Much like the butterflies kiddo will spot at Brookside Gardens’ butterfly and caterpillar exhibit, it will be hard to sit still this weekend. With tons of great activities on deck, including a Thomas the Tank Engine meet and greet and a carousel grand opening party, you and the kiddos will want to flit and flutter to them all.

Photo: brandi via Flickr


Wings of Fancy
As you enter the South Conservatory, you are surrounded by hundreds of brilliant live butterflies from North America, Costa Rica, Africa and Asia soaring among colorful flowers and going about their business of drinking nectar and looking for others of their kind. You will learn about butterflies’ amazing metamorphosis, the important role they play in healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in your own garden. Fri.-SunEvent details.


Day Out With Thomas
All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to join him for a day of friendship and family fun at Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017. Kids can spend a day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Baltimore. Fri.-SunEvent details.


Autism Awareness Glow Walk and Fun Run
Join Montgomery Parks as they celebrate inclusion and diversity! Enjoy an evening of fun-filled activities, including a Glow Walk/Fun Run, face painting, carousel ride, and ice skating. FriEvent details.

Loudon County

Virginia Touch-a-Truck
What kid doesn’t love the chance to climb aboard a fire truck, concrete truck or tractor trailer? This spring, local youngsters will have that opportunity at the Virginia Touch-A- Truck event held by. The first 50 kids will receive a free Virginia Touch-a-Truck T-shirt. Sat. Event details.

Glen Echo

Carousel Day
Celebrate the opening of Glen Echo Park’s historic Dentzel Carousel for its 97th season. There will be free activities throughout the park including live music, performances, face painting, storytelling, carousel crafts, and carousel rides! Sat. Event details.

Silver Spring

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Box: Our Maryland
The Music Box Series gives your budding music lover the chance to explore music through highly engaging and interactive performances. Each half-hour concert features the musical talents of a small ensemble of BSO musicians performing classical and children’s songs to develop musicality, creativity, coordination and literacy. Sat. Event details.

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

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady