This weekend we’re celebrating birthdays and barbecues. If someone in your family is an August baby, be sure to dress in your best dance clothes and check out Laura Berkner’s online birthday bash this weekend. And nothing says summer celebration like a BBQ, so we’re firing up the grill! Read on for more ways to have fun this weekend.

photo: Jelleke Vanooteghem via Unsplash

IN-PERSON EVENTS

Create an At-Home Classroom
Before you know it, the kids will going back to school (virtually, of course). These 10 easy crafts are the perfect parent-and-me project for a lazy Sun. afternoon. Activity details. 

Go Creek Stomping
Splash pads are so last year. If you want to cool off, you can head to these destinations that offer free water play outdoors. Grab your rain boots or water shoes and get ready to jump, stomp and splash in these creeks. Activity details. 

Hang with the Girls
Between school, work and keeping the family afloat, sometimes it’s tough for mother-daughter activities to come front and center. In order to help you keep that bond strong, we looked around and found 33 of the very best ideas. Activity details. 

Fire Up the Grill
Nothing says summer like an outdoor BBQ. For an easy dinner, check out these DC restaurants that offer BBQ to go. Or teach your kids some summer skills by making your own grilled meat. You can find some of our favorite BBQ recipes here. Activity details. 

VIRTUAL EVENTS

Scratch Ninja Coding Intro Class
Join this online small-group computer class designed by Google and Stanford experts for Grades 2-5! In this class, your child will learn the basics of how to use Scratch coding interface, enjoy programs built by other students, and work together to build a fun game of your own (for many this is the very first program they have ever built.)The best part? It’s free! Fri. Event details. 

Laurie Berkner’s Birthday Party (Online)
Celebrating an August birthday? Laurie Berkner will give a free Facebook Live birthday celebration for Aug. birthday kids and everyone is invited! Laurie encourages families who are watching to decorate, just like she will, wear party clothes, and bake a special birthday treat to bring to the party. Fri. Event details. 

A Virtual Faery Hunt
A Faery Hunt is offering one-on-one real-time live-streaming, and the best interactive fun visits with their wonderful and talented faeries, mermaids, gnomes, trolls, pirates and other Faery Hunt characters. You chose when, and we come virtually to you. Interactive stories, singing, games, activities, fun and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Saturday Morning Dance Party 
This dance parties will feature music from Mellodees, a musically driven entertainment platform committed to connecting with children and parents through engaging content and fresh sounds. Sat. Event details.

—Meghan Yudes Meyers