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Family-Friendly Things to Do Around D.C. This Weekend (Mar 12-15) St. Patrick's Day celebrations, a museum reopening, a magic show & more

Family-Friendly Things to Do Around D.C. This Weekend Includes a Visit to the Reopened National Building Museum
Photo by Anne McDonough

We know it’s been a stressful week, but hang in there—it’s almost the weekend, and there are plenty of family-friendly things to do! Go fly a kite on the National Mall, catch a modern musical featuring music by The Go-Go’s, or take a trip to the The National Building Museum, which has finally reopened after some renovations.

Note: It’s a good idea to check websites before you head out. As our community prepares for coronavirus, we expect cancellations and postponements.


Thursday, March 12

St. Patrick’s Day DIY Calling all leprechauns! Get ready for St. Patty’s Day with a fun craft. Ages 5-9. 4 p.m. at Davis Library, Bethesda, MD. FREE. 

Friday, March 13

National Building Museum After being closed for three months for renovations, the museum reopens with new and redesigned programs for the whole family. Explore the Great Hall or grab a bite at the Firehook Cafe before exploring the exhibits. 10 a.m. at the National Building Museum, Washington, DC.  $7-$10.

Birthday Bundles Many children can’t afford to celebrate their birthdays. Volunteer with your kids to box up cake mix, candles and handmade cards for children in need. 6:30 p.m. at Temple Rodef Shalom, Falls Church, VA. $8-$18.

Saturday, March 14

20th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Following a spirited parade, families can enjoy a live musical performance from The Breakaways, a photo scavenger hunt and strolling entertainment. 10 a.m. at Rio, Gaithersburg, MD. FREE.  

Twos Travelers: Bones Little ones will learn why bones are so important and compare human skeletons to those of other animals in this hands-on museum activity. Ages 2-3. 10:15 a.m. at Natural History Museum, Washington, DC. $30-$35 for one caregiver and one child.

Family Kite Flying Soul Trak will provide kites to decorate and light snacks for a morning of high-flying fun on the National Mall. 11 a.m. at the Washington Monument, Washington, DC. $12-$15.

Magi-Whirl Magic Show Multiple magicians take the stage at this award-winning annual magic show, presented by the International Brotherhood of Magicians. 6:30 p.m. at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, Alexandria, VA. $10-$30.

Check out our events calendar for more family-friendly things to do in and around D.C.!

Sunday, March 15

Groovy Nate Experience an educational show described as “Sesame Street” meets Parliament/Funkadelic with international instruments and puppet skits. 10:30 a.m. at Capitol Cider House, Washington, DC. $5.

“Head Over Heels” Monumental Theatre Company presents the regional premiere of this jukebox musical. Based on Sir Philip Sidney’s “The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia,” the 16th-century romance gets a modern update with 80s hits by The Go-Go’s and Broadway’s first nonbinary main character. 2 p.m & 7 p.m. at Ainslie Arts Center at Episcopal High School, Alexandria, VA. $40.

About PJ Feinstein

PJ Feinstein is the managing editor of Washington FAMILY. When she's not reporting, writing or editing, she's schlepping her two sons to their after-school activities or walking the family dog around the neighborhood. Despite being chronically sleep-deprived, she can't stop binge-watching TV and scrolling through her social media feeds late at night.

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