Sun. Jul 3rd, 2022

Explore the MLK Memorial in honor of the holiday

Quick links to lots of ideas for ongoing activities:
* Ice skating
* Best outdoors in the DC area
* Local walks with children
* Baltimore with children
* Indoor excursions
* Toddler play
* Fantastic rooms
* Peaceful Places

Celebrate MLK
Where: About DMV & Online
When: All weekend
Admission: Varies

MLK Day may be on Monday, but there are events and activities that pay homage to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Throughout the weekend, volunteer opportunities, art adventures, self-guided tours of local sights and a few special events are some of the ways you can celebrate the day. This post has details about them all.

Winter Inspo
Where: About DMV
When: Ongoing
Entrance: Varies according to location

Do not let this cold Omicron time prevent you from getting out of the house. This post is filled with recipes for activities that will appeal to your Covid comfort zone. From hiking to art experiences to seasonal sports to garden exploration to fun all season long, there are all sorts of things to do that keep safety in mind. All you really need are good layers and maybe a little extra outdoor equipment.

Transient: Transient paintings
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwestern DC
When: Through March 6th
Admission: $ 20-30 / adult, $ 17 / age 5-17, free / 4 and under

ARTECHOUSE debuts its latest exhibition on Monday. Their description of Transient: Transient paintings: “A duet of motorized piano and hyperrealistic projections combine human and technological elements through a system of unconventional generative algorithms.” Like all of the gallery’s exhibits, this immerses you in digital art, on floor-to-ceiling walls, floors and in side rooms along with music that syncs with the works around you. I just got a sneak peek and really enjoyed it – seeing the art of “dancing” around you is quite nice and relaxing.

Ice It
Where: Skating rinks around the DC area
When: All weekend
Admission: Varies by ice rink

Glide under the sky and the stars – or indoors if that’s your preference. Get your skate on and and art in the Sculpture Garden. Glide across the Potomac on The Wharf’s stunning ice rink. Drive around Washington Harbor while enjoying the view of the river. Sling along the Figure 8 trail at Canal Park. Do some shopping and then skate on Pentagon Row, Rockville Town Square or Reston Town Center. Or go to an ice arena to skate out of the elements. This post has details on alfresco and indoor skating opportunities in the area.

It all goes downhill …
Where: Ski resorts around the region
When: Through the winter
Admission: Varies by resort

With winter weather forecast this weekend, consider taking to the slopes! Skiing is a fun and active way to take advantage of the season, and there are a lot of ski resorts within a few hours drive that are great for youngsters, beginners (and also veteran-swooshere). This post has info on Whitetail and one of our day trips there last winter. And other relatively close resorts for day trips are Liberty and Bryce. Further afield, but good to check out for longer trips, are Roundtop, Massanutten, Wintergreen, Seven Springs, Hidden Valley, Snowshoe, Timberline and Wisp.

Ro nu
Where: Around DC
When: All weekend
Entrance: Varies according to location

Sometimes you just want to go to a place that is beautiful and quiet, where you can relax and think (or not) – especially in this Covidy time. This post has a summary of just the places where you can find peace and quiet, all right here in the city.

Inside Out (ings)
Where: About DMV
When: All weekend
Entrance: Varies from place to place

The weather may make you look for indoor options at some point this weekend. This post has quick information on places to go, including open days and times, which you should be sure to note as some venues have temporarily changed them. There are guidelines in place for Covid everywhere, masks are required in DC and some MD counties, and you can / should choose to wear one yourself without a mandate.

See some sorcery
Where: Capital One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday at 19:00 and Monday at 14.00

Admission: Ticket prices vary
The Wizards have a couple of home games this weekend – Saturday night and Monday afternoon, where the kids have time off from school and many parents have time off from work. Watch the lawsuit against the Portland Trail Blazers at 7pm Saturday and Philadelphia 76ers Monday at. 14.00. Plan a dinner or lunch before the game in the Penn Quarter – there are plenty of family-friendly places to go in the neighborhood. Some recipes: Jaleo, Carmine’s, Oyamel and Shake Shack.

All Caps
Where: Capital One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Sunday at
Admission: Ticket prices vary

For sports activities on ice, catch the capitals Sunday afternoon as they host the Vancouver Canucks. See the restaurant recs above for a family friendly bite before the match.

College Hoops
Where: Colleges around the DC area
When: All weekend
Admission: Varies by game
With so many universities in the area, there are always some great college hoops activities going on during the season – and it’s always a good time for families. Here are a few matches to catch this weekend:
* Howard men vs. Norfolk State Saturday at 16.00
* American Men vs. Bucknell on Saturday at. 14.00
* Maryland Women vs. Michigan Sunday at 17 (Go, Terps!)
* Howard men vs Notre Dame on Monday at 2.30pm

Corduroy
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Through January 24th
Tickets: $ 28

How about some family-friendly live entertainment? Based on the books, here’s the description of Imagination Stage’s current show: We all need a friend, and Lisa is instantly attracted to the perfectly imperfect teddy bear on display in the department store. If only she could convince her stressed mother to buy Corduroy for her! Meanwhile, Corduroy is determined to find his missing button and become worthy of going to a real home. After the store closes, he goes on a fun destructive search – with the Night Watch on a comic hunt. Full of mischief and clowning, this story of unconditional love captures both humanity and the merriment of the holiday season. Recommended for ages 3-9. Proof of vaccination required for patrons 12+.

The Prom
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through January 16th
Tickets: $ 49-139 | Find discount
Everyone is invited to the happy Broadway musical that inspired the hit Netflix adaptation. New York Magazine call it “smart and generous” and New York Times says the show “makes you believe in musical comedy again!” The Prom is a new musical comedy about big Broadway stars on a mission to change the world and the love they discover that unites them all. You belong The Prom! Recommended for ages 10+.

Baltimore, honey!
Where: All Around Charm City | Baltimore, MD
When: All weekend
Entrance: Varies according to location

The long weekend is a great time for a day trip (or even overnight) to Baltimore – there are so many amazing family-friendly attractions there, you might want an extra day to enjoy a few. Explore the exhibits at the Maryland Science Center. See some of the funniest, coolest art ever at the American Visionary Art Museum. Play the day away at Port Discovery. See the underwater world of the National Aquarium. See the story unfold at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. And even more! This KFDC guide has scooped.

Go underground
Where: Luray Caverns | Luray, VA
When: All weekend
Admission: $ 30 / adults, $ 15 / ages 6-12, free / 5 and under

See the spectacular underground world of stalagmites, stalactites and other amazing limestone formations in the massive cave system at Luray. Afterwards, you can make your way through the Garden Maze or check out vintage rides at the Carriage and Caravan Museum. Entrance does not include attractions beyond the cave. KFDC Tip: Be sure to make a pit stop before entering the caves, as it can be a long walk out to a toilet, and once you are out, you may not be able to enter again.

Art and maritime explorations
Where: Calvert County, MD
When: All weekend
Entrance: Varies according to location

Make a day out of it in Calvert County, where you can visit a few places for fun, fascinating, practical adventures. Annmarie Sculpture Garden is hosting a special art project in honor of MLK. you can also visit beautiful works around the grounds and indoors and play in the lovely Fairy Lolly. Also out that way is the Calvert Marine Museum, where you can see interesting exhibits, including showcases filled with fossils and artifacts, plus live fish and other creatures. There is also a play area and a real lighthouse to visit. Hours are 10.00-17.00 with two-hour sessions 10.00-12.00, 12.30-14.30 and 15.00-17.00, and admission is $ 9 / adult, $ 4 / age 5-12, free / 4 and under.

African American history and culture
Where: NMAAHC | National Mall, DC
When: Monday at 10.00-17.30
Admission: Free but timed access cards required

Tickets for the National Museum of African American History & Culture can be one of the hardest to get in DC. But on the weekends, the museum, which is usually closed on Mondays, is open an extra day in honor of MLK Day. Currently, there are plenty of tickets available for many seasons, but they are likely to go fast.

Free parking
Where: National Parks
When: Monday
Admission: Free!

In honor of MLK Day, it’s the first fee-free day of the year for national parks, which means there are no entry costs where they usually charge to enter. Take advantage of free admission and the day off from school. Some ideas: Walk the trail at Shenandoah or Great Falls, explore Prince William Forest Park, walk to Fort McHenry in Baltimore, or enjoy hiking and history at Harpers Ferry. Find even more national parks in the area and beyond.

*** MORE GOOD THINGS ***
* Visit the National Gallery of Art East Building soon – it will be closed for renovation (again) after February.
* Ice Cream Jubilee is offering its Lunar New Year Ice Tasting Flight, which includes six mini-scoops and a pint to take home for February 13th.
* If you’re comfortable doing that, this weekend is a great time to watch a movie.
* Movies for adults: I just saw this one and it was just as wonderful as all the reviews say.
* These episodes of The Daily are a good listen: This and this.
* Missing a new one, so I just ordered this – can be useful this weekend!
* Symptoms of the new variant may include …

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