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Be like Pippi: House of Sweden's "Children First!" exhibit has a computerized climbing wall and other free activities. (By Jay Premack For The Washington Post)
Sunday, November 11, 2007

A little piece of Sweden has risen on the waterfront in Georgetown. On Wednesday a big birthday will be celebrated there, and you're invited.

The birthday girl is Astrid Lindgren, one of Sweden's best-loved authors. Perhaps you have read "Pippi Longstocking," the book she wrote in the 1940s for her 10-year-old daughter. (See "Pippi, a Young Girl's Invention," below.)

Lindgren, who would have turned 100 this week, wrote more than 80 books, nearly all of them for children. So it's appropriate that her birthday arrives as House of Sweden is hosting its "Children First!" exhibit.

Children who visit on Wednesday will be treated to a Bullerbykalas (party). The exhibit's other free attractions include an interactive, computerized climbing wall; a room where you can make an animated movie; a storytelling and reading nook; and a room filled with science experiments for you to try.

The exhibit, for ages 6 to 12, continues through Nov. 25. House of Sweden, which opened last year and is home to the Swedish Embassy, overlooks the Potomac River at 901 30th St. NW. It is open Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information call 202-467-2600.

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