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* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Active Pursuits Inside
* Kid-Friendly Eats
* Ice Skating
* Baltimore with Kids
* Peaceful Places
Celebrate Black History
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout February (and beyond)
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, guided and self-guided tours, visits to significant sites, story time sessions, special exhibits, and more will be enlightening, enriching, and entertaining for all.
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale
Lots of sunshine in the weekend forecast, so get out for a walk in the woods and enjoy the crisp air. Tramp in places with scenic views, hike and explore history at interesting locales, and savor some family time outdoors. This post has a a bunch of recommendations for good places to go with kids. Some specific recs for right now: The Underground Railroad Experience Trail at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park; Scotts Run Nature Preserve in McLean; Patapsco Valley State Park in MD; and the National Arboretum in DC.
Junie B. Jones, The Musical
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Fri, 7pm | Sat & Sun, 11am & 2pm
Opening weekend for this kids’ show! It is Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend, Lucille, does not want to be her best pal anymore and, on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting. Featuring a tremendously loveable character and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones will capture your audience members’ hearts just as the books captivated an entire generation of students. (PS: you can try to win tickets for a future performance in this giveaway!)
Kids DIY Project: Valentines Basket
Where: Home Depot Locations
When: Saturday, 9am – 12pm
Admission: Free – be sure to register in advance!
Home Depot’s free monthly workshop for kids will help them prep for Valentine’s Day (or make a sweet gift) as they build a Valentines Basket. All supplies are provided, including a little apron, and kids get to keep their craft along with a certificate of achievement and collectible pin. All attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. Register in advance!
Ice Cream For Breakfast Day
Where: Jeni’s Ice Cream locations around DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 12pm
Admission: Free but plan to buy a scoop!
I scream, you scream, we all scream for Jeni’s ice cream! Put on your PJs and grab a spoon for the the topsy-turviest day of the year. Celebrate Ice Cream For Breakfast Day at your neighborhood scoop shop. RSVP to let them know you’ll be there!
Where: EagleBank Arena | Fairfax, VA
When: Fri, 7pm | Sat & Sun, 10am & 2pm
X barks the spot in PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure”! It’s Pirate Day in Adventure Bay, and Mayor Goodway is getting ready for a big celebration! But first, Ryder and his team of pirate pups must rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern. When they do, they also discover a secret pirate treasure map! The PAW Patrol set out over land and sea to find the treasure for Mayor Goodway’s celebration before Mayor Humdinger finds it first! The pups will need all paws on deck for this pirate adventure, including some help from the newest pup, Tracker!
The Girl Who Became Legend
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Fri, 7pm | Sat, 1:30pm & 4pm | Sun, 11am & 1:30pm
This show for young audiences at the Kennedy Center is running this weekend and next… The town of Dustbin is known for two things: rules and dust. But one day, Raina spies a cloud in the sky—and adventure ensues with Calamity Jane, Johnny Appleseed… and a thunderstorm! Coming to the Center from ZACH Theatre in Austin, TX, this charming new folktale takes the stage, packed with spirited tunes. Recommended for ages &+.
Lunar New Year Celebrations
Where: CommuniKids | Falls Church, VA & Glover Park, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9:30-11:30am
CommuniKids Language School, which offers Mandarin Immersion for children 18 months to Pre-K4, invites you to celebrate the Lunar New Year this weekend! This FREE festival features children’s activities that include Dragon Dancers, Martial Arts Performers, Storytimes, Arts and Crafts, Music, and of course, yummy Asian food! Visitors are encouraged, but not required to wear traditional Asian costumes to celebrate with the community. RSVP required!
Wings of Legacy: Stories of Black Aviation
Where: College Park Aviation Museum | College Park, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Join the College Park Aviation Museum and celebrate stories of Black aviation, past and present. Get a sneak peek at updates coming to the Columbia Air Center gallery, be inspired during a Black Aviators tour, get creative with Arts on a Roll, and celebrate pioneering spirits with Black History Month arts and activities for all ages. Interact with the Sankofa Mobile Museum and a virtual reality experience, learn about African Americans in the aviation field while visiting partner tables, and meet Prince George’s County native Caleb Smith, who became the youngest glider pilot in the world.
Walkable Warehouse Sale
Where: Around Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday (hours vary by store)
Shop and score some great deals in Old Town! More than 50 independent boutiques from Alexandria and the region are participating, offering discounts on clothing, shoes, jewelry, home furnishings, and more. The sale will be spread out in stores, pop-up tents, and open retail space along King Streets and select side streets in Old Town Alexandria. Many Torpedo Factory artists are also participating, so be sure to stop by there, too! See a list of participating businesses and a map to find them here.
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Celebrate Black history, art, and stories at the National Gallery of Art’s monthly First Saturday program. Learn about two of Washington, DC’s, greatest artists, Alma Thomas and Sam Gilliam, and make art inspired by them. Plus, listen to the sounds of the DC Youth Orchestra and check out Celebrating Black Stories, a series of short films curated by the New York International Children’s Film Festival. All activities are free, and most are first come, first served.
Lunar New Year Family Festival
Where: National Museum of Asian Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Soar into the year of the dragon at the museum dedicated to Asian art! Celebrate Lunar New Year at the National Museum of Asian Art with free attractions for all ages, including performances, tours, hands-on activities for kids, the lion dance and more.
Origami Fest: Fun Family Folding
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 12-3pm
At this Weekend Workshop, spark your creativity and learn about the art of origami! Be inspired by Queen Lili‘uokalani’s portrait, roll up your sleeves, and join for an afternoon of origami fun. Whether you’re a seasoned folder or just starting out, this event is all about embracing creativity, making memories, and turning pieces of paper into fantastic creations.
Where: National Capital Trolley Museum | Colesville, MD
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Did you know street cars delivered more than people? Find out more about how street car service and other forms of transit historically — and currently — provide transport for all our letters and packages! Then make a street car Valentine to take home and send to a special person in your life!
Where: The REACH | Kennedy Center
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4:30pm
Get creative at this studio within The REACH at the Kennedy Center, where all are groups 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.
Where: Reston Town Center | Reston, VA
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Held near Reston Town Center’s beloved outdoor ice-skating rink, Ice-travaganza will feature intricate ice sculptures with a live carving demo, hot chocolate, s’mores, a photo booth and a DJ. Skating fans will also be treated to live ice skating performances before they can hit the rink themselves (see pricing and more info for ice skating here).
Great Movies in the Great Hall: The Incredibles
Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Saturday, 3:30-5:30pm
Admission: $9-15/adult, $5/age 12-17, free/under 12
How about family movie night in super cool space? See a screening of The Incredibles in the Building Museum’s stunning Great Hall — and get some extra insight, to boot. Learn about the film’s many references to mid-century modern architecture and design. Explore where the four-time Oscar-nominated movie fits within the history of animation, and, how it achieves its life-like animation techniques. Introductory remarks are to be delivered by Donald Albrecht, independent architecture and design curator, and author of the book Designing Dreams: Modern Architecture in the Movies. BYO blanket or chair. Concessions available for purchase.
Concert: Onward and Upward
Where: National Cathedral | Northwest DC
When: Saturday, 4pm
Celebrate Black History Month at the Cathedral through this inspirational evening of spoken word, dance, and music. Featuring Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel, the Katherine Smith Contemporary Dance Ensemble, the SE Tennis and Learning Center’s “Blacks in Wax.” Free and open to the public. RSVP appreciated.
Black History Month Celebration
Where: KID Museum | Bethesda, MD
When: Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Join KID Museum to honor and celebrate Black cultures and contributions at this celebration! Explore the fascinating heritage of Nigeria through traditional regalia and hands-on making with cowry shells; join storytelling and art-making activities fit for royalty; and, engage with talented STEM makers and more while enjoying a fun-filled day with your family.
Free Community Day
Where: National Museum of Women in the Arts | Downtown, DC
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
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. If tickets aren’t available, plan to go another day — the admission fee is worth it! (Or snag them for a future free day.)
Model Rocket Launch
Where: Goddard Space Flight Center | Greenbelt, MD
When: Sunday, 1-2pm
Join the monthly model rocket launch at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Anyone is welcome, and if you’ve got a model rocket to fly, bring it along (though there are some restrictions – see them here). The program takes place the first Sunday of every month at 1pm. Read more about it in this post.
Watch the Wizards
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Friday, 7pm & Sunday, 3:30pm
Admission: Tickets prices vary (look for discounts)
The Wizards are playing at home on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon — watch them work some on-court magic against the Miami Heat or Phoenix Suns. And there’s a Jordan Poole bobblehead giveaway for the first 10,000 fans! 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, Daikaya, Shake Shack, and Hill Country BBQ… read more about all of them and more kid-friendly restaurants here.
Where: Nature centers around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
If you’re not feeling outdoorsy, you can still get a dose of the outside world in the comfort of the indoors at a nature center. There are several great ones around the area that offer cool 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.
Movie & a Meal
Where: The Alamo | Northeast DC
Admission: $13/adult, $11/child, $12/senior
After 4pm – $15/adult, $13/child, $14/senior
Catching a flick with the kids is always fun, even better when you can enjoy a real meal, too. The Alamo is the only theater in the city where you can do that — and it’s a good one! The theaters are nice, the seating is comfortable, and the food is tasty. See what’s playing there now. (PS: There’s also a location in Crystal City, VA.)
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