Breathe in. Breathe out. We can do this! Take some time this weekend to try some back-to-school yoga to shake out the nerves and calm the mind. Go for a peaceful walk in a garden (hint: we hear a super secret park in Georgetown has some pretty spectacular views of the Potomac River during sunset). And if you’re looking for some hands-on activities this weekend to round-out a week of online classes, check out these super fun science experiments. Scroll down for more ways to fill this weekend.
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Take Time To Smell the Roses
Walk through some of DC’s best public gardens and enjoy the last blooms of fall. You can tour all of these places—for free—around the city. Or check them out virtually online. Activity details.
Grab Your Lab Coats
Everyday can be Science Day when you are distance learning at home. Grow crystals, create fireworks or make a gummy bear; check out these 16 projects that work well for a Science Fair or can simply be a fun Saturday afternoon activity. Activity details.
Get Campy with an Outdoor Bake Off
You don’t have to stay on campgrounds to enjoy these recipes. Bring the taste of a campfire dinner to your backyard (or take these meal ideas on the road!). We’ve rounded up 11 dessert ideas for your next camping adventure. Check them out here: Activity details.
Get out the Halloween Decorations
Is it ever too early to get spooky? Probably not! This weekend spend some time getting ready for one of the most enjoyed holidays of the year: Halloween! Need some help around the house? Check out these 14 DIY ideas for ways to make your humble home feel haunted. Activity details.
Explore the Acoustic Guitar
Drawing upon the guitar playing of Black American musician Lesley Riddle, Maybelle Carter crafted a style known as the “Carter Scratch,” which became one of the best known and most influential approaches to guitar in country music. In this program, participants will explore the history of Mother Maybelle and The Carter Family—credited with putting country music on the map—and take a virtual look at Maybelle’s 1928 Gibson L-5 acoustic guitar, on display in the museum’s Precious Jewel exhibit. Sat. Event details.
Jean & the Wonderful Idea Machine
National youth empowerment speaker, author and songwriter Jenn August aims to change all that by adapting her growth mindset musical—”Jean & the Wonderful Idea Machine”—for Zoom. August, who premiered the musical last year with the Portland Musical Theater Company, shot the digital version via Zoom—the first of its kind—and will donate 80 percent of proceeds to DonorsChoose.org, which helps classrooms in need. $20/ticket. Sat. Event details.
Salem Witch Museum’s Online Tour
This online tour of the Salem witchcraft trials sites allows you to view locations around Essex and Middlesex counties and a few key sites in and around Boston that are related to the events of the year 1692. You may select a town or city below to view pictures (where available) and read about the sites in these locations.This section contains descriptions of the sites from the witchcraft trials which can still be seen today, including original houses, foundations, grave sites, and sites marked by historic markers. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Yoga for Back to School
Join this special class designed to support kids from k-3 on their first days back to school! Learn strategies for calming the nerves and easing any anxiousness. As your kids move their bodies, watch them expel some energy and build some confidence as they get ready to move into the next school year! $15/ticket. Sun. Event details.
—Meghan Yudes Meyers