If you’re long overdue for a family date, super fun options abound this weekend. Brighten the day with a jog through a fun MLB All-Star Week obstacle course, unite with other foodie fams at a kid-centric festival, or get your fill of cotton candy, balloon animals, and rides at a local carnival. Cap your quality time with an ice cream treat…of course!

Photo: The Color Run

Navy Yard

The Color Run MLB 5K
Major League Baseball (MLB) and The Color Run are teaming up to bring Washington, D.C. The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K, Presented by Nike as part of the 2018 MLB All-Star Week! Gather at the start line in The Yards Park to celebrate the hero in you with brand new superhero inspired course elements like two SUPER Zones featuring double the color, new participant kit, Hero Zone, Foam Blaster area and a super-charged Finish Festival! Runners will also get to see MLB legends and team mascots at the race! SatEvent details.

Mount Airy

Junior Food Festival
Spend the day experiencing many different culinary experiences. See your favorite young celebrity chef, Chopped Junior winner Danielle McNerney & Michael C. Platt from season 4 of Kids Baking Championship on the Food Network. Grab your friends and family for a fun, food-filled weekend out! Sat.-SunEvent details.


Alexandria Comcast Outdoor Film Festival
Comcast and the City of Alexandria welcome you back to scenic Waterfront Park for the 16th Annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival. Located just one block from King Street on the Potomac River, they are offering two nights of free outdoor movies on their four story high movie screen in full HD. Bring your low beach chair, blanket, family and friends to this fun annual event. Fri.-SatEvent details.


Old Line Bank’s Carnival
For 23 years, the Celebrate Damascus Festival has delighted residents from across Montgomery County. This year, Old Line Bank is proud to return for the second straight year. The Family Carnival will provide fun for kids of all ages, including a moon bounce, face painting, free drinks and hot dogs, DJ booth, balloon animals, games with prizes, and more. All proceeds from the event will support the Damascus Volunteer Fire Department. SatEvent details.


Fly Dance Company: Music from the Heart
Come groove with this theatrical dance crew as they take you through the ins and outs of hip-hop music and dance. Using a blend of locking, popping, breaking, and head spinning, this performance will have you grooving from beginning to end. SatEvent details.


To the Clouds
Take a journey from the clouds, to the earth, and back again through the eyes of a single rain drop! On her very first trip through the water cycle, a drop of rain is eager to see what lies ahead. Along the way, she gets a closer look at some amazing things: colorful flowers, the warm sun, and perhaps even a whale! As she completes the voyage and goes back to her home in the clouds, she looks forward to once again returning to her friends on earth. Through movement, puppetry, and found object animation, this interactive theatre piece for babies and toddlers is driven by a soundtrack of classical music and creates a captivating world of transformation. SunEvent details.

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady