Things are heating up around the District. And with warmer weather comes a whole range of fresh and fab weekend happenings. Whether your little bit is a bonafide skater or dreams of becoming one, they’ll love hanging out at the Skatefest charity event in Fairfax. Wanna-be world travelers will dig the Smithsonian Folklife Festival taking over the National Mall. Plus, it’s finally camping season; rough it (er, not really!) at the 10th Annual Great American Backyard Campout at Little Bennett Campground. skateboard-kid

Northern Virginia

Let’s Roll! Skatefest Fairfax
Help your mini-skateboarder help out other kids at this annual fundraiser. Skaters of all ages will skate a check-pointed route through Wakefield Park in an effort to raise money for Children’s National. There will be food, carnival activities, pro skateboarding demos, and vendors. The festival is free for spectators, but to participate in Sk8 for a cause or the Skate competition there will be a fee of $25. Fri-Sat., 10 am-6 pm. Annendale. Free; $25 to skate. All. Event details.


Catch World Cup Fever
Kiddo will get a kick out of this free event, featuring the mobile Panini America, Inc. company van, an inflatable soccer goal, and officially licensed FIFA World Cup Brasil 2014 sticker album giveaway. Families are invited to kick a goal and show off their World Cup team spirit, while meeting and mingling with other soccer fanatics. Sun., 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Chevy Chase. Free. All. Event details.

A World Tour (at Your Front Door)
For two weeks, millions flock to this festival that includes demos by chefs, artists, cratsmen, and storytellers from over 90 countries (including China and Kenya), every state in the U.S., and more than 100 Native American groups. It’s like a ginormous outdoor cultural museum, with plenty of interactive exhibits and activities to keep kids entertained. Pick up something cool from one of the festival’s artisans at the Marketplace before heading home. Fri.-Sun., 11 am-5:30 pm. National Mall. Free. All. Event details.

Show Off Your Green Thumb: Family Garden Day
Grab your green thumbs and meet the members of the Washington Youth Garden in the US National Arboretum for a Family Garden Day. The gardening adventures will be in full bloom, as Washington Youth Garden instructors facilitate hands-on garden activities and projects, you get a chance to harvest the freshest produce in the garden, and chefs show off their skills with cooking demos. You’ll have plenty of veggie tales to tell later. Sat., 10 am-1 pm. U.S. National Arboretum. Free. All. Event details.


Get Ready, Get Set, Go Camping
Celebrate the 10th Annual Great American Backyard Campout at Little Bennett Campground, which will be offering half-price tent sites, plus a host of family-friendly activities. After tents are pitched and you’re settled in, check out craft time, a guided trail hike, an ice cream social, or the outdoor family flick slated to play at the amphitheater at 8:30 pm. Sat., 12 pm. Clarksburg. $10.50/campsite. All. Event details.

Tots to the Theater: ‘Mouse on the Move’
You’ll want to scurry along to this crazy-cute production, specifically designed for 1-5 year olds, which follows two curious rodents as they explore the world beyond their mouse-hole. It’s not just a precious story—it’s also interactive. Kids are given a small suitcase of props that they use to help the actors tell the story. Sun., 10 am and 11:15 am. Bethesda. $10-$12. 1-5. Event details.

What are you most looking forward to doing this summer with your family? Tell us in the comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo courtesy of SkateFest Fairfax