The Weekend Round-Up: January 7-9


Go-to posts for all kinds of ongoing and seasonal local activities:
* Ice Skating
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
Baltimore with Kids
* Indoor Outings
* Little Kid Play
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places

Winter Inspo
Where: Around the DMV
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

Don’t let the Covid cold months keep you from getting out around the area. This round-up is full of recs for  activities,  from hikes to art experiences to seasonal sports to garden explorations to all-season fun, all of them taking place outdoors if that is your preference right now.  There are even suggestions for the snow. All you really need are good layers and maybe a little extra outdoor gear.

Recreation on Ice
Where: Ice skating rinks around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

Glide under the sky and stars — or indoors if that’s your preference.  Take in art as you skate at the Sculpture Garden.  Glide over the Potomac on The Wharf’s awesome rink. Circle around Washington Harbour as you enjoy river views. Meander along the Figure 8 path at Canal Park. Do some shopping then skate at Pentagon Row, Rockville Town Square, or Reston Town Center. Or head to an ice arena for some skating out of the elements.  This post has details on alfresco and indoor ice skating options in the area.

Hit the Slopes
Where: Ski resorts around the region
When: Through winter
Admission: Varies by resort

With this winter weather, it’s a good time to hit the slopes! Skiing is always fun and active way to take advantage of the season. And there are a bunch of ski resorts within a few hours’ drive that are great for young, newbie skiers (and veteran swooshers, too). This post has info about Whitetail and one of our day trips there last winter. And other relatively close resorts for day trips are Liberty and Bryce.  Farther away, but good to check out for longer trips are Roundtop,  Massanutten,  Wintergreen,  Seven Springs,  Hidden Valley,  Snowshoe,  Timberline, and Wisp.

Inside Info
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

With a lot of snow on the ground, you may be looking for indoor options (if you’re comfortable with that right now).  There are guidelines in place for Covid everywhere, masks are required in DC and some MD counties, and  you can opt to wear one even without a mandate.  Something to note:  The Smithsonian has temporarily reduced hours and days at some museums — this post indicates where and when along with info for other places to go.

Word Up
Where: Planet Word | Downtown DC
When: Throughout the weekend, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Tickets are available for this weekend to the museum all about language.  Full of fun and interesting exhibits, most of them interactive, I highly recommend a visit. There are elements that all ages will love, though tweens and older will get the most out of it, having more grammar lessons under their belts and generally better comprehension. Our whole family loves it! Admission is free, but you need to reserve timed-entry passes ahead.

Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Through January 24
Tickets: $28

How about some family friendly live entertainment?  Based on the books, here’s the description of Imagination Stages current show:  We all need a friend, and Lisa is instantly drawn to the perfectly imperfect teddy bear on display at the department store. If only she can convince her stressed-out mother to buy Corduroy for her! Meanwhile, Corduroy is determined to find his missing button and become worthy of going to a real home. After the store has closed, he goes on a hilariously destructive search–with the Night Watchman in comical pursuit. Full of mischief and clowning, this story of unconditional love captures both the humanity and the merriment of the holiday season. Recommended for ages 3-9.  Proof of vaccination required for patrons 12+.

Nature Calling
Where: Nature centers around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

If you want to get a dose of the outside world in the comfort of the indoors head to a nature center. There are several great ones around the area that offer engaging exhibits, including live creatures. Buddie Ford Nature Center in Alexandria, Watkins in Upper Marlboro, Potomac Overlook in Arlington, Long Branch in Falls Church, and Brookside in Silver Spring all make for a great outing. (Be sure to confirm they are open before you go during inclement weather.)

Saturday Morning Live
Where: Online, YouTube, and Facebook

When: Saturday 9:30 – 10:00 AM EST
Admission: Free

The National Theatre’s Saturday Morning Live! program presents Happy Soup. From the coziness of your home, you are invited to gather with Natasha and Tia (a pair of very silly humans) to cook up a Happy Soup! They have the recipe, but they need YOUR creativity to bring all of these special and surprising ingredients together for the world. There will be antics, there will be teamwork, there will be HAPPY SOUP!

(W)Hoop it Up!
Where: Colleges around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Ticket prices vary

With so many universities in the area, there’s always some good college hoops action going on during the season — and it’s always a good time for families. Here are a few games to catch this weekend:
* Georgetown men vs Maquette on Friday at 6:30pm
* George Mason men vs. St. Joseph’s on Saturday at 4pm
* Maryland men vs Wisconsin on Sunday at 7:30pm

The Prom
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through January 16
Tickets: $49-139 | Find Discount
Everyone’s invited to the joyous Broadway musical that inspired the hit Netflix adaptation. New York Magazine calls it “smart and big-hearted” and The New York Times says the show “makes you believe in musical comedy again!” The Prom is a new musical comedy about big Broadway stars on a mission to change the world and the love they discover that unites them all. You belong at The Prom! Recommended for ages 10+.

Dinosaur World Live
Where: Strathmore | Bethesda, MD
When: Sunday, 4pm
Tickets: $24-58

Take a t. rex for a walk or groom a microraptor! Dinosaur World Live takes your family on an adventure across unchartered territories to discover a prehistoric world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child’s favorite flesh-eating giant, the tyrannosaurus rex! Plus, special appearances by triceratops, giraffatitan, segnosaurus, and more. Stick around after the show for the dino meet and greet!

Charm City, Hon!
Where: Inner Harbor Area | Baltimore, MD
When: All Weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Head up I-95 for a change of scenery and some fantastic family attractions in Baltimore! Explore the exhibits at Maryland Science Center. See some of the quirkiest, coolest art ever at the American Visionary Art Museum. Play the day away at Port Discovery. Get an eyeful of the underwater world at the National Aquarium. View history in the works at the Baltimore Museum of Industry . And much more!

Serenity Now
Where: Around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Sometimes you just want to go someplace that’s pretty and quiet, where you can chill out and think (or not) — especially during this Covidy time. This post has a round-up of of those very places, where you can find peace and calm, all of them right here in the city.

* This post about local volunteer opportunities with kids can help you plan for the MLK Day of Service coming up on January 17.
* If you want to catch some live entertainment this winter, check out this round-up of what’s coming to local stages.
* The 30 Best Movies for Kids on Netflix, according to Vulture.
* And a good one for grown ups that we just watched.
* This twenty twenty stew sounds yummy and easy to make.
* A great, convenient service for parents to keep in mind.
* Newest part of my morning routine. Who else?
* Has the painter seen a baby? 😂
* A note of reassurance from your school district regarding our updated omicron policies. 😉
* Proof that time flies when you’re having fun ❤️

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