Monday – Join a story time where kids don’t have to sit still! Stories and Stretches is a monthly program for ages 3-5 at Shaw Library that incorporates the entire body. Children and grownups can engage with books and storytelling through movement as you experiment with poses, shapes, and stretches. (Be prepared to participate and model poses for little ones at the level that is appropriate for them!) Yoga mats are welcome but not required. The fun begins at 11am, and admission is free.
Tuesday – Go over the rainbow and beyond at Watkins Regional Park. The adorable Wizard of Oz themed playground will have kiddos frolicking for hours. Be sure to stop by Old Maryland Farm to visit the animals and spend time at Watkins Nature Center to view even more cool creatures and birds, then hike the nearby trails. Go for a spin on the carousel, take a ride on the miniature train that winds through woods, and play mini golf. Park hours are dawn to dusk, 9am – 4pm at the Farm, and 10am – 5:30pm at the Nature Center. Admission is free, but rides and mini golf are a small fee.
Wednesday – Laugh it up with The Great Zucchini at Kids in Canal. The weekly series at Canal Park is kicking off another fun summer with the children’s comedic magician. Every Wednesday from 10:30-11:30am, enjoy a live show for littles — kids music, science demos, magic shows, and puppetry are all part of the summer lineup. Of course, top it all off with water play in the fountains and sprays. Admission is free, and the program takes place in the middle block of the park. For more about Canal Park, see this KFDC post.
Thursday – Head to the Hirshhorn for a special edition of STORYTIME from 10-11am. Put on your red bandana for this session that is part of “To Future Women” with artist Georgia Saxelby. Participate in a lively read-aloud of Rosie Revere, Engineer. Following the story, participants will be invited to create art or write letters to future women. Admission is free. After, plan to explore the Sculpture Garden outside and go for a spin on the nearby National Carousel ($3.50/ride) to take advantage of the nice weather.
Friday – Take a little time trip back to the 18th century at Claude Moore Colonial Farm. The living history museum welcomes visitors to explore the grounds, where there is a tobacco barn, farm house, garden, orchard, and animals. Guests can also interact with a family portraying life as it was in the 1700’s. Hours are 10am – 5pm Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is $5/adults, $3/children ages 3 and up, free for 2 and under. Read more about the farm in this post about our first experience there. PS: This gem of a place is under threat of being shut down and needs your help — see what you can do!