The Best Events Happening in February

It may be the middle of winter but that’s no excuse to stay at home!  Check out the best events happening in the DC area this February.

Disney on Ice:  Worlds of Enchantment:  Favorite characters from Disney skate into the Capital One Arena February 14- 18th.  Disney on Ice isn’t just for Princesses.  In Disney on Ice:  Wolds of Enchantment kids will see Lightning McQueen, Mater and other Cars race across the ice and experience the adventures of Buzz, Woody, and the Toy Story gang as they race for home.  They will also dive into undersea fun with Ariel in The Little Mermaid’s kingdom and join Anna and Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff from Disney’s Frozen as they learn true love comes from within.  From wheels to waves, icy wonderlands to infinity and beyond, your family’s beloved Disney moments will come to life.  This one is truly fun for the whole family!

Playseum:  Cold weather is the perfect time to explore new indoor play spaces.  One of the biggest and best is the Playseum, now with a new location in Annapolis.  The Playseum has everything your child needs for a day full of imaginative play from dress-up clothes to an art studio to rooms that take you back in time to a replica fire station.  Kids also have the opportunity to bake and make everything from milkshakes to homemade soap.

Puppet Show:  Kids love puppets!  Check out a classic puppet show from The Puppet Co. Theatre.  The Velveteen Rabbit runs until February 10th and Rapunzel begins on February 14th.  You do not want to miss the opportunity to bring your child to this wonderful theatre that retells classic tales with a new twist.

Huckleberry Finn:  Head to Adventure Theatre-MTC for a kid-friendly showing of Huckleberry Finn’s Big River from February 8th – March 10th.  Twain’s classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, an enslaved teen, escape to freedom. This tale of friendship against all odds is recreated for young audiences as two best friends demonstrate the power children have to change the world.

Robin Hood:  Head to Encore Theatre to see Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men steal from the rich to give to the poor, all while outwitting Sheriff Nottingham and saving Maid Marian.  February 22nd – March 3rd. Best for ages six and up.

Anatole:  Mouse Manifique:  Coming to Imagination Stage from February 9th – March 24th is Anatole- mouse magnifique- the best cheese-taster in all of France! In this whimsical musical adventure, Anatole and his best friend Gaston set out to save the Duval cheese factory, only to discover something much scarier than moldy Brie lurking in the tasting room. Can Anatole outsmart the hungry predator and save the factory? Join Anatole, Gaston, and a chorus of dancing cheeses to find out!

The Force Awakens:  Fans of Star Wars won’t want to miss this unique showing of the Force Awakens accompanied by live music from the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center.  Even if you have seen The Force Awakens a hundred times before, you will see it with fresh eyes and a new appreciation for its incredible soundtrack.

Finding Neverland: This magical tale is coming the National Theatre from February 26th – March 3rd.   Finding Neverland and the tale of Peter Pan makes the perfect family theater experience.

Lego Movie 2:  The Second Part:  Emmett, Lucy, Lego Batman, and the crew are back.  Five years have passed and the mini-figures find themselves living in an apocalyptic world that finds itself constantly being destroyed by the alien Duplos and survival is key.  See what happens when everything is not awesome while still managing tons of laughs for kids and adults.

She A Gem at the Kennedy Center

She’s a Gem:  Tweens and teens won’t want to miss this original play centering on four girls participating in a double-dutch tournament in Philadelphia. The prize?  Having their futures read by a local psychic who will reveal who is a neighborhood “gem,” a special leader who cares for the neighborhood.  This event is part of The Human Journey, a collaboration between the Kennedy Center, National Geographic Society, and the National Gallery of Art. The Human Journey invites audiences to investigate the powerful experiences of migration, exploration, identity, and resilience through the lenses of the performing arts, science, and visual art. Showing at the Kennedy Center from February 15th through February 24th.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World:  Opening February 22nd, this anticipated third installment of the story of Toothless and Hiccup received a rare 98% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  The film is visually stunning and brings the tale of man and beast PPto a sweet conclusion.  Prepare to sit on the edge of your seat as you watch how the story unfolds.