Monday – Many kids in the area are heading back to school, but if yours are not among them they can still get bookish at the library. Go for a storytime session or see if any other special programs are on the schedule. Or just check out some new reads. This early KFDC post has more background and links to local public libraries.
Tuesday – Explore the grounds and play in the gardens, specifically the Children’s Gardens, at River Farm. The American Horticulture Society’s headquarters overlooking the Potomac River in Alexandria are as lovely as they are fun. Hours are 9am – 5pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
Wednesday – See a show especially for little ones at The Puppet Co. Clowning Around is this week’s Tiny Tots, where the lights stay on and doors stay open during performances for the youngest audiences. Showtime is 10am. Tickets are $5 for everyone, including babies. Plan to hang out at Glen Echo Park for some fun on the playground afterwards.
Thursday – Chug on down to the B&O Railroad Museum for a hands-on experience all about the famous railway. See historic trains, play in the Kids Zone, go for a whirl on the train carousel, and take a real train ride. Hours are 10am – 4pm. Admission is $16/adult, $10/ages 2-10.
Friday – Make a splash at Yards Park. Visitors are welcome to play in the fountains and wading pool at the Capitol Riverfront recreational space. Bring along food for an al fresco picnic or grab a bite nearby at the new Nandos’s or Potbelly. If you can’t make it during the day, go for the Friday Night Concert series from 6:30-8:30pm.