The tree is down, the champagne bottles are recycled, and just about all of the holiday-related entertainment around town has come to a close. Who else is breathing a huge sigh of relief? As wonderful as the holidays are, they are also…hectic. Time to get on with a new year and new fun, and there’s plenty of it to be had this weekend. Here are some suggestions of where you and the kids can find it. Happy Weekend!
Imagination Stage Open House – The theatre arts organization invites families to their Open Houses taking place throughout the day on Saturday. The Early Childhood Open House from 9 – 11am will have sample classes, a sneak preview the upcoming show, “Aquarium,” play time in the “build, bubble, and boogie room,” and more . At the Elementary Open house from 12 – 3pm, students in grades K-5 can try out acting, musical theatre, and dance classes, while parents can meet faculty and learn more about the organization. The Teen Open house will take place from 6 – 8:30pm and give kids in grades 5 and up a chance to sample classes and socialize. Guests can also check out student films and summer musical camps. More details and the complete schedule are available on the Imagination Stage website.
Animated Adventures at the National Gallery of Art – On Saturday at 10:30am and Sunday at 11:30am, kids can explore themes of adventure and self-discovery through a series of animated films. Recommended for kids ages 7 and up, the program is free and lasts about an hour. Read descriptions of the included films on the NGA website.
Symphony for Kids at the Kennedy Center – There are still tickets available for the NSO family performances taking place on both Saturday and Sunday. For details, see this post from a few days ago,
Mad Science – Head to the College Park Aviation Museum on Saturday for an exciting and interactive program about the science of flight. Mad Science of Washington DC will lead sessions at 11am and 1pm. The $5 cost includes museum admission.
Winter Recreation – With snow in the forecast this weekend, you might be inspired to do some traditional wintertime activities. Lace up the skates or strap on the skis for some gliding and swooshing. For ideas on where to go, check out the Our Kids list of of ice rinks and ski resorts in the area.
Tumble Time – The Gymnastics Center at the PG Sport and Learning Complex hosts open play on Saturdays from 1:30 – 2:30pm. Whether your child is a Mary Lou Retton in the making or a kid who just likes to jump, climb, tumble, and swing, this place has it covered. Soft mats, balance beams, trampolines, a rope swing and foam pit, and soft climbing apparatus will tire out even the most energized bodies. Cost is $6/child and space is limited, so it’s a good idea to get there a bit early, especially on a foul-weather day.
DIY at the National Portrait Gallery – Borrow a Portrait Discovery Activity kit for a self-guided, interactive way to learn about the people in the portraits and their contributions to American history. Recommended for families with kids ages 5 and up, the kits are available on a first-come, first-serve basis most Saturdays and Sunday from 1 – 4pm.
Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells – Also at Imagination Stage this weekend are the final performances of their holiday show. Yeah, I know I said it was time to move on, but a little more holiday fun can’t hurt. Available tickets start at $12. Visit the website to read more about the show and reserve seats.