Objects from many museum collections on view in the Smithsonian Castle Commons room
1. The Smithsonian Institution Building (aka Smithsonian Castle) will close starting next Wednesday, February 1, to undergo a five-year renovation. So, if you haven’t yet been or want to see it again before it’s inaccessible, you only have a week. What’s in the Castle? It’s home to the Smithsonian Visitor Center, a small cafe, and a sampling of some of the collections you can find in the many museums.
2. Spring Break is just a couple of months away for some local students, and closer to three months for most DC kids. Either way, if you’re still making plans and thinking about taking a trip, you might find some inspiration from these family getaway ideas.
3. Have you checked out Groupon lately? There currently are some great offers on fun things to do around the area, including a two-hour session at the St. James Super, Awesome, and Amazing activity center; this weekend’s Jurassic Quest dinosaur show; the Washington Auto Show; local sports tickets; classes for kids; and much more!
4. Two movies I recently watched and recommend: To Leslie (Andrea Riseborough so deserves her Oscar nomination) and Armaggedon Time(Anne Hathaway should have gotten one, too). [Note: These films are rated R, and suggested for adults (or teens and older).]
1. Half of our KFDC crew (and a few friends) went skiing at Timerberline for the first time this past weekend. A post about it is coming soon, but the gist: They give the West Virginia resort a big thumbs up!
3. A new exhibit is opening at the National Children’s Museum this Saturday, January 21. XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness provides children and caregivers the opportunity to think about and explore feelings to help them understand, appreciate, and express their emotions through facial expressions, words, movement, art-making, and other hands-on activities. Read more about the museum here.
1. Need some winter inspo? With Covid seeming to spike and mild weather, this post that was published late 2020 is a good one to highlight right now. It’s full of ideas for activities that take place outdoors, from nice hikes to art experiences to seasonal sports to garden explorations to all-season fun.
2. Saturday Morning Live! at the National Theatre has been back in person since last fall, presenting FREE kids’ entertainment every month targeted to ages 3-6 (but all are welcome). The series’ January show is this Saturday: The Uncle Devin Show will bring an interactive musical experience for children by renowned drummer, Devin Walker. Performances are at 9:30am and 11:30am and advance registration is requested.
4. Just finished this beautiful novel that came out several years ago, and it is the best book I’ve read in a long time. (It’s the kind of book you want to see made into a movie, and I already have the roles cast in my head.) Also just started this one that is getting huge raves, and so far I understand the hype — it’s hard to put down!
Stay warm and entertained at the American History’s Museum’s new Culture Wing
1. In case you haven’t heard, there’s winter weather on the way — just in time for the official start of winter. You’ll likely be seeking inside things to do and places to go, so keep The Great Indoors list handy. It has over 100 ideas for outings around the area that take place in the warm comfort of, well, the great indoors.
3. I’ve heard and read great things about this game — and finally found it for a reasonable price! (It was sold out for awhile and only available from third party sellers for much more.)
4. Just a reminder about the KFDC Holiday Gift Guide. If you still need ideas for presents, you’ll find plenty that you can buy with the click of a button or a quick trip to a local shop, many of them supporting area businesses and people that help make DC the amazing, dynamic city it is.
1. Even the most wonderful time of the year can sometimes feel chaotic and overwhelming. The round-up of peaceful places in DC is a good one to keep handy for if/when you need a break from all the holiday hoopla or just want to go someplace to chill out — with or without kids.
2. A couple of fun workshops coming up this weekend… On Saturday, Silver Oaks Cooperative School is hosting a Drop-Off Winter Workshop for kids ($40). You can leave your kids with them for three hours of crafty fun and have some time to yourself.Children ages 5-12 are welcome to join the school to make four lovely gifts, which they’ll wrap so they can stay a surprise until it’s time to open them. Register in advance! And on Sunday, Lea Craigie, the 2022 National Cherry Blossom Artist, designer, and muralist, is hosting a Miniature Putz House Workshop for kids and adults in Takoma Park ($25). All supplies will be provided to create a sweet mini holiday house. Drop in anytime from 10am – 3pm, but be sure to get tickets ahead to reserve your house!