Looking for a New Year’s Resolution that’s actually fun to stick with? Here’s an idea: Do one cool thing every week with your kids. Get started now with one of these awesome weekend picks—from an interactive Three Kings Celebration to a bird counting family event and the final weekend of Ice! at National Harbor. If this isn’t a piece-of-cake resolution, we don’t know what is.
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A Theater-Style Three Kings Celebration
Santa may be chilling back at the North Pole, but for many families the gift-giving continues through El Dia de los Reyes Celebration (aka Three Kings Celebration). Don’t miss GALA Hispanic Theater’s traditional Three Kings festival, featuring the Magi, live animals, local cultural dancers, a walk through the neighborhood, and gifts for every kid (nice—not naughty—of course). Sun., 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. Lamont Park. Free. All. Event details.

Leap and Lunge! Alvin Ailey Through Photos
Tiny dancers will be mesmerized by “Dancing the Dream,” an exhibit sponsored by the Photo Gallery that tells the story of performers, choreographers and impresarios from diverse backgrounds and dance styles who have helped defined dance as we know it today. And if that isn’t enough, today the Gallery is hosting a drop in story time for kids to learn more about choreographer Alvin Ailey and create a special piece of art to bring home. Sun., 2 pm-5 pm. Chinatown. Free. All. Event details.


Counting Christmas Birds
Forget counting sheep! The Montgomery County Bird Club needs your help counting Christmas birds in Black Hill Regional Park and Ten Mile Creek. The 114th annual counting event helps the park identify the types and numbers of feathered friends in the park. It’s like a huge game of “I Spy” that bigger kids (who can handle the chill and the 1-2 mile hike—will really get into. )Sat.-Sun., 12:30 pm. Boyds. Free. All. Event details.

Planes, Helicopters, and Shuttles…Oh My! (an Aviation Workshop)
Your little aviation aficionado will hang with like-minded kiddos at this fun, hands-on meet-up hosted by the College Park Aviation Museum. Afterwards, fly by the museum’s curated aircraft collection, which includes a 1910 Wright Model Reproduction and a 1924 Berliner Helicopter. Fri., 2-4 pm. College Park. Free. 5 and up. Event details.

Ice Sculptures Galore 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 “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Note: This is the last (and notoriously least-crowded weekend). Fri.-Sun. National Harbor. Adults, $27/ kids (ages 3-11), $19/ 2 and under, free. All. Event details.

Northern Virginia

Rock it Out With the Grandson’s, Jr.
Even though this cool kid band has been around for decades, it hasn’t lost its appeal to the under-10 set. With an enchanting blend of rock, swing, R&B, country, and Americana, the band keeps kids (and grown-ups) on their toes…dancing the morning away. Sat., 10:30 am. Vienna. $8; $25/family 4-pack. All. Event details.

What do you have on deck for the weekend? Tell us in the comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo courtesy of GALA Hispanic Theater