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Where to Play on the Weekdays: June 24-28

Check out The Life of Animals in Japanese Art exhibit at the NGA


Monday – Reach new heights of fun at ClimbZone. Kids and adults will have a blast scaling the many colorful, whimsically-themed walls at the indoor climbing center in Laurel, MD. Hours are 10am – 8pm. Admission is $25/age 6+, $12/5 & under for a three-hour session.

Tuesday – Enjoy a show especially for kiddos under a lovely canopy of trees at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA. The Gottabees’ Squirrel Stole My Underpants will be the performance at Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, the summer series that brings entertainment to the outdoor stage every Tuesday – Saturday at 10:30am through August 3. Recommended for ages 1-8, tickets are $8-12.

Wednesday – Explore The Life of Animals in Japanese Art at the National Gallery of Art. The exhibit is full of whimsical, beautiful, and intriguing works in a variety of mediums that will delight kids and adults alike. Museum hours are 10am – 5pm, and admission is free.

Thursday – Browse books and more at the Capital Book Fest. The pop-up sale will be held on Wilson Plaza from 10am – 6pm with over 12,000 gently used books, CDs, and DVDs with something for everyone — children’s books, teen reads, brand-new bestsellers in amazing condition, classic vintage hardbacks, and more. All on sale for under $6.

Friday – Play it cool at Ocean Dunes Waterpark in Arlington’s Upton Regional Park. Slides, pools, splash areas, and more wet fun will keep kids happy for hours. Plus, there’s mini golf, a batting cage, and a snack shack, too! Hours are 11am – 7pm, and admission starts at $7 (free for under 2).


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: June 17-21

Infinite Owens in Infinite Space at ARTECHOUSE


Monday – Spend the first day of summer break (for some kids, anyway) at a cool place: The Spy Museum! At its new location in L’Enfant Plaza, go undercover to explore the intriguing world of espionage. Discover tricks of the trade, view gadgets used to keep secrets and disguises to hide identities, learn about famous spies and their missions, and much more. Hours are 9am – 7pm. Regular admission is $22.95-24.95/adult, $14.95/ages 7-11, free for 6 and under (adults save $2 purchasing tickets in advance online).

Tuesday – Catch a FREE screening of Sherlock Gnomes presented by Old Greenbelt Theatre. Every Tuesday at 1pm, they’ll be featuring a family-friendly movie as part of the School’s Out Summer Series that runs through August 27. The films will be shown at Greenbelt Community Center Gym located at 15 Centerway in Greenbelt, MD.

Wednesday – Venture out to Calvert County, MD, to Annmarie Sculpture Garden for some enchanting artistic adventures. View eye-popping works, both indoors and out, look for fairy houses, play in the delightful Fairy Lolly, and create some of your own art with inspiration from all you see there. Trust me, it’s worth the hour-plus drive. Hours are 9am – 5pm in the gardens, 10am – 5pm at the arts center. Admission is $5/adult, $3/ages 6-17, free for 5 and under.

Thursday – Experience Infinite Space, the newest exhibition at ARTECHOUSE. Six immersive digital art installations will delight and amaze, and some will make you feel like you’re floating in, well, infinite space. Family-friendly hours are 10am -5pm. Admission is $16/adult, $8/age 2+.

Friday – Celebrate the first official day of summer with a quintessential seasonal activity: Swimming! Jump in at a public pool, which as of this week are open daily through Labor Day. Even better, they’re free (or a small fee if you’re not a resident of the District or county where it’s located). Check out the 2019 Summer Guide for links to public pools in the area and be sure to note open swim times, as they may vary from pool to pool.


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: June 10-14

Taking in the views from the Maryland side at Great Falls


Monday – Take little ones to Nook, a play and learning space for young, modern families, that offers art, building, climbing, imaginary, and sensory play for children 0-5 years old. Reserve two hours of Open Play time at either the Ballston or Mosaic location. Admission is $20.

Tuesday – Enjoy some of the area’s best nature at Great Falls Park. Whether you opt for the Maryland or Virginia side, you really can’t go wrong. Take in spectacular views of the falls and rapids from several overlooks, hike easy trails along the river or through the woods, and stop in the Visitor Center — there’s one on each side — to learn more about the area’s history and wildlife. Open 7am to 30 minutes after sunset. Admission is $10/vehicle.

Wednesday – Laugh it up with The Great Zucchini at Kids in Canal. The weekly series at Canal Park is kicking off another fun summer with the children’s comedic magician. Every Wednesday from 10:30-11:30am, enjoy a live show for littles — kids music, science demos, magic shows, and a raptor show are all part of the summer lineup. Of course, top it all off with water play in the fountains and sprays. Admission is free, and the program takes place in the middle block of the park. For more about Canal Park, see this KFDC post.

Thursday – Go see the dinosaurs at the National Museum of Natural History. The new David H. Koch Hall of Fossils-—Deep Time just opened this past weekend, and it’s full of skeletal beasts plus hundreds of smaller prehistoric remnants and cool installations that present 3.7 billion years of life on Earth. Weekdays are a good time to go when crowds aren’t as big as the weekends. Of course, plan for time to explore the rest of the museum, too! I always recommend the Insect Zoo, where kids love opportunities to hold live creatures and theHall of Human Origins where they can see what they’d look like as a Neanderthal in a special face morphing photo booth. The museum is open 10am – 5:30pm, and admission is free.

Friday – Head up to Baltimore for the Grand Opening of the newly renovated Port Discovery. The children’s museum and its BIG new exhibits will be fully open for play, learning, and family adventures. Celebrate and soar to new heights on a four-story SkyClimber. Set sail and explore the seas on a life-sized (and giant!) cargo ship. Enjoy new family seating, updated restrooms, and more! The day’s special activities run from 12-5pm. The new admission fee is $17.95/age 2+. (KFDC Tip: Port Discovery is a good one to consider for membership; just a couple of visits for a family of four makes it worth it!)


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Where to Play on the Weekdays:
June 3-7

See DC from a new perspective


Monday – Enjoy the day at Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria. As you hike the woods and wetlands, look for little creatures — turtles, frogs, fish, and birds are practically guaranteed wildlife sightings and take in sweeping vistas of the marshland. And be sure to stop in the Visitors Center, where there are several interactive exhibits about the surrounding environment. Open daily from dawn to dusk. Admission is free.

Tuesday – Take the littlest ones to Cultural Cuddles at the National Museum of African American History & Culture. The brand new 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 — you can walk in without passes after 1pm — and be sure to check out the KFDC guide to visiting the museum with kids before you go.

Wednesday – Get a bird’s eye view of the DC area from the Observation Deck at CEB Towers. The 30+ story high space in Rosslyn offers breathtaking 360-degree panoramic vistas plus neat interactive and immerse experiences to enjoy them even more. 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). But if you’re an Arlington resident, admission is FREE!

Thursday – Head to The Plaza at CityCenter, where the Kids Corner series is returning for the summer. Enjoy outdoor story time, singing, and fun with DC Public Library every Thursday starting this week through September 26. The fun begins at 10:30am, and admission is free.

Friday – Go bowling! Take advantage of Kids Bowling at Pinstripes in Georgetown. From 11am – 1pm Monday – Thursday, kids can bowl for $6/hour and parents are free (limit 4 kids per adult). Eat while you bowl or stay after for lunch — they have a good kids menu and a pretty extensive main menu, too.


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