The Weekend Round-Up:
January 5-7

Celebrating 15 (!) years of our amazing Sash this weekend


Happy Weekend!

Quink links to posts full of ideas for local fun:
* The Great Indoors
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Kid-Friendly Eats
* Bike Rides
* Baltimore with Kids
* Peaceful Places

Inside Action
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

There’s a brand new post with recommendations for places to go if you want to be indoors, but want some active fun or something with an engaging mission. From pickleball and roller skating to tennis and ping pong to escape rooms and scavenger hunts to an indoor waterpark, you’ll find all kinds of ways to get your fun and game on. And with wet weather on the way, it’s a perfect time for it.

Break Up
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Winter Break may be over, but the guide for what to do during the time off from school is still great for finding activities for the weekend. Check out an exhibit, visit an iconic DC spot (or the city from a new vantage point), take a day trip, spend time outside, or be active indoors. See ideas galore here!

Lingering Lights
Where: Throughout the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

The holidays may be over, but several holiday light displays are still running through this weekend. So, if you didn’t get to experience the twinkling wonderlands during the season, or you just really like the festive illuminations, there’s still some time to see Georgetown GLOW, Light Yards, Winter Walk of Lights, and Bull Run Festival of Lightss.

Grand Opening Climbing Party
Where: SportRock RIO | Gaitherburg, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 7pm
Admission: Free

Sportrock’s newest location at Rio is officially open and they are throwing a massive party to celebrate! It’s a totally FREE event for both members and non-members. They’ll have Intro to Climbing, Open Climb, and Try a Climb classes throughout the day, crate stacking (with prizes for winners), buddy boulder, giveaways, a silent auction, and refreshments.

First Saturday
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Kick off the new year with a day of mindfulness and art at the museum’s monthly family program! Experience a guided meditation surrounded by the transcendental color field paintings of Mark Rothko. Take little ones to storytime and for fun in the atrium play space. You can also watch kid-friendly short films, experiment with color at Drop-In Art Making, dive into books in the library, and more! All activities are free, and most are first come, first served. See the website for the day’s schedule.

Weekend Workshops
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-3pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the National Portrait Gallery to do some art making! All ages are welcome to get creative at Weekend Workshops. Learn about artists and changemakers, then create art inspired by their stories. Of course, explore the whole museum while you’re there. See more about the National Portrait Gallery here.

Disney’s Frozen
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through January 21
Tickets: $35-185 (find discount)

The Tony Award–nominated Broadway musical is now on tour across North America. Frozen features the songs you know and love from the original film, plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers by the film’s songwriters. It’s everything you want in a musical: It’s moving. It’s spectacular. And above all, it’s pure Broadway joy. Recommended for ages 6+.

Jungle Discovery
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Through January 16
Tickets: $19.50

Bring kiddos to this engaging and immersive interactive experience for children ages 3-6 and their adults. Participants enter a fantastical jungle world where they may dress up as exotic creatures and explore the beautiful flora and fauna. Led by Jungle Guides, participants may choose to play in the jungle leaves, add flowers, play with sound using a rain stick, draw on the Mirror Mural, and make a warm nest to hide in. There will be plenty of fun surprises in this multi-sensory environment.

A Year with Frog and Toad
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Through Sunday
Tickets: $12-44 

It’s the final weekend to enjoy this musical celebration of friendship! In this hit Broadway musical, two best friends with opposite personalities wake up from hibernation and enjoy hilarious adventures through the seasons. Light-hearted, with a sprinkle of nostalgia, this show is inspired by the acclaimed children’s books.

The Lion, the Witch , and the Wardrobe
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Through Sunday
Tickets: $25 (find discount)

It’s also the last chance to see this two-person version of the classic tale, where Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy discover a secret portal to a magical world called Narnia. With an evil White Witch ruling the kingdom, can Lucy, her new friend Mr. Tumnus, and her family band together to save this land from the eternal winter?

Fun at Fairfax Parks
Where: Parks throughout Fairfax County, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

The Fairfax County Park Authority hosts all kinds of events on weekends for guests of all ages.  Join an evening campfire at Burke Lake Park.  Do some beginner birding at Hidden Oaks Nature Center (ages 12+).  Learn how to build a fire at Riverbend Park. Details and registration for these and more activities this weekend and beyond are available here.

Park it in MoCo
Where: MoCo Parks | Montgomery County, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Montgomery Parks also presents loads of special activities for visitors of all ages. Do some Family Nature Art at Brookside Nature Center.  Join a park clean up at a couple of locations.  Enjoy a birding event for families with Black Hill Nature Programs.  Find details on these activities and more!

Moonshot Studio
Where: The REACH | Kennedy Center
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free

Get creative at this studio within The REACH at the Kennedy Center, where all are groups are welcome and encouraged to partake in various art projects and activities. The recommended age is 5 years old and above, but anyone can join. Stop by anytime from 11am – 4pm on (most) Saturdays & Sundays for art adventures.

Winter Hikes
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

There should be sunshine at least one day this weekend, so plan for some time on the trail. Tramp in places with scenic views, hike and explore history at interesting locales, and enjoy a day of active fun. This post has a a bunch of recommendations for good walks in the woods with the kids.  Some specific recs for right now:  Roosevelt Island is always a neat locale to explore; head out to Harpers Ferry for hiking and history; walk in the woods at Pohick Bay  or Fountainhead Regional Parks; or tramp in the city at Rock Creek Park.

Recreation on Ice
Where: Ice skating rinks around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

Glide under the sky and stars — or indoors if that’s your preference.  Take in art as you skate at the Sculpture Garden.  Glide over the Potomac on The Wharf’s awesome rink. Circle around Washington Harbour as you enjoy river views. Meander along the Figure 8 path at Canal Park. Do some shopping then skate at Pentagon Row, Rockville Town Square, or Reston Town Center. Or head to an ice arena for some skating out of the elements.  This post has details on alfresco and indoor ice skating options in the area.

Nature Calling
Where: Nature centers around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

If you want to get a dose of the outside world in the comfort of the indoors head to a nature center. There are several great ones around the area that offer engaging exhibits, including live creatures. Buddie Ford Nature Center in Alexandria, Watkins in Upper Marlboro, Potomac Overlook in Arlington, Long Branch in Falls Church, and Brookside in Silver Spring all make for a great outing.

Wizards vs Knicks
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Friday, 7pm
Admission: Tickets prices vary (check for discount)

The Wizards are playing at home on Saturday evening — watch them work some on-court magic against the Knicks. Plan on a pre-game dinner in Penn Quarter — there are plenty of family-friendly places to go in the neighborhood. Some recs: Jaleo, Carmine’s, Daikaya, Shake Shack, and Hill Country BBQ… details on these and more here.

Cap It
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Friday, 7pm & Sunday, 3pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary (check for discounts)

For sports action on ice, watch the Capitals on Friday evening as they host the Carolina Hurricanes or on Sunday when they play the Los Angeles Kings. Plan on a pre- or post-game meal in Penn Quarter — there are plenty of family-friendly places to go in the neighborhood. Some recs: Jaleo, Carmine’s, Reren, and Shake Shack — details on these and more dining options here.

Hoops U
Where: Colleges around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Ticket prices vary

With so many universities in the area, there’s always some good college hoops action going on during the season — and it’s always a good time for families. Here are some games to catch this weekend:
* Georgetown men vs DePaul on Saturday at 12pm
* American women vs Bucknell on Saturday at 2pm
* George Mason men vs Saint Louis on Saturday at 2pm
* Maryland women vs Purdue on Saturday at 4:30pm
* Georgetown women vs UConn on Sunday at 1:30pm

King Bullfrog Family Concert
Where: Hook Hall | Petworth, DC
When: Sunday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: $5

Bring the kiddos for some dancing and singing with King Bullfrog at Hook Hall on Sunday.  They’ll have coffee and drinks available for purchase for the parents, plus kid-friendly breakfast and snacks available for everyone while you enjoy the entertainment. Proceeds from the show benefit DC Action.

Model Rocket Launch
Where: Goddard Space Flight Center | Greenbelt, MD
When: Sunday, 1-2pm
Admission: Free

Join the monthly model rocket launch at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Anyone is welcome, and if you’ve got a model rocket to fly, bring it along (though there are some restrictions – see them here). The program takes place the first Sunday of every month at 1pm. Read more about it in this post.

* Check out local volunteer opportunities with kids to help you plan for the MLK Day of Service coming up on January 15.
* From DCist, art exhibits and events to look forward to in 2024.
* Metro Washington’s Winter Restaurant Week is coming up January 15-21.
* One of my holiday gifts, and it is a game/life changer.
* Watched this movie over winter break (one of several) and loved it.
* Speaking of movies…Golden Globe predictions. (Thoughts? I’m rooting for Past Lives, The Holdovers, Succession, and The Bear.)
* How can something be so hilarious, adorable and creepy at once? 😸

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