Child's Play

By Child's Play
Sunday, April 9, 2006

ORDINARY PEOPLE: EXTRAORDINARY VIEWS -- Today at 2 p.m. Ages 6-14. Learn about Japan through the people seen in Katsushika Hokusai's paintings, screens, scrolls and fans. Paint a miniature gold screen or a fan to take home. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Classroom, Level 2, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4880.

STORY, STORY! ANANSI TELLS A TALE -- Tuesday-Friday and April 18-20 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Ages 3-8. Listen to West African Anansi tales about an elephant, hippo, python, leopard, hornets and the Sky-God. Presented by Heidi Rugg and her Barefoot Puppets. S. Dillon Ripley Center, Discovery Theater, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $6, children $4. For reservations, call 202-357-1500.

STUART LITTLE -- Tuesday at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Ages 5 and older. A musical production about the noble and adventurous mouse features live actors and child-size puppets. McLean Community Center, Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. $9. 703-790-0123.

CAL RIPKEN JR. -- Friday at 5:30 p.m. The former Orioles infielder signs his book "Parenting Young Athletes the Ripken Way: Ensuring the Best Expe rience for Your Kids in Any Sport," which offers advice to parents and young athletes. Olsson's, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-525-4227.

PINOCCHIO -- Friday at 6 p.m. The Night Kitchen Theater performs a one-hour radio play adapted from the Carlo Collodi tale that will be broadcasted on XM Radio's Sonic Theater and Family Channels. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

THE ADVENTURES OF BRER RABBIT -- Saturday at 10 a.m. Ages 4-8. Brer Rabbit tries to outsmart Brer Fox and Brer Bear in this hip-hop-influenced cartoon film. With voices by Danny Glover, Nick Cannon, D.L. Hughley, Wanda Sykes and Wayne Brady. The Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $5. 202-966-6000.

EXPLORE THE UNIVERSE -- Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Participate in family-friendly hands-on activities, listen to the Chromatics and learn how to choose, use and care for telescopes and other astronomical instruments. National Air and Space Museum, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

NIC WHIMSEY'S BUNNY PARTY AND PARADE -- Saturday at noon. A spring show of juggling, comedy, music and more. S. Dillon Ripley Center, Discovery Theater, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $10, ages 2-16 $9. For reservations, call 202-357-3030.

CITYSCAPES REVEALED: SHOOT A PHOTO MONTAGE -- Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Ages 10 and older with an adult. Tour the exhibition "Cityscapes Revealed: Highlights of the Collection" and explore the surrounding neighborhood with a Polaroid camera provided by the museum. After you document architectural features and landmarks in the neighborhood, create a photo collage. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $20 per group. For reservations, call 202-272-2448.

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