This week is National Park Week so get out to a national park near you.  Visit Rock Creek Park in DC- there are plenty activities for children and families.  Visit the NPS.gov site for more info.  It is also Earth Day on April 22nd.  Check out About.com’s DC page for great activities near you.

Tuesday, April 20

Butterfly Pavilion– 10:15am – 5pm, National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC—-  Walk in the butterfly pavilion and view live butterflies as they flutter around you. Tuesdays are free but timed-entry tickets are needed and are only available at the Butterfly Pavilion Box Office beginning at 10am.  http://www.butterflies.si.edu.

Wednesday, April 21

Groovy Nate @ 11am, Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Bookstore, Arlington, VA — Sing and dance to classic and original music with Groovy Nate!  703-241-8281

Thursday, April 22

Under the Sea @ 10:15 to 11:30am- Ripley Center (International Gallery), Washington, DC –Children will be introduced to live invertebrates and vertebrates such as, crabs, clams, sea urchins, starfish and sea snails.  They will learn about the ocean’s ecology from naturalist and educator Andrew Wilson.  Tickets are required.  Call 202-633-8700 or visit the website. http://discoverytheater.org/shows/apr/under-the-sea.shtm

Friday, April 23

Thrive! Our Planet, Ourselves @ 11am to 2pm- United States Botanic Garden, Washington, DC — Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day at the US Botanic Garden.  Learn new things about the garden for food, health and life.  Talk to people from environmental organizations about ways to make the planet a healthier place.  http://www.usbg.gov/education/events/Thrive-Our-Planet-Ourselves.cfm

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