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Celebration of Textiles: A Family Festival at the Textile Museum this Weekend!


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This post is paid for by the The George Washington University Museum and Textile 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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This Weekend: Museums, a Folk Fest, and Tons of Seasonal Fun

Playing in the fountains at the U.S. Botanic Garden

As this post goes live, the forecast is calling for both sun and showers this weekend. Luckily, there are options for family fun to suit all weather possibilities — museum family days, the Washington Folk Festival, a community children’s fair, theatre performances, strawberry picking, and much more summer recreation. Here’s where it’s all happening. Happy Weekend!

Celebration of TextilesThis free, annual two-day festival at the Textile Museum offers something for everyone.  Venture outside to the spectacular garden to participate in hands-on textile activities, watch live sheep being shorn (weather permitting), and learn from embroidery, weaving, and lace-making guilds of the region as they demonstrate their skills.  Explore the exhibitions Green: the Color and the Cause and Second Lives: The Age-Old Art of Recycling Textiles. Also on view will be DC Public School student’s textile art projects inspired by this year’s theme of recycling and created in part of the 2011 Museum-School Partnership. The celebration will take place on Saturday from 10am – 4pm and Sunday from 1-5pm. All ages are welcome.

Washington Folk Festival  – Get folksy at Glen Echo Park this weekend. In its 31st year, the Washington Folk Festival will showcase the diversity of traditional music in Washington. All of the artists hail from the DC area, but cultures from around the nation, as well as the world, will be represented through music, dance, crafts, and stories. The public is invited to enjoy the festival that is renown in the folk community Saturday and Sunday from 12-7pm both days. Admission is free.

Imagination BethesdaOn Saturday from 11am – 4pm, join the Bethesda Urban Partnership to celebrate children, art, and all things fun at the 17th annual Imagination Bethesda. Where Woodmont Avenue meets Elm Street, activity tents will line the streets, face painters will bring butterflies and pirates to life, and a stage of live entertainment will have the whole street dancing. Activity details and the entertainment line-up are available on the Imagination Bethesda website.

Summer in the City – Outdoor concerts, a children’s garden and more ongoing seasonal fun has begun in DC. From Jazz in the Garden on Friday evenings to open swim at local pools to play time at the Botanic Garden,  this post has the scoop on where and when you can experience the joys of summer.

Bear Awareness Days – The National Zoo is hosting two days of fun, family programming all about bears. Enjoy special keeper talks and animal demos, learn about the bears of the world, and find out how to stay safe around local bears. Kids of all ages can help bear-proof a campsite, share what they love about bears, sneak a peek at our bamboo shed, and even bring their own teddy bear for a check-up. This free program will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 2pm. View a schedule of activities on the National Zoo website.

The Time is Still Ripe – Strawberry fields may not be forever on DC area farms, but they’re still yielding fruit for now.  This may be the last weekend to harvest your own — if you plan to go, this list includes farms offering pick-your-own opportunities.

Family Night Out at the Theatre1st Stage Theatre at Tysons Corner presents a special family performance of  “Jack and the Bean-Stalk” on Saturday at 6pm.  The brand new adaptation of the classic fairytale just opened last weekend and will run through June 19.  Tickets are $15 and available for purchase online.

National Trails DayThe first Saturday of every June is National Trails Day. Celebrate it this weekend by taking a family hike.  For some ideas on where to go, see this post about good walks in the woods with the kids.

History in the Making Family DayThe Smithsonian American Art Museum is celebrating  History in the Making: The Renwick Craft Invitational 2011 with a day of activities for the family.  Guests are invited to take a family-oriented tour of the exhibition galleries, then make arts and crafts inspired by the work of the four artists on view.  There will also be live music and a scavenger hunt.  The free event runs from 11am – 2pm on Saturday.

Click, Clack, MooOn Sunday at 3pm, the Alden Theatre in McLean presents a new musical based on the Caldecott Award-winning book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.  All day long Farmer Brown hears “click clack moo, clickety clackety moo…” The cows are typing and protesting their working conditions! When his granddaughter Jenny comes to visit, Farmer Brown declares the farm a “tech-free zone.” The hilarious musical is all about negotiation and compromise.  Recommended for ages 4 and up.  Tickets are $12, $8/McLean residents.

Best in Shows – Along with the above-mentioned plays, there are several more performances to see around the area, including A Year with Frog and Toad, which is in its final weekend at Adventure Theatre.  Find out what else is on stages this weekend — see this post for live entertainment options for the family.

Sunny Days – The weather forecast is looking good for at least part of the weekend.  Bask in the sunshine and have a good time with help of this list of great places to enjoy a beautiful day outdoors with the kids.

Rainy Days – Let’s hope you won’t have to use this, but if the skies should open up this weekend, these ideas for rainy day recreation will come in handy.

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Day at the Museum

With a chance of storms in the forecast this weekend, a trip to the museum may be the perfect way to spend a day with the kids. And good timing—there are lots special events taking place at our local galleries, and there’s something going on for just about every interest. Of course, they aren’t just rainy day recommendations. Even if the precipitation passes us by, all of these events are sure to be a good time for the family.

Jazz ‘n Families Fun Days
Listen to live jazz as you tour the Phillips Collection—musicians will be interpreting the art through their music. Especially for kids: an instrument petting zoo, storytelling, and a chance to create souvenir artwork. Even better, admission is free (normally $10 on weekends). The event runs from 10am – 5pm on Saturday 6/5, and 11am – 6pm on Sunday 6/6.

World Ocean Day
World Ocean Day is June 8, but the National Museum of Natural History is celebrating early this Saturday, 6/5. Head to the Sant Ocean Hall for a day full of oceanic activities (nod to Lost intended). Kids can meet scientists who study the sea and learn about our connection to the ocean through a variety of demos and activities. They can also make a special keepsake and take the pledge to be an Ocean Friend. The event runs from 10:30am – 4pm, admission is free as usual.

Celebration of Textiles
This two-day festival at the Textile Museum is a wonderful opportunity for some hands-on textile exploration. Kids can explore the gallery, try some woodblock printing, and watch local artists and craftspeople at their trades—quilting, lace making, embroidery, weaving. The event is part of Museum Walk Weekend and taking place Saturday from 10am – 4pm, Sunday 1pm – 5pm. Admission is free.

Ready Set Glow!
Just in time for firefly season, the National Children’s Museum is hosting Ready Set Glow! to celebrate the launch of their new website game, “Help Flicker Find His Mate.” Kids can make a firefly flashlight, create a special firefly art project, and bask in the glow of a firefly show. The free event is from 11am- 4pm.

Start with the Arts Family Day
From June 6–12, VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, is bringing together artists, educators, researchers, and policymakers from around the world for a multicultural celebration of the arts and arts education. And it all starts this Sunday, 6/6, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. From 11:30am – 5:30pm, the Arts Family Day will have tons of activities for kids, including story quilts, clay projects, drawing, ukelele workshops, hula dancing, and more. Enjoy performances by Iceland’s Perland Theatre Group, Maryland’s Quest Theatre Company, and Tennessee’s Lake Rise Place. Admission is free.

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