With the cold air outside, it is a prime opportunity to explore inside. Smithsonian's lesser-known underground galleries make for a fun day to take an adventurous family into the "tombs" under the National Mall.
The Freer|Sackler (1050 Independence Ave. SW Sublevel 2) has a full day of events taking place, including a journey across the deserts of Saudi Arabia to the ancient trading center known as the City of Paradise. Kids can explore the palace, temple and bazaar through objects recently unearthed at Qaryat al-Faw and now on display in the Roads of Arabia exhibit. Participants receive frankincense and myrrh to enjoy at home.
Also, an interactive 3-D exhibit opened Saturday, Pure Land: Inside the Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang, that immerses you into a Chinese Buddhist cave. And for those without kids, there's the Ang Lee double feature: "Pushing Hands," screened at 1 p.m., and "The Wedding Banquet," at 3 p.m. For a full calendar, visit asia.si.edu.
Community and neighborly spirit has gotten the Logan Circle residents through some tumultuous years. In what has become a tradition for a neighborhood for the past three decades, homeowners open their homes to the public and showcase their holiday spirit at the annual Logan Circle Holiday House Tour, taking place Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
If you've ever wanted a peek inside the fanciful brick rowhomes, this is your opportunity to relish the architecture, interior design and art. There will also be live music at a wassail reception with free refreshments and raffle prizes at the Studio Theatre (1501 14th St. NW).
To purchase tickets for $25, visit logancircle2012.eventbrite.com. Proceeds from the tour help fund the Logan Circle Community Association's ongoing mission to improve the quality of life for residents and businesses in Logan Circle and all of Washington.