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Where to Play on the Weekdays: October 7-11

A post-soccer “hike” at the Arboretum


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.




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Where to Play on the Weekdays: September 30 – October 4

Digital dance performances at ARTECHOUSE’s latest exhibit


Monday – Stroll around the Tidal Basin and visit some of DC’s memorials — Franklin D. Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Thomas Jefferson are all honored in stone there. You can even make it a longer outing and visit the nearby Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument, too. Visitors are welcome 24 hours a day, and park rangers are on hand to answer questions from 9:30am – 10pm. Admission is free.

If you celebrate Rosh Hashanah (or even if you don’t), head to Lincoln Park on Capitol from 3:30-4pm for an interactive shofar display. Listen to it and practice blowing three different sounds. There will also be apples and honey to ring in a sweet Jewish New Year. Admission is free.

Tuesday – Try out a City Sing And Play class with little ones. This week (October 1, 3, & 4) they are offering FREE demo Music Together®️ classes, so you can check them out before the fall session begins on October 8. Join the fun at 9:30am and 10:30am at 222 M St SW — but be sure to register (for free) first!

Wednesday – Visit Lucid Motion, the newest exhibit at ARTECHOUSE. It has elements that will appeal to all ages — you can engage with virtual dance performances, play with augmented reality videos, and immerse in another cool art-meets-technology experience. Family-friendly hours are 10am – 5pm. Admission is $16/adult, $8/child.

Thursday – Experiment with hands-on fun at the Children’s Science Center Lab at Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax. Kids of all ages can explore a variety of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts through fun, engaging interactive exhibits and activities. Hours are 10am – 6pm. Admission is $13 (under 2 are free).

Friday – Romp on the playground and in an old train car, discover some history of the area, and take a pontoon boat tour at Bladensburg Waterfront Park. The rides on the water are offered Thursday & Friday at 12pm (and Saturday & Sunday at 5pm). Admission to the park is free, but rides on the water are $2/PG County resident, $3/non-resident.


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: September 23-27

A view of the U.S. Capitol and National Mall from the Washington Monument


Monday – Discover the history of flight at the College Park Aviation Museum. It’s a great place for young visitors, with eye-popping displays and lots of hands-on fun. They can view early airplanes up close, dress up like aviators, create flight-inspired art, and much more. Keep an eye on the runway right outside the floor-to-ceiling windows — you might see planes take off and land at the College Park Airport, the oldest continuously operating airport in the world! Open daily 10am – 5pm. Admission is $5/adults, $2/children, free for ages 1 and under.

Tuesday – Take the littlest ones to Cultural Cuddles at the National Museum of African American History & Culture. The program invites parents and caregivers to bring babies ages 0 to 12 months to discover a rainbow of color through a close-looking activity led by a museum educator in the Visual Art gallery, then engage in sensory activities for further color exploration. It begins at 10:30am, and admission is free, but you must register in advance. If you’re with older children, explore the NMAAHC on your own — passes are not required from September through February. Be sure to check out the KFDC guide to visiting the museum with kids before you go.

Wednesday – Wander, play, and explore at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria. Be sure to stop in the Horticulture Building and pick up instructions for a kids’ scavenger hunt to add some extra fun to the outing. Grounds are open dawn to dusk, the Horticulture Building 9am – 4:30pm. Admission is free.

Thursday – Take of tour of the Washington Monument! After being closed for more than three years for renovations and repairs, DC’s tallest structure is once again welcoming visitors. Free, same-day are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 8:30am at the Washington Monument Lodge, located on 15th Street NW, between Madison Drive NW and Jefferson Drive SW. Tickets are timed-entry, so you may have time to kill before your tour, but you’ll be on the National Mall, where the many free museums will make that easy to do.

Friday – Catch a performance of Elephant and Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!” at Adventure Theatre. Showtime is 10:30m, and tickets are $25. Plan to stay and play at Glen Echo Park playground afterwards, and bring along a picnic lunch or grab food from the Praline Cafe on premises.

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Where to Play on the Weekdays: September 16-20

See Wings of Fancy at Brookside Gardens before it closes!


Monday – Summer isn’t quite officially over according to the calendar — or the weather — so savor the last of it at Yards Park. Play in the sprays and wading pool, hang out in the grassy areas, stroll the boardwalk, take in the views, and have a picnic by the water or go for lunch at one of the many nearby eateries.

Tuesday – Check out the new Comic Art exhibit at the Library of Congress. Featuring original drawings and printed pages of some of the most famous and beloved characters to appear in print, its one that will appeal all ages. Plan to roam around the rest of the Thomas Jefferson building while you’re there — it’s one of the most stunning spaces in DC (imo). And make time to hang out in the Young Readers Center, a cozy area especially for kids full of books and occasionally crafts just for them. The Library of Congress is open Monday through Saturday, 8:30am – 4:30pm. Admission is free.

Wednesday – Pick out some new reads at the Beatley Central Library’s Fall Book Sale! Over 20,000 books, plus CDs, DVDs, and audio books will be available for anywhere from $1 to $5. Plan to join a story time session, too — there are several for children throughout the day. The sale is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, and hours vary by day, so be sure to check the schedule when you plan to go. The Library is located at 5005 Duke Street in Alexandria, VA.

Thursday – Experience Wings of Fancy at Brookside Gardens while you still can! The wonderful exhibit featuring live butterflies and caterpillars from all over the world closes after September 22. Hours are 10am – 5pm. 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.

Friday – Go apple picking! There are several places around the area that open their orchards to guests for PYO. This round-up of pick-your-own places has details. I always recommend checking websites or calling ahead to be sure the pickings are good that day.


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