Family-Friendly Activities Around DC This Weekend (Dec. 26-29) 8 fun things to do with your kids in the DMV

Family-friendly activities around DC, including a production of Squeakers and Mr. Gumdrop at Atlas Performing Arts Center
Atlas Presents: Arts on the Horizon’s Squeakers & Mr. Gumdrop

Our picks for family-friendly activities around DC this weekend include a fun assortment of children’s plays, end-of-the-season holiday performances, a pre-New Year’s Eve dance party and “Bomb Squad Science” for kids.

Thursday, December 26

“The Velveteen Rabbit” Disappointed by her Christmas gift, a girl grows to love her toy Rabbit as the two go on adventures through her storybooks. This new adaptation of Margery Williams’s classic story runs through January 1, 2020. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD | $20.50

Friday, December 27

“The Magical Pinata” In family-friendly production, a magical clay pot transports a girl from her home in Mexico to a mysterious jungle. There she discovers a wide range of interesting characters who encourage her to take pride in her home and her cultural background. 11 a.m. at Keegan Theatre, Washington, DC | $20

Saturday, December 28

“Squeakers & Mr. Gumdrop” In this Helen Hayes-recommended production for children ages 2-5, an unlikely duo must work together to decorate for a holiday party. Following the 30-minute interactive, nonverbal show, audience members can meet the actors and participate in craft projects related to the themes of the play. 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. at Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC | $15 

Science Saturday Enjoy engineering- and chemistry-based activities related to this month’s theme, “Bomb Squad Science,” at the National Law Enforcement Museum. 1 p.m. at 444 E St. NW, Washington, DC | FREE with admission to the museum 

Holiday Light Spectacular Experience the Washington National Cathedral as a musical snow globe with festive lighting effects and a holiday sing-along. Included in this event is a screening of the 1982 animated film “The Snowman” with a live performance of the soundtrack. 6:30 p.m. at Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC | $40

Sunday, December 29

“The Nutcracker” Don’t miss your chance to experience the holiday classic featuring Tchaikovsky’s magical score and more than 100 dancers, including students and trainees from The Washington School of Ballet. 1 p.m. at Warner Theatre, Washington, DC | $65+

The Rumpus Room Family Dance Party: Almost New Year’s Eve Edition A popular DC nightclub is transformed into a safe family-friendly space for the 8 and under crowd to dance to pop music and children’s songs at a kid-friendly volume. 2 p.m. at Black Cat, Washington, DC | $12 in advance

BONUS: Monday, December 30

Magic Monday Series: Physical Theater Workshop Synetic Theater Children’s programming artists introduce kids in grades K-5 to physical theater through hilarious sketches, fun activities and games. Bring your imagination and willingness to participate! 2 p.m. at Central Library, Arlington, VA | FREE

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