unbored at the smithsonian

smithsonian institution
if we are ever bored
and want to do something wholesome outside of the house
(how often does that happen?)
here are two FREE family activities from the smithsonian for all ages:

Spark!Lab at the American History Museum
(for all ages) The Lemelson Center’s Spark!Lab offers visitors a number of hands-on experiments that teach about science, the invention process, and the role of technology in American history. Activities are organized around the invention process and will rotate on a regular basis to provide visitors with new learning experiences.
Open daily: 10 AM-4 PM; entry is first come, first served.
Staff-led experiments are offered most days at 11 AM, 12 Noon, 1 PM, 2 PM, and 3 PM

Scavenger Hunt at the American Art Museum
Scavenger hunt handouts available at the Luce Foundation Center information desk on the mezzanine
(for all ages) With more than 3,300 artworks displayed in floor-to-ceiling glass cases, the Luce Foundation Center is the perfect place for a scavenger hunt! Follow the clues presented in one of several themed hunts — from monsters to magic — to discover new art during each adventure.
Daily: 11:30 AM-7 PM

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saturday morning at the national theatre

free performances on saturdays
at 9:30am and 11am
at the national theatre.
all types of artists are featured
including storytellers, musicians, illustrators, magicians and ventriloquists.
free tickets are distributed one half hour before each performance.
national theatre
there’s also a free noon at the national meet the author program
and monday night at the national dance program,
but check the website for details and updates.

presidential family day

at the national portrait gallery/smithsonian american art museum.
we participated in crafts,
aya and craft
enjoyed the a capella music of “snowday”,
took pics with JFK and jackie O
(from madame tussaud’s),
girls with jackio O
and toured the presidential portrait gallery.
sanaa with lincoln

with a full stomach
we could wander through the galleries for hours.

for additional info, check out the presidents section on whitehouse.gov
for short bio’s and pics of past presidents
as well as keep up to date with current events on the 44th president.
so our girls can be inspired that,
yes, little girl,
you too can be president some day.
future madame president
and when you are,
you can paint it any color you want
rahmah's white house
— provided you can get congressional approval.

the great backyard bird count 2010

the great backyard bird count 2010

“All you have to do is watch birds in your yard, a nearby park, or maybe at your school. Then you tell us what you saw by entering your bird list online. We collect that information from people all over the United States and Canada so scientists can learn what kind of birds are being seen in the winter and whether there are more or fewer of them than before.”

view their top 10 list of birds to refresh your memory
before you do your 15 minute watch
or get a list of birds in your area,
and combine your ornithology studies with parts of a bird nomenclature cards
from montessoriforeveryone.com
parts of a bird nomenclature cards - montessori for everyone.com

happy birdwatching!