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The Weekend Round-Up: March 12-14

 

 

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One year ago today I shared this weekend post.  At the time I thought it was just a cautious approach, that we would all lay low for a couple of weeks until it was certain the coronavirus would be a passing panic, then we’d resume life as usual.  Oh, how optimistic and naive I was! Now, 365 days later, my kids do school from home, often in their pajamas, sometimes from bed. (I let the “dressed at your desk” battle go awhile back.) We wear masks. We desperately miss favorite places — museums, theaters, concert venues, insides of restaurants and our friends’ homes. We’ve experienced challenges beyond the pandemic, but also compounded by the pandemic.

It’s been a hard year.

But it’s had some bright spots, too: The rise in the Black Lives Matter movement. A new president who brings reason and compassion back to the job. We learned how to make the best use of our backyards. More people are biking. We got a puppy! We appreciate our connections with others more than ever.

Finally, we’re starting to see the light of at the end of the tunnel. And, hopefully, it won’t be too, too long until we return to those places we miss, go back to school and work (in real clothes), embrace the people we love, and resume some iteration of life as usual.

Happy Weekend!

 

Rally to Reopen DC Schools
Where: Mayor’s Office | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 2-4pm
Admission: Free

It’s been 365 days since most of DC’s kids have been the inside a classroom. A rally has been organized for Saturday to push DCPS and DCPCS to give families a choice and a voice when it comes to reopening DC schools. All are welcome to join at the Mayor’s Office (1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) to demand: 1) A vaccine now for all teachers who want one. 2) An in-person education, with a teacher, for all families who want it at the start of Term 4 in mid-April 3) Sensible safety guidelines that follow the CDC while still allowing a return to the classroom 4) A commitment to regular school — 5 days a week, in person, with a teacher in a classroom — starting from Day 1 of the 2021-2022 school year, for every DC schoolchild who wants one.

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 Run, Upton 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 Run, Upton Hill, Pohick Bay, and Algonkian Regional Parks.

Ride On
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

It’s great weather for a bike ride! Plan for a family two-wheel outing — you’ve got your pick of them around the area. Take in the almost-spring scenery, get some exercise, and have fun, all while easily social distancing. This post has a bunch of pedal-worthy recs, with something for riders of all levels, and this route is particularly ideal with kids.

Take a Hike
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

The nice weather this weekend also makes it a great time to hit the trail. Enjoy the late winter temps, walk in places with scenic views, see the start of budding flowers, and savor a sunny day outdoors. This post has a a bunch of recommendations for places to walk in the woods with the kids. Some good places to go right now:  Great Falls, Fort Dupont Park, Huntley Meadows, Cunningham Falls State Park, and Sky Meadows State Park.

Think Outside
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

For even more ideas for things to do and places to go, The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids is chock full of ideas. Between sunny weather and social distancing, it will be especially handy.

Play Ball Drive-Thru
Where: Matthews Memorial Baptist Church | Southeast DC
When: Saturday, 2-4pm
Admission: Free

Get ready for baseball season at a drive-thru event hosted by the Washington Nationals and Major League Basebal. To help encourage and promote youth baseball and softball participation, the Nats and Screech are giving away free plastic bats, balls, and other Nationals swag to young fans. Open to all children between the ages of 4-18, this socially-distant event will allow participants to remain in their cars and have the items passed through their car windows. Face coverings will be required. Fans should register here.

Ice Festival
Where: Havre de Grace, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

If you’re up for a day trip and the drive (about 1.5 hours from DC), head to Havre de Grace for its annual Ice Festival, where beautifully lit ice sculptures will transform the downtown area. Festivities include ice carving demonstrations, bands, artisans, kids’ stations, in-store specials, food trucks, an outdoor hot toddy bar, fire pits, s’mores and more. I also recommend a meal outside by the water at the Tidewater Grill and some vintage shopping at Jo Retro.

Fairfax Parks Programs
Where: Parks around 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 nature at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Or take a way there along Walney Creek.  Enjoy a personalized tour with a naturalist at Hidden Oaks. Details and registration for these and many more nature activities this weekend and beyond are available here.

St. Patrick’s Day Rooftop Celebration
Where: Hi-Lawn | Union Market, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $60/table

Hi-Lawn, on the roof of Union Market, is rolling out the green carpet this weekend for its inaugural St. Patrick’s Day rooftop celebration! Bringing traditional Irish pub vibes to the great outdoors by partnering with The Dubliner, DC’s oldest Irish pub, they’ll be shucking oysters (served both raw with green mignonette + grilled colcannon-style) along with Irish whiskey-centric cocktails and festive beers. Admission fee is for up to 6 guests at a reserved, socially-distanced table on the Rooftop for 2 hours.

Family Fun & Food
Where: The Station at Riverdale Park | Riverdale, MD
When: Ongoing
Admission: Free

From riding along the Rhode Island Avenue Trolley Trail, to a scavenger hunt for all of the unique art on the property, like a sparkly blue bear at the center of Bear Square, and active programming like outdoor concerts, weekends at The Station at Riverdale Park are filled with family fun and bonding. (And will all but guarantee sleepy, happy kids—at least for the trip home!) Even more, The Station offers a variety of dining options that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.

Shroomin’
Where: Long Bridge Park | Crystal City, VA
When: Through March 14
Admission: Free

An art installation of giant, vibrantly colored, inflatable mushrooms has been adding some whimsy to Crystal City. It’s lit up during the day and evening, and visitors are welcome to walk among them — and take fun photos for the ‘gram. The Shrooms are part of National Landing Bid’s “Turn Up The Love” campaign that has ben presenting public art pop-ups in the area.

Pi(e) Day
Where: Maryland Science Center | Baltimore, MD
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: $25.95/adult, $19.95/child

Celebrate the most mathematically delicious day of the year with Maryland Science Center! Pi(e) Day is a celebration of the mathematical constant Pi and a celebration of the sweet, circular baked dessert! Circle up for a well rounded day of endless fun. Get creative with circle art, launch pizza pie toppings with catapults, watch pie fall from the sky, and so much more. Plus, take a free slice of pie from Dangerously Delicious Pies for the road! If you can’t make it to the Science Center for the event, join the celebration online!

More Baltimore Fun, Hon!
Where: Inner Harbor Area | Baltimore, MD
When: All Weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Head up I-95 for a change of city scenery.  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. Or view history in the works at the Baltimore Museum of Industry (open by appt). All of these places are open with new safety protocols in place for COVID.

More Indoor Adventures
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies

Many more area places are welcoming visitors in person again. This post lists reopened venues around the area, and all of them have extra safety protocols in place for Covid.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* There’s a giveaway going on right now for a chance to win free family admission to Dino Safari coming to the area March 18 – April 11.
* Camp Half-Blood is offering Spring Break and summer programs for kids.
* Easy trips from DC  for Spring Break getaways.
* Currently reading and enjoying The Midnight Library. Light and entertaining, reminds me of the movie Sliding Doors. Who else has read it?
* Allen v. Farrow on HBO. Whoa.
* Don’t forget to spring forward and turn the clocks ahead!
* The Periodic Table of Coronavirus.

 

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The Weekend Round-Up: March 5-7

The Mary Livingston Ripley Garden – between the Hirshhorn and the Arts & Industry Building 

 

Happy Weekend!

Sunny Days
Where: Around the area
When Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies

The weather app is showing bright little suns all weekend, so layer up and plan on some outdoor adventures! Find loads of ideas for things to do and places to hang in The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids, a perennial go-to KFDC post.

Joyful Friday
Where: NMAAHC | Online
When: Friday, 11am
Admission: Free

Now through July, the National Museum of African American History & Culture presents Joyful Fridays with programs based on projects and activities featured in their new Joyful ABC Activity Books. Families and educators with kids ages 4-8 can registerer a free spot in these weekly Zoom classes led by museum educators. During this  G is for Grateful session, participants will paint or draw gratitude art.

Shop the District x International Women’s Day
Where: Union Market District, DC
When: Friday – Monday
Admission: Free

DC is one of the top cities in the US for female entrepreneurs. At Union Market District, A The Union Market District is a destination that is a creative economic platform for culture, food, art, music and everything that makes Washington, DC, unique. Forty percent of the businesses there are proudly women-owned, and they’re celebrating female change makers with a weekend of shopping, activations, and art to applaud and support them.

Drive-In Flicks
Where: Alexandria Drive-In Movie Theater | Alexandria, VA
When: Friday, 7pm & Saturday, 6:30pm, 9:30pm
Admission: $40/car

Drive-In movies are back for 2021 at the theater in Alexandria. Catching a flick from the comfort of your car is an ideal way to enjoy some entertainment out of the house and social distance. On the ticket this weekend: Jurassic Park on Friday, the n Despicable Me and Fast & Furious on Saturday. Food trucks will be there both nights offering savory and sweet concessions with online ordering through Goodfynd! Purchase movie tickets in advance!

Garden Tour
Where: National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

You can make a day of it exploring the outdoor areas of the museums on the National Mall. Both the Hirshhorn (10am – 4:30pm) and National Gallery of Art Sculpture Gardens (11am – 4pm) have reopened again. Plus, the Enid A. Haupt Garden, Mary Livingston Ripley Garden, Pollinator Garden, and more small Smithsonian gardens are all welcoming visitors.

Pop-Up Consignment Shop
Where: The Lane Social Club | Ivy City, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Shop Picklesdc’s collection of thoughtfully curated children’s consignment at The Lane Social Club. In addition to gently used children’s clothing, shoes, and toys from brands you love (mini Boden, Tea, Hanna Andersson, Patagonia), there will be a bounce house for little ones to enjoy — ALL OUTDOORS! (PS: The Lane just started offering Open Play again on weekends!)

Ready, Set… Hike!
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

It’ll be a great weekend to hit the trail for a hike. Enjoy the very beginning buds of spring flowers, tramp in places with scenic views, hike and explore history at interesting locales, and savor some time outdoors together. This post has a bunch of recommendations for places to walk in the woods (and other places) with the kids.  Some specific recs: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Turkey Run ParkSugarloaf Mountain, Patapsco Valley State Park, and Prince William Forest Park.

Nature Hunt
Where: Black Hills Nature Program | Boyds, MD
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

Take “I Spy” to the next level in the great outdoors. Drop by the visitor center to pick up a scavenger hunt sheet, get some helpful hints, and then head out on your hunt for natural treasures! When you’ve finished, head back to the visitor center to get a prize. Stop in anytime during program hours. Intended for ages 1+.

Fairfax Parks Programs
Where: Parks around 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. Take a Family Woodcock Walk at Huntley Meadows. Join a Geocaching Working at Lake Fairfax Park. Enjoy Nature Your Way at Hidden Oaks. Details and registration for these and many more nature activities this weekend and beyond are available here.

MoCo March Park Picks
Where: Parks in Montgomery County, MD
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies

Montgomery Parks is marking Women’s History Month by highlighting five of their parks named for local leaders, scientists, farmers, and educators. Follow the link to read about their contributions, then plan a visit to the places that honor them.

Sisterhood of Spies: A Virtual Girl Scout Event
Where: International Spy Museum | Online
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: $12/Girl Scout

Celebrate Women’s History Month with the International Spy Museum and learn about the Sisterhood of Spies. Girl Scouts will test their spy skills and learn tricks of the trade. They will meet Sonia Purnell, author of A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II to learn about Virginia Hall; former Chief of Disguise of the CIA Jonna Mendez for a gadget workshop; Liza Mundy, author of Code Girls: The True Story of the American Women Who Secretly Broke Codes in World War II to discuss female code breakers; and Tracy Walder, former CIA and FBI and author of The Unexpected Spy.  Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions. Designed for Brownies through Senior Girl Scouts.

Inside IRL
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies

While there are virtual activities being offered, the International Spy Museum and many more area places are welcoming visitors in person again. This post lists reopened venues around the area, and all of them have extra safety protocols in place for Covid.

The Magic Tree
Where: InterAct Story Theatre | Online
When: Saturday, 11am & Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free

A funny, uplifting story adapted from a Zambian folk tale, performed by actor and teaching artist Khaleshia Thorpe-Price. The animals of the grasslands are in terrible trouble—it hasn’t rained in ages, and everyone is hungry and thirsty! Their only hope is to find out how to get the fruit from a mysterious magic tree, but they must journey across the land to learn how…and they have to remember the secret on the long journey back! Suitable for ages 3 and up.

Dance Themed Storytime
Where: Noyes Children’s Library Foundation | Online
When: Saturday & Sunday, 3pm
Admission: Free

Children’s book author and modern dancer Jocelyn E. Cox will read her book, Jocelyn Learns to Dance, in a special storytime event with the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation. The virtual event will also include an interview of Jocelyn by Karen Vincent, a DC stage actor and Kensington mom. Both will be available on the Noyes Foundation’s Facebook page. Recommended for ages 10 and under.

Free Community Day
Where: National Museum of Women in the Arts | WDC
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free, but must reserve

The National Museum of Women in the Arts just reopened, and the first and third Sundays of every month are a great opportunity to explore it when admission is FREE! Works span the centuries, from the 16th to the present in a variety of mediums, highlighting women artists all over the world. If tickets aren’t available, plan to go another day — the admission fee is worth it!

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* The Phillips Collection reopens Saturday, March 6! It’s sold out for this weekend, but tickets for March 11-14 will be released on March 8 at 10am for members and 12pm for general admission.
* This sounds amazing, and tickets go on sale today, Friday, at 12pm.
* New book by two local parents: Working with Worry gives parents practical tools to support their children in today’s increasingly stressful world.
* And JoAnn Hill, a DC area writer and educator, shares five off-the-beaten path places to explore in this new post that offers a preview of her upcoming book, Secret Washington, DC: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure.
* I mentioned Imperfect Foods recently…if you’re interested and want to try it out, you can now get $20 towards a box through my referral link.
* Made me LOL because I actually experienced this recently (it’s real)!

 

 

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The Weekend Round-Up: February 26-28

Enjoying the winter scenery at Roosevelt Island

 

Happy Weekend!

Seasonal Social Distancing 
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Don’t let the Covid cold months keep you from getting out around the area. This round-up is full of recs for activities that are accessible now. From cool hikes to art experiences to seasonal sports to garden explorations to year-round fun, there are all kinds of things to do that keep social distancing and safety in mind. All you really need is the right apparel and maybe a little extra outdoor gear.

Inside Info
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

There are some places still welcoming visitors indoors, all of them with extra safety protocols in place. This post listing open venues around the area also includes museums that reopened but closed again due to rising covid rates. The current status of of all of them are noted.

Open Studio Friday
Where: Online
When: Friday, 11am
Admission: Free

Get artsy with the National Portrait Gallery as the museum brings its weekly art workshops to you virtually. Every Friday, they post a YouTube video with a new activity or technique. Just like in the IRL workshops, all ages are welcome to get creative with artist Jill Galloway inspired by the museums’s collection.

African American Family Festival
Where: PG Parks | Online
When: Saturday, 11:30m – 3:30pm
Admission: Free
Join Price George’s County Parks as they close out Black History Month.  This virtual festival includes all kinds of  workshops, performances, storytellers, crafts, and a virtual marketplace with vendors selling culturally relevant African and African American goods and products. Jump in for free via Facebook Live.

More Black History Activities
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout February (and beyond)
Admission: Varies by activity

There are many great events and activities throughout the DC area to celebrate Black History — 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.

Last Call for Crystalline
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Through February 28
Admission: $12-17/child, $19-24/adult

The current exhibition  at ARTECHOUSE closes after this weekend.  The gallery known for its visually stunning digital art has transformed into a blue-hued haven intended to evoke calm and peace during a turbulent time. Like all of the exhibitions there, just about all of it is interactive (but not hands-on), as the images change with viewers’ motions, encouraging play. Immersing into the depths of the color, even just for a little while, is a dazzling and delightful escape from the bizarre Covid world outside.

Fun at Fairfax Parks
Where: Parks around Fairfax County, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

There are new events from the Fairfax County Park Authority all the time, and this weekend has a fresh batch of nature-inspired activities for guests of all ages.  Enjoy a private program about nocturnal animals and a campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Join a geocaching workshop at Lake Fairfax Park.  Take a twilight boardwalk stroll at Huntley Meadows. Details and registration for these and many more nature activities this weekend and beyond are available here.

Cache in Around DC
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

The workshop mentioned above inspired this rec. Geocaching is a super fun way to explore some of your favorite outdoor places and discover new ones. It’s like a scavenger hunt, and perfect for adding a little adventure to your outings. Even better, you can pick and choose where and when you want to do it. This KFDC post has info on how to get started.

Campfire Ring Rentals
Where: Parks in Montgomery County, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $25/hour – $100 total

Sit around a cozy campfire roasting marshmallows and sharing stories with friends and family. Montgomery Parks is helping make this happen by offering campfire ring reservations at four different locations. Visit the website for more details.

Maple Trail Walk & Sugaring
Where: Brookside Nature Center | Wheaton, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 2:30pm & Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

This weekend also wraps up Brookside’s annual Maple Sugaring Days.  The maple trees are taped, and you can take a self-guided tour to learn how maple sap gets from the trees to your table. The trail has been available onsite during February, and a naturalist is on hand weekends to talk about the boiling process, too. Dress for the weather and wear boots — Sugaring Season is also known as Mud Season! The Maple trail walk is free and open from dawn to dusk, the naturalist is there during the hours listed above. Start the Maple trail walk at our 1400 Glenallan Avenue parking lot location – just look for the sugar maple leaf signs.  Make time to explore the grounds of Brookside Gardens while you’re there — it’s a lovely place to wander around!

Art Walk
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Take a stroll and enjoy some art, too. There are several places and ways to see creative works on a walk outdoors. The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden recently reopened with daily hours 11am – 4pm. Annmarie Sculpture Garden has lovely grounds decorated with large pieces and smaller pops of art. Browse and shop the art and more at Eastern Market’s weekend outdoor flea market.  And MuralsDC will help guide you to works by local artists all over the city.

Take & Make It: Waterfowl
Where: Black Hill Visitor Center | Boyds, MD (for pick-up)
When: Saturday, 2-3pm
Admission: $2

It’s a new twist on an old favorite! Stop by the Black Hill Visitor Center to pick up a waterfowl craft kit to work on at home and check out who is visiting the lake. Inside the kit are directions for a craft to help you see the birds and a sheet to help identify the birds visiting Black Hill or a pond near you. The kits also include coloring pages and some information on waterfowl. Stop by anytime during program hours to pick up your craft kit.

Skate Al Fresco
Where: Ice rinks around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

Glide under the sky and stars! The ice rinks at Pentagon Row,  Silver Spring at Veterans PlazaRockville Town Square, Reston Town Center, Cameron Run, Merriweather District,  are welcoming guests to skate the day — and night — away with extra safety measures in place for Covid.  Advanced reservations are required at just about all of these places, so plan accordingly.

Bring Home the Adventure
Where: Adventure Theatre | Online
When: Sunday, 2pm – Monday, 8pm
Admission: Free
Join Adventure Theatre for their first ever Stream-A-Thon, hosted by Artistic Director Chil Kong! It will feature 30 hours of programming celebrating musical theatre with presentations by stars of Broadway, film, and stage; AT’s Academy students, including members of the Pre-Professional Program; local artists; partner and community organizations; and many more incredible guest appearances. The digital marathon replaces ATMTC’s annual Gala as our signature fundraising event to support our mission of serving children and families in the community with exceptional theatrical experiences. Enjoy it all on Adventure Theatre’s YouTube page.

Mother Tongue Film Festival
Where: Smithsonian Online
When: Sunday through May
Admission: Free

The virtual Mother Tongue Film Festival is running through run through May, celebrating cultural and linguistic diversity as it showcases films and filmmakers from around the world.  The event highlights the crucial role languages play in our daily lives. All films are free to watch online.

***More Good Stuff***
* Upcoming REI classes.
* Books to watch for in March.
* What to stream this weekend.
* Can’t wait to try this!
* Super cuteness.

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The Weekend Round-Up: February 19-21

 

Happy Weekend!

Carousel Centennial
Where: Glen Echo Perk | Online
When: Friday, 12:30pm (& thru summer)
Admission: Free

The beautiful Wentzel Carousel at Glen Echo Park that so many of our kids (and us!) have probably whirled around countless times is turning 100 years old. The park is celebrating with a variety of online and, hopefully, in person events this summer. Today, you can take a behind-the-scenes tour of the carousel with a National Park Service Ranger and learn about the history and fun facts about the carousel. View it on the park’s YouTube channel.

Escape into Crystalline
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Through February 28
Admission: $12-17/child, $19-24/adult

There’s just a little over a week left to experience Crystalline, the current exhibition  at ARTECHOUSE.  Immerse in a blue-hued world of digital imagery that is stunning and playful.  Just about all of it is interactive (but not hands-on), as the images change with viewers’ motions. It’s a dazzling and delightful escape from the bizarre Covid world outside.

Maple Trail Walk & Sugaring
Where: Bookside Natur Center | Wheaton, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 2:30pm & Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Brookside’s annual Maple Sugaring Days are still on this year, just a little different. The maple trees are taped, and you can take a self-guided tour to learn how maple sap gets from the trees to your t able. The trail is available onsite during the month of February, and on weekends, a naturalist is on hand to talk about the boiling process, too. Dress for the weather and wear boots — Sugaring Season is also known as Mud Season! The Maple trail walk is free and open from dawn to dusk, the naturalist is there during the hours listed above. Start the Maple trail walk at our 1400 Glenallan Avenue parking lot location – just look for the sugar maple leaf signs.

Solid Hikes
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Bundle up and enjoy the sunshine as you hit the trail! After the wet weather, you may want to opt for places with paved paths or boardwalks to avoid tramping in mud. Some recs for that: National Arboretum, Quiet Waters Park, and Huntley Meadows. Of course, if you don’t mind a little (or a lot of) dirt on your shoes, there are many more options for walks in the woods.

River Walk
Where: Along the Potomac | Mall to Georgetown, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Here’s a nice walk with great views and fun stops: Start at the Lincoln Memorial and head towards Georgetown past the volley ball courts to the Rock Creek Trail, the paved path that runs along the river past the Kennedy Center. Take the pedestrian bridge to The REACH to explore the grounds and outdoor art. Continue your walk along the trail to Georgetown – it take you right to the Washington Harbour area, where you can stop for a bite an one of the restaurants with outdoor, heated seating. Of course, you can do this in reverse and make it shorter (start at the KC) for little legs.

Art & Me Preservation Workshop
Where: National Museum of Asian Art | Online
When: Saturday, 10-10:45am
Admission: Free

Celebrate the Year of the Ox with the art doctors in this virtual workshop! From toys to tiles, see how artists have been inspired by oxen for generations and how Smithsonian conservators preserve these artworks. Then create your own ox masterpiece to ring in the new year. This hands-on, art-making preservation workshop is designed for kids ages 3-8 and their caretakers. Register in advance — one per family — and a Zoom link and a list of suggested materials will be sent to registered participants 24–48 hours in advance of the workshop.

Pop-Up Consignment Shop
Where: Confetti | Tenleytown, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

PicklesDC is hosting it’s first outdoor pop-up of the season at Confetti in Tenleytown. Shop gently used children’s clothing, shoes, and toys AND enjoy coffee, treats and more from Confetti cafe. Located at 4545 42nd St NW #109.

Picnic in the Park Warm-Up Days
Where: Germantown Town CenterPark & Wheaton Local Park, MD
When: Saturday, 12-1:30pm and 2-3:30pm
Admission: $10-25

It may be cold outside, but Picnic in the Park is heating up! Montgomery Parks is bringing firepits and patio heaters to the parks for Warm–Up Days. Bundle up and join for a fun winter outing! There are two seating choices, and firepits can be reserved for a group of six people or fewer for 90 minutes for $25. A table for two with a patio heater can be reserved for 90-minutes for $10.

DC Strings Celebrate Black History Month
Where: Online
When: Saturday, 2-3:30pm
Admission: $0-19.99

Join DC Strings Orchestra online as the ensemble celebrates Black History Month with works from Florence Price, CPE Bach and others. This performance will be led by Music Director & Conductor Dr. Juan Gallastegui and will feature musicians of the ensemble. Visit dcstrings.org/orchestra for more information.

More Black History Celebrations
Where: Around the DMV
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, online concerts, and more will be enlightening and entertaining for all ages.

Ice It
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

Sunshine and cool temps throughout the weekend will make it a great time to skate. Circle the rinks at Pentagon Row in Pentagon City, Veteran’s Plaza in Silver Spring , Rockville Town Square, Reston Town Center, Color Burst in Columbia, or Cameron Run in Arlington. This post has details on alfresco (and indoor) ice skating options in the area.

Downhill Fast
Where: Ski resorts around the region
When: Through winter
Admission: Varies by resort

After the recent winter weather, it’l be a good time to hit the slopes! Skiing is a fun, active, socially distanced way to take advantage of the season. And there are a bunch of ski resorts within a few hours’ drive that are great for young, newbie skiers (and veteran swooshers, too). This post has info about Whitetail and our recent day trip there. And other closest resorts for day trips are Liberty and Bryce.  Farther away, but good to check out for longer trips are Roundtop,  Massanutten,  Wintergreen,  Seven Springs,  Hidden Valley,  Snowshoe,  Timberline, and Wisp.

Tee Up
Where: Top Golf | National Harbor & Gaithersburg, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Starts at $27/bay
Practice your swing, enjoy a bite, and have some “outdoor” fun while you stay warm.  All of the hitting bays at Top Golf are climate controlled, plus there’s a full service restaurant and bar (for parents, obvi), and a rooftop terrace with a firepit.  Heath and safety measure are in place as well.

Underwater Explorations
Where: National Aquarium | Baltimore, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $39.95/adult, $29.95/child

See creatures of the sea, learn about marine life, and stay warm while you enjoy an outing with the kids. The National Aquarium is welcoming visitors with extra safety measures in place for Covid. Tickets are timed entry, and it’s a good idea to reserve in advance.

More Charm City Adventures
Where: Baltimore, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Several more places in Baltimore are open and practicing Covid safety protocols if you’re looking for a change of scenery. Explore the exhibits at Maryland Science Center. See some of the quirkiest, coolest art ever at the American Visionary Art Museum. Play the day away at Port Discovery.  Or view history in the works at the Baltimore Museum of Industry (open by appt).

Mother Tongue Film Festival
Where: Smithsonian Online
When: Sunday through May
Admission: Free

The sixth annual Mother Tongue Film Festival, going virtual this year, begins on Sunday and will run through May. The event celebrates cultural and linguistic diversity by showcasing films and filmmakers from around the world, highlighting the crucial role languages play in our daily lives. All films are free to watch online.

Lighting up Lanterns for Tết
Where: National Museum of Asian Art | Online
When: Sunday, 10-11am
Admission: Free

Celebrate Tết, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, in this family workshop. Honoring the power of hope in dark times, this holiday reminds us that the light of a lantern can offer cheer and the promise of better times ahead. This program, led by artist Khánh H. Lê, will include an interactive lantern-making workshop and information about how the holiday is celebrated in Vietnam. It is designed for children six and older with adult companions. Register in advance — one per family. A Zoom link and a list of suggested materials will be sent to registered participants 24–48 hours in advance of the workshop.

Artful Conversations: Sensory Sketching
Where: National Gallery of Art | Online
When: Sunday, 10am & 1pm
Admission: Free

The NGA’s monthly family program is back with a new session that introduces kids to art in the museum’s collection in fun, unique ways. During this one, activate your five senses by sketching from observation while using your favorite kitchen spice! Recommended for ages 7-12. (Note: This also takes place Feb 22 & 24 at 4pm.)

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