SBM Annual Meeting, Washington, DC - April 27-30, 2011
SBM Annual Meeting, Washington, DC - April 27-30, 2011SBM Annual Meeting, Washington, DC - April 27-30, 2011

Washington, DC Activities Guide

Evening Activities

Washington DC Tours
Washington DC is a beautiful city by day or by night. See it all from the comfort of a bus or trolley, or take a “hop on-hop off” tour that allows you to experience museums and monuments up close as you wish. And after a day at the conference, what could be better than a beautiful evening looking at the monuments by moonlight? DC hosts many daytime, twilight and nighttime trolley, bus, Segway, walking or bike tours. See Tourmobile Sightseeing, Viator Tours or Historic Tours of America for some of the many tour options available.

Washington Cruises On The Potomac
Have a night to remember! Take your friends and family on a scenic cruise of the Potomac at night. While you soak up the views, enjoy a unique combination of dining, dancing, entertainment and waterfront views. Washington offers nightly cruises with both the Spirit of Washington line or the Odyssey Cruise Line.

Kennedy Center
The Kennedy Center is the home of world-class opera, symphony and theater. You can take in the National Symphony Orchestra playing Brauch and Mendelssohn on April 28-30th or the children's puppet show "the Cat Who Went to Heaven" on April 30th. Free shows are also available daily at the Millennium Stage at 6:00 p.m. More information is available at the Kennedy Center website.

Arena Stage
Housed in a beautiful, newly renovated building near the Southwest Waterfront easily accessible via metro, Arena Stage has become a nationally recognized center for American theater. Starting April 22, Arena showcases the 2009 Pulitzer prize-winning drama "Ruined," by Lynn Nottage, directed by Charles Randolph-Wright. Set in war-torn Congo, this “remarkable theatrical accomplishment” (Chicago Tribune) tells an uncommonly human story with humor and song. More information and tickets at

Gala Theatre
The Gala Hispanic Theatre, the National Center for Latino Performing Arts located in Columbia Heights in the heart of DC, will host its Third Annual Ibero-American Children's Film Festival from Apr 16 - May 14, 2011. This selection of Latin American and Spanish films will capture the imagination of audiences with stories and themes that reflect new trends in children's films.

Comedy Shows
If laughter is the best medicine, DC’s got just the tonic for whatever ails you! Comedy shows include those at The DC Improv nightclub, which features both national and local comedic talent; the Capitol Steps comedy troupe, specializing in topical political humor with shows every Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in downtown Washington; and Gross National Product, a "comedy feast" (Wall Street Journal) that provides equal opportunity skewering of politicians from the right and left every Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. (with a second show Saturdays at 10 p.m.) at the Atlas Theater on H Street, NE.

Blues Alley Jazz Supper Club
Calling all jazz lovers! Enjoy dinner and a show at Blues Alley, the nation's oldest continuing jazz supper club. Founded in 1965, Blues Alley has showcased internationally renowned concert hall artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Grover Washington Jr., Ramsey Lewis, Charlie Byrd, Maynard Ferguson and Eva Cassidy in a small intimate setting in the heart of historic Georgetown. More information and current shows available at

For more live music options visit

National Gallery of Art
Free to the public every day of the week year-round, the National Gallery of Art features exhibits such as From Impressionism to Modernism: The Chester Dale Collection (January 31, 2010–January 2, 2012) in the West Building, and Gauguin: Maker of Myth (February 27 – June 5, 2011) in the East Building. For more information, see

Mount Vernon
Those interested in history will enjoy a day-trip to Mount Vernon, home of the first President of the United States, George Washington. Built in neoclassical Georgian architectural style and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960, the estate is located on the banks of the Potomac River and is open every day of the year. For information see

For those fascinated by history and current events, the Newseum is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at five centuries of news history – including the people, places and times – using up–to–the–second technology. Featuring a 4-D immersive experience and feature films that highlight the world's greatest stories, including 9/11, Katrina, fall of the Berlin Wall and other historic events. Tickets and further information, including current exhibits, at

The International Spy Museum
Are you a die–hard James Bond fan? Never missed an episode of "24?" If so, you’ll want to check out the International Spy Museum, the first public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage and featuring the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display. In Operation Spy, a new and groundbreaking immersive experience, you can take on the role of U.S. intelligence officers on an international mission to find a missing nuclear device before it falls into the wrong hands. For further information and to purchase tickets see

Washington Nationals Baseball
Washington has arts, culture, politics and Baseball! Come see what is happening at the new National’s Stadium right downtown (Navy yard stop on the metro). See the Nationals play the New York Mets on April 27–29th or the World Series' Champions San Francisco Giants on April 29th–30th. See the complete schedule and ticket information at

Washington Wizards Basketball
Not into Baseball? Well DC also has NBA basketball! If our season goes well (we can always hope!), SBM's April dates will occur during playoff season. Come root for DC's hometown team (or perhaps your hometown team)! See the Wizards website for more details

Family Friendly Activities in Washington, DC

Activities with Teenagers

15 Best Places to Go in DC with Kids

Imagination Stage
Two plays scheduled for late April 2011:
4/16/11 - 5/28/11: The Day John Henry Came to School One night fifth grader Johnny is visited by his ancestor John Henry who decides to go to Johnny's class for show and tell and recall his race with the steam engine.

4/9/11 - 5/29/11: George & Martha: Tons of Fun! Hippos George and Martha are best friends who go on musical adventures together. Based on the books by James Marshall.

Playgrounds in Washington, DC

Indoor Play area in Washington DC (Georgetown)
Jonah’s Tree House:

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