With Thanksgiving just two weeks away, you may be looking for a distraction from the holidays and your kids’ virtual learning. This weekend, whether you want to get out of the house to see some dinosaurs or stay at home and explore space, here are seven events to get in some family fun this weekend.
Friday & Saturday, 1 p.m.
Gather the family around the computer for a fun scavenger hunt around the International Space Station. After the hunt, download some virtual activities for a night of family bonding. Choose from night sky bingo, science demonstrations and story time for a day full of space travel. // free
Friday through Sunday, times vary
Travel into the amazing world of Mary Poppins for tea time. The afternoon will be practically perfect in every way as you munch on a delicious three-course meal. While a bottomless pot of tea will be provided to every table, champagne and mimosas are available for purchase. // The Tea Cart: 16 W. Main St., Berryville; $28-$43
Saturday, 10-10:30 a.m.
Santa is heading to Fredericksburg for a short vacation to meet all the good girls and boys. To welcome St. Nick, there will be a special parade around the parking lot. After the parade, head inside the mall to get a special picture with the big man. // Spotsylvania Towne Centre: 137 Spotsylvania Mall, Fredericksburg; free
Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Let your little ones play with their food before the holidays. This class will teach children how to decorate, build and create while using food. This class is intended for children ages 5-12. // Marshall Community Center: 4133 Rectortown Road, Marshall; $27
Saturday & Sunday, times vary
Bring the family and your four-legged friends along to the Fredericksburg Pet Show. Spend the weekend learning about the pet world, picking up new products and browsing local vendors. A variety of animals will also be available for adoption. // Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center: 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway, Fredericksburg; $8
Through Sunday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Turn your car into a time machine and travel back to the Jurassic era. Get an up close look at the larger than life dinos as you make your way through the tour. An audio tour full of facts is also available to play in your car as you go through the attraction. // RFK Stadium Festival Grounds: 2408 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, DC; $49 per vehicle
Sunday, 5:30 p.m.
Dive into the holiday festivities with a showing of The Grinch. Enjoy the drive-in atmosphere as everyone is reminded of the true meaning of Christmas. This showing is a special fundraiser event that benefits CASA DC. // Alexandria Drive-In Theater: 5001 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria; $40 per car
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