Some of our greatest lessons were taught outside of the classroom…without books! You know this, but if your kids are skeptical make them believers this weekend by taking them to one of the many educational experiences that are being disguised as crazy, fantastic times. There’s a magical bonsai tree science workshop, a ballet open house and a social skills class that your kids will think is one big dance party. Fun 101 is now in session!

Photo: Bart via flickr

Falls Church

BalletNova Open House
BalletNova Center for Dance helps each student achieve their potential as a dancer and as a person. The caring faculty provides excellent training at all levels, with individual attention and detailed instruction; all in a challenging, yet nurturing environment. Sun. Event details.

Stadium Armory

Children’s Workshp: Will it be a Bonsai or a Big Tree?
Every tree seedling has its fate, and in this workshop, you can learn how that fate is determined. One adult and one child will have a special day together as they work as lab partners, using their “scientist eyes” to observe details and make comparisons. You’ll learn about plant physiology, ecosystems and bonsai history, too. At the close of class, each research team will receive a seedling whose fate they will decide. Sat. Event details.

National Mall

Toddler Trailblazers: Up, Up and Away
Come take a pretend hot air balloon ride! The class will imagine floating up, up, and away before visiting the National Air and Space Museum to further explore hot air balloons. Sat. Event details.


Complete Dogness
Jane Franklin Dance presents Complete Dogness, a new family friendly performance about a delightful little doggy (brought home in box) who bursts on the scene. Watch out. She takes things. She can eat a delicious wool sweater or steal a whole block of cheese in no time. But there is hope as the whole family adjusts. The performance incorporates spoken word, movement, music and kinetic imaging and animation by Hong Huo. Sat. Event details.

Metro Center

Saturday Morning at the National
Get ready to twist, shake, rattle, and roll as Rocknoceros gets the family on their feet dancing to upbeat tunes. Coach Cotton, Williebob, and Boogie Woogie Bennie have been making award-winning music for the whole family since 2005. Not only are they one of DC’s most well-loved bands, but they have also gained recognition in Austin and Chicago. Sat. Event details.

Silver Spring

For only $10 a session, your kids and any of their friends get two hours of movement, skills, and fun in the gym at First Alliance Church. Open to kids ages 2-4 and in grades K-5, KIDZJAM focuses on teaching social skills and teamwork. It is held once a month from January to April. Parents of kids ages 2-4 are required to stay with their child, but elementary kids can be left with our quality, background-checked leaders while you get two hours free on a Saturday afternoon! Sat. Event details.


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

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady