It looks like it is going to rain all weekend.  Here are some indoor activities for the weekend!

Saturday, March 13

Saturday Morning at the National, 3/13 @ 9:30am & 11am

Every Saturday, the National Theatre offers free performances that the whole family can enjoy  This Saturday you can meet artist, author, and illustrator, Joe Jamaldinian, as he talks about his creation, Penguin Bob.  Joe will sketch pictures of Bob as he follows his quest to teach everyone, especially kids, to follow their dreams in a world of beautiful cultures and beautiful people.  Tickets distributed 30 minutes before each show. (202) 783-3372

http://www.nationaltheatre.org/saturday/saturday.htm

The Grandsons Jr, March 1313 @ 10:30am

Jammin’ Java, Vienna, VA- The Grandsons Jr is the kid band version of DC-area roots rock superstars The Grandsons.  Kids AND their parents will dig the upbeat mix of rock, swing, New Orleans R&B, country, latin music we call Americana.  703.255.1566

http://jamminjava.com/home/kids-events/the-grandsons-jr

McLean Storybook Festival, March 13, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The McLean Community Center, McLean, VA-   The festival will include a performance by four time Parent’s Choice Award winning author, songwriter, story-teller, and poet Barry Louis Polisar.  Barry has written songs for Sesame Street and The Weekly Reader, and has been a regular performer on The Learning Channel.  After the performance, storybook characters will roam the crowd to assist with a craft project, and pose for pictures with your children.  $5 per person; free for children age 2 years old and younger.  Best suited for ages 3-8.

http://www.mcleancenter.org/kids-teens/childrens-events.asp

The Puppet Theater of Glen Echo, March 13, 11:30am-12:30pm

Glen Echo Puppet Playhouse, Glen Echo, MD- Beauty and the Beast (11:30am & 1pm)- ages 5-10 & Tiny Tots: Teddy Bear’s Picnic (10am)- ages 0-4

$8 per ticket 301.634.5380

http://www.thepuppetco.org

Sunday, March 14

A Year with Frog and Toad, March 14 @ 1pm
Music Center at Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD- A Year With Frog and Toad follows the adventures of two best friends, Frog and Toad, as they grow through four fun-filled seasons collected from Arnold Lobel’s classic, award-winning series of children’s books.

http://www.strathmore.org/eventstickets/calendar/view.asp?id=4532

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure, March 14 @ 10:30

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC- The 20-minute planetarium show follows Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street. Together, they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth. They learn how to find the Big Dipper constellation and the North Star, and there’s a sing-along of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”.  Sesame Workshop CEO Gary Knell says that the show is designed to engage little kids without scaring them half to death in a dark room. This will give them an introduction and hopefully instill in them at a very young age a love for science.  Tickets available for FREE at the Albert Einstein Planetarium box office, and the show starts at 10:30.

http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=1374

American Art Museum Scavenger Hunt, 11:30am-7pm

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, Washington, DC- With more than 3,300 artworks densely arranged in floor-to-ceiling glass cases, the Luce Foundation Center is the perfect place for a scavenger hunt! Themed hunts are available daily at the information desk on the third-floor mezzanine in the center. From monsters to magic, you will discover new things each time with clues that challenge your skills

http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/family/scavenger/

National Building Museum– 11am-5pm, Sundays

One of our favorite museums in DC!  The building itself is fantastic.  There is a wide open Great Hall, where kids can run free.  Kids can attempt to build a 7-foot tall arch using numbered foam blocks (MUCH harder than it looks).  A favorite of the toddler crowd is the Building Zone, designed for children aged 2 to 6.  There are many types of building materials, such as giant legos, magnetic tinker toys, and cardboard blocks.  There are also dress-up costumes, a large scale play house, building focused books, and much more.  There can be a line to get into the Building Zone, as there is a capacity of 40 children.  There are also “Family Tool Kits”  that help to bring the building to life for school-aged kids.

http://www.nbm.org/families-kids/

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