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Posted on December 9, 2017 by DC Thrifty Mom in 2017 Calendar of Events, December 2017 Activities and Events, Family Fun 2017 and tagged with , , , , , ,

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25+ FREE DMV Family Fun Events This Weekend: 
Saturday, December 9 & Sunday, December 10

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.

*** Washington, D.C. ***   

FERDINANDADVANCE SCREENING PASSES STILL AVAILABLE – FERDINAND
AMC Mazza Gallerie
Saturday, December 9 ∙ 11:00am ∙ Free w/Pass (while supplies last)

FERDINAND tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover. From Blue Sky Studios and Carlos Saldanha, the director of “Rio” and inspired by the beloved book “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, “Ferdinand” is a heartwarming animated comedy adventure with an all-star cast that includes John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Anderson and many more.   

Portes Ouvertes - Children's Open House!

Children’s Open House
Alliance Française of Washington, D.C.
Saturday, December 9 ∙ 9:00am ∙ Free w/RSVP

Discover programs for children from 1 to 18 years old. Meet our experienced teachers, native speakers trained to teach French in Full immersion. Listen to a few stories or sing along with Achille in our warm and welcoming library and introduce your child to French and francophone culture through comic books, novels and movies. Children and parents can attend one of our classes to get a taste for French language classes at the Alliance. And for those who are interested in registering, placement tests will be available.
Events during the Open House:
Heure du Conte: 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Do Re Mi : 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM

A Christmas Carol - DC Public LibrarySaturday Morning at The National presents: Traveling Lantern: A Christmas Carol
National Theatre
Saturday, December 9 ∙ Performances are at 9:30am and 11:00am. ∙ FREE Show!*
Families will enjoy this holiday classic presented by Traveling Lantern. On Christmas Eve, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by a series of ghosts, who remind him of the true meaning of Christmas. -Reserved Ticket sales have ended but a limited amount of walk-up tickets will be available on-site on the day of the show. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the performance time to take a place in the “Stand-by line.”     
*NOTE: Saturday Morning at The National is best suited for children ages 4 to 10 years. View the complete Fall 2017 lineup here. Tickets may be reserved beginning the Friday, one week prior to the performance. Seating is limited.
NEXT Performance (Saturday, December 16) – Bright Star Theatre: Holiday Songs: Music Around the World– Songs and stories come together for a truly magical wintertime show. Audiences will travel from Africa to Mexico and everywhere in between, while hearing a range of songs from “I Have A Little Dreidel” and “Auld Lang Syne” to “Away in a Manger,” “Sankta Lucia” and so much more. [Available NOW – Reserve your FREE tickets here!]  National Postal Museum - Annual Holiday Card Workshop

Annual Holiday Card Workshop
National Postal Museum
Saturday, December 9 ∙ 10:00am ∙ Free. No registration required.

Kick off the holiday season by creating heartfelt handmade cards at the National Postal Museum’s annual Holiday Card Workshop!
They’ll have pretty papers, vintage stamps from around the world and lots of other supplies to inspire your creativity as you create one-of-a-kind holiday greetings. After making your cards, visit the museum’s stamp store to send the cards to your loved ones with a special Postal Museum postmark.
This fun program offers something for all ages who love arts & crafts activities.

Maker Mornings -TraceMaker Mornings: Trace
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Every Saturday in December ∙ 10:00am ∙ Free

10 AM | STORYTIME, Lerner Room
10 AM | Maker cart opens on the 2nd floor at Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn
10:30 AM–12 PM | Building and portraiture challenges for all ages in the Lerner Room

In celebration of Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn, builders and makers of all ages are welcome to join:

  • Check out a kit and create portraits in the Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn galleries;
  • Bring your youngest artists for a special Saturday edition of STORYTIME, and then stay and play;
  • Complete a 2D portrait of selected subjects featured in Trace using LEGOS® as a medium;
  • Join in a collaborative 3D portrait challenge;
  • Jump in our photo booth, and create your own portrait to take home

LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, authorize, or endorse this program
123 Andres with Guitar - Credit Keyla Sanders

123 Andrés
DC Public Library – Chevy Chase Branch

Saturday, December 9 ∙ 10:30am ∙ Free
123 Andrés takes children and adults on a musical journey through the Americas learning about music, language and culture. The program is bilingual (Spanish and English) and brings the family together with opportunities to move, sing, dance and learn!

EdFEST 2017EdFEST 2017
DC Armory (2001 East Capitol St SE)
Saturday, December 9 ∙ 11:00am ∙ Admission and parking are FREE
Find the school your child will call My School.
My School DC is excited to bring you EdFEST, DC’s annual public school fair!
Come to EdFEST and explore the city’s public school options (PK3-12) for your child. Representatives from DCPS and public charter schools will showcase their programs. With the launch of the My School DC lottery application on December 11, 2017 for the 2018-19 school year, EdFEST is a timely event to help you make informed school selections.
EdFEST will also feature many free services and fun activities for the whole family:

  • Lottery application information and guidance from the My School DC team – learn how it all works!
  • Immunizations for youth and adults, health screenings for kids and teens, and lots more family fun, games and entertainment brought to you by the DC Department of Health and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (Take a sneak peek at services offered by the KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile and MedStar’s FITNESS program.)
  • Recreational activities for all ages brought to you by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, including information about DPR Fun Days, Winter and Spring Break Camps, and Cooperative Play
  • Enjoy story time with DC Public Library, register for a library card, and sign up for Books from Birth.
    And much more!

*Interpretation in sign language, Spanish, Amharic, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and French available throughout the day.  Magical Mirrors Children's Book Fair

Magical Mirrors Children’s Book Fair
Sankofa Video Books & Cafe

Saturday, December 9 & Sunday, December 10 ∙ 11:00am ∙ Free Admission
Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe is celebrating black literature of all ages and grade levels with its 6th annual Magical Mirrors Children’s Book Fair! Children and families are welcome to Sankofa December 9-10 for a weekend of storytelling, crafts, kids yoga, African dance class, a creative writing workshop and more.

Fault Lines in the Constitution
National Archives [William G. McGowan Theater]

Saturday, December 9 ∙ 11:00am ∙ Free w/ RSVP
Many of the political issues we struggle with today have their roots in the Constitution. Authors Cynthia and Sanford Levinson engage young readers in the question: “Does the government established by the Constitution meet the goals it set out to accomplish?” in a program for kids ages 10 and up and their families. Enjoy hands-on Constitution-related activities before the 11:00 a.m. discussion.
NOTE: A book signing will follow the program. Purchase this book on the day of the event from the National Archives Store and receive a 15% discount (members get 20% off).

Along the Silk Road Featuring Members of the Silkroad Ensemble
Freer Gallery of Art
Saturday, December 9 ∙ 11:00am ∙ Free

Silkroad Ensemble members share worldwide musical traditions in this engaging, family-friendly program, introducing instruments from the historical Silk Road region and beyond. With stories and performances, this workshop explores the common cultural roots that connect us to our neighbors around the globe. Featured artists are Syrian-born clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, bassist Jeffrey Beecher, violist Nicholas Cords, percussionists Shane Shanahan and Haruka Fujii, and Shaw Pong Liu on violin and erhu (Chinese fiddle).
NOTE: Musical walks begin at 12, 2 and 3:30 pm in the lobby in front of the Freer’s Meyer Auditorium.

DIY Holiday CraftingFamily Christmas Program
DC Public Library – Lamond-Riggs Branch
Saturday, December 9 ∙ 12:00pm ∙ Free
A Gingerbread Christmas—complete with music, stories and a gingerbread recipe.

Holiday Sing
Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
Saturday, December 9 ∙ 6:00pm ∙ Free

Join the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington’s Teen Art Program and alumni choir as they present a holiday pageant featuring gospel artist Maurette Clark, violinist Chelsey Green, steel pan drummer Victor Provost, and more special guests.

YAAS!: Young Adults Achieving Success in Careers, Trades, & Colleges
DC Public Library – Parklands-Turner Branch
Sunday, December 10 ∙ 2:00pm ∙ Free

Every month at Parklands-Turner, Ms. Auset guides teens (ages 13-19) and young adults (ages 20-24) through a specific steps toward realizing their goals; whether these goals are to receive a scholarship award to the college or university of choice; acceptance into a competitive and highly-coveted apprenticeship program; or a call-back after a series of successful job interviews.
December 10: Financial Benefactors – Community, Database, & Internet Searches
January 14: Resumes for College & Job Applications
February 25: DCTAG & FASFA; SYEP

Hill Center Galleries Holiday Reception & Gift Sale
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
Sunday, December 10 ∙ 3:00pm ∙ Free Admission

Get last minute, handcrafted gifts for the special people in your life at the Hill Center Galleries Holiday Reception & Gift Sale.

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

Georgetown Glow Light Art Exhibition 20154th Edition – Georgetown GLOW
Thru Sunday, January 7 ∙ 5:00pm ∙ Free
Experience the sparkle of the season at Georgetown GLOW, the region’s only curated exhibition of outdoor public light art installations. The 2017 light art exhibition will feature nine installations by local and international artists, with works lit from 5 – 10 pm nightly. Set against the historic backdrop of DC’s oldest neighborhood, it’s a whole new way to shine.
NOTE: Check out the Silent Disco from 7-10pm on Sat, Dec. 9 at Washington Harbour (3000 K St). Dance your heart out among a crowd of glowing headsets, as one of three different genres of music pumps through each one of them. Free and open to all ages! Click here for other upcoming events.    Light Yards

Third Annual Light Yards Holiday Celebration
The Yards
Thru Monday, January 1 ∙ 6:00pm ∙
Light Yards is free and open to the public, and cameras are welcome

Light Yards, a holiday celebration of light at The Yards, is returning for its third year, featuring a NEW interactive light installation on the waterfront. Four spherical globes, ranging in size from 8 to 22 feet in diameter, will be featured with shadow theater technology projecting awe-inspiring holiday visuals. Each sphere will feature different interactive elements, such as a selfie globe – that allows participants to become part of the art – and globes that react to projected light. #LightYards #TheYardsDC

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: 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.)

Sound Health: Second Saturdays Series
The Kennedy Center
Thru Saturday, July 14, 2018 ∙ 9:30am and 11:30am ∙ Free

This new series of free workshops designed for families with children under the age of 8* explores the power of the arts to promote wellness of the mind and body. Every second Saturday of the month, local arts organizations offer two 45-minute workshops that will take place at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in the Kennedy Center Grand Foyer. See below for a more complete schedule.
NOTE: *Check each workshop for a specific age range.

*** Maryland *** 

Montgomery ParksWinter Woods Weekend
Brookside Nature Center

Saturday, December 9 ∙ 9:00am & Sunday, December 10 ∙ 1:00pm
The Wheaton Woods are calling, “Wake up to winter!” Walk the trails with a naturalist, make a special family craft & warm up at the marshmallow campfire. There will be a woodsy mix of indoor and outdoor games and activities for kids, adults and families all weekend long to celebrate the coming of winter.
*NOTE: No registration is required. Fees for some activities. Tickets will be on sale each day on-site only.

Brentwood Arts Exchange Craft Fair and Beer Tasting Lounge
Saturday, December 9 ∙ 10:00am ∙ FREE!
Don’t get stuck at crowded malls this season buying generic gift sets for your loved ones… Come to the Brentwood Arts Exchange Holiday Craft Fair and Beer Tasting Lounge! Craft artisans from our community will display their items for sale inside our warm and cozy gallery environs. A wide selection of unique craft items will be available, including pottery, jewelry, textiles, glass, ornaments, and much more. While you finish your holiday shopping, stop by the beer tasting lounge. All ages welcome.

Glen Echo Park Winter's EveWinter’s Eve
Glen Echo Park

Saturday, December 9 ∙ 4:00pm ∙ Free Admission
Get into the holiday spirit at Glen Echo Park’s annual Winter’s Eve
celebration! It’s FREE, open to the public, and visitors of all ages will enjoy:
* Holiday Crafts
* Music and Holiday Songs
* Hot Chocolate Bar
* Open Artist Studios
* And more!
NOTE: Special Holiday Art Walk in the Park until 8pm

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 *** 

winterfestWinterFest
Saturday, December 9 ∙ 11:00am ∙ Free Admission
WinterFest is family-friendly celebration of the winter season highlighting multiple destinations with entertainment, food and activities for all ages in the Lorton-Occoquan-Lake Ridge region of Virginia. The day begins at 11a.m. with Santa’s Lake Ridge Parade and continues throughout the day at various sites including Tackett’s Mill Center, the Town of Occoquan, and the Prince William Marina. This year, there are exciting free and low-priced activities at the Workhouse Arts Center sure to delight guests of all ages!
Free Activities Happening Throughout the Day at the Workhouse:
Instrument Petting Zoo [Building W-4, 12pm-2pm]
Discover or reconnect with your musical talent!

Blacksmithing Workshop [Quad, 2pm-6pm]
Free for Military Veterans and First Responders. Other participants – $20.
Ages 16 and up.

Second Saturday Art Walk [Workhouse Campus, 6pm-9pm]
Discover all that the Workhouse has to offer!

Giant Snowflake Workshop

Giant Snowflake Workshop [Building W-6, 6:30pm-8pm]
The Studio Fiber Arts group will be offering a free Giant Snowflake Workshop . This fun, hands-on workshop is perfect for all ages, but children under 10 should be accompanied by an adult.

Christmas is AfootChristmas is Afoot
Christ Crossman UMC
Saturday, December 9 ∙ 6:00pm ∙ Free and open to all ages

It’s a Bethlehem experience. The journey begins with a live nativity and petting zoo, Christmas music from members of the George Mason High School band, warm cider, and snacks.
Once inside, enjoy making crafts resembling historical Bethlehem market goods, and participate in a service project assembling health kits for the Falls Church Homeless Shelter. Continue through the market place, and finish with smores and caroling.

Alexandria’s Holiday Market 2017
Thru Saturday, December 23 ∙ 11:00am ∙ Free Admission
Alexandria’s Holiday Market is an annual signature event that transforms the Carlyle District into a lively open-air Festival. While shopping for unique art and craft items for your loved ones, enjoy live entertainment, traditional food and sweets, hot wine, and hot cocoa.
Alexandria’s Holiday Market is the perfect place for children young and old. Visit the children’s corner for kid’s activities to learn more about European traditions and culture. Click here to find out more.
NOTE: Open Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday thru December 23 and weekdays leading to Christmas, vendors will sell sweets and drinks combined with unique art and craft vendors to create a unique shopping experience.

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***  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

Shakespeare Theatre Company’s FAMILY WEEKShakespeare Theatre Company’s FAMILY WEEK
December 10 – 17

Now a cherished D.C. tradition, STC’s FAMILY WEEK provides free and low-cost programming so that every family member may learn, explore and build a love for theatre. From December 10– 17, STC will celebrate the themes, story and artists in TWELFTH NIGHT through the workshops, performances, backstage tours, and events.   The National Menorah lighting ceremony

The National Menorah Lighting Ceremony
Tuesday, December 12 at 4pm
General Admission Tickets are free and available to the general public.
Tickets Required. Gates Open at 3pm.

 

 

Splurge Worthy

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 here.   

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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.

Giveaway Reminder

JUMANJIADVANCE SCREENING PASSES – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
In the brand new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the tables are turned as four teenagers in detention are sucked into the world of Jumanji. When they discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, they are immediately thrust into the game’s jungle setting, into the bodies of their avatars, played by Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji –Jumanji plays you. They’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in the game forever…  Trailer and giveaway entry details here.    

 

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25+ Free DMV Family Fun Events This Weekend

Posted on December 9, 2017 by DC Thrifty Mom in 2017 Calendar of Events, December 2017 Activities and Events, Family Fun 2017 and tagged with , , , , , ,

FREE - Red and Moving

DC Thrifty Mom’s suggestions

25+ FREE DMV Family Fun Events This Weekend: 
Saturday, December 9 & Sunday, December 10

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.

*** Washington, D.C. ***   

FERDINANDADVANCE SCREENING PASSES STILL AVAILABLE – FERDINAND
AMC Mazza Gallerie
Saturday, December 9 ∙ 11:00am ∙ Free w/Pass (while supplies last)

FERDINAND tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover. From Blue Sky Studios and Carlos Saldanha, the director of “Rio” and inspired by the beloved book “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, “Ferdinand” is a heartwarming animated comedy adventure with an all-star cast that includes John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Anderson and many more.   

Portes Ouvertes - Children's Open House!

Children’s Open House
Alliance Française of Washington, D.C.
Saturday, December 9 ∙ 9:00am ∙ Free w/RSVP

Discover programs for children from 1 to 18 years old. Meet our experienced teachers, native speakers trained to teach French in Full immersion. Listen to a few stories or sing along with Achille in our warm and welcoming library and introduce your child to French and francophone culture through comic books, novels and movies. Children and parents can attend one of our classes to get a taste for French language classes at the Alliance. And for those who are interested in registering, placement tests will be available.
Events during the Open House:
Heure du Conte: 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Do Re Mi : 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM

A Christmas Carol - DC Public LibrarySaturday Morning at The National presents: Traveling Lantern: A Christmas Carol
National Theatre
Saturday, December 9 ∙ Performances are at 9:30am and 11:00am. ∙ FREE Show!*
Families will enjoy this holiday classic presented by Traveling Lantern. On Christmas Eve, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by a series of ghosts, who remind him of the true meaning of Christmas. -Reserved Ticket sales have ended but a limited amount of walk-up tickets will be available on-site on the day of the show. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the performance time to take a place in the “Stand-by line.”     
*NOTE: Saturday Morning at The National is best suited for children ages 4 to 10 years. View the complete Fall 2017 lineup here. Tickets may be reserved beginning the Friday, one week prior to the performance. Seating is limited.
NEXT Performance (Saturday, December 16) – Bright Star Theatre: Holiday Songs: Music Around the World– Songs and stories come together for a truly magical wintertime show. Audiences will travel from Africa to Mexico and everywhere in between, while hearing a range of songs from “I Have A Little Dreidel” and “Auld Lang Syne” to “Away in a Manger,” “Sankta Lucia” and so much more. [Available NOW – Reserve your FREE tickets here!]  National Postal Museum - Annual Holiday Card Workshop

Annual Holiday Card Workshop
National Postal Museum
Saturday, December 9 ∙ 10:00am ∙ Free. No registration required.

Kick off the holiday season by creating heartfelt handmade cards at the National Postal Museum’s annual Holiday Card Workshop!
They’ll have pretty papers, vintage stamps from around the world and lots of other supplies to inspire your creativity as you create one-of-a-kind holiday greetings. After making your cards, visit the museum’s stamp store to send the cards to your loved ones with a special Postal Museum postmark.
This fun program offers something for all ages who love arts & crafts activities.

Maker Mornings -TraceMaker Mornings: Trace
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Every Saturday in December ∙ 10:00am ∙ Free

10 AM | STORYTIME, Lerner Room
10 AM | Maker cart opens on the 2nd floor at Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn
10:30 AM–12 PM | Building and portraiture challenges for all ages in the Lerner Room

In celebration of Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn, builders and makers of all ages are welcome to join:

  • Check out a kit and create portraits in the Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn galleries;
  • Bring your youngest artists for a special Saturday edition of STORYTIME, and then stay and play;
  • Complete a 2D portrait of selected subjects featured in Trace using LEGOS® as a medium;
  • Join in a collaborative 3D portrait challenge;
  • Jump in our photo booth, and create your own portrait to take home

LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, authorize, or endorse this program
123 Andres with Guitar - Credit Keyla Sanders

123 Andrés
DC Public Library – Chevy Chase Branch

Saturday, December 9 ∙ 10:30am ∙ Free
123 Andrés takes children and adults on a musical journey through the Americas learning about music, language and culture. The program is bilingual (Spanish and English) and brings the family together with opportunities to move, sing, dance and learn!

EdFEST 2017EdFEST 2017
DC Armory (2001 East Capitol St SE)
Saturday, December 9 ∙ 11:00am ∙ Admission and parking are FREE
Find the school your child will call My School.
My School DC is excited to bring you EdFEST, DC’s annual public school fair!
Come to EdFEST and explore the city’s public school options (PK3-12) for your child. Representatives from DCPS and public charter schools will showcase their programs. With the launch of the My School DC lottery application on December 11, 2017 for the 2018-19 school year, EdFEST is a timely event to help you make informed school selections.
EdFEST will also feature many free services and fun activities for the whole family:

  • Lottery application information and guidance from the My School DC team – learn how it all works!
  • Immunizations for youth and adults, health screenings for kids and teens, and lots more family fun, games and entertainment brought to you by the DC Department of Health and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (Take a sneak peek at services offered by the KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile and MedStar’s FITNESS program.)
  • Recreational activities for all ages brought to you by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, including information about DPR Fun Days, Winter and Spring Break Camps, and Cooperative Play
  • Enjoy story time with DC Public Library, register for a library card, and sign up for Books from Birth.
    And much more!

*Interpretation in sign language, Spanish, Amharic, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and French available throughout the day.  Magical Mirrors Children's Book Fair

Magical Mirrors Children’s Book Fair
Sankofa Video Books & Cafe

Saturday, December 9 & Sunday, December 10 ∙ 11:00am ∙ Free Admission
Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe is celebrating black literature of all ages and grade levels with its 6th annual Magical Mirrors Children’s Book Fair! Children and families are welcome to Sankofa December 9-10 for a weekend of storytelling, crafts, kids yoga, African dance class, a creative writing workshop and more.

Fault Lines in the Constitution
National Archives [William G. McGowan Theater]

Saturday, December 9 ∙ 11:00am ∙ Free w/ RSVP
Many of the political issues we struggle with today have their roots in the Constitution. Authors Cynthia and Sanford Levinson engage young readers in the question: “Does the government established by the Constitution meet the goals it set out to accomplish?” in a program for kids ages 10 and up and their families. Enjoy hands-on Constitution-related activities before the 11:00 a.m. discussion.
NOTE: A book signing will follow the program. Purchase this book on the day of the event from the National Archives Store and receive a 15% discount (members get 20% off).

Along the Silk Road Featuring Members of the Silkroad Ensemble
Freer Gallery of Art
Saturday, December 9 ∙ 11:00am ∙ Free

Silkroad Ensemble members share worldwide musical traditions in this engaging, family-friendly program, introducing instruments from the historical Silk Road region and beyond. With stories and performances, this workshop explores the common cultural roots that connect us to our neighbors around the globe. Featured artists are Syrian-born clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, bassist Jeffrey Beecher, violist Nicholas Cords, percussionists Shane Shanahan and Haruka Fujii, and Shaw Pong Liu on violin and erhu (Chinese fiddle).
NOTE: Musical walks begin at 12, 2 and 3:30 pm in the lobby in front of the Freer’s Meyer Auditorium.

DIY Holiday CraftingFamily Christmas Program
DC Public Library – Lamond-Riggs Branch
Saturday, December 9 ∙ 12:00pm ∙ Free
A Gingerbread Christmas—complete with music, stories and a gingerbread recipe.

Holiday Sing
Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
Saturday, December 9 ∙ 6:00pm ∙ Free

Join the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington’s Teen Art Program and alumni choir as they present a holiday pageant featuring gospel artist Maurette Clark, violinist Chelsey Green, steel pan drummer Victor Provost, and more special guests.

YAAS!: Young Adults Achieving Success in Careers, Trades, & Colleges
DC Public Library – Parklands-Turner Branch
Sunday, December 10 ∙ 2:00pm ∙ Free

Every month at Parklands-Turner, Ms. Auset guides teens (ages 13-19) and young adults (ages 20-24) through a specific steps toward realizing their goals; whether these goals are to receive a scholarship award to the college or university of choice; acceptance into a competitive and highly-coveted apprenticeship program; or a call-back after a series of successful job interviews.
December 10: Financial Benefactors – Community, Database, & Internet Searches
January 14: Resumes for College & Job Applications
February 25: DCTAG & FASFA; SYEP

Hill Center Galleries Holiday Reception & Gift Sale
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
Sunday, December 10 ∙ 3:00pm ∙ Free Admission

Get last minute, handcrafted gifts for the special people in your life at the Hill Center Galleries Holiday Reception & Gift Sale.

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

Georgetown Glow Light Art Exhibition 20154th Edition – Georgetown GLOW
Thru Sunday, January 7 ∙ 5:00pm ∙ Free
Experience the sparkle of the season at Georgetown GLOW, the region’s only curated exhibition of outdoor public light art installations. The 2017 light art exhibition will feature nine installations by local and international artists, with works lit from 5 – 10 pm nightly. Set against the historic backdrop of DC’s oldest neighborhood, it’s a whole new way to shine.
NOTE: Check out the Silent Disco from 7-10pm on Sat, Dec. 9 at Washington Harbour (3000 K St). Dance your heart out among a crowd of glowing headsets, as one of three different genres of music pumps through each one of them. Free and open to all ages! Click here for other upcoming events.    Light Yards

Third Annual Light Yards Holiday Celebration
The Yards
Thru Monday, January 1 ∙ 6:00pm ∙
Light Yards is free and open to the public, and cameras are welcome

Light Yards, a holiday celebration of light at The Yards, is returning for its third year, featuring a NEW interactive light installation on the waterfront. Four spherical globes, ranging in size from 8 to 22 feet in diameter, will be featured with shadow theater technology projecting awe-inspiring holiday visuals. Each sphere will feature different interactive elements, such as a selfie globe – that allows participants to become part of the art – and globes that react to projected light. #LightYards #TheYardsDC

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: 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.)

Sound Health: Second Saturdays Series
The Kennedy Center
Thru Saturday, July 14, 2018 ∙ 9:30am and 11:30am ∙ Free

This new series of free workshops designed for families with children under the age of 8* explores the power of the arts to promote wellness of the mind and body. Every second Saturday of the month, local arts organizations offer two 45-minute workshops that will take place at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in the Kennedy Center Grand Foyer. See below for a more complete schedule.
NOTE: *Check each workshop for a specific age range.

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Montgomery ParksWinter Woods Weekend
Brookside Nature Center

Saturday, December 9 ∙ 9:00am & Sunday, December 10 ∙ 1:00pm
The Wheaton Woods are calling, “Wake up to winter!” Walk the trails with a naturalist, make a special family craft & warm up at the marshmallow campfire. There will be a woodsy mix of indoor and outdoor games and activities for kids, adults and families all weekend long to celebrate the coming of winter.
*NOTE: No registration is required. Fees for some activities. Tickets will be on sale each day on-site only.

Brentwood Arts Exchange Craft Fair and Beer Tasting Lounge
Saturday, December 9 ∙ 10:00am ∙ FREE!
Don’t get stuck at crowded malls this season buying generic gift sets for your loved ones… Come to the Brentwood Arts Exchange Holiday Craft Fair and Beer Tasting Lounge! Craft artisans from our community will display their items for sale inside our warm and cozy gallery environs. A wide selection of unique craft items will be available, including pottery, jewelry, textiles, glass, ornaments, and much more. While you finish your holiday shopping, stop by the beer tasting lounge. All ages welcome.

Glen Echo Park Winter's EveWinter’s Eve
Glen Echo Park

Saturday, December 9 ∙ 4:00pm ∙ Free Admission
Get into the holiday spirit at Glen Echo Park’s annual Winter’s Eve
celebration! It’s FREE, open to the public, and visitors of all ages will enjoy:
* Holiday Crafts
* Music and Holiday Songs
* Hot Chocolate Bar
* Open Artist Studios
* And more!
NOTE: Special Holiday Art Walk in the Park until 8pm

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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winterfestWinterFest
Saturday, December 9 ∙ 11:00am ∙ Free Admission
WinterFest is family-friendly celebration of the winter season highlighting multiple destinations with entertainment, food and activities for all ages in the Lorton-Occoquan-Lake Ridge region of Virginia. The day begins at 11a.m. with Santa’s Lake Ridge Parade and continues throughout the day at various sites including Tackett’s Mill Center, the Town of Occoquan, and the Prince William Marina. This year, there are exciting free and low-priced activities at the Workhouse Arts Center sure to delight guests of all ages!
Free Activities Happening Throughout the Day at the Workhouse:
Instrument Petting Zoo [Building W-4, 12pm-2pm]
Discover or reconnect with your musical talent!

Blacksmithing Workshop [Quad, 2pm-6pm]
Free for Military Veterans and First Responders. Other participants – $20.
Ages 16 and up.

Second Saturday Art Walk [Workhouse Campus, 6pm-9pm]
Discover all that the Workhouse has to offer!

Giant Snowflake Workshop

Giant Snowflake Workshop [Building W-6, 6:30pm-8pm]
The Studio Fiber Arts group will be offering a free Giant Snowflake Workshop . This fun, hands-on workshop is perfect for all ages, but children under 10 should be accompanied by an adult.

Christmas is AfootChristmas is Afoot
Christ Crossman UMC
Saturday, December 9 ∙ 6:00pm ∙ Free and open to all ages

It’s a Bethlehem experience. The journey begins with a live nativity and petting zoo, Christmas music from members of the George Mason High School band, warm cider, and snacks.
Once inside, enjoy making crafts resembling historical Bethlehem market goods, and participate in a service project assembling health kits for the Falls Church Homeless Shelter. Continue through the market place, and finish with smores and caroling.

Alexandria’s Holiday Market 2017
Thru Saturday, December 23 ∙ 11:00am ∙ Free Admission
Alexandria’s Holiday Market is an annual signature event that transforms the Carlyle District into a lively open-air Festival. While shopping for unique art and craft items for your loved ones, enjoy live entertainment, traditional food and sweets, hot wine, and hot cocoa.
Alexandria’s Holiday Market is the perfect place for children young and old. Visit the children’s corner for kid’s activities to learn more about European traditions and culture. Click here to find out more.
NOTE: Open Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday thru December 23 and weekdays leading to Christmas, vendors will sell sweets and drinks combined with unique art and craft vendors to create a unique shopping experience.

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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

Shakespeare Theatre Company’s FAMILY WEEKShakespeare Theatre Company’s FAMILY WEEK
December 10 – 17

Now a cherished D.C. tradition, STC’s FAMILY WEEK provides free and low-cost programming so that every family member may learn, explore and build a love for theatre. From December 10– 17, STC will celebrate the themes, story and artists in TWELFTH NIGHT through the workshops, performances, backstage tours, and events.   The National Menorah lighting ceremony

The National Menorah Lighting Ceremony
Tuesday, December 12 at 4pm
General Admission Tickets are free and available to the general public.
Tickets Required. Gates Open at 3pm.

 

 

Splurge Worthy

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 here.   

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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.

Giveaway Reminder

JUMANJIADVANCE SCREENING PASSES – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
In the brand new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the tables are turned as four teenagers in detention are sucked into the world of Jumanji. When they discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, they are immediately thrust into the game’s jungle setting, into the bodies of their avatars, played by Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji –Jumanji plays you. They’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in the game forever…  Trailer and giveaway entry details here.    

 

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