We’re kicking off the first weekend of March with a mega dose of family fun. On our to-do list: live family theater, tween cooking competition, and a play place pop in. Intrigued? Read on to find out more.

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Port Discovery’s Pop-Up Play Space
Spark your child’s imagination as you play and learn together at Port Discovery’s Pop-Up Play Space! Located at The Shops at Kenilworth, the Pop-Up Play Space features fun and educational drop-in programs for infants and toddlers, messy art (think paint!), and fun, hands-on building activities. Also preview the exiting new exhibits to come at Port Discovery Children’s Museum. Fri. Event Details.

National Mall

Toddler Trailblazers: Maple Syrup
Each class includes playful activities that are intentionally chosen to support your child’s development. Our learning extends beyond the classroom and into the museum and community where children and parents are encouraged to wonder and explore together as a family. Sat. Event Details.


Anatole: Mouse Magnifique
Meet Anatole – mouse magnifique – the best cheese-taster in all of France! In this whimsical musical adventure, Anatole and his best friend Gaston set out to save the Duval cheese factory, only to discover something much scarier than moldy Brie lurking in the tasting room. Can Anatole outsmart the hungry predator and save the factory? Join Anatole, Gaston, and a chorus of dancing cheeses to find out! Sat. Event Details.


Healthy First Saturday
Hop, skip or jump over to Healthy First Saturday and find ways to get active as a family! Take part in programs that encourage children to get active, make healthy choices, and understand how our bodies work! Develop early childhood literacy in Mother Goose on the Loose®, have Phun with Physics with Mr. Greg, and create works of art in Pop-Up Art! Sat. Event Details.

Mt. Vernon Square

Teen GF Nailed It Competition
Calling all tween and teen bakers! Join in on this iteration of the TV show Nailed It! You’ll be asked to recreate two travel-themed cupcakes to be presented at the end of the event for judging. Cupcakes will have already been baked—the competition will be on the decoration. Ages 13 and up! Gluten-free baking supplies and treats are included in the ticket price. Sun. Event Details.

Glen Echo

Huckleberry Finn’s Big River
Twain’s timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Touching and timeless, this tale of friendship against all odds is recreated for young audiences as two best friends demonstrate the power of changing the world. Sun. Event Details.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady