Things to do with kids this weekend


Babe Ruth in 1923. (AP)

I am bursting with all the possibilities of things to do in this area this weekend. Will I do any of them? Will you? Or will we end up sitting at home, trying to reorganize closets? (Hmmm. That is somehow also appealing in a way.)

Anyway, if I can get away from the house, I would happily take in any of these happenings about town.

For my baseball crazed child, and yours, hop over to the National Portrait Gallery Saturday for the Baseball Family Festival and be entertained by mascots, crafts and a book signing of Becoming Babe Ruth.

Want to roam in the beautiful outdoors? It’s the annual Lotus and Water Lily Cultural Festival Saturday at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens. (Make sure your iPhone is warmed up. Plenty of Instagram opportunities here.)

Spending some time in Baltimore? It’s Bubble Days Saturday and Sunday at the wonderful Maryland Science Center.

No camps for your kiddos Friday? Do your own at the National Archives for the “Making Their Mark” family day. Related to famous folks’ signatures, there will be hands on activities and plenty of interesting history lessons. A letter to President Roosevelt from Amelia Earhart? Sure. A Giants’ autographed football to President Obama? Yep. Jackie O’s pillbox hat? Sure.

The closet can wait.

Amy Joyce is the editor and a writer for On Parenting.
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