Monday – Stay cool and enjoy Stories in Art at the National Gallery. The summer drop-in program welcomes kids ages 4-7 to explore scenes of France through works of art, hear stories about French artists, and create a souvenir to document the adventure. Sessions are at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, and 1:30pm. Sign-in takes place in the West Building Rotunda, beginning at 10am and continues until all spaces for all time slots are filled. For more at the museum with kids, check out Alexander Calder’s mobiles and sculptures and the funky modern works in the East Building. Be sure to stroll the concourse between the museum’s two buildings — the moving walkway, dazzling lights, and waterfall right out the window are just as exciting to little ones as the art.
Tuesday – Beat the heat for a buck with the Regal Summer Movie Express. At participating Regal theaters, you can catch a family movie for just a $1 every Tuesday (and Wednesday) at 10am. Visit the website to find a theater near you and see what’s playing this week.
Wednesday – Head to Baltimore for a Summer of Even More Irresponsible Science at the Maryland Science Center. Along with the amazing permanent exhibits, like “Dinosaur Mysteries” and “Body: The Inside Story,” the museum has extra demos and hands-on activities throughout the museum to thrill visitors of all ages. Hours are 10am – 6pm, and admission is $16.95/adults, $13.95/ages 3-12, free for members.
Thursday – Visit the animals, roam the peaceful grounds, and possibly join in a children’s program at Oxon Hill Farm. Hours are 8am – 4:30m, and admission is free.
Friday – Seize the day at the National Arboretum. Go for nature walks through the woods, bike along the winding roads, romp in open green spaces and at the old Capitol columns, visit the Washington Youth Garden, picnic in the Grove of State Trees… so many ways to enjoy one of the loveliest places in the city. Hours are 8am – 5pm, and admission is free.