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The Weekend Round-Up:
March 22-24

See cherry blossoms at the National Arboretum

 

Happy Weekend!

Go-to posts full of ideas for ongoing fun in DC:
* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path DC Museums
* MD & VA Museums
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Active Pursuits Inside
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Kid-Friendly Eats
* Baltimore with Kids
* Peaceful Places

‘Tis the Cherry Blossom Season
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies

The cherry blossoms hit their peak earlier this week at the Tidal Basin, so they are no longer at their most brilliant there, but you can still see them at other spots — these cherry blossom viewing tips include suggestions for where to go.  (From what we saw at the National Arboretum last weekend, many of the cherry trees there should be blooming this weekend.)  Even more, events and activities to celebrate the iconic bloom are getting into full swing. Some are listed below, and you can find even more happening this weekend in this post as well as plan for the rest of the season.

NSO in Your Neighborhood
Where: Riverfront Areas | Capitol Riverfront & Southwest DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

The National Symphony Orchestra’s annual program presents free performances in the city’s Riverfront areas: Southwest Waterfront, Navy Yard, Capitol Riverfront, Buzzard Point, and Bellevue.This weekend there will be concerts at Boombox boxing Club, Culture House DC, The Anthem, Rubell Museum, Covenant Baptist UCC Church, and Bald Eagle Recreation Center. See the website for details on the show. All are open to the public with first-come, first-served seating.

United by Hockey Mobile Museum
Where: Piney Orchard Ice Arena | Odenton, MD
When: Friday, 3-9pm & Saturday, 12-7pm
Admission: Free

This free fan experience celebrates hockey’s trailblazers, changemakers, and business leaders spanning various demographics. The 840-square-foot museum includes exclusive artifacts from players, video components, highlights about Caps players, a virtual reality experience, and a look at the next generation of young stars and other hockey personalities.

Family Day: Japanese Fashion
Where: GWU & Textile Museum | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate cherry-blossom season at the museum with a family day featuring Japanese kimono, “happi” coats and crafts for all ages. Performances of traditional Okinawan dance will showcase the colorful costume of the islands, and guests can enjoy the beautiful melodies of Japan’s national instrument, the “koto.” Design your own kimono bookmark, make a cherry blossom pendant or join us for a family-friendly tour of the galleries, including Japanese textiles on display in Irresistible: The Global Patterns of Ikat.

Revolutions: Art from the Hirshhorn Collection, 1860-1960
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

The Hirshhorn is celebrating its 50th anniversary with this exhibition that showcases works for the museum’s permanent collection over a hundred year period. It’s wonderfully curated with paintings, sculptures and more pieces from both classic and contemporary artists. Even more, Art Cart will be back on Saturday from 10am -1pm, giving kids (and adults) the opportunity to create their own art inspired by the Alexander Calder works in the exhibit.

Make a mobile with Hirshhorn’s Art Cart!

Environmental Film Fest
Where: Several locations around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by film
Films from across the globe are being screened around the DC-Metro area for the the annual DC Environmental Film Festival. The line-up this weekend includes special family programming this weekend: Puffin Rock and the New Friend will be screening at Woodridge and Anacostia Neighborhood Libaries on Saturday. There are even more films to consider for older kids or a kid-free outing. Go to the website for more details and to view trailers.

Japanese Culture Day
Where: Library of Congress | Capitol Hill, DC
When: March 23, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

The Library of Congress is hosting a day of fun to celebrate cherry blossom season.  Family activities include Japanese drum and traditional dance performances, a book author talk, storytelling, and arts and crafts from Japan.  Get tickets here! And read more about the Library of Congress in this KFDC post.

Free Family FunFest
Where: Prince George’s Stadium | MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

This free annual festival from the Bowie Baysox is loaded with fun for the whole family. Enjoy carnival-style rides and games, lots of activities from Baysox sponsors and partners, opportunities to hang out with mascots Louie and Rocko, raffles, and more.

Cherry Blossom Family Celebration
Where: American Art Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the season of cherry blossoms with SAAM! Begin the day on the F Street Plaza with a taiko drumming performance by drumming group Nen Daiko. Then head to the Kogod Courtyard for a day of performances and Japanese pop, boogie, and more with Les The DJ. Kids 12 and younger can enjoy cherry-blossom themed crafts and face painting. A spring-themed scavenger hunt through SAAM’s galleries extends the cherry blossom fun.

Egg-cellent Outings
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Egg hunts, bunny visits, and more seasonal activities are happening all around the area. There are also attractions beyond bunnies and candy-filled eggs for your whole gang. This post has a round-up of all the Easter fun going on this weekend over the coming weeks.

Harlem Globetrotters
Where: Capitol One Arena | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 1pm
Admission: $25+

Be a part of the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters global tour as they take the court with moments of extreme basketball innovation and unparalleled fan FUN! See the Globetrotter stars live as they dribble, spin, slam, and dunk their way past their relentless rivals, the Washington Generals!

The Spirit of Women’s Soccer
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $20

The Washington Spirit, our local women’s pro soccer team, plays their first home match on Saturday against Bay FC. Enjoy some amazing soccer play while supporting our home team and women in sports.  Plan on a pre-game bite to eat in the nearby Navy Yard — get recommendations for family-friendly restaurants here.

MatchboxCon: Die-Cast Metal Toy Convention
Where: MoCo Fairgrounds, Bldg #6 | Gaithersburg, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $10-12/adult, $6-8/age 13-17, $4-5/age 4-12


Matchbox and Hot Wheels collectors from all over the east coast will be at the specialized toy show featuring 60 exhibitors and their inventories of Mattel brand, plus Corgi, Dinky, Greenlight, and more die-cast brands. MatchboxCon is an event for the die-cast community, bringing fans together to meet and gather for a weekend sharing both older rare toys and the latest hard-to-find releases at reasonable prices.

Magic Mirror
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am & 1pm
Admission: $15

It’s the final weekend to see Magic Mirror…   Meet Toad, a young person destined for greatness in this mash-up story with lots of familiar fairy tales! Join us on this journey of dragons, monsters, and spirits of the woods. Recommended for ages 5+. Run time approximately 50 minutes.

Junie B. Jones, The Musical
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am & 2pm
Admission: $25

It is Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend, Lucille, does not want to be her best pal anymore and, on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting. Featuring a tremendously loveable character and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones will capture your audience members’ hearts just as the books captivated an entire generation of students.

Cinderella: A Salsa Fairytale
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 1pm & 4pm
Admission: $12+
A bilingual Cinderella with a twist that kids will love! What will happen to Cinderella at the ball … game? That’s the surprising question in this contemporary Latin-American Cinderella musical that weaves subtle lessons on empathy, sportsmanship, and respect into an exciting, high-stakes story. An Imagination Stage original that broke new ground in bilingual children’s theatre. Recommended for ages 5+.

Little Shop of Horrors
Where: Ford’s Theatre | Pen Quarter, DC
When: Through May 18
Admission: $41-77 (find discount)
Head down to Skid Row for a non-stop blast, sci-fi horror comedy, love story and rock musical that has become one of the most treasured pieces of American musical theatre. Recommended for ages 13+.

Sakura Sunday
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Run, MD
When: Sunday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Join National Harbor for their annual Sakura Sunday Festival. The celebration will feature a wide array of free cultural activities including an artisanal Japanese marketplace, cultural performances, culinary delights, and more! Read more about all there is to do at National Harbor here.

Purim Family Day
Where: Capital Jewish Museum | Downtown DC
When: Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Join Washington Revels and the Seth Kibel Trio for an afternoon of Klezmer music, a Purim spiel (Purim comedy), costumes, and crafts. Make a grogger (noise maker) or a golden crown and celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim at this free, family-friendly event! And, while you are there, spend some time exploring the exhibitions. Crafts and activities start at 2pm. Performances start at 3pm.

Hill Family Biking: Books & Blossoms Ride
Where: | Capitol Hill & Southwest, DC
When: Sunday, 3:45-5:30pm
Admission: Free

Hill Family Biking is teaming up with DC Public Library for a ride to the stunning, new SW Library for a tour of the facility  and story time with cherry blossom peeping opportunities all along the route. The ride starts at Eastern Market Metro and weaves down 3.7 miles of some of the most bikeable streets in the District to SW Library. There will be a scheduled exit from SW Library for anyone that wants to ride back to Eastern Market as a group.

Celebrate Women’s History
Where: Around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity
March is Women’s History Month, and there are so many great ways to celebrate it around DC, with something for all ages. See some exhibits, tour local landmarks, enjoy live entertainment… all of it showcasing women and their accomplishments. This post has details on where you can do that this month — and beyond!

Blooms in Baltimore
Where: Fort McHenry | Baltimore, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $15 (some of the grounds are free)
DC isn’t the only city with cherry blossoms in bloom. You can see them in Baltimore, too, and Fort McHenry should be peaking this weekend. The site also makes for an interesting, informative, and enjoyable outing for all ages. Engaging exhibits range from historical objects and structures to multimedia displays and interactives. And the grounds located right on the Chesapeake are lovely to stroll on a nice day.  Make a longer day of it in Baltimore (or even a weekend)  — the KFDC Guide to Exploring Baltimore with Kids has ideas and info for all kinds of things to do.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Amazon’s Big Spring Sale is going on through the weekend, and I put together some KFDC picks of things I thought were worth getting.  And there have been additions since the original post, so have another look if you’ve already seen it.
* Get ready for the Blossom Kite Festival next weekend!
* There are so many awesome spring things to get excited about around DC.
* Burnside Farms’ Festival of Spring, featuring expansive fields of tulips and daffodils in a rainbow of colors, is starting soon, and tickets are now available for purchase.
* Where to watch March Madness around DC.
* It’s a pricey brand, but their current sale makes it a good time to splurge.  (PS: They make the best featherweight jeans!)
* NY Magazine’s article about the craziest college admissions season ever is a very interesting read (especially for those of us who are going through it).
* If you’re into the Kate saga (iykyk), you’ll like this.
* But what to wear? 🙂

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The Weekend Round-Up:
March 15-17

Bring a bestie to ARTECHOUSE’s blossom & Anime inspired exhibition

 

Happy Weekend!

Go-to posts full of ideas for ongoing fun in DC:
* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Active Pursuits Inside
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Kid-Friendly Eats
* Baltimore with Kids
* Peaceful Places

ISEKAI: Blooming Parallel Worlds
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $20-25/adult, $17/age 4-15, $72/family 4-pack (look for discount)

Spring at ARTECHOUSE is a celebration of the cherry blossoms, and this year ISEKAI: Blooming Parallel Worlds explores multiple universes of blossoms, inspired by the Isekai genre of Anime. Floor to ceiling projections, plus interactive elements make this one beautiful, engaging, and fun to experience.

Sweet Magnolias
Where: Around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Saucer magnolias are blooming, and there’s a gorgeous display of them at the Enid A. Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle. Go see them to take in the beauty and get some good photo ops. Plan on some museum visits while you’re there, too. Find some other spots to enjoy the flowers and see what else is on the way in the KFDC post about all of the area blooms and the best places to experience them.

ACC Hoops
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Friday, 7pm & 9:30pm Saturday, 8:30pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary (find them here)

The ACC tournament has been in DC this week, and the semifinals and championship games are this Friday and Saturday evenings. Semis will be UNC vs Pitt, and it still remains to be seen who NC State will be playing… as well as the final game. But they are all sure to be exciting match-ups!

10-Year Anniversary Celebration
Where: Fields at RFK | Hill East, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

DC Way is marking a decade of offering youth soccer programs, and you’re invited to help them celebrate! Enjoy games, prizes, laughter, camaraderie… there will be exciting soccer stations with thrilling tournaments, Pac-Man, Penalty Shoot, Tic-Tac-Toe, 2v2 & 3v3 number games, Swedish Fish, and more!

Super Pet Expo
Where: Dulles Expo Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: $15/adult, $10/child

People of all ages who adore animals will love this event featuring all kinds of fun and cute activities. Watch dogs play capture the flag in the lure course and romp in a pit with 5,000 balls. Enjoy a dog fashion show and watch champion stunt dogs perform Frisbee skills and other tricks. Learn how to alleviate your dog’s tension, get tips on travel with Fido, watch four-legged friends participate in races, and immortalize your pet’s paw for free. You can also visit Repticon with hundreds of snakes and lizards.

New To You Sale
Where: Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten | Reston, VA
When: Saturday, 7:30am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Stock up for the kids at the biggest children’s yard sale in Reston! There will be thousands of items for babies & children available at unbeatable low prices, including baby gear, clothes for all ages, bikes, toys, children’s furniture, books, DVDs, and more — all gently used and donated by families in the Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten community.

Adventure in the Trees
Where: Adventure Park at Sandy Spring | Sandy Spring, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Varies by age

The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring reopens for the season on Saturday and tickets are still available for many time slots! Kids as young as 5 years old can experience thrills on the ropes courses and ziplines in the park’s aerial adventure forest, the largest in North America. Children ages 5-6 and an accompanying adult have access to two of the easier courses. Older kids can do much more. It may seem like a pricey venture, but it’s so worth it. See more about the park in this KFDC post.

Bountiful Baskets
Where: American Indian Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

In honor of Women’s History month, the museum is showcasing a tradition of American Indian women. Corine Pearce (Redwood Valley Little River Band of Pomo), Ronni-leigh Goeman (Onondaga), Iva Honyestewa (Hopi/Navajo), and Laura Wong-Whitebear (Colville) share the beauty of Native basketry and the significance of keeping this tradition alive through the different weaving traditions, materials, stories, and inspirations that go into making a basket.

A Gem of an Event
Where: Montgomery County Fairgrounds | Gaithersburg, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm & Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: $6/age 12+, free/11 & under

Kids (and adults!) who like fossils, rocks, and/or gems are in for a treat. The 56th Annual Show of the Gem, Lapidary, and Mineral Society of Montgomery County, MD, will have all that and then some. There will be dealers selling collectibles, demonstrations, exhibits, door prizes, free workshops, free specimens for kids, mini mines, and more.

Brain Awareness Day
Where: National Museum of Health & Medicine | Silver Spring,MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Explore the exciting world of neuroscience! Join brain scientists, researchers, clinicians, and museum educators to enjoy interactive demonstrations and exhibits about the brain. Learn about prevention and treatment of traumatic brain injury, and discover how your brain works!  (Note: This is museum is incredibly fascinating, but maybe not for young children or the faint of heart. Read more about why here.)

St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt
Where: Climb UPton | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 8pm
Admission: $20/age 5-7, $45/age 8-15, $55/age 16+

Add an extra little challenge to your climb! A group of climbing Leprechauns lost their pots of gold on the course. Help find them and win a prize. Free to participate as part of any regular climbing ticket (one redemption per guest per visit)

Ireland at the Wharf
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

The Wharf and Kirwan’s Irish Pub are bringing the luck of the Irish to the waterfront with a free festival! Enjoy all the fun of a true Irish festival with Irish dancing, rugby on the big screen, bands and bagpipers, Guinness beer, Irish coffee, and whiskey (last three for the adults, obv.). All ages welcome. Slainte!

Art & Craft Workshop
Where: House of Sweden | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 1—4pm
Admission: Free
Pop in the Swedish Embassy for a creative family arts & crafts workshop in arts & crafts — this weekend’s theme is Easter.  Guides will lead the workshop geared toward kids ages 2-10. All materials will be provided.

Model Train Open House
Where: Historic Vienna Depot | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Visit the historical Vienna Stain station to watch model train and trolley activities that realistically depict an actual railroad that existed in North Carolina in the 1950′s, the Western North Carolina (WNC). Locomotive, rail car, and towns industry in this layout is modeled after those places and things as they looked in that era. Thomas the Tank Engine (and a few of his friends) are chugging around among the bigger steam and diesel locomotives. The Vienna Depot is located at 231 Dominion Road NE in Vienna, Virginia just down the street from the red caboose.

United vs Inter Miami
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 2pm
Admission: Tickets prices vary (Find them here)

DC United’s match against Inter Miami on Saturday afternoon has been much anticipated as Messi’s first time playing here. However, he just suffered an injury that is likely to sideline him — but still not confirmed! Tickets have been sold out for awhile, but you can find resale seats starting around $120 (and those may go down).

Cinderella: A Salsa Fairytale
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 1pm & 4pm
Admission: $12+
A bilingual Cinderella with a twist that kids will love! What will happen to Cinderella at the ball … game? That’s the surprising question in this contemporary Latin-American Cinderella musical that weaves subtle lessons on empathy, sportsmanship, and respect into an exciting, high-stakes story. An Imagination Stage original that broke new ground in bilingual children’s theatre. Recommended for ages 5+.

Through the Sunken Lands
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 1:30pm & 4pm
Admission: $20

Tim J. Lord’s radio play transforms into a heartening world premiere musical that amplifies the voice of a commonly overlooked community. Follow Artemis—a young wheelchair user who’s determined to fight to save her dying town with the help of Aunt Maggie… and a talking heron! Recommended for ages 9+.

Magic Mirror
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am & 1pm
Admission: $15

Magic Mirror is back after its special 40th Anniversary run in 2023! This production was the first show founders Christopher Piper and Allan Stevens worked on as the Puppet Co. Meet Toad, a young person destined for greatness in this mash-up story with lots of familiar fairy tales! Join us on this journey of dragons, monsters, and spirits of the woods. Recommended for ages 5+. Run time approximately 50 minutes.

Junie B. Jones, The Musical
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am & 2pm
Admission: $25

It is Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend, Lucille, does not want to be her best pal anymore and, on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting. Featuring a tremendously loveable character and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones will capture your audience members’ hearts just as the books captivated an entire generation of students.

The Book of Mormon
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Through Sunday
Admission: $89-219 (find tickets)

This outrageous musical comedy follows the adventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. With standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language. Recommended for teens and older.

Little Shop of Horrors
Where: Ford’s Theatre | Pen Quarter, DC
When: Through May 18
Tickets: $41-77 (find discount)
Come down to Skid Row for a non-stop blast, sci-fi horror comedy, love story and rock musical that has become one of the most treasured pieces of American musical theatre. Recommended for ages 13+.

Babies, Books, & Bagels and Hands On Holidays: Purim
Where: JCC of Greater Baltimore | Owings Mills, MD
When: Sunday, 10-11:30am
Admission: Free

Join the JCC as Morah Elaine leads a fabulous holiday celebration, followed by a holiday themed craft, snacks, and a chance to connect with both old and new friends. This FREE program is perfect for ages 6 and under. The JCC is located at 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave in Owings Mills.

NSO Family Concert: Music of Duke Ellington
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Sunday, 2pm
Tickets: $20
Take the A-Train to a special afternoon of music paying tribute to the beloved jazz composer and bandleader! Conducted by Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, the National Symphony Orchestra performs this swinging session as part of the Kennedy Center’s season-wide Ellington 125 celebration. Recommended for ages 5+.

St. Patrick’s Family Festival
Where: Shipgarten | Tysons, VA
When: Sunday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at this family festival hosted by Merida and Peter Pan! Bring the whole family for a day of fun.  There will be FREE face painting and arts & crafts for little ones, plus live music, great drinks, moonbounces, and a full outdoor playground. Dogs are also, on-leash or in the off-leash dog park, and treats are available for them, too.

Voting Rights Story Times
Where: Women’s Equality National Monument | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 12pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Women’s History Month by attending “Voting Rights Story Times.” Join the Yellow Roses, a youth advocacy and learning group, every Sunday in March at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument as they share stories for children about determination, resilience, and perseverance in pursuit of equality. Learn more about the group and the story time events here.

Kids Air-Plant Terrarium
Where: PlantHouse | Alexandria, VA
When: Sunday, 12:30pm
Admission: $25

Join kids adventure terrarium workshop workshop, where you’ll learn how to create a unique terrarium complete with air plants, decor, and adventurous figurines. Recommended for ages 6+, and parent supervision is required. Tickets only required for guests building a terrarium.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Be aware of road closures from 6pm Friday to 6pm Saturday for the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon.
* There’s a new round-up of Easter events happening around the area.
* Cherry blossoms are predicted to bloom this coming week, so be sure to read my tips for families if you plan to see them. Trust me, there are some important things to know!
* There are still spots open for virtual hand cut portraits with Master Silhouette Artist Karl Johnson!
* A pretty dress for spring — and it’s 40% off.
* Currently reading this book (per Darcy’s rec) and very absorbed by it.
* We just watched Perfect Days, and it’s such a quietly beautiful film.
* Who knew four years ago that it was just beginning?
* What school form did I just sign? 😂

 

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The Weekend Round-Up:
March 8-10

 

Happy Weekend!

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

Happy International Women’s Day!
Where: Around the area
When: Friday (and throughout the weekend)
Admission: Varies by activity

Friday is International women’s day (plus, March is Women’s History Month), and there are so many great ways to celebrate it around DC, with something for all ages. See some exhibits, tour local landmarks, enjoy live entertainment, attend a festival… all of it showcasing women and their accomplishments. This post has details on where you can do that over the next month — and beyond!

Early Bloomers
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Some of the cherry trees around the area have begun blooming early.  Try to catch them showing off their pretty pink flowers at Congressional Cemetery, the National Arboretum (note that the linked post is from 2020), National Harbor, and in LeDroit Park. And there’s more than just trees to enjoy at each place!

Awesome Con
Where: Washington Convention Center | Mount Vernon Square, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Starts at $55/adult, $20/child

The mid-Atlantic’s premier pop culture convention brings a three-day celebration of television, movies, comic books, science, technology and more to DC. With hundreds of hours of programming, an impressive lineup of special guests — see actors from Star Wars, Daredevil, Echo, and others! —  plus exciting activities for fans of all ages, this is one fun event. We’ve been and have had a blast checking out games, toys, comics, art, TV, and movie memorabilia, and more. And the cosplay is FANtastic. Costumes encouraged.

Wizards Celebrate Women (+ Post-Game Concert)
Where: Capitol One Arena
When: Friday, 7pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Wizards are hosting International Women’s Night in celebration of International Women’s Day when they play the Charlotte Hornets. The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a Wizards-branded belt bag, and there will be a collection/donation of gently-used professional women’s spring clothing for  Suited for Change. After the game, fans can enjoy the second of the three-part Friday Night Concert Series with a Go-Go performance from female-managed Backyard Band and local group Northeast Groovers.Purchase tickets here.

Intersections Family Fun Day
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center | H Street NE, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

This Atlas’ Intersections Festival includes a morning especially for kids and families. Bring the whole gang for youth-oriented shows and activities. The lobby will be filled with music, performances, an instrument petting zoo, and a creation station offering crafts and coloring for kids and their grown-up friends. And you can catch Imagination Stage’s production of Mouse on the Move all weekend, too (tickets $15)!

Women’s History Month Festival
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday,11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free
This one’s for the ladies (and everyone else, too) as the Portrait Gallery hosts its annual Women’s History Month festival for all ages! Come see our newest portraits of Oprah, Beyoncé, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and other inspiring women. Join the celebration in the Kogod Courtyard, featuring performances and workshops from The Washington Ballet, art activities, spotlight talks, scavenger hunts and story times – there will be something for everyone! Free—Registration Encouraged.

March Family Day: Celebrating Women’s History Month
Where: Library of Congress | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 3:30pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate amazing women in history and in your own life by creating with the Library’s collections! This event for kids and their families will feature creative, engaging activities such as contributing to a communal mural of female trailblazers, transcribing Clara Barton’s personal papers and correspondence, and reimagining the Jefferson Building to showcase the diversity of women’s achievements. And at 2pm, join a conversation with Chelsea Clinton, bestselling author of the “She Persisted” picture book series with a book signing to follow. All ages are welcome. Register for free tickets here.

The World & Me: Save a Spider!
Where: NMNH | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free
It’s an early celebration of “Save a Spider Day!” Pop in to see spider specimens up close, make observations at live tarantula feedings, and learn about the amazing diversity found within the different spider species. Scientists from the museum will also share about the science they do to learn more about spider. And folks from the National Postal Museum will help families create postcards with spider facts.

Opening Weekend Celebration
Where: Climb UPton | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 8pm
Admission: $19.95 – $54.95
Be one of the first climbers of 2024 at Climb UPton’s Opening Weekend celebration. Every climber during the weekend is entered into a daily raffle. Prize pack includes: Climb UPton t-shirt, logo beanie, climbing gloves and Climb UPton mug.

ISEKAI: Blooming Parallel Worlds
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Opens Saturday – June 11
Admission: $20-25/adult, $17/age 4-15, $72/family 4-pack

Spring at ARTECHOUSE is a celebration of the cherry blossoms, and this year ISEKAI: Blooming Parallel Worlds explores multiple universes of blossoms,inspired by the Isekai genre of Anime. Floor to ceiling projections, plus interactive elements are sure to make this one beautiful, engaging, and fun to experience.

Cinderella: A Salsa Fairytale
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 1pm & 4pm
Admission: $12+
A bilingual Cinderella with a twist that kids will love! What will happen to Cinderella at the ball … game? That’s the surprising question in this contemporary Latin-American Cinderella musical that weaves subtle lessons on empathy, sportsmanship, and respect into an exciting, high-stakes story. An Imagination Stage original that broke new ground in bilingual children’s theatre. Recommended for ages 5+.

Through the Sunken Lands
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 1:30pm & 4pm
Admission: $20

Tim J. Lord’s radio play transforms into a heartening world premiere musical that amplifies the voice of a commonly overlooked community. Follow Artemis—a young wheelchair user who’s determined to fight to save her dying town with the help of Aunt Maggie… and a talking heron! Recommended for ages 9+.

Magic Mirror
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am & 1pm
Admission: $15

Magic Mirror is back after its special 40th Anniversary run in 2023! This production was the first show founders Christopher Piper and Allan Stevens worked on as the Puppet Co. Meet Toad, a young person destined for greatness in this mash-up story with lots of familiar fairy tales! Join us on this journey of dragons, monsters, and spirits of the woods. Recommended for ages 5+. Run time approximately 50 minutes.

Junie B. Jones, The Musical
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am & 2pm
Admission: $25

It is Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend, Lucille, does not want to be her best pal anymore and, on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting. Featuring a tremendously loveable character and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones will capture your audience members’ hearts just as the books captivated an entire generation of students.

The Book of Mormon
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Through March 17
Admission: $89-219 (find tickets)

This outrageous musical comedy follows the adventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. With standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language. Recommended for teens and older.

Caps vs Blackhawks (Women in Hockey Night)
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter
When: Saturday, 7pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary (look for a deal)
See some action on ice as the Caps play the Blackhawks on Saturday evening. There is a special package with tickets start at just $67 — all tickets purchased through this include a Capitals branded belt bag. All bags will  be picked up at the game. Plan on more fun in the Penn Quarter area and pop into a museum or get a pre- or post game bite to eat — lots of family-friendly places to go.

Women’s History Month Community Celebration
Where: KID Museum | Bethesda, MD
When: Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $15
Join KID Museum for a Community Celebration of Women’s History Month! There will be “Meet a Maker” opportunities with women inventors, innovators, scientists and artists; a special pop up exhibit of five human-sized 3-D printed IF/THEN she can women in STEM with their live counterparts offering hands on demonstrations of their work; Women in Construction demonstrating their skills and sharing opportunities to build and design; and much more!

Nowruz Family Festival
National Museum of Asian Art | National Mall, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free
Honor the Persian New Year at the annual Nowruz Family Day. Welcome spring with free attractions for all ages, including storytelling, hands-on activities, and more! See the website for activity details.

Voting Rights Story Times
Where: Women’s Equality National Monument | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 12pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Women’s History Month by attending “Voting Rights Story Times.” Join the Yellow Roses, a youth advocacy and learning group, every Sunday in March at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument as they share stories for children about determination, resilience, and perseverance in pursuit of equality. Learn more about the group and the story time events here.

Wonderful World of Watkins
Where: Watkins Regional Park | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Go over the rainbow and beyond at Watkins Regional Park – there is so much fun to be had at the PG County locale.  Visit the Old Maryland Farm to see the animals, and spend time at Watkins Nature Center to view even more cool creatures and birds.  The adorable Wizard of Oz themed playground will have kiddos frolicking for hours. Trails winding through the woods make for nice hikes, too!

Later, Skaters
Where: Ice rinks around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

This is the last weekend to hit the ice al fresco at most local outdoor ice skating rinks, as many are getting ready to shut down their Zambonis for the season. See this post listing them all for details on where you can glide under the sky one last time this winter.

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

There’s rain in the forecast this weekend, so if you want to be indoors, but want some active fun or something with an engaging mission. From pickleball and roller skating to tennis and ping pong to escape rooms and scavenger hunts to an indoor waterpark, you’ll find all kinds of ways to get your fun and game on. And with wet weather on the way, it’s a perfect time for it.

Oscars Prep
Where: Movie theaters around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by theater
With the Oscars happening this weekend (plus chance of rain in the forecast), it’s a perfect time to catch a flick, either to see a nominated film or get in the spirit of it all by seeing something new. The Alamo is a great place to go for a movie and a meal. Or see what’s playing at other theaters around the area.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Sign up the kids for a virtual hand cut portrait session with Master Silhouette Artist Karl Johnson!
* See what’s happening at Imagination Stage this spring and summer — shows, classes, and camps!
* Reading/author recommendations in honor of International Women’s Day.
* Sasha discovered this and we made it…as delicious as it looks!
* Daylight savings this weekend — here are some sleep tips.
* Bought and love these shorts so much, I’m getting other colors.
* Darcy (who shares 10 Happy Things each month) just started selling prints of her beautiful photos.
* Curious about the Oura Ring!
* Hanging lanterns on a patio create the prettiest light and set such an enchanting mood. These and these are nice, too.
* Have you played the New York Times’ latest game, Strands? It’s a good one. (Connections, too, if that’s new to you.)

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The Weekend Round-Up: March 1-3

A glimpse of what’s on view at the REACH to Forest Festival

 

Happy Weekend!

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

REACH to Forest Festival
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Mostly free

This second (and last) weekend of the Kennedy Center’s festival has free programs, films, art installations, conversations, and more that explore the symbiotic relationship between forests and the human world. This includes a bunch of events and performances that kids and families will love — some of them are listed in this round-up, and you can also pop in to check out the cool art installations and get creative in the Moonshot Studio.

Celebrate Women’s History
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

March is Women’s History Month, and there are so many great ways to celebrate it around DC, with something for all ages. See some exhibits, tour local landmarks, support women in sports, enjoy live entertainment, attend a festival… all of it showcasing women and their accomplishments. This post has details on where you can do that over the next month — and beyond!

Hometown Hockey
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Friday, 7pm & Sunday,
Admission: Ticket prices vary (look for deals)

The Caps are playing at home this weekend — twice. See them take on the Philapdelphia Flyers on Friday evening or catch a match against the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday afternoon. Either way, plan on more fun in the Penn Quarter area and pop into a museum or get a pre- or post game bite to eat — lots of family-friendly places to go.

Saturday Morning Live! One Inch of Wonder
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 9:30am & 11am
Admission: Free

Take the kids to a free performance at the National Theatre’s monthly series.  In this show, an inchworm lives inside a poet’s typewriter. When the typewriter suddenly goes quiet, the inchworm must team up with the audience to reignite the poet’s imagination! In this interactive show by an award-winning duo, inspiration really can be found in the little things. Reserve free tickets in advance!

First Saturday
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Women’s History Month at the National Gallery’s monthly First Saturday as you explore works of art and activities by women artist. Take little ones to storytime. Connect with portrait photography in Dorothea Lange: Seeing People during its last month on view, and watch Grab a Hunk of Lightning, a documentary about Lange. Experience portrait drawing with visual storyteller Wendy MacNaughton. Plus, watch kid-friendly short films, enjoy face painting, discover a curated selection of books in the library, and more!

Environmental Book Fair
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free
Families will enjoy a one-of-a–kind book fair dedicated to youth and children, featuring a collection of books for sale on the environment and well being in collaboration with Politics and Prose. Exciting programs include author readings, children’s storytelling by notable authors, and book signings.

Trailblazing Women in Transit History
Where: National Capital Trolley Museum | Colesville, MD
When: Saturday, 12-3pm
Admission: $12/adult, $10/ages 2-17 & seniors
Learn about women who made in impact in transit history  at the National Capital Trolley Museum’s monthly All Aboard! program.  There will be  crafts and objects from NCTM’s collection available for visitors to enjoy.  Plan to tour the rest of exhibits and take a trolly ride while you’re there.

Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Where: Old Town | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 12:30pm
Admission: Free

Don your green and line the streets of Old Town Alexandria to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a bit early at the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade! Go early for a Fun Dog Show at 11am at King &  N. Royal Streets as costumed dogs strut  their St. Paddy’s spirit. A Classic Car Show will begin at 9am at the 100 block of N. Pitt Street, between King and Cameron Streets.  The big procession kicks off at 12:30pm at Alfred and King Streets, then winds through Old Town, showcasing elected officials, Irish Ambassadors, military commanders, scout troops, high school bands, and local celebrities.

Magic Mirror
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am & 1pm
Admission: $15

Magic Mirror is back after its special 40th Anniversary run in 2023! This production was the first show founders Christopher Piper and Allan Stevens worked on as the Puppet Co. Meet Toad, a young person destined for greatness in this mash-up story with lots of familiar fairy tales! Join us on this journey of dragons, monsters, and spirits of the woods. Recommended for ages 5+. Run time approximately 50 minutes.

Through the Sunken Lands
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 1:30pm & 4pm
Admission: $20

Tim J. Lord’s radio play transforms into a heartening world premiere musical that amplifies the voice of a commonly overlooked community. Follow Artemis—a young wheelchair user who’s determined to fight to save her dying town with the help of Aunt Maggie… and a talking heron! Recommended for ages 9+.

The Monster at the End of this Play
Where: Highland Elementary School | Wheaton, MD
When: Saturday, 11am & Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free

A spooky forest. A mysterious letter. The worst villains in all of Fairytale Land. What could possibly go wrong? “The Monster at the End of This Play” is a lighthearted and humorous exploration of how the things we don’t understand are not always as scary as they seem. Best for ages 4 and up.

Cinderella: A Salsa Fairytale
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 1pm & 4pm
Admission: $12+
A bilingual Cinderella with a twist that kids will love! What will happen to Cinderella at the ball … game? That’s the surprising question in this contemporary Latin-American Cinderella musical that weaves subtle lessons on empathy, sportsmanship, and respect into an exciting, high-stakes story. An Imagination Stage original that broke new ground in bilingual children’s theatre. Recommended for ages 5+.

Junie B. Jones, The Musical
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am & 2pm
Admission: $25

It is Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend, Lucille, does not want to be her best pal anymore and, on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting. Featuring a tremendously loveable character and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones will capture your audience members’ hearts just as the books captivated an entire generation of students.

Marching  Toward Madness
Where: Colleges around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by game
The NCAA basketball season starts to get really exciting this timw of year as we get closer to March Madness and the Big Dance. Get ready for at a local game — with so many colleges in the area, there’s always some good hoops to see. Here’s who is playing at home this weekend:
* Catholic men vs Worcester State on Friday at 5:45pm
* American women vs Navy on Saturday at 12pm (in Annapolis)
* GWU women vs Loyola Chicago on Saturday at 2pm
* American men vs Navy on Saturday at 2pm
* George Mason men vs Duquesne o Saturday at 2pm
* Georgetown men vs Xavier on Saturday at 7pm
* Maryland Men vs Indiana on Sunday at 2pm (Go, Terps!)

Roam Free
Where: Dumbarton Oaks Gardens | Georgetown, DC
When: Throughout the weekend, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

There’s only a little over a week to take advantage of free admission to Dumbarton Oaks Gardens. From November through mid-March, there is no fee to roam the beautiful grounds.  (It’s one of my favorite KFDC Tips to impart because it’s one of my favorite places in DC!) Stroll among the various plats, find lovely tucked away places to sit, and enjoy a delightful, relaxing wander around a peaceful place. Hours are limited, but you can make a longer day of it with play time at Montrose Park next door, a hike in Dumbarton Oaks Park right behind the the garden, and/or a bite to eat at one of of the many options in Georgetown. This KFDC post about Dumbarton also has some nearby food recs and this one from earlier KFDC days has more info and scenes.

Play with Extra Zip
Where: Beauvoir Outdoors | National Cathedral, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

The National Cathedral Elementary School’s playground is easily one of the best in the city. With lots of climbing and sliding structures and spaces for all ages, plus a super fun zipline, your whole crew is guaranteed to have a blast there.

Voting Rights Story Times
Where: Women’s Equality National Monument | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 12pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Women’s History Month by attending “Voting Rights Story Times.” Join the Yellow Roses, a youth advocacy and learning group, every Sunday in March at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument as they share stories for children about determination, resilience, and perseverance in pursuit of equality. Learn more about the group and the story time events here.

Model Rocket Launch
Where: Goddard Space Flight Center
When: Sunday, 1-2pm
Admission: Free

Join the monthly model rocket launch at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Anyone is welcome, and if you’ve got a model rocket to fly, bring it along (though there are some restrictions – see them here). The program takes place the first Sunday of every month at 1pm.

Hit the Trail
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

We should have some good hiking weather at keast one day this weekend, so get out in nature to enjoy some family QT on the. trail. This post has a bunch of recommendations for great places to go with kids.  A few specific suggestions for this weekend: At Calvert Cliffs State Park you can also do some fossil hunting, Patapsco Valley State Park has so many great hiking options, hit the trail right in the city at Rock Creek Park, or enjoy the glorious nature of Prince William Forest Park.

Ice Skating Wind Down
Where: Ice rinks around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

The outdoor ice skating season is coming to an end soon.  The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden rink closes after Sunday.  A couple of others have already shut down for the season, and a couple more are only open through next weekend. See this post listing them all for details on where you can glide under the sky a final time this winter.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* The National Park Service just announced the predicted cherry blossom peak bloom dates: March 23-26.
* With rain in the forecast in Saturday, the post about indoor places for active fun is a good one to highlight.
* Local author JoAnn Hill just shared a sampling of Black-owned family-friendly DC restaurants from her brand new book Unique Eats & Eateries of Washington, DC. Yum!
*  14 Adventurous Family Trips That Your Kids Will Love suggested by Outside Magazine.
* A friend gave me this, and I love it!
* We took care of our friends’ dog recently, and he had the funniest dog toy.
* The cutest kids clothes in this spring sale (and check out the adult stuff while you’re there)
* An unexpected but quite pretty color for sandals.
* Picks from Anthro’s 40% off sale:  This pretty print dress; these iridescent hoops; this cute & comfy dress; these stylish culottes; this vibrant skirt; this mini dress for teen Sash.
* Two of my favorite podcasters in one great episode.
* I haven’t been watching American Idol, but this makes me want to.

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Where to Celebrate Women’s History Month Around DC

Artwork, all by women, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

March is Women’s History Month, and there are so many great ways to celebrate it around DC, with something for all ages.  See some exhibits, tour local landmarks, support women in sports, enjoy live entertainment, attend a festival… all of it showcasing women and their accomplishments.  Find out where you can do that over the next month — and beyond!

Women’s Art
Where: National Museum of Women in the Arts | Downtown DC
When: Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm & Sunday 12-5pm
Admission: $16/adult, $13/DC residents, free/18 & under

Enjoy a whole museum totally dedicated to women and their artistic works. The National Museum of Women in the Arts reopened last fall after a two-year renovation, and the redesigned spaces are lovely, more open and light-filled, perfect for showcasing the permanent collection and a vibrant exhibitions currently on view. And heads-up: The first Sunday and second Wednesday of every months are Free Community Days when there is no entry fee, and that includes Sunday, March 3 and Wednesday, March 13. The museum is also hosting a day of special programming on March 8 for International Women’s Day.

BGR!FEST
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: February 29 – March 9
Admission: Vary by activity

This multi-day, live, immersive experience celebrates and recognizes the exceptional cultural contributions of Black women artists, thought leaders, and creatives. The festival’s headlining feature is the Black Girls Rock Concert boasting a lineup of Black women artists.  See more details on the Kennedy Center website.

First Saturday
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: March 2, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Women’s History Month at the National Gallery’s First Saturday series as you explore works of art and activities by women artist. Take little ones to storytime. Connect with portrait photography in Dorothea Lange: Seeing People during its last month on view, and watch Grab a Hunk of Lightning, a documentary about Lange. Experience portrait drawing with visual storyteller Wendy MacNaughton. Plus, watch kid-friendly short films, enjoy face painting, discover a curated selection of books in the library, and more!

Trailblazing Women in Transit History
Where: National Capital Trolley Museum | Colesville, MD
When: March 2, 12-3pm
Admission: $12/adult, $10/ages 2-17 & seniors
Learn about women who made in impact in transit history  at the National Capital Trolley Museum’s monthly All Aboard! program.  There will be  crafts and objects from NCTM’s collection available for visitors to enjoy.  Plan to tour the rest of exhibits and take a trolly ride while you’re there.

Voting Rights Story Times
Where: Women’s Equality National Monument | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sundays in March, 12pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Women’s History Month by attending “Voting Rights Story Times.” Join the Yellow Roses, a youth advocacy and learning group, every Sunday in March at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument as they share stories for children about determination, resilience, and perseverance in pursuit of equality. Learn more about the group and the story time events here.

Libraries Celebrate Women
Where: Public Libraries Around DC
When: Through March
Admission Free

DC Public Library is hosting several activities and events inspired by Women’s History Month at locations across the city. Participate in a scavenger hunt, enjoy button making sessions, go to a film screening, and listen to a panel of producers discuss women in hip hop. See the calendar for details here.

Statue-esque Women
Where: Around DC
When: Ongoing
Admission: Free
Yes, there are some statues honoring women amid the many memorials and monuments dedicated to men — even one on the National Mall! Make it a mission to visit them over the month and see how many you can get to. You can find a map of them here on Curbed.

RIOT! Funny Women Stand Up
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: March 6
Tickets: Start at $29

This special comedy event is in celebration of Women’s History Month. Leading performers from across the comedic landscape come together to celebrate women in the arts through laughter! This year, RIOT! features Zarna Garg, Chloe Radcliffe, Irene Tu, and Jenny Yang. Recommended for teens and older.

Wizards Celebrate Women
Where: Capitol One Arena
When: March 8, 7pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Wizards are hosting International Women’s Night in celebration of International Women’s Day when they play the Charlotte Hornets. The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a Wizards-branded belt bag, and there will be a collection/donatioon of gently-used professional women’s spring clothing for Suited for Change. After the game, fans can enjoy the second of the three-part Friday Night Concert Series with a Go-Go performance from female-managed Backyard Band and local group Northeast Groovers.Purchase tickets here.

Women’s History Month Festival
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: March 9, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

This one’s for the ladies (and everyone else, too) as the Portrait Gallery hosts its annual Women’s History Month festival for all ages! See the newest portraits of Oprah, Beyoncé, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and other inspiring women. Join the celebration in the Kogod Courtyard, featuring performances and workshops from The Washington Ballet, art activities, spotlight talks, scavenger hunts and story times – there will be something for everyone!

March Family Day: Celebrating Women’s History Month
Where: Library of Congress | Capitol Hill, DC
When: March 9, 10:30am – 3:30pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate amazing women in history and in your own life by creating with the Library’s collections! This event for kids and their families will feature creative, engaging activities such as contributing to a communal mural of female trailblazers, transcribing Clara Barton’s personal papers and correspondence, and reimagining the Jefferson Building to showcase the diversity of women’s achievements. And at 2pm, join a conversation with Chelsea Clinton, bestselling author of the “She Persisted” picture book series with a book signing to follow. All ages are welcome. Register for free tickets here.

Women’s History Month Community Celebration
Where: KID Museum | Bethesda, MD
When: March 10, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $15
Join KID Museum for a Community Celebration of Women’s History Month! There will be “Meet a Maker” opportunities with women inventors, innovators, scientists and artists; a special pop up exhibit of five human-sized 3-D printed IF/THEN she can women in STEM with their live counterparts offering hands on demonstrations of their work; Women in Construction demonstrating their skills and sharing opportunities to build and design; and much more!

Women’s History in American History
Where: National American History Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Ongoing
Admission: Free

The American History Museum houses several exhibits that focus on women, from a section on women inventors to displays about women’s suffrage to the First Ladies dresses and much more. See all the ways to explore women’s history through the museum here.

Women of the Freer
Where: National Museum of Asian Art | National Mall, DC

When: Daily through March, 2-3pm
Admission: Free
To celebrate Women’s History Month, everyday through March, the National Museum of Asian Art is offering docent-led tours of art by the women in their collection — ancient and modern, human and divine. The tours will introduce you to influential women and their little-known stories. No reservation needed.

More Works by Women
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Ongoing
Admission: Free

The National Gallery of Art is full of remarkable works by women artists, from Georgia O’Keefe to Alma Thomas to Mary Cassat to Faith Ringgold — and so many more. Wander around them museum to explore them or take a tour (while not solely about women, they will cover some of them).

Bountiful Baskets
Where: American Indian Museum | National Mall, DC
When: March 16, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

In honor of Women’s History month, the museum is showcasing a tradition of American Indian women. Corine Pearce (Redwood Valley Little River Band of Pomo), Ronni-leigh Goeman (Onondaga), Iva Honyestewa (Hopi/Navajo), and Laura Wong-Whitebear (Colville) share the beauty of Native basketry and the significance of keeping this tradition alive through the different weaving traditions, materials, stories, and inspirations that go into making a basket.

See a Spirit Match
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: March 23 & March 31
Admission: Tickets start at $14

Enjoy some exciting soccer and support women in sports at a Washington Spirit match! The team’s home opener is on March 23 against Bay FC. And March 31 is Women’s Empowerment night — more details about it wil be released soon.

Support Women in the NCAA
Where: Local Colleges
When: Throughout March
Admission: Varies

March Madness applies to women’s teams, too! See some of our local college teams play basketball — as well as other sports. Lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, indoor track and field, and gymnastics are also happening this month. Check schedules for nearby schools:
* University of Maryland (Go, Terps!)
* Georgetown University
* George Washington University
* American University
* Howard University
* Catholic University
* George Mason University

Legacies on Call Boxes
Where: Around DC
When: Ongoing
Admission: Free

Find old fire call boxes and see where several notable women are commemorated. The Wander Women Project, a travel blog that celebrates women’s creations and follows female legacy, landmarks, and heritage trails, has a map to follow, plus more info about all of the women on their website. It’s a fun way to explore downtown and learn about some pioneering women!

Girl Bosses
Where: Around the DC area
When: Ongoing
Admission: Free (but plan to spend — and support!)

Fun activities this month: Shopping! And eating!  This is a great time to make a point to patronize women-owned businesses around DC, and there are many awesome, beloved places to do that. This Washingtonian article from a couple of years ago highlights a bunch. See a round-up local women-owned restaurants and eateries.  I’d also add Labyrinth Games and Puzzles, Steadfast Supply (an amazing selection of giftable goods), the best family photographer in the area, an incredible interior designer if you’re in need of a home spruce up, and five consignment shops in Old Town Alexandria that are all women-owned.

 

Do you know of any activities or events that celebrate women that you don’t see listed here? Feel free to share in the comments!

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