Where to Play on the Weekdays: November 13-17

Showing off works from an Open Studio session at the National Portrait Gallery



Monday – Let the kids burn some energy at Dynamite Gymnastics Center in Rockville, MD. Tumbling mats, a foam pit, floor beams, trampolines, and more equipment will keep them active during Open Gym time. Sessions take place 12-12:50pm and 2-2:50pm. Admission is $8/child, $12/participating adults.

Tuesday – Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a Story & Discovery session at the National Museum of the American Indian. On Tuesdays (and Saturdays) through November, hear a reading of the book “Hungry Johnny” by Cheryl Minnema at 11:15am in the imagiNATIONS activity center. Go early or stay after to explore the children’s area even more, and plan on lunch or a snack at the Mitsitam Cafe, where they serve indigenous cuisines of the Americas that are interesting and tasty. Museum hours are 10am – 5:30pm, and admission is free.

Wednesday – Enjoy Theatre for the Very Young at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, where The Apple Tree is running from November 15-19. Tickets are still available for the 10am show (as well as other days) and cost $12. Plan to have lunch at one of the many nearby eateries after the performance.

Thursday – Get a dose of nature in an unexpected place at Winkler Botanical Preserve. Located just off 395 and Seminary Road in Alexandria, VA, the park is a lovely outdoor surprise amid a bustling suburban area. Hours are 8:30am – 4pm, and admission is free.

Friday – Head to the National Portrait Gallery for some creative fun. Take little ones to play in the Explore! activity space designed for children 18 months to 8 years. And all ages can join the Open Studio Friday session in the Education Center, where guests are welcome to drop in anytime from 1-6pm and explore a different art medium with all kinds of neat projects. Of course, make time to tour the collections (in the American Art Museum section, too!) and hang out in the beautiful Kogod Courtyard. Museum hours are 11:30am – 7pm. Admission is free. Read more about the Penn Quarter venue in this KFDC post.

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