Holiday-themed weekends–with light displays, Santa visits and lots and lots of cookies–may be on hold for another 365 days, but that doesn’t mean your Friday-through-Sunday has to be ho-hum until then. The fun has just begun! Kick things into high gear with these awesome happenings, including a fam-friendly motorcycle show, a kid-produced recreation of Thoroughly Modern Millie, and an art walk for aficionados of all ages.



Vroom, Vroom! A Family-Friendly Motorcycle Show
If your tyke is into two-wheelers, peddle down to the Washington Convention Center where the whole family can get an up close look at sportbikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters, and ATVs. When kids get restless speed over to the motorcycle stunt show or the digital graffiti wall so they can design their own Kawasaki bike. Fri.-Sun. Mt. Vernon Square. $15/adults; $6/kids; free/5 and under. All. Event details.


Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr.: A Classic Musical, Revamped
Thoroughly Modern Millie, which tells the story of a small town girl who moves to New York City in the 1920s, gets the IStage treatment in this for-kids-by-kids two night performance. Made up of 33 students ranging from grades 6-12, the IStage Performance Ensemble gives young artists the unique opportunity to bring a production from page to stage in a single semester. Fri.-Sat., 7:30 pm. Bethesda. $10. All. Event details.

A Movie Night for Little Naturalists
If your tot could spend hours on end outside, collecting leaves and climbing trees, he’ll enjoy this screening of the documentary Planet Earth: Temperate Forests and Jungles, a cool flick that compares the tree-based ecosystems in our backyards with those across the equator. He likes popcorn with his movies? Keep your stash at home—it will be provided. Fri., 6:30 pm-9 pm. Wheaton. $6. All. Event details.

Pretend Summer Camp at Imagination Stage
Kiddo likes to role play, so why not sign him up for a “pretend” day at summer camp? During the 20-minute sample camp (each kid can sign up for two), your mini-thespian will get an up-close and personal look at what their days would be like at the acting summer camp—from exploring creative movement and visual art to creating a full-fledged musical production. Sat., 9 am-3:30 pm. Bethesda. Free. 4-18. Event details.

Northern Virginia

Explore the Ocean Floor with Ariel, King Triton and Ursula
Splash into this classic story of Ariel, the mermaid princess, who wishes to live in the world above rather than the ocean floor. To explore life on land, Ariel disobeys her father, King Triton, and makes a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula. Ransoming her singing voice, she must convince Prince Eric that she is indeed the girl who rescued him or risk losing her voice forever. Little ones won’t be able to resist singing along in this community theater production, as they watch Ariel— with the help of her friends—try to break Ursula’s curse and win the heart of the Prince. Fri.-Sun. Arlington. $10-$12. 4 and up. Event details.

Paint, Sculpt, Sketch: A Family Art Walk
Get swallowed up at this open house featuring a smorgasbord of work from more than 100 artists (painters, sculptors, sketchers…). Mingle with the artists, buy their work (does junior need something to cover that blank wall in his room?), or just wander the halls enjoying the atmosphere and the light noshes. Advice: Keep it moving with a little Picasso—after a few rounds she’ll be ready to hit the sack. Sat., 6 pm-9 pm. Lorton. Free. All. Event details.

What are you doing to celebrate the first full weekend of 2014? Tell us below!

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo courtesy of psmithson via Flickr.