Where to Play on the Weekdays: April 16-20

Making friends with (ie, feeding) a peacock at Old Maryland Farm.


Monday – The Atlas Performing Arts Center presents Aquarium, the final production of this season’s Theatre for the Very Young series. Catch a performance at 10:30am or 12pm — tickets are $8 and available for purchase online or at the Box Office.  Recommended for ages 1-5, the show runs April 16-22. Be sure to check showtimes, as they vary by day.  For an activity for older children off from school, take a hike to enjoy the day.  This post has suggestions for walks in the woods with kids.

Tuesday – Don’t miss a the chance to witness the Space Shuttle Discovery’s last in-air appearance  just 1,500 feet over DC as its flown its final resting place at the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Center.  The flight is expected to take place 10-11am. NASA lists some of the best viewing sites here.

Wednesday – Visit horses, ponies, donkeys, peacocks, chickens, bunnies, llamas, and more at Old Maryland Farm in Watkins Regional Park. If weather isn’t conducive to outdoor recreation, head to the park’s Nature Center instead. There, you can see turtles, owls, snakes, lizards, and more woodland creatures.  The farm is open 9am – 4pm Tuesday – Friday (9am – 4:30pm on Saturdays, 11:30am – 4:30pm on Sundays and holidays), and hours at the Nature Center are 8:30am – 5pm Monday – Saturday (11am – 4pm Sundays). Admission to both are free.

Thursday – Explore the grounds and play in the gardens, specifically the Children’s Gardens, at River Farm. The American Horticulture Society’s headquarters overlooking the Potomac River in Alexandria are as lovely as they are fun. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Read all about our recent experience there.

Friday – Hit a playground, any playground.  The Meanest Momma blog has reviews for what must be every playground in the DC-Metro area – wow!


Filed under All ages, Animals, DC, Educational, Farm, Free, Live Entertainment, Maryland, Outdoor, Park, Play, Spring, Theatre, Virginia, Weekdays

2 Responses to Where to Play on the Weekdays: April 16-20

  1. e

    no mention of emancipation day activities? sure, the day off from school was noted, but no indication as to why. unfortunate.

  2. Vanessa Gutierrez

    Versus being passive aggressive, why not simply inform others why school may be out and share suggestions of what you know going on.

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