The Weekend Round-Up: February 9-11

Making the rounds at Fort Dupont Ice Arena

Happy Weekend!

Indoor Picnic & Movie Night
Where: National Cathedral | Northwest DC
When: Friday, 6pm
Admission: Suggestion donation of $5 ($10/household)

Bring your friends, dinner, and a blanket for DC’s largest indoor picnic — enhanced in 2018 with a large-screen movie. Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame will be shown at 6pm, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be screened at 8pm. This is part of the extraordinary experience of Seeing Deeper, returning to Washington National Cathedral for the third year in a row.

DIY Valentine Cards
Where: National Postal Museum | NoMa, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Love is in the details at the National 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 to love. They’ll have pretty papers and neat Valentine-themed supplies, all you need to bring is your creativity to decorate your card. For more about the museum, see this KFDC post.

Feel the Love
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Love is in the air — and at places all around DC this weekend! Events and activities to celebrate Valentine’s Day range from story time and crafts to nature programs to tea time. And they’re sure to be especially sweet. This post has the scoop on all of them.

NOAA Open House
Where: NOAA | Silver Spring, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Explore your world and learn how NOAA takes the pulse of the planet every day and then uses that information to predict the weather, manage fish, and conduct many other critical activities. Visit the NOAA Silver Spring, campus for all kinds of of free, fun activities, including engaging talks by NOAA experts, interactive exhibits, and hands-on activities for ages 5 and up. Meet and talk with scientists, weather forecasters, hurricane hunters, and others who work to understand our environment, protect life and property, and conserve and protect natural resources. There are also special tours for ages 7 and up. Note: A government-issued photo ID is required for adults. Check the website for a list of acceptable forms of ID.

Mardi Gras Family Day
Where: Anacostia Community Museum | Anacostia, DC
When: Saturday, 11m – 4pm
Admission: Free

It’s the museum’s 50th anniversary, so they are pulling out all the stops at this event. For the first time ever, the museum will hold its annual Mardi Gras event in their own 2,500 square foot main gallery! That means more space for exciting art workshops, clowns, magicians, living statues, fortune tellers, face painting, balloon art, Marie Laveau (storyteller),  live music, a family-style “second-line” parade down Bourbon Street’s red carpet, vendor’s marketplace, food vendor and more! NOTE:  A shuttle will run to and from the Anacostia Metro Station (green line) every half hour from 10:45am to 4:30pm — it meets across the street from the Metro Station in the Shannon Place circle.

African American Pioneers in Aviation and Space
Where: Udvar-Hazy Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Each February, Black History Month, the National Air & Space Museum celebrates the significant contributions African Americans have made to flight and space exploration. Join them on Saturday at the Chantilly arm of the museum for presentations, hands-on activities, and stories. Learn about African American astronauts, pilots, and scientists of the past and present and their accomplishments. Listen to guest speakers share their personal tales of triumph. It’s a day of activities that will challenge families to be pioneers in space and aviation!

More Black History Month Events
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

February is Black History Month, and there are events and activities throughout the DC area to celebrate it. Museum programs (including an entire museum!), special tours and exhibits, story time sessions, and more will be enlightening and fun for all ages. See where they’re all happening here.

Ice It
Where: Ice rinks around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

In the spirit of the Olympics, get out on the ice! Practice your triple lutzes and camel spins or work on giving Maame Biney some competition. If it’s raining, skate indoors at Fort Dupont Ice Arena in DC, Cabin John or Herbert Wells Ice Rinks in Maryland, or Kettler in Ballston. Head outside if it’s nice: Enjoy art as you skate at the Sculpture Garden; skim over the meandering paths at Canal Park; circle the rink at Washington Harbour; glide along the area’s newest rink at The Wharf, or do some shopping then skate at Pentagon Row, Tyson’s Corner, Veteran’s Plaza, Rockville Town Square, or Reston Town Center. This post has details on all these ice skating options in the area.

Gear Drive & FREE Boogie Babes
Where: The Residences at Eastern Market | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Donate baby gear you no longer need to a family in need and stay to boogie down! On Saturday morning, bring your gently used strollers, pack-n-plays, and baby carriers to The Residences at Eastern Market and contribute to the Greater DC Diaper Bank’s Nursery Project. Plan to stay and enjoy a FREE weekend Boogie Babes concert by Rainbow Rock!

Chinese New Year Celebration
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Help “awaken the lion” and ring in the New Year! Enjoy a variety of activities and demonstrations including traditional paper cutting, an art scavenger hunt, building red lanterns, and panda-themed crafts. Performances by special guest artists from Chengdu, China, will include traditional music, Sichuan Opera, and acrobatics. Don’t miss out on Chinese food and beverage specials in the Courtyard Café.

Family Day: The Arctic Melt
Where: National Academy of Sciences | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Join Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS) and the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC) for a day of family fun discovering the Arctic landscape and its inhabitants. Through hands-on activities, children and families will explore Diane Tuft’s stunning photography exhibit, The Arctic Melt: Images of a Disappearing Landscape, and make connections to the Arctic environment, climate change, and conservation. Participants are encouraged to bring an old t-shirt to make a reusable shopping bag. National Academy of Sciences is located at 2101 Constitution Avenue NW.

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

* It’s opening weekend for Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day at Adventure Theatre
* See a couple of classics on stage as BlackRock Center for Performing Arts presents Goodnight Moon & Runaway Bunny
* Digging up Dessa, recommended for ages 10+ is at the Kennedy Center
* The Prince and the Pauper – A Bollywood Tale is on the Imagination Stage
* This weekend is the last chance to see Tales of Beatrix Potter at The Puppet Co.
* And Snow Show is their featured Tiny Tots performance for littles
* Reserve free tickets for Gemini Children’s Theatre:Little Mermaid’s Pollution Solution, this week’s Saturday morning at the National performance.
* Little ones will love Inside Out at Imagination Stage

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.)

As the Wheel Turns
Where: Peirce Mill | Rock Creek Park, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12pm
Admission: Free

Learn about the power of water and its connection to food on a mill tour with Friends of Peirce Mill or a National Park Service Ranger at this historic site in Rock Creek Park. Ages are welcome to drop in. Read more about Peirce Mill in this KFDC post.

Warming Stories
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am & Sunday, 11:30am
Admission: Free

Join the National Gallery of Art for a cozy winter weekend of animated shorts from Weston Woods Studios, where books come to life through film. This program includes Ezra Jack Keats’s The Snowy Day, Leo Lionni’s Frederick, Jane Yolen’s Owl Moon, Ed Young’s Seven Blind Mice, Mac Barnett’s Extra Yarn, and Peter H. Reynolds’s The North Star.

Chocolate: From Blossom to Beverage
Where: National Museum of the American Indian | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5:30pm
Admission: Free

So, it’s not a Valentine’s Day activity, per se, but the timing of this festival focusing on chocolate likely isn’t a coincidence. Join the NMAI to celebrate one of the world’s most beloved foods. Hear the stories of cacao, help create an interactive mural telling the story of chocolate, enjoy music of the marimba, and learn about the process of turning cacao into chocolate.

College Hoops
Where: Universities around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Ticket prices vary

With so many colleges in the area, there’s always some good NCAA basketball going on during the season — and it’s a really fun time for families. Here are some games to catch this weekend:
* Maryland men vs. Northwestern on Saturday at 12pm (Go, Terps!)
* American men vs. Lehigh on Saturday at 2pm
* George Mason vs. GWU on Saturday at 4pm
* GWU women vs. Dayton on Sunday at 12pm
* George Mason women vs. UMass on Sunday at 2pm

Lunar New Year Celebration
Where: Freer|Sackler Gallery | National Mall, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Ring in the Year of the Dog with the museum dedicated to Asian at their fourth annual Lunar New Year celebration! Discover the richness of arts and culture in Sichuan Province, home to China’s beloved giant pandas. Experience interactive food and art demonstrations, live acrobatic and puppetry performances, and creations by local and international artists. And enjoy the six reimagined Chinese art exhibitions in the Freer and the innovative Resound: Ancient Bells of China in the Sackler.

5th Annual Waterfowl Festival
Where: Black Hill Visitors Center | Boyds, MD
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Bring the whole family for a day filled with activities, demonstrations and exhibits to celebrate the wondrous water birds that call Little Seneca Lake home. Enjoy an original DUCKumentary, lectures on bird conservation, gorgeous carved wood decoys made right before your eyes and make-and-create opportunities for even the littlest birders. Join guided birding excursions to catch a glimpse of marine ducks, swans and maybe even the Black Hill bald eagles!

Mid-Winter Play Day
Where: Takoma Park Community Center | Takoma Park, MD
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Put some play in your Sunday afternoon with Let’s Play Takoma and the Takoma Park Recreation Department. The variety of indoor entertainment will hokey pokey dancing, board games and crafts, and at least 20 more activities for all ages.

The Ins & Outs of DC
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Weather will lkely factor into your weekend planning so these posts will come in handy. The Great Indoors lists 90 ideas for places to go inside. And The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids, well, the title really says it all.

* Get a discount to Something Rotten at The National Theatre — use the code BARD for seats starting at $39 each!
* If you’re looking for kids classes and camps for summer, spring break, after school, even weekends, check the Classes & Camps section of the site, where you can find links to all classes and camps that have been featured on KFDC!
* Current Boutique is a great place to consign and secondhand shop for women’s clothes. Three Four locations in the area — Alexandria, Arlington, Bethesda, and 14th Street.
* Just finished binge watching this on Netflix and might watch it again, it was that good.


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4 Responses to The Weekend Round-Up: February 9-11

  1. Laura

    The Uptown has been showing family friendly movies on Saturdays and Sundays, they are $5 for a ticket and start at 10:30am. This weekend is Princess Bride.

  2. Regine

    I appreciate you and this website so much! Just wanted to point out that the link to Mardi Gras leads to the NOAA website.

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