Family Friendly Events in (or near) DC: Week of January 24th – 30th, 2022

Looking for some family-friendly fun this week? Here are some ideas:


Where: Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington DC
When: Through July 6, 2022
Cost: FREE!!
Hours: Thurs: 10am-5:30pm; Fri: 10am-7pm; Sat:10am-7pm; Sun: 10am-5pm
Details (from their website): Smell a molecule. Clean your clothes in a wetland. Meditate with an AI robot. Travel through space and time. Watch water being harvested from air. Become an emoji. The FUTURES is yours to decide, debate, delight. We invite you to dream big, and imagine not just one future, but many possible futures on the horizon—playful, sustainable, inclusive. In moments of great change, we dare to be hopeful. How will you create the future you want to live in? 

The Washington DC Auto Show

Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC
When: Jan 21-30, 2022
Cost: Ranges from $6-$15
Additional details: Guests age 12+ must show proof of vaccination. Masks are required.

Philadanco (The Philadelphia Dance Company)

Where: Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln, North Bethesda, MD
When: Jan 28, 2022
Cost: Ranges from $35-75
Description (courtesy of the Strathmore’s website): Known for its innovation, superbly trained dancers, and electrifying performances, PHILADANCO!, The Philadelphia Dance Company, celebrates 50 years as one of the premiere African American modern dance companies. Presenting iconic PHILADANCO! works as well as new choreography that highlights their continued engagement with today’s most important social issues, the company continues their legacy of bridging cultural divides. New work by BaKari Lindsay will be featured and highlight Caribbean and African heritage through Malian kora music.”

Monster Jam @ Capitol One Arena

When: January 28-30, 2022
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies
To purchase ticket:

Ice Skating at Cameron Run

Where: Cameron Run Regional Park, 4001 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22304
When: Weekends, through February
Cost: $12.50
To purchase ticket:
Details: Enjoy an hour of ice skating with your family. According to the site, these timed tickets are non-refundable but are transferrable. Skate rentals are included in the cost.

Thomas & Friends: Explore The Rails

Where: National Children’s Museum, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC
When: Thursdays – Sundays, Now through May 15, 2022
Recommended ages: 2-7
To purchase tickets:
Details (according to the National Children’s Museum site): In this exhibit, children help Thomas and his friends solve a variety of challenges, from a simple sorting and shape identification activity to more complex engineering obstacles, such as completing a train track using track pieces with different levels of elevation. As children confront new challenges and test their abilities, Thomas, Percy, Victor, and others are there to offer encouragement and remind children how “Really Useful” we all are.

If you know of any other exciting events, happening this week, in or around Washington, DC, please share with us. 🙂


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