Things to do with kids this weekend: August 30 - September 2

The last weekend before the official start of the school year! Here are our top picks for the week of August 30 - September 2.

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Date Night Movie Nights
Watch “Mean Girls” on the Plaza screen. Rated PG. Bring chairs. Free. 7pm. National Harbor.

Chinese and American Children: We Are More Alike Than Different
Families can enjoy a special preschool storytime about China with Chen Chen, a AACPS Bilingual Facilitator. Chen Chen will take everyone on a fun tour of China where we will find out that even though we come from different countries, we are more alike than different. Children will dance, try picking up objects with chopsticks, read a Chinese fable, count to 5 in Chinese, and make a simple craft. 10 a.m. Crofton Community Library.

Parker Place VIP Variety Class
Families are invited to a special 90-minute format combining exercise, cooking and nutrition and packed with fun. These classes are an ideal opportunity to experience Parker Place’s engaging class programs at no charge. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Annapolis,

Friday August 31

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival
Aug. 31-Sept. 3. Amusement rides, carnival games, live bands, entertainment, food, sports, art and photo contests, used book sale, Labor Day parade and more. Free. Hours vary daily. Roosevelt Center, Greenbelt.

Interactive Movie Night & Dance Party: Footloose
Games, giveaways, dancing, cocktails, and watch the film Footloose. $12. 7pm. Creative Alliance, Baltimore. 410-276-1651,

Smithsonian Sleepover at the Natural History Museum
Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum and participate in hands-on crafts projects and games. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world s most famous museums! Natural History Museum, Washington, D.C.

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St. Michaels Art League Labor Day Show - Under the Tent
September 1st and 2nd, the Art Show is free to public and includes art for sale. Spend your Labor Day Weekend in historic downtown St. Michaels viewing art, and meeting artists and art enthusiasts. Held rain or shine. St. Luke’s United Methodist Church grounds, St. Michael’s.

Living History Weekend - Uncertain Freedom
Journey back to the waning years of the Civil War and meet the people of color who lived and worked in the Almshouse. The looming shadow of slavery will not disappear, even with impending Union victory. Share in their struggles, and join them in facing the challenges that lay ahead. $3 - $12. 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Historic London Town and Gardens, Edgewater.

Zoo Bop
Get your dancing shoes on and singing voice ready for the Zoo Bop children's outdoor music festival. Enjoy performances by Angelo & Marie's Fantastic Bubble Show, Baby Beats! with Max & Root. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. $5 to $24. Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.

National Hard Crab Derby
Through Sept. 2. Crab-themed festival featuring crab races, crab cooking and picking contests, carnival rides, crafts, live entertainment, beauty pageants, parade, and fireworks. Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield.

Maryland State Fair
Through Sept 3. Food, fun, entertainment, rides, livestock, concerts and more. $3-$8. Children
5 and under are free. Rides and concerts require fee. Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium. 

Maryland Renaissance Festival
Sept. 1–Oct. 21, Saturdays and Sundays. 25-acre English village with craft and specialty shops, food and beverage emporiums, games, attractions, jousting and more. $7–$130. 10am-7pm. Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville.

Sunday September 2

Pops in the Park: An Evening of Music from Film
Annapolis Symphony Orchestra Presents Pops in the Park: An Evening of Music and Film At Quiet Waters Park The Symphony will perform an annual outdoor Pops in the Park concert at Quiet Waters Park to celebrate the end of summer. The concert is free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and picnic suppers to enjoy. 5:30 p.m. Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis.

First Sunday Arts Festival
Shop from 130 local and regional artisans and enjoy outdoor cafes and live bands. You can even explore galleries, take a game room challenge and even create your own artwork at shops on West Street. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free Admission. Downtown West Street, Annapolis.

Lakefront Movie Night - Marvel's Black Panther
Bring a blanket and enjoy Marvel's Black Panther by the lake! Free admission and parking. No glass containers or alcoholic beverages permitted. Movie starts at 8:30 p.m. Lake Kittamaqundi (Downtown Columbia Lakefront), Columbia.

For more weekend fun and also the weekday fun, be sure to visit our full Calendar of Events!