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Have Fun, Stay Warm

The snowstorm may have been a bust, but the cold and wind over the next couple of days will still have many of us seeking indoor activities for the kids.  Here are some ideas for having fun and staying warm.

The Nutcracker on Strings – Tickets are still available for The Puppet Co’s production of the holiday classic.  Showtimes are 11:30am and 1pm daily through December 31. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online.

Nature Indoors – Just because it’s too cold to be out in nature doesn’t mean kids can’t still enjoy it.  A couple of area parks are offering programs at their nature centers. On Tuesday, December 28, Meadowside Nature Center invites presents Spider Time! from 9:30 – 10:30am.  Recommended for ages 3 -7, guests learn about spiders through a story and meet Meadowside’s own Rose Haired tarantula, then create a craft to take home.   Cost is $5, and space is limited.  On Wednesday from 1:30 – 2:15pm, Brookside Nature Center will hold Under the Ice where kids of all ages can discover what animlas and plants do under the ice all winter.  Limited space, cost is $4.

Indoor Play Spaces If the kids have energy to burn from being cooped up, head to an indoor gym where they can run, tumble, and get their bounce on.  See this post for a list of places in the area.  For indoor play that’s less physical and more imaginative, both Great Kids Village (locations in Silver Spring and Columbia) and the Playseum in Bethesda welcome drop-ins.

IMAX Movies – Feel like you’re roaming with dinos, soaring through the sky, rafting through the Grand Canyon, hanging with Buzz and Woody, or performing wizardry with Harry.  The Smithonian IMAX theatres — at the Natural History and Air & Space Museums – have schedules full of daily entertainment.  Make a day of it and explore some exhibits, too – many of the museums have special extended holiday hours this week.  See the Smithsonian website for details.

Tudor Place There is still space in some of the special holiday programs taking place at the historic Georgetown mansion Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, December 28 – 30.  For details on Story Time with Ms. Peter and the Gingerbread House Workshop, see this post from last week.

Holiday Exhibits – Christmas may be over, but many of the associated displays around the area are still running.  Check out this post to see what going on, and for a few specifics, read about Season’s Greenings at the U.S. Botanic Garden and Christmas on the Potomac at the National Harbor.

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Christmas Past & Gingerbread Presents

Winter break has officially begun for many DC-area kids, which means we, parents, are looking for more weekday activities to keep them engaged and entertained.  Tudor Place, where American history and culture are celebrated in a historic Georgetown mansion, is hosting a couple of  programs this week and next that sound like a treat (a yummy one!) for children.

Recommended for ages 5 and up, the Gingerbread House Workshop gives kids a glimpse at holidays past and some tasty fun at present.   Guests will become history detectives as they tour the historic mansion in search of clues — century-old toys and games — to discover how the holidays were celebrated a hundred years ago.   After the tour, children will design and build their own edible gingerbread house to take home.  Hot cider and cookies will be served. Yum!

Several time slots are available, kids must register to attend:
Tuesday, December 21 | 10:30am – 12pm or 1:30 – 3pm
Wednesday, December 22 | 10:30am – 12pm or 1:30 – 3pm
Wednesday, December 29 | (10:30am – 12pm SOLD OUT ) or 1:30 – 3pm
Thursday, December 30 | 10:30am – 12pm or 1:30 – 3pm

Younger children can enjoy a scaled-down version of the workshop on Tuesday, December 28.  Story Time with Ms. Peter is recommended for children ages 3-5.  Guests can enjoy a special holiday story, then take their own interactive tour of the mansion in search of holiday decorations.  Afterward, they’ll decorate gingerbread cookies to take home.  Two time slots are available – 10:30am – 12pm or 1:30 – 3pm.

The cost for both programs is $12/non-members, $10/members, free for adult chaperons. To register, call 202.965.0400 x110 or email education@tudorplace.org.  Tudor Place is located at 1644 31st Street NW.


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