All aboard! This weekend is on track to be a wild ride of fun, starting with a not-so-scary Halloween train ride through Cabin John. If your little engines are still full of steam, make a stop at an animal themed story time, a celebration of Hispanic heritage, or a pumpkin fest…or all three.

Photo: Montgomery Parks


Halloween Eye Spy Train
Climb aboard the Halloween Express and enjoy the annual Eye Spy Trains! Montgomery Parks’ Cabin John Miniature Train and the Wheaton Miniature Train & Carousel will be dressed up as “Trainslyvania.” SatEvent


Arts on the Horizon: Drumming with Dishes
What happens when you invite someone very different from you to come over to play? Just such an adventure awaits an adventurous child when she introduces her shy imaginary friend to a very special kitchen, where instead of food, they’ll cook up beautiful music! This gentle, whimsical adventure celebrates friendship and turning the ordinary into the extraordinary as you never know just what will become a musical instrument next. Fri.-SunEvent

Glen Echo

Animal Story Time
Animal Story Time takes place at Glen Echo Park Aquarium during the school year, every first and third Wednesday of the month. It’s a wonderful opportunity to have your youngster introduced to language, learning, laughter and lunch! During the two hour time children hear a story read to them by professional storyteller and regional children’s performer Christopher E. Robin. Afterward, everyone is invited to watch as the animals at the aquarium are fed and patrons are welcome to bring their own lunch and hang out. Fri.-SunEvent


The Glow: A Jack O’Lantern Experience
There is something for everyone who visits THE GLOW: A Jack O’Lantern Experience, presented by Townsquare Live Events, an immersive Halloween stroll along a trail illuminated by more than 5,000 hand-carved jack o’ lanterns. THE GLOW illuminates some of Capital City’s most famous. Pumpkin look-a-likes include politicians, musicians, movie stars, superheroes and princesses. Fri.-SunEvent

Chinatown-Gallery Place

Hispanic Heritage Month Family Day
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at SAAM! Dance in the courtyard, create colorful crafts, and participate in a museum-wide scavenger hunt! Discover works by Latino artists, which are part of a major initiative at SAAM to build a significant collection of Latino art in the nation’s capital. SatEvent


Maryland Pumpkin Festival
The Maryland Pumpkin Festival will feature a host of special events and entertainment celebrating all things pumpkin! In addition to our corn maze, pumpkin patch, wagon rides, slides, farm animals, jumping pillow, and homemade pumpkin donuts, the Festival will feature live entertainment, free face painting, a pumpkin hunt, pumpkin sculpturing demonstration, Saturday night fireworks, and much more! Sat.-SunEvent

What do you have planned for the weekend? Tell us in the comments section below.

-Ayren Jackson-Cannady