Monday – Explore the history of mail at the National Postal Museum. It’s a perfect outing with little ones — the museum isn’t very big and overwhelming, and there are numerous interactive exhibits to keep young guests engaged. Plus, it’s conveniently located next to Union Station, so you can also grab lunch and get there easily via Metro. Hours are 10am – 5:30pm, admission is free.
Tuesday – Attend Mommy & Me (& Daddy Too!), the Rockville Town Square’s free monthly program for kids. Storytime, interactive movement, arts & crafts, and merchant sponsored activities are part of the active learning and creative play. The session will meet on the Square, and the program runs 10am – 12pm on the third Tuesday of every month. Admission is free, but you are asked to register in advance.
Wednesday – Join the Boogie Babes for a morning of music and more fun at Union Market. The live children’s entertainment at the indoor market full of tasty eateries and pop-up retail is now a regular Wednesday activity. Showtime is 10:30am, and admission is $5/child (siblings 6 months and under are free). Plan to go early for coffee and/or stay after for lunch.
Thursday – Get a glimpse of the underwater world at DC’s National Aquarium while you still can; the small but interesting showcase of marine life will close it’s doors at the end of the summer. Located in the lower level of the Department of Commerce building, it’s a great place for small children to see colorful fish, sharks, turtles, and more. Admission is $9.95/ages 11 and up, $4.95/ages 3-11, free for 2 and under. Open 9am – 5pm.
Friday – Visit the animals, take a tractor-pulled wagon ride, play on kid-sized tractors, romp on the playgrounds, and much more at Frying Pan Park. The locale in Herndon is a guaranteed hit with kids, and parents love it, too. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk, the farm is open 9am – 5pm, wagon rides 10am – 4pm. Admission is free, though the wagon rides cost a little extra.