Thanks to Memorial Day, this weekend comes with a bonus day. We’ve got plenty of ideas on how to spend it, from groovin’ to some beats to exploring a new craft. Ready to venture out beyond your four walls? Check out this drive-thru zoo! Scroll down for more ways to spend three days.
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Go Old School Outdoors
Learn to hula hoop, challenge the fam to an oversized game of pick-up sticks or burn off some energy with Bandana Tag. For more backyard inspiration, check out these 25 outdoor games. Activity details.
Celebrate Children’s Day
Children’s Day is Japan’s national holiday where all children are stars. Get in on the action by watching a theatrical performance of the classic story, Momotaro (Peach Boy) and learn the Momotaro dance! Afterwards, create your own koinobori, or carp streamers, and don your own origami kabuto samurai helmet with Children’s Day-themed craft projects you can do at home! Fri. Event details.
Star in a Virtual Musical
Beat by Beat Press has introduced the world’s first virtual children’s musical, The Show Must Go Online! In this first-of-its kind production, up to 20 young actors receive a one to two-minute scene/song to rehearse, video record, and upload. When the videos are played in order, they tell the hilarious story of a group of passionate students desperate to keep their annual musical alive…online… Activity details.
Dive In to an Underwater Adventure
Join Zoo and Aquarium educators, every Friday at 10:00 am EST, on Instagram live @WCSEducation as they play historic WCS scientists. Draw along with this imaginative adventure deep in the ocean to discover a new incredible animal every week. This program is designed for elementary school aged children, but is free and open to animal lovers of all ages. Fri. Event details.
Drive Tru the Zoo
Head to Leesburg for an afternoon with the animals. Tickets to this pop up experience at the Leesburg Animal Park come with a free return ticket to experience the zoo when it is fully open. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Get Groovin’ with The BeatBuds
Get up and moving with a new daily video from this LA-based music group. Each show has a different theme, including Mystery Mondays, when you never know what might happen, Wired Wednesdays, when The BeatBuds plug in to rock out, and Fan Fridays, when fans vote on what they want to hear! Activity details.
Wiggle with the Worms
Join online for insect-inspired fun this weekend and learn how important these little creatures are to the earth and to our survival. Kids and their families can make their own bug-related crafts at home, see exotic insects, and learn how to take a scientific look at insects with encounters in their own backyard. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Explore a New Craft
Building for Kids Children’s Museum, located in Appleton, Wisconsin is offering daily virtual programming including learning experiences for kids at home. New experiences are launched daily, and include creactive activities like learning to create drip paintings, new songs and much more. Sat. Event details.
Sign Up to Sing Your Heart Out
Sing a song. Sing out loud with Seattle Center Festal’s karaoke contest in honor of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Tune in to “API’s Can Sing Quarantine Karaoke Contest” on Facebook live. If you’re interested in signing up to compete, sign up online, or just tune in to watch others perform. Sat. Event details.
––Meghan Yudes Meyers