Family Friendly Events in (or near) DC: Week of January 31st – February 6th, 2022

Looking for some family-friendly fun this week? Here are some ideas:

Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Virtual Lunar New Year Celebration

When: February 5, 2022 @ 10am EST
Cost: FREE!!
Details (from their website): Let’s ring in the Year of the Tiger! Celebrate Lunar New Year online with the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America. Enjoy streamed video performances of dances, acrobatics, and yo-yo tricks by the Madison Chinese Dance Academy. Then watch demonstrations of traditional Chinese crafting and Lunar New Year traditions including the classic lion dance.

The REACH Winter Lanterns

Where: The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St NW, Washington DC
When: Through February 6, 2022
Hours: Thursdays–Saturdays, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Sundays, 4-9 p.m
Cost: FREE!!
Details (from their website): In celebration of the Lunar New Year, the REACH glows again with the return of the stunning Winter Lanterns! January 27–February 6, 2022, visitors can stroll through approximately 100 lanterns made up of 10,000 colored LED lights, all crafted by Chinese artisans. Explore luminescent fields of playful pandas, butterflies and flowers, frogs and flamingos, sea creatures, and more. It’s a special commemoration of the Year of the Tiger that is guaranteed fun for all ages.

Baltimore Restaurant Week

When: January 28 – February 6, 2022
Cost: Varies


Where: Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington DC
When: Through July 6, 2022
Cost: FREE!!
Hours: Thurs: 10am-5:30pm; Fri: 10am-7pm; Sat:10am-7pm; Sun: 10am-5pm
Details (from their website): Smell a molecule. Clean your clothes in a wetland. Meditate with an AI robot. Travel through space and time. Watch water being harvested from air. Become an emoji. The FUTURES is yours to decide, debate, delight. We invite you to dream big, and imagine not just one future, but many possible futures on the horizon—playful, sustainable, inclusive. In moments of great change, we dare to be hopeful. How will you create the future you want to live in? 

Ice Skating at Cameron Run

Where: Cameron Run Regional Park, 4001 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22304
When: Weekends, through February
Cost: $12.50
Details: Enjoy an hour of ice skating with your family. According to the site, these timed tickets are non-refundable but are transferrable. Skate rentals are included in the cost.

Thomas & Friends: Explore The Rails

Where: National Children’s Museum, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC
When: Thursdays – Sundays, Now through May 15, 2022
Recommended ages: 2-7
Details (according to the National Children’s Museum site): In this exhibit, children help Thomas and his friends solve a variety of challenges, from a simple sorting and shape identification activity to more complex engineering obstacles, such as completing a train track using track pieces with different levels of elevation. As children confront new challenges and test their abilities, Thomas, Percy, Victor, and others are there to offer encouragement and remind children how “Really Useful” we all are.

If you know of any other exciting events, happening this week, in or around Washington, DC, please share with us. 🙂


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