Football isn’t the only super thing happening this weekend. This round-up of events and activities around the area confirms it. Happy Weekend!
Celebrate Black History Month
Where: NMAAHC | National Mall, DC
February is Black History Month, and a tour of the National Museum of African American History & Culture is a perfect way to celebrate it. The catch, however, is getting in. Museum admission is still by timed entry pass, and all advanced passes have been distributed. But it still is possible to get same-day tickets! They are available online everyday starting at 6:30am until they run out. (You can also try for walk-up tickets on weekdays after 1pm.) Be sure to read the KFDC Guide to Visiting the National Museum of African American History & Culture with Kids before you go.
Washington Auto Show
Where: Washington Convention Center | Mount Vernon Place, DC
When: Friday, 12-10pm; Saturday, 10am -10pm; Sunday 10am – 7pm
Admission: $12/adults, $5/ages 6-12, free/5 & under
The annual Washington Auto Show is parked at the Washington Convention Center for one more weekend. And if there’s any “grown-up” event that is equally fun for all ages, this is it. The Auto Show is like a Truck Touch, but with automobiles — more than 600 of them! — on display for guests to check out. Other activities, like Ride ‘n Drives and celeb appearances, give guests even more to do and see. There is also a Family Fun Zone for kids with craft activities and PBS characters, plus fun photo ops and neat interactives throughout the expo. Get more info and check out scenes from our visit last weekend. And see this post about one of our experiences at a past show.
Be a Shakespearean Actor
Where: Folger Shakespeare Library | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10-11am & 11am – 12pm
Shake up your Saturday with a workshop especially for kids at the Folger Shakespeare Library! These programs occurring on the first Saturday of every month, encourage families to experience Shakespeare’s language together. This session, develop your acting skills, 1800’s style, in a “How to Be a Shakespearean Actor” workshop. The 10am class is for ages 5-7, the 11am class for ages 8-14. Register here.
Crêpe Day: Celebrate La Chandeleur!
Where: Hillwood Museum | Upper Northwest, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $18/adult, $12/member, $5/child, free/ under 3
We’re just about midway through winter, and Hillwood is celebrating with their annual La Chandeleur, also known as Crêpe Day, marking the halfway point between winter and spring. In France, families celebrate by eating crêpes, which are round and golden, like the springtime sun. Hillwood and Alliance Française de Washington invite families to celebrate the holiday in festive French fashion amidst Hillwood’s spectacular gardens, magnificent mansion, and exquisite French treasures. There will also be activities for all ages, with story times and crafts especially for children.
Valentine DIY Workshop
Where: Home Depot locations around the DMV
When: February 3
At this free hands-on workshop, build a Valentine bean bag toss and score points with your loved ones. Children with and adult can construct and decorate a fun bean bag toss game the whole family will love. All participants get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times and they must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron, and pin. Register in advance — visit the website to find a store near you offering the class.
Maple Sugaring Days
Where: Brookside Nature Center | Wheaton, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Be a part of the maple sugaring process and help collect the sap from trees, watch as its boiled down into sweet maple syrup, and enjoy a taste! This program takes place every Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday in February at select times. Sessions fill up, so register now! This event is also offered in Spanish.
Chocolate Lovers Festival
Where: Several locations in the City of Fairfax, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Varies by activity
Valentine’s Day and chocolate go hand-in-hand, and you can savor it and then some at this sweet event. The City of Fairfax presents its annual festival centered around one of the most wonderful things in the world: Chocolate! There will be all kinds of activities for all ages throughout the weekend, both chocolate and non-chocolate themed — tastings, story time, puppet shows, face painting, chocolate challenges, a chocolate caper mock trial, and much more. The schedule of events has details.
DPR Puppy Bowl
Where: Columbia Heights Rec Center | Columbia Heights, DC
When: Saturday, 2pm
The Department of Parks and Rec is celebrating the Super Bowl early with its own version of the popular Animal Planet show “Puppy Bowl, “ the action-packed live event where puppy owners get to put their puppies inside the game, while an audience watches.There will be two fields of play — one for adult dog free play and one special turf field for official DPR Puppy Bowl play. The event will include a referee and analysis from some of DPR’s most respected voices in local sports. RSVP in advance!
Portrait Stories & Discoveries
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 1-4pm
Drop in at the Portrait Gallery to listen to a story about Duke Ellington, and complete a hands-on activity. When you’re done there, pick up a Portrait Discovery Kit to explore the museum (and the American Art Museum housed in the same building). For more about the program, see this post about a past experience and this one with scenes from a very recent visit.
Race to the Moon
Where: Udvar-Hazy Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 4pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15
Join this free alternate reality game at the Chantilly arm of Air & Space. Set in the thrilling era of early spaceflight, the game explores the exciting race to space by the first American astronauts. Your mission in this installment: Develop a rocket to launch into space, travel over 200,000 miles to the Moon, and land safely. It is 1969 and national pride and prestige are on the line. The United States is in a tight race with the Soviet Union to see who can be the first to land humans on the Moon and return them safely to Earth. NASA needs engineers and scientists with real problem-solving skills.
Where: Theatres around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
* Digging up Dessa, recommended for ages 10+ opens at the Kennedy Center
* Enjoy Shakespeare for the Young: Tiniest Tempest at Strathmore
* Tales of Beatrix Potter is the Main Stage production at The Puppet Co.
* And Snow Show is the featured Tiny Tots performance for littles
* Reserve free tickets for ¡Uno, Dos, Tres, con Andrés!, this week’s Saturday morning at the National performance.
* Little ones will love Inside Out at Imagination Stage
* See the Irish dance phenomenon, Riverdance, at Warner Theatre all weekend
Date Night Theatre
Where: Sidney Harman Hall & Arena Stage | Penn Quarter & Southwest, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Ticket prices vary
If you’re looking for entertainment sans kids, here are a couple of recommendations: Hamlet is Shakespeare Theatre Company’s current production, and this modern version puts an interesting spin on the classic. At Arena Stage, Sovereignty highlights the history, struggles, and truths of the Cherokee Nation in this play that’s also part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. (PS: Both shows could be enjoyed by older kids, too, about middle school ages and up,just be aware that Hamlet runs nearly three hours.)
Where: Rock Creek Nature Center | Rock Creek Park, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 1pm & 4pm
Explore the night sky while the sun shines outside! The Rock Creek Park Planetarium has two shows running on weekends in February. In Winter Night Sky at 1m, discover tonight’s brighter stars, planets, and constellations, and learn their stories. At 4pm, discover African star stories while exploring constellations in the Southern Hemisphere. While you’re there, check out the rest of the Nature Center, enjoy time outside, and visit the stables at the Horse Center nearby. Read more about Rock Creek Park in this KFDC post.
Tween Valentine Card Making Workshop
Where: The Paper Source | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 1pm
Grab your BFF and some glitter for a workshop that will give you heart eyes! Make 5 – 6 Valentines for your classmates, friends, and family using your favorite stickers, stamps, washi and more! This class is intended for ages 8-14.
Valentine Makers Market
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Solomons, MD
When: Saturday, 9am – 2pm
Shop for your Valentine at this indoor market with over 45 vendors. Find something special with great variety of handmade and homemade goods. While you’re there, plan to explore and enjoy the rest of Annmarie’s artsy offerings! Read more about the artsy wonderland here.
1-2-3 Andrés Concert
Where: Naval Lodge | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: $20/adult, $10/child
Enjoy a family concert featuring Latin Grammy Winner 1-2-3 Andrés and have even more fun to support Gan Shalom, an inclusive, cooperative preschool in Capitol Hill. Tickets include music, lunch, drinks , and a silent auction. The Naval Lodge is located at 330 Pennsylvania Avenue SE.
Revenge of the Space Pandas
Where: Mount Olivet United Methodist Church | Arlington, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $13/adults, $7 children
Enjoy Play-Ka-Rah, Keegan Theatre’s program that presents theatrical experiences for families! The Mount Olivet Players, in conjunction with Keegan Theatre, are performing Revenge of the Space Pandas or Binky Rudich and the Two-Speed Clock by David Mamet. This sci-fi fantasy about two 12 year-olds and a sheep hurtling through space to a panda-policed outer dimension serves up wry grown-up humor and fun for the whole family. Proceeds support the Mount Olivet Youth Summer Mission Trips.
Valentine’s Day Card Workshop
Where: National Postal Museum | NoMa, DC
When: February 10-11, 10am – 4pm
Love is in the air at the Postal Museum’s annual Valentine’s Day Card Workshop. We’ve attended this event several times, so I can tell you firsthand it’s one all ages will love. They’ll have pretty papers and neat Valentine-themed supplies — rubber stamps, gems and other 3-D embellishments, special cut-out scissors, washi tape, stickers, and more. All guests need to bring is their creativity to make one-of-a-kind cards!
***MORE GOOD STUFF TO KNOW***
* Feel the love around DC over the next couple of weeks — there are lots of great Valentine’s Day inspired events coming up!
* KidPass, a membership program that gives children access to all kinds of classes, just launched in DC.
* Need kid coverage on the DCPS day off from school February 16? Register your student for a DPR Fun Day, a free, single-day program offering fun and enriching activities for ages 6-12. Sign up starts February 2 at 12pm.
* If screen time is a struggle in your household, you’ll appreciate this honest and witty (and possibly helpful) read about The Seven Day Screen Free Challenge by a local dad. (And I feel compelled to add that I do not judge screen time for kids in any way — mine enjoy it, and so do I, for that matter!)
* This is Us fans (and I know there are lots of you), there is a special Superbowl episode on Sunday evening after the game, and it looks one that will require lots of tissues — even more than the other episodes.
* There’s still time to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to see Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day at Adventure Theatre!