Hot dog! This weekend is full of tail wagging fun. You can stop by a family friendly Chinese New Year celebration (it’s the year of the dog, FYI!), get your canines (teeth) checked out for free at a NoVa dental office that specializes in kid care, or have a howling good time at a cool interactive performance.

Photo: IQRemix via flickr

Foggy Bottom

Family Day: Chinese New Year
Celebrate the year of the dog at the museum! Enjoy music performances by GW’s Chinese Music Club, create colorful zodiac animals from paper, and design your own jewelry inspired by the traditions of China’s Guizhou Province. Visit the galleries to see the exhibition Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China during its opening weekend. Visitors can also explore our new hands-on learning center, Textiles 101, which introduces the basics of textile making through fiber, color, and structure. All ages welcome. SatEvent details.

National Mall

Toddler Trail Blazers: Ocean Water
Engage in imaginative ocean play before discovering more about marine life at the National Museum of Natural History’s Sant Ocean Hall. You’ll learn about ocean animals both large and small and meet Phoenix the model whale, which is suspended from the ceiling. SatEvent details.

Reston

Free Day of Dentistry for Kids
Say, cheese! The dental team at Smile Wonders is providing complimentary oral health screenings, education, cleanings, fluoride treatments, digital x-rays, fillings, crowns and extractions as needed. The kids do not need to be established patients of Smile Wonders or provide proof of income or dental insurance to be treated. Now, that’s something to smile about! SatEvent details.

H Street

Atlas Presents: Inside Out
Inside Out is an interactive performance that shows how magical everyday objects can be when you use your imagination. SatEvent details.

Bethesda

The Princess and the Pauper: A Bollywood Tale
Set in long-ago India, this Bollywood-inspired adaptation of the classic Mark Twain novel shows how the common people work long hours to support the luxurious lifestyle of those in the palace. As a corrupt Wazir seeks to steal the throne from the Sultan’s heirs, a spoiled Princess Razia forces a shy dressmaker’s daughter, Zainab, to exchange places with her. Razia gradually discovers how unfairly the people are treated and resolves to become a just leader. SatEvent details.

National Mall

Preschool Pioneers: Do You See What I See
Set in long-ago India, this Bollywood-inspired adaptation of the classic Mark Twain novel shows how the common people work long hours to support the luxurious lifestyle of those in the palace. As a corrupt Wazir seeks to steal the throne from the Sultan’s heirs, a spoiled Princess Razia forces a shy dressmaker’s daughter, Zainab, to exchange places with her. Razia gradually discovers how unfairly the people are treated and resolves to become a just leader. SunEvent details.

What do you have going on this weekend? Tell us in the comments below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady