Posts Tagged ‘smithsonian’

Cute Alert! Two Baby Clouded Leopards Born on Valentine's Day

Thursday, February 25th, 2010
The National Zoo's Front Royal Campus welcomed clouded leopard cubs on Valentines Day- Feb. 14, 2010. Photo credit: Mehgan Murphy, Smithsonian's National Zoo
The National Zoo’s Front Royal Campus welcomed clouded leopard cubs on Valentines Day- Feb. 14, 2010. Photo credit: Mehgan Murphy, Smithsonian’s National Zoo

The National Zoo is proud to announce the birth of not one, but two adorable baby boy clouded leopards born to Mom Jao Chu and Dad Hannibal! The babies were born at the Zoo’s conservation campus in Front Royal, VA, 16 minutes apart on Valentine’s Day. Each weighed little more than a half pound at birth. They join siblings Sa Ming(“brave warrior”) and Ta Moon (“mischievous child”).

Their parents, Jao Chu and Hannibal, are native to Thailand, but due to deforestation in the region their species was listed as “vulnerable to extinction.”  The family is currently hoping to upgrade their home due to their growing family. The facility they currently reside in was built in 1911, so the National Zoo has launched a campaign to raise $2 million for a new facility. The updated habitats for each breeding pair will include a climate-controlled and quiet indoor area attached to two 20-foot-tall climbing towers to simulate their natural forest environment. The current facility has done an outstanding job with 76 clouded leopard cubs being born in Front Royal since 1978.

You can visit family friends Tai and Mook on the Asia Trail at the National Zoo and learn more about clouded leopards from the Smithsonian Channel’s Ghost Cat: Saving the Clouded Leopard.

Vist the homeland of the clouded leopard in Thailand! Book by February 28th and save $500 on our Treasures of Angkor Wat and Vietnam tour.

What is your favorite baby animal? Monkeys? Pandas? Seal pups?

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
Kids will make plenty of new friends at Destination Smithsonian. Photo: Smithsonian Associates

Kids will make plenty of new friends at Destination Smithsonian. Photo: Smithsonian Associates

 At some point, every child has to write an essay on what they did during their summer vacation. What will your child say? This year, we are introducing Destination Smithsonian - vacation packages that bring families to Washington, DC. Both parents and kids have a unique chance to explore the museums at their own pace. In the morning, kids ages 9 through 12 have a great time during hands-on workshops led by top educators while parents explore the Smithsonian independently. After lunch, families explore the museums together with our Smithsonian experts. Imagine the dinner table conversations at the end of that day!

Exploring Extremes: From the Ocean Floor to Outer Space is a unique opportunity to explore some of our iconic objects in our museums, such as our Ocean Hall at the National Museum of Natural History and Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Vega at the National Air and Space Museum. Kids can visit our famous Giant Pandas, Mei Xian and Tian Tian, at the National Zoo. But families also have the extraordinary opportunity to see nature at work at our lesser known Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Maryland. Here, kids will become scientists while learning about our treasured Chesapeake Bay.

Every child should have the chance to experience our nation’s capital, and doing it with Smithsonian creates an experience that families will treasure long after summer’s over.

Learn more about Exploring Extremes: From the Ocean Floor to Outer Space.

How old were you when you first visited the Smithsonian Institution?

Video: Washington Glass School

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

The Washington Glass School is DC’s favorite place for beginning crafters and experience artists to hone their glass art skills. Here’s a documentary from the School, honoring it’s first seven years of teaching and nurturing glass art.

Would you like to meet artists in their studios, and maybe find something for your own collection? Join us this April for the Smithsonian Craft Show.

When you’re feeling creative, what’s your favorite craft?

Video: Photographing Black Washington, DC

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

February is Black History Month, a great time to explore programs, exhibits, and resources at the Smithsonian. Here are a few ways to celebrate black history this month, and all year round:

  1. Learn about The National Museum of African American History and Culture by exploring their website.
  2. Visit the exhibit Indivisible: African- Native American Lives in the Americas at the National Museum of the American Indian.
  3. Explore the Smithsonian African American Heritage Tour that combine objects from our collections with timelines, music, and quizzes.
  4. From Thursdays-Sundays on February 1-14 participate in the award-winning Historic Theater and learn about Student Sit-Ins during the Civil Rights Era at the National Museum of American History.

One native Washingtonian family special to our hearts here in our nation’s capital is the Scurlock family. Their photography studio captured iconic images of notable African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement, as well as many of D.C.’s everyday people.

Want to explore more about African American History up close and in person? Check out Word, Shout, and Song: Experiencing South Carolina’s Gullah Traditions presented by The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum.

How do you celebrate Black History Month? Share Below

Video: The Smithsonian Craft Show

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Simply put, the Smithsonian Craft Show is one of the most prestigious contemporary art events in the United States. More than 100 exhibitors meet in Washington, D.C. at the National Building Museum to not only show and sell their limited edition creations; they also connect with visitors to discuss their work in person. This unique opportunity provides art lovers the opportunity to meet expert artisans in jewelry, furniture, glass, ceramics, and basketry. Check out some of the most amazing pieces from the 2009 Smithsonian Craft Show.

What would you buy at the Smithsonian Craft Show? Share below.

Get the inside scoop on all the artists and a private curator-led tour of the Renwick Gallery on The Smithsonian Craft Show tour.