Holiday events are still running strong, plus there’s a brand new museum in town, music, art, movies, and much more. Of course, DC’s tried and true activities are always a good bet for family fun — you can refer to the big list of indoor activities or check the outdoor recommendations. And don’t forget about the new calendar, which lists daily happenings for a quick and convenient look at what’s going on. Happy Weekend!
National Children’s Museum
Where: National Harbor
When: Friday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
The much anticipated National Children’s Museum is officially opening its doors to the public today with a grand opening celebration that will include special programs and performances all day. Of course, it’ll be open throughout the weekend, too (and daily beyond that). With a mission to “inspire children to care about and improve the world” and tons of interactive exhibits to help them do just that, the museum is as fun as it is enriching. We got to preview it yesterday, and you can too via this post.
Shakespeare for the Family
Where: Sidney Harmon Hall
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Ticket prices vary
Want to introduce your kids to Shakespeare? The Shakespeare Theatre Company is hosting Family Week as they present A Midsummer Night’s Dream, offering both family ticket packages and special activities geared toward kids before shows. There are only a few days left to enjoy it, so go get your tickets here. I can’t wait to take Owen to a performance tonight!
‘Tis the Season
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity
If you’re looking for ways to embrace the holiday spirit, you have your pick: visit Santa in his workshop, see a holiday show, view nature and DC-inspired seasonal exhibits, see intricately constructed model train displays, and much more. The KFDC 2012 Guide to DC’s Best Holiday Events has details on loads of them.
Let there be Lights
Where: Around the area
When: Evening all weekend
Admission: Varies by locale
Take a drive or a stroll through one of the many light displays in the area. The twinkling exhibits feature all kinds of delightful scenes — holiday faves, animals, gardens, and the landscape illuminated in brilliant colors. You can find details for all of them here, and view photos of Brookside’s Garden of Light, which we visited last weekend, here.
Arts for Families: Children’s Tea Party
Where: Textile Museum
When: Saturday, 2pm & 3pm
Enjoy a hot cup of tea and some tasty treats as you listen to traditional Turkish folktales. Try on Turkish clothes and imagine yourself a member of the Ottoman court. Suitable for children of all ages. Parents are encouraged to bring a camera. There are two seatings, one at 2pm and one at 3pm. No reservations necessary.
Saturday Morning at the National
Where: National Theatre
When: Saturday, 9:30am & 11:30am
The final free Saturday theatre experience of the season will feature a grown-up Tim Cratchitt and his blushing bride, Rose, as they recreate Charles Dickens’s classic tale A Christmas Carol. Kids in the audience take roles in the show, playing Jacob Marley, Ghosts of Christmas, and the cantankerous old miser himself to the delight and merriment of all! Admission is free, but tickets are required and handed out on a forts-come, first-served basis.
Where: Glen Echo Park
When: Saturday, 6-9pm
Spend Saturday evening at Glen Echo Park’s annual Winter’s Eve celebration. It’s free, open to the public, and visitors of all ages can enjoy holiday crafts, a sing-along, storybook readings, a hot chocolate bar, and performances. There will also be special activities with resident organizations — get family portraits taken, have a glass blown ornament made, meet the artists, check out exhibitions, shop for artwork, and more.
Kids Art Open House
Where: Anna Banana
When: Friday & Saturday
Swing by the brand new creative space for kids to enjoy for arts, crafts, and treats at an open house. Learn about the exciting art classes and birthday parties for kids ages 2-8. Anna Banana is located at 3270 S Street NW in Georgetown.
Winter Christmas Festival
Where: Ticonderoga Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $5.95/person, free for children under 2
It’s the final weekend of Ticonderoga’s winter fair, and I hope the weather cooperates, so more guests can enjoy it like we did a couple of weeks ago. The annual festival includes hayrides to the white pine fields with access to all of the farm attractions — swings, forts, slides, tunnels, and more. Fire pits are inviting to keep you warm and make some s’ mores or roast hot dogs. Cut down your Christmas tree while you’re there or buy one from the lot. You can check it all out in this post about our visit there.
Hometown Sounds Concert
Where: 9th & Beats
When: Saturday, 2-7pm
The brand new music venue (just opened yesterday), it kicking off its first weekend with a free, all-ages concert on Saturday. 9th & Beats is located at the Old Dominion Brewhouse at 1219 9th Street NW, one block from the Mt. Vernon/Convention Center Metro.