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Holiday Happenings

As the temperatures drop, keep kids busy this holiday season with Thanksgiving events, Nutcracker performances, winter wonderlands, light festivals and breakfast with Santa. There are so many seasonal events for kids, you're guaranteed to find something in our 2015 Holiday Happenings calendar whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or the start of snow!

Take a look at the calendar below, where we've compiled the best holiday happenings in Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. for your convenience. If you notice we're missing one of your favorite holiday activities, please email us at calendar@washingtonparent.com to let us know.


December
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January
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DEC   27   Sunday


A Lump of Coal for Christmas. All ages. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. It is Christmas time! The hilarious and heartburning, uh, heartwarming holiday adventure of a Lump of Coal who wants to be an artist. Traditionally the dreaded stocking stuffer for children on the Naughty List, this Lump turns one child's worst nightmare into a dream come true. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages. 9 to 4 p.m. See sparkling holiday decorations, featuring 12 dazzling Christmas trees and historical chocolate-making demonstrations. Don't forget to visit with Aladdin the Christmas Camel! Tickets online. $$ Mount Vernon, , VA.
Garden of Lights. All ages. Sun. through Thurs. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. Enjoy live music, a train exhibit and a winter conservatory display nightly. $$ Brookside Gardens, Silver Spring, MD.
ICE! featuring Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town. All ages. Open daily, times vary. Learn how Santa Claus started giving toys to good girls and boys in the retelling of this classic television special. The walk-through winter wonderland will include well known scenes carved entirely of ice. No visit is complete without a slide down the incredible two-story-tall ice slides. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Kris Kringle's Holiday Feast. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Kris Kringle and Topper the penguin for a bountiful holiday breakfast or dinner, featuring the Kringle family's famous Christmas cuisine including Topper's Tip-Top Flatbread Pizzas and Sombertown Sweets Zone. Take pictures, dance in a conga line and join in a sing-a-long! Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, Pienza Marketplace, National Harbor, MD.
Matilda The Musical. Kids ages 6+. Tues. through Fri. 7 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 1 and 7 p.m. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, "Matilda The Musical" is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Nov. 27 to Dec. 31 (closed Dec. 25), Sunday through Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. Celebrating 20 years of enchantment! Take a magical 3.5 mile drive through the beautifully transformed Seneca Creek State Park. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.

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DEC   28   Monday


A Lump of Coal for Christmas. All ages. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. It is Christmas time! The hilarious and heartburning, uh, heartwarming holiday adventure of a Lump of Coal who wants to be an artist. Traditionally the dreaded stocking stuffer for children on the Naughty List, this Lump turns one child's worst nightmare into a dream come true. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages. 9 to 4 p.m. See sparkling holiday decorations, featuring 12 dazzling Christmas trees and historical chocolate-making demonstrations. Don't forget to visit with Aladdin the Christmas Camel! Tickets online. $$ Mount Vernon, , VA.
Garden of Lights. All ages. Sun. through Thurs. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. Enjoy live music, a train exhibit and a winter conservatory display nightly. $$ Brookside Gardens, Silver Spring, MD.
ICE! featuring Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town. All ages. Open daily, times vary. Learn how Santa Claus started giving toys to good girls and boys in the retelling of this classic television special. The walk-through winter wonderland will include well known scenes carved entirely of ice. No visit is complete without a slide down the incredible two-story-tall ice slides. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Kris Kringle's Holiday Feast. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Kris Kringle and Topper the penguin for a bountiful holiday breakfast or dinner, featuring the Kringle family's famous Christmas cuisine including Topper's Tip-Top Flatbread Pizzas and Sombertown Sweets Zone. Take pictures, dance in a conga line and join in a sing-a-long! Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, Pienza Marketplace, National Harbor, MD.
Matilda The Musical. Kids ages 6+. Tues. through Fri. 7 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 1 and 7 p.m. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, "Matilda The Musical" is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Nov. 27 to Dec. 31 (closed Dec. 25), Sunday through Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. Celebrating 20 years of enchantment! Take a magical 3.5 mile drive through the beautifully transformed Seneca Creek State Park. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.

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DEC   29   Tuesday


A Lump of Coal for Christmas. All ages. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. It is Christmas time! The hilarious and heartburning, uh, heartwarming holiday adventure of a Lump of Coal who wants to be an artist. Traditionally the dreaded stocking stuffer for children on the Naughty List, this Lump turns one child's worst nightmare into a dream come true. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages. 9 to 4 p.m. See sparkling holiday decorations, featuring 12 dazzling Christmas trees and historical chocolate-making demonstrations. Don't forget to visit with Aladdin the Christmas Camel! Tickets online. $$ Mount Vernon, , VA.
Garden of Lights. All ages. Sun. through Thurs. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. Enjoy live music, a train exhibit and a winter conservatory display nightly. $$ Brookside Gardens, Silver Spring, MD.
ICE! featuring Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town. All ages. Open daily, times vary. Learn how Santa Claus started giving toys to good girls and boys in the retelling of this classic television special. The walk-through winter wonderland will include well known scenes carved entirely of ice. No visit is complete without a slide down the incredible two-story-tall ice slides. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Kris Kringle's Holiday Feast. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Kris Kringle and Topper the penguin for a bountiful holiday breakfast or dinner, featuring the Kringle family's famous Christmas cuisine including Topper's Tip-Top Flatbread Pizzas and Sombertown Sweets Zone. Take pictures, dance in a conga line and join in a sing-a-long! Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, Pienza Marketplace, National Harbor, MD.
Matilda The Musical. Kids ages 6+. Tues. through Fri. 7 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 1 and 7 p.m. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, "Matilda The Musical" is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
New Year Noisemakers. Kids ages 4 to 14. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Get ready to celebrate the New Year by making noisemakers and other party items from things you can find in your house. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Nov. 27 to Dec. 31 (closed Dec. 25), Sunday through Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. Celebrating 20 years of enchantment! Take a magical 3.5 mile drive through the beautifully transformed Seneca Creek State Park. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.

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DEC   30   Wednesday


A Lump of Coal for Christmas. All ages. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. It is Christmas time! The hilarious and heartburning, uh, heartwarming holiday adventure of a Lump of Coal who wants to be an artist. Traditionally the dreaded stocking stuffer for children on the Naughty List, this Lump turns one child's worst nightmare into a dream come true. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages. 9 to 4 p.m. See sparkling holiday decorations, featuring 12 dazzling Christmas trees and historical chocolate-making demonstrations. Don't forget to visit with Aladdin the Christmas Camel! Tickets online. $$ Mount Vernon, , VA.
Garden of Lights. All ages. Sun. through Thurs. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. Enjoy live music, a train exhibit and a winter conservatory display nightly. $$ Brookside Gardens, Silver Spring, MD.
ICE! featuring Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town. All ages. Open daily, times vary. Learn how Santa Claus started giving toys to good girls and boys in the retelling of this classic television special. The walk-through winter wonderland will include well known scenes carved entirely of ice. No visit is complete without a slide down the incredible two-story-tall ice slides. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Kris Kringle's Holiday Feast. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Kris Kringle and Topper the penguin for a bountiful holiday breakfast or dinner, featuring the Kringle family's famous Christmas cuisine including Topper's Tip-Top Flatbread Pizzas and Sombertown Sweets Zone. Take pictures, dance in a conga line and join in a sing-a-long! Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, Pienza Marketplace, National Harbor, MD.
Matilda The Musical. Kids ages 6+. Tues. through Fri. 7 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 1 and 7 p.m. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, "Matilda The Musical" is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Nov. 27 to Dec. 31 (closed Dec. 25), Sunday through Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. Celebrating 20 years of enchantment! Take a magical 3.5 mile drive through the beautifully transformed Seneca Creek State Park. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.

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DEC   31   Thursday


A Lump of Coal for Christmas. All ages. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. It is Christmas time! The hilarious and heartburning, uh, heartwarming holiday adventure of a Lump of Coal who wants to be an artist. Traditionally the dreaded stocking stuffer for children on the Naughty List, this Lump turns one child's worst nightmare into a dream come true. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages. 9 to 4 p.m. See sparkling holiday decorations, featuring 12 dazzling Christmas trees and historical chocolate-making demonstrations. Don't forget to visit with Aladdin the Christmas Camel! Tickets online. $$ Mount Vernon, , VA.
Garden of Lights. All ages. Sun. through Thurs. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. Enjoy live music, a train exhibit and a winter conservatory display nightly. $$ Brookside Gardens, Silver Spring, MD.
ICE! featuring Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town. All ages. Open daily, times vary. Learn how Santa Claus started giving toys to good girls and boys in the retelling of this classic television special. The walk-through winter wonderland will include well known scenes carved entirely of ice. No visit is complete without a slide down the incredible two-story-tall ice slides. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Kris Kringle's Holiday Feast. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Kris Kringle and Topper the penguin for a bountiful holiday breakfast or dinner, featuring the Kringle family's famous Christmas cuisine including Topper's Tip-Top Flatbread Pizzas and Sombertown Sweets Zone. Take pictures, dance in a conga line and join in a sing-a-long! Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, Pienza Marketplace, National Harbor, MD.
Matilda The Musical. Kids ages 6+. Tues. through Fri. 7 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 1 and 7 p.m. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, "Matilda The Musical" is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Nov. 27 to Dec. 31 (closed Dec. 25), Sunday through Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. Celebrating 20 years of enchantment! Take a magical 3.5 mile drive through the beautifully transformed Seneca Creek State Park. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.

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January

JAN   1   Friday


Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages. 9 to 4 p.m. See sparkling holiday decorations, featuring 12 dazzling Christmas trees and historical chocolate-making demonstrations. Don't forget to visit with Aladdin the Christmas Camel! Tickets online. $$ Mount Vernon, , VA.
Garden of Lights. All ages. Sun. through Thurs. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. Enjoy live music, a train exhibit and a winter conservatory display nightly. $$ Brookside Gardens, Silver Spring, MD.
ICE! featuring Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town. All ages. Open daily, times vary. Learn how Santa Claus started giving toys to good girls and boys in the retelling of this classic television special. The walk-through winter wonderland will include well known scenes carved entirely of ice. No visit is complete without a slide down the incredible two-story-tall ice slides. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Kris Kringle's Holiday Feast. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Kris Kringle and Topper the penguin for a bountiful holiday breakfast or dinner, featuring the Kringle family's famous Christmas cuisine including Topper's Tip-Top Flatbread Pizzas and Sombertown Sweets Zone. Take pictures, dance in a conga line and join in a sing-a-long! Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, Pienza Marketplace, National Harbor, MD.
Matilda The Musical. Kids ages 6+. Tues. through Fri. 7 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 1 and 7 p.m. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, "Matilda The Musical" is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.

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JAN   2   Saturday


Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages. 9 to 4 p.m. See sparkling holiday decorations, featuring 12 dazzling Christmas trees and historical chocolate-making demonstrations. Don't forget to visit with Aladdin the Christmas Camel! Tickets online. $$ Mount Vernon, , VA.
Garden of Lights. All ages. Sun. through Thurs. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. Enjoy live music, a train exhibit and a winter conservatory display nightly. $$ Brookside Gardens, Silver Spring, MD.
ICE! featuring Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town. All ages. Open daily, times vary. Learn how Santa Claus started giving toys to good girls and boys in the retelling of this classic television special. The walk-through winter wonderland will include well known scenes carved entirely of ice. No visit is complete without a slide down the incredible two-story-tall ice slides. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Kris Kringle's Holiday Feast. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Kris Kringle and Topper the penguin for a bountiful holiday breakfast or dinner, featuring the Kringle family's famous Christmas cuisine including Topper's Tip-Top Flatbread Pizzas and Sombertown Sweets Zone. Take pictures, dance in a conga line and join in a sing-a-long! Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, Pienza Marketplace, National Harbor, MD.
Matilda The Musical. Kids ages 6+. Tues. through Fri. 7 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 1 and 7 p.m. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, "Matilda The Musical" is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.

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JAN   3   Sunday


Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages. 9 to 4 p.m. See sparkling holiday decorations, featuring 12 dazzling Christmas trees and historical chocolate-making demonstrations. Don't forget to visit with Aladdin the Christmas Camel! Tickets online. $$ Mount Vernon, , VA.
Garden of Lights. All ages. Sun. through Thurs. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. Enjoy live music, a train exhibit and a winter conservatory display nightly. $$ Brookside Gardens, Silver Spring, MD.
ICE! featuring Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town. All ages. Open daily, times vary. Learn how Santa Claus started giving toys to good girls and boys in the retelling of this classic television special. The walk-through winter wonderland will include well known scenes carved entirely of ice. No visit is complete without a slide down the incredible two-story-tall ice slides. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Kris Kringle's Holiday Feast. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Kris Kringle and Topper the penguin for a bountiful holiday breakfast or dinner, featuring the Kringle family's famous Christmas cuisine including Topper's Tip-Top Flatbread Pizzas and Sombertown Sweets Zone. Take pictures, dance in a conga line and join in a sing-a-long! Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, Pienza Marketplace, National Harbor, MD.
Matilda The Musical. Kids ages 6+. Tues. through Fri. 7 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 1 and 7 p.m. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, "Matilda The Musical" is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.

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JAN   4   Monday


Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages. 9 to 4 p.m. See sparkling holiday decorations, featuring 12 dazzling Christmas trees and historical chocolate-making demonstrations. Don't forget to visit with Aladdin the Christmas Camel! Tickets online. $$ Mount Vernon, , VA.
Matilda The Musical. Kids ages 6+. Tues. through Fri. 7 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 1 and 7 p.m. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, "Matilda The Musical" is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.

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JAN   5   Tuesday


Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages. 9 to 4 p.m. See sparkling holiday decorations, featuring 12 dazzling Christmas trees and historical chocolate-making demonstrations. Don't forget to visit with Aladdin the Christmas Camel! Tickets online. $$ Mount Vernon, , VA.
Matilda The Musical. Kids ages 6+. Tues. through Fri. 7 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 1 and 7 p.m. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, "Matilda The Musical" is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.

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JAN   6   Wednesday


Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages. 9 to 4 p.m. See sparkling holiday decorations, featuring 12 dazzling Christmas trees and historical chocolate-making demonstrations. Don't forget to visit with Aladdin the Christmas Camel! Tickets online. $$ Mount Vernon, , VA.
Matilda The Musical. Kids ages 6+. Tues. through Fri. 7 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 1 and 7 p.m. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, "Matilda The Musical" is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.

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JAN   7   Thursday


Matilda The Musical. Kids ages 6+. Tues. through Fri. 7 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 1 and 7 p.m. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, "Matilda The Musical" is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.

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JAN   8   Friday


Matilda The Musical. Kids ages 6+. Tues. through Fri. 7 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 1 and 7 p.m. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, "Matilda The Musical" is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.

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JAN   9   Saturday


Matilda The Musical. Kids ages 6+. Tues. through Fri. 7 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 1 and 7 p.m. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, "Matilda The Musical" is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.

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JAN   10   Sunday


Matilda The Musical. Kids ages 6+. Tues. through Fri. 7 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 1 and 7 p.m. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, "Matilda The Musical" is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.