Thursday, DEC. 13
Thursday, DEC. 13
Jeffersons and Peales: Friendship among families, a National Park Service Ranger discusses the Peale family of 17, which included explorers, natural scientists and portrait painters, and the Jefferson grandson who lived with them. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Joe Mohr, 202-359-1532.
The Building Zone, for age 2-6 with an adult, learn about building trades through play. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays except Dec. 25, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $3. 202-272-2448.}
“Baby Rex’s Holiday Surprise,” for ages 2-6, from Dinorock Productions, the story of dinosaurs in jolly holly green — with a bit of red — getting ready for the holiday and midwinter celebrations. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday, Discovery Theater at S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $8; ages 2-16, $6; 1 and younger, $3. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org.
Behind the scenes cathedral tour, for age 11 and older, see gargoyles, stained-glass windows and climb a lot of stairs to view the city from on high; take a camera. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. most weekdays, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200.
Renwick Sit ’n’ Stitch, for all abilities, specialists teach different types of stitching. 12:30 p.m., Renwick Gallery, Palm Court, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or www.americanart.si.edu/calendar.
“Love on the Range,” performance, Nat Love, a cattle driver of the American West, talks to visitors before he sets out on the trail with the herd, and talks about being a decent cowhand, reading brands, rounding up steers, fighting off rustlers and delivering longhorns on time and with few losses. 2:30 p.m. Thursdays except Dec. 27, National Museum of American History, first floor, east wing by the John Bull locomotive, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Cathedral tour: Angels High and Low,for age 10 and older, docents examine the angel statuary, tapestries, wood carvings and other mediums. 3 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, West-End Docent Station, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $10. 202-537-6200.
The Pilgrimage of World Christianity, visiting scholar Wesley Granberg-Michaelson discusses the major demographic changes in the Christian world. 4 p.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Room 119, first floor, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-0213.
Teen game night, for ages 12-19, participate in playing video games, board games, trading card games and more. 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, Lamond-Riggs Library, Meeting Room No. 1, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. Free. 202-541-6255.
Merry Tuba Christmas! area tuba, sousaphone and euphonium players perform traditional Christmas music; bring your own instrument and join a 3 p.m. rehearsal. Performance. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.