Monday – Escape the cold at the National Gallery of Art. Alexander Calder’s mobiles and sculptures seem to capture kids’ interest, as do the big, modern works downstairs in the West Building. Be sure to stroll the concourse between the museum’s two buildings — the moving walkway, dazzling lights, and waterfall right out the window are just as exciting to kids, perhaps even more so, as the art.
Tuesday – Venture up to Baltimore for a day full of play at Port Discovery. It’s Thrifty Tuesday, which means admission is just $8 from 1-4:30pm ($13.95 all other times). Hours at the children’s museum are 9:30am – 4:30pm Tuesday – Friday (10am – 5pm Saturday, and 12-5pm Sunday).
Wednesday – Visit the animals, roam the peaceful grounds, and possibly join in a children’s program at Oxon Hill Farm. Hours are 8am – 4:30m, and admission is free.
Thursday – Pop in for open jump time at Pump It Up in Lanham, Md. Children ages 2-8 and accompanying adults are invited to bounce in the giant inflatables from 10-11:30am. Admission is $8/child. To find sessions at other area Pump It Up locations, visit the website.
Friday – See the magnificent falls, stroll along the Potomac, or take a light hike through the woods at Great Falls Park. Both the Maryland and Virginia sides have trails that are easy for little legs to tramp, as well as great overlooks for viewing the cascades. Bring along food for a picnic lunch or grab a hot dog at the snack bar (open 10am – 5pm Wednesday – Sunday). Admission, usually $5/vehicle, is free this week in celebration National Park Week!