Hopefully you weren’t planning on sitting on the sofa all weekend. It’s going to be near impossible with all of the get-up-and-go going on. There’s a hands-on, kid-friendly colonial village, an awe inspiring circus (that you’ll be dodging water drops at), and a cool family yoga class to check out. Plus, tons more!

Blast-in-the-Past, The Hands-On History PlaygroundPhoto: Montpelier


Hands-On History Playground
Kids can pretend to trade in the market, put someone (usually ends up being Mom or Dad) in the public pillory, put on a show in the town square, “camp” in the wilderness, cook over the “fire” in the home area, grow crops in the farm, and more at this kid-sized colonial village. Adults are welcome to relax in the shade of old-growth trees and watch their kids play. Or they can play too! Fri. Event details.


Cirque Italia
Get ready to dive into the magical world of acrobats, aerialists, contortionists and more. Come experience the magical world of Cirque Italia – a show like no other. The stage holds 35,000 gallons of water and features a dynamic lid which lifts 35 feet into the air, allowing water to fall like rain from above as fountains dazzle below! Fri.-Sun. Event details.


7th Annual Ukelele Festival
The free festival features performances by several acclaimed ukulele musicians, music demonstrations, a public morning jam session, festival vendors, and other family friendly activities. The event features a wide variety of music genres ranging from blues, traditional Hawaiian, swing, and folk. Sat. Event details.


The Velveteen Rabbit
This heartwarming story tells of a stuffed rabbit and its quest to become real. The story celebrates unconditional love and real beauty with a strong anti-bullying message. Join Bright Star Theatre as they bring to life this engaging and sweet story with imaginative costumes and captivating skill. Sat. Event details.

National Mall

Sound Scene
Have you shifted sand with the sound of your voice? Played a “Simon Theremin?” Tried your ear at “Sounds Against Humanity?” Are you flexible enough to compose a physical melody through “Sonic Twister?” DC Listening Lounge is excited to announce the IX annual Sound Scene – an interactive audio installation. Sound Scene: Sculpting Sound will feature live music, interactive audio exhibits, DIY sonic construction projects and more. Sat. Event details.


Omm Out: Family Yoga
Age and developmentally appropriate yoga poses, animated breathing exercises and soothing relaxation techniques awaken the inner-child of all age participants in this bonding class. Bonus: open to extended family members and caregivers too! Sun. Event details.

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady