We’re barely comfortable writing a ‘4’ instead of a ‘3’ behind our ‘201,’ yet the first month of the year is already coming to a close! But you know what they say—time flies when you’re having fun. With that mantra in mind, get ready to see the weekend flash by thanks to these exciting family events. Zoom the car lover in your crew through D.C.’s annual Auto Show, do a quick step with family bands Rich ‘D’ Dog and the Diggity Dudes, or watch the little one mad dash across a tennis court at a beginners workshop. Our advice: Bring a camera to capture this whirlwind weekend in action.



Snag a Front Seat at the 2014 Washington Auto Show
With more than 700 new makes and models of cars, trucks, mini-vans and SUVs on display, your little speedster will literally FREAK OUT at this annual auto show.  Kids should also be on the lookout for their favorite celebs—from sports stars to PBS characters from Maya and MiguelSuperWhy, and Word Girl—mulling around the show floor. Fri.-Sun., 12 pm-9 pm. Mt. Vernon Square. $12/adults; $5/Kids 6-12; Free/Kids under 5. All. Event details.

Rock ‘n’ Roll for the Littles
For rock n’ roll that’s safe for itty-bitty ears, look no further than Rich ‘D’ Dog and his full band, who performs live music for families all around the D.C. metro area. Preschoolers and elementary school kids are already converts, but it won’t take long before older kids, parents, and even grandparents get hooked to the unique sound that’s a fun blend of rock, blues, punk, garage rock and southern rock. Tune your air guitar, stat! Sat., 10:30 am-12 pm. Capitol Hill. $5.50. All. Event details.

Mamarazzi 101: Take Better Kid Pics
The paparazzi will have nothing on you after this grown-ups only class where you’ll learn everything from how to use the lens on your DSLR to composition and lighting tricks. Your instructor is D.C. based portrait photographer and fellow mom Maya of Maya’s Eye Photography. Bonus: There will be wine and snacks on tap. Sat., 1 pm-3:30 pm. Gallaudet U. $105. Moms and dads. Event details.

Historic Sleepover! Spend the Night at the National Archives
Roll out your sleeping bag with kiddo for the first-ever sleepover at the National Archives. Minis, ages 8-12, will kick off the night with a reading by History Channel host and children’s book author Brad Meltzer. You’ll also be able to pay a visit to the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights. Read closely—in the morning kids are greeted with breakfast (including hot chocolate!) and fun Archives trivia. Sat.-Sun., 7 pm. Archives. $100-$125. Ages 8-12 (with an adult). Event details.

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Show Off Your Disco Moves with the Diggity Dudes
The Diggity Dudes, who spent many years serenading grown-ups, have shifted their focus to playing catchy tunes for kiddos. A typical set covers everything from pet rocks to disco moves to science experiments to presidential physical fitness. Weird? Yes, but the Diggity Dudes know that the way to a kid’s musical heart is by getting a little (er, a lot) goofy. Sun., 10:30 am. Vienna. $10. All. Event details.


Grand Slam: Tennis Play Day
This two-hour mini-clinic gives kids the chance to experience the fun of tennis and the thrill of competition in a low-key, chill atmosphere. Smaller equipment and shorter courts help kids build confidence. Oh, and they’re bound to make a few new friends (or future doubles partners, if you like) in the process. Sat., 3 pm-5 pm. Wheaton. $8. Ages 4-8. Event details.

What are you up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo courtesy of The Washington Auto Show