Wow, I blinked, and it’s March already. And for the second year in a row, I missed a big occasion: my blog birthday. It was three years ago — February 24, 2010, to be exact — that KidFriendly DC was born. And it’s been an absolute blast seeing it grow with steadfast care and feeding…and an abundance of wholehearted love. I hope it’s brought as much joy to all of you as it has to me.
And with that, here’s where you can find some family fun over the next couple of days. Happy Weekend!
Where: Corcoran Gallery
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
This weekend will be a great time to take the kids to a museum that may not be among your usual repertoire. The program will include all kinds of creative, hands-on activities for all ages — arts & crafts face painting, breakdancing, graffiti T-shirts and more — throughout the museum. And it’s all free!
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by Performance
The Atlas continues creating connections through innovative art with another weekend of performances and festivities for the whole family at Intersections. Entertainment includes Sing Down the Moon: Appalachian Wonder Tales, a free Boogie Babes show, a dance workshop for ages 3-8, a children’s multi-sensory class with Arts on the Horizon, singing and dancing with Rachel Ann Cross, an Arts Fun Day with Imagination Stage, and even more. Visit the Intersections website for show times, descriptions, and ticket info.
Kids in the Kitchen
Where: YMCA National Capital
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Want to cook up a good time with the kids? The Junior League of Washington is hosting its annual Kids in the Kitchen event. The free, kid-oriented healthy eating and fitness activity fair showcases ways for kids to eat smart and make healthy lifestyle choices. Enjoy a day of games, crafts, hands-on learning, goodie bags, and exciting raffle prizes, all to celebrate and promote nutritional literacy. Fitness experts will lead kids in high-energy exercise sessions, celebrity chefs will host healthy cooking demonstrations, and certified nutritionists will be on hand to answer questions.
Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Where: Old Town Alexandria
When: Saturday, 10am
Celebrate the Irish holiday a couple of weeks early in Old Town Alexandria. Their annual parade kicks off at 12:30pm at Alfred and King Streets and will wind through Old Town, showcasing elected officials, Irish Ambassadors, military commanders, scout troops, high school bands, and local celebrities. See the parade route, so you can plan to stake out your viewing spot.
Where: Verizon Center & Patriot Center
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Tickets start at $15
The Ambassadors of Goodwill are bringing their A-game — an exciting combo of basketball, entertainment, and comedy — to the DC area with three shows, two at the Verizon Center on Saturday and one at the Patriot Center on Sunday. Tickets are still available for all of them.
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the Weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
Here’s the live entertainment on local stages this weekend:
– Anime Momotaro is thrilling audiences at the Imagination Stage.
– Encore Stage & Studio presents Big Bad in for its second weekend. (Get a deal on tickets.
– Little Red Rising Hood and the 3 Little pigs is at The Puppet Co. along with a couple of Tiny Tots shows.
– Mary Ann Jung: Pee Wee Pirates is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National.
– Billy Jonas is playing the 10:30am show at Jammin’ Java on Saturday.
– Sleeping Beauty-The Broken Spell is at the Workhouse Arts Center for its final performance.
– The Young Spectaculars & the Front Yard Adventure is the latest Arts on the Horizon production.
– The Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre will delight at the Warner Theatre.
Play it Cool
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free exhibits, tickets vary by performance
The month-long festival celebrating the cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Greenland, and nearby islands is presenting over 750 performances, exhibits, food demos, talks, workshops and more through mid-March. Drop in anytime for LEGO and game play, art, and to explore Nordic countries and culture or see a theatre, dance, or music performance — several will be taking place over the weekend. See the schedule for details.
Dance Your Socks Off
Where: River Park Nursery School
When: Saturday, 4-7pm
Calling all families with pre-school aged children! This weekend, River Park Nursery School will celebrate its 50th anniversary and honor legendary teacher Ms. Bernadette Blum. The annual Sock Hop Party & Silent Auction will be held at the at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation located at 212 East Capitol Street NE on Capitol Hill. You can expect crafts for the kids, live music from Mr. Skip, food and sweets from local establishments, an open bar, and amazing deals at the silent auction. Tickets can be purchased through the school website or at the door.
Final Glide at the Capitol Riverfront
Where: Canal Park Ice Rink
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $8/adults, $7/kids, $3/rentals
It’s your last glide along the icy meandering paths of the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. Canal Park Ice Rink’s first season will come to an end on Sunday. Luckily, it looks like the weather will be perfect for a final skate. And for more places to glide the day away in the DC area, see this post about fun on ice.
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by locale
Don’t let a little chill in the air keep you from enjoying the sunshine. Bundle up and get outdoors — take a hike, explore a garden, romp on a playground, visit animals at a farm or the zoo. This post has a loooong list of ideas for al fresco fun.
Vote! Women’s History Month Family Festival
Where: National Museum of American History
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Celebrate Women’s History Month at the Smithsonian! The Women’s History Month Family Festival is inspired by the related exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1913 woman suffrage parade in Washington, DC. Explore suffrage history through conversations with the curator, see objects out of storage, meet suffrage activist Lucy Burns (portrayed by interpreter Leigh Jameson), take a self-guide, create hands-on crafts, and share your thoughts on the talk-back board and in oral history interviews. A capella group Capital Blend sings songs of suffrage and women’s empowerment at 12:30, 2, and 3:30 PM.
Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration
Where: Port Discovery
Admission: $13.95 for ages 2 and up
Celebrate one of the most beloved children’s authors at Port Discovery. Special programs inspired by the Cat in the Hat creator will take place throughout the day. Join circle time, make a Truffala Tree, do some Dr. Seuss puzzles, and much more. View the schedule online for details on activities and times.
Stargazing at Air & Space
Where: National Air & Space Museum
When: Saturday, 6:30pm
Get a close-up of the nighttime sky with staff from the museum that specialize in space. The Public Observatory is open for special evening stargazing, so guests can see an array of celestial objects through a powerful professional telescope. The Observatory is located outside on the Southeast Terrace.
Portrait Story Days
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Sunday, 2-5pm
Drop in 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 lawyer and activist Belva Lockwood. Read about our experience at the program and other Portrait Gallery activities here.
Model Rocket Launch
Where: Goddard Space Flight Center
When: Sunday, 1-2pm
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.
Rock Creek Recreation
Where: Rock Creek Park
When: Throughout the weekend
Get a nature fix, outdoors or in, at one of the nation’s largest urban parks. Take a hike, check out exhibits in the nature center, see a planetarium show. All of this is possible at Rock Creek Park. The Nature Center is open 9am – 5pm, and the Planetarium will be offering special programs throughout the weekend.