Events: Celebrate Kwanzaa, Get the Skinny on Rocket-Powered Aircraft and More!

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Monday, December 28: Kwanzaa Workshop Series: Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)

In this continuing series, come learn about the Kwanzaa principle of Ujima—collective work and responsibility—through an arts and crafts workshop. Free, but space is limited. To make a reservation, call 202-633-4844. Anacostia Museum, 10:30 AM.

Tuesday, December 29: Dig It! Activities

Experience the Natural History Museum’s Dig It! exhibition a la carte! As you tour the show, keep an eye out for volunteers who will be stationed by carts carrying fun activities. They will be available to answer your questions as well as engage you in special, educational activities to enhance your experience of the exhibit. Free. Natural History Museum, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM

Wednesday, December 30: Ask an Expert: The Hypersonic Aerodynamics of the X-15

In this mini-lecture, John Anderson from the museum's Aeronautics Division discusses the hypersonic aerodynamics of the X-15, a rocket-powered research aircraft that bridged the gap between manned flight in the atmosphere and space flight. Free. Air and Space Museum, 12:00 PM

Thursday, December 31:

No special events today—at least none already hawked in this posting. Check out this site for a listing of regularly-scheduled fun at the museums or check out an IMAX movie. You can find IMAX listings here.

Friday, January 1: ZooLights

Happy New Year one and all! Ring in 2010 with the National Zoo's ultimate electric light show. For children of all ages, a menagerie of LED light sculptures modeled after critters at the zoo will be on display. Tickets are required for visitors aged 2 and older and can be purchased at any National Zoo store, at the door (unless that day’s worth of tickets are sold out), or through Ticketmaster. This event runs from Friday through Sunday until December 13; between December 18 and January 2; but the Zoo occasionally closes for inclement weather. (Snow expected Saturday!) ZooLights occurs every night except December 24, 25 and 31. Tickets are $8 general admission; FONZ $5. National Zoo, 6-8:30 PM.

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