Feeling the chill, D.C.? Snuggle with a pooch and a good book at a Paws to Read event in Frederick, or grab a toasty bite to eat while being entertained by some of the hottest magicians in the DMV. Stay warm inside at the National Building Museum’s Model Airplane Day. Or, find a cozy seat at a kid-friendly stage showing of Cinderella. This weekend is a hotbed for family fun, so get out there and take advantage.

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Bark for Books
Give kiddo an opportunity to boost their reading skills without feeling like they’re on the quiz show. The PAWS to Read program employs a powerful methods—reading to a dog—to help kids grasp word recognition and comprehension. The dogs are registered therapy animals who volunteer with their owner/handlers as a team, going to schools, libraries and many other settings as reading companions for children. Sun., 2 pm. Frederick. Free. All ages. Event Details.

Judiciary Square

A Perfect Day to Fly
You won’t need to use any frequent flyer miles on this trip. Start the day off (9 am-11 am) by constructing a rubber-band-propelled model airplane with the D.C. Maxecuters and then test fly your invention in the National Building Museum’s Great Hall. Later (11 am-4 pm), watch the pros fly their fancy model airplanes through the Great Hall. Sun., 9 am-4 pm. Judiciary Square. $10-$15. 8 and up. Event Details.


Cinderella, Cinderella
Introduce your little Elsa-admirers to one of the princesses who started the trend. Cinderella tells the tale of a young girl put to work by her mean stepsisters who daydreams about leaving her current circumstances behind. When the royal family throws a ball for the town, Cinderella finds her chance to escape…if only for a few hours before midnight! Fri.-Sun. Arlington. $12/adults; $10/kids. 4 and up. Event Details.

Foggy Bottom

Performances for Young Audiences: Mockingbird
You don’t have to have read the 2010 National Book Award-winning young adult novel to appreciated this performance. Adapted by Julie Jensen from the book by Kathryn Erskine, this colorful and powerful world premiere play, tells the story of a young girl on the autism spectrum who changes a community. Fri.-Sun. Foggy Bottom. $20. 10 and up. Event Details.


Meet Spinosaurus
The Spinosaurus was over 50 feet long, 20 feet high, and it weighed over 6 tons, making it the largest predatory animal to ever roam the world (yep, even bigger than T-Rex). Kids will get a kick out of seeing the full-sized skelatal model of the Spinosaurus, plus real dino fossils. Fri.-Sun. Downtown. $11/adults; $7/kids under 12. All ages. Event Details.


Food, Fun, and Magic!
Try not to be distracted by the yummy food at Chapala Restaurant while local magicians go head to head at your table. If you blink you just might miss all of the cool slight of hand and illusion tricks happening in front of your eyes. Come hungry (an appetizer, lunch entree and dessert is included with admission) and ready for some awesome magic. Sun., 2 pm-5 pm. Burtonsville. $15/adults; kids/free with adult. All ages. Event Details.

How do you plan to warm up the weekend? Tell us in the Comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady