Monday – Hang out at The Wharf. Let the kids run through the in-ground fountain sprays, play large-scale board games on the Transit Pier, grab lunch at one of the many eateries, rock on swinging benches, and enjoy the waterfront scenery. You can also opt for a paddling excursion if you’re up for it. Just about all of it is accessible all day and evening, and all but paddling are free (though plan to pay for your meals, of course.) KFDC Tip: Park for free at East Potomac Park, then ride the free Jitney over to The Wharf. You get a nice little boat ride and avoid the headache of finding a parking spot.
Tuesday – Get on board the Regal Summer Movie Express! The series begins this week, presenting family films for just $1 every Tuesday and Wednesday at participating theaters during the summer. See what’s playing at a one near you — there are two movie choices every week. Tickets are available for purchase at the box office, and all movies in most locations start at 10am.
Wednesday – Enjoy free admission for kids to the Newseum! The annual Summer Fun Deal, which runs July 1 – Labor Day, waives the entrance fee for youth with one paid adult admission. The deal benefits kids ages 7 and up most, since children 6 and under always get in free, and much of the Newseum’s collection will be better appreciated by older children. Adult tickets are $24.95, but look for a discount here. For a museum outing with littler ones, head to National Postal Museum, a fantastic but often overlooked museum full of interactive exhibits that all ages can enjoy. Hours are 10am – 5:30pm, and admission is free.
Thursday – Celebrate Independence Day! This round-up of July 4th events will guarantee you have a blast, fireworks or not.
Friday – Keep the holiday spirit going with a day trip to Baltimore to visit Fort McHenry, the birthplace of “The Star Spangled Banner” and site of a key battle in the War of 1812. Learn about the history of the national monument through all kinds of interesting exhibits, both in the Visitors Center and throughout the grounds. Children will especially enjoy seeing the cannons, exploring underground spaces, and touring the barracks that now house lots of neat exhibits, including several interactives. Hours are 9am – 6pm. Admission to the historic area is $16 for ages 16 and up.