You don’t need a magnifying glass to see how jam packed with family fun this weekend is going to be. Get a peek at the secret world of espionage at Spy Fest, tap your toes to the groovy sounds of singer/songwriter Marsha Goodman, or snag the 411 on all things groundhogs. Yes, there’s something awesome around every corner…case closed.
Important Intel: Check Out Spy Fest
Could your kid be a spy? Now’s your chance to find out. The International Spy Museum’s Spy Fest 2015 gives kids and grown-ups the opportunity to get an inside glimpse into the secret world of espionage. Through interactive activities, attendees will learn how to think like real secret agents as they assume new identities, decipher coded messages, analyze hand-written and satellite images, and detect liars by will be spy snacks, too. Fri., 6 pm-9 pm. Chinatown. $14. 5 and up. Event Details.
Petite Rouge: A Cajun-Style Red Riding Hood Musical
Take a head-bopping trip to the bayou in this family-friendly, Zydeco-driven musical soaked in N’awlins hot sauce! Based on the classic fairy tale and adapted from the book by Mike Artell and Jim Harris, a red-hooded duckling named Petite Rouge and her sidekick cat lead the Big Bad Gator on a wild “duck” chase through New Orleans and Mardi Gras. Will they make it to Grandmere’s house with a basket full of Cajun goodies? Snag a ticket to find out. Fri.-Sun. Glen Echo. $19. All ages. Event Details.
Get Up and Dance With Marsha Goodman-Wood
D.C.-based singer/songwriter Marsha Goodman-Wood sets little toes to tapping with original melodies that mix generous doses of science and positive social messages into songs that are just plain fun. Her quirky, smart compositions take on topics from astronomy (answering the age-old question “Why Can’t You Dance on Jupiter?”) to nonconformity (“Sheep Don’t Wear Shoes”) to biology (“The Penguin Song”). Sat., 10 am-11 am. Chevy Chase. $7. Ages 2-6. Event Details.
Peter Pan, Rebooted
You know the story—with the help of his tiny friend, the fairy Tinkerbell, Peter takes three kids on a magical flight to Never Land. But if you need a refresher or if you want to introduce the classic tale to your little tribe, book tickets to this production of Peter Pan. Fri.-Sun. Woodbridge. $14/adults; $7/kids under 12. All ages. Event Details.
Will the groundhog see his shadow? Will spring be early or late? If the kids have more questions about Groundhog Day than you’re capable of answering, swing by this family fun workshop. In addition to finding out how the groundhog became a weather forecaster, you’ll make a craft to take home. Fri., 10:30 am-11:30 am. Rockville. $5. Ages 3-5. Event Details.
Ballet and American Art Collabo: ‘Sleepy Hollow’
Calling all ballerinas in the making! The Smithsonian American Art Museum is teaming up with The Washington Ballet for a production of Sleepy Hollow. Dancers will perform never-before-seen excerpts from the upcoming world premiere of the full-length ballet. For older kids, there will be a post-production discussion about the creation of the new ballet, and costume and set design. Sat., 1 pm-3 pm. Penn Quarter. Free. All ages. Event Details.
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