The Weekend Round-Up: March 5-7

The Mary Livingston Ripley Garden – between the Hirshhorn and the Arts & Industry Building 


Happy Weekend!

Sunny Days
Where: Around the area
When Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies

The weather app is showing bright little suns all weekend, so layer up and plan on some outdoor adventures! Find loads of ideas for things to do and places to hang in The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids, a perennial go-to KFDC post.

Joyful Friday
Where: NMAAHC | Online
When: Friday, 11am
Admission: Free

Now through July, the National Museum of African American History & Culture presents Joyful Fridays with programs based on projects and activities featured in their new Joyful ABC Activity Books. Families and educators with kids ages 4-8 can registerer a free spot in these weekly Zoom classes led by museum educators. During this  G is for Grateful session, participants will paint or draw gratitude art.

Shop the District x International Women’s Day
Where: Union Market District, DC
When: Friday – Monday
Admission: Free

DC is one of the top cities in the US for female entrepreneurs. At Union Market District, A The Union Market District is a destination that is a creative economic platform for culture, food, art, music and everything that makes Washington, DC, unique. Forty percent of the businesses there are proudly women-owned, and they’re celebrating female change makers with a weekend of shopping, activations, and art to applaud and support them.

Drive-In Flicks
Where: Alexandria Drive-In Movie Theater | Alexandria, VA
When: Friday, 7pm & Saturday, 6:30pm, 9:30pm
Admission: $40/car

Drive-In movies are back for 2021 at the theater in Alexandria. Catching a flick from the comfort of your car is an ideal way to enjoy some entertainment out of the house and social distance. On the ticket this weekend: Jurassic Park on Friday, the n Despicable Me and Fast & Furious on Saturday. Food trucks will be there both nights offering savory and sweet concessions with online ordering through Goodfynd! Purchase movie tickets in advance!

Garden Tour
Where: National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

You can make a day of it exploring the outdoor areas of the museums on the National Mall. Both the Hirshhorn (10am – 4:30pm) and National Gallery of Art Sculpture Gardens (11am – 4pm) have reopened again. Plus, the Enid A. Haupt Garden, Mary Livingston Ripley Garden, Pollinator Garden, and more small Smithsonian gardens are all welcoming visitors.

Pop-Up Consignment Shop
Where: The Lane Social Club | Ivy City, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Shop Picklesdc’s collection of thoughtfully curated children’s consignment at The Lane Social Club. In addition to gently used children’s clothing, shoes, and toys from brands you love (mini Boden, Tea, Hanna Andersson, Patagonia), there will be a bounce house for little ones to enjoy — ALL OUTDOORS! (PS: The Lane just started offering Open Play again on weekends!)

Ready, Set… Hike!
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

It’ll be a great weekend to hit the trail for a hike. Enjoy the very beginning buds of spring flowers, tramp in places with scenic views, hike and explore history at interesting locales, and savor some time outdoors together. This post has a bunch of recommendations for places to walk in the woods (and other places) with the kids.  Some specific recs: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Turkey Run ParkSugarloaf Mountain, Patapsco Valley State Park, and Prince William Forest Park.

Nature Hunt
Where: Black Hills Nature Program | Boyds, MD
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

Take “I Spy” to the next level in the great outdoors. Drop by the visitor center to pick up a scavenger hunt sheet, get some helpful hints, and then head out on your hunt for natural treasures! When you’ve finished, head back to the visitor center to get a prize. Stop in anytime during program hours. Intended for ages 1+.

Fairfax Parks Programs
Where: Parks around Fairfax County, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

The Fairfax County Park Authority hosts all kinds of events on weekends for guests of all ages. Take a Family Woodcock Walk at Huntley Meadows. Join a Geocaching Working at Lake Fairfax Park. Enjoy Nature Your Way at Hidden Oaks. Details and registration for these and many more nature activities this weekend and beyond are available here.

MoCo March Park Picks
Where: Parks in Montgomery County, MD
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies

Montgomery Parks is marking Women’s History Month by highlighting five of their parks named for local leaders, scientists, farmers, and educators. Follow the link to read about their contributions, then plan a visit to the places that honor them.

Sisterhood of Spies: A Virtual Girl Scout Event
Where: International Spy Museum | Online
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: $12/Girl Scout

Celebrate Women’s History Month with the International Spy Museum and learn about the Sisterhood of Spies. Girl Scouts will test their spy skills and learn tricks of the trade. They will meet Sonia Purnell, author of A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II to learn about Virginia Hall; former Chief of Disguise of the CIA Jonna Mendez for a gadget workshop; Liza Mundy, author of Code Girls: The True Story of the American Women Who Secretly Broke Codes in World War II to discuss female code breakers; and Tracy Walder, former CIA and FBI and author of The Unexpected Spy.  Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions. Designed for Brownies through Senior Girl Scouts.

Inside IRL
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies

While there are virtual activities being offered, the International Spy Museum and many more area places are welcoming visitors in person again. This post lists reopened venues around the area, and all of them have extra safety protocols in place for Covid.

The Magic Tree
Where: InterAct Story Theatre | Online
When: Saturday, 11am & Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free

A funny, uplifting story adapted from a Zambian folk tale, performed by actor and teaching artist Khaleshia Thorpe-Price. The animals of the grasslands are in terrible trouble—it hasn’t rained in ages, and everyone is hungry and thirsty! Their only hope is to find out how to get the fruit from a mysterious magic tree, but they must journey across the land to learn how…and they have to remember the secret on the long journey back! Suitable for ages 3 and up.

Dance Themed Storytime
Where: Noyes Children’s Library Foundation | Online
When: Saturday & Sunday, 3pm
Admission: Free

Children’s book author and modern dancer Jocelyn E. Cox will read her book, Jocelyn Learns to Dance, in a special storytime event with the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation. The virtual event will also include an interview of Jocelyn by Karen Vincent, a DC stage actor and Kensington mom. Both will be available on the Noyes Foundation’s Facebook page. Recommended for ages 10 and under.

Free Community Day
Where: National Museum of Women in the Arts | WDC
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free, but must reserve

The National Museum of Women in the Arts just reopened, and the first and third Sundays of every month are a great opportunity to explore it 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. If tickets aren’t available, plan to go another day — the admission fee is worth it!

* The Phillips Collection reopens Saturday, March 6! It’s sold out for this weekend, but tickets for March 11-14 will be released on March 8 at 10am for members and 12pm for general admission.
* This sounds amazing, and tickets go on sale today, Friday, at 12pm.
* New book by two local parents: Working with Worry gives parents practical tools to support their children in today’s increasingly stressful world.
* And JoAnn Hill, a DC area writer and educator, shares five off-the-beaten path places to explore in this new post that offers a preview of her upcoming book, Secret Washington, DC: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure.
* I mentioned Imperfect Foods recently…if you’re interested and want to try it out, you can now get $20 towards a box through my referral link.
* Made me LOL because I actually experienced this recently (it’s real)!




Filed under 2021, All ages, Coronavirus, COVID-19, DC, Maryland, Social Distancing, Virginia, Virtual Programs, Weekend, Winter

2 Responses to The Weekend Round-Up: March 5-7

  1. Kate

    I just saw this article earlier today about how there are two competing Van Gogh exhibits. The one that’s coming to the DC appears to be the one with the terrible Better Business Bureau ratings.

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