Weekend Insights – Celebrate a Panda’s Birthday at the National Zoo – The GW Hatchet
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Zoo visitors can attend Mei Xiang the Giant Panda’s special birthday celebration at 9 a.m., where she will receive a special birthday present – a cake made of ice cream and fruit.
With about a month until school starts, explore DC’s wildlife offerings, museum exhibits, and public markets to make the most of your summer.
Celebrate a giant panda’s birthday to start the weekend at the National Zoo on Friday, visit a DC Maps exhibit at the Textile Museum on Saturday, and shop for your favorite souvenirs at the Georgetown Flea Market on Sunday.
Giant panda birthday celebration
A giant panda’s 24th birthday is the perfect reason to explore the National Zoo. The zoo is home to over 2,000 animals, and there’s no shortage of sights to see on the 163-acre complex. Zoo visitors can attend Mei Xiang the Giant Panda’s special birthday celebration at 9 a.m., where she will receive a special birthday present – a cake made of ice cream and fruit. These birthday celebrations are held only for the zoo’s giant pandas, making for a rare and worthwhile trip even under the scorching sun.
Smithsonian National Zoological Institute. 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW. Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Book free passes here.
Washington Open House Cards
Explore the world of maps on this guided open-door museum tour located on the second floor of GW’s Textile Museum. The exhibition titled the language of maps has a collection of maps that date from 1690 to the present day. The display features a series of maps of the district and the surrounding DMV area. Each demonstrates its own visual language, ranging from an 1854 plan of proposed expansions to the United States Capitol to a map of the battlefield from the War of 1812. The tour lasts one hour and is part of the Albert H Small Center for National Capital Studies devoted to the history of the District.
The George Washington University Textile Museum. 701 21st St NW. Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Register here.
Georgetown Flea Market
An early morning stop at the Georgetown Flea Market is an easy way to fit some outdoor activity into a blisteringly hot weekend. The market features a series of vendors selling antiques, vintage collectibles, and other handcrafted trinkets. With the move in about a month, a visit to the flea market is a unique way to find art and antiques like paintings or lamps for your new apartment or dorm. The flea market is also located on bustling Wisconsin Avenue, which means you can walk to a number of restaurants or cafes for lunch afterwards. Walk a few more blocks to pick up ice cream from the famous Thomas Sweet Ice Cream Shop to refresh after a productive day of shopping.
Georgetown Flea Market. 1819 35th St NW. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. More information here.