Feeling stressed and like a crazy ball-of-nerves? Let loose this weekend with your crew at any one of the absolutely nutty (and tension-relieving) events happening around the District. Get kooky at a craft fair’s dress-up story time, take a crack—maybe two—at the Frederick County History Bell, or grab your pillow and head to the National Mall for a family-friendly, mega-sized pillow fight. There. Now. All better.



Play Dress Up at Sugarloaf Craft Festival
Your little ones might not be as into the glass decanters and landscape photography as you are, but they’ll fall in love with the festival’s on-site children’s entertainment. Middle Earth Studio will be presenting costume storytelling where tikes can listen to (and be a part of) their favorite fairytales. Kids can rock their own costumes or slip into whatever the reader has on tap—prince, princesses, knights, magicians, and more. Fri-Sun., 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm. Gaithersburg. $10/adults; free/kids under 12. All. Event details.

Soar Like Bees and Butterflies: A Bug-Inspired Piano Trio
The Music Box Series is a super-cool program presented by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for tots and their families. Each performance features pre-concert activities hosted 30 minutes prior to the show that encourage literacy, creative play and musical skills. This month’s concert features music by Debussy and Mendelssohn with a buggy vibe. Sat., 10 am-11:30 am. North Bethesda. $10. 6 months-3. Event details.

Saved by the Bell: Frederick County Bell and History Day
Held each spring at the opening of the museum season in Frederick County, Md, Bell and History Day features special events, tours, music and living history programs. The Frederick County History Bell (it’s HUGE) will be rung during a performance at 5:30 pm, and all attendees are invited to give ringing the bell a try for themselves. Bonus: Many of the Frederick County Museums (including kid faves like the Brunswick Railroad Museum and the Frederick County Fire and Rescue Museum) are offering free admission.  Sat., 10 am- 4 pm. Frederick. Free. All. Event details.

The Jungle Book Pounces On Stage
The whole family will go wild for this production of The Jungle Book, based on Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 collection of stories set in the Indian jungle. Expect dancing monkeys, silly vultures and stomping elephants…oh my! Warning: You may want to see this super-fun production once or twice more. Fri.-Sun. Glen Echo Park. $19. 4 and up. Event details.


Pillow Fight!
It’s International Pillow Fight Day (who knew that was even a real holiday?), so bring your cotton-filled plushes to The Washington Monument where friendly-fighters of all ages will be going at it. Organizers suggest that families with small kiddos play outside the main pillow crowd with other little ones. Sat., 2 pm- 4 pm. National Mall. Free. All. Event details.

Northern Virginia

Old McDonald Had an…Easter Bunny
From hayrides and farm animals, to roasted marshmallows and Easter egg hunts—Ticonderoga Farms knows how to ring in spring. Come join that giant bunny for some festive fun filled with chocolate and toy eggs. Bring a camera for post-hunt pics. Sat., 11 am and 2 pm. Chantilly. $11.95. All. Event details.

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

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

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