India Day

Sunday, February 11,  10:00am – 5:00pm

Join KID Museum’s Festival of Color to celebrate India’s Holi Festival marking the arrival of Spring. Learn how to create marigold garlands, cardboard peacocks using a scroll saw, Indian tie dye, intricate sand murals known as Rangoli and Kolam, and much more! You’ll also enjoy dance performances from our partner, The India School of Bethesda and from Natananjali School of Dance.

Open Explore Activities (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM)
General Admission: $12 (1 child and 2 adults)

Members: FREE

All-Day Activities

Cardboard Peacock

The Blue Peacock is the national bird of India. The peacock is often used in Indian mythology as a symbol of grace, pride and beauty. Learn how to use an electric scroll saw to create your own cardboard peacock to take home.

Paper Flower Garland

Flower garlands play an important role in Indian culture, symbolizing spirituality, marriage and respect. Learn how to make different types of flowers using tissue paper and arrange them together into lush garlands of color.

Dal Mosaic

Dal is a staple food for people in India. Dal, which means ‘to split’ in Sanskrit, is made from split legumes like lentils, beans, and peas. Check out our colorful variety of dal, and use them to create mosaic artwork.

Kolam Making

Kolam is Indian mural intricately drawn using natural materials such as powdered rice, colored sand or flower petals. It is constructed around a grid pattern of dots or geometrical lines. Traditionally, women draw Kolam in front of their houses as a daily ritual. Kolam is also known by other names in India as Rangoli, Alpona and Muggulu. Learn how to create your own Kolam and watch how a Kolam artist does her artwork starting at 1:30 PM

Bandhani

Bandhani is a tie dye method from India. The word Bandhani comes from the Hindi word Bandhan which means to bind or tie. Learn how to make Indian tie dye using a simple Bandhani method with cotton or silk fabric.

Hindi Alphabet

Hindi is a widely-spoken language used in India. Familiarize yourself with the Hindi alphabet, and practice writing your name in Hindi.

Performances

11:30 – Dance performances by Natananjali School of Dance Bethesda

2:00 – Dance performances by The India School Bethesda

Food

Spend the day at KID and eat here too! We have invited a food truck serving Indian food, available for purchase outside the museum from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.