This weekend there are kids’ events to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Presidents Day, Black History and more. Your quest for family fun could take you to unexpected places like the Black Cat and the Willard InterContinental. Also: The Lane Social Club in Ivy City opens Saturday!
The Lane, a family club and play space, is opening on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 1408 Okie St NE. Read the Lane’s helpful FAQ here. Capitol Hill Kid is planning to take a look and will report back to you! (An earlier version of this post said it would open on Feb. 13–that was outdated info. The opening date is Feb. 15.)
Valentine’s Day Cookie Making Class at the Willard InterContinental, Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Children ages 4-12, accompanied by parent/guardian, will receive hands-on instruction in cookie decorating techniques from Executive Pastry Chef Jason Jimenez. Tickets, $45 per child (includes light buffet lunch).
Presidential Family Fun Day at the National Portrait Gallery, Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Kogod Courtyard. Kick off Presidents Day weekend with crafts, music, dancing, games and special tours of “America’s Presidents.” Celebrate with the Portrait Gallery, President Lincoln’s Cottage, the DC Public Library, the Washington Nationals’ Racing Presidents, artists and experts from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Free.
Portrait Story Days: Barack Obama, Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 p.m, National Portrait Gallery Education Center. Drop by to hear a story and create art inspired by Obama. Free.
A Saturday Morning With Rocknoceros at Pie Shop DC, Saturday, 11 a.m., 1339 H St NE. Enjoy a concert with the kiddos with a side of pie. Tickets, $5.
Rumpus Room Family Dance Party at the Black Cat, Sunday, 2-4:30 p.m., 1811 14th St NW. Enjoy a family-friendly mix of popular dance hits, children’s songs and more at a kid-friendly volume. Designed for kids 8 and under, but older siblings welcome. Max 3 kids per adult. Tickets, $12 in advance, $15 at the door.
Step Afrika! at the Apple Carnegie Library, Sunday, 1-2 p.m. Celebrate Black History with a stepping performance. Dancers integrate song, storytelling, humor and audience participation. A Q&A with founder C. Brian Williams will follow. Free, sign up.
Pre-Coding With Helpsters at the Apple Carnegie Library, Sunday, 12-12:30 p.m, 801 K St NW. Kids ages 3-5 will team up with the Helpsters for creative pre-coding activities that teach them communication, thinking and problem-solving skills. Free, register.