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May 27, 2009

NCM hosts free summer fun @ the National Harbor

Filed Under: Washington, DC

The long-anticipated National Children's Museum still isn't open...but the good news is, they're bringing back their summertime family programs at the National Harbor. The free-admission events take place Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., now through September 5, at their "Launch Zone."

Each Saturday's activities center around a different theme. Our picks for the preschool set in their early summer lineup:

This Saturday, May 30, Puppet Day, with an original children's theater performance, "The Truth About Bunny."

And June 13: Make your own birdfeeder and learn about what different birds eat on Feed the Birds Day. And take part in a fun benefit for the Washington Animal Rescue League. Bring your old (but clean) blankets and towels to donate toward making comfy beds for rescued pets, and make your own dog or cat toy to share with shelter animals.

So is this new and improved museum EVER going to open, you ask??? (You and the rest of the child-endowed city.) The latest projection is 2013. So it's not exactly "right around the corner." But the free, museum-without-walls programs they offer in the meantime are all worth taking advantage of...and will help keep the dream of a revived National Children's Museum on the public radar while we wait.

Posted by Sarah at 9:10 PM.