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Where to Play on the Weekdays:
July 1-5

Enjoy a quick boat ride to The Wharf (and avoid parking hassles) via the Jitney


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.


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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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