Weekend FAMILY Fun (May 15-18) 8 things to do with the kids while we're still socially distancing

Weekend FAMILY Fun, May 15-18, 2020
Joel Sartore, National Geographic Photo Ark

Photographer Joel Satore is on a mission to take portraits of every species living in the world’s zoos, aquariums and wildlife sanctuaries for his project, The National Geographic Photo Ark. On Endangered Species Day tomorrow, Satore will discuss his 30-plus years of experience as a photographer and his animal advocacy work in a National Geographic Explore Classroom, “Photographing the World’s Species.” Register for the free virtual event, which will stream on YouTube, here. Friday, May 15, at 2 p.m.

Looking for more things to do with the kids this weekend? Here are our picks for staying safe and having fun.

Saturday, May 16

Gaithersburg Book Festival

It’s a virtual celebration of the written word, with a special welcome video offering an overview of the festivities going live on Saturday morning. Launch day continues with three author presentations on YouTube, including a trip to Wakanda with “Shuri: A Black Panther Novel” author, Nic Stone. Check the GBF website for the full schedule of events. Saturday, various times.

Farmers Market

‘Tis the season for fresh produce, baked goods and local meat and seafood! The Reston Farmers Market opens today—but with certain restrictions in place to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Check out the market’s website to learn about the accommodations being put into place to help keep customers safe. Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Parks to Kids Day

Rather than Kids to Parks Day, it’s Parks to Kids Day, with all the beauty and intrigued of our local parks coming directly to you! Follow the Croydon Creek Nature Center on Facebook and the City of Rockville on Instagram for live animal interpretations, story time, virtual hikes and ideas to make the most of the green space where you live. Saturday at 9 a.m.

Check out the special digital edition of our May 2020 issue!

Virtual LEGO Expo

After selling out its first online convention in April, Brickworld is back with its next Brickworld Virtual Con. Join a Zoom room to show off your creations to other LEGO fans and “LEGO Masters” TV contestants, participate in discussions, watch tutorials and shop LEGO vendors. Kids and adults can also be inspired by the displays in a variety of rooms, including the Great Ball Contraption, Star Wars and  Smurf Village. Tickets cost $9, with $1 from each ticket doing to charity partners. Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 

Live Reptile Q&A

Got a kid who likes critters? The Natural History Society of Maryland will host a Zoom Q&A with reptile expert Tom Scollins. Learn about alligators, snakes, lizards and turtles—cold-blooded reptilians you might encounter soaking up the sun now that the weather’s warming up. (Well, hopefully not alligators!) Saturday from noon to 1 p.m.

Party on Wheels

A trip to the Big Apple may be on hold for a while, but you can explore the New York Transit Museum right from home. Train-loving children can take virtual tours of vintage train cars, meet costumed characters, watch puppet performances, make transit-themed art and more! Donations begin at $50 per family. Saturday from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 17

Visit the Animals

Spend some quality time with your favorite barnyard animals during the Green Meadows Petting Farm “Pay What You Want/Pay What You Can” weekend event. To make the day safer in the age of coronavirus, there won’t be pig races and the corn bin will be closed to accommodate social distancing requirements, and most of the animals will be moved to their outside pens. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer and keep their social distance. Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

About PJ Feinstein

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

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