The National Children’s Museum (NCM) will partner with PBS Kids and the National Educational Association’s Read Across America initiative throughout March for a month of literacy and science- focused educational programming.
Special events will include a storytime with Washington Redskins’ wide receiver Josh Morgan, a tribute to Dr. Seuss and special screenings of the new full-length film Sid the Science Kid: The Movie.
Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Party
Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (all day)
Help NCM kick off Read Across America month by celebrating what would have been Dr. Seuss' 109th birthday! Families can enjoy a Dr. Seuss storytime and other performances in the NCM Theatre, crafts in the Center for Learning and Innovation, and, of course, cake! Pat Lawson Muse, NBC4 anchor and reporter, will read a classic Dr. Seuss book in the NCM Theatre at 1:30 p.m. Please visitwww.ncm.museum for more information.
Storytime and book signing with author Karen Leggett Abouraya
Saturday, March 9, 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Former journalist, traveler and author Karen Leggett Abouraya will visit the NCM Theatre for a special reading of Hands Around the Library, her beloved story about protecting treasured Egyptian books. A book signing will immediately follow the reading. Families interested in purchasing the book may visit http://handsaroundthelibrary.com/where-to-buy to order online or check its availability in local stores.
Free Family Night sponsored by GEICO
Friday, March 15, 5-8 p.m.
Enjoy free admission to the museum as well as hands-on activities and interactive play in the NCM theatre and exhibit areas. March’s Free Family Night will celebrate Read Across America. Please visit www.ncm.museum for up-to-date information on ticketing and special programs. Free Family Night includes wristbands and special timed admissions. More information is available on the NCM website
Storytime with Washington Redskins’ Josh Morgan
Saturday, March 16, 1:30-1:45 p.m., 1:45-2 p.m.
Recently named the Washington Redskins’ Walter Payton Man of the Year, wide receiver Josh Morgan will visit NCM for a special reading of Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain. Written by Verna Aardema, Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain features an exciting, rhythmic narrative and brilliant illustrations. Each reading will take place in the NCM Theatre.
Sid the Science Kid: The Movie Screenings
March 23-24, 30-31, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 1-2:15 p.m.
Get an exclusive sneak peek of this fast-paced, science-filled adventure before its DVD release in April. Produced by the Jim Henson Company, the feature-length film based on the popular television series airing on PBS Kids, Sid the Science Kid: The Movie follows Sid and his friend as they get a behind-the-scenes look at a new museum before it opens. What happens when one of the museum’s robots goes haywire? It’s up to Sid and his friends to use science to solve the problem. All screenings will take place in the NCM Theatre; no separate tickets are required.
Besides theses special events the program rooms in the Center for Learning and Innovation feature daily hands-on activities that relate to the Museum's exhibits and core initiatives. Activities in the Center this month will feature an interactive game based on the book Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? (ages 3 and under); ugali, a traditional cornmeal dish native to Tanzania; tribal paper beads; sand paper alphabet rubbings; and other science- and literacy focused crafts.
The museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. between Labor Day and Memorial Day. During the summer months, the museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Standard admission is $10 per child or adult and $8 for seniors ages 65 and up. There is no cost of admission for infants 12 months or younger.
Tickets available at the box office or online at http://www.ncm.museum/
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