Some long weekends are made for baking (and noshing on) cookies and channel surfing. But, not this one. This 3-day weekend (thanks, President’s Day!) is perfect for launching rockets, jamming out with a kid choir, exploring George Washington’s old stomping grounds, and more!

National Building Museum, Washington D.C.Photo: National Building Museum

Judiciary Square

Discover Engineering Family Day 
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Discover Engineering Family Day with a day of exciting, hands-on engineering experiences. Launch rockets, build towers, make slime, pop popcorn, and more! Talk with professional engineers as you explore with the entire family. Sat. Event details.


Lego Fun Day 
Just in case LEGOS aren’t enough of a good time for your kiddo, this fun-filled day will include a family gym, a movie (Trolls!), and a pizza lunch. Mon. Event details.

Takoma Park

Schools’ Out Art Program: Celebrating Black History Month 
Explore the artwork of 20th century African-American artists Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, Jacob Lawrence, Alma Thomas, Romare Bearden, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Kids will also have ample time to create and discuss their own unique works. Fri.-Mon. Event details.


American Boychoir + Dr. Seuss 
“Congratulations! Today is your day” could easily be the slogan of the American Boychoir, the renowned ensemble of the Princeton-based American Boychoir School (ABS), whose members participate in four tours each year, bringing music to the country and the world. Sun. Event details.


Forward March! A Parade Honoring the First Prez 
Gather around everyone and take in the sights and sounds of Old Town Alexandria and join in the celebration at the George Washington Birthday Parade. The whole thing takes place on the very streets Washington once walked. Marching bands, uniforms from years past, floats, baton twirlers and so much more are all on hand. It is the perfect time to check out the colonial, revolutionary and civil war hot spots that OTA is known for. Mon. Event details.


A Walk with George Washington 
This free walking tour will follow in George Washington’s footsteps through his hometown of Alexandria, Va. You’ll stroll past some of the sites connected to the General, like where he filled his prescriptions or slept overnight. Sun. Event details.

What are your plans for this long weekend? Let us know in the comments section below. 

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady