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Posted on January 27, 2018 by DC Thrifty Mom in 2018 Calendar of Events, Family Fun 2018, January 2018 Activities and Events and tagged with , , , , ,

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DC Thrifty Mom’s suggestions for 

Free DMV Family Fun Events THIS WEEKEND:
January 27 & 28, 2018
Washington, D.C. Metro Area

Includes Winter Blast: A Family Weekend of Native Games, Family Day: “Textiles 101” Open House, MoComCon, Summer Camp Fairs, & MORE FREE 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.

***Washington D.C.***

Beech Tree Puppets Hollow StumpSaturday Morning at The National presents Beech Tree Puppets: Hollow Stump
National Theatre
Saturday, January 27 ∙ Performances are at 9:30am and 11:00am. ∙ FREE Show!*
Adapted from the popular tale, The Mitten, The Hollow Stump celebrates community, as the animals learn to share one space. Seven very different animals seek shelter from the winter cold and snow in a large hollow stump. The characteristics of each animal are revealed through a unique and descriptive poem and song. When the animals let newcomers enter and the space inside the stump grows tighter, their songs interweave.
*NOTE: Saturday Morning at The National is best suited for children ages 4 to 10 years. View the complete Winter/Spring 2018 lineup here. Tickets may be reserved beginning the Friday, one week prior to the performance. Seating is limited. Sales have ended for this week but 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.”  Andres Salguero Uno Dos Tres con Andres
NEXT Performance (Saturday, February 3) – ¡Uno, Dos, Tres, con Andres– What would you do if you received a mysterious letter? Join Andrés as he travels Latin America in search of Juana la Rana. You will sing and dance to new and classic Spanish songs and even learn español along the way! Don’t miss this unique and interactive performance. [Reserve Free Tickets TODAY for the 9:30am -OR- 11am Performance

Winter Blast: A Family Weekend of Native Games
American Indian Museum
Saturday, January 27 & Sunday, January 28 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!

Learn to play Native games from across the hemisphere in celebration of winter. These games teach skills that are important to all people. Join Jeremy Red Eagle (Sisseton Wahpeton) from the International Traditional Games Society as he shares games of intuition and chance played in his community. Other games include the Miami-style moccasin game, string games, and Yupik yo-yos. Play traditional Hawaiian games, including Pala’ie (a ball and hoop game), Konane (Hawaiian “checkers”), Hū (a spinning game with kukui nut tops), and more.

Using Ginkgo Leaves to Track Earth's Changing ClimateCitizen Science: Using Ginkgo Leaves to Track Earth’s Changing Climate
Natural History Museum
Saturday, January 27 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Register for Your FREE Tickets

Researchers at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. need your help to track climate change over millions of years – using only plants!
Despite having evolved before dinosaurs and having faced three mass extinctions, Ginkgo trees are still living today. Our project “Fossil Atmospheres” is creating a record of how the atmosphere has changed through time by observing how the cells of ginkgo leaves have changed as well. With your help, we can collect valuable data to learn about the Earth’s ancient atmosphere.
Join us and meet paleobiologists Dr. Rich Barclay and Dr. Laura Soul. Rich and Laura will explain how leaves can be used to estimate atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, which help us understand past temperature and environmental changes in Earth’s geologic history. As citizen scientists, you will examine modern and fossil leaves to mark microscopic features related to atmospheric changes in carbon dioxide (CO2). By improving our ability to quantify the effects of CO2 on climate, you will be contributing to the basic science underlying projections of future environmental change.
If you have a laptop, please bring it with you on the day of the event for your personal use in the effort to collect leaf data using an online tool. For participants who do not have a laptop, the Museum will have a limited number available for use.

As the Wheel Turns
Peirce Mill
Every Saturday & Sunday Thru February 25 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!
Learn about the power of water and its connection to food on a mill tour with park volunteers from the Friends of Peirce Mill or a National Park Service ranger. All ages welcome. (Drop-in—staff-led tours or self-guided tours available until the mill closes at 4:00 p.m.)

Winter Film Programs – There’s No Food like My Food
National Gallery of Art [East Building Auditorium]
Saturday, January 27 ∙ 10:30 am & Sunday, January 28 ∙ 11:30 am ∙ FREE!

This delicious collection of short documentary films features food from around the world. Hear firsthand from child narrators how they and their families prepare traditional dishes. This program features food from France, Argentina, Trinidad, Thailand, and Kazakhstan. Learn that how food is gathered, prepared, and eaten reflects the unique culture and history of a particular location.
(New Dimension Media, USA, 60 minutes)    Check It Out Hirshhorn

Check It Out: Hirshhorn | A Library + Art Pop-up Program
Hirshhorn Museum
Saturday, January 27 ∙ 10:30 am ∙ FREE!
Check it out! Find our cart in the galleries and check out a fun kit full of our favorite finds for kids. Each kit is an art meets reading adventure, with a special theme, children’s book, suggested artworks for viewing, and hands-on art making materials.
This program is a partnership between Smithsonian Libraries and the Hirshhorn.
NOTE: Program repeats every Saturday in February.

Family Day: “Textiles 101” Open House
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
Saturday, January 27 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ Free, no reservations required

Celebrate the opening of our new textile learning center with live artist demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages. Textiles 101 introduces visitors to the fundamentals of fiber, color, and structure, and will serve as a hub for the museum’s textile-making programs.

Gardeners East of the River
Anacostia Community Museum
Saturday, January 27 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ Free, RSVP HERE
The first in a new series of garden forums, this program will highlight the experiences of gardeners living east of the Anacostia. Through their personal reflections, conversation will trace the importance of gardening to East of the River communities over time, its connections to cultural and familial histories, its challenging of the accepted narratives pertaining to life east of the Anacostia, and the essential role it plays in the health of communities. Food/refreshments.
Register online here or call 202.633.4844.
This program is co-sponsored by Derek Thomas Landscapes.     DC Winter Carnival

The D.C. Winter Carnival
THEARC
Saturday, January 27 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!

Parents, come join us at our free event that will feature games and prizes, a bounce house, an inflatable slide, a food truck, free lunch, and much more! You can learn about and sign up for the Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) while your children play. The OSP offers scholarships to low-income children in D.C. to attend a participating D.C. private school of their choice.
A free shuttle bus will be running between THEARC and the Southern Avenue Metro Station.

Thaddeus Coates Into the PodderverseThaddeus Coates: Into the Podderverse
DC Public Library – Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Branch
Saturday, January 27 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE!

Thaddeus Coates will be on-hand to autograph copies of his novel  SHINE: The Podderite Chronicles, a children’s graphic novel. The novel chronicles six futuristic Afro-punk children. Throughout their journey, they learn about their heritage and birthright.
Thaddeus, who is a native Washingtonian, graduate of McKinley Technology High School and currently attends the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. His work is inspired by African-American culture with a focus on Afrofuturism. You can follow Thaddeus on Instagram at @hippypotter.

Portrait Story Days– Belva Ann Lockwood
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Saturday, January 27 & Sunday, January 28 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Listen to a story and create art inspired by someone in the Portrait Gallery’s collection.
Who is Belva Ann Lockwood?
Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood (October 24, 1830 – May 17, 1917) was an American attorney, politician, educator, and author. She was active in working for women’s rights. The press of her day referred to her as a “suffragist”, someone who believed in women’s suffrage or voting rights.

The Apollo Orchestra in concert with WNO Young Artists
Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church
Sunday, January 28 ∙ 4:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
The Apollo Orchestra will be joined by singers from the Washington National Opera’s Domingo Cafritz Young Artist Program and organist Julie Vidrick Evans. Program includes scenes from great American operas and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.”

***Maryland***

Winter Birding
Meadowside Nature Center
Saturday, January 27 ∙ 9:00 am ∙ Free
Come join us at Meadowside Nature Center to look for the birds that stay over winter with us and learn about the challenges these species face during this time. This guided bird walk will end with a cup of hot chocolate. Beginners welcome; bring your binocular or borrow ours.
Intended for ages 8&up

Suburban Maryland Spring Home Show
The Show Place Arena
Saturday, January 27  & Sunday, January 28 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free Admission & Free Parking

At the Home Show, their goal is simple: to inspire, motivate, and excite you for your upcoming home improvement- whether it is a minor renovation or a major remodel. Their events feature a wide selection of home improvement professionals in a fun, interactive environment.
Age: All ages are welcome

MoComConMoComCon
Silver Spring Library
Saturday, January 27 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!

It’s the second annual comic convention, MoComCon. This event is open and accessible to all. We want to attract seasoned comic conventioneers, novices, and the curious of all ages. The event will include a variety of panels, workshops, programs, displays, exhibits and cosplay — all free of charge.

Art Cart & Drop-in Art Activities
The Walters Art Museum
Saturday, January 27  & Sunday, January 28 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ Free Admission

Drop-in, explore cool materials, and create a work of art to take home! Each weekend features a new project so check back often to find out what we have in store. No registration required.
Jan. 27 & 28: Souvenir Shrines – Turn an ordinary box into a shining vessel inspired by medieval reliquaries!     Andrews Base Library - STEM Saturday

STEM Saturday
Andrews Base Library
Saturday, January 27 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE!

Explore the world of science, technology, engineering, and math together through kit building, featured activities, and more! Recommended for those ages 8 and up!

Tip-Tapping Maple Trees
Brookside Nature Center
Saturday, January 27 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ Free
Help us start our collecting sap that will become maple syrup by identifying suitable maple trees, drilling holes and setting up collecting buckets. This is a free, family friendly program, but you’ll have to return later in February to learn the rest of this sweet story.
Intended for All Ages

Valentines for Veterans
Montgomery County Public Library – Davis Branch
Saturday, January 27 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ Free

Make Valentines for Veterans. Bring your appreciation and creativity, we’ll supply the materials. Valentines will be sent to members of our armed services.

Washington Parent - Montgomery County Camp and Summer Fun Expo2018 Montgomery County Camp and Summer Fun Expo
Hilton Hotel Meeting Center
Sunday, January 28 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free Admission & Parking

Washington Parent’s Montgomery County Camp & Summer Fun Expo will take place on Sunday January 28th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event, held at the Hilton Hotel Meeting Center on Rockville Pike will introduce your family to exciting summer opportunities for kids of all ages, all under one roof! 10am-4pm

Hike Club
Black Hill Nature Programs
Sunday, January 28 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ Free
The first rule of Hike Club – have fun! Improve your fitness, make new friends and experience trails and scenery we don’t often make time to immerse ourselves in. We welcome all ages, though young children must be able to walk at least 3 miles or be carried. Most trails are not stroller accessible. Please register no later than 24 hours before the hike so we can contact you with the hike’s location and other important information. During your visit, don’t miss Harpists at the Visitor Center (12 – 2pm) – An afternoon of beautiful harp music and the natural beauty of Black Hill all around you. No need to register; just come to the Visitor Center and enjoy.
Intended for All Ages

Black History Month Exhibition (Opening Reception)
“We Return Fighting: World War I and the African American Experience”
Harmony Hall Regional Center
Sunday, January 28 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission!
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the United States involvement in World War I, this exhibit explores the experiences of African Americans both at home and abroad during this conflict and the years surrounding it. Despite the oppressive racial climate in America in the opening decades of the 20th century, African Americans staunchly supported the war effort in a variety of ways. This exhibit highlights the experiences of black men and women during this era, with a special focus on the African American soldiers from Prince George’s County and their families.
NOTE:
Exhibit Gallery Hours
Monday – Friday: 8:30 am to 8 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 2 pm
Age: All ages are welcome

Free Family Sunday
The Baltimore Museum of Art
Sunday, January 28 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Explore your creative side with hands-on art-making workshops in response to works on view.
This Sunday, sculpt a bird totem.
Family workshops are held in the studio space of the Joseph Education Center, located on the first floor of the Museum. Space is limited.

***Virginia***  

Reston Camp Expo
Reston Community Center – Hunters Woods
Saturday, January 27 ∙ 9:00 am ∙ Free • All Ages • Drop-in
Reston’s 5th Annual Camp Expo is bigger and better than ever! It’s not too early to plan for summer. Don’t miss your chance to learn about hundreds of Reston-area summer camps and out-of-school activities – all in one place. This year’s event will also feature youth sports organizations and providers! Bring the whole family out for a fun and informative morning of snacks, music, games, prizes and resources:
Child Identification and Fingerprinting • Win Fantastic Door Prizes • Activities for the Kids • Scholarships • Summer Employment • Get info on registration dates, camp requirements, locations and fees, while meeting directors and staff teams.

Summer Camp and Activities Fair

Northern VA Media Summer Camp Fair
Fair Oaks Mall [Grand Court West]
Saturday, January 27 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Admission is FREE
Looking for a summer camp for your little one? Washington Family has you covered! With over 20 different camps attending our camp fair you are sure to find the right one that fits your family. 10:00AM-3:00PM

Free Crafts for Kids!
Lakeshore Learning
Every Saturday ∙ 11:00 am – 3 pm ∙  FREE, no reservation necessary
Drop-in project on January 27: Crafty Bobsled

FX 10th Anniversary Celebration
City of Fairfax Regional Library
Saturday, January 27 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!

We are celebrating 10 years in our beautiful new library space! Please drop in from Noon-4:00pm for an Open House featuring music, refreshments, crafts, a balloon artist, and much more fun for the whole family.

Date NightQuote-Along Movie – “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” (PG-13)*
The Old Firehouse
Saturday, January 27 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ Admission and popcorn are FREE

This is kind of a big deal. Break out of your glass case of emotion and join the Channel 4 News Team for a night of ridiculous fun. We’re 72% sure that you’ll love it.
NOTE: Prop bags are $5 each. Supplies are limited and advance purchase is recommended. Click here to purchase your prop bag.
*Those under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

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The Hollywood Special FX Show

The Hollywood Special FX Show
Hylton Performing Arts Center

Saturday, February 3, 2018
Ever wonder how they did that? Now the whole family can get the inside scoop and discover the science and secrets to making movie magic in this interactive and explosive show. Live on stage, join special effects professionals who’ve worked on action-packed blockbusters like The Dark Knight RisesGuardians of the GalaxyPhantom of the Opera, and Game of Thrones for thrilling and revealing insights that bring the audience closer to the action than ever before. Feel the heat from an onstage inferno, marvel at gruesome sci-fi monsters, be blown away by apocalyptic weather, and hold on tight through huge explosions! “Be prepared to be stunned. This really is a show unlike what you’ve seen before.” (Essex Chronicle[Ticket Information & Giveaway Entry]

Disney On Ice FROZEN LogoDisney On Ice presents Frozen
Royal Farms Arena: January 31 – February 4, 2018
Capital One Arena: February 14 – 19, 2018

Discover the full story of Disney’s Frozen like never before at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! Dazzling ice skating, special effects and unforgettable music will magically transport you to wintry Arendelle. Be a part of Anna’s fearless adventure to find her sister, Queen Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter. Join the hilarious snowman Olaf, rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer sidekick Sven as they help Anna in a race to bring back summer. Encounter Everest-like conditions and mystical trolls as you sing along to Academy Award®-winning songs like Let It Go and ultimately discover true love is the most powerful magic of all. Hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, your whole family will delight in special appearances by stars from Toy StoryFinding DoryThe Lion King and the inspiring Disney Princesses. Experience magic at every turn and create memories to last a lifetime at Disney On Ice presents Frozen – the show worth melting for! [Discount Ticket Information & Giveaway Entry]

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Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic
EagleBank Arena

Sunday, February 25, 2018
Join Mickey, Minnie and the comical duo Donald and Goofy as they lead you on an enchanted journey revealing glimpses of unforgettable Disney moments and grand illusions in Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic. Twenty-five of your favorite characters surprise and captivate at every turn of the doorknob. See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second, watch the Toy Story gang set themselves free from the constraints of Andy’s toybox with the help of the green army men and thrill to the spectacular stage debut of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider as they rise into the sky amidst gorgeous floating lanterns. Snow White, Tinker Bell, Aladdin‘s Genie — you never know what to expect or who might join in the fun in this grand show where you hold the ultimate key to unlocking your imagination. Don’t miss the Disney magic unfolding at the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax. [Discount Tickets Here]

Wild_Kratts_Live_ticketsWild Kratts Live! — Exclusive Pre-Sale
DAR Constitution Hall

Saturday, April 21, 2018
The Emmy-nominated PBS kids’ TV show Wild Kratts brings an all-new theatrical stage show starring Martin and Chris Kratt to Washington DC’s DAR Constitution Hall. First, the Kratt Brothers will share some “wow facts!” about animals, and then they’ll pull on their Creature Power vests and gloves and begin activating Creature Powers — live on stage and with a touch of comedy, of course. And when the Wild Kratts receive a message that Zach and his Zachbots are invading the Tortuga, you’ll get to join the duo on a quest filled with hilarious pratfalls and slapstick fun. Discover why Wild Kratts is so popular with kids and their families. [Discount Tickets Here]

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Posted on January 27, 2018 by DC Thrifty Mom in 2018 Calendar of Events, Family Fun 2018, January 2018 Activities and Events and tagged with , , , , ,

FREE - Red and Moving

DC Thrifty Mom’s suggestions for 

Free DMV Family Fun Events THIS WEEKEND:
January 27 & 28, 2018
Washington, D.C. Metro Area

Includes Winter Blast: A Family Weekend of Native Games, Family Day: “Textiles 101” Open House, MoComCon, Summer Camp Fairs, & MORE FREE 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.

***Washington D.C.***

Beech Tree Puppets Hollow StumpSaturday Morning at The National presents Beech Tree Puppets: Hollow Stump
National Theatre
Saturday, January 27 ∙ Performances are at 9:30am and 11:00am. ∙ FREE Show!*
Adapted from the popular tale, The Mitten, The Hollow Stump celebrates community, as the animals learn to share one space. Seven very different animals seek shelter from the winter cold and snow in a large hollow stump. The characteristics of each animal are revealed through a unique and descriptive poem and song. When the animals let newcomers enter and the space inside the stump grows tighter, their songs interweave.
*NOTE: Saturday Morning at The National is best suited for children ages 4 to 10 years. View the complete Winter/Spring 2018 lineup here. Tickets may be reserved beginning the Friday, one week prior to the performance. Seating is limited. Sales have ended for this week but 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.”  Andres Salguero Uno Dos Tres con Andres
NEXT Performance (Saturday, February 3) – ¡Uno, Dos, Tres, con Andres– What would you do if you received a mysterious letter? Join Andrés as he travels Latin America in search of Juana la Rana. You will sing and dance to new and classic Spanish songs and even learn español along the way! Don’t miss this unique and interactive performance. [Reserve Free Tickets TODAY for the 9:30am -OR- 11am Performance

Winter Blast: A Family Weekend of Native Games
American Indian Museum
Saturday, January 27 & Sunday, January 28 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!

Learn to play Native games from across the hemisphere in celebration of winter. These games teach skills that are important to all people. Join Jeremy Red Eagle (Sisseton Wahpeton) from the International Traditional Games Society as he shares games of intuition and chance played in his community. Other games include the Miami-style moccasin game, string games, and Yupik yo-yos. Play traditional Hawaiian games, including Pala’ie (a ball and hoop game), Konane (Hawaiian “checkers”), Hū (a spinning game with kukui nut tops), and more.

Using Ginkgo Leaves to Track Earth's Changing ClimateCitizen Science: Using Ginkgo Leaves to Track Earth’s Changing Climate
Natural History Museum
Saturday, January 27 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Register for Your FREE Tickets

Researchers at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. need your help to track climate change over millions of years – using only plants!
Despite having evolved before dinosaurs and having faced three mass extinctions, Ginkgo trees are still living today. Our project “Fossil Atmospheres” is creating a record of how the atmosphere has changed through time by observing how the cells of ginkgo leaves have changed as well. With your help, we can collect valuable data to learn about the Earth’s ancient atmosphere.
Join us and meet paleobiologists Dr. Rich Barclay and Dr. Laura Soul. Rich and Laura will explain how leaves can be used to estimate atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, which help us understand past temperature and environmental changes in Earth’s geologic history. As citizen scientists, you will examine modern and fossil leaves to mark microscopic features related to atmospheric changes in carbon dioxide (CO2). By improving our ability to quantify the effects of CO2 on climate, you will be contributing to the basic science underlying projections of future environmental change.
If you have a laptop, please bring it with you on the day of the event for your personal use in the effort to collect leaf data using an online tool. For participants who do not have a laptop, the Museum will have a limited number available for use.

As the Wheel Turns
Peirce Mill
Every Saturday & Sunday Thru February 25 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!
Learn about the power of water and its connection to food on a mill tour with park volunteers from the Friends of Peirce Mill or a National Park Service ranger. All ages welcome. (Drop-in—staff-led tours or self-guided tours available until the mill closes at 4:00 p.m.)

Winter Film Programs – There’s No Food like My Food
National Gallery of Art [East Building Auditorium]
Saturday, January 27 ∙ 10:30 am & Sunday, January 28 ∙ 11:30 am ∙ FREE!

This delicious collection of short documentary films features food from around the world. Hear firsthand from child narrators how they and their families prepare traditional dishes. This program features food from France, Argentina, Trinidad, Thailand, and Kazakhstan. Learn that how food is gathered, prepared, and eaten reflects the unique culture and history of a particular location.
(New Dimension Media, USA, 60 minutes)    Check It Out Hirshhorn

Check It Out: Hirshhorn | A Library + Art Pop-up Program
Hirshhorn Museum
Saturday, January 27 ∙ 10:30 am ∙ FREE!
Check it out! Find our cart in the galleries and check out a fun kit full of our favorite finds for kids. Each kit is an art meets reading adventure, with a special theme, children’s book, suggested artworks for viewing, and hands-on art making materials.
This program is a partnership between Smithsonian Libraries and the Hirshhorn.
NOTE: Program repeats every Saturday in February.

Family Day: “Textiles 101” Open House
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
Saturday, January 27 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ Free, no reservations required

Celebrate the opening of our new textile learning center with live artist demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages. Textiles 101 introduces visitors to the fundamentals of fiber, color, and structure, and will serve as a hub for the museum’s textile-making programs.

Gardeners East of the River
Anacostia Community Museum
Saturday, January 27 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ Free, RSVP HERE
The first in a new series of garden forums, this program will highlight the experiences of gardeners living east of the Anacostia. Through their personal reflections, conversation will trace the importance of gardening to East of the River communities over time, its connections to cultural and familial histories, its challenging of the accepted narratives pertaining to life east of the Anacostia, and the essential role it plays in the health of communities. Food/refreshments.
Register online here or call 202.633.4844.
This program is co-sponsored by Derek Thomas Landscapes.     DC Winter Carnival

The D.C. Winter Carnival
THEARC
Saturday, January 27 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!

Parents, come join us at our free event that will feature games and prizes, a bounce house, an inflatable slide, a food truck, free lunch, and much more! You can learn about and sign up for the Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) while your children play. The OSP offers scholarships to low-income children in D.C. to attend a participating D.C. private school of their choice.
A free shuttle bus will be running between THEARC and the Southern Avenue Metro Station.

Thaddeus Coates Into the PodderverseThaddeus Coates: Into the Podderverse
DC Public Library – Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Branch
Saturday, January 27 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE!

Thaddeus Coates will be on-hand to autograph copies of his novel  SHINE: The Podderite Chronicles, a children’s graphic novel. The novel chronicles six futuristic Afro-punk children. Throughout their journey, they learn about their heritage and birthright.
Thaddeus, who is a native Washingtonian, graduate of McKinley Technology High School and currently attends the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. His work is inspired by African-American culture with a focus on Afrofuturism. You can follow Thaddeus on Instagram at @hippypotter.

Portrait Story Days– Belva Ann Lockwood
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Saturday, January 27 & Sunday, January 28 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Listen to a story and create art inspired by someone in the Portrait Gallery’s collection.
Who is Belva Ann Lockwood?
Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood (October 24, 1830 – May 17, 1917) was an American attorney, politician, educator, and author. She was active in working for women’s rights. The press of her day referred to her as a “suffragist”, someone who believed in women’s suffrage or voting rights.

The Apollo Orchestra in concert with WNO Young Artists
Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church
Sunday, January 28 ∙ 4:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
The Apollo Orchestra will be joined by singers from the Washington National Opera’s Domingo Cafritz Young Artist Program and organist Julie Vidrick Evans. Program includes scenes from great American operas and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.”

***Maryland***

Winter Birding
Meadowside Nature Center
Saturday, January 27 ∙ 9:00 am ∙ Free
Come join us at Meadowside Nature Center to look for the birds that stay over winter with us and learn about the challenges these species face during this time. This guided bird walk will end with a cup of hot chocolate. Beginners welcome; bring your binocular or borrow ours.
Intended for ages 8&up

Suburban Maryland Spring Home Show
The Show Place Arena
Saturday, January 27  & Sunday, January 28 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free Admission & Free Parking

At the Home Show, their goal is simple: to inspire, motivate, and excite you for your upcoming home improvement- whether it is a minor renovation or a major remodel. Their events feature a wide selection of home improvement professionals in a fun, interactive environment.
Age: All ages are welcome

MoComConMoComCon
Silver Spring Library
Saturday, January 27 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!

It’s the second annual comic convention, MoComCon. This event is open and accessible to all. We want to attract seasoned comic conventioneers, novices, and the curious of all ages. The event will include a variety of panels, workshops, programs, displays, exhibits and cosplay — all free of charge.

Art Cart & Drop-in Art Activities
The Walters Art Museum
Saturday, January 27  & Sunday, January 28 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ Free Admission

Drop-in, explore cool materials, and create a work of art to take home! Each weekend features a new project so check back often to find out what we have in store. No registration required.
Jan. 27 & 28: Souvenir Shrines – Turn an ordinary box into a shining vessel inspired by medieval reliquaries!     Andrews Base Library - STEM Saturday

STEM Saturday
Andrews Base Library
Saturday, January 27 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE!

Explore the world of science, technology, engineering, and math together through kit building, featured activities, and more! Recommended for those ages 8 and up!

Tip-Tapping Maple Trees
Brookside Nature Center
Saturday, January 27 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ Free
Help us start our collecting sap that will become maple syrup by identifying suitable maple trees, drilling holes and setting up collecting buckets. This is a free, family friendly program, but you’ll have to return later in February to learn the rest of this sweet story.
Intended for All Ages

Valentines for Veterans
Montgomery County Public Library – Davis Branch
Saturday, January 27 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ Free

Make Valentines for Veterans. Bring your appreciation and creativity, we’ll supply the materials. Valentines will be sent to members of our armed services.

Washington Parent - Montgomery County Camp and Summer Fun Expo2018 Montgomery County Camp and Summer Fun Expo
Hilton Hotel Meeting Center
Sunday, January 28 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free Admission & Parking

Washington Parent’s Montgomery County Camp & Summer Fun Expo will take place on Sunday January 28th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event, held at the Hilton Hotel Meeting Center on Rockville Pike will introduce your family to exciting summer opportunities for kids of all ages, all under one roof! 10am-4pm

Hike Club
Black Hill Nature Programs
Sunday, January 28 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ Free
The first rule of Hike Club – have fun! Improve your fitness, make new friends and experience trails and scenery we don’t often make time to immerse ourselves in. We welcome all ages, though young children must be able to walk at least 3 miles or be carried. Most trails are not stroller accessible. Please register no later than 24 hours before the hike so we can contact you with the hike’s location and other important information. During your visit, don’t miss Harpists at the Visitor Center (12 – 2pm) – An afternoon of beautiful harp music and the natural beauty of Black Hill all around you. No need to register; just come to the Visitor Center and enjoy.
Intended for All Ages

Black History Month Exhibition (Opening Reception)
“We Return Fighting: World War I and the African American Experience”
Harmony Hall Regional Center
Sunday, January 28 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission!
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the United States involvement in World War I, this exhibit explores the experiences of African Americans both at home and abroad during this conflict and the years surrounding it. Despite the oppressive racial climate in America in the opening decades of the 20th century, African Americans staunchly supported the war effort in a variety of ways. This exhibit highlights the experiences of black men and women during this era, with a special focus on the African American soldiers from Prince George’s County and their families.
NOTE:
Exhibit Gallery Hours
Monday – Friday: 8:30 am to 8 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 2 pm
Age: All ages are welcome

Free Family Sunday
The Baltimore Museum of Art
Sunday, January 28 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Explore your creative side with hands-on art-making workshops in response to works on view.
This Sunday, sculpt a bird totem.
Family workshops are held in the studio space of the Joseph Education Center, located on the first floor of the Museum. Space is limited.

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Reston Camp Expo
Reston Community Center – Hunters Woods
Saturday, January 27 ∙ 9:00 am ∙ Free • All Ages • Drop-in
Reston’s 5th Annual Camp Expo is bigger and better than ever! It’s not too early to plan for summer. Don’t miss your chance to learn about hundreds of Reston-area summer camps and out-of-school activities – all in one place. This year’s event will also feature youth sports organizations and providers! Bring the whole family out for a fun and informative morning of snacks, music, games, prizes and resources:
Child Identification and Fingerprinting • Win Fantastic Door Prizes • Activities for the Kids • Scholarships • Summer Employment • Get info on registration dates, camp requirements, locations and fees, while meeting directors and staff teams.

Summer Camp and Activities Fair

Northern VA Media Summer Camp Fair
Fair Oaks Mall [Grand Court West]
Saturday, January 27 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Admission is FREE
Looking for a summer camp for your little one? Washington Family has you covered! With over 20 different camps attending our camp fair you are sure to find the right one that fits your family. 10:00AM-3:00PM

Free Crafts for Kids!
Lakeshore Learning
Every Saturday ∙ 11:00 am – 3 pm ∙  FREE, no reservation necessary
Drop-in project on January 27: Crafty Bobsled

FX 10th Anniversary Celebration
City of Fairfax Regional Library
Saturday, January 27 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!

We are celebrating 10 years in our beautiful new library space! Please drop in from Noon-4:00pm for an Open House featuring music, refreshments, crafts, a balloon artist, and much more fun for the whole family.

Date NightQuote-Along Movie – “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” (PG-13)*
The Old Firehouse
Saturday, January 27 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ Admission and popcorn are FREE

This is kind of a big deal. Break out of your glass case of emotion and join the Channel 4 News Team for a night of ridiculous fun. We’re 72% sure that you’ll love it.
NOTE: Prop bags are $5 each. Supplies are limited and advance purchase is recommended. Click here to purchase your prop bag.
*Those under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

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The Hollywood Special FX Show

The Hollywood Special FX Show
Hylton Performing Arts Center

Saturday, February 3, 2018
Ever wonder how they did that? Now the whole family can get the inside scoop and discover the science and secrets to making movie magic in this interactive and explosive show. Live on stage, join special effects professionals who’ve worked on action-packed blockbusters like The Dark Knight RisesGuardians of the GalaxyPhantom of the Opera, and Game of Thrones for thrilling and revealing insights that bring the audience closer to the action than ever before. Feel the heat from an onstage inferno, marvel at gruesome sci-fi monsters, be blown away by apocalyptic weather, and hold on tight through huge explosions! “Be prepared to be stunned. This really is a show unlike what you’ve seen before.” (Essex Chronicle[Ticket Information & Giveaway Entry]

Disney On Ice FROZEN LogoDisney On Ice presents Frozen
Royal Farms Arena: January 31 – February 4, 2018
Capital One Arena: February 14 – 19, 2018

Discover the full story of Disney’s Frozen like never before at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! Dazzling ice skating, special effects and unforgettable music will magically transport you to wintry Arendelle. Be a part of Anna’s fearless adventure to find her sister, Queen Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter. Join the hilarious snowman Olaf, rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer sidekick Sven as they help Anna in a race to bring back summer. Encounter Everest-like conditions and mystical trolls as you sing along to Academy Award®-winning songs like Let It Go and ultimately discover true love is the most powerful magic of all. Hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, your whole family will delight in special appearances by stars from Toy StoryFinding DoryThe Lion King and the inspiring Disney Princesses. Experience magic at every turn and create memories to last a lifetime at Disney On Ice presents Frozen – the show worth melting for! [Discount Ticket Information & Giveaway Entry]

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Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic
EagleBank Arena

Sunday, February 25, 2018
Join Mickey, Minnie and the comical duo Donald and Goofy as they lead you on an enchanted journey revealing glimpses of unforgettable Disney moments and grand illusions in Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic. Twenty-five of your favorite characters surprise and captivate at every turn of the doorknob. See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second, watch the Toy Story gang set themselves free from the constraints of Andy’s toybox with the help of the green army men and thrill to the spectacular stage debut of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider as they rise into the sky amidst gorgeous floating lanterns. Snow White, Tinker Bell, Aladdin‘s Genie — you never know what to expect or who might join in the fun in this grand show where you hold the ultimate key to unlocking your imagination. Don’t miss the Disney magic unfolding at the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax. [Discount Tickets Here]

Wild_Kratts_Live_ticketsWild Kratts Live! — Exclusive Pre-Sale
DAR Constitution Hall

Saturday, April 21, 2018
The Emmy-nominated PBS kids’ TV show Wild Kratts brings an all-new theatrical stage show starring Martin and Chris Kratt to Washington DC’s DAR Constitution Hall. First, the Kratt Brothers will share some “wow facts!” about animals, and then they’ll pull on their Creature Power vests and gloves and begin activating Creature Powers — live on stage and with a touch of comedy, of course. And when the Wild Kratts receive a message that Zach and his Zachbots are invading the Tortuga, you’ll get to join the duo on a quest filled with hilarious pratfalls and slapstick fun. Discover why Wild Kratts is so popular with kids and their families. [Discount Tickets Here]

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