Where to Play on the Weekdays: October 24-28

Talk about a crappy photo... a lesson in animal poop at Nat Geo's latest exhibit for kids

 

Another weekend has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop.  Here’s where kiddos (and parents!) can stay entertained all week long.

Monday – If you still haven’t made it to 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, jump and slide, visit farm animals, and more.  This KFDC post has details on where you can find the seasonal fun.

Tuesday – Journey “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” with the National Children’s Museum as they host Toddler Tuesday, a free weekly drop-in program for children ages  2-4.  Guests can take a make-believe jaunt to the land of Oz and discover real and imaginary parts of The Wizard of Oz through stories, games, art, and movement. Drop in anytime from 10:30am – 2:30pm.

Wednesday – Take the kids to one of DC’s most tried and true for family fun: The National Museum of Natural History (or Dinosaur Museum, as my kids like to call it).  Tour roomfuls of skeletons of prehistoric beasts, visit the Hall of Mammals, and head upstairs to the Insect Zoo, where guests often have the opportunity to hold giant caterpillars, cockroaches, beetles, and other creepy crawlies.  Later in the day, enjoy Halloween Happy Hour with the Boogie Babes as they host BB2 Boo!, a costume and dance party at the Atlas Performing Arts Center ($10/family).

Thursday – The forecast isn’t looking too hot for this part of the week, so explore nature indoors at a nature center. Most have live animals to visit, interactive exhibits, and hands-on activities for kids. And if weather does permit, there are miles of outdoor areas to roam, too. The Natural Capital blog has a list of area nature centers along with a map depicting their locations.

Friday – Have fun learning about some of the ickiest parts of the animal world at the National Geographic Museum’s latest exhibit for kids, “Animal Grossology.”  Through several creative, interactive installments, the exhibit explains all you’ll ever need to now about animal poop and their other, um, natural processes.  It’s presented along with “Weird But True,” a collection of odd facts about the wild world.  Admission to both exhibits is $8/adults, $6/ages 5-12, free for children 4 and under.

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2 Responses to Where to Play on the Weekdays: October 24-28

  1. K

    When I called the National Childrens Museum about their Toddler Tuesdays I was told it was a “set program” from 10:30-2:30, and attendees were expected to stay for the duration, and it was “not a drop in” event. When I questioned the timing, since most toddlers couldn’t last for four hours during lunch/nap-time, she restated the above. Weird!

    • That’s really odd. You can definitely drop in to Toddler Tuesday (I’ve been); it’s not a set program. There are activities for children to do at their own pace and liking, and they can even do things that are not part of that week’s TT program. I hope that call didn’t deter you from going!

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