With a beautiful spring weekend in the books, skip the errands and have yourself a family adventure. Whether you’re looking for a night at the carnival or want to drive through and gawk at Jurassic-era dinos, these are the events you should attend for a family fun weekend.
Friday, 3 p.m.
Call it quits early this Friday and take the whole family on a historical outing. Tour the amazing villa of Historic Huntley. Learn about the significance it had on the founding fathers, master old-time children’s games, and try out a pair of historic ice tongs. // Historic Huntley: 6918 Harrison Ln., Alexandria; $8
Friday through May 30, times vary
See the dinosaurs come to life that will make any dino enthusiasts’ dreams come true. This encounter features over 55 life-size animatronic and static dinos of all sizes and varieties. As you drive past these Jurassic-era creatures, enjoy a free audio tour to add some learning to your family fun time. // Bull Run Special Events Center: 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville; $49 per vehicle
Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
This annual event is turning into a drive-thru. Even though you’ll have to stay in your car, there is plenty of fun to be had. Live entertainment includes jugglers, a magician, stilt walkers, animals and more. // McLean Community Center: 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean; free
Saturday, 7-10 p.m.
Take your movie night to the actual museum. Lay out your lawn chairs and blankets for a relaxing showing of Night At The Museum under the stars. Museum tours and other kids activities will be available throughout the night. // Spotsylvania County Museum at Lick Run: 6161 Plank Rd., Fredericksburg; free
Sunday, 2-4 p.m.
Summer is around the corner, which means the snakes are starting to come out. Head to the park and tag along with a roving naturalist and reptile expert to stake out some of the slithery reptiles. Fingers crossed you get a sight of a variety of snakes in their natural habitat. // Fountainhead Regional Park: 10875 Hampton Rd., Fairfax Station; $8
Through May 31, times vary
The carnival is back in town! Spend the weekend enjoying some early summer fun as you take a spin on your favorite rides, chow on delicious carnival dishes, and play games. // One Loudoun: 44715 Brimfield Dr., Ashburn; $20-$75
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