Crafting a memorable weekend is a cinch thanks to all of the awesome activities happening. From a major maker faire and a magic show to bike rides and kid-friendly jazz, here are just a handful of the coolest options that you can weave into your family’s master plan.
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National Maker Faire
Kicking off the “Week of Making” (June 17-23) National Maker Faire gives curious, inventive people a place to share what they love to make. Visitors get the opportunity to interact with such technologies as Raspberry Pi, Arduino, electronics, and 3D printers. .-Sun., 11 am-6 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.
‘Jumanji’ World Premiere
When Judy and Peter find a mysterious old board game, they play it, hoping to alleviate their boredom. One live lion, an erupting volcano, and a dozen destructive monkeys later, the children are no longer bored. Will they ever finish this mysterious magic game and claim Jumanji?! ., 11 am. Free. All ages. Event details.
Cut a Rug with Groovy Nate
Groovy Nate performances are a unique blend of music, movement, silly games, puppet skits, and comedy. The show encourages families to move, sing, and play creatively with one another, while exposing them to variety of music genres. ., 9:30 am. Free. Ages 4-10. Event details.
Kidical Mass Family Bike Ride
Help kick-off Rockville Kidical Mass ride with a ride from Thomas Farm Community Center to Carmen’s Italian Ice. The Kidical Mass rides are designed for families with young children or anyone who supports family biking. This ride is approximately three miles total, using multi-use trails, a quiet residential street, and a bike lane. ., 10 am-12 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.
The Magic of Bill Blagg…Live!
Critics and audiences alike rave about Bill Blagg’s incredible high-energy, grand-scale magic and illusion that will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief. Blagg’s show is packed with mind-blowing illusions and his trademark off-the-cuff personality that make this show a great family event! Audience volunteers will levitate in mid-air, others will vanish in the blink of an eye and so much more! ., 8 pm-10 pm. $20. Ages 8 and up. Event details.
Jazz at Strathmore
Junior jazz aficionados can spend Saturday mornings singing, playing, and preparing for a lifetime of jazz appreciation. The fun, creative, kid-friendly series features classes with multi-instrumentalist and local jazz legend Seth Kibel and renowned jazz singer Rochelle Rice. ., 11 am-1 pm. $10. Ages 2-10. Event details.
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