The Weekend Round-Up: February 18-20

As 3-year-old Sash would say, "It's the Washington U-Monument!"


Celebrate our former Presidents, sharpen the science and engineering skills, drop in for a museum program, enjoy nature both outside and in, catch some live entertainment, discover the charm of Baltimore.  There’s plenty to enjoy with the family this weekend. Even better, you have an extra day to do it.  Happy Weekend!

Presidential Pursuits
Where: Various locations
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by event

From special activities at George Washington’s old digs to a parade through Old Town to museum programs, there are several family-friendly ways you can celebrate George and Abe’s big days throughout the long weekend. See this post from earlier this week for an overview of events all around the area.

Discover Engineering Family Day
Where: National Building Museum Great Hall
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 4pm
Admission: Free, suggested donation of $5
The National Building Museum and the National Engineers Week Foundation invite you to debunk the myths of engineering and discover how professional engineers turn an idea into reality. Celebrate National Engineers Week by participating in this free, hands-on and fun-filled festival on Saturday from 10:30am – 4pm. Discover Engineering Family Day is a free drop-in program, though a $5 donation is suggested. Recommended for children ages 5 to 13 with adult supervision.

African American History Month Family Day
Where: National Postal Museum
When: Saturday, 12-3pm
Admission: Free
Discover the struggles and achievements of African Americans in the postal service with a variety of mail-themed activities — design a stamp honoring your heritage hero, make a stamp collection, and sort mail in the Railway Post Office. Guests can also meet sixth grader Jackson Davis V, who was inspired by a school project to begin a campaign to honor York, an enslaved African American who traveled with the Lewis and Clark Expedition, on a U.S. postage stamp.

Artful Conversations
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday, 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm
Admission: Free
The theme of this week’s drop-in program for kids ages 8-11 is Dashing Diamante. Guests, along with an accompanying adult, will learn about a work of art and participate in a related poetry-writing activity. Sessions are at 10:30am, 12:30pm, and 2:30pm. Sign-in will take place in the East Building Atrium, beginning at 10:00 a.m., and will continue until all spaces are filled.

Stories in Art
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Sunday, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm
Admission: Free
The drop-in program for kids ages 4-7 is once again exploring the work of artist Georgia O’Keefe. Guests are encourage to see the natural world as the artist did as they hear a reading of the book Through Georgia’s Eyes, then create watercolor drawings inspired by plants. Sessions are at 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm. Sign-in takes place in the East Building Atrium, beginning at 11am, and continues until all spaces are filled. Admission is free. Read a KFDC review of the Stories in Art program here.

Curtain Calls
Where: Various local theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
Local stages will be filled with all kinds of live entertainment this weekend. It’s your last chance to see The Puppet Co’s fantastic marionette interpretation of Peter and the Wolf (read the KFDC review here). P.Nokio has been a hip-hop hit at Imagination Stage. The Wings of Ikarus is at the Kennedy Center for one more weekend. 1st Stage presents an a capella version of Three Bears. And Disney on Ice is delighting crowds at the Verizon Center. Find details and ticket info for all of these shows is in this post.

Charm City Fun
Where: Baltimore
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity
I recently posted about two cool experiences we had in our sister city to the north: The new bug exhibit at the Maryland Science Center and ship tours at the Inner Harbor are both fun and interesting adventures for kids and adults alike. Follow the links above for more details and ticket information.

Magna Carta Family Activities
Where: National Archives
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free
The focus is on the Magna Carta at the National Archives, with a day full of activities for all ages. Listen to 13th-century music performed by Consort Anon or write a royal proclamation just like King Edward I. Watch The Revenge of Robin Hood, an episode of the 1960s sci-fi television series The Time Tunnel, or try your hand at making a pin wheel, rolling candles, or playing Queek, a game played by 13th-century children.

Memorable Photos Workshop for Kids
Where: Corcoran Gallery of Art
When: Saturday, 10:30am-12pm & 1-2:30pm
Admission: $8/member, $10/non-members (free for accompanying adults)
Everyone loves sorting through old photographs and reliving the memories. In the Corcoran galleries, families will look at photographs taken when Abraham Lincoln was president and discuss how things have changed. In the studio, guests will create new art from old photographs – bring a couple of photographs to incorporate into your work! There are two sessions on Saturday, one at 10:30am for ages 8-12, and one at 1pm for ages 5-7. Sign up online to reserve a spot.

Back to Nature
Where: Area Nature Centers
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue, some are free
Just because the weather may not be conducive to outdoor fun, that doesn’t mean you can’t experience the outdoors. Nature Centers are great places to experience the environment outside indoors. See furry, feathery, and scaly critters and learn about their natural habitats, and in some cases participate in classes geared towards kids.  The Natural Capital blog has a comprehensive list of nature centers around the DC area.

Portrait Story Days
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free
Drop in to listen to a story about a person who has influenced American history and culture and to create a special piece of art. This weekend, learn about African American scientist and botanist, George Washington Carver.

In & Out
As always, you can find even more ideas for weekend recreation in a couple more go-to posts: Go here for outdoor activities and here for indoor suggestions.



Filed under All ages, Annual, Class, DC, Educational, Free, Live Entertainment, Maryland, Museums, Outdoor, Theatre, Virginia, Weekend, Winter

2 Responses to The Weekend Round-Up: February 18-20

  1. Vanessa Gutierrez

    Thank you so much for this blog. I look forward to checking it throughout the week. Also, thank you for promoting activities in Prince George’s county. We do have good things to offer too:)

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