Monday – Visit the Freer|Sackler Gallery on the National Mall. The Smithsonian museum, which just reopened after a lengthy renovation, houses a remarkable collection of Asian art as well as special exhibits, like the current Divine Felines of Ancient Egypt and Encountering the Buddha, a roomful of Buddha sculptures. Be sure to head all the way downstairs to a gallery showcasing Islamic art and culture that encourages visitors to touch and get a close look. Museum hours are 10am – 5:30pm. Admission is free.
Tuesday – Explore the magical, diverse world of children’s literature at Revels World Story Time, Washington Revels’ new(ish) program for children. Journey through books old and new, from different countries and unique cultures; all delightful for kids of any age, but aimed at the 3-7 year-old set. The session runs 10:30-11:30am, and admission is free (but donations welcome)! This will take place at Washington Revels Studio Space at 531 Dale Drive in Silver Spring, MD.
Wednesday – Enjoy mountains of indoor adventures at Badlands Play Space. From active fun to creative explorations to learning experiences to relaxation options, the enormous facility in Rockville has it all! Hours are 9am – 6pm (Tuesday – Sunday). Admission is $20/child and $10/toddler.
Thursday – 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 libraries around the area. Hours vary by location, admission is free.
Friday – Take a fall hike at Riverbend Park. The Great Falls locale may not be as popular as its national park neighbor, but it’s just as fantastic a place to enjoy some time in nature — especially with kids. Trails are mellow for little trampers, the views are gorgeous, there are plenty of nice picnic spots, and admission is free. Plus, if you want to see the magnificent falls up river, they’re an easy two-mile walk in the woods away. Riverbend Park hours are 7am to dusk.