Do you wanna build a snowman? Sorry! We can’t promise a winter wonderland this weekend (who do you think we are? Elsa after she let it go?). But what we can promise is a cool event or two for your family to check out this weekend. And there’s something for everyone–from holiday festivals and train rides to an interactive play about, well…snow!

Photo: Arts on the Horizon


Snow Day
One cold December morning, a young girl named Skip wakes up to find the entire neighborhood covered in a thick, dazzling blanket of white snow. A playful (if not a little mischievous) winter elf takes her on an adventure – showing her just how magical snow can be! Join Skip as she experiences all the excitement, joy, and wonder of her very first snow day. This nonverbal production features live music and lots of wintertime fun, just in time for the holiday season. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

National Mall

Smithsonian Holiday Festival
The Smithsonian will host a free, two-day festival at the National Museum of American History to kick off the holiday season. A wide selection of festive events, exhibits, activities and seasonal décor will be available throughout the day, including musical performances by U.S. Air Force Band High Flight and Sounds of Faith. Other highlights include chocolate sampling during a demonstration by Mars Heritage Chocolate and the Children’s Television Holiday display showcasing popular childhood characters sand more. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


Magical Holiday Express
Trains are magical during the holidays! There is no better place to be a child than at the B&O Railroad Museum. All aboard the B&O’s Magical Holiday Express, a holiday spectacular celebration in the B&O Roundhouse devoted to trains of all sizes and shapes, holiday festivities, and a winter wonderland of family fun and activities with a different holiday theme each weekend for everyone to enjoy! New this year are all new holiday decorations including a 30 foot Christmas tree in the center of the historic Roundhouse that you can walk through! Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Home Alone: Quote-Along
You and your family should come to this special holiday quote-along screening of “Home Alone” because a) Your kids have probably never seen it; b) You need a break from holiday madness; and c) The Alden’s quote-along movies are AWESOME. Sat. Event details.


Sensory Santa
The Mall at Prince Georges is hosting its first-ever Sensory Santa event to provide families that have children with autism and other special needs the opportunity to connect with Santa in a special way. Partnering with Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to autism awareness, research, and promoting solutions across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, this is a perfect opportunity allowing children with sensitivities to take part in this holiday tradition, and capture special memories. Sun. Event details.


CWP Holiday
Join the friends, family, and students of Children’s Weekday Program for seasonal treats, an impressive silent auction, great holiday gifts from artisans and local vendors, fun kid activities, and even a visit from Santa. This event offers a festive jump start for your holiday shopping. From handcrafts to thoughtful all-in-one gift baskets, you’ll find something perfect for everyone on your holiday list. Sat. Event details.

What are your plans for the weekend? Tell us in the comments below. 

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady