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The Weekend Round-Up:
March 8-10


Happy Weekend!

Easy link to loads of ideas for DC area activities:
* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Active Pursuits Inside
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Kid-Friendly Eats
* Ice Skating
* Baltimore with Kids
* Peaceful Places

Happy International Women’s Day!
Where: Around the area
When: Friday (and throughout the weekend)
Admission: Varies by activity

Friday is International women’s day (plus, 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!

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 is from 2020), National Harbor, and in LeDroit Park. And there’s more than just trees to enjoy at each place!

Awesome Con
Where: Washington Convention Center | Mount Vernon Square, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Starts at $55/adult, $20/child

The mid-Atlantic’s premier pop culture convention brings a three-day celebration of television, movies, comic books, science, technology and more to DC. With hundreds of hours of programming, an impressive lineup of special guests — see actors from Star Wars, Daredevil, Echo, and others! —  plus exciting activities for fans of all ages, this is one fun event. We’ve been and have had a blast checking out games, toys, comics, art, TV, and movie memorabilia, and more. And the cosplay is FANtastic. Costumes encouraged.

Wizards Celebrate Women (+ Post-Game Concert)
Where: Capitol One Arena
When: Friday, 7pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Wizards are hosting International Women’s Night in celebration of International Women’s Day when they play the Charlotte Hornets. The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a Wizards-branded belt bag, and there will be a collection/donation of gently-used professional women’s spring clothing for  Suited for Change. After the game, fans can enjoy the second of the three-part Friday Night Concert Series with a Go-Go performance from female-managed Backyard Band and local group Northeast Groovers.Purchase tickets here.

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

This Atlas’ Intersections Festival 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 Mouse on the Move all weekend, too (tickets $15)!

Women’s History Month Festival
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday,11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free
This one’s for the ladies (and everyone else, too) as the Portrait Gallery hosts its annual Women’s History Month festival for all ages! Come see our newest portraits of Oprah, Beyoncé, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and other inspiring women. Join the celebration in the Kogod Courtyard, featuring performances and workshops from The Washington Ballet, art activities, spotlight talks, scavenger hunts and story times – there will be something for everyone! Free—Registration Encouraged.

March Family Day: Celebrating Women’s History Month
Where: Library of Congress | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 3:30pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate amazing women in history and in your own life by creating with the Library’s collections! This event for kids and their families will feature creative, engaging activities such as contributing to a communal mural of female trailblazers, transcribing Clara Barton’s personal papers and correspondence, and reimagining the Jefferson Building to showcase the diversity of women’s achievements. And at 2pm, join a conversation with Chelsea Clinton, bestselling author of the “She Persisted” picture book series with a book signing to follow. All ages are welcome. Register for free tickets here.

The World & Me: Save a Spider!
Where: NMNH | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free
It’s an early celebration of “Save a Spider Day!” Pop in to see spider specimens up close, make observations at live tarantula feedings, and learn about the amazing diversity found within the different spider species. Scientists from the museum will also share about the science they do to learn more about spider. And folks from the National Postal Museum will help families create postcards with spider facts.

Opening Weekend Celebration
Where: Climb UPton | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 8pm
Admission: $19.95 – $54.95
Be one of the first climbers of 2024 at Climb UPton’s Opening Weekend celebration. Every climber during the weekend is entered into a daily raffle. Prize pack includes: Climb UPton t-shirt, logo beanie, climbing gloves and Climb UPton mug.

ISEKAI: Blooming Parallel Worlds
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Opens Saturday – June 11
Admission: $20-25/adult, $17/age 4-15, $72/family 4-pack

Spring at ARTECHOUSE is a celebration of the cherry blossoms, and this year ISEKAI: Blooming Parallel Worlds explores multiple universes of blossoms,inspired by the Isekai genre of Anime. Floor to ceiling projections, plus interactive elements are sure to make this one beautiful, engaging, and fun to experience.

Cinderella: A Salsa Fairytale
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 1pm & 4pm
Admission: $12+
A bilingual Cinderella with a twist that kids will love! What will happen to Cinderella at the ball … game? That’s the surprising question in this contemporary Latin-American Cinderella musical that weaves subtle lessons on empathy, sportsmanship, and respect into an exciting, high-stakes story. An Imagination Stage original that broke new ground in bilingual children’s theatre. Recommended for ages 5+.

Through the Sunken Lands
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 1:30pm & 4pm
Admission: $20

Tim J. Lord’s radio play transforms into a heartening world premiere musical that amplifies the voice of a commonly overlooked community. Follow Artemis—a young wheelchair user who’s determined to fight to save her dying town with the help of Aunt Maggie… and a talking heron! Recommended for ages 9+.

Magic Mirror
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am & 1pm
Admission: $15

Magic Mirror is back after its special 40th Anniversary run in 2023! This production was the first show founders Christopher Piper and Allan Stevens worked on as the Puppet Co. Meet Toad, a young person destined for greatness in this mash-up story with lots of familiar fairy tales! Join us on this journey of dragons, monsters, and spirits of the woods. Recommended for ages 5+. Run time approximately 50 minutes.

Junie B. Jones, The Musical
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am & 2pm
Admission: $25

It is Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend, Lucille, does not want to be her best pal anymore and, on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting. Featuring a tremendously loveable character and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones will capture your audience members’ hearts just as the books captivated an entire generation of students.

The Book of Mormon
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Through March 17
Admission: $89-219 (find tickets)

This outrageous musical comedy follows the adventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. With standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language. Recommended for teens and older.

Caps vs Blackhawks (Women in Hockey Night)
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter
When: Saturday, 7pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary (look for a deal)
See some action on ice as the Caps play the Blackhawks on Saturday evening. There is a special package with tickets start at just $67 — all tickets purchased through this include a Capitals branded belt bag. All bags will  be picked up at the game. Plan on more fun in the Penn Quarter area and pop into a museum or get a pre- or post game bite to eat — lots of family-friendly places to go.

Women’s History Month Community Celebration
Where: KID Museum | Bethesda, MD
When: Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $15
Join KID Museum for a Community Celebration of Women’s History Month! There will be “Meet a Maker” opportunities with women inventors, innovators, scientists and artists; a special pop up exhibit of five human-sized 3-D printed IF/THEN she can women in STEM with their live counterparts offering hands on demonstrations of their work; Women in Construction demonstrating their skills and sharing opportunities to build and design; and much more!

Nowruz Family Festival
National Museum of Asian Art | National Mall, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free
Honor the Persian New Year at the annual Nowruz Family Day. Welcome spring with free attractions for all ages, including storytelling, hands-on activities, and more! See the website for activity details.

Voting Rights Story Times
Where: Women’s Equality National Monument | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 12pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Women’s History Month by attending “Voting Rights Story Times.” Join the Yellow Roses, a youth advocacy and learning group, every Sunday in March at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument as they share stories for children about determination, resilience, and perseverance in pursuit of equality. Learn more about the group and the story time events here.

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!

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.

Inside Action
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

There’s rain in the forecast this weekend, so if you want to be indoors, but want some active fun or something with an engaging mission. From pickleball and roller skating to tennis and ping pong to escape rooms and scavenger hunts to an indoor waterpark, you’ll find all kinds of ways to get your fun and game on. And with wet weather on the way, it’s a perfect time for it.

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.

* Sign up the kids for a virtual hand cut portrait session with Master Silhouette Artist Karl Johnson!
* See what’s happening at Imagination Stage this spring and summer — shows, classes, and camps!
* Reading/author recommendations in honor of International Women’s Day.
* Sasha discovered this and we made it…as delicious as it looks!
* Daylight savings this weekend — here are some sleep tips.
* Bought and love these shorts so much, I’m getting other colors.
* Darcy (who shares 10 Happy Things each month) just started selling prints of her beautiful photos.
* Curious about the Oura Ring!
* Hanging lanterns on a patio create the prettiest light and set such an enchanting mood. These and these are nice, too.
* Have you played the New York Times’ latest game, Strands? It’s a good one. (Connections, too, if that’s new to you.)

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


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


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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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