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The Weekend Round-Up: March 16-17

This weekend is your last chance to visit Nordic Cool 2013 at the Kennedy Center

This weekend is your last chance to visit Nordic Cool 2013 at the Kennedy Center

Go green, get fit, stay entertained, be creative, and, most of all, have fun! Not a problem with the bevy of events and activities happening over the next few days. Happy Weekend!

St. Patrick’s Parade of Washington, DC
Where: Constitution Ave. from 7th to 17th Streets NW
When: Sunday, 12pm
Admission: Free

Find a spot on the curb along Constitution Ave. between 7th to 17th Streets NW to watch the 42nd annual parade roll through the city. Floats, marching bands, Irish dancers, bag pipers, and members of the police and fire departments will be part of the celebratory spectacle.

Environmental Film Fest
Where: Various locations
When: Through March 24
Admission: Varies by film

Nearly 200 diverse and arresting films from 50 countries will be screened at 75 venues around the DC-Metro area during the 21st annual Environmental Film Festival. And there are several family-oriented flicks among them. Young film viewers can follow a meerkat family, learn about Jane Goodall, journey with a chimp as it returns to the wild, discover titans of the Ice Age, and see many more engaging and inspiring films that salute the environment.

Gems & Minerals & Fossils…Oh, My!
Where: Montgomery County Fairgrounds
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $6/adult, free for 11 and under

Pure eye candy for kids! This showcase of all kinds of gems, minerals, and fossils will have budding archaeologists and excavators going gaga. There will be treasures from around the world featured by more than 20 dealers and in 40 exhibits, live demos and workshops, free specimens for kids, a Mini Mine, raffles, and much more! Look for a coupon for $1 off here.

Free Family Night at NCM
Where: National Children’s Museum
When: Friday, 5pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy free admission to the museum for your whole family, as well as hands-on activities and interactive play in the NCM theatre and exhibit areas. This month’s Free Family Night will celebrate Read Across America. Note that tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the NCM box office beginning at 5 p.m. on the day of the event. The museum will close for half an hour at 4:30 p.m. to give staff time to prepare for the event.  

Stories in Art
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

Kids ages 4-7 can explore the work of artist René Magritte, as they hear a reading of the book Magritte’s Marvelous Hat by D. B. Johnson and step inside René Magritte’s imaginative world and explore the art of creating illusion. Then, they will do an art project inspired by her work. Sessions are at 10:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm on Saturday, and 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, and 2:30 on Sunday. Sign-in takes place in the East Building Atrium, beginning at 10am on Saturday (11am on Sunday) and continues until all spaces are filled. Admission is free. Read a KFDC review of the Stories in Art program here.

Show Time
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the Weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

Here’s the live entertainment on local stages this weekend:
– Catch Jack & the Beanstalk during it’s opening weekend at The Puppet Co. or see a Tiny Tots show there.
Clifford the Big Red Dog Live is at the Warner Theatre.
– The Adventures of Polly Pedestrian is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance.
– The Creative Cauldron in Falls Church presents Peter Pan and Wendy
Hello Dolly! opes at Ford’s Theatre tonight.
Dave Brewer and the Pre-K Kings are playing the 10:30am show at Jammin’ Java on Saturday.
Get details on all of these production in this post about entertainment this season.

Nordic Cool 2013
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free exhibits, tickets vary by performance

If you haven’t been to the festival at the Kennedy Center yet, this weekend is your last chance to check it out. Celebrating the cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Greenland, and nearby islands, Nordic Cool 2013 has been presenting over 750 performances, exhibits, food demos, talks, workshops and more through its run. Drop in anytime for LEGO and game play, art, and to explore Nordic countries and culture or see a theatre, dance, or music performance — see what’s on the schedule this weekend.

Backstage Tour
Where: Wolf Trap
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: Free

Stand on a world-class stage, learn how a theater runs, and get a sneak peek at where the stars get ready on one of Wolf Trap’s Backstage Tours. All tours are free and open to the public. Visit the website to RSVP or request additional information for their guided tours.

NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo
Where: Washington Convention Center
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: Free

NBC’s annual exposition celebrates healthy living this weekend at the Washington Convention Center. There will be free health screenings, exercise and dance demos, opportunities to test out new sports, giveaways, plus activities especially for kids. Young guests can challenge themselves in the Let’s Move! Fun Zone, play Dance Dance Revolution, score a goal at a soccer area, reach for the top of a climbing wall, show off some dance moves, learn some yoga, and more. The Convention Center is located at 901 Mount Vernon Place, NW. Metered street parking and garages are nearby, and you can take the Metro’s yellow line to the Mount Vernon stop.


Storytime with Redskins player Josh Morgan
Where: National Children’s Museum
When: Saturday, 1:30pm
Admission: $10

Washington Redskins’ Walter Payton Man of the Year, wide receiver Josh Morgan will visit the NCM for a special reading of Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain. Written by Verna Aardema, these story features an exciting, rhythmic narrative and brilliant illustrations. This event is part of a month-long Read Across America celebration and included with admission to the Museum. Purchase tickets in advance here.

Make Room for Matzah
Where: DCJCC
When: Sunday, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Admission: $18/family

Get ready for Passover and join the DCJCC for crafts and a hands-on workshop with Dr. Marion Usher on how to liven up your seder, add a homemade art piece to your table, and make it age-appropriate and meaningful for everyone at the table. For ages 2 and up. The DCJCC is located at 1529 16th Street NW.

Cinderella Moon
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday 10:30am, Sunday, 11:30am
Admission: Free

Recommended for kids ages 10 and up, Cinderella Moon is a Chinese fable version of the classic tale. Filmed in Yunnan province, China, it features stunning cinematography and costumes. This is part of the museum’s monthly film program for children and teens. Screenings take place in the East Building Auditorium. No registration is required, but seating is offered on a first-come, first-seated basis.

St. Patrick’s Day Art Drop-In
Where: Little Loft
When: Sunday, 10-11:30am
Admission: $15

Do something a little different than the usual green on St. Patty’s. Find a pot of gold (paint) under the rainbow at Little Loft’s St. Patrick’s Day drop-in and create some art inspired by the holiday. No registration is required, and all ages are welcome.

Irish Dancing
Where: Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
When: Sunday, 6pm
Admission: Free

It’s a St. Patrick’s Day celebration on the Millennium Stage as students from the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance showcase the unique tradition of Irish music and dance. Get there early to ensure a good seat.

Gaithersburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Where: Washingtonian Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

The city’s 13th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will include both traditional Irish performances and classic parade pageantry. Celtic dancers, bagpipes bands, marching bands, clowns, firetrucks, and more will make their way through town. Afterward, stay for live music in the Lakefront Plaza until 1pm.

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Score a Family Pack for a D.C. United Match!


How about kicking off the start of spring with some soccer action? The D.C. United’s new season is underway, and there’s a special Family Pack available for the March 23 match against the Columbus Crew.

Offered only a few times during the season, the Family Pack includes four tickets, four hotdogs, and four sodas, all for just $108. Not too shabby for a meal and an exciting sports show for the family.

And the fun at a D.C. United match goes well beyond the game on weekends. Fans can also enjoy scores of activities in the RFK Stadium VW Garage. They can “Meet the Fleet” and see all of the latest VW’s as well as product specialists to talk about them. All ages will dig the Zig Zag Challenge, a rotating soccer-skills obstacle course. The Trivia Booth challenges guests to test their D.C. United and Volkswagen knowledge. And little ones (and parents, too) will love showing their team spirit by getting their faces painted with D.C. United colors and decals. This all starts when the gates open and lasts through halftime. In addition, the tailgate area has lawn games and food trucks.

So, if your “goal” is a good time with the kids, go check out the Family Pack!

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew starts at 3:30pm on Saturday, March 23. The Family Pack will also be available for the April 21, July 27, and October 27 games.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by D.C. United, however, I only promote events and activities that I sincerely enjoy and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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The Weekend Round-Up: March 9-10

Going for a whirl on the carousel at the Zoo

Going for a whirl on the carousel at the Zoo

The Snowquester may have been a bust, but these weekend picks won’t be. See Nat Geo’s newest exhibit, join one of many museum programs, enjoy the entertainment at the Intersections Festival, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day family-style, relish in the springish weather… and these are just a few of many family fun options. Whatever you do, have a blast. Happy Weekend!

Get Out
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

It looks like we’re getting a spring teaser this weekend — sunshine and warmer temps — so get out and savor it! Head to the National Arboretum, stroll the grounds of Brookside Gardens, hit the trail at Great Falls or Riverbend Park, visit the animals at Old Maryland Farm or the Zoo. Find more info about all these suggestions and scads more in this post about the best places in the DC area to enjoy a day outdoors.

Real Pirates
Where: National Geographic Museum
When: All weekend
Admission: $11/adults, $7/ages 5-12, free for 4 and under

Arrrr, matey! It’s the opening weekend of the much anticipated exhibit, Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship. You can follow the ship’s history as you tour the displays, see and even touch artifacts recovered from its sunken wreckage, feel like you’re there as you view replicas of the ship, try your hand at knot-tying, and hoist the Jolly Roger. While you’re there, check out the Birds of Paradise exhibit, too. And if you get can’t to Pirates this weekend, you’ve got plenty of time to go — the exhibit runs March 8 – September 2.

Danish National Girls’ Choir on Millennium Stage
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Friday, 6pm
Admission: Free

Since its founding in 1938, the Danish National Girls’ Choir has been synonymous with Danish song and the pure Nordic sound. On Friday evening, they will perform on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center as part of the many musical offerings of Nordic Cool 2013. Be sure to get there early to get seats.

Super Science Saturday
Where: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15

It’s Super Science Saturday, the monthly program at the Air & Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Dulles. There will be demonstrations and hands-on activities that immerse children in science and technology topics related to aviation and space exploration. On Saturday, it’ll center around “The Space Shuttle” theme.

Show Time
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the Weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

Here’s the live entertainment on local stages this weekend:
– It’s the final weekend to catch Anime Momotaro at Imagination Stage.
Little King Mattias is at the Kennedy Center as part of Nordic Cool 2013.
– The Bog Band and Shannon Dunne Dance Company is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance.
Little Red Riding Hood and the 3 Little Pigs is at The Puppet Co. along with a couple of Tiny Tots shows.
– The Creative Cauldron in Falls Church presents Peter Pan and Wendy
– Encore Stage & Studio presents Tale of A Tiger at Theatre on the Run
The Diggity Dudes are playing the 10:30am show at Jammin’ Java on Saturday.
The Young Spectaculars & the Front Yard Adventure is the latest Arts on the Horizon production.
Get details on all of these production in this post about entertainment this season.

Intersections Festival
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by Performance

It’s the final weekend of the Atlas Performing Arts Center’s 2nd annual festival, and there will be several performances and activities for the entire family to enjoy: Sing Down the Moon: Appalachian Wonder Tales, a free Boogie Babes show, storytime with a celebrity guest reader (the wonderful principal of my son’s school!), a children’s multi-sensory class with Arts on the Horizon, the Zip Zap circus, dance performances, and even more. Visit the Intersections website for show times, descriptions, and ticket info.


Are You Ready for Some Futbol?
Where: RFK Stadium
When: Saturday, 7pm
Admission: Tickets start at $26

The DC United kicks off the season at home with a match against Real Salt Lake on Saturday evening. They ended last season with an unblemished home record, so let’s see if they can keep the streak going! Look for special ticket offers here.

Civil War Family Day
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join the troops who have set up camp in the Kogod Courtyard for an afternoon of crafts, games, and music, including silhouette art, period photography, and a scavenger hunt, all inspired by popular activities during the Civil War.

Nordic Cool 2013
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free exhibits, tickets vary by performance

The month-long festival celebrating the cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Greenland, and nearby islands is presenting over 750 performances, exhibits, food demos, talks, workshops and more through mid-March. Drop in anytime for LEGO and game play, art, and to explore Nordic countries and culture or see a theatre, dance, or music performance — several will be taking place over the weekend. See the schedule for details.

Lowe’s Build and Grow
Where: Local Lowe’s Stores
When: Saturday, 10am
Admission: Free

This session of the bimonthly workshops for kids is offering guests another opportunity to do a Monster Jam build, this time featuring Monster Mutt! Head to Lowe’s this weekend to to make the free wooden project (with parent help). Each participant also receives a free apron, goggles, a project themed patch, and a certification of merit upon completion of their project. Go here to register.

Shamrock Shindig
Where: Pierce’s Park, Baltimore Inner Harbor
When: Sunday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free, but activities cost extra

Looking for a way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day properly (you know what I mean) that is also family-friendly? You can get your green on a little early in Baltimore at the Shamrock Shindig. The event catering to both kids and adults will feature live entertainment, plus there will be food trucks, adult bevvies, a Shamrock Alley with kids activities (cookie decorating, games, etc.), stilt walkers, a strolling leprechaun, and much more. While admission is free you need passes to enjoy many activities: The Shamrock Pass for children in $6, a wristband for adults is $15. See this post for more details, plus a discount code for your passes.

Travel & Adventure Show
Where: Convention Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm
Admission: $10/adults 1 day, $16/2 days, free for 16 and under

An expo might sound like a grown-up affair, but some cool pursuits will keep the kids entertained. Besides the hundreds of travel providers and destinations featured, there will be cultural performances, a SCUBA pool, a rock climbing wall, a few live animals, and kids games.

Artful Conversations
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am & 1pm
Admission: Free

“See-Wonder-Connect” is the theme this month of the NGA’s Winter Drop-In Program for kids ages 8-11. Guests will observe a work of art, participate in a discussion about it, then do a related project. Sign-in takes place in the East Building Atrium beginning at 11am on both Saturday and Sunday and will continue until all spaces are filled.

Second Saturday at Natural History
Where: National Museum of Natural History
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Get an “inside” look at fish in this session of the museum’s monthly Second Saturday program. Guests can uncover the x-rays of fish, eels, and sharks, then use an iPad to enhance the x-ray to create their own digital artwork.

Portrait Story Days
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Drop in to listen to a story about a person who has influenced American history and culture and to create a special piece of art. This weekend, learn about sculptor Marisol Escobar. Read more about the program and the museum here.

Music at the Museum
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Sunday, 6:30pm
Admission: Free

The NGA presents a free family concert based on the children’s book, “Anna and the Hermitage Cats,” on Sunday evening. The musical detective story is part of the museum’s concert series. Admittance is on a first-come, first-seated basis, beginning 30 minutes before the show. The entrance at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW remains open on Sunday until 6:30pm.

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The Latest Family Deals

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted about family deals, so here’s a quick fix on some of the latest offers from local deal sites. Happy Savings!

Eversave – If you live within 15 minutes of Largo, MD, check out this cool deal: $59 for ice cream catering from Cold Stone Creamery. Birthday party, anyone?

Groupon – Get good seats to a DC United game for less. With this deal it’s just $16 for One Premium-Level Ticket. You can purchase up to two tickets, but gift up to nine to easily make it a family affair.

LivingSocial – Their Washington, DC Family Edition has a bunch of offers currently available. The featured deal is for a children’s birthday party, but their “nearby deals” include cooking camp, soccer camp, farm fun, and more.

Certifikid – A deal on fun for little ones! Just $18 for 2 classes or 1 camp day at Jonah’s Treehouse – that’s 53% savings.

The Capitol Deal – For kids 8 and up or parents who love an adrenaline rush: Get $50 worth of activities for just $25 from Terrapin Adventures.

Deals for Deeds – Help give back with this sweet deal: $19 for a dozen cupcakes at Hello Cupcake. Good at the new Capitol Hill location.

Plum District – Do some environmentally-friendly shopping for the kids: Just $16 for two boxes of gently used clothes, books, or toys from thredUP.


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