The Weekend Round-Up: February 1-3

Enjoy a local go-to and warming weather on the National Gallery of Art rooftop!

Happy Weekend!

Stop by the Smithsonians
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

It’s the first weekend that many of our go-to destinations that were closed during the shutdown are finally open again! Plan to pop into a museum or a few (or the Zoo!) to get a Smithsonian (or National Gallery of Art, which is not part of the Smithsonian) fix. Check for special programs or just stroll around, enjoy the exhibits, and relish in their return.

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

February is Black History Month, and there are many great events and activities throughout the DC area to celebrate it. Museum programs (including an entire museum), special events, tours and exhibits, live entertainment, story time sessions, and more will be enlightening and fun for all ages. This post has details on where many are happening this weekend and over the next few weeks.

Black Panther
Where: Select AMC theaters nationwide
When: February 1-7
Admission: Free

Disney just announced that the blockbuster Marvel film, Black Panther, will be returning to theaters for one week in celebration of Black History Month and their best picture win at the SAG awards. Even better, screenings will be FREE! Go here to snag tickets.

Young at Arts: St. Lawrence String Quartet
Where: Wolf Trap | Vienna, VA
When: Friday, 7pm
Admission: $40

See a concert that’s part of Wolf Trap’s new Young at Arts series! This new accessibility initiative invites families and caregivers to introduce children to the joy of the performing arts. For around the cost of taking your family to the movies you can now attend live performing arts events. Young at Arts allows ticket buyers to receive one free youth (17 and under) ticket for each accompanying adult ticket purchased. It kicks off with St. Lawrence String Quartet performing masterworks by Haydn, Mozart, and Brahms. 

Groundhog Day
Where: Dupont Circle fountain | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Saturday, 8:30am
Admission: Free

If you’ve got an early rising family, go see Potomac Phil, the National Groundhog, make an appearance and offer weather and, because it’s DC, political predictions. Phil will let us know whether to expect six more weeks of winter or an early spring (and maybe who else will try for a presidential run?). Live accordion music, polka dancers, a puppet show, local VIP’s, and more will be part of the festivities. Get there early to get a good view — and to be sure you don’t miss Phil’s emergence!

Saturday Morning Magic at the National
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 9:30am & 11am
Tickets: Free

This Saturday’s installment of the National Theatre’s free weekly live entertainment series features a fun and mysterious magic show with magician Brian Curry. Reserve free tickets online or get them day-of, but note they are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis there, and everyone must be in line to receive a ticket.

Welcome Back Celebration
Where: National Postal Museum | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

The Postal Museum is happy to be up and running again after the government shutdown, so much that they are celebrating with a day of special festivities! On Saturday, join them for tours, craft activities, hands-on gallery demos, scavenger hunts with prizes, movies, story time, and more! Read more about this awesome but often overlooked Smithsonian gem here.

The Land of Chocolate
Where: Several locations in the City of Fairfax, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Varies by activity

Leading up to Valentine’s Day, 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, magic & juggling, Valentine making, chocolate challenges, a chocolate caper mock trial, and much more. See the schedule of events for details.

Heart Candy Box DIY Project
Where: Home Depot locations around the DMV
When: Saturday, 9am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate love and kindness at this free hands-on workshop. Kids with their parents can build a heart shaped box for Valentine’s Day perfect as a gift for someone you love or to stash super sweet Valentine’s Day goodies and keepsakes. Once the heart is built, it can be customized with paint and stickers. All kids’ workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Register in advance — visit the website to find a store near you offering the class.

More Activities to Love
Where: Around the area
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 to crafts to card making sessions to a museum exhibit to nature programs. And all of them are sure to be especially sweet. This post has the scoop on all of them.

Family T-Shirt Quilting Workshop
Where: Anacostia Community Museum | Anacostia, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 1:30pm
Admission: Free

T-shirts can tell a story or mark an event in life. Do you have a favorite t-shirt, t-shirts in a drawer or on the closet shelf that you no longer wear but can’t throw away? Bring them to this workshop and learn basic sewing techniques to put together a useful, easy-care family heirloom quilt. Participants are asked to bring 6-12 shirts to the workshop. (Note: This is a two-part workshop — the second part will be on Saturday, February 23.)

Maple Sugaring Days

Where: Brookside Nature Center | Wheaton, MD

When: Saturday & Sunday

Admission: $7

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 Saturday and Sunday in February at select times. Sessions fill up, so register now!

Shake Up Your Saturday
Where: Folger Shakespeare Library | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10-11am & 11am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Shake up your Saturday with a workshop at the Folger! These programs occurring on the first Saturday of every month encourage families to experience Shakespeare’s language together. This session, learn the art of over-acting with Shakespearean confessions of love. Register in advance — 10-11am is recommended for ages 4-7, and 11am – 12pm is recommended for ages 7-11. Read a KFDC write-up about the Folger here.

Shows on Strings (and Hands)
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $6-12

The Velveteen Rabbit is the Main Stage performance at the puppet theater in Glen Echo Park, recommended for children in pre-K and up. And really little ones can Winter Wonderland, this week’s featured Tiny Tots show, on Sunday at 10am.

Wake Up, Brother Bear
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Tickets: $12

Sister Bear and Brother Bear are back from hibernation to take your little ones on an interactive journey through the seasons. Meet a curious butterfly, play in a rushing waterfall, and catch lightning bugs as the bears frolic through the forest in this unforgettable live theatre experience. Reimagined for this 10th anniversary performance, this audience favorite is sure to delight and inspire. Recommended for ages 1-5.

Disney Sing-a-long
Where: Nordstrom | Pentagon City, VA
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: Free

This sing-along of Disney tunes is a free, fun, and interactive outing for 0-8 year olds, sponsored by Disney on Ice. Enjoy live music for kids with Disney songs and more. And if it inspires you to buy tickets for Disney on Ice at Capitol One Arena, save $8 on tickets with offer code BABYJAM at for these shows: Feb 15 @ 7:30pm, Feb 16 @ 6:30pm, Feb 17 @ 4:30pm, Feb 18 @ 4:30pm.

Mouse in House
Where: Theatre on the Run | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday, 4pm
Admission: $15/adult, $10/child (look for a discount)

Adapted from the book by Elizabeth Spires, Mouse in House is about a friendship between a lively mouse and reclusive 19th-century poet Emily Dickinson. The mouse’s life changes forever when a gust of wind blows one of Emily’s poems her way. Moved by Emily’s evocative words that capture her own feelings, the mouse becomes determined to be a poet herself.

New nook
Where: Nook | Ballston, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $20

A new location of the play space for children opens this Saturday in Ballston! Reserve your spot to be among the first to enjoy it. And be sure to keep nook in your rotation of places to bring little ones to play!

Portrait Stories & Discoveries
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the Portrait Gallery to listen to a story about Toni Morrison, 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 more scenes and info.

As the Wheel Turns
Where: Peirce Mill | Rock Creek Park, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10a – 4pm
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.

The Magic of Adam Trent
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: February 2, 8pm
Tickets: $55 – $80 (look for a ticket discount)

One of the original stars of the Broadway hit The Illusionists has teamed up with that show’s producers to present an illusion show with a scale and mass appeal not seen since the touring days of David Copperfield. Returning to his roots as a solo performer, breakout star Adam Trent brings his signature brand of magic and illusion to a spectacle featuring hits from the Broadway show along with never before seen material. The Magic of Adam Trent is an immersive entertainment extravaganza of magic, comedy, and music perfect for the entire family.

Kleptocracy (KidFree Suggestion!)
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: Through February 24
Admission: Tickets start at

This world-premiere drama turns the spotlight on U.S.-Russia relations when crude oil is the language of diplomacy and events that dominate today’s headlines are first set in motion. When the richest and most ruthless Oligarch attempts to reform and open Russian markets to the world, he’s confronted by a young Vladimir Putin who is charting his own path to power.

Complimentary Community Day
Where: National Museum of Women in the Arts | Downtown, DC
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

The first Sunday of every month is a great opportunity explore the National Museum of Women in the Arts when admission is FREE! Works span the centuries, from the 16th to the present in a variety of mediums, highlighting women artists all over the world. Currently on view is Ambreen Butt—Mark My Words, Rodarte, and Betsabeé Romero: Signals of a Long Road Together plus many more great works in the permanent collection.

Family Dance Workshop: American Ballet Theatre
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Sunday, 11am
Admission: Free

Join this free 45-minute inclusive ballet workshop for families and children with and without disabilities led by artists from American Ballet Theatre. Availability is limited, so get there early — it takes place at the Millennium Stage. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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

With the sun shining and temps increasing, it’s going to be a great weekend to ice skate, and there a bunch of places to go around DC. Glide above the Potomac at The Wharf; skim over the meandering paths at Canal Park; circle the rink at Washington Harbour; or do some shopping along with your skating at Pentagon Row, Tyson’s Corner, Veteran’s Plaza, Rockville Town Square, or Reston Town Center. If it’s raining, take it indoors at Fort Dupont Ice Arena in DC, Cabin John or Herbert Wells Ice Rinks in Maryland, or MedStar Ice Arena in Ballston. This post has details on all these ice skating locales in the area.

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

With temps rising and the sun shining this weekend, you may want to enjoy some adventures outside. The round-up of The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids has ideas galore for doing just that.

* There’s a new giveaway running on the blog, plus a couple that are about to end — find links to all of them on the GIVEAWAYS page.
* Registration for Smithsonian Summer Camp begins February 14, and it tends to fill up fast!
* Not-So-SAHM recently posted 80 Days of Dinner (with links to recipes) and so many of them sound delish!
* Eater has recommendations for places around the area to watch the Super Bowl, most offering specials on Sunday evening, and some of them family friendly.
* Shouk, one of the many new eateries in the Union Market area, has yummy Israeli street food.

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One Response to The Weekend Round-Up: February 1-3

  1. Sarah

    Any recommendations for celebrating Chinese New Year?

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