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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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The Weekend Round-Up: January 17-20

Our weekend honoree: This cool kid who we all love so much (even Sash). Happy Birthday, O!


Happy Long Weekend!

Celebrate MLK
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies

MLK Day may be on Monday, but there are events and activities that pay tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout the whole weekend. Volunteer opportunities, library activities, the annual Peace Walk & Parade, sports, art adventures, and live entertainment are some of the ways you can celebrate the day. This post has details on all of them.

$2 Family Fun Night
Where: Port Discovery | Baltimore, MD
When: Friday, 4 – 8pm
Admission: $2/ages 1+

Explore Port Discovery’s BIG new exhibits, The SkyClimber and The Port, and three floors of hands-on, interactive exhibits for just $2 per person — presented by Maryland 529. Tickets for this event must be purchased in person at the event; they are not available in advance.

Fortnight Nerf Night
Where: Badlands Play Space | Rockville, MD
When: Friday, 5:50-8pm
Admission:$30/child includes dinner buffet

Badlands invites kids ages 7+ to join them for an evening of team based challenges with a Fortnight theme. Participants are encouraged to bring the blaster of their choosing and protective eye wear. Badlands will provide the foam darts, a complimentary dinner for the kids, and FUN! Read more about Badlands in this KFDC post.

Health & Fitness Expo
Where: Washington Convention Center | Mount Vernon Square, DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 5pm & Sunday, 9am – 4pm
Admission: Free

NBC’s annual expo celebrates healthy living at the Washington Convention Center this weekend. Check out hundreds of exhibitors, plus there will be free health screenings, exercise and dance demos, opportunities to try new sports, giveaways, and activities especially for kids. The Convention Center is located at 901 Mount Vernon Place, NW. Metered street parking and garages are nearby, and you can take the Metro’s yellow/green line to the Mount Vernon stop.

Art Investigators: Yayoi Kusama
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am & 11:30am | Sunday, 11:30 & 12:30pm
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 Yayoi 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).

Origami & Bonsai Workshop
Where: US National Arboretum | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 10-11:30am
Admission: $15 (plus service fee)

Learn how to create four origami animals from experienced origami teacher and artist, Jeff Raab. At the start of class, be inspired by the peace and calm of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum’s treasured trees on your private group tour lead by Museum Curator, Micahel James. Then get cozy for a folding session inside with Jeff. This is the perfect hobby to learn in time for the brisk winter months so you can stay inside and keep those creative juices flowing. Beginners and accompanied children (ages 6 and up) welcome! Plan to spend more time at the wonderfull Arboetum after the workshop — read (and see) more about it here and here.

City of Stories: A Community Book Art Project
Where: Freer|Sackler Gallery | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Drop in to contribute to the community project City of Stories with artist Sushmita Mazumdar. Inspired by photographs in the exhibit My Iran: Six Women Photographers, explore how artists share their stories and perspectives on a self-guided tour. Then return to the studio to create a house-shaped book and add it to a collaborative installation. For all ages and adult companions.

Future Sketches
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $16-20/adult, $13-15/senior, $8-10/child (find discount)

A new exhibit opens at ARTECHOUSE this weekend. In Future Sketches, artist Zach Lieberman “creates digital poetry through code, technology and theory. He writes his own software to create his artwork, and is a co-creator of openFrameworks, an open source C++ toolkit for creative coding.” The exhibits at the gallery specializing in digital art always include large scale installations and interactives that all ages can enjoy.

It’s All Downhill…
Where: Around the region
When: Through winter
Admission: Varies

Between the long weekend and snow in the forecast, it’s a good time to get in some skiing! There are a bunch of resorts within a few hours’ drive that are great for young, newbie skiers (and experienced swooshers, too). SkiPA is a good resource for finding slopes to suit your crew, and if you have a 4th or 5th grader, be sure to sign up for the SnowPass that offers free skiing opportunities. Some resorts to check out, both with or without the pass: Liberty, Whitetail, Seven Springs, Hidden Valley, Bryce, Snowshoe, and Wisp.

Inside Action
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

If you want to let the kids burn some energy, but aren’t so keen on cold, take them to an indoor playground. There are lots of places around the area where they can run, jump, slide, roll, and literally bounce off the walls in some cases — all within warm spaces. And many of them have areas for you to stay comfy while they do. This post has info on where to go.

Ginger Beard Mania
Where: Supreme Core Cider | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: $20

Supreme Core Cider is throwing this second annual party to celebrate their Ginger Beard Man spiced winter cider — and the whole family is invited! A ticket gets you entrance, a free pint, signature cider cocktail from Green Hat, and a 4-pack to take with you. Awesome BBQ will be provided by the Smoke & Ember BBQ Truck. There will also be a Ginger Beard Competition — whether yours is natural or embellished (you know, fake), you are free to enter. Kids and pets welcome.

The Pied Piper
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: January 18, 11am & 2pm
Tickets: $32/adult, $17/child (find discount)

American Pop Orchestra’s The Pied Piper will add a musical element to the classic story by placing the Piper in a town where music and dancing aren’t allowed. Piper, reimagined as a woman in this production, will have a tricky time convincing the locals that music can solve their rat problem, but if they keep their promise of a hefty reward, things just might work out!

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

See a puppet version of the “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 to 9.

Narnia
Where: Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre | Arlington, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $15/adult, $12/child (find discount)

Encore Stage & Studio presents its signature theatre By Kids For Kids… When the four Pevensie children stumble upon an old wardrobe, little do they know they will discover the magical world of Narnia. Full of mystical creatures, talking animals, and great escapes, this action-packed story by C.S. Lewis depicts the triumph of Aslan, the great lion and ruler of Narnia, over the White Witch. Join the adventure as four brave kids, one great lion, and an entire kingdom fight for what is right. Recommended for ages 4+.

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

Recommended for ages 1-5, this show is about Nellie and Amelia, 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 as we all try to reach beyond the stars.

Opera Starts with Oh!
Where: Hill Center | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 3-5pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy a free afternoon of artistic playtime with your family and immerse yourselves the art of all arts — opera! Unravel the many elements of opera through play and immersive activities à la Opera Lafayette. The second Opera starts with Oh! atelier of the season explores Leonore, a story of bravery, through play-acting and design with OL designers and artists. Led by internationally trained director, choreographer, and teaching artist, Emma Jaster, and featuring musicians, a singer, and a designer, the program Opera starts with Oh! is perfect for families with children aged 3 & up. Sign up here.

NCAA B-Ball
Where: Colleges around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Catch some college hoops action! With so many universities in the area, there’s always exciting play on area courts. Here where yo can watch it this weekend:
* Maryland men vs Purdue on Saturday at 2pm (Go, Terps!)
* Georgetown men vs. Marquette on Saturday at 2pm
* American men vs. Holy Cross on Saturday at 2pm
* George Mason men vs. Richmond on Saturday at 2:30pm
* Howard men vs. Yale on Monday at 1pm
* Maryland women vs. Indiana on Monday at 8pm (Go, Terps!)

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.

Playbank for Elizabeth Warren
Where: CentroNía | Columbia Heights, DC
When: Saturday, 10-11:30am
Admission: Free

Supporters of Elizabeth Warren are hosting a “Playbank,” a phonebank and playdate rolled into one! From the hosts: “Elizabeth Warren knows from her years as a single mother how hard it is to raise kids, and her campaign office and policy positions reflect it! We’ll have a dedicated room with tables, toys, and books to call and play together with our small children. Laura and I (your neighbors and hosts) will bring snacks, provide phonebank training, and help entertain the kiddos. We’ll be calling critical Iowa voters ahead of the caucuses to ensure that Warren resurges and is positioned well to become our next President Playbanking may not be the most efficient way to phonebank, but it’ll surely be the most fun!” Bring your mobile phone and headphones with microphone. Beginners are welcome and encouraged to join. Please RSVP here, and feel free to join even if you don’t RSVP; and come late rather than not at all. CentroNía is located at 1420 Columbia Rd NW, 4th Floor.

2020 Women’s March
Where: Starts at Freedom Plaza | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am
Admission: Free

As it says on the website: “Three years of marching, training, organizing, and building power – it’s all been leading up to this. In 2020, we have the chance to strengthen the movement we started three years, and to unite together in the face of continued attacks on our bodies, our rights, our immigrant communities, and our planet. This year, we aren’t just marching. We’re putting our bodies on the line hand in hand with other mass movements. With your help, we can make this the largest day of action the country has ever seen, and demand that our leaders be held accountable, protect our planet, and fight for our rights.”

Complimentary Community Weekend
Where: National Museum of Women in the Arts | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: Free

On the weekend of the Women’s March, take this opportunity to join the museum as they celebrate the creative contributions of women and champion women through the arts! Works span the centuries, from the 16th to the present in a variety of mediums, highlighting women artists all over the world. Currently on view is Judy Chicago—The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction, Live Dangerously, Delita Martin: Calling Down the Spirits, and Betsabeé Romero: Signals of a Long Road Together, plus many more great works in the permanent collection.

Free Parking
Where: National Parks
When: Monday
Admission: Free!

It’s the first fee free day of the year for national parks, which means there’s no cost for entry where they usually charge to get in. Take advantage of complimentary admission and the day off from school. Some ideas: Hit the trail at Shenandoah or Great Falls, explore Prince William Forest Park, go to Fort McHenry, or visit Harpers Ferry.

Family Concert
Where: Temple Emmanuel | Kensington, MD
When: Monday, 11am
Admission: $10/age 12+, free/11& under

Bring the whole family to enjoy a special family concert by the New Orchestra of Washington, a chamber orchestra based in the District. The colorful program will engage listeners both young and young at heart with Eine Kleine Nacht Musik by Mozart for string instruments (2 violins, viola, cello), Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev, arranged for woodwinds (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, and percussion), and a newly written piece Labrinto (Labyrinth) by the NOW Artistic Director, Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, for all instruments listed above plus piano. After the concert, stay to enjoy an instrument petting zoo!

Wizards Matinee
Where: Capital One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Monday, 2pm
Admission: Tickets start $10

The Wizards are playing at home on Monday when many have the day off work. See the on-court action against the Detroit Pistons. Plan on a pre-game lunch in Penn Quarter — there are plenty of family-friendly places to go in the neighborhood. Some recs: Carmine’s, Jaleo, Pi Pizzeria, Cava Grill, and Shake Shack.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
*Local nonprofit Eliana’s Light has a wonderful way for families to give back together: Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids & Cookies for Caregivers.
* There’s a Young Learner Tour coming up at the National Museum of Women in the Arts on February 15 — a perfect way to introduce little ones to a museum you might usually consider too sophisticated for their ages.
* This book about DC is especially for little ones, and you can get a free shipping on it by emailing the code kid friendly [email protected]
* Have you heard of a Blessing Box? There is now one in our neighborhood, and I think it’s a lovely idea.
* The docuseries Cheer on Netflix is one of the best shows I’ve watched in awhile. WOW. Not only was I was blown away by the sheer athleticism and grit required for the sport (yes, it IS a sport), but I was also incredibly moved and inspired by the cheerleaders, their stories, and the leadership, compassion, and open heart of their coach. Strongly recommend!
* And a movie rec: Parasite. Whoa. So deserving of all the awards and nominations. (It’s now streaming on Amazon.)
* If you’ve already watched Cheer (or after you do), you’ll appreciate this.


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