Monday – Drop in for story time at your local library, or just go to check out books. See this old post from awhile back for a little background and quick links to libraries around the area.
Tuesday – As this post goes live, the forecast says there’s a good chance of rain just about every day this 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 great list of area nature centers along with a map depicting their locations.
Wednesday – See a show especially for little ones as The Puppet Co. Playhouse presents Old MacDonald’s Farm as this week’s Tiny Tots production. The lights stay on and doors stay open during these performances for the youngest audiences. Showtime is 10am. Tickets are $5 for everyone, including babies.
Thursday – Rock out at Discovery Theater as they present Shine and the Moonbeams as part of their “Tot Rock: Jammin’ at the Smithsonian” series. Showtimes are 10:15am and 11:30am. Tickets are $3-6.
Friday – Visit the U.S. Botanic Garden, where there’s plenty to enjoy both indoors and out. Tour the plant collections, and 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. And if it’s a nice day, kids can flex their green thumbs in the outdoor Children’s Garden, where they can play in a miniature house, plant flowers (when available), and pump water. Also outdoors is the National Garden, where you can stroll among the roses and other plants, run through a grassy area, sit in the small amphitheater, and relax by the lovely fountain. Pack lunch to eat at one of several tables there or head over to the Mitsitam Cafe at the American Indian Museum across the street.