And so, we have arrived. It’s the last weekend of 2014! Go out with a bang by checking out these awesome activities. From train rides with Frosty and family art projects to bird watching bingo and the last hurrah of an adorable comic strip-inspired musical, there’s a little something for everyone. What are you waiting for? Go make a few final memories for the year.



Winterfest at the B&O Railroad Museum
Train loving kids will likely lose their marbles at this annual event. Featuring train rides with (or without) Frosty, a miniature Thomas the Tank Engine model train, mini-greenhouse crafting, LEGO Man, and more, the level of activity will be off the charts. Fri.-Sun. Baltiimore. $18/adults; $12/kids ages 2-12. All ages. Event Details.


A Family of Picassos?
Keep kids busy over winter break with this family-friendly painting free-for-all. VisArts provides the partially sketched canvas (you choose from four images), the paint, brushes, easels and aprons. While, you and your kids provide the creativity. Fri., 2 pm. Rockville. $15. Ages 4 and up. Event Details.

Foggy Bottom

Theater for Kiddies: “The Gift of Nothing”
It’s closing weekend for this Kennedy Center world premiere 60-minute musical featuring characters pulled from the comic strip “Mutts.” The gist: A cute cat is on the hunt for the perfect gift for his best friend, a happy little dog. The adventures of Mooch and Earl comence from there. Fri.-Sun. Foggy Bottom. $20. Ages 4 and up. Event Details.

L’Enfant Plaza

Hok-Nath-Da: Native American Story Time
Translation? Hok-noth-da means “Did you hear?” in Shawnee. This interactive program will explore the culture of the Shawnee indians and other Native communities through some of the most imaginative stories you’ve heard all year. Sun., 11:15 am-11:45 am. L’Enfant Plaza. Free. All ages. Event Details.


The Megawatt Train Show
Dubbed as the “largest train and toy show in the Northeast,” this extravaganza is one you and your Thomas-loving tyke should not miss. Make sure you are properly fueled beforehand—there’s over 400 tables of trains to peruse, free workshops, and train rides for kids. Sat.-Sun., 10 am-4 pm. Chantilly. $8/adults; Free/kids under 12. All ages. Event Details.


Winter Bird Bingo
The competitive game of bingo goes to the birds in this family-friendly version. Start things off by grabbing a bird bingo card at the Nature Center, then hit the trails to search for the the feathered friends featured on your card. Share your findings with the on-call naturalist at the Nature Center and win a prize. BINGO! Sat., 1 pm-3 pm. Rockville. Free. Ages 6 and up. Event Details.

What are you up to this last weekend before 2015? Let us know in the Comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

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