Where to Play on the Weekdays: August 26-30

Just one more week to hang out on the LAWN at the National Building Museum


Monday – Experience Wings of Fancy at Brookside Gardens, the wonderful exhibit featuring live caterpillars and butterflies from all over the world. Hours are 10am – 4pm. Admission is $8/ages 13 and up, $5/3-12, free ages 0-2. Stay to explore the rest of Brookside’s beautiful grounds! The gardens are open sunrise to sunset, and admission is free. See more about the exhibit and Brookside here and here.

Tuesday – Head to the Udvar-Hazy Center, the Air & Space Museum arm in Chantilly, VA, to see one of the world’s premier aerobatic display teams. The Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows flying Hawk fast-jets in awe-inspiring formations and stunts. For this event, they will do a flypast of the museum, then three Red Arrows Hawk T1s will be on display on the ramp outside. Visitors can explore the aircraft up close, talk to the ground crew and engineers, hear from the Red Arrows pilots, and more. The museum opens at 9:30am, the flypast is at 10am, and the planes will be on display by 10:30 (departing at 3pm). Admission is free, but parking is $15.

Wednesday – Go to a special summer exhibit or museum program before they come to an end after Labor Day. Hang out on the LAWN at the National Building Museum. Enjoy free admission for kids to the Newseum thanks to the Summer Fun Deal (and get a deal on adult admission here). Look for fairy houses and enjoy more artistic delights at Annmarie Sculpture Garden. Find details on these and even more soon-to-be over activities in the 2019 Summer Guide.

Thursday – Kick start your child’s love of playful learning and find out how to support your baby’s development now and every step of the way at Tinkergarten Babies<. This unique outdoor class is designed to provide a safe, stimulating playscape in which your baby can discover the natural world. If you are close to the Alexandria area and have a 6-18 month old baby, join a free Tinkergarten Babies trial from 10-11am at Belle Haven Park. If you can’t make this one, learn more or find other trial classes here. If you have an older child, trial classes are also available for the core class designed for children 18 months to 8 years old — see the schedule to sign up!

Friday – Catch a lunchtime performance by Step Afrika!, the world’s first professional dance company dedicated to the tradition of stepping, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The show is part of the annual Step Xplosion tour of all eight wards in DC, this one celebrating the 25th anniversary season. Enjoy this exciting, interactive experience from 12-1pm, then grab a bite at the museum’s Mezzanine Café. Admission is free.


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