From flying squirrels to teddy bear concerts, there is a lot going on this weekend- Go Out and Play!


Saturday, January 8th


Crumbs 1,000 Cupcake Giveaway

8am – 6pm @ Crumbs Bake Shop, Arlington

The new Crumbs Bake Shop in Clarendon will be giving away free cupcakes tomorrow to celebrate its opening, which was December 30th, to the first 1,000 customers.  The cupcake madness starts at 8am- no purchase necessary!

They will also be giving away free cups of coffee with any cupcake purchase.


Flights of Fancy — Stories for Children
11am & 1:30pm @ National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC

Head to the museum to hear “Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars Space Poems and Paintings” by Douglas Florian, read by museum staff.  Each session also includes a hands-on activity. This is a FREE event.


NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Fancy That!

11am, 1:30pm & 5pm @ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC

These concerts are a great way to introduce young kids to classical music.  NSO violinist, Marissa Regni will perform musical pieces by Bach, Mozart, and Prokofiev while images from graphic artist, Marie Cheek are shown right beside Marissa.  Best for ages 3-5.   Get there a half hour early to enjoy music and movement activities for the kids.  Encourage your kids to bring a teddy bear or other stuffed animal with them as well.


Let It Snow – Snow Crystal Workshop,

2pm @ Green Spring Garden, Alexandria

Appropriate for ages 5 & up.  Hear  the story of “Snowflake Bentley,” and learn how snow is made.  Attendees will then get to make your own snowflakes with crystal, paper, and pipe cleaners.  Registration is required.

Flying Squirrel Lore & More

5:30pm – 6:45pm @ Long Branch Nature Center, Arlington

Starting with an indoor presentation to learn more about these 9 inch tiny squirrels, you will get the chance to check them out outside.  There, naturalists will shine a spotlight on tall trees with roosting boxes that house walnuts and peanut butter bait. The squirrels will fly out of the trees for these treats.  You need to register online or call 703-228-4747. Activity #: 622950-C  There is a $5 fee per person.  Check out an older post from one of my new favorite local blogs, Summer Sky: Learning as I Go for more info about what to expect from this event:


Family Skate Night

6:30pm – 8:30om @ Thomas Jefferson Community Center, Arlington

Every Saturday night from Oct. 16 to March 26, 2011 is family skating, with teen-only skating following from 9 to 11 p.m. There will be a live deejay, with a moon bounce, and café.  Admission is $2 per person with skate rental of $3 per person.


Sunday, January 9th

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure

10:30am @ Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC

The 20-minute planetarium show follows Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street. Together, they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth. They learn how to find the Big Dipper constellation and the North Star, and there’s a sing-along of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”.  This is a great show for toddlers and preschoolers.  It is one of my daughter, K’s, favorites!

Sesame Workshop CEO Gary Knell says that the show is designed to engage little kids without scaring them half to death in a dark room. This will give them an introduction and hopefully instill in them at a very young age a love for science.  Tickets available for FREE at the Albert Einstein Planetarium box office, and the show starts at 10:30.


Play at the Alexandria Soft Playroom

9am – 5pm @ Chinquapin Rec Center, Alexandria

The playroom is designed for kids five and younger, with playzones filled with soft toys and activities.  It is a lot of fun for young kids- they will leave exhausted if they are anything like mine!  Hours are 9am-5pm on weekends. Cost is $4 per child, per half hour.