I loved reading the feedback from yesterday’s giveaway and learning which features readers enjoyed most on KFDC. If it had been, say, an awards ceremony, the weekend round-up easily would have won the golden trophy. I hope this one keeps fans happy.
Here are my nominations for fun family activities happening around town over the next couple of days. Happy Weekend!
Intersections: A New America Arts Festival – Celebrating art as an inspiration for connection and conversation, The Atlas Performing Arts Center kicks off nine days of performances and events today. Kids will get the most out of it on Family Saturday during the “Capture the Wind” event. Along with several family-friendly performances, including Adventure Theater’s “Mirandy & Brother Wind,” there will be hands-on arts activities, a cakewalk contest, and more fun for all ages. Saturday’s festivities run from 1 – 6pm, with a detailed scheduled available here. For show times throughout the festival and to purchase tickets online, visit the Intersections website.
Oh, The Places You’ll Go! – As an early celebration of Dr. Seuss’ Birthday on March 2, Target stores are hosting Read Across America Day. From 9 – 11am you can enjoy a free Dr. Seuss story time at any Target store in the area, and hear readings of books by the beloved children’s author.
Orchid Exhibit Family Day – Museum goers of all ages are invited to explore the world of orchids at the National Museum of Natural History on Saturday. Enjoy stamp art and calligraphy, take a photo with a human-sized orchid, and learn how to pot an orchid to take home. Orchid experts from the Smithsonian and U.S. Botanic Garden will be available all day to answer questions and to discuss unique plants from their collections that will be on display for one day only. The free event runs from 11am – 3pm.
The Magic of Disney – Mickey and friends will be livening up the Patriot Center stage on Sunday, February 27, with two performances of Disney Live!: Mickey’s Magic Road Show. Join the gang as they watch world-class magicians perform magic from legendary Disney films. Tickets are still available for both the 12:30pm and 3:30pm shows and can be purchased through the Disney Live! website. Prices range from $22 – $50.
Saturday Morning at the National – The National Theater’s weekend series for children is back on this Saturday as adroit ventriloquist, Tom Crowl, shares the stage with his rambunctious pals. “Dangerous” Dudley Duck lives life on the edge, blurting out everything that pops into his head. Clair Voy Ant, the French Psychic Insect, sees all, knows all, and tells all, like it or not! Raoul the Monkey and Percival the Pirate complete the crazy cast. Showtimes are 9:30am and 11:30am. Tickets are free, but required, and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes before each show.
Celebrate Black History Month – It’s the last weekend to take part in the special events and exhibits around the area that pay tribute to Black History Month. See this post for details on where and when they are happening.
Tiny Tots – Two puppet shows for the littlest ones will be performed at The Puppet Co. this weekend: Clowning Around on Saturday and Panda-Monium on Sunday. Both start at 10am. Tickets are $5 and available online. Tiny Tots shows are recommended for ages 0-4.
Stories in Art – Pop Artist Jim Dine is still the subject for this week’s children’s program at the National Gallery. The workshop will start with a reading of “The Tin Forest,” a story about an old man who followed his dreams, transforming a junkyard into a magical place. From there, the group will examine the unique materials used by Jim Dine then create their own imaginary forests. Hour-long sessions begin at 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm. Sign-in will take place in the East Building Atrium, beginning at 11am that day and will continue until all spaces are filled. No admission fee required. For a review of the Stories in Art program, see this post from a few months back.
Theater Time – Several live family-friendly productions are in local theaters, and tickets are still available for some of this weekend’s performances. Check out this post to see what’s playing and how to reserve your seats.