Best of January: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Lunar New Year, and More Fun Things To Do in DC with Kids

See traditional lion and dragon dances at the DC Chinese Lunar New Year Parade. Photo courtesy of dcparade.com
See traditional lion and dragon dances at the DC Chinese Lunar New Year Parade. Photo courtesy of dcparade.com

From New Year's Day to MLK weekend and beyond, January can be a great time for indoor and outdoor activities. Don’t miss our favorite things to do in DC with kids this month.

Go wild outdoors on a Wild Child Hike, or explore nature while using your imagination during Wild Forest Time. Indoors, there are incredible theater performances for all ages, including Aquarium at Imagination Stage and No Excuses, No Limits, a performance by differently-abled dancers at the Kennedy Center. There are also many ways your family can honor Martin Luther King Jr., from joining the MLK Holiday DC Peace Walk & Parade to the MLK Service and Learning Day at Frying Pan Farm. And don't miss the beginning of Lunar New Year celebrations at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Burke Lake Park.

Find more things to do in DC in January in our list of the best places to go snow tubing near DC, our round-up of the best outdoor ice skating rinks near DC, and our Winter Activities Guide for DC Kids.

We’re adding more events to our family activity calendar every day, so don’t forget to check it frequently.

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Places featured in this article:


The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Thomas Jefferson Community Center

National Museum of African American History & Culture

The R.I.S.E Center to Anacostia Park

Various Parks in Montgomery Country

National Museum of the American Indian National Mall

Lerner Town Square at Tysons II
Play & Explore Mondays at Anacostia Library
Anacostia Library - 10:00 AM Pick
Family Paint Party: Two Cats, One Heart
Eavesdrop Brewery - 6:30 PM Pick
Family Paint Party: Two Birds, One Heart
Eavesdrop Brewery - 6:30 PM Pick
Rainbows, Haloes & Glories
Turner Farm Park - 7:30 PM Pick
Our Sky Tonight
James E. Richmond Science Center - 7:00 PM Pick
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