This weekend we’re celebrating worth-the-drive events. Head west for a day in the country and enjoy some fun on a farm. Pick your own fresh fruit off the vine or run in a field of sunflowers.  In the city, we’re exploring hands-on STEM projects at a local expo and getting lost in the National Building Museum’s wooden maze. Read on for more ways to spend your school free days.

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The Summer of Sunflowers
Burnside Farms plants over 30 varieties of “cutting” sunflowers on 15 acres in successive crops to ensure blooming flowers through Labor day.Admission includes access to a huge Jump Pad, bubble stations, chalkboard message signs for photos, kids clubhouse play area, short cinema theater and shaded picnic area. Check Burnside’s website for special sunflower sunsets! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Summer Block Party: Inside Out
This year, National Building Museum’s Summer Block Party features a handful of small projects and public programs both within the Museum and on the West Lawn that are well suited to the early post-pandemic era of smaller gatherings and social distancing, including a wooden maze filled with books, a hand-built cathedral truss, public programs, lawn art and outdoor movies. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

After Hours at The Station 
The Station is hosting exciting, family- and dog-friendly programming on The Village Green all summer long. Enjoy live music, outdoor games, scavenger hunts, giveaways, prizes and more. Fri. Event details. 

STEM Institute Expo 
Geared toward 5th through 12th-grade students, this free event inspires and empowers students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math careers. Students and parents are invited to enjoy interactive STEM workshops, hands-on demonstrations, STEM career information, networking opportunities, and more. Sun. Event details. 

Peach Fuzztival
Celebrate peach picking season! Get the whole family involved in the peach fun with a Peach Eating Contest, a Peach Pit Spitting Contest, Family Water Games, a tour of the orchard and more. After picking your own peaches, enjoy peach slushies, peach pies, peach bread, peach ice cream, and roasted peach and arugula flatbread pizza in the Roosteraunt. Sat.-Sun. Event details. 

Pony Up to a Trail Ride 
Head out of town and hit the trails! Valerie Hoke Pony Rides offers family-friendly trail rides along the C&O canal. There are two departure times every weekend: 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. 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 familes with kids 3 & up. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers