February 5 through 21 "1776" The Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m. and Sundays 2 p.m. A musical based on the events surrounding the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It dramatizes the efforts of John Adams to persuade his colleagues to vote for American independence and to sign the document. ASL interpreted performance Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. For 1776 our audio described performance is Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Alden Theatre , McLean, VA.
February 6 Lunar New Year Celebration. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ring in the Year of the Monkey with art! Our second annual Lunar New Year celebration features free attractions for all ages, including: dance performances by Madison Chinese Dance Academy, ribbon-dancing tutorials, calligraphy, mask making and coloring, tours of "Monkeys Grasp for the Moon" and much more! FREE Freer | Sackler Galleries, Washington, DC.
February 6 through 29 Maple Sugaring Days. Kids ages 3+. Saturdays 10 to 11 a.m., 1 to 2 p.m., 3 to 4 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 2 p.m., 3 to 4 p.m. Watch the whole maple sugaring process from start to finish. See sap drip from trees and taste it. Watch us boil it down into sweet maple syrup, then sample a tasty treat. Join in the fun and activities and learn something new about this American tradition. Preregister online. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
February 6 Discovery Days: Valentine's Day Cards. All ages. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Valentine's Day cards used to be homemade affairs, using what materials were at hand and often recycling old cards and magazine clippings into new cards. Drop in and make your own unique Valentine during this month's session. Supplies will be available. FREE Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.
February 7 through 21 "1776" The Musical. Kids ages 3 to 8. 2 to 4 p.m. Just in time for Valentine's Day! Step inside the sun-filled gallery space at Arlington Mill Community Center and get ready to play. Kids will enjoy a hands-on unique experience. While learning with arts and crafts, children will paint, make cards and experiment with soft dough. Preregister online. FREE Arlington Mill Community Center, Arlington, VA.
February 9 Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade. All ages. 7 p.m. This is the largest celebration of Fat Tuesday in the DMV! This family-friendly parade includes local community groups, horses, dogs, fire trucks, colorful masks and thousands of beads! FREE Wilson Blvd. from N. Barton St. to N. Danville St., Arlington, VA.
February 9 Tot Time! Celebrate African American History Month. Kids ages 2 1/2 to 4. 10:15 to 11 a.m. First we'll listen to some folktales included in Virginia Hamilton's collection The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales. Then we'll make story puppets and take them on a history hike with us. Preregister. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.
February 9 Tudor Tots: Valentine's Day. Kids ages 2 to 4. 10 to 10:45 a.m. Keep your toddler active in mind and body and learning about the world around us in these weekly sessions featuring songs, stories, crafts, and movement tailored to growing tots. $$ Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, Washington, DC.
February 10 through 15 Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary daily. Relive magical moments in this ultimate Disney animation celebration. Get tangled up in Disney's 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn. Set a play date with all your favorites. Tickets online. $$ Verizon Center, Washington, DC.
Now through February 21 OLIVeRio: A Brazilian Twist. Kids ages 9+. Dates and times vary. A spunky girl on the streets of Rio masquerades as a boy to look for her mother, only to discover a new kind of family, in this world premiere musical inspired by Charles Dickens's classic novel and featuring original songs and music. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.