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Posted on February 2, 2018 by DC Thrifty Mom in 2018 Calendar of Events, Family Fun 2018, February 2018 Activities and Events and tagged with , , , ,

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DC Thrifty Mom’s suggestions for 

Free DMV Family Events Super Bowl WEEKEND 2018:
February 3 & 4
Washington, D.C. Metro Area

Includes Harry Potter Book Night, DC National Girls & Women in Sports Day Expo,
DPR Puppy Bowl, Black History Month, Valentine Events,  & 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.

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Home Depot - Valentine Bean Bag TossValentine Bean Bag Toss
Home Depot
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 9:00am ∙ FREE, RSVP Requested

Score points with your loved ones and build a Valentine bean bag toss in this hands-on workshop. You and your child can construct a fun bean bag toss game for the whole family to love. Following the bean bag toss game board construction, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. 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.
science fair centralUpcoming Kids Workshop – Periscope (Saturday, March 3 ∙ 9am): Hone your powers of observation in our hands-on workshop. Just like an above-water viewfinder or historical trench optical instrument, you and your child can construct a periscope to expand your view. Once the periscope is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers.
NOTE: Have you heard about Science Fair CentralThe Home Depot and Discovery Education have joined forces to help STEAM-power classrooms and homes across the country as students prepare for the careers of tomorrow. With 10 million students from grades K-12 participating in science fairs and STEAM events every year, Science Fair Central aims to give students the tools to take their projects to the next level.     I am Harriet Tubman

I Am Harriet Tubman Storytime
Barnes & Noble – select locations
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 11:00am ∙ FREE!

The 14th book in author Brad Meltzer’s bestselling Ordinary People Change the World series, I Am Harriet Tubman tells the story of Harriet Tubman’s pivotal role in the fight against slavery. Join us for Storytime and learn more about this important American icon.

Celebrate Harry Potter - Barnes and Noble

***Washington D.C.***

Andres Salguero Uno Dos Tres con AndresSaturday Morning at The National presents ¡Uno, Dos, Tres, con Andres
National Theatre
Saturday, February 3 ∙ Performances are at 9:30am and 11:00am. ∙ FREE Show!*
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.
*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.”    Gemini Children’s Theatre Little Mermaid’s Pollution Solution
NEXT Performance (Saturday, February 10) – Little Mermaid’s Pollution Solution– The Little Mermaid has come back under the sea to visit her father, but the Sea Witch is up to her old tricks. She has polluted the water to drive out all the sea life in order to take over the underwater kingdom. It’s up to the Little Mermaid and her sea creature friends to save the day. [Reserve Free Tickets TODAY for the 9:30am -OR- 11am Performance

DC National Girls & Women in Sports Day Expo
Deanwood Recreation Center
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE, RSVP Requested!
This year marks the 32nd anniversary of annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day, a national observance celebrating the extraordinary achievements of women and girls in sports.
Join the DC Department of Parks & Recreation along with our partners to celebrate a day of interactive presentations, sports activities, autographs from the Washington Mystics, demonstrations, and networking.

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.)

Shake Up Your Saturdays - Folger Shakespeare LibraryHow to be a Shakespearean Actor
Folger Shakespeare Library [Theatre]
Saturday, February 3 ∙ FREE, Registration Requested
Develop your acting skills, 1800’s style.
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: Printers School (Saturday, March 3) – Learn the art of book printing.
NOTE: This particular program has a limited number of spots. Please register and recieve a confirmation before attending.

Check It Out Hirshhorn

Check It Out: Hirshhorn | A Library + Art Pop-up Program
Hirshhorn Museum
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 10:00 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.

Do-ré-mi les amis! (Sing and dance with Achille!)
Alliance Française de Washington, DC [Dupont/Kalorama]
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 10:30am ∙ FREE, Registration Requested
A musical storytime with Achille! Children will enjoy traditional songs and dance in a fun, immersion-based program once a month on Saturday mornings.

History Time: Story and Activity Time
American History Museum

Saturday, February 3 ∙ 11:00am ∙ Free
Join History Time, a program for children ages 0 to 6. Early learners and their caregivers can drop by to listen to a story and participate in hands-on activities and crafts inspired by objects and themes from the museum collection.
1st and 3rd Saturdays in February are all about numbers. Come hear counting stories, enjoy counting games, play with toy clocks and create art with numbers!
NOTE: Visit Wonderplace – a learning space designed especially for children ages six and under combines age appropriate activities with museum collections and touchable objects to provide a gateway to history and a place to exercise curiosity for the youngest historians.

#DECLASSIFIED: New and Used Kreislers: Exploring the Fritz Kreisler Collection
Library of Congress [David Plylar, Music Division]
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE w/RSVP

Fritz Kreisler was one of the 20th-century’s most celebrated violinists, but did you know that he was also a composer and arranger of great skill? We will look at selected compositions and transcriptions from the Fritz Kreisler collection at the Library of Congress, and perhaps even take a peek at the beautiful Guarneri violin he donated to the Library.

Portrait Story Days– Duke Ellington
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery [Education Center]
Saturday, February 3 & Sunday, February 4 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Listen to a story and create art inspired by someone in the Portrait Gallery’s collection.  imagiNATIONS Creations Kuna Molas

imagiNATIONS Creations! Kuna Molas
Smithsonian American Indian Museum
[imagiNATIONS Activity Center]
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 1:30 pm ∙ FREE!
Clothing is an important way of expressing culture, identity, and tradition. For the Kuna people of Panama, making and wearing mola blouses also shows their sovereignty as a nation. Join us as we learn about this beautiful tradition of layering, cutting, and embroidering colorful fabrics. You will be able to make and take home your own paper mola using a cacao (chocolate!) design.
Free tickets may be required. See Activity Center staff.
Recommended age: 5+   DPR Puppy Bowl 2018

2018 DPR Puppy Bowl
Columbia Heights Community Center
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE, RSVP Required!
Join DPR for our first annual #DCPuppyBowl celebrating athletic puppies from across the district! This awesome day will be offered to puppy owners that have been registered in DC and have all of their needed shots.
Puppies must be no older than 20 weeks old to participate in the Puppy Bowl, but there will be an INDOOR DOG PARK setup separately for registered adult dogs to join in on the fun!

Kids Club Magnet CraftsKids Club: Magnet Craft
DC Public Library – Chevy Chase Branch
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!

Make beautiful magnets to put on your refrigerator or other metal surface. Create a unique design with many kinds of craft materials.
Recommended for children ages 3-12 (ages 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult).

Valentine Craft
DC Public Library – Southwest Branch
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 3:00 pm ∙ FREE!

Children ages 4-12 are invited to join us to make valentines.
Children under 9 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver.

Under African Skies
Rock Creek Park – Nature Center
Every Saturday & Sunday Thru February 25 ∙ 4:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Sure we know about the stars and constellations in the northern hemisphere, but below the horizon each night in the southern hemisphere, there’s a different view of space. Join a ranger for a unique look at sub-Saharan Africa’s night sky and star stories in honor of Black History Month. The African American “Night Sky to Freedom” will also be discussed. Recommended for ages five to adult.

FREE Community Day - Hung Liu In Print - the_bride

Free Community Day
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sunday, February 4 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ Free, no reservations required
Visit on Community Day for FREE admission to the museum—take this opportunity to explore the collection, current exhibitions, and events:
Hung Liu In Print features Liu’s reimagined antique depictions of laborers, refugees, and prostitutes—adapted from historical Chinese photographs.

***Maryland***

Valentine Maker's MarketValentine Maker’s Market
Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 9:00 am ∙ Admission is Free
The Valentine Maker’s Market is THE place to find thoughtful and handmade gifts for all the sweeties in your life. There is always a fabulous variety of options, including small batch chocolates, jewelry, leather goods, pottery, clothing, and so much more! You will find more than 30 vendors offering a wide selection of homemade, handmade or homegrown products, and every vendor is from Maryland. Plus the café will be open!

Weekend Walk in the Woods
Woodend Sanctuary
First Saturday of Each Month ∙ 9:00 am ∙ Programs are free but require registration. REGISTER HERE
Join our Master Naturalists on the first Saturday of each month from 9-10am for a nature hike around Woodend Sanctuary. Each hike will have a unique and engaging natural history theme. Programs are appropriate for members of all ages. Please come prepared to hike in sneakers, and don’t forget your water bottle. Meet at the gazebo by the main house.

Winter Birding
Meadowside Nature Center
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 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

Art Cart & Drop-in Art Activities
The Walters Art Museum
Saturday, February 3  & Sunday, February 4 ∙ 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.
The third weekend of each month also features a special Paint Party and Walk-in Family Tour.
Feb. 3 & 4 – Watercolor Postcards
Paint a watercolor postcard from your favorite vacation spot!

Reverend Josiah HensonA Walk in Father Henson’s Footsteps
Josiah Henson Park
Every Saturday in February ∙ Noon to 4:00 pm | Last Tour Begins at 3:00 pm ∙ Free
Celebrate Black History Month!
Retrace the footsteps of Reverend Josiah Henson from his enslavement to escape on the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada. Learn about his extraordinary  life, which inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Landmark novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Screenings of the Time Team America documentary: The Search for Josiah Henson at Noon, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm.
NOTE: Lyrical Rhythms: The Sounds of Freedom, 3:00pm to 5:00pm at Josiah Henson Park, Spoken Word Poetry Event – Create and share your own “sounds of freedom” in the form of original or favorite existing poetry during our annual spoken word event. Meet our own 19th-century historical characters during the event. A reception with light refreshments immediately follows.

Underground Performance Road
Prince George’s Plaza Community Center
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!

Program participants of all ages from the community come together to sing, act, tap dance, and rhyme to commemorate significant historic events during the time of the Underground Railroad.
All ages are welcome

Honoring African-American Contributions in Sport
Southern Region Technology and Recreation Complex
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE!

Celebrate the many African-Americans who have made a difference in sports on and off the field of play. Enjoy live music, a sports museum, live entertainment, dynamic speakers, vendors, and much more.
All ages are welcome     Blacks in Classical Music Panel

Blacks in Classical Music Panel
Montpelier Arts Center
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE!

In honor of Black History Month, music experts will help clarify, solidify and highlight the strong role Blacks have had in the world of classical music, “Past, Present and Future,” as well as the popular idea of adapting a variety of genres into classical music including jazz, R&B, hip-hop, and gospel.
All ages are welcome    Chinese New Year Celebration Lion Dance

Chinese New Year Celebration: Lion Dance!
Montgomery County Public Library – Silver Spring Library
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE!

Come celebrate the year of the dog a little early with a traditional Chinese Lion Dance! Presented by East Rising Lion Dance Troupe. 5th floor, no registration required.

Girls in Engineering
Montgomery County Public Library – Germantown Library
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 1:30 pm ∙ FREE!

Collaborate with other students to build bridges, create robots and more! Students must be in grades 6-8 to participate.

Heart Health Month: I Heart Skating
Herbert Wells Ice Rink
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 2:30 pm ∙ Free admission when you wear something RED!
*Skate rental not included*

Did you know: Cardiovascular diseases and stroke cause 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds!
Today, don’t forget to wear something red to observe “National Wear Red Day” and raise awareness of the deadly link between women and cardiovascular disease.
Medical experts say excessive amounts of sitting have been linked to an increased risk of heart disease. So, this February in recognition of National Heart Health month, get off your “duff” and join the nation and the Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County for some heart-healthy activities with your loved ones!
All ages are welcome

Diane MacklinDiane Macklin — Storyteller
Montgomery County Public Library – Twinbrook Library
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 2:30 pm ∙ FREE!

Presents “Small Wonders, Stupendous Feats”. Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and each has a story. Come join us as Diane Macklin shares some of these stories in her inimitable, participatory style. No registration is needed, but seating is limited.

Black History Gospel Celebration
Hillcrest Heights Community Center
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!

Celebrate gospel music’s contributions to Black history with performances from local church choirs and dancers. Refreshments will be served. All ages are welcome

Free Family Sunday
The Baltimore Museum of Art
Sunday, February 4 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Explore your creative side with hands-on art-making workshops in response to works on view.
This Sunday, paint a portrait.
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***  

Chocolate Lovers Festival 2018

Chocolate Lovers Festival
City of Fairfax
Saturday, February 3 & Sunday, February 4
NOTE: Some events require a fee and other events are free to all visitors

Festival events are suitable for all ages and all locations are handicap accessible. All of the events are located in the heart of the City of Fairfax including the City of Fairfax Regional Library, Fire Station 3, Old Town Hall, and the Historic Fairfax Courthouse.
Some free events include:
Open House – Fairfax Museum & Visitor Center
Child Fingerprinting by Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office
City of Fairfax Fire Safety Puppet Show
Tours: Ratcliffe-Allison-Pozer House
Magic and Juggling with Jonathan Austin
View the Schedule of Events for the complete listing. Events with a fee can be identified on the schedule by a $; prices listed below the event.

February Kids Club: Powered By National Geographic
Tyson’s Corner [Lower Level By Bloomingdale’s]
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!

Free, fun & educational games and activities for kids!Come explore with us as at National Geographic’s Monthly Kids Club! Complimentary activities and crafts, snacks provided, music, balloon animals and face painting will be offered to your little ones!The Tysons Corner Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, and interactive setting.

Free Crafts for Kids!
Lakeshore Learning
Every Saturday ∙ 11:00 am – 3 pm ∙  FREE, no reservation necessary
Drop-in project on February 3: Rainbow Blower

The Hollywood Special FX Show

Splurge WorthyThe Hollywood Special FX Show
Hylton Performing Arts Center

Saturday, February 3, 2018 ∙ 2:00 pm & 5:00 pm
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 Reminder

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]

Deals

DollarWashington Dollar Days: Tour for a Buck
Tudor Place
All February tours just $1

Practice frugality our founding father would approve of: Pay just $1 per person for any regular tour in February, the month of George Washington’s birth. We are D.C.’s only historic house museum with family ties to Martha and George Washington. Highlights of the Washington Collection will be on display as part of all house tours. See it all for one “Washington dollar!” Tours offered every day but Monday; last tour of the day starts at 3 p.m.
NOTE: Members FREE (as always)

Disney-Live-Mickey-and-Minnies-Doorway-to-Magic-tickets

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]

Enjoy your Weekend!

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Free DMV Family Events Super Bowl Weekend 2018

Posted on February 2, 2018 by DC Thrifty Mom in 2018 Calendar of Events, Family Fun 2018, February 2018 Activities and Events and tagged with , , , ,

FREE - Red and Moving

DC Thrifty Mom’s suggestions for 

Free DMV Family Events Super Bowl WEEKEND 2018:
February 3 & 4
Washington, D.C. Metro Area

Includes Harry Potter Book Night, DC National Girls & Women in Sports Day Expo,
DPR Puppy Bowl, Black History Month, Valentine Events,  & 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.

Kids Workshop Home Depot Logo

Home Depot - Valentine Bean Bag TossValentine Bean Bag Toss
Home Depot
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 9:00am ∙ FREE, RSVP Requested

Score points with your loved ones and build a Valentine bean bag toss in this hands-on workshop. You and your child can construct a fun bean bag toss game for the whole family to love. Following the bean bag toss game board construction, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. 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.
science fair centralUpcoming Kids Workshop – Periscope (Saturday, March 3 ∙ 9am): Hone your powers of observation in our hands-on workshop. Just like an above-water viewfinder or historical trench optical instrument, you and your child can construct a periscope to expand your view. Once the periscope is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers.
NOTE: Have you heard about Science Fair CentralThe Home Depot and Discovery Education have joined forces to help STEAM-power classrooms and homes across the country as students prepare for the careers of tomorrow. With 10 million students from grades K-12 participating in science fairs and STEAM events every year, Science Fair Central aims to give students the tools to take their projects to the next level.     I am Harriet Tubman

I Am Harriet Tubman Storytime
Barnes & Noble – select locations
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 11:00am ∙ FREE!

The 14th book in author Brad Meltzer’s bestselling Ordinary People Change the World series, I Am Harriet Tubman tells the story of Harriet Tubman’s pivotal role in the fight against slavery. Join us for Storytime and learn more about this important American icon.

Celebrate Harry Potter - Barnes and Noble

***Washington D.C.***

Andres Salguero Uno Dos Tres con AndresSaturday Morning at The National presents ¡Uno, Dos, Tres, con Andres
National Theatre
Saturday, February 3 ∙ Performances are at 9:30am and 11:00am. ∙ FREE Show!*
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.
*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.”    Gemini Children’s Theatre Little Mermaid’s Pollution Solution
NEXT Performance (Saturday, February 10) – Little Mermaid’s Pollution Solution– The Little Mermaid has come back under the sea to visit her father, but the Sea Witch is up to her old tricks. She has polluted the water to drive out all the sea life in order to take over the underwater kingdom. It’s up to the Little Mermaid and her sea creature friends to save the day. [Reserve Free Tickets TODAY for the 9:30am -OR- 11am Performance

DC National Girls & Women in Sports Day Expo
Deanwood Recreation Center
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE, RSVP Requested!
This year marks the 32nd anniversary of annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day, a national observance celebrating the extraordinary achievements of women and girls in sports.
Join the DC Department of Parks & Recreation along with our partners to celebrate a day of interactive presentations, sports activities, autographs from the Washington Mystics, demonstrations, and networking.

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.)

Shake Up Your Saturdays - Folger Shakespeare LibraryHow to be a Shakespearean Actor
Folger Shakespeare Library [Theatre]
Saturday, February 3 ∙ FREE, Registration Requested
Develop your acting skills, 1800’s style.
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: Printers School (Saturday, March 3) – Learn the art of book printing.
NOTE: This particular program has a limited number of spots. Please register and recieve a confirmation before attending.

Check It Out Hirshhorn

Check It Out: Hirshhorn | A Library + Art Pop-up Program
Hirshhorn Museum
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 10:00 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.

Do-ré-mi les amis! (Sing and dance with Achille!)
Alliance Française de Washington, DC [Dupont/Kalorama]
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 10:30am ∙ FREE, Registration Requested
A musical storytime with Achille! Children will enjoy traditional songs and dance in a fun, immersion-based program once a month on Saturday mornings.

History Time: Story and Activity Time
American History Museum

Saturday, February 3 ∙ 11:00am ∙ Free
Join History Time, a program for children ages 0 to 6. Early learners and their caregivers can drop by to listen to a story and participate in hands-on activities and crafts inspired by objects and themes from the museum collection.
1st and 3rd Saturdays in February are all about numbers. Come hear counting stories, enjoy counting games, play with toy clocks and create art with numbers!
NOTE: Visit Wonderplace – a learning space designed especially for children ages six and under combines age appropriate activities with museum collections and touchable objects to provide a gateway to history and a place to exercise curiosity for the youngest historians.

#DECLASSIFIED: New and Used Kreislers: Exploring the Fritz Kreisler Collection
Library of Congress [David Plylar, Music Division]
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE w/RSVP

Fritz Kreisler was one of the 20th-century’s most celebrated violinists, but did you know that he was also a composer and arranger of great skill? We will look at selected compositions and transcriptions from the Fritz Kreisler collection at the Library of Congress, and perhaps even take a peek at the beautiful Guarneri violin he donated to the Library.

Portrait Story Days– Duke Ellington
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery [Education Center]
Saturday, February 3 & Sunday, February 4 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Listen to a story and create art inspired by someone in the Portrait Gallery’s collection.  imagiNATIONS Creations Kuna Molas

imagiNATIONS Creations! Kuna Molas
Smithsonian American Indian Museum
[imagiNATIONS Activity Center]
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 1:30 pm ∙ FREE!
Clothing is an important way of expressing culture, identity, and tradition. For the Kuna people of Panama, making and wearing mola blouses also shows their sovereignty as a nation. Join us as we learn about this beautiful tradition of layering, cutting, and embroidering colorful fabrics. You will be able to make and take home your own paper mola using a cacao (chocolate!) design.
Free tickets may be required. See Activity Center staff.
Recommended age: 5+   DPR Puppy Bowl 2018

2018 DPR Puppy Bowl
Columbia Heights Community Center
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE, RSVP Required!
Join DPR for our first annual #DCPuppyBowl celebrating athletic puppies from across the district! This awesome day will be offered to puppy owners that have been registered in DC and have all of their needed shots.
Puppies must be no older than 20 weeks old to participate in the Puppy Bowl, but there will be an INDOOR DOG PARK setup separately for registered adult dogs to join in on the fun!

Kids Club Magnet CraftsKids Club: Magnet Craft
DC Public Library – Chevy Chase Branch
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!

Make beautiful magnets to put on your refrigerator or other metal surface. Create a unique design with many kinds of craft materials.
Recommended for children ages 3-12 (ages 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult).

Valentine Craft
DC Public Library – Southwest Branch
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 3:00 pm ∙ FREE!

Children ages 4-12 are invited to join us to make valentines.
Children under 9 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver.

Under African Skies
Rock Creek Park – Nature Center
Every Saturday & Sunday Thru February 25 ∙ 4:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Sure we know about the stars and constellations in the northern hemisphere, but below the horizon each night in the southern hemisphere, there’s a different view of space. Join a ranger for a unique look at sub-Saharan Africa’s night sky and star stories in honor of Black History Month. The African American “Night Sky to Freedom” will also be discussed. Recommended for ages five to adult.

FREE Community Day - Hung Liu In Print - the_bride

Free Community Day
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sunday, February 4 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ Free, no reservations required
Visit on Community Day for FREE admission to the museum—take this opportunity to explore the collection, current exhibitions, and events:
Hung Liu In Print features Liu’s reimagined antique depictions of laborers, refugees, and prostitutes—adapted from historical Chinese photographs.

***Maryland***

Valentine Maker's MarketValentine Maker’s Market
Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 9:00 am ∙ Admission is Free
The Valentine Maker’s Market is THE place to find thoughtful and handmade gifts for all the sweeties in your life. There is always a fabulous variety of options, including small batch chocolates, jewelry, leather goods, pottery, clothing, and so much more! You will find more than 30 vendors offering a wide selection of homemade, handmade or homegrown products, and every vendor is from Maryland. Plus the café will be open!

Weekend Walk in the Woods
Woodend Sanctuary
First Saturday of Each Month ∙ 9:00 am ∙ Programs are free but require registration. REGISTER HERE
Join our Master Naturalists on the first Saturday of each month from 9-10am for a nature hike around Woodend Sanctuary. Each hike will have a unique and engaging natural history theme. Programs are appropriate for members of all ages. Please come prepared to hike in sneakers, and don’t forget your water bottle. Meet at the gazebo by the main house.

Winter Birding
Meadowside Nature Center
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 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

Art Cart & Drop-in Art Activities
The Walters Art Museum
Saturday, February 3  & Sunday, February 4 ∙ 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.
The third weekend of each month also features a special Paint Party and Walk-in Family Tour.
Feb. 3 & 4 – Watercolor Postcards
Paint a watercolor postcard from your favorite vacation spot!

Reverend Josiah HensonA Walk in Father Henson’s Footsteps
Josiah Henson Park
Every Saturday in February ∙ Noon to 4:00 pm | Last Tour Begins at 3:00 pm ∙ Free
Celebrate Black History Month!
Retrace the footsteps of Reverend Josiah Henson from his enslavement to escape on the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada. Learn about his extraordinary  life, which inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Landmark novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Screenings of the Time Team America documentary: The Search for Josiah Henson at Noon, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm.
NOTE: Lyrical Rhythms: The Sounds of Freedom, 3:00pm to 5:00pm at Josiah Henson Park, Spoken Word Poetry Event – Create and share your own “sounds of freedom” in the form of original or favorite existing poetry during our annual spoken word event. Meet our own 19th-century historical characters during the event. A reception with light refreshments immediately follows.

Underground Performance Road
Prince George’s Plaza Community Center
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!

Program participants of all ages from the community come together to sing, act, tap dance, and rhyme to commemorate significant historic events during the time of the Underground Railroad.
All ages are welcome

Honoring African-American Contributions in Sport
Southern Region Technology and Recreation Complex
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE!

Celebrate the many African-Americans who have made a difference in sports on and off the field of play. Enjoy live music, a sports museum, live entertainment, dynamic speakers, vendors, and much more.
All ages are welcome     Blacks in Classical Music Panel

Blacks in Classical Music Panel
Montpelier Arts Center
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE!

In honor of Black History Month, music experts will help clarify, solidify and highlight the strong role Blacks have had in the world of classical music, “Past, Present and Future,” as well as the popular idea of adapting a variety of genres into classical music including jazz, R&B, hip-hop, and gospel.
All ages are welcome    Chinese New Year Celebration Lion Dance

Chinese New Year Celebration: Lion Dance!
Montgomery County Public Library – Silver Spring Library
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE!

Come celebrate the year of the dog a little early with a traditional Chinese Lion Dance! Presented by East Rising Lion Dance Troupe. 5th floor, no registration required.

Girls in Engineering
Montgomery County Public Library – Germantown Library
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 1:30 pm ∙ FREE!

Collaborate with other students to build bridges, create robots and more! Students must be in grades 6-8 to participate.

Heart Health Month: I Heart Skating
Herbert Wells Ice Rink
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 2:30 pm ∙ Free admission when you wear something RED!
*Skate rental not included*

Did you know: Cardiovascular diseases and stroke cause 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds!
Today, don’t forget to wear something red to observe “National Wear Red Day” and raise awareness of the deadly link between women and cardiovascular disease.
Medical experts say excessive amounts of sitting have been linked to an increased risk of heart disease. So, this February in recognition of National Heart Health month, get off your “duff” and join the nation and the Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County for some heart-healthy activities with your loved ones!
All ages are welcome

Diane MacklinDiane Macklin — Storyteller
Montgomery County Public Library – Twinbrook Library
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 2:30 pm ∙ FREE!

Presents “Small Wonders, Stupendous Feats”. Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and each has a story. Come join us as Diane Macklin shares some of these stories in her inimitable, participatory style. No registration is needed, but seating is limited.

Black History Gospel Celebration
Hillcrest Heights Community Center
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!

Celebrate gospel music’s contributions to Black history with performances from local church choirs and dancers. Refreshments will be served. All ages are welcome

Free Family Sunday
The Baltimore Museum of Art
Sunday, February 4 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Explore your creative side with hands-on art-making workshops in response to works on view.
This Sunday, paint a portrait.
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***  

Chocolate Lovers Festival 2018

Chocolate Lovers Festival
City of Fairfax
Saturday, February 3 & Sunday, February 4
NOTE: Some events require a fee and other events are free to all visitors

Festival events are suitable for all ages and all locations are handicap accessible. All of the events are located in the heart of the City of Fairfax including the City of Fairfax Regional Library, Fire Station 3, Old Town Hall, and the Historic Fairfax Courthouse.
Some free events include:
Open House – Fairfax Museum & Visitor Center
Child Fingerprinting by Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office
City of Fairfax Fire Safety Puppet Show
Tours: Ratcliffe-Allison-Pozer House
Magic and Juggling with Jonathan Austin
View the Schedule of Events for the complete listing. Events with a fee can be identified on the schedule by a $; prices listed below the event.

February Kids Club: Powered By National Geographic
Tyson’s Corner [Lower Level By Bloomingdale’s]
Saturday, February 3 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!

Free, fun & educational games and activities for kids!Come explore with us as at National Geographic’s Monthly Kids Club! Complimentary activities and crafts, snacks provided, music, balloon animals and face painting will be offered to your little ones!The Tysons Corner Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, and interactive setting.

Free Crafts for Kids!
Lakeshore Learning
Every Saturday ∙ 11:00 am – 3 pm ∙  FREE, no reservation necessary
Drop-in project on February 3: Rainbow Blower

The Hollywood Special FX Show

Splurge WorthyThe Hollywood Special FX Show
Hylton Performing Arts Center

Saturday, February 3, 2018 ∙ 2:00 pm & 5:00 pm
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 Reminder

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]

Deals

DollarWashington Dollar Days: Tour for a Buck
Tudor Place
All February tours just $1

Practice frugality our founding father would approve of: Pay just $1 per person for any regular tour in February, the month of George Washington’s birth. We are D.C.’s only historic house museum with family ties to Martha and George Washington. Highlights of the Washington Collection will be on display as part of all house tours. See it all for one “Washington dollar!” Tours offered every day but Monday; last tour of the day starts at 3 p.m.
NOTE: Members FREE (as always)

Disney-Live-Mickey-and-Minnies-Doorway-to-Magic-tickets

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]

Enjoy your Weekend!

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