Dig into Chocolate
And now for something that probably hasn’t been covered in any of your children’s history classes: chocolate. Tune in for a virtual discussion on the history of everyone’s favorite sweet with David Borghesani of American Heritage Chocolate, hosted by the National Archives Foundation. Thursday, July 30, 5 p.m. Free. Registration required.
Hiss the Day Away
If you want to spend a day with some serpents, Potomac Overlook Regional Park has you covered. They’re hosting three 90-minute sessions on the history of snakes and why they’re such important creatures. Watch a naturalist feed mice to a snake up close and end the day with a snake-themed craft. Friday, July 31, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $7 for participants over 7 years old. Registration required.
Listen and Learn
Is that a violin or a harmonica? Little ones will delight in learning how the popular string instrument can imitate the sounds of woodwinds and horns in this 20-minute music lesson from violinist Rachel Barton Pine. Watch it live on Facebook or YouTube, then catch up on shows that you’ve missed. Friday, July 31, 12:30 p.m. Free.
How many of these family activities did you do in July?
Create Your Own Beauty Products
If you’ve ever wondered what ingredients go into the cosmetic products you use, you’re not alone. That’s why Elodie’s Naturals in Arlington is hosting a DIY mother/daughter skincare chemistry class to help you learn about the ingredients that go into these products, how they’re made and what is best for your skin. The class is outdoors, and participants will make their own lemon scrub and facial serum. Friday, July 31, 6:15-8:15 p.m. $75. Registration required.
Game All Weekend
For all the video game lovers out there, this one’s for you. Check out the online activities this weekend from the Smithsonian American Art Museum Arcade, where you can learn about the history of video game culture in our country; play limited-access, age-appropriate games from their Indie Developer Showcase and catch a screening of two documentaries on video games. Plus, learn how to turn old cardboard boxes into video game crafts! Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2. Free.
Get the Camp Experience at Home
UNICEF Kid Power offers [email protected] this summer. Teen and young adult counselors lead more than 75 instructional videos that show children everything from how to dribble a basketball around their legs to how make a friendship bracelet. The camp crew is suitably peppy, and the videos are both summery and helpful, making this good any day fun for our kids. Any day. Free.