It’s winter break, the perfect excuse to head out of town and try snow tubing. Housebound? There’s no reason to get cabin fever. You can still take in the holiday lights (hint: Enchant DC is the biggest and best show in town) or celebrate Kwanzaa at the new Anacostia Community Museum.  We’re inching closer to the next decade, so soak up all that is left of 2019.

photo: Jesse Onrico via Unsplash 

 

IN THE CITY

Anacostia

ACM Kwanzaa Celebration
Bring the entire family for the museum’s annual Kwanzaa celebration program. Enjoy energetic and interactive introduction to Kwanzaa with Melvin Deal African Heritage Dancers & Drummers.  The audience participatory program includes dancers, singers, music, colorful costumes, and lively characters designed for young children and adults alike. During the performance and afterwards, kids can also enjoy making Kwanzaa-inspired arts and crafts from a variety of materials.  Art workshops will be led by artist/educators Brian Barber and Alma Robinson.  Free fun for the entire family! Fri. Event details. 

National Mall

The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt
Join Watson Adventures on a unique Harry Potter-themed scavenger hunt for kids 10 & up! Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the National Gallery in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Wizards and muggles alike can play and enjoy this hunt. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry’s adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art. This hunt is designed for kids and adults to do together, but all-adult teams can compete separately. Kids must be accompanied by an adult.  Sat.  Event details. 

Dupont Circle

The Magical Pinata
A seemingly plain clay pot magically transports Cucha, a selfish and lonely girl, from her town of Zapotoco, Mexico, to a mysterious jungle. There she encounters Parrot Rivera, a jungle muralist who paints the future; Señor Chapulin, a soccer star with the heart of the present; and Burro Burrito, a farmer who plows the past. But the evil Monkey King and his silly Sidekick know the clay pot is really a magical piñata and scheme to steal it from her. Through Cucha’s journey, she discovers the magic of the mundane, the roots of cultural pride, and the power of sharing.  Fri.-Sun.  Event details. 

IN THE ‘BURBS

Ashburn

Freaky Friday Glow Jump

Georgetown isn’t the only place all a GLOW. You can jump, bounce and flip every Friday night at this indoor, climate controlled trampoline park where  ully trained, high energy staff make sure you’re safe while you’re having fun. Fri. Event details. 

Arlington

Winter Break Day Camps

Build physical skill and challenge creativity while exploring movement, theatre technique, and visual art.  The day long exploration includes movement, a fun visual art project, performance practice, and weather permitting, a trip outdoors to a nearby park. Fri. Event details. 

Silver Spring

Garden of Lights
Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, sparkling fountains, and whimsical winter scenes. Since 1997, the Garden of Lights has been a Baltimore/Washington DC area family holiday tradition. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Reston

Holiday Photo Studio Pop-Up
Last chance to get family pics this decade! Roe & Co. is hosting its first ever Holiday Photo Studio Pop-Up in Reston Town Center. Roe & Co. collabed  with the most talented set and interior designers to bring you two incredible options for your Holiday photos. There will be one more Christmas-y and one designed for a modern all-inclusive Holiday photo. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

WORTH-THE-DRIVE

Baltimore

Baltimores 34th Street
Fondly referred to as the Miracle on 34th Street, the residents of the 700 block (between Chestnut Avenue and Keswick Road) of 34th Street in Hamden have been decorating their homes since 1947 (the same year the movie by the same name was released). Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Kensington

Festival of Lights
Over 650,000 lights illuminate the grounds of the temple, making this one of the largest light displays in the DC area. Guests can also view internationally-inspired Christmas trees and nativity scenes. Nightly performances require a free event ticket, which are handed out on a first-come basis starting 60 minutes prior to performances. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers