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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.

Weekend Festivals! Adams Morgan Day

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Well you’d think we lived in the rainforest given the amount of rain we’ve had in DC this past week.  There’s definitely not a shortage of puddles for kids to splash in.  Unfortunately, we have some great cultural festivals coming up this weekend that could be rained out if it doesn’t clear up fast!  The famous Adam’s Morgan Day Festival is on Sunday, September 11th.  Straddling Adam’s Morgan and Columbia Heights the festival showcases cultural music, dance and food from Central and South America.  (Columbia Heights Day was rained out this year due to Hurricane Irene) The street fair has been a mainstay on the DC festival circuit since 1978 and if the rain lets up at all, I highly recommend it.  The festival tagline is “A Global Community of Cultures.  Celebrate together, not separately!”  See the Bolivian dancers, sample Latin American cuisine and look at art from around the world.   Sounds like exactly what our kids need after a rainy week.  The festival runs from noon – 7 pm (18th Street & Columbia Road) so get out and explore!

The Last Day of Ramadan

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Today is the last day of Ramadan.  As I mentioned in my earlier post, it’s a great opportunity to introduce children to different cultures, religions and traditions.    Over 1 billion people celebrate Ramadan and the month-long fast.  Today is Eid al-Fitr, the end of the fasting.   If you are not a practicing Muslim, your child will have many questions about Islam, why do they fast? why do they cover their heads? Talk to them and answer their questions.  The Washington Post has a beautiful front page photo today of children marking the end of Ramadan.

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