Weekend FAMILY Fun (April 17-19) 7 things to do at home with your kids while we're social distancing

Washington FAMILY magazine Weekend FAMILY fun ideas include a virtual trip to Brickworld

After one month of social distancing, it’s getting harder and harder to distinguish between weekdays and weekends. One way we’ve found to differentiate the two is to make sure there’s some family fun scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Here are seven ways to add some excitement to your home life this weekend.

Celebrate Christkindlmarkt a Little Early

Raise your hand if you could use a little holiday cheer right now! To help lift our collective spirits, the Heurich House Museum is bringing its annual three-day holiday market online for a week starting Saturday, April 18. Local artisans need our support right now, so grab your wallet and do a little shopping from the comfort of your couch. Learn more about Christkindlmarkt in April here.

Snack time for Dung Beetles

Any guesses what Rainbow Dung Beetles eat? Your kids will get a kick watching Blue Crab from Camp Audubon in Chevy Chase, Maryland, feed—you guessed it—dung to his beetles during this Facebook Live event on Friday, April 17, at 4 p.m. Click here for Camp Audobon’s Facebook page.

Jam with the Fam

Kids ages 4-8 are invited to “Discover Folk Music” with Maureen Andary of the musical duo The Sweater Set on Saturday, April 18, at 10:15 a.m. Accompanied by guitar, ukulele and banjo, the award-winning performing will sing original and classic songs that’ll get the whole family jamming at home. And if you want to wear your jammies during the jam, we support that! Find the live event on Strathmore’s Facebook page.

Looking for some educational activities? Check out our updated list of 30+ free online resources for parents homeschooling their kids.

Exploring Natural History at Home

Museum educators from the Natural History museum will share skill-building activities that families can do at home during a free video webinar on Saturday, April 18, from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Learn how to use the science skill of observation to explore nature in your own backyard. For more information, visit the National Museum of Natural History.

Take a Virtual Trip to Brickworld

The popular LEGO convention is going virtual on Saturday, April 18, from noon to 6 p.m. Families can show off their creations and get building advice from experts, including finalists from the “LEGO Masters” TV series, visit vendors and explore Zoom rooms filled with different LEGO displays. This interactive event is guaranteed to spark your children’s brick-building creativity. Tickets cost $5 per device. For more information, visit Brickworld LEGO Virtual Con.

Attend a Virtual Prom

Local DJ Chris Styles wants to celebrate with the Class of 2020. High school seniors are encouraged to dress up in their prom outfits, take some photos and then tune into Facebook Live on Saturday, April 18, from 7-10 p.m., for a live stream DJ set of the ultimate Prom songs. Click here for DJ Chris Styles on Facebook.

Pick Up a Paintbrush

The whole family is encouraged to connect with their inner artist at a virtual paint party on Sunday, April 19, from noon to 2 p.m. Hosted by Happy Trees Entertainment, this provide-your-own-supplies class is beginner friendly, so there’s no need to feel intimidated or self-conscious. Tickets cost $10 per household. Click here for the Eventbrite page.

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About PJ Feinstein

PJ Feinstein is the editor of Washington FAMILY and the mother of two elementary school-age boys.

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