Where to Play on the Weekdays: March 12-16

Stop and smell at the USBG's "Plants in Culture" exhibit.

Monday – Visit the U.S. Botanic Garden, where there’s plenty to enjoy both indoors and out. The gorgeous orchid exhibit is currently on view. And the rest of the plant collections are always wonderful to tour, making you feel like you’ve been transported to another region. Kids can flex their green thumbs in the Children’s Garden, where they can play in a miniature house, plant flowers (when available), and pump water.  Be sure to stop in the “Plants in Culture” exhibit where little ones will have fun sniffing the aromas of various plants and learning about their everyday uses.

Tuesday – Take advantage of the weather and plan for a picnic at The Yards Park. Lunch at a table overlooking the Anacostia River or spread out a blanket on one of the open grassy areas.  Bring along a ball to kick around and, perhaps, a towel and swimsuit for the kids — it may actually be warm enough to play in the fountains.

Wednesday –Bring the kids to play amid the lovely wooded setting of Cabin John Regional Park. They can climb, swing, jump, slide, and run on the sprawling Adventure Playland. Unfortunately, the Miniature Train hasn’t opened yet for the season, but they won’t even miss it with so much other playground to cover.

Thursday – Go on a nature walk at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. See ponds filled with giant lily pads and other interesting marsh plants and look for geese, great blue herons, turtles, frogs, and tiny fish on the way. Open 7am – 4:30pm. Admission is free.

Friday – Ride the water taxi between National Harbor and Old Town Alexandria.  The Potomac Riverboat Company operates daily between the two destinations. It’s about a 20-minute ride on the river, plenty of time to thrill young mariners. Catch the taxi from either point, cruise to the other side, then stay awhile to explore and eat lunch.  Round-trip rides are $16/adults and $10/kids ages 2-11, and you can get a $2 discount by booking online.




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5 Responses to Where to Play on the Weekdays: March 12-16

  1. Heather Skipper

    I think I’m finally going to take my 2 & 4 year olds down to the USBG. I’ve wanted to go there for years, but I think they’d love sniffing pants & gardening. Yay for warm weather! If I’m feeling brave enough maybe we’ll also head over to the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, they look amazing.

    • Linda @ KidFriendly DC

      Heather, you should definitely visit the USBG with your kids, it’s a wonderful place to bring little ones! They will love playing in the Children’s Garden, sniffing different scents, and even looking at all of the exotic plants. There’s also an outdoor garden with a fountain and sitting areas around it, where you can have a picnic or just hang out and enjoy the weather. Have fun!

  2. Lina

    Just wanted to make a correction–the round-trip water taxi is actually $16/adult and $10/child. You can get a $2 discount per ticket if you purchase tickets online.

  3. Lina

    Forgot to say that kids fare is ages 2-11.

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