Have your weekends been ho-hum lately? Rock the boat by filling your calendar with one of these fun family events. From freebie tours of a French tall ship replica and kid friendly yoga fests to Friday night fishing lessons and Saturday morning song circles, you’ll have no problem adding spunk back into your weekend.



Not Your Average Boat
French tall ship Hermione will dock in Alexandria for three days as part of a commemoration of Marquis de Lafayette’s historic voyage to America in 1780. Little sailors can take part in free dock-side fun, including building demos, reenactments, musical performances, and rope- and sail-making lessons. Fri., 5 pm-8 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


Cake Decorating for Petite Pastry Chefs
Move over master chefs! Budding new chefs are invited to don an apron and join Pastry Chef Naomi Gallego at the Park Hyatt for an interactive cake decorating class in Blue Duck Tavern. At the end of the session, the mini foodies are invited to sample their own masterpieces paired with seasonal homemade ice cream. Sat., 2 pm-5 pm. $35. Ages 8-12. Event details. 

Yards Park

Reel In: Friday Night Fishing
Join Anacostia Riverkeper for free catch and release fishing. All gear and bait provided. Not a bass master? Not a problem–hands on instruction will be provided for participants of all ages. Fri., 5 pm-8 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


Belt It Out! Saturday Song Circle
Gather your warblers for a sing-a-long at Imagination Stage, where you’ll be lead by an ECE Teaching Artist in song and instrumentation. The schedule varies, so be sure to register online or call the Box Office. Sat., 10:30 am. $6. Ages 4 months-3 years. Event details.


Love Your Body Yoga Fest
Yoga studios and wellness centers present free activities and entertainment for the whole family including live music, healing demonstrations, samples, and soothing therapies of yoga, Reiki, chiropractic, massage, and more. The Kids Tent offers storytelling, laughter yoga, and more! Sun., 10 am-3 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

National Mall

Play, Work, Build at National Building Museum
Don’t miss this incredible interactive exhibit for all ages at the National Building Museum, where kids can tinker with classic architectural toys (think Lincoln Logs and tinker toys), build in a blue foam dedicated room, and even create with digital blocks on a virtual wall.! Fri.-Sun.$8/ adult, $5/ kids 3 & up, Free/ kids under 3. All ages. Event details.

Falls Church

See the Little Prince at Creative Cauldron
“All grown-ups were once children…but only a few of them remember it.” This beloved French classic comes to life in an adaptation filled with enchanting music and heartfelt lyrics, with sophisticated appeal to all ages. Fri.-Sun. $15/ adults, $13/ kids. Ages 5 and up. Event details.

How do you plan on shaking up your weekend? Tell us in the comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo: Gedour Ar Minou via Flickr