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Corcoran Gallery of Art Family Day: The Great Escape

It’s been a long winter in D.C., but this weekend the Corcoran can take you on an art adventure to exotic and faraway places during the Corcoran’s Family Day: The Great Escape! On Saturday, March 8th, the Corcoran will open its doors to welcome families with children of all ages looking to travel to Paris, New York, and the Wild West all without leaving the city!


This FREE celebration for the entire family will be full of fun and includes live performances, in-gallery activities, face painting, hands on art workshops, and more. Guests will also have a chance to check out American Journeys — Visions of Place, a re-installation of the Corcoran’s renowned pre-1945 American art collection and the inspiration for the day’s activities. Featuring special performances of My Grandfather’s Circus by Zany Umbrella Circus, this celebration will highlight some of D.C. area’s best dance, art, and music:

3038005417_48672a84e1Create your own travel souvenirs by participating in drop-in art workshops throughout day. In Paris, prepare for a Masquerade Ball by creating and decorating a unique and mysterious mask in the Masquerade Mask Making workshop. In New York, build your own Terrific Tinker Toys out of marshmallow and straw,


and play with them just like kids did in New York in the 1900’s. And in the Wild West, catch some sweet dreams after making your very own Dream Catchers.

Travel across time and space while learning about history and art as you follow a Kid’s Gallery Tour through the Corcoran’s colorful collection. While on your adventure, stop by the Fun & Fanciful Face Painting station where you can get a New York “big apple”, cowboy hat, cactus, Eiffel Tower, or many other images that will reflect the kind of journey you want to take. Then, take a break from the activities and go to the Book Nook, where you can relax, read a book, or even catch a story or two about art during Story Time. Finally, capture the best moments from all your travels at the Family Photo Booth.

See a circus show based on everyday objects coming to life and find excitement in unexpected places. Zany Umbrella Circus’s very own Ben Sota will dazzle you with acts inspired by his grandfather and create a circus out of an unlikely situation in My Grandfather’s Circus. Then visit the Zany Umbrella Circus Workshop where you can learn some tricks from the circus trade yourself. Finally, watch a Parisian Masquerade Salon come to life! With the help of McLean High School’s Historical Reenactment Society you will travel back in time to visit a real salon with music, dancing, and much more!

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and into a new world! To help set the tone of your adventurous day, Maret School’s melodious group, Alpha Males, will be stationed at the museum entrance to greet visitors with their Amazing A Capella tunes. Cowboy Mike and Cowboy Bob will also be outside wrangling it up, with Cowboy Lessons and campfire stories wild enough to make any little boy or girl imagine themselves as a cowboy or cowgirl for a day.

Doors open at 10 a.m. and no registration is required. All activities are FREE! More information here.