Bundle everyone up and pack up the car for a weekend adventure to remember. From interactive ice sculptures to DIY build-it family workshops there’s a long list of memory makers for you to choose from.

Photo: Harbor Point Ice Festival


The Enchanted Bookshop
During the day, A Likely Story looks like any other bookshop, but at night the characters inside the books come alive. Classic characters, including Dorothy Gale, Pollyanna, Heidi, Tom Sawyer and more, long to help Margie, the scatterbrained owner, save her struggling store. When a pair of smugglers come looking for a stolen necklace hidden inside one of the books, the characters must find a way to rescue the bookshop without being seen. Fri.-SunEvent Details.

Paint, Build, Create
This annual event is free and open to the public and will feature stem-based projects for all ages and abilities, including bubble painting, mirror boxes, kaleidoscopes, kinetic sand, cup and string telephones, simple levers, slime and lots more! Food trucks will be parked along S Stafford St. SatEvent Details.

Judiciary Square

Family Afternoon: Capturing Light With ‘S’
Illuminate our built world with the playful colors of faux stained glass. Draw inspiration from the Museum’s collection of historic drawings from the Washington National Cathedral to create your own acrylic square “stained glass” to take home. SatEvent Details.


Wake Up Brother Bear
Sister Bear and Brother Bear are back from hibernation to take your little ones (ages 0-5) on an interactive journey through the seasons. Meet a curious butterfly, play in a rushing waterfall, and catch lightning bugs as the bears frolic through the forest in this unforgettable live theatre experience. Reimagined for this 10th anniversary performance, this audience favorite is sure to delight and inspire. SatEvent Details.


Harbor Point Ice Festival
Central Plaza in Harbor Point will come alive for the Harbor Point Ice Festival on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The plaza will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland with ice sculptures throughout the plaza, Music by DJ Mike Wolfe, food vendors, family activities and more! Watch the excitement as award-winning ice sculptors use chainsaws and chisels to create spectacular mega ice sculptures and compete for YOUR vote. SatEvent Details.

The Construction Zone
Design and make a mini-robot, build with giant life-sized building blocks, launch rockets towards the moon, create your own theatrical play and more in The Construction Zone in the Atrium at Port Discovery sponsored by M&T Bank. Sat.-SunEvent Details.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady