Where to Play on the Weekdays: July 28 – August 1

Hangin at the U.S. Botanic Garden then...

Hangin at the U.S. Botanic Garden then…

...and now

…and now

Monday – Celebrate Peruvian Independence Day at the National Geographic Museum, where they are offering buy-one-get-one-free admission this Monday & Tuesday to visitors wearing the colors of Peru’s flag (it contains red, white, yellow, green, and blue). See the Peruvian Gold exhibit and A New Age of Exploration along with plenty of Nat Geo’s signature mesmerizing photography on display. Hours are 10am – 6pm. Admission is $11/adult, $7/ages 5-12 (but remember you get one free with each paid visitor).

Tuesday – Glimpse the past on the Potomac at Fort Washington Park. Kids will love seeing the cannons and other historic sights there. Grounds are open are 8am – sunset, buildings 9am – 4pm. Admission is $5/vehicle.

Wednesday – Spend what is supposed to be a gorgeous day outdoors at Great Country Farms in Bluemont, Va. Pick your own peaches, plums, and blackberries, all ripe and ready to be harvested now. Stay to play among the acres of fun attractions, including a jumping pillow, slides, petting zoo, mazes, wagon rides, and more! Hours are 9am – 6pm (9am – 5pm in U-pick fields). Admission is $10/adult, $8/child.

Thursday – Devise a plan to visit the International Spy Museum, where you and the kids can go undercover to explore the intriguing world of espionage. Hours are 9am – 7pm. Regular admission is $21.95/adult, $14.95/ages 7-11, free for 6 and under, but you can find a big discount on tickets here.

Friday – Visit the U.S. Botanic Garden — one of our very favorite places in the city — where there’s plenty to enjoy both outdoors and in. Little ones kids can flex their green thumbs in the outdoor Children’s Garden: They can play in a miniature house, dig in the dirt, and pump water. Tour the plant collections, and be sure to stop in the “Plants in Culture” exhibit where you can sniff the aromas of various plants and learn about their everyday uses. Outside in the National Garden, stroll among the roses and other plants, run through the grass, sit in the small amphitheater, and relax by the fountain. Pack lunch to eat at one of several tables there. Read more about the USBG here and here.

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