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Family-Friendly Things to Do Around D.C. This Weekend (March 5-8) A hip-hop musical, a tween book signing, a maker morning & more

"Zomo the Rabbit" at Imagination Stage is just one of the family-friendly things to do around D.C. this weekend
(l-r) Melissa Carter as Sky God (silhouetted) and Gary L. Perkins III as Zomo in Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth at Imagination Stage. Photo by Margot Schulman.

The play’s the thing this weekend! Teens will be mesmerized by the high-octane dancing of “Bandstand,” featuring actors who play their own instruments, while “The Three Musketeers” and “Zomo the Rabbit” offer exciting adventures for younger audiences. Other family-friendly things to do around D.C. include a lesson in frogs and salamanders, a MAKER morning at the museum and a book signing for tweens.

Thursday, March 5

“Bandstand” Directed and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler of “Hamilton” fame, this Tony award-winning musical tells the story of a World War II veteran who forms a band to enter a television competition. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Through Mar. 8. 7:30 p.m. at the National Theatre, Washington, DC. $54-$114. 


Friday, March 6

Safari Adventure Get ready for a wild night of fun at March Family Night! Kids will enjoy a jungle obstacle course, animal-themed crafts and other activities. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 6 p.m. at Fairlington Community Center & Park, Arlington, VA. FREE. 

“The Three Musketeers” Join D’Artagnan and his Musketeer friends as they roam 17th-century France in an effort to save the kingdom in this Encore Stage & Studio production. Ages 6 and up. Through March 8. 7:30 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Theater, Arlington, VA. $12-$15.

Check out our events calendar for more family-friendly things to do in and around D.C.!

Saturday. March 7

123 Andrés Latin Grammy Award-winning teaching artists Andrés and Christina get families moving, singing and playing in Spanish and English. Musical instrument “petting zoo” opens one hour prior to show times. Ages 3-6. 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC. $20. 

Vanishing Vernal Pools Are your kids interested in frogs and salamanders? Learn about these creatures and look for their eggs in a pool. Registration required. Ages 6 and up. 2 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center at Glencarlyn Park, Arlington, VA. $5. 

Maker Morning: Transform Welcome spring by transforming everyday materials into something new at hands-on activity stations and enjoy a kid-led tour of the museum. 10 a.m. at Hirshhorn National Museum of Modern Art, Washington, DC. FREE. 

Sunday, March 8

International Women’s Day Educate your kids on the global legacy of women with activities and museum tours. Noon at National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC. FREE. 

“Zomo the Rabbit” Nominated for a Helen Hayes award during its original 2009 run, this hip-hop adaptation of a Nigerian folktale puts a local spin on the global tradition of trickster tales, taking place at varies D.C. landmarks. Ages 4 and up. Through March 22. Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD. 1:30 p.m. & 4 p.m. $15-$30.

“The Dragon Egg Princess” Book Signing Ellen Oh, author of the award-winning Spirit Hunters series for middle grade readers and the Prophecy trilogy for young adults, talks to authors Hena Khan and Ron Smith about her new sci-fi book, “The Dragon Egg Princess,” and signs copies for readers. 3 p.m. at Connie Morella Library, Bethesda, MD. FREE.

About PJ Feinstein

PJ Feinstein is the managing editor of Washington FAMILY. When she's not reporting, writing or editing, she's schlepping her two sons to their after-school activities or walking the family dog around the neighborhood. Despite being chronically sleep-deprived, she can't stop binge-watching TV and scrolling through her social media feeds late at night.

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