The mantra for this weekend might as well be: Go big or go home. That’s because your Friday-through-Sunday is filled with larger than life happenings, including a puppet-inspired Jack and the Beanstalk show, a sprawling, family-friendly Japanese street party, a hundreds strong Make a Wish walk, and more!


Glen Echo

Fe-Fi-Fo-Fum: Jack and the Beanstalk, a Puppet Show
The classic tale Jack and the Beanstalk gets the puppet treatment in this production by the Puppet Co. Told by rod puppets and some surprising twists, this production will appeal to the under-12 set…and their grown-ups. Fri.-Sun. Glen Echo. $10. Ages 5-12. Event Details.

Foggy Bottom

Blast Boredom at Stemosphere
Just because it’s the weekend, doesn’t mean kiddo can’t get her learn on. The George Washington University hosts this free expo, featuring fun, hands-on, interactive STEM-inspired activities and education methods for a PreK-12 audience. Exhibitors include NASA Aeronautics, Discovery Education, the Smithsonian Science Education Center, First Robotics and more! Sat., 9:30 am-4 pm. Foggy Bottom. Free. Ages 4-12. Event Details.


Worms, Weather Patterns, and Mud Pies at Nature Jams
Singer-songwriters Rob and Zach go green (and a little crazy) as they celebrate the wonders of the earth in this interactive show, featuring call-and-response songs, energetic dance numbers, and an HD video backdrop. Learning how to take good care of the planet has never been this fun. Sat., 10 am. Vienna. $10. All ages. Event Details.

Farragut North

Visit Japan in an Afternoon
Dubbed as the biggest Japanese street party in the country, this festival stretches six blocks and is jam packed with performances, cooking demonstrations, tastings, vendors and cultural exhibits. And for the karate-loving kid there will be over 200 martial artists showing off their skills. Come early to check out the tail end of the Cherry Blossom Parade. Sat., 10:30 am-6 pm. Farragut North. $10/adults; free/kids under 12. All ages. Event Details.


Get On Your Feet! Make a Wish Walk
Little one just can’t manage to sit still? They don’t have to at this community wide walk where you’ll be joined by Make a Wish kids, friends, families and supporters to help grant the wishes of local children with life-threatening medical conditions. In addition to a scenic course featuring many of the city’s monuments, participants will enjoy family-friendly activities. Bonus: It is free to register and create fundraising teams online. Sun., 1 pm-4 pm. Stadium-Armory. Free. All ages. Event Details.


Water Works: Anacostia River Festival
A brand new off-shoot of the uber-popular Cherry Blossom festivities, the Anacostia River Festival merges the arts, health, environment and recreation with family activities like canoeing, bike riding and nature walks. Sun., 12 pm-4 pm. Anacostia. Free. All ages. Event Details.

What are you up to this weekend? Spill the beans in the comments section below.  

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo: The Puppet Co. via Facebook