This weekend we’re kicking off summer (unofficially). If you haven’t made holiday plans yet, we have you covered. If you want to feel festive for the day, head to Western Loudoun for the annual Strawberry Jubilee Fest. Get some exercise on the human-powered pedal boats on the Tidal Basin. Or relax poolside (yay pool openings!). Scroll down for more ways to fill your Memorial Day Weekend!

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Animationland at Port Discovery Children’s Museum
Immerse yourself inside Animationland at Port Discovery Children’s Museum and watch as your little learner dives into a world of storytelling and animation using science and their imagination! Explore interactive areas like the sketching studio, the sound effects booth, and starring in your very own stop motion video. Don’t forget to snap a family photo in the Prickle Desert or Comfort Peaks! Animationland empowers visitors of all ages to experiment, learn and tell their own stories through animation. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Pedal Power
Hop on one of the pedal boats that ride through the Tidal Basin for a unique (crowd-free) view of the Washington and Jefferson Memorials. Be sure to reserve your boat in advance ($32/hr). Note: Swan boats are not available this season due to COVID. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Strawberry Jubilee Fest
Spend the day at Loudoun County’s longest running strawberry festival. To celebrate the royal strawberry, the Jubilee will be packed with live music, farm contests, wagon rides, great food and fun games for the whole family! Looking for a strawberry field closer to the city? We’ve got you covered with this list. Don’t forget to pack a picnic and hit one of these wineries while you’re in the country. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Rent These Pool Digs
Pools are opening up this summer and we couldn’t be happier! If you’re still cautious about crowds (or just like the luxury of lounging by a private pool), check out these Airbnb rentals near Washington, DC that feature swimming pools in the backyards. Hurry if you want to nab one Memorial Day weekend! Activity details.

Celebrate Asian American Heritage Month
This is the last weekend to celebrate Asian American Heritage month. Brush up on Asian American heroes here, share these Asian American authors at story time, and plan a trip to learn more about Asian American history in person. Looking for a way to celebrate locally? Support one of these small, Asian American businesses! Activity details. 

Brush Up on Your BBQ Skills
Backyard cookouts start…. NOW. Bring your grilling and BBQ to the next level with these easy hacks. We’ve got the tricks and know-how to make sure your next backyard party is a success. Activity details. 

Spend a Day with the Fishes
If you skipped the beach this Memorial Day Weekend you can still buddy up with aquatic friends at the National Aquarium. You can “seas the day” with over 20,000 underwater critters calling that call this aquarium home. Activity details.

—Meghan Yudes Meyers