Hope everyone had a great 4th! Keep the fun going at these special events and activities happening around the area over the next few days. Or enjoy a DC mainstay — the list of Everyday Play has loads of ideas. Happy Weekend!
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Where: National Mall
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
The annual Festival celebrating living cultural heritage and community traditions is underway. Visitors of all ages will have ample opportunity to discover and explore it all through special exhibits, workshops, performances, exhibits, demos, and more, including plenty of activities especially children. For specifics, see the festival schedule. And it all takes place right on the National Mall where you can easily pop into museums when you need a break from the heat.
Celebrate Summer with Science
Where: Koshland Science Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $7/adults, $4/children
Celebrate summer with special hands-on science activities at the National Academy of Science’s very own museum, the Koshland Science Museum. Heading to the beach? Find out how the ocean is changing. Using a plastic cup and mollusk shells, see how our actions impact coastal communities. Making new summer memories? Learn a series of visual techniques that will help you translate this summer’s get-togethers and events into memories that last a lifetime. Planning a picnic? Think about portion size. Use everyday objects to determine whether you are eating proper portion sizes. Get tips for planning healthy meals and snacks, even when on the go. These activities are included at no cost with regular admission. Tour the exhibits to find out how small changes can make a difference for your health and our environment.
Dance Jam Family Day: Art on 8th NW
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 5pm
The National Portrait Gallery and Dance Place present this fun-filled family day that includes dance performances, arts and crafts, hula hooping, and line dancing to get you moving. See the website for the schedule of entertainment and activities througout the day. This will all take place in the NPG’s Kogod Courtyard.
Summer in the City
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity
Seize the season with a host of activities that only occur this time of year. Enjoy an open air concert at one of the many series in the area. Stay cool under the sun at an outdoor pool, sprayground, or water park. Feast on crabs. Ride mini-trains and carousels at local parks. And much, much more. Find details on all these summer pursuits here.
An Alien’s Perspective on Art
Where: Corcoran Gallery
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
At this week’s session of the Corcoran’s Free Summer Saturday program, guests are invited to take a look at some of the Corcoran’s abstract works of art and discuss what they think the artists who created them wanted to convey. With that as inspiration, young artists can get hands-on and create their version to take home.
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
See Peter Pan and Wendy or Mouse on the Move at Imagination Stage Catch a performance of Dr. Seuss’s A Cat in the Hat at Adventure Theatre. Dinosaur Babies are entertaining young audiences at The Puppet Co. You can also head to the venue early on Saturday & Sunday for Tiny Tots, puppet show performances especially for little ones. And the Bari Koral Family Rock Band is performing at Wolf Trap’s Children’s-Theatre-in-the-Woods on Saturday at 10:30am.
Movin’ & Groovin’ Movies at the Museum
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday, 10:30am & Sunday, 11:30am
Celebrate the joy of dance with characters who twist, twirl, tiptoe, shake, stamp, and sashay their way through life. Featured is El Salón México (Paul Glickman and Tamarind King, US, 2009), an animation set to Aaron Copland’s 1936 musical composition of the same title, which follows the adventures of young Antonito as he dreams of attending his very first fiesta. Other films include Mobile (Verena Fels, Germany, 2010), about a cow whose precarious perch tests the laws of gravity; Ballet of Unhatched Chicks (Shaun Seong-Young Kim, US, 2011), an ode to self-expression; and Giraffes Can’t Dance (Weston Woods, US, 2007), the tale of Gerald the giraffe, whose passion for dance overcomes the doubts of the animal kingdom. Recommended for ages 5 and up, the program lasts approximately 55 minutes and takes place in the East Building concourse auditorium.
Healthy First Saturday
Where: Port Discovery
When: Saturday, 10am – 3:30pm
Admission: $13.95/ages 2 and up
Start your month off the healthy way at Port Discovery’s community health fair featuring performances by The Mr. Gabe Music Show and more. Other activities will include Art Ala Cart (10 am – 1 pm), Circle Time (11am & 12pm), and a visit from FIDOS for Freedom (2-3:30pm). And, of course, there are three glorious levels of fun hands-on exhibits to keep kids engaged for hours.
Ice Cream Sundays
Where: Dumbarton House
When: Sunday, 1-3pm
Admission: $6/child or adult
Bring the family to the Dumbarton House gardens to make your own cool ice cream treat, as well as sample an ice cream flavor popular during the Federal period. End your visit with a tour of Dumbarton House to learn about the history of early Georgetown and First Lady Dolley Madison, a visitor to our historic home, who first popularized ice cream in America when she served it at the White House. While you’re there, take a stroll through the gardens as well – they are absolutely sublime! Get a glimpse of them in this post.
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Sunday, 6pm
Catch a family-friendly performance from the Hip-Hop Theater Festival on the Millennium Stage this Sunday evening. Christon “Christylez” Bacon, Grammy-nominated D.C. progressive hip-hop artist and multi-instrumentalist presents Rhyme Time, a performance featuring various instruments, including the human beat-box, and the oral tradition of storytelling through his lyrics.
Model Rocket Launch
Where: NASA Goddard
Join the monthly model rocket launch at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Anyone is welcome, and if you’ve got a model rocket to fly, bring it along (though there are some restrictions – see them here). The program takes place the first Sunday of every month at 1pm.