SATURDAY, May 23rd
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie @ Atlas Arts Center (DC)
Adventure Theatre’s recent hit comes to the Atlas. Based on the book by Laura Joffe Numeroff, it’s the tale of one hungry mouse and one hospitable little boy.
Teddy Bear Tea @ Alexandria Black History Museum (Alex)
Sharon Phox, of Alexandria’s Oh Taste and See Catering, creates a formal tea room in the Museum’s Parker Gray Gallery, and kids learn to manage china plates, tea cups and saucers, and linen napkins while enjoying Earl Gray tea, watercress and cucumber sandwiches, scones, and fruit tarts. During the course of the tea, children learn how to handle different scenarios – such as disposing of food they dislike, helping a person into a chair, and folding their napkins. An adult must accompany each child, and all should be appropriately attired.
Old Town Family Treasure Hunt @ Market Square (Alex)
The Urban Bush hosts a treasure hunt through Old Town. Each child is given a pouch, pen, bandanna, and envelopes of clues. Each envelope contains a set of educational clues for a given location all leading up to a final treasure. Parents must remain with their children at all times; advance registration is required.
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 Faith Ringgold on view in the exhibition Reflections/Refractions: Self-Portraiture in the Twentieth Century. Registered participants take a brief guided tour of the exhibition, focusing on a Ringgold’s Seven Passages to a Flight quilt, and then create artwork based on the main ideas of Ringgold’s quilt. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited.
ViVa! Vienna! (Vienna)
The Rotary Club of Vienna sponsors the ViVa! Vienna! event, which celebrates the unity and strength of the Vienna community and honors Memorial Day. The festival features three days of food, vendors, children’s rides and games, live entertainment, and more.
SUNDAY, May 24th
KidSpy Fiction Writer’s Workshop @ Spy Museum (DC)
Author Jennifer Allison launches her new book, Gilda Joyce: The Dead Drop, and discusses how the skills used by real spies can help writers develop characters and stories for fiction. Combining writing with hands-on work in disguise, surveillance, and spy gadgetry, the unique writing workshop for young spies reveals the process of creating intriguing characters and spine-tingling stories. Advance registration is required.
Family Night at the Old Arlington Grill (Arlington)
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.