Monday – Spend the hot day at a super cool place: The International Spy Museum! You and the kids can go undercover to explore the intriguing world of espionage. Discover tricks of the trade, view gadgets used to keep secrets and disguises to hide identities, learn about famous spies and their missions, and much more. Hours are 9am – 7pm. Regular admission is $21.95/adult, $14.95/ages 7-11, free for 6 and under, but you can find a discount on adult tickets here. Read about one of our past experiences at the museum in Penn Quarter.
Tuesday – VOTE! Then take the money tour at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. It’s a great outing with kids while they’re on summer break from school, since tours are only offered on weekdays. Tours run every 15 minutes 9am – 6pm. Admission is free, but tickets are required, and you can pick them up at the booth on Raoul Wallenburg Place starting at 8am. Read more about the experience in this KFDC post about our first outing there.
Wednesday – Spend the day outdoors at Burke Lake Park in Burke, VA. Little ones will love a spin on the carousel ($2), a ride on the miniature steam engine ($3), and romping on one of the playgrounds. All ages will have fun playing disc golf, hiking the trails, paddling on the lake, and more. Open 8am – 7pm, and admission is free on weekdays.
Thursday – Celebrate the first official day of summer with a quintessential seasonal activity: Swimming! Jump in at a public pool, which are open daily through Labor Day. Even better, they’re free (or a small fee if you’re not a resident of the District or county where it’s located). Check out the 2018 KFDC Summer Guide for links to public pools in the area and be sure to note open swim times, as they may vary from pool to pool.
Friday – Continue the summer welcome with a trip to the beach. Sandy Point State Park, located near Annapolis, is a great place to enjoy some sand and surf (along with picturesque views of the Bay Bridge) within easy driving distance from DC. Open 7am – sunset, and lifeguards man a portion of South Beach from 10am – 6pm on weekdays. Admission is $4/Maryland resident, $6/non-residents.