Last Minute Weekend Ideas in the DC Area 1/13-1/16

Mask, ID and Vax Card

This weekend, DC’s vaccination mandate goes into effect. More information can be found here. Also next week is Washington Metropolitan Restaurant Week. On our radar this week, we’re listing some of our favorite museums for kids.

So what should you be doing from January 13-16?

For your convenience, this newsletter includes emojis to help you during these unprecedented times:

  • The 🛋 indicates that an event is happening in person inside.
  • The 🌲 indicates that an event is happening in person outside.
  • The 💻 indicates that an event is happening virtually.
  • And finally, the 🆓 indicates that an event is free.
  • the ?? indicates an event requires proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test.

Your last minute weekend plans

1. Watch a movie. ?? Head to a Outside family movie night (Sam, 🌲/💉, Edgewood). Or enjoy the start of the twenty-sixth annual Iran Film Festival which has a video on demand platform (starts Friday, free, 💻️️) and in-person visits to AFI Silver Theater. Or watch one of the 37 films featured in the virtual (starts Sunday, $5+, 🌲, 💻️️️) DC South Asian Film Festival.

2. Our dreams for the future. ️ In the spirit of MLK, enjoy a We dream of family day (Sun, free, 🛋/💉, National Mall) at the FUTURES exhibition.

3. Watch the game! ?? Go ice skating at Wharf skating rink inspired by the capitals This weekend. There will be a streaming of the Capitals vs NY Islanders game, a visit from Slapshot, Caps s’mores and giveaways (Saturday, $5 off skate rentals with Capitols gear, 🌲, The platform).

4. Here’s our chance to have our Kourtney Kardashian moment. ?? Find your rockstar boyfriend at Emo Night Brooklyn (Fri, $15, 🛋/💉, Shaw).

5. Themed brunches. 🍽 Velvet & Rye will launch a week of prohibition this Sunday, including a Smugglers Brunch (Sun, $, 🛋, Alexandria), cocktail classes and a fashion contest. Or celebrate immigrants’ contribution to vaccines at a vaccine-inspired brunch (Sat/Sun, $, 🛋/💉, Downtown).

What’s on our radar: Kid-friendly museums

Here is a list of some of our favorite museums for children:

  • Get out into nature. Although technically not a museum, NOVA Parks hosts a variety of kid-friendly events such as “winter wildlife,” “Night Hike and Campfire: Nocturnal Wildlife,” and ‘”Junior naturalist day. “
  • DC’s most underrated museum. the National Postal Museum is a great place for those with little ones. Ride the Pony Express in the “Networking in a Nation” exhibit, board a train in the “Mail by Rail” exhibit, and even sort packages in the “Systems at Work” exhibit. There are plenty of interactive exhibits for all ages, toddlers and up.
  • Build and play. The National Building Museum “Play Construction Work” The exhibit has been a delight for children over the years with its engaging foam blocks to create play structures.
  • The love of books. the Planet of Words Museum is truly the museum where words come to life. For fun kid-friendly exhibits, consider the “Unlock the Music” karaoke room or the library where visitors can select books that magically become digitally illustrated.
  • Play with cockroaches. According to my mother, it was my favorite thing to do when I was a child in O. Orkin Insect Zoo at the Natural History Museum. Tucked away on the second floor, this exhibit features an extensive collection of creepy robots.
  • A museum for children. the Children’s Museum recently presented the Alif Ba exhibition, which brings the Arabic language to life. On January 22, the museum will open a “Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails!” exposure, which is an interactive exhibit inspired by the popular children’s series now about Nick Jr.

Your neighbour,

Jade (@clockoutdc)

Jade Womack is an energy economist by day and an event blogger by night. She started her blog, Clockout DC, while moonlighting as a bartender in 2019. She grew up in Arlington and currently lives in Adams Morgan with her dog.

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