Here’s what’s going on around the metro area that would be of interest to NoVa families, including one “Beyond DC” event that offers free admission to Delaware museums. Have a great weekend!
ONGOING WEEKEND EVENTS
Weekend Train Rides
The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum
901 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore
Saturday 10 am-4 pm, Sunday 11 am-4 pm
Through Sunday, February 1, 2009
Got the winter blahs? Hop on board a weekend train ride at the B&O! Train rides are free for B&O members, $1 for children ages 2-12 and $2 for adults and seniors. Admission is $14 for adults, $8 for children ages 2-12.
Barbie: Fifty Fashionable Years
Geppi’s Entertainment Museum
301 W Camden St., Baltimore
Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 am-6 pm
Exhibit runs through March 31
Since her debut in a plain black-and-white swimsuit in 1959, Barbie has been a symbol of America’s changing and sometimes controversial perception of the role of women in our society. GEM looks at a half-century of dream houses, sports cars, shifting fashions and hairstyles, and how Barbara Millicent Roberts has changed the face of pop culture. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children 5-18 years, free for kids 4 and younger. Half price admission on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
“Flights of Fancy” – Stories for Children
National Air and Space Museum
6th and Independence Ave., SW, DC
Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight – Gallery 208
Saturdays in January, 11:30 am and 1:30 pm FREE
Stop by for story time and an art activity. This month’s featured book is Amelia and Eleanor Go For a Ride by Pam Munoz Ryan. Story and activity usually last about 20-30 minutes
Imaginasia Family Program: Down by the Sea Shore
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Jefferson Drive at 12th Street, SW, DC
Saturday and Sunday 2 pm FREE
More than 100 years ago American artist Dwight William Tryon used pastels to capture the many moods of the sea. Today, Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto takes black-and-white photographs that meld sea and sky. Discover their works in the Sackler Gallery, and then draw with pastels and charcoal in the classroom to create your own seascape to take home! Free; first come, first served; reservations required for groups over 8, call 202-633-0461.
SuperNoVa Mom note: I’ve done the drive to the Delaware Museum of Natural History, which is pretty small and requires admission, a couple of times. This Saturday, though, is your chance to visit the museum and other places for free!
Brandywine Valley Open House
Delaware museums and other institutions
Saturday, Jan. 10 FREE
The Brandywine Museums & Gardens Alliance invites you to explore the rich tradition of art, gardens, history, and culture with free admission to Brandywine River Museum, Delaware Art Museum, Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Delaware Historical Society, Delaware Museum of Natural History, Hagley Museum and Library, Rockwood Museum, and Winterthur Museum & Country Estate. For more info, visit www.brandywinetreasures.org.
Saturday, Jan. 10
NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo
Walter E. Washington Convention Center Halls B&C
801 Mount Vernon Place NW, DC
Saturday and Sunday 9 am-5 pm FREE
This free event is designed to capture the attention of tens of thousands of health conscious consumers and offers dancing, aerobics, health tests and screenings, jazzercising, soccer, rock climbing, a community blood drive and much more! Tons of fun family activities combined with important health and medical information to help our community get healthy and fit. More than 200 businesses and organizations will be serving up activities and exhibits for everyone young, old, and in-between. Plus there will be lots of free giveaways, health tests and screenings, special guests, cooking demos, chances to win great prizes, exercise classes and more. Last year more than 85,000 people came to this two-day party. For a list of attractions, click here.
Wild Beasts and Creatures
Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 Seventeenth Street NW, DC 10:30 am-Noon
Journey to the wild on this gallery safari as we discover fierce lions, serpents, and beasts. Let the bronze sculptures of Antoine-Louis Barye be your guide along the way. Following your adventure, learn about animal fables from cultures around the world and create your own wild creature out of clay! Workshops are limited to children ages 8–12 and their adult companions. Space is limited and advanced registration is required. Cost is $12 per child, $8 for Corcoran members at the family level. Register online by clicking here. Call (202) 639-1770 for more info.
Energized! Exploring the Spirit of Activism
National Portrait Gallery
8th and F Streets, NW, DC 11:30 am-3 pm FREE
This fun-filled, inspiring family day features storytelling, a hands-on craft, and an information booth featuring local community service opportunities. In addition, a self-guided tour will highlight portraits from the Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection as well as from the exhibition Women of Our Time: Twentieth-Century Photographs, which features women who have energized Washington and the nation while making a difference. Recommended for youth ages 10 and up and their families. For more info, call 202-633-1000.
Arts and the Ocean: Hawaiian Culture, Music & Dance
National Museum of Natural History
10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW
The Sant Ocean Hall 1-3 pm FREE
The Aloha boys and dancers from Halau O’Aulani perform native songs and dances unique and precious to Hawaii. Halau O’Aulani is dedicated to the preservation of Hawaiian culture through the arts, language, and historical conservation.
NSO Kinderkonzert: Strings and Stories
Kennedy Center Family Theater
2700 F Street, NW, DC
1:30 and 4 pm shows
If you love animals and silly slapstick, then don’t miss four NSO musicians in this zany program! The Kennedy String Quartet (Holly Hamilton and Jane Bowyer Stewart, violins; James Deighan, viola; and David Teie, cello) inspires everyone to listen, laugh, and learn through vivid music from the classic repertoire. Then they jump right into antic storytelling with The Donkey, the Goat, and the Little Dog by acclaimed composer and playwright Susan Kander. For ages 4 and up. All seats are $18. By tickets online or call 202-467-4600.
Sunday, Jan. 11
Model Airplane Workshop
National Building Museum
401 F Street, NW, DC 9-11 am
Construct your own rubber-band-propelled model airplane with the DC Maxecuters, then try a test flight in the Great Hall. For ages 8 and up. Prepaid registration required; tickets must be purchased by the end of the day on Thursday, January 8, 2009. Cost is $18 per child; adults are free. Buy tickets online by clicking here. For more info, call 202-272-2448.
A Day of Flying in the Great Hall
National Building Museum
401 F Street, NW, DC 11 am-4 pm FREE
Watch as the DC Maxecuters fly their model airplanes in and across the Great Hall! For more info, call 202-272-2448.