Still chilly out there- here are some ideas for the upcoming week!


Tuesday, January 18th  Pooh Bear Storytime

10:30am @ Long Branch Nature Center, Arlington

Go to Long Branch to celebrate A.A. Milne’s birthday.  They will read tales of Winnie the Pooh, then learn how the characters got their names.  For example, did you know that Christopher Robin was A.A. Milne’s son’s name?  “Winnie”, the bear was his favorite animal at the zoo, and was Christopher Robin’s reason for calling his own teddy bear Winnie.  Read more about A.A. Milne at  You must register first for this class (appropriate for ages 3 and up).


Wednesday, January 19th    Rainforests

3:30pm @ Long Branch Nature Center, Arlington.

Learn about rainforests through stories, crafts, and a hike. Appropriate for ages 3 – 5.  Must register before the class.


Thursday, January 20th    Preparing for a Ball

11am to 4pm @ Gadsby’s Museum, Alexandria

Almost every girl likes to feel like a princess, so what could more fun than to learn about balls?  Kids will get the chance to explore where famous 18th century balls took place (like George Washington’s Birthnight Ball), and learn about preparing for a ball.  There will be an 18th century dance lesson and a craft to take home. Ages 5 and up, and $6 per person. Reservations are required, so call 703.746.4739.


Friday, January 21st    The Wright Brothers Puppet Show

10:15am, 11:15am & 12:15pm @ National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC

A puppet show based on the history of the Wright Brothers.  You will hear lots of music (nine original musical numbers) and see a variety of puppet styles.  According to show creator,  David Messick, they “will follow the brothers from early childhood until the moment they make their first powered flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.  It’s such a wonderful story with an important lesson even today. Orville and Wilbur were successful because they grew up in an environment that valued and encouraged reading and they had great faith in their own abilities.”  Appropriate for ages 2-10, and the puppet show costs $3 – $6.