Give 2017 the awesome farewell it deserves by packing in the fun this weekend. In addition to a host of family-friendly New Year’s Eve parties, there are cabin-fever-curbing winter break camps to squeeze into, and it’s closing weekend for a few uber-popular winter-themed stage productions. Slip on those mittens and puffer coats—2018 awaits!


Photo: Yards Park DC

Yards Park

Noon Yards Eve
The largest kid-friendly (and free!) New Year’s Eve festival in D.C., Noon Yards Eve, is returning to The Yards for its fifth year, transforming Yards Park into a holiday wonderland with interactive activities for kids and adults. There will be a celebratory countdown and balloon drop at noon to ring in the new year for families and kids of all ages. Activities will include train rides through Yards Park, inflatable moon bounces and games, crafting stations, glitter tattoo artists and more. SunEvent details.

Glen Echo

‘Frosty the Snowman’
Do you want to build a snow man? How about watching him spring to life in front of you for one day of adventures before he melts away? In this merry wintertime romp, chock-full of chuckles and comic antics, Frosty dances into the hearts of kids and adults alike- even the heart of one near-sighted cop- through his uproarious antics. Fri.-SunEvent details.


Jr. Wizards Holiday Minicamp
Jr. Wizards Basketball Camps teach basketball fundamentals to campers ages 6-14 in a structured environment. Daily station work will help players of all levels improve and learn the core values of the game from our experienced Jr. Wizards coaching staff. FriEvent details.

H Street

‘Snow Day’
What’s the next best thing to a real snow day? A pretend snow day! Snow Day tells the story of a little girl discovering the magic of her first snow day with the help of a playful elf. This nonverbal production features live music and lots of wintertime fun. Fri.-SatEvent details.


Midnight at 7 at Symphony of Lights
Whether you have little ones or are looking to get a jump start on celebrating New Year’s Eve, go see Howard County dazzle, with a fireworks display set to music at 7 p.m. Celebrate with your family and friends while walking through the path of outdoor light displays and enjoying music, children’s activities, giveaways and more as 2017 comes to a close. SunEvent details.


Winter Break Camp at My Gym
Need to regroup before New Year’s Eve (or return some too-small Christmas gifts? Drop your kids off for three hours of cool and nonstop fun at My Gym including themed games, crafts, gymnastics, sports and snack!. SunEvent details.

How do you plan on ringing in the New Year? Tell us in the comments below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady