Happy New Year, and happy new things to do with kids


Bring it on, 2014! Lots of fun family-friendly things to do. (JUSTIN LANE/EPA)
December 31, 2013

No matter how wonderful this long holiday of no school, little work (we hope) and lots of family has been for you, those great outings you had planned for the break are probably all crossed off your list already.

Here are some good happenings in the area to kick off the new year and help end the break with a bang.

Well, there’s New Year’s Eve, of course. And it’s not just for drunken revelry (no, really!). The Going Out Guide has compiled a list of family-friendly happenings around town that include Rocknocerous at Jammin Java, First Night celebrations that include kid-friendly storytelling events, music, comedy, dance and fireworks.

The fun Three Kings Day celebration on Sunday on and around 14th Street NW, put on by Gala Hispanic Theatre, includes a procession of live animals, performances and lots of fun for the little ones.

Always a big hit with my boys, the National Air and Space Museum’s “Flights of Fancy” storytime Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be “A Penguin Story” by Antoinette Portis, with a fun project to follow.

On Saturday, kids can listen to a story about Alvin Ailey, then take part in a craft at the National Portrait Gallery. Recommended for kids 5 and up. (Can I come?)

Have artsy kids? Head to AnnMarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center for a workshop on shadow puppets. Learn how to make your own and then put on a show for your friends.

Still at a loss? We’ve had quite a few ideas during the holidays that might fit your antsy bill. Happy new year and enjoy the last few hours before it’s time to get back into the old routine — when you’ll be dreaming of days like this.

@OnParenting

@amyjoyce_berg


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