Monday – Visit the Wings of Fancy butterfly exhibit at Brookside Gardens. Showcasing nearly 20 species from Central America, North America, and Asia, there are literally hundreds of butterflies flitting about the conservatory. It’s truly worth checking out, as noted in this post about our experience there last year. Even better, Certifikid currently has a deal on admission: $6 for one adult and one child (regularly $10). Hours are 10am – 4pm daily. The exhibit will be open through September 22.
Tuesday – Go for a spin on the Chesapeake Carousel, take a train ride through the woods, play mini golf, hike the trails, and visit the Old Maryland Farm animals at Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro, Md. If it rains (or even if it doesn’t), take shelter and see the birds and reptiles at the Watkins Nature Center. The rides are open 10am – 7pm, the farm 9am – 4pm, and the Nature Center 8:30am – 5pm. Admission to the park is free; the rides cost $1.75/person and mini golf is $4.50/person.
Wednesday – Discover American Indian culture with all kinds of hands-on pursuits at imagiNATIONS, the family activity center at the National Museum of the American Indian. Weave a big basket, play in a teepee and models of native dwellings, do some arts & crafts, hear bird calls of the wild, read kids books in the library, and much more. Museum hours are 10am – 5:30p. Admission is free.
Thursday – Head on down to the county fair. Both the Montgomery and Prince William County Fairs are going on right now, with everything from carnival rides to farm animals to live entertainment. This post has more details on both of them, and this one has photos from our visit to MoCo over the weekend.
Friday – Cruise the Potomac from National Harbor to Old Town Alexandria (or vice versa) on a water taxi adventure. The Potomac Riverboat Company operates daily between the two destinations at various times throughout the day — see the schedule here. Tickets are $8/ages 12 and up, $5/kids under 12 each way (infants are free). Plan to hang out, have a bite to eat, shop, and play while you’re on land.