February gets a bad rap for being one of the coldest months of the year, but it's also one of the sweetest - Hello, Valentine's Day and CHOCOLATE! There's also no shortage of family fun in the Washington, D.C. area this month. From Lunar New Year celebrations to amazing family theater to chocolate festivals, take a look at our hot picks for things to do in Washington, D.C. with kids this February.
AvalancheXpress at Heritage Hills Golf Resort, York, Pennsylvania
Take a Snow Day!
Embrace the winter season by taking a day trip to one of the many awesome ski/snow tubing resorts in the D.C. area. - as little as 90 minutes away! Check out our Ultimate Guide to Skiing & Snow Tubing With Kids Within 3 Hours of Washington, D.C. for a great list of family-friendly destinations.
2019 Chocolate Lovers Festival, Fairfax, VA
Held in historic downtown Fairfax, the 2019 Chocolate Lovers Festival is an annual 'treat' enjoyed by all ages of chocolate lovers! Taste a variety of chocolate beverages in the outdoor heated tent from chocolate beer, wine, soda, milk, tea, hot chocolate and more. Join in on a cake walk or enter the family baking challenge for a super sweet weekend of fun! The festival runs from Feb. 1st - 3rd. Some events are free and others may require a fee. Check out the full schedule of events with information HERE. For a list of free parking and shuttle options, click HERE.
National Law Enforcement Museum, Washington, D.C.
Family Fun Day at the National Law Enforcement Museum, Washington, D.C.
Did somebody say puppies? Okay, maybe not puppies, but police dogs - K9s! Learn about and explore the world of working canines in the law enforcement field at this special family event. Test your skills at the smell powder activity cart, work as a team to complete a scavenger hunt around the Museum, and bring your creativity to the Maker Station in the Dupont Gallery. Family Fun Day is on February 2nd from 1 - 4 p.m. and is FREE with admission to the museum. Check out our review of the National Law Enforcement Museum and save up to 28% off admission with our special offer.
Family T-Shirt Quilting Two-Part Workshop at Anacostia Community Museum - FREE
Parting with old t-shirts that hold special memories can be hard. In this two-part workshop, the Anacostia Community Museum will help you re-purpose those old t-shirts into a treasured keepsake quilt. Participants are asked to bring 6-12 shirts to the workshop. The workshop dates are February 2nd and 23rd from 10:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m.
Washington, D.C. Chinese New Year Parade
Celebrate the Chinese/Lunar New Year
Usher in the Year of the Pig at one of many family-friendly Lunar New Year celebrations around the Washington, D.C. area. From parades and musical performances to dragon dances and acrobatics and lots of delectable Asian food, there's a lot to celebrate this month! Check out our guide to all of the area Lunar New Year celebrations. The New Year officially begins on February 5th this year, and special festivities start as early as January 30th.
African American Pioneers in Aviation and Space at the National Air and Space Museum- FREE
February is African American History Month and the National Air and Space Museum is celebrating pioneers of the past with a special event, The Struggle for Equal Access to the Skies. Enjoy hands-on activities, puppet shows and meet African American pioneers in aviation and space. Learn about Hal Walker's laser experiment used during the Apollo 11 mission. Colonel Charles McGee of the Tuskegee Airman, the first African American pilots in the U.S. armed forces, will speak and do a book signing at 2 p.m. This free celebratory event takes place on February 9th from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
African American Pioneers in Aviation and Space at the National Air and Science Center, Washington, D.C.
Chocolate Festival at the American Indian Museum - FREE
They had us at chocolate! If you are a chocolate lover, you don't want to miss this special Chocolate Festival at the National Museum of the American Indian on February 9th and 10th from 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Dedicated to the history of chocolate, attendees will enjoy tastings, cooking demonstrations and other hands-on activities while listening to the sounds of a traditional wooden harp. Sounds fab, right? Did you know the American Indian Museum is also great for kids? Be sure to check out their imagiNATIONS Activity Center while you're there, filled with tons of hands-on, interactive exhibits for all ages.
Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment at the Capital One Arena
Experience Disney magic like never before as the characters of four beloved tales take the ice. Hang on to your seats as you watch Lightning McQueen, Mater and the gang race around the ice. Voyage to Arendell with Frozen's sisters Anna and Elsa as they discover that true love comes from within. Join Ariel as she shares the wonder of her kingdom under the sea. Go to infinity and beyond with Buzz, Woody and the toys as they work together to find a way home. Catch the ice action from February 14-18th at Capital One Arena.
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical at the Kennedy Center
A musical adaptation of the best-selling novel by Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical explores the mythological world of Percy Jackson. Sit back and enjoy the show as Percy struggles to harness his new powers, battles evil monsters and searches desperately for Zeus's lightning bolt to bring peace to the gods. Performance dates are February 15th - 17th. Recommended for ages 8 and older.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Music Box Concert Series
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Box Concert Series at the AMP by Strathmore, Bethesda, MD
This BRAND NEW BSO program at the AMP by Strathmore features a small ensemble of BSO musicians performing light-hearted classical and children's tunes in a highly engaging and interactive format for children ages 6 months - 3 years. The Music Box Concert Series is an ongoing program throughout the year with different instrument ensembles and themes each performance. The theme for the February 16th performance is "All Aboard", with two shows to choose from at 10 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. The fun begins 30 minutes prior to the show where a range of musical activities are available to entertain your little ones. All attendees need a ticket and seating is general admission. Bring a blanket for the floor to get comfortable as your family enjoys this interactive concert experience. No strollers are permitted.
Discover Engineering Family Day 2019 at the National Building Museum-FREE
This extremely popular annual event is filled with hands-on and mind-challenging activities to introduce children ages 4 to 12 to the wonder of engineering. Discover Engineering Family Day takes place on February 16th. Drop in anytime from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. to experience the fun! While you're there, check out the National Building Museum's interactive PLAY WORK BUILD exhibit. Save up to 50% off National Building Museum admission with this CertifiKID deal.
Big Apple Circus
Big Apple Circus at National Harbor, Washington, D.C.
The famed Big Apple Circus is back for its 41st season! Experience the signature one-ring, European-style, circus, where no seat is more than 50 feet from the performers. Have a splendid good time with the clowns, horses and dogs as they captivate the ring. Watch extraordinary feats of horizontal juggling, flying trapeze acts, and acrobats, that will amaze the entire family. Performance dates are from February 15th-24th. Save 25% on admission with this CertifiKID deal.
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, Winchester, VA
Take a day trip to historic Winchester, Virginia for some family fun inside the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, a four-story, interactive, education-through-play museum. Learn about the human body, explore a live honeybee colony, get behind the wheel of an ambulance, make your own roller coaster, and play with life-sized building blocks -- the opportunities are endless! Don't take our word for it...check out this "Real Mom Review" of Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum. Save 23% on admission with this special CertifiKID deal.
Stargaze at the Public Observatory, Washington D.C. - FREE
The Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory houses telescopes that allow you to see planets and double stars, and even solar telescopes that allow you to safely look at the sun. Join the Observatory on February 17th from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.(weather permitting, call 202-633-2517 for updates) for stargazing. A staff member will be present to help work the telescopes and answer questions about the Moon, stars, planets and more.
George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, Virginia
Celebrate George Washington's Birthday With FREE Admission to Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA
Happy Birthday, George Washington! Celebrate the birthday of POTUS1 with FREE admission to his beloved home, Mount Vernon, and special festivities throughout the day. Witness a wreath-laying tribute and gun salute at the President's tomb, watch Continental soldiers reenact a charge against the enemy in a military demonstration, listen to patriotic music played by the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and more. The celebration takes place on February 18th from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Timed mansion tour tickets will be handed out upon entry.
Robin Hood Presented by Encore Stage & Studio, Arlington, VA
Experience this classic, beloved tale of good triumphing over evil. The cruel Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham have treated the citizens poorly. Watch as Robin Hood and his merry men fight to bring fairness back to the town by robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. Robin Hood performances take place at Gunston Arts Center in Arlington on select dates, Feb. 22nd - March 3rd. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Save 40% off tickets to Robin Hood.
Capital City Go-Go NBA G League Basketball Game, Washington, D.C.
Head to the courts and catch a Capital City Go-Go basketball game in their inaugural 2018-2019 season! Capital City Go-Go is a NEW addition to NBA's minor league and this elite, professional team is bringing the action. Get in on the affordable fun this February: 1st, 9th, 12th, 22nd, 26th or 28th. Games are held at St. Elizabeths East Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C. Save up to 50% off Capital City Go-Go tickets.
Finding Neverland at the National Theatre, Washington, D.C.
A heartwarming theatrical event based on the Academy Award® winning film, Finding Neverland tells the story behind the childhood favorite character, Peter Pan. In this tale, a playwright struggles to find inspiration but soon meets a widower with her four boys and the magic begins. Enchanted by their adventurous nature, the playwright creates a London play where wonder and imagination abound and childhood lasts forever. Performance dates are from Feb. 26th - March 3rd. Recommended for ages 7 and up. Save up to 31% off tickets to Finding Neverland with this CertifiKID deal.
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