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The Weekend Round-Up: March 11-13

The beginning of the bloom at Congressional Cemetery

 

 

 

Happy Weekend!

Go-to KFDC posts full ideas for local activities:
* Indoor Outings
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Covid Winter Ideas
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Little Kid Play
Baltimore with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places

Smithsonian Reopenings
Where: Three DC locations
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

A couple of Smithsonian museums that were temporarily closed due to Omicron reopened this week! You can once again visit the National Postal Museum (Friday – Tuesday, 10am – 5:30pm) and the National Air and Space Museum on the Mall (Thursday – Sunday, 10am – 5:30pm).  And get to Air & Space soon because it will be closing again for renovations March 28 until the fall.

Cemetery in Bloom
Congressional Cemetery | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

The cherry blossoms at Congressional Cemetery used to be a neighborhood secret, but Instagram changed that in recent years. Some of the cherry trees there bloom a little earlier than other places, and are on their way to peak now. But. the cemetery deserves so much more than a quick visit to the trees for an IG photo op.  It’s full of history with many notable people buried there; beautiful, peaceful grounds (it’s a cemetery, after all); cute doggy sightings (it’s a great spot to bring pups as they can run off leash); and even some treasure hunting adventures (my post about it has details!). Take a guided tour or stroll around on your own. Read more about it in this KFDC post.

Family Day: Floating Airfields
Where: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15

Help the Air & Space Museum celebrate 100 years of the aircraft carrier! This special in-person family program will be held at the Chantilly, VA, “wing” of the museum.  Meet aircraft carrier crew members and learn about their lives at sea, explore different jobs through hands-on activities, find out how to identify aircraft that land on carriers, and catch a free IMAX showing of Aircraft Carrier: Guardian of the Seas. Plan for time to explore the rest of the museum, too!

#IfThenSheCan – The Exhibit
Where: Several locations | National Mall, DC
When: Through March 28
Admission: Free
This is a great way to celebrate Women’s History Month! The largest collection of statues of women ever assembled together are on view at the Enid A. Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle, the Arts & Industries BuildingNational Museum of Natural History, the National Air and Space Museum, and along the National Mall. The bright orange sculptures are all based on real women who work in STEM and really cool and interesting to view! Get a glimpse of it here.

Mother Goose
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $12

It’s opening weekend for this brand new, music-filled show at Imagination Stage! Mother Goose leads the audience through some of her most beloved nursery rhymes, using puppets and props to bring to life Humpty Dumpty, Old King Cole, the Eensy Weensy Spider, and more. The magical Mother Goose invites your little ones to join in with each rhyme’s story — teaching them that the very best way to do what needs to be done is to do it together. Recommended for ages 1-5.

Silly Smarts: Folktales from Japan
Where: Highland Elementary School | Wheaton, MD
When: Saturday, 11am & Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free

Wheaton Family Theatre Series is back live and in-person with Silly Smarts: Folktales from Japan, a funny and heartwarming storytelling program. InterAct Story Theatre’s Artistic Director Ali Oliver-Krueger shares traditional Japanese mukashibanashi (Long Ago Stories) from her childhood in Japan. Audience members get into the act from where they sit, singing and becoming characters in the stories. Best for ages 3 and up, and fun for the whole family!

Make Way for Ducklings 
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $25
Catch a show at children’s theatre in Glen Echo Park.  Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are exhausted from their search for a starter home when they land in the Boston Public Garden as a potential home. Surprised by a few conditions in the Garden, the Mallards move on to continue their search until their baby ducklings are born. When the ducklings begin to explore the world around them. The challenges of parenthood in the busy Boston environment create a fun bit of family drama. A classic story for all ages, this world premiere musical celebrates family, Boston, children, and the beings who make an unfamiliar place a home. Recommended for all ages.

PIXELBLOOM
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Through June 5
Admission: $20-30/adult, $17/age 5-17, free/4 & under

ARTECHOUSE debuts its annual spring inspired exhibit this weekend! This year it “pushes the boundaries of immersive digital art, inviting visitors to traverse through a virtual world of cherry blossoms brought to life…” Like all of their exhibitions, it’s immersive and interactive and sure to be a feast for the eyes. Recommended for all ages.

Family Nature Walk
Where: Woodend Nature Sanctuary | Chevy Chase, MD
When:  Saturday, 9am
Admission: $12/family (members); $20/family (nonmembers)

Join naturalist and educator, Frank Sanford, on a leisurely walk through the habitats at Woodend. Explore the wonders of trees, meadows, streams, insects, birds, and everything the nature sanctuary has to offer. This is offered on the first Saturday of the month and limited to six families, so sign up soon! Read more about Woodend in this KFDC post. And for more places for great family hikes, see this KFDC post.  [Note: Be sure to confirm this event isn’t canceled due to weather.]

Carpe Librum
Where: Canal Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Shop a mobile bookstore on Saturday.  Browse through thousands of books all under $6 in a nice, outdoor setting.  There’s something for everyone — children’s books, teen reads, brand-new bestsellers in amazing condition, classic vintage hardbacks, and more.  Look for it in the southern block of the park. While you’re in the area, grab a bite to eat at one of the many nearby eateries and enjoy some time by the river right across M Street at The Yards.

Model Train Open House
Where: Historic Vienna Train Station | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free (donations accepted)

Is it time to get out and see something fun past “Zoom” sessions? Stop by the Vienna Train Station for great family fun and activity for the young and young at heart. Visit our museum of train memorabilia.  Saturday, March 12, 2022  from 1-5 p.m.  FREE ADMISSION (donations accepted). Hosted by the Northern Virginia Model Railroaders.  The Station is at 231 Dominion Road NE, Vienna, VA along the W&OD trail just past the Caboose.  Phone 703-938-5157 [leave a message] or check our website  www.nvmr.org  for more information and a full open house schedule.

Vamos United!
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $30 (look for deal)

DC United host the Chocago Fire this weekend. Tickets are still available to cheer on the black and red! I recommend taking public transportation since parking can be difficult. Or park in the Navy Yard neighborhood (Audi Field is a short walk from there) and get a bite to eat before the match — El Bebe, The Salt Line, and All Purpose are very convenient and my top recs for family-friendly spots to eat there.

The Batman
Where: Local movie theaters
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by theater

Weather this weekend makes it look like a good weekend to catch a movie. Owen and friends just saw the new Batman movie and said it was awesome, that the three hours flew by! If that’s too long or you’re just looking for something else, see what’s playing this weekend at a theater near you here.

Catch Me If You Can
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: Through April 17
Admission: $66-105 | Find Discount
Humor, music and dance drive this rousing musical based on true events and a critically acclaimed film. See how a charming, young con man posed as an airline pilot, a lawyer and then escaped police custody all before he turned 22. Where else, but Washington, D.C., could a musical about con men and being conned be the perfect story we need right now? Recommended for tweens and up.

“Sweet” Cherie Mitchell-Agurs Concert
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Friday, 7pm | Saturday 11am & 4pm
Admission: $20+

“Sweet” Cherie Mitchell-Agurs presents a performance for young people and families combining high-energy concert style presentation and dynamic musicianship. Mitchell-Agurs is Music Director of DC’s own exciting all-female Go-go group, the Be’la Dona Band, and a six-time “Instrumentalist of the Year” for the Washington Area Music Association. Recommended for ages 8+.

DC Way Community Clean Up
Where: Tyler Elementary School Area | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 9am – 12pm
Admission: Free

DC Way does more than teach soccer — they also do good in the community! The organization is part of an environmental project, where they clean four blocks in the Capitol Hill area surrounding Tyler Elementary School. Volunteers are needed to help us with the clean-up, and all are welcome to join!

Goodnight Moon Room
Where: Torpedo Factory | Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Through Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free

It’s the final weekend to see the great green room (in a gallery at the Torpedo Factory)… where there was a telephone, and a red balloon, and a picture of — the cow jumping over the moon! The Goodnight Moon Room is an immersive storybook installation on view at the art center in Old Town Alexandria, a gallery recreating the room in the beloved children’s book. Any kid or adult who’s heard or read the book 5,372 times (because we all have, right??) will be delighted to see it brought to life in the little space. And be sure to explore the rest of the Torpedo Factory while you’re there — the many galleries welcome visitors to view and shop the art. There are all kinds of works in a variety of mediums with something that all ages will dig. Get a glimpse of it all here.

Off-the-Mall Museums
Where: Around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by museum

Take kids to one of the many great museums for kids off the well trodden path of the National Mall. If you don’t veer from it now and then, you could miss out on some amazing exhibits and experiences that aren’t as well known. Check out this round-up of some places in DC that may not be on your museum radar — but should be.

DC, Inside & Out
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by adventure

There’s rain, snow(!), and sunshine in this weekend’s forecast, plus more options for fun things to do with the kids are never a bad thing. If you’re looking for activities outdoors or inside, depending on the weather or simply your preference, these posts are chock full of evergreen pursuits:
The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids
The Great Indoors

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* It’s almost time for the cherry blossoms! This annual post, just updated for the 2022 bloom, has must-read tips for viewing them with the fam.
* Master Silhouette Artist will once again be hosting virtual hand cut silhouette portrait sessions just for KFDC readers on March 28 & 30, perfect timing for them to be ready and shipped for Mother’s Day.
* Registration is open for Imagination Stage’s Spring Break and Summer Camps!
* Celebrate Women’s History Month by shopping these local women-owned businesses.
* Take a tour of my friend Margaret’s beautiful mid-mod house (and new website while you’re at it)! She’s an architect/designer with a keen eye for style and a fun, warm nature — and has provided great design insight for me as well.
* We all have one (or several)
* Easy, tasty ways to help the people of Ukraine.

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The Weekend Round-Up:
February 25-27

 

How to support the people in Ukraine.
This was originally included in the “More Good Stuff” section, but the lead rec in this round-up seems like a better, more appropriate spot.

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

Off the Beaten Museum Path
Where: Around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by museum

There’s a brand new post about great museums for kids off the well trodden path of the National Mall. If you don’t veer from it now and then, you could miss out on some other amazing exhibits and experiences that aren’t as well known. Check out this round-up of some museums in DC that may not be on your museum radar — but should be.

Seasonal Al Fresco
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Don’t let the cold months keep you from getting out around the area. This round-up is full of recs for activities that are outside and accessible. From cool hikes to art experiences to seasonal sports to garden explorations to year-round fun, there are all kinds of things to in the fresh air. All you really need is the right apparel and maybe a little extra outdoor gear.

Virtual Open House
Where: Silver Oaks Cooperative School Online
When: Saturday, 10am
Admission: Free

Are you interested in learning about a unique elementary school option in Montgomery County? On Saturday, Silver Oaks Cooperative School is hosting a Virtual Open House to share information about its K-5 programs for the 2022-23 school year! Find out more and register here.

P.Nokio: A Hip-Hop Musical 
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $28

Imagination Stage’s newest show opens this weekend! G.Petto is an ingenious computer games designer who one day discovers that his newest game character, P.Nokio, can live outside the computer! G.Petto is thrilled at the prospect of having a “son,” and with the help of the Graffiti Fairy, he teaches P.Nokio how to become a real boy. But, P.Nokio falls in with con artists and finds himself in a web of lies that endangers his father. To save G.Petto, P.Nokio must wise up, keep it real, and learn that words and truth are the mightiest weapons of all. It’s a completely contemporary, high-energy musical update of the beloved classic Pinocchio!

Mardi Gars at the Wharf
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 3-7pm
Admission: Free

Laissez les bons temps rouler! The Wharf is bringing a taste of New Orleans to DC with its annual Mardi Gras celebration. A spirited parade with fanciful floats and musical groups will roll down Wharf Street, followed by a dance party with live music on District Pier, and a special fireworks finale. Bring the kiddos — it’s a family-friendly event — and make sure to get there early to secure the best spot to view the parade.

Black History Activities
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout February (and beyond)
Admission: Varies by activity

There are many great events and activities throughout the DC area to celebrate Black History Month — during this last weekend of February and beyond. Museum programs, guided and self-guided tours, visits to significant sites, and more are enlightening and entertaining for all ages.

Vamos United!
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 6pm
Admission: Tickets start at $30

Soccer season begins this weekend as the DC United play their first match at home against Charlotte Football Club. Tickets are still available to cheer on the black and red! I recommend taking public transportation since parking can be difficult. Or park in the Navy Yard neighborhood (Audi Field is a short walk from there) and plan on a bite before or after the game — El Bebe, The Salt Line, and All Purpose are very convenient and my top recs for family-friendly spots to eat there.

(Geo)Cache in on Fun
Where: Around the Area
When: Anytime
Admission: Free

Take kids on a “treasure” hunt and have a little adventure along the way. Geocaching is a perfect way to be active and enjoy a day outdoors. Whether you search in the city or seek out a destination that requires a hike in the woods, locating the hidden cache will be a thrill for everyone. See this post about our first foray into the pursuit awhile back.

Take a Hike
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

The recommendation to hit the trail is a staple in these round-ups.  And this weekend will be a great time to do it. Enjoy the sunshine, take in pretty scenery, maybe explore local history or spy some wildlife. You can even work in some geocaching!  This post has a a bunch of recommendations for places to tramp with kids. Some specific recs for right now:  The National Arboretum in Northeast DC has lots of little trails and beautiful plant collections; head out to Harpers Ferry for hiking and history; include some Black History in your outing on the  Underground Railroad Experience Trail; walk in the woods at Pohick Bay Regional Park.

The Icing on the Skate
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

There are only a couple of weeks left to skate under the sky, so take advantage while you can — especially over what should be a nice, sunny weekend! Take in art as you skate at the Sculpture Garden; circle around Washington Harbour as you enjoy river views; meander along the Figure 8 path at Canal Park; or do some shopping then skate at Pentagon Row, Veteran’s Plaza, Rockville Town Square, or Reston Town Center. This post has details on alfresco (and indoor) ice skating options in the area.

Make Way for Ducklings 
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Eco Park, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $25
Catch a show at children’s theatre in Glen Echo Park.  Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are exhausted from their search for a starter home when they land in the Boston Public Garden as a potential home. Surprised by a few conditions in the Garden, the Mallards move on to continue their search until their baby ducklings are born. When the ducklings begin to explore the world around them. The challenges of parenthood in the busy Boston environment create a fun bit of family drama. A classic story for all ages, this world premiere musical celebrates family, Boston, children, and the beings who make an unfamiliar place a home. Recommended for all ages.

Rapunzel on Strings
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $15

Rapunzel is still letting down her hair in this puppet version of the fairy tale at The Puppet Co., a charming retelling performed by just one person! Princesses can be named after vegetables, witches can have good intentions, and sometimes you need a little song to help you get you through your day. Recommended for ages 4+. Run time is approximately 40 minutes.

Intersect with the Performing Arts
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center | H Street NE, DC
When: Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Varies – see the website

The Atlas’ annual INTERSECTIONS festival is back after a two-year hiatus due to Covid. The event presents an array tons of performances in music, theatre, dance, film, and spoken word. While previous years have included several events especially for families and kids, they aren’t including those focused activities this time around. However, there are performances that kids could certainly enjoy along with parents. See the schedule of them here.

Omnium Circus: I’mPossible
where: Capital One Hall, Tysons, VA
When: Saturday, 2pm
Admission: Tickets start at $35 (look for a deal!)

I’m Possible” is the story of young boy who has a dream to join the circus. He confronts a world full of challenges and through a death defying, awe inspiring, madcap circus adventure discovers the strength, courage and perseverance that changes his life forever. Omnium means of all and belonging to all- presenting the best in family circus entertainment—inclusive of all and accessible to all at every performance.

Goodnight Moon Room
Where: Torpedo Factory | Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Through March 13
Admission: Free

In the great green room (in a gallery at the Torpedo Factory), there was a telephone, and a red balloon, and a picture of — the cow jumping over the moon! The Goodnight Moon Room , an immersive storybook installation on view at the art center in Old Town Alexandria, is only on view through March 13.  The re-creation of the room from the beloved children’s book is a delight to see brought to life in the little gallery space. Be sure to explore the rest of the Torpedo Factory while you’re there — the many galleries welcome visitors to view and shop the art. There are all kinds of works in a variety of mediums with something that all ages will dig. Get a glimpse of it all here.

Go East
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

This weekend is your last chance to go National Gallery of Art East Building before it closes for renovations for a few months. The wing housing the museum’s modern and contemporary collections is often most appealing to kids, with colorful paintings and works that are interesting, even whimsical and fun to view (think the giant blue cockerel on the roof and Calder’s mobiles).  Of course, the West Building is wonderful, too, and will remain open.

The Ins & Outs of DC
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by adventure

Want even more options for fun things to do with the kids around the area? If you’re looking for activities outdoors or inside, depending on the weather or simply your preference, these posts are chock full of ongoing pursuits:
The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids
The Great Indoors

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Another good cause to support.
* How you might be affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
* Images from Ukraine.
* Mo Willems will be back with LUNCH DOODLES Variant Edition this Tuesday, March 1, at 1pm.
* From the Washington Post, 10 restaurants where it’s fun to eat outdoors with kids.
* Right?

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“P.Nokio: A Hip-Hop Musical” Opens at Imagination Stage this Weekend!

 

This post is paid for by Imagination Stage, however, I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

 

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The Weekend Round-Up: February 18-21

 

 

Happy Presidents Day Weekend!

Quick links to posts full of ideas for ongoing & seasonal activities:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Covid Winter Activities
* Indoor Outings
* Ice Skating
* Little Kid Play
Baltimore with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places

Hang Out at George’s Place
Where: Mount Vernon Estate | Mount Vernon, VA
When: Throughout the Weekend
Admission: $28/adult, $15/age 6-11, free/5 & under 

What better place to visit over Presidents Day weekend than our first POTUS’ former home?  While Mount Vernon is neat to explore anytime, George’s 290th birthday is a good occasion to go.  Tour the expansive grounds with original buildings,  the mansion where he lived, and the Education Center full of interesting exhibits about Washington’s life and colonial times.  Enjoy the sunny weather outside as you take in views of the Potomac River from the backyard.  Note that Monday (when admission is free) is already sold out, BUT there is also free admission on Tuesday, if you can swing a weekday visit.

Stop by Abe’s Old Digs
Where: President Lincoln’s Cottage | Petworth, DC
When: Throughout the weekend, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Admission: $15/adult, $5/ages 6-12, free for 5 and under

A great way to honor our 16th prez is with a visit to his “summer” house.  Located on the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) campus in Petworth, the cottage was Abraham Lincoln’s country home and workplace, where he spent one quarter of his presidency. Admission includes the Cottage tour, an innovative small group tour in which a professional guide uses “historical voices” and images through multimedia technology to bring the stories of Abraham Lincoln and his family to life.

Great Backyard Bird Count
Where: Outdoors around the DC Area (or anywhere)
When: Through Monday
Admission: Depends on where you go

Each February, for four days, the world comes together for the love of birds. Over these days, people are invited to spend time in their favorite places watching and counting as many birds as they can find and report them to the Great Backyard Bird Count. The observations help scientists better understand global bird populations before one of their annual migrations. Participating is easy — learn more about it here.

A Monumental Experience
Where: Washington Monument | National Mall, DC
When: Daily, 9am – 5pm
Admission: Free

For a “presidential” pursuit this holiday weekend, the Washington Monument is super fun to tour.  You can go up inside to check out interesting exhibits and take in DC views. Advance reservation tickets for the next day are available online for a nominal processing fee. Same-day, free tickets are also be available on a first-come, first-served basis daily starting at 8:30am at the Washington Monument Lodge, located on 15th Street NW, between Madison Drive NW.  Get a glimpse from the inside here.

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.

Learn about Lincoln’s Last Days
Where: Ford’s Theatre | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Daily, 9am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free – $3

Ford’s Theatre isn’t just a place to catch live entertainment. The site of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination highlights its historic significance through exhibits about the president, the circumstances surrounding his assassination, and that fateful night at the theatre. The National Historic Site features a museum, theatre walk-throughs and a presentation, and guests are welcome to explore it all. Best for about ages 8 and up. Reserve tickets online in advance for $3 or get them at the Box Office for free.

Goodnight Moon Room
Where: Torpedo Factory | Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Throughout the weekend, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free

In the great green room (in a gallery at the Torpedo Factory), there was a telephone, and a red balloon, and a picture of — the cow jumping over the moon! The Goodnight Moon Room , an immersive storybook installation on view at the art center in Old Town Alexandria, is only on view through March 13.  The re-creation of the room from the beloved children’s book is a delight to see brought to life in the little gallery space. Be sure to explore the rest of the Torpedo Factory while you’re there — the many galleries welcome visitors to view and shop the art. There are all kinds of works in a variety of mediums with something that all ages will dig. Get a glimpse of it all here.

Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Through Monday
Tickets: Prices start at $20

Don’t just watch ice dancing in the Olympics on TV; get a rink side seat to see it in person!  Mickey and 50 of your favorite Disney friends come to life through world-class ice skating. Get ready for show-stopping stunts and non-stop fun — all on ice.

Make Way for Ducklings 
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Eco Park, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $25
It’s opening weekend for this show at Adventure Theatre!  Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are exhausted from their search for a starter home when they land in the Boston Public Garden as a potential home. Surprised by a few conditions in the Garden, the Mallards move on to continue their search until their baby ducklings are born. When the ducklings begin to explore the world around them. The challenges of parenthood in the busy Boston environment create a fun bit of family drama. A classic story for all ages, this world premiere musical celebrates family, Boston, children, and the beings who make an unfamiliar place a home. Recommended for all ages.

Rapunzel on Strings
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $15

Rapunzel is still letting down her hair in this puppet version of the fairy tale at The Puppet Co., a charming retelling performed by just one person! Princesses can be named after vegetables, witches can have good intentions, and sometimes you need a little song to help you get you through your day. Recommended for ages 4+. Run time is approximately 40 minutes.

Cool Hikes
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Sunny days are in the forecast, so make a plan to hit the trail.  This post has a bunch of recommendations for good places to go with kids. Some specific recs for this weekend: Scott’s Run Nature Preserve in Mclean, VA; Roosevelt Island within the Potomac River in DC; Fountain Regional Park in Fairfax Station, VA; Sugarloaf Mountain (plus a great après hike spot) in Dickerson, MD.

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

I saw that some passes are still available for Friday and Monday to visit Planet Word, the outstanding museum all about language.  It’s full of fun and interesting exhibits, most of them interactive, with something for all ages to enjoy — including wonderful bits of magic. Our whole family loves it! Admission is free, but you need to reserve timed-entry passes

FUTURES
Where: Arts & Industries Building | National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

The Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building reopened last fall — with a fascinating exhibition, to boot!  FUTURES spans 32,000 square feet inside, and it’s full of large-scale installations, displays, and interactives that are exciting, powerful, and thought-provoking as they offer a glimpse of future possibilities — and prompt us to wonder how we can contribute. It’s an exhibition for everyone and all ages, and one to put on your must-visit list! Get a glimpse of it here.

Orchids Galore
Where: Kogod Courtyard | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Throughout the weekend, 11:30am – 7pm
Admission: Free
See several hundred varieties of orchids making the already stunning Kogod Courtyard, at the center of the National Portrait Gallery and American Art, even more so.  Orchids: Hidden Stories of Groundbreaking Women is the annual orchid exhibit presented by the U.S. Botanic Garden and Smithsonian Gardens. View the flowers alongside stories of women with notable connections to orchids — horticulturalists, scientists, painters, and more. Bring along some pencils and paper for sketching.  And, of course, plan to tour the museums, too — see more about both here and here.

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

The current digital exhibit at ARTECHOUSE is a fantastic, vibrant escape from the winter world outside. The fantastic fusion of art, music, and technology includes beautiful floor-to-ceiling projections on walls and floors along with music from a motorized piano that syncs up with the art. Watching the colors and patterns “dance” all around you is delightful, mesmerizing, and relaxing, too. Get a glimpse here.

George Washington Birthday Parade
Where: Old Town Alexandria, Kind & Royal Streets
When: Monday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

Alexandria hosts the largest parade in the country celebrating George Washington’s birthday with marching bands, historic re-enactment troops, and more. Watch the procession as it travel through Old Town Alexandria. See the website for more info and route details. KFDC Tip:  Plan to visit the Goodnight Moon Room (listed above) at the Torpedo Factory while you’re in the area!

Alif Ba, Thomas & Friends, & Special Hours
Where: National Children’s Museum | Downtown DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $15.95/age 1+

It’s your last chance to experience the Arabic alphabet brought to life through touch and sound as the Alif Ba Exhibition is about to close. Also check out the new Thomas & Friends exhibit, a can’t-miss for kiddos who adore the tank engine. And, of course, explore all of the other STEAM inspired fun while you’re there. And FYI: The Museum will be open with special hours on Monday, 2/21; Tuesday, 2/22; and Wednesday, 2/23.

Hoops, NCAA-Style
Where: Universities around the DC Area
When: Throughout the break
Admission: Ticket prices vary

With so many universities in the area, there’s always some good college hoops action going on. Here’s where you can check out schedules and look for tickets:
* American men vs Army on Saturday at 2pm
* GMU women vs VCU on Saturday at 3pm
Howard women vs Morgan State on Saturday at 4pm
* GWU men vs Rhode Island on Saturday at 6pm
* Maryland men vs Penn State on Monday at 7pm – Get a deal! (Go, Terps!)

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

Enjoy some quintessential seasonal fun: Ice skating! Get your skate and art on 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. Check out this post with info for ice rinks — outdoors and in — around the area.

Member Story Time in the Great Hall
Where: National Building Museum | Juidiciary Square, DC
When: Monday, 11:30am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Members of the NationalBuilding Museum are invited to the Great Hall for a reading of Brick: Who Found Herself in Architecture by Joshua David Stein. Young readers will be sure to love this story about a young brick and her adventure around the world. After the reading, members can head to the Museum Shop to purchase their own copy of the book for 25% off. [Note: If you’re not a member of the NBM, it’s a good time to look into it. Totally worth it if you visit the museum exhibits (including Play Work Build for kids!) more than a couple of times a year.]

The Great Indoors
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

I haven’t highlighted this list of over 100 activities and places to go around DC that are inside since probably pre-Covid. Programming has changed at many, and some are even temporarily closed, so I’ve been redirecting here. BUT, the post apparently got some attention recently, so here it is highlighted again — with updates to reflect current statuses. Something to note about this list: We have been to nearly every single place on it (and if we haven’t been to an actual place, like one of the roller skating rinks or indoor tennis courts, we have at least done the activity at one of the others). This is all to say the recommendations come from real experience!

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* In case you missed it earlier this week, there’s a new post about the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, one of the coolest museums in DC that most people don’t even know exists.
* DC Way is offering February Break soccer camp this coming week, and registration is also open for summer camp.
* New shows are coming to local stages in late winter — see a round-up of them with links to reserve your seats!
* Some good sales this holiday weekend: J.Crew, Hanna Andersson, Backcountry, Target.
* Somebody, Somewhere on HBO Max is kind of my new Ted Lasso — so funny, moving, and heartwarming.
* The recent Armchair Expert episode featuring Kristen Bell is a great listen. (PS: It promotes her new show The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window,  a fun, suspenseful watch (every time she pours a glass of wine makes me LOL.)
* Love the new Scrollworthy series from Upworthy.

 

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DC Way is Offering Soccer Camp During the DCPS February Break

This post is paid for by DC Way, however, I only promote programs, services, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.

 

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