Happenings

Local kid friendly area events happening in the DMV (Washington DC area)

December

Build A Gingerbread House

Saturday, December 2nd, 9am -12pm; Home Depot Kid workshop–  Check your store for availability

Come build a build holiday memories and put together a wooden gingerbread house that will last year after year.  Once the gingerbread house is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. Please register because space is limited http://workshops.homedepot.com/workshops/kids-workshops

Light Up The Wharf

Friday, December 1st; 5pm – 8pm, The District Wharf, 690 Water St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Kick off the holiday season at The Wharf with the official lighting of the Christmas Tree. Treat yourself to hot chocolate, enjoy s’mores at our fire pit, do some holiday crafts, and listen to live music for a bright and merry experience along the waterfront.

The District’s Holiday Boat Parade

Saturday, December 2nd; 4pm – 10pm, The District Wharf, 690 Water St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Join us as we celebrate the parade and see the beautifully decorated boats pass by. Get into the spirit with the guaranteed first snow of the season, and decorate your own boat. Sip hot cocoa and make s’mores at our fire pit. Visit our lighted Christmas Tree and enjoy other fun activities, including live music, and skating on our ice rink.

4pm – 6pm — Prelude activities throughout The Wharf
6pm – 8pm — Landside activities
7pm — Boats arrive in the Washington Channel
8pm — Fireworks Finale
8pm – 10pm — Captain’s After Party

Santa Fly In

Saturday, December 2nd noon -4pm; College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl Frank Scott Drive, College Park, MD 20740. Cost $5

Santa will fly in and take pictures with children. Santa usually arrives at 12:30pm. Holiday art and crafts will be available throughout the museum.  All events are included with admission to the museum.

Holiday Hayrides

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout December 7pm -8pm; Watkins Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive (Route 193), Upper Marlboro, MD 20774 (301) 218-6770
Bundle up and take a holiday hayride through the festival of lights at Watkins Park and warm up at a campfire at the Nature Center. The cost is $5 and space is limited.

Breakfast with Santa at Suitland Bowl

Saturday, December 16th 10am- 1pm; Suitland bowl, 4811 Silver Hill Road, Suitland MD 20746 (301) 669-6772
$5.00 all you can eat breakfast buffet (6 and under)
$8.00 all you can eat breakfast buffet (7 and older)
You may bring a camera to take pictures with Santa or $5.00 for printed picture with frame.  You may stay and bow; for a discounted bowling price. RSVP by emailing Suitlandbowl@gmail.com

Six Flags Holiday in the Park 

December 2017 – Sunday, January 1, 2018, Six Flags, 13710 Central Avenue, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Come experience holiday shine with more than a million glittering lights, holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, visits with Santa and theme park rides

United States Botanic Gardens Roadside Attractions

Thursday, November 23, 2017–  January 1, 2018, 10 a.m to 5 p.m. daily , United States Botanic Gardens , 100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024
(202) 225-8333

Join us as we celebrate the season with festive decorations and iconic holiday plants.  Explore classic attractions like Texas’ Cadillac Ranch, Colorado’s hot-dog-shaped Coney Island Hot Dog Stand, South Dakota’s Corn Palace, New Jersey’s Lucy the Elephant, and many more. View thousands of blooms throughout the Conservatory, including a showcase of heirloom and newly developed poinsettia varieties.

National Christmas Tree

December 1, 2017 –  January 1, 2018, 10 a.m to 10 p.m., Ellipse near the White House
The National Christmas Tree and the Pathway of Peace with seasonal displays include a Yule log, a large-scale model train and a Christmas manger. They have a city built around the base with trucks, rescue vehicles, trucks, trains, and etc

ZooLights

Friday, November 24th – Monday, January 1st, 5pm to 9pm; 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

Come see the national zoo transformed into a winter wonderland by lights at night. It is free, but the rides will cost. They have a slide, train, and carousel along with tasty treats.

Holiday Trains and Planes

Saturday, December 16th – Friday, December 23rd 2016; College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl Frank Scott Drive, College Park, MD 20740. Free with paid Museum admission
Miniature trains, villages, tunnels and depots spark the imagination as they bring history to life.  The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating, constantly moving, holiday-themed display of model railroads to the museum.

Nats Winterfest

Saturday and Sunday, December 16th -17th 11:30am -4pm; Walter E. Washington Convention Center; 801 Mt. Vernon Pl NW, Washington DC
Meet and greet your favorite National players and transform yourself into a human snowball. Take a photo with Santa and test your skill at a variety of baseball attractions. For more information and cost click here

Maggianos Kids Cooking With Santa

Saturday, December 23rd; 9am, Maggianos, 2002 Annapolis Mall
Annapolis, MD 21401

The kids will receive their own Chef Hat and Apron that they will get to take home with them. We will demonstrate the rolling out process and decorating the cookies while they watch and interact with the Chef. They will return to their own prep station and make their very own Sugar Cookies that they will get to take home and bake for the family.

The class will begin with a small breakfast buffet that will include Scrambled Eggs, Buttermilk Pancakes, Bacon, Crispy Potatoes, Fresh Fruit, and Fresh Made Muffins.
Santa Clause will be in attendance to take pictures with the kids and to assist them in making the cookies. Please call (410)266-3584 for cost information

Yards Park Kids Noon Yards Eve Celebration
Saturday, December 31st 10 am – 1pm; Yards Park 355 Water Street SE Washington, DC
The fourth annual Noon Yards Eve will feature tons of activities including  stilt walkers, clowns performing tricks, multiple moon bounces and slides, a trackless train, and face painting and a balloon drop at noon with a countdown and it is free.

Bowling at Pinstripes

Weekday mornings from 10am to noon, Pinstripes; Georgetown Park 1064 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC 2007, 202-625-6500

Kids bowl for $3 per hour with a $3 shoe rental and parents bowl for free. Please limit four kids 12 and under per adult.

Free Face Painting, Crafts & Ice Cream for Kids!

Every Tuesday at Texas Roadhouse in Bowie, MD, 6011 High Bridge Rd, Bowie, MD 20720, (301) 860-1728

Come experience  Kids Night every Tuesday from 5:00pm-8:00pm for kids 12-years-old and younger at Texas Roadhouse in Bowie.  When kids come in for Kids Night, they get to enjoy:

– Face Painting with Michelle Johnson from 6:00pm-8:00pm – Balloon Artist making hats, animals, and more – Special Andy Armadillo appearances – Craft/Activity in the Corral – Kids receive a Free scoop of Ice Cream with the purchase of a Kids Meal that can be topped at our Sundae Bar

Butterfly Pavilion

Free Every Tuesday at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History; 10th St. and Constitution Ave NW. The museum hours are from 10:00am and 5:30pm.

Come experience the butterfly experience; take a stroll among live butterflies and exotic plants.

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