The Smithsonian's National Postal Museum Presents FAMILY FUN DAY, 5/10

The Smithsonian's National Postal Museum Presents FAMILY FUN DAY, 5/10

The Smithsonian's National Postal Museum is hosting Family Fun Day Saturday, May 10. The event will celebrate two different yet uniquely connected themes: Chinese heritage and National Train Day. Through special exhibits, programs and events, the museum will showcase how trains and the people of China have long shared a very special place in American history.

The museum will offer a variety of educational activities and demonstrations throughout the day, providing visitors of all ages opportunities to learn, engage and take part in fun-filled activities. Visitors can participate in a special celebration of the 145thanniversary of the completion of the intercontinental railroad as the museum honors the Chinese immigrants who built it.

Special programs, events and exhibits to celebrate trains and Chinese heritage will be offered throughout the day from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.:

Lion Dance Performance-Normally seen at Lunar New Year celebrations, Lion Dancers are always crowd pleasers. These lions will showcase comical moves to festive music at noon and 3 p.m.

Story Time with the Author and Illustrator of Coolies-The children's book Coolies tells the story of Chinese transcontinental railroad construction workers in the 1860s. Award-winning author Yin and her award-winning illustrator husband Chris Soentpiet will tell the story at 1 and 3 p.m., followed each time by a special book-signing event. The book will be available for purchase at the museum's store.

Model Railroad Demonstrations-Members of Rappahannock Model Railroaders will display miniature-sized mail trains running on a model railroad in the museum's atrium. Adults and children will enjoy seeing the amazing detail and realistic look of the model trains, some of which emit steam from their smokestacks.

Chinese Paper Cutting Workshop-Chinese paper cutting is a form of art-beautiful and intricate. The U.S. Postal Service's Lunar New Year stamp series depicts stunning examples of it. Many designs are produced only by skilled crafters, but there are simple designs that novice paper cutters can easily make. Teachers from the Confucius Institute at George Mason University will demonstrate their master work and also help participants create simple designs of their own.

Play Ping Pong-As any stamp collector knows, a good way to learn about another country is to see what subjects they choose to put on their stamps. One item that appears on Chinese postage stamps is table tennis, or ping pong, as it is known to many. The sport is very popular among the people of China. To celebrate this popular sport, the museum will set up multiple ping pong tables for visitors to learn and play the game. Family members and friends can enter a free drawing for a chance to win one of the tables at the end of the day.

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