The Weekend Round-Up:
March 15-17

Bring a bestie to ARTECHOUSE’s blossom & Anime inspired exhibition


Happy Weekend!

Go-to posts full of ideas for ongoing fun in DC:
* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Active Pursuits Inside
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Kid-Friendly Eats
* Baltimore with Kids
* Peaceful Places

ISEKAI: Blooming Parallel Worlds
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $20-25/adult, $17/age 4-15, $72/family 4-pack (look for discount)

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 make this one beautiful, engaging, and fun to experience.

Sweet Magnolias
Where: Around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Saucer magnolias are blooming, and there’s a gorgeous display of them at the Enid A. Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle. Go see them to take in the beauty and get some good photo ops. Plan on some museum visits while you’re there, too. Find some other spots to enjoy the flowers and see what else is on the way in the KFDC post about all of the area blooms and the best places to experience them.

ACC Hoops
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Friday, 7pm & 9:30pm Saturday, 8:30pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary (find them here)

The ACC tournament has been in DC this week, and the semifinals and championship games are this Friday and Saturday evenings. Semis will be UNC vs Pitt, and it still remains to be seen who NC State will be playing… as well as the final game. But they are all sure to be exciting match-ups!

10-Year Anniversary Celebration
Where: Fields at RFK | Hill East, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

DC Way is marking a decade of offering youth soccer programs, and you’re invited to help them celebrate! Enjoy games, prizes, laughter, camaraderie… there will be exciting soccer stations with thrilling tournaments, Pac-Man, Penalty Shoot, Tic-Tac-Toe, 2v2 & 3v3 number games, Swedish Fish, and more!

Super Pet Expo
Where: Dulles Expo Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: $15/adult, $10/child

People of all ages who adore animals will love this event featuring all kinds of fun and cute activities. Watch dogs play capture the flag in the lure course and romp in a pit with 5,000 balls. Enjoy a dog fashion show and watch champion stunt dogs perform Frisbee skills and other tricks. Learn how to alleviate your dog’s tension, get tips on travel with Fido, watch four-legged friends participate in races, and immortalize your pet’s paw for free. You can also visit Repticon with hundreds of snakes and lizards.

New To You Sale
Where: Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten | Reston, VA
When: Saturday, 7:30am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Stock up for the kids at the biggest children’s yard sale in Reston! There will be thousands of items for babies & children available at unbeatable low prices, including baby gear, clothes for all ages, bikes, toys, children’s furniture, books, DVDs, and more — all gently used and donated by families in the Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten community.

Adventure in the Trees
Where: Adventure Park at Sandy Spring | Sandy Spring, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Varies by age

The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring reopens for the season on Saturday and tickets are still available for many time slots! Kids as young as 5 years old can experience thrills on the ropes courses and ziplines in the park’s aerial adventure forest, the largest in North America. Children ages 5-6 and an accompanying adult have access to two of the easier courses. Older kids can do much more. It may seem like a pricey venture, but it’s so worth it. See more about the park in this KFDC post.

Bountiful Baskets
Where: American Indian Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

In honor of Women’s History month, the museum is showcasing a tradition of American Indian women. Corine Pearce (Redwood Valley Little River Band of Pomo), Ronni-leigh Goeman (Onondaga), Iva Honyestewa (Hopi/Navajo), and Laura Wong-Whitebear (Colville) share the beauty of Native basketry and the significance of keeping this tradition alive through the different weaving traditions, materials, stories, and inspirations that go into making a basket.

A Gem of an Event
Where: Montgomery County Fairgrounds | Gaithersburg, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm & Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: $6/age 12+, free/11 & under

Kids (and adults!) who like fossils, rocks, and/or gems are in for a treat. The 56th Annual Show of the Gem, Lapidary, and Mineral Society of Montgomery County, MD, will have all that and then some. There will be dealers selling collectibles, demonstrations, exhibits, door prizes, free workshops, free specimens for kids, mini mines, and more.

Brain Awareness Day
Where: National Museum of Health & Medicine | Silver Spring,MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Explore the exciting world of neuroscience! Join brain scientists, researchers, clinicians, and museum educators to enjoy interactive demonstrations and exhibits about the brain. Learn about prevention and treatment of traumatic brain injury, and discover how your brain works!  (Note: This is museum is incredibly fascinating, but maybe not for young children or the faint of heart. Read more about why here.)

St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt
Where: Climb UPton | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 8pm
Admission: $20/age 5-7, $45/age 8-15, $55/age 16+

Add an extra little challenge to your climb! A group of climbing Leprechauns lost their pots of gold on the course. Help find them and win a prize. Free to participate as part of any regular climbing ticket (one redemption per guest per visit)

Ireland at the Wharf
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

The Wharf and Kirwan’s Irish Pub are bringing the luck of the Irish to the waterfront with a free festival! Enjoy all the fun of a true Irish festival with Irish dancing, rugby on the big screen, bands and bagpipers, Guinness beer, Irish coffee, and whiskey (last three for the adults, obv.). All ages welcome. Slainte!

Art & Craft Workshop
Where: House of Sweden | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 1—4pm
Admission: Free
Pop in the Swedish Embassy for a creative family arts & crafts workshop in arts & crafts — this weekend’s theme is Easter.  Guides will lead the workshop geared toward kids ages 2-10. All materials will be provided.

Model Train Open House
Where: Historic Vienna Depot | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Visit the historical Vienna Stain station to watch model train and trolley activities that realistically depict an actual railroad that existed in North Carolina in the 1950′s, the Western North Carolina (WNC). Locomotive, rail car, and towns industry in this layout is modeled after those places and things as they looked in that era. Thomas the Tank Engine (and a few of his friends) are chugging around among the bigger steam and diesel locomotives. The Vienna Depot is located at 231 Dominion Road NE in Vienna, Virginia just down the street from the red caboose.

United vs Inter Miami
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 2pm
Admission: Tickets prices vary (Find them here)

DC United’s match against Inter Miami on Saturday afternoon has been much anticipated as Messi’s first time playing here. However, he just suffered an injury that is likely to sideline him — but still not confirmed! Tickets have been sold out for awhile, but you can find resale seats starting around $120 (and those may go down).

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 Sunday
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.

Little Shop of Horrors
Where: Ford’s Theatre | Pen Quarter, DC
When: Through May 18
Tickets: $41-77 (find discount)
Come down to Skid Row for a non-stop blast, sci-fi horror comedy, love story and rock musical that has become one of the most treasured pieces of American musical theatre. Recommended for ages 13+.

Babies, Books, & Bagels and Hands On Holidays: Purim
Where: JCC of Greater Baltimore | Owings Mills, MD
When: Sunday, 10-11:30am
Admission: Free

Join the JCC as Morah Elaine leads a fabulous holiday celebration, followed by a holiday themed craft, snacks, and a chance to connect with both old and new friends. This FREE program is perfect for ages 6 and under. The JCC is located at 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave in Owings Mills.

NSO Family Concert: Music of Duke Ellington
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Sunday, 2pm
Tickets: $20
Take the A-Train to a special afternoon of music paying tribute to the beloved jazz composer and bandleader! Conducted by Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, the National Symphony Orchestra performs this swinging session as part of the Kennedy Center’s season-wide Ellington 125 celebration. Recommended for ages 5+.

St. Patrick’s Family Festival
Where: Shipgarten | Tysons, VA
When: Sunday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at this family festival hosted by Merida and Peter Pan! Bring the whole family for a day of fun.  There will be FREE face painting and arts & crafts for little ones, plus live music, great drinks, moonbounces, and a full outdoor playground. Dogs are also, on-leash or in the off-leash dog park, and treats are available for them, too.

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.

Kids Air-Plant Terrarium
Where: PlantHouse | Alexandria, VA
When: Sunday, 12:30pm
Admission: $25

Join kids adventure terrarium workshop workshop, where you’ll learn how to create a unique terrarium complete with air plants, decor, and adventurous figurines. Recommended for ages 6+, and parent supervision is required. Tickets only required for guests building a terrarium.

* Be aware of road closures from 6pm Friday to 6pm Saturday for the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon.
* There’s a new round-up of Easter events happening around the area.
* Cherry blossoms are predicted to bloom this coming week, so be sure to read my tips for families if you plan to see them. Trust me, there are some important things to know!
* There are still spots open for virtual hand cut portraits with Master Silhouette Artist Karl Johnson!
* A pretty dress for spring — and it’s 40% off.
* Currently reading this book (per Darcy’s rec) and very absorbed by it.
* We just watched Perfect Days, and it’s such a quietly beautiful film.
* Who knew four years ago that it was just beginning?
* What school form did I just sign? 😂


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