Where to Play on the Weekdays: November 19-23

The cozy Young Readers Center in the Library of Congress





Monday – Visit the Library of Congress, where they will recognize the 155th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address with a one-day celebration. View the earliest known draft of the historic speech and participate in a live interactive crowdsourcing challenge of Lincoln’s manuscripts. Be sure to take kiddos to the Young Reader’s Center while you’re there to explore books in the cozy space. And tour the rest of the grand building — one of the District’s most magnificent! Read more about the Library of Congress, a local and national treasure, in this KFDC post.

Tuesday – Get excited for the upcoming holiday at a performance of Grandma’s Thanksgiving Visit at Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater. Tickets are still available for the 11:30am show (and two times on Monday!). Cost is $3-8.

Wednesday – Go ice skating! Many local outdoor rinks are open and welcoming folks to glide. Several offer push aids to help newbie skaters, and most are located in places with even more to do beyond the rink. This post has all the details on all of them.

Thursday – Have some pre- or post feast fun! Find a bunch of ideas here for activities to do on Thanksgiving. The post was originally written in 2016, but links have been updated, and all of the recommendations are relevant (and excellent!) this year, too.

Friday – Take a cue from REI and #OptOutside on Black Friday. The compilation of The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids easily has you covered on this one.

And if weather isn’t conducive to outdoor adventures (or you just want some indoor fun), head to the National Building Museum to view the results of Canstruction, a creative design-build competition that benefits the Capital Area Food Bank as teams from DC architecture and design firms use their skills to build sculptures out of cans of food. You can vote for your favorite with the donation of a canned good. Museum hours are 10am – 5pm. Admission is $10/adult, $7/child, free/members — and it’s “buy one get one free” for the day with the canned good donation!


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