The Weekend Round-Up won’t be posted until Friday, but I’m going to give you a little advance insight about this weekend: There is a LOT of great stuff for kids and families going on. And, generally, I don’t push one event over another, as I know that kids have varying interests, and parents also have their own preferences when it comes to activities with their children.
BUT, I’m going to offer my two cents this time: Go check out the 2nd Annual USA Science & Engineering Festival.
If your child has any inkling of interest in science and engineering, likes to do hands-on experiments, see fascinating live demos, or talk first-hand with the experts, then chances are very good that they will dig this event. (And so will you, parents.)
Over 3,000 interactive exhibits and 150 stage shows will highlight all kinds of science-related topics in fun, engaging, exciting ways. Attendees can discover the science of Harry Potter magic, the mathematics of jump roping, the physics of superheroes, the chemistry of Thanksgiving Dinner, the engineering of baseball bats and balls, the science behind special effects in movies, trends in Global Warming, renewable energy sources of the future, and much, much, much more…
Like operate state-of-the-art robots; laugh with science comedians; watch mesmerizing demos by science magicians and mathemagicians; converse with astronauts, Nobel Laureates, storm chasers, science celebrities like Bill Nye the Science Guy and the MythBusters; fly a fighter jet simulator; enter a virtual reality environment; be a CSI agent; make a virus out of marshmallows and toothpicks.
WHEW! And that’s just a small sample.
We attended the first Science & Engineering Festival when it took place on the National Mall about a year and a half ago. Owen, who was 4 at the time, couldn’t get enough. There were hundreds of booths set up offering so many interesting things to do it was impossible to try them all. And while it was crowded, there was so much available, we never had a problem finding something that was easily accessible and fun for him.
With one successful Festival under its belt, I bet this year will be even better.
The 2nd Annual USA Science & Engineering Festival will take place at the Washington Convention Center this Saturday, April 28 10am – 6pm, and Sunday, April 29 10am – 4pm. The closest Metro stop is Mt. Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center on the Yellow/Green line. Parking is available in nearby garages or on the street. Admission is FREE.
*Be aware that it will be crowded (but I still highly recommend it)!
*I’ll be attending on Friday as a field trip chaperone with Owen’s class and will try to post highlights before Saturday. I’ll likely just post to Facebook, so if you don’t already follow, go like the KidFriendly DC page.