National Harbor family activities

National Children’s Museum, which is scheduled to open in 2012, is offering free family programs every Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. through Oct. 18.

The programs take place at National Harbor‘s American Market, a farmer’s market featuring up to 60 regional vendors showcasing produce, pastries, crafts, artwork, fashion, jewelry, and more.

Here’s the lineup:
June 28: “Scales and Tales”
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources presents its “Scales and Tales” wildlife show. Get an up-close look at wildlife you might find living in your backyard, including live birds and reptiles!

Then don’t miss “Guess WHOO’s Coming to Dinner – What do owls call a gourmet meal?” Explore and dissect owl pellets to find out what owls eat to survive, and color and create your own owl masks.

Presentations take place at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Also, prepare to ooh and ahh during story hour from 10 to 11 a.m. as a Prince George’s County children’s librarian reads a special book about wildlife.

July 5: Monuments and Symbols
Washington, DC is full of monuments and symbols that represent many different people, places and things. Discover the difference between a monument and a symbol and create your own.

July 12: Head to the Beach 
Learn how to be sun-wise when going to the beach. Find out what types of fossils you might find while enjoying the sun at local beaches. Create a Nature Logbook to keep track of all the natural wonders you explore during the summer.

July 19: “Kids Harbor” 
Kids, come and take part in building your own city. What makes up a community or a city? Each kid can add his or her own custom designed building as we create a new city at National Harbor.

July 26: “The Truth About Bunny”
This original children’s theater performance asks the question, “Who really won the race between the tortoise and the hare?” It depends on who tells the story. Performances will take place at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.

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