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SATURDAY, March 28th

National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Day @ National Building Museum (DC)

The official opening of DC’s 2009 cherry blossom season is celebrated with a family festival throughout the Great Hall, with hands-on activities exploring Japanese arts and design, performing artists, kimono displays, and more.

43rd Annual Smithsonian Kite Festival @ Washington Monument (DC)

This year the annual festival explores how being “green” and utilizing natural resources can be a fun, creative, and fulfilling experience. Attendees are requested to honor planet Earth by creating both environmentally and thematically “green” kites that positively reflect the beautiful resources we have available.

Watershed Clean-Up Day @ Huntley Meadows Park (Alexandria, VA)

Help remove rubbish from creeks and streams in the Potomac River Watershed. Collect tires, bed springs, bottles, cans and other debris from local waterways. Wear boots and old clothes and bring gloves. Trash bags and appreciation are provided.

Fun with Your Digital Camera @ Hooray for Books (Alexandria, VA)

Pros from Tisara Photography teach kids how to make the most of their digital cameras. Advance reservations are required.

Anime Artist Workshop @ Freer & Sackler Galleries (DC)

Kids can discover how contemporary anime artists draw upon traditions of Japanese masters. No reservations are required. Age 8-14.

SUNDAY, March 29th

National Cherry Blossom Festival Anime Marathon @ Freer & Sackler Galleries (DC)

In celebration of this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Freer presents a daylong festival of four Japanese anime films, plus a costume show courtesy of the DC Anime Club, and surprise special guests.  Age 6 and up.

Children’s Art Workshops @ Reston Museum (Reston, VA)

Reston artist Pat Macintyre leads free art workshops each week, featuring make-and-take projects, themed for the seasons. No appointment or registration is needed – just stop in.

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