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National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Days

  


The Great Hall decorated with cherry blossom balloons for the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Day and Opening Ceremony.
The Great Hall decorated with cherry blossom balloons for the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Day and Opening Ceremony.
© Bob Peavy

Ah, springtime. The weather is getting warmer, the birds are singing, and the cherry blossoms are blooming along the Tidal Basin. Just as the seasons are changing, so are the Museum's National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Days. This year, the Museum will present a new program for families every weekend of the Festival. Visit the Museum on Saturdays in March and April to stand up for your right to picnic at Parks and Picnics, build a Zen rock garden, and design paper-tube shelters inspired by the work of architect Shigeru Ban.

Note: this series will presented in lieu of the usual larger single festival day, and will require pre-registration.


National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Programs

Parks and Picnics

Saturday, March 21 | 11 am–2 pm

Bring a blanket, a basket, and a lunch and have your picnic in style in the Great Hall. Parks and Picnics is inspired by the Tokyo Picnic Club, an organization founded in 2002 to commemorate the bicentennial of the founding of London’s Pic-Nic Club and to stand up for the “Picnic Right” of the residents of Tokyo, where public park area per person is only 5.2 square meters. Featuring a pop-up restaurant by Teaism, activites by the National Capital Planning Commission, and a prize for the best picnic. Picnic with us!

Zen Gardens

Saturday, March 28 | 1–3 pm

Join us for our most meditative program yet! Karesansui (dry-landscape) Zen gardens represent nature in the abstract and provide space for contemplation. Learn the history of Japan’s famous Zen rock gardens, then design and build your own. Prepaid registration required. Meditate with us!

Paper Tube Shelter Challenge

Saturday, April 4 | 1–3 pm

Design, model, and build shelters inspired by the work of Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who builds both permanent and temporary structures with recyclable paper tubes. We’ll provide the tubes, and you can bring the creativity as we work together to build the biggest and strongest  paper tube structures. Paper tube with us!

 

Join the National Building Museum and the National Cherry Blossom Festival® to celebrate the gift of trees. Visit www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org for more details about the festival.

 National Cherry Blossom Festival