Monday – Go to Story Time at the National Postal Museum. Taking place every Monday, the program includes a book reading and activities for little ones in the museum’s education space. Of course, stay to explore the rest of the museum, which is full of interactive exhibits that appeal to all ages. Story Time is at 10:30am and repeated at 11am. Admission is free. Read more about the museum in this KFDC post.
Tuesday – Take kiddos to bounce, climb, swing, tumble, and slide at the PG Sports & Learning Complex Gymnastics Center in Landover, MD. The hour-long weekly open play workshop is a great way for kiddos to be active indoors (it was a regular outing for us when the kids were younger)! The session begins at 11:30am, and admission is $7/child. This also takes place on Wednesdays at 11:30am and Fridays at 4:30pm. Read more about the open play sessions here.
Another option… catch a puppet show performance by Kindsinger Jim at Eastern Market’s North Hall. He’ll be bringing entertainment there every Tuesday from 10-10:45am beginning October 22, but is doing a special FREE show this week. (Tickets for future shows will be $10 at the door, $8 in advance, and $6 for a block of 10 ($60). Parents/caregivers FREE, siblings 6 months and under FREE.)
Wednesday – Spend the day at one of the prettiest places in DC, the U.S. National Arboretum, where the first tinges of fall foliage are starting to show. Explore the plant collections on nature walks, view the bonsai exhibit, visit the Washington Youth Garden and romp on the natural playground, check out the old Capitol columns, picnic in the Grove of State Trees, and so much more. Hours are 8am – 5pm, and admission is free. Read even more about the Arboretum in the round-up of the best places to spend a day outdoors — it tops the list! — and view scenes from an autumn day there last year.
Thursday – Embrace the season at a fall festival! Weekdays are a great time to go, when crowds thin out, and admission prices are often lower. Take a hayride, pick out a pumpkin, PYO apples, jump and slide, visit farm animals, and lots more.
Friday – Bring little ones to Culture Queen’s Dance Party. The award-winning performer and teaching artist will showcase 1960’s dances as they were first performed by legendary African American entertainers! The fun takes place at the Atlas Performing Arts Center at 10am and 11:30am (and on Saturday, October 12, at 9:30am and 11:00am). Tickets are $15.