The coolest–literally and figuratively–weekend is upon us. You’ll want to brrrrr and bundle up at the opening weekend of ICE! at the Gaylord Resort where you’ll be surrounded by an ice playground. Later, warm up at a dino puppet show, a kid-friendly Havdalah program, or a huge craft fair for the entire family.

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National Harbor

Chill Out at ICE! at the Gaylord National Resort
Two million pounds of hand-carved ice (not even exaggerating) are used to create this popular family attraction at the National Harbor that features everything from ice sculptures to benches and slides. The set-up is completely interactive, and since the atrium where the ice palace is housed stays set to a chilly nine degrees, puffy winter coats are loaned out. Bring hats and gloves so that you can get even cozier with the ice art. This year’s theme is “Christmas Around the World.” Sat.-SunEvent details.


Highlighting the Homemade: Sugarloaf Craft Festival
There’s a treasure for everyone–young and old–at Sugarloaf’s flagship show! Mingle with thousands of fellow craft enthusiasts as you come face to face with over 350 of America’s most talented artisans. Each artist has their own story to go along with their one-of-a-kind creations. In addition to the multitude of arts and crafts, there will be live music, craft demonstrations, tasty food, and an interactive children’s theatre. Fri.-SunEvent details.

Metro Center

Rainbow Puppets: The Really Big Dinosaur Show
Imagine that rare dinosaur fossils could talk . . . what amazing stories they could tell! Well there’s no need to imagine as Rainbow Puppets presents a musical romp through prehistoric times including a dinosaur beauty pageant, a dancing T-Rex and a long-necked dinosaur who measures sixteen feet from the tip of his nose to the end of his tail. It’s not called “The Really Big Dinosaur Show” for nothing! SatEvent details.

Dupont Circle

CityJews PopUp: Havdalah
Havdalah is a fun experience for the senses and for families. Celebrate the end of Shabbat together with an outdoor, sensory Havdalah experience. You’ll play, snack, read and make Shabbat-friendly crafts, then enjoy a delightful Havdalah ceremony to welcome the new week. SatEvent details.


Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughter: An African Tale
When a great African king desires a wife, only the most perfect maidens in the land are invited to meet him. Mufaro’s pride and joy, his two daughters of very different dispositions, embark on the long journey to be presented to the king. Along the way, they encounter a number of mysterious situations that unknowingly test their courage, kindness and strength of spirit. SatEvent details.


Coding and Game Design Fun
Do your kids love video games? At the Coding and Game design lab they’ll learn to become creators–not just consumers–of the technology they use. Over the course of an hour, participants will learn the basics of computer programming and will walk away with their very own game to share with family and friends. SatEvent details.

What are your family fun plans for the weekend? Tell us in the comments below. 


–Ayren Jackson-Cannady