As we wade into the middle of summer, dive into these full-immersion activities. From discovering the rich traditions of Peru to spending the night with prehistoric animals, these DC activities are sure to heighten the senses and educate little minds.

photo: Eric S. via Yelp

National Mall

Doze with the Dinosaurs: Sleepover
Pack your sleeping bag and a toothbrush and head to the National Museum of Natural History as it closes its doors and the crowds leave for the day. You’ll get to spend quality time with your favorite dinosaurs, learn about Earth’s past, make crafts and play games. Then catch some zzz’s as the lights dim under Phoenix the whale.Fri.-Sat. Event details.

Kaypi Peru
This is Peru: a cultural festival that highlights Peru’s rich and diverse cultural heritage and traditional arts. Events include an art market, music and dance performances, hands-on activities for kids, documentary screenings and delicious Peruvian cuisine. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.


“Un Poco Loco” with Disney-favorite Coco
It’s Coco like you’ve never seen it before: the movie will be screened in HD while the National Symphony Orchestra plays the score live. Watch as Miguel travels to the Land of the Dead
where he seeks the help of his deceased musician great-great-grandfather to return him to his family. Sat. Event Details.

L’enfant Plaza

Dum-dum-dum, Beat on a Batalá Drum
Grab a drum stick and some ear plugs and head to the 5th Annual Be a Drummer for a Day hosted by Batalá Washington, an all-female percussion group in DC. The day includes a Batalá performance and brief introduction to the origins of the music, Batalá drumming workshops, Afro Bahian dance lessons, face painting, authentic Batalá dress-up stations and more. Sat. Event Details.


French for Kids: Les Petites Marionnettes Free French Classes
Les Petites Marionnettes invites kids 3 to 6 years old to sing, dance and play en Français every Saturday from 10 am to 11 am.No prior exposure to French is required. Children acquire vocabulary and discover French culture through play-based activities. The first class is free. Sat. Event Details.

Freedom Plaza

Shake It Up with the Milkshake Duo
Spend the morning rocking out to inspiring tunes with The Milkshake Duo. Kids will be encouraged to join in through body movement and voice. Creative expression is celebrated as little ones learn about rhythm, tempo and different styles of music. Sat. Event Details.

—Meghan Meyers