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The Weekend Round-Up:
February 14-17

What better place to be than Washington, DC, on Presidents’ Day weekend?


Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤️ Happy Presidents’ Day! 🇺🇸 Happy Weekend! 😎

Family Social Time
Where: The Lane | Ivy City, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $20/child

The newest play space/family social club on the scene opens this weekend — plan to check it out! It’s got both super cool play elements and lots of thoughtful details (get a glimpse here) to make it a place where kids and parents alike will enjoy hanging out. Let the kiddos romp while you grab a coffee (or get into the fun with them), play board games or make crafts together, explore the lovely space… and make new friends along the way. Register for a time slot to ensure admission!

Presidential Family Fun Day
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Every year the NPG kicks off Presidents’ Day weekend with a presidential party loaded with crafts, music, dancing, games and special tours of “America’s Presidents.” Celebrate the presidents with the Portrait Gallery, President Lincoln’s Cottage, the DC Public Library, the Washington Nationals’ Racing Presidents, artists, and experts from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing!

Washington Dollar Days
Where: Tudor Place | Georgetown, DC
When: Throughout February, 10am – 3pm
Admission: $1

Practice frugality our founding father would approve of: Pay just $1 per person for any regular tour in February, the month of George Washington’s birth. Tudor Place is the only historic house museum in the District with family ties to Martha and George Washington. Highlights of the Washington Collection will be on display as part of all house tours. See it all for one “Washington dollar!” Tours begin hourly, and it’s recommended you book ahead.

The Snowy Day & Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Tickets: $20.50

Ezra Jack Keats’ was a pioneer in children’s literature as his stories were the first to break racial barriers, and his stories are perfectly timed to come to life on stage at Adventure Theatre starting this month. This beautiful show follows the character of Peter and his friend Archie around the neighborhood in four of Keats’ beloved tales, The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, and A Letter to Amy. Renowned for his tender personality, the character of Peter faces relatable everyday challenges to which children of all ages will find delightfully entertaining.

Disney on Ice: Celebrate Memories
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Through Monday
Tickets: Start at $15 (find discount)

Your favorite Disney stories come to life at Disney On Ice presents Celebrate Memories. Sail along with Moana on her high-seas adventure and dance with Woody, Buzz and all the Toy Story friends. Feel inspired when love wins in Frozen and dreams come true for the Disney Princesses. Share the excitement and make new memories the whole family will treasure forever!

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

* Enjoy the NSO Family Concert: Girl Power! at the Kennedy Center (find discount)
* Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth is on the Imagination Stage on Saturday (read a KFDC review)
* Spend Saturday morning with The Great Zucchini at Jammin Java
* See Rapunzel let down her hair for one last weekend at The Puppet Co.
* And really little ones will enjoy Baby Bear’s Birthday Sunday’s Tiny Tots performance there
* Take teens to The King’s Speech at National Theatre (find discount)
* Make it a date night for Synetic Theatre’s production of Phantom of the Opera

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

Drop in at the National Portrait Gallery to listen to a story about Barack 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.

Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating Class for Kids
Where: Willard Continental | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: $45/child

Sweeten your Valentine’s Day weekend for your littlest ones at the Willard InterContinental. Led by Executive Pastry Chef Jason Jimenez, junior bakers will receive hands-on instruction to cookie decorating using a variety of techniques and decorating tools. Ideal for children ages 4-12 years old, and they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (2 parents or guardians max per ticketed child).

Sensory Friendly Screening: Sonic the Hedgehog
Where: Regal Rockville Center Stadium | Rockville, MD
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: $6.50

Catch a Sensory-Friendly Screening of Sonic the Hedgehog 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.

HBD, Frederick Douglass!
Where: Various locations | Anacostia, DC
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

Join the National Park Service as they celebrate the 202nd anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass as well as the Centennial of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution. Following the Opening Ceremony at Anacostia High School Auditorium (1601 16th Street SE), there will be special themed house tours at Cedar Hill and an art program in the visitor center. There will also be programming at the Anacostia Arts Center and Anacostia High School that will include guest lectures, an exhibit by the DC League of Women Voters, and performances in the lobby.

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.

Model Trains and Thomas
Where: Historic Vienna Train Station | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free (donations accepted)

Chug on down to 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.

Obata Teen Arts Workshop 
Where: American Art Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

In this hands-on workshop, kids ages 12-16 are invited to learn about teacher and modernist artist Chiura Obata, who, as a Japanese American, played an important role in creating a cross-cultural dialogue despite widespread prejudice against Asian Americans. During World War II, Obata and more than one hundred thousand West Coast Japanese Americans were forced into incarceration camps. After touring the exhibition Chiura Obata: American Modern, participate in activities that examine how these experiences changed Obata’s art and connect to the struggles and dreams of America’s minority and immigrant communities today. This is free, but registration is required.

Wild Love
Where: City Wildlife | Northeast DC
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Suggested donation $20/person, $40/family

Take advantage of this rare occasion to visit City Wildlife, the animal rescue and rehabilitation center, as it’s the only time of the year they open their doors to the public. At the 6th Annual Valentine’s Day Open House, get a behind-the-scenes tour of the rehabilitation facility, enjoy some goodies, and get a gift for your Valentine. Free-will donations are collected to ensure that the Center can help its animal patients.

Rumpus Room Family Valentine’s Day Dance Party
Where: Black Cat | 14th Street NW, DC
When: Sunday, 2-4:30
Admission: $12

They choo choo choose you…to join them with your entire family on the dance floor! (They get all the credit for the great Simpsons reference.) DC’s only family dance party is back with a special groove session to celebrate the holiday on Valentine’s Day weekend. Practice those sweet moves and get ready to have fun!

A rare opportunity to hang out in the Library of Congress Main Reading Room this weekend

Main Reading Room Open House
Where: Library of Congress | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Monday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Where you can usually only glimpse from a window above, you can visit on one of just two days per year it’s open to the public! The beautiful Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress is holding its semi-annual Open House on Presidents’ Day. Marvel at the magnificent architecture and design from within, check out the old card catalogs (remember those?), and see what the Library is highlighting at the event — African American history and culture, children’s books by and about Supreme Court Justices, the Blackwell Family tree (family of Arthur Ashe, Jr.) tracing family lineage back to 1735, and more. Be sure to stop by the Young Readers Center where there will be activity stations young visitors. This is a really neat event for all ages — I highly recommend it! Read more about the LOC in this KFDC post.

Party at George’s Place
Where: Mount Vernon Estate | Mount Vernon, VA
When: Monday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $20/adult, $11/age 6-11, free/5 & under

Every Presidents’ Day weekend, George Washington’s former estate hosts special festivities in celebration of the first POTUS’ big day. Sample syrups, enjoy a musical to the President, and hear stories about his past birthday celebrations. Of course, take time to explore the grounds, mansion, and Education Center exhibits, including Be Washington, a great interactive experience that lets you step into his boots and make the tough decisions he faced. There will also be a special marching drill and dance demos along with ceremonial wreathlayings to honor Washington. Be prepared for a crowd — I can tell you from experience that a lot of folks show up to take advantage of the complimentary entry.

Presidential Urban Hike
Where: Various sites, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

If there’s any place to make a big deal out of Presidents’ Day, certainly it’s here in the nation’s capitol. And perhaps one of the best, fun, and active ways to celebrate it is on a tour of the memorials dedicated to the honorees. Walk the National Mall from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument (or vice versa). You can even go up in the Monument for a tour and a bird’s eye view of DC. From there, head over to Ford’s Theatre to learn about the life (and death of Abe Lincoln). For even more, stop by Madame Tussauds to see the US Presidents in wax.

George Washington Birthday Parade
Where: Throughout Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Monday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

Alexandria hosts the largest parade in the country celebrating George Washington’s birthday with marching bands, historic re-enactment troops, and more. Bundle up to watch the procession as it travels through Old Town. See the website for more info and route details.

Cool Hikes
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Enjoy the sunshine and winter beauty with some time on the trail. Enjoy the beauty of nature in winter, tramp in places with scenic views, hike and explore history at interesting locales, and savor a sunny day outdoors. This post has a a bunch of recommendations for places to walk in the woods with the kids (and it’s recently been enhanced with photos from some of our walks in the woods).

Rock the Rink
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Monday,
Admission: $12/adult, $9/child

It’s ALL CAPS at The Wharf this winter. Through February, make Caps s’mores at the Capitals Campfire at The Wharf and check out the Washington Capitals décor and ice resurfacer at The Wharf Ice Rink. Join fellow hockey fans at The Wharf to show your Caps pride. From 1-4pm, skate at the Wharf Ice Rink with a DJ, Caps trivia and gear giveaways, a visit from Slapshot, and special Caps-themed drinks from Cantina Bambina. At 6:00pm, we’ll also broadcast the Capitals’ away game against the Vegas Golden Knights on a jumbotron at the Capitals Campfire. Throughout the day, fans wearing Capitals gear receive $5 off admission to the Wharf Ice Rink.

Ice It
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

There are many more places to skate under. the sky, and with sunshine skies and cool temps throughout the weekend, it’s a great way enjoy some seasonal fun. 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.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* The Washington Wizards have fan clubs especially for kids that come with cool gear and fun perks, plus they offer camps and clinics, too!
* On March 11 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, enjoy Cultural Capital: Motherhood Redux, an evening of poetry about motherhood.
* THiNK OUTSiDE is a monthly subscription box full of outdoor gear and resources that will get your kids away from a screen and outside exploring nature.
* This is true compassion.
* I want to see JoJo Rabbit and 1917.
* One of the best things I read last week.

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The Weekend Round-Up: February 7-9


Happy Weekend!

Wizards vs. Mavericks
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 7pm
Admission: Tickets start at $20 (find deal)

The Wizards are playing at home on Friday night — watch them work some on-court magic against the Dallas Mavericks. Plan on a pre-game dinner in Penn Quarter — there are plenty of family-friendly places to go in the neighborhood. Some recs: Jaleo, Carmine’s, Daikaya, Shake Shack, and Pi Pizzeria.

DIY Valentines
Where: National Postal Museum | Union Station Area, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Homemade love is in the air at the National Postal Museum’s annual Valentine’s Day Card Workshop. We’ve attended this event several times, so I can tell you firsthand it’s love-ly. They’ll have pretty papers and neat Valentine-themed supplies, all you need to bring is your creativity and eagerness for fun! For more about the museum, see this KFDC post.

Family Concert: Symphonic Dancing
Where: Anacostia Playhouse | Anacostia, DC
When: Saturday 10:30-11:30am
Admission: $15/adult, free for kids

This fun, interactive concert will have every family member on their feet! The program explores the expressive, dance-like melodies of William Grant Still’s Danzas de Panama, and Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer and Maple Leaf Rag. Come enjoy this energetic concert for all ages! And stick around after the performance for the Instrument Petting Zoo to meet the musicians and see the instruments up close! The show lasts approximately 40 minutes and is especially recommended for ages 3-7.

African American Pioneers in Aviation and Space
Where: Steve F. Udvar-Hazy Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15

Each February, the museum celebrates the significant contributions African Americans have made to flight and space exploration despite the overwhelming obstacles they had to overcome. Head to the Chantilly arm of Air & Space to enjoy presentations, hands-on activities, and stories. Learn about African American astronauts, pilots, and scientists of the past and present and their accomplishments.

Family Day Celebration
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Bring the whole gang to the National Gallery of Art for a Family Day Celebration full of creative adventures. It’s a great winter outing with activities for all ages — sketching, storytelling, art-making, and more. Enjoy them at special stations in front of works of art throughout the museum’s East Building.

Love Note Holder Workshop
Where: Lowe’s locations around the DMV
When: February 8, 9am – 12pm
Admission: Free

This monthly DIY workshop for kids has a focus on love… love notes, anyway. The project is perfect for holding all your child’s Valentine’s cards and treats. Workshops take 15-30 minutes, and children must be accompanied by parent/guardian. Check-in by 11am. Space is limited, so sign up in advance!

Open Studio: Love in Every Language
Where: Freer|Sackler Gallery | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12–4 pm
Admission: Free

Head to the ImaginAsia Studio in the Sackler Gallery for an afternoon all about love and art. Enjoy a digital slideshow of images of love in Asian art, create Valentine’s Day cards using woodblock prints that say “love” in more than a dozen Asian languages, and fold heart-shaped origami. For all ages and adult companions.

Cards & Cookies
Where: Guy Mason Playground | Glover Park, DC
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

Join Stork Childbirth Education at Guy Mason Playground for a Valentine-making, cookie-decorating extravaganza! Unleash your creativity and bring home Valentines and cookies for your friends and family.

More Events to Love
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Love is in the air — and at places all around DC this weekend! Events and activities to celebrate Valentine’s Day range from arts activities to nature programs to story time. And they’re sure to be especially sweet. This post has the scoop on all of them.

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

* Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth opens at Imagination Stage on Saturday
* Watch Rapunzel let down her hair at The Puppet Co. (find discount)
* And really little ones will enjoy Snow Show this Saturday’s Tiny Tots performance there
* See The Big Meow at Theatre on the Run on Saturday
* Make it a date night for Synetic Theatre’s production of Phantom of the Opera

Black History Month: Family Day
Where: Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park | 16501 Norwood Road | Sandy Spring | MD 20860
When: Saturday, 12-3pm
Admission: $5 Children, $7 Adults


Bring the entire family out to celebrate African American Culture. The event will feature presentations and hands-on activities for children. The event is a family-friendly and takes place inside Woodlawn Manor. Limited tickets sold day of program at the Visitor Center, so online registration is recommended.

More Black History Celebrations
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout February (and beyond)
Admission: Varies by activity

February is Black History Month, and there are many great events and activities throughout the DC area to celebrate it. Museum programs (including an entire museum), special events, tours and exhibits, live entertainment, story time sessions, and more will be enlightening and fun for all ages. This post has details on where many are happening this weekend and over the next few weeks.

Gnomes and Fairies Tea Parties
Where: Brookside Gardens | Wheaton, MD
When: Saturday, 2-4pm
Admission: $22


Parent and child can enjoy a sit-down tea, a brief history of tea, delectable treats, and afterwards a fun hands-on craft planting a mini Gnome or Fairy garden in your teacup! Recommended for ages 6+. Please register each participant (adult and child).

Astronomy Festival
Where: Turner Farm Park | Great Falls, VA
When: Saturday, 5:30-7:30pm
Admission: $10

Go on your own journey through the stars at the “Astronomy Festival” at Turner Farm Park. There will be guided stargazing and opportunities to get a close-up look at the stars through a telescope at the roll-top observatory. Join in games and warm yourself by the campfire as you listen to ancient stories about the constellations. Hot chocolate and snacks will be available for purchase.This event is designed for stargazers age three to adult. Weather permitting.

Japan Day
Where: KID Museum | Bethesda, MD
When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $12/child + 2 adults (free for members)

In partnership with the Japan Information & Culture Center, the Embassy of Japan, and Table for Two, KID Museum presents Japan Day. Bring your family and enjoy hands-on, maker activities all day long. Build a a communal Zen garden, create a Kendama toy, take part in interactive performances, make your own Japanese rice balls, and much more. Arrive hungry and taste an array selection of Japanese food sold by the popular Fuji Japan food truck!

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

Bring your littlest art lover for an introduction to an artist on view, interactive read aloud, and a hands-on activity. This STORYTIME session explores rights. Look at artworks in Manifesto: Art x Agency and hear the story We March by Shane W. Evans. Then stay, play, and make your own art!

Tu B’Shvat Painting and Planting
Where: Home Depot | Northeast DC
When: Sunday, 1-2pm
Admission: Free

Join Chabad Washington DC at the Home Depot to celebrate Tu B’Shvat, the birthday of the trees, with fun for the whole family. Paint clay planters and fill them with seeds and soil. If you have a favorite vegetable or flower you’d like to plant, Let them know. There will also be Tu B’Shvat activities and foods! Be sure to register in advance to reserve your spot!

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.

Take a Hike
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

It looks like mild weather for this weekend — a great time to hit the trail for a hike! Enjoy the beauty of nature in winter, tramp in places with scenic views, hike and explore history at interesting locales, and savor a sunny day outdoors. This post has a a bunch of recommendations for places to walk in the woods with the kids (and it’s recently been enhanced with photos from some of our walks in the woods).

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Books from Birth, the wonderful program started by DC Councilmember Charles Allen and part of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, that sends District children up to age 5 a free book per month, just celebrated its 4th anniversary.
* Capitol Cider house is hosting 2020 Family Gras, a family-friendly Mardi Gras celebration, in a couple of weeks.
* A really good read about one guy’s experience with therapy.
* And speaking of, this book written by a therapist about her time in therapy was one of the best I read last year.
* The Morning Show on Apple TV got mixed reviews… I fall on the loved it side.
* 43 and 50. Wow.


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The Weekend Round-Up: January 31 – February 2

Checking out Mustang Alley at last year’s Washington Auto Show


Happy Weekend!

Celebrate Black History
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout February (and beyond)
Admission: Varies by activity

February is Black History Month, and there are many great events and activities throughout the DC area to celebrate it. Museum programs (including an entire museum), special events, tours and exhibits, live entertainment, story time sessions, and more will be enlightening and fun for all ages. This brand new post has details on where many are happening this weekend and over the next few weeks.

The REACH Winter Lanterns
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Thursday through Sunday evenings
Admission: Free

This special display of Winter Lanterns in recognition of the first winter season at the REACH and the Chinese New Year is wonderful! Around 100 beautiful illuminations include the Chinese Four Symbols and 12 Zodiac Signs, a Panda Grove, Mushroom Garden, Floral Garden, and Jellyfish Lagoon — all crafted by Chinese artisans and made up of 10,000 colored LED lights. Along with the lanterns outside, there are more activities to enjoy indoors — a Beijing Opera make-up demo, panda photo ops, traditional costumes to try on, a calligraphy station, and a paper lantern making workshop are among the hands-on fun for all ages. It starts at 5:30pm every evening, except for Sunday when it begins at 4pm.

Auto Focus
Where: Washington Convention Center | Mt. Vernon Square, DC
When: Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $12/adults, $5/ages 6-12, free for 5 and under

The 2020 Washington Auto Show is in its second and final weekend. If there’s any “grown-up” event that is equally fun for all ages, this is it. More than 600 cars and trucks are on display for guests to check out. And especially for kids will be appearances by some of their favorite characters along with the auto-fun. See this post from a couple of years ago and this one from earlier KFDC days years ago for more about the event.

Spy Fest
Where: International Spy Mueum | L’Enfant Plaza, DC
When: Friday, 6-9pm
Admission: $16

Could you be a spy? Now’s your chance to find out! Do you have the savvy to beat a lie-detector? The smarts to break a top secret coded message? The wits to create secret writing? The moves of a Ninja? Families are invited to find out how they measure up at the Museum’s annual Spy Fest. Mini-missions, tradecraft demonstrations by the experts, and the chance to try spy skill challenges will give KidSpy agents and their handlers an insider’s peek into the shadow world of spying—and who knows, there just may be a spy or two in your midst. For ages 5 and up, with one adult required for every five KidSpy agents. Ages 3+ must have a ticket to attend. (PS: We’ve been to this, and it’s super fun!) Read more about the new Spy Museum here.

Mola Family Social
Where: Mola | Mount Pleasant, DC
When: Friday – 4-8pm
Admission: $30/adult, $15/child

Mola, the Mt. Pleasant-based, Michelin Bib Gourmand recognized tapas restaurant will be hosting monthly Family Socials on the last Friday of every month starting this weekend. These events will allow parents to enjoy Mola’s critically-acclaimed culinary offerings, while providing entertainment for the whole family. Attendees will be treated to a tapas buffet, cupcake station, kids’ activities and happy hour drink specials. There are no event fees, and reservations can be made on Resy. Tax and gratuity is extra.

Saturday Morning Music at the National
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 9:30am & 11am
Tickets: Free

This Saturday’s installment of the National Theatre’s free weekly live entertainment series features Mr. Jon & Carrie Rock & Rhyme — they makes music for kids and their families that inspire fun, laughter, and dancing. Reserve free tickets online or get them day-of, but note they are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis there, and everyone must be in line to receive a ticket.

Chinese New Year Family Celebration
Where: American Art Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Help ring in the Year of the Rat with Chinese ribbon dancing, acrobatic yo-yo performances, and an interactive magic show. Artists from the city of Shenzhen demonstrate ink finger-printing, wood printing, shadow puppets and dough figurines. Check out calligraphy demonstrations by the Confucius Institute at George Washington University, and Chinese paper cuts and good luck envelopes from the Confucius Institute at George Mason University.  Go on an art scavenger hunt, create your own New Year craft, and enjoy delicious treats available for purchase at the Courtyard Café. 

The Land of Chocolate
Where: Several locations in the City of Fairfax, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Varies by activity

Leading up to Valentine’s Day, the City of Fairfax presents its annual festival centered around one of the most wonderful things in the world: Chocolate! There will be all kinds of activities for all ages throughout the weekend, both chocolate and non-chocolate themed — tastings, story time, magic & juggling, Valentine making, chocolate challenges, a chocolate caper mock trial, and much more. See the schedule of events for details.

Heart String Art DIY Project
Where: Home Depot locations around the DMV
When: Saturday, 9am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Create a loving memory with your child at this Heart String Art Workshop. As you help your child piece together the symbol of Valentine’s Day, they will develop hands-on skills by sanding, nailing, painting and more. Celebrate the moment as your child makes a unique keepsake. All kids’ workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Register in advance — visit the website to find a store near you offering the class. (And for more Valentine’s Day-inspired events and activities coming up, see this KFDC post.)

Kids Handmade Valentines Workshop
Where: The Paper Source | Various stores in the DMV
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: $30

Grab your BFF for a workshop that will give you heart eyes! Make 5-6 Valentines for your classmates, friends, and family using your favorite stickers, stamps, washi and more. Buy two seats at the same time and save 10% off each seat. For kids ages 6 and up. Area Paper Source locations are in Georgetown, Bethesda, Alexandria, and Reston. (Note: This also takes place February 5, 2-4pm.)

Maple Sugaring Days

Where: Brookside Nature Center | Wheaton, MD

When: Saturday & Sunday

Admission: $7


Be a part of the maple sugaring process and help collect the sap from trees, watch as its boiled down into sweet maple syrup, and enjoy a taste! This program takes place every Saturday and Sunday in February at select times. Sessions fill up, so register now!

The United States of Shakespeare
Where: President Lincoln’s Cottage | Petworth, DC
When: Saturday , 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Shake up your Saturday at a workshop with the Folger Shakespeare Library! These programs occurring on the first Saturday of every month encourage families to experience Shakespeare’s language together. This session, act your way through American history using Shakespeare at President Lincoln’s home — the program is on the road as the Folger undergoes some renovations. Register in advance: 10-11am is recommended for ages 4-7, and 11am – 12pm is recommended for ages 7-11.

Kids Room Pop-Up
Where: Willow | Petworth, DC
When: Starting Saturday
Admission: Free

Loyalty Bookstores and Willow are partnering on this Kid’s Room Pop-Up that will open on Saturday. A currently unused space in the back of Willow’s shop in Petworth will become an area especially for children and families, featuring toys, books, and games for sale; space for youth to read and play while parents shop; and ongoing children’s programming — including Loyalty Bookstores’ ever-popular Storytime and Singalong with Bearsong. In addition to the Kid’s Room Pop-Up, Loyalty Bookstores will have books for adults in the front of Willow.

Maker Morning: Color of Love
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Color your February with love. Try out Valentine’s Day activities including writing a love letter inspired by artist Marcel Duchamp’s word play, painting with light, and making a valentine to give to a loved one. Join us for a special kid-led tour of the Hirshhorn’s most loved artworks. Kids and adults of all ages are welcome. Stroller parking is available in the Lobby and on the Lower Level of the Museum. 

Creativity Workshop
Where: The Phillips Collection | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Admission: $18/adult & child, $15/members ($5/add person)

Let your creativity soar at the Phillips’ art-making stations geared toward families with children ages 2 to 8. Each station has a different project with art materials, instructions, and artistic inspiration from The Phillips Collection. An art educator is on site to support families who would like guidance. Be sure to sign up in advance as this program often sells out! Read a KFDC write-ups about the art museum here and here.

Crêpe Day: Celebrate La Chandeleur
Where: Hillwood Museum | Upper Northwest, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $18/adult, $12/member, $5/child, free/ under 3

We’re just about midway through winter, and Hillwood is celebrating with their annual 
La Chandeleur, also known as Crêpe Day, marking the halfway point between winter and spring. In France, families celebrate by eating crêpes, which are round and golden, like the springtime sun. Hillwood and Alliance Française de Washington invite families to celebrate the holiday in festive French fashion amidst Hillwood’s spectacular gardens, magnificent mansion, and exquisite French treasures. There will also be activities for all ages, with story times and crafts especially for children.

Read Africa Festival
Where: Francis Gregory Library | Anacostia, DC
When: Saturday, 2pm
Admission: Free

Join the library to celebrate 2020’s Read Africa Week, a literary initiative to showcase young people’s literature with realistic depictions of African life. There will be storytelling, crafts, African food, book giveaways, and more. All ages are welcome, but the program is designed with families and young children in mind.

Shows on Strings (and Hands)
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $6-12 (find discount)

Rapunzel is the Main Stage performance at the puppet theater in Glen Echo Park, recommended for children in pre-K and up. And really little ones will enjoy Snow Show, this week’s featured Tiny Tots show, on Sunday at 10am.

Mouse on the Move
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Tickets: $12

Nellie and Amelia are two adventurous mice ready to explore the world beyond their little mouse-hole. They decide to go to the moon, since it is cat-free and made entirely of delicious, mouth-watering cheese (so they have heard). In this interactive play, the audience becomes part of the story through multi-sensory activities. Join us as we all try to reach beyond the stars. Recommended for ages 1-5.

Lunar New Year & Fashion
Where: Fashion Center at Pentagon City, VA
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

Rng in the year of the rat during the mall’s annual Lunar New Year Celebration. Immerse in traditional Asian history with live entertainment and hands-on activities. Enjoy lion and dragon dances, a Hanfu fashion show, musical performances, and more! In addition, there are more than 170 stores where you can find new fashions for the new year.

Watch the Wizards
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 8pm
Admission: Tickets start at $18

The Wizards are playing at home on Saturday night — watch them work some on-court magic against the Brooklyn Nets. 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.

Groundhog Day Celebration
Where: The Fountain in Dupont Circle, DC
When: Sunday, 8:30am
Admission: Free

Potomac Phil, DC’s most famous marmot, will offer weather and political predictions, letting us know whether to expect six more weeks of winter or an early spring. There will be live accordion music, polka dancers, a puppet show, VIP celebrities and more. Meet up in Dupont Circle at the fountain.

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.

Cap It
Where: Capital One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Sunday, 12:30pm
Admission: Ticket 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. (Same recs as the Wizards game: Jaleo, Carmine’s, Daikaya, Shake Shack, and Pi Pizzeria.)

Groundhog Day Screening
Where: American History Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Sunday, 3:30pm
Admission: $8.50/child, $10/adult

Celebrate the holiday at a showing of the classic Bill Murray film (one of my al-time favorites!): A cynical TV weatherman finds himself reliving the same day over and over again when he goes on location to the small town of Punxsutawney to film a report about their annual Groundhog Day. His predicament drives him to distraction, until he sees a way of turning the situation to his advantage. Common Sense Media recommends it for ages 11+. My kids have both seen it, and I’d say it even a little younger would be okay, but parents are the best judges of what’s appropriate for their own kids.

The Ins and Outs of DC
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by adventure

Looks like mild weather this weekend, so you may want to get out. Of course, there are always great indoor activities to enjoy, too. These posts that are chock full of evergreen pursuits for either preference:
The Great Indoors
The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids

**PLAN AHEAD**
Free Film Screening: Like
Where: Green Hedges School | Vienna, VA
When: February 6
Admission: Free

Green Hedges School in Vienna, VA, will host a free screening of the documentary film Like on Thursday, February 6, at 6pm on the School’s campus. Like is an IndieFlix Original documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives. The goal of this film is to inspire people of all ages, especially kids, to self-regulate. Open to the public. Children are welcome, although the film is intended for students in grades 4-8. Please RSVP here.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* There’s still time to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a pair of tickets to The King’s Speech at National Theatre.
* Birth Club, founded by two local moms in Old Town, is a space for women who are trying to conceive, are currently pregnant, or who are postpartum (newly or beyond). While it’s geared towards the mental and physical health of women, they offer some family and toddler activities, too.
* I admittedly had to Google “esports” when I learned about this, but The Washington Justice and Overwatch League will play their first DC-based matches this season at The Anthem.
* Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is coming to National Theatre this spring, and ticket discounts are currently available on select seats.
* My favorite part of the Grammy’s. Anyone else remember this from Fame? (Also, Cyndi Lauper 🙌❤️)


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The Weekend Round-Up:
January 24-26

The REACH Winter Lanterns are part of the Kennedy Center’s Lunar New Year celebration


Washington Auto Show
Where: Washington Convention Center, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $12/age 13+, $5/age 6-12, free/5 & under

The annual Washington Auto Show revs up this weekend! And if there’s any “grown-up” event that is equally fun for all ages, this is it. The Auto Show is like a Truck Touch, but with automobiles — hundreds of them — on display for guests to check out. Other activities like Ride ‘n Drives and celeb appearances give guests even more to do and see. There will also be fun especially for kids, including a Family Fun Zone and photo ops with some of their favorite characters along with the sweet rides. The show will be in town through February 2. Get a glimpse and an idea of what to expect in KFDC posts about it here and here.

Jurassic Quest
Where: Dulles Expo Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $22-36

Walk through the Cretaceous period, Jurassic Period, and Triassic Period at America’s largest and most realistic dinosaur event and experience fwhat it was like to be among dinosaurs of all kinds. Jurassic Quest has over 80 true-to-life size dinosaurs, from the very small to the gigantic, sky-scraping dinosaurs, each painstakingly replicated in every detail in collaboration with leading paleontologists. There are also attractions and activities of all kinds of dino fans — dig up fossils, do some crafts, explore science stations, ride on the back of a prehistoric beast, and enjoy more dino-themed rides. Guests, big and little, are in for a dino-mite time!

Author Meet & Greet
Where: Loyalty Bookstore | Adams Morgan, DC
When: Friday, 5:30-7:30pm
Admission: Free

Author Thomas Taylor will be at Loyalty Bookstore (827 Upshur St NW) for an event to featuring his book Malamander. The middle grade novel is a quirky, creepy fantasy set in Eerie-on-Sea with a colorful cast of characters in hot pursuit of a sea monster thought to convey a surprising gift. RSVP for this free event!

Chinese New Year Family Day
Where: The Reach | Kennedy Center, DC
When: Saturday, 1:30-4:30pm
Admission: Free

The Kennedy Center’s popular event returns, this time at it’s new extension, The REACH. Help celebrate the lunar new year and ring in the Year of the Rat with free activities for all ages, including arts and crafts, a traditional costume photo booth, zodiac stickers, demonstrations of sugar painting and wood block printing, magic shows, and more. Stay for the evening for the special display of Winter Lanterns in recognition of the first winter season at the REACH — it’s wonderful! And it’s on view through February 2 in case you can’t make it this weekend!

Monster Jam
Where: Capital One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Tickets: $29-110

The world’s largest and most famous monster truck tour featuring the biggest names in monster trucks will thunder its way into DC. Alien Invasion, El Toro Loco, Grave Digger, Max-D, Megalodon, Monster Mutt, Soldier Fortune, and Zombie are among the vehicular beasts you’ll see tearing up the indoor terrain this year.

Kids Pizza Party
Where: Matchbox | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: $32/child (includes round of mimosas for adults!)

Kids can become a real pizza makers at this hands-on pizza making class! Along with making a customized personal pie with Matchbox’s Chef Felipe, participants will get a tour of the kitchen and pizza oven; a chef’s hat, crayons, and coloring page; plus a round of mimosas for the adults. Recommended for ages 5-12. Sign up in advance here.

Sensory Friendly Screening: Doolittle
Where: Regal Rockville Center Stadium | Rockville, MD
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: $6.50

Catch a Sensory-Friendly Screening of Doolittle 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.

Art Investigators: Yayoi Kusama
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

The NGA’s wonderful Art Investigators is back with winter sessions. The drop-in program for kids ages 4-7 will explore works by Yahoo Kusama with a a book reading, a look at her work, then an art project that directly relates to it. Sign-in takes place in the East Building Atrium, starting at 10am on Saturday and 11am on Sunday. Be aware that you may not get an early time slot and will have time to fill before your session, so plan accordingly. Read a KFDC review of the series back when it was called Stories in Art (it’s an older post, but still relevant, as the program is very much the same).

Lunar New Year Celebration
Where: Port Discovery | Baltimore, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm  & Sunday, 12-5pm

Admission: $17.95, free for members

Celebrate the Lunar New Year, one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the world,  with an exciting celebration at Port Discovery Children’s Museum! Visitors of all backgrounds will learn, experience, and participate in traditions surrounding the Lunar New Year celebration. You’ll be mesmerized by the Chinese Lion Dancers of Tai Yim Kung Fu School, who perform the traditional lion dance throughout Port Discovery using a paper mache lion, instruments, and dance that will captivate you! Learn the art of calligraphy and chopsticks with the Xiamen Chinese Sister City, and share your gifts by partaking in the traditional exchange of red envelopes between one generation and the next. Other art projects and programs will take place throughout the weekend. Read a brand new KFDC write-up about Port Discovery!

Winter Blast: A Family Day of Native Games
Where: American Indian Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday,10:30am – 5pm
Admission: Free

This free family-friendly event celebrates Indigenous games from the Arctic to Argentina. Visitors can meet Talibah Begay (Navajo) as she shares a traditional Navajo shoe guessing game. Leihua Stewart (Native Hawaiian) teaches traditional Hawaiian games. Participants can learn to play Bolivian games with Julia Garcia (Aymara). The day features hands-on activities and “make-and-takes.”

Multilingual Education Fair of DC
Where: Roosevelt High School |
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Explore resources by 150 exhibitors covering 18+ languages for learners of all ages, including language classes, apps, books, tutors, assessments, travel abroad programs, university programs, dual language programs, after school programs, daycares, language and culture organizations, embassies and multilingual recruiters. Bonus: Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow rapper and poet Omar Offendum will be performing! See the full program here and book your FREE tickets here. Roosevelt High School is located at 4301 13th Street NW.

Rapunzel
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Tickets: $12 (find discount)

A “bewitching” tale by Duane T. Bowers, adapted from the Brothers Grimm fairytale. Witch Wartsmith wants a baby, and after bargaining for little Rapunzel, must go to great lengths to keep her out of the hands of a handsome prince. The Puppet Co. uses “coloring- book” charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. Recommended for ages 3.5-9.

Mouse on the Move
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Tickets: $12

Nellie and Amelia are two adventurous mice ready to explore the world beyond their little mouse-hole. They decide to go to the moon, since it is cat-free and made entirely of delicious, mouth-watering cheese (so they have heard). In this interactive play, the audience becomes part of the story through multi-sensory activities. Join us as we all try to reach beyond the stars. Recommended for ages 1-5.

Happy Theater: Five Spoons
Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts | Gaithersburg, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Tickets: $20

Interactive community building theater piece for adults and children alike. Five miniature stories are creatively told and woven together into a greater story about our personal connection to the world and to each other. Through physical theater, storytelling, audience interaction and object-based theater we meet five people who live next to us – people who may be living without vision, or hearing, who have movement limitations, or are lonely, angry, sad… How do they see, hear or feel the world, and how do we see, hear or feel them? Recommended for ages 10+.

Capital City Symphony’s Symphonic Dancing
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center | H Street NE, DC
When: Sunday, 3:30pm & 5:30
Tickets: $15-20

This fun, interactive family concert will have every family member on their feet! The program explores the expressive, dance-like melodies of William Grant Still’s Danzas de Panama, and Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer and Maple Leaf Rag. Come enjoy this energetic concert for all ages! Join 30 minutes before the performance for an Instrument Petting Zoo!

Moco Camp & Summer Fun Expo
Where: Hilton DC/Rockville Hotel | Rockville, MD
When: Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

At Washington Parent magazine’s Annual Camp and Summer Fun Expo, attendees can gather details about camp options and learn about summer activities for the entire family. Learn all about various kinds of camps — general, sports, residential, special needs, arts, STEM, special focus, and summer programs. You can also explore summer fun destinations like theme parks, vacation spots, and general summer happenings. There will be plenty for kids to do while parents focus on the programs for their children, including face painting, balloon arts, giveaways, and more.

McLean Chocolate Festival
Where: McLean Community Center | McLean, VA
When: 11am – 5pm
Admission: $2, free/under 3

If you love chocolate, check out this sweet event: McLean Rotary is hosting its 9th Annual Chocolate Festival on Sunday. Vendors include Dave’s Candy Kitchen, Seasons 52, Fluffy Thoughts, Capital Candy Jar, and many more. Patrons can buy treats to eat on site or to stock up for Valentine’s Day, and there will be a chocolate-related games for kids and live entertainment throughout the day. And American Heritage, a Mars company, will demonstrate how chocolate was made in colonial America. Proceeds go to fund local charitable organizations.

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

Join the museum dedicated to Asian Art for the sixth annual Lunar New Year celebration to ring in the Year of the Rat. Enjoy food, performances, and art representing the richness of New Year celebrations in China, Korea, and Mongolia. Experience interactive art demonstrations, live magic and musical performances, and delicious food for sale. Plus, enjoy two special Sackler exhibitions—Resound: Ancient Bells of China and Sacred Dedication: A Korean Buddhist Masterpiece—and the permanent collection of Asian art in the Freer.

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

Enjoy story time en Español at the Hirhshorn! Join for a read aloud of The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. Following the story, stay and play with Snowy Day-inspired materials.Explore contemporary art through stories and movement. All audiences are welcome to join this Spanish-language program, led by a multilingual educator.
 
Chinese New Year Parade
Where: Throughout Chinatown, DC
When: Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free

Welcome, Year of the Rat! On Sunday, the annual Chinese New Year Parade brings vibrant tradition to Downtown DC. Festivities kick off at 6th & I Streets NW at 2pm and will wind through the streets of Chinatown celebrating Chinese culture in a brilliant procession of traditional dance, music, and, of course, the iconic lions and dragons. Kids always love seeing the show and having trinkets and treats given to them by parade participants passing by (mine really dig this!). The parade lasts about two hours, and spectating is free. Get there a little early to stake out your curbside spot — lots of folks come out for this one, especially if it’s a nice day.

Winter Wonderland Ball
Where: Kensington Town Hall | Kensington, MD
When: Sunday, 3-5pm
Admission: $7/person or $25/family

The Noyes Children’s Library Foundation is hosting The Winter Wonderland Ball, a family dance party celebrating imagination, fun and, of course, books. Kensington Town Hall will be transformed into a fairy tale palace, with children invited to march in a Royal Procession before joining the A-Squad DJ on the dance floor. There will be crafts, photo-ops and a special Royal Reading Room with stories and songs. Costumes (of any kind) are encouraged for children and parents. Space is limited, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended. The Winter Wonderland Ball is open to children of all ages, but the activities are geared to kids from 2 to 8 years old.

Chill Out(side)
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

I’m a big proponent of getting outdoors, no matter what the weather. And this weekend should actually be decent at least one day, so get out and take advantage. Roam free at Dumbarton Oaks (no admission fee this time of year), the National Arboretum, or Brookside Gardens. Go for a hike at Great Falls, Prince William Forest Park, or even farther out at Harper’s Ferry. Hit the playground at Watkins, Cabin John, or Clemyjontri Parks. Find even more ideas in this post about great outdoor pursuits with kids — there are tons of great al fresco adventures around the area.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* There are a couple of giveaways currently running — for tickets to The King’s Speech at National Theatre and a session of February Break camp or Spring Break camp (when DCPS students are off) with RDUTennis!
* The Spy Museum’s annual Spy Fest is next Friday night. And I can tell you from experience that it’s a really fun time!
* The 6th Annual Comfort Cases Gala to benefit their mission to help youth in foster will take place on Saturday, April 25.
* Who else is excited about American Ninja Warrior coming to DC?
* Just started this book thanks to this post.
* Faves of the latest IG meme: This, this, and of course the original.


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