Sometimes, gearing up for the crazy-busy holiday season (and all of that light hanging and gift giving that goes along with it) requires a warm up. This weekend can be that warm up. Ease into the season by checking out a cute family-friendly theater show about imaginative siblings, getting a little artsy at a craft bazaar, or cheering on the marching bands in a Veterans Day parade.



The Young Spectaculars and the Front Yard Adventure
Everyone knows that the best adventures happen close to home—especially when you’re a kid. Proof positive: this family show tells the story of an imaginative bro and sis duo who set out each day to create adventures on their own front porch. One day, their adventure takes a marvelous turn. And that’s all we’re revealing! Fri.-Sun. H Street. $8. 1-5. Event details.

Sunday Crafternoon
It’s the witching hour—Sunday afternoon, post lunch/naps and pre getting ready for the week ahead, and you can’t think of anything to do to keep your brood busy. Enter Little Loft, where kids can hone their craftiness with themed art projects made out of everything from paper and textiles to shells and candy. Sun. Capitol Hill. $18. 5-10. Event details.

Shakespeare in Action Workshop for Families: Romeo and Juliet
The whole family will feel like they’ve been transported to fair Verona as they explore scenes from Shakespeare’s iconic play Romeo and Juliet in this interactive workshop for wannabe thespians. With the kids, you’ll learn stage combat and how to act out action scenes. Don’t expect to sit down much. Sun. Capitol Hill. $35. 7-14. Event details.


Holiday Craft Bazaar
Looking for a one-of-a-kind holiday gift? Like, truly one-of-a-kind? Each of the wares being hawked at this craft fair were individually reviewed prior to registration, so you’re guaranteed a handcrafted masterpiece. From ornaments to furniture, there’s something for every budget (even the allowance budget). Sat., 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Montgomery Village. Free. All. Event details.

Northern Virginia

Tot Rock
Sure, this popular concert series is geared towards the under-5 set, but you’re bound to find yourself grooving to the sounds of fam-friendly bands, including The Great Zucchini, Rocknoceros, and Rolie Polie Guacamole. Concerts happen most Thu., Fri., and Sat. mornings, but check Jammin’ Java’s site for updates. Fri., 10:30 am. Vienna. $5. All. Event details.

Manassas Veterens Day Parade
Bundle up the kids (unless it’s one of those popular unseasonably warm days) and head to this parade (the largest in NoVa), which pays tribute to all veterans and active military. Dance to the military and high school bands, pipe and drum corps teams; and snap pics of the impressive military units, military vehicles, and distinguished local vets. Sat., 11:00 am. Manassas. Free. All. Event details.

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

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo courtesy of Arts on the Horizon