Monday – Exercise your right to free speech! To commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the Newseum is giving folks the opportunity to literally get on their soapbox and say what’s on their minds. This will take place right outside the museum from 12-1pm in front of the 74-foot-tall stone tablet that bears the 45 words of the First Amendment. You and the kids can take a minute to talk or just listen to others express themselves. And don’t let your visit end there — the Newseum is a great place to explore (one of my very favorite museums in the city)! Hours are 9am – 5pm. Admission is $22.95/adults, $13.95/ages 7-18, free for 6 and under.
Tuesday – Catch a flick for a buck with the Regal Summer Movie Express. At participating Regal theaters, you can watch a family movie for just $1 every Tuesday (and Wednesday) at 10am. At least a couple of area theaters — in Bethesda and Silver Spring — are kicking off the program this week with Nut Job on Tuesday and Annie on Wednesday. The rest will begin showing dollar films next week.
Wednesday – Head to the Tanger Outlets at National Harbor for Mommy and Me, their series that takes place the third Wednesday of each month at 11am. A special mom’s lounge, food samples, and craft activities make it fun for moms and kids alike. Oh, and plan on doing some shopping while you’re there — you’ll also get exclusive discounts to stores! Admission is free.
Thursday – Have some fun on the farm at Frying Pan Park. Visit the animals, take a wagon ride, play on kid-sized tractors and playgrounds, and much more. The locale in Herndon is a guaranteed hit with kids (and parents always rave about it, too). The park is open daily from dawn to dusk, the farm is open 9am – 5pm, wagon rides 10am – 4pm. Admission is free, though the wagon rides cost a little extra.
Friday – Go geocaching! It’s like a scavenger hunt, and a great way to enjoy the outdoors with a little adventure. Even better, you can pick and choose where and when you want to do it. This KFDC post has all you need to know to get started.