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September 26, 2008

Weekend Watch: FREE kid fun on the Mall - National Book Festival & new ocean exhibit

Filed Under: Washington, DC

Tomorrow, Saturday the 27th, rain or shine (and we're hoping for shine), there are loads of kids' events at the National Book Festival - as well as the grand opening of an impressive new ocean exhibit at the Museum of Natural History.

Sponsored by the Library of Congress, the National Book Festival takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Mall between 3rd and 7th Sts. Check out the children's pavilion and the teens tent for readings and book signings from some of the nation's most celebrated authors, illustrators and poets. Admission is FREE - no tix required!

Join PBS KIDS at the Book Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the "Let's Read America" pavilion near 7th St. (between the Navy Memorial and L'Enfant Stops on the yellow and green lines). Kids can have their photos taken with characters from PBS KIDS shows Sid the Science Kid, Martha Speaks, Clifford, WordGirl, Super Why, Curious George, Maya and Miguel, and many others - as well as free painted character tattoos. Plus hands-on activities tied-in with the shows, and info for parents and educators.

In the PBS KIDS area you can join 10:30 a.m./12:45 p.m./3 p.m. sing-alongs with SteveSongs, an 11 a.m./1:15 p.m./3:30 p.m. "Martha Speaks" drawing and storytelling with author Susan Meddaugh, 11:30 a.m./1:45 p.m./4 p.m. stage shows by (the newly revived) Electric Company, and a 4:05 p.m. reading with Arthur author Marc Brown in the Book Festival's children's pavilion.

While you're on the Mall with kids, you must check out the grand unveiling of the Museum of Natural History's newest and largest exhibition, Sant Ocean Hall, which has been five years in the making. You'll see seven-foot-tall prehistoric shark jaws, a 24-foot-long giant squid suspended in a fluid filled tank, and a model of a 45-foot-long North Atlantic right whale hanging overhead in the 23,000-square-foot- hall. See some pics here. Created with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, it is the only exhibit in the country with an exclusively global view of the ocean. It also incorporates lots of cool technologies. We can't wait to check it out!

Posted by Sarah at 1:08 PM.