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.
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.
DC Shorts film festival takes place September 8-18th– with films from 23 countries! The festival has won accolades as one of the leading festivals in the country. So find something kid-friendly and introduce your family to something other than Disney. And for those of you who like not only a great film but a fun party, the DC Shorts Film Festival is throwing a Brazilian Carnival Saturday night at 9 pm. A tribute to Brazil’s pop movement from the 1960’s , the all-female drum group Batala, and Brazilian jazz will all be featured! Sounds like something you don’t want to miss.