It’s raining, it’s pouring, it’s time for some snore-busting fun! There is plenty to see and do indoors this weekend, including concerts, art workshops and a hands-on FutureFest. If the outdoors call, dodge rain drops (or just jump in the muddy puddles) at Children’s Day at Peirce Mill where kids can get in on some old fashioned games and fun. Read on for some rainy day inspiration.

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Friday Mornings with Rocknoceres
Start your morning off with a shake, shimmy and a (big!) shout-out to one of our favorite DC kids’ bands, Rocknoceres. Coach Cotton, Williebob, and Boogie Woogie Bennie will take the stage for some Friday fun. Not an early riser? Don’t worry–a smoothie, juice, acai bowl, and coffee menu is available for moms (and kids) on the go. Fri. Event details. 

Foggy Bottom

Celebration of Textiles
Celebrate design, textiles, and the cozy comforts of home at a free festival for all ages. Build a fabric fort, watch demos by local artists, enjoy live dance, and explore spectacular fabrics from the ancient Mediterranean in the exhibition Woven Interiors: Furnishing Early Medieval Egypt. Celebration of Textiles is free and will take place at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum (Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro). Sat. Event details.

National Mall

Children’s Chorus of Washington DC
For 23 years, Children’s Chorus of Washington (CCW) has provided outstanding music education programs and performance opportunities for children in the nation’s capital region, regardless of background, economic status, or prior experience. Through its auditioned ensembles, preparatory classes, and SING DC program, CCW fosters students’ growth as musicians and leaders by emphasizing artistic excellence, personal responsibility, and working together toward a common goal. Internationally recognized and critically acclaimed for its outstanding artistry, CCW collaborates frequently with our community’s leading arts organizations, and maintains an active performance schedule that reaches thousands of audience members in marquee and neighborhood venues across the city. CCW is also one of few youth choirs that tours internationally. Sat. Event details.

Preschool Pioneers: Monet and the Sun
We all know that Monet was a great artist, but did you know that his paintings show the progression of the sun? If your little ones are learning about all things planetary, join the National Gallery of Art for an exploration of the solar system. Science and art collide in this Saturday morning class where kids 5 and under learn an appreciation for both the hottest star and a French artist. Sat. Event details. 

Art and Me: Become a Conservator
Visit the Freer Gallery of Art’s permanent collection and explore how art and science collide when conservators preserve precious works of art. Then, return to the ImaginAsia studio and work with Ellen Chase, a Free Sackler conservator to learn about the process of repairing a work of art. This program is designed for children ages 3–5 with adult participation. This program is part of a year-long program series with the Lunder Conservation Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Sun. Event details. 

Cleveland Park

Children’s Day at Peirce Mill
Two hundred years ago, children often made their own toys. On Children’s Day at Peirce Mill you can craft your own playthings like cornhusk dolls and paper tops. There are also special tours of the mill just for kids and old-fashioned games to play on the lawn. Family workshops are designed for children ages 3 and up, but all are welcome. No reservations are required for this free event. Sat. Event details. 


123 Andrés Concert at the Hyattsville Library
123 Andrés brings beats and rhythms from all over Latin America that will entice kids to jump, dance and discover, and get the whole family moving, en español y en inglés. Kids learn or practice Spanish in this interactive, bilingual show. Sat. Event details. 


Game on: Family Game Time
Enjoy some family game time at Game On! With everything from video to board games, card and cooperative games, there’s something here for the whole family. Explore games you’ve never heard of, find the classics you’ve always loved, and find new favorites to add to your collection at home. What will it be this month – Twister, Monopoly or something totally new? Sat. Event details. 


Discover the Coral Reef
Calling all mermaids and mermen: dive under the sea and explore the world of the Coral Reef at the Children’s Science Center Lab.  Learn how different sea life interact with one another under the water’s edge at this live feeding. This program begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday and lasts about 20 minutes. It is located inside the Discovery Zone and is included with admission. Sat. Event details. 


Kids Night at the Museum
Let the kids enjoy a fun-filled night of old-time play at the Heritage Farm Museum in Loudoun County. Enjoy a game of golf or fly high at iFly while the kids play store in an authentically recreated Farm Market. Registration and pre-payment are required. Sat. Event details.

Silver Spring

Be a part of FutureFest—where kids can spark their imagination and families can celebrate their collective power to invent the future! Explore KID City where kids can experiment with different tools and materials, build new skills from woodworking to electronics, and help a city rise through this unique communal project. Dive into Cultural Crossroads where children can learn about China, El Salvador, Ethiopia, India, Korea, and beyond—through hands-on, creative activities, music, and dance and get creative at the community mosaic installation. And don’t skip Innovation Expo where participants can glimpse the future of Work & Play, Space & Exploration, Food & Sustainability, and more. Sun. Event details. 

Sandy Spring

Create a Recycled Garden Collage
The Wonderoom is a free, dedicated space filled with experiential, hands-on, family-friendly activities that inspire creativity through design based problem solving challenges. Designed for children ages 5-11 with family members. Young children can create in the space from noon to 2 p.m. Older children are invited to explore the craft space from 2-4 p.m. Sun. Event details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers