September 19, 2017

Washington, DC: Cherry Blossom Fun at the National Building Museum

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It’s hard to believe but the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates 100 years this year and there are loads of events planned here in Washington, DC.  I took Kate (6), Molly (4) and Paul (2) to the National Building Museum for Family Days and it was so much fun. Lots of family-friendly activities, as well as musical performances and even a visit from Snoopy.

The National Building Museum opened at 10 a.m. and I was glad we got there early (9:45 a.m.) since not only were we able to get a fantastic parking space right across the street, but there were already at least 40 people in line. Quick note that you can put money in most (if not all) parking meters in DC using the Parkmobile app. It’s a little bit of a hassle to get started, so I suggest you get set up before you go into the city. After that it’s a snap to pay for parking.

Making Cherry Blossom Trees with Popcorn and Pink Glitter

Once the doors opened at 10 a.m. we hit all of the hand-on activities. We made a Kokeshi Doll ornament out of a clothespin, we made cherry blossom trees with popcorn and glitter, created springtime postcards, and made tissue paper flowers. Then we went to make a Shoji Screen, and that was a huge fail.

We went to make our Shoji Screens about 10 minutes before we needed to leave (we were meeting friends for lunch in Tysons Corner), and naturally this project was more involved than I needed it to be. It required tissue paper, ten popsicle sticks, three kinds of glue, and more wait time (for glue to dry) than I had, so mommy got pretty frustrated, pretty fast. There were tears (you’d think from me, but not this time), and ultimately we left before finishing the project, but it was still mostly a good time had by all (mommy needs to just relax sometimes).

In addition to hands-on, craft activities, kids and adults could dress up in traditional Japanese clothing, check out origami teahouses and take a look at art on display from winners of the National Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Poster Contest. Snoopy was also on hand to greet children and pose for photos.

Kate with Snoopy

Since we had to leave early we missed the musical and dance performances, but it looked like great entertainment and it took place about every 45 minutes. Family Days at the National Building Museum takes place on Sunday too, so there will still be lots more opportunities to enjoy the crafts with your kids and see performances by dance troupes and youth choirs.

If you are or will be in Washington, DC in the next few weeks, I encourage you to check out the National Cherry Blossom Festival activities, which run through April 27. There’s lots more for families to do and it’s such a special celebration here in the city.

As a final side note, as I write this my poor eight-year-old, Clare, is out on a soccer field getting ready for her 3 p.m. game and it’s pouring rain. Sad she couldn’t come with us today but hope she scores another goal (she scored the first goal in her noon game today!).

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