It’s cold out as I write this, and Canada is hosting the Olympics, so let’s call it apropos that my picks for kid fun this weekend share a common thread – ice. Polar exploration, polar bears, and Mickey on skates are a few ways to chill with your brood. (That being said, we’re on the brink of a relative heat wave, as temps are predicted to soar well into the 40’s tomorrow. With sidewalks clear of snowy muck and the sun radiating its awesomeness upon us, I also recommend that you get outdoors and soak some up while you can.)
The National Archives is hosting Polar Exploration Family Day in honor of the recent opening of its Polar Exploration exhibit. On Saturday from 11am – 2pm in the Public Vaults, activity will abound — kids can meet a polar explorer reenacter, learn to read a telegram and create their own, play Inuit string games, and sketch a view of the North Pole. At 2pm, there will be a screening of award-winning documentary, March of the Penguins. The National Archives is located on the National Mall at Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets NW.
More polar spectacles can be seen at the National Geographic Museum. Polar Obsession: Photography by Paul Nicklen is nearly in its last week of exhibition. The collection of captivating images features everything from polar bears and penguins to icy landscapes and leopard seals. It’s a chance to glimpse the remote wild and give the kids a little conservation lesson. Admission is free for all ages. Located at 1145 17th St NW.
If your kids dig Olympic figure skating or Mickey Mouse (or both), there’s a good chance they’ll enjoy the Disney on Ice show at the Patriot Center in Fairfax. Shows start at 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm, and tickets are $22 – $55. TravelZoo currently has a $20 deal on concourse seats for Sunday’s shows.