The Weekend Round-Up: February 22-23

Take a winter hike at Turkey Run Park

Take a winter hike at Turkey Run Park


We’re getting a taste of spring this weekend! So, along with all of the events and activities listed here, be sure to consult The Best Places in the DC Area to Spend a Beautiful Day Outdoor with the Kids. If there’s any perfect time to use it, that time is now. Happy Weekend!

Discover Engineering Family Day
Where: National Building Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free

The Building Museum always hosts fantastic family events, and this annual festival is no exception. Celebrate National Engineers Week as you debunk the myths of engineering and discover how professional engineers turn an idea into reality. Hands-on activities allow kids to explore concepts such as thermodynamics, electricity, aerodynamics, and more, all while meeting real engineers and testing out ideas with activities designed especially for young guests. We’ve gone several years and have always had a great time. It gets crowded, but there are so many activities available, kids can always be involved in the fun. Recommended for children ages 4-12 with adult supervision.

African American Pioneers in Aviation
Where: Udvar-Hazy
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free, but parking in $15

Discover the contributions of African Americans to aviation and space exploration. Guests may include astronauts, fighter pilots, and others who will share stories of their challenges and accomplishments. Talk to museum experts, participate in hands-on activities, and hear aviation stories for children.

“Go Nuts” at the Intersections Festival
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center
When: Saturday, 12pm
Admission: See the website

As the Festival kicks off this weekend, the Atlas will present their first Family Saturday in the Kogod Lobby. Join friends from DC Actors for Animals, Atlas Vet, Metro Mutts, and more for a day of fun activities for all ages. The Boogie Babes will also be there with The Singing Lizard for a Cafe Concert for the Very Young – show starts at 12pm.

Hang Out at Hains Point
Where: East Potomac Park
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Mild weather is on the way, so take advantage and chill out at a lovely, peaceful DC locale. The southern most tip of East Potomac Park, Hains Point has a playground, picnic tables, plenty of space to run around, and great waterfront views. Lets the kids romp, and bring along food for al fresco lunch. Watch airplanes fly in (or out) from DCA across the river. Bring bikes for a family bike ride around Ohio Drive. This recent KFDC post has pics and more about it.

Rock Creek Recreation
Where: Rock Creek Park
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Get a nature fix, outdoors or in, at one of the nation’s largest urban parks.  Take a hike, check out exhibits in the nature center, see a planetarium show. All of this is possible at Rock Creek Park. The Nature Center is open 9am – 5pm, and the Planetarium will be offering special programs throughout the weekend. Read more about a Rock Creek outing in this KFDC post.

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

* The National Symphony Orchestra and the Really Inventive Stuff theatre ensemble bring Peter and the Wolf to life at the Kennedy Center
* See Rumplestiltskin on the Imagination Stage
* Catch Miss Nelson is Missing at Adventure Theatre
* Enjoy theatre on strings at The Puppet Co., where Sleeping Beauty is on the main stage and and Penguin’s Playground are the featured Tiny Tots show
* Blue Sky Puppet Theatre’s Barker of Seville is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National Performance
* Arts of the Horizon is performing Under the Canopy

Ice Moves
Where: Local Ice Rinks
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

Surely, the ice dancing gold has you itching to hone your Olympic-worthy moves. Perfect your twizzles under sunny skies or practice those step sequences indoors. This post has details to help you get your glide on.

Mardi Gras Family Day
Where: Anacostia Community Museum
When: Saturday,
Admission: Free

Enjoy the museum’s annual Mardi Gras Family Day, which includes celebratory traditions in South Africa this year. There will be storytelling, face painting, mask-making, and other hands-on activities, live performances, and more. Attendees can also participate in the Art of Adornment workshop with creative artist Januwa Moja-Nelson (workshop space is limited, sign up upon arrival).

The Art of Storytelling
Where: National Museum of the American Indian
When: Saturday, 12pm & Sunday, 10:30am
Admission: Free

This family experience will delight all ages as they listen to storyteller and musician Gregory Analla (Isleta/Laguna) as he shares songs and stories from his Pueblo culture. Analla reveals his culture through personal knowledge, family stories, language, history, music and more. 

ToTh Family Day
Where: Douglas Memorial Church Fellowship Hall
When: Saturday, February 22nd 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Admission: $5 or 3 canned goods

Enjoy a fun-filled family afternoon and pick up some great bargains at Toddlers on the Hill’s Family Day. There will be a large indoor yard sale, music featuring The Singing Lizard, games, sweepstakes, and more. Meet up with neighbors, find some good deals, and have fun with the kids, all while raising funds to sponsor a child from a low income family in the neighborhood for the next program year to attend a private, early childhood education program in the area. ALL proceeds go towards participation fees at Toddlers on the Hill. The Douglas Memorial Church is located at 800 11th Street NE.

Walk in the Woods
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

How about hitting the trail to enjoy the break from snow?  This go-to KFDC post has a bunch of recommendations for good places to hike with kids. And one that’s not on the list, but great for family tramping: Turkey Run Park, just off the GW Parkway.

Portrait Story Days
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 1-4pm & Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the 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. On Saturday, learn about American singer Marian Anderson. And on Sunday, the program will be about American tap dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.

Hot Chocolate from the Panda Van
Where: National Zoo
When: Saturday & Sunday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

A new Ford Transit Connect Van is coming to the Zoo to enable the park management team to conduct essential business all over the 129 acre property. And this weekend, it’s also bringing free hot chocolate for all Zoo visitors! From 1-3pm, look for the van covered with images of Bao Bao near the Olmstead Walk entrance at the Zoo bus lot to get your cuppa cocoa.


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5 Responses to The Weekend Round-Up: February 22-23

  1. Susan

    Hi Linda
    I love your site and your recommendations are a great resource for my family. I just wanted to give a bit of a caveat about Greenbelt National Park. My children go to school on the border of the park and I have met with the park rangers there. They are discouraging children from coming to the park in the Spring, Summer and Fall because of the very high numbers of ticks with Lyme disease. They have ended their outreach programs to schools and kids during these months. I wish it was not the case, because it is so handy 🙂 Oh Well.

    • Linda @ KidFriendly DC

      Thank you for the heads-up about this, Susan. I had no idea. But I’ll note that in the post about hiking there.

  2. Art

    Love your site and use it weekly to find great activities for the family!

    Just wanted to point out that you list The Grandsons Jr. at Jammin Java this Saturday 2/22/2014 but according to Jammin Java’s site there’s no kids show listed for 2/22 and I just called and confirmed there’s no show tomorrow morning..

    • Linda @ KidFriendly DC

      Thank you for pointing that out, Art. That was leftover from last week – my error. It’s off the list now. Have a great wknd!


    I remember since we moved to this area your website is a life saver with three kids. When kids asked what are we doing this weekend? I always searched here 🙂

    Thank you
    HennaDC Shabnam.

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