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The Weekend Round-Up:
January 26-28

Glide the night away at Canal Park’s Community Skate

 

Happy Weekend!

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

Community Ice Skate Night
Where: Canal Park Ice Rink | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 6:30-10pm
Admission: Free – $12/child, $15/adult, $6/rental

In honor of National Ice Skating Month, join a Community Ice Skate Night at the Canal Park Ice Rink featuring DJ CiCi. Plus, FIRST 100 attendees to arrive will get the free entry and skate rental. Note that in order to get free entry, you must check in at the Canal Park Ice Rink skate shop window on the evening of the event (do not pre-purchase tickets online prior to the event). They’ll begin granting admission for Community Skate Night at 6:30 pm, so make sure to arrive early to be one of the first 100 skaters!

Explore a New (To You) Museum
Where: Museums around MD & VA
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by museum

In case you missed it, there’s a brand new round-up of museums in Maryland and Virginia. While DC is well known for its many great museums, both on the National Mall and in other areas around the city, there are even more beyond the District lines that are great to explore with kids. Find one to check out with the fam this weekend!

Auto Focus
Where: Washington Convention Center | Mt. Vernon Square, DC
When: Through Sunday
Admission: $20/adults, $8/ages 6-12, free/5 & under

The 2024 Washington Auto Show is in its second and final weekend. If there’s any “grown-up” event that is equally fun for all ages, this is it. More than 600 cars and trucks are on display for guests to check out, plus there are more activities like Ride ‘n Drives with Jeep, an Art of Motion exhibit, exotic car display, and Subaru Love Pets area with dogs from local animal shelters will give guests even more to do and see. Get a glimpse and an idea of what to expect in KFDC posts about it here and here.

Monster Jam
Where: Capitol One Arena | Downtown DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Tickets: $20+
The world’s largest and most famous monster truck tour featuring the biggest names in monster trucks will thunder its way into DC. Gravedigger, El Toro Loco, Megolodon, Dragon, Wild Side, and more will be tearing up the indoor terrain.  Before you go, be sure to read this post with tips for making the most of the experience.

Hill Family Biking: Ride to Canal Park Ice Skating
Where: Maury Elementary to Canal Park | Capitol Hill/Navy Yard, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Join Hill Family Biking for short ride from Maury Elementary down to Canal Park for ice skating. (Anyone that wants to skate should pre-register to guarantee a spot in the 12pm session.) They’ll have volunteers marshaling to ensure the group stays together. MPD bike team will also be participating in the ride to connect officers with the community. If your family’s bikes need some TLC, get there 15 minutes early to get some assistance– bike maintenance tools will be available, as well as some experienced amateur bike mechanics on hand to assist.

Art & Me Preservation Family Workshop: Screen Time
Where: Museum of Asian Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 12:30pm & 1:30-3pm
Admission: Free

Art & Me is back in person! Visit the special exhibition Palace Life Unfolds: Conserving a Chinese Lacquer Screen and explore how art and science collide when conservators preserve precious works of art. Then return to the ImaginAsia studio to learn more about the process of repairing a work of art with Smithsonian conservators and educators, and make your own creation to take home. This program is designed for children ages 3–8 with adult participation. Sign up for the 11am-12:30pm time slot or 1:30-3:30pm.

Orchids Galore!
Where: Kogod Courtyard | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Throughout the weekend, 11:30am – 7pm
Admission: Free
See several hundred varieties of orchids making the already stunning Kogod Courtyard, at the center of the National Portrait Gallery and American Art, even more so. The Future of Orchids: Conservation and Collaboration is the annual orchid exhibit presented by the U.S. Botanic Garden and Smithsonian Gardens. View the flowers alongside artwork intended to prompt viewers to think about the future of orchids. Bring along some pencils and paper for sketching.  And, of course, plan to tour the museums, too — see more about both here and here.

Hot Wheels Champion Experience
Where: Tysons Corner Center | Tysons, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission:

This exciting immersive experience for kids combines exhilarating digital and hands-on play in a 16,000-square foot interactive environment for all ages. Conquer all kinds of digital challenges, create a car and see in in 3D on a bog screen, immerse in AR fun, and more. Get more details and a glimpse of it all in this post.

Disney Encanto x CAMP
Where: Tysons Corner | Tysons, VA
When: Through March
Admission: Starts at $32

Another immersive experience, this one inspired by the beloved Encanto movie is also running at Tysons — and delivers on the magic for kids! Tickets are limited for this weekend, but there were still some available last I checked.  If it’s sold out, snag them for another time.  And read this post for more about the experience.

Weekend Family Matinee: Trolls Band Together
Where: Avalon Theatre | Chevy Chase, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10:30am
Admission: $10.38

The Avalon Theatre in Chevy Chase, the oldest operating movie house in the area and a non-profit, is hosting a Weekend Family Matinees on Saturday. Trolls Band Together will be screened both Saturday and Sunday.

DC Day: Honoring the End of Street Car Service
Where: National Capital Trolley Museum | Colesville, MD
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: $8

Celebrate street car history in the DC area! For 100 years, street cars represented the most widely used public transit, moving millions of people and connecting communities. In honor of that, there will be special street car rides, family-friendly activities, and opportunities to explore objects from the archive.

Lunar New Year Celebration
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom DC
When: Saturday, 6pm (tickets available at 4:30pm)
Admission: Free

At this Millennium Stage session, prepare to welcome the Year of the Dragon with lion dancing and drumming performances. Advance tickets are sold out, but free tickets will also be available at the Hall of States Box Office on Saturday, beginning at 4:30pm.

Annie
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Through Sunday
Tickets: $44-139 (look for discounts)
Holding onto hope when times are tough can take an awful lot of determination, and sometimes, an awful lot of determination comes in a surprisingly small package. Little Orphan Annie has reminded generations of theatergoers that sunshine is always right around the corner, and now the best-loved musical of all time is set to return in a new production – just as you remember it and just when

Mindplay
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: Through March 3
Tickets: $41-95

Mind tricks, anyone? Mentalist Vinny DePonto delivers a performance full of them in this one-man (+ a few audience members) show. It’s a fascinating, delightful, and poignant trip down memory lane as he explores the mind’s inner workings and what we hold onto in our heads. Highly recommend for a fun evening out — for teens and older!

Hansel & Gretel
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: Through February 18
Tickets: $15

Join the Puppet Co. for this classic German fairy tale about two kids who get lost in the woods and encounter a witch. Written by Len, Patricia, and Chrisopher Piper, this version of Hansel and Gretel is over 50 years old. Our musical tale, performed using marionettes, is sure to charm you and your little ones. Directed by Danny Pushkin. Recommended for ages 4+.

Finding Nemo Jr. The Musical
Where: Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre | Arlington, VA
When: Through Sunday
Tickets: $12-15

Encore Stage & Studio presents its signature theatre by kids for kids… This beloved story follows Marlin, an anxious and over-protective clownfish, who lives in the Great Barrier Reef with his child Nemo, who longs to explore the world beyond their anemone home. But when Nemo is captured, Marlin decides to face his fears and sets off on an epic adventure across the ocean. With the help of lovable characters such as the optimistic Dory, laid-back sea turtle Crush, and the Tank Gang, Marlin and Nemo both overcome challenges on their journey to find each other and themselves. Recommended for all ages.

tick, tick…BOOM
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Opens Friday through February 4
Tickets: $59-349 (look for discounts)
Before there was RENT… there was tick, tick… BOOM!, Jonathan Larson’s explosive musical about life, death, and the necessity of art. The semi-autobiographical story follows Jon, a composer struggling to break into New York City’s theater scene. Recommended for teens and older.  Shows are mostly sold out, but you can look for resale tickets here.

Mozart & Mark Rothko
Where: National Galley of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Sunday, 1pm & 3pm
Admission: Free

The University of Maryland Opera Studio will perform a selection of Mozart’s works, honoring the favorite composer of Mark Rothko, whose works are on display in a special exhibition right now. The artist famously said of Mozart, “I became a painter because I wanted to raise painting to the level of poignancy of music and poetry.”  The performances will take place in the West Garden Court; the Rothko exhibit is in the East Building.

NCAA Basketball Around DC
Where: Colleges around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by game
We’re in the thick of college basketball season.  And with so many universities in the area, there’s always some good hoops action going on around town. Here are some games to catch this weekend:
* Maryland men vs Nebraska on Saturday at 12pm (Go, Terps!)
* Catholic men vs Moravian on Saturday at 2pm
* Catholic women vs Moravian on Saturday at 4pm
* George Mason men vs  Rhode Island on Saturday at 4pm
* American men vs Colgate on Saturday at 4pm
* George Mason women vs VCU on SUnday at 4pm

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* The International Spy Museum’s annual Spy Fest takes place next Friday evening, February 2! I can tell you from experience, it’s a very intriguing event. And the website might say it’s sold out, but I may have some intel that more tickets could be released…
* Washingtonian just released its list of the 100 Very Best Restaurants for 2024.
* You can still get (pricey) tickets for the Ravens game on Sunday!
* Latest movie rec (not for kids).
* Is it weird that I’m excited about this purchase?
* Ever shop at Everlane?  They always have great basics as well as pieces with a little extra something, like this sweater I just ordered.
* How great is this?

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Monster Jam Thunders its Way into DC this Weekend!

 

Monster Jam, the world’s largest and most famous monster truck tour, will thunder its way into Capital One Arena this weekend — January 27-28! Gravedigger, El Toro Loco, Megolodon, Dragon, Wild Side, and more will be tearing up the indoor terrain.

KFDC Contributor Emily Moise recently attended the show in Baltimore and offers a few tips:

* Bring noise canceling headphones or earplugs for everyone in your group—especially the little ones. These headphones worked well for my 4 and 6 year olds.

* The show is about two hours with many pauses and breaks in the action, particularly if any tricks go awry! Set your expectations and plan to roam around the arena if needed.

* There is some enticing merchandise for Monster Jam fanboys and girls. You may be able to find better deals online for trucks and clothing, and surprise your kids on the way to the show!

You can view more of Emily’s experience here and purchase tickets here!

Monster Jam
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: January 27-28
Admission: Tickets start at $20

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Five Things: January 23, 2024

Get a peek into Alexandria’s past

 

1. Did you know there’s an archaeology museum in Alexandria?  Located within the Torpedo Factory, the Alexandria Archaeology Museum is a small but interesting space that’s worth a stop if you’re visiting the art center in Old Town. Several exhibits and displays offer insight into Alexandria’s history, many of them letting you handle bits of artifacts and get a close look at objects like pieces of wood from old ships. It’s located on the third floor, and visitors are welcome to pop-in for free. Hours are Tuesday – Friday 11am – 4pm, Saturday 11am – 5pm, and Sunday, 1-5pm.

 

2. This Friday (a DCPS day off), two awesome local places are partnering for one great experience! Planet Word, the museum all about language, is hosting a performance of Imagination Stage’s New Kid!  After the show, you can visit the galleries to reflect on the ways we use language to connect or divide.  Open to all ages, but best suited for kids in 3rd–5th grades and their families.  Admission is free, but tickets are required — reserve yours now, as they’re bound to go fast!

 

3.  Big game down the street (well, 45 minutes up I-95) this weekend!  Tickets for the Ravens vs. Chiefs AFC Playoff go on sale today at 10am! If you can’t score them through the official sale site, try to get seats here.

 

4. If you would prefer to watch on TV, check out the best sports bars around DC, according to Eater.

 

5. Random, but a fun quick read (and could be helpful).

 

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The Weekend Round-Up: January 19-21

Wishing the kid adult behind the goggles the happiest 18th (!!!) birthday ❤️

 

This Weekend Round-Up warrants some extra thoughts, as it’s not just any weekend here. Today, the kid whose sweet, smiling, three-year-old face lights up each page of this blog… he turns 18, officially an adult.

There’s a reason why it’s cliché to say they grow up so fast:  Because they do.  It really feels like yesterday that Owen arrived in the world, nearly three weeks early, weighing less than six pounds, a helpless tiny human completely dependent on Levi and me.  In the blink of an eye (cliché again!), he’s grown into an intelligent, self-driven, good-natured, very competent young man.  The itty baby who once fit into the crook of my arm is now 6’4″ and makes me look like the tiny one.

One of my favorite things about Owen is how he truly experiences life with all of his senses and every fiber of his being. Anyone who has ever accompanied him on a hike, bike ride, trip to a new destination, museum visit, or even just a walk down the street to see the sunset has heard him express his appreciation for nature, art, his city, his friends and family, and how it makes him feel.  He approaches everything he does with grit and so much heart, from school to the soccer field, speaking to a delegation of 300 people, putting it all out there on the basketball court.

He has the best smile, and I love that we get to see it often.

His next trip around the sun is going to be an exciting one… this is the year he’ll make one of the biggest decisions of his life thus far, graduate from high school, leave home for college.  It’s bittersweet, to say the least. And while I’m all too aware of all of the “lasts” in this coming year, I also know it’s just the beginning of an incredible journey ahead. I can’t wait to see where it will take him.

Happy Weekend!  And a very Happy 18th Birthday to my sweet O.

 

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Go-to posts packed with ideas for local fun:
* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Kid-Friendly Eats
* Ice Skating
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Baltimore with Kids
* Peaceful Places

Washington Auto Show
Where: Washington Convention Center, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $15/age 13+, $6/age 6-12, free/5 & under

The annual Washington Auto Show revs up this weekend! And if there’s any “grown-up” event that is equally fun for kids and adults, this is it. The Auto Show is like a Truck Touch, but with automobiles — hundreds of them — on display for guests to check out. Other activities like a driving area for kids, electric vehicle test rides, an exotic car display, a classic car zone, and so much more will give guests even more to do and see. The show will be in town and running every day through January 28. Get a glimpse and an idea of what to expect in KFDC posts about it here and here.

DC Teen Scene
Where: Around the DC area
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by activity

In honor of a certain big birthday this weekend, I’m sharing this post written by the young man (he’s officially an adult!) of the moment.  It’s full of recommendations for hanging out with teens, from museums to outdoor recreation to sports events to live entertainment to a neighborhood with lots of things to do.

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

The fresh snow makes it a great time to hit the slopes for a day trip or even an overnight this weekend!  Skiing is a fun and active way to enjoy some family time, 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 one of our expriences there. And other relatively close resorts for day trips are Liberty and Bryce.  Farther away, but good to check out for longer trips are RoundtopMassanuttenWintergreen,  Seven Springs,  Hidden Valley,  Snowshoe,  Timberline, and Wisp. (PS: The photo above is not from an area resort… but it’s inspo to go and a very recent pic of the birthday boy.)

Batman Live in Concert
Where: Warner Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Friday, 8pm
Tickets: $38-115
This is a one-of-a-kind experience that is a mixture of going to the movie theater and a concert.  Watch the film projected onto a larger-than-life screen while an orchestra plays the film score live on stage in front of you.The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being Jack Napier, a criminal who becomes a clownishly homicidal villain known as The Joker.

Kids DIY Workshop
Where: Lowes locations around the DC Area
When: Saturday, 9am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Lowes is hosting their monthly in-person workshop for kids. This Saturday, they can get to work building their own toolbox, so your little helper will be eager to tag along on your next home improvement project. Be sure to register in advance before Saturday!

Shaun the Sheep: Flock this Way
Where: National Children’s Museum | Downtown DC
When: Starting Saturday through May 12
Admission: $18.95

The National Children’s Museum Visiting Exhibit Hall will be transformed into Mossy Bottom Farm as Shaun the Sheep: Flock This Way! opens this weekend.
Based on the popular film and television characters, the interactive exhibit will explore, investigate, and share in the antics of Shaun the Sheep and his pals through a all kinds of hands-on play. It’s most impactful for children ages 3-9, but all are welcome. And there’s much more to explore at the museum — read all about it.

Adaptive Skating Day
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: $10

The Wharf Ice Rink is hosting a special session of adaptive skating and more, designed to provide a fun experience on the ice for those that are more comfortable in a reduced stimulus setting or that may need additional support. There will be ice skating, an activity station, a snack station (make your own trail mix), a calm down corner for anyone who needs to take a little break and a photo station with zamboni. Wheelchairs and AFO’s are welcome on the ice and The Wharf will have skates and skate aids available. Four Team USA skaters will be on hand to assist on and off the ice and have experience working with children with ASD, ADHD and Down’s Syndrome. The $10 registration fee includes admission for one child or adult and one parent, guardian, or caregiver to join them on the ice.

Cub Corner
Where: College Park Aviation Museum | College Park, MD
When: Saturday, 10:30-11:30am
Admission: $5/adult, $2/child

Head to the museum to enjoy a short story and craft in the museum’s gallery, along with checking out all the cool aircraft and artifacts on display. The program is designed for ages 5 & under, but the museum will fascinate all ages, including adults. And FYI, it’s located right next to the College Park Airport, the oldest continuously operating airport in the world.

Lunar New Year at Moonshot Studio
Where: The REACH | Kennedy Center, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free

Get creative at this studio within The REACH at the Kennedy Center, where all are welcome and encouraged to partake in various art projects and activities. Through February 11, get ready for the arrival of the Year of the Dragon (February 10th) with Lunar New Year-inspired projects, including shadow puppets, paper lanterns, and zodiac prints.

Freeze Dance Party
Where: Kensington Town Hall | Kensington, MD
When: Saturday, 3-5pm
Admission: $7/person, $25 max/family (babies free) 

The Noyes Children’s Library Foundation is kicking off 2024 with a freeze dance for families. The event will include a dance leader getting kids moving with fun tunes, tables with crafts, and a separate room with storybooks for a quiet space. The dance party is open to children of all ages; the crafts are geared to kids from 2-8 years old. Free snacks and water will be available. Space is limited and sales are only at the door.

Finding Nemo Jr. The Musical
Where: Thomas Jeffereson Community Theatre | Arlington, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Tickets: $12-15

Encore Stage & Studio presents its signature theatre by kids for kids… This beloved story follows Marlin, an anxious and over-protective clownfish, who lives in the Great Barrier Reef with his child Nemo, who longs to explore the world beyond their anemone home. But when Nemo is captured, Marlin decides to face his fears and sets off on an epic adventure across the ocean. With the help of lovable characters such as the optimistic Dory, laid-back sea turtle Crush, and the Tank Gang, Marlin and Nemo both overcome challenges on their journey to find each other and themselves. Recommended for all ages.

Hansel & Gretel
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: Starts Saturday through February 18
Tickets: $15

Join the Puppet Co. for this classic German fairy tale about two kids who get lost in the woods and encounter a witch. Written by Len, Patricia, and Chrisopher Piper, this version of Hansel and Gretel is over 50 years old. Our musical tale, performed using marionettes, is sure to charm you and your little ones. Directed by Danny Pushkin. Recommended for ages 4+.

Elena Moon Park and Friends
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 11am & 1:30pm
Tickets: $20

Take an “unhurried journey” around the globe through song! Elena Moon Park and Friends performs folk and children’s music from East and Southeast Asia, reimagined to celebrate various musical traditions, languages, styles, and stories. Recommended for ages 7+.

Books Alive
Where: Highland Elementary School | Wheaton, MD
When: Saturday, 11am & Sunday, 2pm
Tickets: Free

Interact Story Theatre’s continues its Family Theatre Series in the new year, kicking it off with a Family Literacy Fiesta. Artistic Director Ali Oliver-Krueger will lead kids and adults in exploring a favorite folk tale together through movement, drama, and song. Everyone’s a part of the story in this Family Arts Workshop! Best for ages 3 and up.

Weekend Workshops
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-3pm
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.

(W)Hoop It Up
Where: Colleges around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by game
Watching college teams play ball  is just as exciting, sometieseven more so, than the pros.  And tickets are often cheaper.  With so many universities in the area, there’s always some good college hoops action going on during the season. Here are some games to catch this weekend:
* Maryland women vs Illinois on Saturday at 1pm
* GW women vs Saint Louis Bilikens on Saturday at 2pm
* George Mason men vs St. Bonaventure Bonnies on Saturday at 2pm
* American women vs Lehigh on Saturday at 2pm
* Howard men & women vs Norfolk State on Saturday at 2pm
* Maryland men vs Michigan State on Sunday at 12pm

Wizards this Weekend (including Kids Day)
Where: Capitol one Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 7pm & Sunday, 6pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary (look for discounts)

The Wizards have two home games this weekend. See them play the San Antponio Spurs on Saturday evening or go to the game against the Nuggets on Sunday, which is also a Kids Day — the first 5,000 fans will get a G-Wiz Squish Plushie.

Building Stories Community Celebration
Where: National Building Museum
When: Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

The National Building Museum is celebrating the opening of its new long-term exhibitionwith a FREE community celebration. Building Stories brings kids and adults alike on an immersive exploration of the world of architecture, engineering, construction, and design found in the pages of children’s books. The event includes celebrity story time, live music, puppet shows, giveaways, and more. Registration recommended!

Tu B’Shevat Painting and Planting
Where: Home Depot | Northeast DC
When: Sunday, 1:30pm
Admission: Free
Tu B’Shevat is the Jewish New Year for the trees, so Chabad East DC welcomes all to celebrate with a workshop to paint terra cotta pots and then fill them with seeds and soil.  There will also be special Tu B’Shevat snacks!
All ages are welcome!

Disney’s Frozen
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through Sunday
Tickets: $35-185 (find discount)

The Tony Award–nominated Broadway musical is now on tour across North America. Frozen features the songs you know and love from the original film, plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers by the film’s songwriters. It’s everything you want in a musical: It’s moving. It’s spectacular. And above all, it’s pure Broadway joy. Recommended for ages 6+.

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

This post will likely come in handy this weekend, if you want to enjoy some active fun, but also want to stay indoors. From pickleball and roller skating to tennis and ping pong to escape rooms and scavenger hunts to an indoor waterpark, find ideas for  all kinds of ways to get your fun and game on.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* There’s a new post about regularly occurring museum programs for kids around DC — and it’s a good one to bookmark!
* With a new snowfall, re-sharing this post with a long list of sledding spots around the area.
* Some of the best comic book stores in the DC area.
This episode  of The Daily about SATs is an interesting listen.
* Just started reading this book and really enjoying it so far.
* If you’re doing some new year purging (or buying), here’s a helpful post.
* And if you’re just buying, don’t miss Amazon’s Winter Sale. A few picks: This puffer, these and these for kids, a family game and this one for teens, this for the dry winter air, and this because it looks awesome.
* How cool is this and can Metro get them?

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Five Things: January 16, 2024

A past snow day on Capitol Hill

 

1. Snow day!  If you’re looking for ideas for inside outings, The Great Indoors list has loads of them. It’s a good day to visit an off-the-beaten-path museum or go someplace that offers fun and games indoors.  And if you’re hoping to take advantage of the surprise day off from school by zipping down hills, you can find a huge round-up of sledding spots around the DC area here.

 

2. Get revved up for the Washington Auto Show!  The annual showcase of hundreds of makes and models of cars will be at the Washington Convention Center from January 19-28.  And if there’s any “grown-up” event that is equally fun for kids and adults, this is it.   The Auto Show is like a Truck Touch, but with automobiles on display for guests to check out. Other activities like a driving area and bouncy fun for kids, opportunities for test drives, an exotic car display, a classic car zone, and so much more will give guests even more to do and see. Tickets are $15-20 age 13+, $7/child. Get a glimpse and an idea of what to expect in KFDC posts about it here and here.

 

3. It’s Washington Restaurant Week!  Through January 21, DC restaurants will be offering 3-course lunches and brunches for $25 and $35, and 3-course dinners for $40, $55, and $65.  Some of our kid-friendly faves are in the mix including La Collina, Maketto, Jaleo, Joselito, All Purpose Pizza, Ambar, Duke’s Grocery, Mi Vida, Oyamel, The Salt Line, and Zaytinya.  And you can read about all of them in the  KFDC round-up of family-friendly restaurant picks.

 

4. If this winter weather has you scrambling for winter gear, you can get it quickly from Amazon.  Find kids’ snow suitskids’ snow boots, adult boots, waterproof gloves,  and of course, sleds. Even if you don’t have them in time for this snow day, you’ll get use out of them later.

 

5. (Not so) Guilty Pleasure: Emmys red carpet fashion.  My favorite was this.  What was yours?

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