Pumpkin patches and apple orchards are ripe for the picking. Fall festivals are in full-swing. But there is fun to be had beyond the corn mazes and hay rides. We’ve rounded up the best hands-on activities—from make-your-own pizza night to a graffiti party—along with a few must-see spectaculars—including a wiener dog race and a stage show featuring Peppa Pig—for epic fun in and around the DMV.

IN THE CITY

Downtown

Peppa Pig Live
Peppa Pig Live! is here with the ALL NEW action-packed live show featuring your favorite characters as life size puppets and costume characters in her new live show, Peppa Pig’s Adventure! Come join Peppa on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. With lunchboxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and friends are excited about their outdoor adventure, full of singing, dancing, games and surprises! Sat. Event details.

Kalorama

Pretty Fab Kids: a Graffiti Party
If your little one is prone to drawing on the walls, this event is for you! Kids are not only allowed, but encouraged to make their mark using water based acrylic paints (toxic aerosols are not used in class) while they dance and shake to their favorite tunes. Proceeds to this event benefit DC Pearls III Foundation. All ages are weclome. Sat. Event details. 

Friendship Heights

Kids Cooking Class at Maggiano’s DC
This event kicks off with a Maggiano’s Breakfast Buffet and coloring activity. Next, Maggiano’s Chef will demonstrate and instruct how to make meatballs with a chance for little Chefs to get in on the hands-on fun! All participants go home with their own chef hat and apron. This event is reommended for children 4-12. Sat. Event details. 

National Mall

Families Together: Nature
Explore, wonder, observe, and learn! Families Together’s mission is to create an atmosphere of lifelong learning. Parents and their littles are invited to spend time together exploring a topic inspired by the Smithsonian’s collections. Activities have been created with certain age groups including infants, toddlers, preschool, and early elementary. This Saturday class will explore the world of a plants and nature. Learn about the various ways that seeds disperse and populate the Earth. Plant a seed to take home with you and watch it grow! Sat. Event details. 

Family Storytime at the Conservatory
Join Susan Strauss, an international storyteller, as she combines mythical and traditional storytelling to transport listeners through the plant world. This program is designed for families and recommended for children 6 years and older. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Sat. Event details. 

Draw at the Hirshhorn 
Get inspired by the museum’s masterpieces and create your own work of art. Join this free drop-in sketch class where participants are challenged to practice skills exhibited in current museum works. No prior drawing or art experience needed. All ages are welcome. Just drop by, pick up a pencil and a clipboard, and draw! Sun. Event details. 

THE ‘BURBS

Bethesda

Kids Night Out
Date night becomes family night out at this event. Drop your kids off at this Bethesda Bakery for a night of fun. Your little chef will make a personal pizza from scratch (gluten-free only), sample the bakery’s desserts and enjoy a movie while you’re out on the town. Siblings get a 50% discount on admission. This event is for children 5 to 12. Fri. Event details. 

Mount Vernon

Sensory-Friendly Family Morning at Mount Vernon
If you have a little one who needs quiet time and low lighting to enjoy an event, this morning program is for you. Before the property is open to the general public, guests will be able to tour the Mansion and enjoy a hands-on architecture-themed activity. A social story is available prior to the event.  Sat. Event details. 

WORTH-THE-DRIVE

Leesburg

Leesburg Air Show
This aviation event will make your little pilot-to-be’s day. Take the kids to explore unique and vintage aircraft and learn about flight training and emergency rescues. Look to the skies for some incredible acrobatics and skydiving, and if the kids ever get bored with everything plane-related, head over to the inflatables to burn off their energy. Sat. Event details. 

Lovettsville

Lovettsville Oktoberfest
Wiener dog races – do we have to say anything else? Okay, how about music, beer and more food (the only things you have to pay for). Celebrate Oktoberfest the traditional way, and have a blast! Bring your kinders to Kinderfest and let them explore carnival games, pony rides, a rock climbing wall and more. Please note that you’ll need to park at the Brunswick MARC Station parking lot, Lovettsville Elementary School parking lot or Lovettsville Community Park. There are free trolleys running in a loop that will pick you up and drop you off at various points in Lovettsville. Fri.-Sat. Event details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers

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