SATURDAY, July 18th

Photography Workshop @ Historical Society of Washington (DC)
Led by Benjamin Skolnik, the photographer featured in the Spring 2009 DC LIVE!, the workshop is a “Photography 101” perfect for the casual shutterbug and budding amateur photographer. Starting off with a discussion of equipment, picture composition, and other topics the workshop then heads outside for a guided photo tour of the neighborhood and a chance to practice new skills. All skill levels are welcome. Must bring your own camera. Advance registration

Family Baseball Day @ The Smithsonian American Art Museum (DC)
The Smithsonian American is celebrating the great American pastime — baseball — on Saturday with fun activities from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can have your photograph taken with a Nationals player and then design a frame for it. You can create your own trophy and hear storytelling about awards. There also will be musical performances, and KidsPost’s Fred Bowen will autograph copies of his books.

Flight at the Museum Family Scavenger Hunt@ National Air and Space Museum (DC)
Watson Adventures hosts a hunt inspired by Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, featuring exhibits in the Air and Space Museum that appear in the hit movie. Kids and adults work together to learn the secrets of Amelia Earhart, the Wright Brothers, a Lunar Lander and Lunar Rover, rockets and missiles, and Able the space monkey. Advance registration.

Writing Workshop for Moms @ The Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington (DC)
The Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington and The Momoir Project host a workshop designed to introduce moms to the idea of writing their motherhood stories. They can connect with other moms, hear their ideas, and feel inspired to write their own. By the end of the workshop all participants will have started writing one of their stories and understand the basics to continue developing their ideas.

Apollo 11 Family Day @ Newseum (DC)
Families can celebrate the 40th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing with hands-on activities such as creating their own telecommunications satellites, leaving their own moon footprints and designing flags to plant on the moon, completing the Newseum Astronaut Training circuit, report on the Apollo 11 anniversary celebrations live from the moon on Newseum Network News.

Recess Monkey @ Jammin’ Java (Vienna, VA)
The critically acclaimed, award-winning trio of Seattle schoolteachers brings its special brand of music and humor to a show celebrating the release of their fifth CD, Field Trip.

Meet Sandy Pugh @ Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books (Arlington, VA)
Local author and illustrator Sandy Pugh reads her first book A Peeper in My Pocket: a Zany Peep at the ABCs, as well as her soon-to-be-published book, I Say… You Say… a Zany Peep at Opposites, as well as sings and demonstrates how to make a Peeper creature. 703.241.8281

Annual Waterlily Festival @ Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens (DC)
Come out and enjoy blooming lilies and lotuses, pond and greenhouse tours, a photography contest, Asian dance performances, gardening workshops, and more.

SUNDAY, July 19th

Family Night at the Old Arlington Grill @ Arlington Cinema ‘N’ Drafthouse (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.

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.

The National Treasure Tour @ Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens (Mt Vernon, VA)
The National Treasure Tour features different locations on the Estate where the Hollywood crew filmed. Included in the walking tour is the Mansion’s basement and cornerstone, the setting for a pivotal scene. Fans of the movie will recognize the space as the location where Nicolas Cage’s character kidnaps the president.

Stories in Art: Atlantic @ National Gallery of Art (DC)
Children can take a road trip across the United States during the Summer Story Series, exploring scenes of America in painting and children’s books, and making a souvenir to document each adventure.

Pot of Old @ Rock Creek Park (DC)
Kids can make their own clay pots as they explore the local American Indian pottery tradition. 202.895.6070

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