Monday – Play, learn, and discover at the National Museum of American History. Check out the Batmobile, a new addition you can view on the first floor. Take little ones to Wegmans Wonderplace, the activity center designed especially for ages 0-6 years old — it’s full of fun and interesting features that cater to curious young visitors. If you’re with older kids, go to the Spark!Lab right next door. Of course, the rest of the museum is great to explore, too! Hours at Wegmans Wonderplace and Spark!Lab are 10am – 4pm, and free admission is on a first come, first served basis. Museum hours are 10am – 5:30pm.
Tuesday – Jump with joy at Flight Trampoline Park in Springfield, VA. This bouncy nirvana hosts Kid’s Flight sessions, when the whole park is open only to children under the age of 6, from 10am – 2pm Monday through Friday. Special pricing starts at $11/hour, and an accompanying adult jumps free! I recommend buying tickets and submitting waivers online in advance to save time when you get there.
In the evening, celebrate Fat Tuesday at a Wharf-wide extravaganza from 6-8pm, featuring a spirited parade along the waterfront followed by a dance party on District Pier, then a fireworks finale.
Wednesday – Take your little loves to Nook, where their Wednesday Open Play featuring Nook Stories with Pajama Mama will have a special “All You Need is Love” theme. The indoor play space in Arlington gets raves for its sweet, calm space and approach. Hours are 9am – 5pm, and the story time starts at 10:30am. Admission is $20.
In the evening, flash back at the Hirshhorn as the museum begins a three-night restaging of Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC, 1988–2000, one of the most significant public artworks of the 1980s. The iconic, large-scale outdoor projection by acclaimed artist Krzysztof Wodiczko will be projected on the exterior of the building and viewable from 6:30-9pm. This is a celebration of the opening of the exhibit Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s.
Thursday – Join a Percussion Party with Uncle Devin at Discovery Theater. Kids can make some noise and learn some beats at this performance that’s part of the Tot Rock series. As this post goes love, tickets are still available for the 11:30am show (on Friday, too). Admission is $3-8.
Friday – Take kids off from school to the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. Housing some of the most wonderful, whimsical art around, the vibrant, quirky collections — including interactive pieces — can be appreciated by art buffs of all ages. Hours are 10am – 6pm Tuesday – Sunday. Admission is $15.95/adults, $13.95/seniors, $9.95/students & ages 7+, free/6 & under.