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Catch a Day of Fun at the National Postal Museum’s Baseball Family Festival!

 

Swing into the 2023 baseball season with Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum this Saturday, April 29, as they present a special Baseball Family Festival highlighting a recently opened exhibition!

Baseball: America’s Home Run explores our national pastime through a unique, postal lens. Using material from the National Postal Museum’s collection; original stamp art from the United States Postal Service; and artifacts loaned by other Smithsonian museums, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and private collectors, this exhibition explores the surprising ways that baseball and postal history have been deeply intertwined since the early twentieth century.

The Baseball Family Festival will offer fun for all ages with activity stations, crafts, music, and virtual author readings. In-person American Sign Language interpretation will be provided for the author readings.

  • Baseball Bingo: Check off the activities you complete on a bingo card in the event program. and claim a prize (while supplies last) for completing any row of three!
  • Play Ball: Practice pitching, batting, and running the bases in the Historic Lobby using plastic bats and beach balls.
  • Baseball Stamp Puzzles: Flex your puzzles skills with postage stamp puzzles of famous baseball players.
  • Baseball Sewing Activity: Craft a baseball  by sewing together two small paper plates with yarn.
  • Make Your Own Pennant/Stamp: Design your own postage stamp and sports pennant.
  • Tattoos & Trivia: Display your baseball pride with a temporary tattoo and test your baseball knowledge.
  • Book Corner: Explore baseball history with a wide variety of baseball-themed children’s books.
  • Virtual author readings and Q&A: At 1pm, Barb Rosenstock will read her book The Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America’s Hero and at 3pm, Rob Skead will read his book Something to Prove: The Great Satchel Paige vs. Rookie Joe DiMaggio.  These will take place on Zoo, and both will answer questions afterwards.

There will also be activities from the museum partners, the National Museum of American History and National Portrait Gallery. Explore the role that Latinos have played in the history of baseball with hands-on crafts and real objects from the American History’s exhibit Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues/En los barrios y las grandes ligas. And guests can try on baseball uniform pieces and pose like a baseball player for an instant portrait to use for making a baseball trading card.

Of course, be sure to visit the Baseball: America’s Home Run exhibit and tour the rest of the National Postal Museum, a KFDC favorite for all ages — read more about it here and here!

Baseball Family Festival
Where: National Postal Museum | 2 Massachusetts Ave NE, DC
When: Saturday, April 29, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free, but reserve a spot!

 

This post is sponsored by the National Postal Museum, however, I only promote programs, events, and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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Swing into Baseball Season with the National Postal Museum this Weekend!


Baseball season has begun, but you don’t have to go to the ballpark to celebrate it this coming weekend. On Saturday, April 6, the National Postal Museum is hosting a fun-filled family festival to kick off the MLB season as well as the one year countdown until the opening of their exhibition Baseball: America’s Home Run.

The Baseball Opening Day Family Festival will be loaded with festivities for all ages. In addition to an array of food vendors, visitors can enjoy a variety of baseball-inspired activities that will make the day a grand slam!

19th Century Baseball Re-enactors
Explore origins of our national pastime with the Diamond State Base Ball Club of Delaware, the Mutual Base Ball Club of New York, and the Athletic Base Ball Club of Philadelphia.You’ll not only learn how the game has evolved over time, you’ll also be able to partake in old bat and ball games!

Bat-Making Demonstrations with Juan Baret
Ever wonder how a baseball bat is made? Juan Baret, the founder and owner of Baret Bats, will perform live bat-making demonstrations throughout the day. Following his career in the U.S. Air Force, Baret taught himself how to make baseball bats and started his own company. Learn his amazing story as you watch his craft in action!

Story Time
Before the Nationals became the Major League team of our Nation’s Capital in 2005, another baseball club with the same name played here from 1886-1889. William Hoy played for the Nationals from 1888-1889. As a deaf ballplayer, Hoy cleverly invented many of the non-verbal signs that are now a fundamental part of the game. An ASL-interpreted Story Time will explore Hoy’s incredible life and career.

Crafts Station
Use your favorite team as inspiration for decorating a pop-out baseball stadium card at the crafts station. Mail your 3-D card to someone special or take it home as a keepsake.

Picnic Area
Refuel on the outdoor terrace with a cold beverage and some creative baseball grub catered by Rasa, DC Central Kitchen, and the Washington Nationals. Food offerings will include classic options like hotdogs and nachos as well as more modern ballpark cuisine like samosas and slow-roasted pork sandwiches. Enjoy lawn games and the arrival of spring while you snack.

Baseball Opening Day Family Festival
Where: National Postal Museum | 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE, DC
Location: Across from Union Station (Metro Red Line)
When: Saturday, April 6, 2019, 10am – 4pm
Admission: FREE!


This post is sponsored by the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, however, I only promote events, programs, and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.


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