We’re predicting that all parents will want stay indoors and keep warm. But wait! I’m talking about parents. And that means we’ll be good and take little ones out to one or two of the endless activities to choose from this weekend. Thankfully, most are sheltered from the chill.

Remember to let us know what you did THIS WEEKEND by emailing your photos and if you’re feeling really adventurous, a story!


World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions

Patriot Center, Fairfax
The World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions are coming to the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA on November 21 & 22, 2008. Purchase tickets online ranging from $25.50 to $41.

Native Pride Dancers
@The Kennedy Center
Larry Yazzie, American Indian World Champion Fancy Dancer, along with his young son Jessup and the Native Pride Dancers, honor the gifts of American Indian music and dance. Order tickets in advance.
Ongoing Daily 11/22/08 – 11/23/08; check with location for exceptions.

Whales|Tohora @ National Geographic
Scientific and cultural storytelling come together to explore the world of whales and the people who study, revere, and protect them. A life-size blue whale heart, rare whale skeletons, and interactives present the latest scientific research on whale anatomy, evolution, and adaptation. The cultural significance of whales to the peoples of the South Pacific is told from the Maori perspective through personal narratives and artifacts housed in a stylized pataka taonga, or storehouse of treasures.

Nick Jr. at the Movies @ Fairfax Corner 14
Nickelodeon presents a 50-minute program featuring episodes and music videos of Nick Jr.’s most popular shows, Dora the Explorer, Go Diego Go!, The Backyardigans, and The Wonder Pets. The program provides preschoolers and their parents with a great introduction to the movie-going experience.

The Enchanted Forest @ the Junior League of Northern Virginia
Stroll through a whimsical forest of theme-decorated trees and handmade gingerbread homes, have cocoa and cupcakes with the Snow Fairy Princess or breakfast and a photo with Santa. The weekend-long celebration presented by the Junior League of Northern Virginia, benefitting the Children’s Science Center, includes entertainment and crafts for children, gifts and holiday decorations for purchase, and an afternoon tea, silent auction, and evening gala celebration for the adults.

Visit with Santa @ Pentagon City Mall
Little ones can tell Santa all their wishes and get their picture taken. He’s located on the Metro Level near Starbucks.

Learn Paper Cutting & Porcelain Ornament Making @ The Historical Society
Get into the holiday spirit with two workshops. Master paper cutter Anne Leslie teaches participants how to cut designs in paper to share with family and friends, and artist Pat Swinsky teaches participants how to design and decorate an embossed porcelain ornament – chose one of five shapes to personalize (this is better suited to teens and older). Advance registration is required.

Scrooge! The Musical @ The Little River Theatre Alexandria
Ebenezer Scrooge and the entire Cratchit family are recast in a fanciful musical retelling of Dickens’ classic. The musical transports the audience to Victorian England for Christmas Eve visits by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future who transform the miserly, heartless Scrooge.

Boogie Woogie Bow Wows @ The Little River Theatre Alexandri
Joan Rose and her miniature longhair dachshund Tucker and Lynn Franklin and her standard poodle Sam present a a fast-paced romp set to music. The doggies ride a skateboard, jump through hoops, and cavort with their human partners – and volunteers can join the doggies on stage. Tickets are distributed 30 minutes before show time.

The Penguin Story @ Classika Theatre
Soft and rod puppets, shadow puppets, and more are featured in this holiday show about a group of mischievous, but incredibly cute, penguins facing an unexpected visit during the holidays.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow @ Encore Stage
Adapted from Washington Irving’s spooky story, the show is alive with hilarious action and fun. It begins when schoolmaster Ichabod Crane moves to the farming community of Sleepy Hollow. Kids can meet the cast and crew after each show.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast @ Carl Sandburg Middle School?
Belle and the Beast come to life in the musical version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Performances are held at the Carl Sandburg Middle School, 8428 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. Purchase tickets in advance or at the door.

Grand Reopening of the Museum of American History
The public is invited to experience the newly transformed National Museum of American History with a dynamic schedule of activities, including musical entertainment, living history interpreters, photo ops with costume characters such as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, and giveaways (while supplies last).

The Library of Congress Experience
The new Library of Congress Experience comprises a series of new ongoing exhibitions, dozens of interactive kiosks (which make it possible to read pages from the library’s most prized pieces, including the original Gutenberg bible, books from Thomas Jefferson’s personal collection, and even rough drafts of the Declaration of Independence), an inspiring multimedia “overture” on the collections and programs of the Library, and more. Located in the Thomas Jefferson Building.


Family Night at the Old Arlington Grill
Each Sunday the Old Arlington Grill offers a changing selection of family-friendly films on the Grill’s big screen, plus family menu specials during this time.
Track the Capitol Christmas Tree
The Capitol Christmas Tree is on its way from the Bitterroot National Forest in Montana. Kids can follow the tree’s progress online as well as e-mail some holiday wishes to Gordy the truck driver.


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