The temperature is climbing and we’re finding every excuse to get outdoors. It’s a great weekend to play on the Potomac River or take a hike in a near-by park. Looking to stay close to home? Create a classroom without walls or build a music wall in your own backyard. Be sure to bring those (virtual) bongo beats with you when you play outdoors. Scroll down for more ways to enjoy this weekend’s weather.

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Bring ALL the Fun Outdoors
If you haven’t already been soaking up the natural elements, now is the time to move the kids from the basement to the backyard. We’ve got tips and tricks to turn backyard spaces into wild adventures. Consider adding a fairy garden or a music wall. For more inspiration, go here: Activity details. 

Dance to Science & History’s Greatest Beats
Join NY-based musicians, The Deedle Deedle Dees for live streaming sing-a-longs every  Friday at 10:30 a.m. Dance along to rock-n-roll tunes inspired by history, science, and folklore and help support independent musicians! Fri. Event details. 

Make Learning Fun in a Classroom Without Walls
Experiments that fizz, crackle and explode are best outdoors (let’s face it, there’s just less mess to clean up). Check out these 20 science experiments perfect for conducting in your backyard. Activity details. 

Be Inspired by an Artist
Join the de Young museum as they launch a weekly Fri. afternoon art-making session with PJ Policarpio (@pjpolicarpio) on Instagram Live. This week’s activity is inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s Petunias (1925) and prompts followers to make cards using pressed flowers. Fri. Event details.

Make a New (Animal) Friend
Here’s a chance to write a letter to an animal pen pal at Pasado’s Safe Haven, outside of Seattle. To participate in Pasado’s Pen Pals is choose an animal from our pen pal list, write the letter (remember to include name and age) and send it in. Once the animals receive their letters, you might just get something in return. Activity details. 

Get Busy with Bongo 
Join Bongo Sidibe for a family drum class every Fri. Don’t have a drum at home? Get creative! You can use a bucket, a table, a bowl, or make your own! This is fun for the whole family. Class is donation-based, with a suggested donation of $10-$20. Fri. Event details.

Make a Snack out of Slime
Little fingers will dig into delicious homemade edible slime! Little chefs make their very own slime using easily accessible pantry ingredients! Kids will mix, knead…and, of course, taste, three kinds of fun and flavorful: Gummy Bear Slime, Birthday Cake Slime, and Chocolate Slime. This class focuses on age-appropriate themes and educational concepts in a fun and flavorful fashion for children ages 2 and up, while sharing tips to engage family members of all ages. Sat. Event details. 

Capture Your Child’s Silhouette
Move over porch picture sessions. Karl Johnson, a third generation silhouette artist, will create portraits of your child while you watch…. virtually! Each one takes just minutes and all ages are welcome, even the squirmy ones. Silhouette portraits are available for purchase after the virtual live event. Fri. Event details. 

Take Off with Superhero Yoga
Join some of your favorite superheroes and villians for an action-packed yoga class! Go through important training to strengthen your bodies, explore your own super powers as well as wicked ways through fun yoga games and activities and you might even have a chance to save the city from some real bad guys. Costumes encouraged. Sat. Event details. 

And Thirty More Ideas (In Case You Need Them)
Need more ideas? Check out this list of 30 ways to have fun in June, like getting a head start on Father’s Day gifts or make glow-in-the-dark slime. Activity details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers