Are you due for a good ol’ belly laugh? Just check out some of the silly-fun things happening around town this weekend. From goof-ball theater performances to giggle-inducing festivals, there’s something to make everyone in your family LOL.



Laugh Until Your Belly Hurts at ‘Story Pirates’
Called “crazy entertaining” by The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, Story Pirates transforms children’s short stories into a hilarious sketch comedy musical. The troupe’s professional actors and musicians will have you doubled over laughing, while motivating kids to pick up a pencil and write from their imagination. Fri.-Sat., 10:30 am-11:30 am. $10. 4 and up. Event details.

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‘War and Peas’: Physical Theatre for Kids
War and Peas is the story of three brave vegetables who go on a journey to save their friend from the evil fruit bowl! A wordless show told through movement and puppetry, War and Peasis great for all ages! Presented as a part of the 2015 Capital Fringe Festival, this is one show that you’ll soon not forget. Fri.-Sat., 12:45 pm. $17. 5 and up. Event details.


Go Pro! Sports Family Festival
Come meet players from some of D.C.’s professional sports teams including the Washington Mystics, DC United and the Washington National’s Racing Presidents! This fun and sports-oriented afternoon will be full of crafts and activities for all ages. Sat., 11:30 am-3 pm. Free. All. Event details.


Happy Birthday, Alexandria!
If you didn’t get your fill of fireworks on the Fourth of July, you’re in luck. The City of Alexandria celebrates its birthday each year on the Saturday after Independence Day. Come out for kids activities, a concert by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, birthday cake, and yep…you guessed it, fireworks! Sat., 7 pm-10 pm. Free. All. Event details.

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French Festival at Hillwood Museum
At Hillwood’s French Festival, you and your crew can frolic with costumed nobility in white wigs, get down with the dancers to live baroque music like they did back in the day and stroll the estate gardens. Before you break it down like it’s 1789, grab coquette fans and complete your visages with fake Cindy Crawford beauty patches (aka beauty marks or mouches). Sat., 9:30 am-7 pm. $18 adults; $5/kids 6-18; free/kids under 6. All. Event details.


Fresh Air Flick: Lake Anne Summer Film Fest
Grab the family, some lawn chairs and a picnic. It’s all you’ll need to enjoy this outdoor film festival by the water, which features the classic alien movieE.T. Sun., 8 pm. Free. All. Event details.

What fun stuff do you have planned for the weekend? Tell us in the comments section below. 

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo: Michael Bentley via Flickr