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NOV   14   Wednesday


Anastasia: The New Broadway Musical. Kids ages 7+. Times vary. Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to Washington at last! From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s. Tickets online. $$ The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Cry It Out. Kids ages 12+. 8 p.m. The lives of four new parents collide in this candid comedy about who gets to make which hard choices in the tinderbox of parenthood and class in America. Tickets online. $$ Studio Theatre, Washington, DC.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 8 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Native Pride Dancers. Kids ages 6 to 16. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Dancers, drumbeats, and stories celebrate the spirit and beauty of First-Nations peoples in a dynamic, one-of-a-kind cultural heritage program. Actor, educator and world-champion fancy dancer Larry Yazzie brings together artists who share the rich heritage and customs passed down from generation to generation-and a history of bravery, fortitude, generosity and wisdom. Reservations required. $$ American Indian Museum, Rasmuson Theater, Washington, DC.
Preschool Series: Kings and Queens. Kids age 2 to 5. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Discover a world of adventure as you and your preschooler explore a new mansion room. Preregistration required and is online. $$ Hillwood Museum, Washington, DC.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary and can be found online. Santa and his helpers have arrived for the season! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center court. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.

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NOV   15   Thursday


Anastasia: The New Broadway Musical. Kids ages 7+. Times vary. Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to Washington at last! From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s. Tickets online. $$ The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Boogie Babes featuring Uncle Devin Show. Kids ages 4 and under. 10:30 a.m. The Boogie Babes program brings interactive musical performances for young children and their caregivers each week. The events, typically 45 minutes in length, provide a wonderful way to expose children to different musical instruments and styles while also raising funds for and awareness of Greater DC Diaper Bank's work and mission. $$ Eastern Market - North Hall, Washington, DC.
Cry It Out. Kids ages 12+. 8 p.m. The lives of four new parents collide in this candid comedy about who gets to make which hard choices in the tinderbox of parenthood and class in America. Tickets online. $$ Studio Theatre, Washington, DC.
Family Saturdays. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:30 p.m. Write letters to soldiers serving the country today and make a poppy while learning about the history of Armistice Day, the national holiday we now call Veterans Day. Meet at the entrance of Exhibition Hall. FREE U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DC.
Grandma's Thanksgiving Visit. Kids ages 3 to 6. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Last Fall's sold-out show returns! Grandma has arrived for the holiday-and that can only mean making puppets, cooking together, washing the car and learning lots of fun new things. This musical play with a great big heart brings the whole audience into the family with singing, finger play and call-and response as we all give thanks for being together. Reservations required. $$ Discovery Theater, Ripley Center, Washington, DC.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary and can be found online. Santa and his helpers have arrived for the season! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center court. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.

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NOV   16   Friday


"Enchanted Evenings" Usher in the Winter Light. All ages (family-friendly event). The Winter Lights Festival season kicks off with three spectacular evenings. Indulge in a delicious holiday tradition with S'more Lights on November 16, 6 to 10 p.m. Enjoy local wine and a magical ride through the lights at Wine Under the Lights, November 18, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Treat your pooch to a leisurely 1-mile stroll or an invigorating 3-mile walk at Leashes `n' Lights on November 20, 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets online and will sell out quickly. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
Anastasia: The New Broadway Musical. Kids ages 7+. Times vary. Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to Washington at last! From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s. Tickets online. $$ The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Cry It Out. Kids ages 12+. 8 p.m. The lives of four new parents collide in this candid comedy about who gets to make which hard choices in the tinderbox of parenthood and class in America. Tickets online. $$ Studio Theatre, Washington, DC.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. What could be fancier than Christmas? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Grandma's Thanksgiving Visit. Kids ages 3 to 6. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Last Fall's sold-out show returns! Grandma has arrived for the holiday-and that can only mean making puppets, cooking together, washing the car and learning lots of fun new things. This musical play with a great big heart brings the whole audience into the family with singing, finger play and call-and response as we all give thanks for being together. Reservations required. $$ Discovery Theater, Ripley Center, Washington, DC.
Jingle ARRGH the Way!. Kids ages 4+. 7:30 p.m. A mysterious message left in the crow's nest of their ship brings Captain Braid Beard and his pirate mates back to North Beach to seek out young Jeremy Jacob to help solve a riddle and find the Christmas treasure. Favorite characters, a rollicking story, great songs and a trip to the North Pole to find "you know who" - makes this a wonderful holiday musical for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Gunston Arts Center, Arlington, VA.
Parents Night Out. Kids ages 3 to 9. 6 to 9 p.m. Drop your kids off for 3 hours of non-stop action at My Gym including fitness games, active play, pizza and fun! Preregistration online. $$ My Gym Potomac, , MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary and can be found online. Santa and his helpers have arrived for the season! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center court. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.

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NOV   17   Saturday


"Enchanted Evenings" Usher in the Winter Light. All ages (family-friendly event). The Winter Lights Festival season kicks off with three spectacular evenings. Indulge in a delicious holiday tradition with S'more Lights on November 16, 6 to 10 p.m. Enjoy local wine and a magical ride through the lights at Wine Under the Lights, November 18, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Treat your pooch to a leisurely 1-mile stroll or an invigorating 3-mile walk at Leashes `n' Lights on November 20, 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets online and will sell out quickly. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
Anastasia: The New Broadway Musical. Kids ages 7+. Times vary. Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to Washington at last! From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s. Tickets online. $$ The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The streets are being overrun with turkeys, dinosaurs, penguins and reindeer! No, the zoo hasn't opened their gates - it is the Annual Thanksgiving Parade! With marching bands, Bolivian dancing groups, floats, giant characters and balloons and Santa, it's the only Thanksgiving Parade in the metro DC area. It also is televised live on News Channel 8 and rerun on Thanksgiving Day. FREE Downtown Silver Spring, , MD.
Cinderella. Kids ages 4+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. This wacky retelling of the beloved fairy tale takes Cinderella on a royal adventure complete with a wisecracking rat, evil stepsisters, and a smitten prince. When Cinderella's stepmother forbids her from attending the the ball, her fairy godmother convinces her that if the shoe fits- wear it! True love may await her if only she can put down her sword. Just the right fit for the holiday season! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Cry It Out. Kids ages 12+. 8 p.m. The lives of four new parents collide in this candid comedy about who gets to make which hard choices in the tinderbox of parenthood and class in America. Tickets online. $$ Studio Theatre, Washington, DC.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 8 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Family Saturdays. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Write letters to soldiers serving the country today and make a poppy while learning about the history of Armistice Day, the national holiday we now call Veterans Day. Meet at the entrance of Exhibition Hall. FREE U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DC.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. What could be fancier than Christmas? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Girl Scouts - Fencing Fun Patch. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A 1.5 hour class in the discipline of epee introduces your Scouts to fencing. This is an awesome activity for Brownies and older. A fencing fun patch and all necessary equipment are included. Juliettes are welcome! Preregistration required. $$ Nova Fencing Club, Falls Church, VA.
Grandma's Thanksgiving Visit. Kids ages 3 to 6. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Last Fall's sold-out show returns! Grandma has arrived for the holiday-and that can only mean making puppets, cooking together, washing the car and learning lots of fun new things. This musical play with a great big heart brings the whole audience into the family with singing, finger play and call-and response as we all give thanks for being together. Reservations required. $$ Discovery Theater, Ripley Center, Washington, DC.
Infant Investigators: On The Go. Kids ages 4 to 12 months. 10 to 11 a.m. Whether it be by car, stroller, or metro, your infant is getting around. Join us as we enhance your infant's understanding of how they get from one place to another. We will use the community and the museums to help illustrate movement and transportation. Preregistration required. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Janney 5K & Fun Run Thanksgiving Turkey Trot. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. 5k and 10 a.m. Fun Run-1 mile. Registration is now open for the Janney 5K & Fun Run Thanksgiving Turkey Trot! Benefitting Janney Elementary School's PTA. The USATF-certified course, which winds through the neighborhood streets of American University Park, will give you a great workout before turkey day (and less guilt about that extra piece of pie)! $$ Janney Elementary School, Washington, DC.
Jingle ARRGH the Way!. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. A mysterious message left in the crow's nest of their ship brings Captain Braid Beard and his pirate mates back to North Beach to seek out young Jeremy Jacob to help solve a riddle and find the Christmas treasure. Favorite characters, a rollicking story, great songs and a trip to the North Pole to find "you know who" - makes this a wonderful holiday musical for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Gunston Arts Center, Arlington, VA.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary and can be found online. Santa and his helpers have arrived for the season! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center court. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Saturday Morning at The National. Kids ages 4 to 10. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Play, laugh, learn and discover through interactive performances, puppets, dance and music that are designed to light up the imagination and celebrate a world of wonder. Preregistration online. This week enjoy Traveling Lantern: Sherlock. FREE The National Theatre, Washington, DC.
Saturday Song Circle. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. You and your child are invited to a fun, interactive musical experience! An Early Childhood Teaching Artist explores a popular children's book with your family through song and musical instruments and you will receive a list of all the songs to practice at home. This week featuring: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party. Kids ages 4 to 12. 1 to 3 p.m. Join Virginia Ballet Company for tea and treats with the Sugar Plum Fairy! Enjoy story time, dances from the Nutcracker, photos with friends from the Land of Sweets, a craft and learn dance steps! RSVP to vbcteaparty@gmail.com by November 10. $$ The Foundry Christian Church, Burke, VA.
Turkeypalooza. Kids ages 3+. 10:30 a.m. Back by popular demand, Arts on the Green presents "Turkeypalooza," an engaging interactive Thanksgiving-themed performance featuring the VF Dance Theater. Let your imagination run wild as an ordinary house turns into an exciting Thanksgiving adventure. Known for athleticism and comedy, VF Dance Theater presents an interactive story that encourages children to count, read, move and problem solve. Tickets online. $$ The Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.

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NOV   18   Sunday


"Enchanted Evenings" Usher in the Winter Light. All ages (family-friendly event). The Winter Lights Festival season kicks off with three spectacular evenings. Indulge in a delicious holiday tradition with S'more Lights on November 16, 6 to 10 p.m. Enjoy local wine and a magical ride through the lights at Wine Under the Lights, November 18, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Treat your pooch to a leisurely 1-mile stroll or an invigorating 3-mile walk at Leashes `n' Lights on November 20, 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets online and will sell out quickly. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
Anastasia: The New Broadway Musical. Kids ages 7+. Times vary. Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to Washington at last! From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s. Tickets online. $$ The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Artful Afternoons: Architecture. Kids ages 5 to 9. 2 to 4 p.m. Join us for an afternoon of fun and creativity. Families are welcome to drop by our art studio where they can choose from any of our four maker stations. Each station presents a challenge or question based on the afternoon's theme. This week's theme is Architecture and the stations are Plans, Facades, Landscape Architecture and Stained Glass. Preregistration required and online. $$ National Museum of American History, Washington, DC.
Billy Elliot: The Musical. Kids ages 8+. Dates and times vary through January 6, 2019. All 11-year-old Billy wants to do is dance. While the 1984 miners' strike squeezes his family and splits his town, Billy's passion for ballet first divides, then ultimately unites, the community - and changes his life in extraordinary ways. The combination of a dynamic score by the legendary Elton John with sensational dance creates a heartwarming, inspirational and triumphant experience for the entire family. Tickets online. $$ Signature Theatre, Arlington, VA.
Cinderella. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m.and 1:30 p.m. This wacky retelling of the beloved fairy tale takes Cinderella on a royal adventure complete with a wisecracking rat, evil stepsisters, and a smitten prince. When Cinderella's stepmother forbids her from attending the the ball, her fairy godmother convinces her that if the shoe fits- wear it! True love may await her if only she can put down her sword. Just the right fit for the holiday season! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Cry It Out. Kids ages 12+. 2 p.m. The lives of four new parents collide in this candid comedy about who gets to make which hard choices in the tinderbox of parenthood and class in America. Tickets online. $$ Studio Theatre, Washington, DC.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. What could be fancier than Christmas? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Grandma's Thanksgiving Visit. Kids ages 3 to 6. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Last Fall's sold-out show returns! Grandma has arrived for the holiday-and that can only mean making puppets, cooking together, washing the car and learning lots of fun new things. This musical play with a great big heart brings the whole audience into the family with singing, finger play and call-and response as we all give thanks for being together. Reservations required. $$ Discovery Theater, Ripley Center, Washington, DC.
Jingle ARRGH the Way!. Kids ages 4+. 3 p.m. A mysterious message left in the crow's nest of their ship brings Captain Braid Beard and his pirate mates back to North Beach to seek out young Jeremy Jacob to help solve a riddle and find the Christmas treasure. Favorite characters, a rollicking story, great songs and a trip to the North Pole to find "you know who" - makes this a wonderful holiday musical for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Gunston Arts Center, Arlington, VA.
Junior League of Washington's 60th Holiday Shops. All ages. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This annual Family Fun Day, with fantastic events for the entire family is part of the Holiday Shops. Santa photos are $30 per family and will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Holiday Shops is more than a unique shopping experience; it is also one of JLW's major fundraisers. Tickets online. $$ Union Market Dock5, Washington, DC.
Planetarium Show: Mars. Kids ages 4+. 2:30, 3:15 and 4 p.m. Step inside our Digitalis Delta 4 inflatable planetarium to experience the wonder of space, visit the galaxies, launch to the moon and learn to identify constellations. Star shows typically last 30-40 minutes. Planetarium shows are on the stage of the theater with mostly floor seating. Pay at the door, however you must call to register, 540-338-7973. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary and can be found online. Santa and his helpers have arrived for the season! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center court. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Sunday Fun-Day. Kids ages 1 to 5. 11 to 11:45 a.m. We bring your favorite stories to life through dramatic play activities, music, movement and visual art. You leave with a special take-home item we used or created that day, as well as a Parent Pack to extend the experience at home. This week's activities are themed around the beloved children's book: Where is the Green Sheep? Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
The Wizard of Oz. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday, 3 and 6 p.m., Monday, 10 a.m. The Wizard of Oz has captured hearts for decades. Rediscover the joy of following the yellow brick road with Dorothy as she travels through a re-imagined Oz in this one hour theatrical adaptation. Tickets online. $$ BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD.

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NOV   19   Monday


"Enchanted Evenings" Usher in the Winter Light. All ages (family-friendly event). The Winter Lights Festival season kicks off with three spectacular evenings. Indulge in a delicious holiday tradition with S'more Lights on November 16, 6 to 10 p.m. Enjoy local wine and a magical ride through the lights at Wine Under the Lights, November 18, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Treat your pooch to a leisurely 1-mile stroll or an invigorating 3-mile walk at Leashes `n' Lights on November 20, 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets online and will sell out quickly. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
Garden Buds. Kids ages 2 to 3. 10 to 11 a.m. Meet in the Children's Discovery Garden one Monday a month. Your child enjoys different sensory materials out in the garden, rain or shine. Dress for the weather and explore at your leisure. Register online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Grandma's Thanksgiving Visit. Kids ages 3 to 6. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Last Fall's sold-out show returns! Grandma has arrived for the holiday-and that can only mean making puppets, cooking together, washing the car and learning lots of fun new things. This musical play with a great big heart brings the whole audience into the family with singing, finger play and call-and response as we all give thanks for being together. Reservations required. $$ Discovery Theater, Ripley Center, Washington, DC.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary and can be found online. Santa and his helpers have arrived for the season! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center court. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
The Wizard of Oz. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday, 3 and 6 p.m., Monday, 10 a.m. The Wizard of Oz has captured hearts for decades. Rediscover the joy of following the yellow brick road with Dorothy as she travels through a re-imagined Oz in this one hour theatrical adaptation. Tickets online. $$ BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD.

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NOV   20   Tuesday


"Enchanted Evenings" Usher in the Winter Light. All ages (family-friendly event). The Winter Lights Festival season kicks off with three spectacular evenings. Indulge in a delicious holiday tradition with S'more Lights on November 16, 6 to 10 p.m. Enjoy local wine and a magical ride through the lights at Wine Under the Lights, November 18, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Treat your pooch to a leisurely 1-mile stroll or an invigorating 3-mile walk at Leashes `n' Lights on November 20, 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets online and will sell out quickly. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
Anastasia: The New Broadway Musical. Kids ages 7+. Times vary. Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to Washington at last! From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s. Tickets online. $$ The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Cry It Out. Kids ages 12+. 8 p.m. The lives of four new parents collide in this candid comedy about who gets to make which hard choices in the tinderbox of parenthood and class in America. Tickets online. $$ Studio Theatre, Washington, DC.
Grandma's Thanksgiving Visit. Kids ages 3 to 6. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Last Fall's sold-out show returns! Grandma has arrived for the holiday-and that can only mean making puppets, cooking together, washing the car and learning lots of fun new things. This musical play with a great big heart brings the whole audience into the family with singing, finger play and call-and response as we all give thanks for being together. Reservations required. $$ Discovery Theater, Ripley Center, Washington, DC.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary and can be found online. Santa and his helpers have arrived for the season! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center court. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Toddler Trailblazers: Tiny Sculptors. Kids ages 12 to 24 months. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Everyone has to begin somewhere! This class is designed to introduce your toddler to the countless creative ways to make sculptures. Be prepared to unleash your imagination and have some fun! Preregistration required. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.

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NOV   21   Wednesday


Anastasia: The New Broadway Musical. Kids ages 7+. Times vary. Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to Washington at last! From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s. Tickets online. $$ The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Cinderella. Kids ages 4+. 10:45 a.m. This wacky retelling of the beloved fairy tale takes Cinderella on a royal adventure complete with a wisecracking rat, evil stepsisters, and a smitten prince. When Cinderella's stepmother forbids her from attending the the ball, her fairy godmother convinces her that if the shoe fits- wear it! True love may await her if only she can put down her sword. Just the right fit for the holiday season! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Cry It Out. Kids ages 12+. 8 p.m. The lives of four new parents collide in this candid comedy about who gets to make which hard choices in the tinderbox of parenthood and class in America. Tickets online. $$ Studio Theatre, Washington, DC.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 8 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
How to Catch a Star. Kids ages 3+. 1:30 p.m. Best-selling author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers's beloved children's book about chasing your dreams comes to vivid life. Featuring colorful projections and choreographed movement, How to Catch a Star is a whimsical tale of discovery, friendship and delightful surprises. December 8 at 11 a.m. is a sensory-friendly performance. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary and can be found online. Santa and his helpers have arrived for the season! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center court. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.

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NOV   22   Thursday


Anastasia: The New Broadway Musical. Kids ages 7+. Times vary. Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to Washington at last! From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s. Tickets online. $$ The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 10 p.m. A drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays that glow with 300,000 LED lights on a 1-mile scenic drive through downtown Columbia. Thursdays are Military Appreciation Nights, offering members of the military a discounted price. This includes active-duty, reserve and retired military members with government-issued IDs and their dependents. Tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods Park, Columbia, MD.

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NOV   23   Friday


28th Annual Reston Holiday Parade. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Reston Holiday Parade features Macy's-style balloons, marching bands, dancers, antique cars, characters, community groups, dignitaries and much more, capped with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn carriage. Reston's own Sissy Sheridan will be the 2018 Grand Marshal. The holiday schedule of events can be found online. FREE Reston Town Center, Reston, VA.
Anastasia: The New Broadway Musical. Kids ages 7+. Times vary. Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to Washington at last! From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s. Tickets online. $$ The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Black Friday Camp. Kids ages 3 to 9. 1 to 4 p.m. When school is off - My Gym Camp is on! Drop your kids off for three hours of cool and nonstop fun including themed games, crafts, gymnastics, sports and snack! Preregistration online. $$ My Gym, Potomac & Bethesda, MD.
Cinderella. Kids ages 4+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. This wacky retelling of the beloved fairy tale takes Cinderella on a royal adventure complete with a wisecracking rat, evil stepsisters, and a smitten prince. When Cinderella's stepmother forbids her from attending the the ball, her fairy godmother convinces her that if the shoe fits- wear it! True love may await her if only she can put down her sword. Just the right fit for the holiday season! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Cry It Out. Kids ages 12+. 8 p.m. The lives of four new parents collide in this candid comedy about who gets to make which hard choices in the tinderbox of parenthood and class in America. Tickets online. $$ Studio Theatre, Washington, DC.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 8 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. What could be fancier than Christmas? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
How to Catch a Star. Kids ages 3+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Best-selling author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers's beloved children's book about chasing your dreams comes to vivid life. Featuring colorful projections and choreographed movement, How to Catch a Star is a whimsical tale of discovery, friendship and delightful surprises. December 8 at 11 a.m. is a sensory-friendly performance. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Kennedy Krieger Institute's Festival of Trees. Kids ages 12 and younger. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. It's beginning to look a lot like the holidays! Santa, Rudolph, the elves and their friends at Kennedy Krieger Institute are preparing for the East Coast's largest holiday-themed festival, Festival of Trees! Tickets online. $$ Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, MD.
Mount Vernon by Candlelight. All ages (family-friendly event). Tours begin at 6 p.m. Join us for a candlelit character-guided tour and learn more about holiday traditions in 18th-century Virginia. Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 10 p.m. A drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays that glow with 300,000 LED lights on a 1-mile scenic drive through downtown Columbia. Thursdays are Military Appreciation Nights, offering members of the military a discounted price. This includes active-duty, reserve and retired military members with government-issued IDs and their dependents. Tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods Park, Columbia, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages. 2 and 7 p.m. Virginia National Ballet presents the 6th Annual presentation of "The Nutcracker" with brand new, gorgeous backdrops and updated scenery. VNB's Nutcracker is a highly popular production, the first Nutcracker of the season in the region, taking place the day after Thanksgiving, and sells quickly each year. Tickets online. $$ Hylton Performaing Arts Center, Manassas, VA.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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NOV   24   Saturday


Anastasia: The New Broadway Musical. Kids ages 7+. Times vary. Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to Washington at last! From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s. Tickets online. $$ The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Cinderella. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m.and 1:30 p.m. This wacky retelling of the beloved fairy tale takes Cinderella on a royal adventure complete with a wisecracking rat, evil stepsisters, and a smitten prince. When Cinderella's stepmother forbids her from attending the the ball, her fairy godmother convinces her that if the shoe fits- wear it! True love may await her if only she can put down her sword. Just the right fit for the holiday season! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Cry It Out. Kids ages 12+. 2 and 8 p.m. The lives of four new parents collide in this candid comedy about who gets to make which hard choices in the tinderbox of parenthood and class in America. Tickets online. $$ Studio Theatre, Washington, DC.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 8 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Family Saturdays. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Write letters to soldiers serving the country today and make a poppy while learning about the history of Armistice Day, the national holiday we now call Veterans Day. Meet at the entrance of Exhibition Hall. FREE U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DC.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. What could be fancier than Christmas? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
How to Catch a Star. Kids ages 3+. 11 a.m., 1:30 and 5 p.m. Best-selling author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers's beloved children's book about chasing your dreams comes to vivid life. Featuring colorful projections and choreographed movement, How to Catch a Star is a whimsical tale of discovery, friendship and delightful surprises. December 8 at 11 a.m. is a sensory-friendly performance. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Kennedy Krieger Institute's Festival of Trees. Kids ages 12 and younger. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. It's beginning to look a lot like the holidays! Santa, Rudolph, the elves and their friends at Kennedy Krieger Institute are preparing for the East Coast's largest holiday-themed festival, Festival of Trees! Tickets online. $$ Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, MD.
Kids Holiday Gingerbread House Workshops. Kids ages 4 to 12. 2 to 3:15 p.m. We provide all of the candy and decorations for you to transform your gingerbread house into a work of edible art set in a magical winter wonderland! Instruction and guidance provided by our professional decorating artists. Preregistration required and online. $$ Amphora Bakery, Herndon, VA.
Mount Vernon by Candlelight. All ages (family-friendly event). Tours begin at 5 p.m. Join us for a candlelit character-guided tour and learn more about holiday traditions in 18th-century Virginia. Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 10 p.m. A drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays that glow with 300,000 LED lights on a 1-mile scenic drive through downtown Columbia. Thursdays are Military Appreciation Nights, offering members of the military a discounted price. This includes active-duty, reserve and retired military members with government-issued IDs and their dependents. Tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods Park, Columbia, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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NOV   25   Sunday


Anastasia: The New Broadway Musical. Kids ages 7+. Times vary. Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to Washington at last! From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s. Tickets online. $$ The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Billy Elliot: The Musical. Kids ages 8+. Dates and times vary through January 6, 2019. All 11-year-old Billy wants to do is dance. While the 1984 miners' strike squeezes his family and splits his town, Billy's passion for ballet first divides, then ultimately unites, the community - and changes his life in extraordinary ways. The combination of a dynamic score by the legendary Elton John with sensational dance creates a heartwarming, inspirational and triumphant experience for the entire family. Tickets online. $$ Signature Theatre, Arlington, VA.
Cry It Out. Kids ages 12+. 2 and 7 p.m. The lives of four new parents collide in this candid comedy about who gets to make which hard choices in the tinderbox of parenthood and class in America. Tickets online. $$ Studio Theatre, Washington, DC.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. What could be fancier than Christmas? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
How to Catch a Star. Kids ages 3+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Best-selling author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers's beloved children's book about chasing your dreams comes to vivid life. Featuring colorful projections and choreographed movement, How to Catch a Star is a whimsical tale of discovery, friendship and delightful surprises. December 8 at 11 a.m. is a sensory-friendly performance. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Kennedy Krieger Institute's Festival of Trees. Kids ages 12 and younger. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. It's beginning to look a lot like the holidays! Santa, Rudolph, the elves and their friends at Kennedy Krieger Institute are preparing for the East Coast's largest holiday-themed festival, Festival of Trees! Tickets online. $$ Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, MD.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 10 p.m. A drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays that glow with 300,000 LED lights on a 1-mile scenic drive through downtown Columbia. Thursdays are Military Appreciation Nights, offering members of the military a discounted price. This includes active-duty, reserve and retired military members with government-issued IDs and their dependents. Tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods Park, Columbia, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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NOV   26   Monday


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NOV   27   Tuesday


Bring Your Own Baby: What's Your Impression?. Kids 12 months and under. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Bring Your Own Baby is a program for adults who want to learn more about the Smithsonian & meet others in an environment that welcomes you and baby. Class theme: What's Your Impression? Monet, Degas, Renoir... some of the most well-known artists, and yet their first works were met with harsh criticism. Explore the distinct characteristics of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artwork and why it was controversial in its time. Preregister online. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Cry It Out. Kids ages 12+. 8 p.m. The lives of four new parents collide in this candid comedy about who gets to make which hard choices in the tinderbox of parenthood and class in America. Tickets online. $$ Studio Theatre, Washington, DC.
Storytime Station. Kids ages 3 to 6. Fourth Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. You and your child will enjoy monthly book readings durin this enriching program. Join in the two-year exploration o the alphabet. Enjoy books, songs and a craft that features the letter of the month. November letter is K. Tickets online, advance purchase is recommended. $$ Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.

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NOV   28   Wednesday


Cry It Out. Kids ages 12+. 8 p.m. The lives of four new parents collide in this candid comedy about who gets to make which hard choices in the tinderbox of parenthood and class in America. Tickets online. $$ Studio Theatre, Washington, DC.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 8 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. What could be fancier than Christmas? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.

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NOV   29   Thursday


Boogie Babes featuring Rainbow Rock. Kids ages 4 and under. 10:30 a.m. The Boogie Babes program brings interactive musical performances for young children and their caregivers each week. The events, typically 45 minutes in length, provide a wonderful way to expose children to different musical instruments and styles while also raising funds for and awareness of Greater DC Diaper Bank's work and mission. $$ Eastern Market - North Hall, Washington, DC.
Cry It Out. Kids ages 12+. 8 p.m. The lives of four new parents collide in this candid comedy about who gets to make which hard choices in the tinderbox of parenthood and class in America. Tickets online. $$ Studio Theatre, Washington, DC.
Family Saturdays. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:30 p.m. Write letters to soldiers serving the country today and make a poppy while learning about the history of Armistice Day, the national holiday we now call Veterans Day. Meet at the entrance of Exhibition Hall. FREE U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DC.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. What could be fancier than Christmas? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11 a.m. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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NOV   30   Friday


Adventures with Mr. Bear. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10:30 a.m. The wonder and magic of a child's imagination are brought to life in this charming production. One cozy winter afternoon, a young girl and her favorite stuffed animal, Mr. Bear, play a game of hide and seek which evolves into a series of exciting adventures. Don't forget to being your own favorite stuffed animal! Sign interpreted performance on December 8 at 11:30 a.m. Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, VA.
Cry It Out. Kids ages 12+. 8 p.m. The lives of four new parents collide in this candid comedy about who gets to make which hard choices in the tinderbox of parenthood and class in America. Tickets online. $$ Studio Theatre, Washington, DC.
Jingle ARRGH the Way!. Kids ages 4+. 7:30 p.m. A mysterious message left in the crow's nest of their ship brings Captain Braid Beard and his pirate mates back to North Beach to seek out young Jeremy Jacob to help solve a riddle and find the Christmas treasure. Favorite characters, a rollicking story, great songs and a trip to the North Pole to find "you know who" - makes this a wonderful holiday musical for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Gunston Arts Center, Arlington, VA.
Mount Vernon by Candlelight. All ages (family-friendly event). Tours begin at 6 p.m. Join us for a candlelit character-guided tour and learn more about holiday traditions in 18th-century Virginia. Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11 a.m. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.