You  are now entering the dog days of summer—they are long, hot, and best spent chillaxing with an iced sweet tea. If that’s not an option (what? you don’t like sweet tea?), there are other ways to keep your cool this weekend. Snag free ice cream from Good Humor’s roving truck, cool off indoors at a performance of Double Trouble (aka The Parent Trap), or feel the breeze from one of the whizzing rides at the Howard County Fair. Did someone turn on the AC?

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Various Locations

Welcome to Joyhood: Free Good Humor Treats
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM! The Good Humor Welcome to Joyhood tour is coming to Washington, D.C. to give out free Good Humor treats. Why? The company is on a mission to bring joy to the mundane moments of everyday life. We can totally get down with that.  Keep track of the Good Humor truck’s whereabouts by following @GoodHumor on Twitter. Fri.-Sun. Free. All ages. Event details.


Storytelling + Science = Science Tellers!
Now this is something novel. Sciencetellers teams storytelling with science experiments for a unique theatrical learning experience. The show is highly interactive, so expect to get involved! Fri., 3 pm-5 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


Art on 8th: People Objects Play
Ready to get on your feet? You’ll be inspired to move during this free performance that features interactive dance with recycled objects. If you break a sweat, swing by nearby Busboys and Poets for an ice coffee (for you) and apple juice (for the littles). Fri., 6:30 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


Space-Bop Sneak Peek
In Arts on the Horizon’s signature multi-sensory, nonverbal style, Space-Bop encourages you to look up at the stars, have a giggle, and dream along with the funky beat. After each performance, grown-ups are invited to contribute to the creative process by giving their feedback on the show. Fri.-Sun. $3. Ages 0-2. Event details.

Howard County

Pie, Piggies and Pony Rides: Howard County Fair
This county fair, which dates back to 1946, has all of the trappings of a fun carnival experience for the whole family. Think: apple pie tasting contests, tractor pulls, a “kids and critters” barn, a parade of floats, rides (of course!), and a cow milking contest. What more could you ask for? Sat.-Sun. $5/adults and kids over 10; Free/kids under 10. All ages. Event details.


Double Trouble (aka The Parent Trap)
You probably know the story—10-year-old twins raised separately meet unexpectedly at summer camp and madcap adventure begins. But, you may have never seen the story played out like this. Bring the entire family to this fun mystery story on stage. Sat.-Sun. $10. Ages 5 and up. Event details.

How do you plan on keeping cool during these dog days of summer? Tell us in the comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo: Donnie Ray Jones via flickr