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The Weekend Round-Up: January 5-6

One my favorite things in the world: this smile.

Her laughter is one of my absolute favorite things the world.


Flying things at the Building Museum, movies at the art museum, a sing-along to celebrate a childhood classic, the last of the holidays, outdoor adventures, and more are all part of this weekend’s picks for fun with the kids. And we’ve got our own special event going on here as my baby girl rings in another year. Happy Weekend! And a very Happy Birthday to my sweet Sashi.

A Day of Flying in the Great Hall
Where: National Building Musem
When: Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Partake in some super fly activities at the Building Museum. All ages can drop in on Sunday to watch as the DC Maxecuters demo all kinds of model planes in and across the Great Hall. OF course, you can enjoy all the other NBM offerings the rest of the weekend, including the new PLAY WORK BUILD exhibit.

Performing Arts Training Studio Open House
Where: Performing Arts Training Studio in Columbia Heights
When: Saturday, 12-2pm
Admission: Free

The Performing Arts Training Studio celebrates their move to Columbia Heights with an Open House on Saturday afternoon. Join the fun that includes free face painting for kids, free t-shirts for youth and adults while they last, a chance to meet their team of Master Instructors, and opportunities to win complimentary classes. It’s also a great time to learn about and register for classes and summer camps for adults and youth ages 5-16.

Surreal Shorts
Where: National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium
When: Saturday, 10:30am & Sunday, 11:30am
Admission: Free

The NGA’s monthly film program for kids is back with a surreal series of animated shorts that encourages viewers to stretch their imaginations and let the ordinary become extraordinary. Oscar award-winning The Lost Thing follows a boy on a journey to find a home for a strange, misplaced object. Other films include Codswallop, Luminaris, and The Goat That Ate Time. Recommended for ages 7 and up, the program runs approximately 55 minutes. No registration is required, but seating is offered on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Schoolhouse Rock-noceros!
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Sunday, 6pm
Admission: Free

“Conjunction Junction, what’s your function?” If that brings back great memories from your childhood, too, then go celebrate it weekend. It’s the 40th anniversary of Schoolhouse Rock and the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage is marking it with a sing-along of all the great tunes that taught some of the fundamentals of the world around us — interjections, legislation, multiplication, and more. This is one concert where you’re sure to know all the lyrics. Local fave Rocknoceros will also be there for the free fun!

Stay Entertained
Where: Local theaters
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by venue

Seussical is in its final weekend at Imagination Stage, but Wake Up, Brother Bear is just starting up. The Kennedy Center presents A Brown Bear, a Moon, and a Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle. Cinderella is still fitting her glass slipper at Olney Theater. And Dave Brewer and the PrekKings are playing a Saturday morning show at Jammin’ Java. Get details on all of these shows in this post about entertainment in the new year.

Happy Birthday, JCC!
Where: JCC of Greater Washington
When: Sunday, 9am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate 100 years of the JCC at a Kick Off Birthday party open to everyone! Festivities will include cake and ice cream; a birthday cake contest; childrens’ inflatables; prizes and giveaways; dance and music performances; Camp JCC reunion; and the opening for the Washington Jewish Film Festival at the JCCGW with the acclaimed film, Hava Nagila. See the website for the schedule of events.

Eke Out the Holiday Fun
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

It’s your final chance to enjoy the last of the season’s holiday fun. Trains and light displays, and even a couple of shows are keeping the holiday magic going for a few more days before they all shut down until next year. The KFDC 2012 Holiday Guide has details on where you can get your final fix.

Recreation on Ice
Where: Local ice rinks
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

Looks like it’s going to be great weather for outdoor ice skating these next couple of says, so lace up the skates and get gliding. Enjoy art as you skate at the Sculpture Garden; join Canal Parks’s Cartoon Skate on Saturday from 10am – 12pm; circle the new rink at Washington Harbour; or shop then skate at Pentagon Row, Veteran’s Plaza, or Reston Town Center. This post has details on both alfresco and indoor ice skating options in the area.

Model Rocket Launch
Where: Goddard Space Flight Center
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.

Sunny Days
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

Don’t let a little cold weather keep you inside! Bundle up and get out to savor the winter sunshine. This list of places to spend a great day outdoors has loads of ideas for fun al fresco.



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The Weekend Round-Up: December 29-30

A fun display at ZooLights, one of many holiday events still running

A fun display at ZooLights, one of many holiday events still running


With cold temps and a wintry mix in the forecast, this round-up is heavy on indoor recommendations, and you can find even more ideas here and here. And… just in case you haven’t heard yet, KFDC if a finalist for favorite local blog in the Washington Post’s DC Tweeps contest. Voting ends on Monday, so if you think my blog is worthy of the title, please go let them know! Thanks, and Happy Weekend!

Holidaze
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

The holidays themselves may be over, but many activities celebrating them are still going on, some for up to another week. Live entertainment, spectacular light displays, model trains, and seasonal events are some of the ways you can savor the holiday magic just a little bit longer. The 2012 KFDC Holiday Guide will tell you where to find them.

Kwanzaa Arts, Family Fun
Where: Anacostia Community Museum
When: Saturday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Make a variety of Zawadi (gifts) and greeting cards traditional art materials such as colored paper, glitter, rubber stamps, and discardable materials. Join artists Tamara Thomas and Diedra Bell for this fun, free workshop.

The Emancipation Proclamation Turns 150
Where: National Archives
When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The National Archives will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation with a special display of the original document in the East Rotunda Gallery. The commemoration will include extended viewing hours, inspirational music, a dramatic reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, and family activities and entertainment for all ages.

Uncle Devin’s Winter Wonderland Holiday Show
Where: Jammin’ Java
When: Saturday, doors open at 10am
Admission: $10

Enjoy the live, interactive musical experience recommended for children five and up. Uncle Devin is both a drummer and percussionist, and, therefore, is known as the original “Drumcussionist.” His drum set consists of a combination of natural drums/ percussion instruments, and the latest in electronic drums. This hybrid drum set allows him to play the normal drum groove along with the additional color that is normally played by additional percussionist and musicians. He also has uses an assortment of percussion instruments, including cowbells, triangles, shakers, congas and timbales, as learning tools for his message.

Experiential Exhibits
Where: National Geographic Museum
When: All weekend long
Admission: $8/adults, $6/seniors, $4/ages 5-12, 4 and under free

The National Geographic Museum is currently presenting a couple of exhibits that appeal to kids and adults alike. Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution and 1001 Inventions: Discover the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization, like many of the museum’s exhibitions, are full-on experiences that utilize multimedia and a variety of interactive installations to educate, enrich, amuse, and wow guests. You can enhance your Nat Geo visit with a 3D movie — get up close and personal with prehistoric monsters of the deep in Sea Monsters 3D.

Show Time
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

If you’re over the holidays, but up for some live entertainment, there are a few productions on stages that are sans Christmas themes. a href=”https://tickets.imaginationstage.org/public/show.asp” target=”_blank”>Seussical is at Imagination Stage. The Shakespeare Theatre Company presents A Misdummer Night’s Dream (and we know firsthand that some kids will enjoy it). Young Robin Hood is at Round House Theatre. And A Brown Bear, a Moon, and a Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle is now running at the Kennedy Center.

Portrait Story Days
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 1-4pm & Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the National Portrait Gallery listen to a story about a person who has influenced American history and culture and to create a special piece of art. This weekend, learn about pop artist Andy Warhol.

Modern Family — Art & Fun
Where: Local art museums
When: All weekend long
Admission: Free

Check out some modern art with the kids. A few current exhibits may not have been curated with kids in mind, but they contain elements that any age can appreciate, even just for the aesthetics. Ai Weiwei: According to What? at the Hirshhorn, Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective at the National Gallery of Art, and the third floor of the Smithsonian American Art Museum all have works on display that are bold, interesting, and fun to just view (not touch!). And if it’s not your kids’ cup of tea, there’s plenty more to explore nearby all of those venues.

Winter Wonderland Art Workshop
Where: Little Loft
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: $15

Kids ages 2-5 can create a sparkling wintery project and make a snowflake for the new Sandy Hook Elementary (no explicit discussion of events – just snowflakes for the new school). There will also be stories on the half hour.

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The Weekend Round-Up: December 22-23

Gliding the day away at Canal Park Ice Rink

 

Before you get started on plans for the weekend, here are a few things to note:

– It’s the last chance to experience many holiday activities, events, and shows, so be sure to keep that in mind if there’s something you’re really hoping to do this season.

– These recommendations are heavy on holiday fun, but you can find loads of non-holiday recs on the Everyday Play page in The Great Indoors post, or this compilation of outdoor ideas.

– If you’re looking for last minute gift ideas, you might consider making a donation to a great cause in someone’s name. The GIVE page has a nice list of charities, all suggested by KFDC readers.

– And speaking of giving, how about giving KidFriendly DC your vote?  I’m a finalist for favorite local blogger in the Washington Post’s DC Tweeps contest. If you think KFDC is worthy of the  title, please go let them know with your vote!

– As always… Happy Weekend!

Celebrate the Season
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity
If you haven’t yet gotten your holiday spirit on, this is the weekend to do it.  There are only a few more days to enjoy some of the season’s best events and activities, and the vibe is sure to be extra festive with the big days right around the corner. Visits with Santa, train displays, lights shows, and holiday entertainment are happening around the area all weekend long.  Check out the KFDC Holiday Guide for the scoop on all of them.

Family Fun & Fireworks
Where: National Harbor
When: Friday, 5pm
Admission: Free
Kick off the weekend at the National Hartbor’s last Friday Night Family Fun & Fireworks event of this holiday season. Enjoy an evening of family-friendly activities, including strolling entertainment, open houses at some the retailers, live music, and the grand finale, fireworks.

Rocknocreos Holiday Singalong
Where: Jammin’ Java
When: Saturday, 2pm
Admission: $10
The local band that’s a favorite of many a kid is back at the Vienna venue for their 6th annual holiday singalong. Join them in a chorus of seasonal tunes and Rockno classics. Tickets are still available for the 2pm show, but probably not for long!

Build, Break, and Create
Where: National Geographic Museum
When: Saturday, 1pm
Admission: Free
Explore the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics accomplishments of the Muslim world from the 7th to the 17th centuries through a variety of hands-on workshops.  Presented in conjunction with the exhibit 1001 Inventions: Discover the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization, the program shows modern applications of historic innovations and provide unique connections to the world we live in.  Note that while the event is free, there is an admission fee for the exhibit.

Show Time
Where: Local theatres
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by venue
Holiday-inspired entertainment is gracing many stages right now, there are a few non-seasonal shows running, too. Seussical is still at Imagination Stage, the Shakespeare Theatre Company presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Young Robin Hood is at Round House Theatre. For holiday entertainment, experience the ultimate holiday classic The Nutcracker performed by the Washington Ballet at Warner Theatre or catch a tot-friendly version 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. Enjoy A Little House Christmas with the Ingalls at Adventure Theatre. Watch Step Afrika perform a special holiday show at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.

Santa at the Playseum
Where: Playseum Bethesda
When: Saturday, 10-11:45am
Admission: $6
Enjoy some play time and visit with Santa at the Bethesda Playseum. Santa will read and act out a very special story time (The Night the Grinch Stole Christmas) and sing some of your favorite holiday songs. Parents may bring cameras to take pictures of your child with Santa. No extra fee. Doors open early at 9:00AM.

Fun on Ice
Where: Local ice rinks
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
Ice skating is the perfect way to celebrate the start of winter. Glide in the fresh air at an outdoor ice skating rink or practice your spins and axels at an indoor venue. If you want to share the rink with some furry characters, head to Canal Park on Saturday from 10am -12pm for Cartoon Skate.  And for the rest, this post has all the details you need to get started.

Rock Creek Recreation
Where: Rock Creek Park
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free
Get a nature fix, outdoors or in, at one of the nation’s largest urban parks.  Take a hike, check out exhibits in the nature center, see a planetarium show. All of this is possible at Rock Creek Park. The nature center is open 9am – 5pm, and the Planetarium will be offering special programs throughout the weekend.

Holiday Magic on the Silver Screen
Where: AFI Silver Theater
When: All weekend long
Admission: $7/kids 12 and under, $8.50/adult matinee, $11.50/adult general
The AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring presents their annual Holiday Classics series. A nice mix of seasonal big screen favorites will play at various times throughout the weekend: A Christmas Story, The Muppet Christmas Carol, and It’s a Wonderful Life are a few that can be enjoyed by the whole family at both matinee and evening showings. You can view the full line-up of movies and schedule here.

 

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The Weekend Round-Up: December 15-16

I love the DC views at night

 

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
Admission: $10
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
Admission: Free
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
Admission: Free
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.

Winter’s Eve
Where: Glen Echo Park
When: Saturday, 6-9pm
Admission: Free

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
Admission: Free
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
Admission: Free
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.


 

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The Weekend Round-Up: December 8-9

Hangin' with Santa in his workshop last year

 

Before you get into your weekend planning, I’ve got a little request.  The Buzz blog at the Washington Post is hosting a contest to find readers’ favorites in social media, and I’d love to get your vote.  If you think my blog is worthy, all you have to go is go here and nominate @KidFriendlyDC. Thanks, and as always… Happy Weekend!

Holiday in President’s Park
Where: The Ellipse
When: All weekend long
Admission: Free
Now that the National Christmas Tree has been ceremoniously illuminated, festivities at President’s Park have officially begun. There, you can see the tree, a model train zipping around it, the Yule Log, and holiday displays representing all 50 states. But the biggest thrill for kids easily will  be Santa’s Workshop, which is an actual little cottage on the Ellipse grounds, just down the path from the tree. Guests can check out St. Nick’s “operations” as they wait in line to meet Santa himself and sit on his lap for a photo op. It will be open Saturday and Sunday from 12:30-4:30pm then again from 5:30-9:30pm. Beware that the line can get long — I’ve heard of waits up to 40 minutes — so plan accordingly. For more on what to expect,  read about one of our visits there from a Christmas season past.

More Seasonal Celebrations
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity
The National Tree and surrounding festivities are a biggie in DC, but there are many, many more ways to celebrate the season here.  A few get special mention in this round-up, but you can get the full scoop in the 2012 Holiday Guide. Everything from light shows to train displays to special holiday events are not just listed, but detailed there.

Chanukah, Oh, Chanukah
Where: Throughout the area
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free
The eight crazy nights begin on Saturday at sundown and there are a few events happening around the area this weekend celebrate it.  You can still request tickets to the National Menorah Lighting on Sunday (though no guarantees they’re available). There are also other community menorah lightings, fun festivities, and even a Chanukah on Ice. Get details on all of them here.

Winter Christmas Festival
Where: Ticonderoga Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $5.95/person, free for children under 2
We went to Ticonderoga last weekend and had an absolute blast! 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. Get a glimpse of it all in this post.

The Wright Stuff
Where: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15

It’s Super Science Saturday at the Dulles arm of the Air & Space Museum, the special program that occurs on the second Saturday of every month. This weekend it’ll be all about the Wright Brothers, and visitors can enjoy hands-on demos and activities related to the subject. And the permanent exhibits – a hangar full of amazing air and space craft – are worth a trip out there themselves.

Holiday Magic on the Silver Screen
Where: AFI Silver Theater
When: All weekend long
Admission: $7/kids 12 and under, $8.50/adult matinee, $11.50/adult general
The AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring presents their annual Holiday Classics series. A nice mix of seasonal big screen favorites will play at various times throughout the week: A Christmas Story, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street, and Gremlins are a few that can be enjoyed by the whole family at both matinee and evening showings. You can view the full line-up of movies and schedule here.

Stage Time
Where: Local theaters
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
While most stages are presenting holiday-inspired entertainment right now, there are a few non-seasonal shows running, too. Seussical is still running at Imagination Stage, The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg is at the Kennedy Center, and Young Robin Hood is at Round House Theatre. For holiday entertainment, experience the ultimate holiday classic The Nutcracker performed by the Washington Ballet at Warner Theatre or catch a tot-friendly version 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. Enjoy A Little House Christmas with the Ingalls at Adventure Theatre. See Seasons of Light at Discovery Theater. And see a selection of The Nutcracker performed by the Virginia Ballet Company at this week’s Saturday Morning at the National. Get details on the holiday shows here and non-holiday entertainment here.

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
Where: Dulles Expo Center
When: Friday – Sunday,
Admission: $10/adults, free for children under 12
Want to find unique, handmade holiday gifts and enjoy a family day out?  Then this fair showcasing works by more than 300 top artisans might be worth fitting into your weekend. Pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, home and garden décor, furniture and home accessories, and photography will be on display — and for sale! Even more, children can enjoy an interactive puppet theater and watch live-demonstrations of iron forging, papermaking, stone sculpting, and other media by the master craftspeople themselves.  Read more in this post, but note that the giveaway has ended.

Jam with Mister G
Where: Jammin’ Java
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: $8
After 20 years as a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter playing for grown-ups, Ben Gundersheimer (aka Mister G) burst onto the children’s music scene with his debut CD, Pizza for Breakfast. A former classroom teacher with a Masters in Education, Ben was dubbed Mister G by his elementary school students.  His music has garnered rave reviews from music critics, educators, and national media, and his new bilingual CD, Chocolalala has won a Parents Choice Gold Award and is a Parents Magazine pick of the month. See him play live in Vienna on Saturday morning, and if you purchase tickets in advance, you’ll be entered to win a three Mister G CD’s and a T-shirt.

Alternative Gifting
Where: Calvary United Methodist Church
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free
Instead of giving another tie or candle this year, how about boxing up hope and happiness? Gifts That Give Hope Arlington is holding their 2nd annual Gift Fair, capturing the holiday spirit in a way that redefines the notion of meaningful, alternative gift giving. This year’s fair will feature 15 local and global nonprofit organizations, many of them based in Arlington. Shoppers will have the opportunity to peruse the tables hosted by each organization and purchase alternative gifts that will directly benefit the mission of those organizations.

Santa Paws
Where: Hotel Monaco – DC & Alexandria
When: Saturday & Sunday, 2-4pm
Admission: Free, but photos are $20
Locals are invited to swing by the Hotel Monaco in DC on Saturday and the Hotel Monaco Alexandria on Sunday for festive afternoons of snapping pictures of their pet with Santa while nibbling on holiday fare. The Saturday Santa Paws event will benefit Washington Humane Society (WHS). The Sunday event will benefit Veterans Moving Forward, a non-profit that provides service dogs to veterans with physical and mental health challenges.A professional photographer will be on hand at both events to take keepsake photos of pets with Santa for donations to their respective charities. Professional photos will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. All guests can also enjoy holiday treats and light refreshments amidst the festive décor of the hotel’s living room lobby.

Santa Claus is Coming to the Hill
Where: Eastern Market
When: Saturday
Admission: Free
Eastern Market is always a great weekend destination, but this Saturday it’ll be especially festive with a day of holiday fun in the North Hall.  There will be crafts for kids all day, a jazz quartet from 11:30am – 1:30pm, and greetings from Santa (played by Council Member Tommy Wells) from 2-4pm. Plan to shop the food stalls and browse the flea market for holiday gifts, too.

Gingerbread House Decorating
Where: Union Market
When: Sunday, 12-6pm
Admission: $10 per house
Head to the relatively new market in northeast to create & decorate a gingerbread house.  Join staff for decorating, holiday cheer, and lots of fun. And, of course, shop around the market while you’re there.

Colonial Wassail
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: $3/adults, $2/children and seniors
In the winter apple trees need encouragement to bear fruit in the coming year. Gather in the Farm’s orchard to wassail or toast the trees with singing, dancing and chants to ensure a “howling crop.”  Enjoy hot spiced cider, sugar cakes, a roaring bonfire and 18th century games.

Holiday Celebration in Lamont Park
Where: Lamont Park, Mount Pleasant
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

Small businesses and community groups have teamed up to bring Santa and Mrs. Claus to the heart of Mount Pleasant. That’s right, no trekking out to a big mall for that holiday ritual. You can stay right here in one of DC’s most eclectic walkable neighborhoods. Plus there will be great hands on craft activities, a Chanukah puppet show, and lots of holiday treats. Lamont Park is located at the corner of Mount Pleasant and Lamont Streets, NW.

Renwick Holiday Festival
Where: Renwick Gallery
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free
Ring in the holidays with a Craft Futures themed festival. Get creative with 40 under 40 artist Shawn Smith and create 3D pixel ornaments. Enjoy hot apple cider, winter craft activities, and scavenger hunts while pianist Amy Conley plays seasonal music. Stop by Andy Paiko’s Spinning Wheel on the first floor to see spinner Anne O’Connor demonstrating. Lots of fun for the whole family!

Winter Fair at the French International School
Where: Lycee Rochambeau Campus
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free, but plan to spend
The public is invited to shop and enjoy this winter indoor market with a festive ambiance. As a celebration of the holiday season, it will include an array of vendors, international cuisine, musical entertainment, children crafts and activities. It’s a very nice family-friendly event — parents can shop while kids have fun, too. Proceeds from the Winter Fair will benefit the school.

 

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