Monday – Head up to Baltimore for Family Play Day at Port Discovery. Every Monday through the end of August is set aside just for families and caregivers. (Camp groups are welcomed to the Museum on other days of the week, but on Mondays they take the day off, so families can enjoy a day of play in a less crowded atmosphere.) Programming includes story times, music sessions, and art activities, plus several levels full of fun hands-on exhibits. Hours are 10am – 5pm. Admission is $15.95 for ages 2 and up (free for under 2).
Tuesday – Go hang out at Yards Park. The recreational space in the Capitol Riverfront area is a perfect place to sped a nice summer day. Play in the sprays and wading pool, hang out in the grassy areas, stroll the boardwalk, take in the views, and have a picnic by the water or go for lunch at one of the many nearby eateries.
You might even plan to go on the later side to join a Pirate Treasure Hunt! All ages are invited to explore the neighborhood on the sea to find prizes and treasure from the shops and restaurants at The Yards. Pirate-themed giveaways — and pirates! — will both be on hand. Adult and children’s maps will be available. The adventure goes from 5:30-8:30pm, and admission is free.
Wednesday – Enjoy a hike and a dose of history all at once at Roosevelt Island. The trails are easy for little legs to tramp, and you can explore the Memorial Plaza to learn about the legacy of President Theodore Roosevelt. The entrance to the park is located right off the GW Parkway, just past the Roosevelt Bridge, and accessible only from the northbound lanes. Hours are 6am – 10pm, and admission is free. Get a little more of the KFDC take on it in this post about local walks in the woods with kids.
Thursday – If you haven’t yet been to XYZT: Abstract Landscapes at ARTECHOUSE, make a plan to go! It’s the must-experience exhibit of the summer, letting guests play with light and technology through 10 digital installations that are meant to be manipulated (and awed!) by all ages. Hours are 10am – 4pm, and timed tickets are required. Admission is $15/adult, $10/child. Be sure to book in advance, as it tends to sell out.
Friday – Explore Air & Space beyond the National Mall (and escape the crowds) at the Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center, the Chantilly arm of the museum. Showcasing even more fascinating artifacts of flight, you can see all kinds of air and space crafts, pretend to pilot in a flight simulator, get hands-on in a discovery station, and much more. Hours are 10am – 5:30pm. Admission is free, but parking is $15.