Shake off Grandma’s cookies with an active, post-holiday weekend. Take a dance class. Stretch your legs in a museum. Or cheer on your favorite local team (jumping up-and-down in the stands counts as exercise, folks!). If you’re looking for a more quite, soulful activity, let your little experience their first jazz concert with a Dutch performance that will inspire you to always be playful and never grow up. Read on for the best ways to jump start some of those New Year’s resolutions!
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IN THE CITY
Glimpse at the Kennedy Center
Bring your children to this magical world that explores questions like the sound of color and how to sing a tree. Mix music, images, and more for an unforgettable performance that will fascinate toddlers and preschoolers. Ages 2-4. Sat.-Sun. Event details.
Washington Wizards Free Kids Day
Join the Washington Wizards at this annual free event open to the public. You must register at this link to attend. The Kids Day is a free event however the game later that afternoon is not. Discounted tickets are available for purchase during Kids Day if you want to attend the game. Or get free tickets for the kiddos by registering for the Washington Wizards official Kids Club (a paid membership is $24.95 and includes one free game ticket and a Welcome Kit). You can also sign up for a free Kids Club membership. Sun. Event details.
Happy Zoo Year
Get to know the newest additions at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo! Zoo preschool classes are designed for young children to discover a whole new view of the National Zoo. “Adult-and-me” format classes use interactive learning stations, hands-on activities and crafts, Nature Play and exciting Zoo walks to engage your child’s sense of wonder and curiosity about wildlife and the natural world. Sat. Event details.
Puerto Rican Bomba Dance Workshop
Learn Bomba, the Afro-Puerto Rican music and dance! Traditional bomba involves percussion instruments, a call/response singing and a dancer. The dancer makes body figures called ‘piquetes’ and the lead drummer –called the ‘primo’ or ‘subidor’– interprets them simultaneously in the drum. In these workshops you will have the opportunity to learn how to play the drums, maraca or cuá, and also to learn how to dance to the drum! Children are welcome; children under 5 are free. Sat. Event details.
Family Playdate at a Museum
Saturdays are geared toward kids and families at the Philips. Guided by a professional art educator, explore one to two galleries through fun, hands-on activities. Geared for families with children ages 4 to 8. This activity is included with admission. Sat. Event details.
The World and Me Family Program
Learn more about your place in the world through explorations of nature and culture. Every second Saturday of the month, museum educators lead a program that combines a book reading, activities, and a chance to look more closely at the museum’s collections. For this month’s program, participants will do activities to understand the needs of birds, how this changes seasonally, and how birds have adapted to living in various habitats. Horticulturists from Smithsonian Gardens will serve as special guest experts to help us learn about making our own backyards safe and welcoming habitats for birds and other wildlife, and why this is important. Sat. Event details.
Infant Investigators: Winter Animals
The weather is cold and your infant is likely noticing the changes in temperature. The National Museum of Natural History workshop will focus on the shift in their environment and introduce your child to animals that are good at keeping warm during these cold months. Sat. Event details.
Woodworking with Kids
Spend the day woodworking with at the Arts & Crafts Center! At these workshops, members of the Liberty Center will be teaching classes of up to 15 children how to build their very own woodworking project from start to finish. Sat. Event details.
Tour the Islamic Center
The Islamic Center is the largest and most widely known Mosque in Washington DC. It is located in near proximity to many Muslim embassies whose ambassadors and diplomats frequent the Mosque often.This behind-the-scenes tour will familiarize you with the basic principles of Islam as well as how that translates into the architecture of the building. Sat. Event details.
IN THE ‘BURBS
Night Out for Newbie Parents
Your days (and nights!) have been filled with feedings, diapering, internal dialog of whether or not you’re doing this right, and overwhelming feelings of love. It sounds like you could use a night out to start feeling like a grown-up again. Join the Science Center for a night tailored to parenting newbies. No need for a sitter, this is a baby friendly event with activities to keep mommies, daddies, and babies happily entertained. Be sure to book a Baltimore hotel for the night. Sat. Event details.
—Meghan Yudes Meyers