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Where to Play on the Weekdays: February 11-15

Critiquing First Ladies' dresses at the American History Museum

Critiquing First Ladies’ dresses at the American History Museum

Monday – Show the kiddos relics from your childhood at the National Museum of American History, where collections include some of the best toys and games of our days of yore. While you’re there, check out some of the other exhibits, like the First Ladies’ ball gowns and America on the Move, a history of transportation in the U.S. featuring some of the earliest automobiles, a train car, and an old street car that guests can actually climb aboard. The museum is open from 10am – 5:30pm.

Tuesday – Go play at Clemyjontri, the brilliantly colored, sprawling playground in McLean that accommodates kids of all abilities. Hours are 7am to dusk, and admission is free.

Wednesday – Venture up to Baltimore for a Wonderful Wednesday at Port Discovery. Dedicated to children from age birth to 6, the day includes special art, music, and literacy programs for little ones (see the website for the full schedule of activities). While you’re there, be sure to check out the new Wizard of Oz exhibit. Hours are 9:30am – 4:30pm. Admission is $13.95/ages 2 and up, free for under 2 and members.

Thursday – Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Boogie Babes and The Singing Lizard at Union Market! It’s the first time the music show for little ones will take place at the new, hip venue in northeast DC. Showtime is 10:30am, and admission is $5/child (free for siblings 6 months and under). Get there early for coffee — Peregrine opens at 8am. Stay after for a bite from one of many eateries and food stalls that will be open by lunchtime.

Friday – Catch a performance of Brother Bear at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Imagination Stage is bringing their popular show across town, so more audiences can watch as Brother and Sister Bear experience a full year of glorious seasons. Showtimes are 10am and 11:30am, and tickets are $8. The show will be at the Atlas February 13-18.

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Enter to Win Tickets to “Yo Gabba Gabba Live: Get the Sillies Out!” at the Patriot Center

NOTE: This giveaway has ended.

If I had to name my favorite of all the TV shows my kids have watched, it would probably be Yo Gabba Gabba. It’s cute, creative, and clever, with nice overarching themes like friendship, dress up, love, and trains. The main characters are some of most endearing monsters ever. And how can you not love a kids show whose guests have included Jack Black, Tony Hawk, Sarah Silverman, Mark Mothersbaugh, and Anthony Bourdain? And with musical performances by The Roots, The Shins, MGMT, and Weezer among many other great bands? (Yeah, it’s a winner, in my book.)

This is why I am more than happy to promote Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: Get the Sillies Out. The show is coming to the Patriot Center for one performance on Friday, February 1 at 7pm. And I’ve got a Family Four-Pack of tickets to give away to one lucky winner.

First, here’s the official description of the show:

The sillies are crazy little creatures that live inside of us and need to be shaken out! DJ Lance Rock and everyone’s favorite cast of colorful characters are calling all fans to get ready to jump, shake and shimmy them out at the new live tour Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: Get the Sillies Out!. The tour will visit more than 50 cities across the U.S. in 2013. Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! is touring in support of their first national beverage launch, a new line of toys, a new line of kids sportswear and a DVD/CD collectors’ edition.

Tickets start at $28. VIP Party packages are available as well and include a ticket in the first 15 rows, a pass to “Get the Sillies Out” in the private VIP room featuring a super fun party with the Gabba Gang (costumed characters), and more. Children under 1 year old do not require a paid ticket to sit on a parent’s lap. And if you can’t make it to the show on Friday night, you have a chance to catch it in Baltimore on Saturday, February 2.

Goldstar currently has a deal on select seats for the Patriot Center show, so be sure to check there first for a discount.

GIVEAWAY: To enter for a chance to win a Family Four-Pack of tickets to Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: Get the Sillies Out!, leave a comment below telling me your kids’ (or your) favorite YGG moment. To be eligible, you must like KidFriendly DC on Facebook and follow on Twitter (let me know that you did). The giveaway will run through the weekend, and a winner will be announced on Monday, January 28. Good luck!


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Theatre for the Very Young Returns to the Atlas with “Mouse on the Move” (Giveaway, Too!)


The Atlas Performing Arts Center is getting ready to kick off their 2012-13 season of Theatre for the Very Young, the series of programming geared toward children ages 1-5, with Mouse on the Move. The play presented by Imagination Stage will run at the Atlas from October 17 -22. Tickets are $8.

Mouse on the Move tells the story of Nellie and Amelia, two adventurous mice who are ready to explore the world beyond their little mouse-hole. They decide to go to the moon, since it is reportedly made of delicious, mouth-watering cheese. It’s a multi-sensory production with many opportunities for audience participation in the highly interactive play.

Giveaway: You have a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Mouse on the Move at the Atlas. Just leave a comment telling me what your favorite activity has been so far this fall. To be eligible, you must like KidFriendly DC on Facebook and follow on Twitter (let me know you did). A winner will be drawn at random later this week.  Good luck!



Filed under Babies, DC, Fall, Live Entertainment, Preschoolers, Theatre, Toddlers, Weekdays, Weekend

Where to Play on the Weekdays: August 13-17

Turtle sighting at Huntley Meadows Park


Monday – Walk among hundreds of butterflies at Brookside Garden’s “Wings of Fancy” exhibit.  Witness the butterfly life cycle and see species from North America, Central America, and Asia. Certifikid currently has a great deal on admission to the exhibit: $6 for one adult and one child on a weekday visit (regularly $6/adult, $4/ages 3-12, free for 2 and under). Wings of Fancy is open 10am – 4pm through September 16, but the Brookside grounds are open sunrise to sunset, and the conservatories 10am – 5pm.  I highly recommend touring them all!

Tuesday – Head to the Washington Harbour where the weekly Harbour Kids series will feature Crooked Landing from 10:30am – 12pm.  And be sure to make time for some play in the sprays next door at Georgetown Waterfront Park.

Wednesday – Rock out with a local kids’ fave at Jammin’ Java. Rocknoceros is playing their weekly show there at 10:30am. Tickets are $5 and only available at the door.

Thursday – Explore the woods and wetlands of Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria. Turtles, frogs, and herons are among the wildlife you’re likely to see. Stop by the nature center for even more exhibits and animal encounters. Hat and sunblock recommended. Admission is free.  Look for more about the park in this post.

Friday – Catch a free screening of One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure at the Einstein Planetarium in the National Air & Space museum.  Showtime is 10:30am every Friday  (and the first consecutive Saturday and Sunday of every month). It only lasts about 20 minutes, so check out the exhibits and discover How Things Fly while you’re there.


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