Monday – Make your way to — and through — The Big Maze at the National Building Museum. The new installation, which opened on July 4 and will be there until September 1, is a must-do. The cost is is a bit steep ($16/adult, $12/child for non-members, reduced for members), but when you consider all of the wonderful, free attractions we enjoy here in DC, paying to see/do something unique and fun is worth it. Plus, admission gets you into ALL of the exhibits at the museum, so you can make a day of it at the kids hang-out fave.
Tuesday – Join Pinstripes‘ new chef, Ryan Ross, as he hosts a free “Kids in the Garden” day, in which children of all ages are invited to the bowling, bocce, and bistro venue to dig in the dirt while learning about gardening, plants and seeds. From 10-11am, Ross will do a demonstration in Pinstripes’ outdoor Chef’s Garden on the process of planting to growing to eating, then the children will have an opportunity to plant their own seed to take home. Children are welcome to stay for Pinstripes’ Mom & Tots program, a Monday-Friday ongoing program where kids bowl for $5 and parents bowl for FREE 10am-noon. Call 202-625-6500 to make reservations for “Kids in the Garden” Day.
Wednesday – Make it a beach day at Sandy Point State Park. Located off Route 50 right before the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, the park is great place to get a beach fix relatively close to the city. Swim in the water, play in the sand, and bring along a picnic lunch. Open 6am – sunset, and lifeguards man a portion of South Beach from 10am – 6pm on weekdays. Admission is $4/Maryland resident, $6/non-residents.
Thursday – Enjoy songs about the important things in life: pizza parties, snow days, and summer vacations as Brooklyn-based Tim and the Space Cadets perform at Strathmore’s Backyard Theatre for Children. Showtimes are9:30am and 11:30am. Tickets are $8 for ages 3 and up.
Friday – Hit the trail at Riverbend Park. Make that your starting point on a 2-mile hike to Great Falls, where you can take in magnificent vistas, visit the nature center, and have a picnic. Or just wander around Riverbend and enjoy the Visitor Center and views there. Park hours are 7am to dusk, Visitor Center 9am – 5pm. Admission is free.