Monday – Hit the playground at Wheaton Regional Park. Two levels of slides, climbing nets, monkey bars, swings, and more fun features will appeal to all ages and abilities. Pack lunch to eat at nearby picnic tables under the lofty trees. Take a ride on the miniature train and carousel if they’re operating. The park is open sunrise to sunset, and admission is free.
Tuesday – Hang out at The District Wharf. Let kiddos run through the in-ground fountain sprays, play large-scale Jenga and board games, grab lunch at one of the many eateries, cruise the Potomac on a free Jitney ride, and enjoy the waterfront scenery. Just about all of it is accessible all day and evening, and it’s all free (though plan to pay for your meals, of course.)
Wednesday – Get on board the Regal Summer Movie Express! The series begins this week, presenting family films for just $1 every Tuesday and Wednesday at participating theaters during the summer. See what’s playing at a theater near you — there are two movie choices every week. Tickets are available for purchase at the box office, and all movies in most locations start at 10am.
Thursday – Spend the day at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, an annual celebration of living cultural heritage. Highlighting Armenia and Catalonia this year, the event will be full of hands-on activities, performances, demos, and much more from June 27 – July 1 and July 4-8, 11am – 5pm each day, plus evening concerts most nights at 6:30pm. Find it all on the National Mall. Admission is free.
Friday – See The Pop-Ups perform under a canopy of trees at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA. The Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods summer series brings entertainment to the outdoor stage every Tuesday – Saturday at 10:30am through August 4. Recommended for ages 1-8, tickets are $8-12.