While your Monday through Friday may feel like a marathon, as you rip and race from work to appointment to after school events, the weekend is your chance to dial back the pace and really take in the fun you’re having. This President’s Day weekend check out the Washington Nationals racing presidents, experience the life and times of Frederick Douglass or learn how to build a bluebird box. Weekend goal: Live in the moment!

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Arlington

Nats Mascots Celebrate Presidents Day
The Washington Nationals Presidents are taking over Market Common Clarendon shopping center. Come take a selfie with George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy from the Washington Nationals, and then watch them race around The Loop at 3 p.m. Enjoy a free photo booth with presidential props, complimentary hot cocoa from Nicecream, and kids under 13 can spin a prize wheel to win a paper Lincoln ($5 bill). SunEvent details.

Anacostia

Frederick Douglass: Bicentennial Birthday Celebration
Step inside the world of Frederick Douglass and experience how he lived his life as a global activist and revolutionary leader at this weekend festival for the whole family. Guest speakers include Kenneth Morris, Douglass’s third great-grandson; David Blight, award-winning author and historian; and Leigh Fought renowned historian and scholar. Checkout the program guide to find activities best for your crewSat.-SunEvent details.

Bethesda

The Princess and the Pauper: A Bollywood Tale
Set in long-ago India, this Bollywood-inspired adaptation of the classic Mark Twain novel shows how the common people work long hours to support the luxurious lifestyle of those in the palace. As a corrupt Wazir seeks to steal the throne from the Sultan’s heirs, a spoiled Princess Razia forces a shy dressmaker’s daughter, Zainab, to exchange places with her. Razia gradually discovers how unfairly the people are treated and resolves to become a just leader. SatEvent details.

Boyds

Build a Bluebird Box
Believe it or not, nesting season is just around the corner for these little blue beauties. Stop by to build a nest box for your backyard habitat or to give as a gift to someone else. You’ll also learn where to install your box and how to be a good bluebird landlord. SunEvent details.

Triangle Park

Ballet for Big Kids: Romeo and Juliet
The Washington Ballet returns to the Kennedy Center Opera House to celebrate love and fate in an evening of unbridled passion set to Prokofiev’s dynamic score. This is an intricate and timeless tale of two star-crossed lovers. Share it with your beloved. Fri-SunEvent details.

Baltimore

Target $2 Family Fun Night
Enjoy three floors of interactive exhibits along with fun and engaging programs for just $2 per person! Join in Circle Time, tale part in our Create and Read program, and learn about animals with the Maryland SPCA. Don’t miss this great chance to check out Nickelodeon’s Dora & Diego – Let’s Explore! exhibit before it leaves for good on February 19th. SatEvent details.

Anacostia

Frederick Douglass: Bicentennial Birthday Celebration
Step inside the world of Frederick Douglass and experience how he lived his life as a global activist and revolutionary leader at this weekend festival for the whole family. Guest speakers include Kenneth Morris, Douglass’s third great-grandson; David Blight, award-winning author and historian; and Leigh Fought renowned historian and scholar. Checkout the program guide to find activities best for your crewSat.-SunEvent details.

What are your weekend plans? Tell us in the comments below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady