Weekend Fun: The Best Family Events Around DC (Aug 7-9) Hang out with penguins, build a water bottle rocket or take a boat ride to see the monuments

Weekend Fun: Family Events Around DC from August 7-9
Photo: Todd Rosenberg/Lincoln Park Zoo

Meet a Penguin

For all the animal lovers out there— and any penguin lovers, especially — don’t miss the Lincoln Park Zoo’s virtual meet-and-greet with some of their illustrious African penguins. A zoo curator will give a short talk all about the birds while giving them plenty of screen time, and there’ll be a 10-minute Q&A, too. Saturday, August 8, 10-10:45 a.m. $15. Registration required.

Build Your Own Adventure

The Boy Scouts of America invite kids of all ages to participate in an interactive Family Fun Fest on Facebook Live. Take a tour of NASCAR driver Joey Logano’s Ford Mustang GT, then help build a high-speed Pinewood Derby car. Other hands-on activities include baking homemade pet treats and designing a rocket to launch in your backyard. Saturday, August 8, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free. 

Enjoy a Puppet Show

If there’s one story that can never be told too many times, it’s Cinderella. Whether it’s your first time or fortieth time hearing her rags-to-riches story, make sure not to miss out for this enthralling virtual puppet show. And it’s appropriate for all ages! Saturday, August 8, 1-1:45 p.m. Free. Registration required.

Go Behind the Scenes of a Cartoon

Have you ever wondered how your favorite animated characters can look so crisply artistic and, oftentimes, so startlingly real? Well, then tune in as animator and 3D artist Ilektra Chrysanthou connects from London for a virtual discussion on the topic. Ages 5-13. Saturday, August 8, 3 p.m. Free. Registration required.

Party Like a Princess

Put the kettle on, dress your best and join Ms. J for a virtual princess tea party. During this online event, your little ones will learn table manners and etiquette fit for a royal. Sunday, August 9, 1-2:15 p.m. $5. Registration required.

Sail Away

Anyone looking for an excuse to spend some summertime on the water is in luck— there are now new COVID-19-friendly options to go boating down at National Harbor. One choice is Monumental Boat Tours, where you can cruise the Potomac River in a two-person boat, with a guide in a nearby boat. Another option is the Float Boat 360, where you can travel with up to six people. Any day. MBT: $120+; FB360: $150+


For more family fun, check out Washington FAMILY’s full event calendar. And if you have an event coming up that you’d like to share with our readership, be sure to add it to our calendar.

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