Since the kids are on Thanksgiving break this week, there will be plenty of time for extra activities. Whether you want to do some holiday crafts or catch a new movie, here are seven family-friendly activities to keep everyone entertained over the holiday.
Friday, 10 a.m.
Get ready for Santa’s arrival with this family workshop. During this session all registered guests will be able to make a cookies for Santa Trivet to display during the holidays. // Board & Brush: 11215 Lee Highway, Suite J, Fairfax; free
Friday, 6 p.m.
The day after Thanksgiving means it is the start of the holiday season. Start off your festivities at the opening of Christmas lights at Maple Tree Farm. Walk along the trail to see nine acres of decorations, characters and music shows. // Maple Tree Farm VA: 8275 Maple Tree Lane, Warrenton; $8-$13
Friday-Sunday, times vary
Start your holiday movie marathon at The Wharf. This weekend, catch Home Alone on the big screen along the water. Each seat will also include a stocking stuffed with treats and offers from local restaurants and businesses. // The Wharf: 760 Main Ave. SW, Washington, DC; $60 for four people
Saturday, 10-11 a.m.
Get ready for winter with an outdoor adventure. Spend some time taking a walk through the park, listening to winter stories and making a nature craft. This event is recommended for children ages 5 to 12. // Northern Fauquier Community Park: 4155 Monroe Parkway, Marshall; $10
Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Have an arts and crafts day with the kids at Hops N Shine. Reserve your table and spend a few hours designing your own ornament to take home. Each reservation lasts two hours and begins at the assigned time. // Hops N Shine: 3410 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria; $10
Sunday, noon-4 p.m.
All aboard the train at Reston Town Center. Take a train ride around the mall as you take in the beautiful holiday decorations. Proceeds from the event will benefit local charities. // Reston Town Center: 11900 Market St., Reston; $20
Through Sunday, times vary
Head over to Alamo Drafthouse for a showing of The Croods sequel. In this new movie, the Croods are looking for a new home when they run into the Bettermans, who take them in as house guests. Not long after, the two families begin to butt heads as tensions rise. // Alamo Drafthouse: 20575 Easthampston Plaza, Ashburn
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