Friday, December 10: Zoo Lights
ZooLights, the National Zoo’s festive electric light display, is back once again—and this year it’s absolutely free! For children of all ages, a menagerie of LED light sculptures modeled after critters at the Zoo will be on display. Tickets are NOT required. This event runs from Friday through Sunday until December 13; between December 18 and January 2. ZooLights occurs every night except December 24, 25 and 31 (Of course, if the Zoo has to close due to bad, wintry weather, then ZooLights will be canceled.) National Zoo, 6-8:30 PM.
Saturday, December 11: Recycled Gifts
Thoughtful homemade gifts are a staple of the holiday season—and if you're a kid with little disposable income, making presents is a great way to show your affection for those nearest and dearest to you without breaking the piggy bank. In this family workshop, learn how to recycle paper and other materials to make gifts. Free. Natural History Museum, 1:00-3:00 PM.
Sunday, December 12: A Cornucopia of Flowers
In this workshop, learn the special meanings behind the beautiful flora that adorns Japanese pottery in the Sackler Gallery's collections and then learn how to make origami flowers that you can take home to brighten up a room. Free, but space is limited and seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Sackler Gallery, 2:00 PM.
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