I really don’t want to jinx it, but it is really starting to feel spring-like out there!  Plenty of fun activities this weekend, so enjoy the outdoors (an indoors)!


Saturday, February 19th


St. Charles Baby & Children’s Consignment Sale

8:30am to 1pm @ Benedict Hall – St. Charles Borromeo Church, Arlington

One of the first consignment sales of the spring!  There will be toys, clothes, books and much more. 50% of proceeds benefit Borromeo Housing.

Email marciamarciamarcia@att.net for more info.


Have a Ball in Ballston: A Winter Nature Celebration

10am to 2pm @ Ballston Mall Food Court, Arlington

The Arlington Children and Nature Network sponsored event will include nature crafts, games, and live animal visits.  At 10:30am WalkArlington will lead a kid-friendly, kid-sized Ballston Walkabout in- and outdoors, including a stop at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and prizes for participants.Then walkers can return to the Food Court for some hot chocolate and refreshments courtesy of Chik-fil-A.  The celebration concludes at 2:00 p.m.

Click here for more info.


Reading of Surf Creatures

11am – 2pm @ National Zoo Visitor Center Auditorium, Washington, DC

Head to the zoo and enjoy a book reading by surf legend and environmentalist, Shaun Tomson.  His beautifully illustrated book takes children on a journey through the actual and imagined activities of unique ocean inhabitants.  Shaun will also outline a few simple steps that children can take to preserve and protect the ocean environment.  After the presentation, come and meet Tomson at the Invertebrate Exhibit, and try out Surf Creatures on the iPad for yourself! Also, meet Zoo biologist Mike Henley, and watch him feed the Zoo’s octopus with Tomson.  This is open to people of all ages, but is best for kids 3 – 9.  This event is free and open to the public.



South Arlington Band Pyramid Concert

1pm @ Wakefield High School, Arlington

Students in grades 4-12 from S. Arlington public schools will participate in the concert.



Okee Dokee Brothers

1:30 & 2:15pm @ Calvary United Methodist Church, Arlington

Hailing from Minneapolis, The Okee Dokee Brothers blend a mixture of bluegrass with a bit of country, pop, and funk to create their own original music. They are performing at Calvary United Methodist Church as a fundraiser for Calvary Children’s School.  Cost is $5 per person, or $20 maximum per family.  You can purchase tickets at the door, or email Dana at danaldougherty@ aol.com or Kendall at pkmcaree@comcast.net to purchase tickets beforehand.  Great for all ages.  Check out my post for even more info!



Sunday, February 20th


The Washington Ballet: Rock & Roll: Kids!

5pm @ Harman Center for the ArtsSidney Harman Hall, Washington, DC

Join Septime Webre and Company dancers for this special kid-friendly version of TWB’s Rock & Roll ballet.  It features upbeat music and Mr. Webre’s “Make-a-Ballet” (an audience favorite), and invites kids to join in the dance- fun for the whole family!



Monday, February 21st


George Washington Birthday Parade

1pm – 3pm @ Old Town Alexandria

This is the largest parade celebrating George Washington’s birthday in the country! Starting at 1pm, the parade makes a loop around Old Town.  There will be marching bands, lots of floats, clowns, horses, Scouts, and antique cars. The parade begins at St. Asaph and Wilkes streets.  Click here for the parade route.



George Washington’s 279th Birthday Celebration

9am – 4pm @ Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens, Mount Vernon, VA

Celebrate the national observance of George Washington’s birthday by visiting his home and burial site.  A wreathlaying ceremony at Washington’s Tomb will take place at 10am, and Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron, will sing the national anthem. Then the Old Guard Fife & Drum will perform military demonstrations on the bowling green.  At 1:30pm, attend George Washington’s surprise birthday party with characters from the 18th century.  After the birthday surprise, Washington will be given gifts which he will describe and react to during a speech to his birthday visitors.  According to the site, this is reminiscent of Washington’s birthday in 1778 during which the Continental Artillery band serenaded Washington at Valley Forge.  Admission is free on the 21st!

Click here for more info.