Where to Play on the Weekdays: October 30 – November 3

Enjoy artsy adventures, the season, and play time in the Fairy Lolly at Annmarie Sculpture Garden


Monday – Explore an off-the-beaten path gem: The U.S. Navy Museum. Located on base in the Navy Yard, it’s a trove of fascinating exhibits. See an amazing collection of model ships, peer into a real periscope, sit in the gun seats of old fighter planes, view naval artifacts hundreds of years old, and much more. Hours are 9am – 5pm. Admission is free. *Be sure to note requirements for access to the base and museum.

Tuesday – Celebrate Halloween and autumn at the Downtown DC Fall Festival! All ages are welcome to Woodrow Wilson Plaza at the Ronald Regan Building for some FREE fun, including a special Halloween DJ set, pumpkin decorating with BLICK art, a mysterious Children’s Story Hour with DC Public Library, lively face painting, candy giveaways, and the return of the ghoulish DowntownDC stilt walkers. Wear Halloween costumes for photo ops!

Wednesday – Walk off the candy hangover at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Stroll among the ponds filled with giant lily pads and other interesting marsh plants and look for geese, great blue herons, turtles, frogs, and tiny fish on the way. It’s a lovely, unique dose of a nature in the city. Open 8am – 4pm this time of year, and you can join walks with a park ranger at 10am, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm. Admission is free.

Thursday – Spend the morning at a 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. Smoothies, juices, acai bowls, and the coffee menu will be available for purchase, too.

For evening entertainment, catch a performance of The Adventures of Peter Pan at Synetic Theater. Best for ages 7+. (With no school for DCPS kids on Friday, it’s good timing for a late night!)

Friday – Head out to Solomons, MD, to Annmarie Sculpture Garden for artsy adventures and autumn splendor. Tour beautiful works, both indoors and out, play in the Fairy Lolly, and create some of your own art with inspiration from all you see there. Even better, the grounds are gorgeous there this time of year with seasonal hues coloring the landscape. Trust me, it’s worth the long drive out. Hours are 9am – 5pm in the gardens, 10am – 5pm at the arts center. Admission is $5/adult, $3/ages 6-17, free for 5 and under.

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