We’ve rounded up some of the must-see and do family-friendly events happening this weekend in the DMV. The doors of the Smithsonian Museums are finally opening again (be sure to reserve your timed entry online!), Thomas the Tank Engine is pulling into Baltimore’s B&O Railroad Station and dinosaurs are stomping along Old Oak Trail in Annandale, VA. We’re also looking forward to building bridges online, making ancestor masks and watching a virtual sea dragon feeding.

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Stroll the Halls of a Smithsonian Museum
Run, don’t walk, to the National Mall because the long-shuttered Smithsonian Museums are finally re-opening! Tickets are timed, so be sure to hop online to reserve your spot. This weekend, the following museums will open their doors again: National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Portrait Gallery, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Time Travel to 2121
Travel in time to the distant future at Artechhouse. The newest production at this interactive space transports visitors 100 years into the future,  immersing guests in an industrial city where nature fights to survive amid an overdeveloped metropolis. This vision of the future depicts where we will arrive if humanity continues unchecked at its current pace. Fri-Sun. Event details. 

A Day Out with Thomas
Thomas the Tank Engine is rolling into town with the Party Train Tour. Hop on board for a real train ride with Thomas and grab your party pass to pick up favors at stops along the way. Say hello to Sir Topham Hatt, stop in the party corner for lawn game fun, have a blast in the bubble zone & check out the pop up gift shop for exclusive Thomas swag! We’re back on track for delivering fun & memories. Sat.-Sun. Event details. 

Mesozoic Dinosaur Hike
Join a naturalist along the 1/3-mile Old Oak Trail and learn what plants and animals shown would have shared their world with dinosaurs. End your adventure in Nature Place to see how you measure up to dinosaurs. Registration required for children and adults. Sun. Event details. 


Architecture At Home: Suspension Bridges 
Learn more about architecture and design from the comfort of your own home with this free, live, and 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 easy-to-find materials. Sat. Event details. 

Ancestor Mask Making 
Make masks and headpieces that are infused with culturally relevant stories from the past, reflections from the present, and visions of the future. Maria Elena Cruz leads this journey to image and create art that will be featured in the virtual procession at the annual Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks at the Leimert Park Art Walk. Sat. Event details. 

Rock Out to Bilingual Songs
Bilingual kids’ music sensation Sonia De Los Santos shares her cheerful songs about nature, everyday life, and her own Mexican heritage and immigration to the U.S. as a young person. Sonia’s award-winning music is in Spanish and English, with sounds inspired by various Latin American rhythms including son jarocho, cumbia, gaita, currulao and huayno hailing from Mexico, Colombia, and Peru as well as U.S. folk traditions. Sat. Event details. 

Virtual Sea Dragon Feeding
Join the Birch Aquarium in San Diego for their virtual sea dragon feedings. In the wild, seadragons depend on camouflage for their survival, so they spend a lot of their time hiding amongst the seaweed in their exhibit. At mealtimes, the seadragons come out of hiding to munch on mysis shrimp that are added to the exhibit through a feed port. Seadragons use their long, thin, tubular snouts to create strong suction to rapidly suck in their food. Observe these fascinating behaviors when you tune in. Sat. Event details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers