As we head into the last weekend of April, close out the month with a bang. Whether you want to extend your Earth Day celebrations or go on a scavenger hunt in the park, try out these family-friendly events this weekend.
Friday, 3:40-4:30 p.m.
If you and your kids aren’t squirmy around snakes, this program is for you. Learn everything about those slithery little serpents, from why they are important to what they eat. Plus, your little ones will get a front-row seat to a special feeding. // Potomac Overlook Regional Park: 2845 N. Marcey Rd., Arlington; $7
Friday & Saturday, times vary
Weekend fun calls for a musical. In this off-Broadway favorite, two teens fall in love when their fathers pretend to feud. Once the charade is off, two two decide to go their separate ways, maturing and learning much-needed lessons along the way. // Franklin Park Arts Center: 36441 Blueridge View Ln., Purcellville; $18-$22
Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon
It’s never too late to celebrate Earth Day. Make your way to the community center for some eco-friendly fun. Your kiddos will love making playdough, planting an herb garden, and learning about recycling. // Reston Community Center: 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston; free
Saturday, 1-2 p.m.
Celebrate the planet with a thank-you party in the garden. Parents and kids will be able to enjoy face painting, puppets, Earth Day crafts, and much more. // Green Spring Gardens: 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria; $10
Saturday through May 24
Put your sleuthing caps on and spend your Saturday as a detective. You’ll want to spend the whole day scouring the park for the gnomes hidden along the trail. After you find all 10, put together the letters and enter the secret password to become a Guardian of ArlinGnome. // Long Branch Nature Center: 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington; free
Sunday, 10 a.m.
Tie dye is the rage every summer. This year, color your whites with a more natural approach. Families will use items found in nature to make their own unique designs. The day will also include a lesson in natural dyes, so you create the project at home. // Sully Historic Site: 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly; $20 per family
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