The future is looking bright. This weekend, Yards Park is lighting up with giant glow-in-the-dark bunnies (?!), and there are plenty of other activities for you and your shining star. Goof around with circus clowns, celebrate the B&O Railroad’s birthday with–what else?–train rides, and more.

yards-park-light-yardsPhoto: Yards Park

Capitol Riverfront

Ready, Set, Glow! Light Yards for the Whole Family
Giant glow-in-the-dark bunny rabbits? Why not! Kicking off their U.S. tour, families are invited to delight in the sight of the enormous glowing bunnies, while enjoying children’s activities, including crafts and a giant Lite-Brite. The larger than life lightsculptures are part of The Yards Park’s innovative two-week-long installation which melds light, art and music, featuring a giant 3D illuminated cloud and cube sure capture everyone’s attention. Sat., 3 pm-6 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Fort Stanton

The Washington Ballet Presents Coppelia: The Magical Toy Shop
This charming and amusing ballet about an eccentric dollmaker and a doll that comes to life, will keep everyone in your troupe on their toes. Fri.-Sun., 1:30 pm. $50. All ages. Event details.

Metro Center

Clowning Around: Pinot and Augustine
Back by popular demand, family-friendly circus clowns Pinot & Augustine star in a show jam-packed with physical comedy. Bursting with melodic surprises from the ridiculous to the sublime, the clowns perform their own unique compositions with musical saws and an extra-special inflatable cushion! Sat., 9:30 am. Free. Ages 4-10. Event details.

Silver Spring

Music Box Series: Great Big Animals
Elephants, rhinos and bears, oh my! Listen to the music, bounce, clap and move just like these great big animals! Thirty minutes prior to each concert the lobby fills with a range of musical, creative and fun activities for babies and families. Sat., 10 am-11:30 am. Free. Ages 6 months-3 years. Event details.

Judiciary Square

Discover Engineering Family Day
Engineers help to create or improve many of the things you use in your daily life. Join the National Building Museum for this free, hands-on, fun-filled family day, where you can get creative with real engineers and test out your bright ideas at over 20 creative activities designed for kids. Sat., 10 am-4:30 pm. Free. Ages 6 and up. Event details.


Happy Birthday, B&O Railroad Museum
To help celebrate the B&O Museum’s 189th birthday, stop by the party that includes the debut of the York locomotive being returned to the museum, train rides , presentations about The Underground Railroad, and tons of games and activities for your little conductor. Sat.-Sun., 11 am. $18/adults; $12/kids. All ages. Event details.

What’s on your weekend to-do list? Tell us in the comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady