The building blocks for a fantastic weekend are all in place—from a holiday-themed LEGO party and Spy Museum open house to a craft fair and family-friendly theater adventure. All you have to do is put the pieces together, sit back, and enjoy the grins that grown on your kids’ faces.

bano railroad legosPhoto: B&O Railroad Museum

Glen Echo

Lemony Snicket’s ‘The Lump of Coal’
It is Christmastime! The hilarious and heartburning, uh, heartwarming holiday adventure of a Lump of Coal who wants to be an artist. Traditionally the dreaded stocking stuffer for children on the Naughty List, this Lump turns one child’s worst nightmare into a dream come true. Direct from Lemony Snicket – author of A Series of Unfortunate Events – this stage adaptation by Norman Allen will delight audiences young and old with its story of unlikely friendships and holiday miracles. Fri.-Sun., 11 am-12 pm. $19.50. All agesEvent details.

Chevy Chase

Itsy Bitsy Audobon
Looking for the perfect play date for your mini naturalist and their friends? Come to Itsy Bitsy Audubon where the littles can whip up crafts, explore critters and listen to nature-themed storytelling. Sat., 10 am-12 pm. $5. Ages 3-6Event details.


B&O’s Magical Holiday Express + Santa’s LEGO Block Party
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 winter wonderland of family fun and activities. There is a new and different holiday theme each weekend—this weekend it’s “LEGO Block Party”—for everyone to see and do. Sat.-Sun., 10 am-4 pm. $18/adults; $12/kids. All agesEvent details.


Handmade Holiday Craft Fair
Looking to fill their stockings with something cool? The 6th Annual Craft Fair will host over 50 local vendors, concessions, raffles, and live music. Come shop local and support a great cause! Sat., 10 am-4 pm. Free. All agesEvent details.

Penn Quarter

Girl Scout Day at the Spy Museum
Does your Brownie have what it takes to be a spy? Find out at Girl Scout Day at the International Spy Museum. Spy smarts and street savvy will be put to the test in Spy School workshops where you will learn the tricks of the trade. Scouts will also challenge themselves on secret spy missions throughout the Museum and meet special guests who will share their knowledge about the shadow world of spying. Sun., 10 am-2 pm. $14. Ages 9-14Event details.

National Harbor

Chill Out at Ice! at the Gaylord National Resort
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! Sat.-Sun. $28/adults; $20/kids ages 3-11. All agesEvent details.

What are you most looking forward to this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady