This weekend includes an extra day, Labor Day, and we’re using it to get out of town. Book a weekend at one of these Airbnb rentals that feature caboose cabins and vintage rail cars. Or take a day trip to see David Rogers’ Big Bug exhibit at The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. Sticking closer to home? Check out these epic playhouses you can build with your kids. Scroll down for more ways to play this long weekend. Happy Labor Day!

photo: Marcus Wallis via Unsplash


Get Buggy with It
David Rogers’ Big Bug exhibit is a must-see at The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. A gigantic daddy long leg, a massive praying mantis and an enormous dragon fly have taken over the grounds. While you’re there, don’t forget to get lost in the bamboo forest filled with fairy houses. Activity details. 

All Aboard!
Looking for the perfect fall stay? Check out this list of Airbnb rentals filled with vintage train cars and cabin-ready cabooses for the ultimate fall excursion. Activity details. 

Splash Around
It’s not quite fall yet. Cool off at these creeks that were made for summer splashing. Each is just a short drive from DC. Who can jump the furthest? The highest? Get soaked the fastest? Find out here. Activity details. 

Build a Better Playhouse
If you’re still social distancing from the neighborhood playground, you may want to consider a backyard set of your own. And who doesn’t love a weekend project? This list features some of our favorite playhouses you can set up in just a few hours. Activity details. 


Visit the Hiller at Home
Explore the world of flight from the comfort of your own home!  Access at-home activities in flight for kids, information about aircraft on exhibit at the Hiller Aviation Museum, a virtual tour of the main exhibit Gallery and even an at-home Mars rover simulator! Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Build-A-Bear Radio Storytime
Build-A-Bear Radio is available to stream for free through iHeart Radio and iHeart Radio Family apps and enabled devices with Story Time airing weekdays at 3 p.m. with new authors and books featured each week. Fri. Event details. 

Let’s Go Outside Storytime
Enjoy a virtual story time at the Miller Library at the UW Arboretum campus. This month the library is featuring three stories about getting outside; after the story draw a picture of something you’ve seen in nature. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers