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Posted on November 25, 2017 by DC Thrifty Mom in 2017 Calendar of Events, Family Fun 2017, November 2017 Activities and Events and tagged with , , , , , , , , ,

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DC Thrifty Mom’s suggestions

FREE DMV Family Events Thanksgiving Weekend 2017:
Saturday, November 25 & Sunday, November 26

Washington, D.C. Metro Area

Sponsored By:

Orin Knows Real Estate -Banner 2

Always call or check the event website before heading out;
Event information is subject to change or weather cancellation.

Kids Workshop Home Depot Logo

Christmas Tree Ornament
Home Depot
Saturday, November 25 ∙ 9:00 am ∙ FREE!
Hands-on workshop where you and your child can create a holiday picture frame that doubles as a Christmas ornament. Perfect for gifting or adding to the family’s holiday decor. Once the picture frame is built, your child can decorate it with paint and holiday stickers. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times.
All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.
Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.
Designed for children ages 5 – 12. Thank you for registering online to help Home Depot better plan their craft kit quantities needed.
Next Project:  On Saturday, December 2, Build holiday memories where you and your child can put together a wooden gingerbread house that will last year after year. No frosting required! Once the gingerbread house is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers.

*** Washington, D.C. ***   

Family Afternoon: Can You CANstruct?
Presented by: District Architecture Center
Venue: National Building Museum

Saturday, November 25 ∙ 11:00am ∙ Free
Engineer your own can-tastic creations! Design a plan for an original CANstruction piece using paper mosaics. Explore the engineering challenges on display in the Great Hall as you try your hand at building your own 3-dimensional structure.

13th Annual Downtown Holiday Market
Downtown Washington, DC [Centered at 8th and F Streets, NW]

Thru Saturday, December 23 ∙ Noon to 8 pm each day ∙ Free Admission
Consistently ranked among America’s best Holiday Markets, and anyone who’s visited will testify as to why. This event boasts one of the most spectacular outdoor shopping environments in the region.
Bringing a unique and festive shopping “village” to the heart of Downtown DC, the market features more than 150 regional artisans, crafters and boutique businesses of ethnically produced goods.
Hundreds of diverse gift items, such as jewelry, pottery, paintings, and textiles will be offered by 60 exhibitors each day. You’re sure to find something special for everyone on your list.
While you’re shopping, enjoy lively seasonal entertainment, plus great snacks and festive treats

Open Studio: Find a Feline!
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery [Sackler, level B2, ImaginAsia Studio]

Saturday, November 25 ∙ 12:00pm ∙ Free
Free family activities inspired by the exhibition Divine Felines. Take an adventure into the past and learn about cats in ancient Egypt on a family-friendly tour (12:30 and 2:30 pm). Then, return to our studio to make amulet charms to wear for luck and protection. A Smithsonian archaeologist will join us (1–4 pm) to share how to excavate and document ancient treasures in an archaeological dig. After the talk, print a picture of your furry companion and add it to our collaborative photo collage! All ages welcome with adult companions.

DIY Holiday CraftingDIY Holiday Crafting
DC Public Library – Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Branch

Saturday, November 25 ∙ 1:00pm ∙ Free
Get in the holiday mood with a DIY holiday craft for all ages! Children will be given the choice of a craft kit, and teens and adults can decorate a tote bag for all of their shopping needs! Please ask for a kit at either the children’s desk or the adult desk. Supplies are limited. Sponsored by the Friends of the Shaw Library.

zula-patrol

Zula Patrol Down to Earth
Rock Creek Park Planetarium

Saturday, November 25 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ Free Admission
Hey kids, join the Zula Patrol as they chase Madam Deliria back through geologic times in an attempt to rid the universe of litter. This planetarium film in cartoon format is appropriate for ages 4 to 10 and their families. 25 minutes. View other Rock Creek weekend events, including Faster Than Light,
Oasis in Space, and more here.

Portrait Story Days – This Weekend: Chief Joseph
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Saturday, November 25 & Sunday, November 26 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ Free Admission
Young visitors and their families may drop in to read a story about the day’s subject, then complete a hands-on art project. Next Weekend: Albert Einstein

Cornhusk DragonflyImagiNATIONS Creations: Make a Cornhusk Dragonfly
American Indian Museum

Saturday, November 25 ∙ 1:30pm ∙ Free
observing Native American Heritage Month by making cornhusk dragonflies. Corn, which was first developed by the Indigenous people of Mexico, has long been an important food source for many communities throughout North and South America. The husk is also a useful material that can be used to create everything from dolls to bags and artwork. Create your own dragonfly to take home!
NOTE: Free tickets may be required; see activity center staff; Recommended age: 5+
While visiting the Museum, consider imagiNATIONS Activity Center and Story & Discovery: Hungry Johnny, 11:15AM.

Egg Carton Turtle Crafts
DC Public Library – Southwest Branch

Saturday, November 25 ∙ 3:00pm ∙ Free
Children ages 6-12 are invited to create turtles made from egg cartons.
Children under 9 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver.

Tenley WinterfestTenley WinterFest 2017
The Yetis are Here!
Thru Saturday, December 2
There are several free events including: Yeti Scavenger Hunt, Yeti Story Time and Craft – a special story time featuring songs and stories that are frosty and fun followed by a cool craft.  Live Music performances, CommuniKids Winter FunFEST, Holiday Movie Night, Janney Winter Market, Holiday Tree Sales & More!
NOTE: WinterFeast – Special deals at Tenleytown restaurants all week long! Check here for all of the details.

zoolights-2016ZooLights
Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Thru Monday, January 1, 2018 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31) ∙ 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM ∙ Free Admission*
Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!
New For 2017:
Glow Zone | Every night: A free, glow-in-the-dark play zone for children features light-up LED games and activities located in the Zoo’s Great Meadow.  Grump
GRUMP Holiday Market| Dec. 15 to 17, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.: A European-style outdoor market featuring local artisans, will be located at the Zoo’s Connecticut Avenue entrance Dec. 15, 16 and 17. This alternative art and crafts holiday show features gifts for all ages, from handmade clothing, jewelry and books to home accessories, including prints, upcycled decorative pillows, glass art and more.
CulturalDC’s SPACE4: Mobile Art Gallery | Every night: Visit Washington, D.C.’s first mobile art gallery! CulturalDC’s SPACE4: Arts initiative presents cutting-edge artwork by emerging local artists in a portable shipping container that is traveling across the city to activate unconventional venues and connect local communities to groundbreaking works. At the Zoo, artist Maggie Gourlay has created an immersive art experience, called Adaptation/Migration in the Anthropocene, located across from the Zoo’s Cheetah Conservation Station on Olmsted Walk.
NOTE: Don’t forget about the annual BrewLights on Nov. 30 and FONZ Member Week, from Dec. 3 through Dec. 10. ZooLights remains free and open to the public even during special event nights!
Though this is a free event, there is a fee for some of the activities.     

USBG - Season's Greenings Roadside AttractionsSeason’s Greenings: Roadside Attractions
United States Botanic Garden Conservatory
Thru Monday, January 1, 2018 ∙ The Conservatory is open every day of the year, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free of charge
This year, take a trip across America as our annual holiday show Season’s Greenings showcases Roadside Attractions! In our model train show, trains will chug around, below, through, and above plant-based recreations of iconic sights from across the United States. Explore classic attractions like Texas’ Cadillac Ranch, Colorado’s hot-dog-shaped Coney Island Hot Dog Stand, South Dakota’s Corn Palace, New Jersey’s Lucy the Elephant, and many more. View thousands of blooms throughout the Conservatory, including a showcase of heirloom and newly developed poinsettia varieties. Our collection of D.C. landmarks made from plant materials will return to fill the Garden Court, this year including a new addition–an inspired botanical version of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Join us as we celebrate the holidays and America’s natural and cultural treasures.
NOTE: The Conservatory is open every day of the year, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free of charge. The best times to visit Season’s Greenings are weekdays early in December. On select Tuesday and Thursday evenings in December, the Conservatory is open until 8 p.m. with live seasonal music. Please travel lightly, as the Conservatory is not equipped to store personal items. You must keep strollers and all personal items with you at all times. More information about visiting (directions, etc.)      Museum e - Now Open

NOW OPEN! Museum of the Bible
Inviting all people to engage with the Bible through its history, narrative and impact.
Reserve FREE Tickets

*** Maryland *** 

Holiday Fun at The BMI Farmers’ Market
Baltimore Museum of Industry
Saturday, November 25  ∙ 9:00 am ∙ Free outdoor event

Kick off the holiday season at the last BMI Farmers’ Market of 2017 with a special appearance from Santa (10am to 12pm, BYO camera). Shop for local artisan goods, purchase a Christmas tree, and enjoy family-friendly activities under the outdoor pavilion.   Christmas Village in Baltimore

Christmas Village in Baltimore
West Shore Park [Inner Harbor]
Thru Sunday, December 24*  ∙ 11:00 am ∙ Weekdays and the outdoor area ALWAYS free of admission

Running for its 5th anniversary season, Christmas Village in Baltimore will transform West Shore Park at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor into an authentic German Christmas market. Over 50 local and international vendors – located both inside a huge heated tent and outdoors in traditional wooden booths – will offer their unique giftware and delicious European food specialties.
Plenty of things planned for the little ones – check the dedicated “Kid Friendly” section to learn more! For the first time ever Santa will come to Christmas Village! Take your Holiday picture with the family and Santa right at Christmas Village and save yourself an extra trip to the mall!
*NOTE: Christmas Village will be running through Christmas Eve. Closed first 3 Tuesdays Nov 28th, Dec 5th, and Dec 12th. Admission for the heated festival tent is free on the opening weekend. For all other weekends, a minor admission will be charged, Adults (age 18+): $5 / Kids (under 18): free. Christmas Village also participates in the “Dollar or Less Weekend” on Dec 9th and 10th with a $ 1 admission. Reserve your parking in advance and get there on time, stress free! Download the SpotHero iPhone | Android app and enter promo code CVP17 for 10% off your spot!

Miracle of Main Street Holiday Events & Electric Parade
Downtown Westminster

Saturday, November 25
Miracle on Main Electric Holiday Event, includes Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5pm. Small Business Saturday 10am-5pm. Come celebrate the holiday season in Historic Westminster. Enjoy the seasonal sounds of the Westminster Municipal Band, sing carols and await the arrival of Santa. Santa’s Treat at 6 – 8:30pm at the Westminster Library.
Don’t miss the 20th Annual Festival of Wreaths – more than 150 uniquely decorated Theme wreaths are always a hit. Come and see all the amazing creativity on display.  ALSO, the McDaniel Holiday Light Show (McDaniel College, Gill Stadium)! This drive-through light display synchronized to music throughout the holiday season. The show opens on Saturday, Nov. 25, in conjunction with Westminster’s Miracle on Main Street holiday electric parade, and will be on display throughout the holiday season.

Art Cart & Drop-in Art Activities: Gems, Jewels, and Stones
The Walters Art Museum

Saturday, November 25 & Sunday, November 26 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ Free, Drop-In
Drop-in, explore cool materials, and create a work of art to take home! Each weekend features a new project. No registration required.
NOTE: The third weekend of each month also features a special Paint Party and Walk-in Family Tour.
NEXT MONTH THEME: Arts of Asia

fredericks-tuba-christmasHoliday Events at Weinberg Center [Free with any canned food donation*]:
Frederick’s Tuba Christmas

Saturday, November 25 ∙ 12:00 pm
An afternoon of holiday fun with as many as 80 regional tuba and euphonium players performing 4-part Christmas carols on our stage. Frederick’s Tuba Christmas enters its 16th year this season, featuring players ranging from ages 9 to 70!
Weinberg Winterfest
Saturday, November 25 ∙ 3:00 pm
Enjoy a caroling sing-along featuring live accompaniment on the mighty Wurlitzer organ, a viewing of the silent film “Soup to Nuts,” and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
*NOTE: Admission is free with with any cash or canned food donation; items collected will benefit the Community Action Agency of Frederick City. No ticket required.

DIY Nature
Black Hill Regional Park

Saturday, November 25 & Sunday, November 26 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ Free!
Stop by the Visitor Center Information Desk to borrow a nature knapsack to help you explore Black Hill Regional Park. Contents of the bag change but could include scavenger hunts, magnifying glasses, nature journals and activities. Let your imagination and curiosity lead you! Supplies are limited, bags are loaned out on a first come, first served basis. Please return bags by 4:30 pm.
Intended for All Ages  national-harbor-holiday-movies

Holiday Movie On The Plaza: Dr. Seuss: “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”
National Harbor [Plaza Screen]

Saturday, November 25 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ Free Admission
Enjoy a festive outing this season with National Harbor’s Holiday Movies on the Plaza screen! Each Saturday afternoon, they’ll play a FREE family holiday film on the Plaza.
All films will screen at 2pm, snow or shine.

Miracle on 34th Street!
Baltimore Area – Hampden, Maryland

Saturday, November 25 ∙ 5:45pm ∙ Free
Now in our 71st year – The #3 Most Outrageous Christmas Lighting Display in the United States!! The lights come to life today (Saturday November 25th) with the arrival of Santa on or about 6:00.

Free Family Sunday: Powerful Portraits
The Baltimore Museum of Art

Sunday, November 26 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ Free Admission
Explore your creative side with hands-on art-making workshops in response to works on view.
This Sunday, paint friends and family.
Family workshops are held in the studio space of the Joseph Education Center, located on the first floor of the Museum. Space is limited.

Santa’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro ShopsSanta’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World [Arundel Mills]

Thru Sunday, Decenber 24
Santa’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro Shops and Hanover-area families are invited to enjoy this magical Christmas village offering free photos with Santa and free family holiday activities including fun crafts and games. Families can enjoy the wonder of Christmas inside Bass Pro Shops with Santa’s Wonderland through December 24 including free photos with Santa. Guests can schedule their Santa time using the free Bass Pass system.Visit the Bass Pass Ticket Depot located at the entrance.

*** Virginia *** 

SMITHSONIAN TECHQUEST Race to the MoonSMITHSONIAN TECHQUEST: Race to the Moon
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Saturday, November 25 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free, parking $15
It is 1969 and national pride and prestige are on the line. The United States is in a tight race with the Soviet Union to see who can be the first to land humans on the Moon and return them safely to Earth. NASA needs engineers and scientists with real problem-solving skills.
Your Mission: Develop a rocket to launch into space, travel over 200,000 miles to the Moon, and land safely.
Smithsonian TechQuest: Race to the Moon is a FREE alternate reality game at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Set in the thrilling era of early spaceflight, the game explores the exciting race to space by the first American astronauts.

Victorian Christmas
Cherry Hill Farmhouse

Saturday, November 25 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free Admission
Start your Christmas Season off with a visit to Cherry Hill Farmhouse to see how Christmas was celebrated in the 1860s. Costumed re-enactors welcome friends, neighbors, and soldiers who gather for some holiday cheer in the midst of the conflict. Period decorations, music, holiday stories, and children’s activities are all part of the festivities.
NOTE: Saturday, December 2nd is Children’s Holiday Shoppe, 10am – 2pm.

merrifield-garden-center

Celebrate the season with friends and family at Merrifield Garden Center
Merrifield Garden Center [All Locations]

Santa Claus is coming back to Merrifield Garden Center! Santa will visit all three stores from Saturday, November 25, through Saturday, December 23. Bring the family to enjoy a visit. Want to bring your dog in for a photo with Santa? Check out our Paws with Claus event, taking place at our Fair Oaks Location on December 16 from 10 am – 12 pm! View schedule which includes story time with Santa [Gainesville location] and holiday seminars and workshops!

Michael MullerWee Ones Story Time with Special Guest Michael Muller
Hooray For Books

Saturday, November 25 ∙ 10:30 am ∙ Free Admission
Join the Wee Ones Story Time with special guest author, Michael Muller, and his adorable little Boston terrier, Mirabelle. Michael and Mirabelle will read stories and sign books. Part of Hooray For Books’ Small Business Saturday celebration!

Splurge Worthy

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ICE!® featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Gaylord National

Thru Monday, January 1, 2018
The signature holiday attraction—is back with a new theme in 2017! Experience favorite scenes from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer brought to life in this walk-through winter wonderland carved from more than two million pounds of ice. Learn about the other activities and events available for Christmas on the Potomac.

Great Deals Look here

***  Remember to visit our Discount Ticket Page to locate other area deals! ***

Baltimore Dollar Days 2017

Dollar Or Less Days 2017
Baltimore
Saturday, December 9 & Sunday, December 10
In the spirit of the Holidays, Baltimore area attractions will open their doors and offer free entrance or $1 admission. Includes National AquariumMaryland Science CenterPort Discovery Children’s Museum (Sunday Only), & More!

Toys R Us - Parents Night OutParents’ Night Out
All Toys”R”Us & Babies “R” Us stores*
Thursday, November 30 ∙ 8:00pm ∙ Free Admission
Holiday shopping made fun.
Jam & snack as you check out list-topping toy demos & score advice on the perfect gifts for the kids in your life. Play to win – toy raffles & a chance to win a grand-prize trip to NYC. Kids don’t get to have ALL the fun – games & activities just for grown-ups.
NOTE: *Includes selected Toys“R”Us Express and Outlet stores. All giveaways and event materials available while supplies last and distributed to participants only. Limit one per customer. Quantities limited; no rain checks.

Giveaway Reminder

Frosty the Snow Man - Adventure Theatre MTCFrosty the Snow Man
Adventure Theatre MTC
Thru Sunday, December 31, 2017 [Buy Tickets]

Do you want to build a snow man? How about watching him spring to life in front of you for one day of adventures before he melts away? In this merry wintertime romp, chock-full of chuckles and comic antics, Frosty dances into the hearts of kids and adults alike- even the heart of one near-sighted cop- through his uproarious antics. This Holiday Season, the magic of Frosty the Snow Man will melt hearts at Adventure Theatre MTC. Based on popular song written by Walter “Jack” Rollins and Steve Nelson,
this beloved tale of a snowman “dancing through life” is recommended for all ages. Ticket Information and giveaway entry details here.    Mariah Carey's ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU

Mariah Carey’s
ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU
Available NOW on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD!

When young Mariah (Breanna Yde) sees a darling little puppy named “Princess” at the pet store, she suddenly knows exactly what she wants for Christmas. Before her Christmas wish can come true, she must prove that she can dog-sit her uncle’s dog, Jack, a scraggly rascal; in fact, the worst dog in the county! Jack turns Mariah and her family’s perfect holiday preparations upside down in hilarious ways. It wasn’t exactly the Christmas she wished for…it was more than she ever wanted. Based on the iconic Christmas song and popular illustrated book of the same name, Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You featuring Mariah’s music and narration will be a family favorite for years to come. Purchase and giveaway details here.

Despicable Me 3 DVDDespicable Me 3
Special Edition with an All-New Mini Movie, Minion Moments and more!
Digital: November 21 Blu-ray & DVD: December 5

Illumination, who brought moviegoers Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2, and the biggest animated hit of 2015, Minions, continues the story of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters–Margo, Edith and Agnes–and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down Balthazar Bratt, the latest bad guy to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother–a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps–one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad. Purchase and giveaway details here.

Upcoming Events

Ingenuity FestivalIngenuity Festival
National Air and Space Museum

Thursday, November 30 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free Admission
Celebrate the innovation and ingenuity, and the great feats of aviation and aerospace. Learn about exoplanets in a planetarium show, hands-on activities, and presentations from NASA’s Natalie Batalha. See the Department of Energy’s Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car. Try your hand at design challenges and participate in hands-on ingenuity demos and discovery stations. Observe the Sun with safe telescopes.
NOTE: This program is a part of the Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards and Festival.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Free DMV Family Events Thanksgiving Weekend 2017

Posted on November 25, 2017 by DC Thrifty Mom in 2017 Calendar of Events, Family Fun 2017, November 2017 Activities and Events and tagged with , , , , , , , , ,

FREE - Red and Moving

DC Thrifty Mom’s suggestions

FREE DMV Family Events Thanksgiving Weekend 2017:
Saturday, November 25 & Sunday, November 26

Washington, D.C. Metro Area

Sponsored By:

Orin Knows Real Estate -Banner 2

Always call or check the event website before heading out;
Event information is subject to change or weather cancellation.

Kids Workshop Home Depot Logo

Christmas Tree Ornament
Home Depot
Saturday, November 25 ∙ 9:00 am ∙ FREE!
Hands-on workshop where you and your child can create a holiday picture frame that doubles as a Christmas ornament. Perfect for gifting or adding to the family’s holiday decor. Once the picture frame is built, your child can decorate it with paint and holiday stickers. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times.
All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.
Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.
Designed for children ages 5 – 12. Thank you for registering online to help Home Depot better plan their craft kit quantities needed.
Next Project:  On Saturday, December 2, Build holiday memories where you and your child can put together a wooden gingerbread house that will last year after year. No frosting required! Once the gingerbread house is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers.

*** Washington, D.C. ***   

Family Afternoon: Can You CANstruct?
Presented by: District Architecture Center
Venue: National Building Museum

Saturday, November 25 ∙ 11:00am ∙ Free
Engineer your own can-tastic creations! Design a plan for an original CANstruction piece using paper mosaics. Explore the engineering challenges on display in the Great Hall as you try your hand at building your own 3-dimensional structure.

13th Annual Downtown Holiday Market
Downtown Washington, DC [Centered at 8th and F Streets, NW]

Thru Saturday, December 23 ∙ Noon to 8 pm each day ∙ Free Admission
Consistently ranked among America’s best Holiday Markets, and anyone who’s visited will testify as to why. This event boasts one of the most spectacular outdoor shopping environments in the region.
Bringing a unique and festive shopping “village” to the heart of Downtown DC, the market features more than 150 regional artisans, crafters and boutique businesses of ethnically produced goods.
Hundreds of diverse gift items, such as jewelry, pottery, paintings, and textiles will be offered by 60 exhibitors each day. You’re sure to find something special for everyone on your list.
While you’re shopping, enjoy lively seasonal entertainment, plus great snacks and festive treats

Open Studio: Find a Feline!
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery [Sackler, level B2, ImaginAsia Studio]

Saturday, November 25 ∙ 12:00pm ∙ Free
Free family activities inspired by the exhibition Divine Felines. Take an adventure into the past and learn about cats in ancient Egypt on a family-friendly tour (12:30 and 2:30 pm). Then, return to our studio to make amulet charms to wear for luck and protection. A Smithsonian archaeologist will join us (1–4 pm) to share how to excavate and document ancient treasures in an archaeological dig. After the talk, print a picture of your furry companion and add it to our collaborative photo collage! All ages welcome with adult companions.

DIY Holiday CraftingDIY Holiday Crafting
DC Public Library – Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Branch

Saturday, November 25 ∙ 1:00pm ∙ Free
Get in the holiday mood with a DIY holiday craft for all ages! Children will be given the choice of a craft kit, and teens and adults can decorate a tote bag for all of their shopping needs! Please ask for a kit at either the children’s desk or the adult desk. Supplies are limited. Sponsored by the Friends of the Shaw Library.

zula-patrol

Zula Patrol Down to Earth
Rock Creek Park Planetarium

Saturday, November 25 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ Free Admission
Hey kids, join the Zula Patrol as they chase Madam Deliria back through geologic times in an attempt to rid the universe of litter. This planetarium film in cartoon format is appropriate for ages 4 to 10 and their families. 25 minutes. View other Rock Creek weekend events, including Faster Than Light,
Oasis in Space, and more here.

Portrait Story Days – This Weekend: Chief Joseph
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Saturday, November 25 & Sunday, November 26 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ Free Admission
Young visitors and their families may drop in to read a story about the day’s subject, then complete a hands-on art project. Next Weekend: Albert Einstein

Cornhusk DragonflyImagiNATIONS Creations: Make a Cornhusk Dragonfly
American Indian Museum

Saturday, November 25 ∙ 1:30pm ∙ Free
observing Native American Heritage Month by making cornhusk dragonflies. Corn, which was first developed by the Indigenous people of Mexico, has long been an important food source for many communities throughout North and South America. The husk is also a useful material that can be used to create everything from dolls to bags and artwork. Create your own dragonfly to take home!
NOTE: Free tickets may be required; see activity center staff; Recommended age: 5+
While visiting the Museum, consider imagiNATIONS Activity Center and Story & Discovery: Hungry Johnny, 11:15AM.

Egg Carton Turtle Crafts
DC Public Library – Southwest Branch

Saturday, November 25 ∙ 3:00pm ∙ Free
Children ages 6-12 are invited to create turtles made from egg cartons.
Children under 9 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver.

Tenley WinterfestTenley WinterFest 2017
The Yetis are Here!
Thru Saturday, December 2
There are several free events including: Yeti Scavenger Hunt, Yeti Story Time and Craft – a special story time featuring songs and stories that are frosty and fun followed by a cool craft.  Live Music performances, CommuniKids Winter FunFEST, Holiday Movie Night, Janney Winter Market, Holiday Tree Sales & More!
NOTE: WinterFeast – Special deals at Tenleytown restaurants all week long! Check here for all of the details.

zoolights-2016ZooLights
Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Thru Monday, January 1, 2018 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31) ∙ 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM ∙ Free Admission*
Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!
New For 2017:
Glow Zone | Every night: A free, glow-in-the-dark play zone for children features light-up LED games and activities located in the Zoo’s Great Meadow.  Grump
GRUMP Holiday Market| Dec. 15 to 17, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.: A European-style outdoor market featuring local artisans, will be located at the Zoo’s Connecticut Avenue entrance Dec. 15, 16 and 17. This alternative art and crafts holiday show features gifts for all ages, from handmade clothing, jewelry and books to home accessories, including prints, upcycled decorative pillows, glass art and more.
CulturalDC’s SPACE4: Mobile Art Gallery | Every night: Visit Washington, D.C.’s first mobile art gallery! CulturalDC’s SPACE4: Arts initiative presents cutting-edge artwork by emerging local artists in a portable shipping container that is traveling across the city to activate unconventional venues and connect local communities to groundbreaking works. At the Zoo, artist Maggie Gourlay has created an immersive art experience, called Adaptation/Migration in the Anthropocene, located across from the Zoo’s Cheetah Conservation Station on Olmsted Walk.
NOTE: Don’t forget about the annual BrewLights on Nov. 30 and FONZ Member Week, from Dec. 3 through Dec. 10. ZooLights remains free and open to the public even during special event nights!
Though this is a free event, there is a fee for some of the activities.     

USBG - Season's Greenings Roadside AttractionsSeason’s Greenings: Roadside Attractions
United States Botanic Garden Conservatory
Thru Monday, January 1, 2018 ∙ The Conservatory is open every day of the year, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free of charge
This year, take a trip across America as our annual holiday show Season’s Greenings showcases Roadside Attractions! In our model train show, trains will chug around, below, through, and above plant-based recreations of iconic sights from across the United States. Explore classic attractions like Texas’ Cadillac Ranch, Colorado’s hot-dog-shaped Coney Island Hot Dog Stand, South Dakota’s Corn Palace, New Jersey’s Lucy the Elephant, and many more. View thousands of blooms throughout the Conservatory, including a showcase of heirloom and newly developed poinsettia varieties. Our collection of D.C. landmarks made from plant materials will return to fill the Garden Court, this year including a new addition–an inspired botanical version of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Join us as we celebrate the holidays and America’s natural and cultural treasures.
NOTE: The Conservatory is open every day of the year, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free of charge. The best times to visit Season’s Greenings are weekdays early in December. On select Tuesday and Thursday evenings in December, the Conservatory is open until 8 p.m. with live seasonal music. Please travel lightly, as the Conservatory is not equipped to store personal items. You must keep strollers and all personal items with you at all times. More information about visiting (directions, etc.)      Museum e - Now Open

NOW OPEN! Museum of the Bible
Inviting all people to engage with the Bible through its history, narrative and impact.
Reserve FREE Tickets

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Holiday Fun at The BMI Farmers’ Market
Baltimore Museum of Industry
Saturday, November 25  ∙ 9:00 am ∙ Free outdoor event

Kick off the holiday season at the last BMI Farmers’ Market of 2017 with a special appearance from Santa (10am to 12pm, BYO camera). Shop for local artisan goods, purchase a Christmas tree, and enjoy family-friendly activities under the outdoor pavilion.   Christmas Village in Baltimore

Christmas Village in Baltimore
West Shore Park [Inner Harbor]
Thru Sunday, December 24*  ∙ 11:00 am ∙ Weekdays and the outdoor area ALWAYS free of admission

Running for its 5th anniversary season, Christmas Village in Baltimore will transform West Shore Park at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor into an authentic German Christmas market. Over 50 local and international vendors – located both inside a huge heated tent and outdoors in traditional wooden booths – will offer their unique giftware and delicious European food specialties.
Plenty of things planned for the little ones – check the dedicated “Kid Friendly” section to learn more! For the first time ever Santa will come to Christmas Village! Take your Holiday picture with the family and Santa right at Christmas Village and save yourself an extra trip to the mall!
*NOTE: Christmas Village will be running through Christmas Eve. Closed first 3 Tuesdays Nov 28th, Dec 5th, and Dec 12th. Admission for the heated festival tent is free on the opening weekend. For all other weekends, a minor admission will be charged, Adults (age 18+): $5 / Kids (under 18): free. Christmas Village also participates in the “Dollar or Less Weekend” on Dec 9th and 10th with a $ 1 admission. Reserve your parking in advance and get there on time, stress free! Download the SpotHero iPhone | Android app and enter promo code CVP17 for 10% off your spot!

Miracle of Main Street Holiday Events & Electric Parade
Downtown Westminster

Saturday, November 25
Miracle on Main Electric Holiday Event, includes Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5pm. Small Business Saturday 10am-5pm. Come celebrate the holiday season in Historic Westminster. Enjoy the seasonal sounds of the Westminster Municipal Band, sing carols and await the arrival of Santa. Santa’s Treat at 6 – 8:30pm at the Westminster Library.
Don’t miss the 20th Annual Festival of Wreaths – more than 150 uniquely decorated Theme wreaths are always a hit. Come and see all the amazing creativity on display.  ALSO, the McDaniel Holiday Light Show (McDaniel College, Gill Stadium)! This drive-through light display synchronized to music throughout the holiday season. The show opens on Saturday, Nov. 25, in conjunction with Westminster’s Miracle on Main Street holiday electric parade, and will be on display throughout the holiday season.

Art Cart & Drop-in Art Activities: Gems, Jewels, and Stones
The Walters Art Museum

Saturday, November 25 & Sunday, November 26 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ Free, Drop-In
Drop-in, explore cool materials, and create a work of art to take home! Each weekend features a new project. No registration required.
NOTE: The third weekend of each month also features a special Paint Party and Walk-in Family Tour.
NEXT MONTH THEME: Arts of Asia

fredericks-tuba-christmasHoliday Events at Weinberg Center [Free with any canned food donation*]:
Frederick’s Tuba Christmas

Saturday, November 25 ∙ 12:00 pm
An afternoon of holiday fun with as many as 80 regional tuba and euphonium players performing 4-part Christmas carols on our stage. Frederick’s Tuba Christmas enters its 16th year this season, featuring players ranging from ages 9 to 70!
Weinberg Winterfest
Saturday, November 25 ∙ 3:00 pm
Enjoy a caroling sing-along featuring live accompaniment on the mighty Wurlitzer organ, a viewing of the silent film “Soup to Nuts,” and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
*NOTE: Admission is free with with any cash or canned food donation; items collected will benefit the Community Action Agency of Frederick City. No ticket required.

DIY Nature
Black Hill Regional Park

Saturday, November 25 & Sunday, November 26 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ Free!
Stop by the Visitor Center Information Desk to borrow a nature knapsack to help you explore Black Hill Regional Park. Contents of the bag change but could include scavenger hunts, magnifying glasses, nature journals and activities. Let your imagination and curiosity lead you! Supplies are limited, bags are loaned out on a first come, first served basis. Please return bags by 4:30 pm.
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Holiday Movie On The Plaza: Dr. Seuss: “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”
National Harbor [Plaza Screen]

Saturday, November 25 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ Free Admission
Enjoy a festive outing this season with National Harbor’s Holiday Movies on the Plaza screen! Each Saturday afternoon, they’ll play a FREE family holiday film on the Plaza.
All films will screen at 2pm, snow or shine.

Miracle on 34th Street!
Baltimore Area – Hampden, Maryland

Saturday, November 25 ∙ 5:45pm ∙ Free
Now in our 71st year – The #3 Most Outrageous Christmas Lighting Display in the United States!! The lights come to life today (Saturday November 25th) with the arrival of Santa on or about 6:00.

Free Family Sunday: Powerful Portraits
The Baltimore Museum of Art

Sunday, November 26 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ Free Admission
Explore your creative side with hands-on art-making workshops in response to works on view.
This Sunday, paint friends and family.
Family workshops are held in the studio space of the Joseph Education Center, located on the first floor of the Museum. Space is limited.

Santa’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro ShopsSanta’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World [Arundel Mills]

Thru Sunday, Decenber 24
Santa’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro Shops and Hanover-area families are invited to enjoy this magical Christmas village offering free photos with Santa and free family holiday activities including fun crafts and games. Families can enjoy the wonder of Christmas inside Bass Pro Shops with Santa’s Wonderland through December 24 including free photos with Santa. Guests can schedule their Santa time using the free Bass Pass system.Visit the Bass Pass Ticket Depot located at the entrance.

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SMITHSONIAN TECHQUEST Race to the MoonSMITHSONIAN TECHQUEST: Race to the Moon
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Saturday, November 25 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free, parking $15
It is 1969 and national pride and prestige are on the line. The United States is in a tight race with the Soviet Union to see who can be the first to land humans on the Moon and return them safely to Earth. NASA needs engineers and scientists with real problem-solving skills.
Your Mission: Develop a rocket to launch into space, travel over 200,000 miles to the Moon, and land safely.
Smithsonian TechQuest: Race to the Moon is a FREE alternate reality game at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Set in the thrilling era of early spaceflight, the game explores the exciting race to space by the first American astronauts.

Victorian Christmas
Cherry Hill Farmhouse

Saturday, November 25 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free Admission
Start your Christmas Season off with a visit to Cherry Hill Farmhouse to see how Christmas was celebrated in the 1860s. Costumed re-enactors welcome friends, neighbors, and soldiers who gather for some holiday cheer in the midst of the conflict. Period decorations, music, holiday stories, and children’s activities are all part of the festivities.
NOTE: Saturday, December 2nd is Children’s Holiday Shoppe, 10am – 2pm.

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Celebrate the season with friends and family at Merrifield Garden Center
Merrifield Garden Center [All Locations]

Santa Claus is coming back to Merrifield Garden Center! Santa will visit all three stores from Saturday, November 25, through Saturday, December 23. Bring the family to enjoy a visit. Want to bring your dog in for a photo with Santa? Check out our Paws with Claus event, taking place at our Fair Oaks Location on December 16 from 10 am – 12 pm! View schedule which includes story time with Santa [Gainesville location] and holiday seminars and workshops!

Michael MullerWee Ones Story Time with Special Guest Michael Muller
Hooray For Books

Saturday, November 25 ∙ 10:30 am ∙ Free Admission
Join the Wee Ones Story Time with special guest author, Michael Muller, and his adorable little Boston terrier, Mirabelle. Michael and Mirabelle will read stories and sign books. Part of Hooray For Books’ Small Business Saturday celebration!

Splurge Worthy

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ICE!® featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Gaylord National

Thru Monday, January 1, 2018
The signature holiday attraction—is back with a new theme in 2017! Experience favorite scenes from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer brought to life in this walk-through winter wonderland carved from more than two million pounds of ice. Learn about the other activities and events available for Christmas on the Potomac.

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Baltimore Dollar Days 2017

Dollar Or Less Days 2017
Baltimore
Saturday, December 9 & Sunday, December 10
In the spirit of the Holidays, Baltimore area attractions will open their doors and offer free entrance or $1 admission. Includes National AquariumMaryland Science CenterPort Discovery Children’s Museum (Sunday Only), & More!

Toys R Us - Parents Night OutParents’ Night Out
All Toys”R”Us & Babies “R” Us stores*
Thursday, November 30 ∙ 8:00pm ∙ Free Admission
Holiday shopping made fun.
Jam & snack as you check out list-topping toy demos & score advice on the perfect gifts for the kids in your life. Play to win – toy raffles & a chance to win a grand-prize trip to NYC. Kids don’t get to have ALL the fun – games & activities just for grown-ups.
NOTE: *Includes selected Toys“R”Us Express and Outlet stores. All giveaways and event materials available while supplies last and distributed to participants only. Limit one per customer. Quantities limited; no rain checks.

Giveaway Reminder

Frosty the Snow Man - Adventure Theatre MTCFrosty the Snow Man
Adventure Theatre MTC
Thru Sunday, December 31, 2017 [Buy Tickets]

Do you want to build a snow man? How about watching him spring to life in front of you for one day of adventures before he melts away? In this merry wintertime romp, chock-full of chuckles and comic antics, Frosty dances into the hearts of kids and adults alike- even the heart of one near-sighted cop- through his uproarious antics. This Holiday Season, the magic of Frosty the Snow Man will melt hearts at Adventure Theatre MTC. Based on popular song written by Walter “Jack” Rollins and Steve Nelson,
this beloved tale of a snowman “dancing through life” is recommended for all ages. Ticket Information and giveaway entry details here.    Mariah Carey's ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU

Mariah Carey’s
ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU
Available NOW on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD!

When young Mariah (Breanna Yde) sees a darling little puppy named “Princess” at the pet store, she suddenly knows exactly what she wants for Christmas. Before her Christmas wish can come true, she must prove that she can dog-sit her uncle’s dog, Jack, a scraggly rascal; in fact, the worst dog in the county! Jack turns Mariah and her family’s perfect holiday preparations upside down in hilarious ways. It wasn’t exactly the Christmas she wished for…it was more than she ever wanted. Based on the iconic Christmas song and popular illustrated book of the same name, Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You featuring Mariah’s music and narration will be a family favorite for years to come. Purchase and giveaway details here.

Despicable Me 3 DVDDespicable Me 3
Special Edition with an All-New Mini Movie, Minion Moments and more!
Digital: November 21 Blu-ray & DVD: December 5

Illumination, who brought moviegoers Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2, and the biggest animated hit of 2015, Minions, continues the story of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters–Margo, Edith and Agnes–and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down Balthazar Bratt, the latest bad guy to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother–a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps–one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad. Purchase and giveaway details here.

Upcoming Events

Ingenuity FestivalIngenuity Festival
National Air and Space Museum

Thursday, November 30 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free Admission
Celebrate the innovation and ingenuity, and the great feats of aviation and aerospace. Learn about exoplanets in a planetarium show, hands-on activities, and presentations from NASA’s Natalie Batalha. See the Department of Energy’s Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car. Try your hand at design challenges and participate in hands-on ingenuity demos and discovery stations. Observe the Sun with safe telescopes.
NOTE: This program is a part of the Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards and Festival.

Enjoy your weekend!

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