If you only know the hula by way of a plastic spring-hipped lady glued to your dashboard, come on over to the American Indian museum to experience dances both traditional and modern from all over the Hawaiian islands. Can't be here in person? The Polynesian Dance Ensemble will be performing in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, so be sure to tune in! Free. National Museum of the American Indian. 12 Noon.
Tuesday, November 25 Little Red Hen and the Gingerbread Man The age-old stories of an industrious hen and a mischievous mancake collide in this rollicking presentation by Barefoot Puppets. Tickets are required. Prices are: $6 for adults; $5 for children (ages 2-16); $4 for Resident Members. To purchase, call 202-633-8700. Repeats Nov. 26 & 28,** S. Dillon Ripley Center, 10:15 & 11:30 AM
**Ticket prices for the Nov. 28 show are $10 for adults; $9 for children (ages 2-16); $9 for Resident Members. The increased price covers a post-puppet show cookie decorating event. Show times are at 11 AM and 1 PM. Wednesday, November 26 The Scientist is IN
Drown your thalassophobia and come on over to the Sant Ocean Hall to chat with an expert. The Scientist is in to show off some special artifacts and talk to visitors about the ins and outs of oceanography. Free. Repeats every Wednesday. National Museum of Natural History, 12 Noon-4 PM. Thursday, November 27 Meet our Museum Stop by and listen to a Museum of American History staffer talk about the museum’s collections and its mission to collect, protect and present our nation’s history. Just reopened after a two-year renovation, it’s like having coffee with a dear friend you haven’t seen in a while. (But without the actual coffee.) Free. Event repeats most Thursdays. Location: National Museum of American History, 12 Noon-12:15.
Friday, November 28 ZooLights Second Annual Winter Lights Celebration
Tonight kicks off the Second Annual Winter Lights Celebration at the National Zoo! Didn't see it last year? Check out this video to see what you missed!) For kids of all ages, 50 LED light sculptures modeled after critters at the zoo will be on display. Light refreshments and entertainment will be offered throughout the evening. Tickets are required for visitors aged 2 and older and can be purchased at the Zoo's Visitor Center between 9 AM and 4:30 PM, at the door (unless that day's worth of tickets are sold out), or through Ticketmaster. Unless the zoo closes due to inclement weather, this event runs from Friday through Sunday until December 14; from December 18-30, this event repeats daily, except on December 24 and 25. Tickets are $12 general admission; FONZ $6, or 4 tickets for $20. Location: National Zoo, 6-8:30 PM. Saturday, November 29 Native Storytelling with Sunny Dooley
Come celebrate American Indian Heritage Month and the Thanksgiving holiday by listening to Navajo storyteller Sunny Dooley’s Blessing Way stories that have been passed down through her matrilineal clan for generations. Free. Repeats November 30. Location: National Museum of the American Indian, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:20 PM & 3:30 PM.
Sunday, November 30 Book Signing
Robert F. Door will be available to autograph his book Hell Hawks!: The Untold Story of the American Fliers Who Savaged Hitler's Wehrmacht. Free. Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, 12 Noon-4 PM.