The Weekend Round-Up: March 16-17

This weekend is your last chance to visit Nordic Cool 2013 at the Kennedy Center

This weekend is your last chance to visit Nordic Cool 2013 at the Kennedy Center

Go green, get fit, stay entertained, be creative, and, most of all, have fun! Not a problem with the bevy of events and activities happening over the next few days. Happy Weekend!

St. Patrick’s Parade of Washington, DC
Where: Constitution Ave. from 7th to 17th Streets NW
When: Sunday, 12pm
Admission: Free

Find a spot on the curb along Constitution Ave. between 7th to 17th Streets NW to watch the 42nd annual parade roll through the city. Floats, marching bands, Irish dancers, bag pipers, and members of the police and fire departments will be part of the celebratory spectacle.

Environmental Film Fest
Where: Various locations
When: Through March 24
Admission: Varies by film

Nearly 200 diverse and arresting films from 50 countries will be screened at 75 venues around the DC-Metro area during the 21st annual Environmental Film Festival. And there are several family-oriented flicks among them. Young film viewers can follow a meerkat family, learn about Jane Goodall, journey with a chimp as it returns to the wild, discover titans of the Ice Age, and see many more engaging and inspiring films that salute the environment.

Gems & Minerals & Fossils…Oh, My!
Where: Montgomery County Fairgrounds
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $6/adult, free for 11 and under

Pure eye candy for kids! This showcase of all kinds of gems, minerals, and fossils will have budding archaeologists and excavators going gaga. There will be treasures from around the world featured by more than 20 dealers and in 40 exhibits, live demos and workshops, free specimens for kids, a Mini Mine, raffles, and much more! Look for a coupon for $1 off here.

Free Family Night at NCM
Where: National Children’s Museum
When: Friday, 5pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy free admission to the museum for your whole family, as well as hands-on activities and interactive play in the NCM theatre and exhibit areas. This month’s Free Family Night will celebrate Read Across America. Note that tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the NCM box office beginning at 5 p.m. on the day of the event. The museum will close for half an hour at 4:30 p.m. to give staff time to prepare for the event.  

Stories in Art
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

Kids ages 4-7 can explore the work of artist René Magritte, as they hear a reading of the book Magritte’s Marvelous Hat by D. B. Johnson and step inside René Magritte’s imaginative world and explore the art of creating illusion. Then, they will do an art project inspired by her work. Sessions are at 10:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm on Saturday, and 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, and 2:30 on Sunday. Sign-in takes place in the East Building Atrium, beginning at 10am on Saturday (11am on Sunday) and continues until all spaces are filled. Admission is free. Read a KFDC review of the Stories in Art program here.

Show Time
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the Weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

Here’s the live entertainment on local stages this weekend:
– Catch Jack & the Beanstalk during it’s opening weekend at The Puppet Co. or see a Tiny Tots show there.
Clifford the Big Red Dog Live is at the Warner Theatre.
– The Adventures of Polly Pedestrian is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance.
– The Creative Cauldron in Falls Church presents Peter Pan and Wendy
Hello Dolly! opes at Ford’s Theatre tonight.
Dave Brewer and the Pre-K Kings are playing the 10:30am show at Jammin’ Java on Saturday.
Get details on all of these production in this post about entertainment this season.

Nordic Cool 2013
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free exhibits, tickets vary by performance

If you haven’t been to the festival at the Kennedy Center yet, this weekend is your last chance to check it out. Celebrating the cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Greenland, and nearby islands, Nordic Cool 2013 has been presenting over 750 performances, exhibits, food demos, talks, workshops and more through its run. Drop in anytime for LEGO and game play, art, and to explore Nordic countries and culture or see a theatre, dance, or music performance — see what’s on the schedule this weekend.

Backstage Tour
Where: Wolf Trap
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: Free

Stand on a world-class stage, learn how a theater runs, and get a sneak peek at where the stars get ready on one of Wolf Trap’s Backstage Tours. All tours are free and open to the public. Visit the website to RSVP or request additional information for their guided tours.

NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo
Where: Washington Convention Center
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: Free

NBC’s annual exposition celebrates healthy living this weekend at the Washington Convention Center. There will be free health screenings, exercise and dance demos, opportunities to test out new sports, giveaways, plus activities especially for kids. Young guests can challenge themselves in the Let’s Move! Fun Zone, play Dance Dance Revolution, score a goal at a soccer area, reach for the top of a climbing wall, show off some dance moves, learn some yoga, and more. 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 line to the Mount Vernon stop.


Storytime with Redskins player Josh Morgan
Where: National Children’s Museum
When: Saturday, 1:30pm
Admission: $10

Washington Redskins’ Walter Payton Man of the Year, wide receiver Josh Morgan will visit the NCM for a special reading of Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain. Written by Verna Aardema, these story features an exciting, rhythmic narrative and brilliant illustrations. This event is part of a month-long Read Across America celebration and included with admission to the Museum. Purchase tickets in advance here.

Make Room for Matzah
Where: DCJCC
When: Sunday, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Admission: $18/family

Get ready for Passover and join the DCJCC for crafts and a hands-on workshop with Dr. Marion Usher on how to liven up your seder, add a homemade art piece to your table, and make it age-appropriate and meaningful for everyone at the table. For ages 2 and up. The DCJCC is located at 1529 16th Street NW.

Cinderella Moon
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday 10:30am, Sunday, 11:30am
Admission: Free

Recommended for kids ages 10 and up, Cinderella Moon is a Chinese fable version of the classic tale. Filmed in Yunnan province, China, it features stunning cinematography and costumes. This is part of the museum’s monthly film program for children and teens. Screenings take place in the East Building Auditorium. No registration is required, but seating is offered on a first-come, first-seated basis.

St. Patrick’s Day Art Drop-In
Where: Little Loft
When: Sunday, 10-11:30am
Admission: $15

Do something a little different than the usual green on St. Patty’s. Find a pot of gold (paint) under the rainbow at Little Loft’s St. Patrick’s Day drop-in and create some art inspired by the holiday. No registration is required, and all ages are welcome.

Irish Dancing
Where: Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
When: Sunday, 6pm
Admission: Free

It’s a St. Patrick’s Day celebration on the Millennium Stage as students from the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance showcase the unique tradition of Irish music and dance. Get there early to ensure a good seat.

Gaithersburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Where: Washingtonian Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

The city’s 13th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will include both traditional Irish performances and classic parade pageantry. Celtic dancers, bagpipes bands, marching bands, clowns, firetrucks, and more will make their way through town. Afterward, stay for live music in the Lakefront Plaza until 1pm.

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