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Skateboarding Dogs, Spring Fling, and Celebrating Moms-to-Be: Weekend With the Kids

Or if you don’t want to head out this weekend, some ideas for science experiments at home

Pups in the Park at Nationals Park
Saturday marks the return of the popular Pups in the Park event at Nationals Park. Pack up the kids and dogs and get to the stadium before the Nationals take on the Marlins at 1 PM to participate in the “pup parade,” led by Tillman, the famous skateboarding dog. A special section of the park will be designated for fans and their dogs. All proceeds from the dog ticket sales will be donated to the Washington Humane Society. Owners must bring proof of vaccinations to the park and sign a waiver before entering. Tickets are $20 for humans, $5 for dogs.

Donate Equipment for a Good Cause
If you can’t get to Nationals Park on Saturday, consider heading there on Sunday for the Youth Baseball and Softball Festivities Day. Beginning at 11, fans can donate much-needed baseball equipment—such as baseballs, softballs, bats, batting gloves, catcher’s equipment, youth batting helmets, bases, or baseball pants—to charity by dropping it off outside the center-field gates until the end of the fourth inning of the Nationals-Marlins game.

Baby Bash & Bling Expo
On Saturday, expectant mothers can head over to the Baby Bash & Bling Expo to pamper themselves, talk to local doctors and health experts, participate in forums on topics such as baby-proofing homes or investing in college-savings plans, indulge in some mocktails, and score free giveaways at the Westin in the National Harbor. The expo is from noon until 3, and tickets ($50 to $70) are available on the event Web site.

Spring Fling with CREATE Arts Center
With longer days finally here, no one wants to go to bed early, so head to CREATE Arts Center’s third annual Spring Fling in downtown Silver Spring for some live music and art on Saturday evening. The festival begins at 6 at Photogroup Studio (next to the former Mayorga Coffee House on Georgia Avenue) and includes art projects and movies for kids, art exhibits, dinner from Takoma Park and Silver Spring restaurants, and live music by three bands, including Wiley Sonic, a band composed of Montgomery County Dads. Admission is $25 for adults, $10 for teens, and $5 for children ages 12 and under.

Bring Science Home
If your plans this weekend include staying home, check out Scientific American’s Bring Science Home, a monthlong initiative to show kids how exciting and fun science can be. Geared toward kids ages six and up, the online series offers ideas for using household items to conduct science experiments. A new idea will be posted each day through the end of the month—one great experiment teaches kids about fruit DNA by using a banana.

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