1. The annual Library of Congress National Book Festival begins today and will run through the weekend. For obvious reasons, it’s all virtual this year, but the author lineup and programming are as stellar as ever! Today is completely focused on schools, children, and teens at home — author videos and specials, including from kid faves Jon Scieszka and Jason Reynolds, will be released for streaming at 9am. Over the weekend there will be on-demand author videos live Q&A’s, and more with 120 authors on nine virtual stages. And since we’ll miss live signings by our favorite writers, signed books available for purchase through Politics & Prose. See more about the Festival and register for free here.
2. Catch an airshow over the National Mall today starting at 11:30am. The Arsenal of Democracy Flyover will feature approximately 70 World War II aircraft soaring in formations that represent the War’s major battles in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of victory.
3. Add another museum to your list of reopened places: The American Visionary Art Museum is welcoming visitors again starting today. The Baltimore venue is full of wonderful, whimsical works that can be appreciated by art buffs of all ages. All of the galleries will be open, though some interactive exhibits will be off to limit contact. New hours will be 10am – 5pm Wednesday – Sunday, and admission is $15.95/adults, $13.95/seniors, $9.95/child age 7+, free/6 & under. Reserve tickets in advance and see their visitor guidelines for COVID safety.
4. This evening, join Dumbarton House for a virtual Family Game Night featuring Federal period card and dice games! Learn some fun games and use math skills along the way, and find some new activities to stay entertained throughout the pandemic. This program is suitable for elementary ages and up. Household tickets are $15 — register through the link.
PS: Seeking weekend activities? Hover over the ADVENTURES tab at the top of the blog for a dropdown with all kinds of ideas.