Tons going on this weekend!  Here are some ideas in the Arlington (and beyond) area.


Saturday, March 5th


Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade

12:30pm @ Old Town, Alexandria

Celebrate Irish heritage in Old Town!  It starts at 10am with a classic car show with cars on display on North Pitt St.  There is also a fun dog show beginning at 10:30am in Market Square (corner of North Royal and King Streets).  There will be fun prizes awarded to the dogs, including Dog with Best Tail Wag, Dog/Owner with Most Similar Hair, and Dog with Best Irish Costume.  The main parade starts at 12:30pm.  A new parade route will be used this year.  The parade will start at the corner of King St and Alfred St, and proceed east down King Street to the corner of King and Lee.  There will be floats, local scouts, Irish dancers, Bagpipes, marines, and high school bands.  The parade ends at 2:30pm.  Parade organizers suggest metroing to the King Street Metro stop, and walking 10 minutes east on King Street to the parade route.


Tots Rock!

10:30am – 2:30pm @ National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC
A fun fill day at the Air & Space museum for toddlers!  It all starts at 10:30 with One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure.  We have seen it, and it is a lot of fun for young kids!  From 11am – 1:30, there will be an ongoing storytime about a little boy who travels through his day playing with the Sun, which waits for him to come outside and even plays hide-and-seek.  Finally, finish your morning with the great Rocknoceros!  At 11:30, there will be a 45 minute concert with the award-winning band in Gallery 114.



2pm & 4pm @ Aurora Opera Theatre, Thomas Jefferson Community Center, Arlington

The opera is approximately 45 minutes and it is the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast, but set to some of Mozart’s best known music, The Magic Flute and Marriage of Figaro.  It was written specifically for young audiences and will be sung in English.  For more info, check out this post.


Worm Workshop

2pm @ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria

Learn how worms recycle your garbage into rich compost, and check out the worms inside Green Spring Gardens indoor compost bin.  Kids will get the chance to build their own 10-gallon bin with newspaper bedding, food scraps, and real worms, Kids can enjoy a “wormy” snack too.  Must register prior to attending the class.

Click here for more info.

Family Festival 2011: D.C. Color Splash!

10am @ Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C

A free celebration, with tap dancers, amazing stories about color and light, jazz bands, drum circle, and color and light inspired poems.


Vienna Choral Society’s “Aesop’s Fables and Other Tales, A Family Concert”

4pm @ Vienna Baptist Church, Vienna, VA

The Vienna Choral Society and special guests will mime and play songs about your favorite Aesop’s Fables like the Tortoise and the Hare and the Fox and the Grapes in an engaging afternoon family concert.


Sunday, March 6th


Choralis Youth Choirs

3pm @ Falls Church Presbyterian Church, Falls Church

The Choralis Youth Choirs—Cantus Liberi (grades 3-6), Cantus Medius (grades 6-9), and select choir Cantus Primo (grades 5-12)—will present a joint concert.  Tickets are $10/general; $5/students


The Laurie Berkner Band

11am & 3pm @ George Washington Lisner Auitorium, Washington, DC

Come to a fun “Birthday Party” concert.  According to the site, you should…. wear your favorite party hat, bring a picture of a birthday cake, and bring an animal for your head because animals have birthdays too!  Tickets at 800-745-3000 or online at Adults and children, $25-$35; children under 1, free.


Air Force Band Performances with Lonestar

3pm @ DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, DC

Featuring country music rockers Lonestar. This concert is free and open to the public; no tickets needed. Doors open at 2pm.


Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Extravaganza

2pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale, VA

Come celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss, where naturalists will read the stories of Yertle the Turtle and Gertrude McFuzz as well as show woodland creatures in their natural habitats. Kids can meet live animals and create crafts. Registration required, and cost is $8 per child.