Even with the annual Auto Show happening, you won’t want to race through this weekend. Instead, try savoring every last minute of it with your family by making pit stops at a cool Pixar concert, a celebratory tea for Bei Bei (the National Zoo’s newest panda cub), or a laugh-out-loud puppet show. Green light means GO!

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Mt. Vernon Square

Rev Your Engines: 2016 Washington Auto Show
The largest public show held in Washington, D.C. just so happens to be your car-loving kid’s dream come true. Expect a complete line-up of the latest vehicles and technologies, including some regional reveals. In addition, there will be a full schedule of entertainment, activities and celebrity meet-and-greet sessions. Fri.-Sun., 12 pm-10 pm.$12/adults; $5/kids between ages 6-12; free/kids 5 and under. All ages. Event details.

North Bethesda

Pixar in Concert
Just when you thought you’ve seen the last of Toy Story…For the first time, Pixar presents a compilation of the music and imagery from Pixar’s 13 feature films, performed by the BSO SuperPops. Featuring visually stunning clips and memorable scores from all your favorite Pixar films including Toy Story, Up, andA Bug’s Life. Fri.-Sat., 8 pm-10 pm. $17.50 and up. Ages 4 and up. Event details.

Dupont Circle

March Through American History
Here’s how to make dress-up super educational. Don historic gear and “walk” your kids from the American Revolution, when our country was founded, through the War of 1812, where America was saved and through the Civil War, where the United States was defined. With expert instruction, firsthand experiences, historical artifacts, and a lunch consisting of period food, you and your youngsters will participate in activities designed to educate while strengthening core virtues. Sat., 10:30 am-4:30 pm. Free. Ages 6-16 with adult. Event details.


Tea for Bei Bei
The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City will host a “Bei Bei Tea” to celebrate Bei Bei’s debut at The National Zoo. The tea will include panda pastries and snacks, special panda surprises, a giant stuffed panda, and an assortment of kid friendly tea and juice inspired by pandas and their favorite food…bamboo, of course! Sat., 2:30 pm-4:30 pm. $16. All ages. Event details.

Glen Echo

Tiny Tots Puppet Showcase
Put your puppet caps on! Designed just for the littlest theater goers, this shoter-than-usual show features downplayed lights and sound. In this selection join a group of penguins as they explore the South Pole. Sat.-Sun. $6. Ages 2-4. Event details.

What’s on your “go-list” for this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below. 

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady