Monday – Go for a walk in the woods and explore the grounds of Woodend Nature Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, MD. The home of the Audubon Naturalist Society is perfect for hiking with little ones. The trails are mellow, there are several small exhibits like bird feeding areas, and wildlife sightings are practically guaranteed. Open dawn to dusk. Admission is free.
Tuesday – Play in the sprays at Canal Park. The recreational space in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood in southeast DC has both a gentle, shallow fountain that is perfect for really little ones, plus a bigger area for more enthusiastic fun where the ice rink is in the winter. Admission is free. Grab a bite to eat at Wiseguy Pizza on premises or at another nearby eatery — there are options right across the street, food trucks are often parked right there, or walk a couple of block to The Yards. Of course, you can also pack lunch for a picnic in the park.
Later on at 4pm, join the “Not a Box” Play Party at Southeast Library on Capitol Hill. Children 5 and under along with their caregivers are invited to unleash their imaginations and create their own “cardboard kingdoms” using a wide variety of simple supplies. Admission is free.
Wednesday –Catch a performance of Tigers, Dragons, and Other Wise ‘Tails’ at Discovery Theater. From ancient to modern, these tales come alive with the culture of the Asian countryside. Tickets are $3-8 and still available for the 11:30am show (it’s also running Wednesday – Friday). Plan to explore the Freer|Sackler Gallery while you’re there, spend some time in the lovely Haupt Garden right behind it, and go for a spin on the Carousel located nearby on the National Mall.
Thursday – Join Author Laura Gehl at Scrawl Books’ Storytime Social, where she’ll share her new board books for budding scientists: Baby Oceanographr and Baby Astronaut. There will be coffee for adults, and stories and songs for little ones. The fun begins at 11am, and admission is free. Scrawl Books is located at Reston Town Center.
Friday – Take the kids to The St. James for a day of active fun! The Super, Awesome, and Amazing activity center is full of climbing structures, obstacle courses, and bouncy areas for all ages, and the indoor interactive waterpark is a blast for everyone from toddlers to teens to adults, too! Admission to each is $15 before 3pm, $23 after 3pm (though you can look for a $17 deal on CertifiKID). Hours are 9am – 10pm Friday & Saturday (9am – 9pm Sunday – Thursday).