Love is in the air Valentine’s day style. Spend the holiday making handcrafted cards. bake up something extra sweet with your favorite nugget or take in an opera about Cinderella’s fairy-tale love story. This weekend we also celebrate the Father of our country, George Washington, with a day off from school to celebrate Washington’s birthday. Get crafty with some Prez-themed projects or take a selfie with George himself. Scroll on for more ideas for your 3-day weekend—Happy Valentine’s Day and, by George!, have a good President’s Day, too!

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National Mall

Valentine’s Day Handi-Hour Pop-Up
Celebrate friendship, love, and fun at our annual Valentine’s Day Handi-hour pop-up in SAAM’s dazzling Kogod Courtyard. Paper, scissors, stickers, glue, and more are provided for you to make the perfect sweet or snarky valentine. While you craft your heart out at this free event, drink specials and snacks are available for purchase from the Courtyard Café. Fri. Event details. 

Hear Me Say My Name
“I am not your mascot, and I don’t live in a tipi. See me for who I am, hear me say my name.” How do American Indian stereotypes, prejudice, and identity shape the discussion of what it means to be a young person in our country today? This original multimedia play, created in collaboration with Smithsonian Associates Discovery Theater, tackles America’s assumptions about American Indians and starts a conversation with audiences reclaiming rich history, challenges, hopes, and dreams. After the play, the audience is invited to explore the Americans exhibition to learn more. Sat. Event details. 

Penn Quarter

Presidential Family Fun Day
Every year the National Portrait Gallery kicks off Presidents’ Day weekend with a presidential party loaded with crafts, music, dancing, games and special tours of “America’s Presidents.” Celebrate the presidents with the Portrait Gallery, President Lincoln’s Cottage, the DC Public Library, the Washington Nationals’ Racing Presidents, artists, and experts from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing! Sat. Event details. 

Disney On Ice: Celebrate Memories
Your favorite Disney stories come to life as you thaw a frozen heart with Elsa, sail along with Moana, dance with the Toy Story friends and feel inspired by the Disney Princesses. Share the excitement and make new memories at Disney On Ice presents Celebrate Memories! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

West End

Little Builders 
Bring the littlest engineers to play with LEGOs, DUPLOs, and other blocks at the library. Help them build towers, castles, and whatever else their tiny building hearts desire. Finish off the visit by checking out a few fun books to enjoy at home later. Sat. Event details. 



Cookie Decorating Party
Come decorate heart-shaped cookie for an extra sweet Valentine’s Day celebration. This hands-on cooking decorating workshop is included with admission. Fri. Event details. 


Kids Valentines Day Party
Spread the love at Life Time this Valentine’s Day! Kids will play musical heart games, make a fun craft bouquet to bring home to their Valentine, refuel with a pizza party and enjoy a yogurt parfait buffet. Fri. Event details. 


Jedi Academy 
This is your chance to join the Rebel Alliance and access the Force within! Jedi Academy is a solo, comedy variety show that captivates Youngling Jedi Warriors, Princesses and Darth Vaders with comic antics, exciting physical challenges and magical mayhem. Come dressed as your favorite character! Sat. Event details. 


Virginia Opera: Cinderella 
Gioachino Rossini’s Cinderella (La Cenerentola) is one of his funniest and best-known comic operas. Following on his success of The Barber of Seville, Rossini and librettist Jacopo Ferretti worked day and night to create this opera in just three weeks. The story differs somewhat from the classic fairytale: there is no fairy godmother, magic pumpkin, or even a glass slipper! Even so, this enchanting tale delivers with all of the glimmering splendor, the comic characters, and the happy ending, of course. Sat. Event details. 


Celebrate Presidents Day With the Nats
Head to The Loop on Sunday, February 16 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. as the Washington Nationals Racing Presidents take over Market Common Clarendon! Take a selfie with George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy from the Washington Nationals, and then watch them race around The Loop at 3 p.m. There will be a photo booth with presidential props, complimentary hot cocoa from Nicecream, and a U.S. President trivia game. Learn Dollar Bill origami and take home your art! And, kids 18 years & younger can guess the number of Lincoln pennies in the jar and win them all! Sun. Event details. 

Glen Echo

The Snowy Day
This beautiful show follows the character of Peter and his friend Archie around the neighborhood in four of Ezra Jack Keats’ beloved tales, The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, and A Letter to Amy. Renowned for his tender personality, the character of Peter faces relatable everyday challenges to which children of all ages will find delightfully entertaining. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers