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The Best Things to Do With Kids in Washington, D.C. in January

Things to Do DC/MD/VA

Happy 2019! With the holidays behind us, there is still plenty of family fun to be had in the Washington, D.C. area this winter. Are you looking for things to do with the kids this January? We've compiled a list of fun family events that are sure to cure the winter blues.

School of Rock - The Musical at National Theatre
Andrew Lloyd Webber will have the whole family rockin' out and belly laughing together at the National Theatre this month. Based on the hit film, this high-octane, hilarious new musical follows a wannabe rock star substitute teacher who transforms a class of straight-laced students into a radical rock band -- performing live on stage! 

School of Rock National Theatre
Photo Courtesy of School of Rock The Musical

Visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture - No Passes Required! [temporairly closed due to government shutdown] 
Big News! The NMAAHC recently announced changes to their visitation guidelines, which makes visiting SO MUCH EASIER. Beginning this month, walk-up entry is now available Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. during off-peak season, September - February, and from 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. the rest of the year. Click HERE for more information to help you plan your visit.

Climb and Play at the Largest Indoor Ropes Course in the United States!
Opening later this month in Sterling, Virginia, Summit Ropes is modeled after Zion National Park in Utah. This massive 16,550-square-foot, state-of-the-art, multi-level indoor adventure park includes multiple sections of ropes course elements, an 86-foot rock wall, and more than 120 suspended obstacles. They even have a special Kids Course for ages 4-9. Save 25% off admission to Summit Ropes with this CertifiKID deal. 

Summit Ropes Loudoun County

Family Afternoons at the National Building Museum - FREE
The National Building Museum is hosting two very cool Family Afternoons this month, Capturing Light with Lanterns on Saturday, January 5th where families can construct and decorate paper lanterns, and Capturing Light With Stained Glass on January 12th where families can create acrylic "stained glass" to take home. Both events are FREE and no RSVP is required. Just drop in to the Museum anytime between 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Click HERE for more information. While there, be sure to check out the Museum's PLAY WORK BUILD exhibit for kids. Save 50% off National Building Museum admission with this CertifiKID offer.

National Building Museum
Photo Courtesy of National Building Museum Staff

Car Family Day at the Smithsonian American Art Museum- FREE [canceled due to the government shutdown] 
Vroom! Vroom!  On Saturday, January 12th, it's all about CARS at the SAAM! Cruise on over to the intersection of automobiles and art. Kids will get to make their own cardboard cars, create art with tire treads and join in on a scavenger hunt around the Museum. Don't forget to check out the Museum's model car collection, too! Car Family Day takes place in SAAM's Kogod Courtyard from 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Check out the SAAM's Event Calendar for more information.

Commemorate the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 21st
Gather the family together to celebrate the life and legacy of this inspiring civil rights icon who lived his life in service to others.

Science Saturday at the National Law Enforcement Museum
Experience a fun-filled afternoon of science activities in the Museum's Learning Center on Saturday, January 26th from 1 - 3 p.m. This month’s theme is Bomb Squad Science and they will be exploring the science of robotics, and more! Event is free with Museum admission. Click HERE for more information. Save 27% off admission to the National Law Enforcement Museum. The Museum is OPEN during the government shutdown.

Family Game Night: Arctic Edition at the National Museum of Natural History - FREE [Canceled Due to Government Shutdown] 
Get ready for some serious family fun on January 12th at the National Museum of Natural History. Bring the whole family (and your competitive spirit!) to the Museum for an evening of arctic and climate-themed games and activities. The kids will have so much fun that they won't even realize their learning, too! Guests will also get to explore Arctic objects and specimens with anthropologists and other scientists. This event takes place on the Museum's Ground Floor from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Cost is free, but registration is required. Click HERE for more information and to register.

Winter Blast: A Family Weekend of Native Games at the American Indian Museum - FREE [canceled due to the government shutdown] 
Join the National Museum of the American Indian on January 26th for this very special family-friendly event celebrating indigenous traditional games from the Arctic to Argentina! Featured events include presentations from athletes from the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics, who will be demonstrating a wide variety of games, including the seal hop, ear pull, one-foot high kick, two-foot high kick, one-hand reach, Indian stick pull, and more; Hawaiian games; Alaska Native Game demonstrations; film screenings and more. Guests can also learn to make beaded daisy chains in the imagiNATIONS Activity Center (free, timed tickets required). The fun and games take place from 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Click HERE for more information.

Encore Stage & Studio Presents The Enchanted Bookshop
"During the day, A Likely Story looks like any other bookshop, but at night the characters inside the books come alive." Delight in this adorable performance, while celebrating the enchantment and joy of reading! A must see for audiences of all ages. Performances take place at Gunston Arts Center in Arlington, Virginia Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from January 11th - 20th. 

Enchanted Bookshop
Photo Courtesy of Encore Stage and Studio, The Enchanted Bookshop

Mathew Bourne's Cinderella at the Kennedy Center
A thrilling twist on the classic fairy tale, Cinderella, this heart-stopping show is set in World War II London where a chance meeting between a Royal Air Force Pilot and Cinderella has them falling madly in love before being parted by the Blitz. Note: This show is suitable for older kids and teens. Performances dates are Jan. 15th - 18th. 

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