It may be seasonably cold, but we’re ready to warm up with some family fun. Spend an evening roasting s’mores at a family-friendly event, enjoy the warmth of a Lantern Festival, or get a jump start on the hottest holiday in February—Valentine’s Day—with a card making workshop. Need more ideas? Keep scrolling down.

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Dupont Circle

First Friday: Embassy of Argentina
Head to the Embassy of Argentina on Feb. 7 for the First Friday Art Walk.  Three exhibitions will be featured, including:  “In Between and Beyond”, a new exhibition by Argentine artist Jorge Caligiuri; “From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary-Panoramic Photography”, featuring the work of José Andrés Basbus, and the Permanent Collection. Fri. Event details. 

Lantern Festival Celebration
Experience a traditional Lantern Festival at the Chinese Tea House and celebrate the final days of the Chinese New Year! Participate in traditional Lantern festival activities, food, and fun while experiencing traditional Chinese tea culture. Fri. Event details. 

National Mall

Family Day: Mongolia’s Past & Present
Meet and be inspired by throat singers, long song singers, musicians and dancers. Learn about Mongolian painting and calligraphy, and play traditional games in a real ger (yurt) set up in the middle of Q?rius. Archaeologists and museum conservators will be on hand to show and discuss ongoing research to understand and preserve Mongolia’s past. Free, but registration is required. Sun. Event details. 

Infant Investigators: Ice Skating
To learn about this classic winter activity, the class will take a trip to the National Gallery of Art’s ice rink. Infants will explore the world of ice skating by observing skaters, listening to music and learning about how the skaters move. Sat. Event details. 

Love in Every Language
After you watch a digital slideshow of images of love in Asian art, create Valentine’s Day cards using woodblock prints that say “love” in more than a dozen Asian languages and fold heart-shaped origami. For all ages and adult companions. Sat. Event details. 

Woodley Park

Zoo Tunes: Tunes in the Trees
Nothing gets infants and toddlers moving like music — especially when it is all animal-themed. Zoo Tunes is an interactive music and movement class for the youngest Zoo-goers and their parents and caregivers. “Tunes in the Trees” features songs about some of the most popular tree-dwellers: monkeys and sloths! Fri. Event details. 



Kids Night at the Museum
Drop the kids off at the museum for an evening of fun. Let the kids explore the General Store where they can weigh produce and sort fruits and vegetables; horse-lovers will enjoy a faux race on the stallions; and budding farms can pretend to milk cows. Registration and pre-payment required. Sat. Event details. 


Japan Day at KID Museum
Bring your family and enjoy hands-on, maker activities all day long. Build a communal zen garden, create a Kendama toy, take part in interactive performances, make your own Japanese rice balls, and much more! Sun. Event details. 


Drumming With Dishes
Children ages 2 – 6 and their families are invited to join the Durant Arts Center for a special Exploration Day to celebrate Arts on the Horizon’s touring production, Drumming with Dishes. This art-filled morning will feature tactile and sensory-based activities, creative play, and visual art. Visit the Creation Station to build your own skyscraper or flower, make your rhythm shakers at the Craft Station, and stop by the Creative Play Station to cook up a delicious three-course meal. There will also be three mini workshops with songs, stories, and creative movement at 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. Sun. Event details. 


S’mores & More
Head to Burtonsville Local Park for an afternoon of gooey fun! This free event provides all the fixin’s: graham crackers, chocolate, marshmallows and more.  Come ready to cozy up to the fire. Sat. Event details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers