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The Weekend Round-Up: January 6-8

The birthday girl enjoying some nature at Roosevelt Island last weekend.


Free museum and art activities, family entertainment, and a strong recommendation to enjoy the nice weather while it lasts comprise this weekend round-up. As for our family, we’re adding a little celebration to the mix…

Three years ago today, life got a lot sweeter. And pinker. And sparklier. And crazier in the best way possible. All thanks to one very special and insanely adored baby girl (because at 3 or 43 or 103, she’ll always be my baby).

Happy Weekend! And a very, very happy birthday to my sweet Sashi.

Collection ConnectionsThe National Postal Museum is hosting a drop-in workshop on Saturday from 12-3pm. Associated with the exhibit Collecting History: 125 Years of the National Philatelic Collection, guests of all ages can make a topical stamp collection to take home with them. The session will take place in the atrium, which is a sight in itself, showcasing several cool relics of postal transportation history – a mail truck, a train car, an airplane, even the cab of a tractor-trailer. The museum is conveniently located next to Union Station, a convenient Metro stop as well as a great place to grab a pre- or post-workshop bite to eat.

Movie Time at the MuseumKids can explore art through film at the National Gallery of Art’s monthly film program. This weekend they’ll present Magic Silver on Saturday at 10:30am and Sunday at 11:30am.  Here is the description from the website: “Princess Bluerose is a gnome living deep in the Norwegian mountains with her small community. They are responsible for making the transition between day and night. This moment, the “magic hour,” depends on the magic silver that only these gnomes possess. When the silver is stolen, the world is plunged into eternal night. Find out what happens when Princess Bluerose sets out on a remarkable journey to retrieve the silver and save the world from unending darkness.” The 84-minute movie is in Norwegian with English subtitles and is recommended for ages 7 and up. All film programs are shown in the East Building Auditorium unless otherwise noted. No registration is required. Programs are free and subject to change without notice. Seating is offered on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!Drop in to the National Portrait Gallery on Saturday from 1-4pm or Sunday from 2-5pm for Portrait Story Days.  This weekend, listen to a story written by Ted Geisel (a.k.a Dr. Seuss) as you view his portrait, a sketch by Everett Raymond Kinstler, currently on display.  Stay after to create a related piece of art and explore the rest of the museum.

Free Fun at CHAWHelp celebrate 40 years of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop at one of their 40 FREE events in 40 days.  A couple of the family-friendly variety will take place this weekend. On Saturday from 10-11:30am, kids ages 6 and up can join an animal mask-making workshop to design creature disguises then create a short play. Space is limited in the class, and registration is required.  Later that day, all ages are welcome to view the CHAW’s 6th Annual Contemporary Photography Exhibition from 5-7pm. More info, registration, and the complete calendar of free events can be viewed on the website.

Squeals on Wheels – The first Saturday Morning at the National show is bringing a miniature petting zoo to the stage for an “Education Safari”. An experienced handler will teach the kids about caring for animals while providing an opportunity for “hands-on” visits. Shows take place at 9:30am and 11am, and tickets are required for admission. Free tickets are distributed half an hour prior to the start of shows on a first-come first-served basis. Only one ticket per person, and all attendees must be standing in line to receive a ticket. Children must be accompanied by an adult, who remains present for the entire performance. Seating is limited, so get there early!

Stage TimeKids entertainment abounds this weekend with several new shows opening and a few in their for their final days.  Catch Dr. Dolittle and Knuffle Bunny before curtains close, or see Mouse on the Move or a one-evening performance by the Airborne Comedians.  Details, descriptions, and ticket info for all of these productions are available in this post about winter entertainment.

Geology Rocks!– It may be a new year, but the National Children Museum is welcoming guests to study some really old stuff.  Join them on Saturday from 11am – 4pm as they go on a geological expedition right in the Launch Zone to learn about everything from rocks to minerals to crystals. Kids can discover how to identify rocks and minerals, how crystals form, and what kinds of minerals exist in their own homes. The day promises to be “bi-o-tite”!

Soar at the NBMThere are some super fly activities happening at the Building Museum on Sunday. Kids ages 8 and up can take part in a Model Airplane Workshop from 9-11am ($8/members, $14/non-members – registration required). And all ages can drop in from 11am – 4pm to see the DC Maxecuters demo all kinds of model planes through the Great Hall. Visit the website for more info and to register.

You are My SunshineWarm weather (for this time of year, anyway) is here, and it’s supposed to be remain at least through tomorrow! Get out and enjoy it while you can —  this list of places to spend a great day outdoors has loads of ideas for fun al fresco. And if/when it cools down again on Sunday, this post with lots indoor suggestions is always good reference.



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40 Free Events in 40 Days at CHAW

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) is hosting 40 free events in 40 days. Starting January 4 and running through February 12, the 40 events explore how art continually engages, inspires, informs, and excites by featuring concerts, performances, workshops, and classes for various ages interests and ages.

“This event is not only a thank you to the community and a celebration of 40 years of art-making, but a launching off point for future innovations in building community through the arts,” says Amy Moore, CHAW’s Director of Education and Programs.  “It is a testament to the arts, not as a luxury or something optional, but as a lifestyle.”

Activities for kids begin this Saturday, January 7, with an animal mask making class and performance.  From 10-11:30am, kids ages 6 and up are invited to bring creatures around the globe to life as they make animal masks then use them in a short play they create with the help of teaching artist, Marina McClure.  Later that day, all ages are welcome to view CHAW’s 6th Annual Contemporary Photography Exhibition from 5-7pm.

Registration is required for the mask making class, and space is limited, so sign up soon. And while you’re on the website, be sure to check out the other 38 free events for both kids and adults, including a 40th Anniversary Concert on Sunday, February 12, to conclude the 40-day celebration.


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Free Artdays at CHAW

Starting this weekend, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop will present ARTdays, a series of six free concerts and visual arts classes for the whole family.

The program kicks off with The Singing Lizard this Saturday, October 9. From 10am – 11am, families can jam at a show full of exciting songs that both kids and adults enjoy. Sasha and I saw her play a few weeks ago, and we both enjoyed her pop versions of many children’s classics. If you can’t make it to this Saturday’s show, you can catch The Singing Lizard on November 20 and December 11. Concerts take place in CHAW’s Black Box Theater.

Visual arts classes for caregivers and children (no drop-offs) will take place on several other Saturdays. Two sittings, at 10am and 11am, will be available each day in CHAW’s gallery. Space is limited, so call the office at (202.547.6839 to reserve your spot. The visual arts schedule is as follows:

Saturday, October 16: 2D/3D Collage Scenes
Saturday, November 13: Clay Handbuilding
Saturday, December 18: Painting with Yarn

All ARTdays events will take place at CHAW located at 545 7th Street SE. Both concerts and classes are free and open to the public.

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Get 10% off Classes at CHAW

The next session of early childhood classes at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) begins on November 1.  Registration is open, and if you sign up your child by this Friday, October 8, you can get 10% off.

Class offerings include Yoga Play & Stories for Children, Music Together, Pre-Ballet, Arts Alive, and Read all About It.  Check the CHAW schedule for class times and fees.

To register, call 202.547.6839.

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Discounts on Kids Classes at CHAW

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is offering 10% off all Early Childhood Classes if you sign up your child by August 13. CHAW has all kinds of classes for school-aged kids—art, dance, music, puppetry, photography, martial arts, choir, and more—scheduled for after school or on weekends. Babies and preschool age kids are welcome, too; Music Together sessions and a new yoga class for little ones will take place on weekday mornings.

Visit their website for a complete schedule of classes and registration information.

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