Monday – Go strawberry picking! Schlagel Farms in Waldorf, Md, always begins their pick-your-own season ahead of other area farms, and their berries are ripe and ready now. Fields are open daily 8am – 7pm. (And be on the lookout for a post soon about more pick-your-own places in the area.)
Tuesday – Attend Mommy & Me (& Daddy Too!), the Rockville Town Square’s free monthly program for kids. Storytime, interactive movement, arts & crafts, and merchant sponsored activities are part of the active learning and creative play. The session will meet on the Square, and the program runs 10am – 12pm on the third Tuesday of every month. Admission is free, but you are asked to register in advance.
Wednesday – Learn about the area’s wildlife and enjoy hands-on activities at the Rock Creek Nature Center. With all kinds of animal and plant exhibits, plus a Discovery Room full of books and toys, kids will be intrigued and engaged. If weather permits, hike a trail on the grounds around the center, too. Open Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm. Admission is free.
Thursday – Play, picnic, and enjoy the surrounding scenery at Hains Point. Drive all the way down, almost to the tip, to reach the playgrounds. They’re set amid big grassy areas with picnic tables and bathrooms right there, too. And the spot offers great views of the rivers and airplanes taking off and landing at Ronald Reagan Airport. Admission is free.
Friday – Check out some art at the National Gallery. Plan on spending most of your time in the West Building, as the East Building is currently undergoing renovations (the atrium, gallery shops, and cafes remain open). And in the evening, head to the museum’s Sculpture Garden for the first Jazz in the Garden session of the season. Elikeh will play Afro-funk from Togo from 5:30-8:30pm. Admission is free.