Free Weekend at the Phillips June 5 and 6: Jazz ‘N Families Fun Days

Next weekend, the beautiful Phillips Collection in Dupont Circle is waiving its admission fee and providing free family fun.  This celebration is in partnership with DC's Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, and live jazz performances will fill the museum both Saturday and Sunday. Kids are invited to listen to storytelling, create jazz-inspired sculptures to take home and touch away in the "instrument petting zoo." Of course, kids are also welcomed with to tour the museum and enjoy the art in an Read more...

Eat at Mark’s Kitchen on Tuesday May 18 and Give Back to the Arts

In support of the local arts community, Mark’s Kitchen in Takoma Park will contribute a percentage of sales from 12-8pm tomorrow, Tuesday, May 18 to support the  . The film fest is a program of Pyramid Atlantic Art Center and is a showcase for visionary independent and experimental digital media from around the world.  There will be screenings for us all to attend this Fall and Spring. Pyramid Atlantic Executive Director Jose Dominguez (he's also a parent in Silver Spring, too) will be Read more...

Allan’s Trees Holiday Art and Craft Sale on Saturday

I know you guys love handmade craft fairs...and I know you haven't yet finished your holiday shopping.  So here's the 411 on a fun event that will help you cross those loved ones' gifts off your list...and it's for a great cause.  Allan's Trees Holiday Art and Craft SaleSaturday, Dec. 12th 11a.m.- 4 p.m. 1204 Prospect Street, Takoma Park MDMapHandmade items by local artists: * Jewelry* Baby toys, slings and nursing covers* Photography, including nature prints of Sligo and Long Branch Read more...

Washington Post: Leonardo da Vinci, National Philharmonic and more fine arts for kids

I had the sheer pleasure of providing a good deal of the content for today's Washington Post Weekend section's focus on fine arts for kids in the DC area.From the cover story on the Maryland Science Center's Da Vinci: The Genius exhibit, to a piece on the free tickets for kids to the National Philharmonic in residence at Strathmore, I had a ball researching these awesome activities for kids.  (And I'm sure my editors had a ball editing my filings into submission - thank you all!)Moira E. McLaughlin Read more...

APISS Arty Weekend Picks July 10 – 12

Summer Fun: A walking canvas, Eve shows how it's doneSomehow I ended up advising parents on Mix 107.3 with Tommy McFly to go to daytime live music shows with their kids and make out, and also to take their very young children on the Sea Dog, a G-force-heavy boat ride that allows kids age three and up but is possibly terrifying for the preschool set.I think I need a vacation.Well, a fun DC-area weekend filled with art will have to do!FRIDAY Bethesda Art Walk Friday 6-9pm downtown BethesdaThe Bethesda Read more...

APISS in the Washington Post: National Children’s Museum Launch Zone in National Harbor

Learning about gemstones and minerals at the Launch ZoneThe APISS kids and I tried out the new Launch Zone of the National Children's Museum, located at National Harbor. We had a wonderful time! The kids created art, explored scientific exhibits and reveled in this new, fun, free resource for DC area families.Read the full story of our experience in The Washington Post Weekend Section:Future Kids Museum Put to the Test By Jessica McFaddenSpecial to The Washington PostFriday, May 15, 2009I worry Read more...

FREE Drop-In Earth Day Art for Kids with CREATE Arts Center & Pyramid Atlantic

To celebrate Earth Day 2009 on this Sunday April 19, the CREATE Arts Center and the Pyramid Atlantic Community Arts Store are offering FREE drop-in art creation for kids using recyclable materials only. Your child can assemble butterflies, monsters, whatever their creative hearts desire in a beautiful sustainable project.Just drop into the Pyramid Atlantic Community Arts Store in Downtown Silver Spring at 924 Ellsworth Drive any time between 2-4pm on this Sunday April 19. No reservations are necessary, Read more...

APISS Weekend Picks Feb 14-16

In the sculpture garden at Strathmore during last year's open houseSaturday February 14Love My Library Event at the Silver Spring Library, all day.This book lover's celebration for all ages has a used book and bake sale and a focus on the culture of the Middle East. There'll be Egyptian storytelling at 11:30am by Bob Kidd, Egyptologist from the Brooklyn Museum, followed by Middle Eastern crafts. At 1:30pm, bring a light long scarf that fits around your hips and watch and learn Arabic Folkloric Read more...