Where to Play on the Weekdays: August 8-12

Not quite sure what to make of the llama at Old Maryland Farm

Start the week indoors while high temps and chances of storms are in the forecast.  Save the outdoor fun for later, when the mercury is predicted to dip. Here are suggestions of where to beat or bask in the weather this week:

Monday – Head to the Spark!Lab at the National Museum of American History where young guests can enjoy loads of hands-on fun.  Most activities are recommended for ages 6 and up, but younger kids will find things to enjoy as well.

Tuesday – The National Building Museum is a perfect go-to place on a super hot or rainy day, both of which are currently possibilities.  Kids can play in the Building Zone, see the amazing LEGO exhibit and create some brick structures of their own, and hang out in the magnificent Great Hall.  Don’t forget there is now a $3/person charge for the Building Zone and $5 for the LEGOS, unless you are a NBM member, in which case admission to both are free.

Wednesday – Cruise the Potomac from National Harbor to Old Town Alexandria…or vice versa.  The Potomac Riverboat Company operate its water taxi daily between the two destinations and makes for a fun little adventure as well as a great way to enjoy a nice day

Thursday – Spend the day at Watkins Regional Park. Chug through the woods on the miniature train, visit the animals and birds at Old Maryland Farm, check out even more creatures at the nature center, go for a spin on the carousel, and frolic on the playground. (Note that the link is to a post from last summer; all of park’s wonderful amenities will be open for at least several more weeks).

Friday – If the forecast holds out, we’ll be enjoying cooler (dare I say pleasant?) temps by the end of the week.  So, I’m going to go out on a limb and recommend doing something, anything, outdoors.  This list of the “best places in the DC area to spend a beautiful day outdoors with the kids” has tons of suggestions of where and how to do that.

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