Category Archives: Family

D.C Cultural Kids Weekend Activities

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Friday – March 2

Mongolian dance troupe, throat singers and contortionist at the Kennedy Center’s Millenium Stage 6:00 pm

Flamenco Festival 2012 at Lisner Auditorium 8 pm.

Saturday – March 3

Drumming through Cultures at 11 a.m. at the Atlas

Fairfax Chinese Dance Troupe will be featured at the weekly “Saturday Morning at the National” series.  Showtimes are 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Sunday – March 4

Kids@Katzen: Free To Be Me from 1-3 pm kids ages 5-12 can tour the museum and talk with artists Anil Revri 202-885-1300

Marian Anderson story time at the National Portrait Gallery program for kids 1 – 4 pm

Nowruz! A Persian Celebration at the Freer Gallery of Art.  Food, games, stories and songs 11 -5 pm.

Nowruz!

This Weekend in DC!

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Lots of interesting events are going on in DC this weekend — so stick to that resolution to introduce your kids to one new cultural event every month and check out something a little different for the weekend.

 

Tales from Mother Africa

“Tales from Mother Africa” at the S. Dillion Ripley Center’s Discovery Theater showcases Poetry by Kenyan Anna Mwalagho

Step Afrika! performs on Friday and Saturday at Sidney Harman Hall

Crepe Day at Hillwood is on Saturday — Breton dancing, hat making, French stories & crepes!

The National Gallery of Art hosts National Gallery Asteria concert — take the kids to see medieval songs and a demonstration of the instruments used during that era.

Have fun exploring!

Kids Euro Festival!

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Hey D.C. — it’s that time of year again.   I love the Kids Euro Festival.  Twenty-seven European Union countries and their embassies open their doors to showcase the best European productions for kids.  With over 150 performances to see over the next month….you can’t go wrong in introducing a new culture to your kids.  There are puppeteers from Finland,  clowns from Estonia, cartoons from Poland, music from Sweden.  Last year I took the boys to see a few different events – mimes from France were by far their favorite and a comical play from Cyprus was a hit as well.   Not only are the performances/films fun but it also presents a great opportunity to check out places you’ve always wanted to see.  The Goethe Institute, French Embassy, House of Sweden, Shakespeare Theatre, Artisphere and others.  Venues also include the Kennedy Center, local libraries, embassies and schools.   For a complete schedule of events click here.  All events are free and many don’t even require reservations.

Explore China at the Kennedy Center

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It’s not too late to catch a few shows at the Kennedy Center showcasing China: The Art of a Nation.  Between now and the end of October you can still catch the Northern Kunqu Opera, the Beijing People’s Art Theatre and the Beijing Dance Theatre.  For younger kids there’s also the outdoor exhibition by leading Chinese contemporary artists.   I took the kids to the MaximIndia Festival back in March and was amazed at the exhibits showcasing culture and art.  If you get the chance, it’s definitely worth an evening visit and you can even grab a quick dinner in the Cafe!

Public Lands & Day of Play

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Today is National Public Lands Day.  So if you’re not already playing in a park, hiking in the mountains or helping clean up our green spaces then think about participating.  Across the country kids, parents and neighbors are working to improve our parks, beaches and forests.  Even if you only have half an hour, or while you’re watching the kids play, pull a few weeds or pick up a bit of trash.  It all adds up and what a great lesson to teach your kids – to take part in taking care of the planet.  If you’re looking for a site to volunteer you can click on the link here.

It’s also the WorldWide Day of Play!   Head down to the Elipse on the National Mall and join Nickelodeon for a day of play.   You can try yoga or zumba,  throw a ball with the NFL, play tennis, dance and even hula hoop!  Tons of activities to encourage play in today’s culture.

Where Children Sleep

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James Mollison took poignant photographs depicting children around the world and where they sleep.  I encourage you to share these photos with your children and talk about our differences as well as similarities–our rooms/environment and the things that reflect our spirit and our lives.   Even in the United States the differences in children’s lives are depicted, not only in their portraits, but in their rooms.   I’m transfixed by the images of the boys from Nepal and Kenya as well as the young geisha in-training in Japan.   If you’re up for it, take a portrait of your own child in their room and talk about what is similar in their lives and what is vastly different to those captured in this article.  It’s a way to make this global world of ours a little smaller and every child understands the concept of where someone sleeps.  For the full article click here.