The Weekend Round-Up:
March 8-10

 

Happy Weekend!

Easy link to loads of ideas for DC area activities:
* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Active Pursuits Inside
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Kid-Friendly Eats
* Ice Skating
* Baltimore with Kids
* Peaceful Places

Happy International Women’s Day!
Where: Around the area
When: Friday (and throughout the weekend)
Admission: Varies by activity

Friday is International women’s day (plus, March is Women’s History Month), and there are so many great ways to celebrate it around DC, with something for all ages. See some exhibits, tour local landmarks, enjoy live entertainment, attend a festival… all of it showcasing women and their accomplishments. This post has details on where you can do that over the next month — and beyond!

Early Bloomers
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Some of the cherry trees around the area have begun blooming early.  Try to catch them showing off their pretty pink flowers at Congressional Cemetery, the National Arboretum (note that the linked post is from 2020), National Harbor, and in LeDroit Park. And there’s more than just trees to enjoy at each place!

Awesome Con
Where: Washington Convention Center | Mount Vernon Square, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Starts at $55/adult, $20/child

The mid-Atlantic’s premier pop culture convention brings a three-day celebration of television, movies, comic books, science, technology and more to DC. With hundreds of hours of programming, an impressive lineup of special guests — see actors from Star Wars, Daredevil, Echo, and others! —  plus exciting activities for fans of all ages, this is one fun event. We’ve been and have had a blast checking out games, toys, comics, art, TV, and movie memorabilia, and more. And the cosplay is FANtastic. Costumes encouraged.

Wizards Celebrate Women (+ Post-Game Concert)
Where: Capitol One Arena
When: Friday, 7pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Wizards are hosting International Women’s Night in celebration of International Women’s Day when they play the Charlotte Hornets. The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a Wizards-branded belt bag, and there will be a collection/donation of gently-used professional women’s spring clothing for  Suited for Change. After the game, fans can enjoy the second of the three-part Friday Night Concert Series with a Go-Go performance from female-managed Backyard Band and local group Northeast Groovers.Purchase tickets here.

Intersections Family Fun Day
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center | H Street NE, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

This Atlas’ Intersections Festival includes a morning especially for kids and families. Bring the whole gang for youth-oriented shows and activities. The lobby will be filled with music, performances, an instrument petting zoo, and a creation station offering crafts and coloring for kids and their grown-up friends. And you can catch Imagination Stage’s production of Mouse on the Move all weekend, too (tickets $15)!

Women’s History Month Festival
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday,11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free
This one’s for the ladies (and everyone else, too) as the Portrait Gallery hosts its annual Women’s History Month festival for all ages! Come see our newest portraits of Oprah, Beyoncé, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and other inspiring women. Join the celebration in the Kogod Courtyard, featuring performances and workshops from The Washington Ballet, art activities, spotlight talks, scavenger hunts and story times – there will be something for everyone! Free—Registration Encouraged.

March Family Day: Celebrating Women’s History Month
Where: Library of Congress | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 3:30pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate amazing women in history and in your own life by creating with the Library’s collections! This event for kids and their families will feature creative, engaging activities such as contributing to a communal mural of female trailblazers, transcribing Clara Barton’s personal papers and correspondence, and reimagining the Jefferson Building to showcase the diversity of women’s achievements. And at 2pm, join a conversation with Chelsea Clinton, bestselling author of the “She Persisted” picture book series with a book signing to follow. All ages are welcome. Register for free tickets here.

The World & Me: Save a Spider!
Where: NMNH | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free
It’s an early celebration of “Save a Spider Day!” Pop in to see spider specimens up close, make observations at live tarantula feedings, and learn about the amazing diversity found within the different spider species. Scientists from the museum will also share about the science they do to learn more about spider. And folks from the National Postal Museum will help families create postcards with spider facts.

Opening Weekend Celebration
Where: Climb UPton | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 8pm
Admission: $19.95 – $54.95
Be one of the first climbers of 2024 at Climb UPton’s Opening Weekend celebration. Every climber during the weekend is entered into a daily raffle. Prize pack includes: Climb UPton t-shirt, logo beanie, climbing gloves and Climb UPton mug.

ISEKAI: Blooming Parallel Worlds
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Opens Saturday – June 11
Admission: $20-25/adult, $17/age 4-15, $72/family 4-pack

Spring at ARTECHOUSE is a celebration of the cherry blossoms, and this year ISEKAI: Blooming Parallel Worlds explores multiple universes of blossoms,inspired by the Isekai genre of Anime. Floor to ceiling projections, plus interactive elements are sure to make this one beautiful, engaging, and fun to experience.

Cinderella: A Salsa Fairytale
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 1pm & 4pm
Admission: $12+
A bilingual Cinderella with a twist that kids will love! What will happen to Cinderella at the ball … game? That’s the surprising question in this contemporary Latin-American Cinderella musical that weaves subtle lessons on empathy, sportsmanship, and respect into an exciting, high-stakes story. An Imagination Stage original that broke new ground in bilingual children’s theatre. Recommended for ages 5+.

Through the Sunken Lands
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 1:30pm & 4pm
Admission: $20

Tim J. Lord’s radio play transforms into a heartening world premiere musical that amplifies the voice of a commonly overlooked community. Follow Artemis—a young wheelchair user who’s determined to fight to save her dying town with the help of Aunt Maggie… and a talking heron! Recommended for ages 9+.

Magic Mirror
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am & 1pm
Admission: $15

Magic Mirror is back after its special 40th Anniversary run in 2023! This production was the first show founders Christopher Piper and Allan Stevens worked on as the Puppet Co. Meet Toad, a young person destined for greatness in this mash-up story with lots of familiar fairy tales! Join us on this journey of dragons, monsters, and spirits of the woods. Recommended for ages 5+. Run time approximately 50 minutes.

Junie B. Jones, The Musical
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am & 2pm
Admission: $25

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.

The Book of Mormon
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Through March 17
Admission: $89-219 (find tickets)

This outrageous musical comedy follows the adventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. With standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language. Recommended for teens and older.

Caps vs Blackhawks (Women in Hockey Night)
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter
When: Saturday, 7pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary (look for a deal)
See some action on ice as the Caps play the Blackhawks on Saturday evening. There is a special package with tickets start at just $67 — all tickets purchased through this include a Capitals branded belt bag. All bags will  be picked up at the game. Plan on more fun in the Penn Quarter area and pop into a museum or get a pre- or post game bite to eat — lots of family-friendly places to go.

Women’s History Month Community Celebration
Where: KID Museum | Bethesda, MD
When: Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $15
Join KID Museum for a Community Celebration of Women’s History Month! There will be “Meet a Maker” opportunities with women inventors, innovators, scientists and artists; a special pop up exhibit of five human-sized 3-D printed IF/THEN she can women in STEM with their live counterparts offering hands on demonstrations of their work; Women in Construction demonstrating their skills and sharing opportunities to build and design; and much more!

Nowruz Family Festival
National Museum of Asian Art | National Mall, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free
Honor the Persian New Year at the annual Nowruz Family Day. Welcome spring with free attractions for all ages, including storytelling, hands-on activities, and more! See the website for activity details.

Voting Rights Story Times
Where: Women’s Equality National Monument | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 12pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Women’s History Month by attending “Voting Rights Story Times.” Join the Yellow Roses, a youth advocacy and learning group, every Sunday in March at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument as they share stories for children about determination, resilience, and perseverance in pursuit of equality. Learn more about the group and the story time events here.

Wonderful World of Watkins
Where: Watkins Regional Park | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Go over the rainbow and beyond at Watkins Regional Park – there is so much fun to be had at the PG County locale.  Visit the Old Maryland Farm to see the animals, and spend time at Watkins Nature Center to view even more cool creatures and birds.  The adorable Wizard of Oz themed playground will have kiddos frolicking for hours. Trails winding through the woods make for nice hikes, too!

Later, Skaters
Where: Ice rinks around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

This is the last weekend to hit the ice al fresco at most local outdoor ice skating rinks, as many are getting ready to shut down their Zambonis for the season. See this post listing them all for details on where you can glide under the sky one last time this winter.

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

There’s rain in the forecast this weekend, so if you want to be indoors, but want some active fun or something with an engaging mission. From pickleball and roller skating to tennis and ping pong to escape rooms and scavenger hunts to an indoor waterpark, you’ll find all kinds of ways to get your fun and game on. And with wet weather on the way, it’s a perfect time for it.

Oscars Prep
Where: Movie theaters around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by theater
With the Oscars happening this weekend (plus chance of rain in the forecast), it’s a perfect time to catch a flick, either to see a nominated film or get in the spirit of it all by seeing something new. The Alamo is a great place to go for a movie and a meal. Or see what’s playing at other theaters around the area.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Sign up the kids for a virtual hand cut portrait session with Master Silhouette Artist Karl Johnson!
* See what’s happening at Imagination Stage this spring and summer — shows, classes, and camps!
* Reading/author recommendations in honor of International Women’s Day.
* Sasha discovered this and we made it…as delicious as it looks!
* Daylight savings this weekend — here are some sleep tips.
* Bought and love these shorts so much, I’m getting other colors.
* Darcy (who shares 10 Happy Things each month) just started selling prints of her beautiful photos.
* Curious about the Oura Ring!
* Hanging lanterns on a patio create the prettiest light and set such an enchanting mood. These and these are nice, too.
* Have you played the New York Times’ latest game, Strands? It’s a good one. (Connections, too, if that’s new to you.)

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