Monday – Celebrate Earth Day with Montgomery Parks! Join the staff at Black Hill Nature Programs in Boyds, MD, for a fun way to pick up trash. Search for geocaches in the park, and along the way, pick up trash and help make the world a better place. Dress to get dirty and bring a water bottle and geocaching device, they’ll provide gloves and bags for trash clean-up. The program takes place 1-4pm, and admission is free. If you’re looking for something earlier in the day, there’s a Wild Child Hike at 9:30am — cost is $6.
Tuesday – Hang out at Hains Point! Play, picnic, and enjoy the surrounding scenery where the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers converge. Head all the way down, almost to the tip of the park, to reach the playgrounds. They’re set amid a large grassy area with picnic tables and restrooms right there, too. And the spot offers great views of the rivers and airplanes taking off and landing at DCA. You could even make a longer day of it and play some Mini Golf while you’re there (check with the Golf Pro Shop to see if it’s open) and visit the nearby Tidal Basin to explore the Jefferson, Roosevelt, and MLK Memorials. Admission is free to everything but Mini Golf, which costs about $6.
Wednesday – Catch a performance of Aquarium at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Showtimes are 10am and 11:30am, and there are even more performances during its April 24-28 run. Tickets are $12. After the show, plan to grab lunch at one of many nearby eateries on H Street NE.
Thursday – Go to the Rosslyn Reads! Book Festival! Have fun browsing thousands of used books, CDs, and DVDs for sale at this one-day pop-up bookstore presented by the Rosslyn BID, Carpe Librum, and Arlington Public Library. Especially for littles ones will be a Tunes & Tails Family Story Time at 10am. Admission to the event is free, and it runs until 10pm. It will be held on the Central Place Plaza at 1800 N. Lynn Street.
Friday – Head to the Hirshhorn to check out and interact with art. The Pulse exhibit, which closes after April 28, uses heart rate sensors to produce audiovisual experiences from visitors’ own biometric data. It’s interesting and beautiful and can be appreciated on some level by all ages. If you time it right, you can also enjoy ArtMoves: Pulse, a free performance by The Washington Ballet created just for the exhibit that begins at 4pm. Admission is free.