Feeling a little blah? Get instantly hype by penciling one (or ALL) of these fun family outings into your weekend. There’s an outdoor movie (and a dance performance!), a dog-and-owner fun run, and a writing workshop for the 8-and-up set for sarters. Save the blues for another–less awesome– day.

Photo: SLBA


Moonlight Movies at the Mansion
Bring a blanket and picnic to enjoy free movies on the front lawn of Kentlands Mansion. Baseball fans will love this week’s feature–The Sandlot. Snacks, beer, and wine available for purchase. FriEvent


Adventures from the Persian Book of Kings
A magical bird, an evil dragon, a clever princess, and a valiant hero bring to life the Shahnameh, an ancient masterpiece written over a thousand years ago. With vivid choreography and ornate costumes, Silk Road Dance Company presents a fantastical tale from ancient Persia. Sat. Event


Doggie Dash
This one’s for the dogs! On the roughly one mile fun run with engaging obstacles around the nearby terrain of Savage Mill participants can take their canine companions along for the experience! Sun. Event


Happy Birthday, Alexandria!
If you didn’t get your fill of fireworks on the Fourth of July, you’re in luck. The City of Alexandria celebrates its birthday each year on the Saturday after Independence Day. Come out for kids activities, a concert by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, birthday cake, and yep…you guessed it, fireworks! Sat. Event


Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook
Finders, keepers. Losers, weepers, right??? When Junie B. Jones, with her two bestest friends in the world, loses her new furry mittens to some “stealers,” she has to investigate. But Junie B. might have something she forgot to return, too. See everyone’s favorite kindergartner navigate honesty and how she feels on both sides of the coin. Sat. Event

National Archives

The Write Stuff
Authors and Illustrators John Hendrix, Syl Sobel, Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Jacqueline Jules and Tonya Bolden will share their inspiration, research and writing processes and challenges with big kids. Moderator Kitty Felde, host of the podcast Book Club for Kids, will be your guide. Sat. Event

How do you plan on spending this weekend? Tell us in the comments below!

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady