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The Weekend Round-Up: January 14-17

Explore the MLK Memorial in honor of the holiday

 

Quick links to loads of ideas for ongoing activities:
* Ice Skating
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
Baltimore with Kids
* Indoor Outings
* Little Kid Play
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places

Celebrate MLK
Where: Around the DMV & Online
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies

MLK Day may be on Monday, but there are events and activities that pay tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout the whole weekend, Volunteer opportunities, art adventures, self-guided tours of local sights, and a few special events are some of the ways you can celebrate the day. This post has details on all of them.

Winter Inspo
Where: Around the DMV
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

Don’t let this cold, Omicron time keep you from getting out of the house. This post is full of recs for activities that will appeal to your Covid comfort zone. From hikes to art experiences to seasonal sports to garden explorations to all-season fun, there are all kinds of things to do that keep safety in mind. All you really need are good layers and maybe a little extra outdoor gear.

Transient: Impermanent Paintings
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Through March 6
Admission: $20-30/adult, $17/age 5-17, free/4 & under

ARTECHOUSE debuts its newest exhibit on Monday.  Their description of  Transient: Impermanent Paintings: “A duet of motorized piano and hyperreal projections combines human and technological elements through a system of unconventional generative algorithms.” Like all of the gallery’s exhibits, this one immerses you in digital art, on floor-to-ceiling walls, the floors, and in side rooms, along with music that syncs up with the works around you.  I just got a sneak peek and really enjoyed it — watching the art “dance” all around you is quite delightful and relaxing.

Ice It
Where: Ice skating rinks around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

Glide under the sky and stars — or indoors if that’s your preference.  Get your skate on and and art at the Sculpture Garden.  Glide over the Potomac on The Wharf’s awesome rink. Circle around Washington Harbour as you enjoy river views. Meander along the Figure 8 path at Canal Park. Do some shopping then skate at Pentagon Row, Rockville Town Square, or Reston Town Center. Or head to an ice arena for some skating out of the elements.  This post has details on alfresco and indoor ice skating options in the area.

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

With winter weather in the forecast this weekend, consider hitting the slopes! Skiing is a fun and active way to take advantage of the season, 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 day trips there last winter. And other relatively close resorts for day trips are Liberty and Bryce.  Farther away, but good to check out for longer trips are Roundtop,  Massanutten,  Wintergreen,  Seven Springs,  Hidden Valley,  Snowshoe,  Timberline, and Wisp.

Serenity Now
Where: Around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Sometimes you just want to go someplace that’s pretty and quiet, where you can chill out and think (or not) — especially during this Covidy time. This post has a round-up of of those very places, where you can find peace and calm, all of them right here in the city.

Inside Out(ings)
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Weather might have you seeking indoor options at some point this weekend. This post has quick info for places to go, including open days and times, which you should be sure to note, as some venues have temporarily changed them. There are guidelines in place for Covid everywhere, masks are required in DC and some MD counties, and you can/should opt to wear one even without a mandate.

See Some Wizardry
Where: Capital One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 7pm & Monday, 2pm

Admission: Ticket prices vary
The Wizards have a couple of home games this weekend — on Saturday evening and Monday afternoon, when kids are off school and many parents have the day off work. See the on court action against the Portland Trail Blazers at 7pm on Saturday and the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday at 2pm. 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, Oyamel, and Shake Shack.

All Caps
Where: Capital One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

For sports action on ice, catch the Capitals on Sunday afternoon as they host the Vancouver Canuckss. See the above restaurant recs for a fam-friendly bite before the match.

College Hoops
Where: Colleges around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by game
With so many universities in the area, there’s always some good college hoops action going on during the season — and it’s always a good time for families. Here are a few games to catch this weekend:
* Howard men vs Norfolk State o Saturday at 4pm
* American men vs Bucknell o Satrday at 2pm
* Maryland women vs Michigan on Sunday at 5pm (Go, Terps!)
* Howard men vs Notre Dame on Monday at 2:30pm

Corduroy
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Through January 24
Tickets: $28

How about some family friendly live entertainment?  Based on the books, here’s the description of Imagination Stages current show:  We all need a friend, and Lisa is instantly drawn to the perfectly imperfect teddy bear on display at the department store. If only she can convince her stressed-out mother to buy Corduroy for her! Meanwhile, Corduroy is determined to find his missing button and become worthy of going to a real home. After the store has closed, he goes on a hilariously destructive search–with the Night Watchman in comical pursuit. Full of mischief and clowning, this story of unconditional love captures both the humanity and the merriment of the holiday season. Recommended for ages 3-9.  Proof of vaccination required for patrons 12+.

The Prom
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through January 16
Tickets: $49-139 | Find Discount
Everyone’s invited to the joyous Broadway musical that inspired the hit Netflix adaptation. New York Magazine calls it “smart and big-hearted” and The New York Times says the show “makes you believe in musical comedy again!” The Prom is a new musical comedy about big Broadway stars on a mission to change the world and the love they discover that unites them all. You belong at The Prom! Recommended for ages 10+.

Baltimore, Hon!
Where: All Around Charm City | Baltimore, MD
When: All Weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

The long weekend is a great time for a day trip (or even overnight) to Baltimore — there are so many great family-friendly attraction there, you may want an extra day to enjoy a few. Explore the exhibits at Maryland Science Center. See some of the quirkiest, coolest art ever at the American Visionary Art Museum. Play the day away at Port Discovery. Get an eyeful of the underwater world at the National Aquarium. View history in the works at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. And even more! This KFDC guide has the scoop.

Go Underground
Where: Luray Caverns | Luray, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $30/adults, $15/ages 6-12, free/5 & under 

Behold the spectacular underground world of stalagmites, stalactites, and other amazing limestone formations in the massive cave system at Luray. Afterward, make your way through the Garden Maze or check out vintage rides in the Carriage and Caravan Museum. Admission does not include attractions beyond the cavern. KFDC Tip: Be sure to make a pit stop before going into the caverns, because it can be a long walk out to a restroom, and once you’re out, you may not be able to go back in.

Art & Maritime Explorations
Where: Calvert County, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Make a day of it in Calvert County, where you can visit a couple of places for fun, fascinating, hands-on adventures. Annmarie Sculpture Garden is hosting a special art project in honor of MLK. you can also tour beautiful works around the grounds and indoors, and play in the delightful Fairy Lolly.  Also out that way is the Calvert Marine Museum, where you can see interesting exhibits, including display cases full of fossils and artifacts, plus live fish and other creatures. There’s also a play area and a real lighthouse to tour. Hours are 10am – 5pm with two -hours sessions 10am – 12pm, 12:30-2:30pm, and 3-5pm, and admission is $9/adult, $4/ages 5-12, free/4 & under.

African American History & Culture
Where: NMAAHC | National Mall, DC
When: Monday, 10am – 5:30pm
Admission: Free, but timed entry passes required

Tickets to the National Museum of African American History & Culture can be some of toughest to get in DC. But this weekend, the museum, which is usually closed on Mondays, will be open an extra day in honor of MLK Day. Currently, there are lots of tickets available for many time slots, but they’ll likely go quickly.

Free Parking
Where: National Parks
When: Monday
Admission: Free!

In honor of MLK Day, it’s the first fee free day of the year for national parks, which means there’s no cost for entry where they usually charge to get in. Take advantage of complimentary admission and the day off from school. Some ideas: Hit the trail at Shenandoah or Great Falls, explore Prince William Forest Park, go to Fort McHenry in Baltimore, or enjoy hiking and history at Harpers Ferry. Find even more national parks around the area and beyond.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Get in a visit to the National Gallery of Art East Building soon — it will be closed for renovations (again) after February.
* Ice Cream Jubilee is offering its Lunar New Year Ice Tasting Flight, which inclues six mini scoops and a pint to take home through February 13.
* If you’re comfortable doing it, this weekend is a good time to see a movie.
* Movie for adults: I just saw this, and it was as wonderful as all the reviews say.
* These episodes of The Daily are a good listen: This and this.
Needed a new one, so just ordered this — might come in handy this weekend!
* Symptoms of the new variant may include…

 

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Ways to Celebrate MLK Day Around the DC Area (2022)

 

Whether you’re looking for ways to teach kids about MLK, want to give back on the Day of Service, or hope to partake in another special activity to observe the holiday, these recommendations will have you covered.

Day of Service
Where: Various locations around the DMV
When: January 17
Admission: Just your time

If you want to volunteer on the MLK, Jr. Day of Service, there are many ways and places you can do so around the area. Start here to find opportunities that suit your family. And during this Covid time, outdoor volunteer clean-ups are a good option — here are some taking place around the area:
Roaches Run River Cleanup | Arlington, VA | January 15, 10am – 12pm
Jones Point Park Cleanup | Alexandria, VA | January 15, 10am – 2pm
Four Mile Run Cleanup | Alexandria, VA | January 15, 10am – 12pm
Turkey Run Cleanup | McLean, VA | January 15, 10am – 12pm
Mount Vernon Trail | Alexandria, VA | January 17, 10am – 12pm
Stream & Park Cleanups | MoCo, MD | January 15-22 (several opportunities)
Clean Waterways Cleanup | Southeast DC | January 17, 10am – 1pm
Rock Creek Park | Northwest DC | January 15-17 (several opportunities)

More Family Volunteer Ops
Where: Various locations around the DMV
When: Ongoing
Admission: Just your time

For more places to volunteer as a family that aren’t included in the official MLK Day of Service database, this KFDC post has suggestions — whether on the actual day or at a later time inspired by the holiday. All of the organizations listed welcome kids to help out, though some have age requirements, so be sure to note them.

African American History & Culture
Where: NMAAHC | National Mall, DC
When: January 17, 10am – 5:30pm
Admission: Free, but timed entry passes required

Tickets to the National Museum of African American History & Culture can be some of toughest to get in DC. But this weekend, the museum, which is usually closed on Mondays, will be open an extra day in honor of MLK Day. Currently, there are lots of tickets available for many time slots, but they’ll likely go quickly. Reserve them here.

FUTURES We Dream Family Day
Where: Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building | National Mall, DC
When: January 16, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

The recently opened Arts & Industries Building is hosting an in-person, Covid-safe event to honor MLK.  Celebrate the spirit of his dream with a day full of hope, justice seeking, and collaboration. Learn about the Smithsonian’s 175 years of changemaking and reckoning with its history on the SI Story wall. Join family-friendly guided tours exploring social justice and more equitable futures (10:30am and 2pm). Take inspiration from Dr. King’s speeches and many other future thinkers to craft your inspirational messages for the future you dream in drop-in workshops (11am and 1pm). Pop in for hands-on activities for the youngest future makers throughout the day. Get a glimpse of the museum’s fascinating FUTURES exhibit here.

Peace Walk
Where: Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge | Southeast DC
When: January 17, 9:30am
Admission: Free

The annual MLK Day Peace Walk is on this year and taking place at the recently opened beautiful Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge that spans from Anacostia to the Navy Yard. Notable DC peops are always in attendance — who will it be this year? Register to join the event, and note that the annual parade is NOT taking place due to Covid.
 

Artsy MLK Days
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Lusby, MD
When: January 15-17, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free, but reservations required

Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King with community art activities. Each year on this weekend, Annmarie Sculpture Garden invites guests of all ages to help create a community art installation in honor of a dream. Join visiting artist, Sarah Matthews, for a project is inspired by Dr. King’s quote, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”  Learn how to create your own stamps to design and print uplifting posters to hang in your community. Make two posters, one to leave here and one to hang in your favorite gathering spot. Read more about the wonderful Annmarie Sculpture Garden here.

Free Parking
Where: National Parks
When: January 17
Admission: Free!

In honor of MLK Day, it’s the first fee free day of the year for national parks, which means there’s no cost for entry where they usually charge to get in. Take advantage of complimentary admission and the day off from school. Some ideas: Hit the trail at Shenandoah or Great Falls, explore Prince William Forest Park, go to Fort McHenry in Baltimore, or enjoy hiking and history at Harpers Ferry. Find even more national parks around the area and beyond. (PS: You can do your own trash cleanup while you’re there!)

Visit Memorials
Where: National Mall & Tidal Basin, DC
When: January 17 (and ongoing)
Admission: Free

Pay tribute to Dr. King at places that honor his legacy. Visit the MLK Memorial, a powerful and poignant site along the Tidal Basin. From there, you can head to the Lincoln Memorial, where Dr. King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech and look for his words etched in the stone at the top of the steps.

All Ages Virtual Art Class: I Have a Dream
Where: Art Jamz Online
When: January 16
Admission: $12.50

The whole family can join Art Jamz online for this live painting class.  In honor of MLK Day, they are donating 50% of all proceeds directly to Martha’s Table.  During the Live Virtual Paint Session, they encourage the creation of original art under the guidance of a talented local artist. Need art materials? Purchase an ArtJamz® At-Home Paint Kit — they’ll even throw in a novelty artist mustache.

 

 

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Lesser-Known Stories & Secrets Behind Five Museums Around the DC Area

What stories lie within these museum walls?

[Note: This is a guest post contributed by JoAnn Hill, a DC area educator and author of the book “Secret Washington, DC: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure.” ]

 

With the winter season upon us, perhaps there’s no better time to stay indoors and explore DC’s extensive museum scene. While many locals and tourists may be familiar with these historical and art havens, the bizarre and lesser-known stories behind them are likely not as widely as known.

With the ever-changing restrictions and challenges currently facing the city, it’s a good idea to visit each of these museum’s websites for updates regarding operating hours and admission requirements. Except for the Phillips Collection, all featured museums are free and just begging to be explored.

Check out local DC author JoAnn Hill’s book Secret Washington, DC: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure to discover even more hidden histories and peculiarities in and around the DC area!

 

National Gallery of Art: “Finally, On the Mark”

Markers of a presidential assassination

The next time you find yourself satisfying your love of art and getting your fix of Picasso and Monet paintings, take some time to locate the two markers that denote the site of President James Garfield’s unusual assassination. The markers are situated near the south entrance of the National Gallery of Art’s West Building, which is where the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station previously stood.

On July 2, 1881, the United States’ 20th president, who had only served as president for four months, was shot by lawyer Charles J. Guiteau, a resentful and unstable man seeking to gain political power, notoriety, and revenge. Guiteau had stalked Garfield for several months prior to that night. After delivering a few small local speeches supporting Garfield during the election, Guiteau believed that he was responsible for Garfield’s victory. He began sending Garfield letters and eventually moved from Chicago to Washington. He made demands of the president, including for a post in Paris even though he had no prior experience and did not speak French. Angered and fueled by Garfield’s dismissal and rejection, Guiteau set out to shoot Garfield at the present-day site of the National Gallery of Art.

Read All About It: Dive deeper into this odd story surrounding the assassination of President Garfield on pages 42-43 of Secret Washington, DC: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure.

Go and Explore: The National Gallery of Art is is open daily, 10am – 5pm. Admission is free.

Where: The National Gallery of Art is located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets along Constitutional Avenue NW.

See More:  Read about the museum’s East side in this KFDC post.

 

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Smithsonian American Art Museum: “One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Masterpiece”

Magnificent “trashy” art on display

As the adage goes: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. James Hampton, Director of Special Projects for the State of Eternity, took that timeless sentiment to heart, proving that many everyday discarded items can be converted into stunning objects of art.

After receiving religious visions, Hampton devoted over 14 years of his life to constructing a monument to God, eventually known around the world as The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millennium General Assembly, which is prominently displayed in The Smithsonian’s American Art Museum.

In 1950, Hampton undertook this elaborate project in hopes of preparing for Christ’s return to earth. He created his grand showpiece in a rented carriage house, transforming its dull interior into a magnificent workspace. He assembled coffee cans, jelly jars, flower vases, lightbulbs, metal, scrap wood, plastic, and tinfoil into something magical. He also incorporated old furniture and various office supplies into the brilliant structure. The Throne is comprised of two levels. A cushioned throne in the back is a central point for the extremely symmetrical array. Objects on the right represent the New Testament and Jesus; those on the left portray the Old Testament and Moses.

Read All About It: Read more about James Hampton’s masterpiece on pages 12-13 of Secret Washington, DC: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure.

Go and Explore:  The museum is currently open Sunday – Wednesday, 11:30am – 7pm.  Admission is free.

Where: The Smithsonian American Art Museum is located at 8th and F Streets NW.

See More: Read about and get a glimpse of the museum in this KFDC post and this one.

 

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Phillips Collection: “Sorry for Stealing, But Please Tighten Your Security”

Inside The Phillips Collection

Mention the words “art heist” and there’s a good chance that a slew of action-packed movies like The Thomas Crown Affair and Entrapment conjure up to mind. Well, it turns out that art museum thefts aren’t exclusive to Hollywood films; sometimes they occur right in your neighborhood, sometimes the stolen masterpieces turn up in unexpected places, and sometimes the thefts are executed to teach the museum a lesson.

Located in DC’s prestigious Dupont Circle neighborhood, the Phillips Collection is home to more than 5,000 pieces in styles ranging from French impressionism and American modernism to contemporary art. The collection includes works by an array of renowned artists such as Georgia O’Keefe, Edgar Degas, and Pablo Picasso. It is regarded as the nation’s oldest modern art museum.

In January 1983, the typically quiet museum was anything but; instead, it became the center of an art heist, bustling with commotion and confusion. A museum guard became suspicious when he noticed a man leaving the museum with his arms wrapped around a bunched-up tweed coat. It didn’t take long for the museum to realize that the man, accompanied by a female companion, had stolen “Virgin Alsace,” a 1920 statue by Antoine Bourdelle valued at $35,000.

Read All About It: Learn more about this unusual art heist on pages 46-47 of Secret Washington, DC: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure.

Go and Explore: The museum is open Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 6pm. Admission is $16/adult, $12/senior, $10/student, free/age 18 & under. Special promo: Tickets are pay-what-you-wish for the first entry time of each hour, available first come, first serve via online reservation.

Where: The Phillips Collection is located at 1600 21st Street NW.

See More: Read about KFDC experiences at the Phillips in this post and this one.

 

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Smithsonian National Postal Museum: “The Dog Days of the US Postal Museum”

Owney with RMS clerks (photo courtesy of Smithsonian National Postal Museum)

In 1888, a scruffy mutt was abandoned by a postal clerk in an Albany, New York, post office. Postal workers wrapped him in postal bags to keep him warm, and so began the launch of Owney’s path toward becoming the unofficial mascot of the US Postal System. The dog is so beloved by US Postal System that he landed a prominent spot in the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.

Described as a dog who was attracted to the texture and scents of mail bags, Owney soon began following mailbags everywhere. Over the next decade, he travelled by train and accompanied mail clerks around the world, traveling a staggering 140,000 miles. He soon became a good luck charm to the mail clerks who travelled with him. At a time when train accidents were common, no train that Owney had traveled on was ever in an accident. To commemorate Owney’s extensive travels, he was adorned with medals and tags labelled with city names. When Owney would return to Albany, the clerks there would save the tags. When Postmaster General John Wanamaker, a fan of Owney’s, discovered that Owney’s collar was weighed down by the accumulating tags, he gave Owney a vest where postal workers could pin his extensive tag collection.

Read All About It: Read more about Owney and how he became postal royalty on pages 76-77 of Secret Washington, DC: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure.

Go and Explore: The museum is currently open Saturday – Tuesday, 10am – 5:30pm.  Admission is free.

Where: The National Postal Museum is located at 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE.

See More: Read about and get a glimpse of the museum in this KFDC post and this one.

 

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National Museum of Health and Medicine: “Calling All Stomachs of Steel”

An “inside” look at the National Museum of Health and Medicine

Washington, DC, is host to an incredible wealth of museums, housing everything from national treasures, famous paintings, and historical artifacts. While museums belonging to the world- renowned Smithsonian conglomerate often receive the most acclaim and visitors, there are a plethora of smaller and lesser-known museums also deserving of attention and time. The fascinating and quirky National Museum of Health and Medicine is undoubtedly one of them.

Founded at the start of the Civil War, the museum was created to further the research of military field surgery. Surgeon General William Hammond commanded Union doctors on the battlefield to send him “specimens of morbid anatomy…together with projectiles and foreign bodies removed.” The Army Medical Museum (the museum’s original name) was led by doctors, and it quickly acquired a bevy of gruesome artifacts for the staff to examine on their way to the front. While the museum is no longer run by medical doctors, exhibits depicting the history of military medicine continue to be a mainstay. These exhibits, along with several medical specimens, continue to attract visitors each year. So, what are some of the grisly items on display? A few of the main attractions include a conjoined twin specimen preserved in alcohol and a human hairball that was removed from a 12-year-old girl who compulsively ate her hair for six years.

Read All About It: Read more about this museum dedicated to the history of military medicine and medical oddities on pages 78-79 of Secret Washington, DC: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure.

Go and Explore: The museum is currently open Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 5:30pm. Admission is free.

Where: The National Museum of Health and Science is located on 2500 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, MD.

See More: Read about a past KFDC experience at the museum.

 

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JoAnn Hill has lived in Washington, DC, with her husband Thalamus and dog Jackson for over 19 years. An avid traveler and foodie, JoAnn writes about their DC living and dining experiences, as well as their global travel adventures, on her blog dcglobejotters.org. Her writing has been published in BELLA Magazine, Escape Artist, and Triptipedia. JoAnn served as a DC Public Schools teacher for 17 years before co-founding Capitol Teachers, a tutoring company servicing the greater DC area. Secret Washington, DC: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure is her first book.

 

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The Weekend Round-Up: January 7-9

 

Go-to posts for all kinds of ongoing and seasonal local activities:
* Ice Skating
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
Baltimore with Kids
* Indoor Outings
* Little Kid Play
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places

Winter Inspo
Where: Around the DMV
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

Don’t let the Covid cold months keep you from getting out around the area. This round-up is full of recs for  activities,  from hikes to art experiences to seasonal sports to garden explorations to all-season fun, all of them taking place outdoors if that is your preference right now.  There are even suggestions for the snow. All you really need are good layers and maybe a little extra outdoor gear.

Recreation on Ice
Where: Ice skating rinks around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

Glide under the sky and stars — or indoors if that’s your preference.  Take in art as you skate at the Sculpture Garden.  Glide over the Potomac on The Wharf’s awesome rink. Circle around Washington Harbour as you enjoy river views. Meander along the Figure 8 path at Canal Park. Do some shopping then skate at Pentagon Row, Rockville Town Square, or Reston Town Center. Or head to an ice arena for some skating out of the elements.  This post has details on alfresco and indoor ice skating options in the area.

Hit the Slopes
Where: Ski resorts around the region
When: Through winter
Admission: Varies by resort

With this winter weather, it’s a good time to hit the slopes! Skiing is always fun and active way to take advantage of the season. 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 day trips there last winter. And other relatively close resorts for day trips are Liberty and Bryce.  Farther away, but good to check out for longer trips are Roundtop,  Massanutten,  Wintergreen,  Seven Springs,  Hidden Valley,  Snowshoe,  Timberline, and Wisp.

Inside Info
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

With a lot of snow on the ground, you may be looking for indoor options (if you’re comfortable with that right now).  There are guidelines in place for Covid everywhere, masks are required in DC and some MD counties, and  you can opt to wear one even without a mandate.  Something to note:  The Smithsonian has temporarily reduced hours and days at some museums — this post indicates where and when along with info for other places to go.

Word Up
Where: Planet Word | Downtown DC
When: Throughout the weekend, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Tickets are available for this weekend to the museum all about language.  Full of fun and interesting exhibits, most of them interactive, I highly recommend a visit. There are elements that all ages will love, though tweens and older will get the most out of it, having more grammar lessons under their belts and generally better comprehension. Our whole family loves it! Admission is free, but you need to reserve timed-entry passes ahead.

Corduroy
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Through January 24
Tickets: $28

How about some family friendly live entertainment?  Based on the books, here’s the description of Imagination Stages current show:  We all need a friend, and Lisa is instantly drawn to the perfectly imperfect teddy bear on display at the department store. If only she can convince her stressed-out mother to buy Corduroy for her! Meanwhile, Corduroy is determined to find his missing button and become worthy of going to a real home. After the store has closed, he goes on a hilariously destructive search–with the Night Watchman in comical pursuit. Full of mischief and clowning, this story of unconditional love captures both the humanity and the merriment of the holiday season. Recommended for ages 3-9.  Proof of vaccination required for patrons 12+.

Nature Calling
Where: Nature centers around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

If you want to get a dose of the outside world in the comfort of the indoors head to a nature center. There are several great ones around the area that offer engaging 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. (Be sure to confirm they are open before you go during inclement weather.)

Saturday Morning Live
Where: Online, YouTube, and Facebook

When: Saturday 9:30 – 10:00 AM EST
Admission: Free

The National Theatre’s Saturday Morning Live! program presents Happy Soup. From the coziness of your home, you are invited to gather with Natasha and Tia (a pair of very silly humans) to cook up a Happy Soup! They have the recipe, but they need YOUR creativity to bring all of these special and surprising ingredients together for the world. There will be antics, there will be teamwork, there will be HAPPY SOUP!

(W)Hoop it Up!
Where: Colleges around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Ticket prices vary

With so many universities in the area, there’s always some good college hoops action going on during the season — and it’s always a good time for families. Here are a few games to catch this weekend:
* Georgetown men vs Maquette on Friday at 6:30pm
* George Mason men vs. St. Joseph’s on Saturday at 4pm
* Maryland men vs Wisconsin on Sunday at 7:30pm

The Prom
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through January 16
Tickets: $49-139 | Find Discount
Everyone’s invited to the joyous Broadway musical that inspired the hit Netflix adaptation. New York Magazine calls it “smart and big-hearted” and The New York Times says the show “makes you believe in musical comedy again!” The Prom is a new musical comedy about big Broadway stars on a mission to change the world and the love they discover that unites them all. You belong at The Prom! Recommended for ages 10+.

Dinosaur World Live
Where: Strathmore | Bethesda, MD
When: Sunday, 4pm
Tickets: $24-58

Take a t. rex for a walk or groom a microraptor! Dinosaur World Live takes your family on an adventure across unchartered territories to discover a prehistoric world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child’s favorite flesh-eating giant, the tyrannosaurus rex! Plus, special appearances by triceratops, giraffatitan, segnosaurus, and more. Stick around after the show for the dino meet and greet!

Charm City, Hon!
Where: Inner Harbor Area | Baltimore, MD
When: All Weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Head up I-95 for a change of scenery and some fantastic family attractions in Baltimore! Explore the exhibits at Maryland Science Center. See some of the quirkiest, coolest art ever at the American Visionary Art Museum. Play the day away at Port Discovery. Get an eyeful of the underwater world at the National Aquarium. View history in the works at the Baltimore Museum of Industry . And much more!

Serenity Now
Where: Around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Sometimes you just want to go someplace that’s pretty and quiet, where you can chill out and think (or not) — especially during this Covidy time. This post has a round-up of of those very places, where you can find peace and calm, all of them right here in the city.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* This post about local volunteer opportunities with kids can help you plan for the MLK Day of Service coming up on January 17.
* If you want to catch some live entertainment this winter, check out this round-up of what’s coming to local stages.
* The 30 Best Movies for Kids on Netflix, according to Vulture.
* And a good one for grown ups that we just watched.
* This twenty twenty stew sounds yummy and easy to make.
* A great, convenient service for parents to keep in mind.
* Newest part of my morning routine. Who else?
* Has the painter seen a baby? 😂
* A note of reassurance from your school district regarding our updated omicron policies. 😉
* Proof that time flies when you’re having fun ❤️

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The Weekend: December 31 – January 2

Kick off 2022 with a nice hike! (Turkey Run Park pictured here)

 

Once again, I’m taking a little break and keeping it simple as we wind down 2021. Not to mention, with Omicron spreading like wildfire, there aren’t many special events and activities happening this weekend.  The links below will still lead you to info and inspo to fill the next few days with as much (or little) activity as you want, including holiday happenings and ongoing and seasonal fun. You can also check KFDC on Instagram and Facebook for any updates or extra ideas that might arise.

Happy Weekend! And a very Happy New Year to all!

The 2021 KFDC Guide to the Holiday Season in DC

Chill Time: Activities Around DC During the Covid Winter

Where to Go and What to Do Around DC During Winter Break 2021

Ice Skating Around the DC Area

Walks in the Woods

Serenity Now: 10 Places to Find Peace and Calm in DC

Ride On: Bike Routes for Everyone Around the DC Area

The Best Places in the DC Area to Spend A Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids

Live Entertainment Around the DC Area in Late Fall & Winter (Some show may be cancelled.)

Baltimore with Kids

Indoor Outings

 

***MORE GOOD STUFF TO KNOW***

The Noon Yards Eve event at Yards Park has been cancelled.

The Washington Post’s annual list of what’s in and what’s out for the year ahead.

New Year’s Eve finger foods, many that sound perfect for an at-home celebration with the fam.

Toast-worthy cocktails to ring in the new year.

New Year’s traditions around the world.

20 best places to travel in 2022, according to Travel + Leisure.

Ten noteworthy books for January.

Some great sales going on right now:  Anthro, Nordstrom, Gap, Everlane.

A fantastic movie available to rent this weekend.

For the whole fam: Best kids’ movies of 2021 that parents will also love.

Omicron is the Beginning of the End (we hope!).

McSweeney’s most read articles of 2021.  (#15 had me in lol tears.)

22 things to look forward to in 2022 🙂

 

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