Weekend Guide: Jan. 24-27


Nailed It! Cupcake Challenge

Come try your hand at re-creating edible masterpieces. Prizes will be awarded and participants get to eat the results! Participate individually or as a team. First come, first served until capacity is reached. Grades 6-12. FREE, 3:30 p.m., Chinn Park Regional Library, Woodbridge, VA.


Image China: Xuanzang’s Pilgrimage

Performed by the China National Traditional Orchestra (CNTO), the production is China’s first traditional concert drama. It tells the story of the Buddhist monk Xuanzang, who traveled the length of the Silk Road across China on a pilgrimage to India. Xuanzang’s 17-year journey was driven by his desire to discover religious texts that had not yet come from India to China. The story is brought to life with an 80-piece traditional Chinese orchestra, 24 featured performers and elaborate costumes. $70-$200, 7:30 p.m., The Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington, D.C.

Friday Mornings with Rocknoceros

As every family with youngsters in the D.C. area knows, Rocknoceros is three guys: Coach, Williebob and Boogie Bennie. They have been making award-winning music together since 2005 and are celebrating their 10th year together with a brand-new album. The new batch of songs entertain and educate in equal measure. So join in for a musical morning your kids will love! $5, 10:30 a.m., Jammin Java, Vienna, VA.


An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly

Join Hilary Morrow (known most recently for her role as Detective Fix in APO’s Around the World in 80 Days) in a madcap retelling of this classic children’s story. Watch as this old woman’s appetite for strange objects transforms her quiet afternoon into a wildly spectacular tale! $17-$32, 11 a.m., Arena Stage, The Mead Center for American Theater, Washington, D.C.

Enchantment Theatre Company Presents: The Phantom Tollbooth

This beloved and inventive childhood classic book, The Phantom Tollbooth, is brought to life in an original stage adaption. It begins with Milo, who is very bored until a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room. He decides to drive his toy car through it, and everything changes! Once on the other side, Milo is thrilled to find a fantastical world where he is welcomed, and his help is desperately needed. Using puppets, masks, magic, inventive scenic effects and original music, Enchantment Theatre Company recreates Milo’s adventures as he travels the “Lands Beyond” in his exciting quest to rescue Princesses Rhyme and Reason. Recommended for ages 6-11. $10-$15, 2 p.m., Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir, Manassas, VA.

Haymaker STEAM Expo

The STEAM Expo is more than your average science fair. It is a unique opportunity to explore the various aspects of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. In this annual event, invited companies, both small and large, share their knowledge with the community. The STEAM Expo includes a plethora of organizations, such as students, schools, large corporations and local businesses. Activities include logic puzzles, simulations, arts and crafts and technological demonstrations. FREE, 11 a.m., Battlefield High School, 15000 Graduation Dr., Haymarket, VA.


Preschool Pioneers: Cave Art

Thousands of years ago, early humans drew on the wall of caves all over the world and at different times. This class will give children the chance to explore the life of early humans and explore these mysterious symbols, how they were made and what they might have meant. $43, 10 a.m., Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center, 10th and Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.

8th Annual McLean Chocolate Festival

Did somebody say chocolate? Taste the specialties of area chocolatiers and enjoy fun for the whole family! There will be live entertainment and a children’s game room. The event is a fundraiser for McLean Rotary, with proceeds benefiting local charities. $2, 11 a.m., McLean Community Center, McLean, VA.

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