This weekend looks likes it’s going to be a beautiful one, so if you’re planning to do some art projects with the kids, we recommend doing them outside! The American Visionary Art Museum provides how-to videos and coloring pages to create and design with items from around your home. Crafts include crazy-colored crayon critters, a trash wall and more.
For more family fun, check out these virtual activities to do at home this weekend.
Friday, May 29
Secret Ninja Rendezvous
Break out your karate moves and get ready to learn the secret skill of the Ninja with the International Spy Museum’s Kid-Spy Workshop “Ninja at Noon.” Follow along with the Spy Museum’s “resident ninja” Viran Ranasinghe as he teaches stealth, endurance, coordination and strategy in order to perfect the mysterious ways of the Ninja. Do you have what it takes to master the ancient art of Ninjutsu? The event is free but registration is required. Noon to 1 p.m.
Youth + Mental Health
One Mind is hosting a Stronger Than You Think, a one of a kind live stream focused on youth and mental health during the coronavirus pandemic. With more than 60 celebrities and athletes making appearances, the live stream will include discussions with brain experts and teens. The event, hosted by gymnast Laurie Hernandez, Kelly Osborne, Jordin Sparks and Jeannie Mai, will stream live on Facebook, Twitch and Instagram. 2-7 p.m.
Saturday, May 30
Art, bugs and theater, oh my! Join Robinson’s Nature Center and Port Discovery Children’s Museum for a virtual performance of “Cobweb Canvas,” an event combining visual arts with a dramatic theater performance. The play follows a spider named Rowan on his journey to become an artist. Kids can use their own craft materials to help him design a cobweb masterpiece. The performance is free, but registration is required. 10-11 a.m.
Family Jam Time
This week’s Online Family Jam Session from Strathmore Arts features percussionist Dante’ Pope, who will be exploring bucket drumming. Break out the pots and pans and get ready to drum to some groovy beats as Dante plays percussion instruments from around the world. Participants jam with items from around the home. The event live-streams on Facebook and is free to watch. 10:15-11 a.m.
DIY Plant Press
Preserve the beautiful flowers you find on your neighborhood walks by creating your own plant press. Join The Natural History Museum’s Erika Gardner as she teaches the importance of preserving plants, how to press your own plants, and most importantly, how to create your own plant press with materials at home. This event is free, but registration is recommended. 11-11:30 a.m.
Sunday, May 31
Sunday Morning Story Time
Join the Gaithersburg Book Festival and children’s author Tom Angleberger for a free live reading of his book “Didi Dodo Future Spy: Double-O Dodo #3.” Follow super spy Didi Dodo as she tries to solve the mystery of who stole a cookie chef’s secret fudge recipe for a cookie-baking contest. The event streams on Facebook Live. 11 a.m. to noon
An Evening of Musical Doodling
Gather the family for the Kennedy Center’s first online broadcast of “The Yo-Yo Ma Show,” featuring legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma and children’s artist Mo Willems. Children of all ages are encouraged to let their creativity flow while learning how different art mediums can interact. The free event streams on the Kennedy Center’s website. 5-6 p.m.
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