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Press Release

Release Date: June 13, 2013

Free Family-Friendly Films at the National Gallery of Art this Summer

Washington, DC—The summer season of the popular Film Program for Children and Teens kicks off in July with Movin' and Groovin', celebrating the joy of dance. In August, revisit Walt Disney's classic adaptation of the P. L. Travers books in Mary Poppins.

The film program presents a broad range of recently produced films selected for their appeal to youth and adult audiences, and helps foster an understanding of film as an art form. Age recommendations are intended to guide parents in selecting emotionally and intellectually stimulating films for their children.

For a closer look at the Gallery's own works of art, families may explore the collection using the children's audio and video tours. Designed especially for children ages 7 to 12, the audio tour highlights 50 masterpieces on display in the West Building, Main Floor galleries.

With a full summer schedule of free activities, as well as creative toys and gifts in the Children's Shop and casual dining in the Cascade Café, the National Gallery is a dynamic destination for families to enjoy great works of art.

For more information about family programming, visit

Film Program for Children and Teens

All film programs are shown in the East Building Auditorium. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups are welcome. Food and drink are not permitted. Programs are free and subject to change without notice. For up-to-date information on the current month's films, please call (202) 789-3030. Feature films are in English unless otherwise noted.

Movin' and Groovin'
Saturday, July 6, 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, July 7, 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, July 10, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 5 and up
Celebrate the joy of dance with characters who twist, twirl, tiptoe, shake, stamp, and sashay their way through life. Featured is El Salón México (Paul Glickman and Tamarind King, US, 2009), an animation set to Aaron Copland's 1936 musical composition of the same title, which follows the adventures of young Antonito as he dreams of attending his very first fiesta. Other films include Mobile (Verena Fels, Germany, 2010), about a cow whose precarious perch tests the laws of gravity; Ballet of Unhatched Chicks (Shaun Seong-Young Kim, US, 2011), an ode to self-expression; and Giraffes Can't Dance (Weston Woods, US, 2007), the tale of Gerald the giraffe whose passion for dance overcomes the doubts of the animal kingdom. Approximately 55 minutes.

Mary Poppins
Saturday, August 10, 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, August 11, 11:30 a.m.
Ages 7 and up
Don't miss this supercalifragilisticexpialidocious story of the magical nanny Mary Poppins.Produced by Walt Disney in 1964 asa musical adaptation of the P. L. Traversbooks, the film blends live action andanimated figures and includes manymemorable songs: "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Feed the Birds," "Chim Chim Cher-ee," and "Let's Go Fly a Kite." (Robert Stevenson, US / UK, 1964) Approximately 139 minutes.

Children's Audio Tour: West Building Highlights
Acoustiguide Desk, West Building, Main Floor, Rotunda
Explore 50 paintings in the West Building with an audio tour designed especially for children ages 7 to 12. To reserve audio tours for groups of 10 or more, call (202) 842-6592. Free of charge. The National Gallery of Art Children's Audio Tour is made possible through the generous support of the MSST Foundation.

Children's Video Tour: West Building Highlights
The video tour enables children to explore works of art on display in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art through an online tour featuring 50 videos.

Family Guides: Italian, Dutch, and American Art at the National Gallery of Art
Gallery Information Desks
Designed for families with children ages 6 and up, each free family booklet includes activities to guide visitors' exploration of the Gallery's Italian, Dutch, and American collections and questions to encourage group discussions.

NGAkids Online

An entertaining and informative introduction to art and art history, NGAkids offers a variety of art-making tools, games, and narratives suitable for children of all ages.

The Children's Shop

The Children's Shop on the Concourse offers an array of art-inspired items for children, including books, games and puzzles, toys, artists' supplies, and DVDs. To browse a selection online, visit

Cascade Café

Monday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
The Cascade Café offers a selection of soups, salads, specialty entrees, wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, and desserts. For those with limited time, prepackaged lunch boxes containing a sandwich, chips, cookie, and a beverage may be ordered in advance. For information about boxed lunches and group lunch vouchers, call (202) 712-7458.

Espresso & Gelato Bar

Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
In addition to tea, coffee, and specialty espresso beverages, the Espresso & Gelato Bar offers 19 flavors of house-made gelato and a selection of fresh sandwiches, salads, pastries, and desserts.

General Information

For additional press information please call or send inquiries to:
Department of Communications
National Gallery of Art
2000 South Club Drive
Landover, MD 20785
phone: (202) 842-6353
e-mail: [email protected]
Anabeth Guthrie
Chief of Communications
(202) 842-6804
[email protected]

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