Put on your dancing shoes this weekend! They’ll prove handy at the Kennedy Center’s National Dance Day celebration where the whole family can bust a move in hip-hop, ballet, and ballroom lessons. Keep those comfy kicks on for the Watermelon Fest in Chantilly, Va—the day starts with watermelon eating and ends with pillow jumping races. And don’t miss Montgomery County’s Annual Farm Tour on Saturday and Sunday. The kids will want to run around the farm looking for cute animals to feed and pet, while you scope out what’s for dinner (think: fresh eggs, milk, and veggies).

Dance Lessons


National Dance Day at the Kennedy Center
Give their dancing feet a platform at the East Coast installment of National Dance Day (created by the folks behind the infectious dance competition show So You Think You Can Dance). It will be an all day family-friendly (and free!) dancing extravaganza filled with outdoor performances, dance lessons and live music. Sat., 1:00 pm – 11 :30 pm. Washington, D.C. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

Smithsonian Sleepover
The 2006 adventure-comedy filmNight at the Museum staring Ben Stiler comes to life (minus the dinosaur chase scenes) when kids and their chaperones are let loose overnight at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. If snoozing in the halls of a museum weren’t cool enough, kids will also spend the night going on interactive tours, playing games, doing craft projects and watching Born to be Wild on IMAX. Fri., 7:00 pm. Washington, D.C. $135 per child with an adult. Ages 8-12 (with adult). Event Details.

Shark Weekend at the National Aquarium
Sharks take center stage (er, tank) during the National Aquarium’s annual Shark Weekend. Kids can get a close-up peak into the lives of Great Whites, Hammerheads, and Tiger Sharks through fun activities like scavenger hunts, face paintings, and tooth touchings. Don’t miss the popular shark and piranha feedings at 2:00 pm each day. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Washington, D.C. $9.95 adults/ $4.95 children. All Ages. Event Details.

Northern Virginia

Starlight and Firelight Campfire Ring
Has your kid been jonesing to pitch a tent or build a camp fire? Test the camping waters with this group campfire ring organized by the Walker Nature Education Center. Your little outdoor enthusiast will explore the constellations, sing songs, and (of course!) make s’mores. Fri., 7:00 pm. Reston, Va. $8. All Ages. Event Details.

Watermelon Fest
Summer and watermelon go together like peanut butter and jelly. Ticonderoga Farm agrees, which is why they are devoting an entire weekend to the juicy fruit. In addition to fun farm activities (hayrides, cow pull, jumping pillow, swinging bridge), kids can sign up to participate in a watermelon eating contest. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Chantilly, Va. All Ages. Event Details


Montgomery County Farm Tour
Yay! You can skip the crowded grocery store this week! Thirteen Montgomery county farms are opening their barn doors so that you can purchase super-fresh fruits, veggies, eggs, and plants. While you pick out your produce and chat with the grower, kids will have fun exploring the farm, listening to live music, and petting the animals. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Various locations, Md. All Ages. Event Details

Bethesda Big Train Baseball Game
Get your baseball fix with the Big Train going head-to-head with the Alexandria Aces (as in Alexandria, Va). There’s more than home runs and curve balls going on during these summer collegiate match-ups. You’ll find a plethora of food options, plus off-field kids’ activities and music. Sun., 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm. Bethesda, Md. $5 children/ $9 adults. All Ages. Event Details

What will you be doing this weekend to keep your little ones entertained? 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo courtesy of Alex McClung via Creative Commons.