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The Weekend Round-Up: March 1-3

A glimpse of what’s on view at the REACH to Forest Festival

 

Happy Weekend!

Check out these go-to posts for ongoing local fun:
* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Active Pursuits Inside
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Kid-Friendly Eats
* Ice Skating
* Baltimore with Kids
* Peaceful Places

REACH to Forest Festival
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Mostly free

This second (and last) weekend of the Kennedy Center’s festival has free programs, films, art installations, conversations, and more that explore the symbiotic relationship between forests and the human world. This includes a bunch of events and performances that kids and families will love — some of them are listed in this round-up, and you can also pop in to check out the cool art installations and get creative in the Moonshot Studio.

Celebrate Women’s History
Where: Around the DC Area
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, support women in sports, enjoy live entertainment, attend a festival… all of it showcasing women and their accomplishments. This post has details on where you can do that over the next month — and beyond!

Hometown Hockey
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Friday, 7pm & Sunday,
Admission: Ticket prices vary (look for deals)

The Caps are playing at home this weekend — twice. See them take on the Philapdelphia Flyers on Friday evening or catch a match against the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday afternoon. Either way, plan on more fun in the Penn Quarter area and pop into a museum or get a pre- or post game bite to eat — lots of family-friendly places to go.

Saturday Morning Live! One Inch of Wonder
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 9:30am & 11am
Admission: Free

Take the kids to a free performance at the National Theatre’s monthly series.  In this show, an inchworm lives inside a poet’s typewriter. When the typewriter suddenly goes quiet, the inchworm must team up with the audience to reignite the poet’s imagination! In this interactive show by an award-winning duo, inspiration really can be found in the little things. Reserve free tickets in advance!

First Saturday
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Women’s History Month at the National Gallery’s monthly First Saturday as you explore works of art and activities by women artist. Take little ones to storytime. Connect with portrait photography in Dorothea Lange: Seeing People during its last month on view, and watch Grab a Hunk of Lightning, a documentary about Lange. Experience portrait drawing with visual storyteller Wendy MacNaughton. Plus, watch kid-friendly short films, enjoy face painting, discover a curated selection of books in the library, and more!

Environmental Book Fair
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free
Families will enjoy a one-of-a–kind book fair dedicated to youth and children, featuring a collection of books for sale on the environment and well being in collaboration with Politics and Prose. Exciting programs include author readings, children’s storytelling by notable authors, and book signings.

Trailblazing Women in Transit History
Where: National Capital Trolley Museum | Colesville, MD
When: Saturday, 12-3pm
Admission: $12/adult, $10/ages 2-17 & seniors
Learn about women who made in impact in transit history  at the National Capital Trolley Museum’s monthly All Aboard! program.  There will be  crafts and objects from NCTM’s collection available for visitors to enjoy.  Plan to tour the rest of exhibits and take a trolly ride while you’re there.

Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Where: Old Town | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 12:30pm
Admission: Free

Don your green and line the streets of Old Town Alexandria to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a bit early at the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade! Go early for a Fun Dog Show at 11am at King &  N. Royal Streets as costumed dogs strut  their St. Paddy’s spirit. A Classic Car Show will begin at 9am at the 100 block of N. Pitt Street, between King and Cameron Streets.  The big procession kicks off at 12:30pm at Alfred and King Streets, then winds through Old Town, showcasing elected officials, Irish Ambassadors, military commanders, scout troops, high school bands, and local celebrities.

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.

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+.

The Monster at the End of this Play
Where: Highland Elementary School | Wheaton, MD
When: Saturday, 11am & Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free

A spooky forest. A mysterious letter. The worst villains in all of Fairytale Land. What could possibly go wrong? “The Monster at the End of This Play” is a lighthearted and humorous exploration of how the things we don’t understand are not always as scary as they seem. Best for ages 4 and up.

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+.

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.

Marching  Toward Madness
Where: Colleges around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by game
The NCAA basketball season starts to get really exciting this timw of year as we get closer to March Madness and the Big Dance. Get ready for at a local game — with so many colleges in the area, there’s always some good hoops to see. Here’s who is playing at home this weekend:
* Catholic men vs Worcester State on Friday at 5:45pm
* American women vs Navy on Saturday at 12pm (in Annapolis)
* GWU women vs Loyola Chicago on Saturday at 2pm
* American men vs Navy on Saturday at 2pm
* George Mason men vs Duquesne o Saturday at 2pm
* Georgetown men vs Xavier on Saturday at 7pm
* Maryland Men vs Indiana on Sunday at 2pm (Go, Terps!)

Roam Free
Where: Dumbarton Oaks Gardens | Georgetown, DC
When: Throughout the weekend, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

There’s only a little over a week to take advantage of free admission to Dumbarton Oaks Gardens. From November through mid-March, there is no fee to roam the beautiful grounds.  (It’s one of my favorite KFDC Tips to impart because it’s one of my favorite places in DC!) Stroll among the various plats, find lovely tucked away places to sit, and enjoy a delightful, relaxing wander around a peaceful place. Hours are limited, but you can make a longer day of it with play time at Montrose Park next door, a hike in Dumbarton Oaks Park right behind the the garden, and/or a bite to eat at one of of the many options in Georgetown. This KFDC post about Dumbarton also has some nearby food recs and this one from earlier KFDC days has more info and scenes.

Play with Extra Zip
Where: Beauvoir Outdoors | National Cathedral, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

The National Cathedral Elementary School’s playground is easily one of the best in the city. With lots of climbing and sliding structures and spaces for all ages, plus a super fun zipline, your whole crew is guaranteed to have a blast there.

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.

Model Rocket Launch
Where: Goddard Space Flight Center
When: Sunday, 1-2pm
Admission: Free

Join the monthly model rocket launch at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Anyone is welcome, and if you’ve got a model rocket to fly, bring it along (though there are some restrictions – see them here). The program takes place the first Sunday of every month at 1pm.

Hit the Trail
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

We should have some good hiking weather at keast one day this weekend, so get out in nature to enjoy some family QT on the. trail. This post has a bunch of recommendations for great places to go with kids.  A few specific suggestions for this weekend: At Calvert Cliffs State Park you can also do some fossil hunting, Patapsco Valley State Park has so many great hiking options, hit the trail right in the city at Rock Creek Park, or enjoy the glorious nature of Prince William Forest Park.

Ice Skating Wind Down
Where: Ice rinks around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

The outdoor ice skating season is coming to an end soon.  The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden rink closes after Sunday.  A couple of others have already shut down for the season, and a couple more are only open through next weekend. See this post listing them all for details on where you can glide under the sky a final time this winter.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* The National Park Service just announced the predicted cherry blossom peak bloom dates: March 23-26.
* With rain in the forecast in Saturday, the post about indoor places for active fun is a good one to highlight.
* Local author JoAnn Hill just shared a sampling of Black-owned family-friendly DC restaurants from her brand new book Unique Eats & Eateries of Washington, DC. Yum!
*  14 Adventurous Family Trips That Your Kids Will Love suggested by Outside Magazine.
* A friend gave me this, and I love it!
* We took care of our friends’ dog recently, and he had the funniest dog toy.
* The cutest kids clothes in this spring sale (and check out the adult stuff while you’re there)
* An unexpected but quite pretty color for sandals.
* Picks from Anthro’s 40% off sale:  This pretty print dress; these iridescent hoops; this cute & comfy dress; these stylish culottes; this vibrant skirt; this mini dress for teen Sash.
* Two of my favorite podcasters in one great episode.
* I haven’t been watching American Idol, but this makes me want to.

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Mouse on the Move + Free Family Fun Coming to the Atlas Next Week!

 

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This post is paid for by the Atlas Performing Arts Center, however, I only promote programs, places, and businesses that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers. 

 

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Five Things: February 27, 2024

Immerse in 1.8 Renwick

 

1. After being closed several months for maintenance, the Renwick Gallery reopens to the public today! There is always interesting art on display that all ages can enjoy.  Sharing Honors and Burdens: Renwick Invitational 2023 is still on view along with more than 100 works of contemporary craft.  And Janet Echelman’s 1.8 Renwick, always a visitor favorite, remains upstairs — lay back on the floor and watch it change colors above you.  Renwick hours are 10am – 5:30pm, and admission is free.  See more about the Renwick in posts about past exhibitions here, here, and here.

 

2. The lottery for tickets to the 2024 White House Easter Egg Roll is open!  The annual event, taking place April 1 this year, is held on the South Lawn is full of family activities, including storytime, games, live entertainment, and the traditional Easter Egg Roll.  The lottery will be open through Monday, March 4 at 12pm, and results will be announced on March 11.  You can only enter one time per household.

 

3. The Washington Nationals just announced the Nats Summer Concert Series, which will bring a fun lineup of artists to the ballpark:  Flo Rida on June 7, Carly Rae Jepsen on July 19, Teddy Swims on August 9, and Lady A on September 27.  All of the concerts will follow Nats home games, and they are FREE for fans attending the games!  Purchase tickets here.

 

4. If you’re getting your garden ready for spring, how about some fun things like this and this to get the kids into it, too?

 

5. Lego fans will dig this.

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The Weekend Round-Up:
February 23-25

A walk in the woods at Fountainhead Regional Park

 

HAPPY WEEKEND!

Ideas galore for local fun in these go-to posts:
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Active Pursuits Inside
* Kid-Friendly Eats
* Ice Skating
* Baltimore with Kids
* Peaceful Places

Acupunk
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Friday & Saturday, 7:30-8:30pm | Sunday, 6-7pm
Admission: Free
Part of the REACH to Forest Festival, this poetic fable about healing the Earth is acted out by two giant puppets, Éria and Terrenis, towering at 18 feet tall. This US premiere of Acupunk is presented by Quebec-based Théâtre de la Dame de Coeur. Catch it for free on the REACH Plaza, and be sure to see what other festival events and exhibits you can enjoy while you’re there.

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

Sunny days are in the forecast Saturday and Sunday, 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: Riverbend to Great Falls 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.

Ice It
Where: Around the DC area
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! 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 one last time; skate at The Wharf’s final weekend; 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.

Hill Family Biking Community Clean-Up Ride
Where: Around Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: Free

Enjoy a group bike ride and do a little volunteering on the Hill Family Biking Community Clean-up Ride on Saturday. Meet at the Maury Elementary parking lot on 12th Pl NE, then ride to three locations hosted by ANC Commissioners to help beautify the Capitol Hill neighborhood: 17th and Potomac Ave SE, 12th and K St NE, 10th and G St NE (Sherwood Rec Center). Bonus: Participating in the ride will score you a square in TranspoBINGO, a week-long game that challenges players to use and support public and active transportation, and take advantage of local public spaces.

John Henry England Celebrates the Little Holidays
Where: Avalon Theatre | Chevy Chase, MD
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: $12
Join Avalon Theatre to celebrate Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and more of those silly Little Holidays with a live concert from John Henry, The Guitar Playing Man! John Henry is known for performing music and movement programs for children of all ages. With 20 years of early childhood education and performance experience, John Henry’s interactive program will engage children as they dance and sing during this memorable concert, featuring his brother Sven Henry!

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

Black History Month is winding down, and there are many great events and activities throughout the DC area to celebrate it — 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. See the round-up of them here.

Grand Opening Celebration
Where: Sticky Fingers | Takoma Park, DC
When: Saturday, 10am
Admission: Free
Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats, the beloved woman-owned DC-based bakery from two-time Cupcake Wars champion, Doron Petersan, is hosting a Grand Opening Celebration, as well as a ribbon and cake cutting, at its new Flagship Bakery on Saturday. The first 100 customers to attend the Grand Opening Celebration will get a free chocolate chip cookie, and the bakery will give out samples and prizes throughout the day.  Local Drag Queen Tara Hoot will also be kicking off the celebration with bubbles and stories.

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, themed around artist Hilma af Klint (read more about her here). Guides will lead the workshop geared toward kids ages 2-10. All materials will be provided.

Fun at Fairfax Parks
Where: Parks throughout Fairfax County, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

The Fairfax County Park Authority hosts all kinds of events on weekends for guests of all ages. Learn about making ice and ice cream at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park.   Explore the sensational world of seeds at Green Spring Gardens.  Join a maple sugariing session at Colvin Run Mill.  Details and registration for these plus more activities this weekend and beyond are available here.

Weekend Workshops
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12–3pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the National Portrait Gallery to do some art making! All ages are welcome to get creative at Weekend Workshops. Learn about artists and changemakers, then create art inspired by their stories. Of course, explore the whole museum while you’re there. See more about the National Portrait Gallery here.

Cinderella: A Salsa Fairytale
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 1pm & 4pm | Sunday, 10am & 4pm
Tickets: $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+.

Junie B. Jones, The Musical
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Fri, 11am  | Sat & Sun, 11am & 2pm
Tickets: $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.

Vamos United!
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $27

Soccer season begins this weekend as the DC United play their first match at home against New England Revolution. 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 — here are some recs for family-friendly restaurants in. the area.

Forest Youth Day
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Sunday
Admission: Free

Kids and families can enjoy an exciting day of free activities as part of the REACH to Forest Festival. There will be film screenings, hands-on crafts, multiple educational giveaways including magazines, coloring sheets, forestry career cards, and free Every Kid Outdoors passes for fourth graders so they can enjoy America’s natural wonders. Some activities require registration, so be sure to sign up in advance.

Wizards vs Cavaliers
Where: Capital One Arena
When: Sunday, 6pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary 

The Wizards are playing at home on Saturday evening — watch them work some on-court magic against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Make a longer outing of it in Penn Quarter — go early and pop in to the National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum or plan on a pre or post game meal.  Find recommendations for family-friendly restaurants here.

Where: The Gordon Center | Baltimore, MD
When: Sunday, 1:30pm & 6:30pm (and Monday 7pm)
Admission:  $20-22
Join the revolution with the JCC Children’s Theatre Production Company’s production of Matilda Jr! Watch as Matilda teaches us that “you mustn’t let a little thing like little stop you” in this hilarious and heartwarming adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s novel.

Museums in DC & Beyond
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

From the National Mall to other areas of the cit  to outside the District lines, the DC area is full of museums, and they are always great to explore. Visit a Smithsonian favorite, an off-the-beaten path locale in the city, or a museum in Maryland or Northern Virginia…there’s something for all ages and interests!

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Fossil hunting isn’t a warm weather only activity — as long as you’re dressed for it (ie, wear waterproof boots)!
* Take a hike — and enjoy some post-hike fun, too. Here are six recommendations for it.
* The best breakfast spots around DC, according to Eater.
* Get 40% off on all kids and babies styles at Gap right now.
* Latest rec from my teen daughter that I love: This lip gloss.
* Prep for your next beach/resort trip: This swim coverup nails the style this year. Similar options here and here.
* Speaking of beach trips…Athleta is currently having a sale on on vacation favorites (their swimsuits are great)!
* This is so funny (especially if you’re a fan of The Smiths).

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Five Things: February 20, 2024

 

1. Have you been to the Kennedy Center and The REACH lately?  The next couple of weeks will be a great time to go.  Starting today through March 3, the REACH to Forest Festival will bring free programs, films, art installations, conversations, and more that explore the symbiotic relationship between forests and the human world. This includes a bunch of events and performances that kids and families will love, so be sure to check the highlights and plan for them. You can see free performances with giant puppets, attend an environmental book fair especially for children, enjoy special youth days, and more!

 

2. A new family-friendly beer garden just opened in the Del Ray area of Alexandria. Gustave Boulangerie et le Jardin welcomes both kids and dogs (and their parents and people, of course) to enjoy the outdoor space with picnic tables, a sandbox and more areas for kids and dogs to play, an outdoor kitchen serving Mediterranean cuisine, and bocce! Read more about it here.

 

3. An activity my teen daughter and I enjoy together:  Consignment shhopping through Old Town Alexandria, where there are several great stores to browse for secondhand finds.

 

4. Love the look and color selection of these bags — and only $20!

 

5. Next time you’re in the Navy Yard, plan to get lunch (or breakfast or a snack) at the newly opened Maman.  Just had a great first taste — and the space is as pretty as the food is yummy. (They also have locations in Georgetown, Dupont Circle, Penn Quarter, and Bethesda, though this was the first one I’ve been to.)

 

 

 

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