Where to Play on the Weekdays: August 24-28

History on view at Fort Washington Park

History on view at Fort Washington Park

Monday – Observe the 201st anniversary of the Burning of Washington at a locale connected to the event: Fort Washington Park. Kids (and adults!) will enjoy seeing the cannons and other historic sights within the grounds. Hours are 8am – sunset. Admission is $5/vehicle.

Tuesday – Celebrate the National Park Service’s 99th birthday at a Servabration on the National Mall from 10am – 1pm. Games, crafts, photo booth ops, and birthday cakes will be part of the festivities at the free event hosted by the Student Conservation Association. It’s also a fee-free day at all national parks, so you can take advantage and visit one that usually charges admission — see a list of them here. In the evening, attend a free helmet safety workshop at the National Museum of Health & Medicine from 6-7pm.

Wednesday – Enjoy what’s forecast to be a gorgeous day at River Farm. Explore the grounds and play in the gardens, particularly the adorable Children’s Garden. The American Horticulture Society’s headquarters overlooking the Potomac River in Alexandria are as sublime as they are fun. Hours are 9am – 5pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Thursday – Head up to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to tour the historic ships. There are four vessels that welcome visitors to explore — the USS Constellation, USS Torsk, USCGC Taney, and LV116 Chesapeake. Admission to tour one ship is $11/adult, $5/ages 6-14, free for ages 5 and under, and you can add on for just a few dollars more per ship.

Friday – Soak up the summer day at a spray park. Kids can run through fountains and splash around shallow pools at places all around area. Several are within the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, but some of the best are built right into the urban landscape, making the concrete jungle a cool place to hang out on the warmest days. Get details on a bunch of local spray parks in the guide to Summer in DC.

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