Where to Play on the Weekdays: March 9-13

A giant caterpillar encounter in the Insect Zoo at the Natural History Museum

A giant caterpillar encounter in the Insect Zoo at the Natural History Museum

Monday – We’re supposed to get some glorious weather, so get out and do something — anything! — to savor it. Pick from this list of the best places in the DC area to enjoy the day outdoors with the kids. And I recommend waterproof footwear, because even though the air is warm(er) and dry, the ground will still be soggy.

Tuesday – Visit one of DC’s tried and true for kids: The National Museum of Natural History. With exhibits to indulge all kinds of interests, you really can’t go wrong. Gawk at the beasts in the Hall of Mammals, hold live creatures in the Insect Zoo, learn about early humans, watch an IMAX movie, and be sure to take advantage of FREE entry on Tuesdays to the Butterfly Pavilion! (Tip: Get tickets when you arrive, since entry is timed, and yours may not begin right away.) Admission to the museum is free, but films are $9. The museum is open 10am – 5:30pm.

Wednesday – Pick & Paint some pottery at Jimmy Potters Studio and Workshop. Visit the website in advance to book a session at either the Fairfax location (open 11am – 7pm) or Arlington studio (open 3:30-6:30pm). Cost depends on the project.

Thursday – Join a class especially for preschoolers (ages 2-5) at Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens. Explore a new mansion room or garden each week through make believe, art projects, and imaginative play. During the three-session Treasure Quest series, children will enter a world of wonder as they hunt for hidden gems, gold, and magnificent treasures that glitter and sparkle. The series is $30 per child with one accompanying adult, or you can pay $12 per class ($10/members). Classes are 10:30-11:15am on March 12, 19, & 26.

Friday – Take your tot to a kiddie pop concert at Discovery Theater’s Jammin’ at the Smithsonian series. Children’s entertainer Bari Koral will perform a creative blend of music and movement that’ll get the audience on their little feet. Showtimes are 10:15am and 11:30am. Tickets are $3-8.

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