The Weekend Round-Up: January 18-20

8! Where'd the time go?

8! Where’d the time go?



So, the above photo might not scream “DC with kids,” but I had to highlight the special honoree of our weekend who’s turning the big 8 (not too mention, he’s totally a DC kid). He’ll get to choose the fun for the next few days, though with all that’s going on around the area, I think it’ll be a win-win for everyone. Happy Weekend! And a very Happy Birthday to my sweet O.

Children’s Theater Festival
Where: Artisphere
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: $15/adults, $10/ages 3-13, free for under 4

Enjoy a full day of theater and much more. Artisphere presents six hours of theater and other activities to delight the entire family. Coloring, reading, drawing, ballet, music, and dance performances will be part of the day’s festivities. And all activities at Festival de Teatro para Ninos are Bilingual.

Wizards Family Fun
Where: Verizon Center
When: Saturday & Monday
Admission: Starting at $59 for 4

Bring your family out to a Wizards game with a Pepsi Family Fun Pack! Available for most Friday, Saturday, and Sunday games starting at just $59, and include 4 game tickets, 4 Wizards hats and 4 24oz Pepsi products on game night. The Wizards host the Pistons on Saturday and the 76ers on Monday.

Celebrate MLK
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies

MLK Day may be on Monday, but there are events and activities to honor and celebrate it throughout the weekend. If you’re looking for ways to observe the holiday, this post has a few ideas.

Annie Sing-a-long
Where: Old Town Theater
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: $12

Sing along to the soundtrack as the classic film about the spunky, endearing red-haired orphan plays on the big screen. Surely, you know all the words to “Tomorrow” and “Hard Knock Life.” And if not, the lyrics will be displayed on the screen, so there will be no excuse for not bellowing out the tunes with Annie and the rest of the audience. Doors open at 10am. The Old Town Theater is located at 815 ½ King Street in Alexandria.

All Aboard for a Model Train Open House
Where: Historic W&OD Train Depot
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Chug on down to Vienna to watch model train 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 Thomas the Tank Engine sighting (and a few of his friends) chugging around among the bigger steam and diesel locomotives. The W&OD Train Depot is located at 231 Dominion Road in Vienna.

Ice Slide!
Where: St. Elizabeths East Gateway
When: Weekends through February 15
Admission: $5/adults, free for kids

We haven’t been yet, but I heard this is a blast. A snow slide apparently has been rented for part of the season, and the public is invited to whiz gleefully down it. Considering we have so few good sledding days, this is a welcome winter treat! St. Elizabeths East Gateway is located at 2700 Martin Luther King Avenue SE, and parking there is free. Update: We visited the ice slide Friday after school, and you can read all about it here.

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

Live entertainment on area stages abounds this weekend!
-There are a few reasons to applaud the beloved puppet theater at Glen Echo Park: A new Main Stage production, Tales of Beatrix Potter, is opening AND Tiny Tots, shows for the sippy cup set is back with Snow Show on Saturday and Winter Wonderland on Sunday.
-Next door at Adventure Theater, Miss Nelson is Missing, is also beginning its run.
-Billy Kelly and the Blah Blah Blahs are playing the 10:30am show on Saturday at Jammin’ Java and Recess Monkey will be there on Sunday.
-Mr. Gabe is playing at Ebenezer’s Coffeehouse on Capitol Hill on Saturday morning.
-You can catch the second and final weekend of Encore Stage & Studio’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.
-Really little ones will enjoy Aquarium at Imagination Stage.
-Theatre on the Run in Arlington presents Mouse in the House, an adaption of the book The Mouse of Amherst.
-Hear the NSO Ensemble Concert Connections: Music Matters at the Kennedy Center.
-Enjoy a special MLK Day performance by the grandsons jr. at Jammin’ Java on Monday.
More details, or links to them, can be found in this post about live entertainment around the DC area this winter.

Later, Skater
Where: Local ice rinks
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

With sunny days on the way, it’ll be a great time to get gliding at local rinks. Skate amid art at the Sculpture Garden; join Washington Harbour’s Cartoon Skate on Saturday from 10am – 12pm; meander the icy paths at Canal Park; or shop then skate at Pentagon Row, Veteran’s Plaza, or Reston Town Center. This post has details on both alfresco and indoor ice skating options in the area.

Hello, Bao Bao!
Where: National Zoo
When: Saturday, 8am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free

One of the National Zoo’s newest residents will make her public debut on Saturday. Bao Bao, the five-month old panda cub, will be on view for all visitors (FONZ members got to get a first look last weekend). The panda house at the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat will have extended hours Saturday through Monday, and visitors will be allowed into the panda house on a first-come-first-served basis.

Are you Q?rius
Where: Natural History Museum
When: Friday 2-5pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The new interactive and experiential learning space at the Natural History Museum is, in a word, AWESOME. Visitors can view up close – and in many cases handle – real artifacts and specimens from the museum’s collections. Microscopes let young guests feel like real scientists, and drawers full of everything from animals species to cultural relics are accessible for examination. And even though it’s been promoted as a space for teens and tweens, younger children definitely can appreciate it, too.

1964: Civil Rights at 50
Where: Newseum
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $22.95/adult, $13.95/ages 7-18, free for 6 and under

On Friday, the Newseum will open “1964: Civil Rights at 50,” a yearlong exhibit about Freedom Summer, a bold campaign organized by civil rights groups in 1964 to register black voters in Mississippi. “1964” features powerful images of Freedom Summer, from volunteer training sessions in Ohio to clashes with segregationists and the search for three missing civil rights workers who were later found murdered. The photographs were taken by Ted Polumbaum, a freelance photographer working for Time magazine, whose passion for social justice led him to Mississippi in the summer of 1964. The Polumbaum photographs are part of the Newseum’s permanent collection and will be on display in the exhibit through Dec. 28, 2014.

Portrait Story Days
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the National Portrait Gallery to 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 American clergyman and civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.

Go Bananas
Where: B’nai Israel Schilit Nursery School
When: Monday, 10:30am (doors open at 10am)
Admission: $8

“BANANAS” is coming to B’nai Israel Schilit Nursery School in Rockville, MD, on Monday off from school. The Blue Sky Puppet Theatre performance is a 45-minute show that includes original “sing-a-long” songs and involves puppets operated above a six-foot tall curtain. Set against the backdrop of a talent contest, themes of healthy living issues are explored in a fun, upbeat, and positive way. The interactive show is designed for preschool, primary and intermediate school-aged children.

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2 Responses to The Weekend Round-Up: January 18-20

  1. Jay

    Happy Birthday to the DC Kid! :)

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