The Weekend Round-Up: January 10-11

A winter walk to school

A winter walk to school

Baby, it’s coooold outside! Luckily, options abound for fun in the warm indoors this weekend. Live entertainment, a free health & fitness expo, museum programs and exhibits, a special family symphony, local hoops, and Charm City adventures are among the recommendations. And given the weather so far this winter, I suggest browsing — actually, bookmarking — The Great Indoors post, too. Happy Weekend!

Winter Festival
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Don’t fly south for the winter, flock to the museum! The American Art Museum has feathery fun for kids and the whole family as they celebrate The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art with bird-themed crafts by Smithsonian Gardens, print-making with Lily Press, a scavenger hunt, live music, and more.

Health & Fitness Expo
Where: Washington Convention Center
When: Saturday, 9am – 5pm & Sunday, 9am – 4pm
Admission: Free

NBC’s annual exposition celebrates healthy living at the Washington Convention Center. There will be free health screenings, exercise and dance demos, opportunities to test out new sports, giveaways, and activities especially for kids. 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.

NSO in Your Neighborhood
Where: Various venues in NoMa & Brookland
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

The National Symphony Orchestra is back with its NSO in Your Neighborhood initiative, this year to the NoMa and Brookland areas of DC. This weekend, they’re presenting a variety of activities, with an emphasis on chamber performances, education, and community engagement programs for audiences of all ages. While all of the performances can be appreciated by any age, there’s a Family Concert & Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo” at McKinley Technology Education Campus on Saturday afternoon geared toward young children. View the full schedule for details and other performances.

Things That Make You Go “Vroom”
Where: Washington Convention Center
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $15/adult, $6/child (use code FACEBOOK15 online for a discount)

Do you feel the need for speed? Or like to ogle things that go fast, anyway? Then head to the Progresive International Motorcycle Show this weekend to check out all kinds of cool wheels. See the hottest street bikes, dirt bikes, vintage motorcycles, cruisers, scooters, side-by-sides, and ATVs. Along with the automotive eye-candy, there will be live entertainment, gear and accessories on display, tank painting demos, t-shirt screen printing, awesome custom bikes, and more. Cycle enthusiasts, young and old, will dig this, for sure.

Hometown Hoops
Where: Area colleges
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Varies

Cheer on a local college team and see some exciting basketball action! The women Hoyas welcome Providence College to the Georgetown court tonight (tickets here). The GW Colonials women’s team is playing Richmond on Saturday (tickets here). American University’s men’s b-ballers are hosting Colgate on Saturday (tickets here). And the George Mason Patriots men are playing UMass on Sunday afternoon (tickets here).

Rock on with the grandsons, Jr.
Where: FNDTN Gallery and Liveroom
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: $8 at door (free for infants)

How about some live entertainment from one of the area’s most popular kindie rock bands? the grandsons, Jr. are bringing their unique mix of rock, swing, New Orleans R&B, country, and latin music that they call Americana to Kensington on Saturday. The concert is presented by Junior Jams, which promotes local artists and the independent kids music genre, booking shows and sharing a calendar of live music and other events for families in the Washington-Metro area. Check it out here or follow @kindiemusicdc on Twitter for regular updates.

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

* Encore Stage & Studio debuts its production of Cinderella this weekend (look for a deal on tickets)
* 101 Dalmations is on the Imagination Stage
* And little ones will enjoy interactive theatre with Inside Out at the Bethesda theatre
* See the romantic Broadway musical for all generations, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, at the Warner Theatre
* Gustafer Yellowgold is playing the 10:30am show at Jammin’ Java on Saturday
* Bastian & Batsianna, a comic fairy tale opera-musical by the 12-year old Mozart, will be at the Source Theatre
* Imagination Stage’s teen performance ensemble will perform the musical comedy The Addams Family
* Enjoy an adaption of The Little Mermaid at Olney Theatre (look for a deal on tickets)

Baltimore, Hon!
Where: Charm City attractions
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Zip up I-95 for some fun in our sister city. Explore the exhibits and loads of hands-on activities at the Maryland Science Center. See some of the quirkiest, coolest art ever at the American Visionary Art Museum. Play the day away at Port Discovery. Get an eyeful of the underwater world at the National Aquarium. Or tour the historic ships at the Inner Harbor.

Summer Camp Sampler
Where: Imagination Stage
When: Saturday, 9am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Get an up-close and personal taste of what summer camp is like at Imagination Stage – they promise you’ll have a blast! Sample camps are about 30 minutes long, with the exception of longer drop-off Musical Production samplers (which also include a free pizza lunch). Parents are encouraged to join the samplers for children in grades 2 or younger. Parents of campers in grades 3 or older are welcome to observe the sampler, but not required. Register for a sample class here. And note that all ages and grades listed are indicative of your child’s age/grade on September 1, 2015.

Get Q?rius
Where: Natural History Museum
When: Friday 2-5pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The interactive and experiential learning space at the Natural History Museum is, in a word, AWESOME. Visitors can view up close — and in many cases handle — real artifacts and specimens from the museum’s collections. Microscopes let young guests feel like real scientists, and drawers full of everything from animal species to cultural relics are accessible for examination. And even though it’s been promoted as a space for teens and tweens, younger children definitely can appreciate it, too. On Sunday afternoon, there will be a special “Genes in a Bottle” program, where guests can take part in a molecular biology activity and create a necklace pendant made up of your own DNA (recommended for ages 7 and up).

Go Nat Geo
Where: National Geographic Museum
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $11/adult, $7/ages 5-12, free for 4 and under

Experience two interactive exhibits recommended for all ages. “Spinosaurus” and “Food: Our Global Kitchen” are currently at the National Geographic Museum, and right now adults can get a discount on admission to visit them.

Heath & Happiness Fest
Where: Bowie, Md
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

The Mama Sisterhood of Prince Georges County is hosting an event to educate and provide resources for families to live healthy from the inside out, from eating healthy and staying fit to being happy. Guests can enjoy some “Mommy Pampering,” door Prizes, as well as a variety of seminars geared towards the adults such baby prep, acupuncture, make-up. For kids there will be a craft table, a Music and Movement, yoga, singing, and story time. This all takes place at 10201 MLK Jr Highway, 2nd floor in Bowie, Md. The event is free but registration is requested.

Portrait Story Days
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 1-4pm & 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. This Sunday, learn about artist Benny Andrews. Read more about the program in this post about a KFDC experience there.

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