Mother Nature is finally starting to show the DMV some mercy–warmer temps, fewer rain (errr, ice) storms, and sun for days. Show Spring your appreciation by spending some time at a local park, hanging outdoors with a few touchable trucks, or celebrating Earth Day with your buds.

CRDT-kidsnature-1, community servicePhoto: USACE HQ via Flickr

Silver Spring

Celebrate Earth Day with Montgomery Parks 
Meet nature-loving buds at Brookside Gardens and Brookside Nature Center where you will discover how small changes in your everyday habits can make a big impact on improving the environment and our local community. Enjoy family-friendly activities, green craft fair, plant sale, food vendors and live music. Sun., 12 pm-4 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Glen Echo

World Premier of Emperor’s Nightingale
This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Fri.-Sun., 11 am-12 pm. $19.50. All ages. Event details.


Wheel-y Cool! Touch-a-Truck Event
What child – big or small – doesn’t love the chance to climb aboard a fire truck, concrete truck or tractor trailer? They’ll be able to do just that at this touch-a-truck event. If all that behind-the-wheel action works up an appetite in your little one, don’t worry–there will be food available for purchase. And here’s some incentive to come early: the first 300 kids will receive a free diecast vehicle with admission. Sat., 10 am-3 pm. $5. All ages. Event details.

Oxon Hill

Oxon Cove Park Day
The National Park Service is 100 years old and Oxon Cove Park is celebrating in a big way! Join them for Find Your Park Day, where you and the kiddos can enjoy horse drawn wagon rides, bird walks, music, farming demonstrations, crafts, and much more. Come meet community partners, costumed historical figures, and special guests. Sat., 10 am-3 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


‘Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny’ 
“Goodnight Moon” is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals, while “The Runaway Bunny”’s pretend tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from his loving mum. Both tales feature endearing rabbit characters, and the soothing rhythms of bunny banter and dream-like imagery never fail to infuse young readers with a reassuring sense of security. Mermaid’s staged adaptation will bring a new sense of appreciation to stories that have delighted several generations. Sat., 2 pm-3 pm. $10-$15. Ages 4 and up. Event details.


Miss Nina Raps Her Way Through D.C. 
Sporting two Parents’ Choice Awards in her hip pocket, beloved children’s musician and YouTube favorite, Nina Stone (a.k.a. Miss Nina) brings Miss Nina’s Saturday Morning Sing-Along to the DC area for the first time. An upbeat blend of hip hop and rap, expect tons of waving, clapping, stomping, shaking, dancing, and wiggling. We’re seeing naps in your little’s future. Sat., 10:30 am. $8; $25/family 4-pack. All ages. Event details.

What does your weekend look like? Tell us in the comments section below.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady