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The Weekend Round-Up: January 15-18

MLK’s words, etched into his memorial, resonate strongly right now

 

Happy Long Weekend… and stay safe, everyone.

Celebrate MLK
Where: Around the DMV & Online
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies

MLK Day may be on Monday, but there are events and activities that pay tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout the whole weekend, both virtual and IRL. Volunteer opportunities, art adventures, and online entertainment are some of the ways you can celebrate the day. This post has details on all of them.

Ice Cream for Inauguration
Where: Ice Cream Jubilee | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Through January 24
Admission: $22
Ice Cream Jubilee is celebrating the new year and new White House with new ice cream flavors – and tasting parties of special Inauguration Flavors where they’ll serve tasting flights of four mini-scoops (and a pint to take home). President-elect Joe Biden famously loves ice cream, so they want to use ice cream to spread enthusiasm for the new administration and get kids and families excited about elections, government, and our country as they watch the swearing in from home… with ice cream, of course!

Cinderella
Where: Kennedy Center Online
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: $10

In partnership with Center Theatre Group on its Digital Stage platform, enjoy an on-demand film screening of celebrated British choreographer Matthew Bourne’s acclaimed Cinderella, which charmed Kennedy Center audiences in 2019. It will be available to stream all weekend.

Saturday Morning Live! At The National
Where: National Theatre | Online
When: Saturday, 9:30am
Admission: Free

The National Theatre is excited to present Life Now Episode One: The Book of How as a part of their Saturday Morning Live! virtual season on Facebook. Meet show host Alvin and his favorite four storytellers, discover that change can be good, and figure out ways to become a better listener. Learn crazy dance moves, how to make a paper craft, and what to do when your hat has a hole in it! This programming is best suited for children 4-10 years, but siblings and friends of other ages are always welcome to join the fun.

Winter Inspo
Where: Around the DMV
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

Don’t let the Covid cold months keep you from getting out around the area. This post is full of recs for activities that are accessible now. 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.

Walks in the Woods
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Enjoy the beauty of nature in winter on the trail.  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 places for hikes with kids.  Some good recs for right now: Sugarloaf Mountain in Dickerson, MD; Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park in Sandy Spring, MD; Pohick Bay Regional Park in Lorton, VA;  Riverbend Park in Great Falls, MD; and Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane, VA.

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

Glide under the sky and stars!  Several ice rinks are open for the season with Covid precautions in place for safe, socially distanced skating.  Pentagon Row,  Silver Spring at Veterans PlazaRockville Town Square, and Reston Town Center are once again welcoming guests to skate the day — and night — away.  The Color Burst Ice Rink at the Merriweather District in Columbia, MD, just started its inaugural skating season. And the Winter Village at Cameron Run in Arlington also includes the ice skating ops. [Note: You need advanced reservations at just about all of these places, so plan accordingly.]

Serenity Now
Where: Around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Sometimes you just want to go someplace that’s pretty and quiet, where you can chill out and think (or not) — especially during this tense time. This post has a round-up of of those very places, where you can find peace and calm, all of them right here in the city.

Go Underground
Where: Luray Caverns | Luray, VA
When: Daily, 9am – 4pm
Admission: $30/adults, $15/ages 6-12, free/5 & under 

Behold the spectacular underground world of stalagmites, stalactites, and other amazing limestone formations in the massive cave system at Luray. Afterward, make your way through the Garden Maze or check out vintage rides in the Carriage and Caravan Museum. Admission does not include attractions beyond the cavern. KFDC Tip: Be sure to make a pit stop before going into the caverns, because it can be a long walk out to a restroom, and once you’re out, you may not be able to go back in.

Art & Maritime Explorations
Where: Calvert County, MD
When: Daily, except Christmas
Admission: Varies by locale

Make a day of it in Calvert County, where you can visit a couple of places for fun, fascinating, hands-on adventures. Annmarie Sculpture Garden is full of artistic delights. Tour beautiful works around the grounds (and indoors, if you want) and play in the delightful Fairy Lolly. Hours are 10am – 5pm Mon-Sat, 12-5pm Sun, and admission is a suggested $5 donation. Also out that way is the Calvert Marine Museum, where you can see interesting exhibits, including display cases full of fossils and artifacts, plus live fish and other creatures. There’s also a play area and a real lighthouse to tour. Hours are 10am – 5pm with two -hours sessions 10am – 12pm, 12:30-2:30pm, and 3-5pm, and admission is $9/adult, $4/ages 5-12, free/4 & under.

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. Go on a family hilltop outing at Historic Huntley.  Learn about spies at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Details and registration for these and many more nature activities this weekend and beyond are available here.

Charm City, Hon
Where: Inner Harbor Area | Baltimore, MD
When: All Weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Head up I-95 for a change of city 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. 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.

A Teachable Moment
Where: Adventure Theatre | Online
When: Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free

Tune in with Adventure Theatre and special guest Councilmember Evan Glass. The Councilmember will discuss what’s been happening in our nation’s capital and how this time can be a teachable moment. With Artistic Director Chil Kong leading the conversation, he will help us understand the various ways the United States can and have transitioned from one president to another. To tune in, visit Adventure’s Facebook page on Sunday at 2pm.

***MORE GOOD STUFF TO KNOW***
* The National Mall likely will be closed on Inauguration Day, and would-be visitors are encouraged to stay home.
* There’s a brand new post about a great day out for a hike — and après hike.
* The Rosslyn BID is helping the community keep their 2021 goals top of mind with a free virtual wellness series and locally-sourced giveaways starting January 19. Register in advance!
* Anyone else watching (and loving) Cobra Kai?
* Overlooked Indie movies.
* Thank you notes for the Capitol clean-up crew.

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The Weekend Round-Up: January 8-10

A winter hike at Potomac Overlook Park

 

Happy Weekend!

Winter Inspo
Where: Around the DMV
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

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 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.

Nature Calling!
Where: Buddie Ford Nature Center | Alexandria, VA
When: Friday & Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free
A great place to keep in mind when you prefer an indoor outing, Buddie Ford Nature Center in Alexandria has Covid safety measures in place and is welcoming visitors two days a week, Friday & Saturday. And if you are up for some outdoor time, the adjacent Dora Kelley Nature Park, is nice for a short hike.

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

Get artsy with the National Portrait Gallery is bringing 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.

Ice Cream for Inauguration
Where: Ice Cream Jubilee | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday (and January 15-24)
Admission: $22
Ice Cream Jubilee is celebrating the new year and new White House with new ice cream flavors – and tasting parties of special Inauguration Flavors where they’ll serve tasting flights of four mini-scoops (and a pint to take home). President-elect Joe Biden famously loves ice cream, so they want to use ice cream to spread enthusiasm for the new administration and get kids and families excited about elections, government, and our country as they watch the swearing in from home… with ice cream, of course!

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

Enjoy the beauty of nature in winter on the trail.  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 places to walk in the woods with the kids.  Some good recs for right now:  Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park in Sandy Spring, MD; Potomac Overlook Park in Arlington;  Prince William Forest Park in Triangle, VA; Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis; and Rock Creek Park in DC.

Skaters Gonna Skate
Where: Ice rinks around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

Glide under the sky and stars!  Several ice rinks are open for the season with Covid precautions in place for safe, socially distanced skating.  Pentagon Row,  Silver Spring at Veterans PlazaRockville Town Square, and Reston Town Center are once again welcoming guests to skate the day — and night — away.  The Color Burst Ice Rink at the Merriweather District in Columbia, MD, just started its inaugural skating season. And the Winter Village at Cameron Run in Arlington also includes the ice skating ops. [Note: You need advanced reservations at just about all of these places, so plan accordingly.]

Light Yards Last Weekend
Where: The Yards | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: December 7 – January 12
Admission: Free
It’s the final weekend to see the annual Light Yards installation at Yards Park.  The larger-than-life stars constructed from metallic mesh feature dancing lights and play festive music, making for a perfect socially-distanced stroll for guests of all ages who want to safely experience some holiday cheer. Plan to enjoy dinner or cocktails al fresco amongst the Stars or pair your visit with a take-out pick-up from one of the many eateries at The Yards.

Aquarium
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: Ongoing
Admission: $7 

A KFDC reader let me know that the Glen Echo Park Aquarium has reopened by appointment only and that his kids had a great, highly-personalized visit there this past weekend. At the small center, you can learn about the Chesapeake Bay through a variety of exhibits and static displays. To schedule a visit, [email protected] or call/text 571.334.8713.

Literacy Fiesta
Where: Online
When: Saturday, 11am & Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free
InterAct Story Theatre’s Wheaton Family Theatre Series is back this weekend. They’re kicking off Season 6 with a fun and FREE virtual Literacy Fiesta for kids and families! Join them on Saturday ad/or Sunday to explore a favorite folktale through movement, drama, and song. For more information and to register for free tickets, click on the either date: Saturday 1/9 or Sunday 1/10.

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 an Owl Campfire & Hike at Hidden Ponds Nature Center. Take a walk among evergreens and winter plants at Green Spring Gardens. Learn campfire safety at Historic Huntley.  Details and registration for these and many more nature activities this weekend and beyond are available here.

Serenity Now
Where: Around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Sometimes you just want to go someplace that’s pretty and quiet, where you can chill out and think (or not) — especially during this tense time. This post has a round-up of of those very places, where you can find peace and calm, all of them right here in the city.

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

Head up I-95 for a change of city 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. 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.

Out & About
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Don’t let cold temps stop you from enjoying outdoor adventures, especially during these social distancing times. 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 post.

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.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Advice for talking to kids about what happened at the Capitol.
* The NY Times’ annual list of travel destinations has a different angle this year, but it still sparks the same feeling of wanderlust.
* A fun IG account to follow.
* What to stream this weekend.
* A McSweeney’s chuckle for right now.

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The First Weekend of 2021: January 1-3

 

 

Yay, it’s 2021! For one more weekend, I’m keeping it simple with a list of links that will lead you to a plethora of ideas for things to do over the next few days. It looks like we’ll have both rainy and sunny weather, with Saturday being especially nice, perfect for outdoor socially distanced fun.  And if you looking for indoor activities, you can see what’s open and welcoming visitors, plus there are some extra links to inspire some family fun at home.

Happy Weekend & Happy New Year!  May 2021 be full of peace, love, joy, and great adventures for all!

 

Chill Time: Activities Around DC During the Covid Winter

Ring in 2021 with the National Bell Festival

New Years Day Brunch

Walks in the Woods

Holiday Lights Displays

Ice Skating Around the DMV

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

Ride On: Bike Routes for Everyone Around the DC Area

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

Inside Info: Indoor Places Open During COVID

 

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* New Year’s Day food traditions for good luck.
* A bunch of recipe ideas to cook them up at home.
* Plan for future trips with these recs for the Best Places to Travel in 2021.
* A round-up of the best board games of 2020. (We just got Azul and love it!)
* Common Sense Media’s Best Family Movies of 2020.
* Washington Post’s annual Out/In list for 2021.

 

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The Weekend: December 25-27

MERRY CHRISTMAS!🌟

 

It’s become my annual tradition to take a bit of a break on the final weekend of the year.  So, just like the modified title, I’m keeping this round-up simple — though definitely not leaving you hanging. The links below will still lead you to tons of info and inspo to 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.  Merry Christmas & Happy Last Weekend of 2020!

 

The 2020 KFDC Guide to the Holiday Season in DC

Chill Time: Activities Around DC During the Covid Winter

Walks in the Woods

Ice Skating Around the DMV

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

Ride On: Bike Routes for Everyone Around the DC Area

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

 

 

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