Rev those engines! It’s going to take a high speed chase to check out all of the awesome events happening this weekend. Trucksters can get an up close look at monster vehicles, music lovers can show off their moves at a cool kindie concert, and thick skinned kids and their grown-ups can take a polar bear-style plunge into the Chesapeake Bay (really!). P.S. If you need to fill up the tank before the fun, stop by one of D.C.’s eateries participating in restaurant week.

kids-at-monster-trucksPhoto: Monster Jam via Facebook


Hit the Breaks at Monster Jam
Mini monster truck enthusiasts will live for this monster jam event. The Verizon Center will transform into a huge pit where well known trucks (Grave Digger, Backwards Bob, Aftershock, Crushstation, and Mega Bite) will race and big wheel into each other, parked cars and other barriers. Sat.-Sun. Chinatown. $25/adults; $10/kids ages 2-12. All ages. Event Details.


Rock Out With Recess Monkey
Put on your dancin’ shoes and take a trip to Vienna, Va. to catch a fab kindie concert with some of our fave monkeys! Recess Monkey is the nationally acclaimed trio of teachers who seamlessly mesh their indie-rock roots with their keen awareness of childhood themes to get visitors on their feet. Sun., 11 am. Vienna. $12. All ages. Event Details. 

Mt. Vernon Square

Snag a Front Seat at the 2015 Washington Auto Show
With more than 700 new makes and models of cars, trucks, mini-vans and SUVs on display, your little speedster will literally FREAK OUT at this annual auto show.  Kids should also be on the lookout for their favorite celebs—from sports stars to PBS characters from Maya and Miguel, SuperWhy, and Word Girl—mulling around the show floor. Fri.-Sun., 12 pm-9 pm. Mt. Vernon Square. $12/adults; $5/kids 6-12; Free/kids under 5. All ages. Event Details.

Multiple Locations

Cool Cuisine: Washington Restaurant Week
It’s that time of the year again. Call the babysitter and schedule a dinner date at one of the 200+ restaurants participating in Washington Restaurant Week. From Mexican to Mediterranean, there’s something out there for every kind of tastebud. But the best part? Meals are dirt cheap (think: three courses for $20-$36!). Fri.-Sun. Multiple locations. All ages. Event Details.

Sandy Point

Ready, Set, Brrrrr!
Your little bundle may be too small to brave the cold, but don’t let that stop you from coming out to cheer on the daring souls who will slip into their swimsuits to take a dip in the wintry waters of the Chesapeake Bay during the annual Maryland Polar Bear Plunge. Visitors will also enjoy a full-day winter festival featuring the Robert Andrews Salon & Spa, the Carnival FunFest tent with games, Astro Events Kids Zone, the Rams Head Ice Lodge and Beer Garden, food and other surprises. Sat., 8 am. Sandy Point. All ages. Event Details.


Standing Ovation for Staged Free Play
Live performance teams with free play in this stage production of Inside Out, the story of two kids whose imaginations run wild. The plot: It’s bedtime, but instead of hitting the sack a duo of children use their imaginations to turn their bedroom into a magical wonderland—a glove becomes a dancing fish, a shirt transforms into a fantastical creature, and a sock becomes a dancing maniac. Stick around to the end of this 45 minute show, as it includes a fun free play session. Fri.-Sun. $12; $5/ lap seat for kids under 12 months. Bethesda. Ages 1-5. Event Details.

What are you up to this weekend? Give us the scoop in the Comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady