This weekend we’re finding the best ways to cool off, like a road trip to a local waterfall and new creative uses for your kiddie pool. Prefer to stay indoors? Jump online to fill your home with the sights and sounds of the summer festivals you may be missing. Read on for more ways to fill your weekend with fun.

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IN-PERSON EVENTS

Get Fresh Air (And Fresh Fruit)
These farmers markets in & around the DMV are open for business. Head to One Loudoun and you’ll also enjoy live music with your farm-to-table produce. Activity details. 

Go Chase Waterfalls
Hit the road this weekend and visit one of these waterfalls worth the drive. Beat the heat with a dip by the falls. Plus, you’ll get happy on the negative ions.Activity details.  

Dive In to Fun
Put your backyard pool to good use with one of these 13 creative ways to use your kiddie pool. From slime to sand pits, this inspiring guide will let you get more use out of your inflatable wading pool. Activity details. 

Tape Time
Kids love tape. It’s natural ability to stick to objects together never loses it’s wonder with the wee set. Check out these six easy crafts that all use a common household item: tape. Activity details. 

VIRTUAL EVENTS

Get Festive with a Virtual Festival 
If you’re missing your favorite festivals this summer, pop online for all of the same music, fun and festivities in the comfort of your own home. We’ve scouted out 14 of this summer’s best online tributes. Event details. 

AI Explorers Intro Class 
Join this free online small-group computer class designed by Google and Stanford experts for Grades 4-6. Want your kids to see what AI is about? There will be lots of group discussions, interactions with teachers, and a hands-on project. Fri. Event details. 

Sea Critter Storytime
Listen to stories, sing songs and then join the MaST Center of Highline College to learn about local Puget Sound sea stars, snails, hermit crabs and more! Fri. Event details. 

Virtual Hindi Storytime
Namaste! Jump on Zoom for this interactive Hindi storytime featuring Hindi rhymes, stories and a fun craft activity. This class is geared towards kids, 3-8. Dhanyavaad! Fri. Event details. 

Grant Park Music Festival Remixed. 
While we may not be able to physically gather, the power of music knows no bounds. Please join Grant Park for Festival Remixed, an exciting series of virtual events, including radio broadcasts, concerts, talks and master classes. Fri. Event details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers