It’s February, it’s cold and your kids are going stir crazy, right? We’ve rounded up five solid options for family-friendly activities to get your whole crew out of the house and enjoying the variety of cultural and artistic offerings the DMV has to offer, from magic shows to drag storytime to meet and greets with live birds of prey.
Danny Carmo’s Mathematical Mysteries at the McClean Community Center
Family-friendly illusionist Danny Carmo masterfully weaves math and magic together into a one-of-a-kind performance both educational and entertaining. Expect audience participation, mind-blowing illusions and fascinating technological riffs on classic magic tricks. $12+. 6 p.m. 1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean, VA; mcleancenter.org // @mcleancenterva
Won’t You Be My Owlentine? at Potomac Overlook Regional Park
In honor of Valentine’s Day, the folks at the NOVA Parks organization have a special event planned to educate people of all ages about the unique mating habits of owls and other birds of prey. The whole family will get to meet these captivating critters up close and even have the chance to snap a picture with a live bird of prey. $7. 1 p.m. 2845 Marcey Rd. Arlington, VA; novaparks.com // @novaparks
Family Day at the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum
Activities, games, and special guided tours await kids of all ages at the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum for President’s Day weekend. The folks at DAR promise this special, family-friendly event will have presidential-themed coloring and more. Free. 12 p.m. 1776 D St. NW, DC; dar.org // @eventsdar
Presidential Family Fun Day at the National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery’s annual President’s Day festivities return with plenty of family-friendly activities, including arts and crafts, guided tours and more with a special focus on the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. A great way to eat up a couple of hours during one of those treacherous wintertime three-day weekends. Free. 11:30 a.m. 8th and G Streets NW, DC; npg.si.edu // @smithsoniannpg
Drag Queen Story Time with Tara Hoot at Crazy Aunt Helen’s
D.C.’s only storytime drag brunch is back with another fun-filled morning of songs, stories and plenty of brunch treats. Well-loved local drag queen Tara Hoot hosts the event at the cozy Capital Hill brunch spot Crazy Aunt Helen’s, with a portion of ticket sales going towards An Open Book Foundation, which helps connect children’s book authors with schools in need of kids books. Free+. 10 a.m. 713 8th St. SE, DC; crazyaunthelens.com // @crazyaunthelens
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