As you wait with bated breath to rock your Ariel Sparkle and Wolverine costumes, keep yourself distracted with the exciting fall events around town. Check out opening day of the Kids Euro Festival, go on a Halloween-themed nature hunt in Rockville, and  jam out to the tunes of kindie rocker Matt Aquiline of Kids’ Goat. The busier you stay with fun happenings like these, the less you think about devouring Tootsie Pops for breakfast (and that’s a good thing).

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D.C.

Kids Euro Festival
It’s one of the countries largest performing arts festivals for children, and for good reason. The festival boasts more than 200 free events between Oct. 16 and Nov. 13 hosted by 28 different European embassies (think: Austria, France, and Slovakia) and 30 local cultural institutions. The festival features performances by artists in all genres from the obscure bubble-blowers to the mainstream violinists.  Fri-Sun. Various venues. Free. Ages 2-12. Event details.

Ghost Tour at the National Building Museum
Explore the haunted past of the National Building Museum with older kids (who aren’t easily spooked) with this nighttime tour. You’ll wander the dark halls of the museum via lantern-light while learning about a different side of the popular institution. Sun. Judiciary Square. $15-$18. Event details.

Heure du Conte: Story Time in French
Kid-friendly stories read by the most animated tellers ever? For free? Oui, please. Young readers get a taste of francaise, while learning about the culture and customs of France every Saturday at this one-of-a-kind reading series. Sat., 12:00 pm. Dupont Circle. Free. Event details.

Maryland

Great Pumpkin Fun
Little ones rock their most trail-friendly costumes (think: no dinosaur tails or fairy wings) for this self-guided nature hunt at Meadowside Nature Center. Also on the docket: arts and crafts, pumpkin decorating, and Halloween-inspired games. Fri, 10:00 am-1:00 pm. Rockville. $5. Ages 3-8. Event details.

Kidzbill Junior Jams: Matt Aquiline of Kids’ Goat
As lead singer-songwriter for the former DC adult roots rock band, Kid Goat, Matt’s lyrics for children draw on the same life experiences and his soulful sound is a great match for quality kindierock with songs about family, work, love, and Dr. Suess! Sat, 10:30 am and 11:30 pm. Kensington. $5. Ages 0-12. Event details.

Northern Virginia

Dynamic Gymnastics Open House and Family Fun Festival
You’ll flip for this open house and gymnastics festival where kids can watch members of the Dynamic Gymnastics Griffin Team perform their latest moves. Next up? A moonbounce, face painting and free food from District Taco Truck. Sat, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm. Arlington. Free. All. Event details.

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

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo courtesy of Kids Euro Festival via Facebook