We're heading into the middle of September, and this week we've got an exciting lineup of events that offer something for everyone, from a storytime about a cute puppy to celebrating grandparents to rocking the Constitution! Whether you're looking for ways to learn, connect, or have a bit of fun, these five free activities and events should be on your radar this week:
Travel on a pup's airplane journey during a free virtual storytelling adventure with the Smithsonian Museum! Follow along during a reading of Lisa’s Airplane Trip by Anne Gutman. Lisa, a French dog, travels by herself to New York for the first time and has adventures along the way. Sept. 8
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Grandparents are special. If your children's grandparents are local, spend time showing them just how important they truly are to your family. If they aren't local, plan ahead and send a handmade card and a hug: Simply tape together a few pieces of newspaper or use the white side of wrapping paper and outline your child with their arms outstretched. Let your kids color themselves in. Fold it up, put it in an envelope and send that hug to grandma! See 10 ideas on celebrating Grandparents Day with grandparents near and far! Sept. 10
Join a free and virtual special conversation about the power of doing good for one another, led by Jenna Bush Hager. She will share how 9/11 became a National Day of Service and how students can make a difference by performing their own good deeds in honor of the day. Sept. 11
Have some fun while learning about the history of the constitution with the National Archives Museum. In this 30-minute free and virtual program, students will explore the idea of different responsibilities in their community and analyze images that highlight the jobs of the three branches of government as outlined in the Constitution. Sept. 13
Join a National Geographic herpetologist to learn about the fantastic world of reptiles and how they adapt to the changing world around us. National Geographic Explorer Ru Somaweera will discuss the reptiles he studies, from sea snakes in the Indian Ocean to horned lizards in the mountains of Sri Lanka. Sept. 14