MacKID's Picks: 5 Things To Do With Kids This Week

From fine art to dinosaur playdates: This week has it all

By Kara Murphy October 4, 2022

Looking for family fun this week? We've rounded up five great events to take part in this week, including exploring the art of Carmen Herrera, a storytime for young travelers, a celebration of dinosaurs, a discussion with young Native leaders, and why this is the week to have an important talk with your kids about escaping a house fire.

Read on for all the details, and have a GREAT week!

1. Explore The Art of Carmen Herrera

Join National Portrait Gallery educators to learn about the art and history of Cuban artist Carmen Herrera! This 30-minute virtual workshop incorporates close looking at portraiture, movement activities, and artmaking and is intended for ages 3-6, with an adult. FREE. Registration required. Oct. 5

2. Go On An Adventure At This Flights of Fancy Story Time

What are your child's experiences with air travel? Do they enjoy flying or not? Join Smithsonian Museum educators as they read Going on a Plane by Anne Civardi and then make a family plan for having a successful trip. FREE. Registration required. Oct. 7

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3. Fire Prevention Week

Talk about fire safety with your family during Fire Prevention Week to ensure our homes and children are prepared in the case of an emergency. The 2022 theme for Fire Prevention Week is "Fire won't wait. Plan your escape!" It's the perfect time to make sure your children know how to get out of the house and where to go in case of a fire. Check out these 10 National Fire Prevention Association fire safety tips for families as well. Oct. 9-15

4. Learn How Native Youth Bring Indigenous Voices to the Classroom

Learn how Native youth are incorporating Indigenous voices in K–12 education and promoting inclusive conversations in our nation's classrooms as part of the Smithsonian's Indigenous Peoples’ Day program. Panelists include three leading young voices in the Native conversation: Kourtney Kawano (Kanaka สปลŒiwi [Native Hawaiian]), Charitie Ropati (Native Village of Kongiganak, Alaska), and Amy Spotted Wolf (Tohono O’odham/Hidatsa). FREE. Registration required. Oct. 10

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Did you know many US states and the District of Columbia, along with more than 130 cities across the United States, now observe Indigenous Peoples' Day instead of or in addition to Columbus Day? It's a way to acknowledge and honor the people native to our lands. Find out the Native American tribes that called your area home on this map.

5. Tune in for a FREE Jurassic Quest Virtual Play Session

Join Jurassic Quest’s dinosaur trainers and loveable baby dinosaurs for a day of FREE virtual family fun on National Fossil Day! These live virtual play sessions will happen throughout the dino holiday. 

Each virtual session will include 30 minutes of live family-friendly fun at no cost, such as dino storytime, dino show and tell, adorable dino baby appearances, and more, led by the Jurassic Quest dinosaur trainer team: Safari Sarah, Dino Dustin, Prehistoric Nick, and Park Ranger Marty. Kids are encouraged to come in costume, bring along their favorite dinos, and can even snuggle in for baby dino bedtime stories to close out the holiday. FREE. Registration required. Oct. 12

See more: Dinosaur Events, Shows & At-Home Fun For Your Dino-Loving Kid