Get the new year started off on the right foot by hanging out with your favorite people in your favorite city (D.C.!!). Walk off the nog with a family trek through Little Bennett Park, check out a family-friendly musical, or get creative at the National Museum of Women in Arts first ever makerspace.

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Hike It Out
This sweet little hike covers a slew of resolutions–from getting fit with family to being more one with nature. The walk will be approximately three miles long in Little Bennett Regional Park. You’ll trek along a stream’s edge, through forest and meadow habitat. Bonus: kids hike free! Meet at the Wilson Mill trailhead lot off of Clarksburg road. Sun., 1 pm-3:30 pm. $9/adults; free/kids. All ages. Event details.

Woodley Park

Bird House Visit
The Baltimore Orioles are more than just a baseball team. Fly by the zoo to check out a training session with the Baltimore orioles (the kind with feathers), and chat with a keeper about the care and conservation of the small, colorful bird. Sat., 1:30 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


A Year With Frog and Toad
Based on books by Arnold Lobel, this hit Broadway and Tony Award-nominated musical follows two besties (who just woke up from hibernation) with completely opposite personalities on their hilarious and heartwarming adventures through the seasons. Sat.-Sun. $10 and up. Ages 4 and up. Event details.

National Harbor

Chill at Ice!
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 “‘Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.” So, you betta watch out! Fri.-Sat. $28/adults; $20/kids ages 3-11. All ages. Event details.

Metro Center

Community Day + Makerspace
Visit the National Museum of Women in the Arts on their Community Day. In addition to free admission to the museum to explore the special exhibition “Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today,” the entire family can flex their creative muscles with NMWA’s first pop-up makerspace. Sun., 12 pm-5 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Foggy Bottom

Matilda The Musical
The totally timeless tale by Roald Dahl about a girl with a super imagination and sharp wit makes it’s stage debut at The Kennedy Center. In Matilda, the whole family will enjoy seeing how the main character takes her own stand to change her destiny. Fri.-Sun. $25-$175. 4 and up. Event details.

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady