Video game buffs can take their screen time on the road this weekend. The Smithsonian American Art Museum hosts game building workshops, digital musicians and more than 100 video games at a cool arcade event. When it’s time to unplug, you’ll score big points by going for a bike ride, viewing some art, or checking out a family-friendly performance.

Photo: Jason Lander via Flickr

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Smithsonian American Art Museum Arcade
Participate in game building workshops, listen to musicians inspired by digital works, and play more than 100 video games. This free two-day takeover allows visitors to play classic arcade games like Asteroids, Pac-Man, Tron, Arkanoid, Donkey Kong, and more! SAAM Arcade will also feature 40 independent games created by both student and professional developers as part of the 2017 Independent Developer Showcase. Sat.-SunEvent


Big Bang Boom
Big Bang Boom’s live show is high-energy, and both parents and children find it hard to stay in their seats (video)! From calling the kids on stage for the “Spongebob Chorus” to the “Parents vs. Kids Hokey-Pokey Challenge,” Big Bang Boom has made certain that there is no sitting down at their fun and energetic show. SunEvent


The Big Latch On and Grand Opening Party
Join the Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington for The BIG Latch On, a community celebration to promote and support breastfeeding! Doors open at 10 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. women around the world will begin breastfeeding simultaneously to be counted for The BIG Latch On. Last year 17,852 women breastfed during The BIG Latch On and the Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington is participating this year to help break the record! Following the official count, stick around for a grand opening party! SatEvent


Pushcart Players: Happily Ever After…A Cinderella Tale
Dreams really do come true when this Emmy-nominated group presents Happily Ever After…A Cinderella Tale. This story takes you on a sometimes-happy, sometimes-sad, always-compelling journey fueled by inner beauty, courage, and kindness. Fri.-SatEvent

Judiciary Square

Investigating Where We Live
Explore local teens’ perspectives on how arts and culture impact living in Washington, D.C. in an exhibition of their photographs, writing, and artwork. SatEvent

Capitol Hill

Bike Rides on the Anacostia
Join Recess Outings to roll along the river and explore southeast and southwest D.C. This is a great ride for parents with children. We may clank along the Navy Yard river walk, pedal some of the beautiful new footbridges and woodsy paths lining the water, gawk at the ballpark, or visit the splash park for a refreshing break and snack. Fri.-SunEvent

What are your weekend plans? Share them in the comments below.

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady