This weekend is packed with fun activities for the family — special museum programs, an arts festival at the Atlas, cool exhibits, a birthday celebration at the B&O, all kinds of live entertainment, and more. If that’s not enough, the lists of indoor options and outdoor recommendations have tons of ideas, too. Happy Weekend!
African American Pioneers in Aviation
Where:Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Saturday, 10am -3pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15
Celebrate and discover the many accomplishments of African Americans in the fields of aviation and space exploration at an upcoming Heritage Family Day. Meet famed African American pilots from World War II, the Tuskegee Airmen, who fought discrimination both at home and abroad. Learn about the accomplishments of other black pioneers of aviation and space, talk to Museum experts, participate in hands-on activities, and hear compelling stories.
Intersections: A New America Arts Festival
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by Performance
As part of its celebration of art as a form of connection and communication, the Atlas Performing Art Center presents several family-friendly performances this weekend, including Sing Down the Moon: Appalachian Wonder Tales; a multi-sensoryclass with Arts on the Horizon; Zip Zap Circus, and a special weekend Boogie Babes show. Visit the Intersections website for show times, descriptions, and ticket info.
Nordic Cool 2013
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Throughout the werkend
Admission: Free exhibits, tickets vary by performance
The month-long festival celebrating the cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Greenland, and nearby islands is presenting over 750 performances, exhibits, food demos, talks, workshops and more through mid-March. Drop in anytime for LEGO and game play, art, and to explore Nordic countries and culture or see a theatre, dance, or music performance — several will be taking place over the weekend. See the schedule for details.
When: Sunday, 8pm
Flickers. Glowing. Flashes. Sparks. Bursts. Pulsing. The fun happens after the lights go out as Strathmore’s Concert Hall fades to black for the performers of LUMA to create a surreal world of light using darkness as the canvas and light as a brush. The whimsical spectacle creates artistic depictions of natural, artificial and metaphysical light as black-clad performers roam the stage, manipulating glowing balls, and light-reactive elastic cords, streamers, banners and hi-tech luminous objects to music
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the Weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
Here’s the live entertainment on local stages this weekend:
– Anime Momotaro is thrilling audiences at the Imagination Stage.
– Encore Stage & Studio presents Big Bad in its opening weekend.
– The Washington Ballet presents Stars & Stripes/KIDS, a special performance of its current production, especially for children.
– Winnie the Pooh is at Adventure Theatre.
– Little Red Rising Hood and the 3 Little pigs is at The Puppet Co. along with a couple of Tiny Tots shows.
– Theatre IV singers and actors of Sweet Charity combine a capella spirituals with oral histories suring this week’s Saturday Morning at the National.
– Bill Harley and Keith Munslow are playing the Saturday 10:30am show and Vanessa Trien the Sunday 10:30am show at Jammin’ Java.
– Teens will enjoy Zorro at the Source Theatre.
– Sleeping Beauty-The Broken Spell is at the Workhouse Arts Center.
Find more details in this post about winter entertainment.
Where: B&O Railroad Museum
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $8/adults, $5/children (it’s half-price this weekend!)
Celebrate both the B&O’s 186th birthday as well as the 129th birthday of the historic 1884 Baldwin Roundhouse! The B&O is offering special train rides this weekend (weather permitting) and highlight educational programs on both the birth of the oldest railroad in America and the 1884 Roundhouse. Half-price admission for all visitors! With paid admission train rides are $3/adults, $2/ages2-12, free for B&O member
Stories in Art
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday & Sunday
Kids ages 4-7 can explore the work of artist Romare Bearden, as they hear a reading of the book My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden’s Childhood Journey by Jeanne Walker Harvey, and discover how Romare Bearden pieced together his creative works of art using everyday materials with strong patterns and textures. Then, they will do an art project inspired by his work. Sessions are at 10:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm on Saturday, and 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, and 2:30 on Sunday. Sign-in takes place in the East Building Atrium, beginning at 10am on Saturday (11am on Sunday) and continues until all spaces are filled. Admission is free. Read a KFDC review of the Stories in Art program here.
Lowe’s Build and Grow
Where: Local Lowe’s Stores
When: Saturday, 10am
The home improvement store hosts free bimonthly workshops for kids, and this session kids can build a Monster Jam® kit featuring Grave Digger®! Bring them to Lowe’s this weekend to to make a free wooden project (with parent help) and get closer than ever to one of their favorite Monster Jam superstars. Each participant also receives a free apron, goggles, a project themed patch, and a certification of merit upon completion of their project. Go here to register.
Reptile & Amphibian Day
Where: National Aquarium in DC
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: $9.95/adult, $4.95/ages 3-11, free for 2 and under
Visit the National Aquarium in the Department of Commerce building for a family-friendly day full of activities pertaining to reptiles and amphibians. Get up close and personal with our reptile and amphibian species, including the rambunctious juvenile alligators and adorable new baby sea turtle. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about reptiles and amphibians from leading experts. Special activities include curator talks, animal encounters, bug buffets, and arts and crafts.
Dream to Eliminate Carnival
Where: Centreville High School
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free, but activities are a fee
Key clubs in Northern Virginia’s division 20B present a winter carnival for the whole family! All proceeds will be donated to The Eliminate Project, a non profit organization, that protects mothers and their future babies from the harmful effects of maternal and neonatal tetanus.You can help, just by attending the carnival! There will be many games, music, face painting, food, and even a silent auction for adults! Admission is free, but activities, food, and games require tickets, which are $1 each.
Purim at 16th and Shushan
Where: DC JCC
When: Sunday, 10am -12pm
There’s no place better than the DCJCC to celebrate the joyous holiday of Purim. The fun includes a moon bounce, crafts, games and a Purim shpiel, plus cotton candy and hamentaschen. Recommended for ages 9 and under. The DC JCC is located at 1529 Sixteenth Street NW.