You know exactly what happens when kids are left idle indoors for too long (even with a fully-stocked toy chest). A million animal crackers are eaten, permanent marker goes everywhere except for on paper, and at least one of your heirlooms faces imminent danger in the form of a bouncy ball. That’s when it’s time for the whole crew to get some fresh springtime air. From a ride-on with Thomas the Tank Engine to a fun run with a marching band, this weekend is filled with awesome family activities that will keep your mini-mastermind pre-occupied…at least for few hours.



Chat Choo Choos With Thomas the Tank Engine
Thomas the Tank Engine fanatics will lose it in 3…2…1…That’s because the Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014 offers aspiring engineers and their families the unique opportunity to take a 25 minute ride with the classic storybook engine, and participate in fun Thomas-themed activities, including meeting Thomas and Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway, arts and crafts, storytelling and more. The B&O Railroad Museum will also offer Happy Train, pony, and carousel rides. Fri.-Sun. Baltimore. $20. All. Event details.

Junior Jams: Cooperfly Puppet Troupe
If kiddo is having a bad day, pop by this performance to watch her frown turn upside down. A couple of artists, a cast of puppets, vignettes, a collection of silly songs, and a ton of energy team up in this one-time show. This cast of characters is based in Michigan, so if your little one likes what they see, consider splurging on one of their books or CDs. So. Worth. It. Sat., 10:30 am-11:30 am. Kensington. $6-$8. All. Event details.

The Great Cloth Diaper Change
Changing diapers is rarely considered a fun activity. This event is the exception. Join Greenberries (an eco-chic kids boutique) and a slew of cloth diaper loyalists as they try to break a world record—the most cloth diapers changed at one time. All you need to do is bring yourself, your bambino, and a cloth diaper (or two). Sat., 10 am. Columbia. Free. All (kids under 39 inches tall). Event details.

Northern Virginia

Fun Run With the Band
Is your family itching to tie on their running shoes and race for the finish? Join the South Lakes High School Band in Reston, Va at their fundraising 5k and Fun Run! The race starts and ends on the South Lakes High School (SLHS) track and goes through some of the scenic trails in South Reston. Team and individual registrations are accepted for the 5k, and the one-mile Fun Run is open to all ages. Band members from the South Lakes Pyramid schools will play for runners at the start and along the course. There will be post-race noshes, entertainment, and an individual and team awards ceremony. Sat., 8:30 am. Reston. $35/adults; $15/kids under 18. All. Event details.


Get Up, Get Out! It’s Kids Day at the YMCA
A Saturday morning without cartoons? Sounds impossible? Give it a go at YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, a national initiative that inspires families to move and and make healthy choices all summer long. From hoola hooping to rock climbing, kids will be on the move as soon as the step foot into the Y doors, and you’ll get to learn about all of the community and kid-friendly activities happening during the months that they’re out of school. Sat., 10 am. Various locations. Free. All. Event details.

Flower Power: A Spring Jubilee
We bet you thought “spring jubilees” were something only your grandparents partook in back in the day? Think again. They’re going strong and oh so fun! To celebrate the end of winter with your fam, swing by for moon bouncing, arts and crafts, family yoga, a dunk tank, face painting, tons of food, and a yard sale. Sat., 2 pm. Capitol Hill. $5. All. Event details.

What are you up to this weekend? Fill us in below, in the comments section.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo courtesy of B&O Railroad Museum via Facebook