If you are like me, you are looking forward to having a week ahead of you with not much to do.  You can’t stay home all week though, so here are some ideas for the upcoming week.  Hopefully we will not be stuck inside with your kids because of snow!


Monday, December 27     The Nutcracker

11am @ Synetic Theater, Arlington

Although Christmas is over, there is still time to check out Synetic Family’s new version of The Nutcracker at the Synetic Theater.  It has gotten great reviews, and is approximately an hour and 10 minutes.  I have heard that it is not your typical Nutcracker.  It contains some scenes that are fairly violent with sword fights and scary mice.  It may be better for 4 and older.


Tuesday, December 28     Storytime At Borders

11am @ Borders- Pentagon City, Arlington

Storytime at Pentagon City Borders is not one to be missed.  Mary has worked there for over four years and hosts a great storytime with songs and stories.  Although their site says that it starts at 10:30, it never gets started until 11.


Wednesday, December 29     Barnes & Noble Clarendon Storytime

10am @ Barnes & Noble Clarendon, Arlington

Storytime at Barnes and Noble where you can discover the furry, snorting, slithering animals of Bob Dylan’s classic song- Man Gave Names to All the Animals.


Thursday, December 30      Model Trains at Union Station

10am – 9pm @ Union Station, Washington, DC

Now that Christmas is over, the crowds at Union Station will be gone.  Head to Union Station to check out one of the largest model train displays in the world.  The trains are handmade replicas of actual Norwegian trains in a Norwegian landscape. The train is running through January 3.  You can also check out the 32-foot Christmas tree with 8,000 lights.  The Union Station parking garage has five-and-a-half parking levels, and over 2,000 parking spaces.  Validate at the doors just next to the escalator to parking garage- pay at the cashier booth (not the pre-pay). Cost $1 for 2 hours.


Friday, December 31    New Year’s Eve Stroll & Campfire

6pm @ Gulf Branch Nature Center, Arlington

Hang out in the park for the last night of 2010.   You can ring out the old with edible noisemakers and bring in the new by tossing your resolutions into a “wishing campfire.”  Registration is required.  For more information: 703-228-3403