Take a peek into the past this weekend without ever leaving the present. Sound like a riddle? It’s not; just proof that this weekends events, including the opening of a brand new Smithsonian museum and a Georgetown walking tour designed specifically for kids, is one for your history books.

273522156_8118031b77_zPhoto: Larry Titus via Flickr

Georgetown

Place: A Walking Tour for Kids
Inspired the children’s book “The People in Pineapple Place,” by Anne Lindbergh, this kid tour features the sites around Georgetown that are mentioned in the book. Visit the statue of Archbishop Carroll at Georgetown University, the old street cars that used to run through the neighborhood, Anthony Hyde Elementary School where the main character August goes to school, and Dumbarton Oaks and Montrose Park where the characters play. This walking tour is part of WalkingTown DC, a week of free guided tours around the district. SunEvent details.

Capitol Riverfront

Veggie Surprise! D.C. VegFest 2016
Ready to veg out? This vegetarian festival aims to highlight how easy and delicious it is to choose vegetarian foods in and around the nation’s capital. There is a designated kid’s area where younger visitors can have their faces painted, play games, use finger puppets, and eat scrumptious food. Resources are available for parents who wish to learn more about raising vegetarian children and leading a healthful vegetarian lifestyle. SatEvent details.

Mt. Vernon

Library of Congress National Book Festival
Calling all book worms! The 16th annual Library of Congress book fest is setting up shop at the Washington Convention Center. Swing by the Let’s Read America area to listen to readings from kids books writers, make your own book marks in the Washington Post Pavilion, and don’t leave empty handed—pick up a new bedtime story before heading home. SatEvent details.

National Mall

Grand Opening: The National Museum of African American History and Culture
After much anticipation, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (a Smithsonian Museum) opens to the public this weekend. Featuring a variety of exhibits and educational programs on topics such as slavery, post-Civil War reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance, and the civil rights movement, the museum is the only one devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life. FYI: Due to the high level of interest in visiting the museum, timed passes are required for entry Sept. 24 through the end of December. SatEvent details.

Downtown

Marsha’s Musikgarten
Have a blast at this musical performance by singer/songwriter Marsha Goodman-Wood, who will be playing original family-friendly “kindie” music—indie rock-infused songs for kids! Fri. Event details.

14th Street

Sip and Shop for Baby
Join Room & Board nursery design experts to shop American-made furniture for your growing bundle of joy, and explore essentials for crafting the perfect nursery. Parents-to-be will enjoy complimentary coffee and non-alcoholic refreshing “mommy-mosa” mocktails as they shop. One lucky raffle winner will receive a $250 Room & Board gift card – no purchase necessary! Sat. Event details.

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

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady