* Along with these recommendations, be sure to check out the Spring Break guide with more ideas for things to do with kids off from school this week!
Monday – Catch a performance of Winnie the Pooh at Adventure Theatre. Showtime for the all-ages production is 11am, and tickets are $20. Plan for a picnic (BYO food or buy from the Praline Café there) and some fun on the Glen Echo Park playground after the show.
For an activity with older kids, visit the Newseum, which is chock full of interesting and interactive exhibits in the context of journalism and media, from installations about some of the world’s biggest news stories to the opportunity to “Be a TV Reporter” to an arresting display of Pulitzer Prize winning photos — and so much more. Hours are 9am – 5pm. Tickets are $24.95/adult, $14.95/age 6-18, free/5 & under, but be sure to look for a discount before you go.
Tuesday – Spend the day in the trees at the Adventure Park at Sandy Spring. Kids as young as 5 years old can experience fun and challenges on the ropes courses and ziplines in the park’s aerial adventure forest, the largest in North America. Ages 5-6 are free with a paid accompanying adult and have access to two of the easier courses. Older kids can do even more. Hours are 9am – dusk, and admission is $12/age 5-6, $47/age 7-11, $56/age 12+. Read more about the Adventure Park here.
For little ones who aren’t quite ready for a treetop adventure, visit the enchanting Clark’s Elioak Farm! Complete with hayrides, cow train rides, pony rides, farm animals to pet, a playground, and recovered installations from an old storybook park, it’s sure to delight kiddos. Open 10am – 5pm Tuesday – Friday (10am – 5:30pm Saturday – Sunday). Admission is $7, some rides might be extra.
Wednesday – Go over the rainbow and beyond at Watkins Regional Park. The adorable Wizard of Oz themed playground will have kiddos 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. Park hours are dawn to dusk, 9am – 4pm at the Farm, and 10am – 5:30pm at the Nature Center. Admission is free.
Thursday – Experience a bit of Holland in Northern Virginia at Burnside Farms’ annual Festival of Spring! Blooming tulips stretching along acres of fields in an array of colors and varieties is absolutely stunning. Even better, you can pick your own to bring the beauty home ($1 per stem). Admission also includes bouncy fun, a playhouse area, cornhole games, and authentic dutch wooden shoes to “klomp” around in. A cow train and wagon rides are an extra $2. Hours are 10am – 6pm daily (and weather permitting, so be sure to call ahead if it looks iffy out). Advance admission is $8 for weekdays ($10 weekends) + $2 extra if you purchase there.
Friday – Hang out at The Wharf. Let the kids run through the in-ground fountain sprays, play large-scale Jenga and board games, grab lunch at one of the many eateries, cruise the Potomac on a free Jitney ride, and enjoy the waterfront scenery. Just about all of it is accessible all day and evening, and it’s all free (though plan to pay for your meals, of course.)