Alas, spring has not yet sprung, and winter is still around.  Here are some ideas to keep you out of the cold.

Tuesday, February 22nd    Wake Up, Brother Bear!

10:30am & 11:45am @ Artisphere, Arlington

With lots of interaction from the audience, kids can have their first taste of the theater.  All kids are able to sit on the floor while watching Brother and Sister Bear follow a year through the seasons.  Tickets are $10, and all audience members require a ticket, regardless of age.  Tuesday though Sunday (2/22 – 2/26).  Check out this review of Imagination Stage’s Wake, Up Brother Bear.

http://www.artisphere.com/calendar/event-details/Family/Wake-Up-Brother-Bear.aspx

Wednesday, February 23    Parenting Lecture: “Power Struggles”

7pm @ Fairlington Community Center, Arlington

Come for a two hour lecture with parenting expert Dr. Rene Hackney.  Cost is $15 per person/$25 per couple (cash or check at the door).  You can also ask Dr. Renee about parenting questions on any topic during a 45-minute Q&A period.  Registration is not required, however RSVP is appreciated. This is a fundraising effort to support the Carlin Hall Preschool Parents’ Association.  Questions or RSVP to elizabeth.cavey@verizon.net.  For more information on Dr. Hackney and her programs, please visit: www.parentingplaygroups.com.

Thursday, February 24th    Grimm’s Fairy Tales Storytime

4 – 4:45pm @ Long Branch Nature Center, Arlington

Celebrate Wilhelm Grimm’s birthday as they read some of the classic tales of Grimm’s Fairy Tales.  They will also learn about the history behind these classics.  Did you know that Snow White is now thought to be based on the real life of Countess Margarete, the daughter of German Count Philip IV von Waldeck-Wildungen?  She started a relationship with a young prince who would later become Phillip II of Spain, much to the dismay of her stepmother, who hated her, and Philip’s father, the King of Spain. They saw a possible marriage between Margarete and young Philip as having the potential of being politically inconvenient.  Thus, a plot was created to end the relationship in a violent manner.  Spanish agents poisoned the young 21 year-old woman, making it look like an illness.   Don’t worry, I truly doubt this will be covered in the event!  🙂  Read more at Suite101:  For more information on the storytime, call 703-228-6535. Registration Required.  Best for children ages 3 and up.

http://www.arlingtonva.us/calendar/#EventDetails_10954

Friday, February 25th    Tot Swap- Howard County

9am – 7pm @ Wilde Lake Village Center, Columbia, MD

TotSwap is a semi-annual event featuring over 300 families consigning their like-new children’s and maternity clothing, toys, books, DVDs, furniture, baby equipment, sports equipment, accessories, and more.  This season they will continue to include home décor items. This includes furniture, lamps, prints, accessories and more.

http://totswap.net/pages/datestimes.php

Friday, February 25th    Storytime with Ms. Laura at Kinder Haus Toys

10:30am @ Kinder Haus Toys, Arlington

A free storytime in Clarendon with Ms. Laura.

http://www.kinderhaus.com/weekly.html

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