Where to Play on the Weekdays: September 10-14

A view of the grounds and Potomac River at Fort Washington


Monday – Get a glimpse of the past on the Potomac at Fort Washington Park.  Kids will love seeing the cannons and other historic sights within the grounds. Hours are 8am – sunset. Admission is $5/vehicle.

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 – Visit the newly renovated American Trail at the National Zoo. Seals, sea lions, beavers, and gray wolves are some of the animals you’ll see there.  You can also dip your toes in a tide pool and grab a bite to eat at the Seal Rock Cafe serving Chesapeake Bay seafood.  Read more about the new exhibit here. The Zoo is open 6am – 8pm. Admission is free, but parking for non-members starts at $16. For alternatives, look for nearby street parking or take Metro — both the Woodley Park and Cleveland Park stations are a short walk away.

Thursday – Enjoy Story Time for Families at the National Museum of the American Indian. The readings that take place most Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 11:15am feature books by or about Native Americans. Sessions take place in the imagiNATIONS Activity Center on the 3rd floor. Plan to spend time before or after exploring the many hands-on exhibits in the center geared toward children. Admission is free.

Friday – Stop by to see 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.


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