Get ready to party! While we honored President’s Day last weekend, Feb. 22 marks the official date of GW’s birth. You can celebrate with free admission at Mount Vernon. Or get in a festive mood with a cupcake decorating class at Once Upon a Time. It’s also Mardi Gras season, so get in on some kid-friendly bead tosses to celebrate fast-approaching Fat Tuesday. Scroll on for more weekend inspiration below.

photo: Sandrachile via Unsplash 

IN THE CITY

National Mall

Inka Road Food Festival
Enjoy an evening exploring the foods found in communities that live along the Inka Road of South America. Visitors can enjoy the music of RAYMI, an Andean group playing traditional instruments. Explore the exhibition The Great Inka Road after hours with special talks from museum staff about the engineering behind the stunning suspension bridges that allow travelers to move food along the Inka Road to this day. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Fri. Event details. 

Families Together: Architecture
From foundation to roof, structures are designed and then constructed. Explore different building materials and have the opportunity to create your own style of buildings. Museum Visit: National Museum of American History. Sat. Event details. 

Petworth

2020 Family Gras
Celebrate the 2nd annual Family Gras – a family-friendly Mardi Gras celebration — at Capitol Cider House. Kids will enjoy complimentary: face painting, balloon animals, festive crafts and beads (gently) thrown from a cider house float. Sun. Event details. 

Foggy Bottom

Mozart Mash Up
Share the magic and music of Mozart in a special family concert when members of the National Symphony Orchestra play favorites from the prolific composer. Come early for a Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo” Starting one hour before the 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. performances on Sat., Feb. 22 and the 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. performances on Sun., Feb. 23, hands-on activities let children get up close with the instruments they’ll see played on the stage. Sun. Event details. 

Takoma Park

Mr. Jon & Friends Free Children’s Concert
Mr. Jon & Friends performs energetic music for the entire family that is all about fun, dancing, and laughter! The group has won a Parents’ Choice Award for their music and attracted loyal audiences across the DC area.  Sometimes playing solo or in a group, he plays more than 100 shows a year for kids across the country. No tickets or reservations are required. This concert was organized by the City of Takoma Park’s Takoma Park Arts cultural series. Sat. Event details. 

The Wharf

Mardi Gras
The Wharf is bringing New Orleans to DC! Come celebrate Mardi Gras with a community-wide extravaganza featuring a spirited parade down Wharf Street, a dance party with live music on District Pier, and a special fireworks finale. There will also be activities and crafts for kids. And don’t forget to stop by the Caps Campfire at Camp Wharf for special s’more. Sat. Event details.

H Street Corridor

Friendlier Fables at Intersections
Revisit your favorite kid tales with new, kinder twists. Cheer on friends like the not-so-ugly duckling and a boy who cries wolf for reasons you might not expect, as they learn to respect themselves and others in a funny, touching, engaging show for all ages! Sat Event details.

IN THE ‘BURBS

Mount Vernon

Free Admission at Mount Vernon
Celebrate George Washington’s birthday at Mount Vernon, the historic home of George and Martha Washington. On Feb. 22 the mansion opens its doors to the public for a day of admission-free fun and learning. Watch a musical demonstration of fifes and drums on the Bowling Green and sample maple syrup in Vaughan Lobby. Demonstrations and tributes are continuous on both days from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. Event details.

Vienna

Cupcake Decorating 
Spark your little chef’s love of culinary arts through interactive cupcake design! Your little ones will love piping colored icing and choosing from different toppings to decorate their own cupcake! Put on your aprons and chef hats lets design a cupcake!  Additional $5 per child with open play admission’ $10 per child for only cupcake decorating. Fri. Event details. 

Rockville

Parent and Tot Skate
Parent and tot skate is a session dedicated to children under age 4 and their parents. The $5 fee includes skate rental and admission for a child under age 4 and one parent to skate. Pushing skate aids are available on this session only for no additional charge. Other family members may skate by paying the regular admission fees (young siblings or an additional parent). Sat. Event details.

—Meghan Yudes Meyers