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Highlights from the past week:

  • An eventful snowy, rainy, weird Ancestral Knowledge
  • Baking “secret message muffins”
  • Finishing and discussing Bud, Not Buddy
  • A special Odyssey of the Mind acting seminar
  • Writing on Google Docs using the iPad
  • Watching Creatures of Light on NOVA
  • A family dental appointment with Mom the Dentist
  • A Shakespeare celebration at the Folger’s
  • Celebrating the Lunar New Year with activities at the Freer and dinner at Hong Kong Palace

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Coming up this next week:

Monday

6 pm: Beijing Opera on the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center

Tuesday

11 am-8 pm: Valentine’s Day card-making at the Barrett Branch of the Alexandria Library

7 pm: STEAMtivity at the Beatley Branch (Makey Makeys)

Come get creative with fun hands-on activities! We will explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math with programs that allow kids to create creatively. Today we will be taking MaKey MaKeys to the next level by making giant floor keyboards!

Wednesday

12 pm: Student Living Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery

See our collection come to life with student monologues and music from the Washington National Opera’s production of Lost in the Stars.

3:30 pm: Crafting for Kids at the Duncan Branch of the Alexandria Library

Thursday

10 am & 1 pm: HERO Live Stream: Jim Crow

10:30 am: Valentine’s Day crafts for pre-school kids at the Martha Washington Library

6 pm: The Sweater Set on the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center

Listen Local First presents local folkstresses The Sweater Set and Jessica Eliot Myhre of the Bumper Jacksons and Letitia VanSant who will perform vintage love songs in celebration of Valentine’s Day. The duo backs up their vocal harmonies with ukulele, clarinet, guitar, and upright bass.

Friday

Lincoln’s birthday

Friday to Monday: The Great Backyard Bird Count

Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.

10 am: Homeschool Game Hour at the Duncan Branch of the Alexandria Library

Saturday

10-4: Valentine’s Day Card Workshop at the Postal Museum

Love is in the details at the annual Valentine’s Day Card Workshop at the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. Come out with the family and create heart-felt handmade cards and visit the museum’s stamp store to send the cards to your loved ones with a special Postal Museum postmark!

11:30-3:00: Presidential Family Fun Day at the National Portrait Gallery

Celebrate commanders-in-chief with the Portrait Gallery this Presidents’ Day! From calligraphy lessons to scavenger hunts, a Virginia reel workshop and a gallery talk from author Flora Fraser, there will be activities suited for every member of the family

12-4: Love in Every Language at the Freer-Sackler

Enjoy a digital slideshow of images of love in Asian art, create Valentine’s Day cards using woodblock prints that say “love” in more than a dozen Asian languages, and fold heart-shaped origami. All ages welcome with adult companions.

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