Monday – Check out your local library. Drop in for story time, sing-a-longs, arts & crafts, and other activities, or just go to browse for books. See this post from the very early KFDC days for a little background and quick links to public libraries around the area. Hours vary by location, admission is free.
Tuesday – Visit 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, hold live creatures in the Insect Zoo, learn about early humans and see what you’d look like as a Neanderthal, watch an IMAX flick, and be sure to take advantage of FREE entry on Tuesdays to the Butterfly Pavilion! (KFDC Tip: Get tickets to see the butterflies when you arrive, since entry is timed, and yours may not begin right away.). Admission to the museum is free, but IMAX films are $9/adult, $7.50/child. Hours are 10am – 5:30pm.
Wednesday – See a show especially for little ones at The Puppet Co. The lights stay on, and doors remain open during Tiny Tots performances for the youngest audiences. Old MacDonald’s Farm is this week’s production. Showtime is 10am. Tickets are $6 for everyone, including babies.
Thursday – Spend the day at the National Arboretum. There are so many ways to enjoy one of the prettiest places in the city. Explore the plant collections on nature walks, view the bonsai exhibit, visit the Washington Youth Garden and romp on the natural playground, see the old Capitol columns, picnic in the Grove of State Trees, and so much more. Hours are 8am – 5pm, and admission is free. Read more about the Arboretum in the round-up of the best places to spend a day outdoors — it tops the list!
Friday – Go apple picking at Waters Orchard. The locale in Gaithersburg, MD, is a great place to PYO, with lovely scenery and lots of varieties of the fall fruit. Hours are 12-5pm on Fridays (9am – 5pm Saturday & Sunday). Pricing is by the peck — $15/half peck, $22/peck, $38/bushel and that includes entry fee for two ($5/guest after that). And for more place with pick-your-own opportunities, see this KFDC post.