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The Weekend:
December 29 – January 1

 

I’m keeping it simple again as we wind down 2023 and kick off 2024 this weekend. While this post doesn’t contain the usual round-up of event listings, these links will still lead you to ideas galore to help fill the next few days with as much (or little) activity as you want.

Happy Weekend…and a very Happy New Year to all!

Family New Year’s Eve Celebrations to Ring in 2024

Where to Go and What to Do Around DC During Winter Break 2023

KFDC Picks for Kid Friendly DC Restaurants (think New Year’s Day brunch!)

The 2023 KFDC Guide to the Holiday Season Around DC

5 Ideas for a Fun Family Evening Out in DC During the Holiday Season

Live Entertainment Around the DC Area this Winter

The Great Indoors

Off the Beaten Path Museums Around DC

The Best Places in the DC Area to Spend A Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids

The KFDC Guide to Exploring Baltimore with Kids

Walks in the Woods

Serenity Now: 10 Places to Find Peace and Calm in DC

Ride On: Bike Routes for Everyone Around the DC Area

 

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* New Year’s Eve dinner ideas for kids that make it fun to stay home with them.
* Always great “Best of” lists: Books and movies.
* Common Sense Media’s 21 best family films of 2023
* An excellent new film for adults.
* Such a pretty blouse (and on super sale)!
* Another always amazing sale with plenty for the whole fam.
* McSweeney’s Top 20 of 2023.
* What’s Out & In for 2024, the annual list from the Washington Post.

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The Weekend: December 30-January 1

 

For another weekend, I’m keeping it simple as we wind down 2022. This post doesn’t contain the usual round-up of event listings,  but these links will still lead you to ideas galore to help fill the next few days with as much (or little) activity as you want. You can also check KFDC on Instagram and Facebook for any updates or extra ideas that might arise.

Happy Weekend!  And a very Happy New Year to all!

Family New Year’s Eve Celebrations to Ring in 2023

The 2022 KFDC Guide to the Holiday Season Around DC

Where to Go and What to Do Around DC During Winter Break 2022

The Best Places in the DC Area to Spend A Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids

The Great Indoors

Off the Beaten Path Museums Around DC

Winter Lineup of Live Entertainment

Ice Skating Around the DC Area

The KFDC Guide to Exploring Baltimore with Kids

Walks in the Woods

Serenity Now: 10 Places to Find Peace and Calm in DC

Ride On: Bike Routes for Everyone Around the DC Area

 

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Washington Post’s annual Out/In List.
* New Year’s Eve food and drink ideas, including bites that kids will like.
* Free and discounted rides through New Year’s Eve.
* Places to go for New Year’s Day brunch.
* Best comedy podcasts of 2022.
* McSweeney’s Top 20 of 2022
* Best bit at the Kennedy Center Honors ❤️
* Great question…

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The Weekend Round-Up: February 18-21

 

 

Happy Presidents Day Weekend!

Quick links to posts full of ideas for ongoing & seasonal activities:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Covid Winter Activities
* Indoor Outings
* Ice Skating
* Little Kid Play
Baltimore with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places

Hang Out at George’s Place
Where: Mount Vernon Estate | Mount Vernon, VA
When: Throughout the Weekend
Admission: $28/adult, $15/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 290th 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.  Note that Monday (when admission is free) is already sold out, BUT there is also free admission on Tuesday, if you can swing a weekday visit.

Stop by Abe’s Old Digs
Where: President Lincoln’s Cottage | Petworth, DC
When: Throughout the weekend, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Admission: $15/adult, $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.

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.

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.

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.

Goodnight Moon Room
Where: Torpedo Factory | Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Throughout the weekend, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free

In the great green room (in a gallery at the Torpedo Factory), there was a telephone, and a red balloon, and a picture of — the cow jumping over the moon! The Goodnight Moon Room , an immersive storybook installation on view at the art center in Old Town Alexandria, is only on view through March 13.  The re-creation of the room from the beloved children’s book is a delight to see brought to life in the little gallery space. Be sure to explore the rest of the Torpedo Factory while you’re there — the many galleries welcome visitors to view and shop the art. There are all kinds of works in a variety of mediums with something that all ages will dig. Get a glimpse of it all here.

Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Through Monday
Tickets: Prices start at $20

Don’t just watch ice dancing in the Olympics on TV; get a rink side seat to see it in person!  Mickey and 50 of your favorite Disney friends come to life through world-class ice skating. Get ready for show-stopping stunts and non-stop fun — all on ice.

Make Way for Ducklings 
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Eco Park, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $25
It’s opening weekend for this show at Adventure Theatre!  Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are exhausted from their search for a starter home when they land in the Boston Public Garden as a potential home. Surprised by a few conditions in the Garden, the Mallards move on to continue their search until their baby ducklings are born. When the ducklings begin to explore the world around them. The challenges of parenthood in the busy Boston environment create a fun bit of family drama. A classic story for all ages, this world premiere musical celebrates family, Boston, children, and the beings who make an unfamiliar place a home. Recommended for all ages.

Rapunzel on Strings
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $15

Rapunzel is still letting down her hair in this puppet version of the fairy tale at The Puppet Co., a charming retelling performed by just one person! Princesses can be named after vegetables, witches can have good intentions, and sometimes you need a little song to help you get you through your day. Recommended for ages 4+. Run time is approximately 40 minutes.

Cool Hikes
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Sunny days are in the forecast, so make a plan to hit the trail.  This post has a bunch of recommendations for good places to go with kids. Some specific recs for this weekend: Scott’s Run Nature Preserve in Mclean, VA; Roosevelt Island within the Potomac River in DC; Fountain Regional Park in Fairfax Station, VA; Sugarloaf Mountain (plus a great après hike spot) in Dickerson, MD.

Word Up
Where: Planet Word | Downtown DC
When: Throughout the weekend, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

I saw that some passes are still available for Friday and Monday to visit Planet Word, the outstanding museum all about language.  It’s full of fun and interesting exhibits, most of them interactive, with something for all ages to enjoy — including wonderful bits of magic. Our whole family loves it! Admission is free, but you need to reserve timed-entry passes

FUTURES
Where: Arts & Industries Building | National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

The Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building reopened last fall — with a fascinating exhibition, to boot!  FUTURES spans 32,000 square feet inside, and it’s full of large-scale installations, displays, and interactives that are exciting, powerful, and thought-provoking as they offer a glimpse of future possibilities — and prompt us to wonder how we can contribute. It’s an exhibition for everyone and all ages, and one to put on your must-visit list! Get a glimpse of it here.

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.  Orchids: Hidden Stories of Groundbreaking Women is the annual orchid exhibit presented by the U.S. Botanic Garden and Smithsonian Gardens. View the flowers alongside stories of women with notable connections to orchids — horticulturalists, scientists, painters, and more. Bring along some pencils and paper for sketching.  And, of course, plan to tour the museums, too — see more about both here and here.

Transient: Impermanent Paintings
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Through March 6
Admission: $20-30/adult, $17/age 5-17, free/4 & under (Get a deal!)

The current digital exhibit at ARTECHOUSE is a fantastic, vibrant escape from the winter world outside. The fantastic fusion of art, music, and technology includes beautiful floor-to-ceiling projections on walls and floors along with music from a motorized piano that syncs up with the art. Watching the colors and patterns “dance” all around you is delightful, mesmerizing, and relaxing, too. Get a glimpse here.

George Washington 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. KFDC Tip:  Plan to visit the Goodnight Moon Room (listed above) at the Torpedo Factory while you’re in the area!

Alif Ba, Thomas & Friends, & Special Hours
Where: National Children’s Museum | Downtown DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $15.95/age 1+

It’s your last chance to experience the Arabic alphabet brought to life through touch and sound as the Alif Ba Exhibition is about to close. Also check out the new Thomas & Friends exhibit, a can’t-miss for kiddos who adore the tank engine. And, of course, explore all of the other STEAM inspired fun while you’re there. And FYI: The Museum will be open with special hours on Monday, 2/21; Tuesday, 2/22; and Wednesday, 2/23.

Hoops, NCAA-Style
Where: Universities around the DC Area
When: Throughout the break
Admission: Ticket prices vary

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:
* American men vs Army on Saturday at 2pm
* GMU women vs VCU on Saturday at 3pm
Howard women vs Morgan State on Saturday at 4pm
* GWU men vs Rhode Island on Saturday at 6pm
* Maryland men vs Penn State on Monday at 7pm – Get a deal! (Go, Terps!)

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.

Member Story Time in the Great Hall
Where: National Building Museum | Juidiciary Square, DC
When: Monday, 11:30am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Members of the NationalBuilding Museum are invited to the Great Hall for a reading of Brick: Who Found Herself in Architecture by Joshua David Stein. Young readers will be sure to love this story about a young brick and her adventure around the world. After the reading, members can head to the Museum Shop to purchase their own copy of the book for 25% off. [Note: If you’re not a member of the NBM, it’s a good time to look into it. Totally worth it if you visit the museum exhibits (including Play Work Build for kids!) more than a couple of times a year.]

The Great Indoors
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

I haven’t highlighted this list of over 100 activities and places to go around DC that are inside since probably pre-Covid. Programming has changed at many, and some are even temporarily closed, so I’ve been redirecting here. BUT, the post apparently got some attention recently, so here it is highlighted again — with updates to reflect current statuses. Something to note about this list: We have been to nearly every single place on it (and if we haven’t been to an actual place, like one of the roller skating rinks or indoor tennis courts, we have at least done the activity at one of the others). This is all to say the recommendations come from real experience!

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* In case you missed it earlier this week, there’s a new post about the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, one of the coolest museums in DC that most people don’t even know exists.
* DC Way is offering February Break soccer camp this coming week, and registration is also open for summer camp.
* New shows are coming to local stages in late winter — see a round-up of them with links to reserve your seats!
* Some good sales this holiday weekend: J.Crew, Hanna Andersson, Backcountry, Target.
* Somebody, Somewhere on HBO Max is kind of my new Ted Lasso — so funny, moving, and heartwarming.
* The recent Armchair Expert episode featuring Kristen Bell is a great listen. (PS: It promotes her new show The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window,  a fun, suspenseful watch (every time she pours a glass of wine makes me LOL.)
* Love the new Scrollworthy series from Upworthy.

 

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The Weekend Round-Up: February 11-13

Goodnight Room!

 

Happy Weekend!

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

* Covid Winter Activities
* Indoor Outings
* Little Kid Play
* Ice Skating
Baltimore with Kids
* Stunning Spaces
* Local Hikes with Kids
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Peaceful Places

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 Valentine’s Day range from card making to nature programs to a cooking class to walking tours. And they’re sure to be especially sweet. A few are listed below and this post has details on all of them.

Goodnight Moon Room
Where: Torpedo Factory | Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Throughout the weekend, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free

In the great green room (in a gallery at the Torpedo Factory), there was a telephone, and a red balloon, and a picture of — the cow jumping over the moon! The Goodnight Moon Room is an immersive storybook installation on view at the art center in Old Town Alexandria, a gallery recreating the room in the beloved children’s book. Any kid or adult who’s heard or read the book 5,372 times (because we all have, right??) will be delighted to see it brought to life in the little space. And be sure to explore the rest of the Torpedo Factory while you’re there — the many galleries welcome visitors to view and shop the art. There are all kinds of works in a variety of mediums with something that all ages will dig. Get a glimpse of it all here.

Acoustics and Ales
Where: Germantown Town Center Urban Park | Germantown, VA
When: Friday, 5-7:30pm
Admission: Free, but pay for food & drinks 

Adults and children are welcome to warm up and have fun at Montgomery Parks’ Acoustic and Ales winter happy hour series! Enjoy an evening of live music, lawn games, locally crafted beer, and food. Food, beer, and non alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. This will be held at four different park over the next few weeks, so plan for another time if you can’t make it this weekend.

Opt Outside
Where: Around the DMZ
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

On 60-degree days in February, getting outside is practically required.  And there are loads of ways to enjoy the outdoors around the area. See The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids for ideas on where to have al fresco adventures.

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.

Valentine Maker’s 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 sue 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. Read more about Annmarie Sculpture garden here and here.

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

The Moonshot Studio within The REACH is once again welcoming visitors to enjoy hands-on activities. From beat making to abstract portraiture and more, all ages can explore and create. Each weekend features one activity; this one you can try your hand at one making shadow puppets! Reserve a table for a group of 2-4 people!

Sir Rulean’s Valentine’s Day Card Soiree
Where: The Station at Riverdale | Riverdale, MD
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

Join The Station for this family friendly Valentine’s Day Card Soiree in Bear Square. Decorate and design your own cards with glitter pens, gems, and The Station branded Sir Rulean stickers for someone you love. After participating in the event, redeem a coupon for complimentary hot cocoa made with love by Starbucks at The Station.

Model Train Open House
Where: Historic Vienna Train Station | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free (donations accepted)

Is it time to get out and see something fun past “Zoom” sessions?  Stop by the Vienna Train Station for great family fun and activity for the young and young at heart. Visit the museum full of train memorabilia at this open house hosted by the Northern Virginia Model Railroaders.  The Station is located at 231 Dominion Road NE, along the W&OD trail just past the Caboose.

Unshrink My Heart – Shrinky Dinks Workshop
Where: Gateway Arts Center | Brentwood, MD
When: Saturday, 2pm
Admission: Free

The DIY arts and crafts icon from the 80’s is back! And nothing says “love” like a hand-made pre-shrunk Valentine. Families are invited to create beautiful jewelry, key chains, and other Valentine’s Day gifts for their loved ones. Children will receive their first 2 sheets of blank Shrinky Dinks free, additional sheets will be available to purchase for 50 cents each.

StoryWalk: Mae Among the Stars
Where: Downtown Kensington, MD
When: Starting Saturday through March 13
Admission: Free

The Noyes Library for Young Children invites families to read the picture book Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmedon posted signs as they stroll through Warner Circle Park (adjacent to the library at 10237 Carroll Place) in Kensington. The story is about Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to travel in space, and the book was selected for its STEM focus and in recognition of Black History Month. Relatedcrafts can also be found on the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation website.

Wharf Winter Games
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Missed your Olympic qualifier? Need a good laugh? Join the fun at the second annual Wharf Winter Games! Compete in multiple disciplines, from pin the tail on the Husky to ice corn hole and curling, and sign up for the one-of-a-kind Wharfarod sled races. (Don’t worry, no actual dogs take part in this event, just you and your friends racing to collect the most gold and trying to win great prizes from the restaurants at The Wharf.) If you’d rather cheer on the Wharfletes from the sidelines, enjoy s’mores at the fire pit with the kiddos. All ages are welcome.

Alif Ba & Thomas & Friends
Where: National Children’s Museum | Downtown DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $15.95/age 1+

Enjoy the exhibits and a special activity at the National Children’s Museum this weekend. Get in the groove with an Arab music demonstration in the Alif Ba Exhibition, then hear a special Arabic story time in Little Dreamers. Check out the new Thomas & Friends exhibit, too. And, of course, explore all of the other STEAM inspired fun while you’re there!

Family Bike Ride
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

With at least one warmer weather day in the forecast, plan for a family two-wheel outing — you’ve got your pick of them around the area. Enjoy the scenery, get some exercise, and have fun cruising around the area. This post has a bunch of pedal-worthy recs, with something for riders of all levels, and this route is particularly ideal with kids.

Happy Trails
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Warmer temps also make it a perfect time to hit the trail with the fam! Savor the time in nature, tramp in places with scenic views, hike and explore history at interesting locales, and enjoy a day of active fun. 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.

Balloonacy
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $12

Written by the same person who adapted Corduroy for the stage, Balloonacy returns to the Imagination Stage for a limited 3-weekend run and is filled with physical humor. The beautiful, movement-based show revisits the classic film The Red Balloon. Nothing can go right for the character of the old man, whose days are gray and dreary–until he is visited by a friendly red balloon. In the playful physical style of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, the old man–an adult version of the boy in the film–regains his youthful spirit, with the help of the red balloon! Best for ages 1-11

Rapunzel on Strings
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $15

Rapunzel will be letting down her hair as a puppet version of the fairy tale classic opens takes The Puppet Co. stage. This charming retelling is performed by just one person! Princesses can be named after vegetables, witches can have good intentions, and sometimes you need a little song to help you get you through your day. Recommended for ages 4+. Run time is approximately 40 minutes.

Exhibit A… and B, C, & D
Where: Museums around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free
There are several great exhibits to experience right now at our local museum. The whole family will be fascinated by FUTURES at the Arts & Industries Building.  Laurie Anderson: The Weather at the Hirshhorn is a great one for tween ages and up.  Play Work Build at the National Building Museum includes a display of the museums’s Architectural Toy Collection and a whole soft block play area. The Fossil Hall at the National Museum of Natural History is always an interesting one to explore.  And, of course, the rest of our Smithsonians have permanent collections that we never get tired of seeing — see links to them and loads of other museums and indoor places here.

Valentine Window Shops
Where: Storefronts around Adams Morgan, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Take a walk around Adams Morgan to see all storefront decorated especially for Valentine’s Day! The Adams Morgan Partnership BID is sponsoring a window decorating contest for all businesses facing the street. Enjoy a family outing to the neighborhood to walk around and see them all, then grab at bite at one of the many eateries there. You can also vote on your favorites through an online poll on our website from Friday, February 11, through Sunday, February 13!

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. Learn about winter flowers at Green Spring Gardens.  Sip (hot cocoa) & sketch animals at Huntley Meadows Park. Details and registration for these and many more nature activities this weekend and beyond are available here.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Some of the best events of cherry blossom season are returning this year! The Blossom Kite Festival and Cherry Blossom Parade will be back for the first time since 2019.
* Another beloved spring event coming back: Eggstravaganza, the annual Easter tradition at Tudor House — and tickets always sell out quickly.
* A couple of cool sounding experiences will be in the DC area soon: The Friends Experience starts March 17, and The Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience begins March 30.
* Eater has a round-up of places with Super Bowl specials.
* Or make your own game day food — lots of yummy ideas here.
* With Wordle all the rage right now, here are some related old school games to introduce to kids: Boggle, Scrabble, Mastermond. And a newer one to try.
* These candy hearts for teens would be perfect!
* Big Olympics moments — so far.

 

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The Weekend Round-Up: February 4-6

The Renwick Gallery is always a great option for an indoor outing

 

 

Happy Weekend!

Quick & easy links to ideas for ongoing & seasonal activities:
* Indoor Outings
* Little Kid Play
* Ice Skating
Baltimore with Kids
* Stunning Spaces
* Local Hikes with Kids
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Peaceful Places

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.

Winter Lanterns at The REACH
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through Sunday
Admission: Free

Ring in the Year of the Tiger at the Kennedy Center! In celebration of the Lunar New Year, The REACH is glowing with beautiful Winter Lanterns in the evenings. Around 100 illuminations include a Coral Reef, Panda Grove, Mushroom Forest, Flower Path, Butterfly Garden, and Flamingo Lagoon — all crafted by Chinese artisans and made up of 10,000 colored LED lights total. It’s at once delightful and breathtaking, especially against the backdrop of the city skyline and the KC itself. Stroll among it all and enjoy some extra Korea-inspired activities this weekend, including photo ops with Korean mascots, a traditional costume display, wishes for 2022, and refreshments. There are tables on the Plaza with heat lamps, where you can warm up and enjoy them.

The Great Indoors
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Cold temps are coming after the rain, and they may have you seeking fun inside this weekend.  This post has quick info for places to go, including open days and times, which you should be sure to note, as some venues have changed them temporarily. There are guidelines in place for Covid everywhere, masks are required in DC and some MD counties, and you can/should opt to wear one even without a mandate. Be sure to have proof of vaccination for everyone age 12+ in DC, as it’s now necessary to show it at many places.

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.  Just mentioned in the latest Five Things, Orchids: Hidden Stories of Groundbreaking Women is the annual orchid exhibit presented by the U.S. Botanic Garden and Smithsonian Gardens. View the flowers alongside stories of women with notable connections to orchids — horticulturalists, scientists, painters, and more. Bring along some pencils and paper for sketching.  And, of course, plan to tour the museums, too — see more about both here and here.

Balloonacy
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $12

Written by the same person who adapted Corduroy for the stage, Balloonacy returns to the Imagination Stage for a limited 3-weekend run and is filled with physical humor. The beautiful, movement-based show revisits the classic film The Red Balloon. Nothing can go right for the character of the old man, whose days are gray and dreary–until he is visited by a friendly red balloon. In the playful physical style of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, the old man–an adult version of the boy in the film–regains his youthful spirit, with the help of the red balloon! Best for ages 1-11

Rapunzel on Strings
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $15

Rapunzel will be letting down her hair as a puppet version of the fairy tale classic opens takes The Puppet Co. stage. This charming retelling is performed by just one person! Princesses can be named after vegetables, witches can have good intentions, and sometimes you need a little song to help you get you through your day. Recommended for ages 4+. Run time is approximately 40 minutes.

Preschool Open House
Where: River Park Nursery School | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Are you on the search for preschool for next year? Do you want your child and your family to be part of a small warm welcoming community? River Park Nursery School is the quintessential nursery school experience. It is a part-time program on the Hill for 3 to 5-year-old children with a small teacher to student ratio. Join an open house with your child this weekend to talk with current families, meet the amazing teacher Ms. Erin, and see the learning space.  RPNS is located at 212 East Capitol Street NE. Families should sign up for a time slot in advance.

FUTURES
Where: Arts & Industries Building | National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

The Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building reopened last fall — with a fascinating exhibition, to boot!  FUTURES spans 32,000 square feet inside, and it’s full of large-scale installations, displays, and interactives that are exciting, powerful, and thought-provoking as they offer a glimpse of future possibilities — and prompt us to wonder how we can contribute. It’s an exhibition for everyone and all ages, and one to put on your must-visit list! Get a glimpse of it here.

Thomas & Friends
Where: National Children’s Museum | Downtown DC
When: Through May 15
Admission: $15.95/age 1+

Attention all train lovers: Thomas has entered the National Children’s Museum!  This new interactive exhibit is geared toward ages 2-7 with all kinds of fun activities. Kiddos can climb into the cab and see the inner workings, fix Percy’s wobbly wheel, explore the Island of Sodor, load coal onto cars, play conductor, and much more. If you have a Thomas groupie or want to discover the magic of the #1 blue engine and his friends, get your tickets to get on board today. Of course there’s even more at the museum to enjoy — read more about it here.

Laurie Anderson: The Weather
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

This exhibition at the Hirshhorn is fantastic!  Beautiful abstract paintings, captivating stories, interesting photography, original instruments, spoken word video sculptures, and an entire black and white gallery hand painted by Anderson with sketches, quotes, poems, and passages are among the collection of multimedia works. I’d recommend the exhibit for tween ages and up, though younger children could definitely tag along — there are visual elements that would appeal to them, too. (Plus, art can always be presented to them as something that was in someone’s imagination that they have made real… that is what I did, anyway, when my kids were younger and we encountered art that was over their heads.)

Transient: Impermanent Paintings
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Through March 6
Admission: $20-30/adult, $17/age 5-17, free/4 & under

The new digital exhibit at ARTTECHOUSE is a wonderful, vibrant escape from the cold. The fantastic fusion of art, music, and technology includes beautiful floor-to-ceiling projections on walls and floors along with music from a motorized piano that syncs up with the art. Watching the colors and patterns “dance” all around you is delightful, mesmerizing, and relaxing, too. Get a glimpse here.

Winter Outdoors
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. If you’re seeking ideas for activities that are Covid-safe outside, this round-up is full of suggestions. From hikes to art experiences to seasonal sports to garden explorations to all-season fun, there are all kinds of things to do that keep social distancing and safety in mind. All you really need are good layers and maybe a little extra outdoor gear.

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. Join an evening campfire at Lake Accotink.  Enjoy a night hike and hot cocoa at Huntley Meadows Park. Learn about bird calls at Lake Fairfax Park. Details and registration for these and many more nature activities this weekend and beyond are available here.

Dancing with Change: Gotta Go! Gotta Go!
Where: InterAct Story Theatre | Online
When: Saturday, 11am & Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free

InterAct Story Theatre presents FREE performances and events for kids and families with the Wheaton Family Theatre Series! February’s program will be a virtual event as Kelly King, teaching artist and founder of The Movement Movement, brings people together during this time of change…through dance! Join her as she uses the delightful book “Gotta Go! Gotta Go!” by Sam Swope to guide the journey. Together, you’ll create a dance with movements based on the migration journey of monarch butterflies. No prior dance training needed…just bring your body and get ready to move! Best for ages 3 and up. Register here.

Cool Hikes
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Bundle up and get out for a walk in the woods. Tramp in places with scenic views, hike and explore history at interesting locales, and savor a sunny day outdoors. This post has a a bunch of recommendations for good places to go with kids. Some specific recs for right now: The Underground Railroad Experience Trail at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park; Patapsco Valley State Park in MD; Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane, VA; Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, and the National Arboretum in DC.

Wizards vs. Suns
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 7pm
Admission: Tickets start at $28

The Wizards are playing at home on Saturday evening — watch them work some on-court magic against the Phoenix Suns. 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 Oyamel.

Hoops, NCAA-Style
Where: Universities around the DC Area
When: Throughout the break
Admission: Ticket prices vary

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:
* GWU men vs Davidson on Saturday at 2pm
* Howard men & women vs Maryland Eastern Shore on Saturday at 2pm (doubleheader)
* American men vs Colgate on Saturday at 4pm
* Georgetown men vs Providence on Sunday at 12pm
* Maryland women vs Nebraska on Sunday at 2pm (Go, Terps!)

Fun on Ice 
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.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* This is about the time you might be thinking about Spring Break getaways — find some ideas for Destinations from DC within driving distance.
* You may also be thinking about camps as sign-ups for summer start early, and registration for Smithsonian Summer Camps is now open!
* Worth a read: This recent op ed in response to a disturbing incident that took place at a DCPS school literally right down the street.
* Ahead of Valentine’s Day, Eater DC’s 14 most romantic restaurants in DC .
* Love so many of these V-Day gift ideas!
* On parenting teens ❤️
* The CDC’s COVID-19 Guidelines for Moms…😉

 

 

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