Child's Play

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Tap into your inner Tiger Woods by upgrading from mini golf to grown-up greens in July, which is

Family Golf Month.

The PGA-sponsored program encourages parents to bond with their kids at golf clubs while hitting the driving range, learning the difference between a putter and an iron, playing a few rounds and more. There's also Take Your Daughter to the Course Week (July 9-15).

For information about family golf play days, professional golf clinics, junior leagues and other activities at area clubs, visit

Another national initiative, Sticks for Kids, is a year-round golf instruction program for children ages 7 to 15. It's sponsored by the National Recreation and Park Association and the Golf Course Builders Association of America.

"The idea is to bring golf to children who don't have access to any equipment or who want to try it out but have parents who don't want to go out and buy clubs," says Resa Kierstein, recreation resources manager for the park association. For a list of participating clubs, call 703-858-0784.

Who knows, maybe your child can follow in Tiger's footsteps and snag a win at the Junior World Golf Championships.

-- Akeya Dickson

More Child's Play

EXPLORE INSECTS-- Tuesday at 10 a.m. Ages 5 and older. Net specimens for observation and classification during a hike. Clearwater Nature Center, 11000 Thrift Rd., Clinton. $4. 301-297-4575.

OLD GLORY WITH A TWIST-- Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. Ages 6-12. Get creative while designing a patriotic windsock. College Park Youth Services Center, 4912 Nantucket Rd., College Park. Free. 301-345-4425.

CHILDREN'S THEATRE-IN-THE WOODS: BOB BROWN PUPPETS AND INTERACT STORY THEATRE-- Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday at 10 and 11:15 a.m. Bob Brown celebrates 50 years as a puppeteer with his latest production, "Second-Hand Stars," at 10 a.m. The InterAct Story Theatre presents "Two Tone Tale," a play about diversity represented by the kingdoms of Orange Valley and Blue Mountain at 11:15 a.m. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. $5. 703-218-6500 or 703-938-2404.

CHRISS WINSTON-- Tuesday at 7 p.m. Winston, a former presidential speechwriter, signs and discusses the book she co-wrote with best-selling author Myrna Blyth, "How to Raise an American: 1776 Fun and Easy Tools, Tips, and Activities to Help Your Child Love This Country." Included are games, quizzes and information on how to integrate patriotism into your child's life. Borders, 4420 Mitchellville Rd., Bowie. Free. 301-352-5560.

BACKYARD THEATER: NADA BRAHMA-- Thursday at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Tim Gregory and Tracey Eldridge of Nada Brahma present "The World of Music," an exploration of the role that music plays in various cultures. Learn about the steel drum from Trinidad, the didgeridoo from Australia, the bamboo angklung from Southeast Asia, the thumb piano from sub-Saharan Africa and the Native American flute. Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike, Bethesda. $6. 301-581-5100.

FUN ON THE WATER-- Friday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Ages 8-12. Learn fishing basics, then head out on a rowboat to test your skills. Includes hands-on water experiments and a hike along the Potomac River. Tip: Wear old clothes and closed-toe shoes. Riverbend Park, 8700 Potomac Hills St., Great Falls. $29. For reservations, call 703-759-9018.

FILM PROGRAM: LITTLE ONES-- Saturday, July 11 and 18 at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. July 8 at 11:30 a.m. Ages 4 and older. The series of animated shorts focuses on animals: "An Eye for Annai" by Jon Klassen and Dan Rodrigues; "Jungle Beat: I've Got You Under My Skin" by Brent Dawes; "Propellerbird" by Jan Locher and Thomas Hinke; "First Flight" by Cameron Hood and Kyle Jefferson; and "Roberto the Insect Architect" by Galen Fott and Weston Woods. National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

ART AL FRESCO-- Saturday at 2 p.m. Ages 6 and older. Choose a garden scene, plant or wild animal to paint during an outdoor activity led by a resident artist. Supplies are provided. Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $10. 703-642-5173.

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