Where to Play on the Weekdays: February 11-15

Scenic views + interactive exhibits at the Observation Deck at CEB Tower

Monday – Rise + Rhyme with Culture Queen at the Anthony Bowden YMCA (2021 14th St NW). Presented by Busboys & Poets, this is a special offsite addition to their weekly series that welcomes children 5 and under with their caregivers to enjoy a morning of performances and stories from 9:30-11am. Admission is $5/child.

Tuesday – Make a day of it at the National Museum of American History, where you can catch a screening of Lego Movie 2: The Second Part and a sweet discount — tickets are just $5 on Tuesdays! While you’re there, stop by the Superhero’s exhibit complete with George Reeves’s Superman costume from Adventures of Superman and Halle Berry’s Storm costume from X-Men. And don’t miss The BatMobile from Tim Burton’s film “Batman” parked right outside the Warner Bros. Theater. Of course, the rest of the museum is always fantastic to explore — hours are 10am – 5:30pm, and admission is free.

Wednesday – Join a class especially for preschoolers (ages 2-5) at Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens, where they’ll explore a mansion room through make believe, art projects, and imaginative play. During this session of the three-part Treasure Quest-themed series, they’ll hunt for hidden gems and magnificent treasures that glitter and sparkle. 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 February 13, 20, and 27.

Thursday – Celebrate the day by making Nature Valentines at Brookside Nature Center. You’ll go on a short walk in search of nuts, sticks, and other natural items to decorate with, and then head inside and get to work. The program is from 10:30-11:30am, and admission is $6 — register in advance! For more activities that kids will love, see this post about Valentine’s Day-inspired fun around the DMV.

Friday – Get a bird’s eye view of the DC area from the Observation Deck at CEB Towers. The 30+ story high space in Rosslyn offers breathtaking 360-degree panoramic vistas plus neat interactive and immerse experiences to enjoy them even more. Hours are 10am – 8pm, and admission is $21/adult, $11/age 5-13, $16/seniors & military, free for children under 5 (they are $1 more at the box office). But if you’re an Arlington resident, admission is FREE!

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