You won’t have to think too hard to find fun things for your family to do this weekend. We’ve already done the digging and uncovered everything from a kids-only chess tourney and a Peter Pan themed ice show, to a jam packed science expo and an outdoor festival for nature lovers. The high marks from your kids for an awesome line-up should start rolling in any second now.

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Friendly Competition: Citywide Chess Tournament
This unrated chess tournament is for any D.C. elementary or middle school students, and includes five rounds with a blitz playoff. The top three finishers score trophies, while all participants receive ribbons. Registration includes a t-shirt, lunch, and raffle tickets for prizes. Sat., 8:30 am-4 pm. $10 Ages 5-10. Event details.


BSU Wonderworks: The Velveteen Rabbit
Based on the novel by Margery Williams and illustrated by William Nicholson, this play for children tells the story of a stuffed rabbit’s quest to become real. (Might want to preface this for your littlest theater goers: stuffed animals are not real). Fri.-Sat., 11 am-2 pm. $5. All ages. Event details.


Peter Pan on Ice
It may be warming up outdoors, but things are chilling out for this ice show. Peter Pan on Ice is the figure skating portrayal of Peter Pan, the little boy who refuses to grow up! It will take everything in your kiddos to not rush the ice at this showcase.. Sat.-Sun., 1 pm-3:30 pm. $11. Ages 3 and up. Event details.

Potomac Avenue

Nritya: Rhythms of India
Lakshmi and Lavanya will fascinate audiences with their stunning costumes while introducing classic South Indian dance forms. Kids of all ages will get the opportunity to learn traditional hand gestures, recognize expressive emotions, and then create their own Indian dance! Sat., 11 am. Free. Ages 4-10. Event details.

Mt. Vernon Square

Eureeka! Science and Engineering Festival Expo
Explore science and engineering with more than 3000 fun, hands-on activities in fields like robotics, genomics, advanced manufacturing, 3D printing, cryogenics, space exploration and more. Sat.-Sun., 10 am-4 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


Anacostia River Festival
This year’s Anacostia River Festival celebrates “connecting people to parks” in recognition of the National Park Service’s 2016 Centennial celebration. Activities include: kayaking, boating, fishing workshops, hands-on art projects, musical performances, bike parades, and more! Sun., 1 pm-5 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

What do you have planned for this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below. 

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady