It’s February which means Valentine’s Day, World Wetlands Day, Groundhog Day and it’s Black History Month. I initially started this blog as a calendar plugin of events, but the calendar was hard to read (and no one was viewing it) so this is an attempt at keeping with the original goal of this blog, to organize all the kid friendly events happening throughout Washington, D.C. and bring them together in a useful way. You can expect to see this style of post at the beginning of every month!
Mark Your Calendars!
If you haven’t heard, Yayoi Kusama will be bringing her infinity mirrors to the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. from February 23rd-May 14. Mark your calendars for February 13th when free timed passes go live, children and infants also require a pass. To access the passes check their website, here.
A new kid friendly exhibit just popped up at the National Portrait Gallery which is open from Tuesday thru Sunday 11:30am – 7pm. (great for the kids like mine who stay up late) For more info see my post about it, here.
If you haven’t yet joined the Friends of National Zoo, now might be the time. The organization puts on select members only events throughout the year including this send off party on February 11th from 9-11am as Bao Bao prepares to head to China.
As it is Black History Month you may consider taking a visit to the recently opened National Museum Of African American History and Culture. And lucky for you they’ve recently changed the way they distribute the same day timed tickets needed for entry, simply set the alarm for 6:30 am and visit their website for your same day tickets, link here. You can read my review of the museum, which highlights some tips for visiting with children, here.
It is still winter despite the mild weather, take the kids ice skating at one of these nearby rinks, link here.
The Chinese New Year Celebration is a free and family friendly event at the Sackler Art Gallery from 11am-5pm on February 5th. To see the full calendar of events see here, link, performances will include acrobats and opera singers and there will also be crafts and photo booths.
And of course there are Valentine’s events aplenty! Click on the hyperlink to be taken to the website.
- Friends of Stead Park and Foundry Church are hosting a card making party for ages 3 and up, pre-registration is required. Saturday, February 4th 10:30-Noon.
- Create your own Valentine’s Day card from 11am-4pm on February 11th at the National Postal Museum. No reservations are required for this free event.
- The Freer-Sackler galleries will host a Valentine’s Day card making party (12-4pm, February 11th & 12th) using origami and woodblock prints.
- The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library encourages kids to bring their loved ones to this card making celebration, February 11th at 12pm.
- Make an old fashioned Valentine’s Day card with the Daughters of the Revolution, February 11th 11am-2pm.
These events occur regularly every week, I encourage you to check the original website just in case there’s a cancellation. To find events at your local library, click here. And to see the full list of daily events happening at The National Zoo, click here.
- 9:30-10:30am Harambe at Bloombars
- 10 -11:30 am Drop in at ArtSpace DC for children 18 months- 3 years
- 10:30-11:00am Storytime at the National Postal Museum
- 10:30-11:30 Canta Conmigo en el sol en el frio at Bloombars
- 1:30-1:50pm Meet a Farm animal at the National Zoo (weather dependent)
- 10am-5pm Free timed tickets to the Butterfly Pavilion at The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
- 10-11am & 11:30-12:15 Shadow Puppets at Bloombars
- 11-11:20am Elephant Training Demonstration at The National Zoo
- 10-11am Story time at the Hirshhorn Art Museum
- 10-11am Little Treasures at Bloombars ages 0-4
- 10:30-11:30am & 1:30-2:30 February Sprouts at the United States Botanical Garden ages 3-5 (you MUST preregister)
- 10-11am Drop in Karate at The Hill Center 5+
- 2-2:20pm Meet a Small Mammal at the National Zoo
- 5:30- 6:30pm Samba Kids at Bloombars 5:30-6:30
- 10-11am Harambe at Bloombars
- 10:30-11:30am February Snugglers at The United Stated Botanical Garden
- 11-11:20am Amazon Fish Feeding at The National Zoo
- 4-4:45pm Ballet en Francias 3-7 at Bloombars
- 5:30-6:30 Bollywood Blooms at Bloombars 3-8
- 10-11am Songs, Stories & Puppets at Bloombars
- 10:30-11am One World, Big Sky a Sesame Street Story at the National Museum of Air and Space
- 10:30-11:30am Young Reader’s Story Time, Library of Congress
- 3-3:20 pm Meet a Giant Tortoise at The National Zoo *weather permitting
- 8:30-9:30am Capoeira for Kids 3.5-7 at Bloombars
- 9:30-10:30 & 10:30-11:30 Harambe at Bloombars 0-7
- 10-11am Drop in Karate at The Hill Center 5+
- 1-4pm Portrait Discovery Kits at the National Portrait Gallery
- 3-3:20pm Meet a Reptile at The National Zoo
- 10-11am Nous Bloomons at Bloombars
- 2-5pm Portrait Discovery Kits at the National Portrait Gallery
- 2-2:20pm Meet a Zebra at The National Zoo
Indoor Playspaces in D.C.
It may be a mild winter but it’s still cold enough to justify playing indoors, here are some Washington, D.C. spots where your kids can get their bugs out.
Wegman’s Wonderplace, located in the Museum of American History is a softish indoor playground for babies and toddlers, next door is a space for older kids.
In addition to being in the Museum of The Native Indian which has excellent food, ImagiNATIONs is a spot with daily programming and activities such as kayak paddling and igloo building.
If you haven’t been to the The National Building Museum you need to drop everything and go ASAP. It’s an amazing spot for a playdate and there are two distinct rooms for children.
So, voila, happy February!
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