We’re not waiting for museums to re-open for educational exploration. This weekend, make your winter walk a learning experience by going on a self-guided Black History walking tour. Want a snow-bound adventure? There are still a few weeks left to book some winter fun at a ski-in ski-out cabin. Or stay warm and toasty with some indoor fun like a virtual art class, a free music lesson or some hands on science experiments.

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Take a Black History Walking Tour
Step up your winter walk with a history tour in honor of Black History Month. Explore the U St. Corridor on a self-guided walking tour or check out Old Town Alexandria’s new African-American heritage trail. Activity details. 

Get a Scoop on History
Head to this premium ice cream shop on H Street for inventive flavors, like grapefruit tarragon, and learn about Black History while you’re there! During the month of Feb., Ruby Scoops Ice Cream & Treats highlights a Black inventor each week. Activity details. 

Get Glowing with Science
If you have tonic water and a black light you can test out this glowing science project, or experiment with one of the other 10 other creative ways to use food dye, from tie dying cloth to getting crafty with coffee filters. Activity details. 


The Snail and the Whale 
Join an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father as they reimagine the story of a tiny snail’s incredible trip around the world, inspired by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved picture book. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Sit-In Virtual Production
Inspired by Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down, The New York Times bestselling book by Andrea Davis Pinkney, this original animated short celebrates the power of youth to change history. Three friends learn about the sit-ins of the Civil Rights era, and powerfully apply those lessons to issues they – and we all – face today. Fri. Event details. 

Free Fridays at the Charleston’s Children Museum of the Arts
How can we create an image out of different shapes? Using the work of artist Kerry James Marshall as inspiration, artists combine shapes and textures to create new images, portraits, and scenes. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts Rebellion in 1965, Kerry James Marshall has long been an inspired and imaginative chronicler of the African American experience. He is known for his large-scale narrative history paintings featuring Black figures, often combining acrylic paint and collage materials. Fri. Event details.

Itty-Bit Art & Music 
What’s that sound? Use your ears and make music inspired by the Carter Museum’s noisiest artworks, perfect for playtime and naptime alike! This free program is designed for infants up to 24 months and their families. Register online in advance. Sat. Event details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers