Monday – Take a tour of the Draken Harald Hårfagre, the world’s largest Norwegian Viking ship, that will be docked at The Wharf through October 15 as part of its Expedition America. You’ll be guided around the deck and offered a look at a day-in-the-life of the crew and the historic craftsmanship used to build it. Admission is $12/adult, $6/child, $30/family — look for a deal before you go. Timed entry tours start at 10:30am and are offered every 30 minutes until 7pm. And they only take about 20-25 minutes, so plan to hang out longer at The Wharf — there is even more for all ages to enjoy there!
Tuesday – Go for a walk in the woods and explore the grounds of Woodend Nature Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, MD. The home of the Audubon Naturalist Society is perfect for hiking with little ones. The trails are mellow, there are several small exhibits like bird feeding areas, and wildlife sightings are practically guaranteed. Open dawn to dusk. Admission is free.
Wednesday – Join a class especially for preschoolers (ages 2-5) at Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens, where they discover a world of adventure through make believe, art projects, and imaginative play. During this three-session Spectacular Statues-themed series, look for animals and other fanciful creatures in the sculptures throughout the gardens. The whole series is $30 per child with one accompanying adult ($25 member; $18 additional adults), or you can pay $12 per class ($10/members). Classes are 10:30-11:15am on October 10, 17, and 24.
Thursday – Play, learn, and discover at the National Museum of American History. 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.
Friday – Embrace the season at a fall festival! Weekdays are a great time to go, when crowds thin out, and admission prices are often lower. Take a hayride, pick out a pumpkin, PYO apples, jump and slide, visit farm animals, and lots more. This post has details on farms around the area offering seasonal fun.