With cold temps and a wintry mix in the forecast, this round-up is heavy on indoor recommendations, and you can find even more ideas here and here. And… just in case you haven’t heard yet, KFDC if a finalist for favorite local blog in the Washington Post’s DC Tweeps contest. Voting ends on Monday, so if you think my blog is worthy of the title, please go let them know! Thanks, and Happy Weekend!
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity
The holidays themselves may be over, but many activities celebrating them are still going on, some for up to another week. Live entertainment, spectacular light displays, model trains, and seasonal events are some of the ways you can savor the holiday magic just a little bit longer. The 2012 KFDC Holiday Guide will tell you where to find them.
Kwanzaa Arts, Family Fun
Where: Anacostia Community Museum
When: Saturday, 11am – 1pm
Make a variety of Zawadi (gifts) and greeting cards traditional art materials such as colored paper, glitter, rubber stamps, and discardable materials. Join artists Tamara Thomas and Diedra Bell for this fun, free workshop.
The Emancipation Proclamation Turns 150
Where: National Archives
When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm
The National Archives will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation with a special display of the original document in the East Rotunda Gallery. The commemoration will include extended viewing hours, inspirational music, a dramatic reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, and family activities and entertainment for all ages.
Uncle Devin’s Winter Wonderland Holiday Show
Where: Jammin’ Java
When: Saturday, doors open at 10am
Enjoy the live, interactive musical experience recommended for children five and up. Uncle Devin is both a drummer and percussionist, and, therefore, is known as the original “Drumcussionist.” His drum set consists of a combination of natural drums/ percussion instruments, and the latest in electronic drums. This hybrid drum set allows him to play the normal drum groove along with the additional color that is normally played by additional percussionist and musicians. He also has uses an assortment of percussion instruments, including cowbells, triangles, shakers, congas and timbales, as learning tools for his message.
Where: National Geographic Museum
When: All weekend long
Admission: $8/adults, $6/seniors, $4/ages 5-12, 4 and under free
The National Geographic Museum is currently presenting a couple of exhibits that appeal to kids and adults alike. Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution and 1001 Inventions: Discover the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization, like many of the museum’s exhibitions, are full-on experiences that utilize multimedia and a variety of interactive installations to educate, enrich, amuse, and wow guests. You can enhance your Nat Geo visit with a 3D movie — get up close and personal with prehistoric monsters of the deep in Sea Monsters 3D.
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
If you’re over the holidays, but up for some live entertainment, there are a few productions on stages that are sans Christmas themes. a href=”https://tickets.imaginationstage.org/public/show.asp” target=”_blank”>Seussical is at Imagination Stage. The Shakespeare Theatre Company presents A Misdummer Night’s Dream (and we know firsthand that some kids will enjoy it). Young Robin Hood is at Round House Theatre. And A Brown Bear, a Moon, and a Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle is now running at the Kennedy Center.
Portrait Story Days
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 1-4pm & Sunday, 2-5pm
Drop in at the National Portrait Gallery listen to a story about a person who has influenced American history and culture and to create a special piece of art. This weekend, learn about pop artist Andy Warhol.
Modern Family — Art & Fun
Where: Local art museums
When: All weekend long
Check out some modern art with the kids. A few current exhibits may not have been curated with kids in mind, but they contain elements that any age can appreciate, even just for the aesthetics. Ai Weiwei: According to What? at the Hirshhorn, Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective at the National Gallery of Art, and the third floor of the Smithsonian American Art Museum all have works on display that are bold, interesting, and fun to just view (not touch!). And if it’s not your kids’ cup of tea, there’s plenty more to explore nearby all of those venues.
Winter Wonderland Art Workshop
Where: Little Loft
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Kids ages 2-5 can create a sparkling wintery project and make a snowflake for the new Sandy Hook Elementary (no explicit discussion of events – just snowflakes for the new school). There will also be stories on the half hour.