This Weekend: Bei Bei, Food & Spies

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Baby Panda Bei Bei

Now that the snow has pretty much cleared the streets, you can finally go see Baby Bei Bei at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. He is a lot bigger than he used to be but still adorable and worth a visit.  Pandas are a very entertaining animal but there are less than 2,000 left in their native habitat (around 300 are surviving through captive conservation), luckily The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is a leader in giant panda conservation. Visits to the zoo are free, and a fun way to spend the afternoon. If you can’t make it to the zoo you can catch a glimpse of the panda family on their Panda cam, but be careful, when they are active it will suck you in.

DC Winter Restaurant Week 

Now – January 31

During Washington DC Restaurant Week, more than 250 of Washington, DC’s finest restaurants offer 3-course lunches for $22 and 3-course dinners for $35. Washington, DC Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to experience Washington, DC’s best restaurants at affordable prices. Cuisines include Contemporary American, Mexican, French, Mediterranean, Italian, Southern, Seafood, Spanish, California, Pan-Asian and more!

The good news is some of the restaurants are extending their participation through February 3rd.  You can find out who is participating and extending here.  Also, if you are a novice at restaurant week, it can get a little chaotic. Here are some tips on getting the most out of the event.

Spy Fest: A KidSpy Family Festival

January 30th l 6-9 pm

Could you be a spy? Now’s your chance to find out!

Sitting in your comfy chair watching James Bond makes spy tradecraft look easy—now’s your chance to find out if you could be the next 007. Do you have the savvy to beat a lie-detector? The smarts to break a top secret coded message? The wits to create secret writing? The moves of a Ninja? Families are invited to find out how they measure up at the Museum’s Annual Spy Fest. Mini-missions, tradecraft demonstrations by the experts, and the chance to try spy skill challenges will give KidSpy agents and their handlers an insider’s peek into the shadow world of spying—and who knows, there just may be a spy or two in your midst…

Tickets are $14.00 and may sell out so get them quick!  The festival is for kids age 5+, and Shake Shack will be there with some free custard. Get more info and you tickets here.


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