Grab the popcorn and get ready for a family movie night that honors Native American Heritage Month this Sat. & Sun. Looking for more ways to celebrate Indigenous people? We have 9 more ideas here. But don’t let the festivities end there. Kick off the countdown to Christmas with a tree lighting event at the B&O Railroad Museum and hop aboard a Santa train for a magical start to the holiday season. Scroll down for more ways to play this weekend.
Native Cinema Showcase
This program of family-friendly short films by Native American filmmakers is fun for kids of all ages. The films, including stories about a talking horse, superheroes, and a flying hoverboard, stream on demand. Sat.-Sun. Event details.
The B&O Railroad Museum’s Tree Lighting
The B&O kicks off the holiday season with an evening full of family-friendly festivities! Watch the beautiful 35-foot Christmas tree light up, tour through Santa’s Winter Village shops and model train layouts, enjoy a visit from Santa and Frosty the Snowman, and delight in delicious cookies with spiced cider or spiked cider for the grown-ups. Fri. Event details.
All Aboard the Santa Train
Spend 90 minutes with the Jolly Guy on this excursion that explores the Chester Creek Valley in PA on the West Chester Railroad. There are plenty of chances to fill your Instagram feed, from the historic station to candid meet-and-greet snaps on the rails. Be sure to bring your wish list to give Santa. Sat.-Sun. Event details.
Celebrate Native American Heritage Month
Nov. is Native American Heritage Month and there are lots of ways you to celebrate beyond this weekend’s Native Cinema Showcase. We rounded up 10 ways to honor the culture and history of the Indigenous people. Activity details.
Try on These Historical Hats
Join us Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden for a virtual storytime. After reading a picture book about different kinds of hats, kids will (virtually) explore the museum’s collection of hats and try to guess who wore the! All are welcome, but this program was designed for kids 6 & under. Fri. Event details.
Bunka No Hi Festival
Bunka No Hi, or Japanese Culture Festival, is a free cultural festival dedicated to celebrating, commemorating and educating the public about Japanese and Japanese American Culture. This year it’s going virtual. During the celebration families can learn about Japanese and Japanese American history and culture including manga graphic novels, storytelling (kamishibai), taiko performances, mochi pounding (mochitsuki) and Japanese new year’s mochi soup (ozoni). Sun. Event details.
Emily Butterfly & Her Magical Puppets
Ms. Butterfly presents a story about consent called “The Grab It Habit And The Power Of Please,” perfect for 2-7 year olds and their caregivers. Tune into OPL’s YouTube page or Facebook feed to watch this wonderful puppet story! Sun. Event details.
—Meghan Yudes Meyers