Winter Break Fun

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Are your kids off of school for the holidays or is your office closed and you have no plans? Look no further and check out these local sightseeing ideas.

Take advantage of winter break and (hopefully) closed offices and check out what our wonderful capital city has to offer!

Head down the road to the National Zoo to take in the sights and sounds of Zoolights.  Each night from 5-9p.m. through January 2nd, the National Zoo will be open to all ages to walk through and see the animals and their habitats decorated for the season.  While you are there, take in the different performances, shop in the zoo stores and enjoy treats for both kids and adults.

Have you just spent the last month indulging on holiday treats, especially chocolate?  On December 30th, the American History Museum will be hosting a special event all about chocolate.  Learn the history of one of your favorite treats of the holiday season from 2-3:30 for free.  Through demonstrations, discover how chocolate came to be an integral part of American culture.

If the Kogod Courtyard, home to The National Portrait Gallery and The American Art Museum, has been on your list of must-sees, than during the holiday season is the perfect time to experience this work of architecture.  The courtyard is decorated for the season now through December 31st.  The enclosed courtyard is not only an impressive place to see on an ordinary day, but it takes its beauty beyond with its festive decorations.

Now through January 3rd, take a short drive over to the National Harbor and check out ICE! This indoor winter wonderland shows of two million pounds of hand carved ice sculptures.  While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the National Wheel and take in the sights of DC from 180 feet in the air.

Haven’t had the chance to see the newest installment of Star Wars? Both the Air and Space Museum in DC and the Udvar-Hazy Center are showing Star Wars Episode VII in their IMax theaters.  Each location is showing Star Wars four times a day.

Lastly, if you haven’t checked out the butterfly pavilion inside the museum, it is certainly a must see.  For only $6 (adults) and $5 (kids 2-12) you and your family can step into another world and discovery live butterflies from around the world.  P.s. if you get to the museum by 10:00am on Tuesday, you can enjoy the butterfly pavilion for FREE! These tickets can be bought at the butterfly pavilion box office and they are on a first-come, first-served basis!

 

Posted by Jill Burke

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