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The Weekend Round-Up: February 12-15, 2021

The NGA Sculpture Garden reopens on Sunday — just in time for a Valentine’s Day stroll

 

Happy Long Weekend!

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Find specific recommendations for things to do this weekend among this round-up, plus these links have even more ideas for ongoing and special activities:
* Black History Month Celebrations
* Valentine’s Day Activities, Virtual & IRL
* Activities for the Covid Winter
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Outdoor Ice Skating
* Peaceful Places
* Indoor Outings
* Bike Rides

Spreading Kindness: Virtual Valentine Greetings
Where: At home
When: Through Sunday
Admission: Your time and card making/baking efforts

Celebrate the Valentine’s Day by giving back with Eliana’s Light. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to create cards, poems, and paintings for children who have to be in a DC, MD, or VA pediatric hospital over the holiday. Pre-pandemic, these pieces of art would be delivered to their recipients, but this year volunteers should email them instead. They’ll be shared through social media and email to give a boost to those who have been going through a lot over the past year due to the effects of COVID-19. This small act of kindness can have a big impact. More details about the program are here.

Into the Blue
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Through February 28
Admission: $12-17/child, $19-24/adult

Crystalline, the current exhibition  at ARTECHOUSE, is only running for a couple more weeks.  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.

Nature Calls
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. And if you are up for some outdoor time and weather permits, the adjacent Dora Kelley Nature Park, is nice for a short hike.

Lunar New Year Virtual Celebration
Where: American Art Museum | Online
When: Saturday, 10am
Admission: Free

Ring in the Year of the Ox online with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Chinese Cultural Institute, and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the US. Enjoy streamed video performances and demonstrations of traditional Chinese crafts and Lunar New Year traditions. And be sure to check out the SAAM Family Zone for more crafts, coloring pages, videos, and other activities.

Hike the Underground Railroad Experience Trail
Where: Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park | Sandy Spring, MD
When: Daily, sunrise to sunset
Admission: Free

A great outing with kids during Black History Month (or anytime), this hike offers insight into the experience of enslaved peoples’ escape to freedom. The walk through woods and along edges of fields (with a map and explanation of the hike) is interesting and enlightening as well as an active, socially distanced way to spend time outdoors. Get more details about it here.

Black History in Alexandria
Where: Throughout Alexandria, VA
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by activity

There are a few new major projects and programs that highlight Black history experiences throughout the Alexandria. Walk along the Duke Street Black History Trail. Or hop in the car for a Black History Driving Tour.  Manumission Tour Company also offers an Underground Railroad-themed tour.

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.

Unity | Peace | Forward 
Where: The REACH | Kennedy Center, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free
The Kennedy Center just debuted a new art installation at The REACH, which is a lovely place in the city to go for a socially distanced stroll.  A response to this time of unprecedented challenges, Unity | Peace | Forward is a free exhibit in three parts scattered around the grounds. You can see it daily and stroll the lovely outdoor area while the KC is closed.  It gets a multimedia boost on Friday and Saturday evenings from 4:30–8:30pm, when a video of quotes from 65 artists around the world is projected on a Video Wall.  (It can also be viewed online at any time.) Get a glimpse on the Kennedy Center website.

Virtual Nature Valentines
Where: Meadowside Nature Center | Online
When: February 13, 1-2pm
Admission:Free

Consider collecting outdoor items to create your very own nature valentine. Before the program, go on a walk and collect nuts, sticks, and other natural items. During the program, participants will share why they collected items and assemble valentines. A suggested list of supplies will be emailed before the program to help prepare. An adult may need to assist the participant. This program will take place using Microsoft Teams. Recommended for ages 5+.

Car Seat Safety Session
Where: Online
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Kid Safe DC, a new IG with general safety tips started by physicians from Children’s Nationals, is hosting a free workshop. Sign up for a free virtual car seat safety check — you can schedule an appointment to meet one-on-one with a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician via Zoom to learn how to correctly use and install your car seat(s) and have any questions answered by experts. Register through the link.

Mission: Fun
Where: International Spy Museum | Southwest DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $24.95/age 13+, $14.95/7-12, free/6 & under

The Spy Museum has reopened its doors on weekends (Friday – Sunday), and you can explore the intriguing world of espionage.  Exhibits are engaging for both kids and adults, with state-of-the-art multimedia installations and loads of cool interactives (used with stylus pens + more extra safety measures in place).

Holiday Activities
Where: Port Discovery | Baltimore, MD
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: $17.95

There’s a lot to celebrate at Port Discovery this weekend. They have special activities going on for Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, Lunar New Year, and Presidents’ Day. The regular exhibits are fun, too. They are taking extra measure for Covid. Find more details on the website. And note that are also open Monday, 10am – 4pm.  Read more about the Children’s Museum in Baltimore.

A Return to Art We Heart
Where: NGA Sculpture Garden | National Mall, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

The National Gallery of Art is reopening its outdoor Sculpture Garden on Sunday — just in time for a lovely Valentine’s Day stroll. It’s located on the north side of the National Mall between 7th and 9th Streets NW.

Sweetheart Stroll
Where: MLKing Jr. Recreational Park | Silver Spring, MD
When: Sunday, 2-5:30pm
Admission: Free

Looking for a heart-healthy and fun activity for Valentine’s Day? Sign up for the Sweetheart Stroll at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park on February 14th. Starting at 2pm, guests can walk or run along the 0.8-mile HeartSmart Trail. Be entertained and enchanted by multiple photo stations, string lights, and LOVE-ly decorations along the way. Watch for heartwarming messages along the path and a sparkling butterfly garden, too! Registration is required — see available time slots here.

The Heartcracker Ballet
Where: Adventure Theatre | Online
When: Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free

Tune in for a Valentine’s Day reading of the new play The Heartcracker Ballet by Margaret Gorman. In this new work, middle-schoolers Zelda and Therese are dear friends who have been dancing around one question for some time now: How do you admit to your friend that you want to go out with them? Stream it free on Facebook Live.

Happy Birthday, George
Where: Mount Vernon Estate | Mount Vernon, VA
When: Monday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Every Presidents’ Day weekend, admission to Mount Vernon is free in celebration of the first POTUS’ big day. While most of the usual festivities won’t be happening this year, visitors can still tour parts of the mansion, museum exhibits, and the grounds.  Tickets are limited and must be reserved in advance online.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* There’s a brand new post on the blog with recommendations for preschooler toys for the pandemic.
* DC restaurants offering specials for the Lunar New Year.
* Create a perfect backyard set-up for the Covid winter with this post full of inspo.
* DC Way Academy’s spring season is starting, and they’re looking for U8-U11 players to join their unique soccer club.
* This new show coming to Netflix next month sounds fantastic!
* RIP 😉

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The Weekend Round-Up: February 5-7

 

Happy Weekend!

Celebrate Black History
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.

Meditation and Mindfulness
Where: Freer|Sackler | Online
When: Friday, 12-12:30pm
Admission: Free

Meditation helps build a relationship to a place of inner quietude. To contribute to a sense of calm in this uncertain time, the Freer|Sackler Gallery is offering free 30-minute online meditations three times a week led by DC-based meditation teachers. They’re appropriate for all levels of practitioners and include a variety of mindfulness practices. Sessions on Fridays include inspiration from art in the museum collection. All are welcome! No previous experience is required.

Winter Inspo
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

For activities that are accessible now, this post is full of recs. From 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 are good layers and maybe a little extra outdoor gear.

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.

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

The forecast looks good for at least part of the weekend, making even more al fresco adventures possible. The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids is chock full of ideas for things to do, and it’s been updated with the current status of each place or activity. Between warmer temps this weekend and social distancing criteria, it will be especially handy.

Cool Hikes
Where: Around the DMV
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.

Unity | Peace | Forward 
Where: The REACH | Kennedy Center, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free
The Kennedy Center just debuted a new art installation at The REACH. A response to this time of unprecedented challenges, Unity | Peace | Forward is a free exhibit in three parts scattered around the grounds. You can see it daily and stroll the lovely outdoor area while the KC is closed.  It gets a multimedia boost on Friday and Saturday evenings from 4:30–8:30pm, when a video of quotes from 65 artists around the world is projected on a Video Wall.  (It can also be viewed online at any time.) Get a glimpse on the Kennedy Center website.

Dupont Circle Pop Up
Where: Around Dupont Circle, DC
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

Prep for Valentines Day at this unique Pop-Up event showcasing artists and makers in front of retail shops around Dupont Circle. More than 40 vendors will be selling jewelry, paintings, pottery, scarves, succulents, chocolates, and more for all your VDay gift giving. Pop-Ups will be in the Dupont Underground and in front of retail shops. Plan to gran a bite from one of the many restaurants in the neighborhood, too.

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

With warmer temps and the snow melted, it’s a good opportunity get in family a bike ride, and you’ve got your pick of them around the area. Take in the winter 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.

Ski Day
Where: Ski resorts around the region
When: Through winter
Admission: Varies by resort
Skiing is a fun, active, socially distanced way to take advantage of winter — 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 new post is about our recent day trip to Whitetail.  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.

Fun on Ice
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 ice rink at Cameron Run holiday Winter Village in Arlington is still open. [Note: You need advanced reservations at just about all of these places, so plan accordingly.]

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

In this virtual dance workshop inspired by the book “I am Human—A Book of Empathy”, Kelly King, InterAct Story Theatre teaching artist and founder of The Movement Movement, brings the community together during this time of change…through books and dance! Dance your way with her through this heartwarming book and create a dance just for us as we move through the world with empathy and dance with change. This event is sure to get you up and moving to chase away those winter chills! Suitable for ages 5 and up. Sign up for Saturday here and for Sunday here.

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 Nature Your Way at Hidden Oaks Nature Center.  Be a Winter Tree Detective at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Go on a Family Hilltop Outing at Historic Huntley. Details and registration for these and many more nature activities this weekend and beyond are available here.

Charm City Adventures
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.

Black History Scavenger Hunt
Where: Bladensburg Waterfront Park | Bladensburg, MD
When: Sunday, 8am – 12pm
Admission: $3/PG resident, $4/non-resident

This fun scavenger hunt involves downloading a free app on your smartphone and earning points as you, your family, or your team answer trivia questions, participate in activities, take photos and videos, and complete GPS check-ins at various locations. Prizes will be awarded to the teams in first, second, and third place! Participants can keep up to date with the competition with a live leaderboard game news feed. The adventure is a fun, fully interactive, adrenaline-pumping social distancing experience. Team leaders must purchase a ticket for the game of choice at Parks Direct.

Make Bernie’s Mittens: A Virtual Upcycling Workshop
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Online
When: Sunday, 2-3:30pm
Admission: $20/household

Join local fiber artist, Robyn Strayer, on ZOOM and learn to make Bernie’s iconic upcycled mittens from things around your house! Gather an old sweater, scarf, sweatshirt, fleece blanket, or even a few old socks and follow along step by step, or pick up a $5 supply kit from the AMG front desk. Use their printable template and beginner stitches to hand-sew your fluffy, funky mittens. Great for all ages (with adult help) — no sewing skills needed! Supply list emailed upon registration.

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.

Restaurant Week
Where: Around the DMV
When: Through February 7
Admission: The cost of your meal

It’s the final weekend to enjoy a yummy meal as you support local businesses. Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week is running through Sunday. Specially priced meals for both dine-in and take-out are $22/lunch, $35/dinner, and $55/dinner (fancier, I assume). And if you’re taking out for two or more people, you can get even better deals — the $35 dinner menu is $60, $120 for four and the $55 dinner menu is $100 for two, $200 for four. Follow the above link to see participating restaurants and menus.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Game day specials from area eateries for the Super Bowl.
* Or game day recipes to try at home.
* Spring enrollment is open for live virtual programs with Young Playwrights’ Theater — and KFDC readers get 50% off!
* For when Covid is over: The Best All-Inclusive Family Resorts.
* In honor of all the Golden Globe nominations…lalalalalalala.

 

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The Weekend Round-Up: January 29-31

Seasonal fun on area slopes

 

Happy Weekend!

Hit the Slopes
Where: Around the region
When: Through winter
Admission: Varies
Skiing is a perfect, fun, active way to take advantage of winter — and there are a bunch of ski resorts within a few hours’ drive that are great for young, newbie skiers (and veteran swooshers, too). SkiPA is a good resource for finding slopes to suit your crew, and there are more resorts in other parts of the region. The closest for day trips are Liberty,  Whitetail, and Bryce.  Other places that are farther away but good to check out for longer trips are Roundtop,  Massanutten,  Wintergreen,  Seven Springs,  Hidden Valley,  Snowshoe,  Timberline, and Wisp.

Cool Hikes
Where: Around the DMV
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. And be sure to check out the brand new write-up about hiking the Underground Railroad Experience Trail at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park.

Winter Weekend
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

For more ways to get during the Covid winter, 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 year-round 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.

Unity | Peace | Forward 
Where: The REACH | Kennedy Center, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free
The Kennedy Center just debuted a new art installation at The REACH. A response to this time of unprecedented challenges, Unity | Peace | Forward is a free exhibit in three parts scattered around the grounds. You can see it daily and stroll the lovely outdoor area while the KC is closed.  It gets a multimedia boost on Friday and Saturday evenings from 4:30–8:30pm, when a video of quotes from 65 artists around the world is projected on a Video Wall.  (It can also be viewed online at any time.) Get a glimpse on the Kennedy Center website.

Pajamuary
Where: Online
When: Friday, 4:30pm & Sunday, 9:30am
Admission:

It’s Pajamuary for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington through the end of the month, and they’re hosting some virtual events especially for kiddos (recommended for ages 1-6). They’re also collecting new pajamas (all sizes) to donate to local organizations to help keep people in need warm and cozy this winter.  If you want to contribute, find your local drop-off point, or the place to mail them, here.  

Mission: Fun
Where: International Spy Museum | Southwest DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $24.95/age 13+, $14.95/7-12, free/6 & under

The Spy Museum has reopened its doors on weekends (Friday – Sunday). Explore the intriguing world of espionage with exhibits that are engaging for both kids and adults, including state-of-the-art multimedia installations and loads of cool interactives (used with stylus pens). Other Covid safety intel includes limited capacity, 100% outside air setting, floor markers for distancing, increased cleaning, and a few more measures.

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

Even more places are 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 is noted for all of them.

Nature Calling
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 personalized family outdoor explorations at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park.  Join an Owl Campfire and Hike at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Explore Winter Stream Life at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park on Sunday. Details and registration for these and many more nature activities this weekend and beyond are available here.

Recreation on Ice
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 ice rink at Cameron Run holiday Winter Village in Arlington is still open. [Note: You need advanced reservations at just about all of these places, so plan accordingly.]

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 two: Fun With Feelings as a part of their Saturday Morning Live! virtual season on Facebook. Take a ride with the storytellers as they help Alvin understand strong feelings. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with lots of feelings, so we’ll discover the importance of listening to yourself and taking time to feel strong. Together we’ll channel thoughts into a peaceful new craft. See how a quick chat with friends can help remind you that you’re not alone in your feelings. Special guests include a lonely gray bird and Leo the Lion who talks to a friend about navigating big feelings. 

Picnic in the Park
Where: Acorn Urban Park | Silver Spring, MD
When: Saturday, 12-1:30pm & 2-3:30pm
Admission: $10-25

It may be cold outside, but this are heating up in Montgomery County! Chilly days make us crave warm food and a safe place to gather with friends. MoCo Parks is bringing firepits and patio heaters to the parks for Picnic in the Park Warm–Up Days. Bundle up and join us for a fun winter outing in the parks! 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.

 

Magic of Community
Where: Online
When: Saturday, 7pm
Admission: Free, but donations encouraged

Enjoy a a special performance by celebrity magician Joel Meyers, as you help combat poverty and homelessness in Fairfax County. Magic of Community is an opportunity to learn about FACETS, a local organization that helps people who suffer from poverty. Attendees will be inspired as they renew their commitment to a Fairfax County where everyone has a place to call home. Register here.

Artful Conversations
Where: National Gallery of Art | Online
When: Sunday, 10am & 1:30pm
Admission: Free

The National Gallery of Art’s monthly Artful Conversations program has a couple of sessions this weekend. Recommended for kids ages 7–12, participants will explore Rozeal’s afro.died, T. (2011) and connect discoveries to music, all guided by DC-based DJ and multimedia artist Virtual Chicana. Register in advance!

Restaurant Week
Where: Around the DMV
When: Through February 7
Admission: The cost of your meal!

Enjoy a yummy meal as you support local businesses! Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week is running through February 7. Specially priced meals for both dine-in and take-out are $22/lunch, $35/dinner, and $55/dinner (fancier, I assume). And if you’re taking out for two or more people, you can get even better deals — the $35 dinner menu is $60, $120 for four and the $55 dinner menu is $100 for two, $200 for four. Follow the above link to see participating restaurants and menus.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* DC Way is offering After-School Soccer programs for kid ages 4-7.
* I finally watched Bridgerton, and it’s as good (and steamy) as everyone says!
* Time to double up.
* An important topic to ponder.
* Funny (once I figured out what AITA meant).
* This Mazzy Star cover… wow.

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The Weekend Round-Up: January 22-24

A presidential tour includes the Lincoln Memorial, accessible to visitors again

 

 

Happy Weekend!

A Presidential Tour
Where: National Mall & Tidal Basin | WDC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

The National Mall is, hopefully🤞, reopening this weekend, and a tour of the structures memorializing past POTUS will be a perfect, timely activity. Walk or bike from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument, then head to the Tidal Basin, where the Jefferson and FDR Memorials are located. For even more, you can go off-Mall a bit to the newer Eisenhower Memorial at Independence & 5th SW. Or add in some nature at Theodore Roosevelt Island, where you can walk in the woods and see the memorial plaza dedicated to the 26th prez.

Unity | Peace | Forward
Where: The REACH | Kennedy Center, DC
When: Through February
Admission: Free

The Kennedy Center has responded to t his time of unprecedented challenges with art. This new free exhibit features three installations scattered across the grounds of the REACH. A video of quotes from around the world will be projected on the Video Wall each Friday and Saturday evening from 4:30–8:30pm during the exhibit and can be viewed online at any time. The intimate conversation between performers, artists, writers, and cultural leaders is a glimpse into the minds of creatives about their hopes, fears, dreams, and aspirations in a time of uncertainty and isolation. Get a glimpse on the Kennedy Center website.

Kids Virtual Concert
Where: Online
When: Friday, 10-10:45am
Admission: $5

Mr. Gabe, the Pied Piper of Takoma Park, is kicking off a weekly concert series for kids on Zoom starting today, January 22.  Mr. Gabe’s shows are interactive musical fun for toddlers and preschoolers.  He performs nursery rhymes, finger plays, traditional children’s songs, kid-friendly pop songs, and originals from his two award-winning albums.  Kids will be encouraged to use their brains and move their bodies. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased through Mr. Gabe’s website.  Subscriptions are also available ($20 for 12 shows).  Email mrgabe@mrgabemusic.com if you’re interested in subscribing to the full series.

Flying Squirrels
Where: Brookside Nature Center | Wheaton, MD
When: Friday, 5:45-6:15pm
Admission: $6

join this evening program to learn about Maryland Flying Squirrels. They are abundant, cute, and active year-round, but few see them in the wild because they are nocturnal. The program starts on the Nature Center deck 30 minutes after sunset.Physical distancing and face coverings are required. Register in advance.

It’s All Downhill…
Where: Around the region
When: Through winter
Admission: Varies
Skiing is a perfect, fun, active way to take advantage of winter — and there are a bunch of ski resorts within a few hours’ drive that are great for young, newbie skiers (and veteran swooshers, too). SkiPA is a good resource for finding slopes to suit your crew, and there are more resorts in other parts of the region. The closest for day trips are LibertyWhitetail, and Bryce.  Other places that are farther away but good to check out for longer trips are RoundtopMassanuttenWintergreenSeven SpringsHidden ValleySnowshoeTimberline, and Wisp.

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.

Skate Al Fresco
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 ice rink at Cameron Run holiday Winter Village in Arlington is still open. [Note: You need advanced reservations at just about all of these places, so plan accordingly.]

A Winter’s Trail
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Sure it’s cold, but the right clothes and gear make any activity possible, so 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 park recs for right now: Huntley Meadows, Potomac Overlook, Patapsco Valley, Harpers Ferry, and Rock Creek (Note that Peirce Mill discussed in the post is closed, but the hike from there is great with kids.)

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 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.

Two-Wheelin’ Time
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

It will be cold but sunny, so wear some layers and get out for a bike ride — you’ve got your pick of them around the area. Take in the winter 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 one is a particularly great stretch with young kids.

Inaugural Ice Cream
Where: Ice Cream Jubilee | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
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 Biden famously loves ice cream, so they want to use ice cream to spread enthusiasm for the new administration. They want to get kids and families excited about elections, government, and our country as they watch the swearing in from home… with ice cream, of course!

Art & Me Workshop
Where: American Art Museum | Online
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

Join a hands-on, art making preservation workshop for ages 3-8 and parents. From Chicanx graphics to Japanese prints, explore how Smithsonian conservators preserve colorful artworks on paper in this engaging online workshop. Then create your own colorful print and a protective folder, so your artwork stays safe. Register in advance — a Zoom link and suggested material list will be sent to registered participants ahead of the workshop.

Drive-In Movie Night
Where: Bassett’s Restaurant | Poolesville, MD
When: Saturday, 5pm & 7:30pm
Admission: $40

The Bassett’s Restaurant presents a fun night with cheer and great food, while maintaining all CDC safety protocols as they host a Drive-In Movie: The War with Grandpa! Order delicious food beforehand by phone or online, and they will call you when your food is ready so you can pick up from the back door. Full bar also available. There will be two showings, at 5pm and7:30pm. Admission is per car (no limit on number of people), so bring the whole family!

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 personalized family outdoor explorations at  Ellanor C. Lawrence Park.  Take a family astronomy lesson at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Catch a critter at Huntley Meadows.. Details and registration for these and many more nature activities this weekend and beyond are available here.

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. 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.

Chill Out(side)
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

During these social distancing times, outdoor adventures are our best activity bets, so don’t let cold temps stop you from having fun. 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.

The In Crowd
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.

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

ARTECHOUSE, known for its visually stunning digital art, has transformed the gallery 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, 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.

Adventure Takes a Moment to Sing
Where: Adventure Theatre | Online
When: Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free

Adventure Theatre celebrates the new year with a digital production featuring a selection of songs from some of its favorite performers: Justine Icy Moral, Sarah Anne Sillers, Bekah Zornsa, DaVon Moody, and Karen Vincent. This special episode hopes to uplift children and families in every community and offer lighthearted joy in uncertain times with talent of local artists. To tune in, visit the Adventure Theatre Facebook page.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* It’s Alexandria Restaurant Week To-Go. Actually it’s two weeks — from now through February 7, get $49 take-out for two from participating restaurants.
* Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Virtual Scavenger Hunt is coming up on February 13 and March 13. The online fun  often sells out, so snag tickets while you can!
* Winter at Virginia wineries.
* Fun with Bernie.
* Haha.

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