Just when you thought things would slow down post Halloween…Enter November, which is just as jam packed with fun for the whole family as last month was. This weekend alone, there’s a Diwali celebraion, a couple of kindie stage shows, a cool craft workshop, and So. Much. More.

Open Studio Saturday: Celebrate Diwali!Photo: Smithsonian

National Mall

Celebrate Diwali!
Join the Smithsonian to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of light. Visitors of all ages are invited to discover the Sackler’s collection of South Asian and Himalayan art through family-friendly tours and hands-on activities. Sat., 2 pm-4 pm. Free. All agesEvent details.


Single Carrot Theatre
Join Edith as she attempts to climb the fashion industry ladder. Along the way, we will meet the King of the fashion world and a troll named Rumplestiltskin. Elaborate costumes, audience participation, improvisation and hilarious action sequences leave children and parents howling with laughter at this reinvented classic. Sat., 9:30 am-12 pm. Free. Ages 4-10Event details.

Falls Church

It’s a Wrap! Gift Paper Design
Sometimes it is all about the wrapping–especially when you make your own. Let the kids give it a go at this artsy workshop. Littles will paint, create gift tags, and begin to design their very own custom gift wrap. Reserve spots by emailing: rsvp@mirajeandesigns.com. Sun., 2 pm-4 pm. $55. All ages. Event details.

Various Locations

Barnes and Noble Mini Maker Fair
If you have a tinkerer on your hands, you’ll want to take them to the nearest Barnes and Noble, where they’ll be hosting a mini maker faire. Kids (5 and up) will experience hands-on learning and making opportunities in creative thinking, art, design, construction, programming, coding, and 3D printing. Fri.-Sun., 11 am-6 pm. Free. Ages 5 and upEvent details.


Marching Orders: Go to the Manassas Veterans Day Parade
Bundle up the kids (unless it’s one of those popular unseasonably warm days) and head to this parade (the largest in NoVa), which pays tribute to all veterans and active military. Dance to the military and high school bands, pipe and drum corps teams; and snap pics of the impressive military units, military vehicles, and distinguished local vets. Sat., 11 am. Free. All agesEvent details.

Various Locations

Kids Euro Festival
It’s one of the country’s largest performing arts festivals for children, and for good reason. The festival boasts more than 125 free events between Oct. 25 and Nov. 8 hosted by 28 different European embassies (think: Austria, France, and Slovakia) and 30 local cultural institutions. The festival features performances by artists in all genres from the obscure shadow puppet artists to the mainstream violinists. Fri-Sun. Free. Ages 2-12Event details.

What is your favorite weekend activity to do with your family? Tell us in the comments section. 

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady