Monday – Say “domo arigato” at the National Building Museum, where you can check out robots in action in the Great Hall from 10am – 12pm. The free, drop-in event being held in celebration of National Robotics Week sounds like a great program for school-aged kids on spring break. Or, extend the Easter fun and enjoy the spring day at one of several seasonal festivals around the area.
Tuesday – Experiment with music and science at Jammin’ Java as Ryan Buckle & Friends present “Science You Can Sing To,” a show that curious kids of all ages can enjoy. Showtime is 10:30am. Tickets are $5 and only available at the door.
Wednesday – Kites and jazz go hand-in-hand…and all around the Flag Hall at the National Museum of American History. During the Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) event, the public is invited to enjoy a free kite-making activity from 10am – 2pm, while professional kite flyers demonstrate indoor kiting to the music of JAM 2012 poster artist Frank Sinatra.
Thursday – Explore the woods and wetlands of Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria. Turtles, frogs, herons, and beavers are among the wildlife you’re likely to see there. Stop by the nature center for even more exhibits and animal encounters. Hat and sunblock recommended. Admission is free.
Friday – Take the kids to the Tidal Basin in honor of Thomas Jefferson’s birthday. Tour his memorial, see a wreath-laying ceremony at 11am, then stroll around the reservoir to visit the nearby FDR and MLK memorials. The nearest Metro stop is Smithsonian on the Blue/Orange line.