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Free Fall Activities For Families In Washington DC

October 25, 2013 8:00 AM

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Free fall activities can be fun for the whole family when visiting the plentiful museums of Washington, D.C. The Smithsonian museums are not only free in admission, but many of the events, activities and family programs are also free. Whether your family is into science, culture, art or animals, there is a free activity that you and your family will love. Here are some upcoming fall events that are sure to put a smile on your family’s faces.

“American Wildlife Day”
The National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 633-4888
www.nationalzoo.si.edu

Date: Nov. 2, 2013

What better way to learn about the creatures of your own backyard than by visiting the National Zoo? The Zoo’s all-American event “American Wildlife Day” focuses on animals whose natural habitats fall within the American borders. With games, prizes, tours and other family-friendly activities, the National Zoo warmly welcomes families to join it this fall for a fun-filled free adventure learning about American wildlife. This activity will be fun for all ages and will expose families to new and exciting ways to learn about American animals.

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Fall leaves (Credit, Kayleigh Bryant)

“Cherokee Festival”
The National Museum of the American Indian
Fourth St. & Independence Ave. S.W.
Washington, DC 20560
(202) 633-6644
www.nmai.si.edu

Date: Nov. 22-23, 2013

The Cherokee nations’ rich and diverse cultures come to life in the two-day free festival event at the National Museum of the American Indian. The museum’s Cherokee cultural event focuses on several Cherokee Nations: Cherokee Nation, Eastern Band and United Keetoowah Band. With performances, food, workshops and historical and cultural artifacts on display, the museum warmly welcomes families to join in the fun-filled cultural activities. This festival will be fun for all ages, but is also a rare opportunity for families to explore the depths of a lesser-known culture.

“ImaginAsia: Masked Identities”
Freer and Sackler Galleries
1200 Independence Ave. S.W.
Washington, DC 20013
(202) 633-1000
www.asia.si.edu

Date: Now through Oct. 31, 2013

Discover the vast heritage of the Asian representation of animals, beasts and fictional creatures through “ImaginAsia: Masked Identities” at the Freer and Sackler Galleries. The museum warmly welcomes groups to inquire about the masked activities at the information booths. Groups are free to explore the museum on their own, learn about the different masks and their meanings and wear the masks. This free event is great for families in preparation for the costume activities of Halloween.

Related: Best Fall Family Getaways in DC

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Get crafty with the kids (Credit, Kayleigh Bryant)

“The Moon and Beyond”
Udvar-Hazy Center
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151
(202) 633-1000
www.airandspace.si.edu

Date: Nov. 9, 2013

Venture out into space to the moon and beyond at the Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum. Every second Saturday, the museum hosts an array of events and activities for families to interact with space technology. With hands-on demonstrations, interactive games and other family-friendly activities, the Udvar-Hazy Center encourages in-depth space discovery. This free event is great for families with science interests.

“Raven Steals the Sun: A Family Celebration of Tlingit Culture”
The National Museum of the American Indian
Fourth St. & Independence Ave. S.W.
Washington, DC 20560
(202) 633-6644
www.nmai.si.edu

Date: Nov. 9, 2013

The Tlingit culture is brought to life through the storytelling magic of Maria Williams as she recreates her fable for children and families. The National Museum of the American Indian hosts this intimate interaction with the author and family audiences. With singing, dancing, art-making, games and activities, families will learn about the Tlingit culture while expressing their own artistry and appreciation of storytelling. This free event is perfect for families seeking fun-filled ways to expose their children to different cultures.

Related: Best Way to Spend a Fall Day with the Family in DC

Kayleigh Bryant is a D.C. native, traveler, foodie, artist and frequent museum visitor. Her lifelong fascination with art has moved her to explore the themes, techniques and media artists have employed to express their ideas. Kayleigh has earned a Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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