The Weekend Round-Up: March 3-4

Enjoying the "winter" weather at the neighborhood park


Life has been so busy lately I completely forgot my own birthday. Well, not my birthday, but KFDC’s birthday. Or anniversary.  Another year in the blogosphere.  Last Friday, February 24, marked two years since my first post about an activity at the National Building Museum.  So, it’s kind of fitting that I’m starting this round-up, the one where I actually remembered the birthday/anniversary, with the NBM as well. (Not to mention, it’s a KFDC favorite.)

There are actually several favorites among these weekend recommendations. I won’t be attending any of them, though. My kids and husband might, but I’ll be enjoying a weekend away with some girlfriends. And while I’m pretty sure it won’t produce fodder for KFDC content, I will be sure to toast the two years. 🙂

Happy Weekend!

Flying in the Great Hall
Where: National Building Museum
When: Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: $8-14 & Free
Partake in some super fly activities at the Building Museum. Kids ages 8 and up can take part in a Model Airplane Workshop from 9-11am ($8/members, $14/non-members – advance registration required). All ages can drop in from 11am – 4pm as the DC Maxecuters return to demo all kinds of model planes in and across the Great Hall.

Women’s History Family Day
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free
The National Portrait Gallery is kicking off Women’s History Month with a celebration of the Girls Scout’s centennial anniversary. There will be performances, some of them interactive, along with a variety of hands-on activities inspired by achievements by women. The event will take place in the Kogod Court.

I am the Lorax, I Speak for the Trees
Where: Movie theaters around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by theater
The movie version of the beloved children’s book opens in theaters today! Here’s the official film description: “The Lorax, an adaptation of the classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a 12-year-old as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.”

Intersections: A New America Arts Festival
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by Performance
The Atlas continues its celebration of art as a form of connection and communication with another weekend of performances for the whole family. Entertainment includes a dance show by BodyMoves Contemporary Dance Company, a sign language performance by Quest Visual Theatre, the Zip Zap Circus and Airborne DC, and more. Visit the Intersections website for show times, descriptions, and ticket info.

Downtown Pop-Up Playground
Where: Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th Street NW
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free
In their effort to highlight the need for a downtown playground, Downtown DC Kids is sponsoring a Pop-Up Play event this weekend. KaBOOM!’s Imagination Playground will help children discover the countless ways children can play. Parents and interested individuals can also hear an update on some of the recent efforts to find a safe playspace in Downtown DC. The entire community is welcome to join the fun in the gym on the lower level of Calvary Baptist Church.

Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Celebration
Where: Throughout Old Town Alexandria
When: Saturday, 10am
Admission: Free
Celebrate the Irish holiday a couple of weeks early in Old Town Alexandria with a day full of excitement for the family. Festivities start with the Invitational Classic Car Show at 10am (North Pitt between King & Cameron Streets), then a Fun Dog Show at 10:30am (Market Square). The parade kicks off at 12:30pm (Alfred and King Streets) and will wind through Old Town, showcasing elected officials, the Irish Ambassadors, military commanders, scout troops, high school bands, and local celebrities. See the parade route, so you can plan to stake out your viewing spot.

Kids in the Kitchen
Where: YMCA National Capital
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free
How about a fun way to teach your children about healthy eating habits and the importance of exercise? The Junior League of Washington is doing just that this weekend as they host a free event for all ages. There will be all kinds children’s activities and games, a trail-mix making station, guest chefs and other nutritional experts, and more. The National Capitol YMCA is located at 1711 Rhode Island Avenue NW.

NSO Family Concert: The Mozart Experience
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Sunday, 1pm & 3pm
Admission: $15-18
The NSO and Magic Circle Mime Co. introduce kids to the most famous child star of all time–Mozart! When a mischievous street musician gets caught playing the orchestra’s piano, the conductor invites her to “be Mozart” and see life through his eyes.

Corcoran Family Day: Up, Up, & Away!
Where: Corcoran Gallery of Art
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free
Get ready for an art adventure that covers a lot of territory—from under the sea to way out in deep space. This free epic journey includes gravity-defying performances, organic art workshops, out-of-this-world face painting, and eco trivia and prizes. All for the whole family to enjoy. Don’t miss the gallery-turned-space-capsule featured in the special exhibition Healy and Cordeiro: Are We There Yet?

The Great Zucchini
Where: DC Improv
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: $10
Join the local kids’ fave for an entertaining show full of his unique brand of magic and comedy at the DC Improv. Laugh along and help TGZ celebrate his birthday! Tickets are available online or at the door (while they last).

Boogie Babes
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center
When: Saturday, 12-12:45pm
Admission: Free
The Boogie Babes are presenting another free weekend performance as they partner with the Atlas Performing Arts Center to bring you the Intersections Festival. On Saturday, catch Groovy Nate’s fun, lively brand of “edutainment” for children. The show will take place in the Atlas’ Kogod Lobby.

Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham Reading
Where: Barnes & Noble, Clarendon Market Commons
When: Saturday, 10am
Admission: Free
Just one day after Dr. Seuss’ birthday you can hear a reading of one of his most popular books and celebrate Read Across America with the bookstore. There will be free stickers to go along with the free reading.

Nowruz! A Persian New Year Celebration
Where: Freer & Sackler Galleries
When: Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free
Dance, play, and feast your way into the Persian New Year at the Freer and Sackler Galleries. The museums’ fourth annual Nowruz celebration features free attractions for all ages, including Haft Sin table displays, “fire” jumping, paper-flower arranging, Nowruz memory photo booths, chess and backgammon games, Persian stories by Xanthe Gresham, performances by vocalist Monika Jalili (free tickets required) and the Nomad Dancers, and contemporary Persian dance beats by Radio Javan. Traditional Persian food will be for sale by Moby Dick House of Kabob and Shiraz Market.

Stories in Art: Helen Frankenthaler
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Sunday, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm
Admission: Free
Kids ages 4-7 can drop in at the National Gallery to learn how Helen Frankenthaler’s abstract paintings were inspired by landscapes, hear a related reading of A Day Without Crayons, then make a painting without using brushes. 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.

Portrait Story Days: Marian Anderson
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free
Drop in at the National Portrait Gallery 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 opera singer and civil rights activist, Marian Anderson.

And if all that’s not enough… this post with recommendations for outdoor places and this one listing indoor activities have even more ideas for fun with the kids.


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