Monday – Visit the National Arboretum on one of the two weekdays it’s open to the public (it’s closed Tuesday – Thursday). See the lovely Asian collection, visit the Washington Youth Garden and play in the natural playground, romp at the old Capitol columns, walk among the azaleas and spot toads in the nearby pond. There are acres upon acres to explore! Hours are 8am – 5pm, and admission is free.
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 – See an amazing collection of model ships, peer into a real periscope, sit in the gun seats of old fighter planes, view naval artifacts hundreds of years old, and much more at the U.S. Navy Museum. Located on the Navy base in southeast DC, it’s a treasure trove of fascinating exhibits. Hours are 9am – 5pm. Admission is free.
Thursday – Catch a performance of The Wizard of Oz on strings. The Puppet Co.’s version of the classic is less scary than film — the witch plays a minor role. Showtimes are 10am and 11:30am. Tickets are $10.
Friday – Head up to Baltimore where Port Discovery is hosting a Family Fun Friday. Special activities include a Negro League Baseball Museum Meet & Greet with Luther Atkinson and Ray Banks, story times, interactive games, art activities, and more. Of course, the rest of the permanent exhibits will be open for visitors to explore. Hours are 10am – 5pm. Admission is $13.95.