Where to Play on the Weekdays:
July 8-12

The sunflower bloom at McKee-Beshers is a guaranteed smile inducer

Monday – Head to the Freer|Sackler Gallery for Open Studio: Working in Watercolor. The workshop welcomes all ages (with adult companion) to explore how painting in watercolor can help us look more closely at the world in Whistler in Watercolor. Drop-in anytime from 11am – 1pm to learn the basics with teaching artist Lubna Zahid and then create your own artwork. Of course, plan to explore the rest of the museum dedicated to Asian art, too. Admission is free.

Tuesday – See a sea of sunflowers at McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area in Poolesville, MD. The annual bloom has begun, and the sight of thirty acres of bright yellow blooms stretching gloriously through the fields will make your day! Plus, admission is free. Plan to pair the outing with some berry and peach picking at Homestead Farms, located just a few minutes away. Bring along some lunch to eat in the covered pavilion, and make time to visit the farm animals there, too. Hours are 9am – 5pm. Admission to the PYO fields is $3/person, but it’s deducted from the cost of the berries you pick to bring home. Update per reader comment below: Admission to the PYO fields is now $2.

Wednesday – Jet out to the Dulles area to explore Air & Space beyond the National Mall at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, the Chantilly arm of the museum. Showcasing even more fascinating artifacts of flight, you can see all kinds of air and space crafts, pretend to pilot in a flight simulator, get hands-on in a discovery station, and much more. Hours are 10am – 5:30pm. Admission is free, but parking is $15.

Thursday – Join the annual Play-In for Climate Action on the National Mall. The event includes a fun, free morning of activities for families — parachute play, yoga, hula-hooping, music, and more. Latin Grammy-winning children’s musician Mister G will perform, followed by short speeches from some of the most inspiring voices in clean air. This year, youth climate activist Alexandria Villaseñor and her mother will be speaking. Free water and snacks will be provided. This will take place at 3rd St SW & Madison Dr NW from 9-11am. RSVP here!

Friday – Make it a beach day at Calvert Cliffs State Park. Located about an hour from DC in Lusby, MD, it’s a great place to enjoy sand, surf, and some easy hiking (it’s a flat, nature-filled 2-mile walk from the parking lot to the beach) without having to make a trip to the ocean. Plan to do some fossil hunting while you’re there — you can find shark teeth and other Myocene Era remnants along the shore. Bring along a picnic, as there are no concessions. Hours are sunrise to sunset, and admission is $5/vehicle for MD residents, $7/vehicle for non-residents.

French Immersion Class and Bastille Day Party
Where: Les Petites Marionnettes | 3020 N Pershing Dr | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday, July 13, 10–11am
Admission: Free/adult & child

Join Pia and Nairouz, founders of Les Petite Maritonnettes, for an hour of fun en Français and stick around for a Bastille Day celebration. Children will learn about France’s National Holiday while participating in engaging activities including song, dance, puppetry, arts & crafts, and more! The whole family will be invited to enjoy a crêpe after class. Geared for children ages 3 to 6 with little to no exposure to French. Registration is required. Check the website for more details!


Filed under 2019, All ages, DC, Maryland, Seasonal, Summer, Virginia, Weekdays

5 Responses to Where to Play on the Weekdays:
July 8-12

  1. FYI, Homestead recently changed their admissions policy. It is now $2 to enter and it is not any long deducted/credited towards your pick your own purchase. We went Saturday to McKee Beshers and it is amazing!!

  2. This information was really helpful. I have 7 children in my family childcare center ranging from ages 1-12 and ideas like this are wonderful ways for all of the children to enjoy an outing.

  3. Chrissy

    Has anyone been to Mckee Beshers this week after the big storms on Monday? I’m wondering if they got flooded out? Also, in years past I’ve been there at peak bloom around the 17-20 of july. Seems like an early bloom this year(?).

    • Linda @ KidFriendly DC

      I thought the peak seemed early, but Instagram pics indicate the bloom is on now. And it looks like folks have been since Monday.

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