It is a brand spanking new year and we’re ready to kick off some resolutions day one. First up? Shedding those COVID pounds with these amazing, at-home workouts fit for parents. We’re taking a spin on the Capital Wheel, the perfect metaphor for a new trip around the sun. And we’re breaking bread with some cute little critters as we learn more about the daily diet of the animals at this zoo. Scroll down for more ways to jump start 2021. Happy New Year!

photo: Pricilla Du Preez via Unsplash

IN-PERSON EVENTS

Make a Snowy Sensory Bottle 
Got a little one who loves Frozen? Get ready to recreate the snowy swirls of Elsa’s world with a water sensory bottle craft. Check out these super simple instructions for a DIY sensory bottle you can make using household objects. Activity details. 

Workout those New Year’s Resolutions 
Get ready to kick-off the new year right with a brand new fitness plan. There is no time like the present to hop on those resolutions. Not sure where to start? We rounded up 26 of the best at-home workout programs to get you started. Get ready to get fit! Activity details. 

Take a Spin
If you’re looking for a fun family experience, head to National Harbor and grab a ride on the climate-controlled Capital Wheel. You can watch the snow fall from the comfort of your gondola (flakes fall every 30 minutes). Activity details. 

Make Some Noise
From a tambourine to tin can drums and a cereal box guitar, you can raft your own noise makers or start a whole band with these DIY instrument instructions. Activity details. 

VIRTUAL EVENTS

Break Bread with the Animals 
Rise and dine (virtually) with Zoo New England during winter break! Stay comfy in your pj’s as you ZOOm with some WILD friends during their morning routine. Zoo New England’s expert sidekicks from the Education team will take you behind the scenes to see the variety of tasty treats their animals look forward to every morning as you enjoy breakfast from the comfort of your home. Fri. Event details. 

Get Festive with the BayLUG Holiday Show Featuring LEGO®
The Museum of American Heritage (MOAH) is co-hosting with BayLUG, the Bay Area LEGO® User Group, and BayLTC, the Bay Area L-Gauge Train Club this year to offer its very first virtual holiday show featuring LEGO®. Access to the website is free of charge. Browse through this year’s theme of Dr. Seuss along with a variety of holiday creations, such as holiday trains, animals, and miniature cities. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Snuggle Up to Story Time
Reading is great for not only learning new words and sounds but it also sparks curiosity and imagination. Join us for a journey to the World of Possibilities through reading, singing and movement. Recommended for ages 2-5. Fri. Event details. 

Make Magic with This New Year’s Show
Parents enjoy a morning to yourself while your little ones travel to an enchanted world where they will meet five characters and learn about their magic wand powers. This unique performance is filled with magic, interactive play, songs and fun! This special show will last 40 minutes and be hosted over a private Zoom session. Sat. Event details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers