From a brand new Smithsonian museum to a west coast transplanted coffee shop, 2016 is already shaping up to be ah-mazing for DMV-ers of all ages.

Photo: Eden Pictures via Flickr

Bei Bei 
The newest addition to The National Zoo family will be up for live visitors starting Jan. 16. Gather the entire family to see this adorable new addition live (vs. live feed). Insiders Tip: The zoo opens at 6 am so you can gather the family early and eat breakfast at the onsite cafe or any of the many delicious cafes, like Open City, on Connecticut Ave.

Photo: African American History museum

Museum of African American History
When we think of education in D.C., the Smithsonian immediately comes to mind. This year, the newest branch of the Smithsonian, the Museum of African American History, is opening! Pull out the notepads and pens. There is so much history here for so many little ones.

Photo: Kimberly S. via Yelp

Lab 1270 at Union Market
Union Market has added a location across the street from the market warehouse space. Lab 1270 has an assortment of rotating popups and is open ThursdaySunday. A favorite for kiddo stuff is Niko+Ava, a clothing and accessory line founded by two D.C. momma’s!

Photo: DC Streetcar 

D.C. Streetcars
After delays (and more delays), this could be the year that the much anticipated D.C. Streetcar system comes alive. The clue: DDOT has begun the final testing phase of the rail car system that will eventually make its way up and down H Street. Fingers crossed this is the real deal!

Photo: James R. via Yelp

Philz Coffee
Java lovers, look! The San Fran coffee shop that everyone swears by is heading to the East Coast (to Adams Morgan to be exact) early this year. Wondering what the big deal is? Well, in addition to 30 plus drip varieties, Philz prides itself in customer service for all guests–young and old.

What are some things your family is looking forward to in the New Year? Leave it in the comments below.

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