Run! Don’t walk through this weekend full of mad dash fun. Race your sibs at a family fun jog for charity, celebrate the Persian New Year with music, games, and “fire jumping,” or rock out to your favorite kindie band. You might want to double knot those laces for this marathon weekend.



On Your Marks! Family Fun Run for Charity
Let the kids stretch out their hibernating limbs in this family friendly 5K to benefit Bright Beginnings, a D.C.-based non-profit that provides education, therapeutic and family-stabilizing services for Washington’s homeless infants, toddlers and preschoolers, and their families. Bonus: This race has is a stroller brigade as well! Sat., 8 am-10 am. Downtown. $20-$30. All ages. Event Details.


Rock Out With Rocknoceros
Jam with the kids to the upbeat pop tunes of Rocknoceros, a band made up of three family-friendly (and silly) musicians—Coach Cotton, Williebob and Boogie Woogie Bennie—who are all born-and-bred Northern Virginians. Fri., !0:30 am. Vienna. $5. All ages. Event Details.

National Harbor

Cool Cuisine: National Harbor Restaurant Week
Call the babysitter and schedule a dinner date at one of more than a dozen restaurants participating in National Harbor 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 $8-$35!). Fri.-Sun. National Harbor. $8-$35. All ages. Event Details.


Dance, Play and Feast Into the Persian New Year
The Freer and Sackler Galleries annual Nowruz celebration features free attractions for all ages including Haft Sin table displays, “fire” jumping, chess and backgammon, cartoons from Iran, musical performances, stories by Xanthe Gresham, hands on activities, and traditional Persian food. And don’t worry about having to burn the midnight oil; all of this family fun happens before 5 pm! Sat., 11 am-5 pm. Smithsonian. Free All ages. Event Details.


The Museum Exhibit for LEGO Lovers
Builders of all ages will want to check out Port Discovery’s newest traveling exhibit, LEGO Castle Adventure. Visitors will be able to explore a giant castle filled with LEGO decor, sit in a king and queen’s thrones, aim a catapult, and joust. Oh, and it goes without saying that there are multiple opportunities to construct your own LEGO castles. Fri.-Sun. Baltimore. Free All ages. Event Details.

National Mall

Spend the Day in Abe Lincoln’s D.C.
After viewing a recreation of Lincoln taking the oath of office and reciting his Second Inaugural Address, enjoy a slew of family activities highlighting life in Washington, D.C., during the Civil War. The Washington Monument grounds will be the scene of four activity stations that will explore different aspects of life in the capital city during the war. Sat., 9:30 am-11:30 am. National Mall. Free All ages. Event Details.

What is on your weekend to-do list? Tell us in the Comments section below. 

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady

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