Saturday, June 21
One Planet: Ours! Sustainability for the 22nd Century
U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Avenue, SW
10 am-4:30 pm FREE
Come to Family Day and participate in a wide variety of programs! Create a pollinator and be a part of the pollinator play, help create a straw bale house, discover how to cook with sunshine, create a hand-held wind turbine, and meet experts in the field of sustainability. Bring your plastic bags to recycle, and receive a reusable shopping bag. Event will happen rain or shine!
Mosquitoes and Larvae and Ticks, Oh My!
Marian Koshland Science Museum, 500 5th Street, NW
10 am-5 pm FREE
Don’t let mosquitoes, ticks, and other pesky insects ruin your summer fun. At this family day, participants can learn how to identify potentially harmful bugs by examining live specimens. At noon, vector-borne diseases expert Jorge Arias, environmental health supervisor at the Fairfax County, Virginia, Health Department, will discuss strategies for protecting against West Nile virus, Lyme disease, and other insect-related hazards. Activities for all ages will be featured throughout the day.
National Building Museum, 401 F Street, NW
10 am-4 pm FREE
Kick off the summer and join the National Building Museum in a celebration of Eero Saarinen’s iconic works of architecture at ARCHitecture Day. This family program will feature puppetry, film, dance, Lego® building challenges, and special exhibition tours of Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future.
Imaginasia Family Program: Monkey King’s Journey
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery,
Jefferson Drive at 12th Street, SW
1 pm FREE
Enjoy a puppet performance of Journey to the West and then go to the ImaginAsia classroom to make a monkey king stick puppet to take home.
Sunday, June 22
Stretch Your Imagination
Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 Seventeenth Street NW
Yoga meets art: twist like Alexander Calder’s Calderberry, flow like Helen Frankenthaler’s Hurricane Flag, and zig-zag like Arthur Garfield Dove’s Space Divided by Line Motive (U.S.A.) in this family workshop. Whether you are a kid guru or yoga newbie, join the Corcoran for an afternoon that will move your body to the rhythm of abstraction! For ages 6 to 12. Free with gallery admission, which free for kids under 12, $6.75 for visitors older than 12, $12 for family groups. Preregistration required; call (202) 639-1770.
Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road, NW
2-3 pm FREE
Join a Park Ranger to learn how area wildlife use their unique adaptations to not only survive, but to thrive in the wild. All ages.