Monday – Get a dose of nature and history in one fell swoop AND enjoy a nice spring day (we hope!) at Roosevelt Island. Hike the easy trails, look out for wildlife, and explore the Memorial Plaza to learn about the legacy of President Theodore Roosevelt. The entrance to the park is located right off the GW Parkway, just past the Roosevelt Bridge. It’s accessible only from the northbound lanes. Hours are 6am – 10pm. Admission is free. I recommended wearing shoes you don’t mind getting dirty — the trails are likely to be muddy after the weekend rain and snow.
Tuesday – Enjoy storytime at the National Building Museum’s Book of the Month program. Readings of Too Tall Houses by Gianna Marino will begin at 10:30am & 11:30am. Get there early for play time in the Building Zone, as entry is on the hour ($3/person). After, stay to romp in the Great Hall or check out the PLAY WORK BUILD exhibit upstairs ($8/adult, $5/child).
Wednesday – Take a little day trip back to the 18th century at Claude Moore Colonial Farm. The living history locale is opening for the 2014 season, welcoming visitors to explore family life on a pre-Revolutionary War working farm. There is a tobacco barn, farm house, garden, orchard, and animals. Guests can also interact with a family portraying life as it was back then. Read more about it in this post (ignore the “autumn” part; it’s a great outing in the spring, too). Hours are 10am – 4:30pm Wednesday thru Saturday. Admission is $3/adults, $2/children ages 3 and up, free for 2 and under.
Thursday – Have a wild time at the National Zoo, as there’s barely a crowd on weekdays. Check the Daily Programs schedule before you go to help plan your outing or pick your animal visits as you go. Grounds are open 6am – 8pm, exhibit building hours are 10am – 6pm. Admission is free, though parking in the Zoo lot for non-members is $16 for three hours, $22 beyond three (free for members). You can also try parking on Connecticut Avenue or a side street, or take Metro to Woodley Park or Cleveland Park stations.
Friday – See a fairytale classic on strings at The Puppet Co. The theatre is currently presenting a “kinder and gentler” version of Hansel & Gretel. Showtimes are 10am and 11:30am. Tickets are $10. For some afternoon fun, head to Union Market, where the Boogie Babes will be hosting another Happy Hour show this week as part of Thread, a curated retail event taking place through the weekend. At 4:30pm, Uno, Dos, Tres con Andres will entertain the kiddie crowd outside in the rear of the building, and word has it the scene will be super hip with lounge furniture, turf, and fun games for kids to enjoy.