We’re getting lost in the leaves this weekend. Literally. Take a walk in your ‘hood to see the changing colors or hit the road for a leap peeping adventure. Be sure to grab some fallen foliage for these epic art projects. Read on for more ways to make this weekend memorable!

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31 Ways to Celebrate Oct. 
Find more ways to bond as a family. Thirty-one, in fact. Our Oct. guide gives you ideas and projects to fill every day this month! Activity details. 

Run from a Giant Spider
This month is all about everything creepy (and crawly!). What’s scarier than a giant sized spider? An estate filled with other, oversized insects! There are just a few weeks left to see David Rogers’ Big Bugs. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is a must-stop when taking a fall foliage tour. Activity details.

Get Fancy with Foliage
Make a crown using the leaves you gather in your yard. Or create a new art print by painting and pressing a leaf. We’ve found 10 creative ways to use the foliage you find on your fall family walks for autumn art projects. Activity details. 

Go Leaf Peeping
Looking for leaves for all those fun crafts (see below)? You could gather what’s in your yard or turn finding craft materials into an adventure beyond your local Michael’s. Check out our guide for the best places to see the bright bursts of red, orange and yellow this fall. Activity details. 

Explore an Ice Castle
“Crystalline” at ARTECHOUSE DC explores the color’s connection with earth and crystals through a journey that is both an adventure and a meditation—an exploration through an illusory, blue-hued castle. Submerge yourself in the sights, sounds and sensations of Classic Blue. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 


Take a Tour of a Landfill 
Roll up your sleeves and prepare to get (virtually) dirty. This online field trip takes kids to a landfill to explore what gets tossed and where our trash goes. Teach kids about sustainability by taking one of these virtual field trips. Activity details. 

Celebrate Native Art
In the Spirit is an annual celebration of diverse Native arts and culture, and this year it’s going virtual. Enjoy the exhibit through a series of online presentations hosted by WSHS, TAM and MOG. Sat. Event details.  

Virtual Penguin Feeding
Waddle behind the scenes at Pritzker Penguin Cove with a Lincoln Park Zoo educator and zookeeper during a daily penguin feeding! You’ll get an insider look at how staff care for the penguins by hand and on the land.  Activity details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers