Category Archives: In the District

TALK: Parenting – Putting the Pieces Together

Photo Credit: House of Sweden

Tonight, (6-8pm) the House of Sweden – Embassy of Sweden will host a TALK on the challenges families face in combining work and family life as family roles are reshaped.

Speakers will discuss parental leave, identify challenges and compare situations in the U.S. and Sweden. Have work force policies kept up with the needs of the modern family?

This evening talk is part of the Embassy of Sweden 2011 program “Fabric of Life”. Continue reading


Find your Inner Artist: 2011 Easter Egg Roll Poster Contest for Kids

The White House invites all elementary and middle school students in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia to submit poster designs for the 2011 Easter Egg Roll. This year’s theme, Get Up and Go!, promotes health and wellness following the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, a national campaign to combat childhood obesity. The First Lady will select the winning design, which will be used as part of the White House 2011 Easter Egg Roll program. The winning student artist will be invited to attend the event along with his or her class.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 4, 2011 at 11:59p.m. EST. Submissions should relate to this year’s theme, Get Up and Go!, and may not exceed 2 megabytes (high-quality scans measuring either 8.5”x11” at 600 dpi or 20×16” at 300 dpi must be available upon request). Please note, submissions may be made public during the selection process. (via the White House)

Place your submissions here.

The Circus is in Town! Barnum and Bailey Bring Performers to DC, MD and then to Fairfax

Arlington Kids was invited to a spend a special evening last week with the Barnum and Bailey Circus. The show was full of action performed by artists from across the globe. Acrobats, Contortionists, Gymnasts, Flying Trapeze and Motocross. There were also trampolines! And oh so many bouncy trampolines!

Battulga & Namnansuren from Mongolia

Badamgarav Dashtseveg, Azjargal Sharavnyam and Enkhjin Sashka "Balancing Body Benders"


Circus in the Sky


Alex Petrov and Gleice Gillet

To view all 104 photos from the Press Part to the Show click here. Photos by Photographer, David Pierpont

The circus is in the D.C. area for FIVE weeks of fun:

  • Verizon Center, Washington DC, March 24 – 27
  • 1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore MD, March 30 – April 10
  • Patriot Center, Fairfax VA, April 14 – 24

Ticket prices range from $7.00 – $110.00

Mirandy and the Brother Wind Joins the Atlas Performing Arts Center For INTERSECTIONS: A New America Arts Festival (2.26.11)

Last month we talked about Mirandy and Brother Wind. Adventure Theatre, African Continuum Theatre Company are working toegther and hosting a special Mirandy event at the New America Arts Festival on February 26th. Below is a schedule of activities you and your family can take part in.

2:30pm: FREE –  Celebrate Mirandy AND BROTHER WIND with a Cakewalk Demonstration, Class, Mural Creation and for-fun Dance Competition

Join them for a very special community event for children and families that celebrates the opening of the new children’s musical Mirandy and Brother Wind, directed by Jennifer Nelson, adapted by Michael J. Bobbitt, and based on the award-winning book by Patricia McKissack. Create a mural under the direction of the books’ noted illustrator, Jerry Pinkney, and receive dance instruction from the Dance Institute of Washington. Learn the “cake walk” dance! All cake-walkers will receive a cupcake. After the event, join them in the Sprenger Theater for the Atlas opening of Mirandy and Brother. Continue reading

Visit American Girl “Addy” and Experience Addy’s World at the National Museum of American History (Beginning 2.5.11)

Starting February, 5, 2011, explore life during the Civil War with a new self-guided museum tourAddy’s World. Addy Walker, an American Girl, is a nine-year old born into slavery who escapes to freedom with her mother during the Civil War. Experience what life was like for Addy and other young African American girls during the Civil War as you follow the guide to discover objects and stories throughout the Museum. When you’ve completed and stamped your guide, bring it to the Museum store and receive a free American Girl gift to take home.

One visitor will take home American Girl Addy Walker on February 5
Join them on February 5 as they celebrate the kick-off of Black History Month, where one visitor will be bringing home his or her own Addy doll. Answer Addy’s questions between 10AM and 2PM. At 2:30PM, we’ll pick one correct questionnaire and that visitor will bring Addy home. You must be present in Flag Hall at 2:30PM. Come down to the Museum and be part of the celebration!

Bring your doll to the museum
Bring your American Girl doll with you on your museum adventure as you experience the stories of everyday people that Addy might have encountered. Take a photo of your visit with your doll and upload it to our Flickr group.

The Addy’s World guide will be available through August and is recommended for families with elementary-aged children. However, all American Girl fans will delight in exploring Addy’s World! We hope to see you and your families at the Museum.


This Weekend | On a Budget (January 22-23)

January is typically  the month that families allow their bank accounts to recover from holiday spending but it’s also a time that we begin to feel the strains of Winter. Cabin Fever anyone? We thought it would be fun to find low cost and even FREE activities for the weekend. Here are a few.

The Magic Paintbrush – Open Rehearsal @ Synetic Family Theater (Arlington)
This Saturday, January 22, 2011  from 1:00-1:30pm
Catch a glimpse into the fascinating creative process of our upcoming dialogue-free family production!  Don’t miss the opportunity to preview this movement driven adaptation of the classic Chinese fable.  No RSVP is necessary – simply come to the theater.  Seating is first-come, first-served, so plan on arriving with little time to spare to ensure seating with children.
Stay after the show and check out their Educational Open House and learn what classes, workshops and camps they have coming up for youth.
Synetic Studio – 2788 S. Arlington Mill Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22206

Drop In Preschool Storytime @ Columbia Pike Branch Library (Arlington)
Drop-in storytime for all ages. No registration required.

Cello-bration at Columbia Pike @ Columbia Pike Branch Library (Arlington)
Meet David Rabin and his cello on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 2 pm
Celebrate the birthdays of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (b. Jan. 27, 1756) and Franz Schubert (b. Jan. 31, 1797) with a hands-on FUN experience for kids and parents alike – all ages are welcome.

European-style Game Day @ Labyrinth Game Shop (DC)
Sunday, January 23 from 1pm to 5pm. Highlighting games that are perfect for spicing up family game night. Rebecca Hebner, who has won board game tournaments at several international gaming conventions, will be on hand to teach the rules and game strategy. Games will include Carcassonne, Forbidden Island, Ticket to Ride and Zooloretto. Games will begin at approximately 1pm and 3pm. Space is limited. Age 10 and up.

Adventure Theatre and the African Continuum Theatre Join Forces for “Mirandy and Brother Wind”

Adventure Theatre is known for it’s children’s productions, and the African Continuum Theatre is the only professional (African American) theatre company in Washington, DC have joined forces for Black History Month and will present a family production of “MIRANDY AND BROTHER WIND”, based on  the book by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.

The performance will take place in Glen Echo, Maryland at Adventure Theatre from January 24-February 13 and at Atlas Performing Arts Center as part of the Intersections Festival: A New America Arts Festival, February 25-March 13, 2011.

A free special community event at The Atlas Performing Arts Center on February 26, 2011, at 2:30 pm will feature a cakewalk and dance demonstration, lesson and mock-cake-walk competition, as well as a meet and greet with Author Patricia McKissack and Illustrator Jerry Pinkney. Washington DC’s own Cake Love will also be part of the day with a special Mirandy and Brother Wind cake.

Who will take the cake? Why, Mirandy of course. The junior cake walk happens soon and Mirandy needs a dance partner. Who can high step and kick the best? Why Brother Wind! But how can Mirandy captured him? Grandmother Beasley says, “Can’t nobody put shackles on Brother Wind, chile. He be special. He be free.” Leave it to Mirandy, she’ll catch him; she’ll grab hold of that Brother Wind and win that delicious cake! Through her journey to capture Brother Wind, Mirandy learns something special – freedom and kindness.

Another note about this fantastic production, they’ll hold a special Sensory/Autism Friendly & American Sign Language Performance on Sunday, February 13th at 2pm.

Tickets for the Glen Echo performances can be purchased through the box office by calling 301.634.2270 or online at  Tickets for the Atlas Performing Arts Center can be purchased through the box office by calling 202-399-7993 or online at Tickets are $15 each.  Group rates are also available. Children under the age of 1 are free.