September 2019 - Children & Family

Glen Echo Park Aquarium


Fall & Winter (September through March):

     Monday-Thursday: Closed

     Friday-Sunday, 11am to 4pm


Spring (March through May): 

     Monday-Thursday: Closed

     Friday-Sunday: 11am to 4pm

     Storytime Fridays at 11:30am


Summer (June through August): 

     Monday & Tuesday: Closed

     Wednesday-Sunday, 11am to 4pm



Presenter: Glen Echo Park Aquarium

Location: Glen Echo Park Aquarium

Admission: $7 general public; $5 military and seniors; FREE for Children under 2

Contact Phone: 301-955-6256



Come visit the Glen Echo Park Aquarium. Touch tanks, a pirate ship, interactive games, and more! Learn more on Glen Echo Park Aquarium's resident page.

Family Dance | FREE

Sunday, September 1, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Presenter: Folklore Society of Greater Washington

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Ballroom Back Room

Admission: FREE!



As part of our Labor Day weekend festivities, this dance will be completely FREE and open to the public! It's a perfect opportunity to give our Family Dances a try.


The Family Dance program is a wonderful addition to the other family-oriented programs at Glen Echo Park. Spend the afternoon dancing with your children. Each of the family dances features live music and called dances from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Bring your entire family, neighbors, birthday party, and girl or boy scout troop.


Please check back for information about today's band and caller.

Irish Music and Dance Showcase

September 2, 2019, 1 to 6 p.m.

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture

Location: Bumper Car Pavilion

Admission: Free

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: 301-634-2222


The Glen Echo Park Partnership and the Irish Inn at Glen Echo present a day of Irish music and dance, featuring a wide variety of the area’s finest performers. This one-day Irish event will entertain and delight the many visitors expected over the Labor Day holiday weekend. FREE and open to the public, 1 pm - 6 pm Monday.

Saturday Art Explorers


Saturday - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts & Culture

Recommended Ages: Kids under 10 years old

Location: Candy Corner

Admission: $5 per parent/child pair, or $8 for two children with adult

Contact Phone: (301) 634-2228



Every Saturday morning drop in at the Candy Corner for some art activites. Most activities take around 30 minutes and change from week to week. No pre-registration required.

Presented by the Glen Echo Park Partnership with generous support of The Primary Day School.

National Carousel Association: Historic Styles of Carousels

September 14, 2019, 1 to 3 p.m.

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture

Location: Bumper Car Pavilion

Admission: Free

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: 301-634-2222

The National Carousel Association is hosting their annual convention in DC this year and spending the afternoon of Saturday 9/14 at the park for a series of talks about carousels and preservation work.  Learn more about restoration, mechanical elements, the approaches of various makers, and how they achieve their style today.


Talks about carousels and their differences with: Tobin Fraley on "Carvers and Carving Styles"; Rosa Patton on "Painting Styles of the Different Makers" ; Todd Goings on "Comparing Machinery and Frames"


Since 1973 the National Carousel Association has been working to keep America's remaining carousels in operation. Through a wide range of programs and projects, the NCA has participated in the restoration and preservation of many of the antique carousels in operation in our country today.

Elephant & Piggie's "We are in a Play!"

September 20 to October 27, 2019

Presenter: Adventure Theatre MTC

Recommended Ages: Ages 4+

Location: Adventure Theatre

Contact Phone: 301-634-2270



The award-winning, best-selling children's books jumps from page to stage as a musical experience you won’t forget! Gerald and Piggie are "bestus" friends, with Gerald taking care of all the worrying and Piggie living her best life. Piggie’s even happier and more excited than usual. They’re going to a party hosted by the Squirrelles! And so begins a day when anything is possible.


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