Daylight Saving is finally here (crank those clocks ahead Saturday night), and with it comes an extra hour of daytime to fill. Spring on forward with this weekend’s action packed kid-friendly events, like an artsy family day at the Corcoran Gallery or a LEGO build-a-thon at the National Building Museum. Then laugh your heads off at the Great Zucchini’s comedy magic show or celebrate a Parisian-style Mardi Gras with your little ones.



Global Palette: Family Adventure Around the World Through Art
Inspired by their exhibit American Journeys: Visions of Place, the Corcoran Gallery of Art is opening their doors for a free family day where kids and grown-ups can run away to Paris, NYC, and the Wild West without stepping foot outside the DMV. Families will explore various destinations through performances, kid-friendly gallery chats, and art workshops. You won’t even have to check a bag for this trip! Sat., 10 am-3 pm. Farragut West. Free. All. Event details.

Lego Lovers Build-Off
Calling all future-architects! Join the National Building Museum and Play-Well Technologies for this building bash. Kiddos will be able to use LEGOs to see how tall of a building they can create. They’ll also be charged with designing new structures for the nation’s capital. Sat., 2 pm-4 pm. Penn Quarter. $25 per child/adult pair. 6 and up. Event details.

A Wacky and Whimsical Tea
The Wacky & Whimsical Tea for THEARC is a fun-filled Sunday afternoon that will include high tea and tasty bites, a performance by the students of The Washington Ballet and circus-inspired games and activities for children of all ages and their families. Parents can enjoy a silent auction of the area’s most coveted experiences, a prize treasure trove and other fun surprises. All of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC). Sun., 2 pm-4 pm. Dupont Circle. $85-$150. 3 and up. Event details.

Célébrer Family-Friendly Mardi Gras (in French)
Celebrate Carnival with your little linguist at this parent/child French immersion workshop. In addition to learning about some of the traditions of Mardi Gras in France, kids will get to make costumes, play games, sing songs and try out some yummy treats. Sat., 1:30 pm-3:30 pm. Chevy Chase. $35. 3-12Event details.

Northern Virginia

LOL! Kiddie Comedy
If there’s two things that kids and grown-ups both love, it’s watching magic and laughing out loud. You get both in this hilarious morning show featuring funny guy Eric Knauss (aka The Great Zucchini, aka “The Toddler Whisperer”).  The show features hands on magic tricks and cool interactive skits that the whole family can get into. Sat. Vienna.  $8. 6 and under. Event details.


Free Play Theater Show
Live performance teams with free play in this stage production of Inside Out, the story of two kids whose imaginations run wild. The plot: It’s bedtime, but instead of hitting the sack a duo of children use their imaginations to turn their bedroom into a magical wonderland—a glove becomes a dancing fish, a shirt transforms into a fantastical creature, and a sock becomes a dancing maniac. Stick around to the end of this 45 minute show, as it includes a fun free play session. Fri.-Sun. Bethesda.  $10-$12; $5/lap seat for children under 12 months. 1-5. Event details.

What do you plan on doing with the extra daylight hours? Tell us in the comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo courtesy of Corcoran Gallery of Art via Facebook.