For many of you this is a three day weekend, and there is plenty going on to keep you and your family busy.  Hoping for great weather and good times!

Saturday, May 28th

Kids’ Farm Interpreters

10am – 4pm @ Kids Farm- National Zoo, Washington, DC

Learn about farming and how taking care of animals takes time, dedication, and knowledge.

Drumming with Dishes

10am @ Landmark Mall, Alexandria
The show is about an adventurous toddler as she introduces her imaginary friend to a very special kitchen, where instead of food, they cook up beautiful music.  Click here to read more about this great show!

The Lorax Speaks!

10am – 11:30am @ Dora Kelley Nature Park, Alexandria

Trees are a vital part of life on earth. The Lorax Speaks, an animated video, is about a conservation-minded creature who fights to save the forest.  After viewing the video, you will go on a hike through Dora Kelley Nature Park to identify some of the trees in the native woodlands and learn their unique role in nature.  Cost is $3, ages 6-12.

Island Safari

2pm – 3pm @ Theodore Roosevelt Island, Arlington

Explore the natural wonders and hidden history of Theodore Roosevelt Island with a ranger for a free one hour guided walk focused on the island’s wildlife and history. Meet at the footbridge, near the bike racks. Comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes are recommended.  Call 703-289-2553 for more information. Reservations are not required, but please call ahead if you plan to bring a group of more than ten people.

Skinks and Snakes Campfire

7pm- 8:15pm @ Gulf Branch Nature Center, Arlington

The whole family is invited to the Gulf Branch fire ring for lots of old-fashioned fun. This engaging program will be filled with entertaining activities, which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and of course, treats like s’mores. Cost is $5 per person and $20 max per family- payable at the program. For more information call 703-228-3403.

Sunday, May 29th

Snake and Turtle Feeding

1:30pm – 2:30pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

Enjoy a brief presentation and demonstration by a staff member.  At least one snake, two turtles and a toad will be fed. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5 person. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Click here for more info.

Monday, May 30th

30th Annual Memorial Day Parade and Festival

9am to 5pm @ City Hall, Falls Church

Something for everyone throughout the day including Amusement Rides, Pony Rides, Arts and Crafts Booths, Food Vendors, Civic and Business Booths, and Live Entertainment.

Click here for more info.

Annual Memorial Day Ceremony

11am – 12pm @ Mount Vernon Recreation Center, Alexandria

The Program will include reading the names of the 67 heroes, a Tribute to Capt. Rocky Versace written by his fellow POW, COL James N. “Nick” Rowe (USMA 1960), guest speakers, a wreath laying, playing of “Taps” and the singing of “God Bless America.”

34th Annual Memorial Day Jazz Festival

1pm – 7pm @ Fort Ward Historic Site, Alexandria

American music played by jazz ensembles and orchestras performing in a variety of jazz styles. The park features amphitheater and grass seating. Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets. Food will be available for purchase, and grills are available in the park at the picnic sites.  Attendees may bring lawn chairs and blankets for lawn seating.  Food, such as ice cream, hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, subs, shaved ice, fresh fruit and vegetable juices are available for purchase.

National Memorial Day Parade
2pm @ Along Constitution Ave, Washington, DC
The parade includes nearly 200 elements, including marching bands, active duty and retired military units, youth groups, and parade floats—as well as hundreds of veterans.  It starts at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Streets, NW and proceeds along Constitution Avenue, past the White House, ending at 17th Street.

Wreath Laying Ceremonies

Check out this site for info about various wreath laying ceremonies in the area.

Saturday, May 28th – Monday, May 30th

Celebration at Mount Vernon

6pm – 9pm @ Mount Vernon Estate, Mount Vernon

Historic Mount Vernon invites visitors to a fun evening experience.  Sunset Celebration at Mount Vernon, is a new event over Memorial Day weekend, and offers a rare opportunity to visit Mount Vernon after the daytime crowds have departed. Visitors may take evening tours of the Mansion, relax and enjoy wine and desserts available for purchase, and enjoy 18th-century music, dancing, games, and wagon rides. Stroll the lantern-lit grounds and immerse yourself in the 18th century as the sun sets on the plantation and costumed residents like the charming Lady Washington and her granddaughter Nelly interact with visitors. This family-friendly event celebrates the beginning of summer on the plantation.  Adults are $18; children 6-11 are $12; and children under 5 are admitted free.