The Weekend Round-Up: March 19-20

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The weather on the way may just redefine March Madness. But with all these great picks, the chance of a little snow won’t upset your family fun. 😉 Happy Weekend!

Eggcellent Events
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by event

Egg hunts, Easter bunny visits, and more spring fun to celebrate Easter and the season have started around the area. Even if you’re not big on the holiday, there are attractions beyond bunnies and candy-filled eggs that will have the whole fam hopping with joy. Find a list of them and plan for upcoming events here.

Okinawa Matsuri Family Days
Where: Textile Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm & Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Discover Okinawa at this all-ages celebration! Try your hand at origami, traditional bingata painting, and other art activities. Enjoy children’s stories, dance performances, and karate demonstrations. Learn about the geography and natural environment of the island, sample Okinawan treats, and take home a local souvenir. Check the website for the schedule of events each day.

Where: National Theatre
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Ticket price vary

The classic musical is here in DC — and it is fantastic! Sasha and I caught a show earlier this week, and we both adored it. Having only seen the movies previously, it was a treat to see the story brought to life on stage. If you want to do something special with the kids, definitely consider this theatre outing!

Kites of Asia Heritage Family Day
Where: National Air & Space Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Get ready for the Blossom Kite Festival as you celebrate spring and Asian Heritage. Talk to kite experts, see pan-Asian kite displays, marvel at indoor kite flying, make your own kite, and maybe even take a dance lesson! This year’s Kites of Asia Heritage Family Day will have a special focus on Nepal and India.

Environmental Film Fest
Where: Various locations
When: Through March 26
Admission: Varies by film

More than 150 films from across the globe are being screened around the DC-Metro area during the 24th annual Environmental Film Festival. And there are several family-oriented flicks among them this weekend. Little movie-goers can watch a series of animated shorts at Deanwood and MLK, Jr. Memorial Libraries. Tiny Giants 3D will play at the AMC Lowes in Georgetown. And there’s a film incorporated into the National Gallery’s monthly program for kids (see below). There are even more films that kids will likely enjoy – and learn from. View the website for showtimes and details.

Maryland Day
Where: Throughout Anne Arundel County
When: Friday – Sunday, times vary by activity
Admission: Activities are free or just $1

Rediscover Maryland’s history with family and friends during a fun-filled festival highlighting the uniqueness of the Four Rivers Heritage Area, as local cultural and heritage sites offer special activities and tours. Stroll through downtown Annapolis or visit Historic London Town and the Annapolis countryside to enjoy educational tours, costumed re-enactors, art exhibits, kids’ activities, and more. The weekend will also include a tour of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s headquarters, a new exhibition at the Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College, and a fun scavenger hunt for history in the City of Annapolis.

Saturday Family Jazz Session
Where: Strathmore
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: $10

Jumpstart a love for jazz with classes that nurture talent and spark musicality! Junior jazz aficionados can spend Saturday mornings singing, playing, and preparing for a lifetime of jazz appreciation at this fun, creative, kid-friendly series featuring classes with multi-instrumentalist and local jazz legend Seth Kibel and renowned jazz singer Rochelle Rice. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. All attendees, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

James and the Giant Peach
Where: Adventure Theatre
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $19.50

Catch the latest production at the Glen Echo theater: When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion which results in a tremendous peach – and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score by the TONY Award-nominated team of Pasek and Paul and a curiously quirky book by Timothy Allen McDonald.

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

* Reserve your free tickets for Upcycled Cinderella, this week’s Saturday Morning at the National show
* Catch a performance of Beauty and the Beast at The Puppet Co.
* And Jellybean Babies is the featured Tiny Tots show there
*Boxes, Boxes, Boxes recently opened at Imagination Stage
* Mr. Jon & Friends is the Saturday morning entertainment at Jammin’ Java
* Enjoy a grown-up night out at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s new production of Othello

Family Workshop: Afghan Fighter Kites
Where: Sackler Gallery
When, Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 1 pm and 2–4 pm
Admission: Free

In the exhibition Turquoise Mountain, venture into an Afghan caravanserai, complete with artisan stalls and architectural elements, and hear stories about the people, places, and heritage of Afghanistan. Then, return to the classroom to work with an Afghan American kite maker to create your own kite. This program is designed for children ages 6–12 and adults to enjoy together. Registration opens February 15 at 12 pm.

Monkey Kingdom on Film
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday, 10:30am & Sunday, 11:30am
Admission: Free

See a movie at the art museum. Set among ancient ruins in the lush jungles of Sri Lanka, Monkey Kingdom documents the life of Maya, a Toque Macaque, and her newborn, Kip. As Maya navigates the social hierarchy of her extended family, she strives to keep Kip healthy and safe. When the troop of monkeys is forced from their home on Castle Rock, Maya unexpectedly takes the lead. Narrated by Tina Fey, this stunning live-action documentary captures the beauty and peril of the macaques’ yearlong journey. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Animal Close-Ups
Where: National Geographic Museum
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $15/adult, $10/ages 5-12 (find a discount here)

Experience two fascinating exhibits in one outing at the museum downtown. Photo Ark, a gorgeous collection of portraits of the world’s animal species, spotlights conservation through the lens of photographer Joel Sartore. And you can zoom in on CROCS through an exhibit focusing on crocodilians. Components like captivating images, interactive displays, and live creatures are compelling for all ages.

Date Night: Shakespeare Sans Words
Where: Synetic Theater
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Admission: Tickets start at $20

It’s probably hard to imagine a wordless Shakespeare production, but Synetic Theater’s version of Romeo and Juliet is just that, and it’s phenomenal. Innovative, fluid choreography set against dramatic scenery of gears in a clock, all to a unique soundtrack of ticks, tocks, and chimes makes for a gorgeous, mesmerizing production. Words aren’t necessary when a familiar story is told in such a beautifully expressive way. If you’re a fan of the bard or just appreciate superb theatre, I highly recommend this show. Teens and up could enjoy it, but it makes for a great grown-up night out.

18th Century Farm Spring Clean-Up
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Play a role in getting the Claude Moore Colonial Farm ready for the 2016 season and Opening Day on April 1. On this 18th century working farm, trails and fields need to be cleared, fences rebuilt, and wood split, moved and stacked. There is also work in the greenhouse, cleaning animal pens, and other spruce-up activities. This is a great activity for groups and families, and volunteers get a complimentary picnic hot dog lunch. Bring work gloves and dress for the weather.

JumpIt Pass Open House
Where: Kidville Falls Grove
When: Saturday, 4-6pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the launch of JumpIt Pass as they host an open house along Kidville Falls Grove. The event will feature art, play, fun, and more with Danielle Sara Photography, BabyProofing Montgomery, Crystal Cakes and Kidville. RSVP preferred but not required. Kidville Falls Grove is located at 14925 Shady Grove Road in Rockville.

Beyblade Back Outside
Where: MLK Park, Silver Spring
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 4pm
Admission: Starts at $5

Calling all Bladers! Spring is in the area, so the Beyblade Tourney is returning outside. It will take place beside the pavilion just above the basketball courts. For more details on tourney times and more, see the website.

World Storytelling Day
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden
When: Sunday, 1-4
Admission: $5/adult, $3/ages 6-17, free for 5 and under

Visiting artist Ariana Ross will take families on an interactive art and story adventure of the “Wiggling Giggling Bookworm,” with lots of dancing, singing, wiggling, and giggling as she helps everyone find their “inner bookworm.” The program also includes creative writing, drawing, and music-making as guests construct their own stories. If you have a big imagination, love to tell tales, and want to have fun learning, then this is the family program for you. Ariana’s performance begins at 1pm and lasts 45 minutes, with a 45 minute family workshop immediately following. After the event, families are invited to stay for the “Discovering Spring: a Poetry Reading & Open Mic” program, 2:30-4:00pm, or drop in the artLAB, Nature Nook, and Fairy Lolly. Read more about Annmarie here.

Purim Carnival
Where: Agudas Achim Congregation, Alexandria
When: Sunday, 10:30am – 1:30pm
Admission: See details below

Join the Agudas Achim Congregration to celebrate Purim. The carnival will feature all your favorite Purim games, prizes, face painting, arts and crafts, a moon bounce and more! Popcorn, cotton candy, and lunch for purchase. Tickets: All you can play and bounce for $25. Individual game/bounce tickets: $.075 per ticket or 25 tickets for $15. Lunch tickets are $5.

Are You Ready for Some Futbol?
Where: RFK Stadium
When: Sunday, 5pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

College hoops may be getting all the attention, but soccer is on the sports radar, too. The DC United kicks off the new season at home with a match against the Colorado Rapids on Sunday. And if you need to catch up on the local soccer scoop, check out the DC United website for a refresher.

Everyday Play
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Want even more options for local activities with the kids? The Everyday Play page is loaded with ideas for ongoing fun — all of them tried and tested by yours truly and crew.


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2 Responses to The Weekend Round-Up: March 19-20

  1. Ana

    Thanks for including our Okinawa Matsuri Family Days on your listing for this weekend’s events! We’ve enjoyed meeting some of the families who heard about our event through KidFriendly DC.

    • Linda @ KidFriendly DC

      You’re welcome, Ana! We, unfortunately, couldn’t make it, as we were booked up this weekend, but I heard it was an excellent event.

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