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Posted on February 4, 2017 by DC Thrifty Mom in 2017 Calendar of Events, Family Fun 2017, February 2017 Activities and Events and tagged with , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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DC Thrifty Mom’s

FREE Weekend DMV Family Events
February 4 & 5, 2017
Washington, D.C. Metro Area

Includes Black History Month Events, Lunar New Year Celebrations, Valentines & Chocolate,
Arts & Entertainment, and More Family Fun!

Sponsored By:

Orin Knows Real Estate -Banner 2

Always call or check the event website before heading out;
Event information is subject to change or weather cancellation.

***  Visit the Calendar for additional happenings.***   

Kids Workshop Home Depot Logo

Valentines Photo Box
Home Depot
Saturday, February 4 ∙ 9:00am ∙ FREE

It’s a hands-on workshop and you and your child can build a Valentine-themed photo box, perfect for keeping photos of loved ones front and center. Once the box is built, your child can decorate it with paint and The Home Depot stickers.
All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.

Disney Reads Day -BannerDisney Reads Day
Barnes & Noble – select locations

Saturday, February 4 ∙ 11:00am ∙ FREE Admission
Celebrate the Magic of Storytelling on Disney Reads Day! Join us as we read popular Disney stories and do fun activities to inspire kids’ imaginations. Plus, giveaways including stickers, bookmarks and mini-posters (while supplies last).

*** Washington, DC ***

Photo Credit: Tony Sylvestro

Photo Credit: Tony Sylvestro

Saturday Morning at The National presents: Brian Curry
National Theatre
Saturday, February 4 ∙ Performances are at 9:30am and 11:00am. ∙ FREE Show!*
Water vanishes in midair moments before drenching a hapless volunteer, bottles appear out of nowhere, and the world’s most difficult card trick happens in a flash! Magician Brian Curry keeps even the most skeptical of audiences laughing with befuddlement in a morning filled with mystery.
Skher Brown and the Dancing Warriors Ensemble*NOTE: Saturday Morning at The National is best suited for children ages 4 to 10 years. View the complete Winter 2017 lineup here. Tickets may be reserved beginning the Friday, one week prior to the performance. Seating is limited. Once reserved tickets have sold out, a limited amount of walk-up tickets will be available on-site on the day of the show. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the performance time to take a place in the “Stand-by line.”
NEXT WEEK (Saturday, February 11): Skher Brown and the Dancing Warriors Ensemble – Explore how the dance-fight art form of Capoeira Angola journeyed from its origins in Central Africa to the shores of South America. Families will experience history through a visual folktale show of spins, kicks, flips, and live music. [Reserve your FREE tickets here!]   National Park Service Logo

Black History Month Events
Rock Creek Park [Nature Center]
Saturday, February 4 ∙ FREE!
This month the nation celebrates African American History Month. A few NPS programs include:
Civil War Roundtable (9:30am) – Special Guest Speaker Asa Gordon will discuss “A New Birth of Freedom: The United States Colored Troops (USCT) Voting Rights Legacy”
Under African Skies (1:00pm) – Join a ranger for a unique look at sub-Saharan Africa’s night sky and star stories in honor of Black History Month.
Women of Color in the Civil War (10:30am) – Discover the diverse roles women of color played during the American Civil War. Ages 10 and older.

Comedy with Cupid
Folger Shakespeare Library [Theatre]
Saturday, February 4 ∙ FREE, Registration Requested
Learn the art of over-acting with Shakespearean confessions of love.
10-11AM: Recommended Ages 5-7
11-12PM: Recommended Ages 8-14
Children ages 5 to 14 and their families are invited to join the fun on the first Saturday of each month to have fun learning and sharing Shakespeare’s language and experiencing the Folger.
NEXT MONTH: Courtly Greetings & Country Meetings (Saturday, March 4) –   Imagine yourself in the two worlds of As You Like It, the court of Duke Frederick and the Forest of Arden.  KC Chinese New Year Family Day 2017

Chinese New Year Family Day
The Kennedy Center
Saturday, February 4 ∙ 10:30am ∙ FREE, NO TICKETS REQUIRED!
Bring your entire family to a fun-filled day of activities and entertainment for all ages. Learn the arts of paper cutting, Beijing-style applique, calligraphy, sugar and bottle painting, “bristle dolls,” and Chinese makeup. Play dress up and snap pictures at the Chinese costume trunk. Enjoy performances by Beijing acrobats and Chinese musicians. And much more!

Slave Spy - The Story of James LafayetteSlave Spy: The Story of James Lafayette
The International Spy Museum
Saturday, February 4 ∙ Two Live Performances: 11:00am & 1:30 pm ∙ FREE, NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED
What was it like to go undercover and spy on the British during the American Revolution? James Lafayette did it against all odds. An enslaved African American in New Kent County when the British invaded Virginia in 1781, James soon found himself working for the Continental Army under the Marquis de Lafayette, and his exploits would influence the outcome of the American Revolution.
In this original one-act play, combining live performance with film, Jamar Jones portrays the brave man who passed as a runaway slave to gather information in the British camps and pass along misinformation to fool General Cornwallis. Slave Spy was written by Abigail Schumann and produced by the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

Family Afternoon: Newspaper Fort Challenge
National Building Museum [The Great Hall]
Saturday, February 4 ∙ 11:00am ∙ Free, drop in
Extra! Extra! Read all about it!
The Museum is hosting a newspaper for challenge in the Great Hall!
Bring your family and collaboratively construct an awe-inspiring fort made entirely of newspapers and tape. Learn about the triangle, the strongest shape out there, and create tetrahedral caverns small enough for one, or big enough for your clan. All ages.    Black History Month

Portrait Story Days – Black History Month
Portrait Gallery [Education Center]
Saturday, February 4 ∙ 1:00pm & Sunday, February 5 ∙ 2:00pm ∙ FREE!
Listen to a story and create art inspired by someone in the collection. In partnership with Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, DC Public Library.
Schedule:
Feb. 4 & 5: Tuskegee Airmen
Feb. 11 & 12: Rosa Parks
Feb. 19: Frederick Douglass
Feb. 25 & 26: Martin Luther King Jr.

Culture Capital - Uno Dos Tres con Andres123 Andrés
DC Public Library – Chevy Chase Branch
Saturday, February 4 ∙ 3:00pm ∙ FREE
Join 123 Andrés, the 2016 Latin Grammy winner, for an all-ages musical performance!
123 Andrés takes children and adults on a musical journey through the Americas learning about music, language, and culture. The program is bilingual (Spanish and English) with new songs and words to learn as well as traditional songs. This highly interactive program brings the family together with opportunities to move, sing, dance, and learn together!    STEAM - DC Public Library

STEAM Ahead: Army Man Launchers
DC Public Library – Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Branch
Saturday, February 4 ∙ 3:00pm. ∙ FREE
STEAM involves science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics initiatives for children and teens. Join the fun every Saturday for an exciting afternoon as we perform an out of this world experiment or reach for new artistic heights. It’s time for learning and potential.
This week: Army Man Launchers! How far can you launch an army man with little more than a spoon, popsicle sticks, and a rubber band?
For ages 6 and up; however, participants under the age of 9 will require the assistance of a caretaker or parent.
NOTE: Join the STEAM Team on Sunday, February 5th (2:00pm), in the Children’s Room (200) at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial/Central Branch. Learn something new and then create something amazing! For ages 6-12. No registration required.

Target Family Night Beijing Acrobats

Target Family Night: Beijing Acrobats
Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
Saturday, February 4 ∙ 6:00pm. ∙ FREE!
Founded in 1957 in Tianqiao, Beijing—the birthplace of acrobats—Beijing Acrobats is a professional troupe of distinctive artistic styles and innovation. This performance consists of a variety of acts, including drum tap-dancing, roller skating, lion dance, ancient stunts, rug-spinning, ventriloquism, contortion, and straw-hat throwing.
NOTE: Presented as part of the Kennedy Center’s Lunar New Year Celebration events.

Reading with a Ranger
Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

Sunday, February 5 ∙ 11:00am ∙ FREE!
Location: Visitor Center, Helen Fowler room
Every Sunday, join a Park Ranger for a fun and educational story time and craft activity. Program will include the reading of a short colorful book and conclude with an arts and crafts activity based on the story. Ages 4 to 7.

Chinese New Year Celebration - Sackler and Freer GalleriesChinese New Year Celebration
Sackler and Ripley Center
Sunday, February 5 ∙ 11:00am ∙ Free Admission!
Ring in the Year of the Rooster with art! Our third annual Chinese New Year celebration features free attractions for all ages highlighting contemporary performers and artists from Beijing, including:
Beijing Opera performed by students from the Beijing Opera Art’s College
Chinese acrobatic performances
Calligraphy demonstrations
Paper cutting
Sugar painting and dough figurines
Chinese New Year card crafts
Year of the Rooster mask making
Photo booth fun
Chinese food is available for purchase. View the schedule of events, co-sponsored by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China.

Free Community Day: February
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sunday, February 5 ∙ 12:00pm ∙ Free Admission!
The first Sunday of the month is Community Day at NMWA!
Visit Community Day for FREE admission to the museum—take this opportunity to explore their newly reinstalled collection and current exhibition.    Play Learn and Grow Together

My Feelings: Art & Movement Workshop
DC Public Library – Mt. Pleasant Branch
Sunday, February 5 ∙ 2:00pm ∙ FREE
DCRCC offers a child-led exploration of emotion, empathy, and mindfulness.
Participants will explore ways to express their feelings and communicate their needs.
Activities include role playing, art projects, call &response, and games.

*** Maryland ***   

Weekend Walks in the Woods – Free Family Nature Walks!
Woodend Sanctuary
Saturday, February 4 ∙ 9:00am. ∙ FREE, RSVP Requested
Take an hour out of your schedule to enjoy spending time with your family outdoors. Join a Master Naturalists on the first Saturday of each month from 9-10 am for a nature hike around Woodend Sanctuary. Each hike will have a unique and exciting natural history theme. Programs are appropriate for family members of all ages. Please come prepared to hike in sneakers and don’t forget your water bottle. We hope you will join us for our exciting new programs each month! Meet at the gazebo by the main house.
NOTE Another Opportunity: Winter Exploration and Animal Habitats (Sunday, February 5 at 2pm) – A hike in wooded areas of Rust Sanctuary in Leesburg, Virginia to explore winter adaptions and animal habitats. Ages 10 and older. Meet at the parking lot by Manor House

Discovery Day – Archaeology
Gaithersburg Community Museum
Saturday, February 4 ∙ 10:00am ∙ FREE, NO Reservations Required
Learn about archaeology at Discovery Day!
Take a glimpse into the world of archaeology with hands-on activities, including Site-In-A-Can, Tin Smithing, Marble Making, Seed Identification, and Ceramic Mending. Test your skills while learning what archaeology can teach us about the past. Discovery Days stir the imagination and foster family involvement in a fun and stimulating environment.
Admission is free and is open to visitors of all ages. No reservations are required. This program is presented by the Montgomery Parks Archaeology Office.

Family Art Day Silencio BlancoFamily Art Day: Silencio Blanco
Langley Park Community Center
Saturday, February 4 ∙ 11:00am. ∙ FREE!
Presented By: Artist Partner Program
Join The Clarice’s Arte Vivo! program for Family Art Day! A free puppet-making workshop with Chilean artists Silencio Blanco. Come ready to play and create without limits – kids and adults will transform everyday materials into artistic masterpieces!     Montgomery Parks

DIY Nature
Black Hill Nature Programs
Saturday, February 4 & Sunday, February 5 ∙ 1:00pm ∙ Free
Stop by the Visitor Center Information Desk to borrow a nature knapsack to help you explore Black Hill Regional Park. Contents of the bag change but could include scavenger hunts, magnifying glasses, nature journals and activities. Let your imagination and curiosity lead you! Supplies are limited, bags are loaned out on a first come, first served basis. Please return bags by 5 pm.
Intended for All Ages

Lunar New Year Celebration
Lakeforest Mall

Saturday, February 4 & Sunday, February 5 ∙ Admission is FREE!
Enjoy spectacular decor and informational exhibits. Experience live entertainment, colorful lion dances, special events, and hands-on activities. View full program of events.

*** Virginia ***      

Chocolate Lovers Festival 2017 - City of Fairfax VirginiaChocolate Lovers Festival
City of Fairfax
Saturday, February 4 ∙ 10:00am & Sunday, February 5 ∙ 12:00pm ∙
NOTE: Some events require a fee, and other events are free to all visitors

The Chocolate Lovers Festival, an annual two-day festival held on the first full weekend of February, features activities for all to enjoy. The Chocolate Lovers Festival was developed in 1992 as a joint effort of the City of Fairfax, Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Fairfax Coalition, Downtown Fairfax Merchants Association and George Mason University. The purpose of the festival was to draw visitors to Old Town Fairfax, to encourage community participation and to foster cooperation among the city government, the business community and local residents.
The first festival was held in February 1993 and continues an annual tradition with “love of chocolate” as a unifying theme. This popular festival continues to attract chocolate lovers from around the country. View the Chocolate Lovers Event Schedule for a printable schedule of events.

Kids Club Tysons Corner Center - Winter Fun Event 2017

Kids Club – Theme: PETS
Tysons Corner Center 
[Lower level Bloomingdale’s Court]
Saturday, February 4 ∙ 11:00am ∙ FREE!
Free, fun & educational games and activities for kids!
The Tysons Corner Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, and interactive setting. Come explore during National Geographic’s Monthly Kids Club!
Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play.
Complimentary activities and crafts, snacks provided by California Pizza Kitchen, music, balloon animals and face painting will be offered to your little ones!
NEXT: Tuesday, March 7th theme – Castles

Happy Lunar New YearCelebrate Chinese New Year!
Potomac Mills
[Grand Court]
Saturday, February 4 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE Event!
Celebrate Chinese New Year- The Year of the Rooster.
Enjoy food, lion dance, fashion show, Chinese Instrument-Guzheng performances and much much more.

Annual MRE Cook-off!
National Museum of the Marine Corps
Saturday, February 4 ∙ 2:00pm ∙ Free, drop in
Who will win? One skilled “chef” will take home the coveted Golden Canteen Cup!

Giveaway Reminder

Ella Enchanted Adventure Theatre MTC - LogoElla Enchanted {#DCTMGiveaway}
Adventure Theatre MTC
February 3 – March 19, 2017
Based on the Newberry Honor book by Gail Carson Levine. Baby Ella of Frell is given the “gift” of obedience by Lucinda, a misguided fairy, and thus cannot disobey any direct order. Then when tragedy strikes, Ella is reduced to an obedient servant in her new home with Dame Olga. Can Ella find a way to rid herself of the troublesome curse? Enter to win 4-tickets here.

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Free Weekend DMV Family Events: February 4 & 5

Posted on February 4, 2017 by DC Thrifty Mom in 2017 Calendar of Events, Family Fun 2017, February 2017 Activities and Events and tagged with , , , , , , , , , , , ,

FREE (RED)

DC Thrifty Mom’s

FREE Weekend DMV Family Events
February 4 & 5, 2017
Washington, D.C. Metro Area

Includes Black History Month Events, Lunar New Year Celebrations, Valentines & Chocolate,
Arts & Entertainment, and More Family Fun!

Sponsored By:

Orin Knows Real Estate -Banner 2

Always call or check the event website before heading out;
Event information is subject to change or weather cancellation.

***  Visit the Calendar for additional happenings.***   

Kids Workshop Home Depot Logo

Valentines Photo Box
Home Depot
Saturday, February 4 ∙ 9:00am ∙ FREE

It’s a hands-on workshop and you and your child can build a Valentine-themed photo box, perfect for keeping photos of loved ones front and center. Once the box is built, your child can decorate it with paint and The Home Depot stickers.
All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.

Disney Reads Day -BannerDisney Reads Day
Barnes & Noble – select locations

Saturday, February 4 ∙ 11:00am ∙ FREE Admission
Celebrate the Magic of Storytelling on Disney Reads Day! Join us as we read popular Disney stories and do fun activities to inspire kids’ imaginations. Plus, giveaways including stickers, bookmarks and mini-posters (while supplies last).

*** Washington, DC ***

Photo Credit: Tony Sylvestro

Photo Credit: Tony Sylvestro

Saturday Morning at The National presents: Brian Curry
National Theatre
Saturday, February 4 ∙ Performances are at 9:30am and 11:00am. ∙ FREE Show!*
Water vanishes in midair moments before drenching a hapless volunteer, bottles appear out of nowhere, and the world’s most difficult card trick happens in a flash! Magician Brian Curry keeps even the most skeptical of audiences laughing with befuddlement in a morning filled with mystery.
Skher Brown and the Dancing Warriors Ensemble*NOTE: Saturday Morning at The National is best suited for children ages 4 to 10 years. View the complete Winter 2017 lineup here. Tickets may be reserved beginning the Friday, one week prior to the performance. Seating is limited. Once reserved tickets have sold out, a limited amount of walk-up tickets will be available on-site on the day of the show. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the performance time to take a place in the “Stand-by line.”
NEXT WEEK (Saturday, February 11): Skher Brown and the Dancing Warriors Ensemble – Explore how the dance-fight art form of Capoeira Angola journeyed from its origins in Central Africa to the shores of South America. Families will experience history through a visual folktale show of spins, kicks, flips, and live music. [Reserve your FREE tickets here!]   National Park Service Logo

Black History Month Events
Rock Creek Park [Nature Center]
Saturday, February 4 ∙ FREE!
This month the nation celebrates African American History Month. A few NPS programs include:
Civil War Roundtable (9:30am) – Special Guest Speaker Asa Gordon will discuss “A New Birth of Freedom: The United States Colored Troops (USCT) Voting Rights Legacy”
Under African Skies (1:00pm) – Join a ranger for a unique look at sub-Saharan Africa’s night sky and star stories in honor of Black History Month.
Women of Color in the Civil War (10:30am) – Discover the diverse roles women of color played during the American Civil War. Ages 10 and older.

Comedy with Cupid
Folger Shakespeare Library [Theatre]
Saturday, February 4 ∙ FREE, Registration Requested
Learn the art of over-acting with Shakespearean confessions of love.
10-11AM: Recommended Ages 5-7
11-12PM: Recommended Ages 8-14
Children ages 5 to 14 and their families are invited to join the fun on the first Saturday of each month to have fun learning and sharing Shakespeare’s language and experiencing the Folger.
NEXT MONTH: Courtly Greetings & Country Meetings (Saturday, March 4) –   Imagine yourself in the two worlds of As You Like It, the court of Duke Frederick and the Forest of Arden.  KC Chinese New Year Family Day 2017

Chinese New Year Family Day
The Kennedy Center
Saturday, February 4 ∙ 10:30am ∙ FREE, NO TICKETS REQUIRED!
Bring your entire family to a fun-filled day of activities and entertainment for all ages. Learn the arts of paper cutting, Beijing-style applique, calligraphy, sugar and bottle painting, “bristle dolls,” and Chinese makeup. Play dress up and snap pictures at the Chinese costume trunk. Enjoy performances by Beijing acrobats and Chinese musicians. And much more!

Slave Spy - The Story of James LafayetteSlave Spy: The Story of James Lafayette
The International Spy Museum
Saturday, February 4 ∙ Two Live Performances: 11:00am & 1:30 pm ∙ FREE, NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED
What was it like to go undercover and spy on the British during the American Revolution? James Lafayette did it against all odds. An enslaved African American in New Kent County when the British invaded Virginia in 1781, James soon found himself working for the Continental Army under the Marquis de Lafayette, and his exploits would influence the outcome of the American Revolution.
In this original one-act play, combining live performance with film, Jamar Jones portrays the brave man who passed as a runaway slave to gather information in the British camps and pass along misinformation to fool General Cornwallis. Slave Spy was written by Abigail Schumann and produced by the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

Family Afternoon: Newspaper Fort Challenge
National Building Museum [The Great Hall]
Saturday, February 4 ∙ 11:00am ∙ Free, drop in
Extra! Extra! Read all about it!
The Museum is hosting a newspaper for challenge in the Great Hall!
Bring your family and collaboratively construct an awe-inspiring fort made entirely of newspapers and tape. Learn about the triangle, the strongest shape out there, and create tetrahedral caverns small enough for one, or big enough for your clan. All ages.    Black History Month

Portrait Story Days – Black History Month
Portrait Gallery [Education Center]
Saturday, February 4 ∙ 1:00pm & Sunday, February 5 ∙ 2:00pm ∙ FREE!
Listen to a story and create art inspired by someone in the collection. In partnership with Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, DC Public Library.
Schedule:
Feb. 4 & 5: Tuskegee Airmen
Feb. 11 & 12: Rosa Parks
Feb. 19: Frederick Douglass
Feb. 25 & 26: Martin Luther King Jr.

Culture Capital - Uno Dos Tres con Andres123 Andrés
DC Public Library – Chevy Chase Branch
Saturday, February 4 ∙ 3:00pm ∙ FREE
Join 123 Andrés, the 2016 Latin Grammy winner, for an all-ages musical performance!
123 Andrés takes children and adults on a musical journey through the Americas learning about music, language, and culture. The program is bilingual (Spanish and English) with new songs and words to learn as well as traditional songs. This highly interactive program brings the family together with opportunities to move, sing, dance, and learn together!    STEAM - DC Public Library

STEAM Ahead: Army Man Launchers
DC Public Library – Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Branch
Saturday, February 4 ∙ 3:00pm. ∙ FREE
STEAM involves science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics initiatives for children and teens. Join the fun every Saturday for an exciting afternoon as we perform an out of this world experiment or reach for new artistic heights. It’s time for learning and potential.
This week: Army Man Launchers! How far can you launch an army man with little more than a spoon, popsicle sticks, and a rubber band?
For ages 6 and up; however, participants under the age of 9 will require the assistance of a caretaker or parent.
NOTE: Join the STEAM Team on Sunday, February 5th (2:00pm), in the Children’s Room (200) at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial/Central Branch. Learn something new and then create something amazing! For ages 6-12. No registration required.

Target Family Night Beijing Acrobats

Target Family Night: Beijing Acrobats
Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
Saturday, February 4 ∙ 6:00pm. ∙ FREE!
Founded in 1957 in Tianqiao, Beijing—the birthplace of acrobats—Beijing Acrobats is a professional troupe of distinctive artistic styles and innovation. This performance consists of a variety of acts, including drum tap-dancing, roller skating, lion dance, ancient stunts, rug-spinning, ventriloquism, contortion, and straw-hat throwing.
NOTE: Presented as part of the Kennedy Center’s Lunar New Year Celebration events.

Reading with a Ranger
Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

Sunday, February 5 ∙ 11:00am ∙ FREE!
Location: Visitor Center, Helen Fowler room
Every Sunday, join a Park Ranger for a fun and educational story time and craft activity. Program will include the reading of a short colorful book and conclude with an arts and crafts activity based on the story. Ages 4 to 7.

Chinese New Year Celebration - Sackler and Freer GalleriesChinese New Year Celebration
Sackler and Ripley Center
Sunday, February 5 ∙ 11:00am ∙ Free Admission!
Ring in the Year of the Rooster with art! Our third annual Chinese New Year celebration features free attractions for all ages highlighting contemporary performers and artists from Beijing, including:
Beijing Opera performed by students from the Beijing Opera Art’s College
Chinese acrobatic performances
Calligraphy demonstrations
Paper cutting
Sugar painting and dough figurines
Chinese New Year card crafts
Year of the Rooster mask making
Photo booth fun
Chinese food is available for purchase. View the schedule of events, co-sponsored by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China.

Free Community Day: February
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sunday, February 5 ∙ 12:00pm ∙ Free Admission!
The first Sunday of the month is Community Day at NMWA!
Visit Community Day for FREE admission to the museum—take this opportunity to explore their newly reinstalled collection and current exhibition.    Play Learn and Grow Together

My Feelings: Art & Movement Workshop
DC Public Library – Mt. Pleasant Branch
Sunday, February 5 ∙ 2:00pm ∙ FREE
DCRCC offers a child-led exploration of emotion, empathy, and mindfulness.
Participants will explore ways to express their feelings and communicate their needs.
Activities include role playing, art projects, call &response, and games.

*** Maryland ***   

Weekend Walks in the Woods – Free Family Nature Walks!
Woodend Sanctuary
Saturday, February 4 ∙ 9:00am. ∙ FREE, RSVP Requested
Take an hour out of your schedule to enjoy spending time with your family outdoors. Join a Master Naturalists on the first Saturday of each month from 9-10 am for a nature hike around Woodend Sanctuary. Each hike will have a unique and exciting natural history theme. Programs are appropriate for family members of all ages. Please come prepared to hike in sneakers and don’t forget your water bottle. We hope you will join us for our exciting new programs each month! Meet at the gazebo by the main house.
NOTE Another Opportunity: Winter Exploration and Animal Habitats (Sunday, February 5 at 2pm) – A hike in wooded areas of Rust Sanctuary in Leesburg, Virginia to explore winter adaptions and animal habitats. Ages 10 and older. Meet at the parking lot by Manor House

Discovery Day – Archaeology
Gaithersburg Community Museum
Saturday, February 4 ∙ 10:00am ∙ FREE, NO Reservations Required
Learn about archaeology at Discovery Day!
Take a glimpse into the world of archaeology with hands-on activities, including Site-In-A-Can, Tin Smithing, Marble Making, Seed Identification, and Ceramic Mending. Test your skills while learning what archaeology can teach us about the past. Discovery Days stir the imagination and foster family involvement in a fun and stimulating environment.
Admission is free and is open to visitors of all ages. No reservations are required. This program is presented by the Montgomery Parks Archaeology Office.

Family Art Day Silencio BlancoFamily Art Day: Silencio Blanco
Langley Park Community Center
Saturday, February 4 ∙ 11:00am. ∙ FREE!
Presented By: Artist Partner Program
Join The Clarice’s Arte Vivo! program for Family Art Day! A free puppet-making workshop with Chilean artists Silencio Blanco. Come ready to play and create without limits – kids and adults will transform everyday materials into artistic masterpieces!     Montgomery Parks

DIY Nature
Black Hill Nature Programs
Saturday, February 4 & Sunday, February 5 ∙ 1:00pm ∙ Free
Stop by the Visitor Center Information Desk to borrow a nature knapsack to help you explore Black Hill Regional Park. Contents of the bag change but could include scavenger hunts, magnifying glasses, nature journals and activities. Let your imagination and curiosity lead you! Supplies are limited, bags are loaned out on a first come, first served basis. Please return bags by 5 pm.
Intended for All Ages

Lunar New Year Celebration
Lakeforest Mall

Saturday, February 4 & Sunday, February 5 ∙ Admission is FREE!
Enjoy spectacular decor and informational exhibits. Experience live entertainment, colorful lion dances, special events, and hands-on activities. View full program of events.

*** Virginia ***      

Chocolate Lovers Festival 2017 - City of Fairfax VirginiaChocolate Lovers Festival
City of Fairfax
Saturday, February 4 ∙ 10:00am & Sunday, February 5 ∙ 12:00pm ∙
NOTE: Some events require a fee, and other events are free to all visitors

The Chocolate Lovers Festival, an annual two-day festival held on the first full weekend of February, features activities for all to enjoy. The Chocolate Lovers Festival was developed in 1992 as a joint effort of the City of Fairfax, Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Fairfax Coalition, Downtown Fairfax Merchants Association and George Mason University. The purpose of the festival was to draw visitors to Old Town Fairfax, to encourage community participation and to foster cooperation among the city government, the business community and local residents.
The first festival was held in February 1993 and continues an annual tradition with “love of chocolate” as a unifying theme. This popular festival continues to attract chocolate lovers from around the country. View the Chocolate Lovers Event Schedule for a printable schedule of events.

Kids Club Tysons Corner Center - Winter Fun Event 2017

Kids Club – Theme: PETS
Tysons Corner Center 
[Lower level Bloomingdale’s Court]
Saturday, February 4 ∙ 11:00am ∙ FREE!
Free, fun & educational games and activities for kids!
The Tysons Corner Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, and interactive setting. Come explore during National Geographic’s Monthly Kids Club!
Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play.
Complimentary activities and crafts, snacks provided by California Pizza Kitchen, music, balloon animals and face painting will be offered to your little ones!
NEXT: Tuesday, March 7th theme – Castles

Happy Lunar New YearCelebrate Chinese New Year!
Potomac Mills
[Grand Court]
Saturday, February 4 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE Event!
Celebrate Chinese New Year- The Year of the Rooster.
Enjoy food, lion dance, fashion show, Chinese Instrument-Guzheng performances and much much more.

Annual MRE Cook-off!
National Museum of the Marine Corps
Saturday, February 4 ∙ 2:00pm ∙ Free, drop in
Who will win? One skilled “chef” will take home the coveted Golden Canteen Cup!

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Adventure Theatre MTC
February 3 – March 19, 2017
Based on the Newberry Honor book by Gail Carson Levine. Baby Ella of Frell is given the “gift” of obedience by Lucinda, a misguided fairy, and thus cannot disobey any direct order. Then when tragedy strikes, Ella is reduced to an obedient servant in her new home with Dame Olga. Can Ella find a way to rid herself of the troublesome curse? Enter to win 4-tickets here.

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