The menu is set, you’ve checked off everything on your grocery list, and the bird is brining. Take a break from Thanksgiving day prep with something from this round-up of family fun, including a kid-friendly turkey trot, a workshop for mini-tinkerers, and a holiday lights display. Gobble, gobble!

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American University

Janney 5K & Fun Run Turkey Trot
Whether you’re running, walking, or pushing a jogging stroller, the USATF-certified course, which winds through the neighborhood streets of American University Park, will give you a great workout before turkey day. (And less guilt about that extra piece of pie!) Sat. Event Details.

Kids at Katzen
Check out this age-appropriate tour and hands-on art making workshop inspired by the right-left brain synthesis in Ian Jehle’s Dynamical Systems, which combines insightful portraiture with elements of mathematics and engineering. Sun. Event Details.

Gallery Place-Chinatown

Workshop Tiny Tinkerers: The Screwdriver
Practice fine motor skills with your young learner as you both twirl and whirl to fasten with screwdrivers. Ages 3 and up are invited to explore how to use different types of screwdrivers, learn about tool safety, and listen to a related story to help build literacy and language skills. Sat. Event Details.

Glen Echo

Fancy Nancy’s Splendiferous Christmas
What could be fancier than Christmas? Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles-and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Oohlala! This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can’t wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don’t turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Sat. Event Details.


Mayfield Market
Holy Child hosts a festive shopping atmosphere to start the holiday season. With more than 60 vendors selling their jewelry, clothing, home décor, hostess and children’s gifts, personalized items, holiday decorations, and much more, Holy Child is the place to find gifts for everyone. Sun. Event Details.

Silver Spring

Garden of Lights
Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Sun. Event Details.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady