Monday – Take in some of the best views of the DC area while you can. Word has it the Observation Deck at CEB Towers will no longer be open to the public after July 26 —- which is a bummer. The 30+ story high space in Rosslyn offers breathtaking 360-degree panoramic vistas plus neat interactive and immersive experiences to enjoy them even more (and just about all of it is indoors). Hours are 10am – 8pm, and admission is $21/adult, $11/age 5-13, $16/seniors & military, free for children under 5 (they are $1 more at the box office). Look for a deal here. But if you’re an Arlington resident, admission is FREE!
Tuesday – Learn about Abraham Lincoln’s life and death at Ford’s Theatre. Self-guided tours of the National Historic Site include the museum, theatre walk-throughs and a presentation, and Petersen House across the street where Lincoln died. It’s open daily 9am – 4:30pm. Tickets can be reserved online in advance for $3, or same-day passes are available for free at the Box Office, which is open 8:30am – 5pm. (FYI: This is the busy season, so reserving in advance is recommended.)
Wednesday – Hit the trail at Riverbend Park. 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 explore the area around Riverbend and enjoy the Visitor Center and views there. Park hours are 7am to dusk, Visitor Center 9am – 5pm. Admission is free.
Thursday – Enjoy Anime for All, a celebration of East Asian culture, mythology, pop culture and inspiration, at the Library of Congress. See a film screening of the newly released GKIDS animated film “Okko’s Inn” along with a collection display of rare Japanese graphic art, a panel discussion on the emergence of Japanese hip-hop ,and a live Studio Ghibli performance. It’s a showcase of the evolution of Japanese storytelling traditions that have been transformed into modern forms of expressions and overall pop-culture fandom. This will all take place from 9am – 4pm on Thursday and Friday. Free tickets can be reserved here — they are not required, but space for some activities is limited. Read more about the Library of Congress here.
One more late addition: Check out the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington’s 25th Anniversary of the Annual Thingamajig® Invention Convention, where more than 3,000 children and 200 volunteers will use their imagination, creativity, and strategic thinking skills to showcase their inventions from constructed recyclable materials. This takes place at Showcase Arena in Upper Marlboro, MD, from 9am – 3pm. Admission is free.
Friday – Head to Watkins Regional Park for all kinds of fun adventures. The adorable Wizard of Oz themed playground will have little ones frolicking for hours. Be sure to stop by Old Maryland Farm to visit the animals, and spend time at Watkins Nature Center to view even more cool creatures and birds, then hike the nearby trails. Go for a spin on the carousel, take a ride on the miniature train that winds through woods, and play mini golf, too! Park hours are dawn to dusk, 9am – 4pm at the Farm, and 10am – 5:30pm at the Nature Center. Admission is free, but rides and mini golf are a small fee.