There is a lot going on this weekend, from puppet and magic shows to Groundhog Day celebrations.  Let’s hope that that Punxsutawney Phil does not see his shadow!  Check out these fun Groundhog Day activities to do with your kids…


Saturday, January 29th


Michael Taggart: Magician Extraordinaire

9:30 & 11am @ National Theatre, Washington, D.C.

A free magic show, that entertains with scarves, balls, and wizard’s wands with the help of the audience.  Tickets are distributed 30 minutes prior to the start of the show.  Ages 4 and up.


Blue Sky Puppet Show

10:30am @ Early Steps Bilingual Preschool, Arlington

Blue Sky Puppet Theatre presents an a puppet show for the whole family.  $9 for children over 2 years old and adults. Doors open at 4:00pm. Ages 2 & up.


DC Shorts Film Festival-Free Family Films

12- 1:30pm @ Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington DC

A free screening of family friendly shorts!  The show runs for 90 minutes, with no intermission.  There are 9 shorts from around the world.  Best for ages 8 and above.  Although tickets are free, you should reserve your seats online ahead of time.



2pm @ Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center

An event that explores animals through movement, music, and puppetry.  More than a traditional puppet show, the Hobey Ford productions uses the whole theater as the stage.  There is a look into butterfly and frog metamorphosis, the world of birds, an undersea look into the “ballet” of whales, and playful dolphins.  Tickets: 703-790-0123.  Ages 5 and older, and tickets are $12.


Multimedia Scavenger Hunt: Pheon

2:30pm @ Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Pheon is a multimedia scavenger hunt that allows players’ to explore the collections, make objects, and text throughout the galleries.  Pheon is appropriate for ages 12 and up, but younger kids can play with their families.  It is approximately a 90-minute game, and requires one text enabled phone per group.


Pentagon Row Ice Gala

5 – 7pm @ Pentagon Row Ice Rink, Arlington

Get ready for the 2nd Annual Pentagon Row Ice Gala.  There will be music by Fools & Horses, a fun photo booth, free hot chocolate & smoothie samples from Smoothie King, and more store specials.  There will also be entertainment, such as a stilt walker, magician, ice princess, and juggle.  A portion of the ice skating proceeds to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Capitol Chapter.


Sunday, January 30th


Groundhog Day Celebration

1:30 – 2:30pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

Celebrate Groundhog’s Day at Hidden Oaks Nature Center.  There will be costumed characters, Willard and Mother Nature, who will discuss groundhog’s and lead songs, crafts, and interactive play.  The kids will also get to learn how to check shadows outside with Willard.  The cost is $5 per child, ages 3 to 10. Register online or call 703-222-4664.


Groundhog’s Day Out

2- 3:30pm @ Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon, VA

Frying Pan Farm Park will present an event that explores a groundhog burrow and a chance to learn about groundhogs and how they predict weather.  There will be crafts, games, and hot chocolate.  The cost is $5 per person, ages 2 and up.  Register online.


Sneak a Peek

3pm @ Gulf Branch Nature Center, Arlington

Find out ways naturalists learn about the secrets of the natural world – from night vision goggles to observation hives.  Ages 6 and older.


Saturday, January 29 and Sunday, January 30

Winter Chills and Thrills
1 – 3pm @ Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria

Find out what happens to wildlife in the winter.  Kids will get to play games and make crafts.  Cost is $4 per child, and is for ages 5 – 10.

Find out more here.