Show mama earth some love this weekend by spending some quality time outdoors with your conservation crew. From an Earth Day festival in Wheaton to bike riding crash course for tots at the National Mall, there will be plenty of opportunities for fresh air fun. But just in case the weather doesn’t want to cooperate, check out a couple of the DMV’s indoor happenings for the entire family.

Photo: Kids@Katzen


Kids@Katzen Family Day offers children and their parents a unique opportunity to engage with current exhibitions through hands-on art projects. Participants take an age-appropriate tour, regularly by a local artist themselves, then create their own work inspired by the exhibit. SunEvent details.


Friendlier Fables and Thoughtful Tales
Check out this collection of updated versions of some of your favorite kid stories, told with kinder twists. Cheer on friends like our not-so-ugly duckling and a boy who cries wolf for reasons you might not expect as they learn to respect themselves and others in a funny, touching, and engaging show for all. SatEvent details.

National Mall

Toddler Trailblazers
Let’s go ride a bike! This class will help prepare your toddler for future bike rides as the class learns about the parts of the bicycle before heading to the National Museum of American History to sit on some high-wheeler bicycles. SatEvent details.

Silver Spring

Preschool kids gather in a lively room and spend the afternoon with structured play, gym time, and crafts. They practice social skills and spend time with quality leaders who love kids. Parents should plan to drop off your kids. If you want to stay on site, you can sit in a cozy cafe area. Elementary kids get to join one of four teams (6-10 kids each) and compete against each other in a variety of games. They learn teamwork skills and get  moving as much as possible. SatEvent details.


Earth Day Festival
Come to Brookside Gardens to celebrate Earth Day and learn ways to keep it healthy. The festival offers something for everyone: a green craft fair, a plant sale featuring natives, non-profit educational vendors, family activities, interactive drum circles and more. This year we’ll have family activities and educational vendors that will help you discover how small changes in your everyday habits can make a big impact on improving our environment! SunEvent details.



Kensington Day of the Book Festival
Family friendly street festival spanning three blocks of Howard Avenue in the heart of historic Kensington, MD. Come meet local authors, poets, children’s book authors, literary and community organizations. Live music in several location, special guest speakers, poetry readings, cookbook demos, children’s program, and much more. Children’s Program includes The Great Zucchini, Rainbow Rock, Whistlefritz presents Jorge Anaya (children’s songs in Spanish) and Mr Mike’s Dinosaurs. SunEvent details.

What’s on your weekend to-do list? Tell us in the comments below.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady