Suit up! From swimming and robotics, to oceanography and basketball, this weekend is all about stepping outside your comfort zone and trying something new with your family. Make a splash at a local Olympians new swim school or try your hand at robotics at the National Building Museum. Scroll below for the rest of our weekend picks

Photo: Tom Dolan Swim School

Falls Church

Tom Dolan Swim School Grand Opening
Bring your suits and enjoy family swim with pool games, water safety instruction, face painting, arts and crafts, and balloon animals. Kids will get a chance to try on Tom Dolan’s Olympic gold and silver medals an an autographed photo from the Olympian. Sun. Event Details.


Parents Night Out
Drop your kids off for a few hours of non-stop action at My Gym, including fitness games, active play, pizza and fun. Potty Independent preferred. Fri. Event Details.

Mt. Vernon

HOOPS at the National Building Museum
The NBM does it again with this exhibition that features hoops, backboards, and sometimes blacktops, showcasing the importance of basketball across the globe. Bill Bamberger’s photography exhibit, HOOPS presents a selection of large-format photographs taken across the country and in more than half-a-dozen countries, from the deserts of Arizona and Mexico to the hills of Appalachia, and from the streets of the Northeast to the playgrounds of South Africa. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Sensory Friendly Musical: Anatole
Sensory-Friendly performances are designed to be more accessible to individuals who benefit from sensory support. Adaptations include reduction of sound and stage lighting, limited crowds, warnings before surprising moments, and designated quiet spaces. Meet Anatole- mouse magnifique- the best cheese-taster in all of France! In this whimsical musical adventure, Anatole and his best friend Gaston set out to save the Duval cheese factory, only to discover something much scarier than moldy Brie lurking in the tasting room. Can Anatole outsmart the hungry predator and save the factory? Join Anatole, Gaston, and a chorus of dancing cheeses to find out! Sun. Event Details.

National Mall

Infant Investigators: Waves in the Water
Going to the beach this summer? This lesson will be a perfect introduction to the ocean for baby. We will focus on the sights and sounds of the mighty ocean waves. SEEC’s workshops include playful activities that are intentionally chosen to support your child’s development. Our learning extends beyond the classroom and into the museum and community where children and parents are encouraged to wonder and explore together as a family. Sat. Event Details.


The Construction Zone in the Atrium
Design and make a mini-robot, build with giant life-sized building blocks, launch rockets towards the moon, create your own theatrical play and more in The Construction Zone in the Atrium at Port Discovery sponsored by M&T Bank. Sun. Event Details.

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady