Get ready, grownups! This weekend has an extra day—Memorial Day is on May 27th, and with it comes more time to fill with family fun. From a fairy tale festival and art workshop to Memorial Day events galore and a kindie theater show, there’s plenty to keep your kids (and yourself) busy.

photo: Kids Club

East Potomac Park

National Memorial Day Concert Series
This year’s performance features Everett High School Crimson Tide Music Department from Massachusetts and Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School Fine Arts Department from South Carolina. Join to honor the men and women of the Armed Forces and celebrate the many freedoms we enjoy today. Sat. Event Details.


The FantasyWood Festival
The FantasyWood Festival hosted by ManneqArt and Circus Siren Pod is a magical experience being held in Columbia, Maryland over Memorial Day Weekend. Come join us for a walk in the woods with surprises around each corner. Meet mermaids, fairies, watch daring knights duel and even see a live unicorn! Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Glen Echo

Saturday Art Explorers
Saturday Art Explorers offers drop-in arts activities for ages 10 and under with an adult. Explore visual arts projects inspired by Park programs and create your own unique crafts. Programs are offered every Saturday morning between 10am and 1pm; most activities last about half an hour. No pre-registration necessary—just show up! Sat. Event Details.

Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh would spend every day of life humming tunes and stopping frequently to eat “a little something.” But today, Pooh and Piglet have to find the Heffalump, watch Rabbit scheme to rid the forest of Kanga’s dreaded bathtub, and help Eeyore search for his tail. Pooh’s intentions are always the best, but his passion for honey and condensed milk keeps getting him into trouble. Sat. Event Details.


Open Climb
The perfect starter program for kids and adults! Our trained staff will handle the ropes as you experience the thrill of climbing! This program is first come, first served and offered on most weekends and select holidays. No pre-registration is required. Sat. Event Details.

Silver Spring

Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly Exhibit
Brookside Gardens is fluttering with butterflies at the seasonal Wings of Fancy Butterfly and Caterpillar exhibit. Interact with hundreds of native and exotic butterflies North America, Costa Rica, Africa, and Asia. Visitors can experience nature in motion as butterflies soar throughout the conservatory. Sat. Event Details.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady