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Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 06/08/2012

Fun and sun with the kids this weekend


At Cunningham Falls State Park, kids can experience a real swimming hole, or just get close the falls. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

With gorgeous weather on the horizon, there’s no better time to get out with the little ones. Inspired by a chatter looking for ways to help the kids “get the wiggles out” in yesterday’s Got Plans? chat, here are a few ideas for the weekend:

Hit the fair

Celebrate Fairfax! begins tonight, with carnival rides and more. Our suggestion: Go on Sunday when the ’80s tribute act The Legwarmers play at 4:30 p.m. — the kids will love them because they dress like something out of “Hot Tub Time Machine,” and you will love them because they just might play “Eye of the Tiger.”

Bike and stroll by the waterfront

The National Children’s Museum’s third annual CycleFest is Saturday at National Harbor, with a “bike rodeo,” performances by Bach to Rock’s youth bands, giveaways and bike decorating. Afterward, check out The Awakening on the shores of the harbor, and head to Elevation Burger for burgers and shakes.

Take a day trip

Head to Frederick County and you’ll find two fun summertime activities: The Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo outside Frederick is super kid-friendly and peaceful, if you don’t want to deal with the throngs of tourists at the National Zoo. Make a day of it by heading to Cunningham Falls afterward. You can get much closer to the 78-foot falls than you can at Great Falls, and you can even go for a swim in the park’s man-made lake.

See the ponies up close

Horses are in the spotlight, thanks to Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. Why not see the gorgeous animals up close at the Upperville Horse and Colt Show? The show dubs itself the oldest horse show in America (around since 1853), and hosts its big events, the Pedigree Country Fair and the Jumper Classic, on Sunday.

If this weekend’s already packed, don’t forget upcoming kid-friendly events: Baltimore’s giant 1812 bicentennial celebration, “Sailabration,” which gets going next week, and next weekend’s Truck Touch at RFK, where kids can get up close with the District’s roaring big vehicles.

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