1. On the National Mall through Friday, March 18, is a striking installation of small blue flags planted in the stretch between 3rd & 4th Streets. I posted about “United in Blue” and why it resonates on IG here. You can also learn more about it here.
4. In case you haven’t heard, Hamilton will be returning to the Kennedy Center this summer! Tickets currently are available only to members through the KC website, but Goldstar has discount pre-sale tickets.
5. I had something else planned for this spot, but this now seems more important to share. (Warning: Part of it includes really sad, graphic images.)
2. Speaking of Air & Space… This Saturday, March 12, the museum is celebrating 100 years of the aircraft carrier with a special in-person Family Day. Soar Together @ Air and Space On Site Family Day: Floating Airfields will run 10am – 2pm at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, the Chantilly, VA, “wing” of the Air and Space Museum. Meet aircraft carrier crew members and learn about their lives at sea, explore different jobs through hands-on activities, find out how to identify aircraft that land on carriers, and catch a free IMAX showing of Aircraft Carrier: Guardian of the Seas. Plan for time to explore the rest of the museum, too! Admission is free, though parking is $15.
3. Spring is on the way — and so is the dazzling array flowers that come with it! Start getting ready to view them with Bloom Town: Where and When to See the Best Flower Displays Around DC, a post created back in 2018, but updated every year to reflect new dates for festivals and any other pertinent info. (And we have been to see all of the blooms, so all of the info and opinions come from actual experience!)
4. Later, Skaters! Just about all of the outdoor ice skating rinks have closed for the season — the warm weather prompting early closure for at least one. BUT if you want to get in one last glide under the sky, the Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion is open through this Sunday, March 13. Of course, you can also skate inside — this post lists indoor ice rinks around the area, too.
5. A group of local chefs led by Casey Patten of Grazie Grazie and Matt Adler of Caruso’s Grocery are coming together for a fundraiser to support Ukrainian refugees. Belly Full is a two-day Pizza Pop Up happening this weekend, March 12-13, 4-9pm, with 100% of proceeds donated World Central Kitchen to help feed Ukrainian refugees along the borders. You can order your pizzas in advance online and pick up at 804 V Street NW.
The Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge lit blue and gold in support of Ukraine
1. The Washington Post shares some organizations, to which you can donate to help people in Ukraine. One of them is our own DC chef José Andrés’ amazing World Central Kitchen — they are providing meals to thousands of Ukrainians who have fled their homes to seek safety in Poland and Romania (updates here). I also shared a link in the last Weekend Round-Up for some other ways to help.
2. Plan ahead for the weekend: In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building is hosting two #WomensFuturesMonth events: On Saturday, Work It! FUTURES Career Day will highlight women who are changing the world and offer activities that show young guests (and us older ones!) how they can make a difference, too. On Sunday, Spark the FUTURES: Science Family Day will celebrate the power of girls and women in STEM. Meet real scientists and enjoy all kinds of related activities from special kid-friendly tours to hands-on demos to crafts and more. Admission to both events is free — follow the links for more info and to RSVP. And get a glimpse of the recently reopened Arts & Industries Building here.
3. Three Smithsonian museums that were temporarily closed due to Omicron are reopening this week! The National Air and Space Museum (Thursday – Sunday, 10am – 5:30pm), National Postal Museum (Friday – Tuesday, 10am – 5:30pm), and Anacostia Community Museum (Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 4pm) will once again welcome visitors. Admission to all of them is free.
1. Get your Petal Porches ready for the National Cherry Blossom Festival! For the second year, residents in DC and surrounding communities in Maryland and Virginia are invited to decorate their front yards, porches, and windows to show their cherry blossom spirit during the Festival’s run, March 20-April 17. This event started last year as a pivot when some of the Festival’s annual events were canceled due to Covid. This year, there will also be awards for Best Blossom Block (for a block of participating porches), Prime Petal Porches (for 10 porches in the DMV) and the People’s Petal Porch (voted by Instagram poll and awarded to one porch). A digital map with the locations of all registered Petal Porches will be made available, so we can all get in on the fun and do some Petal Porch viewing. We loved seeing all of the decorations around our neighborhood last year! More info and registration available here.
2. A fun activity for Black History Month: Mt. Pleasant Library is hosting a collective art project that all are welcome to join. Lend your creativity to the Alma Thomas Interactive Mural by adding strips of colored paper to a wall-sized mosaic inspired by Thomas’ art. And plan to hang out after and explore books and more activities — our local libraries are great places to spend time with kids (as discussed in that linked post from the very early KFDC days)! Mt. Pleasant Library is located at 3160 16th Street Northwest. It’s open daily, but check the website for hours as they vary by day. Admission is free. PS: There are always events and activities for all ages at all of the DC Public Libraries — view the full calendar or search for specific types here.
A bird’s eye view of DC from the National Gallery of Art rooftop
1. The National Gallery of Art East Building will shut down for renovations starting February 28 until June 2022, so make a plan to go in the next couple of weeks. The wing housing the museum’s modern and contemporary collections is often most appealing to kids, with colorful paintings and works that are interesting, even whimsical and fun to view (think the giant blue cockerel on the roof and Calder’s mobiles). Of course, the West Building is wonderful, too, and will remain open. The National Gallery of Art is open daily 10am – 5pm. Admission is free, and passes are not required.
2. While one museum is (partially) closing, another is opening! The National Geographic Museum will once again welcome visitors starting February 16 for the first time since March 2020 when it closed for Covid. Timed entry tickets are required, and while they have already sold out through February, there are plenty of dates and times available beyond that. If you’re a longtime reader of KFDC, then you probably know I often touted Nat Geo as one of our favorite DC museums. We’ve been to many exhibits there over the years that have been intriguing and engaging for visitors of all ages, full-on experiences that utilize multimedia and a variety of interactive installations to educate, enrich, amuse, and wow guests. (Get a glimpse of some, from the fascinating Titanic exhibition to Real Pirates to Spinosaurus to Birds of Paradise and the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization to Monster Fish to Photo Arc and CROCS to Earth Explorers.)
3. Want to hike Old Rag, the popular Shenandoah mountain? Starting March 1, you’ll need a ticket to do so, on top of a park entrance pass. There are 800 tickets available per day, 400 released 30 days out, 400 released 5 days out. Cost is $1/ticket — purchase here.
5. Darcy’s monthly newsletter is a little different for February. Instead of 10 happy things, she shares three moving stories about the passage of time in the context of her experience photographing families.