This winter the D.C. area has seen its fair share of surprise snow flurries (that melt the next day…womp-womp). But don’t let the threat of a slushy sidewalk  keep you cooped up. This weekend is jammed with a slew of events for the whole family. To get in on some of our faves—a dreamy, aquatic-themed play, a wrapping paper workshop, and a bacon-y brunch with Santa—just bundle up and head out. Pack the snow boots, just in case.



Fly with Jellyfish in a Dreamy Play
Back by popular demand, Aquarium at Imagination Stage features gentle music, beautiful puppets, and props that mesmerize the littlest of theater goers. In the play, friends Jack and Calypso lead kids to a magical, interactive world where giant jellyfish fly through the air, sheep graze in the grass, and lemons become the sun in a “let’s pretend” sky. This is the stuff dreams are made of! Fri.-Sun. Bethesda. $10-$12. 1-5. Event details.

Free Family Night at the National Children’s Museum
Gather your crew and head to the museum where you’ll all get in gratis during this month’s free family night. Kiddos can take a Maestro’s Music Class, bust a groove in Movers and Groovers or check out a performance of Princess Sunny’s Birthday. Oh, and then there’s the entire museum, which you and your little one can explore inch by inch. Fri., 5 pm-8 pm. National Harbor. Free. All. Event details.

DIY Wrapping Paper Workshop for Kids
When brown paper bags and old newspapers just don’t cut it, swing by this wrapping paper 101 session. Kids can bring a present that needs wrapping and learn how to make their own holiday paper, cards and gift tags using sponges, stamps and natural materials. The finished product will almost be too cool to unwrap! Sun. Bethesda. $5. 6-10. Event details.


Skip the Cookies! French Toast and Omelets with Santa
Santa Claus is taking a brunch break and he wants to spend it with your family. This holiday buffet parked at the Roof Terrace Restaurant at the Kennedy Center features an array of deliciousness including mac and cheese, french toast and pastries. While little ones are hobnobbing with Old Saint Nick, you can sit back and enjoy freshly shucked oysters and live jazz. Sat. Foggy Bottom. $35/child; $20/additional child. 4 and up. Event details.


Chill Out: Yoga Kids Day Out
Bring your yoga-loving kid here for a day out at Lil Omm Studio. While they’re stretching their minds, bodies and souls (and noshing on kid-friendly, healthy snacks), you can skeedaddle–grab a movie, wrap up your holiday shopping, or catch a few zzz’s. You’ll meet back up revived, refreshed and ready to tackle whatever’s next. Sat. Alexandria. $35/child; $20/additional child. 4 and up. Event details.

Get Jiggy at My Gym Dance Party
If anyone can get through a two-hour, non-stop dance party, it’s a 6-12 year old! Here they’ll learn popular dance moves, including the Cha Cha Slide, Electric Slide and Cupid Shuffle. Disco lights included. Fri., 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. Chantilly. $20-$25. 6-12. Event details.

What will your family do for fun this weekend. Do share in the comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo courtesy of C. Stanley Photography