If recent closures are causing cabin fever, ditch the District this weekend and head to Maryland for a family photo op or hop on a horse for a scenic trail ride. Or Disneyfy your weekend with an online Disney trivia night or (if you are comfortable with indoor, masked events) an in-person princess party featuring Moana, Ariel and Rapunzel. Scroll down for more ways to make magical memories this weekend in and around Washington, DC.

photo: Markus Spiske via Unsplash 


Trail Rides on the C&O Canal 
Head out of town and hit the trails! Valerie Hoke Pony Rides offers family-friendly trail rides along the C&O canal. Riders can choose between a forest trail in Brunswick, MD or river views in Point of Rocks, MD. These walk-only rides are the perfect weekend outing for families with kids 3 & up. Children who can sit independently are handheld through the entire walk. Sat.-Sun. Event details. 

Sing & Dance with Disney Princesses 
Join Moana, Ariel and Rapunzel as they sing, dance and greet their special guests at this waterfront brunch hosted by Princess Parties of DC. You can even pose with a princess! Don’t forget your masks. Sun. Event details. 

Go on a Photo Safari
Get ready to get snappy on your next family hike or walk. We rounded up our favorite places to take a family selfie.


Animals Around the World 
Join Miss Becky for an exciting journey around the world! Every week, students ages 4-6 will learn about a different animal from around the world, and create an art project inspired by that animal starting with the Snowy Owl of Canada. This hour long virtual class is conducted through Zoom. Sun. Event details. 

Family Service Day
Join Camp Kindness Counts for a Virtual Family Service event no matter where you live. Offered once a month, the event will be focused on Generosity in January, Love in February and Gratitude in March. Sun. Event details.

The ABC’s of Architecture
Learn more about architecture and design from the comfort of your own home with these free, live online Architecture at Home workshops led by Center for Architecture educators. Each 45-minute session explores an architectural topic through virtual tours, interactive, lessons and discussions, and gets kids started on a design project they can complete on their own with at-home materials. Fri. Event details.   

Disney Family Trivia Night
It’s time to make some magic with Disney Trivia Night! So, grab your Mickey Mouse ears and put on that princess dress as you play against other teams to test your Disney knowledge! Is your family the biggest Disney fan of them all!? Fri. Event details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers