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Kennedy Center Family Day: Con Las Puertas Abiertas (With Open Doors)

Saturday, October 1, 2016 10:30 AM

Family Days at the Kennedy Center Hispanic Heritage Month JFK Centennial Celebration

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, your entire family is invited to this fun-filled day of free performances, demonstrations, and hands-on activities for youth of all ages, all inspired by Latino culture. Note: Family Day will take place rain or shine.

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KC Family Day: Con Las Puertas Abiertas (With Open Doors)
10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in various venues on the Terrace Level
Free, no tickets required!

Note: In case of inclement weather, all Family Day activities will still take place indoors.

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, your entire family is invited to this fun-filled day of free performances, demonstrations, and hands-on activities inspired by Latino culture. 

Events for youth of all ages will take place throughout the Terrace Level of the Kennedy Center (in the Atrium & Foyers, Terrace Gallery, and Nations and States Galleries), including music and dance performances from local Latino artists, open dance classes, instrument demonstrations, coloring, musical instrument making, face painting, sports and games, interactive art, painting demonstrations, and more!

Children and families are encouraged to attend in their native/traditional dress!
This KC Family Day is part of the Kennedy Center's yearlong JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy. 


Fun Photo Opportunity
Pose with big letter cut-outs of "KC Family!" 
Food & drinks
Enjoy Latin-inspired, family-friendly snacks and lunch available for purchase.
Instrument demonstrations
Try out a variety of instruments from different countries! In addition, at various points throughout the day, some of the local artists in the Terrace Gallery will come to this area to give visitors a hands-on demonstration of their instruments. The demonstration schedule is as follows:

11:30–12 p.m.: Local Mexican band Mariachi Los Amigos
12:30–1:30 p.m.: Bolivian music group Comunidad Cultural SurAndes
2:20–2:35 p.m. outside on the Terrace level: Women's percussion group Batalá Washington

Stroller parking

Coloring station
Indulge your creative side with coloring pages of Latino instruments and sports.
Build your own instrument
Make and decorate your own shaker instrument.
Poetry with Edwin Fontánez
Join Puerto Rican author and illustrator Edwin Fontánez at 11:30 a.m. for a participatory poetry reading session. All day at the activity table you can read through samples of bilingual (Spanish and English) youth poetry then create your own illustrated poetry book! Edwin's books will be for sale and he will be on hand to sign them in the States Gallery from 11 a.m.–1  p.m. and 2–4 p.m.
Face painting
Painting options include designs used by indigenous tribes from Central and South America.
Interactive art walls
Help fill our two large interactive murals with color! The murals are created by two local artists: Karen O. Brown (a mural of paper flowers) and Cheryl Foster (a chalkboard mural filled with fruits and tropical themes). 
Sports indoors
3 small soccer goals will be set up for kids to play soccer, and several foosball tables will be available for kids and families to play. 
Art demonstrations
Colombian artist Juan Cabas presents live painting demonstrations and features some his work on display. Demonstration times are as follows: 10:45–11:45 a.m., 12:30–1:30 p.m., and 2:45–3:45 p.m.

Food & drinks

Enjoy Latin-inspired, family-friendly snacks and lunch available for purchase.

Music and dance performances
Enjoy diverse performances and activities throughout the day. The doors and curtains for the Terrace Gallery will remain open, and guests are invited to come and go from the space freely throughout the day. The schedule of events is as follows:
11–11:20 a.m.: Local Mexican band Mariachi Los Amigos performs.
11:30–11:50 a.m.: Cecilia Villalobos leads an Open Salsa Class.
12–12:20 p.m.: Bolivian music group Comunidad Cultural SurAndes showcases the instruments of the Andes.
12:30–1:15 p.m.: Local students from Watkins Mill High School, Archbishop Caroll, and other DC schools that participate in The After School Dance Fund perform styles of Latin dance including ChaCha, Merengue, and others, followed by a free introductory lesson.
1:30–1:45 p.m.: The female percussion musicians of Batalá Washington perform.
2–2:20 p.m.: The Big Hug / Un Fuerte Abrazo*
2:20–2:30 p.m. outside on the Terrace: Try out the drums with Batalá Washington.
2:45–3:25 p.m.: Sing and dance with Latin Grammy nominee 123 Andrés, whose acclaimed bilingual performance for children and families explores Latin rhythms and sounds with stories and movement.

*The Big Hug / Un Fuerte Abrazo
With help from the First Panamanian Marching Band of MD, Batalá Washington will lead the crowd in a parade/conga line from the Terrace Gallery outside and surrounding the Terrace level. This will culminate in a "big hug" celebrating friendship, unity, and the vibrant diversity of our community. To participate, please come to the Terrace Gallery at 1:30 p.m. for a percussion performance/"warm up" with the female percussion group Batalá Washington, and join the conga line that will lead outdoors on the Terrace level at 2 p.m. and will last approximately 25 minutes. It will take thousands of people to surround the building, so please join us to make this symbol of unity a success and encourage your family and friends to participate--all are welcome! Note: In case of rain, The Big Hug / Un Fuerte Abrazo will proceed indoors.
Spanish-language tours
The Friends of the Kennedy Center will offer two Spanish-language tours of the Kennedy Center (11 a.m. and 3 pm) leaving from the tour desk on A Level.
Graffiti installation
In the Hall of States, the installation Con Los Brazos Abiertos--Embracing Mexico by Mexican graffiti artist "SANER" will be on display. The installation will feature portraits of 25 Mexican artists and icons, celebrating the significant contributions they've made to arts and culture. The installation will remain on display through October 20, 2016. Presented with the support of the Mexican Cultural Institute of the Embassy of Mexico.