Smithsonian Events for the Week of July 27-31: Animals, Magic and Fun with Forensics!

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Monday, July 27: Nothing special going on today, kids. You can check out the roster of regularly-scheduled programming at the Smithsonian here.

Tuesday, July 28: Artful Animals and Storied Stamps

Come by the National Postal Museum where you can explore Africa and learn about the art of stamp design. Afterwards, be sure to check out the exhibit Delivering Hope: FDR and the Stamps of the Great Depression. Free. For persons aged 5-15. Postal Museum, 10:30 AM. This event repeats today at 1:30 PM

Wednesday, July 29: Animal Folktales

Storyteller, actress and educator Diane Macklin will tell you the tale "How Many Spots Does a Leopard Have" and offer guidance on how to write your own stories, in addition to other activities. For persons ages 6 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free. African Art Museum, 10:30-11:30 AM.

Thursday, July 30: Look Out! It's D's Magic Show!

Magician "Mr. Dave" Thomen with his lovely assistant Donatello (a too-cute-for-words white rabbit) have a host of show-stopping tricks up his sleeve, so come on out to the Ripley Center for a performance filled with humor, song and wonderment. Tickets are required. Rates are: $6, adults; $5, children (ages 2-16); $4, Resident Members. Call 202-633-8700 to make your reservations today. Ripley Center, 10:15 AM. Repeats today at 11:30 AM and on Friday at 10:15 AM and 11:30 AM.

Friday, July 31: Forensic Friday

Join Smithsonian forensic anthropologists as they study new cases from America’s historic past. Take advantage of this opportunity to ask the forensic anthropologists questions and observe first-hand the basic methods used for documenting human remains recovered from archaeological investigations. Relates to the exhibit Written in Bone, which was recently covered in Smithsonian. Free. Natural History Museum, 1:00 PM

For more information on events and exhibitions at the Smithsonian museums, check our companion website,, the official visitor’s guide to the Smithsonian.

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