Log on to the Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival's presentation of Luz. Image courtesy of the festival
Log on to the Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival's presentation of Luz. Image courtesy of the festival

Best Things To Do in DC in January with Kids: MLK Weekend, Presidential Inauguration

Happy New Year and buh-bye, 2020!

While every new year brings change, changes wrought by 2020 have been decidedly "unprecedented." The changes in 2021 may be equally challenging, but we're up for it and confident that America and the world are ready to vaccinate, rebuild, and reconnect.

January in DC has always come with small parenting challenges ... finding things to do to get the kids out of the house when the weather is cold and changeable. This January, we're turning our eyes again to the treasure trove of virtual experiences the pandemic has provided. When cabin fever rattles our equilibrium, we're looking forward to hiking, skating, nature bathing (dressed for the weather, of course) in a local park, and —with any luck—participating in a snowball fight or two as part of our roundup of fun things to with DC kids this winter.   

This is the perfect month to hunker down with history and celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. And on January 20, we'll be virtually holding hands with the rest of the country, watching as the 46th President is inaugurated to office on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

In 2021, we're looking forward to all the goodies percolating on our Poppins@Home pages, including a virtual faery hunt, music classes with Hopalong Andrew, and a virtual camp focusing on wizardry. We're updating this page and the DC calendar constantly, this month especially, as things pop up or are postponed and rescheduled, so keep them bookmarked and check often.

While we try to promote safe activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, keep your family and others safe by wearing a mask and maintaining an appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find something else to do.


Meadowside Nature Center
5100 Meadowside Lane
Rockville, MD 20855

Locust Grove Nature Center
7777 Democracy Boulevard
Bethesda, MD 20817

Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, VA 22121

Gulf Branch Nature Center & Park
3608 North Military Rd
Arlington, VA 22207

1238 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024

Quintessence Theatre
7058 Germantown Ave. Suite 202
Philadelphia, PA 19119

The Pavilion at Reston Town Center
1818 Discovery Street
Reston, VA 20190

Pentagon Row Ice Rink
1201 S. Joyce Street
Arlington, VA 22202

Silver Spring Ice Rink
8523 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Rockville Outdoor Ice Skating
131 Gibbs Street
Rockville, MD 20850

Color Burst Ice Rink
6100 Merriweather Dr.
Columbia, MD 21044

MedStar Capitals Iceplex
627 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22203

Mount Vernon RECenter Ice Arena
2017 Belle View Blvd
Alexandria, VA 22307

The Wharf Ice Rink - Closed for 2020-2021 Season
970 Wharf Street SW
Washington, DC 20024

Cabin John Ice Rink - Closed for 2020/2021 Season
10610 Westlake Dr.
Rockville, MD 20852

Fort Dupont Ice Arena - Closed for 2020/2021 Season
3779 Ely Place SE
Washington, DC 20019

Wheaton Ice Arena - Closed for 2020/2021 Season
11717 Orebaugh Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902

Canal Park Ice Rink - Closed for 2020/2021 Season
200 M St. SE
Washington, DC 20003

Enchant Christmas - Closed for 2020/2021 Season
1500 S. Capitol Street SE Nationals Park
Washington, DC 20003

National Gallery of Art Ice Rink - Closed for 2020/2021 Season
Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20565

Top of the Gate Rooftop Skating Rink - Closed for 2020/2021 Season
2650 Virginia Avenue NW The Watergate Hotel
Washington, DC 20037

Washington Harbour Ice Rink - Closed for 2020/2021 Season
3050 K Street NW
Washington , DC 20007

Ice & Lights: The Winter Village at Cameron Run
Cameron Run Regional Park 4001 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22304
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