The Weekend Round-Up: March 8-9

Winter chillin' at the Arboretum

Winter chillin’ at the Arboretum

It’s a fun and interesting mix of special events and activities this weekend, from free art programs at local museums to storytime at NPR to show time at local theatres to the start of DC United’s season at RFK and lots more in between. Even better, the sun will be shining the whole time. And don’t forget to turn the clocks forward — a nice little sign that spring is on its way. Happy Weekend!

Family Day: The Great Escape!
Where: Corcoran Gallery
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Journey to Paris, New York, and the Wild West through music, art-making, and performances for all ages! This free event includes music, circus performances, cowboy and lasso demos, art making workshops, story time with DC Public Library, fancy face painting, a raffle, and more. Be sure to catch the exhibition American Journeys—Visions of Place, the inspiration for the day’s activities.

Where: NPR Headquarters
When: Saturday, 10am
Admission: $10

Take the kids to storytime with some of your favorite NPR journalists as they read popular children’s titles. NPR Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin guides kids and parents alike through the Books Always Everywhere “field day” of readings, projected illustrations, and live music. Readers include TED Radio Hour host Guy Raz and NPR Science correspondent Shankar Vedantam. A complimentary healthy snack, beverages, and fun activities are included in the ticket price. NPR Headquarters are located at 1111 North Capitol NE. Purchase tickets here.

Intersections Festival
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by Performance

It’s the final weekend of the Atlas Performing Arts Center’s 5th annual festival of the arts, and there will be several performances and activities for the entire family to enjoy: Under the Canopy from Arts on the Horizon, a free Boogie Babes show, storytime with a celebrity guest reader (the wonderful principal of my son’s school!), Lucky’s Tap Dancing Feet, the bilingual puppet show Fábulas Mayas, dance performances, and even more. Visit the Intersections website for show times, descriptions, and ticket info.

Lowe’s Build and Grow
Where: Local Lowe’s Stores
When: Saturday, 10am
Admission: Free

The home improvement store offers free bimonthly workshops just for kids. Guests can make a free wooden project (with parent help), and this session they’ll be building birdhouses. Each participant also receives a free goodies upon completion of their project. Go here to register.

Super Science Saturday
Where: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15

It’s Super Science Saturday, the monthly program at the Air & Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Dulles. There will be demonstrations and hands-on activities that immerse children in science and technology topics related to aviation and space exploration. On Saturday, it’ll center around “The Space Shuttle” theme.

Mamma Mia!
Where: National Theatre
When: Through March 9
Admission: Ticket prices vary

If you like ABBA, Broadway shows, music that takes you back, or all of the above, I highly recommend seeing Mamma Mia! I caught the opening night performance (for the second time…the first nearly 10 years ago), and there are so many things to love about it – the singing, dancing, delightful plot, comedic moments, the amazing costumes, and the itch to jump up and belt out every single song along with the talented cast. It’s probably a little much for young children, but tweens and older kids would enjoy it. Of course, it would make a great date night or girls’ night out, too.

Henry IV Open Rehearsal
Where: Sidney Harmon Hall
When: Saturday 11am & 12:30pm | Sunday 11:30am & 1pm
Admission: Free

Have a little Shakespeare enthusiast or budding actor on your hands? Or maybe you’re a big fan of the Bard yourself? If so, this is a fun treat from the Shakespeare Theatre: Join the cast, crew, and artistic staff as they take the stage for the first time to rehearse for Henry IV. Watch Artistic Director Michael Kahn in action as he directs the players of his upcoming play at Sidney Harmon Hall. Seating is general admission and first-come, first-served.

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

* There’s an NSP Teddy Bear Concert at the Kennedy Center. Imagination Duo is being performed both Saturday and Sunday.
* Encore Stage and Studio, theatre by kids for kids, presents The Secret Case of Sherlock Holmes.
* You can still see Rumplestiltskin on the Imagination Stage.
* It’s your last chance to 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 Panda-Monium is the featured Tiny Tots show.
* Lauren O’Neill James Irish Dance is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance.
* The Great Zucchini is will be entertaining the crowd at Jammin’ Java Saturday morning.

Are You Ready for Some Futbol?
Where: RFK Stadium
When: Saturday, 7pm
Admission: Tickets start at $26

The DC United kicks off the new season at home with a match against Columbus Crew on Saturday evening. You can get a Home Opener pack, which includes 2 tickets + 2 caps for as low as $22 per seat – select section 314, 329, or 330 for home opener exclusive seating options.

Persian New Year Celebration
Where: Freer Sackler Gallery
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Dance, play, and feast your way into the Persian New Year at the Freer and Sackler Galleries. The museums’ sixth annual Nowruz celebration features free attractions for all ages—including Haft Sin table displays, “fire” jumping, chess and backgammon, cartoons from Iran, musical performances, stories by Xanthe Gresham, hands-on activities, and traditional Persian food.

Portrait Story Days: Georgia O’Keefe
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Drop in to 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 Sunday, learn about American artist Georgia O’Keeffe. And for more about the program, see this post about our experience there.

Roam Free
Where: Dumbarton Oaks Gardens
When: Saturday & Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

There’s just over a week left to enjoy free admission along with the lovely gardens at Dumbarton Oaks. From November through mid-March, there is no fee to roam the grounds of the Georgetown locale. It’s a beautiful place to explore any time of year. Read more about about it and get a glimpse in this post from last fall.

Out and About
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

It looks like we’re in for some relatively nice (as in, not snowy and freezing) weather this weekend so get outside and relish in it. Head to the National Arboretum, stroll the grounds of Brookside Gardens, hit the trail at Great Falls or Riverbend Park, visit the animals at Old Maryland Farm or the Zoo. Find more info about all these suggestions and many more in this post about the best places in the DC area to enjoy a day outdoors.


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2 Responses to The Weekend Round-Up: March 8-9

  1. Liz

    Just an FYI, the gardens are closed today because there is still ice on some of the steps and debris to be cleared. That’s what we were told. So you might want to call ahead before going!

    • Linda @ KidFriendly DC

      Liz, thanks so much for letting me know this. Posted to Facebook to help spread the word. Hopefully, the gardens will be open today!

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