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The Weekend Round-Up:
January 27-29

Have a blast with indigenous games at the American Indian Museum!

 

Happy Weekend!

Quick clicks to loads of ideas for local activities:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
Ice Skating
The Great Indoors
Local Hikes with Kids
Baltimore with Kids
Peaceful Places
* Stunning Spaces
Bike Rides

Jurassic Quest
Where: Dulles Expo Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: $19-36 (look for discount)

Walk among prehistoric beasts through the Cretaceous, Jurassic, and Triassic Periods.  This huge has true-to-life size dinosaurs, from the very small to the gigantic, each replicated in every detail in collaboration with leading paleontologists. There are also attractions and activities for dino fans — dig up fossils, do some crafts, explore science stations, ride on a dino’s back, and enjoy more dino-themed fun.

Winter Blast: A Weekend of Indigenous Games
Where: American Indian Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 4:3pm
Admission: Free

The National Museum of the American Indian is hosting a weekend of fun and games — games can be fun as well as teach important life skills. Representatives from the International Traditional Games Society along with members of the Native Hawaiian school Hālau O‘Aulani will share Indigenous games from the Great Plains, Bolivia, and Hawai’i. This will all take place in the beautiful first floor atrium, but plan to explore the rest of the museum as well, especially the imgiNATIONS activity center fo kids and families.

Auto Focus
Where: Washington Convention Center | Mt. Vernon Square, DC
When: Through Sunday
Admission: $12/adults, $5/ages 6-12, free/5 & under

The 2023 Washington Auto Show is in its second and final weekend. If there’s any “grown-up” event that is equally fun for all ages, this is it. More than 600 cars and trucks are on display for guests to check out, plus there are more activities like Ride ‘n Drives with Jeep, an Art of Motion exhibit, exotic car display, and Subaru Love Pets area with dogs from local animal shelters will give guests even more to do and see. Get a glimpse and an idea of what to expect in KFDC posts about it here and hereLook for a ticket discount here!

Lunar New Year Family Celebration
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Ring in the Lunar New Year at SAAM! Join the annual celebration featuring Chinese and Korean traditions, including performances, crafts, food, and more. Learn about the importance of the Lunar New Year across cultures and explore SAAM’s collections with an art scavenger hunt. A Family Zone with crafts and activities to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit will be fun for kids. And a special menu in honor of Lunar New Year will be offered by the Courtyard Café. Be sure to reserve a spot!

Monster Jam
Where: Capitol One Arena | Downtown DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Tickets: $25+
The world’s largest and most famous monster truck tour featuring the biggest names in monster trucks will thunder its way into DC.  Gravedigger, Magolodon,  Dragon, Just Get-Er-Done, Terminal Velocity, and Wild Side are among the vehicular beasts that will be tearing up the indoor terrain this year.

Peter and the Wolf
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: Fri, 10:30am | Sat-Sun, 11:30am & 1pm
Admission: $15

A Puppet Co. Legacy favorite with a new spin! This English and Russian bilingual production will incorporate the classic music in this two-person small marionette romp of the classic fairytale. Run time approximately 40 minutes. Recommended for ages 4+.

Aquarium
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Through February 12
Admission: $16.50

Take little ones to this show for ages 1-5… Enter a fantastical island world where fish soar through the air, lemons light up the sky, and sheep go parading by. With gentle music, puppets, and props, actors lead children and caregivers in an interactive exploration of a magical place of play.  (PS: If shows sell out this weekend — they tend to — grab tickets for an upcoming performance!)

Ride the Cyclone
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: Through February 19
Admission: $66-115

And a show for teens and older…  Part comedy, part tragedy and wholly unexpected, this wildly imaginative story delivers surprises at every turn. The lives of six teenagers from a Canadian chamber choir are cut short in a freak accident aboard a roller coaster. A mechanical fortuneteller invites each to tell their story of a life interrupted, offering the chance to come to terms with their fates. At once quirky and smart, edgy and beautiful, Ride the Cyclone ultimately reveals the resilience of the human spirit in spite of senseless tragedy.

Open House
Where: River Park Nursery School | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Are you searching for a preschool for your child for next year? Do you want your child and your family to be part of a small warm welcoming community? River Park Nursery School is the quintessential nursery school experience. It is a part-time program on the Hill for 3 to 5-year-old children with a small teacher to student ratio. Join an open house with your child this weekend to talk with current and alumni families, meet our amazing Lead Teacher and Director, Ms. Erin, and see the learning space.  RPNS is located at 212 East Capitol Street NE.

Lunar New Year Celebration
Where: Tysons Corner Center | Tysons, VA
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

The Asian American Chamber of Commerce and Tysons Corner Center are hosting a celebration to ring in the Year of the Rabbit. Festivties will include, the famous lion and dragon dances, Vietnamese song, Chinese music and dance, a magic show, Korean and Indonesia dance performances, aMongolia Fashion Show. This will take place in the Fashion Court on the Lower Level Nordstrom Wing.

Lunar New Year Festival
Where: DAR Museum
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

Here’s another way to ring in the Year of the Rabbit. Join the DAR Museum and the Asian Fusion Gallery for a celebration of Lunar New Year. The free event features games, food, and performances. While the website says registration is closed, you can join the waitlist in case more spots open up.

Winter Lantern Festival
Where: Lerner Town Square | Tysons, VA
When: Friday – Sunday evenings, 5-10pm
Admission: $31.99/age 13+, $19.99/age 3-12 (look for discount)

This event that began during the holiday season continues to glow in Tysons to celebrate the Chinese New Year.  The illuminated display transforms Lerner Town Square into a dazzling world of light with over 1000 Chinese lanterns, all handmade by artisans with decades of experience. And you can do more than just look at some of them — interactive elements include light swings, see-saws, and tunnels for added fun.

Weekend Family Matinees
Where: Avalon Theatre | Chevy Chase, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am
Admission: $9.90
The Avalon Theatre in Chevy Chase, the oldest operating movie house in the area and a non-profit, is re-launching their Weekend Family Matinees this weekend. My Neighbor Tortoro, a classic tale of magic and adventure, will be screened both Saturday and Sunday.

Street Car Saturday
Where: National Capitol Trolley Museum | Colesville, MD
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: $10/adult, $8/child, $8/senior

The National Capital Trolley Museum is open on Saturdays offering hourly, docent-guided tours, followed by a streetcar ride.  See model street cars on display as well as movies from the 1920’s, then board an actual street car for a ride into the woods (and back, obvi). This weekend is a somewhat significant time to go as the last full day that DC passenger street cars were in service was January 27, 1961.   Online reservations are strongly recommended; walk-ins will be accommodated if space is available, but not guaranteed.

Castle Closing
Where: Smithsonian Castle | National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free
The Smithsonian Institution Building (aka Smithsonian Castle) will close starting Wednesday, February 1, to undergo a five-year renovation.  So, if you haven’t yet been or want to see it again before it’s inaccessible, you only few days.  What’s in the Castle?   It’s home to the Smithsonian Visitor Center, a small cafe, and a sampling of some of the collections you can find in the many museums. It’s not huge, so plan to visit some of the other museums on the Mall, too!

McLean Chocolate Festival
Where: McLean Community Center | McLean, VA
When: Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: $2, free/under 3

If you love chocolate, check out this sweet event: McLean Rotary is hosting its 11th Annual Chocolate Festival on Sunday. Area chocolatiers will present their specialties, plus there will be a game room for kids and live entertainment throughout the day. Proceeds help fund local schools and charitable organizations.

King Bullfrog Concert
Where: Hook Hall | Petworth, DC
When: Sunday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: $5/family
Bring the kiddos to Hook Hall for some dancing and singing with local kids fave King Bullfrog. Parents can purchase coffee and frozen drinks, plus a craft will be available for the kids to enjoy! Proceeds help benefit local organization DC Action. And note that this will take place every Sunday with different performers each week.

National Skating Month Open House
Where: Canal Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: $14

Join Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena, District Impact Skating Club, DC-ICE, and Special Olympics of Washington, DC, for a celebration of all things ice skating! Watch local skaters demonstrate figure skating, synchronized skating, speed skating, and hockey skills, then lace up your skates for a free introductory lesson so you can Join in the fun! Free lessons offered at 12:30pm, 1:15pm, and 2:45pm. Register in advance to secure your spot!

Chill Out(side)
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

I’m a big proponent of getting outdoors, no matter what the weather. And this weekend should actually be decent at least one day, so get out and take advantage. Roam free at Dumbarton Oaks (no admission fee this time of year), the National Arboretum, or Brookside Gardens. Go for a hike at Great Falls, Prince William Forest Park, or even farther out at Harper’s Ferry. Hit the playground at Watkins, Cabin John, or Clemyjontri Parks. Find even more ideas in this post about great outdoor pursuits with kids — there are tons of great al fresco adventures around the area.  And this round-up also has lots of suggestions for winterized fun outside.

College Court Dates
Where: Arenas around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by game
With so many universities in the area, there’s always some good college basketball going on during the season — and it’s always a fun time for families. Here are some games to catch this weekend:
* Georgetown women vs Creighton on Saturday at 1pm
* GWU women vs Dayton on Saturday at 1:30pm
* Maryland men vs Nebraska on Saturday at 4:30pm (Go, Terps!)
* American women vs Navy on Saturday at 2pm
* George Mason women vs Davidson on Saturday at 3pm
* George Mason men vs St. Joseph’s on Sunday at 12pm

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Washingtonian’s 100 very best restaurants in DC. Do you agree?
* Check out these video reviews of local things to do around the area from The Wandering Family!
* Acorns is a neat, easy way to invest and save money, offering bonuses when you buy certain brands and the option to invest “spare change” from credit card purchases — we’ve been signed up for a couple of years now! (Sharing my referral link that offers a little starter gift.)
* How fun is this little gadget? Kind of along the same lines of this guy that we have.
* Headed to Florida for February Break, and eyeing up this top and these bottoms for the beach.
* Love the sentiment expressed in this clip that a childhood besties sent me.
* A fun one for Gen X: Great British Bake-Off or The Cure?

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The Weekend Round-Up:
January 20-22

Ring in the Year of the Rabbit this weekend!

 

Happy Weekend!

Easy linking to all kinds of ideas for local fun:
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
Ice Skating
The Great Indoors
Local Hikes with Kids
Baltimore with Kids
Peaceful Places
Bike Rides

Washington Auto Show
Where: Washington Convention Center, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $15/age 13+, $6/age 6-12, free/5 & under

The annual Washington Auto Show revs up this weekend! And if there’s any “grown-up” event that is equally fun for kids and adults, this is it. The Auto Show is like a Truck Touch, but with automobiles — hundreds of them — on display for guests to check out. Other activities like a driving area for kids, electric vehicle test rides, an exotic car display, a classic car zone, and so much more will give guests even more to do and see. The show will be in town and running every day through January 29. Get a glimpse and an idea of what to expect in KFDC posts about it here and here. Look for a ticket discount here!

Kids Workshop
Where: Lowes locations around the DC Area
When: Saturday, 9am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Lowes is hosting their monthly in-person workshop for kids. This Saturday, create a wooden snowman picture frame that’s perfect for displaying heartwarming memories. Be sure to register in advance before Saturday!

Lunar New Year Celebration
Where: National Museum of Asian Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

The Lunar New Year begins this weekend, and the National Museum of Asian Art is celebrating it with a day full of festivities for all ages. Hop into the Year of the Rabbit with all kinds of fun, including performances, demos, a curator tour, hands-on activities, and more. See a traditional lion dance performance, watch a cooking demo, do some crafts, take a gallery tour, and enjoy Lunar New Year–inspired snacks and beverages (available for purchase).

Winter Lantern Festival
Where: Lerner Town Square | Tysons, VA
When: Friday – Sunday evenings, 5-10pm
Admission: $31.99/age 13+, $19.99/age 3-12 (look for discount)

This event that began during the holiday season continues to glow in Tysons to celebrate the Chinese New Year.  The illuminated display transforms Lerner Town Square into a dazzling world of light with over 1000 Chinese lanterns, all handmade by artisans with decades of experience. And you can do more than just look at some of them — interactive elements include light swings, see-saws, and tunnels for added fun.

Wheaton Family Theatre Series
Where: Highland Elementary School | Wheaton, MD
When: Saturday, 11am & Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free

InterAct Story Theatre is presenting another of its Wheaton Family Theatre Series, free performances and events for families. This weekend, celebrate the start of the New Year as Artistic Director, Ali Oliver-Krueger, leads kids and adults in exploring a favorite folk tale together through movement, drama, and song. Everyone’s a part of the story in this Family Arts Workshop! Best for ages 3 and up.

Back to the ’80s Family Dance Party” 
Where: Kensington Town Hall | Kensington, MD
When: Saturday, 3-5pm
Admission: $7/ $25 max per family (infants free)

The Noyes Children’s Library Foundation is kicking off 2023 with an ’80s-themed dance party for families. Hit the dance floor pumping with greatest hits from the era, plus crafts and story time. A DJ and a dance leader will help get everyone moving to the music.  All ages welcome, but activities are geared to ages 2-8. Costumes or ’80s attire are welcome. Snacks and water will be available. Proceeds will support the activities and programming by the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation. Space is limited and sales are only at the door.

Noyes StoryWalk: Bear Snores On
Where: Downtown Kensington, MD
When: Starts Saturday through February 5
Admission: Free

The latest Noyes StoryWalk features my absolute favorite children’s book that I loved reading to the kids when they were little: Bear Snores On written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jane Chapman. Families can read the well-loved story on posted signs along Antique Row in downtown Kensington, MD. The StoryWalk begins at the Town Kiosk at M&T Bank, located at 10420 Montgomery Ave. and progresses on store windows along Howard Ave., continuing to its end at Frankly, Pizza! (10417 Armory Ave.).

Walks in the Woods
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

If weather permits, bundle up and get out on the trail for some fresh air.  This post has a a bunch of recommendations for good walks in the woods with the kids.  Some specific recs for right now: Riverbend Park to Great Falls is always a hit, loop around Roosevelt Island, explore the wonderful National Arboretum, hike and fossil hunt at Calvert Cliffs State Park.

Fire & Ice Festival
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

While Whiskey will be featured at the Fire & Ice Festival, there will be some famiy-friendly festivties, too. The WAFF Ice House returns to District Pier, and there will be ice games cornhole and shuffleboard, a DJ, fire twirlers, and whiskey sampling stations (for grown ups, obvi). S’mores by the firepit will be available for purchase, too!

XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness
Where: National Children’s Museum | Downtown DC
When: Opens Saturday through May 14
Admission: $15.95

which highlights critical social-emotional learning experiences for a multi-generational audience. On display from January 21 through May 14 in the Museum’s Visiting Exhibit Hall, the interactive exhibit provides children ages 2 to 12 and their caretakers with the opportunity to share, connect, listen, and learn about complex emotions through facial expressions, words, movement, and artmaking.

Beauty and the Beast Jr.
Where: Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre | Arlington, VA
When: January 13-22
Tickets: $15/adult, $13/child

Encore Stage & Studio presents this “by kids for kids” show… The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, meeting a Beast, who is the young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end, and he will be transformed to his former self. If the Beast does not learn his lesson before the last rose petal falls, he and his household including Mrs. Pots, Lumiere and Mr. Cogsworth will be cursed forever. Join us for a tale as old as time in Encore’s production of Beauty and the Beast Jr!

Cats
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Tickets: $55-105 (check for discount)

It’s your chance to sing along to Memory, all alone in the moonlight! The  Tony Awards winning musical CATS is in town through the weekend, bringing its story to the stage of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn.

Watch the Wizards
Where: Capital One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 7pm 

Admission: Ticket prices vary
The Wizards are playing at home again this weekend. See them Saturday night against the Orlando Magic. Plan on a pre-game dinner  in Penn Quarter — there are plenty of family-friendly places to go in the neighborhood. Some recs: Jaleo (try to get the Foosball table), Shake Shack, Carmine’s, Hill Country BBQ, and Daikaya.

Hoops, NCAA-Style
Where: Colleges around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by game
Watching college teams play ball  is just as exciting, sometieseven more so, than the pros.  And tickets are often cheaper.  With so many universities in the area, there’s always some good college hoops action going on during the season. Here are some games to catch this weekend:
* GW men vs Dayton on Saturday at 12:30pm
* American women vs Colgate on Saturday at 2pm
* Howard men & women vs Morgan State on Saturday at 2pm
* GW women vs VCU University on Sunday at 12pm

Chinese New Year Parade
Where: Throughout Chinatown, DC
When: Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free

Welcome, Year of the Rabbit! On Sunday, the annual Chinese Lunar New Year Parade (back after a Covid hiatus) brings vibrant tradition to downtown DC. Festivities kick off at 6th & I Streets NW at 2pm and will wind through the streets of Chinatown celebrating Chinese culture in a brilliant procession that includes traditional dance, music, and, of course, the iconic lions and dragons. Kids always love seeing the show and having trinkets and treats given to them by parade participants passing by. The parade lasts about two hours, and spectating is free. Get there a little early to stake out your curbside spot — lots of folks come out for this one, especially if it’s a nice day.

Wheaton Winter Ice Show
Where: Wheaton Ice Arena | Wheaton, MD
When: Sunday, 5:15-6:15pm
Admission: Free

Wind down the weekend and celebrate the new year with at Wheaton Ice Arena’s annnual winter ice show. Their resident figure skaters will perform solo and small group performances. It’s free to spectate!

Stunning Spaces
Where: Around DC
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by place

I just (re)shared this post on social media about local places that take your breath away the moment you walk into them — and that are great to visit with kids. It was written a few years ago, but updated for now, and I wouldn’t change any of the recommendations. With some rain in the forecast this weekend, these spots will be good to keep in mind for getting out of the house, but staying indoors.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* The Hirshhorn just announced a full slate of free art-making programs for kids, from Art Cart to Maker Mornings to the return of Storytime after a three-year hiatus. See what’s coming up!
* Where to ring in the Lunar New Year with food and drinks.
* Maple Sugaring Days at Brookside Nature Center always fill up fast, but there are some spots left… hurry!
* Just got one of these…extra seating and cute decor.
* Good tips fom Babs. And something potentially yummy to try.
* Everything is on sale at Athleta!
* A fun watch to kick off the weekend.
* An  amazing poem, too. 😉

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The Weekend Round-Up:
January 13-16

 

Happy Weekend!

Quick links to ideas for ongoing fun:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area

Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
Ice Skating
The Great Indoors
Local Hikes with Kids
Baltimore with Kids
Peaceful Places
Bike Rides

Celebrate MLK
Where: Around the DMV & Online
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies

MLK Day may be on Monday, but there are events and activities that pay tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout the whole weekend, Volunteer opportunities, art adventures, self-guided tours of local sights, and a few special events are some of the ways you can celebrate the day. This post has details on all of them.

Winter Inspo
Where: Around the DMV
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

Don’t let the cold keep you from getting outdoors. This post, written during the height of Covid, is full of recs for activities that take place in the fresh air, from hikes to art experiences to seasonal sports to garden explorations to all-season fun.  (And for indoors, check out these activities recommended in the Winter Break guide.)

No Excuses, No Limits
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Tickets: $20

ILL-ABILITIES, the international all-star breakdance crew of seven of the world’s best differently-abled dancers, is bringing an inspiring, high-energy show to the Kennedy Center stage. No Excuses, No Limits takes audiences on a journey of each dancer’s story through dance, music, audience interaction, and a gained understanding of the limitless possibilities that any person can hold. Recommended for ages 7+.

Maker Morning: Shape of You
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday,10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Kids (and adults) of all ages are welcome to drop by the Hirshhorn for its monthly Maker Morning. The theme is “Shape of You,” and there will be hands-on stations throughout the Museum to celebrate all the things that make you special. An affirmation station, postcard drawing, self-love library, and portrait making activities will be available to explore. And if you’re planning to go, try to see Yayoi Kusama’s One with Eternity, too!

Wonderful World of Watkins
Where: Watkins Regional Park | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free 

Go over the rainbow and beyond at Watkins Regional Park – there is so much fun to be had at the PG County locale.  Visit the Old Maryland Farm to see the animals, and spend time at Watkins Nature Center to view even more cool creatures and birds.  The adorable Wizard of Oz themed playground will have kiddos frolicking for hours. Trails winding through the woods make for nice hikes, too!

See Some Wizardry
Where: Capital One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Friday, 7pm & Monday, 3pm

Admission: Ticket prices vary
The Wizards have a couple of home games this weekend — on Friday evening and Monday afternoon, when kids are off school and many parents have the day off work. See the on court action against the New York Knicks at 7pm on Friday and the Golden State Warriors on Monday at 3pm. Plan on a pre-game dinner or lunch in Penn Quarter — there are plenty of family-friendly places to go in the neighborhood. My top recs: Jaleo, Carmine’s, Oyamel, and Shake Shack.

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

It’s going to be a nice winter weekend, great 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:  Scott’s Run Nature Preserve in McLean, Fountainhead Regional Park in Fairfax, Rock Creek Park in Northwest DC, Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis.

Beauty and the Beast Jr.
Where: Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre | Arlington, VA
When:  Friday through January 22
Tickets: $15/adult, $13/child

Encore Stage & Studio presents this “by kids for kids” show… The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, meeting a Beast, who is the young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end, and he will be transformed to his former self. If the Beast does not learn his lesson before the last rose petal falls, he and his household including Mrs. Pots, Lumiere and Mr. Cogsworth will be cursed forever. Join us for a tale as old as time in Encore’s production of Beauty and the Beast Jr!

Moonshot Studio
Where: The REACH | Kennedy Center
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free
Get creative at the studio within The REACH at the Kennedy Center.  All ages are welcome and encouraged to partake in various art projects and activities. Drop in for hands-on art making and plan for time to stroll the lovely outdoor areas as well.

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 Astronomy Festival at Turner Farm Park.  Learn fun facts about penguins and polar bears at Riverbend Park.  Make a bird feeder at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park.  Go on a wildlife walk at Huntely Meadows.  Details and registration for these and more activities this weekend and beyond are available here.

Model Trains & Thomas
Where: Historic Vienna Train Station | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admisison: Free

Stop by the Historic Vienna Train Station where you can see and hear HO scale model trolleys and trains including Thomas and some of his friends on display and in operation. It’s a great family activity for the young and young at heart.  Hosted by the Northern Virginia Model Railroaders, the station is located at 231 Dominion Road NE in Vienna, VA.

Entertainment Nation/Nación del espectáculo
Where: National Museum of American History | National Mall, DC
When: Daily except for 12/25, 10am – 5:30pm
Admission: Free

If you want to check out a new-ish (not Newish, haha) exhibit, Entertainment Nation/Nación del espectáculo the centerpiece of the new CUlture Wing at the American History Museum is a good one. Featuring an extraordinary collection of theater, music, sports, movie and television objects, the exhibition exploring how entertainment has provided a forum for important national conversations about who we are, and who we want to be.  It’s very engaging and full of displays that will spark nostalgia for adults and wonder for kids — you’ll have a blast sharing memories with them!  While you’re there, stop in the Spark!Lab (age 6-12, Weds – Sat, 11am – 4pm) or Wegman’s Wonderplace (ages 0-6, Weds/Thurs/Sun 11am – 4pm) for kids to get hands-on.

Intangible Forms
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Starting Saturday through
Admission: $19/adult, $16/local, $15/child, $60/Family 4-pack
A new exhibition is opening at ARTECHOUSE, the gallery known for fusing art and technology. Intangible Forms “blurs (sic) the lines between what is real, what is not, and what it means to be human, Intangible Forms offers you the opportunity to pause and exist outside of normal space and time.” Choreographed kinetic lasers, strobes, haze, and moving lights hep make it an immersive experience. Recommended for ages 6+.

Mind Tricks
Where: Museum of Illusions | CityCenter, DC
When: Sun – Thurs, 10am – 8pm |Fri – Sat, 10am – 9pm
Admission: $42/adult, $18/age 5-12

We haven’t yet been  been to this recently opened venue, but it sounds like a fun one to explore. It’s a “one-of-a-kind edutainment destination where you can immerse yourself in the wonderful world of illusions! Guests will enjoy more than 50 visual and educational exhibits featuring holograms, stereograms, optical illusions, and immersive rooms that are designed to tease the senses and trick the mind.”

Ice It
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.  Get your skate on and and art 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.

All Downhill…
Where: Ski resorts around the region
When: Through winter
Admission: Varies by resort

With an extra day this weekend, how about heading to the slopes for a day trip or even an overnight? (Half of our fam is doing just that!) Skiing is a fun and active way to enjoy some family time, and there are a bunch of ski resorts within a few hours’ drive that are great for young, newbie skiers (and veteran swooshers, too). This post has info about Whitetail and one of our day trips there last winter. And other relatively close resorts for day trips are Liberty and Bryce.  Farther away, but good to check out for longer trips are Roundtop, Massanutten, Wintergreen,  Seven Springs,  Hidden Valley,  Snowshoe,  Timberline, and Wisp.

Movie & a Meal
Where: The Alamo | Northeast DC
When: Ongoing
Admission: $13/adult, $11/child, $12/senior
After 4pm – $15/adult, $13/child, $14/senior

Catching a flick with the kds is always fun, even better when you can enjoy a real meal, too.  The Alamo is the only theater in the city where you can do that — and it’s a good one! The theaters are nice, the seating is comfortable, and the food is tasty. See what’s playing there now. (PS:  There’s also a location in Crystal City, VA.)

All Caps
Where: Capital One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 7pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary (look for a discount)

For sports action on ice, catch the Capitals on Saturday afternoon as they host the Philadelphia Flyers. See the above restaurant recs in the Wizards listing for a fam-friendly bite before the match.

College Hoops
Where: Colleges around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by game
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:
* Maryland women vs Rutgers on Saturday at 1pm
* American women vs Lehigh on Saturday at 2pm
* George Mason men vs Davidson on Saturday at 3pm
* George Mason women vs GWU University on Monday at 12pm
* George Mason men vs GWU on Monday at 4pm
* Howard men vs Morehouse on Monday at 7pm

Baltimore, Hon!
Where: All Around Charm City | Baltimore, MD
When: All Weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

The long weekend is a great time for a day trip (or even overnight) to Baltimore — there are so many great family-friendly attraction there, you may want an extra day to enjoy a few. Explore the exhibits at Maryland Science Center. See some of the quirkiest, coolest art ever at the American Visionary Art Museum. Play the day away at Port Discovery. Get an eyeful of the underwater world at the National Aquarium. View history in the works at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. And even more! This KFDC guide has the scoop.

Art & Maritime Explorations
Where: Calvert County, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Make a day of it in Calvert County, where you can visit a couple of places for fun, fascinating, hands-on adventures. Annmarie Sculpture Garden is hosting a special art project in honor of MLK. you can also tour beautiful works around the grounds and indoors, and play in the delightful Fairy Lolly.  Also out that way is the Calvert Marine Museum, where you can see interesting exhibits, including display cases full of fossils and artifacts, plus live fish and other creatures. There’s also a play area and a real lighthouse to tour. Hours are 10am – 5pm with two -hours sessions 10am – 12pm, 12:30-2:30pm, and 3-5pm, and admission is $9/adult, $4/ages 5-12, free/4 & under.

Free Parking
Where: National Parks
When: Monday
Admission: Free!

In honor of MLK Day, it’s the first fee free day of the year for national parks, which means there’s no cost for entry where they usually charge to get in. Take advantage of complimentary admission and the day off from school. Some ideas: Hit the trail at Shenandoah or Great Falls, explore Prince William Forest Park, go to Fort McHenry in Baltimore, or enjoy hiking and history at Harpers Ferry. Find even more national parks around the area and beyond.

Glow with It
Where: Around Georgetown
When: Through January 22, nightly
Admission: Free
A great evening activity with the fam: A stroll around the neighborhood to see Georgetown Glow, then a fun dinner.  The free outdoor public art experience featuring modern light art installations is running for another week, so check it out while you can. Find a map of them here and plan your walking route. And a few restaurant recs: Pizzeria Paradiso, Filomena, Farmers Fishers BakersPinstripes, and Peacock Cafe.

The Ins & Outs of DC
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by adventure

Want even more options for fun things to do with the kids around the area? If you’re looking for activities outdoors or inside, depending on the weather or simply your preference, these posts are chock full of ongoing pursuits:
The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids
The Great Indoors

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* How cool is this? And if it sparks some inspiration, you’ll definitely want to check out this KFDC post.
* A fun idea for a weeknight date night!
If you have teens who love to cook, Sur la Table offers all kinds of classes for ages 14 and up (also, for adults and occasionally for younger kids, too)!
* Who else’s inner tween is so excited for this movie?
* Tips on Mid-Century Modern design from an expert.
* I looove this bag that my friend had when we met for dinner the other night. On a search for something similar, I found this less expensive one, these cool options, and this more beltish style.
A good chuckle.

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The Weekend Round-Up: January 6-8

A winter hike at Roosevelt Island

 

Happy Weekend!

Quick links to ideas for ongoing fun:
Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
Best Outdoors in the DC Area

Ice Skating
The Great Indoors
Local Hikes with Kids
Baltimore with Kids
Peaceful Places
Bike Rides

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 (at least one even beyond). 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, the Winter Lantern Festival in Tysons, Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Garden, and Bull Run Festival of Lights.

Storytime
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Friday, 10am
Admission: Free

Join the museum to play and hear Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar in English and Spanish. All ages are welcome, especially the youngest visitors. The program will take place in the East Building Atrium — no registration  required.

Weekend Workshops
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am – 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.

Culture Queen Kids Hour
Where: Anacostia Community Museum
When: Saturday, 11am – 12pm

Admission: Free, but reserve a spot
Join Grammy-nominated children’s entertainer, Culture Queen, for an “I Like The Me I See!” session that explores self-love and body positivity. Culture Queen will be holding court at the Anacostia Community Museum on first Saturdays of the month with live performances, interactive community building, stories, crafts, movement, and more.

Drop-in Art Making
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Drop in to make some art at the National Gallery of Art! During this session of the monthly series, create paper quilts inspired by the artists of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, then visit the original works on display in the exhibit Called to Create: Black Artists of the American South. This will take place in the East Building atrium – no reservation is needed.

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 a full moon nature hike and campfire at Lake Fairfax Park.  Look for flying squirrels at Hidden Oaks Nature Center.  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. Learn about honeybees at Brookside Nature Center.  Join a raptor caretake chat at Meadowside Nature Center.  Make snowflakes at  Black Hill Visitor Center. 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 the studio within The REACH at the Kennedy Center.  All ages are welcome and encouraged to partake in various art projects and activities. Drop in for hands-on art making and plan for time to stroll the lovely outdoor areas as well.

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Through Sunday
Tickets:$12-39
It’s the final weekend to catch this show based on Mo Willems’ book…  When clothing suddenly falls from the sky, Wilbur J. Mole Rat stuns the colony with his decision to get dressed! In a community where baring is caring and skin is in, can Wilbur find the courage to rock to the rhythm of his own electric guitar? Based on Mo Willem’s beloved picture book, the show explores what can happen when we have the courage to be ourselves. Recommended for ages 4-10.

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.

All Caps
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Friday, 7pm & Sunday, 5pm
Admission: Tickets start at $42

For sports action on ice, watch the Capitals on Friday evening as they host the Nashville Predators or on Sunday when they play the Columbus Blue Jackets. 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.

(W)Hoop it Up!
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:
* Maryland women vs Michigan State on Saturday at 1pm
* Howard men & women vs Delaware on Saturday at 2pm
* George Mason men vs Loyola Chicago on Saturday at 3pm
GW men vs. UMass on Saturday at 2pm
* Maryland men vs Ohio State on Sunday at 1pm
* American men vs. Boston U on Sunday at 3pm
* George Mason women vs Duquesne University on Sunday at 3pm

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 a special exhibit, see an iconic DC spot (or the city from a new vantage point), take a day trip, spend time outside, or be active indoors. Ideas galore!

 

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* This was a delightful suprise to start to the new year!
* Plan for live entertainment through winter with the help of this round-up of shows coming to local stages.
* The DC area’s 10 best casual restaurants, according to the Washington Post.
* Conde Nast Traveler’s 23 best places to go in 2023.
* 23 Healthy Recipes to Kick off 2023
* I watched some good movies over the break: The Fabelmans, Triangle of Sadness, The Banshees of Inisherin, and Decision to Leave are my top recs.
* 10 Happy Things for January 🙂

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The Weekend Round-Up:
December 16-18

 

Happy Weekend! 

Easy links to posts full of ideas for local fun:
Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
Best Outdoors in the DC Area

Ice Skating
The Great Indoors
Local Hikes with Kids
Baltimore with Kids
Autumn Adventures
Peaceful Places
Bike Rides

Winter Breakin’
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

For many of us, our kids’ Winter Break from school begins this weekend. If you’re going to be in town and seeking ways to keep the whole gang happy (and that includes us parents), this KFDC guide has you covered. Find recommendations for the best things to do now, from holiday-inspired happenings to special exhibits to live entertainment to outdoor adventures to indoor action to awesome day trips… and even more.

Winter Lantern Festival
Where: Lerner Town Square | Tysons, VA
When: Through February 12
Admission: $32/adult, $20/child (look for discount)

This new-to-the-area event lighting up Tysons begins this weekend. The illuminated display will transform Lerner Town Square into a dazzling world of light with over 1,000 Chinese lanterns, all handmade by artisans with decades of experience. The lanterns and bright displays will light the night and bring warmth this holiday season!

Mind Tricks
Where: Museum of Illusions | CityCenter, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $42/adult, $18/age 5-12

This just opened venue sounds like a fun one to explore. It’s a “one-of-a-kind edutainment destination where you can immerse yourself in the wonderful world of illusions! Guests will enjoy more than 50 visual and educational exhibits featuring holograms, stereograms, optical illusions, and immersive rooms that are designed to tease the senses and trick the mind.”

Holiday Happenings
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

This probably is the weekend to embrace the holiday spirit. And there’s holiday fun to be had all over the area in all kinds of ways at every price point. Watch model trains buzz around model a delightful display at the US Botanic Garden. See pretty Christmas trees and enjoy an evening lighting. Experience Christmas magic at National Harbor. Celebrate the season at Mount Vernon. Take a festive train ride at the B&O Railroad Museum. Check out Light Yards, the annual illuminated installation at Yards Park. Find details on all of these events and many more in the 2022 KFDC Holiday Guide.

Greenberg’s Great Train & Toy Show
Where: Dulles Expo Center
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $11-12/adults /ages 12+, free/11 & under

Train enthusiasts young and old will have plenty to be excited about at the largest traveling expo in the northeast showcasing model trains. There will be intricately crafted model train displays, hundreds of tables with model train paraphernalia, a mini train for kids to ride, and a variety of workshops and demos, and more.

Book Signings — & Shopping!
Where: Steadfast Supply | Capitol Riverfront, DC
Where: Made in DC |
When: Saturday, 1-4pm & Sunday,
Admission: Free

Local author JoAnn Hill will be at two locations this weekend showcasing and signing her books: Secret Washington, DC: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure and DC Scavenger. They are both excellent books that would make perfect gifts.  And not only does JoAnn possess a wealth of DC knowledge, she is a delightful personality. She’ll be at Steadfast Supply at The Yards on Saturday afternoon and Made in DC at The Wharf on Sunday. Be sure to stay and browse — both aregreat places to so some holiday shopping!

Model Trains & Thomas
Where: Historic Vienna Train Station | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

What would the holiday season be without trains? Stop by the Historic Vienna Train Station where you can see and hear HO scale model trolleys and trains, including Thomas and some of his friends on display and in operation. The Polar Express will be running, too! A great family activity for the young and young at heart. The Vienna Depot is located at 231 Dominion Road NE in Vienna, VA. Masks required for all visitors age 2 and older regardless of vaccination status. Hand sanitizer will be available.

Search for Santa’s Critters
Where: Potomac Overlook Park | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday through Tuesday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: $5/child

Go on a scavenger hunt to locate the Santa’s critters so they can help him  deliver candy and treats for the holidays! No reservations are needed, but check in at the Nature Center  to begin.  The park in Arlington is a great place to hike around, even better when there’s an extra holiday adventure!  Get some background on Potomac Overlook in this KFDC post from awhile back — but pretty much still applicable now.

Let’s Get Ornamental
Where: Brentwood Arts Exchange | Hyattsville, MD
When: Saturday, 2-4pm
Admission: Free

The holidays are about being together, and there’s no better way to do it than creating together. Come enjoy a family friendly workshop and create handmade ornaments from a variety of materials. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be there to lend a helping hand. This workshop is FREE and all materials are provided.

Market Days
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by market

Add some fun to your holiday shopping! What might be a stressful activity for many this time of year, can actually be good time for you and the kids — if you know where to go. Many local holiday markets offer more than the standard browse-and-buy. Live entertainment, yummy treats, fun activities, and the chance to shop outdoors in a festive atmosphere will keep your inner-Scrooge at bay as you pick out perfect gifts for all. The Downtown Holiday Market, Victura Park Holiday Market,  Eastern Market (FYI – Santa will be there 11am – 1pm Saturday and Sunday!), and Christmas Village in Baltimore are some running this weekend, and you can find details for all of them in the KFDC Guide to the Holiday Season.

Holiday Entertainment
Where: Local theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

Celebrate the season with some holiday-inspired entertainment. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead Scrooge on A Christmas Carol journey at Ford’s Theatre. Have a stompin’ good time at Step Arfika’s Magical, Musical Holiday Step Show.  The Nutcracker at Warner Theatre is a DC tradition for audiences of all ages. Be enchated by Snow Maiden at Synetic Theater. Or enjoy a show on strings as The Puppet Co. presents Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins.  Get details on these shows and see what else is coming up soon in the 2022 Guide to the Holiday Season.

Non-Holiday Shows on Local Stages
Where: Stages around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by show

For shows the skip holiday themes, there are several to check out. and see what else is coming soon here.
* Wicked at the Kennedy Center
* Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience at Imagination Stage
* The Yule Goat at The Puppet Co.
* Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Olney Theatre (find discount)
* Into the Woods at Signature Theatre (find discount)

Roam Free
Where: Dumbarton Oaks Gardens | Georgetown, DC
When: Throughout the weekend, 3-5pm
Admission: Free

One of my favorite KFDC Tips to impart because it’s on of my favorite places in DC:  During this time of year (from November through mid-March), there is no fee to roam the beautiful, enchanting garden at Dumbarton Oaks.  Stroll among the various plats, find lovely tucked away places to sit, and enjoy a delightful, relaxing wander around the grounds. Hours are limited, but you can make a longer day of it with play time at Montrose Park next door, some holiday shopping along M Street, and/or a bite to eat at one of of the many options in Georgetown. This KFDC post about Dumbarton also has some nearby food recs and this one from earlier KFDC days has more info and scenes.

National Menorah Lighting
Where: President’s Park | The National Ellipse, DC
When: Sunday, 3:15-5:45
Admission: Free, but you must request tickets

This is the Jewish counterpart to the National Christmas Tree Lighting. Every Chanukah, the National Menorah is lit in a ceremony on the Ellipse. Along with the lighting, there will be live entertainment, plus menorah kits and dreidels to take home. And if you don’t mind waiting in line afterward, there should be latkes and donuts. Tickets are free, but you need to reserve them in advance through the website.

Chanukah on Ice
Where: Pentagon Row Ice Rink | Pentagon City, VA
When: Sunday, 5:30-7:30pm
Admission: $13

The Chanukah celebration returns to the ice at Pentagon Row this year! Celebrate the holiday with a giant menorah lighting, holiday treats, raffles, and ice skating! Ice skate rentals are included, but a kosher dinner will be sold separately for $5 and includes hot latkes, Kosher hot dogs, donut, and water. Prepay by November 25, admission is $10, after it’s $13.

More Chanukah Happenings
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Sunday
Admission: Free

Sunday is the first night of Chanukah, and there are many events, mostly menorah lightings, to celebrate it. Join one at The Wharf, metrobar, in Kensington, in Leesburg, and see where more are coming up over the next eight days here.

WORLD CUP FINAL!
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Sunday, 10am
Admission: Free, but plan to spend on food & drinks
Saving the best for last. I don’t know about the rest of you, but this is probably what our fam is looking forward to most this weekend. The Argentina vs. France match-up is sure to make for an exciting World Cup final. If you want to watch with fellow and sister fútbol fans, a bunch of places around the area will be showing the match. DCist has a list of places to watch with France or Agentina fans. This Washington Post round-up was published at the beginning of the tournament, and my guess is most of them will air the final, too. Here’s another list of places to check out. Who’s everyone rooting for?

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
If you’re still looking for holiday gifts, the KFDC Gift Guide has loads of ideas, many of them experiences (or gift cards for them) with no wait on delivery.
* There’s still time to enter the giveaway for a chance to win an International School of Music holiday stocking that includes music lessons and more treats.
* Remember kid fave Rocknoceros? They’ll be back at Jammin Java for their annual New Year’s Eve show!
* Instagram’s favorite New Yorker cartoons of the year.
* NPR’s best albums of 2022.
* So many unique, fun, and beautiful games and puzzles.
* A sweet HONY for the season. (Note that it’s in 15 parts!)
* The beauty of friendships in parenthood.
* A few all time faves… this, this, this, and this.

[Side note: The tWitch news absolutely broke my heart. I’ve been a fan since the first time I saw him dance on SYTYCD, and have followed him and Allison on IG for years, their beautiful and fun dances, adorable family, and sunny vibe so uplifting, especially during the dark days of Covid. He seemed to exude joy and peace. His death is a reminder that we never know what’s going on with someone, to always be kind, and check in on our happy people, too.❤️]

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