The Weekend Round-Up: January 19-21

Wishing the kid adult behind the goggles the happiest 18th (!!!) birthday ❤️


This Weekend Round-Up warrants some extra thoughts, as it’s not just any weekend here. Today, the kid whose sweet, smiling, three-year-old face lights up each page of this blog… he turns 18, officially an adult.

There’s a reason why it’s cliché to say they grow up so fast:  Because they do.  It really feels like yesterday that Owen arrived in the world, nearly three weeks early, weighing less than six pounds, a helpless tiny human completely dependent on Levi and me.  In the blink of an eye (cliché again!), he’s grown into an intelligent, self-driven, good-natured, very competent young man.  The itty baby who once fit into the crook of my arm is now 6’4″ and makes me look like the tiny one.

One of my favorite things about Owen is how he truly experiences life with all of his senses and every fiber of his being. Anyone who has ever accompanied him on a hike, bike ride, trip to a new destination, museum visit, or even just a walk down the street to see the sunset has heard him express his appreciation for nature, art, his city, his friends and family, and how it makes him feel.  He approaches everything he does with grit and so much heart, from school to the soccer field, speaking to a delegation of 300 people, putting it all out there on the basketball court.

He has the best smile, and I love that we get to see it often.

His next trip around the sun is going to be an exciting one… this is the year he’ll make one of the biggest decisions of his life thus far, graduate from high school, leave home for college.  It’s bittersweet, to say the least. And while I’m all too aware of all of the “lasts” in this coming year, I also know it’s just the beginning of an incredible journey ahead. I can’t wait to see where it will take him.

Happy Weekend!  And a very Happy 18th Birthday to my sweet O.


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Go-to posts packed with ideas for local fun:
* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Kid-Friendly Eats
* Ice Skating
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Baltimore with Kids
* Peaceful Places

Washington Auto Show
Where: Washington Convention Center, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $15/age 13+, $6/age 6-12, free/5 & under

The annual Washington Auto Show revs up this weekend! And if there’s any “grown-up” event that is equally fun for kids and adults, this is it. The Auto Show is like a Truck Touch, but with automobiles — hundreds of them — on display for guests to check out. Other activities like a driving area for kids, electric vehicle test rides, an exotic car display, a classic car zone, and so much more will give guests even more to do and see. The show will be in town and running every day through January 28. Get a glimpse and an idea of what to expect in KFDC posts about it here and here.

DC Teen Scene
Where: Around the DC area
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by activity

In honor of a certain big birthday this weekend, I’m sharing this post written by the young man (he’s officially an adult!) of the moment.  It’s full of recommendations for hanging out with teens, from museums to outdoor recreation to sports events to live entertainment to a neighborhood with lots of things to do.

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

The fresh snow makes it a great time to hit the slopes for a day trip or even an overnight this weekend!  Skiing is a fun and active way to enjoy some family time, 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 expriences there. And other relatively close resorts for day trips are Liberty and Bryce.  Farther away, but good to check out for longer trips are RoundtopMassanuttenWintergreen,  Seven Springs,  Hidden Valley,  Snowshoe,  Timberline, and Wisp. (PS: The photo above is not from an area resort… but it’s inspo to go and a very recent pic of the birthday boy.)

Batman Live in Concert
Where: Warner Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Friday, 8pm
Tickets: $38-115
This is a one-of-a-kind experience that is a mixture of going to the movie theater and a concert.  Watch the film projected onto a larger-than-life screen while an orchestra plays the film score live on stage in front of you.The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being Jack Napier, a criminal who becomes a clownishly homicidal villain known as The Joker.

Kids DIY Workshop
Where: Lowes locations around the DC Area
When: Saturday, 9am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Lowes is hosting their monthly in-person workshop for kids. This Saturday, they can get to work building their own toolbox, so your little helper will be eager to tag along on your next home improvement project. Be sure to register in advance before Saturday!

Shaun the Sheep: Flock this Way
Where: National Children’s Museum | Downtown DC
When: Starting Saturday through May 12
Admission: $18.95

The National Children’s Museum Visiting Exhibit Hall will be transformed into Mossy Bottom Farm as Shaun the Sheep: Flock This Way! opens this weekend.
Based on the popular film and television characters, the interactive exhibit will explore, investigate, and share in the antics of Shaun the Sheep and his pals through a all kinds of hands-on play. It’s most impactful for children ages 3-9, but all are welcome. And there’s much more to explore at the museum — read all about it.

Adaptive Skating Day
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: $10

The Wharf Ice Rink is hosting a special session of adaptive skating and more, designed to provide a fun experience on the ice for those that are more comfortable in a reduced stimulus setting or that may need additional support. There will be ice skating, an activity station, a snack station (make your own trail mix), a calm down corner for anyone who needs to take a little break and a photo station with zamboni. Wheelchairs and AFO’s are welcome on the ice and The Wharf will have skates and skate aids available. Four Team USA skaters will be on hand to assist on and off the ice and have experience working with children with ASD, ADHD and Down’s Syndrome. The $10 registration fee includes admission for one child or adult and one parent, guardian, or caregiver to join them on the ice.

Cub Corner
Where: College Park Aviation Museum | College Park, MD
When: Saturday, 10:30-11:30am
Admission: $5/adult, $2/child

Head to the museum to enjoy a short story and craft in the museum’s gallery, along with checking out all the cool aircraft and artifacts on display. The program is designed for ages 5 & under, but the museum will fascinate all ages, including adults. And FYI, it’s located right next to the College Park Airport, the oldest continuously operating airport in the world.

Lunar New Year at Moonshot Studio
Where: The REACH | Kennedy Center, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free

Get creative at this studio within The REACH at the Kennedy Center, where all are welcome and encouraged to partake in various art projects and activities. Through February 11, get ready for the arrival of the Year of the Dragon (February 10th) with Lunar New Year-inspired projects, including shadow puppets, paper lanterns, and zodiac prints.

Freeze Dance Party
Where: Kensington Town Hall | Kensington, MD
When: Saturday, 3-5pm
Admission: $7/person, $25 max/family (babies free) 

The Noyes Children’s Library Foundation is kicking off 2024 with a freeze dance for families. The event will include a dance leader getting kids moving with fun tunes, tables with crafts, and a separate room with storybooks for a quiet space. The dance party is open to children of all ages; the crafts are geared to kids from 2-8 years old. Free snacks and water will be available. Space is limited and sales are only at the door.

Finding Nemo Jr. The Musical
Where: Thomas Jeffereson Community Theatre | Arlington, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Tickets: $12-15

Encore Stage & Studio presents its signature theatre by kids for kids… This beloved story follows Marlin, an anxious and over-protective clownfish, who lives in the Great Barrier Reef with his child Nemo, who longs to explore the world beyond their anemone home. But when Nemo is captured, Marlin decides to face his fears and sets off on an epic adventure across the ocean. With the help of lovable characters such as the optimistic Dory, laid-back sea turtle Crush, and the Tank Gang, Marlin and Nemo both overcome challenges on their journey to find each other and themselves. Recommended for all ages.

Hansel & Gretel
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: Starts Saturday through February 18
Tickets: $15

Join the Puppet Co. for this classic German fairy tale about two kids who get lost in the woods and encounter a witch. Written by Len, Patricia, and Chrisopher Piper, this version of Hansel and Gretel is over 50 years old. Our musical tale, performed using marionettes, is sure to charm you and your little ones. Directed by Danny Pushkin. Recommended for ages 4+.

Elena Moon Park and Friends
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 11am & 1:30pm
Tickets: $20

Take an “unhurried journey” around the globe through song! Elena Moon Park and Friends performs folk and children’s music from East and Southeast Asia, reimagined to celebrate various musical traditions, languages, styles, and stories. Recommended for ages 7+.

Books Alive
Where: Highland Elementary School | Wheaton, MD
When: Saturday, 11am & Sunday, 2pm
Tickets: Free

Interact Story Theatre’s continues its Family Theatre Series in the new year, kicking it off with a Family Literacy Fiesta. Artistic Director Ali Oliver-Krueger will lead kids and adults in exploring a favorite folk tale together through movement, drama, and song. Everyone’s a part of the story in this Family Arts Workshop! Best for ages 3 and up.

Weekend Workshops
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-3pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the National Portrait Gallery to do some art making! All ages are welcome to get creative at Weekend Workshops. Learn about artists and changemakers, then create art inspired by their stories. Of course, explore the whole museum while you’re there. See more about the National Portrait Gallery here.

(W)Hoop It Up
Where: Colleges around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by game
Watching college teams play ball  is just as exciting, sometieseven more so, than the pros.  And tickets are often cheaper.  With so many universities in the area, there’s always some good college hoops action going on during the season. Here are some games to catch this weekend:
* Maryland women vs Illinois on Saturday at 1pm
* GW women vs Saint Louis Bilikens on Saturday at 2pm
* George Mason men vs St. Bonaventure Bonnies on Saturday at 2pm
* American women vs Lehigh on Saturday at 2pm
* Howard men & women vs Norfolk State on Saturday at 2pm
* Maryland men vs Michigan State on Sunday at 12pm

Wizards this Weekend (including Kids Day)
Where: Capitol one Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 7pm & Sunday, 6pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary (look for discounts)

The Wizards have two home games this weekend. See them play the San Antponio Spurs on Saturday evening or go to the game against the Nuggets on Sunday, which is also a Kids Day — the first 5,000 fans will get a G-Wiz Squish Plushie.

Building Stories Community Celebration
Where: National Building Museum
When: Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

The National Building Museum is celebrating the opening of its new long-term exhibitionwith a FREE community celebration. Building Stories brings kids and adults alike on an immersive exploration of the world of architecture, engineering, construction, and design found in the pages of children’s books. The event includes celebrity story time, live music, puppet shows, giveaways, and more. Registration recommended!

Tu B’Shevat Painting and Planting
Where: Home Depot | Northeast DC
When: Sunday, 1:30pm
Admission: Free
Tu B’Shevat is the Jewish New Year for the trees, so Chabad East DC welcomes all to celebrate with a workshop to paint terra cotta pots and then fill them with seeds and soil.  There will also be special Tu B’Shevat snacks!
All ages are welcome!

Disney’s Frozen
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through Sunday
Tickets: $35-185 (find discount)

The Tony Award–nominated Broadway musical is now on tour across North America. Frozen features the songs you know and love from the original film, plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers by the film’s songwriters. It’s everything you want in a musical: It’s moving. It’s spectacular. And above all, it’s pure Broadway joy. Recommended for ages 6+.

Indoor Action
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

This post will likely come in handy this weekend, if you want to enjoy some active fun, but also want to stay indoors. From pickleball and roller skating to tennis and ping pong to escape rooms and scavenger hunts to an indoor waterpark, find ideas for  all kinds of ways to get your fun and game on.

* There’s a new post about regularly occurring museum programs for kids around DC — and it’s a good one to bookmark!
* With a new snowfall, re-sharing this post with a long list of sledding spots around the area.
* Some of the best comic book stores in the DC area.
This episode  of The Daily about SATs is an interesting listen.
* Just started reading this book and really enjoying it so far.
* If you’re doing some new year purging (or buying), here’s a helpful post.
* And if you’re just buying, don’t miss Amazon’s Winter Sale. A few picks: This puffer, these and these for kids, a family game and this one for teens, this for the dry winter air, and this because it looks awesome.
* How cool is this and can Metro get them?


Filed under 2024, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Weekend, Winter

2 Responses to The Weekend Round-Up: January 19-21

  1. Dan Riffle

    Re: basketball, don’t forget Catholic. Mens and Womens (undefeated) teams both ranked very highly among D3 schools.

    • Linda @ KidFriendly DC

      Yes! I don’t think they were playing at home last weekend (this comment is on the round-up for Jan 20-21). But the games are included in the current Weekend Round-Up (Jan 27-28).

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