The Weekend Round-Up:
March 22-24

See cherry blossoms at the National Arboretum

 

Happy Weekend!

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

‘Tis the Cherry Blossom Season
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies

The cherry blossoms hit their peak earlier this week at the Tidal Basin, so they are no longer at their most brilliant there, but you can still see them at other spots — these cherry blossom viewing tips include suggestions for where to go.  (From what we saw at the National Arboretum last weekend, many of the cherry trees there should be blooming this weekend.)  Even more, events and activities to celebrate the iconic bloom are getting into full swing. Some are listed below, and you can find even more happening this weekend in this post as well as plan for the rest of the season.

NSO in Your Neighborhood
Where: Riverfront Areas | Capitol Riverfront & Southwest DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

The National Symphony Orchestra’s annual program presents free performances in the city’s Riverfront areas: Southwest Waterfront, Navy Yard, Capitol Riverfront, Buzzard Point, and Bellevue.This weekend there will be concerts at Boombox boxing Club, Culture House DC, The Anthem, Rubell Museum, Covenant Baptist UCC Church, and Bald Eagle Recreation Center. See the website for details on the show. All are open to the public with first-come, first-served seating.

United by Hockey Mobile Museum
Where: Piney Orchard Ice Arena | Odenton, MD
When: Friday, 3-9pm & Saturday, 12-7pm
Admission: Free

This free fan experience celebrates hockey’s trailblazers, changemakers, and business leaders spanning various demographics. The 840-square-foot museum includes exclusive artifacts from players, video components, highlights about Caps players, a virtual reality experience, and a look at the next generation of young stars and other hockey personalities.

Family Day: Japanese Fashion
Where: GWU & Textile Museum | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate cherry-blossom season at the museum with a family day featuring Japanese kimono, “happi” coats and crafts for all ages. Performances of traditional Okinawan dance will showcase the colorful costume of the islands, and guests can enjoy the beautiful melodies of Japan’s national instrument, the “koto.” Design your own kimono bookmark, make a cherry blossom pendant or join us for a family-friendly tour of the galleries, including Japanese textiles on display in Irresistible: The Global Patterns of Ikat.

Revolutions: Art from the Hirshhorn Collection, 1860-1960
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

The Hirshhorn is celebrating its 50th anniversary with this exhibition that showcases works for the museum’s permanent collection over a hundred year period. It’s wonderfully curated with paintings, sculptures and more pieces from both classic and contemporary artists. Even more, Art Cart will be back on Saturday from 10am -1pm, giving kids (and adults) the opportunity to create their own art inspired by the Alexander Calder works in the exhibit.

Make a mobile with Hirshhorn’s Art Cart!

Environmental Film Fest
Where: Several locations around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by film
Films from across the globe are being screened around the DC-Metro area for the the annual DC Environmental Film Festival. The line-up this weekend includes special family programming this weekend: Puffin Rock and the New Friend will be screening at Woodridge and Anacostia Neighborhood Libaries on Saturday. There are even more films to consider for older kids or a kid-free outing. Go to the website for more details and to view trailers.

Japanese Culture Day
Where: Library of Congress | Capitol Hill, DC
When: March 23, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

The Library of Congress is hosting a day of fun to celebrate cherry blossom season.  Family activities include Japanese drum and traditional dance performances, a book author talk, storytelling, and arts and crafts from Japan.  Get tickets here! And read more about the Library of Congress in this KFDC post.

Free Family FunFest
Where: Prince George’s Stadium | MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

This free annual festival from the Bowie Baysox is loaded with fun for the whole family. Enjoy carnival-style rides and games, lots of activities from Baysox sponsors and partners, opportunities to hang out with mascots Louie and Rocko, raffles, and more.

Cherry Blossom Family Celebration
Where: American Art Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the season of cherry blossoms with SAAM! Begin the day on the F Street Plaza with a taiko drumming performance by drumming group Nen Daiko. Then head to the Kogod Courtyard for a day of performances and Japanese pop, boogie, and more with Les The DJ. Kids 12 and younger can enjoy cherry-blossom themed crafts and face painting. A spring-themed scavenger hunt through SAAM’s galleries extends the cherry blossom fun.

Egg-cellent Outings
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Egg hunts, bunny visits, and more seasonal activities are happening all around the area. There are also attractions beyond bunnies and candy-filled eggs for your whole gang. This post has a round-up of all the Easter fun going on this weekend over the coming weeks.

Harlem Globetrotters
Where: Capitol One Arena | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 1pm
Admission: $25+

Be a part of the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters global tour as they take the court with moments of extreme basketball innovation and unparalleled fan FUN! See the Globetrotter stars live as they dribble, spin, slam, and dunk their way past their relentless rivals, the Washington Generals!

The Spirit of Women’s Soccer
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $20

The Washington Spirit, our local women’s pro soccer team, plays their first home match on Saturday against Bay FC. Enjoy some amazing soccer play while supporting our home team and women in sports.  Plan on a pre-game bite to eat in the nearby Navy Yard — get recommendations for family-friendly restaurants here.

MatchboxCon: Die-Cast Metal Toy Convention
Where: MoCo Fairgrounds, Bldg #6 | Gaithersburg, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $10-12/adult, $6-8/age 13-17, $4-5/age 4-12


Matchbox and Hot Wheels collectors from all over the east coast will be at the specialized toy show featuring 60 exhibitors and their inventories of Mattel brand, plus Corgi, Dinky, Greenlight, and more die-cast brands. MatchboxCon is an event for the die-cast community, bringing fans together to meet and gather for a weekend sharing both older rare toys and the latest hard-to-find releases at reasonable prices.

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

It’s the final weekend to see Magic Mirror…   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.

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+.

Little Shop of Horrors
Where: Ford’s Theatre | Pen Quarter, DC
When: Through May 18
Admission: $41-77 (find discount)
Head 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+.

Sakura Sunday
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Run, MD
When: Sunday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Join National Harbor for their annual Sakura Sunday Festival. The celebration will feature a wide array of free cultural activities including an artisanal Japanese marketplace, cultural performances, culinary delights, and more! Read more about all there is to do at National Harbor here.

Purim Family Day
Where: Capital Jewish Museum | Downtown DC
When: Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Join Washington Revels and the Seth Kibel Trio for an afternoon of Klezmer music, a Purim spiel (Purim comedy), costumes, and crafts. Make a grogger (noise maker) or a golden crown and celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim at this free, family-friendly event! And, while you are there, spend some time exploring the exhibitions. Crafts and activities start at 2pm. Performances start at 3pm.

Hill Family Biking: Books & Blossoms Ride
Where: | Capitol Hill & Southwest, DC
When: Sunday, 3:45-5:30pm
Admission: Free

Hill Family Biking is teaming up with DC Public Library for a ride to the stunning, new SW Library for a tour of the facility  and story time with cherry blossom peeping opportunities all along the route. The ride starts at Eastern Market Metro and weaves down 3.7 miles of some of the most bikeable streets in the District to SW Library. There will be a scheduled exit from SW Library for anyone that wants to ride back to Eastern Market as a group.

Celebrate Women’s History
Where: Around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity
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… all of it showcasing women and their accomplishments. This post has details on where you can do that this month — and beyond!

Blooms in Baltimore
Where: Fort McHenry | Baltimore, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $15 (some of the grounds are free)
DC isn’t the only city with cherry blossoms in bloom. You can see them in Baltimore, too, and Fort McHenry should be peaking this weekend. The site also makes for an interesting, informative, and enjoyable outing for all ages. Engaging exhibits range from historical objects and structures to multimedia displays and interactives. And the grounds located right on the Chesapeake are lovely to stroll on a nice day.  Make a longer day of it in Baltimore (or even a weekend)  — the KFDC Guide to Exploring Baltimore with Kids has ideas and info for all kinds of things to do.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Amazon’s Big Spring Sale is going on through the weekend, and I put together some KFDC picks of things I thought were worth getting.  And there have been additions since the original post, so have another look if you’ve already seen it.
* Get ready for the Blossom Kite Festival next weekend!
* There are so many awesome spring things to get excited about around DC.
* Burnside Farms’ Festival of Spring, featuring expansive fields of tulips and daffodils in a rainbow of colors, is starting soon, and tickets are now available for purchase.
* Where to watch March Madness around DC.
* It’s a pricey brand, but their current sale makes it a good time to splurge.  (PS: They make the best featherweight jeans!)
* NY Magazine’s article about the craziest college admissions season ever is a very interesting read (especially for those of us who are going through it).
* If you’re into the Kate saga (iykyk), you’ll like this.
* But what to wear? 🙂

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