Kick off this weekend with some frightful fun on Friday the 13th; run from a giant spider at David Rogers’ Big Bug exhibit or drive-thru a field of dinosaurs at Jurassic Quest (insider tip: it’s the last weekend to check out both of these oversized exhibits).Or get into the holiday spirit with a showing of The Grinch at the Alexandria Drive In Theatre. Looking for some at-home, virtual fun? Celebrate a multi-generational literary hero, Pippi Longstocking! Read on for more weekend fun!

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IN-PERSON EVENTS

Get Buggy With It
This is the last weekend to check out David Rogers’ Big Bug exhibit at The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. Take a quick roadtrip to Winchester (a 1.5 hr. drive from DC) and enjoy near-by wineries and breweries along the way. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Drive-Thru Jurassic Quest 
The new Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru show features over 70 life-like dinosaurs including the very popular T. rex, Spinosaurus and Triceratops. Jurassic Quest’s herd of animatronic dinos are displayed in  realistic scenes that allow guests to experience them roaring and moving from their own vehicles  as they drive their way through the tour. Baby dinosaurs greet guests and bring big smiles to explorers of all ages. During the Drive-Thru experience, guests are guided by an engaging and informative digital audio tour featuring show entertainers and dino wranglers that lasts about an hour. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Catch a Family Movie
Outdoor movies aren’t just for summer thanks to the drive-ins popping up around the DC metro area. Head to the Alexandria Drive-In Theatre this weekend for the Secret Life of Pets (Sat.) or The Grinch (Sun.). Be sure to buy your tickets before the event. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Zen Out
Find some (much needed) peace and solace with these zen activities in and around DC. From “forest bathing” to a meditative walk, we sourced the best ways to get your Om! on in the city. Activity details

VIRTUAL EVENTS

Pippi Longstocking Celebration 
Pippi Longstocking is turning 75 and the National Nordic Museum is throwing her a birthday party. Please join us in celebrating one of the most iconic and beloved children’s literary figures of all time at a virtual event that includes music, crafts, trivia and games. Sat. Event details. 

Make Your Own Stained-Glass
This hands-on, church-sponsored program explores the themes of thanksgiving and gratitude through a storybook readying and an art activity to make stained-glass leaves you can hang in your windows! Recommended for children ages 4-8 years old. Sat. Event details. 

Circus Buddies Storytime 
Clown around with this interactive story time. Each week, Coach Audrey will tell a story while teaching a new circus move. Creative warm ups are part of every story! For kids ages 2-4. Fri. Event details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers