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Get Ready for the Guest Artist Program at the National Postal Museum!

 

Stamp artists have the extremely challenging task of depicting the shared history, culture, and beliefs of an entire nation on a one-inch square piece of paper. They work to find the perfect balance between the countless perspectives and experiences of the American people with their individual artistic visions.

This summer, you can join National Postal Museum and artist John Parra, as they examine a collection of themes illustrated in his original stamp designs and illustrations. Whether you are interested in John’s design process, his artistic inspirations, or his interest in examining Hispanic heritage on postage stamps, there is undoubtedly a program that will interest a variety of art lovers!

Programs will take place throughout the summer, both online and in person, the first one happening next Wednesday, June 28, at 7pm over Zoom.  During that session, join John Parra and USPS Art Director Antonio Alcalá for  ¡Delicioso!: Designing Latino Food Stamps, a conversation about the stamp design process that they used in 2017 when working on the ¡Delicioso! series together.   All ages are welcome to join, and there is no cost to register.

Mark your calendar, too, for the first in-person program: Spanish is the Language of My Family Book Festival will take place  at the National Postal Museum on Saturday, July 15, 11am – 4pm.  Enjoy a family-friendly book festival following the release of Spanish is the Language of My Family, written by Michael Genhart and illustrated by John Parra. Festivities will include tons of fun games, interesting crafts, and entertaining live music for the whole family! This event is free, and no advanced registration is required.

See what else is coming up in the Guest Artist Program this summer! (We’ll keep you updated, too.)

Guest Artist Program
Where: National Postal Museum | 2 Mass Ave NE & Online
When: Throughout the summer
Admission: FREE!

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FREE this Sunday: Pollinator Celebration & Mister G Concert at the National Museum of Natural History!

 

There is a lot to enjoy at Smithsonian museums this coming weekend, and one program that families and kids will especially dig: The World & Me: Pollinator Celebration with MISTER G.

This Sunday, June 25 from 10am – 12:30pm, the National Museum of Natural History is partnering with the U.S. Forest Service and USDA for a morning celebrating pollinators and learning about our connections to pollinators and plants with interactive activities and a concert with MISTER G!  It’s all free and open to the public, and no registration is required.

Schedule of events:
10-10:55am: Hands-on activities and learning stations
11-11:50am: Concert with MISTER G
11:55am – 12:30pm: Hands-on activities and learning stations, plus a book signing with MISTER G*
*Books will be available for purchase at the event.

The program will be held in Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center, on the Ground Floor of the National Museum of Natural History. Use the Constitution Avenue entrance, and Q?rius is located on the right as you enter the museum.

Want to begin your pollinator explorations ahead of the event? Check out the museum’s learning resource page about pollinators and plants!

The World & Me: Pollinator Celebration with MISTER G
Where: National Museum of Natural History | National Mall, DC
When: Sunday, June 25, 10am – 12:30pm
Admission: FREE

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The World & Me Family Program: Amphibian Week Celebration with the USDA Forest Service & Friends!

 

Celebrate Amphibian Week with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s family program, The World & Me! Join the fun this Saturday, May 6, to learn about amphibians with friends and resources from the USDA Forest Service, USGS, Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service!

Families with kids of all ages are invited to explore different stations and learn through play, art, and museum collections.  Learn all about these remarkable vertebrates that spend their lives in both land and water. Discover how a healthy ecosystem supports frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders, and why we need to preserve their habitats.

 

 

The program will take place at the National Museum of Natural History. Meet at the entrance of Q?rius, the Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center, on the Ground Floor of the museum. Q?rius is located next to the Constitution Avenue entrance.

This is a drop-in event — families can join anytime from 10am – 12:30pm and stay for as long as they’d like. No registration is required.

The World and Me Family Program: Amphibian Week Celebration
Where: National Museum of Natural History
Location: Constitution Ave.  & 10th St. NW, DC
When: Saturday, May 6, 10am – 12:30pm
Admission: FREE!

 

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Host Your Next Party or Event at the National Children’s Museum!

 

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Mind Tricks & More Fun at the Museum of Illusions

 

When the Museum of Illusions opened at CityCenter DC back in December, I thought it was just a quick pop-up, a temporary experience that would only be here through the holiday season, so I didn’t make it a huge priority to go.  I’ve since learned that it’s here indefinitely, so when my friend Jen from Kid Up and Go asked me to join her on a visit recently, I was excited to check it out.

Who’s big, who’s little?

The museum calls itself an “edutainment destination” and fittingly so.  The many installations and exhibits throughout the multi-room space trick and test the mind in ways that are fun and illuminating.  Not only are the illusions cool to see and interact with, they play with perspective, sometimes require problem solving, and spark curiosity about how they work. And you can learn all about them from signs with explanations and staff who are on hand to answer any questions.

Moving pictures?

Everything in the museum is interactive in some way, whether you’re staring at pictures to watch them “move,” standing within an exhibit to feel its effects, solving some kind of puzzle, or placing yourself just so to create an illusional scene.  There are purely visual exhibits, elements that require hands-on activity, whole immersive rooms, and fun optical illusion photo ops.  The images in this post offer a glimpse, but there are so many more!

Just hangin’ in the Metro

It’s completely engaging, and you can explore it all as slowly or quickly as you like, though the museum’s website says visits last about 45-60 minutes.  We spent about an hour in the museum, and that was enough time to check out everything there.

A kaleidoscope of… me 😃

Unlike many DC museums, there is an admission fee for ages 5 and up to visit the Museum of Illusions.  But if you’re looking for something unique and fun to do, this mind-bending experience is a good bet.

Wonder what they’re holding 😉

 

Museum of Illusions
Where: 927 H Street NW | CityCenter DC
When: Sun–Thurs, 10am – 8pm | Fri & Sat, 10am – 9pm
Admission: $23.50/13+, $18.95/age 5-12, free/4 & under

 

Puzzles…to try and to buy

 

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