The Weekend Round-Up: March 7-8

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What could have been a dreary snow day stuck inside the house turned out to be one of the most memorable and fun times had this winter. Yes, we joined the much publicized sled-in at the Capitol yesterday. And while we didn’t spearhead the charge (thanks for that, Tim Krepp and Lyndsey Medsker!), it was a thrill to join friends and neighbors for a stand-up-(or would that be slide down?)-for-what-we-believe-in moment, a perfect, lighthearted way to show our kids that, in some instances, it’s okay to question the rules. And as we all share stories, images, and videos of our children from local and national new sources covering the feel-good story of the week, I’m reminded why I love this city so much. (All that said, I still can’t wait for the sun and slightly warmer weather that’s coming along with these recommended activities.) Happy Weekend!

Intersections Festival
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by Performance

It’s the final weekend of the Atlas Performing Arts Center’s 6th annual festival of the arts, and there will be several performances and activities for the entire family to enjoy: Sunny and Licorice from Arts on the Horizon, a free Boogie Babes show, a performance by Pace Setters Dance, a theatre and percussive dance show from The Phenix, free cafe concerts on Saturday, and even more. Visit the Intersections website for show times, descriptions, and ticket info.

theNEWmovement
Where: THEARC
When: Sunday, 3pm (reception at 4pm)
Admission: $15

Join The Washinton Ballet for the recently launched series, theNEWmovement: rising stars of The Washington Ballet Studio Company featuring TWB’s Studio Company, an aspirant dancer group poised to become the dance stars of the future. Sunday’s one-hour program of funky, fancy and energetic choreography will feature music by Jay-Z, “musical explorer” Debruit, and scores taken from classics including Peter Pan, The Nutcracker, ALICE (in wonderland), Swan Lake, and Giselle.

An Anniversary for Abe
Where: Lincoln Memorial & Washington Monument Grounds
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural address with activities that honor the 16th POTUS. See a reenactment of the event at the Lincoln Memorial during a ceremony from 9:30-11:30am. Then enjoy family activities highlighting life in Washington during the Civil War. The Washington Monument grounds will be the scene of four activity stations from 12-5pm that will explore different aspects of life in the capital city during the war.

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

Celebrate the Irish holiday a a bit early in Old Town Alexandria. Pre-parade festivities begin at noon, and the annual 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.

Show Time
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

* Encore Stage & Studio’s production of The Three Musketeers opens this weekend (look for a deal on tickets)
* Wiley and the Hairy Man is on the Imagination Stage (look for a deal on tickets)
* Into the Woods is also at the the Bethesda theatre
* Catch a performance of Petit Rouge, A Cajun Red Riding Hood at Adventure Theatre (look for a deal on tickets)
* Happenstance Theatre’s The Maestro is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National show
* Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp are entertaining audiences at The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park
* And Dragon Babies is the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theatre
* AndyRoo and the AndyRooniverse is playing the Saturday morning show at Jammin’ Java

Are You Ready for Some Futbol?
Where: RFK Stadium
When: Saturday, 3pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The DC United kicks off the new season at home with a match against the Montreal Impact on Saturday afternoon. Right now, you can get a Home Opener Bundle, which includes a tickets + an Adidas beanie for $25. And if you need to catch up on the local soccer scoop, check out the DC United website for a refresher.

Journey to Space
Where: National Air & Space Museum
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $9/adult, $7.50/youth

Go on a 3D adventure with NASA at the Air & Space Museum’s newest IMAX movie! Journey to Space 3D lets you travel with the astronauts to explore the outer limits. See how they prep for missions and live and work in space. Learn about the importance of the International Space Station. And discover what NASA and the space community are working toward now.

Recreation on Ice
Where: Local Ice Rinks
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

The weather might not be a good indicator, but the ice skating season is quickly winding down. The next week is your last chance to glide at many local outdoor rinks (a couple have already closed for the season). If you want to get in some double axle practice, work on your speed skills, or just make a few leisurely rounds on the ice, see where you can do so in this post listing local rinks.

Persian New Year Celebration
Where: Freer | Sackler Gallery
When: Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm
Admission: Free

Dance, play, and feast your way into the Persian New Year at the Freer and Sackler Galleries. The museums’ seventh annual Nowruz celebration features free attractions for all ages, including “fire” jumping, storytelling, face painting, calligraphy, crafts, a photo booth, games, and more.

Kids in the Kitchen
Where: YMCA National Capital
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

The Junior League of Washington is hosting their annual spring event that showcases ways kids can eat smart and make healthy lifestyle choices. Enjoy a fun-filled day of games, crafts, hands-on learning, and exciting prizes – all to celebrate and promote nutritional literacy. Local chefs will present healthy cooking demos, fitness experts will lead kids in high-energy exercise sessions, and certified nutritionists will be on hand to answer questions. The Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Mobile Dental Van will also provide free dental screenings for kids up to age 12.

STEM Symposium
Where: The Nysmith School
When: Saturday, 9am – 3pm
Admission: Free, registration requested

This all-day free event will include exciting exhibits, inspiring speakers, and panel experts who will highlight just how vital it is to engage parents, students, teachers, corporate/government execs and non-profit representatives alike in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) education and careers. Activities for the day will include hands-on experiments for children, government and industry exhibitors, student science fair projects and panel discussions with STEM stakeholders. Attendees will also be able to find information about government and industry STEM-related high school and college internships. The Nysmith school is located at 13625 EDS Drive in Herndon, Va.

Portrait Story Days & Discoveries
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 1-4pm & Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the Portrait Gallery to listen to a story about Susan B. Anthony and complete a hands-on activity. The story is usually read at 1, 2 and 3pm on Saturday and at 2, 3 and 4pm on Sunday. When you’re done there, pick up a Portrait Discovery Kit to explore the museum. For more about the program, see this post about one of our experiences there.

The Ins & Outs of DC
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Along with special events suggested above, DC is full of mainstay attractions that are just as exceptional as the one-off happenings. Looking for ways to stay active and entertained, yet still warm? Then The Great Indoors post, a list of over 60 ideas for places to go inside, should have you covered. And if you find exploring in the cool air exhilarating, The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids, has a bunch of recommendations, too.


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Giveaway: Enter to Win a Week of Tennis Camp from RDUTennis!

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Do your kids want to take a swing at a new sport or hone their skills on the tennis court? A new camp coming to the DC area this summer will give them just those opportunities. Even better, you have a chance to win a weeklong session for your child to attend!

RDUTennis, LLC has already established itself as a leader in tennis instruction in North Carolina. The organization is the largest tennis management service in the Tarheel State, offering both youth and adult programs year-round. And now they are expanding north, partnering with American and Trinity Washington Universities here in DC this summer. Both venues will be offering tennis instruction from RDUTennis staff members, all of whom possess tremendous background and knowledge of the game.

American University camp will operate for two consecutive weeks as a half-day camp option from 9am – 1pm daily. Trinity Washington University camp will be operating for five weeks as a full or half-day camp option in weeklong sessions. Trinity Washington will serve as a tennis camp with other sports and amenities offered as a break from the courts.

For pricing, camp details, schedules, and registration, visit the RDU Tennis website. Inquires can be addressed to Brian Rosenthal at brian@rdutennis.net.

Giveaway: To enter for a chance to win a week of tennis camp at Trinty Washington University with RDUTennis simply leave a comment below, telling me your favorite summer activity (remember that season when it’s warm and ice-free?). The winner can choose from any of the camp session weeks of 6/22, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, and 8/10. To be eligible, you must like KidFriendly DC on Facebook and subscribe to the blog (enter your email address in the “Sign me Up!” box on the left side bar). This giveaway will run through March 15, and a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by RDUTennis LLC, however, I only promote programs, services, and events that I truly believe in and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: March 2-6

Lichtenstein's House I at the NGA Sculpture Garden is a fun optical illusion to view

Lichtenstein’s House I at the NGA Sculpture Garden is a fun optical illusion to view



Monday - Celebrate the birthday of one of the most beloved authors, Dr. Seuss. Many libraries are hosting special programs in his honor, or you can just go check out and read some of his kiddie masterpieces. This early KFDC post has background on the local library experience and links to public libraries around the area.

Tuesday - Explore the rainforest with National Geographic at Tyson’s Corner Center. Their monthly Kids’ Club event welcomes children to learn in a fun, interactive setting. Music, snacks, crafts, balloon animals, a special Rain Forest Puppet Show, and more activities for all ages can be enjoyed from 11am – 1pm. Admission is free.

Wednesday - With rising temps in the forecast, spend time outdoors AND see some art at the National Gallery of Art and Hirshhorn Sculpture Gardens. Both areas on the National Mall showcase bold, quirky works that children often find appealing. If rainy deters from al fresco art viewing, just head inside the museums instead! Admission is free to both.

Thursday - Learn about the history of flight at the College Park Aviation Museum. It’s a perfect place for young visitors with eye-popping displays and hands-on fun. They can view early airplanes up close, dress up like aviators, create flight-inspired art, and more. Keep an eye on the runway right outside the floor-to-ceiling windows — you might see planes take off and land at the College Park Airport, the oldest continuously operating airport in the world! Open daily 10am – 5pm. Admission is $4/adults, $2/children, free for ages 2 and under.

Friday - Go for a swim! It doesn’t matter what the weather is like outside when there are plenty of indoor pools in the area that are open to the public. Wilson Aquatic Center in NW is popular, and Deanwood in NE even has a slide. In Maryland, Rollingcrest in PG County has a special preschool area, and there are several indoor aquatic facilities in Montgomery County. In Northern Virginia, Arlington County has a few indoor public pools, and there’s one in Alexandria, too. Be sure to check schedules for open swim times at all of them, and I recommend calling ahead to make sure there are no weather-related closings.

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The Weekend Round-Up: February 28 – March 1

Winter in DC, after hours

Winter in DC, after hours



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From awesome museum programs to fantastic live entertainment (and a lots of fun in between, both special and everyday), you’ve got your pick of family activities over the next few days. Happy Weekend!

Discover Engineering Family Day
Where: National Building Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

The Building Museum always hosts great family events, and this annual festival is no exception. Celebrate National Engineers Week as you debunk the myths of engineering and discover how professional engineers turn an idea into reality. Hands-on activities allow kids to explore concepts such as thermodynamics, electricity, aerodynamics, and more, all while meeting real engineers and testing out ideas with activities designed especially for young guests. We’ve gone several years and have always had a great time. It gets crowded, but there are so many activities available, kids can always be involved in the fun. Recommended for children ages 6-12 with adult supervision.

Intersect with Family Fun
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by performance

There’s more family programming at the INTERSECTIONS Festival this weekend. Arts on the Horizon presents Sunny and Licorice throughout the weekend. Happenstance Theatre will perform Pinot & Augistine again. Catch Boogie Babes’ performer Lea as she plays a Cafe Concert. See Zip Zap Circus juggling acts and more in the Kogod Lobby on Saturday. Check the schdedule for details on all of these shows plus more (grown-up) events going on during the festival this weekend.

African American Pioneers in Aviation Family Day
Where: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15

Head to the Dulles arm of the Air & Space Museum to celebrate the significant contributions African Americans have made to flight and space exploration despite the overwhelming obstacles they had to overcome. Enjoy presentations, hands-on activities, and stories, plus the opportunity to meet astronauts, fighter pilots, and others who will share stories of their challenges and accomplishments. Learn about inspiring historic figures like Bessie Coleman through reenactments and story times – and more!

Gadgets & Gears
Where: Maryland Science Center
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: $18.95/adult, $15.95/ages 3-12, free for under 3

Celebrate National Engineers Week at the Maryland Science Center as they break out the bots for Gadgets & Gears Day. Young engineers, builders and inventors can, well, engineer, build and invent all day with activities, experiments and demonstrations involving robots, drones, radio-controlled cars, 3D printing and nanotechnology. Explore different aspects of the engineering field at stations — investigate the inner workings of a smartphone, design a wind turbine, program motorized drawing robots and build circuits. There will also be GADGET talks by professional and interactive elements and demos from community representatives.

Show Time
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

* Encore Stage & Studio’s production of The Three Musketeers opens this weekend (look for a deal on tickets)
* Wiley and the Hairy Man is on the Imagination Stage (look for a deal on tickets)
* The Light from Inside is also at the the Bethesda theatre
* Catch a performance of Petit Rouge, A Cajun Red Riding Hood at Adventure Theatre (look for a deal on tickets)
* Rainbow Puppets’ The Really BIG Dinosaur Show is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National show
* Outside the Bachx brings thrilling dance and spoken word for family audiences to the Kennedy Center
* The Washington Ballet’s world premiere production of Sleepy Hollow is also at the Kennedy Center
* Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp are entertaining audiences at The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park
* And Baby Bear’s Birthday is the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theatre
* THEARC presents TRUTH the Musical in celebration of Black History Month

Dancin’ in the Kitchen
Where: Human Rights Campaign Headquarters
When: Saturday, 11am & 1pm
Admission: $10

Grammy winning duo Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer will play music from their forthcoming CD, “Dancin’ in the Kitchen” featuring songs that celebrate all kinds of families! Along with the show, each family will receive an advance copy of “Dancin’ in the Kitchen,” a chance to meet the musicians, and snacks during the concert.

All Aboard for a Model Train Open House
Where: Historic Vienna Depot of the W&OD Railroad
When: Saturday, 12-3pm
Admission: Free

Chug on down to the Town of Vienna’s 125th Anniversary Celebration and while you are there, visit the Vienna Depot and see 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). Every hill, town, building, locomotive, rail car, and industry in this layout is modeled after those places and things as they looked in that era. Well, almost everything. To satisfy popular demand, expect an occasional sighting of Thomas the Tank Engine (and a few of his friends) chugging around among the bigger steam and diesel locomotives. The Vienna Depot is located at 231 Dominion Road NE in Vienna.

Invasive Species Awareness
Where: National Museum of Natural History
When: Saturday, 12-3pm
Admission: Free

Head to Q?rius, the Natural History Museum’s interactive and experimental learning space, for a lesson about invasive species. What are they? How do they get around? What is their impact? Find out from experts who research different types of invasive species – they’ll be on hand to share their knowledge and insight – and through interactive experiences for all ages!

Dance Your Socks Off
Where: River Park Nursery School
When: Saturday, 4-7pm
Admission: $15 or $35/family

River Park Nursery School’s annual Sock Hop is always a fun-filled, family-friendly event. Featuring entertainment by local musical celebrity Mr. Skip, food, games, and a silent auction, enjoy activities for all ages and an opportunity to support quality preschool education on Capitol Hill.

North Indian Dance Show
Where: Lisner Auditorium
When: Saturday, 7pm (doors open at 6:30)
Admission: Tickets start at $25

Enjoy some cultural entertainment as eight of the best Bahngra dance teams in North America showcase their exceptional talents at the Elite 8 Bhangra Invitational. The competition host, Emdo Entertainment, promises an incomparable audience experience along with a fantastic show.

Road to the Puppy Bowl
Where: Washington Animal Rescue League
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

This all-star adoption event helps animals of all sizes, shapes, and breeds find their forever homes — for half price! Those hoping to add a playful pup, a furry feline, a bouncing bunny, or anything in between can join Animal Planet at their local shelter for a fun-filled event with photo ops, giveaways and overly adorable animals. The best part, Animal Planet is helping cover half the cost of all adoptions on March 1. Register for the event and to be eligible for the waived adoption fees. The Washington Animal Rescue League is located at 71 Oglethorpe Street NW

Speak for the Trees
Where: E.C. Lawrence Park
When: Sunday, 2:30-3:30pm
Admission: $5/child

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a reading of The Lorax and a related craft project. Guests will also learn about how trees help people – a nod to the environmental message behind the cherished children’s book.

Prepare for Madness
Where: Area colleges
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Varies

With March comes madness, and you can start psyched up for it at local basketball game. American University men and women take on Bucknell on Saturday (tickets here). See a local match-up as the GW and George Mason women’s teams play on Sunday (tickets here). The lady Hoyas play Creighton tonight (tickets here). And I’m not forgetting the Maryland vs. Michigan game, but tickets are already sold out (Go Terps!).

Last Skate of the Season
Where: Canal Park Ice Rink
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $8/adults, $7/kids, $3/rentals

Even though winter seems like it’s going to last forever, the skating season is coming to an end at Canal Park. It’s your last chance to glide along the meandering paths of the ice rink. Skate under the sky, take a hot chocolate and snack break in the Park Tavern restaurant, then skate some more. And for other places to glide the day away in the DC area, see this post about local where where you can play it cool.

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. Read more about it in this post.

Portrait Story Days & Discoveries
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 1-4pm & Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the Portrait Gallery to listen to a story about Harriet and complete a hands-on activity. The story is usually read at 1, 2 and 3pm on Saturday and at 2, 3 and 4pm on Sunday. When you’re done there, pick up a Portrait Discovery Kit to explore the museum. For more about the program, see this post about one of our experiences there.

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Kick It with British Soccer Camps this Summer

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British Soccer Camps is the most popular camp in North America hosting 150,000 campers! With an innovative curriculum that develops skills, speed and confidence in players ages 3-18, British Soccer Camps provide girls and boys with the rare opportunity to receive high-level soccer coaching from a team of international experts right in the heart of their own communities. In addition to teaching new skills and improving game performance, each British Soccer Camp provides lessons in character development and cultural education, and is the most fun your child can have learning the sport they love!

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Challenger Sports, however, I only promote services, events, and programs that I truly believe in and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.


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