Have you ever heard of a hammered dulcimer? Neither have we! But during this week’s Saturday Family Jam Sessions, young music aficionados can learn all about the string instrument that’s played with a pair of mallets. Tune into Facebook Live on Saturday, June 13, at 10:15 a.m. for a musical history lesson and performance by Chao Tian.
Here are five additional activities to do with your kids this weekend, including a peaceful walk and talk in D.C. specifically for moms and their kids.
Friday, June 12
Virtual Tudor Tots
Little kids are encouraged to embrace their creativity as they participate in crafts and listen to stories led by the Tudor Place staff. We’re particularly excited about this week’s theme: “iSpy.” The free Zoom event is ideal for children ages 5 and under but all are welcome. Registration is required, and a $5 donation is suggested. 10-10:45 a.m.
Saturday, June 13
Peaceful Walk and Talk
Children, teens and college students and their moms, aunts and other female caregivers are invited to participate in #YouthSpeakUp, a peaceful walk and talk in solidarity of Black Lives Matters. Wear yellow, bring signs and let your voice be heard. The meetup for the walk will take place at 9:30 a.m. in front of the newly-named Black Lives Matter Plaza in D.C. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Want to stand up against racism but don’t feel comfortable attending protests during a pandemic? Here are ways to join the movement at home.
Does your kid have what it takes to be a superhero? Join the Maryland Science Center for an afternoon of demonstrations and at-home activities. Learn the science behind superpowers like speed and flight, design gadgets and make your very own super suit. The event is free to attend and no registration is required, but you may want to visit the Facebook event page ahead of time for a list of materials you’ll need. Noon to 4 p.m.
Sunday, June 14
To Market, to Market
Pick up fresh produce for the week at Lorton Farmers Market in Fairfax County, which is operating with social distancing restrictions in place. You can even pre-order products from several vendors to minimize the time you spend in the market. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden officially re-opens this weekend with tours by appointment. Learn about the experiences of the people who lived and worked in the Old Town Alexandria home from 1785 to 1969. Five tours will be offered each day for groups of five or less. Face masks and social distancing is required. Admission costs $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-17. Call 703-548-1789 to make your reservation. 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.