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What: A winter wonderland made with nearly 2 million pounds of the shivery stuff.
Why: Snow queens love whooshing down the slippery slide.
When: Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Where: Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor (301-965-2000). Tickets at 301-965-4000 or online at gaylordnationaltickets.com. Adults and teens, $24-$29; children 4-12, $13-$18; under 4, free.
Model Airplane Workshop
What: Create a rubber band-propelled plane and then send it for a spin in the Great Hall (ages 8 and up).
Why: Guaranteed to go faster than the puddle jumper to Grandma’s last week.
When: Sun., 9-11 a.m.
Where: National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW, b/t 4th & 5th Sts. (202-272-2448). Register (by Thurs.) online at go.nbm.org. Adults, free; children, $14.
What: Playtime and an ever-changing lineup of crafts in the ballroom.
Why: It’s never too early to learn about history.
When: Thru Apr. 25. Mon., 10:30 a.m.-noon.
Where: Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria (703-746-4242). Group of three, $7; additional adults and children, $3.
Photo: Courtesy of Smarty Pants
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