The Weekend Round-Up: February 12-15

A view of Washington from Lincoln

A view of Washington from Lincoln

The temps may be dropping, but the fun over the next few days is heating up! This round-up of events and activities will help you find it all. Happy Weekend!

Activities to Love
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 celebrate Valentine’s Day range from card making at the Postal Museum to workshops at home improvement stores to Lego fun to art programs to horse drawn carriage rides. And all of them are sure to be especially sweet.

Super Fly
Where: National Building Museum
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 4pm
Admission: Free

The DC Maxecuters are back to demo all kinds of model planes in and across the Building Museum’s Great Hall, and all ages are welcome to drop in on Saturday and spectate. And I can tell you from experience, it’s quite mesmerizing to watch the many varieties of model crafts soar. Of course, you can enjoy all the other NBM offerings the rest of the weekend.

Party at George’s Place!
Where: Mount Vernon
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: $17/adult, $9/ages 6-11, free for 5 and under

Celebrate George Washington’s 284th birthday with special festivities at his former digs. Sample his favorite breakfast, mingle with costumed characters from the old days, and enjoy some dancing with the 18th-century. On Monday, there will be syrup-making and dance demos along with ceremonial wreathlayings to honor Washington. Bonus: Admission is free on Monday, but I can tell you from experience that a lot of folks show up to take advantage of the complimentary entry.

Family Science Days
Where: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11:00am – 4pm
Admission: Free

The American Association for the Advancement of Science welcomes you to explore interactive science exhibits, learn about cool science jobs, and have your questions answered by scientists! This free community science showcase features hands-on demos, shows, and other activities appropriate for K-12 children and their families. A broad range of educators and scientists will engage the public in current science topics. For more information and free pre-registration, visit the website.

Presidential Family Fun Day
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

The National Portrait Gallery will celebrate President George Washington’s 284th birthday with events and activities for all ages. Presidents’ Day weekend is a great time to visit the museum’s iconic collection of presidential portraits and participate in special holiday-related activities. From calligraphy workshops to scavenger hunts, games, music and hands-on activities, there will be something for everyone.

Where: Westfield Montgomery Shopping Center
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

It’s Montgomery County’s first celebration of National Girls & Women in Sports Day! Experience running, soldier fit sailing, martial arts, zumba, cycling, volleyball, rugby, cricket, lacrosse, cheer, gymnastics, field hockey, soccer, softball, racing, ultimate frisbee, kayak, and so many other sports from Montgomery County’s premiere businesses. Be inspired by top area athletes and participate in a scavenger hunt and win prizes. And be sure to drop by Activity Rocket’s booth where you can sign up for thousands of sports classes & camps one-stop.

National Parks Adventure
Where: National History Museum
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $9

Explore some of our country’s most spectacular places at a viewing of National Parks Adventure 3D at the National History Museum’s Johnson IMAX Theater. Opening Friday, the film is full of stunning cinematography and thrilling adventure that will transport you and spark wanderlust.

Disney on Ice
Where: Verizon Center
When: Through the weekend
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Experience the magical world of Disney on Ice. The beloved ice skating show returns with a Treasure Trove of stories brought to life by world class skaters and imaginative sets. Tickets are still available for this weekend’s shows.

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

* James and the Giant Peach opens at Adventure Theatre on Sunday
* 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)
* Spend Saturday morning with the grandsons, Jr. at Jammin’ Java
* JACK and Phil, Slayers of Giants-INC is on the Imagination Stage
* See Pinocchio on strings at The Puppet Co.
* Mount Vernon Children’s Community Theatre presents Ghostchaser

InterAct at Wheaton Family Theatre
Where: Wheaton Library
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: Free

InterAct Story Theatre Wheaton Family Theatre Series presents One Gold Coin–Una moneda de oro. Executive & Artistic Director Ali Oliver-Krueger will tell the story of a great healer who comes to the village of Regalo with a magical gold coin. This heartwarming tale about the spirit of giving is performed by two actors who become a variety of character, with a lot of help from YOU, the audience! Audience members “get into the act” right from their seats, singing, acting, and becoming the villagers of Regalo who see the coin pass through many hands as it works its magic. Best for ages 4 and up, but all are welcome!

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

Chug on down to Vienna to watch model train and trolley 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 places and things as they looked in that era. Well, almost everything. To satisfy popular demand, expect an occasional sighting of Thomas the Tank Engine (and a few of his friends) chugging around among the bigger steam and diesel locomotives. The Vienna Depot is located at 231 Dominion Road NE in Vienna, Virginia just down the street from the red caboose. Check out the virtual tour on the website.

Stop by Abe’s
Where: President Lincoln’s Cottage
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $15/adult, $6/ages 6-12, free for 5 and under

There’s no special event, but this seems like a good way to honor our 16th POTUS for President’s Day. Located on the Armed Forces Retirement Home campus in northwest DC, the cottage was Abraham Lincoln’s country home and workplace, where he spent one quarter of his presidency. Admission includes the Cottage tour, an innovative small group tour in which a professional guide uses “historical voices” and images through multimedia technology to bring the stories of Abraham Lincoln and his family to life.

Shop & Celebrate the Lunar New Year
Where: Fashion Centre at Pentagon City
When: Saturday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

It’s the year of the Monkey, and the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City is teaming up with Asian American Chamber of Commerce to provide an authentic cultural experience for guests. Head to the Ground Level of the Nordstrom Wing to enjoy festivities including live entertainment with colorful Dragon and Lion dances, interactive games, Asian-inspired fashion shows, and dancing. Even more, many of the mall’s stores will welcome the Lunar New Year with in-store specials.

Frosty Films
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday, 10:30am & Sunday/Monday, 11:30am
Admission: Free

Cozy up with heartwarming animated shorts celebrating the beauty of winter. From the deep forest of Robert Frost’s poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, to the icy crystals beneath the microscope in Snowflake Bentley, this selection shows that winter is a season of quiet wonder and discovery. Other films will include Winter Has Come, Knitted Nights ,and The Mitten. Running approximately 45 minutes, the program is recommended for ages 4 and up.

Saturday Song Circle
Where: Imagination Stage
When: Saturday, 10:30-11:15am
Admission: $8

Children accompanied by parents are invited to a fun, interactive musical experience! An Early Childhood Teaching Artist will explore a popular children’s book with your family through song and musical instruments, and you will receive a list of all the songs to practice at home. Best for ages 1-3.

Chinese New Year Parade
Where: Chinatown
When: Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free

Usher in the Year of the Monkey on Sunday at the annual Chinese New Year Parade. Festivities kick off at 6th & I Streets NW at 2pm and will wind through the streets of Chinatown celebrating Chinese culture in a brilliant procession that includes traditional dance, music, and, of course, the iconic dragons. The parade is expected to last about two hours, and spectating is free. Bundle up and get there a little early to stake out your curbside spot.

Family Dance
Where: Glen Echo Park Ballroom Annex
When: Sunday, 3pm
Admission: $5/ages 4 and up

All ages are welcome to join the Family Dance that usually takes place the second Sunday of each month. It’s a rare opportunity to experience the joy of dance with your children community. No experience is necessary, just and dance — a family dance leader will show you everything you need to know right then and there, with a focus on having fun!

Mid-Winter Play Day
Where: Takoma Park Community Center
When: Sunday, 1-4pm

Put some play in your Sunday afternoon with Let’s Play Takoma and the Takoma Park Recreation Department. The variety of indoor entertainment will include Bach 2 Rock bands, cookie decorating, origami, Dungeons & Dragons, dress-up, and more. All ages are welcome to enjoy it all.

Sunday Fun-Day
Where: Imagination Stage
When: Sunday, 10-10:45am
Admission: $10

This weekly program for designed for ages 3-5 brings children’s favorite stories to life through dramatic play activities, movement, music, and visual art. Make a craft and receive a Parent Pack to extend the experience at home. This Sunday’s workshop is themed around the book You are My I Love You.

Wax Presidential
Where: Madame Tussaud’s
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: From $15.95/adult, $12.95/child, free for 4 and under

Get up close and personal with all 44 POTUS at Madame Tussauds in downtown DC. The Presidents Gallery, exclusive to that location, is comprised of 14 themed rooms that include interactive exhibits along with the sculptures. If you plan to go, be sure to book online for ticket discounts.

Special Presidents’ Day Tour
Where: National Museum of Health and Medicine
When: Monday, 1pm
Admission: Free

“The Nation’s Medical Museum–Meeting Challenges through Innovation” is a free, docent-led introductory tour highlighting the remarkable changes in American medicine over the past 150 years, with a special focus on military medicine and presidential care. Participants will also be able to view the several artifacts on display related to presidential health, including the bullet that killed President Lincoln. Reservations recommended, but not required.

George Washington Birthday Parade
Where: Old Town Alexandria
When: Monday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

Alexandria hosts the largest parade in the country celebrating George Washington’s birthday with marching bands, historic re-enactment troops, and more. Bundle up to watch the procession as it travels through Old Town. See the website for more info and route details.

Frozen Day of Play
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden
When: Monday, 1-4pm (rescheduled for 2/21!)
Admission: $5/adult, $3/ages 6-17, free for 5 and under

Drop in for a family day of play and creativity as you explore the wonders of winter and ice through a variety of art projects, pretend play, investigations, and more. From frosty face painting, to a frozen treasure hunt, to guided winter walks, kids of all ages will delight in their sensory seasonal experience.

The Inside Scoop
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

With frigid temps outside, this post with over 70 ideas for indoor adventures around DC will help keep your crew warm, cozy, and entertained all weekend long.

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