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SATURDAY, May 1st

The Sippy Cups @ National Geo (DC)

The Bay area-based Sippy Cups blend imaginative originals, cult-rock favorites, exciting visuals, puppets, aerial feats, and juggling into an unforgettable whirlwind of a show that appeals to everyone. With their full-length CD, Electric Storyland, recently released, the Sippy Cups bring their musical, visual, and danceable flights of fancy to Grosvenor Auditorium.

NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Teddy and the 10 Hats @ The Kennedy Center

(DC) NSO principals William Wielgus (oboe), Aaron Goldman (flute), and Janet Frank (cello) spin a story about a teddy bear whose zany collection of hats represents a wide variety of music, from Haydn to Sousa and beyond. Kids are invited to bring along a favorite teddy bear or stuffed toy.

Flower Mart @ National Cathedral (DC)

The annual springtime family festival features an antique carousel, Cathedral Tower climbs, puppet shows, children’s games and rides, live music, over 50 craft and garden booths, lobster rolls and a variety of other tasty foods, and plants of all kinds – for sale and on display.

Mud Pie Contest @ Locust Grove Nature Center (Bethesda, MD)

It’s mud season and what better way to celebrate than to create a masterpiece of a mud pie! Pies are judged in categories guaranteed to highlight each chef’s diverse culinary talents. Judging and awards presentation take place at 3:30pm. Participating pastry chefs need not be present to win. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration is suggested.

ArlingtonKids doesn’t usually post events outside the VA/DC area but we thought this was such a cool and fun idea that we HAD to post it! Go play in the mud and send us photos.

Make a Bean Teepee @ Green Spring Gardens Park (Alexandria, VA)

Families can learn how to build a bamboo teepee for pole beans to climb on – and for kids to climb in! Advance registration is required.

Lego Expo @ Kinder Haus Toys (Arlington, VA)

Kids can bring in their Lego or Duplo creations and the store will display them in the front window. Kids can also try to guess the number of Legos in the store’s giant model for the chance to win Lego sets.

Space Day @ National Air & Space (DC)

Visitors can enjoy hands-on activities, listen to stories, watch interactive performances, meet astronauts and authors, learn about space from museum experts, and talk live to an astronaut on the International Space Station.

SUNDAY, May 2nd

Cinco de Mayo Festival @ National Mall (DC)

Presented by the Maru Montero Dance Company, the festival features a diverse cross-section of live music, dance, and food at the Sylvan Theater next to the Washington Monument. Children can make their own pinatas, braid hair, build dancing puppets and do other crafts, and play loteria (Mexican bingo) for a chance to win prizes.

Mother’s Day Ceramic Craft @ Frying Pan Park (Herndon, VA)

Kids can create their own home-made ceramic keepsakes for Mother’s Day. Choose from a mug, plate, or cup and saucer. Bring mom to join in the fun or create it as a surprise.

Adaptable Accordion Books @ National Museum of Women in the Arts (DC)

Kids can take a look at some of the artists’ books in the museum’s collection and learn how to make a simple accordion-fold book. Then artist Suzanne Solis Filon shows kids her creations and teaches then how to add more interest and intricacy to this simple format. Advance registration is required.

PRINCESS PEANUT’S RAINY DAY @ Theatre on the Run (Arlington, VA)

Poor Princess Peanut! It’s raining out and her whole day is ruined… or is it? Join her and her Mom (Queen Macadamia), her dad (King Walnut), and her big brother (Prince Almond) as they sing and dance their way through a very rainy day.

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