Halloween may be a thing of the past, but that pail (er, pillowcase) of candy you call yourself “hiding from the kids” isn’t going away anytime soon. Pull yourself away from the gummies and mini chocolate bars to check out one of these weekend happenings with the fam—like Kids Food Festival at Union Market or the Dia de los Muertos celebration at the American Art Museum—that are just as sweet!



Kids Food Festival
Bring your grumbling bellies for a delish weekend of fun at this two day celebration of healthy eating at Union Market. Families can mingle with chefs and culinary icons, check out demos, participate in kids classes, snag all kinds of samples, and listen to live music. Sat.-Sun., 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Union Market. Free. All. Event details.

FotoWeek DC
Budding Annie Leibovitz-es will click with this annual celebration of photography in Washington. Sure, it’s for picture-takers of all ages, but your little shutterbug will like checking out the FOTOBAZAAR (a non-curated photo free-for-all at the outdoor courtyard of the National Geographic Building), FotoNoma (an exhibit featuring work from local photographers, including some kiddos), and she’ll relish in all of the opportunities she has to point and shoot. Sat.-Sun. Downtown. Free. Event details.

Day of the Dead Family Day
Just when you thought all of this talk of ghosts and skeletons had come to an end, Dia de los Muertos (a Mexican holiday that focuses on honoring those who have died) pops up. The American Art Museum celebrates with performances throughout the day, plus a host of craft projects for kids and adults. Sat., 11:30 am-3:00 pm. Farragut North. Free. All. Event details.


Maryland Emancipation Day
Give your family a peek at the history in their own backyards. Each November, Montgomery Parks marks the historic milestone of the emancipation of enslaved people 150 years ago. Hike a portion of the Underground Railroad, learn about life on a former slave plantation in North Bethesda and tour historic cabins in the county where African Americans lived post-Civil War. Fri.-Sun. Montgomery County. Free. All. Event details.

Bowie Kids’ Night Out
Get the weekend wiggles out with open gym play, moon bounce, movies, and a pizza party. Sorry restless grow-ups, this is a kids-only shindig. Sat., 6:30 pm-10:30 pm. Bowie. $20-25. 31/2-12. Event details.

Northern Virginia

Chinquapin Rec Center Welcome Back Party
This neighborhood center has been closed for renovations for a while, and it’s finally back. They’re celebrating by offering everyone free use of the facility, including the indoor pool, racquetball courts, and (a mom/dad fave) soft play room. Sat., 10:00 am-2:00 pm. Alexandria. Free. All. Event details.

What are your irresistible family plans for the weekend? Tell us in the Comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo courtesy of Kids Food Festival via Facebook