The Weekend Round-Up: January 29-31

One more Snowzilla shot before the thaw

One more Snowzilla shot before the thaw



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It’s been a long week for many with schools closed Monday through Friday in some districts, so weekend F-U-N will be especially welcome. And with temps warming up — in the 60’s by Monday!? — and a bunch of great events going on, we’ll be all thawed out before we know it. Happy Weekend!

P.S. Don’t forget to submit your Snowzilla pics to the KFDC Blizzard of 2016 Photo Contest — Sunday is the last day to enter.

Washington Auto Show
Where: Washington Convention Center
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $12/adults, $5/ages 6-12, free for 5 and under

The annual Washington Auto Show has zoomed back into town. And if there’s any “grown-up” event that is equally fun for all ages, this is it. The Auto Show is like a Truck Touch, but with automobiles — more than 700 of them! — on display for guests to check out. Other activities, like Ride ‘n Drives and celeb appearances, give guests even more to do and see. There will also be fun especially for kids and pop-ins by some of their favorite characters along with the autos. This post about one of our experiences at a past show has more about what to expect.

Spy Fest
Where: International Spy Museum
When: Friday, 6-10pm
Admission: $14

Is your child the next 007? Find out at the Spy Museum’s annual event! Kids ages 5 and up can get an inside glimpse of the secret world of espionage at the Spy Museum’s annual event. Mini-missions, tradecraft demos by the experts, and the chance to try spy skill challenges will give KidSpy agents and their handlers an insider’s peek into the shadow world of spying — and who knows, there just may be a spy or two in your midst…

Behind the Hangar Doors
Where: Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 5:30pm
Admission: Free (but parking is $15)

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the National Air & Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar0Hazy Center. For one day only, visitors will have a chance to see what goes into restoring, preserving and displaying America’s aviation and space treasures at the Chantilly arm of the museum. Tour areas that are usually off-limits to the public, see demonstrations, and presentations, and take part in hands-on activities for all ages.

Chinese New Year Family Festival
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join the American Art Museum as they open our their to the Chinatown and DC community to celebrate the 2016 Lunar New Year! Help “awaken the lion” and ring in the year of the monkey with fun craft activities, traditional performances, artists, and demonstrations.

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

* See Pinocchio on strings at The Puppet Co.
* And Magic Toyshop is the featured Tiny Tots show a the Glen Echo venue
* Wake Up, Brother Bear is entertaining little audiences at Imagination Stage
* OLIVÉRio: A Brazilian Twist is a South American take on the Dickens classic at the Kennedy Center

Hit the Slopes
Where: Liberty Mountain
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies

Take advantage of winter and enjoy a quintessential seasonal activity — skiing! Liberty Mountain is one of the more convenient places to go with the kids, especially if they are newbies. Just over an hour from DC in PA, it’s easy to get to for a one-day venture on the slopes, the runs aren’t too difficult, and kids can do a couple of hours of ski school (be sure to sign up in advance). Get the scoop on their children’s programs here.

Ice It
Where: Local Ice Skating Rinks
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

It’s going to be a great weekend to get out and glide. Enjoy art as you skate at the Sculpture Garden; circle the rink at Washington Harbour; meander the paths at Canal Park; or do some holiday shopping then skate at Pentagon Row, Veteran’s Plaza, Rockville Town Square, or Reston Town Center. This post has details on alfresco (and indoor) ice skating options in the area. And note that both at Canal Park and Washington Harbor are hosting Cartoon Skate on Saturday morning!

Our American Girl
Where: Mount Vernon
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: $35/youth, $25/adult

Kids and their dolls can head to George Washington’s old residence for a special event on Saturday. Join Mount Vernon’s own American girl, Nelly Custis, on a tour of his estate! Enjoy refreshments with “Lady Washington” and create colonial crafts along with the walk around the grounds and mansion.

Nando’s Family Fun Day
Where: Nando’s at Yards Park
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free, but plan to purchase food

Join Nando’s Peri-Peri at 300 Tingey Street SE for their 1st Annual Family Fun Day Enjoy board games, entertainment, and a visit from the Nando’s mascot, Barci. For every 1 adult entrée purchased, kids 12 and under get a free entrée.

Puzzle Party
Where: Labyrinth Games & Puzzles
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Join the best game store in the city for a National Puzzle Day Celebration! There will be all kinds of puzzle-themed activities – race to win in a puzzle battle, learn to build with Q-Ba-Maze, make your own Tangram puzzle, solve the Soma Cube, and more! Plus, get a free puzzle gift when you buy any puzzle-y item January 29-31. Open to all ages, but best for 6 to adult.

Twelve Years Tours to Treasure
Where: Anacostia Community Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Families can enjoy a docent-led tour of the exhibition Twelve Years That Shook and Shaped Washington. Afterwards, kids can go on a self-guided treasure hunt with an exhibition family guide to test their knowledge and receive a free gift for completing the hunt. Each Tours to Treasure program lasts approximately 60 minutes and is recommended for families and children ages 6 and up). Tours are available at 11am and 2pm – sign up for one here.

Polar Bear Plunge
Where: Sandy Point State Park
When: Saturday, 8am – 2pm
Admission: $75 to plunge, free to spectate

If you want to take a quick dip in the cold, cold Chesapeake Bay for a good cause or want to watch others endure a frigid swim, head toward the Bay Bridge on Saturday for the 20th Annual Polar Bear Plunge. All ages can participate in this event that raises funds for Special Olympics Maryland. And you can still donate if you don’t want to plunge in.

Family Block Party
Where: Jammin’ Java
When: Saturday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: $12

Join the family dance party that brings big and little people in the community together. DJ Louie Flaco will spin “real” music, and there will be dancers, lights, and a disco ball! Enjoy balloons, a play area, crafts, and other activities to enhance this celebration of movement, children, and our village. Interact with the DJ and try the equipment, too!

A Boatload of Fun
Where: Baltimore Convention Center
When: Friday/Saturday, 10am – 8pm & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $14/adult, free for 15 and under

It’s a weekend of boating fun at Maryland’s longest-running boat show! The Baltimore Convention Center will be packed with more boats, more exhibits, and more family fun than ever before. Find the boat of your dreams and everything to go with it – you can check out tons of boats and nautical gear. Plus, educational seminars and kids activities offer something for all ages.

Portrait Story Days
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 1-4pm & Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the Penn Quarter museum to listen to a story from friends with the DC Public Library and complete a hands-on art project. During this week’s session, learn about Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play in major league baseball.

The Ins & Outs of DC
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Looking for ways to stay active and entertained, but avoid the snowy remnants of Snowzilla? Then The Great Indoors post, a list of over 70 ideas for places to go inside, should have you covered. And if you want to take advantage of warming temps, The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids, has a bunch of recommendations, too.


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One Response to The Weekend Round-Up: January 29-31

  1. On Saturday, the Takoma Ensemble and Kindermusik educator, Becky Linafelt, will be presenting a PB & Jam Session at the Takoma Park City Auditorium. 4:00 p.m. $10 suggested donation. PB & Jam Sessions are an informal concert series developed for children ages 1.5 to 7. The theme of this concert will be “How Are You Feeling?” A string quintet from the Takoma Ensemble will be providing the backdrop for many musical feelings (Vivaldi, Mozart, Elgar, Shostakovich and more!) – and we will explore our emotions through song, movement, active listening, and other activities. Great fun for the whole family!

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