Want to start the weekend with a bang? It won’t be a problem since there are so many awesome events going down. Check out a taiko drumming performance at the American Art Museum, build a fort–as little or as big as you’d like–out of newspaper, or check out Schoolhouse Rock Live! (which, really, needs no explanation).

SAAM Cherry Blossom CelebrationPhoto: Smithsonian American Art Museum

Chinatown

SAAM Cherry Blossom Celebration
Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum for a celebration of Japanese culture and the arrival of the cherry blossoms! A taiko drumming performance kicks off the afternoon, followed by other traditional Japanese music and dance, face painting, and cherry-blossom themed crafts. Colleagues from the Freer|Sackler can help you make your own Japanese fan. Create a koinobori windsock at one of our crafting tables or check out the spring book corner with our friends from MLK Jr. Memorial Library. Sat., 11:30 am-3 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Cheverly

Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Based on the Emmy-award winning series from the 1970s, “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” features Tom, a school teacher nervous about his first day of teaching, who tries to relax by watching TV when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music. Fri.-Sat. $8-$10. All ages. Event details.

Silver Spring

Jason and the Argonauts Film Screening
This family-friendly cult classic is best remembered for its groundbreaking stop-motion animation and special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen’s work in bringing to life a menagerie of fantastic beasts and monsters, most memorably the skeleton warriors. Sat.-Sun., 10:30 am-12 pm. $13. All ages. Event details.

Mt. Vernon Square

Family Afternoon: Newspaper Fort Challenge
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The Museum is hosting a newspaper fort challenge in the Great Hall! Bring your family and collaboratively construct an awe-inspiring fort made entirely of newspapers and tape. Learn about the triangle, the strongest shape out there, and create tetrahedral caverns small enough for one, or big enough for your clan. Sat., 12 pm-3 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

North Bethesda

CESJDS Fun Fridays
Got an antsy preschooler? Stop by Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School to enjoy free art, music, movement and STEM instruction. It’s a great way to get busy brains focused while making new friends. Fri., 2:30 pm-3:30 pm. Free. Ages 3-5. Event details.

Cleveland Park

Say Ommm: Family Meditation Retreat
Develop peace, promote balance, and boost your kiddo’s socio-emotional skills with this free family retreat that focuses on Jyoti meditation. There will be yoga, games and fun activities for the whole family. Don’t worry about packing a lunch, as there will be veggie grub on hand to nosh on in between sessions. Sat., 10 am-2 pm. Free. Ages 4-12 (with parent/guardian). Event details.

What’s on your weekend checklist? Tell us in the comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady