Be sure to check out our “Featured Event” on Sunday celebrating Women’s History Month!
SATURDAY, February 28
The museum offers a hint of spring in conjunction with the exhibition Orchids through Darwin’s Eyes. Families can talk with orchid specialists and watch potting demonstrations, pot orchids to take home, learn lessons on pollination, get temporary orchid tattoos, and much more.
Maple Sugaring Breakfast @ Meadowside Nature Center (Derwood, MD)
Get a step-by-step tour of how maple syrup is made, from sap collection to the boiling-down process and then top off the tour by sampling real maple syrup on pancakes. Advance registration is required.
Science rocks with Flumpa, the adventurous tree frog, and Wendy Whitten, “the Singing Scientist,” in a high-energy, innovative, family show filled with multi-award-winning music and an abundance of audience participation.
The Great Zucchini @ Jammin Java (Vienna, VA)
Washington’s magical preschool and kindergarten entertainer performs.
All kids up on your feet as song-and-dance super-hero Kinderman mixes ancient African call-and-response technique with his “Disco King” background, creating a whirlwind of energy, excitement, and laughing fun. Tickets are distributed 30 minutes before show time.
The zoo presents a program in conjunction with Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth, a play currently being performed at Imagination Stage. Kids can learn about the zoo’s silver fox rabbits and other Kids’ Farm animals, visit the Pizza Garden to learn about where their pizza comes from and what sort of pizza Leopard from the play might eat, be inspired by Wild Cow’s artwork and then create chalk art by the barn, show off their vocal talents by singing a song or rapping like Zomo the Rabbit, and take a guided tour of the farm.
Kids explore the exhibition Taking Shape: Ceramics in Southeast Asia, then create their own miniature banana-leaf boats filled with tiny clay jars and travel down the rivers of Southeast Asia in search of adventure and trade. No reservations are required.
Kate Fleming, a Rhode Island School of Design alumnus and Boston-based designer for the shoe and apparel company Puma, leads a workshop on the art of fashion design, sharing stories of her education and career and leading teens in the creation of one-of-a-kind wearable art. Also, in honor of Black History Month, participants explore the museum’s collection of artwork by African-American artists to gather inspiration for their own creations. Advance registration is required.
SUNDAY, March 1st
Activities at The Historical Society and Sewall-Belmont House and Museum’s celebration include decorating suffrage sashes, making posters to advocate for a cause, reading stories about women in history, and a screening of Iron Jawed Angels, starring Hilary Swank, which tells the story of the suffragists working to pass the 19th Amendment. Advance registration is required.
Railroad Days @ The Lyceum (Alexandria, VA)
See the HO-gauge model trains as they journey through miniature towns, scenic hills, and valleys. Discuss model railroading with members of the Potomac Division of the National Model Railroad Association – they might even let you take the controls. There’s also a Thomas the Tank Engine play table and a display of Lego toy and hobby trains.
Kids can step into works of art using their imaginations as they take a guided tour of the galleries. Advance registration is required.