DC family weekend events

NOTE: The Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival, originally scheduled for this weekend at the Georgetown waterfront, has been canceled because recent rains have made for unsafe boating conditions on the Potomac. Organizers are trying to come up with a new date; visit the festival Web site www.dragonboatdc.com for the most up-to-date information.

Saturday, May 17

Children’s Workshop: Reuse It or Lose It
National Museum of African Art Noon-2:30 p.m.   FREE
Reuse African fabrics, wooden spoons, assorted beads, buttons and other discarded items to bring your vision of an African puppet to life. For ages 7 and older; registration required, call 202.633.4640. Presented in conjunction with El Anatsui: Gawu.

Sunday, May 18

KidSpy Spy Fest: Tradecraft Try-Its
International Spy Museum 10-11 am, 11 am-Noon, Noon-1 pm
Do you have the savvy to beat a lie-detector, the smarts to break a top secret coded message, the wits to create secret writing, and the moves of a Ninja? Families are invited to try all this and more at the Museum’s first ever Spy Fest. Mini-missions, tradecraft demonstrations, and tradecraft try-its will allow KidSpy recruits and their “handlers” to get an insider’s peek into the shadow world of spying. For ages 7-18; cost is $12 for non-members, $10 for members. Advance registration is required. Call 202.393.7798 or 866.SPY.MUSEUM.

Family Bike Tour
Thomas Jefferson Memorial Plaza  (meet at base of the memorial steps)  1-4 pm  FREE
National Park Service Rangers will guide families through the ages to discover exciting events that took place in and around the National Mall. From hot air balloons over the White House, to canal boats floating down Constitution Avenue, the National Mall has witnessed scores of amazing and notable events in time.  All participants (children and adults) must have their own bikes, helmets, and water. Space is limited; reservations required. Call Bike Program Coordinator Ranger Jason Martz 202-438-4391 (or Assistant Bike Program Coordinator Ranger Richard Ayad 202-438-3456) to make reservations.

Pop-Up Architecture
National Building Museum 2-4 p.m.
Families can experience the streets they live on in a whole new way by creating a pop-up version. Artist and author Carol Barton leads a creative 3-D workshop teaching families how to make basic on-the-fold pop-up structures, develop their dimensional design skills, and bring architecture to life. For ages 8-19; cost is $15 per family and advance registration is required. Call 202.272.2448

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