Monday – See the magnificent cascades, stroll along the Potomac, and/or take a light hike through the woods at Great Falls. Both the Maryland and Virginia sides of the park have trails that are easy for little legs to tramp, as well as great overlooks for viewing the falls. Bring along food for a picnic lunch or grab a bite at the snack bar. Admission is $5/vehicle.
Tuesday – Take a day trip out to Luray Caverns to behold the spectacular underground world of stalagmites, stalactites, and other amazing limestone formations in the massive cave system. Afterward, make your way through the Garden Maze or check out vintage rides in the Carriage and Caravan Museum. Hours are 9am – 7pm. Admission for the caverns is $24/adults, $21/seniors, $12/ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and under. Other attractions cost extra. I promise, it’s worth the drive.
Wednesday – See a show especially for little ones as The Puppet Co. Playhouse presents Baby Bear’s Birthday 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 – Explore and play at Potomac Overlook Park in Arlington. Hike the short trails and let the kids romp on the playground, then visit the nature center where you can see turtles, snakes, and other creatures in terrariums and discover more about the natural world in the Kids Cave. Hours are 10am – 5pm. Admission is free.
Friday – Enjoy one of summer’s best offerings: water play! Jump in at a public pool, splash around at a sprayground, or ride waves and flumes at a water park. This post about seasonal activities has all the specifics you need for wet recreation.