Space launches, story times, and music — oh my! There are lots of fun ways to keep the kids busy this weekend. Here’s this week’s round-up of weekend fun for families (social distance edition, of course).

(Social Distancing) Weekend Fun for Families: May 29 – May 31

Weber’s Drive Thru Strawberry Festival
Friday, May 29 – Sunday, May 31 | 11 AM – 5 PM
Weber’s Cider Mill Farm

Weber’s Cider Mill Farm will be celebrating their homegrown strawberry harvest by offering their first ever Drive-thru Strawberry festival on May 22nd – May 24th & May 29th – May 31st. The festival will be held at 2526 Proctor Lane in Parkville. They’re offering drive-thru ordering of strawberry treats from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Farm fresh produce and make your own Strawberry Breakfast Boxes can be purchased on our online store and picked up during market hours with Weber’s curbside pick-up. Customers should please stay inside their vehicles. MORE

Happy Animals Yoga!
Friday, May 29 | 11 AM – 11:30 AM
Virtual Event with Howard County Conservancy

What does it feel like to be a lizard, a cat, a giraffe?Join the Howard County Conservancy on Facebook Live at 11am for Happy Animals Yoga with Patti LeConte! She will have you playfully create body shapes and use your imagination to connect to the animal world around us. Please wear comfy, stretchy clothes and have a yoga mat or beach towel handy. This yoga class is geared towards k-5 friends. MORE

Adopt a Pottery Pet Live Sale
Saturday, May 30 | 9 AM – 10 AM
Virtual Event with Pic-N-Paint Pottery

Join Pic-N-Paint Pottery Saturday May 30th for a Live “Adopt a Pottery Pet” at 9:00 am. They  will have several animals to adopt and each animal comes with a pen, baby bottle, bracelet for the child, and paints to create.  Kids can adopt a pet and when they do they will spin the wheel for a prize, chalk, bubbles or play-doh. They’ll tell little stories about each pet and some fun facts — like their name, where they were born, what they like to eat. (All made up fun facts!) No need to make a reservation, just join them live for a fun time!  MORE

WTMD Saturday Morning Tunes Livestream with Sonia De Los Santos
Saturday, May 30 | 9 AM – 10 AM
Virtual Event with WTMD

Saturday Morning Tunes Livestream Concerts bring stars of the kids music scene to your smartphone, laptop and TV Saturdays at 9 a.m. on the WTMD Facebook Page. They’re free, and sure to get your little ones dancing. The series continues at 9 a.m. Saturday May 30 with bilingual star Sonia De Los Santos. Sonia was nominated in 2019 for a Latin Grammy® with her second family music album titled ¡Alegría! and has been hailed by Billboard as “one of the Latin Children’s music artists you should know” and “Best Latin Children’s Music.” MORE

The Constitution & Space Travel & Exploration!
Saturday, May 30 | 9 AM – 10 AM
Virtual Event with Constituting America

Join Constituting American for Constitutional Chats hosted by Janine Turner & Cathy Gillespie, where Janine and Cathy, along with Constituting America’s student ambassadors Dakare Chatman and Tova Love Kaplan, chat with experts on hot-topic issues! This week’s topic? The Constitution and space travel. MORE

Rise, Rhyme & Read w/ Culture Queen
Saturday, May 30 | 10 AM – 10:30 AM
Virtual Event with Busboys and Poets

Watch Facebook Live! Join Busboys and Poets’ Children’s Cultural Literacy Ambassador-In-Residence Culture Queen online for an engaging and interactive program that will feature music, movement, and storytelling activities from many royal lands. This program will bring joy, fun, and inspiration to children and their families during this challenging time when they need it the most. MORE

Family Jam: Discover Bucket Drumming with Dante’ Pope
Saturday, May 30 | 10:15 AM – 11 AM
Virtual Event with Strathmore

Join the Strathmore ONLINE for a Saturday Family Jam Sessions are now online! Junior music aficionados spend Saturday mornings singing, playing, and preparing for a lifetime of music appreciation. This week, percussionist Dante’ Pope leads a rhythmic jam session featuring percussive sounds from all over the world. This Journey through rhythm and sound will feature items that can be found around the house as well as using the very first instrument known to man, the human body. Ideal for ages 6-12 but fun for kids and adults of all ages! MORE

Kerplunk Live! Free Family Art Tune-In Workshop
Saturday, May 30 | 11 AM – 12 PM
Virtual Event with Creative Alliance

Tune-In (right here) every Saturday from 11AM to NOON for FREE art-making workshops that the whole family can enjoy. No registration required!  The Creative Alliance thinks every family deserves a trophy right now. Make one with them on Saturday! Start collecting your materials found at home this week! MORE

NASA/Space X Crew Dragon Launch
Saturday, May 30 | Coverage at 11 AM; Lift-Off Targeted for 3:22 PM
Virtual Event with NASA & SpaceX

Watch history unfold on Saturday, May 30, as NASA and SpaceX launch astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station. This mission marks the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011 that humans will fly to the space station from U.S. soil. The first launch attempt on May 27 was scrubbed due to weather. Set a reminder to tune for joint NASA/SpaceX coverage starting at 11 a.m. EDT, with liftoff currently targeted for 3:22 p.m. EDT. MORE

Virtual Performance: Cobweb Canvas
Saturday, May 30 | 2 PM – 3 PM
Virtual Event with Robinson Nature Center and Port Discovery

Through a partnership between Robinson Nature Center and Port Discovery Children’s Museum, “Cobweb Canvas” premiered at Robinson Nature Center this past October 2019. This modified, virtual version has been created for families to enjoy in their homes! Join Robinson Nature Center for a 40-minute virtual performance that combines the visual arts with dramatic play. Rowan the spider, played by Port Discovery’s Performing Arts Specialist Derek Cooper, wants to see if he can be an artist. Help him on his artistic journey by playing games related to lines, shapes and color and gaining inspiration from both real and fictional spiders. Gather your own materials (string, cloth, paper, markers, decorations) and design alongside Rowan as he creates a spider web art piece. FREE! Register in advance. MORE

Kindness Rocks at the Elkridge Furnace Inn & Garden House
Sunday, May 31 | 9 AM – 3 PM
Elkridge Furnace Inn & Garden House

Create a “kindness rock” to leave an inspiring legacy on their 12 acre historic property for others to enjoy. Smooth rocks, disposable brushes and paint provided with social distancing in mind. And then stop by their Farmer’s Market for some extra fun. Free to their masked guests. MORE

LIVE! Sunday Morning Kids with Tom Angleberger
Sunday, MAy 31 | 11 AM – 11:30 AM
Virtual Event with Gaithersburg Book Festival

Join author Tom Angleberger at the virtual Gaithersburg Book Festival! He’ll be talking about his book Didi Dodo Future Spy: Double-O Dodo #3. Here’s the book’s premise: Koko Dodo the cookie chef has a big problem. Today is the day of the royal cookie contest, and someone has stolen his top-secret fudge sauce! Luckily, a spy enters the scene just in time (or rather, crashes in on her roller skates): Didi Dodo! MORE

Learn to Write a Choose Your Own Adventure Story with Rana Tahir
Sunday, May 31 | 1 PM – 2 PM
Virtual Event with The Ivy Bookshop

The Ivy is pleased to welcome author Rana Tahir, author of Choose Your Own Adventure SPIES: Noor Inayat Khan, for a Zoom workshop on writing a CYOA story! The workshop will be fun for all ages. MORE

Harry Potter Trivia with Walsh Trivia
Sunday, May 31 | 3 PM – 4 PM
Virtual Event with Walsh Trivia

Did you ride your toy broomstick when you were 1 year old? Do you talk to snakes at the zoo? Did you dedicate your life to finding The Deathly Hallows? Play a special (virtual!) Harry Potter Trivia this Sunday,  your Quidditch league got cancelled anyway…. This will be Walsh Trivia’s second Harry Potter Trivia (a brand new game!!) Like all trivia games, this will be most fun as a team game. The game will be hosted on Zoom so you can play on your own, with other people in your home, or get all your friends together and form a team that can compete with the very best. The cost is only $4.00 per person. Register in advance. Space is limited. MORE

An Afternoon of Storyfinding and Storysharing
Sunday, May 31 | 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
Virtual Event with The Jewish Museum of Maryland

Join the Jewish Museum of Maryland for a unique program where they will explore the stories in their collection and create stories about what is happening today through writing, drawing, and photography. This program is designed for participants aged five to ten. Places are limited, so early registration is recommended. You will have the opportunity to donate your completed projects to the JMM for their project History is Now: The JMM Collects Covid 19. MORE

 

Just for parents….

Helping Preschool Students Grow Inside & Outside the Classroom
Saturday, May 30 | 10 AM – 11 AM
Virtual Event with The Garrison Forest School

Join Garrison Forest School for a virtual event with some of our Preschool teachers who will provide educational, fun ideas for spring-themed math and science activities parents can do at home with their children. Jamie Roeder, Director of Early Childhood Education, will share a bit about Garrison Forest’s Coed Preschool and speak to our unique and developmentally appropriate approach to learning both in the classroom and in the virtual space. This virtual event is designed for a parent audience and will provide fun educational ideas they can take away and use with their children. MORE