There are lots of weekend activities in Washington DC for children but how do you pick the best ones? Here are some suggestions for you to choose from.  Do you want to build a gingerbread house or listen to the National Philharmonic? You can have it all!

Weekend Activities in Washington DC/Bethesda

National Philharmonic Holiday Pops
Are you looking for weekend activities in Washington DC for children? Experience the joy and magic of the holidays! Hear Ms. Blake sing O Holy Night and other favorite holiday solos and sing along to seasonal classics including White Christmas with your family and friends at Strathmore. Come early to this special concert to view the Polar Express Train, decorate an ornament, and hear young carolers. Members can enjoy a delicious hot chocolate bar. A portion of every ticket purchase supports USO-Metro families. Fri. Event Details.

Weekend Activities in Washington DC for children -West End

Gingerbread House Class
Come create your own gingerbread house led by the Ritz Carlton hotel’s pastry team! Children will learn the art of decorating gingerbread houses, while having fun creating their own to take home. There will be hot cocoa, holiday cookies and a Ritz-Carlton chef’s hat and apron. Sun. Event Details.

Weekend Activities in Washington DC for Children -Arlington

New Nature
New Nature allows you to step into a living environment where your movements can awaken creatures and plant life in a colorful kingdom. Here you will be able to explore four rooms, an immersive projection setup, a LED kelp forest, responsive floors, a 24 foot tall evolving creature that responds to your touch, a 3D digital petting zoo with 13 interactive terrarium stations, and Augmented Reality activations. In short, it’s way cool! Fri.-SunEvent Details.   

Weekend Activities in Manassa for Children

Mistletoe Magic
Looking for a free event during the holiday season.  Go to Parkridge Center for Mistletoe Magic, a free, family-friendly festival with winter-themed games, crafts, holiday music, a festive train ride, s’mores, hot chocolate bar and a Meet and Greet with Mr. Claus himself! Sat. Event Details.

Weekend Activities in Washington DC for Children -Chinatown

Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil is bringing a new show to Washington during the holiday season, the Cirque du Soleil’s CRYSTAL. This production offers synchronized, freestyle and extreme skating alongside circus disciplines such as swinging trapeze, aerial straps and hand to hand. Fri.-SunEvent Details.

Weekend Activities in Washington DC for Children – National Mall

Drop-In Art Studio
Drop by the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center art studio Sunday afternoons where you can choose from any of three maker stations. Each station presents a challenge or question based on the afternoon’s theme. Stations are designed for K – 3 graders, but younger siblings are welcome. Sun. Event Details.

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