You’re probably used to your kids entertaining the heck out of you—and grandma, and the mail-person, and the barista—with their silly faces, deadpan quips, and daily antics (petroleum jelly in her hair…again?!). This weekend let the bambinos be the ones to be entertained to the max. They’ll twirl and spin to the summer-inspired tunes from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, they’ll be enthralled by “The Secret of the NIMH,” a retro mystery cartoon playing at the Angelika Mosaic Film Center, and they’ll want to spend all day listening to kid-friendly stories in between cat poses at Reston’s Yoga Fest. Even little hams need time off.



Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Box: Summertime Movin’ and Groovin’
A brass quintet will perform for little ones 6 months to three years old, the swinging tunes of Joplin and sparkling music by Handel to celebrate what makes summertime great: sunshine, the beach, ice cream, swimming and more. Performances in the Music Box Series feature pre-concert activities hosted 30 minutes prior to the show by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and partner organization Ready-at-Five, a non-profit that works to ensure that all Maryland children are ready to learn by age five. The wide range of pre-concert activities encourages literacy, creative play and musical skills. Sat. North Bethesda. $10. 6 months-3 years old. Event details.

Rock Out with Kindie Acoustic Guitarist LEA
Music lovers of all ages will love LEA’s thought provoking kindie music—a blend of gospel, jazz, country, and R&B. A globetrotter and self-taught acoustic guitar player, this musician doesn’t have a hard time capturing an audience (especially one that is approaching its nap time). Sat. Kensington. $6/advance; $8/at door. All. Event details. 

Northern Virginia

The Secret of NIMH: Flashback Family Films
Remember those quirky flicks you watched when you were a kid (looking at you, The Goonies)? Well, the Angelika Mosaic Film Center is bring them back. Retro family favorites are slated to be shown at the cinema the first Saturday of every month. This month’s film: Fun, drama, and suspense come vividly to life in this enchanting animated fantasy, based on Robert O’Brien’s award-winning tale of a timid mouse who becomes a heroine in spite of herself with the help of super-intelligent experimental rats from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Sat. Merrifield. $7. All. Event details.

Beat Boredom at Celebrate Fairfax!
This weekend, “I’m bored,” has absolutely no place in your kids’ lexicon. Especially since the Celebrate Fairfax Festival is going down. The community-wide shindig (now in it’s 33rd year) features 25 acres of amazing concerts, family programs, green living demos, thrilling carnival rides and nightly fireworks! Among the festival’s highlights are the more than 120 concerts and performances on eight stages, with an exceptional line-up of national, regional and local artists. Fri.-Sun. Fairfax. All. Event details.

Love Your Body Yoga Festival
Yoga studios and wellness centers present free activities and entertainment for the whole family including live music, healing demonstrations, food samples, and soothing therapies such as Reiki, chiropractic, massage, and yoga. Namaste over to the kids tent for storytelling, laughter yoga, and more. Sun. Reston. Free. All. Event details.


Washington Jewish Music Festival in the Park
In a music kind of a mood? Pack up the kids and head straight to Francis Field Park where everyone can rock out to the music of Parents Choice Award winners The Mama Doni Band, ska/roots/rock mash-up Josh and the Jamtones, and the infectious dance music of the Michael Winograd Klezmer Ensemble. Bring a blanket and a picnic to up the fun quota, and make sure the minis check out the moon bounce, get their face painted, or make new friends on the baseball field. Sun. Foggy Bottom. Free. All. Event details.

What’s on your weekend to-do list (the fun one)? Tell us in the comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo courtesy of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra via Facebook