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Where to Play on the Weekdays: November 16-20

The enchanting Fairy Lolly at Annmarie Sculpture Gardens

The enchanting Fairy Lolly at Annmarie Sculpture Gardens



Monday – Take a drive out to Solomons, MD, to Annmarie Sculpture Gardens for artistic delights and autumn splendor. Tour beautiful works, both indoors and out, play in the Fairy Lolly, and create some of your own art with inspiration from all you see there. Even better, the grounds are gorgeous there now. Trust me, it’s worth the hour-plus drive. Hours are 9am – 5pm in the gardens, 10am – 5pm at the arts center. Admission is $5/adult, $3/ages 6-17, free for 5 and under.

Tuesday – Check out your local library. Drop in for story time, sing-a-longs, art & crafts, and other activities, or just go to browse for books. See this post from the early KFDC days for a little background and quick links to libraries around the area.

Wednesday – See a show especially for little ones at The Puppet Co. The lights stay on, and doors remain open during Tiny Tots performances for the youngest audiences. Old McDonald’s Farm is this week’s production. Showtime is 10am. Tickets are $5 for everyone, including babies.

Thursday – Bring girls ages 4-14 on a fundraising play date. Cookies and Confidence with Rosie will help support Rosie Riveters, a non-profit that aims to provide a fun space for girls ages 4-14 to imagine, create, and play while developing their skills in STEM.

 

From 9:30-11:30am at Tea with Mrs. B, guests will use math skills to identify shapes and use them to build turkey puzzles, while gobbling down scrumptious cookies. A $5 donation per participating child is suggested. And you can find STEM fun for both girls and boys at the Children’s Science Center Lab at Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax. Hours are 10am – 6pm. Admission is $12.

Friday – Go ice skating under the sky! All of our local outdoor rinks are open and welcoming folks to glide. Several offer push aids to help newbie skaters, and most are located in places with even more to do beyond the rink. This post has all the details on all of them.


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The Weekend Round-Up: January 4-5

Ice skating at the Sculpture Garden, quintessential DC winter recreation

Ice skating at the Sculpture Garden, quintessential DC winter recreation



Live entertainment, the last of the holidays, museum adventures, and a model rocket launch are all among the recommendations to kick off 2014 on a fun note. And for even more ideas for family recreation over the next couple of days, check out these outdoor pursuits (bundle up!) and the big list of indoor options, too. Happy Weekend! And Happy New Year!

Season Finales
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Yes, there is still some holiday season fun and entertainment to be had, but this weekend will be your last chance to enjoy it. Model trains are winding down instead of around, curtains are getting ready to close on shows, colorful lights are twinkling for the last time. Find out what’s still happening and get details in the KFDC Holiday Guide.

Lyle the Crocodile
Where: Imagination Stage
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $12+

Recommended for ages 4-12, Lyle the Crocodile will run through January 10: When the Primm family moves into their New York City apartment, they are quite surprised to find a crocodile in their bathtub! But Lyle is a rather extraordinary crocodile and quickly becomes part of the family. Unfortunately, a nasty neighbor, Mr. Grumps, has it out for the reptile. He thinks poor Lyle is unfit for the neighborhood simply because he’s different. After a parade, a trip to the department store, and a stint in the zoo, Lyle saves the day and earns his place as a beloved friend and neighbor.

Saturday Morning with the grandsons, jr.
Where: Jammin’ Java
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: $8 or $25/family 4-pack

the grandsons, jr., is the kids band version of DC-area roots rock superstars, The Grandsons. Kids and their parents will dig the upbeat mix of rock, swing, New Orleans R&B, country, latin music we call Americana. A full lunch and drink menu will be available at this all-ages show. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Aquarium
Where: Imagination Stage
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $10-12

This is a show best for ages 1-5. With gentle music, beautiful puppets, and props, Jack and Calypso lead children and caregivers to a magical, interactive world where giant jellyfish fly through the air, sheep graze in the grass, and lemons create the sun in a “let’s pretend” sky.

Go Postal
Where: National Postal Museum
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

There’s no special event happening, but since I just posted about it, a visit to the National Postal Museum makes this round-up. It’s a place I like to consider a locals’ secret, often overlooked by tourists and overshadowed by its Smithsonian counterparts on the Mall. The atrium alone is quite a sight, showcasing various means of mail transportation — a mail truck, airplane, train car, cab of a semi, and Pony Express horses and buggy replica are on display, and a couple of them are open for guests to climb aboard. And even more interesting exhibits await beyond the main hall. When you’re done there, head next door to Union Station to grab lunch.

Ice Ice Baby
Where: Local ice rinks
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

Skate at the Sculpture Garden; join Washington Harbour’s Cartoon Skate on Saturday from 10am – 12pm; meander the icy paths at Canal Parks’s; 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.

Baltimore, Hon!
Where: Charm City attractions
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Zip up I-95 for some fun in our sister city. Explore the exhibits and loads of hands-on activities at the Maryland Science Center. See some of the quirkiest, coolest art ever at the American Visionary Art Museum. Play the day away at Port Discovery. Get an eyeful of the underwater world at the National Aquarium. Or tour the historic ships at the Inner Harbor.

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

Drop in to the 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 choreographer Alvin Ailey. Read more about the program in this post about our experience there.

Model Rocket Launch
Where: Goddard Space Flight Center
When: Sunday, 1-2pm
Admission: Free

Join the monthly model rocket launch at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Anyone is welcome, and if you’ve got a model rocket to fly, bring it along (though there are some restrictions – see them here). The program takes place the first Sunday of every month at 1pm.

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The Weekend Round-Up: December 28-29

City skating at Canal Park

City skating at Canal Park



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Holiday events and live entertainment might dominate this round-up, but you can find plenty beyond that among DC’s ongoing activities and mainstay attractions. For ideas and details, check out the Everyday Play page. Or to plan by weather, go straight to the outdoor recs or have a look at the The Great Indoors list. Happy Weekend!

Holidaze
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

The big holiday may be over, but many activities celebrating them are still going on, some for up to another week. Live entertainment, spectacular light displays, model trains, and seasonal events are some of the ways you can savor the holiday magic just a little bit longer. The 2013 KFDC Holiday Guide will tell you where to find them.

Uncle Devin’s Winter Wonderland Holiday Show
Where: Jammin’ Java
When: Saturday, doors open at 10am
Admission: $8

Enjoy the live, interactive musical experience recommended for children five and up. Uncle Devin is both a drummer and percussionist, and, therefore, is known as the original “Drumcussionist.” His drum set consists of a combination of natural drums/ percussion instruments, and the latest in electronic drums. This hybrid drum set allows him to play the normal drum groove along with the additional color that is normally played by additional percussionist and musicians. He also has uses an assortment of percussion instruments, including cowbells, triangles, shakers, congas and timbales, as learning tools for his message.

Kwanzaa Arts, Family Fun
Where: Anacostia Community Museum
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 2:30pm
Admission: Free

Join artists Tamara Thomas and Diedra Bell as they activate the creative imagination for this fun, free workshop. While the workshop is free, space is limited, so call to reserve a spot: 202.633.4844.

Portrait Story Days
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 1-4pm & 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 artist Joseph Cornell .

Aquarium
Where: Imagination Stage
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $10-12

This is a show best for ages 1-5. With gentle music, beautiful puppets, and props, Jack and Calypso lead children and caregivers to a magical, interactive world where giant jellyfish fly through the air, sheep graze in the grass, and lemons create the sun in a “let’s pretend” sky.

Fun on Ice
Where: Local ice rinks
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

If the weather is conducive to outdoor ice skating, lace up the skates and get gliding. Enjoy art as you skate at the Sculpture Garden; circle the rink at Washington Harbour; meander the paths at Canal Park; or shop then skate at Pentagon Row, Veteran’s Plaza, Rockville Town Square, or Reston Town Center. This post has details on both alfresco and indoor ice skating options in the area.

Millennium Stage Family Night
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Saturday, 6pm
Admission: Free

It’s a Target Family Night at the Kennedy Center’s free evening performance of “Holiday Vaudeville” on Saturday. The show blends holiday music and non-stop laughter with Cajun cellist Sean Grissom and modern-Klezmer quartet the Alexandria Kleztet. (It will also be performed on Friday night, though it’s not a designated Family Night — however, families are always welcome.)

Lyle the Crocodile
Where: Imagination Stage
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $12+

Recommended for ages 4-12, Lyle the Crocodile will run through January 10: When the Primm family moves into their New York City apartment, they are quite surprised to find a crocodile in their bathtub! But Lyle is a rather extraordinary crocodile and quickly becomes part of the family. Unfortunately, a nasty neighbor, Mr. Grumps, has it out for the reptile. He thinks poor Lyle is unfit for the neighborhood simply because he’s different. After a parade, a trip to the department store, and a stint in the zoo, Lyle saves the day and earns his place as a beloved friend and neighbor.

Winter Break Festivities
Where: Port Discovery
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $13.95

The children’s museum in Baltimore has special activities going on all weekend (and Monday) for Winter Break. The multiple levels featuring all kinds of a hands-on exhibits are always a blast, too!

The Polar Express 3D
Where: American History Museum
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-2:40pm
Admission: $5

Catch a short flick at the American History Museum. Based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express follows a doubting young boy as he embarks upon an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole. Multiple 12-minute screenings will be shown each hour.

Winter Festival
Where: Kettler Capitals Iceplex
When: Saturday
Admission: Depends on activities

Celebrate the season and the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Activities will include broomball, skating, skills demonstrations, and hockey. At the Mini-Olympics competition, kids can show off their skills, earn points for their team, and win awards. And the Broomball Tournament will have everyone racing down the ice to the net.

Get Out!
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by locale

Looks like we’ll have at least one sunny day this weekend, so get out and bask in the sunshine. Head to the National Arboretum, stroll the grounds of Brookside Gardens, watch airplanes at Gravelly point, hit the trail for a hike, visit the animals at Old Maryland Farm or the Zoo. Find more info about all these suggestions and scads more in this post about the best places in the DC area to enjoy a day outdoors.

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