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The Weekend Round-Up:
March 10-12

Prehistoric sea monsters star in a special museum program on Saturday

 

Happy Weekend!

Quick links to ideas for ongoing fun:
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* The Great Indoors
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Ice Skating
* Baltimore with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places

Intersections Family Fun Day
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center | H Street NE, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

This third weekend of the annual Intersections Festival at the Atlas includes a morning especially for kids and families. Bring the whole gang for youth-oriented shows and activities. The lobby will be filled with music, performances, an instrument petting zoo, and a creation station offering crafts and coloring for kids and their grown-up friends. And you can catch Imagination Stage’s production of Aquarium all weekend, too (tickets $15)!

NSO in Your Neighborhood
Where: Several DC neighborhoods
When: Through March 13
Admission: Free

In this annual program, the National Symphony Orchestra musicians have been performing free concerts in Brentwood, Brookland, Eckington, Fort Lincoln, Trinidad, University Heights, and Woodridge.  This weekend see them at the Basilica of the National Shrine, Turkey Thicket Rec Center, Busboys and Poets,Bookland Arts Walk, Bluebird Sky yoga and more local venues — with pre-concert festivities at some of them. See details here.  All are open to the public with first-come, first-served seating.

Prehistoric Sea Monsters
Where: Natural History Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10:45am – 12pm
Admission: Free

In this month’s session of the museum’s The World & Me program, learn more about your place in the world through explorations of nature and culture. Families will explore the discovery of mosasaurs, sharks and fish fossils in Angola, Africa. After a book reading of Tylosaurus by Gerry Bailey, sift for and identify fossils to learn more about how paleontologists make discoveries about animals that lived long ago and are no longer alive today. Recommended for children aged 3-8. Be sure to register in advance.

Oscars Prep
Where: Movie theaters around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by theater
With the Oscars happening this weekend (plus chance of rain in the forecast), it’s a perfect time to catch a flick, either to see a nominated film or get in the spirit of it all by seeing something new. The Alamo is a great place to go for a movie and a meal. Or see what’s playing at other theaters around the area.

Saturday Morning Live! At The National
Where: The National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 9:30am & 11am
Admission: Free
Fun takes center stage at the National Theatre for Saturday Morning Live! Join us Saturday mornings for wow-inspiring children’s entertainment of all sorts. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the 19th Amendment with  We Can Do It: American Women In History. This is the perfect show to inform and inspire audiences – girls and boys alike! An incredible adventure featuring some of the world’s most remarkable female pioneers, your audience will discover incredible and groundbreaking women like Amelia Earhardt, Sacajawea, Susan B. Anthony and more!

Maker Morning: Bloom Your Way
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am -1pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate spring at the Hirshhorn! Join a Maker Morning: Bloom Your Way session to welcome the new season through art making. Hands-on maker stations throughout the Museum include felt garden play, nature library, wearable nature-art, organic shape play, and more. Kids and adults are welcome to enjoy it all!

Creativity is Magic: Maya Lin Festival
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 12-3pm
Admission: Free

Join this all-ages festival to celebrate Women’s History Month and the life and work of Maya Lin. Known best as the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the architect, sculptor, and environmentalist creates work that meets at the intersection of art and environmentalism. At the festival, you can tour the museum’s One Life: Maya Lin exhibition, participate in Lin’s multi-site memorial “What is Missing?”, take part in workshops, and create art inspired by her designs. Read more about the museum here and here.

PIXELBLOOM: Timeless Butterflies
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Opens Saturday – June 11
Admission: $20-25/adult, $17/age 4-15, $72/family 4-pack
The exhibits at ARTECHOUSE often reflect the season in some way, and they’re highlighting spring by celebrating the cherry blossoms with a gorgeous digital exhibit that immerses you in the blooms and a butterfly world. Floor to ceiling projections, plus interactive elements are sure to make this one beautiful, engaging, and fun to experience.

BGR!Fest
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Vary by activity

This multi-day, live, immersive experience celebrates and recognizes the exceptional cultural contributions of Black women artists, thought leaders, and creatives. The festival’s headlining feature is the Black Girls Rock Concert boasting a lineup of Black women artists Alice Smith, Estelle, and Jade Novah. There will also be a more live performances, a late-night music and DJ series, and a film screening. Find more details along with the full schedule of events on the website.

The Hula Hoopin’ Queen
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Through April 8
Admission: $12-39 (look for discount)

On the Imagination Stage this weekend… Kameeka is confident that today she will finally beat her rival, Jamara, and become the Hula-Hoopin’ Queen of 139th Street in Harlem. But she has to prepare for Miz Adeline’s birthday party, and almost ruins the day. Until Miz Adeline confesses that she’s also got the itch–the hula-hoopin’ itch! Her fingers start snappin’. Her hips start swingin’. Soon everyone’s hips are swinging as the party spills out onto the street.

Beauty and the Beast
Where: Synetic Theater | Rosslyn, VA
When:Through April 3
Admission: $35-65

This fresh adaptation is a sparkling and inspiring Gothic romance full of wonder, mystery and redemption expressed through Synetic’s unique stage effects, expressionistic design, puppetry and movement. No sing-alongs or talking teacups from Disney’s animated film in this piece of theater art. Though just as magnificent, this show’s got bite. Note that this production of Beauty and the Beast contains fantasy violence and may be scary to younger children.

Sleeping Beauty on Strings
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: Fridays, 10:30am | Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am & 1pm
Admission: $15
In the Puppet Co.’s version of Sleeping Beauty, a funny frog storyteller ribbits the tale of offended fairies, silly royalty, and magic spells. Relive this classic fairy tale in this lovely Legacy rod-puppet show. Directed by Elizabeth Dapo. Recommended ages 4+. Run time approximately 45 minutes.

Fitting In
Where: Theatre on the Run | Alexandria, VA
When: Through March 26
Admission: $10

Arts on the Horizon presents this show for littles… Three siblings find themselves in a room full of possibilities and one not so simple task- to put things in their proper place. However, they soon discover that throwing this and that into a box is not the same as finding where it fits in. Through clowning, movement, and original music, three performers will transform everyday objects into something extraordinary. Is a blanket a blanket? Or is it the sail of a boat setting off on an epic voyage? Together, we can find the magic buried in the bottom of every box, and hidden inside the world around us! Recommended for ages 2-5.

What Makes a Winner
Where: Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre | Arlington, VA
When: Through March 12
Admission: $15/adult, $12/child

Join Encore Stage & Studio for this updated retelling of the famous Tortoise and the Hare and other classic fables… What happens after the Tortoise beats the Hare in the race? Join Encore Stage & Studio for a new spin on the classic story in its world premiere of What Makes a Winner written by Lynne Childress. When Terri the Turtle and Ray the Rabbit become co-captains on a new racing team, Ray comes to find that he’s got a lot to learn about the true meaning of friendship. This unlikely duo meet all kinds of woodland creatures in their journey to make the perfect team. Together they learn that the most rewarding med

The Mortification of Fovea Munson
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom
When: Through March 19
Admission: $20

Mary Winn Heider brings her uproarious book to musical life in this world premiere Kennedy Center commission. Fovea Munson is stuck working at her parents’ cadaver lab, but she is by no means Dr. Frankenstein’s snuffling assistant, Igor! That is, until three disembodied heads start talking. To her. Out loud. And they need a favor. March 18 at 11am is a sensory-friendly performance. Recommended for ages 10+.

Into the Woods
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through March 19
Admission: $35-159 (look for discount)

Here’s a reason to be happy ever after…  Into the Woods just opened at the Kennedy Center, and this production is recommended for ages 4 and up.   Bring the whole family for a show that got rave reviews on Broadway! And FYI: $35 Rush tickets will be available for every performance beginning each performance day at 5pm at the Kennedy Center Box Office, except matinee performances when Rush tickets will go on-sale at 12pm. Tickets are subject to availability and have no guaranteed location. Two tickets max per person.

Celebrate Women’s History
Where: Around DC
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, 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!

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.

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.  Visit the Old Maryland Farm to see the animals, and spend time at Watkins Nature Center to view even more cool creatures and birds.  The adorable Wizard of Oz themed playground will have kiddos frolicking for hours. Trails winding through the woods make for nice hikes, too!

Soar Together at Air and Space Family Day: Messages in the Sky
Where: Udvar-Hazy Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15

You may already be familiar with a banner pulled by an airplane, advertising a beachside restaurant. But what are the other ways aircraft are used to deliver messages in the sky? Explore this topic at this month’s Soar Together at Air and Space Family Day!

Baba Bomani: The ABC’s of Rap!
Where: Highland Elementary School | Wheaton, MD
When: Saturday, 11am & Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free
Join InterAct Story Theatre for a new installment of their Wheaton Family Theatre Series with FREE performances and events for kids and families. Get ready to move and explore with this month’s Family Arts Workshop! There will be two programs at Highland Elementary School, 3100 Medway Street, 20902: Saturday, March 11 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, March 12 at 2 p.m. All programs are free and open to the public!

DC United vs. Orland City
Where: Audi Field | southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $27

Check out some soccer action on Saturday evening. DC United is hosting Orlando City SC at home. As always, I recommend taking public transportation or parking in the Navy Yard neighborhood and walking to Audi Field from there. Plan for a pre-match bite — El Bebe, All Purpose Pizza, The Salt Line, and Dacha are conveniently located and my top recs for family-friendly spots to eat there. Purchase match tickets here.

Clean City the DC Way
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!  Register in advance.

Nowruz Family Day
Where: National Museum of Asian Art | National Mall, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free
Celebrate the Persian New Year at the museum’s annual Nowruz Family Day. Welcome spring with free attractions for all ages, including storytelling, hands-on fun, and more.  There will be crafts and other activities, interactive storytelling, gallery tours, Persian food vailable for purchase, and featured exhibitions Journey of ColorEngaging the Senses, and Feast Your Eyes.

Later, Skaters
Where: Ice rinks around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

This is the last weekend to hit the ice al fresco at most local outdoor ice skating rinks, as many are getting ready to shut down their Zambonis for the season. See this post listing them all for details on where you can glide under the sky one last time this winter.

Take a Swing
Where: Parks in Northern Virginia
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission:

Batter up! And tee up! Batting cages and mini golf courses are opening at several NoVa Parks. At Cameron RunUpton Hill, and Occoquan Regional Parks, choose slow pitch softball, or take a crack at baseballs featuring a variety of tough speeds.  And you can putt around at Cameron RunUpton HillPohick Bay, and Algonkian Regional Parks.

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

This weekend is the last chance until the fall to take advantage of free admission to Dumbarton Oaks Gardens. From November through mid-March, there is no fee to roam the beautiful grounds.  (One of my favorite KFDC Tips to impart because it’s one of my favorite places in DC!) Stroll among the many 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 the many options in Georgetown. This KFDC post about Dumbarton also has some nearby food recs.

Bloom Town: Magnolias
Where: A couple of DC locations
When: Through the warm months
Admission: Mostly free

Saucer magnolias are now blooming, and they’re sensational in some areas! One of the best places to see them is the Enid A. Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle, and you can plan on museum visits, too. There is also a gorgeous display of  blooming magnolia trees at Indiana Plaza, at the corner of 7th Street, Pennsylvania, and Indiana Ave. — plus, picnic tables with swing seats and nearby places to get a good bite (or bring back to the tables) make it worth the stop.  And for more about upcoming local blooms, see this post — it was created a few years ago, but it’s updated every year to reflect new dates for festivals and any other pertinent info.

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.

Starry Night Online Auction
Where: Ross Elementary School Online & In Person
When: Through March 18
Admission:
Silent bidding is open for the 2023 Ross Elementary School “Starry Night” Auction! You now can bid on nearly 200 items and experiences, including an incredible baseball package; a pair of tickets to a New York Fashion Week show; a Specialized kid’s bike; theater, museum and sports tickets; and dozens of restaurant, health & beauty, and other gift certificates … and so much more. The auction is only two weeks away! You can also bid in person on March 18, 2023, from 6-10pm at Toolbox Pilates Art Studio. (Event open to adults only.) Select items will only be available for in-person bidding, during the live auction portion of the event. Start bidding, buy your tickets, consider being a sponsor – and there’s still time to donate an item or experience! Bidding closes on the evening of March 18.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* In case you haven’t seen it, there’s a new post about upcoming openings for kids around the area.
* Washington Spirit’s home opener is March 26 at Audi Field, and tickets are now on sale.
* Enjoyed a eally good Mexican-inspired dinner at Paraiso last weekend.
* Recipes inspired by Oscar nominees.
* Loved so many movies last year, but I think this one deserves Best Picture. (Also highly recommend The FabelmansTriangle of SadnessThe Banshees of Inisherin, and Decision to Leave.)
* Guide to Eternal Youth 🙂

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The Weekend Round-Up: March 3-5

Magnolias in bloom at Indiana Plaza

 

Happy Weekend!

Link up to posts full of ideas for ongoing & seasonal fun:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* The Great Indoors
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Ice Skating
* Baltimore with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places

Bloom Town: Magnolias
Where: A couple of DC locations
When: Through the warm months
Admission: Mostly free

The cherry blossoms aren’t the only bloom in town, and there’s one happening now that’s pink-ening up parts of DC: Magnolias! Specifically, saucer magnolias are now blooming, and they’re sensational! One of the best places to see them is the Enid A. Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle, and you can plan on museum visits, too. There is also a gorgeous display of  blooming magnolia trees at Indiana Plaza, at the corner of 7th Street, Pennsylvania, and Indiana Ave. — plus, picnic tables with swing seats and nearby places to get a good bite (or bring back to the tables) make it worth the stop.  And for more about upcoming local blooms, see this post — it was created a few years ago, but it’s updated every year to reflect new dates for festivals and any other pertinent info.

Celebrate Women’s History
Where: Around DC
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, 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!

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. Fom 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.

Storytime
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Friday, 10am
Admission: Free

Join the museum to play and hear Mo Willems’ Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus in English and Spanish. All ages are welcome, especially the youngest visitors. The program will take place in the East Building Atrium — no registration required.

DC Camp Fair
Where: J.O. Wilson Elementary School | NoMa, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Not yet sure about your camp and child care plans for summer? Make plans to attend the DC Camp Fair, hosted by the J.O. Wilson PTA. It’s your chance to visit camp exhibitors representing a wide variety of summer programs, ranging from traditional camps to academic, arts, music, sports, early childhood, and special interest camps. Many of these camps operate in and around Capitol Hill, while some others might provide transportation.  Bonus: You can enter a drawing to win free week(s) at camp.

Kids Flicks Two
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30-11:45am
Admission: Free

The National Gallery of Art presents this series of short films recommended for ages 8-1. Kid Flicks Two is full of journeys big and small, from a young artist’s trek to school and a passerby’s neighborhood stroll to the search for a loving home and the path to understanding between friends.

See Some Wizardry
Where: Capital One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 5pm & Sunday, 7:30pm

Admission: Ticket prices vary
The Wizards have a couple of home games this weekend. See the on court action against the Toronto Raptors on Satrday and the Milwuakee Bucks on Monday at 3pm. Plan on a pre-game dinner or lunch in Penn Quarter — there are plenty of family-friendly places to go in the neighborhood. My top recs: Jaleo, Carmine’s, Oyamel, and Shake Shack.

Drop-In Art Making
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Get your creative juices flowing as you make some art at the National Gallery of Art. On the first Saturday of every month, the East Building Atrium is transformed into a drop-in art making space! Activities are inspired by the museum’s collection and designed for all ages and abilities. During this session, make art related to works in Called to Create: Black Artists of the American South, there will also be tours of the exhibit at 1pm and 3pm.

“Frozen” Singalong with Outcalls
Where: The Clarice | College Park, MD
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: $59/family 4-pack, $18.50/adult, $13.50/child, free/under 2

Everyone knows all the words to the soundtracks of “Frozen!” At this show, you can sing along to songs from both movies as they are performed by the classically trained opera singers Outcalls. It’s a show the whole family can enjoy, from the soaring high notes of “Let it Go” and “Into the Unknown” (for the kids) to subtle jokes about just how ridiculous both these movies are (for us parents). Everyone is encouraged to dress in costume! Photos with the princesses will be available for purchase before and after the show!

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.

Sleeping Beauty on Strings
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: Fridays, 10:30am |Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am & 1pm
Admission: $15
In the Puppet Co.’s version of Sleeping Beauty, a funny frog storyteller ribbits the tale of offended fairies, silly royalty, and magic spells. Relive this classic fairy tale in this lovely Legacy rod-puppet show. Directed by Elizabeth Dapo. Recommended ages 4+. Run time approximately 45 minutes.

What Makes a Winner
Where: Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre | Arlington, VA
When: Through March 12
Admission: $15/adult, $12/child

Join Encore Stage & Studio for this updated retelling of the famous Tortoise and the Hare and other classic fables… What happens after the Tortoise beats the Hare in the race? Join Encore Stage & Studio for a new spin on the classic story in its world premiere of What Makes a Winner written by Lynne Childress. When Terri the Turtle and Ray the Rabbit become co-captains on a new racing team, Ray comes to find that he’s got a lot to learn about the true meaning of friendship. This unlikely duo meet all kinds of woodland creatures in their journey to make the perfect team. Together they learn that the most rewarding med

The Mortification of Fovea Munson
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom
When: Through March 19
Admission: $20

Mary Winn Heider brings her uproarious book to musical life in this world premiere Kennedy Center commission. Fovea Munson is stuck working at her parents’ cadaver lab, but she is by no means Dr. Frankenstein’s snuffling assistant, Igor! That is, until three disembodied heads start talking. To her. Out loud. And they need a favor. March 18 at 11am is a sensory-friendly performance. Recommended for ages 10+.

The Hula Hoopin’ Queen
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Through April 8
Admission: $12-39 (look for discount)

A new show opens at Imagination Stage this weekend… Kameeka is confident that today she will finally beat her rival, Jamara, and become the Hula-Hoopin’ Queen of 139th Street in Harlem. But she has to prepare for Miz Adeline’s birthday party, and almost ruins the day. Until Miz Adeline confesses that she’s also got the itch–the hula-hoopin’ itch! Her fingers start snappin’. Her hips start swingin’. Soon everyone’s hips are swinging as the party spills out onto the street.

Into the Woods
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through March 19
Admission: $35-159 (look for discount)

Here’s a reason to be happy ever after…  Into the Woods just opened at the Kennedy Center, and this production is recommended for ages 4 and up.   Bring the whole family for a show that got rave reviews on Broadway! And FYI: $35 Rush tickets will be available for every performance beginning each performance day at 5pm at the Kennedy Center Box Office, except matinee performances when Rush tickets will go on-sale at 12pm. Tickets are subject to availability and have no guaranteed location. Two tickets max per person.

Beauty and the Beast
Where: Synetic Theater | Rosslyn, VA
When:Through April 3
Admission: $35-65

This fresh adaptation is a sparkling and inspiring Gothic romance full of wonder, mystery and redemption expressed through Synetic’s unique stage effects, expressionistic design, puppetry and movement. No sing-alongs or talking teacups from Disney’s animated film in this piece of theater art. Though just as magnificent, this show’s got bite. Note that this production of Beauty and the Beast contains fantasy violence and may be scary to younger children.

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.

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

Looks like goo hiking weather, so 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.

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.

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.  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 one last time this winter.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
There are still spots available for silhouette portrait sessions with Cut Out Artist Karl Johnson.
* Eater’s 15 hottest new restaurants around DC this March.
* An interesting read about DC’s food influencer scene.
* We recently played this dice game with friends (kids, too) and it was so much fun!
* City moms, too 🤣

 

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The Weekend Round-Up:
February 24-26

A past blossom bloom at Congressional Cemetery

 

Happy Weekend!

Quick links to posts full of ideas for ongoing & seasonal activities:

* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Ice Skating
* Baltimore with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places

Early Bloomers
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Some of the cherry trees around the area have begun blooming early.  Try to catch them showing off their pretty pink flowers at Congressional Cemetery, the National Arboretum (note that the linked post and pics are from 2020), National Harbor, and in LeDroit Park.

Black History Activities
Where: Around the DMV
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.

Mind Tricks & More Fun
Where: Museum of Illusions | CityCenter DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $23.50/age 13+, $16.50/age 5-12

The unseasonably amazing weather isn’t going to last, so if you’re looking for something unique and fun to do indoors, consider the new(ish) Museum of Illusions. All of the exhibits and installations are interactive in some way, whether you’re staring at pictures to watch them “move,” standing within an exhibit to feel its effects, solving some kind of puzzle, or placing yourself just so to create an illusional scene. There’s a band new post with more about it with a glimpse of what you’ll experience there.

Celestial Navigation and the Underground Railroad
Where: Josiah Henson Museum and Park | North Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 12:30pm
Admission: Free

This educational program explores the crucial role of the night sky in guiding and empowering freedom seekers on their journeys north along the Underground Railroad. Historian Dr. Sylvea Hollis, astronomer Dr. Lou Strolger, and PhD candidate Sophie Hess will provide more insight as you observe the stars. The free, family-friendly program will take place at the Josiah Henson Museum and Park visitor center and does not include museum admission. Recommended for ages 6+.

Into the Woods
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through March 19
Admission: $35-159 (look for discount)

Here’s a reason to be happy ever after…  Into the Woods just opened at the Kennedy Center, and this production is recommended for ages 4 and up.   Bring the whole family for a show that got rave reviews on Broadway! And FYI: $35 Rush tickets will be available for every performance beginning each performance day at 5pm at the Kennedy Center Box Office, except matinee performances when Rush tickets will go on-sale at 12pm. Tickets are subject to availability and have no guaranteed location. Two tickets max per person.

The Hula Hoopin’ Queen
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Starts Saturday through April 8
Admission: $12-39 (look for discount)

A new show opens at Imagination Stage this weekend… Kameeka is confident that today she will finally beat her rival, Jamara, and become the Hula-Hoopin’ Queen of 139th Street in Harlem. But she has to prepare for Miz Adeline’s birthday party, and almost ruins the day. Until Miz Adeline confesses that she’s also got the itch–the hula-hoopin’ itch! Her fingers start snappin’. Her hips start swingin’. Soon everyone’s hips are swinging as the party spills out onto the street.

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. Explore Black History at Frying Pan Farm Park.  Join a maple sugariing session at Colvin Run Mill.  Take a winter bird walk at Lake Accotink.  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, 11:30am – 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.

Caps vs. Rangers
Where: Capital One Arena
When: Saturday, 1pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary 

Catch some sports action on ice. The Caps are hosting the New York Rangers at home on Saturday afternoon. Make a longer outing of it in Penn Quarter — grab a meal or pop in to the National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum before or after the hockey match.

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

Soccer season begins this weekend as the DC United play their first match at home against Toronto. 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 — All Purpose, El Bebe, and The Salt Line are very convenient and my top recs for family-friendly spots to eat there.

King Lear
Where: Klein Theatre | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Through March 26
Admission: $35-110 (look for discount)

Shakespeare Theatre Company presents this production… Caught in a carousel of memory, the head of a dysfunctional royal family grapples with power-hungry children and the threat of losing the empire he created. Real and imagined worlds coalesce, creating a political and personal horror that threatens to swallow the mind of the monarch. The incomparable Patrick Page returns to STC as the once-revered king caught in an emotional hurricane ravaging his home, head, and heart. Recommended for teens and older.

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

Don’t let the cold after all the warm keep you from getting out around the area. This round-up is full of recs for activities that take place outside. 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.

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. 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; 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.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Where: Old Greenbelt Theater | Greenbelt, MD
When: Sunday, 1pm
Admission: Free

Catch a free flick on Sunday at Old Greenbelt Theater! In Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” Queen Ramonda, Shuri, M’Baku, Okoye, and the Dora Milaje fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. The movie is Rated PG-13.

Funday Evening Skating
Where: Canal Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Sunday, 5-9pm
Admission: See below

Wind down the weekend with the whole fam with some ice skating! Canal Park has a special going on Sunday (and Monday) evening: 4 Admissions and skate rentals + a large cheese pizza from Wiseguy Pizza + 4 regular size gelatos from Altani for $100. This applies to any combo of adults/children skating.

Basketball, NCAA-Style
Where: Colleges around the DC Area
When: Throughout the break
Admission: Tickets start at $16

With so many universities in the area, there’s always some good college hoops action going on. Here’s where you can catch it this weekend:
* American women vs Loyola on Saturday at 2pm
* GWU men vs La Salle on Saturday at 6pm
* Maryland men vs Northwestern on Sunday at 12pm (Go, Terps!)
* Georgetown men vs Providence on Sunday at 12:30pm

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***
* Washington Post says these are the best DC museum for kids.  Do you agree?
* Planet Word is now open on Mondays, 10am – 5pm (as well as Wednesday – Sunday).
* Tom Sietsma’s 6 favorite places to eat in February
* Opening this weekend at a new Navy Yard location — the food is so good!
* Have you heard about this controversy?
* Just started this popular book.  (Finished and really enjoyed this one I mentioned last week).
* A t-shirt that makes a great birthday gift (I received this one a few months ago for my big year.)
* Love all the colors for the patio.
* How fun does this new theme park look?
Something cute to make you smile.

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The Weekend Round-Up:
February 17-20

 

Happy Long Weekend!

Quick links to loads of ideas for ongoing fun:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
The Great Indoors
Local Hikes with Kids
Ice Skating
Baltimore with Kids
Stunning Spaces
Peaceful Places
Bike Rides

Hang Out at George’s Place
Where: Mount Vernon Estate | Mount Vernon, VA
When: Throughout the Weekend
Admission: $26/adult, $13/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 291st 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.  To celebrate the holiday, admission is free on Monday, and tickets will be distributed on-site upon arrival (though limited).  And FYI: There is also free admission on Wednesday (for George’s bday), if you can swing a weekday visit. Read more about Mount Vernon here.

Orchids, Galore!
Where: US Botanic Garden | US Capitol Grounds, DC
When: Opens Friday through April 30
Admission: Free

The USBG & Smithsonian Garden’s annual orchid exhibit is back, and it’s always so lovely to see. Thousands of orchid blooms showcase the collections, and not only can you take in the beauty, the exhibit shares stories of the diversity of orchids and how technology advances their conservation. See them in the Tropics house at ground level and suspended in the air, plus two 9-foot-tall tree sculptures covered with hundreds of epiphytic orchids will be a colorful photo opportunity. They’ll be on display in other areas as well.

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.

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.

Black History Month Family Day
Where: Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park | Sandy Spring, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Stop in the Woodlawn Manor Visitors Center to pick up take-home activities for kids as well as a trail map to explore the Underground Railroad Experience Trail. The hike is a great outing with kids during Black History Month (or anytime), offering insight into the experience of enslaved peoples’ escape to freedom. The walk through woods and along edges of fields (with a map and explanation of the hike) is interesting and enlightening as well as an active way to spend time outdoors.

Mardi Gras Celebration
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 3-7pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy the spirit of New Orleans in DC at The Wharf’s Mardi Gras celebration. Festivities include a lively mile-long parade down Wharf Street with stilt walkers, decorated floats, the King and Queen of Mardi Gras, and special performances by Batalá Washington and the Eastern High School Marching Band. After the parade, enjoy live music from Naptown Brass Band on District Pier and a fireworks salute closing out the night with a dazzling display over the water.

Presidential Family Fun Day
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

The Portrait Gallery is celebrating President’s Day with a day of family fun. Along with crafts, music, games, and the Nets Racing Presidents, there will be spotlight tours of “America’s Presidents” and a newly installed 9-foot-tall portrait of Abraham Lincoln. Visitors can also experience what it was like to shake hands with the 16th president with a new 3-D tactile reproduction of the plaster face masks and hand casts on view. Reserve a spot in advance!

Family Day at DAR
Where: DAR Museum | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 12-3pm
Admission: Free

The DAR Museum celebrates Presidents Day with a Saturday full of activities for all ages. The museum will be open to all, and activities and games will be out for children of all ages.

Stop by Abe’s Old Digs
Where: President Lincoln’s Cottage | Petworth, DC
When: Saturday – Monday, 9am – 4:30pm
Admission: $12-15/adult, $4-5/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.

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.

Model Trains & Thomas
Where: Historic Vienna Train Station | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admisison: Free

Stop by the Historic Vienna Train Station where you can see and hear HO scale model trolleys and trains including Thomas and some of his friends on display and in operation. It’s a great family activity for the young and young at heart.  Hosted by the Northern Virginia Model Railroaders, the station is located at 231 Dominion Road NE in Vienna, VA.

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 it looks this weekend will be a great time to do it. Enjoy the sunshine, take in the winter 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.

(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.

Moonshot Studio
Where: The REACH | Kennedy Center
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free
Get creative at the studio within The REACH at the Kennedy Center.  All ages are welcome and encouraged to partake in various art projects and activities.  Drop in to build your own instrument, try your hand at animation, and explore the intersection of music, motion, and visual art.  Plan for time to stroll the lovely outdoor areas as well.

Girlhood
Where: Roundhouse Theatre | Bethesda, MD
When: Friday – Sunday
Admissions: $25

Take teens to this show by the Round House Theatre Teen Performance Company…  A patch of land beneath an abandoned overpass serves as a common, yet sacred, ground for a group of teenage girls as they navigate adolescence. Identity, sexuality, and their unique upbringings all play a part in how they transition from childhood to young adulthood and figure out what comes next. Girlhood explores the dreams, fears, humor, and heartache of coming of age in an intimate series of vignettes. Students age 13+ can request free tickets through their Free Play program.

Laurie Berkner Band
Where: Gordon Center for Performing Arts | Owings Mills, MD
When: Sunday, 11am & 3pm
Admission: $45-70

Best selling children’s music artist Laurie Berkner is returning to the DC area for two shows. A true pioneer in children’s music, beloved by generations of children and parents for over twenty years, she’ll be playing well-loved hits like “Bumblebee (Buzz Buzz)” and “We Are the Dinosaurs” along with newer songs. Kids should plan to bring their dancing shoes and a stuffed animal (for their heads). FYI: We took a toddler Owen to one of Laurie’s shows years ago, and it was a blast!

Aladdin!
Where: Hylton Performing Arts Center | Masassas, VA
When: Sunday, 3pm
Admission: $40-50

Virginia National Ballet’s popular production of Aladdin!
VNB is reviving the extremely popular ballet “Aladdin” which was first premiered in 2018! Follow Aladdin, Jasmine, Jafar, and the magic carpet on their adventures, with a fantastic orchestral score, gorgeous costumes and scenery, and great dancing!

Main Reading Room Open House
Where: Library of Congress | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Monday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free, but reserve timed-entry tickets

Where you can usually only glimpse from a window above, you can visit on one of just two days per year it’s open to the public! The beautiful Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress is holding its semi-annual Open House on Presidents’ Day. Marvel at the magnificent architecture and design from within, check out the old card catalogs (remember those?), and explore more while you’re there.  This is a really neat event for all ages — I highly recommend it! Read more about the LOC in this KFDC post.

George Washington’s 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.

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.

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

The long weekend is a great time for a day trip (or even overnight) to Baltimore — there are so many great family-friendly attractions there, you may want an extra day to enjoy a few. Explore the exhibits at Maryland Science Center. See some of the quirkiest, coolest art around 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.

Outdoor Outings
Where: Around the DC area
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

Take advantage of the nice weather and get outdoors this weekend!  This post, written during the height of Covid, is full of recs for activities that take place in the fresh air, from hikes to art experiences to seasonal sports to garden explorations to all-season fun.  (Note that none of the light shows are running now.)

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* I just visited the new(ish) Museum of Illusions and really enjoyed it — post to come soon!
* DC Way is offering February Break Soccer Camp this coming week, Feb 21-24.
* Tickets for The Dr. Seuss Experience, coming to the DC area starting April 7, are now on sale.
* Great Wolf Lodge has a great promo going on this Saturday and Sunday, February 18-19: Save up to 48% with promo code: A48HOUR.Read more about the family resort in this KFDC post.
* Hanna Andersson has a sale going on February 17-21: 25% off everything with code WKND25.
* More good Prez Day Wknd sales: Athleta (this pretty tank), J.Crew (this gauze top) Target (this fun patio set), Pottery Barn (this simple but unique carafe), Best Buy (these wireless earbuds).
* Just starting reading this new novel and really into it so far.
* Paul Rudd in the Post.
Been there. 😂

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The Weekend Round-Up:
February 10-12

An unexpected sweet moment at the National Gallery of Art

 

Happy Weekend!

Easy links to ideas for ongoing local fun:
Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
Ice Skating
Baltimore with Kids
The Great Indoors
Stunning Spaces
Local Hikes with Kids
Peaceful Places
Bike Rides

Feel the Love
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Love is in the air — and at places all around DC this weekend! Events and activities to celebrate and prep for Valentine’s Day range from art making to nature programs to museum exhibits to cupcake baking. And they’re sure to be especially sweet. A few are listed below and this post has details on all of them.

Kids Workshop: Swan Sweetheart Note Holder
Where: Lowe’s locations around the DC area
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Bring your mini-DIYer to Lowe’s for a workshop hosted by a Red Vest expert. This month is Valentine’s-themed, and kids will build their own Swan Love Note Holder — a perfect gift for someone they love. All participants will receive a kit with materials. Be sure to reserve a time slot! Walk-ins are welcome, but space is not guaranteed.

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.

Frederick Douglass Birthday Celebration
Where: Capital Turnaround | Southeast DC
When: Saturday, 2-4pm
Admission: Free

Join the National Park Service for this annual event celebrating Frederick Douglass’s Birthday! The program will include music by the Jubilee Voices of the Washington Revels, performances by the student winners of the Douglass Oratorical Contest, and a light-hearted debate style program that asks the question: “What place did Frederick Douglass call home?” Douglass lived in three states and the District of Columbia during his lifetime, and while it is impossible to ask Douglass this question, our panelists will support their positions in the debate, and we will let the audience decide! Doors open at 12:30pm and include music by DC Strings, exhibitors, info about about Frederick Douglass’ interest in DC’s streetcars, and photo ops with Frederick Douglass. Capital Turnaround is located at 770 M Street SE.

The Inside Scoop
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

The glorious weather is going away over the weekend, so you may be specifically seeking indoor fun. This post has over 100 suggestions, and a few specific recs: Wander among the works at the National Gallery of Art, bounce off some energy at Flight Trampoline Park, explore the local environment at Rock Creek Nature Center, catch a flick and a meal at The Alamo.

Maker Morning: Art from Your Heart
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Color your February with love at the Hirshhorn’s self-guided drop-in program geared toward kids. Look for stations throughout the museum, all love-themed and hands-on. Try out Valentine’s Day activities including writing a love letter, magnet poetry, and a love library — all inspired by art in the museum. Stroller parking is available in the Lobby and Lower Level.

123 Andrés
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 11am & 1pm
Admission: $20

The Latin Grammy-winning music duo is back by popular demand! Join Andrés and Christina on an exciting cultural exploration of Latin America through an introduction of language, music, and dance. The 11am show is a sensory-friendly performance. Recommended for ages 3+.

Rock the Rink
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 2-6pm
Admission: $10-13/skating, free to spectate

Join fellow and sister hockey fans to show your Caps pride. The Wharf Ice Rink is in on it with a DJ, Caps gear giveaways, and more. At 3:30pm, they’ll broadcast the Capitals’ away game against the Boston Bruins on a jumbotron located on the Transit Pier floating stage. Be sure to wear Caps gear and receive $5 off admission to Ice Rink!

Peter and the Wolf
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $15

This weekend is the last chance to see this Puppet Co. Legacy favorite with a new spin!  This English and Russian bilingual production will incorporate the classic music in this two-person small marionette romp of the classic fairytale. Run time approximately 40 minutes. Recommended for ages 4+.

Dinos Alive
Where: Rhode Island Center | NoMa, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Starts at $22 (get discount)

This family-friendly experience transports you back millions of years, allowing visitors of all ages to journey through the jungle, interacting with the largest creatures to have ever walked the earth. Dinos Alive showcases more than 80 life-sized animated dinosaurs, from the iconic to the lesser known, featuring species such as the T-Rex, Stegosaurus, Velociraptor, and Suchomimus. Guest will have opportunities to ride a dinosaur (IRL and virtually with VR), swim alongside prehistoric sea creatures in the mesmerizing digital aquarium, become a paleontologist, and explore the natural habitat of these ancient creatures.

Valentine Makers Market
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Lusby, MD
When: Saturday, 9am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Find thoughtful and handmade gifts for all the sweeties in your life at this Valentine Maker’s Market. Shop a variety of options, including small batch chocolates, jewelry, leather goods, pottery, clothing, and much more! You will find vendors offering a wide selection of homemade, handmade or homegrown products, and every vendor is from the DEL-MAR-VA region. Be sure to tour the grounds, check out the Arts Center inside, and take kids to play in the Fairy Lolly while you’re there — it’s all fantastic (admission is a suggested $5 donation). Read more about Annmarie Sculpture garden here and here.

Native Cinema Showcase Screening: Encanto
Where: American Indian Museum | National Mall, DC
When, Saturday, 2pm
Admission: Free

Catch a free movie at the National Museu of the American Indian… Encanto tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in a magical house in a vibrant town in the mountains of Colombia. The magic of this wondrous, charmed Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift, from super strength to the power to heal—every child that is except one, Mirabel (voice of Stephanie Beatriz). But when she discovers that the magic surrounding Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she might just be her exceptional family’s last hope.

Unshrink My Heart – Shrinky Dinks Workshop
Brentwood Arts Exchange | Hyattsville, MD
When: Saturday, 2-4pm
Admission: Free

Grab the whole family and let us help you make handcrafted Valentine keepsakes for your loved ones. Using super fun shrinkable sheets called Shrinky Dinks®, create original cards, jewelry, key chains, and more! This workshop is FREE and each participant will receive two sheets of blank Shrinky Dinks for crafting and creating.

Paragon Philharmonic POPS!
Where: Capital One Hall | Tysons, VA
When: Saturday, 6:30pm
Admission: $35

Chamber music meets improv comedy in this unique theatrical concert experience. Paragon Philharmonia’s String Quintet sets the scene with music from Mozart to Metallica while Dark Horse’s players tell the story of a romance like no other. Come for the music, stay for the laughs – the choices are in your hands! REcommended for ages 12+.

Winter Lantern Festival
Where: Lerner Town Square | Tysons, VA
When: Friday – Sunday evenings, 5-10pm
Admission: $15-23 with this discount

It’s the final weekend to experience this illuminated display in Northern Virginia.  The Festival transforms Lerner Town Square into a brilliant world of light with over 1000 Chinese lanterns, all handmade by artisans with decades of experience. And you can do more than just look at some of them — interactive elements include light swings, see-saws, and tunnels for added fun.

Moonshot Studio xPhilharmonia Fantastique
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

The Moonshot Studio within The REACH welcomes visitors of all ages to enjoy all kinds of hands-on activities. Through March 20, there will be an array of arts projects inspired by the film, Philharmonia Fantastique: The Making of the Orchestra, a 25-minute multi-media concerto for orchestra and animated film that follows a magical Sprite on a musical journey through the instruments of the orchestra.

Weekend Workshops
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am – 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.

Dancing Our Way Through Books
Where: Highland Elementary School | Wheaton, MD
When: Saturday, 11am & Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free

In this installment of InterAct Story Theatre’s free Wheaton Family Theatre Seres, join Contradiction Dance Theatre founder Kelly King to explore a kid-friendly folk tale through creative movement and dance. Kids get to practice reading skills while moving, dancing, and sharing stories with families and friends. No prior dance training neede, just bring your body and get ready to move. Best for ages 3+.

Sunday Makebreak: Watercolor Heart Frame
Where: Michael’s locations around the DC area
When: Sunday 2-4pm
Admission: Free

Drop in a Michael’s location to do some Valentines crafting. Make a watercolor heart frame to put a picture of your special someone in — or picture of yourself to give to someone special. All ages welcome, no reservations needed.

Caps vs. Sharks
Where: Capital One Arena
When: Sunday, 1:30pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary (check for discount)

While you’re waiting for the big football game to start, get in some other sports spectating at a Caps game. They’re hosting the San Jose Sharks at home on Sunday afternoon. Make a longer outing of it in Penn Quarter — grab a meal or pop in to the National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum before or after the hockey match.

Wizards vs. Pacers
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 7pm
Admission: Tickets prices vary (check for discount)

The Wizards are playing at home on Saturday evening — watch them work some on-court magic against the Indiana Pacers. Plan on a pre-game dinner in Penn Quarter — there are plenty of family-friendly places to go in the neighborhood. Some recs: Jaleo, Carmine’s, Daikaya, Shake Shack, and Hill Country BBQ.

(W)Hoop it Up!
Where: Universities around the DC Area
When: Throughout the break
Admission: Tickets start at $16

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:
* Georgetown men vs Marquette on Saturday at 12pm
* Maryland men vs Penn State on Saturday at 12pm (Go, Terps!)
* George Mason men vs Rhode Island on Saturday at 2pm
* American men vs Holy Cross on Saturday at 2pm
* Georgetown women vs UConn on Saturday at 5pm
* Maryland women vs Illinois on Sunday at 1pm (Go, Terps!)
* George Mason women vs UMass on Sunday at 3pm

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* How to help the earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria.
* There’s a KFDC giveaway going on for a chance to win a virtual session with Silhouette Artist Karl Johnson (you can also reserve/guarantee time slots).
* Washingtonian has a round-up of places to get take out for the Super Bowl.
* If you prefer to make your own spread, here are 100 ideas for game day food.
* The Nationals have announced ticket promos for the 2023 season, and you can save your seats now.
* Sale on sale at Anthro!
* Can’t wait to try these that I just ordered for spring.
* This feature from the New York Times last week is a very interesting read.
* A heartfelt request from a friend of a friend…doesn’t hurt to try, so please share if you can.

 

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