Style on the Go - May 8, 2009: Kid-Friendly Activities for Mother's Day Weekend

By Lavanya Ramanathan
Friday, May 8, 2009; 12:00 AM

Sunday is for moms, yes, but before the fam heads out for a froufrou high tea or brunch (which we're not convinced anyone actually likes doing), how about spending Saturday with the kids? Without them, after all, there would be no Mother's Day.

-- Let's say your kid is seriously advanced, and has, like you, acquired a passion for foreign film. Today through next Saturday, Hillwood Estate, the Goethe-Institut, Japan Information and Culture Center and Alliance Française are hosting D.C. International Children's Films, with short and feature-length movies from Senegal, Germany, Japan and Spain (the U.S. offering: "Singing in the Rain"). The fest is for ages 4-12. Films are in English or subtitled.

Free admission (reservations are required). Various venues in the District today and tomorrow and May 15-16. For details visit or to reserve a space, call 202-234-7911, Ext. 16.

-- Rock-n-Romp is a chance to go to a bar, enjoy a band, hang out with other parents -- and oh, yeah, your kids are invited, too. The event, at McGinty's Public House, asks bands -- this time We Were Pirates (who played last year's Fort Reno) and XMC (with ex-members of Holy Rollers and Meatmen) -- to turn down their amps and play songs that won't damage any tiny eardrums.

Adults, $7; younger than 12, free. 1-3:30 p.m. tomorrow. 911 Ellsworth Dr., Silver Spring. For details, visit

-- The theme for tomorrow's Smithsonian American Art Museum family day is "Remembering the 1930s," and it's so amusing we couldn't help but note it. Think of it as a way to remind your children that during the Depression, kids didn't have Wii and cellphones -- just board games and cans connected by string. The event features a screening of "Annie" (at noon), swing dancers and a chance for those who lived through the Depression to record an oral history.

Free. Noon-4 p.m. Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000 or


Film: Maryland Film Festival

You'll have to trek to Baltimore for this annual festival, which brings in films by big names and big thinkers: On the bill are "PoliWood," by Barry Levinson; a night curated by John Waters, who'll screen Christophe Honoré's "Love Songs"; the new six-part Cory McAbee serial "Stingray Sam"; and closing-night film "The Hurt Locker," by Kathryn Bigelow of "Point Break." Also on tap: a slew of filmmaker panels. The festival opens today and runs through Monday. Tickets are $8-$10 for most screenings and may be purchased online today or at the Maryland Film Festival box office, on Charles Street across the street from one of the venues, the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 410-752-8083 or

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