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
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.
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.
bring a sense of adventure,
your scientific mind,
and adult with a picture ID.
then pick up a backpack full of cool tools
and explore the US Botanical Gardens.
after completing an at home activity,
apply to become an official USBG Junior Botanist.
there’s also a preschool program for ages 3-5 each wednesday
that may include a story, art activity, or walk in the garden.
check out the USBG events page.
…until 28 Feb, 2010.
keep track of your favorite sport
or learn a new one.
learn some french and
watch the cultural olympiad as well to learn more about canadian culture.
“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