Where to Play on the Weekdays: March 21-25

Hide and seek amid the trees of the Annmarie Fairy Lolly

Hide and seek amid the trees of the Annmarie Fairy Lolly

Monday – It’s Lolly-Palooza at Annmarie Sculpture Garden in Solomons, MD! Celebrate the seasonal re-opening of their Fairy Lolly playground with extra-special activities each day of spring break, March 21-28 (closed March 27). Drop in for something different each day from 11am – 4pm — on Monday, enjoy bubble painting fun. Check in at the Murray Arts Building, then head over to the Fairy Lolly for magical play. Afterwards, stop by the artLAB and the Nature Nook for even more activities! Admission is $5/adult, $3/ages 6-17, free for 5 and under. Reservations are not required, and be sure to check the schedule to see what other activities will be featured this week. Read more about Annmarie in this post about one of our experiences there.

Tuesday – Roam around the lovely grounds, view wildlife in the ponds, and visit the Korean Bell Garden at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna. Admission is $5/adults, $2.50/ages 7-17 and seniors, free for ages 6 and under. Hours are 10am – 6pm this time of year. Later on at 4pm, join the Jr. Farmer Family Fun program and go behind the scenes to help the farmers at Frying Pan Farm Park. Help with farm chores like milking the cows, feeding the animals, and shelling corn — topics and activities vary by day. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.

Wednesday – Learn about the area’s wildlife, enjoy hands-on activities in the Nature Center, see the night sky, take a hike, and visit horses at Rock Creek Park. The Nature Center is open Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm, and admission is free. If you’re keen on seeing stars, there’s a planetarium show at 4pm. You can also visit the equine residents at the nearby Horse Center for free (though pony rides are not offered on weekdays this time of year).

Thursday – Catch a performance of James and the Giant Peach at Adventure Theatre, where they’re adding weekday shows March 24 – April 5 at 11am and 2pm. The show is a delight for all ages (we saw it over the weekend). Tickets are $19.50, but you might score discount seats here. After (or before) the show, plan to hang out on the playground, have a picnic lunch, and explore Glen Echo Park.

Friday – Go see the cherry blossoms! DC’s iconic trees should be peaking by the end of the week, and the sight of them in bloom truly is breathtaking. Head to the Tidal Basin and National Mall for quintessential views, and pop into the museums while you’re there. Before you go, be sure to check out these tips for families!

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