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February 2017
Free

KC Chinese New Year Family Day

Saturday, February 4 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20566 United States
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FREE, NO TICKETS REQUIRED! Bring your entire family to a fun-filled day of activities and entertainment for all ages. Learn the arts of paper cutting, Beijing-style applique, calligraphy, sugar and bottle painting, "bristle dolls," and Chinese makeup. Play dress up and snap pictures at our Chinese costume trunk. Enjoy performances by Beijing acrobats and Chinese musicians. And much more! Learn the arts of paper cutting and Beijing-style applique. Celebrate the Year of the Rooster at our rooster coloring station, where…

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Family Afternoon: Newspaper Fort Challenge

Saturday, February 4 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
National Building Museum, 401 F St NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The Museum is hosting a newspaper for challenge in the Great Hall! Bring your family and collaboratively construct an awe-inspiring fort made entirely of newspapers and tape. Learn about the triangle, the strongest shape out there, and create tetrahedral caverns small enough for one, or big enough for your clan. Free, drop in. All ages. This event does not require an RSVP.

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Chinese New Year Celebration

Sunday, February 5 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Details Ring in the Year of the Rooster with art! Our third annual Chinese New Year celebration features free attractions for all ages highlighting contemporary performers and artists from Beijing, including: • Beijing Opera performed by students from the Beijing Opera Art’s College • Chinese acrobatic performances • Calligraphy demonstrations • Paper cutting • Sugar painting and dough figurines • Chinese New Year card crafts • Year of the Rooster mask making • Photo booth fun Chinese food is…

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African American Pioneers in Aviation and Space

Saturday, February 11 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
National Air & Space Museum, 600 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Each February, the Museum celebrates the significant contributions African Americans have made to flight and space exploration despite the overwhelming obstacles they had to overcome. Enjoy presentations, hands-on activities, and stories. Learn about African American astronauts, pilots, and scientists of the past and present and their accomplishments.

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Open Studio: Love in Every Language

Saturday, February 11 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Details Enjoy a digital slideshow of images of love in Asian art, create Valentine’s Day cards using woodblock prints that say “love” in more than a dozen Asian languages, and fold heart-shaped origami. All ages welcome with adult companions. Venue Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Event Location Sublevel 2, ImaginAsia classroom Cost Free

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Unshrink My Heart

Saturday, February 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Brentwood Arts Exchange, 3901 Rhode Island Avenue
Brentwood, MD 20722 United States
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The DIY arts and crafts icon from the 80’s is back! And nothing says “love” like a hand-made pre-shrunk Valentine. Families are invited to create beautiful jewelry, key chains, and other Valentine’s Day gifts for their loved ones. Children will receive their first 2 sheets of blank Shrinky Dinks free, additional sheets will be available to purchase for 50 cents each.

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Stargazing at the Public Observatory

Friday, February 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
National Air & Space Museum, 600 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Use telescopes to observe planets, stars, and other wonders of the Universe with your own eyes. Knowledgeable staff will be present to answer questions and guide observing. Online visitors are invited to check the Observatory's Ustream channel for a live telescope view during our open hours, when available, as well as archived videos of the Sun, Moon, planets, and more. This stargazing event will be held if weather conditions permit. For weather and closure updates, check @SIObservatory, call 202.633.2517 the day of the event, or ask at the Welcome…

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Discover Engineering Family Day

Saturday, February 18 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
National Building Museum, 401 F St NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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WHAT Discover Engineering Family Day is a fun-filled day designed to introduce students 4 to 12 to the wonder of engineering and the importance of technological literacy. It attracts thousands of people and kicks off DiscoverE Engineers Week activities in the national capital area. The 2017 event will celebrate our 25th anniversary. WHERE The National Building Museum, 401 F Street, N.W., Washington, DC (between 4th and 5th Streets) WHEN Feb. 18, 2017, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. WHAT IS THE…

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National Geographic Family Day

Monday, February 20 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
National Geographic Society, 1145 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036 United States
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Join us for Family Day on Monday, February 20 (Presidents Day) starting at 10:00 am at National Geographic's headquarters in Washington, D.C. What's Family Day? It's our way of saying thanks by hosting a free, family friendly, fun event where you and up to five guests can see award-winning films, visit our amazing museum, and spend a day exploring the world at Nat Geo! Meet National Geographic explorers including ocean legend Sylvia Earle, submersible pilot Erika Bergman, biologist & photographer…

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$32 - $58

Kid & Adult Claydate with Kuzeh Pottery

Monday, February 20 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Kuzeh Pottery, 716 Monroe St. NE, Studio 18
Washington, DC 20017 United States
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NO SCHOOL!!! NO PROBLEM! Roll up your sleeves and join us for a hands on workshop to create ceramic dessert plates with your young ones. During this workshop, each participant will use a clay slab and a variety of tools and stamps to craft a functional dessert plate that will make a great addition and keepsake in your home. The workshop fee includes all materials and choice of glazes. Kuzeh Pottery will fire all the pieces in our kiln, and…

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Kids in the Kitchen

Saturday, February 25 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
YMCA Anthony Bowen, 1325 W St NW
Washington, DC 20009 United States
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Kids in the Kitchen is an annual spring event that showcases ways kids can eat smart and make healthy lifestyle choices. Targeted to children ages 3-13, local chefs host healthy cooking demonstrations, fitness experts lead high-energy exercise sessions and certified nutritionists are on hand to answer questions. Kids in the Kitchen is a fun-filled day of games, crafts, hands-on learning, and exciting prizes - all to celebrate and promote nutritional literacy.Click here to see our previous visits to Kids…

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March 2017
Free

Family Event: Science!

Saturday, March 4 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St NW
Washington, DC 20006 United States
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Scientists and discoverers of the past used special tools to learn about the world around them. Take a look through a real 18th century microscope and see if you can navigate the seas using an octant.

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Nowruz: A Persian New Year Celebration

Sunday, March 5 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Ring in the Persian New Year at our 9th annual Nowruz celebration! With free attractions for all ages, this year’s festival is held in the Sackler and adjacent Ripley Center as the Freer undergoes renovation. Activities include: Haft sin table display Storytelling by Xanthe Gresham Calligraphy Hands-on art activities Live music Film screenings Food Featured exhibition Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan

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$22 - $68

PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue”

Saturday, March 11 - Sunday, March 12
National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004 United States
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It’s the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. PAW Patrol to the rescue! Ryder summons Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest to rescue Mayor Goodway and to run the race in her place. Using their unique skills and teamwork, the pups show that “no job is too big, no pup is too small,” and share lessons for all ages about citizenship, social…

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Kids in the Castle at Heurich House Museum

Saturday, March 11 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036 United States
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On Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 11am – 2pm, the Heurich House Museum will open its doors for free, self-guided tours. This family-friendly event allows visitors to explore the gilded details of the Heurich family home at their own pace. The first floor, second floor, and basement will be open for guests. The museum garden will also be open to play and relax in, after going through the house. Children and their parents are invited to wander through the house…

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Community Day: The Tuskegee Experience

Saturday, March 11 @ 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
National Museum of African American History & Culture, 14th St and Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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The Tuskegee Airmen overcame segregation and prejudice to become one of the most highly respected fighter groups of World War II. They proved conclusively that African Americans could fly and maintain sophisticated combat aircraft. The Tuskegee Airmen’s achievements, together with the men and women who supported them, paved the way for full integration of the U.S. military. During this community day you are invited to meet Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen (their health permitting), experience historical tap dance-and take a…

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Nationals ShamrockFest

Saturday, March 11 @ 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
RFK Stadium, 2400 E. Capitol St. NE
Washington, DC United States
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Children 12 and under are free The National ShamrockFest is Washington, DC's Saint Patrick's Day street festival with live music, food, drinks, roving entertainers, craft vendors, an Irish Village, carnival rides & games and much more. The ShamrockFest is the largest Saint Patrick's Day party in the region featuring more than 30 bands and DJs on 5 stages. This year's headlining bands include Gaelic Storm, Blues Traveler and Reel Big Fish. The event is held rain or shine. Date and…

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Washington DC 46th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade

Sunday, March 12 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Constitution Avenue (From 7th to 17th Streets NW), Washington, DC United States + Google Map

The 46th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade of Washington, D.C. will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 12:00 Noon, and will proceed down Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Streets, N.W., in our Nation’s Capital. The parade route is easily accessible from the Federal Triangle, Archives-Navy Memorial and Smithsonian metro stations. The grandstands are located between 15th and 16th streets next to the judges reviewing stand.  They are a great way to watch the parade – each group is introduced as…

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Family Workshop: Adventures from the Persian Book of Kings

Saturday, March 18 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Experience the stories of the Shahnama, the Persian Book of Kings, with artist Sophie Benini, author of The Book Book: A Journey into Bookmaking. Discover heroes and villains from this epic, and then collaborate with family and friends on designing a page inspired by Persian miniature paintings. This program is designed for children ages 6–12 and adults to enjoy together.

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Women’s History Month Family Day

Saturday, March 18 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20002 United States
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Celebrate Women's History Month at the National Postal Museum! Come explore the various roles women had at the Post Office throughout  its long history. Visitors can watch a historic printing press demonstrations, play the “Dead Letter Office” game, and learn about the first female Post Master, Mary Katherine Goddard – all roles that would have been filled by females. Thanks to these pioneers, there are so many cool jobs that women now hold in the Post Office today. Meet…

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Heritage Family Days: Kites of Asia

Saturday, March 25 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
National Air & Space Museum, 600 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Celebrate Spring at the National Air and Space Museum’s Kites of Asia Heritage Family Day!  Talk to kite experts, see pan-Asian kite displays, marvel at indoor kite flying, make your own kite — and maybe even take a dance lesson! Check out our previous visits to Kites of Asia by clicking here.

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SAAM Cherry Blossom Celebration

Saturday, March 25 @ 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
American Art Museum, 8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20004 United States
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WHEN Saturday, March 25, 2017, 11:30am – 3pm CATEGORIES Kids & Families LOCATION American Art Museum EVENT LOCATION Kogod Courtyard COST Free DETAILS Join SAAM and the National Cherry Blossom Festival for a celebration of Japanese culture! A taiko drumming performance kicks off the day, followed by Japanese music and dance performances, face painting, and cherry blossom themed crafts. Make your own tatebanko (a Japanese paper diorama) with our friends from the Smithsonian's Freer Sackler Asian art museums. Take a scavenger hunt to…

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Light City Baltimore

Friday, March 31 - Saturday, April 8
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Launched by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in 2016, Light City Baltimore is the first large-scale, international light festival in the United States. In its first year, Light City welcomed more than 400,000 people from across the globe over seven nights. Light City is a free festival that transforms Baltimore with large-scale light installations, performances, music and innovation. Central to Light City is the BGE Light Art Walk along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor,  featuring more than 50 attractions including illuminated…

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April 2017
Free

Cherokee Days

Saturday, April 1 - Sunday, April 2
National Museum of the American Indian, 4th St SW & Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Celebrate the fourth annual Cherokee Days Festival with representatives from all of the federally recognized Cherokee tribes (Cherokee Nation, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians). This event showcases the shared history and culture of the three Cherokee tribes, featuring interactive exhibitions, storytelling, traditional flute playing, weaponry, wood carving, beadwork, traditional games, basket weaving, pottery demonstrations, music and dance.

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Blossom Kite Festival

Saturday, April 1 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Washington Monument, 2 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20024 United States
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The National Cherry Blossom Festival is kicking off kite season. The seventh annual Blossom Kite Festival showcases the creativity of kite makers and skill of fliers from across the US and other countries through a variety of competitions and demonstrations, Rokkaku Battles and the Hot Tricks Showdown. Bring your own kites or children can make a kite at an activity station (while supplies last) to fly on the Public Field. Please note: drones are prohibited at this event. The rain…

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Family Event: Colonial Career Day

Saturday, April 1 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St NW
Washington, DC 20006 United States
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What job would you want in the 1700s? Try out different careers from the colonial days. Would you be a good carpenter? Or a weaver? Or an apothecary? Come learn some new skills and figure out how you would make money if you lived in the time of George Washington.

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National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

Saturday, April 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Constitution Avenue (From 7th to 17th Streets NW), Washington, DC United States + Google Map

Time 10 AM – Noon Location Constitution Avenue – From 7th to 17th Streets NW Cost Standing along the Parade route from Constitution Avenue between 9th and 15th streets, NW is FREE and open to the public. Arrive early for the best views. Grandstand Seating starts at $20. One of DC’s largest spectator events, the energy-filled National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® presented by Events DC runs for 10 blocks along iconic Constitution Avenue. Giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats,…

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2017 KidFitStrong Fitness Challenge

Saturday, April 8 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Takoma Sports Complex, 300 Van Buren St NW
Washington, DC 20012 United States
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DESCRIPTION The KidFitStrong Fitness Challenge is the nations largest mobile fitness event traveling from coast-to-coast dedicated to keeping kids active and healthy. At the KidFitStrong Fitness Challenge, kids of all ages get the opportunity to flex their physical fitness by participating in a completion-based obstacle course designed to challenge speed, strength, agility and overall physical fitness. The event is FREE to the public and features a variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy including active gaming fun…

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Sakura Matsuri-Japanese Street Festival

Saturday, April 8 @ 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
The Yards Park, 355 Water St SE
Washington, DC 20003 United States
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Come enjoy the tastes, sounds and feel of Japan at the Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival! We are the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the US. We have 4 stages of performances and demonstrations, cultural exhibitors, food vendors, cooking demonstrations, a Childrens' Corner - and more! Children 12 and under are always free!

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Emancipation Day Parade and Truck Touch

Saturday, April 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Freedom Plaza, 1000-1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004 United States
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Next Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm Location: 1000-1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Details: The Emancipation Day Parade and truck touch will be held from 1 pm to 3 pm. What is Emancipation Day? The DC Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862 ended slavery in Washington, DC, freed 3,100 individuals, reimbursed those who had legally owned them and offered the newly freed women and men money to emigrate. It is this legislation, and the courage and struggle of…

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Family Afternoon: Design With Nature

Sunday, April 9 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
National Building Museum, 401 F St NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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Date: Sunday, April 9, 2017 Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Explore the intersection of design, building, and the natural environment. In celebration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, attendees of all ages can discover ways in which environment inspires design. Learn how nature can be intentionally integrated into and around built spaces. PARTICIPANTS CAN: Fold origami flowers and join other families to design a large-scale paper garden to help bring spring into the Great Hall Construct and decorate your…

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Open Studio: Japanese Woodblock Printing

Sunday, April 9 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Join us for the opening weekend of Inventing Utamaro for free family activities! In this Open Studio, witness firsthand the beauty and complexity of Japanese woodblock prints. Take a family-friendly tour (12:30 and 2:30 pm) of the exhibition, and then explore traditional tools and papers. A teaching artist demonstrates transferring designs to a block, carving, and basic printing techniques. Come prepared to get your hands inky. All ages welcome with adult companions.

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Anacostia River Festival

Sunday, April 9 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Anacostia Park, 1900 Anacostia Drive SE
Washington, DC 20020 United States
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The Anacostia River Festival is a signature event that will close the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC! The event will feature family-friendly activities including free kayaking and canoeing, musical performances, fishing and water filtration workshops, live birds of prey demonstration, a photography exhibition, a bike parade and more. The free event will bring people from across the region to celebrate the history, ecology and communities along the banks of the Anacostia River. This year’s festival celebrates “connecting people to parks”…

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National Robotics Week

Saturday, April 15 @ 1:15 pm - 4:00 pm
Northeast DC Public Library, 330 7th St NE
Washington, DC 20002 United States
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From April 8th to 16th, the National Robotics Week will be celebrated throughout the United States of America at events hosted and attended by those who enjoy creating STEM projects ( Science Technology Engineering an Math) and sharing them with the community. This event was created by the company "Irobot", which creates mobile vacuum cleaners in 2010. Their goal, along with other companies, was to increase the public awareness of growing importance of  robotics in our society and to provide a…

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SW Waterfront Fireworks Festival

Saturday, April 15 @ 2:00 pm - 9:30 pm
District Wharf, 600-650 Water Street SW
Washington, DC 20024 United States
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Time 2- 9:30 PM; Fireworks display 8:30 PM (weather permitting) Location Join us from 2 – 9:30 PM at the District Wharf for live music, beer garden, food trucks, all ages hands-on activities, and more Join us from 6 – 9 PM at The Titanic Memorial for pre-fireworks entertainment Cost FREE Getting There We strongly encourage attendees to take public transportation to the Waterfront area. Metrorail- Orange/Blue lines to L’Enfant Plaza (0.7 miles to the Festival) or Green line…

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Global Nepal Fest

Sunday, April 16 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
University Yard, H St between 21st & 22nd NW
Washington, DC 20052 United States
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Global Nepal Fest, is a family friendly outdoor event taking place in major east coast cities this spring. The purpose of Global Nepal Fest is to promote Nepal to the global community through art, music, culture, food, tourism, handicrafts, and more. Vendors will showcase various products, arts, and food from Nepal. The event will be filled with exciting cultural dances, live instrumental music from the Himalayas and activities that will entertain you and your family throughout the day. We also…

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National Math Festival

Saturday, April 22 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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The National Math Festival brings together some of the most influential mathematicians of our time to inspire and challenge participants to see math in new and exciting ways. Through a day of lectures, hands-on demonstrations, art, films, performances, puzzles, games, children’s book readings, and more, we bring out unexpected sides of mathematics for everyone, from toddlers to adults of all ages. The National Math Festival is free and open to the public from 10:00 a.m. till 7:00 p.m. on Saturday,…

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SAAM: Earth Day Family Day

Saturday, April 22 @ 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
American Art Museum, 8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20004 United States
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Earth Day Family Day WHEN Saturday, April 22, 2017, 11:30am – 3pm CATEGORIES Kids & Families LOCATION American Art Museum EVENT LOCATION Kogod Courtyard COST Free DETAILS SAAM goes green for the 47th annual Earth Day. Follow the rhythms of Bash the Trash as they perform with instruments made from recycled and reused materials, or make artworks inspired by Mother Nature. From trees, to oceans, to critters, come celebrate the many gifts this planet has to give us.

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Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED

Sunday, April 23 @ 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
DC Armory, 2001 E Capitol St SE
Washington, DC 20003 United States
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Venture back to a time when the dinosaurs roamed the earth at Discover the Dinosaurs ! Experience up-close encounters with a lifelike Stegosaurus, Velociraptor and the king T-Rex in this walk-thru exhibit. Kids become junior paleontologists as they dig for fossils in the Valley of the Bones. Visit the Kid’s Adventure Zone filled with themed bouncy houses, crafts and more. It’s family fun of prehistoric proportions! Tickets

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Techstravaganza

Saturday, April 29 @ 10:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson High School, 6560 Braddock Road
Alexandria, VA 22312 United States
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Techstravaganza is a hands-on STEM activity fair for elementary and middle school students that is free and open to the public. It attracts hundreds of attendees in Northern Virginia every year. Over 300 TJ student and teacher volunteers interact with bright, young students through various STEM activities and demonstrations, including lava lamps, banana DNA, CS workshops, student robotics teams, and other STEM exhibits.

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