The Weekend Round-Up: January 14-17

Explore the MLK Memorial in honor of the holiday


Quick links to loads of ideas for ongoing 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

Celebrate MLK
Where: Around the DMV & Online
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies

MLK Day may be on Monday, but there are events and activities that pay tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout the whole weekend, Volunteer opportunities, art adventures, self-guided tours of local sights, and a few special events are some of the ways you can celebrate the day. This post has details on all of them.

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

Don’t let this cold, Omicron time keep you from getting out of the house. This post is full of recs for activities that will appeal to your Covid comfort zone. From hikes to art experiences to seasonal sports to garden explorations to all-season fun, there are all kinds of things to do that keep safety in mind. All you really need are good layers and maybe a little extra outdoor gear.

Transient: Impermanent Paintings
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Through March 6
Admission: $20-30/adult, $17/age 5-17, free/4 & under

ARTECHOUSE debuts its newest exhibit on Monday.  Their description of  Transient: Impermanent Paintings: “A duet of motorized piano and hyperreal projections combines human and technological elements through a system of unconventional generative algorithms.” Like all of the gallery’s exhibits, this one immerses you in digital art, on floor-to-ceiling walls, the floors, and in side rooms, along with music that syncs up with the works around you.  I just got a sneak peek and really enjoyed it — watching the art “dance” all around you is quite delightful and relaxing.

Ice It
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.  Get your skate on and and art 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.

It’s All Downhill…
Where: Ski resorts around the region
When: Through winter
Admission: Varies by resort

With winter weather in the forecast this weekend, consider hitting the slopes! Skiing is a 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.

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.

Inside Out(ings)
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Weather might have you seeking indoor options at some point this weekend. This post has quick info for places to go, including open days and times, which you should be sure to note, as some venues have temporarily changed them. There are guidelines in place for Covid everywhere, masks are required in DC and some MD counties, and you can/should opt to wear one even without a mandate.

See Some Wizardry
Where: Capital One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 7pm & Monday, 2pm

Admission: Ticket prices vary
The Wizards have a couple of home games this weekend — on Saturday evening and Monday afternoon, when kids are off school and many parents have the day off work. See the on court action against the Portland Trail Blazers at 7pm on Saturday and the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday at 2pm. Plan on a pre-game dinner or lunch in Penn Quarter — there are plenty of family-friendly places to go in the neighborhood. Some recs: Jaleo, Carmine’s, Oyamel, and Shake Shack.

All Caps
Where: Capital One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

For sports action on ice, catch the Capitals on Sunday afternoon as they host the Vancouver Canuckss. See the above restaurant recs for a fam-friendly bite before the match.

College Hoops
Where: Colleges around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by game
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:
* Howard men vs Norfolk State o Saturday at 4pm
* American men vs Bucknell o Satrday at 2pm
* Maryland women vs Michigan on Sunday at 5pm (Go, Terps!)
* Howard men vs Notre Dame on Monday at 2:30pm

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+.

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+.

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

The long weekend is a great time for a day trip (or even overnight) to Baltimore — there are so many great family-friendly attraction there, you may want an extra day to enjoy a few. 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 even more! This KFDC guide has the scoop.

Go Underground
Where: Luray Caverns | Luray, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $30/adults, $15/ages 6-12, free/5 & under 

Behold the spectacular underground world of stalagmites, stalactites, and other amazing limestone formations in the massive cave system at Luray. Afterward, make your way through the Garden Maze or check out vintage rides in the Carriage and Caravan Museum. Admission does not include attractions beyond the cavern. KFDC Tip: Be sure to make a pit stop before going into the caverns, because it can be a long walk out to a restroom, and once you’re out, you may not be able to go back in.

Art & Maritime Explorations
Where: Calvert County, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Make a day of it in Calvert County, where you can visit a couple of places for fun, fascinating, hands-on adventures. Annmarie Sculpture Garden is hosting a special art project in honor of MLK. you can also tour beautiful works around the grounds and indoors, and play in the delightful Fairy Lolly.  Also out that way is the Calvert Marine Museum, where you can see interesting exhibits, including display cases full of fossils and artifacts, plus live fish and other creatures. There’s also a play area and a real lighthouse to tour. Hours are 10am – 5pm with two -hours sessions 10am – 12pm, 12:30-2:30pm, and 3-5pm, and admission is $9/adult, $4/ages 5-12, free/4 & under.

African American History & Culture
Where: NMAAHC | National Mall, DC
When: Monday, 10am – 5:30pm
Admission: Free, but timed entry passes required

Tickets to the National Museum of African American History & Culture can be some of toughest to get in DC. But this weekend, the museum, which is usually closed on Mondays, will be open an extra day in honor of MLK Day. Currently, there are lots of tickets available for many time slots, but they’ll likely go quickly.

Free Parking
Where: National Parks
When: Monday
Admission: Free!

In honor of MLK Day, it’s the first fee free day of the year for national parks, which means there’s no cost for entry where they usually charge to get in. Take advantage of complimentary admission and the day off from school. Some ideas: Hit the trail at Shenandoah or Great Falls, explore Prince William Forest Park, go to Fort McHenry in Baltimore, or enjoy hiking and history at Harpers Ferry. Find even more national parks around the area and beyond.

* Get in a visit to the National Gallery of Art East Building soon — it will be closed for renovations (again) after February.
* Ice Cream Jubilee is offering its Lunar New Year Ice Tasting Flight, which inclues six mini scoops and a pint to take home through February 13.
* If you’re comfortable doing it, this weekend is a good time to see a movie.
* Movie for adults: I just saw this, and it was as wonderful as all the reviews say.
* These episodes of The Daily are a good listen: This and this.
Needed a new one, so just ordered this — might come in handy this weekend!
* Symptoms of the new variant may include…


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