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The Weekend Round-Up: March 18-20

 

Happy Weekend!

Quick links to loads of ideas for local activities:
* Indoor Outings
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places
* Baltimore with Kids

Happy Spring!
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Spring begins this weekend, and with the season comes some awesome events and activities. This new post  highlights spring things that have already started, are about to begin, or are coming up in the next few month!

HerStory 5k
Where: Freedom Plaza | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 9am
Admission: Free

Start your Saturday with a run/walk to celebrate women’s history! Inspired by Mayor Muriel Bowser and the history-making women of our nation’s capital,  FITDC HerStory5K  attracts DC residents and folks from around the country to commemorate Women’s History Month, live and in person. This annual event pays homage to the 350,000 women and girls living in the nation’s capital, and the 165 million women and girls across the country.

 

 

Cherry Blossom Season
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

‘Tis the season for celebrating DC’s famous bloom! The National Cherry Blossom Festival officially kicks off on Sunday, but there are some blossom inspired activities and events happening before that. See where and when and plan for upcoming fun with this round-up of cherry blossom happenings that are especially great for families.

Women’s History Geocaching Hunt
Where: In & around The Crossing | Clarendon, VA
When: Through April 3
Admission: Free
Rosie Riveters’ free, fun Women’s History Hunt  honors women’s contributions to STEM.  This geocaching adventure includes six clue boxes, also called caches. Each one contains a puzzle piece with information and fun facts about a real woman in STEM! Kids who complete the hunt will also receive a Rosie Riveters STEM kit as a prize! All you need to do to enter is take a picture of your completed puzzle and email it to info@rosieriveters by Sunday, April 9. Read more about it here.

Cherry Blossom Cultural Performances
Where: Tidal Basin Welcome Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Catch live entertainment presented by the National Cherry Blossom Festival! Starting on Saturday, there will be music and dance performances on a special stage set up at the Tidal Basin Welcome Area (at a new location on West Basin Drive SW between the Martin Luther King, Jr., and Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorials and near the Japanese Pagoda).  Daily live performances on the ANA stage will take place 12-6pm and showcase a cross-cultural mix of American, Japanese, and other performing arts celebrating 110 years since the gift of trees from Tokyo to Washington, DC. A full list of performers and performance schedules can be viewed here. The National Park Service will also offer Ranger talks, Bloomin’ Junior Ranger activities, and more.  

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

Join the Smithsonian American art Museum and the National Cherry Blossom Festival outside on the museum’s F Street plaza for a celebration of Japanese culture. A taiko drumming performance kicks off the day, followed by Les The DJ spinning Japanese pop, funk, and boogie beats and the Koto ensemble performing traditional Japanese dance.  Pick up a step-by-step cherry blossom craft kit to take home, and discover spring-themed artworks in SAAM’s galleries with a self-guided scavenger hunt designed for all ages. Read more about the museum in this KFDC post.

Kickin’ It on the Hill: A Family Game Day
Where: Grace Covenant Church | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Grace Covenant Church is hosting a day of family fun! They’ll have free pizza, games, a balloon artist, face painting, and a live kid’s band, “Curtis and the Shimmies,” entertaining guests. Invite your friends and neighbors to kick it on the Hill. Admission is free, but consider bringing a donation of a box of individually packaged snacks to benefit Sasha Bruce Youthwork. The church is located at 417 9th St SE.

Ireland at The Wharf Festival
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free
The Wharf and Kirwan’s Irish Pub are celebrating all things Irish this weekend. Bagpipers; live Irish music and dance performances; and, of course, pints of beer will be part of the festivities. Read more about The Wharf, DC’s beautiful riverfront area in southwest, in this KFDC post.

Raptors of the Potomac
Where: Potomac Overlook Park | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday, 1-2pm
Admission: $7
Soar on down to this program about local avian predators! Learn about the area’s native birds of prey and the amazing adaptations they use to hunt. Meet the resident raptors that are cared for at the park, and watch a naturalist feed a live bird of prey! Plan on more time at Potomac Overlook Park, where you can hike the trails and see ever more exhibits in the Nature Center and outside— read about it all in this KFDC post.

 

One of my favorite theatre-goers and I both loved the show!

Catch Me If You Can
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: Through April 17
Admission: $66-105 | Find Discount
Owen and I just saw this show last night, and it was fantastic! More to come soon, but here’s the official description for now:  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, DC, could a musical about con men and being conned be the perfect story we need right now? Recommended for tweens and up.

Shamrock Shindig
Where: The Station | Riverdale, MD
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free
Keep the St. Patty’s day celebration going and meet at The Station’s Bear Square for an Irish extravaganza with bagpipe performances, Irish Step Dance performances and classes, a live DJ, and DIY St. Patrick’s Day crafts. Guests can also participate in a leprechaun scavenger hunt to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!

Pop Up Market, Seed Exchange & Kids Planting Kits
Where: Common Good City Farm | Shaw, DC
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free
Looking for activities to do at home with your kids? Pick up a spring planting kit from Common Good at their pop-up market. The LEAF program is putting together spring planting kits for youth in the community. They will also have a painting station for kids to decorate a pot before taking them home to plant. Kits and supplies are free, but if you are able to support, they suggest a donation of $10 per kit. Pick up will be next to the main gate entrance of the farm.

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

Enjoy a 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.

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.

 

The Friends Experience
Where: Woodies Building | Downtown DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $35-42

Take a little trip down TV nostalgia lane and into the world of Friends. This interactive experience recreates some of the sets from the show — including the opening fountain scene, Central Perk, Joey and Chandler’s apartment, and Monica and Rachel’s kitchen — and highlights some of the best moments, hair, and fashion, and even offers some extra insights (ie, Rachel’s actual letter to Ross — all 18 pages, front and back!).  A friend and I had lots of laughs when we toured it earlier this week.  (My kids haven’t watched the series, but I know it’s been a hit with many tweens and teens, and they could definitely enjoy this, too.)

Minyo Blooms, Tree Planting & Concert
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Saturday, 3-5pm
Admission: Free
Celebrate cherry blossom season with National Harbor as they host a tree planting and concert on Saturday. A special Kanzan cherry tree, characterized as the “showiest” cherry trees with dramatic, deep pink blossoms, will be planted at 3pm to join more than 200 cherry trees there. The existing trees bloom each year in March and are some of the earliest blooms in the D.C. region. Stay for a performance by Minyo Crusaders from 4-5pm. on the waterfront stage. The group performs minyo music with Latin and African influences and uses instruments from around the world.

Virtual Youth Law Fair
Where: Online
When: Saturday
Admission: Free
Students in 6th – 12th grades are invited to join this free daylong event that tackles the most current legal issues facing local students. Past topics include social media use, bullying, and racial profiling. The students are introduced to a hands-on experience within various aspects of the law through a mock trial and exhibition hall. The day also includes activities involving educating youth about the layout of courthouses and their courtrooms, getting their questions about the law answered by D.C. Superior Court judges and lawyers, a mock trial in the courtroom led by attorneys and the open forum speak out sessions on various youth related legal themes are the focus of the day.

NSO Family Concert: Because
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Sunday, 2pm & 4pm
Tickets: $20-35

Because Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence Mo Willems wrote a powerful story of how chance, discovery, and persistence changed the Amber Ren related to the hero of the story, she created magical illustrations. Because the book moved them, the NSO wanted to turn it into an orchestral piece. Because acclaimed composer and violinist Jessie Montgomery was also changed by music as a young person, she composed the score. Because is a world premiere symphonic exploration that you and your loved ones want to see and hear to become part of the story. Recommended for ages 5+.

Young People’s Concert: Once Upon a Symphony
Where: Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center | Alexandria, VA
When: Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free

The United States Marine Band is hosting its annual Young People’s Concert titled “Once Upon a Symphony.” This concert will take place at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College. Join guest composer James Stephenson and the Marine Chamber Orchestra for the 50-minute immersion in the fascinating world of musical composition. This highly engaging and interactive program not only introduces young audiences to the instruments of the symphony orchestra, but also involves them in the compositional process culminating in a unique world première performance.

*** MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Public tours at the White House will resume April 15!
* In case you missed it in the latest Five Things, Hamilton is returning to the Kennedy Center this summer, and Goldstar has pre-sale tickets available.
* This Washingtonian article about kids birthday parties is an interesting read.
* Where to watch March Madness around DC, indoors and outside.
* A very heated Instagram debate about who can claim DC. (Thoughts?)
* World Central Kitchen has been doing incredible work to help Ukrainian refugees — led by DC’s own Jose Andres. If you can, please make a donation to support their efforts. 💙💛

 

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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: March 4-6

Farewell to a longtime staple of our little village

 

Happy Weekend!

Link up to all kinds of ideas for activities in these go-to posts:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Indoor Outings
* Little Kid Play
Baltimore with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places
* Ice Skating

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

Skate your last loops at our local ice rinks. Both Canal Park and the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden rinks close after Sunday.  Several 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 one last time this winter. (And with temps hitting the 70s, it’ll be a good idea to call ahead to make sure they’re open.)

History & Gardens
Where: Tudor Place | Georgetown, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $10 suggested donation for tours

Starting Friday, Tudor Place Historic House & Garden, reopens after being closed for awhile, and docent-led guided tours of the house will be offered again. It’s DC’s only historic house museum with family ties to Martha and George Washington — with over 18,000 objects, it contains the largest Washington collection outside of Mount Vernon.  Tours are interesting for both kids and adults!  Advance registration is suggested for timed entry tickets, and docent-led tours start on the hour. You can also tour the gardens and are welcome to bring along a picnic to enjoy on the grounds (FYI: No tickets are required for just the garden. Visitors to the historic house age 12+ must provide proof of vaccination upon entry and masks are required in all indoor spaces.)

Work It! FUTURES Career Day 
Where: Arts & Industries Building | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

It’s #WomensFuturesMonth! Come face to face with the women scientists, inventors, changing the world—and find out how you can, too!  Design video games, run an aquarium, build the next YouTube, probe the human brain, engineer rockets, and discover hidden jungles. Calling all young scientists, innovators, inventors, and creators for a career day—from the futures! Get advice and inspiration on the jobs of tomorrow and beyond from the experts; tour the opening of IF/THEN She Can, a groundbreaking display of 3-D printed statues of women in STEM; ask questions from gamechanging women at the top of their fields and learn more about the fun and possibilities in store.  RSVP here.

NSO Music for Young Audiences
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: March 5-6
Tickets: $20 (use code 453479 for a discount!)

Enjoy a family symphony session!  Discover the range of percussion instruments through two imaginative stories featuring assistant principal timpanist of the NSO, Scott Christian. I Dream of the Moon (A Young Boy’s Adventure Through Space) by Keeghan Fountain tells the story of a young boy’s journey from his own backyard to the furthest reaches of the moon in a non-verbal performance on the vibraphone with projected images of original artwork by Nehemiah Russell. Xavier’s New Friends by Peter Gilbert introduces the main percussion family instruments through Xavier the Xylophone as he searches for percussion friends to join his band. Local musicians will join Scott and other NSO percussionists to tell this story and highlight the rhythmic and melodic facets of the percussion section. Recommended for ages 5+.

Catch Me If You Can
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: March 4 – April 17
Tickets: $66-105 (look for discount)
It’s opening weekend for this new show at Arena Stage. 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. The Tony-nominated musical comedy is jam-packed with dynamic numbers, and glamour and delight for the entire family. 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.

Opt Outside
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Warmer temps are good reason enough to plan an outdoor adventure, even if it’s cloudy. If you need some ideas for things to do, consult the round-up of the Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids.

Wonderful World of Watkins
Where: Watkins Regional Park | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free 

Go over the rainbow and beyond at Watkins Regional Park – there is so much fun to be had at the PG County locale.  The adorable Wizard of Oz themed playground will have kiddos frolicking for hours. Be sure to stop by Old Maryland Farm to visit the animals, and spend time at Watkins Nature Center to view even more cool creatures and birds.  Trails winding through the woods make for nice hikes, too!

Recreation Galore
Where: Anacostia Park | Anacostia, DC
When: Ongoing, dawn to duck
Admission: Free

Another great place to play the day away is Anacostia Park. Stretching along the river for which it’s named in southeast DC, the park is full of opportunities for recreation with a pirate-themed playground; two other playgrounds; a skating pavilion; tennis courts; and fields for playing ball or tossing a Frisbee. Plus, you can walk, run, scoot, or bike along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail or just find a table or nice spot in the grass to relax, have a picnic, and take in the views. Admission is free.

Family Bike Ride
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Warmer weather will make this a perfect weekend for a family two-wheel outing — you’ve got your pick of routes around the area. Enjoy the scenery, get some exercise, and have fun cruising around on two wheels. This post has a bunch of pedal-worthy recs, with something for riders of all levels, and this route is particularly ideal with kids.

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

The weather also make it a great time to hit the trail with the fam! Get out in nature to enjoy some QT together. This post has a bunch of recommendations for great places to go with kids.  A few specific suggestions for this weekend: Riverbend to Great Falls is always a fave,  Patapsco Valley State Park has a lot of great hiking options, hit the trail right in the city at Rock Creek Park, or enjoy the glorious nature of Prince William Forest Park.

Go Disc Golfin’
Where: Courses around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Hit the links, the chain links, that is! Disc golf is a great way to enjoy some family time outdoors. Not only is it fun and challenging, many of the courses are set up in scenic places. This post has info about one in College Park, and there are also great courses at Patapsco Valey State Park in MD,  Pohick Bay Regional Park in Lorton, VA,  Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg, MD, Burke Lake Park in Burke, VA.

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.

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

Enjoy some live family entertainment! 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!

Riley O’Brien & the Lost Leprechaun
Where: Gunston Arts Center Theatre | Arlington, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $15/adult, $12/child & senior

Join Encore Stage & Studio, known for its by kids for kids theatre, on a trip to the Emerald Isle! After a row with her parents, adventuresome teen Riley O’Brien mysteriously finds herself transported to Ireland with Flanagan Hannigan, a Leprechaun-in-training, who needs her help to complete a final challenge. Meeting pixies, banshees, and other mythical creatures along the way, can they work together to discover the true magic of friendship and family?

Make Way for Ducklings 
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Eco Park, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $25
Catch a show at the 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

This weekend is the last chance to see Rapunzel let 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 for its second weekend. The event presents an array of performances in music, theatre, dance, film, and spoken word. While previous years have included several events especially for families and kids, those focused activities won’t be offered this time around. However, there are performances that kids could certainly enjoy along with parents. See the schedule of them here.

Watch the Wizards
Where: Capital One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 7pm & Sunday, 3:30pm

Admission: Ticket prices vary
The Wizards have a couple of home games this weekend. See the on court action against the Atlanta Hawks at 7pm on Friday and the Indiana Pacers on Sunday at 6pm. Plan on a pre- or post game dinner  in Penn Quarter — there are plenty of family-friendly places to go in the neighborhood. Some recs: Jaleo, Zaytinya, Carmine’s, Clyde’s, and Shake Shack.

Spark the FUTURES: Science Family Day
Where: Arts & Industries Building | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Calling all young FUTURES agents: do-gooders, plant lovers, citizen scientists, activists, advocates, dreamers and creators. Celebrate the power of girls and women in STEM shaping a better future. Meet real scientists and see their work in action. Explore women in science and their contribution to a more hopeful future on kid-friendly tours. Stop by for pop-up talks and hands-on science demos and crafts for all ages. And experience the opening weekend of IF/THEN She Can, a display of more than 120 3-D printed statues of women in STEM.  RSVP here.

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

Head north to our sister city, Baltimore, where there are so many great family-friendly attractions there. 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 on all of it.

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

If you don’t veer from the well trodden path of the National Mall now and then, you could miss out on some amazing museum exhibits and experiences. Check out this round-up of some these places in DC that may not be on your museum radar — but should be.

***MORE GOOD STUFF ***
* A great idea for helping people of Ukraine.
* The National Park Service announced predicted peak cherry blossom dates: March 22-25. (Though we all know by now that will likely change over the next few weeks.) View scenes from last year’s cherry blossom bloom here and here.
* For Women’s History Month, local author JoAnn Hill just shared 5 Five Stories of Influential and Fierce Women — and the DC Sites Associated with Them.
* A sweet read for littles: Another local author and illustrator, Aruna Lepore, just published Peanut the Penguin, a book for children age 3-8.
* This coming week, Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center presents FairyTales on Ice, a show featuring beloved characters from classic stories, all on ice skates!
* Warmer weather on the way has me thinking about summer dresses, and how cute is this one? (On sale, too!)
* From the Washington Post, six stellar stargazing spots.
* Farewell to, literally, one of our everyday places…a stone’s throw for over 20 years, since late 90s pre-kids to now with two teens ❤️

 

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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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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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