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Posted on February 10, 2018 by DC Thrifty Mom in Uncategorized and tagged with , , , , , , , , , ,

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DC Thrifty Mom’s suggestions for 

Free DMV Family Events This WEEKEND:
February 10 & 11, 2018
Washington, D.C. Metro Area

Includes Black History Events, Chinese New Year Festival, Mardi Gras Celebration, 
Valentine Workshops,  & 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.

National Postal Museum - Valentine's Day Workshop

Valentine’s Day Card Workshop
National Postal Museum
Saturday, February 10 & Sunday, February 11 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!
Love is in the details at the annual Valentine’s Day Card Workshop at the National Postal Museum!
Come out and create heartfelt handmade cards and visit the museum’s stamp store to send the cards to your loved ones with a special Postal Museum postmark.

african american pioneersAfrican American Pioneers in Aviation and Space
Air & Space Museum – STEVEN F. UDVAR-HAZY CENTER
Saturday, February 10  ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE, PARKING $15
Celebrate African American History Month by revealing past pioneers and giving families the opportunity to inspire the next generation of innovators in aviation and space. African Americans have made, and continue to make, significant contributions to flight and space exploration despite the overwhelming obstacles they had to overcome. Enjoy guest speakers as they share their personal tales of triumph, participate in hands-on activities that will challenge families to be pioneers in space and aviation, and hear inspiring stories of African Americans who have overcome challenges and refused to be hidden figures. View schedule of events.

Illustration from Ezra Jack Keatsâ's The Snowy Day, 1962

Illustration from Ezra Jack Keatsâ’s The Snowy Day, 1962

Warming Stories
National Gallery of Art [East Building Auditorium]
Saturday, February 10 ∙ 10:30 am & Sunday, February 11 ∙ 11:30 am ∙ FREE!

A cozy winter weekend of animated shorts from Weston Woods Studios, where books come to life through film. This program includes Ezra Jack Keats’s The Snowy Day, Leo Lionni’s Frederick, Jane Yolen’s Owl Moon, Ed Young’s Seven Blind Mice, Mac Barnett’s Extra Yarn, and Peter H. Reynolds’s The North Star.
Ages 4 and up. (Weston Woods Studios, USA, 50 minutes)

ACM Mardi Gras Family DayACM 50th Anniversary Mardi Gras Family Day!
Anacostia Community Museum [Main Gallery]
Saturday, February 10 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE, RSVP Requested
In celebration of the museum’s 50th anniversary, we are pulling out all the stops. For the first time ever, the museum will hold its annual Mardi Gras event in our own 2,500 square foot main gallery! That means more space for exciting art workshops, clowns, magicians, living statues, fortune tellers, face painting, balloon art, Marie Laveau (storyteller), live music, a family-style “second-line” parade down Bourbon Street’s red carpet, vendor’s marketplace, food vendor and more! Kids and adults can also participate in a community art project called “The Key Idea”. The art produced will become part of a future exhibit in the Anacostia Community Museum’s loggia gallery.
Last year 1,500 people attended our Mardi Gras event. Don’t miss out! It might be cold outside, but the heat will be on all day inside the Anacostia Community Museum!
NOTE: A shuttle will run to and from the Anacostia Metro Station (green line) every half hour from 10:45 to 4:30 p.m. Shuttle meets across the street from the Metro Station in the Shannon Place circle.
Register online or call (202) 633-4844

Children’s Literary Festival
Duende @ BloomBars
Saturday, February 10 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
Duende @ BloomBars and will officially celebrate its opening with a Children’s Literary Festival, on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. We invite all the families in the Columbia Heights (and DMV) communities to bring los niños & browse our book selection.
The day will feature Wit’s Ends Puppets’ Cecilia Cackley, author Stephen McGill of Stephen Has Powers, coloring activities with Alejandra Santaollala of Color With Luna & creative writing fun with 826DC.
We’ll also have vegan treats by local baker and kindergarten teacher, Ashley Chu of Brown Box Cake Stand!  Chinese New Year Festival - SAAM

Chinese New Year Festival
American Art Museum [Kogod Courtyard]
Saturday, February 10 ∙ 11:30 am ∙ FREE!
Celebrate the Lunar New Year at SAAM to begin the Year of the Dog! Enjoy a variety of activities and demonstrations including traditional paper cutting, an art scavenger hunt, red paper-lantern making, and panda crafts. There will also be performances by special guest artists from Chengdu, China, including traditional music, Sichuan Opera, and acrobatics. Help us “awaken the lion” and ring in the New Year!

Portrait Story Days– Muhammad Ali
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery [Education Center]
Saturday, February 10 & Sunday, February 11 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Listen to a story and create art inspired by someone in the Portrait Gallery’s collection.

The Legacy of Harriet Tubman A One-Woman Performance by Cortenia SmithThe Legacy of Harriet Tubman: A One-Woman Performance by Cortenia Smith
DC Public Library –Petworth Branch
Saturday, February 10 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!

Celebrate Black History Month at the Petworth Neighborhood Library. Join us on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. for “The Legacy of Harriet Tubman” featuring Cortenia Smith. This one-woman performance reveals the true spirit of Harriet Tubman, a legendary former slave, abolitionist and hero who defined courage and strength. Drawn from the pages of history and passionately retold by brilliant actress, Ms. Cortenia Smith, it tells a story of survival, endurance and faith.
Cortenia Kay Smith was born and raised in China Grove, North Carolina. Having always loved to sing and perform in talent shows and at local events, she went to the Center of Expression in the Arts to study acting in 1982. Ms. Smith has been studying and working on the life of Harriet Tubman since 2009. She continues to keep the dream and Harriet’s legacy alive with her one-woman performance.
This is a great event for the entire family.

Unshrink My Heart
Brentwood Arts Exchange
Saturday, February 10 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The DIY arts and crafts icon from the 80’s is back! And nothing says “love” like a hand-made pre-shrunk Valentine. Families are invited to create beautiful jewelry, key chains, and other Valentine’s Day gifts for their loved ones. Children will receive their first 2 sheets of blank Shrinky Dinks free, additional sheets will be available to purchase for 50 cents each. Follow the event on Facebook.   Lunar New Year Celebration

Lunar New Year Celebration
Freer|Sackler and Ripley Center
Sunday, February 11 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!

Fourth annual Lunar New Year celebration to ring in the Year of the Dog. Discover the richness of arts and culture in Sichuan Province, home to China’s beloved giant pandas. Experience interactive food and art demonstrations, live acrobatic and puppetry performances, and creations by local and international artists. And enjoy the six reimagined Chinese art exhibitions in the Freer and the innovative Resound: Ancient Bells of China in the Sackler.
The celebration features lively performances of opera, folk music, and dance. Be prepared to sample some spicy dishes featuring Sichuan’s mouth-numbing peppers. Plus, write a Lunar New Year greeting card.

Waterfowl Festival
Black Hill Nature Programs
Sunday, February 11 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!

Bring the whole family for a day filled with activities, crafts, demonstrations, and exhibits to celebrate the wondrous water birds that call Little Seneca Lake home during the winter. Try your hand at carving a decoy. Learn about wood duck nest box Citizen Science initiatives. Join guided birding excursions to catch a glimpse of marine ducks, swans, and maybe even the Black Hill bald eagles!
No registration required for this free event. Intended for All Ages

8th Annual Mid-Winter Play Day8th Annual Mid-Winter Play Day
Takoma Park Community Center
Sunday, February 11 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE!

Everyone derserves to play! Come dance to the hokey pokey, play simon says, and twenty more activities for all ages.

C.R. Gibbs Lecture Series on African American History and Culture
DC Public Library – Takoma Branch
Sunday, February 11 ∙ 3:00 pm ∙ FREE!

In celebration of 2018 African American History Month, noted historian C.R. Gibbs will deliver a presentation from his African American History and Culture Series entitled “The Underground Railroad in the Nation’s Capital.” This presentation will explore the little-known, seldom-taught story of how freedom-seeking African Americans used the backroads, attics, cellars and streets of Washington, D.C. as a network to liberty. Gibbs will specifically look at the operation of the Underground Railroad in the Georgia Avenue-Brightwood neighborhood.    Hearts - DC Public Library Valentine's Day Program

Valentine’s Day Craft
DC Public Library – Takoma Branch
Sunday, February 11 ∙ 3:30 pm ∙ FREE!

Get ready for Valentine’s Day with a heart-y craft! We provide the hearts, you provide the love and care.
This is a drop-in event. Crafts will be open from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. while supplies last. For toddlers to age 12, with their caregivers.

2nd Annual Mardi Gras Parade2nd Annual Mardi Gras Parade
Sunday, February 11 ∙ 5:00 pm ∙ FREE!

The second annual Mardi Gras parade in the Little City! There will be floats, beads, and live music from Little Falls to the Beach Shack down Park Ave followed by more live music at Clare and Don’s afterwards.

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.)

Giveaway Reminder

Japanese Pavilion photographs by Stephen Voss

Japanese Pavilion photographs by Stephen Voss

Children’s Workshop: Will it Be a Bonsai or a Big Tree?
U.S. National Arboretum
Saturday, February 17th • 11 AM – 1 PM
Every tree seedling has its fate, and in this workshop, you can learn how that fate is determined. One adult and one child will have a special day together as they work as lab partners, using their “scientist eyes” to observe details and make comparisons. We’ll learn about plant physiology, ecosystems and bonsai history, too. At the close of class, each research team will receive a seedling whose fate they will decide. Will your tree go through the rigorous training to become a bonsai or will you plant it outdoors in spring to grow up wild, big and free? [Ticket Information & Giveaway Entry

 

Freebie

MIDNIGHT SUN Galentine's Day Invite

MIDNIGHT SUN
AMC Mazza Gallerie – Have your pass ready to show at the door!
Wednesday, February 14th • 6PM
MIDNIGHT SUN is a romantic tearjerker about 17-year-old Katie Price (Bella Thorne), sheltered at home since childhood with a rare genetic condition, a life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight. Having only her father Jack (Rob Riggle) for company, Katie’s world opens up after dark when she ventures outside to play her guitar. One night, her dreams come true when she’s noticed and asked out by her longtime crush Charlie (Patrick Schwarzenegger), whom she’s secretly watched from her bedroom window for years. As they embark on nightly summer excursions, Katie’s risk to sunlight grows and she’s presented with the gut-wrenching dilemma of whether she can live a normal life with her newfound soul mate. (Rated: PG-13) [Get Your FREE “Galentine’s Day” Passes HERE – while supplies last] 

Saturday Morning at the National LogoSaturday Morning at The National
National Theatre
Performances are at 9:30am and 11:00am ∙ FREE Show!
NEXT Performance (Saturday, February 24) – Stephen Christoff – Colonial American Music
– In celebration of President’s Day, come sing songs from the Colonial period with Mr. Christoff. This musical history program brings to life the ballads and song lyrics that helped build American independence and define a nation. He will captivate families with the jaws harp, banjo, guitar, mandolin, hand whistle, the musical saw, and even the bottles. The Colonial times were filled with music and Mr. Christoff explores the fun. [Reserve Free Tickets on February 16: 9:30am -OR- 11:00am]     

Deals

Something Rotten Discount EcardSOMETHING ROTTEN!
National Theatre
Thru Sunday, February 18th
With 10 Tony® nominations including Best Musical, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is a “big, fat hit!” (New York Post). Set in the ‘90s – the 1590s – this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom (Tony® nominee Rob McClure and Broadway’s Josh Grisetti), two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the “rock star” Shakespeare (Tony® nominee Adam Pascal) keeps getting all the hits. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared!” (New York Magazine).
The completely original new musical is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (the director of the world premiere musical Mean GirlsThe Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award and Tony Award nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Tony Award nominees Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O’Farrell. [Get Your Discount Tickets HERE – Use code BARD for seats starting at $39 each

Disney On Ice FROZEN Discount Flyer

Disney On Ice presents Frozen
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]

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)

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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]

Enjoy your Weekend!

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Posted on February 10, 2018 by DC Thrifty Mom in Uncategorized and tagged with , , , , , , , , , ,

FREE - Red and Moving

DC Thrifty Mom’s suggestions for 

Free DMV Family Events This WEEKEND:
February 10 & 11, 2018
Washington, D.C. Metro Area

Includes Black History Events, Chinese New Year Festival, Mardi Gras Celebration, 
Valentine Workshops,  & 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.

National Postal Museum - Valentine's Day Workshop

Valentine’s Day Card Workshop
National Postal Museum
Saturday, February 10 & Sunday, February 11 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!
Love is in the details at the annual Valentine’s Day Card Workshop at the National Postal Museum!
Come out and create heartfelt handmade cards and visit the museum’s stamp store to send the cards to your loved ones with a special Postal Museum postmark.

african american pioneersAfrican American Pioneers in Aviation and Space
Air & Space Museum – STEVEN F. UDVAR-HAZY CENTER
Saturday, February 10  ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE, PARKING $15
Celebrate African American History Month by revealing past pioneers and giving families the opportunity to inspire the next generation of innovators in aviation and space. African Americans have made, and continue to make, significant contributions to flight and space exploration despite the overwhelming obstacles they had to overcome. Enjoy guest speakers as they share their personal tales of triumph, participate in hands-on activities that will challenge families to be pioneers in space and aviation, and hear inspiring stories of African Americans who have overcome challenges and refused to be hidden figures. View schedule of events.

Illustration from Ezra Jack Keatsâ's The Snowy Day, 1962

Illustration from Ezra Jack Keatsâ’s The Snowy Day, 1962

Warming Stories
National Gallery of Art [East Building Auditorium]
Saturday, February 10 ∙ 10:30 am & Sunday, February 11 ∙ 11:30 am ∙ FREE!

A cozy winter weekend of animated shorts from Weston Woods Studios, where books come to life through film. This program includes Ezra Jack Keats’s The Snowy Day, Leo Lionni’s Frederick, Jane Yolen’s Owl Moon, Ed Young’s Seven Blind Mice, Mac Barnett’s Extra Yarn, and Peter H. Reynolds’s The North Star.
Ages 4 and up. (Weston Woods Studios, USA, 50 minutes)

ACM Mardi Gras Family DayACM 50th Anniversary Mardi Gras Family Day!
Anacostia Community Museum [Main Gallery]
Saturday, February 10 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE, RSVP Requested
In celebration of the museum’s 50th anniversary, we are pulling out all the stops. For the first time ever, the museum will hold its annual Mardi Gras event in our own 2,500 square foot main gallery! That means more space for exciting art workshops, clowns, magicians, living statues, fortune tellers, face painting, balloon art, Marie Laveau (storyteller), live music, a family-style “second-line” parade down Bourbon Street’s red carpet, vendor’s marketplace, food vendor and more! Kids and adults can also participate in a community art project called “The Key Idea”. The art produced will become part of a future exhibit in the Anacostia Community Museum’s loggia gallery.
Last year 1,500 people attended our Mardi Gras event. Don’t miss out! It might be cold outside, but the heat will be on all day inside the Anacostia Community Museum!
NOTE: A shuttle will run to and from the Anacostia Metro Station (green line) every half hour from 10:45 to 4:30 p.m. Shuttle meets across the street from the Metro Station in the Shannon Place circle.
Register online or call (202) 633-4844

Children’s Literary Festival
Duende @ BloomBars
Saturday, February 10 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
Duende @ BloomBars and will officially celebrate its opening with a Children’s Literary Festival, on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. We invite all the families in the Columbia Heights (and DMV) communities to bring los niños & browse our book selection.
The day will feature Wit’s Ends Puppets’ Cecilia Cackley, author Stephen McGill of Stephen Has Powers, coloring activities with Alejandra Santaollala of Color With Luna & creative writing fun with 826DC.
We’ll also have vegan treats by local baker and kindergarten teacher, Ashley Chu of Brown Box Cake Stand!  Chinese New Year Festival - SAAM

Chinese New Year Festival
American Art Museum [Kogod Courtyard]
Saturday, February 10 ∙ 11:30 am ∙ FREE!
Celebrate the Lunar New Year at SAAM to begin the Year of the Dog! Enjoy a variety of activities and demonstrations including traditional paper cutting, an art scavenger hunt, red paper-lantern making, and panda crafts. There will also be performances by special guest artists from Chengdu, China, including traditional music, Sichuan Opera, and acrobatics. Help us “awaken the lion” and ring in the New Year!

Portrait Story Days– Muhammad Ali
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery [Education Center]
Saturday, February 10 & Sunday, February 11 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Listen to a story and create art inspired by someone in the Portrait Gallery’s collection.

The Legacy of Harriet Tubman A One-Woman Performance by Cortenia SmithThe Legacy of Harriet Tubman: A One-Woman Performance by Cortenia Smith
DC Public Library –Petworth Branch
Saturday, February 10 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!

Celebrate Black History Month at the Petworth Neighborhood Library. Join us on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. for “The Legacy of Harriet Tubman” featuring Cortenia Smith. This one-woman performance reveals the true spirit of Harriet Tubman, a legendary former slave, abolitionist and hero who defined courage and strength. Drawn from the pages of history and passionately retold by brilliant actress, Ms. Cortenia Smith, it tells a story of survival, endurance and faith.
Cortenia Kay Smith was born and raised in China Grove, North Carolina. Having always loved to sing and perform in talent shows and at local events, she went to the Center of Expression in the Arts to study acting in 1982. Ms. Smith has been studying and working on the life of Harriet Tubman since 2009. She continues to keep the dream and Harriet’s legacy alive with her one-woman performance.
This is a great event for the entire family.

Unshrink My Heart
Brentwood Arts Exchange
Saturday, February 10 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The DIY arts and crafts icon from the 80’s is back! And nothing says “love” like a hand-made pre-shrunk Valentine. Families are invited to create beautiful jewelry, key chains, and other Valentine’s Day gifts for their loved ones. Children will receive their first 2 sheets of blank Shrinky Dinks free, additional sheets will be available to purchase for 50 cents each. Follow the event on Facebook.   Lunar New Year Celebration

Lunar New Year Celebration
Freer|Sackler and Ripley Center
Sunday, February 11 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!

Fourth annual Lunar New Year celebration to ring in the Year of the Dog. Discover the richness of arts and culture in Sichuan Province, home to China’s beloved giant pandas. Experience interactive food and art demonstrations, live acrobatic and puppetry performances, and creations by local and international artists. And enjoy the six reimagined Chinese art exhibitions in the Freer and the innovative Resound: Ancient Bells of China in the Sackler.
The celebration features lively performances of opera, folk music, and dance. Be prepared to sample some spicy dishes featuring Sichuan’s mouth-numbing peppers. Plus, write a Lunar New Year greeting card.

Waterfowl Festival
Black Hill Nature Programs
Sunday, February 11 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!

Bring the whole family for a day filled with activities, crafts, demonstrations, and exhibits to celebrate the wondrous water birds that call Little Seneca Lake home during the winter. Try your hand at carving a decoy. Learn about wood duck nest box Citizen Science initiatives. Join guided birding excursions to catch a glimpse of marine ducks, swans, and maybe even the Black Hill bald eagles!
No registration required for this free event. Intended for All Ages

8th Annual Mid-Winter Play Day8th Annual Mid-Winter Play Day
Takoma Park Community Center
Sunday, February 11 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE!

Everyone derserves to play! Come dance to the hokey pokey, play simon says, and twenty more activities for all ages.

C.R. Gibbs Lecture Series on African American History and Culture
DC Public Library – Takoma Branch
Sunday, February 11 ∙ 3:00 pm ∙ FREE!

In celebration of 2018 African American History Month, noted historian C.R. Gibbs will deliver a presentation from his African American History and Culture Series entitled “The Underground Railroad in the Nation’s Capital.” This presentation will explore the little-known, seldom-taught story of how freedom-seeking African Americans used the backroads, attics, cellars and streets of Washington, D.C. as a network to liberty. Gibbs will specifically look at the operation of the Underground Railroad in the Georgia Avenue-Brightwood neighborhood.    Hearts - DC Public Library Valentine's Day Program

Valentine’s Day Craft
DC Public Library – Takoma Branch
Sunday, February 11 ∙ 3:30 pm ∙ FREE!

Get ready for Valentine’s Day with a heart-y craft! We provide the hearts, you provide the love and care.
This is a drop-in event. Crafts will be open from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. while supplies last. For toddlers to age 12, with their caregivers.

2nd Annual Mardi Gras Parade2nd Annual Mardi Gras Parade
Sunday, February 11 ∙ 5:00 pm ∙ FREE!

The second annual Mardi Gras parade in the Little City! There will be floats, beads, and live music from Little Falls to the Beach Shack down Park Ave followed by more live music at Clare and Don’s afterwards.

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.)

Giveaway Reminder

Japanese Pavilion photographs by Stephen Voss

Japanese Pavilion photographs by Stephen Voss

Children’s Workshop: Will it Be a Bonsai or a Big Tree?
U.S. National Arboretum
Saturday, February 17th • 11 AM – 1 PM
Every tree seedling has its fate, and in this workshop, you can learn how that fate is determined. One adult and one child will have a special day together as they work as lab partners, using their “scientist eyes” to observe details and make comparisons. We’ll learn about plant physiology, ecosystems and bonsai history, too. At the close of class, each research team will receive a seedling whose fate they will decide. Will your tree go through the rigorous training to become a bonsai or will you plant it outdoors in spring to grow up wild, big and free? [Ticket Information & Giveaway Entry

 

Freebie

MIDNIGHT SUN Galentine's Day Invite

MIDNIGHT SUN
AMC Mazza Gallerie – Have your pass ready to show at the door!
Wednesday, February 14th • 6PM
MIDNIGHT SUN is a romantic tearjerker about 17-year-old Katie Price (Bella Thorne), sheltered at home since childhood with a rare genetic condition, a life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight. Having only her father Jack (Rob Riggle) for company, Katie’s world opens up after dark when she ventures outside to play her guitar. One night, her dreams come true when she’s noticed and asked out by her longtime crush Charlie (Patrick Schwarzenegger), whom she’s secretly watched from her bedroom window for years. As they embark on nightly summer excursions, Katie’s risk to sunlight grows and she’s presented with the gut-wrenching dilemma of whether she can live a normal life with her newfound soul mate. (Rated: PG-13) [Get Your FREE “Galentine’s Day” Passes HERE – while supplies last] 

Saturday Morning at the National LogoSaturday Morning at The National
National Theatre
Performances are at 9:30am and 11:00am ∙ FREE Show!
NEXT Performance (Saturday, February 24) – Stephen Christoff – Colonial American Music
– In celebration of President’s Day, come sing songs from the Colonial period with Mr. Christoff. This musical history program brings to life the ballads and song lyrics that helped build American independence and define a nation. He will captivate families with the jaws harp, banjo, guitar, mandolin, hand whistle, the musical saw, and even the bottles. The Colonial times were filled with music and Mr. Christoff explores the fun. [Reserve Free Tickets on February 16: 9:30am -OR- 11:00am]     

Deals

Something Rotten Discount EcardSOMETHING ROTTEN!
National Theatre
Thru Sunday, February 18th
With 10 Tony® nominations including Best Musical, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is a “big, fat hit!” (New York Post). Set in the ‘90s – the 1590s – this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom (Tony® nominee Rob McClure and Broadway’s Josh Grisetti), two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the “rock star” Shakespeare (Tony® nominee Adam Pascal) keeps getting all the hits. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared!” (New York Magazine).
The completely original new musical is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (the director of the world premiere musical Mean GirlsThe Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award and Tony Award nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Tony Award nominees Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O’Farrell. [Get Your Discount Tickets HERE – Use code BARD for seats starting at $39 each

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Disney On Ice presents Frozen
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]

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)

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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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