Where to Play on the Weekdays: April 13-17

The Emancipation Monument in Lincoln Park on Capitol Hill

The Emancipation Monument in Lincoln Park on Capitol Hill


Monday – Go see the cherry blossoms! The sight of DC’s iconic trees in bloom truly is breathtaking. Head to the Tidal Basin and National Mall for quintessential views of them (and pop into the museums while you’re there). Before you go, be sure to check out these tips for families!

Tuesday – Continue the flower peeping at Riverbend Park while the bluebells add a brilliant pop of color to an already lovely place. Make that your starting point for a 2-mile hike to Great Falls, where you can take in magnificent vistas, visit the nature center, and have a picnic. Or just wander around Riverbend and enjoy the Visitor Center and views there. Park hours are 7am to dusk, Visitor Center 9am – 5pm. Admission is free. For some evening fun, head to RFK Stadium for the 3rd Annual Capital Soccer Classic. See participants from more than 15 embassies from around the world compete in a tourney, plus the annual Republican vs. Democrat Congressional Soccer Match featuring members of Congress and U.S. National Team/MLS/NWSL Soccer Stars! Along with on-field excitement, there will be a Kids Zone complete with soccer-themed games and activities, cool giveaways, and opportunities to meet and get autographs from soccer stars including Cobi Jones, Lori Lindsey, Cindy Parlow Cone, and Andrew Dykstra! The matches begin at 5pm. Admission is free.

Wednesday – Take a little trip back to the 18th century at Claude Moore Colonial Farm. The living history farm recently re-opened for the season and welcomes visitors to explore the grounds — there is a tobacco barn, farm house, garden, orchard, and animals. Guests can also interact with a family portraying life as it was back then. Read more about it in this post (ignore the “autumn” part; it’s a great outing in the spring, too). Hours are Wednesday thru Saturday 10am – 4:30pm. Admission is $3/adults, $2/children ages 3 and up, free for 2 and under. For older children (even some younger) on Spring Break, commemorate the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination at Ford’s Theatre where they are hosting The Lincoln Tribute. The special program includes ranger talks, theatre tours, screenings of the film Lincoln, and more. See the website for the schedule. Tickets are free with a small service fee, but should be reserved in advance.

Thursday – Celebrate DC Emancipation Day at the city’s annual parade commemorating the abolition of slavery in the District. The procession featuring US Armed Forces units and bands, grand historic balloons, DC neighborhood groups, and more special guests will head down Pennsylvania Avenue from 4th Street NW to Freedom Plaza starting at 11am. Later on, catch a free concert at 4:30pm, then fireworks at 8:45pm.

Friday – Reach new heights of fun at ClimbZone in Laurel, Md. Kids and adults will have a blast scaling the many colorful, whimsically-themed walls at the new indoor climbing center. Hours are 10am – 9pm (10am – 8pm other weekdays). Admission is $25/ages 6 and up, $12/5 and under for a three-hour session.

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