Celebrate Hill Center’s Family Day

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A large audience enjoys the show at Hill Center Family Day 2019

This Family Day, take the whole gang to celebrate Hill Center’s 11th birthday! Come mark the occasion with a concert, magic show, and wagon rides, and more on Sunday, Sept. 25.

Commissioned in 1864 as the nation’s first Naval Hospital, the District accepted a 2002 proposal offered by a coalition of Capitol Hill neighbors to use the site as an educational center for children and adults and a gathering place for community residents. Ever since it opened in 2011 as the Hill Center (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) has been the site of weddings, celebrations, meetings, performances and learning.

Turley and a mini magician from the audience make magic together at Family Day 2019.

Celebrate that convergence of community at Family Day, which returns again and better than ever for 2022 with programs you love and some new ones as well. Come enjoy a completely free day of crafts, shows, carriage rides, balloon animals and a family exercise class.

Tickets need to be reserved for both child and adult attendees. Reserve your tickets now. Beer, wine, and other concessions will be available.

This event will be held outdoors at Hill Center. See the schedule below for details:

1:30 to 2:00 p.m.:

  • Family Fitness Class hosted by FIT4MOM DC. All are welcome for 30 minutes of fitness fun that’s guaranteed to be not-too-humiliating for those old enough to read this and sufficiently exhausting for those who are not!
    • *To attend, please reserve tickets for you and your child below in addition to your family day tickets. 
Capitol Hill duo King Bullfrog perform at 2019 Hill Center Family Day.

2:30 p.m.:

  • Turley the Magician, one of the DC’s most renowned family performers, will entertain and dazzle people of ages with his incredible show.

2:00 to 5:00 p.m.:

  • Carriage Rides with Harmon’s Carriages. Take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage!
  • Face Painting! Kids can request their favorite animals, colors, and pictures to show off for the day!
  • Balloon animals with Balloons by Brenda
Kids color at the art table on the front lawn at the Eighth Annual Hill Center Family Day.

2:00 to 6:00 p.m.:

  • Craft Table with Eastern Market Arts Series & Teachings Workshop (EAST).
  • Local DC artist & Hill Center studio arts instructor Christine Vineyard, will be chatting with families about her hilarious book Good Jokes Bad Drawings as well as offering a craft for kids.

4:00 to 6:00 p.m.:

  • King Bullfrog will hit the stage with high-energy original, folk and blues songs carefully tailored to get children dancing and delight grownups.