Monday – Visit a Smithsonian fave: The National Air & Space Museum! View amazing artifacts of aviation and space, discover How Things Fly, take a virtual journey among the stars, see a planetarium show, and much more. There’s good reason why it’s one of the most popular of the museums on the National Mall (and in the world)! Hours are 10am – 5:30pm. Admission is free, though there are fees to ride flight simulators ($7-12) and see IMAX movies ($9/adult, $7.50 child).
Tuesday – Join Keegan Theatre’s PLAY-RAH-KA, the program offering theatrical experiences for families, for their FREE Politics and Prose Story Hour at Union Market. Designed for children ages 6 and under, this dramatic reading of A Hippy-Hoppy Toad by Peggy Archer & Anne Wilsdorf will include creative movement activities that bring the themes of the story to life. The event runs 10:30-11:30am, and plan to stay after for lunch — you’ve got your pick of yummy eats in the market.
Wednesday – Enjoy a free puppet show and the nice weather at Kids in Canal. There are only two installment left of weekly summer series at Canal Park that presents live entertainment for littles. Of course, top it all off with water play in the fountains and sprays. You can even head across the street to Yards Park after for even more splashy fun. Admission is free, and the program takes place in the middle block of the park. For more about Canal Park, see this KFDC post.
You can also celebrate 60 years of Ben’s Chili Bowl, a DC institution, at Ben’s Block Party! The event will kick off with a press conference at 11am, and will be followed by a family-friendly street festival that runs until 3pm.
Thursday – Take advantage of The Beauvoir School’s Summer Break and head to their super fantastic playground, open to the public when class is not in session. It’s open all day, and admission is free.
Friday – Observe the 204th anniversary of the Burning of Washington at a locale connected to the event: Fort Washington Park. Kids (and adults!) will enjoy seeing the cannons, barracks, and other historic sights within the grounds. Hours are 7am – sunset, 9am – 4:30pm for the Visitor Center. Admission is $10/vehicle.