Monday – Wander around the beautiful grounds, play, and relax at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria. Be sure to stop in the Horticultural Center and ask about the kids’ scavenger hunt to add some extra fun to the outing. Hours are 9am – 4:30pm. Admission is free.
Tuesday – Play the day away amid the lovely wooded setting of Cabin John Regional Park. Kids can climb, swing, jump, slide, and run on the sprawling Adventure Playland. The Miniature Train is currently only open on weekends, but the playground alone has plenty to keep children happy. Bring along food for a picnic — there are several tables right there, or you can spread out a blanket in a nearby grassy area. Admission is free.
Wednesday – Head to one of DC’s most 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, view the amazing National Geographic Into Africa photography exhibit, hold live creatures in the Insect Zoo, learn about early humans, see an IMAX film, and so much more. Admission to the museum is free, but films are $9/adult, $7.50/child. The museum is open 10am – 5:30pm.
Thursday – Spend the morning at wacky magic show as The Great Zucchini performs at Jammin’ Java. Doors open at 10am and the fun begins at 10:30am. General admission tickets are $5. The full lunch menu will be available, so plan to eat there, too.
Friday – Celebrate the Grand Opening of a new Toys”R”Us at Tanger Oulets National Harbor with special savings and activities at the store. There will be appearances and photo ops with Geoffrey the Giraffe, balloon giveaways, and an opening day discount for shoppers. Store hours are 9am – 9pm, and admission is free.