Family-Friendly Things to Do Around DC This Weekend (Feb. 20-23) DIY Doorbells, A Classical-ish Concert, Van Gogh's Artwork & More

Atlas Performing Arts Center

Whether your kids love watching a performance, making things with their hands or spending time outdoors, there are plenty happenings in the DMV this weekend that will make them, well, happy. Here are some family-friendly things to do around DC over the next few days that we think they’ll enjoy.

Thursday, February 20

Reading to Dogs School-age children can practice their reading skills and increase their confidence by reading aloud to a therapy dog. Registration required. Ages 6-12. 4 p.m. at Patrick Henry Library, Vienna, VA. FREE.

Friday, February 21

LEGO Play With open-ended play, your child can build whatever they can imagine. All they need to bring is their creativity to this drop-in activity. Ages 5 and up. 3:30 p.m. at Olney Library, Olney, MD. FREE.

Saturday, February 22

“Friendlier Fables & Thoughtful Tales” Traditional children’s stories told with a kinder twist featuring characters such as the not-so-ugly duckling and a boy who cried wolf. Ages 8 and under. 9:15 a.m. at Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC. $15.

Nailed it! Valentine’s Treats Like a tasty challenge? Showcase your baking and cookie decorating skills at this delicious Families Unplugged event. Ages 5 and up. 10 a.m. at Walter Reed Community Center, Arlington, VA. $8 for residents, $9.20 for non-residents. 

Invoke Concerts for Kids This “not classical … but not not classical” string quartet performs two interactive shows for children. The first is a sensory-friendly performance that welcomes movement and reactions of all types. The second performance explores the storytelling qualities of music, different string instruments and mixing compositions to create new sounds. Ages 6 and up. 10:15 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. at The Mansion at Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD. $8 in advance, $12 at the door.

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

Sunday, February 23

DIY Bedroom Doorbell Ding dong! Kids can build a doorbell to hang from their bedroom door as they learn how electricity and circuits work. This hour-long workshop is for kindergartners through 2nd graders. 10:30 a.m. at Kid Museum, Bethesda, MD. $18 for members, $20 (+$12 museum admission) for nonmembers. 

Agents of Discovery Offering an educational twist on mobile gaming, this activity challenges participants to complete activities around the park while learning about nature, animals and more. Bring a mobile device to download the app. Children under 12 must be accompanies by an adult. 2 p.m. at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA. FREE.

Artful Afternoons Four hands-on maker stations teach children about artist Vincent Van Gogh through still life, landscape, portraiture and more. Best for grades K-3. 2:15 p.m. at the National Museum of American History, Washington, DC. $27 per family for members, $32 per family for non-members.

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