One week all your kid wants to do is paint ceramic plates and mugs; then they’re vowing to be the next American Idol. Next thing you know they’re dreaming hoops. Luckily, D.C. offers something for everyone and their hop-skipping interests. This weekend alone there’s dragon boat races for the sports enthusiasts, an outdoor film fest for pint-size screenwriters, and finger-painting free play for petite Picassos. Who needs one hobby when you can have five?3604164596_220aae6166_z


National Harbor Dragon Boat Regatta
On your marks…get set…GO! Celebrate Asian culture at this family friendly event featuring dragon boat teams (their boats are literally shaped and designed to look like the mythical creatures)  from along the east coast competing in various races throughout the day. Sat., 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. National Harbor. Free. All ages. Event details.

Messy, Messy Play
Coloring on the wall is usually a no-no. But, your mini Van Gogh gets the stamp of approval at this special free play, which includes a finger-painting wall, sensory stimulation, and imaginative play. Anticipate major messes by packing an old T-shirt or smock for your kiddo to wear over clothes. Fri., Sat. and Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. National Harbor. Free with admission. Ages 3 and under. Event details.


Comcast Outdoor Film Festival
You can leave the blankets and lawn chairs at home for this fresh air film fest—movies are shown in an outdoor amphitheater, complete with 4,200 seats. Come see The Avengers on Friday, August 23 or see Oz: The Great and Powerful on Sunday, August 24. Fri. and Sat., 7:00 pm. Rock Creek Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

The Torches at Millennium
This 7-piece D.C. group blends banjo, oboe, harmonica, accordion, vocal harmonies, stomping and hollering in their performances. In other words, kids are going to love it! Sun., 7:00 pm. Foggy Bottom. Free. All ages. Event details.


Yoga Pajama Party/Parents Night Out
Been wanting to try that new restaurant on King Street sans the kiddos? Drop your mini-yogi off (in their PJs!) at 532 Yoga in Old Town Alexandria where they’ll participate in a fun, game-focused yoga class led by an instructor/mama-of-two certified in children’s CPR/AED. Sat., 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Old Town Alexandria. $30. Ages 3-12. Event details.

Redskins Rides Car Show
The car critic in your family will have a slew of exotic and classic rides to check out at this annual car show. In addition to a moonbounce, ongoing music and food stands, Redskin football players and cheerleaders will also be on hand for fun photo ops and autographs. Sun., 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Ashburn. $15 adults/ $10 children/ Free kids under 4. All ages. Event details.
What’s on your weekend itinerary? 

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady

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