Kids experience the world with all of their senses. With a slew of awesome sights and sounds, this weekend will be no exception. They’ll be able to explore a lineup of cool vehicles at a touch-a-truck event, hear upbeat tunes at a student jazz performance and see some of the cutest pets at a pooch appreciation festival.

Photo: Spring-Mar preschool



Spring-Mar Touch-a-Truck
Kids get the chance to see, touch, and even climb on trucks and all sorts of fun vehicles. Make a day of this fun family event and support a local preschool! SatEvent details.


Day Out with Thomas
All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to join him for a day of big adventures and even bigger memories at Day Out with Thomas: Big Adventures Tour 2018. Children can spend a day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Baltimore. This fun-filled event offers children and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular Thomas & Friends series. Fri.-SunEvent details.

National Mall

Big Band Jam
Developed to educate students about America’s unique jazz heritage and help them hone their own jazz performance skills, Big Band JAM presents adjudicated performances by local college and high school jazz bands for the public to attend and enjoy. Participating judges will include members of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. FriEvent details.


Meet Alice From Wonderland
Meet Alice and learn more about her flower garden. Decorate a flower pot and get a special gift to help you start your garden. SatEvent details.


Love Your Pet Day
A fun event for the whole family, celebrating the love we have for our pets! In 2017, a group of West End pet businesses worked with the Mayor and City Council to declare an annual Alexandria Love Your Pets Day, hosting a block party to commemorate this announcement. The inaugural event engaged 30+ local businesses, a dozen non-profits, and attracted over 300 attendees, featuring a variety of food trucks and children’s entertainment. Expect even more people and pooches this yearSunEvent details.

Glen Echo

Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt
Third grade has put Judy Moody in a mood. She’s got to figure out what to include in her “Me” collage, and her know-it-all little brother Stink keeps getting in the way. When the Moody family drops anchor on “Artichoke” Island, they meet Cap’n Weevil with a secret treasure map, launching them on a mad dash across the island in search of gold. But they’re not the only salty dogs lookin’ for loot! Can Judy Moody and Stink outwit their competition in time? Will Judy finish her project? Come aboard as we launch this world premiere and find out! SunEvent details.

What’s on your weekend agenda? Tell us in the comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady