Monday – Take the money tour at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. It’s a perfect outing while kids are still on summer break, since tours are only offered on weekdays. This post has all the background and details you need to plan for it.
Tuesday – 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.
Wednesday – Enjoy free admission for kids to the Newseum while you can. The Kids Free Summer Fun Deal, which ends after Labor Day, waives the regular $12.95 entrance fee for youth with one paid adult admission. The deal benefits kids ages 7 and up most, since children 6 and under always get in free, and much of the Newseum’s collection will be better appreciated by older children. With little ones: Head to the National Building Museum for fun in the Building Zone ($3/person) and the PLAY WORK BUILD exhibit ($5/person).
Thursday – Head to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to tour the historic ships. There are four vessels that welcome visitors to explore — the USS Constellation, USS Torsk, USCGC Taney, and LV116 Chesapeake. Admission to tour one ship is $11/adult, $5/ages 6-14, free for ages 5 and under, and you can add on for just a few dollars more per ship.
Friday – Observe the 199th anniversary of the Burning of Washington one day early at a locale associated with the event: Fort Washington Park. Kids (and adults!) will enjoy seeing the cannons and other historic sights within the grounds. Hours are 8am – sunset. Admission is $5/vehicle.