The first sign of an imminent fall (and then winter) are shorter days and longer nights, and then outdoor happenings start to scoot indoors. But, don’t think that means things are about to slowdown to a hibernating bear’s pace. Choo Choo Soul is chugging into the B&O Railroad Museum with a back beat of kid-friendly hip-hop music, while The Washington Ballet is luring outsiders–of all ages–inside their studios to meet dancers and watch rehearsals. If you’re kid isn’t quite ready to bid farewell to the fresh air, Fiesta Musical at the National Zoo has her name all over it. Have fun this weekend…inside or out!

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Maryland

Disney Jr.’s Choo Choo Soul at the B&O Railroad Museum
Hip-hop singer/train station manager Genevieve Goings and beatboxing train engineer DC (fitting, right?) are rolling into the B&O Railroad Museum for this educational and entertaining show. Trust us, once you hear Genevieve and DC’s rendition of the ABC song you’ll never want to sing it with the kids any other way. Sat., 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. Baltimore. $25-$60; 2 and under free. All. Event details.

Silver Spring Mini Maker Faire
Your crafty kid will definitely want to get in on this action. Out-of-this-world robots, flying machines, and interactive art (all created by the under 18 set) will be on display. But this event isn’t just for looky-loos—kid visitors can build a giant marble run, use recycled materials to create new toys, and even screen-print their own T-shirt. Sun., 12:00 pm-5:00 pm. Silver Spring. Free. All. Event details.

D.C.

The Washington Ballet Open House
Wannabe prima ballerinas get an up close and personal peek at performances, rehearsals and student classes. Kids can also take photos with dancers and try on costumes. And the best part is that the event is absolutely free. Now, we think that deserves a standing ovation. Sun., 1:00 pm-4:00 pm. Cleavland Park. Free. All. Event details.

Fiesta Musical at the National Zoo
Sloths, golden lion tamarins, and Andean bears are just some of the many critters you’ll spot at this celebration of Latin American culture and wildlife. Through a variety of family-oriented activities, like live music and dance, special keeper talks, and a Latin American food court, the furry friends won’t be the only party animals roaming the zoo. Sun., 11:00 am-4:00 pm. Woodley Park. Free. All. Event details.

Virginia

Big Apple Circus Luminosity
Performers from around the globe, including a 15-year-old juggler from Japan, high wire performers from Portugal, and acrobats from Russia, join in this super-creative circus performance. Note: This is the circus’ world premiere, so come prepared for a crowd. Fri.-Sun. Dulles. $25-$80. All. Event details.

Winnie the Pooh
Pooh, Piglet and the rest of the crew from the Hundred Acre Wood gather for this family-friendly stage performance. The plot thickens in the forest when two new neighbors–Kanga and Roo–move in. Not to mention, Eeyoree has lost his tail…AGAIN! Sat.-Sun., 1:00 pm. Lorton. $12 adults; $8 kids under 12. All. Event details.

What are you up to this weekend? Tells in the comments box below!

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo courtesy of Choo Choo Soul via Facebook