Will the groundhog see his shadow? Nobody knows. But this is the weekend to find out. Celebrate the early arrival of spring (or six more weeks of winter—hey, we’d welcome a little snow!) at a nature-inspired tea party. Enjoy winter’s best treat at Maple Sugaring Days at Brookside Nature Center. If you didn’t get a chance to celebrate the Lunar New Year, you have a few opportunities this weekend. Scroll on for this weekend’s best bets while we wait for Punxsutawney Phil’s predictions!
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IN THE CITY
Annual STEM Fair
Each year, the District Architecture Center opens its doors to young people in the Washington Metro area and invites them to learn more about design-related fields—from architecture, engineering, and construction, to urban planning, landscape architecture, and interior design. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions about design education and talk with professional architects about their interests in the field. Sat. Event details.
LEGO Fun at Mt. Pleasant Library
Build, explore and play with LEGOs and DUPLOs in the Children’s Room from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Saturday. This program is designed for children ages 2-12 years old and their caregivers. Sat. Event details.
Chinese New Year Family Celebration
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Chinese Embassy. Help ring in the Year of the Rat with a variety of performances and activities, including Chinese ribbon dancing, acrobatic yo-yo performances, and an interactive magic show. Artists from the city of Shenzhen demonstrate ink finger-printing, wood printing, and how to make hands-on shadow puppets and dough figurines. Check out calligraphy demonstrations by the Confucius Institute at George Washington University, and Chinese paper cuts and good luck envelopes from the Confucius Institute at George Mason University. Go on an art scavenger hunt, create your own New Year craft, and enjoy delicious treats available for purchase at the Courtyard Café. Sat. Event details.
Who’s In the Egg? Preschool Class
It’s a surprise! Make a nest and wait for your own special egg to hatch, as we learn about baby birds, reptiles and more! For ages 3-5 with adult. Zoo preschool classes are designed for young children to discover a whole new view of the National Zoo. “Adult-and-me” format classes use interactive learning stations, hands-on activities and crafts, Nature Play and exciting Zoo walks to engage your child’s sense of wonder and curiosity about wildlife and the natural world. Sun. Event details.
Tunes 4 Tots at ANXO Cidery
Join Tunes 4 Tots own Mister Mike for a morning of music at ANXO Cidery and Tasting Room in Brightwood. Cost is $10 per child, ages 0-6 and parents/caregivers are welcome. Sat. Event details.
IN THE ‘BURBS
Maple Sugaring Days
February is Maple Sugaring Month at Brookside Nature Center. Every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, you will have the opportunity to experience an American tradition. Watch the whole maple sugaring process from start to finish. See sap drip from trees and taste it. Watch us boil it down into sweet maple syrup, then sample a tasty treat. Join in the fun and activities and learn something new at this family-friendly program! Space is limited, so pre-registration is encouraged. For ages 3+ Sat. Event details.
City of Rockville Lunar New Year
In partnership with Rockville’s Asian Pacific American Task Force this Lunar New Year Celebration brings out both community pride and educational moments for little ones. This free event offers Lunar New Year-themed crafts, interactive moments and many performances sure to delight pint-sized kiddos. Be there by 1:30 pm for the performances. Sat. Event details.
Heart String Art
Create a loving memory with your child at the Heart String Art Workshop. As you help your child piece together the symbol of Valentine’s Day, they will develop hands-on skills by sanding, nailing, painting and more. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Sat. Event details.
Groundhog’s Day Tea
You’re invited to an English tea party with our woodland friends! We’ll learn about the tradition of using hibernating animals to predict the weather from a live special guest. Each registration is for a child and their adult. Snacks and tea provided for all participants. Please contact the Nature Center at least one week prior to the program with any dietary concerns. Sun. Event details.
—Meghan Yudes Meyers