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The Weekend Round-Up:
January 12-15

Enjoy picturesque views and free admission at Great Falls on Monday!

 

Happy Long Weekend!

Link up to ideas galore for ongoing 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

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 special events are some of the many ways you can celebrate the day. This post has details on all of them.

Drop-In Family Program
Where: Phillips Collection | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Saturday 1-3pm
Admission: $20/adults, free for kids

Bring the whole fam to investigate materials, methods, and ideas in art. The Phillips is partnering with the Embassy of Switzerland to celebrating the work of contemporary Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. Families will explore One-on-One: Ugo Rondinone / Louis Eilshemius, which connects a contemporary artist and poet with one from the past. Laura J. Frantz, the Poet-in-Chief of the Charlottesville Poem Store (and her vintage typewriter) will help compose poems about magical places. Experiment with bringing poetry to life using illustrative techniques, intertwining words and images to create a unique work of art.

Second Saturday Sungazing
Where: Udvar-Hazy Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15

Enjoy a special activity at the Chantilly arm of the Air & Space Museum! Become an astronomer and observe the sun safely with a filtered telescope. Join museum staff outside the entrance to view a variety of features on the sun. Knowledgeable staff will be there to answer questions and guide observing.

Model Train Open House
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.

STEAM Saturday
Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: $10/adult, $7/child

Join the museum for STEAM activities related to the Brick City exhibition. Each activity challenges children to think creatively and experimentally using principles of design thinking and engineering.From building with LEGO bricks to working with AI to plan a city, each child will solve problems large and small and come to a greater understanding of the built world around us. STEAM Saturdays are targeted towards children in grades 2nd-8th and their caregivers and occur monthly on the second Saturday. Registration strongly encouraged.

The Other Side
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 1:30pm & 4pm
Tickets: $20

See a show that’s oly here this weekend… Education Artist-in-Residence Jacqueline Woodson’s simple yet powerful book comes to life in an evening-length dance piece from choreographer and Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor for Dance Education Hope Boykin.  Recommended for ages 5+.

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+.

Rock the Rink
Where: The Wharf Ice Rink | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: $13/adult, $10/youth, $8/rental

It’s a Capitals Winter at The Wharf! Show your Caps pride at the ice rink on Saturday. From 12pm-4pm, enjoy ice skating with a DJ, Caps gear giveaways, and more. At 1pm, they’ll be broadcasting the Capitals’ away game against the New York Rangers on the bar TV at the Caps Cantina Bar on Transit Pier. Throughout the day, fans wearing Capitals gear receive $5 off admission to The Wharf Ice Rink.

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!

Caps vs Rangers
Where: Capital One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 1pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary (look for discounts)

Hockey, anyone? The Capitals are playing at home on Saturday afternoon as they host the New York Rangers. Grab a bite to eat in the Penn Quarter neighborhood before the game.  This post about kid-friendly eats in DC has suggestions for places to go.

Hook Hall Family Funday: The Great Zucchini
Where: Hook Hall | Petworth, DC
When: Sunday, 10am – 12pm
Admission:  $5 per family

Local popular children’s entertainer, The Great Zucchini, will highlight Hook Hall’s Family Funday on Sunday. Zucchini’s interactive “Frosty Show” is filled with wintery and snowy themes, magic and kid participation. Hook Hall’s Family Funday is $5 per family and is a benefit for DC Action. Coffee and drinks are available for purchase along with a kid-friendly breakfast and snacks.

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.  Get out and enjoy some sunshine!

Inside Fun & Games
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

If you prefer to be inside,  you can still be active or do 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, this post has ideas for  all kinds of ways to get your fun and game on.

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.

Wizards vs Pistons
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Monday, 3pm
Admission: Tickets start at $16  (check for discounts)

The Wizards are playing at home on Sunday afternoon, hosting the Detroit Pistons.  Plan to take the fam to lunch or before or dinner after 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.

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 Purdue on Saturday at 12pm
* Howard men vs Maryland Eastern on Saturday at 4pm
* American men vs Army on Saturday at 4pm
* GWU men vs George Mason vs GWU on Monday at 2pm
* Howard men vs Morehouse on Monday at 7pm

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? (Don’t worry, they make plenty of snow!) 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 RoundtopMassanuttenWintergreen,  Seven Springs,  Hidden Valley,  Snowshoe,  Timberline, and Wisp.

Off the Beaten Museum Path
Where: Around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by museum

If you want to do some indoor exploring, consider a not-so-well-known place.  Because if you don’t veer from the well trodden path of the National Mall now and then, you could miss out on some amazing museum exhibits and experiences. Check out this round-up of some these places in DC that may not be on your museum radar — but should be.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* If you’re looking for places to hang out indoors on chilly days, make it a stunning one!
* There’s more live entertainment this weekend than what’s listed above — see what’s in theatres and coming this winter!
* DCist recommends where to go for Washington Restaurant Week, January 15-21. Make your reservations!
* Did you know teens age 13-17 can have their own Uber accounts? And through January 15, they’re offering two free rides (up to $15) for new teen Uber users to see the new Mean Girls movie!
* 52 Places to Go in 2024.
* Get an extra 50% off sale items at Gap. I just ordered this for a steal.
A cute Amazon fashion find with great reviews.
* Who else loves a good puzzle for winter? And here’s one for kids.
* For all the Gen X girls.
* Darcy’s 10 Happy Things for January  + a family photo session giveaway!

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Where to Celebrate MLK Day Around the DC Area (2024)

 

Whether you’re looking for ways to teach kids about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., want to give back on the Day of Service, or hope to partake in another special activity to observe MLK Day, these ideas will have you covered.

Day of Service
Where: Various locations around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Just your time

If you want to volunteer on the MLK, Jr. Day of Service, there are many ways and places you can do so around the area. Start here to find opportunities that suit your family.  A good option for the whole gang is an outdoor volunteer clean-up at a local park, and there are a lot of them happening throughout the weekend. Check here, herehere, and here.

More Family Volunteer Ops
Where: Various locations around the DMV
When: Ongoing
Admission: Just your time

For more places to volunteer as a family that aren’t included in the official MLK Day of Service database, this KFDC post has suggestions — whether on the actual day or at a later time inspired by the holiday. All of the organizations listed welcome kids to help out, though some have age requirements, so be sure to note them.

MLK Peace Walk, Parade  & Fair
Where: MLK Jr. Avenue | SE, DC
When: January 15
Admission: Free

Commemorate the life of MLK, Jr. with a Peace Walk and Parade along Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave.  A Peace Rally begins at 9am, then the Peace Walk steps off at 10:45am from Shepherd Park and the Parade will commence at 11am at St. Elizabeth’s East with a Health and Community Fair in the parking lot at 2006 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE. All ages are welcome to join.

The People’s Holiday: The Many Dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Where: NMAAHC | National Mall, DC
When: January 15, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free, but be sure to RSVP

A visit to the National Museum of African American History & Culture is insightful and enriching anytime, but perhaps a bit more poignant on MLK Weekend. And there will be special activities on Monday to celebrate MLK: the Student artists from the Cinematic Arts & Media Production Department at Duke Ellington School of the Arts will perform original work that reimagines and reinterprets the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There will also be hands-on activities and pecan pie (MLK’s favorite) available at the Sweet Home Cafe. Of course, plan to tour the exhibits, too, but be sure to read the KFDC Guide to visiting the museum with kids before you go.

Shaping the Dream: a Community Clay Event
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Lusby, MD
When: January 13-15, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free, but RSVP required

Join Annmarie Sculpture Garden for an uplifting community art event and exhibit inspired by the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Each year on this weekend, Annmarie Sculpture Garden invites guests of all ages to help create a community art installation in honor of a dream. This weekend, join visiting artist Claudette Taylor lto earn how to make a bas relief tile in air-dry clay and sculpt their your own unique and uplifting motif to display on the wall.  Be sure to RSVP!  Read more about the wonderful Annmarie Sculpture Garden here.

MLK at the Library
Where: Libraries around the DC area
When: Through January 15
Admission: Free

Many public libraries are hosting MLK-inspired events and activities for both kids and adults.  There are crafts, story times, open mic poetry, take home reading challenges, and more.  The above link take you to DC Public Library website where you can find details.  And for quick links to see what’s happening at public libraries outside of the district, see this very early KFDC post (scroll all the way down for links).

It Starts with Me!
Where: MLK Jr. Memorial Library | Penn Quarter, DC
When: January 15, 1-5pm
Admission: Free
If there’s a library event to single out, it’s one that takes place at the MLK Jr. Memorial Library. In honor of the day, join DC Public Library for a day of celebration and reflection. Musical performers, spoken word artists, and more activities will take place to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Read more about the MLK Jr. Memorial Library here.

MLK Dare to Dream Day
Where: American Visionary Art Museum | Baltimore, MD
When: January 15, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free
Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at one of the neatest art museums around. Along with the exhibits, enjoy open mic, art-making, music, dance, and more. And for this special day of remembrance, the museum will be open on a Monday, and all festivities (including museum admission) will be FREE!  Be sure to RSVP!

Not Just Another Day Off
Where: Folger Shakespeare Library | Capitol Hill, DC
When: January 15, 11am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday with this annual free and family-friendly event that’s back in the Folger after being closed for a few yeas’ removation. The day will feature music, contemporary poet Alexa Patrick, and actors Sara Barker, Fatima Quander, Greg Reid, and others reading historic speeches from Dr. King as well as their own poems.

MLK Service and Learning Day
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park | Herndon, VA
When: January 15
Admission: $8

Introduce your young ones to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as we gather at the Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center to learn about Martin Luther King and the importance of giving back to our community. Rotate through stations to hear about the Civil Rights Movement, participate in a service project, and reflect on the power of community cooperation. All participants must be registered.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Tribute
Where: City Hall | College Park, MD
When: January 15, 9am, 10am, 1pm, & 2pm
Admission: Free

Join the City of College Park at a performances of two children-focused educational shows! The “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” show, offered at 9am ad 10am, will focus on the life and works of the famed civil rights leader, while the “Spirit to Overcome” show, at 1pm and 2pm, highlights the many contributions of African American women. Be sure to reserve a spot!

Visit Memorials
Where: National Mall & Tidal Basin, DC
When: January 15 (and ongoing)
Admission: Free, registration required

Pay tribute to Dr. King at places that honor his legacy. Visit the MLK Memorial, a powerful and poignant site along the Tidal Basin. From there, you can head to the Lincoln Memorial, where Dr. King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech and look for his words etched in the stone at the top of the steps.

Free Parking
Where: National Parks
When: January 15
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. (PS: You can do your own trash cleanup while you’re there!)

Let Freedom Ring!
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom
When: January 15, 6pm
Admission: Free

This annual performance in honor of MLK Day is a DC tradition.  The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University host this musical celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. This year the concert will feature Jordin Sparks, Nolan Williams Jr., and Cécile McLorin Salvant. Free tickets will be given away, up to two per person in line, in the Hall of Nations starting at 4:30pm on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Five Things: January 8, 2024

 

1. How about a fun weekday program for little ones at one of DC’s best museums for kids?  The National Postal Museum is hosting Hello, Museo every other Tuesday starting tomorrow, January 9. The bilingual program runs from 10:30-11:30am and features music, stories, crafts, and gallery exploration. It’s designed for children ages 1-3 and their caregivers, but all are welcome! Best of all, it’s FREE!  Read more about the National Postal Museum in this KFDC post.

 

2. This Sunday, January 14, catch a performance by The Great Zucchini at Hook Hall in Petworth.  The show is part of the venue’s weekly Family Funday series, which presents entertainment especially for kids.  Admission is just $5/family, and coffee and drinks are available for purchase along with a kid-friendly breakfast and snacks.  Reserve tickets in advance to ensure your spot!

 

3. CertifiKid is currently offering a deal for Super, Awesome, and Amazing, the 30,000 square-foot active entertainment center for kids at the St. James.  You can get two-hour admission + socks  for just $15 — that’s over 50% off the regular price! See more about the facility in this new KFDC post about local places for indoor fun and games.

 

4. The new year is a great time to start a new way to save and invest.  I’ve mentioned Acorns before — it’s an app that makes investing really easy. It offers bonuses when you buy certain brands as well as a “Round-Up” option that invests “spare change” from linked credit card purchases.  It adds up quickly! We’ve been using it for several years and can vouch it’s a great service.

 

5. A message for the new year.

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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.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* 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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The Weekend:
December 29 – January 1

 

I’m keeping it simple again as we wind down 2023 and kick off 2024 this weekend. While this post doesn’t contain the usual round-up of event listings, these links will still lead you to ideas galore to help fill the next few days with as much (or little) activity as you want.

Happy Weekend…and a very Happy New Year to all!

Family New Year’s Eve Celebrations to Ring in 2024

Where to Go and What to Do Around DC During Winter Break 2023

KFDC Picks for Kid Friendly DC Restaurants (think New Year’s Day brunch!)

The 2023 KFDC Guide to the Holiday Season Around DC

5 Ideas for a Fun Family Evening Out in DC During the Holiday Season

Live Entertainment Around the DC Area this Winter

The Great Indoors

Off the Beaten Path Museums Around DC

The Best Places in the DC Area to Spend A Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids

The KFDC Guide to Exploring Baltimore with Kids

Walks in the Woods

Serenity Now: 10 Places to Find Peace and Calm in DC

Ride On: Bike Routes for Everyone Around the DC Area

 

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* New Year’s Eve dinner ideas for kids that make it fun to stay home with them.
* Always great “Best of” lists: Books and movies.
* Common Sense Media’s 21 best family films of 2023
* An excellent new film for adults.
* Such a pretty blouse (and on super sale)!
* Another always amazing sale with plenty for the whole fam.
* McSweeney’s Top 20 of 2023.
* What’s Out & In for 2024, the annual list from the Washington Post.

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