It’s not just the first weekend of a new year. It’s the start of the next decade. Jump right in to 2020 by exploring a different culture, signing up for a new class or starting a new, mindful exercise regime. This weekend is just the beginning of a year of Insta-worthy moments, so grab your camera (or your phone) and capture your family’s kick-off. Happy New Year!

photo: Marcus Spiskie via Unsplash 

IN THE CITY

Foggy Bottom

Moonshot Studio: Learn to Draw
Learn to draw just like Mo Willems! Here you can sketch his characters—or make up your own—at large drawing tables. Use light tables to practice tracing your favorite characters. See how simple shapes can be assembled to create expressive characters! Sat. Event details. 

National Mall

Toddler Blazers: Polar Bear
January is one of our coldest months – and a perfect time to read Eric Carle’s famous Polar Bear, Polar Bear! This lesson will combine the classic book with the National Museum of Natural History’s collection of Arctic specimens. Museum Visit: National Museum of Natural History. Sat. Event details. 

Maker Morning: The Color Parade
Ring in the new year with a musical color parade through the Hirshhorn! Keep the celebration going at our hands-on activity stations. Build noise-makers, create art using light, and make a cyanotype (a photographic print) inspired by artists Harold Ancart and Takashi Arai. Sat. Event details. 

L’Enfant Plaza

A Christmas Carol Experience 
It’s the last weekend to catch this one-of-a-kind holiday experience that allows museum guests to interact with the beloved characters of Dickens’ classic tale. As they traverse the floors of the museum, guests will greet Bob Cratchit, the Christmas ghosts and even stop to have a quick chat with Scrooge himself. Complete with singing carols and making holiday crafts, this performance will delight the entire family. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Columbia Heights

Yo-Paint Kidz: Peace & Yoga
Children will learn breathing techniques to help them focus and concentrate. Learn different yoga poses that will enhance their body awareness and flexibility. Adapt coping strategies to help relax the mind, body, and soul. While learning about the core value on peace. Class includes breathing, yoga poses, affirmations, music, and more. All ages are accepted. But, recommended ages between ages 5- 12. Sat. Event details.

Brightwood Park

Tunes 4 Tots 
Join Tunes 4 Tots own Mister Mike for a morning of music at ANXO Cidery and Tasting Room in Brightwood! Cost is $10 per child, ages 0-6 and parents/caregivers are welcome! Sat.  Event Details. 

Petworth

The Great Zucchini 
The Great Zucchini, Washington’s funniest and most magical preschool & kindergarten entertainer, performs a colorful magic show where every child is a star and guaranteed to laugh! Sun. Event details. 

Gallery Place

Free Museum Day
Visit the Natrional Museum of Women in the Arts for free on Community Day—take this opportunity to explore the current exhibitions, permanent collection, and events. Be sure to take the free 1 p.m. tour, Fierce Women, which highlights women who thumbed their noses at the limited roles society accorded them, and blazed a trail as artists, activists, and innovators. Sun. Event details.

IN THE ‘BURBS

Temple Hills

Family STEM Night 
Fridays are about family and fun for CUP’N Learning. Join us for family fun and food as we explore the world of STEM by completeing fun STEM challenges using Lego’s, K’Nexs,Games, Arts & Crafts, and more. Fri. Event details. 

Bethesda

India Day
Celebrate India Day at the KID Museum . Enjoy  crafts, music, and the traditions of India with a hands-on fun. Tackle the challenge of building a cardboard rickshaw while you learn how to use electric scroll saws at the same time. Or learn how to make Indian tie-dye using cotton or silk fabric. All activities are included in admission. Sun. Event details. 

Ashburn

Kids’ Night Out
Enjoy your first date in the New Year. Don’t forget to drop the kids off at  Parent’s Night Out! (kids aged 5 & up) Have your kids  enjoy a night of fun, while you relax and enjoy yourself. Fri. Event details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers