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SATURDAY, June 13th

Cookie and Gourmet Magazines Kids’ Restaurant Week @ Various Locations (DC)

Participating area restaurants, such as Firefly, offer a $29 prix fixe menus for adults while kids under 12 pay their age. Applies only to seatings between 5pm and 7pm. A portion of proceeds to benefit Eastern Market and Miriam’s Kitchen.

Stages for All Ages @ League of Washington Theatres (DC)

Stages for All Ages is designed to introduce young people, 17 and under, to live, professional theater in the Washington area. For select performances, numerous area theaters offer a free ticket to a child 17 or under, with each adult ticket purchased.

The Monkeys of Danyang @ Classika Theatre (Arlington)

Set in ancient China, three troublesome monkeys run through the farms of Danyang, stealing food and creating trouble. The monkeys believe that they run the town, but are eventually challenged by a tricky old man who shows them their place in the world.

Family Workshop: Celebrate DC! @ The Historical Society of Washington (DC)

Visitors can tour the exhibits with volunteers and hear the stories behind the things they see; look at pictures and maps of how DC used to be and try to find their houses, schools, or favorite places on a giant map; go on a scavenger hunt of the neighborhood; and decorate a family tree or create displays telling their own histories.

Artomatic @ Navy Yard (DC)

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Artomatic is a month-long multimedia arts event featuring nine floors of visual and installation art, theater, dance, and comedy, three music stages, street performances such as fire dancing and drum troupes, and a film screening theater. Workshops and seminars are held all month long, as well as special events (such as an exhibit of the Washington Post’s Peeps diorama finalists), and hands-on activities for children.

Riverbend River Festival @ Riverbend Park (Great Falls, VA)

A fun-filled day by the riverfront with children’s activities, fishing contests, kayaking and water safety demos, and more. Riverbend’s river festival celebrates the Potomac’s natural beauty and abundant recreational opportunities. This is the perfect event to get dad exactly what he wants for Father’s Day. Bring him out to the park to buy fishing gear, rent a boat, or book a trip. Outfitters, guides, and river conservation groups help you learn more about your watershed and book an adventure. Win rentals, gear, and other exciting raffle prizes throughout the day.

Jazz on the National Mall @ National Mall (DC)

The 2009 Duke Ellington Jazz Festival offers two free, all-day, all-star jazz celebrations at the Sylvan Theater next to the Washington Monument. On Saturday the lineup features Rebirth Brass Band, Bob French’s Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, Little Freddie King, Don Vappie & The Creole Jazz Serenaders, and the Terence Blanchard Quintet.

Reverb @ Atlas Performing Arts Center (DC)

The award-winning, Washington-based, male a cappella group Reverb leads a dynamic sing-along exploring musical genres from pop to R&B to doo-wop and gospel.

SUNDAY, June 14th

Young Artists Exhibition: Community Visions @ The Phillips Collection (DC)

After visiting four museums, DC public school students (Wards 5 and 8, pre-kindergarten to 6th grade) created photographs, collaborative storytelling collages, and dynamic narratives about their communities. Works range from beautifully abstracted images of playground equipment to glimpses of everyday life in Anacostia.

Celebrate Hawai’i @ National Museum of the American Indian (DC)

The NMAI celebrates Hawai’i’s arts, music, dance, and history through demonstrations and hands-on activities intended to preserve and showcase these unique island traditions, including craft and dance demonstrations, a Hawaiian fashion show, film screenings, and children’s activities such as pounding poi, playing Hawaiian games, learning to make a lei and simple weaving techniques, and stamping kapa utilizing traditional patterns.

Jazz on the National Mall @ National Mall (DC)

The 2009 Duke Ellington Jazz Festival offers two free, all-day, all-star jazz celebrations at the Sylvan Theater next to the Washington Monument. On Saturday the lineup features Rebirth Brass Band, Bob French’s Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, Little Freddie King, Don Vappie & The Creole Jazz Serenaders, and the Terence Blanchard Quintet.

Artomatic @ Navy Yard (DC)

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Artomatic is a month-long multimedia arts event featuring nine floors of visual and installation art, theater, dance, and comedy, three music stages, street performances such as fire dancing and drum troupes, and a film screening theater. Workshops and seminars are held all month long, as well as special events (such as an exhibit of the Washington Post’s Peeps diorama finalists), and hands-on activities for children.

Art a la Cart @ Smithsonian American Art Museum (DC)

Kids can visit four interactive carts throughout the galleries to explore subjects such as sculpture and folk art through hands-on activities. Art a la Cart locations are indicated on maps available at the Information Desks in the F Street and G Street lobbies.

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