The Weekend Round-Up: February 5-7

Panda sightings are always a possibility at the Zoo (though better to aim the viewer ahead)

Panda sightings are always a possibility at the Zoo (though better to aim the viewer ahead)



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Chinese New Year celebrations, Valentine’s Day prep, Black History Month activities, and live entertainment are in full swing over the new few days. These, along with DC’s everyday pursuits, will have fun covered for the whole gang. Happy Weekend!

Chinese New Year Celebration Family Day
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Friday – Monday
Admission: Free

The Kennedy Center is celebrating the Chinese New Year all weekend long with all kinds of entertainment by a variety of Chinese artists, including pop music acts, an all-girls choir, opera artists and acrobats, a full symphony orchestra, and more — many of them performances are free and open to the public! And Saturday is a special Family Day offering hands-on arts & crafts opportunities for kids of all ages from 11am – 5:30pm.

Take Heart
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Love is in the air — and at places all around DC this weekend! Events and activities to help you prep for Valentine’s Day range from arts & crafts to a special Maker’s Market to a chocolate festival, all of them sure to be especially sweet. This post has details, plus the scoop on some sweet upcoming events.

Think Outside
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

It looks like this weekend’s weather could lend itself to some nice activity outside. And you’ve got your pick of places around the DC-Metro for outdoor adventures. Visit the Zoo (say hi to Bei Bei!), take a hike, hit a playground, explore a garden, or see what else there is to do alfresco in this post with tons of ideas recreation in the fresh air. (And if you prefer your fun under shelter, The Great Indoors list has you covered.)

Celebrate La Chandeleur!
Where: Hillwood Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $18/adult, $12/Hillwood and Alliance Française members, $5/child, free under 3

La Chandeleur, also known as Crêpe Day, marks the halfway point between winter and spring. In France, families celebrate by eating crêpes, which are round and golden, like the springtime sun. Hillwood and Alliance Française de Washington invite families to celebrate this holiday in festive French fashion amidst Hillwood’s spectacular gardens, magnificent mansion, and exquisite French treasures.

African American Pioneers in Aviation Family Day
Where: Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free (parking is $15)

Celebrate the significant contributions African Americans have made to flight and space exploration despite the overwhelming obstacles they had to overcome. Enjoy presentations, hands-on activities, and stories along with opportunities to meet astronauts, fighter pilots, and others who will share stories of their challenges and accomplishments.

Lunar New Year Celebration
Where: Sackler Gallery
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Ring in the Year of the Monkey with Asian art! The Gallery’s second annual Lunar New Year celebration features free attractions for all ages, including dance performances and ribbon dancing demos, calligraphy, mask making and coloring, family-friendly tours of Monkeys Grasp for the Moon, and photo booth fun.

The Magic of Spying
Where: International Spy Museum
When: Saturday, 2-3pm
Admission: $10

In the real-life world of espionage, spies often call upon the art of magic and illusion to distract the enemy, make evidence disappear, and escape unnoticed. Join professional magician, Peter Wood, as he demonstrates the art of misdirection, sleight of hand, and other illusions used by skilled spies. This one of a kind performance, custom-designed for the Spy Museum, is guaranteed to fascinate children and adults alike. For ages 5 and up, one adult required for every 5 children. *Receive $7 off your general admission ticket purchase by showing your Magic of Spying ticket.

Black History Month Family Day
Where: American History Museum
When: Saturday,
Admission: Free

Join the museum for a variety of guided family activities and story time to help young children understand themes of the Civil Rights movement. Arts & crafts, music, and dramatic performances will be among the day’s festivities of family fun.

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

* OLIVÉRio: A Brazilian Twist is a clever take on the Dickens classic at the Kennedy Center (Read a KFDC review and look for discount tickets)
* JACK and Phil, Slayers of Giants-INC is on the Imagination Stage
* And Wake Up, Brother Bear is entertaining little audiences at Imagination Stage
* See Pinocchio on strings at The Puppet Co.

Arts for Families: Chinese New Year Celebration
Where: Textile Museum
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

This session of the Textile Museum’s Arts for Families series rings in the year of the monkey with fun for all ages. Enjoy a fashion show of traditional Chinese dress, watch a calligraphy demonstration, and create your own dragon puppet. During your visit, take the opportunity to see the exhibition China: Through the Lens of John Thomson (1868-1872) during its final week at the museum.

March Through American History
Where: Anderson House
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Kids aged 6-16 can join the Civil War Trust, an organization devoted to the preservation of America’s battlefields, at the historic Anderson House for a chance to “March Through American History.” Participants will wear historic clothing and assume the identities of officers and soldiers who fought in America’s defining conflicts: the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. Expert instruction from historians, artifact displays and a lunch of period food will fill out the day.

Mad About Magnets
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center is hosting a Full STEAM Ahead programall about magnets. Pre-school age kids and their caretakers are invited to make a magnetic masterpiece, fish in the Polarity Pond, and go on an Attract/Repel scavenger hunt. While you’re there, join visiting group, Paxspace, for more magnetic experiments!

American Girl Goes Zen
Where: American Girl Store, Tysons
When: Sunday, 9:30am
Admission: Free

Join American Girl for a complimentary, girls-only yoga class on Sunday. Certified yoga instructor, Jackie Kocotas, will lead young yogis through 45-minutes of yoga to energize for what’s to come in Spring 2016. Bring sisters and besties, a mat, and water, then get ready for some empowering fun! After class gather with family and friends for a continental breakfast. All levels welcome, but suggested for girls ages 6-14. Reservations required.

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!


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