Wknd Rndp, Feb 21-23: Let the Good Times Roll

Celebrate Mardi Gras at two family-friendly events this weekend.

The quantity and variety of family fun to be had here on Capitol Hill is pretty amazing. Want to celebrate Mardi Gras with the kids this weekend? We’ve got that. Live music? Got that too. Cultural experiences? Science education? Arts and crafts? Children’s theater? Yes, yes, yes, yes. And more.

A note about CHK’s Wknd Rndp: I do aim to tell you about what’s going on right here. The majority of my picks will be “on the Hill,” according to my loosely defined boundaries that extend to SE Waterfront, all of SW, East of the River, H Street NE and the National Mall area. I’ll sometimes include something in upper NW or elsewhere in DC, but I mainly stick to the hood (because why leave, like ever? Oh wait, is that just me?). The point is, it’s easy to find fun things to do without traveling far when you live on or near the Hill. The following list proves it.

This week’s picks include a free concert with Mr. Skip at Atlas.

Another note: I know many of us are looking for the Free things. Therefore, I am adding Free in bold so you can scan for them. (See free recurring events here: All the Free Things.)

Finally, if you have suggestions for the Wknd Rndup, please send them along to cory@capitolhillkid.com. I’m happy to include your events!


Plum Patch Art Workshop: Space Travel, 10 a.m.-noon, Shopkeepers, 1231 Florida Ave NE. Kids will make a spaceship that they can fly to their moon over and over again by pulling the strings and use mallets to make smash paintings that we will turn into outer space scenes. Register, $20 (discount for sibling).

Baby Bar Takeover returns to the Brig, 3:30 p.m. at 1007 8th St SE. Bring your baby and have a brew with neighbors. This event happens weekly, but was canceled last Friday because cold weather and V-Day. See previous posts about this here and here. Free to attend ($ for beer).


Atlas Performing Arts Center’s Intersections Festival Family Fun Days:

  • Imagination Stage’s Mouse on the Move: Two mice are ready for adventure. Several showtimes. Tickets.
  • Friendlier Fables and Thoughtful Tales: Your favorite kid stories, told with kinder twists. All ages. 9:15-10:15 a.m. Read more/get tickets.
  • Mr. Skip in Concert: Beloved children’s entertainer Mr. Skip performs. All ages. 10 a.m. See Atlas Family Fun Days. Free.
  • Creation Station with Happy Little Art Studio: Do a kid-friendly craft for our community art installation, led by the art educators at Happy Little Art Studio. All ages. 10 a.m.-noon. See Atlas Family Fun Days. Free.
  • Instrument Petting Zoo with Capital City Symphony: Kids 3+ can see instruments up close, meet musicians, hear the instruments played and even give the instruments a try. 11:30 a.m. See Atlas Family Fun Days. Free.

Saturday Morning Tunes “Frozen” Live in Concert, 10-11 a.m., Miracle Theatre, 535 8th St SE. Bring your family to see the chamber pop group Outcalls take on the Frozen soundtrack live. After the show, meet princesses Anna and Elsa in person. All ages. Admission includes organic snacks and juice. Tickets, $14/child, $17/adult, $59/family four-pack.

Play Date at National Museum of Natural History, 10 a.m.-noon, Q?rius, the Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center, ground floor. Learn about the prehistoric creatures of the Cretaceous ocean. Listen to stories, examine specimens and help create a mural. Free.

Mardi Gras at the Wharf, 4-7 p.m. The Wharf brings New Orleans to DC with a community extravaganza featuring a parade (4 p.m.), live music by the Crawdaddies at District Pier (5:30-7 p.m.) and a fireworks finale (6:30 p.m.). The parade features drum corps Batala, Eastern High’s Blue and White Marching Machine, a Mardi Gras king and queen and floats made by neighborhood groups. Fun activities will be held throughout the day, such as balloon animals and crafts for kids. Free.

Ni Dembaya African Drum and Dance Ensemble

Black History Month Celebration with Ni Dembaya Drum & Dance Ensemble, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Hostelling International DC, 1009 11th Street NW. See a 40-minute performance by Ni Dembaya African Drum and Dance Ensemble and participate in a fun keychain-making activity using kente fabric. Complimentary food and bissap (Senegalese hibiscus, mint and pineapple tea). Tickets, $6.

Kids’ Night Out at Labyrinth, 5-9 p.m., Labyrinth Game Shop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave SE. Kids get pizza and four hours of games, and parents get a free Saturday night. Ages 7-10. $40/child, register.


2020 Family Gras by Capital Cider House, 10 a.m.-noon, 3930 Georgia Ave NW. Join the 2nd annual Family Gras, a family-friendly Mardi Gras celebration featuring face painting, balloon animals, festive crafts and, for the adults, happy hour specials. The Capital Cider House is also flying in a king cake from New Orleans. Tickets, $10. Expected to sell out, so hurry.

The Lane Grand Opening Party is sold out, FYI.

Have a great weekend, neighbors!

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