Weekend Events: Celebrate Halloween at the Zoo and Air and Space Museum, Learn about FDR and Stamps

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Friday, October 23: Boo at the Zoo

Perfect for persons ages two to 12, Boo at the Zoo provides families with a safe, fun and educational way to celebrate the Halloween holiday. Dress up and step on out to haunt the National Zoo where there will be 40 treat stations featuring an assortment of candy and snacks in addition to animal encounters and keeper talks. Tickets are required. Rates are: $15 for members, $25 for nonmembers, free admission for children under two. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Zoo’s Visitor Center. National Zoo, 5:30 PM-8:30 PM. This event will take place again on Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25 at the same time and venue.

Saturday, October 24: Air and Scare Family Day

Come haunt the friendly skies at the National Air and Space Museum's Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center! Arrive fully dressed in your Halloween finest and take part in a costume parade. For the younger members of your ghoulish brood, there will be story times, face-painting stations, and hands-on activities, while older kids can enjoy simulator rides and see the SR-71 Blackbird, which plays a key role in the current Transformers film. Other activities include the alien blood boil discovery station, witch story times, a Halloween tattoo station, demonstration of a Mars Rover with Martian road kill, and creepy crawly robots. This event is free, but there is a $15 parking fee per vehicle. Public transit options are also available. Udvar-Hazy Center, 2:00-8:00 PM

Sunday, October 25: Politics and Postage in the Great Depression

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a president who understood the political power of postage and used stamps as a means to communicate with the American public during the Great Depression. Come listen to curator of philately Daniel Piazza discuss how FDR kept in touch with his supporters and poked back at his critics through stamps. Free. Postal Museum, 1:00 PM

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

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