We’re calling this the calm before the Thanksgiving storm. So before you start baking until 2 am, cleaning house for in-laws, and running around like a turkey with your head cut off, have a relaxing weekend with help from these fun, family happenings. Take in a silly holiday show (with a powerful message to boot), practice your broadcast skills at the Newseum’s latest exhibit dedicated to “The Anchorman,” or kick it with your crew at a s’mores festival in Gaithersburg. This weekend is for your brood; the rest of the week can be for your bird.

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Lyle the Crocodile: A Snappy Holiday Musical
A crocodile that can tap dance, perform household chores, and rescue cats from burning buildings? Witness it all during this musical performance at Imagination Stage. Based on the books by author and illustrator Bernard Waber Lyle the Crocodile follows The Primm family, who moves into a New York City apartment only to find a crocodile in their bathtub. Lyle quickly earns a place in the family members’ hearts, while teaching a cranky neighbor the importance of embracing other’s differences. Sat., 1:30 pm and 4 pm. Bethesda. $12-$25. 4-12. Event details.

Keys to Fun at a Piano Bar Kids’ Day
Bobby McKey’s, a grown-up piano bar set at the National Harbor, gets the kid-friendly treatment today when performers pound out tunes that the tot-set can groove to. Expect lots of wiggling, jumping, and dancing around (which is fully encouraged). Junior will walk away with a newfound appreciation for live music, and he may even want to start tickling the ivories for himself. Ticket includes buffet meal. Sat., 1 pm and 3:30 pm. National Harbor. $18/adults; $15/kids 2-11; free/kids under 2. All. Event details.

A S’mores Festival? Yes, Please!
It’s chilly-willy outdoors, but you’ll keep warm at this family festival that starts with a magical ride through holiday lights on a trolley or hay wagon. The fun doesn’t stop there, because when you return from the light show, you’ll be greeted by the ingredients—chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows—needed to whip up delish s’mores. Bon appetit! Sun., 5 pm-8 pm. Gaithersburg. 8/adults and kids; free/kids under 4. All. Event details.

Northern Virginia

Historical Holiday at George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Celebrate the holiday season at George Washington’s former home, Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, with a special daytime program fit for the entire family. Peep the elaborately-themed decorations, take a pic of a gingerbread Mount Vernon house, learn about 18th century chocolate-making techniques, and check out the Christmas camel (yes…CAMEL) roaming the grounds of Mt. Vernon, just like the one George Washington had during Christmas of 1787. Fri-Sun., 9 am-4 pm. Mount Vernon.  $15/adults; $7/kids; free/kids under 5. All. Event details.


Camera Shy Cure: The Anchorman Exhibit
Grab your little newsie to get a behind the scenes look at the newest exhibit, “Anchorman: The Exhibit,” at the Newseum, which features more than 60 props and costumes, plus footage from the 2004 hit comedy “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” a flick that used humor to explore the real challenges women faced in newsrooms in the 1970s. Kids (er, budding reporters) will love sitting behind the re-created KVWN-TV anchor desk, where they can do a mock news report with a snappy intro by Ron Burgundy himself. Fri-Sun. Chinatown. $21.95/adults; $12.95/kids under 18; free/kids under 6. All. Event details.

Sunday Crafternoon
It’s the witching hour—Sunday afternoon, post lunch/naps and pre getting ready for the week ahead, and you can’t think of anything to do to keep your kids busy. Enter Little Loft, where artsy-types can hone their craftiness with themed craft projects made out of everything from paper and textiles to shells and candy. Sun., 2:30 pm-3:30 pm Capitol Hill. $18. 5-10. Event details.

What are your get-out-and-about plans for the weekend? Tell us in the Comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo courtesy of Imagination Stage