SATURDAY, April 25th
16th Annual Alexandria Earth Day @ Ben Brenham Park (Alexandria, VA)
Activities include an Earth Day tree sale, a performance by the Blue Sky Puppet Theatre, exhibits by local environmental organizations, music, an Environmental Nature Walk along the stream, and more.
Building Zone @ National Building Museum (DC)
An exhibition in the Building Learners Gallery (on the first floor) designed especially for young visitors and their adult companions. Building Zone introduces children to the building arts through engaging activities. Build with big, soft Legos and building blocks; curl up with an architecture picture book in the book nook; vroom with ‘dozers and other construction play trucks; pretend to be a craftsperson complete with hard hats, tool belts, and much more! (age 2-6)
The Adventures of Dr. Dolittle @ Carl Sandburg Middle School (Alexandria, VA)
Dr. Dolittle, a physician with a special place in his heart for animals, decides to leave his family practice to become a veterinarian. Animals flock from miles around to get treated and in appreciation, they teach the doctor how to talk to animals. This production is done by the folks at the Mount Vernon Comm. Center.
The World is a Handkerchief @ GALA Hispanic Theatre (DC)
When Titiloco the Clown becomes bored by the circus, his red handkerchief magically transports him to other lands. With jaunty songs and audience participation, Titiloco learns that the world can be a better place when people learn to be responsible, care for the environment, value diversity, and enjoy life.
ArlingtonKids loves that this is a bilingual production!
Rose Park Spring Celebration @ Rose Park (DC)
Celebrate the arrival of spring with a spring bonnet trimming for children (Proper Topper supplies children’s hats and lots and lots of trimming materials), pony rides and baby farm animals, a moon bounce, face painting, treats from Patisserie Poupon, and live music.
Facing History: Be the Artist @ National Portrait Gallery (DC)
Kids are invited to participate in a two-hour art class to better understand an artwork by Marcel Duchamp on view in the exhibition Inventing Marcel Duchamp: The Dynamics of Portraiture. Registered participants take a guided tour of the exhibition, focusing on a multi-media self portrait by Duchamp, and then create artwork based on the main ideas of that artwork.
SUNDAY, April 26th
Shakespeare’s Birthday Open House @ Folger Museum (DC)
Celebrate Will’s birthday with jugglers, jesters, music, song, and dance. Kids can try their hands at Shakespearean fortune-telling, quill pen writing, brooch-making, felt pendant-making, potpourri-making, and ivy garland-making, and participate in tours and treasure hunts on the one day of the year when the Folger Reading Room is open to all. Plus, birthday cake for everyone!
Family Night @ Old Arlington Grill (Arlington, VA)
Each Sunday the Old Arlington Grill offers a changing selection of family-friendly films on the Grill’s big screen, plus family menu specials during this time.
Handmade Paper and Altered Books @ National Museum of Women in the Arts (DC)
The two-day intensive workshop is led by DC-based artist and teacher Lynn Sures. Participants learn how the act of destruction can lead to the creation of amazing new art through the hands-on exploration of paper making and book altering. Advance registration is required.