Take the leap and jump into the weekend like you have an extra day (thanks, Feb. 29!). Those extra 24 hrs. only come every four years, so go out and celebrate with a Leap Day special. Or read on for more fun ways to get the most out of the month of Feb. (and kick-start March). Happy Leap Day!

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Penn Quarter

Grab Your Free Kit Before They Are Gone
Pick up an activity kit that guides you through the National Portrait Gallery with games and puzzles and learn more about the people who have made American history. Pick up your packet at the Educational Center (E151). Sat. Event details.

Creative Writing Workshop
In this creative writing workshop, scholars (grades 4-6) will write stories inspired by the portraits of American icons, such as Michelle Obama, LL Cool J and Toni Morrison, who are featured in the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition “Contemporary Americans.” Learn how to develop characters, represent conflict and action and use our imaginations to write exciting stories. Each participant must be accompanied by an adult. Sat. Event details.

National Mall

Yao Yao
Yao accidentally pulls a thread that leads to a magical world blending reality and imagination! South Korea’s Brush Theatre uses interactive screen technology and live music to capture the whimsical adventure that follows. Sun. Event details.

Preserving Cultural Heritage
Bring your little ones to learn about the conservation of artifacts from Iraq and Syria with conservator Ellen Chase. Take a guided tour of Age Old Cities and then experiment with using professional tools to examine objects. Back in the studio you can build your own conservator toolkit to take home! For ages three to five with adult companions. This program is part of a year-long program series with the Lunder Conservation Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Sat. Event details.


Chocolate 101
Harper Macaw now offers an Introduction to Chocolate Making for Kids. In this hands on class, children will get the opportunity to learn about where chocolate comes from, see, touch, smell and taste different parts of the chocolate making process as well as sample a variety of different flavored bars. Finally, your kids will take a look at the production area to see it all in action! Sun. Event details.


The Great Zucchini
For over 20 years, The Great Zucchini has been entertaining young children as a magician and preschool teacher. He performs his hands-on, interactive magic shows for more that 500 groups a year. His experience, coupled with his gentle nature and wacky facial expressions, makes kids immediately feel comfortable and ready to laugh. Tickets required for all ages. Sun. Event details.


Glen Echo

Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast is the romantic tale of a handsome prince and his love, Beauty, set in a great forest in old Russia. There are curses, conflicts, hopes, wishes, dreams, and exciting adventures, all the things that make a happy ending that much sweeter. Imaginative settings and beautiful costumes support this large-scale marionette version of the classic love story. Winner of a Citation of Excellence from the American Center of the Union Internationale de la Marionette, it has played successfully to children and families nationwide. Recommended for children 5 & up. Sat. Event details.


Sunday Fun-Day
Let loose and take time with your toddler to express yourselves through dramatic play activities, music, movement, and visual art each weekend at Imagination Stage’s Sunday Fun-day program. Sessions are based on favorite children’s books like Are You My Mother and Paper Bag Princess, and feature a special take-home item used or created that day, as well as a Parent Pack to extend the experience at home.Tickets are $8/person and can be reserved online. Sun. Event details.

Owings Mills

Laurie Berkner Live
A live performance by The Laurie Berkner Band – Laurie returns for the third year in a row! The Laurie Berkner Band will perform classic Laurie hits such as “We Are the Dinosaurs” and “Victor Vito,” featured on children’s networks Nick Jr. and Sprout, in Off-Broadway children’s musicals, and in children’s books. So come inside on this cold winter’s day and see your children dance and play! Sun. Event details.


Mommy & Me Tea
Indulge in tasty treats while experiencing a traditional afternoon tea with great company. Choose from many Dominion Tea tea blends. Enjoy scrumptious finger sandwiches, locally and freshly baked scones with clotted cream and strawberry jelly, and mouth watering desserts. Sun. Event details.

—Meghan Yudes Meyers