Mr. Skip, and more! These are just the most family-friendly opportunities — the whole line-up throughout the Festival is worth checking out by adults.

#OptOutside
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission:Varies by Locale

It looks like it’ll be great weather to get outside! You’ve got your pick of places around the DC-Metro for adventures in the fresh air. Take a hike, play some disc golf, hit a playground, explore a garden, visit animals, or see what else there is to do al fresco in this post with tons of inspiration for fun (hopefully) in the sun.

Wizards vs. Cavaliers
Where: Capital One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Friday, 7pm
Admission: Tickets start $10

Kick off the weekend with some basketball! The Wizards are hosting the Cavaliers on Friday evening. Plan on a pre-game dinner in Penn Quarter — there are plenty of family-friendly places to go in the neighborhood. Some recs: Carmine’s, Jaleo, Pi Pizzeria, Cava Grill, and Shake Shack. Before you get tickets, learn about the Wizards Kids Club that offers some great perks for young fans!

Ford’s For Me
Where: Ford’s Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 9am
Admission: Free (reserve by phone: 202.347.4833)

Ford’s Theatre Society is hosting a sensory-friendly open house for families and those with cognitive and sensory processing disabilities. Guests are invited to explore Ford’s Theatre spaces with fewer crowds than a typical public entry time. Activities include time to explore Ford’s Theatre and Museum, a Lincoln-related craft activity in the Ford’s Theatre lobby, tactile costume interaction in the Museum, a puzzle activity in the balcony, a story time reading of Abe’s Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln By Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, and more. Read more about Ford’s Theatre in this KFDC post.

Washington Justice for All
Where: The Anthem | Southwest DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The District’s first esports team, The Washington Justice, will be playing their first set of DC-based matches this weekend. And if, like me, you’re not familiar with esports, I’ll save you a Google search. Per Wikipedia, “esports often takes the form of organized, multiplayer video game competitions, particularly between professional players, individually or as teams.” There are several matches throughout the weekend, and both kids and adults can enjoy them.

Cartoon Skate
Where: Washington Harbour Ice Rink | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission:

Join some costumed characters on the ice — a great way to enjoy the outdoors during winter and have some family fun. And for more places to skate the day away, see this post.

Thread of Evidence: Exploring the Science of Fibers and Textiles
Where: National Law Enforcement Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: $19.95/adult online, free/12 & under

Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of STEAM activities at the National Law Enforcement Museum! For “scientists” of all ages, experiment with museum educators by participating in hands-on activities with a Fiber and Textiles theme. Practice your investigative skills with crime scene fiber pick-up, uncover the identities of textiles with a liquid test, and create your own fiber magnifier! Fibers and Textiles introduces participants to chemistry, optics, and engineering. Note: Science Saturday occurs the fourth Saturday of every month and is free with admission to the Museum. Admission for kids under 12 is always free. No need to register.

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
* The National Symphony Orchestra is performing a Mozart Mash-Up for young audiences at the 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)
* See legendary prima ballerina Irina Kolesnikova in the US debut of Tschaikovsky’s Swan Lake at National Theatre
* It’s opening weekend for Beauty and the Beast at The Puppet Co.
* And really little ones will enjoy Baby Bear’s Birthday, Sunday’s Tiny Tots performance there
* Make it a date night for Synetic Theatre’s production of Phantom of the Opera

Maple Sugaring Days

Where: Brookside Nature Center | Wheaton, MD

When: Saturday & Sunday

Admission: $7


February is Maple Sugaring Month at Brookside Nature Center, and you can be a part of the maple sugaring process. Help collect the sap from trees, watch as its boiled down into sweet maple syrup, and enjoy a taste! This is the last weekend to take part in this program, and sessions fill up fast, so register now!

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 Frederick Douglass 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.

Mardis Gras Celebration
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 4-7pm
Admission: Free

The Wharf is bringing New Orleans to DC! Come celebrate Mardi Gras with a free community-wide extravaganza featuring a lively parade down Wharf Street, a dance party with live music on District Pier, and a special fireworks finale.

Black History Month Celebrations
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

February is Black History Month, and there are events and activities throughout the DC area to celebrate it. Museum programs (including an entire museum!), special tours and exhibits, story time sessions, and more will be enlightening and fun for all ages. See where they’re all happening here.

IKEA After Dark Bedtime Stories
Where: IKEA locations around the DMV
When: Saturday, 8=9pm
Admission: Free

Let IKEA help get your little ones ready for bed by reading classic bedtime stories in Smaland from 8-9pm. Drop them off in Smaland while you enjoy the IKEA After Dark FREE yoga and mediation session in the Restaurant. Pajamas, their favorite stuff friend, and blankets are all welcomed. RSVP required. (Note: This links to the College Park location, so be sure to RSVP to your location!)

Mark Nizer 4D
Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts | Gaithersburg, MD
When: Saturday, 7:30-9
Tickets: $20

The only live 3D show in the world! Okay, technically any on-stage performance is a live 3D show, but this world-champion juggler uses lights, music, special effects and his own incredible skill to put on a dazzling performance with thrills and outrageous laughs. Special 3D glasses available to the audience give a surreal sensation of depth that take this family-friendly show beyond anything you’ve ever seen on stage before!

2020 Family Gras
Where: Capitol Cider House | Petworth, DC
When: Sunday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: $10

Join Capitol Cider houser for their 2nd annual Family Gras, a family-friendly Mardi Gras celebration! Kids will enjoy complimentary face painting, balloon animals, festive crafts, and beads (gently) thrown from a cider house float. Adults will enjoy our stellar weekday happy hour, and as an added bonus, they’re flying in king cake from Gambino’s – a legendary New Orleans bakery. Tickets required for ALL AGES, and it’s highly recommended to purchase ahead. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-family-gras-tickets-92098871203

Cuenta Cuentos: STORYTIME in Spanish
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Bring the littlest art lovers for an introduction to an artist on view, interactive read aloud, and a hands-on activity. This week, take a close look at artworks in the exhibit Manifesto: Art x Agency and hear a reading of Mi Voz by Jose Fragoso. Stay to create an artwork that amplifies your own voice! All audiences are welcome to join this Spanish-language program, led by a multilingual educator. (FYI: Each week STORYTIME features a fresh and fun theme!)

Caps vs. Penguins
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Sunday, 12pm
Admission: Tickets prices vary

The Washington Capitals will be taking over Capital One Arena on Sunday afternoon when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins. If you want to plan on a pre-match brunch in Penn Quarteo, there are plenty of family-friendly places to go in the neighborhood. Some recs: Jaleo, Carmine’s, Oyamel, Shake Shack, and Pi Pizzeria.

2020 Relay-Palooza
Where: Jammin Java | Vienne, VA
When: Sunday, 1pm (doors open at 12pm)
Admission:

Join Relay For Life of Northern Virginia for their annual Relay-Palooza Battle of the Bands kickoff celebration benefiting the American Cancer Society. Doors open at 12 pm and the event begins at 1 pm. Local acts register to perform on the Jammin Java stage, then you get to vote to determine a winner. The winner of Relay-Palooza will get the chance to headline the 2020 Relay For Life event! This is a family-friendly event. Donations benefit the live-saving mission and programs of the American Cancer Society. 

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* The giveaway for a Family 4-Pack of tickets to see A Snowy Day at Adventure Theatre is still going on.
* The new National Children’s Museum is opening VERY soon!
* I highly recommend Playa del Carmen for a family getaway!
* Saturday is National Margarita Day. Ole!


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