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The Weekend Round-Up: January 19-21

Wishing the kid adult behind the goggles the happiest 18th (!!!) birthday ❤️

 

This Weekend Round-Up warrants some extra thoughts, as it’s not just any weekend here. Today, the kid whose sweet, smiling, three-year-old face lights up each page of this blog… he turns 18, officially an adult.

There’s a reason why it’s cliché to say they grow up so fast:  Because they do.  It really feels like yesterday that Owen arrived in the world, nearly three weeks early, weighing less than six pounds, a helpless tiny human completely dependent on Levi and me.  In the blink of an eye (cliché again!), he’s grown into an intelligent, self-driven, good-natured, very competent young man.  The itty baby who once fit into the crook of my arm is now 6’4″ and makes me look like the tiny one.

One of my favorite things about Owen is how he truly experiences life with all of his senses and every fiber of his being. Anyone who has ever accompanied him on a hike, bike ride, trip to a new destination, museum visit, or even just a walk down the street to see the sunset has heard him express his appreciation for nature, art, his city, his friends and family, and how it makes him feel.  He approaches everything he does with grit and so much heart, from school to the soccer field, speaking to a delegation of 300 people, putting it all out there on the basketball court.

He has the best smile, and I love that we get to see it often.

His next trip around the sun is going to be an exciting one… this is the year he’ll make one of the biggest decisions of his life thus far, graduate from high school, leave home for college.  It’s bittersweet, to say the least. And while I’m all too aware of all of the “lasts” in this coming year, I also know it’s just the beginning of an incredible journey ahead. I can’t wait to see where it will take him.

Happy Weekend!  And a very Happy 18th Birthday to my sweet O.

 

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Go-to posts packed with ideas for local fun:
* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Kid-Friendly Eats
* Ice Skating
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Baltimore with Kids
* Peaceful Places

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 28. Get a glimpse and an idea of what to expect in KFDC posts about it here and here.

DC Teen Scene
Where: Around the DC area
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by activity

In honor of a certain big birthday this weekend, I’m sharing this post written by the young man (he’s officially an adult!) of the moment.  It’s full of recommendations for hanging out with teens, from museums to outdoor recreation to sports events to live entertainment to a neighborhood with lots of things to do.

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

The fresh snow makes it a great time to hit the slopes for a day trip or even an overnight this weekend!  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 expriences there. 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. (PS: The photo above is not from an area resort… but it’s inspo to go and a very recent pic of the birthday boy.)

Batman Live in Concert
Where: Warner Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Friday, 8pm
Tickets: $38-115
This is a one-of-a-kind experience that is a mixture of going to the movie theater and a concert.  Watch the film projected onto a larger-than-life screen while an orchestra plays the film score live on stage in front of you.The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being Jack Napier, a criminal who becomes a clownishly homicidal villain known as The Joker.

Kids DIY 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, they can get to work building their own toolbox, so your little helper will be eager to tag along on your next home improvement project. Be sure to register in advance before Saturday!

Shaun the Sheep: Flock this Way
Where: National Children’s Museum | Downtown DC
When: Starting Saturday through May 12
Admission: $18.95

The National Children’s Museum Visiting Exhibit Hall will be transformed into Mossy Bottom Farm as Shaun the Sheep: Flock This Way! opens this weekend.
Based on the popular film and television characters, the interactive exhibit will explore, investigate, and share in the antics of Shaun the Sheep and his pals through a all kinds of hands-on play. It’s most impactful for children ages 3-9, but all are welcome. And there’s much more to explore at the museum — read all about it.

Adaptive Skating Day
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: $10

The Wharf Ice Rink is hosting a special session of adaptive skating and more, designed to provide a fun experience on the ice for those that are more comfortable in a reduced stimulus setting or that may need additional support. There will be ice skating, an activity station, a snack station (make your own trail mix), a calm down corner for anyone who needs to take a little break and a photo station with zamboni. Wheelchairs and AFO’s are welcome on the ice and The Wharf will have skates and skate aids available. Four Team USA skaters will be on hand to assist on and off the ice and have experience working with children with ASD, ADHD and Down’s Syndrome. The $10 registration fee includes admission for one child or adult and one parent, guardian, or caregiver to join them on the ice.

Cub Corner
Where: College Park Aviation Museum | College Park, MD
When: Saturday, 10:30-11:30am
Admission: $5/adult, $2/child

Head to the museum to enjoy a short story and craft in the museum’s gallery, along with checking out all the cool aircraft and artifacts on display. The program is designed for ages 5 & under, but the museum will fascinate all ages, including adults. And FYI, it’s located right next to the College Park Airport, the oldest continuously operating airport in the world.

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

Get creative at this studio within The REACH at the Kennedy Center, where all are welcome and encouraged to partake in various art projects and activities. Through February 11, get ready for the arrival of the Year of the Dragon (February 10th) with Lunar New Year-inspired projects, including shadow puppets, paper lanterns, and zodiac prints.

Freeze Dance Party
Where: Kensington Town Hall | Kensington, MD
When: Saturday, 3-5pm
Admission: $7/person, $25 max/family (babies free) 

The Noyes Children’s Library Foundation is kicking off 2024 with a freeze dance for families. The event will include a dance leader getting kids moving with fun tunes, tables with crafts, and a separate room with storybooks for a quiet space. The dance party is open to children of all ages; the crafts are geared to kids from 2-8 years old. Free snacks and water will be available. Space is limited and sales are only at the door.

Finding Nemo Jr. The Musical
Where: Thomas Jeffereson Community Theatre | Arlington, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Tickets: $12-15

Encore Stage & Studio presents its signature theatre by kids for kids… This beloved story follows Marlin, an anxious and over-protective clownfish, who lives in the Great Barrier Reef with his child Nemo, who longs to explore the world beyond their anemone home. But when Nemo is captured, Marlin decides to face his fears and sets off on an epic adventure across the ocean. With the help of lovable characters such as the optimistic Dory, laid-back sea turtle Crush, and the Tank Gang, Marlin and Nemo both overcome challenges on their journey to find each other and themselves. Recommended for all ages.

Hansel & Gretel
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: Starts Saturday through February 18
Tickets: $15

Join the Puppet Co. for this classic German fairy tale about two kids who get lost in the woods and encounter a witch. Written by Len, Patricia, and Chrisopher Piper, this version of Hansel and Gretel is over 50 years old. Our musical tale, performed using marionettes, is sure to charm you and your little ones. Directed by Danny Pushkin. Recommended for ages 4+.

Elena Moon Park and Friends
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 11am & 1:30pm
Tickets: $20

Take an “unhurried journey” around the globe through song! Elena Moon Park and Friends performs folk and children’s music from East and Southeast Asia, reimagined to celebrate various musical traditions, languages, styles, and stories. Recommended for ages 7+.

Books Alive
Where: Highland Elementary School | Wheaton, MD
When: Saturday, 11am & Sunday, 2pm
Tickets: Free

Interact Story Theatre’s continues its Family Theatre Series in the new year, kicking it off with a Family Literacy Fiesta. Artistic Director Ali Oliver-Krueger will lead 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.

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.

(W)Hoop It Up
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:
* Maryland women vs Illinois on Saturday at 1pm
* GW women vs Saint Louis Bilikens on Saturday at 2pm
* George Mason men vs St. Bonaventure Bonnies on Saturday at 2pm
* American women vs Lehigh on Saturday at 2pm
* Howard men & women vs Norfolk State on Saturday at 2pm
* Maryland men vs Michigan State on Sunday at 12pm

Wizards this Weekend (including Kids Day)
Where: Capitol one Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 7pm & Sunday, 6pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary (look for discounts)

The Wizards have two home games this weekend. See them play the San Antponio Spurs on Saturday evening or go to the game against the Nuggets on Sunday, which is also a Kids Day — the first 5,000 fans will get a G-Wiz Squish Plushie.

Building Stories Community Celebration
Where: National Building Museum
When: Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

The National Building Museum is celebrating the opening of its new long-term exhibitionwith a FREE community celebration. Building Stories brings kids and adults alike on an immersive exploration of the world of architecture, engineering, construction, and design found in the pages of children’s books. The event includes celebrity story time, live music, puppet shows, giveaways, and more. Registration recommended!

Tu B’Shevat Painting and Planting
Where: Home Depot | Northeast DC
When: Sunday, 1:30pm
Admission: Free
Tu B’Shevat is the Jewish New Year for the trees, so Chabad East DC welcomes all to celebrate with a workshop to paint terra cotta pots and then fill them with seeds and soil.  There will also be special Tu B’Shevat snacks!
All ages are welcome!

Disney’s Frozen
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through Sunday
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+.

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

This post will likely come in handy this weekend, if you want to enjoy some active fun, but also want to stay indoors. From pickleball and roller skating to tennis and ping pong to escape rooms and scavenger hunts to an indoor waterpark, find ideas for  all kinds of ways to get your fun and game on.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* There’s a new post about regularly occurring museum programs for kids around DC — and it’s a good one to bookmark!
* With a new snowfall, re-sharing this post with a long list of sledding spots around the area.
* Some of the best comic book stores in the DC area.
This episode  of The Daily about SATs is an interesting listen.
* Just started reading this book and really enjoying it so far.
* If you’re doing some new year purging (or buying), here’s a helpful post.
* And if you’re just buying, don’t miss Amazon’s Winter Sale. A few picks: This puffer, these and these for kids, a family game and this one for teens, this for the dry winter air, and this because it looks awesome.
* How cool is this and can Metro get them?

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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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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 Round-Up:
December 15-17

 

Happy Weekend!

Link up to loads of ongoing, non-holiday DC 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

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

The Winter Break from school begins for some area kids this 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 annual 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.

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

We’re in the thick of the season, so embrace the holiday spirit! There’s festive fun to be had all over the area in all kinds of ways at every price point. Watch model trains buzz around a delightful display at the US Botanic Garden. See pretty Christmas trees and twinkling lights at many spots. 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 so many more in the 2023 KFDC Holiday Guide.

The Night Market
Where: Eastern Market | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Friday, 5-9pm
Admission: Free

Do some shopping under the stars (and indoors)! Eastern Market will be open Friday evening so you can do some holiday shopping, get some food and treats for the evening and weekend, and pick up a Christmas tree if you still need one. Enjoy music and family fun inside, too!

Santa Encounters
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

If you’re still hoping to hang with Santa around DC, you can find him at many places, often along with extra fun and treats. This post has a round-up of places he’ll be for the rest of the season, from free gatherings to special brunches to holiday shows to train rides to classic photo stops at the mall.

Hot Wheels Champion Experience
Where: Tysons Corner Center | Tysons, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission:

Another exciting immersive experience for kids is opens at Tysons this weekend! The Hot Wheels Champion Experience combines exhilarating digital and hands-on play in a 16,000-square foot interactive environment for all ages. Conquer all kinds of digital challenges, create a car and see in in 3D on a bog screen, immerse in AR fun, and more.  (Look for a review soon!)

Wizards vs Pacers
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 Indiana Pacers. 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.

Greenberg’s Great Train & Toy Show
Where: Dulles Expo Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $10-12/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.

Hill Family Biking: Tiny Streets Ride
Where: Around Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Join Hill Family Biking on Saturday for their Tiny Streets Ride. What is a Tiny Street? A street that is only one block long, of course! And Capitol Hill is chalk full of these picturesque streets. Not only are these blocks beautiful, but often a safer route while biking. Hit up eight of these tiny streets on the ride and end at P.S. Mercantile for some hot chocolate, coffee, and tasty treats.

Merry Grinchmas: Photo with the Grinch
Where: Truist Bank Plaza | Adams Morgan, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

The Grinch will be leaving Whoville and visiting Adams Morgan on Saturday. You’re invited to meet him and get your holiday photo taken — people and pets are welcome. Guests can also enjoy face painting while listening to classic holiday music by Dickens carolers!

The Dragon King’s Daughter
Where: Kennedy Center | Fogy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday,1:30 & 4pm & Sunday, 4pm
Admission: $20-25

Chinese dragon mythology, martial arts, and stunning voices combine in this world premiere musical. Twelve-year-old Kenny Li is being bullied at school. When he finds a magical tablet, he is transported to the Jade Kingdom where he meets Xing, the Dragon King’s daughter. Together, they go on a quest to save the world, finding courage and friendship along the way.

The Lion, the Witch , and the Wardrobe
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Through January 7
Admission: $25

In a two-person version of the classic tale, 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?

A Family Christmas
Where: Kennedy Center  | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: $20-45

Bring the kids for an unforgettable holiday experience as the Choral Arts Chorus fills the concert hall with holiday classics just for them! They’ll take you on a merry tour of Christmas favorites that will have your family singing all the way home. Expect a visit from Santa, Frosty, and Rudolph!

Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Where: MGM National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: $32-99

Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the stage in this popular and dazzling family holiday spectacular. This annual tradition wraps a whimsical, Broadway-style musical infused with contemporary circus artistry into the ultimate holiday gift for the entire family!

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

There’s so much holiday-inspired entertainment on local stages to celebrate the season. Step Afrika’s Magical, Musical Holiday Step Show is a stomping good time. The Nutcracker at the Warner Theatre is a classic that will enchant audiences of all ages. Or take littles to see a version on strings at The Puppet Co. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead Scrooge on A Christmas Carol journey at Ford’s Theatre. Go to a Family Edition of Handel’s Messiah at the National Cathedral.  Get details on these shows and see what else is coming up soon in the 2023 Guide to the Holiday Season.

Community Christmas Festival
Where: Foundry UMC | Logan Circle, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Admission: Free

Join Friends of Stead Park and Foundry fun family gathering at the Community Christmas Festival. There will be crafts, snacks and free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. If you’d like to purchase a gingerbread house-making kit to make at the event or take home, you can do so here: https://bit.ly/SPgingerbread23

Baby-Wearing Dance Class
Where: Dance Exchange | Takoma Park, MD
When: Sunday, 12:30-1:30pm
Admission: $10 with code BestDancingPartner

Get your jingle on with your little one and enjoy some extra holiday cheer at a holiday-themed baby-wearing dance class! Any aged child in a carrier can dance with their mom/dad/caregiver in this fun, easy-to-follow class. Bring your baby-wearing friends or family members — the more, the merrier!

Procrastinators Market
Where: Kraken Kourts & Skate | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Discover a wide array of gifts, crafts, and goodies to delight everyone on your holiday list. From handmade jewelry to artisanal treats this market showcases the talents of local artisans and vendors. Peruse items from 50+ local vendors, plus enjoy family friendly entertainment, free holiday train rides and a special art activation from ARTECHOUSE.

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.

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.  Through December 30, celebrate the world premiere of Marcus Yi’s new musical, The Dragon King’s Daughter — the Moonshot Studio has hands-on projects inspired by the tale. It’s normally open on Saturday and Sunday, but will be closed on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Mount Pleasant Holiday Market
Where: Mount Pleasant St & Lamont Plaza | Mount Pleasant, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The Mt. Pleasant neighborhood will become the DC’s Holiday Village in the City on Sunday. More than four dozen local artisans will line Mount Pleasant Street and Lamont Plaza, selling home décor, paintings, pottery, candles, vintage goods and other items. The event also includes a special visit from Santa — he’ll be be available for pictures and to hand out free toys to children. While you’re there, stop to create a free card with We Are Artistic, a group of local high school kids hosting a card-making table for Cards For Hospitalized Kids.

King Bullfrog Concert
Where: Calvary Episcopal Church | Northeast DC
When: Sunday, 4pm
Admission: $5

Mister Mike’s Music is presenting a King Bullfrog concert this Sunday. The high-energy acoustic act plays folk, rock, and original music for kids and their grownups. Did you know that the origins of King Bullfrog are in a Mister Mike’s class? They’ll tell you the story on Sunday. Tickets are available here. The church is located at 820 6th Street NE.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
If you’re still looking for holiday gifts, the KFDC Gift Guides have loads of ideas!
* How about a festive road trip?  Here are 5 fun ideas.
* Enjoy a free Jingle Jam Holiday Concert at the Capital Turnaround on Monday evening.
* What do you think about the Wizards and Capitals moving to Virginia?
* Apple’s most popular podcasts of 2023.
* Finally watched and loved The Bear.
* And this new family movie is really cute.
* How cute are all of these drink coozies?
* Favorite New Yorker cartoons in 2023.

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The Weekend Round-Up:
December 8-10

Enjoy a family night out at Georgetown GLOW

 

Happy Weekend!

Find tons of ideas for non-holiday fun in these go-to KFDC posts:
* The Great Indoors
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
Autumn Adventures
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Kid-Friendly Eats
* Bike Rides
* Baltimore with Kids
* Peaceful Places

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

If you’re looking for holiday activities, you have your pick of them!  There are all kinds of ways to embrace the spirit of the season, and at every price point. Some are listed in this round-up, and details for SO many more in the 2023 KFDC Holiday Guide to the Holiday Season Around DC.

Lights & Ice: Hanukkah Skate Night
Where: Canal Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: December 8
Admission: Free; skating is $15/12+, $12/under 12
The Festival of Lights is back at the Canal Park Ice Rink with Free Skate Rentals for the first 150 attendees to glide around the outdoor menorah. There will also be live music from DJ Ci Ci, free Hannukah-themed donuts, and hot cider from neighborhood confectionary shop Kilwins courtesy of the Capitol Riverfront BID. Plus, enjoy dreidels, glow sticks, gelt, and an exclusive Capitol Riverfront mug & hot cocoa kit for the first 100 attendees! An official menorah lighting will take place at 7pm.

A “Lit” Family Night Out
Where: Around DC
When: Throughout the holiday season
Admission: Free (+ cost of dinner)

The holidays are always a fabulous time of the year in DC, especially in the evenings when twinkling lights make the cityscape sparkle and there is “illuminated” fun to enjoy. Even better, you can make a night of it and experience those lit activities and enjoy a family dinner out, too. This new post has five ideas for doing just that, all of them centered around a main activity with recommendations for places to eat, plus some suggestions for nearby fun to tack on if you want to make a day (or longer night) of it, too.

The Polar Express Pajama Party
Where: Miracle Theater | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: $6

Sip some hot chocolate in your PJ’s while watching the holiday classic, The Polar Express. The film is an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. A young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. During his adventure he learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

Disney Encanto x CAMP
Where: Tysons Corner | Tysons, VA
When: Through March
Admission: Starts at $32

The immersive experience inspired by the beloved movie opens at Tysons this weekend.  Tickets are very limited in December, but you might luck out and get them.  If not, then let this be your heads-up to snag them for a 2024 visit — they would make a great holiday gift!

Step Afrika! Magical, Musical Holiday Step Show
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: Through December 17
Tickets: $56-95 (look for discount)

Easily one of the best holiday show’s in town, Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show is a fantastic, vibrant celebration. (And we know from many years’ experience!) This fun, family-friendly performance will have you stomping your feet and clapping your hands to energetic beats from Step Afrika! and special guest, DJ Frosty the Snowman. The internationally-renowned percussive dance company has created a fantastic, contemporary holiday tradition, featuring friendly, furry characters, fun photo ops, and a festive dance party.

Fiddler on the Roof
Where: Olney Theatre | Olney, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Tickets: $35-101 (look for discount)

A great show  during Hanukkah…  Tradition! The word itself is synonymous with this most classic of American musicals, set in the tiny shtetl of Anatevka. People all over the world continue to find universal truths in the story of Tevye and his headstrong, tradition-bucking daughters. Now, Olney Theatre creates a rich and re-imagined Fiddler for a new generation to embrace through unforgettable songs like “If I Were a Rich Man,” “To Life,” and “Sunrise, Sunset.” Like Tevye himself, this Fiddler knows the power of its traditional highlights, but like his daughters Tzeitel, Hodel, and Chava – it also may surprise you with new ways of carrying forward its spirit.

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: Through December 31
Tickets: $15/age 2+

And one for little kids…  It’s Hanukkah on strings once again at The Puppet Co. this year! In this puppet play, Hershel just wants to celebrate Hanukkah with the community, but the Queen and King of the Goblins have forbidden the lighting of the candles. Can Hershel save the day and lift the curse for this shtetl (village)?

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

There’s so much holiday-inspired entertainment on local stages to celebrate the season. The Nutcracker at the Warner Theatre is a classic that will enchant audiences of all ages. Or take littles to see a version on strings at The Puppet Co. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead Scrooge on A Christmas Carol journey at Ford’s Theatre. Go to a Family Edition of Handel’s Messiah at the National Cathedral.  Get details on these shows and see what else is coming up soon in the 2023 Guide to the Holiday Season.

A sculpture from the Simone Leigh exhibit

Art Cart: Who? You? Express Yourself!
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | Naional Mall, DC
When: Saturday 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Art Cart days are a great time to bring kiddos to the Hirshhorn because you can enjoy the exhibits, and they have a fun activity to connect to the art. On Saturday, dive into the world of Simone Leigh’s art! Explore her sculptures and make your own one-of-a-kind portraits and sculptures inspired by the things that make you special. Find the Art Cart in the Lerner Room on the Third Level.

Get Out of Dodge DC
Where: Around the region
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Mix it up  with a quick getaway to a festive destination! If you feel like you’ve seen and done it all around DC, or just want to add a little extra magic to the season, road-trip-it to a location less than three hours away from the DC metro area — and maybe make some fun stops on the way. Your kids will love the thrill of it all (and, for overnighters, your heavily-tinseled hotel)! This post has ideas for places to go.

Go-Go Santa Caravan
Where: Sycamore & Oak | Congress Heights, DC
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

Local business, community leaders, go-go bands, and “Go-Go Santa,” will spread holiday cheer as they travel through Congress Heights to The Retail Village at Sycamore & Oak for a day of holiday-themed activities and celebration. Around 5,000 curated holiday gifts will be distrinuted from eight local lifestyle businesses. Meal tickets and shopping coupons (up to $14 each) will also be given out while supplies last. Households will also receive complimentary tickets from Capital City Go-Go.

Capital Art & Craft Festival
Where: Dulles Expo Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $10/advance, $12/at door, free/12 & under
Browse the works of over 200 local artisans and crafters and find unique holiday gifts  This festival features art in more than a dozen mediums — jewelry, paintings, prints, glass, leather, photography, pottery, wearable art, and wood, and more.   Visit the website for more details.

Winter’s Eve
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday, 3-6pm
Admission: Free
It’s Glen Echo Park’s annual Winter’s Eve celebration, a holiday event designed with all ages in mind. The Park will be abuzz with activity throughout the event:Open studios, artwork sales, refreshments, and the Puppet Co. will present it’s beloved The Nutcracker at 4pm. There will also be free children’s holiday crafts, and many of the Park’s resident arts organizations will offer holiday activities, including performances by Washington Revels, a hands-on blown glass ornament workshop (pre-registration required), Washington Conservatory of Music student performances, holiday portrait photography (pre-registration encouraged), and more!

Holiday Extravaganza
Where: The Boro | Tysons, DC
When: December 9, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free
Here comes Santa Claus, right down Boro Lane! Get into the holiday spirit with a festive and fun morning in Boro Park to kick off the holiday season! At Santa’s Workshop at The Boro, guests of all ages are invited to enjoy a fun filled morning of holiday kids crafts, a DJ dance party, specialty hot chocolate bar with lots of fun fixings from Bluestone Lane, a holiday themed bounce house, and calligrapher on site to customize ornaments. And don’t forget to stop Santa’s Workshop in Boro Park, where you can take pictures with Santa — he’ll be there from 11:30am to 1pm.

Holiday Lights
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Parks and gardens around the area are brightening up the season with twinkling holiday light displays. Some you can walk through for an up-close experience, others you tour by car. Whatever you choose, you’re in for a dazzling good time.  See where you can enjoy them in the KFDC Holiday Guide.

Hike & Aprés Hike
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

If al the holiday hoopla is getting overwhelming, the get out for a family hike — then extend (and elevate) the day with some some snacks (or a whole meal) and sips after. Find some great combos to do that in this post about place to hike & aprés Hike.

Second Sunday Barn Dance
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: Sunday, 1-3pm
Admission: $5 ages 4+

Bring the fam to the Barn Dance! The fun-spirited event is for all ages and ability levels, featuring live music and a caller who teaches all the dances and keeps everyone moving to the music. Expect a variety of circles, squares, longways sets, contras, waltzes, and ceilidhs. Families with pre-school kids, tweens and teens, grandparents, and everyone in-between will have a rollicking good time with Glen Echo’s intergenerational community.

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

If you’re not feeling outdoorsy, you can still get a dose of the outside world in the comfort of the indoors at a nature center. There are several great ones around the area that with lots of interesting 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.

Day Trip from DC
Where: Around the region
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Get out of dodge for a day to enjoy some fun in areas that require a bit of a drive, but not an overnight stay (though you could consider it). Explore the spectacular underground world of Luray Caverns. Discover the charm and awesome attractions of Baltimore.  Enjoy hiking and history at Harpers Ferry. Take an ice cream making museum tour at Turkey Hill in Lancaster, PA. Or venture out to the Calvert Marine Museum to experience fascinating exhibits that highlight the history of the Chesapeake Bay.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* There’s a new giveaway for a chance to win a Holiday Stocking filled with a music lessons gift certificate and more from International School of Music!
* It’s peak holiday shopping season, and the KFDC Holiday Gift Guides have loads of ideas for DC-inspired gifts and for specific age groups.
* Looking for an activity especially for little ones on Tuesday morning?  Check out Art in the AM at the American Art Museum!
* National Gallery of Art shares tips for peaceful visits to the museum during the holiday season.
* Aristocrafts, an local mom-owned company that runs after school programs, now has their own studio and will be offering creative workshops for kids and adults.
* Always looking for organizing solutions, and this is a good one. Or this if you have a spare drawer.
* A few sales to check this weekend: Dick’s Sporting Goods, Tea Collection, Bose, Pottery Barn, Anthro,
* Vanity Fair’s Best Movies of 2023.
* This Hanukkah, Light the Candles 💙

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