Play Ball!

image of a baseball player swinging a bat
Reggie Jackson / Howard Rogers / 1974 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution / Gift of Time magazine

Baseball fans across the nation are gearing up for the All-Star Game, but you don’t have to wait until next week to get in on the fun. This Saturday Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum are making like the Big Leaguers and teaming up for an event for the whole family. Join us for Baseball Family Day, a celebration of America’s Pastime and its legendary players.

On Saturday, July 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., we are filling the Kogod Courtyard with sights, sounds, and smells of your favorite ballpark. We will have music, crafts, ballpark food, and more. Whether you are rooting for the National League, American League, the hometown team, or no team in particular, there is something for you!

If you do support a team, rep the colors at the face painting station or create a pennant to hang on your wall. If you are unaffiliated, get your head in the game by dressing up like a baseball player and posing for a portrait to create your own baseball card, complete with personalized statistics. For those interested in baseball’s storied past, join us for docent-led tours and spotlight talks of the National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum. After the tour, fill out coloring pages inspired by portraits of Major League legends.

Everyone is a winner at this Saturday’s Baseball Family Day! The festivities begin at 11:30 a.m., and like Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over,” which in this case means 3:00 p.m. Bring your friends, bring your family, and join the celebration where all-star meets art-star!