Not sure what to do with the kids once school is out for summer? Take advantage of your children’s new-found free time to have some fun around the DMV. Here are 10 family-friendly events worth checking out.
World Heritage Festival
Sample ethnic food, enjoy cultural performances and shop from more than 60 vendors at Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring. This free family-friendly event includes a kids zone with plenty of activities and games. eventbrite.com
P&P Live! & D.C. Public Library Present ‘Fatima’s Great Outdoors’
Ambreen Tariq, founder of @BrownPeopleCamping, talks about her debut picture book, “Fatima’s Great Outdoors,” and her goal of getting more people of color to hike and camp.
Independence Fireworks at Mount Vernon
June 25 & 26
Why wait until July 4th to celebrate Independence Day? Take in the dazzling fireworks display at the home of our nation’s first president while enjoying food from Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant and live musical performances.
Sandy Spring Museum Bluegrass Jam
Grab your favorite instrument and join other local musicians on the museum grounds. Everyone, no matter your age or skill level, is welcome to jam out and enjoy some outdoor fun.
Virtual Spy Camp
June 28–July 2
Kids ages 9-13 can learn all about the exciting world of espionage at the Spy Museum’s week-long virtual spy camp. Activities include top secret briefings, developing disguises, breaking codes, creating spy gadgets and running missions.
National Capital Barbeque Battle
Through June 30
The annual D.C. summer festival goes virtual for the second year in a row, with BBQ contests, cooking demos, tips from pitmasters and more. Kids’ activities include a junior chef competition, crafts, magic shows and downloadable activity pages.
Reunite with your favorite furry friends this month at the recently reopened National Zoo. Visitors can reserve free timed-entry passes online.
National Museum of American History
History lessons don’t have to stop when school ends. Bring the kids back to the National Museum of American History to explore our nation’s complex history. Reserve free timed-entry passes online.
Waterfront District at National Harbor
Take the family out on the Potomac River. You’ll find kayaks, swan and dragon pedal boats, new hydrobike water bikes and other rentals available from various boat companies at National Harbor.
This month, you can pick your own strawberries, tart cherries, black raspberries, blueberries and peas. Be sure to build in time for the slides, playground and farm animals.
A version of this story first appeared in the June 2021 issue of Washington FAMILY.