Relatives are gone (for now), the leftovers are finished, and you’re looking forward to a few relaxing days close to home before holiday travel kicks back into high gear. Well, you’re in luck! This weekend is full of low-key, fun family happenings like a kids’ public art workshop at the Navy Yard and a stroller-friendly night jog through Bull Run Park’s light display. If your brood just wants to sit back and be one with nature, swing by the light and lively holiday celebration at Lake Anne.



Chalk It Up: A Public Arts Installation for Kids
Hang out with renowned chalk muralist Michael Kirby (of Murals of Baltimore) who will be showing off his new 3-D mural and guiding kids on how to make some public art of their own. Each participant gets his or her own square in the parking lot on which to make a mini mural. Buzz Bakery will also be on hand with a hot chocolate station to keep the creatives warm. Sat.-Sun., 12 pm-4 pm. Navy Yard. Free. All. Event details.

Celebrate the Holidays in Another Country (Sort Of!)
Take a family holiday trip around the world at Winternational. The cultural, kid-friendly program reveals some of the fun traditions and holiday foods from other countries. Little ones can cut a rug during musical performances, and decorate gingerbread cookies, while you relax with a cup of cocoa or cider. Passports not required! Fri., 4 pm-7 pm. Penn Quarter. Free. All. Event details.

Story Time for Future Artists and Designers
Mini-interior decorators will enjoy a morning of family fun with local children’s author and illustrator Susan Stockdale, author of Stripes of All Types. Susan will read from her book a fun introduction to striped animals in their natural habitats, then the kids will get crafty with a stripe-themed project. Stand out by rocking your own creative stripe ensembles, and you just might win a special prize. Sat., 10 am-12 pm. U Street. Free. 2-6. Event details.


Get in the Spirit at the National Harbor Holiday Festival
If you or the kids are feeling a little grinch-y, turn that frown upside down at this three day indoor holiday party. You’ll find everything from holiday decor and unique gift items to festive treats and kids crafts. Craving snow? There’s that, too. Fri.-Sun., 10 am-6 pm. National Harbor. $8/adults ($12 at the door); free/kids under 15. All. Event details.

Northern Virginia

Run for the Lights: Snowman Stampede 5k
Come walk or run the first ever Snowman Stampede, which takes you through the Festival of Lights at dusk in Bull Run Park and ends in a holiday village, filled with hay-rides, hot chocolate, and plenty of cheer! Sat., 4:30 pm-10 pm. Centreville. $35. All. Event details.

Jingle the Bells with Santa at Lake Anne
Cue the holiday spirit! This annual fam-friendly event features a petting zoo, carolers, wine tastings, cookie decorating, and an arts and crafts market. But the main attraction is at noon, when Santa shows up to the shindig by lake barge. He’ll be hard to miss! Sat., 2 pm. Reston. Free. All. Event details.

What’s on your weekend to-do list? Tell us in the Comments section below. 

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo courtesy of Drawing on Earth via Flickr