Monday – Explore the grounds and play in the gardens, specifically the Children’s Gardens, at River Farm. The American Horticulture Society’s headquarters overlooking the Potomac River in Alexandria are as lovely as they are fun. Hours are 9am – 5pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
Tuesday – Sample a Music Together class at BlackRock Center for the Arts. Kids up to age 5 and an accompanying parent or caregiver are welcome to join the free session from 11-11:45. That evening, watch the Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting on the West Lawn on the Capitol Building. Ceremonies start at 5pm, no fee required.
Wednesday – Visit an “Old Faithful” for kids in DC: The National Museum of Natural History. With exhibits to indulge all kinds of interests, you really can’t go wrong. Gawk at the dinos and mammals, hold live insects, walk among butterflies, learn about early humans, see Nature’s Best photography, watch an IMAX movie, and/or much more. Admission is free, but entry to the Butterfly Pavillion is $5 and movies are $9. The museum is open 10am – 5:30pm.
Thursday – Join the toddler dance party at a Boogie Babes show. Bridgette and Dawn will be playing their fun island-inspired tunes at Eastern Market’s North Hall . Showtime is 10:30am. Admission is $5/child, free for siblings 6 months and under. (If you can’t make the Thursday show, catch Mr. Skip at the Atlas on Friday.) Later in the day and early evening, enjoy some holiday fun at Winternational, a global celebration of the season at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center from 4-7pm — see the KFDC Calendar for more info.
Friday – See a children’s puppet show, enjoy interactive demos by master artisans, and shop for unique gifts at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. The fair will be at the Dulles Expo Center through the weekend – Friday & Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm. Admission is $8 in advance, $10 at the door, children 12 and under are free.