Where to Play on the Weekdays: September 30 – October 4

Digital dance performances at ARTECHOUSE’s latest exhibit

Monday – Stroll around the Tidal Basin and visit some of DC’s memorials — Franklin D. Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Thomas Jefferson are all honored in stone there. You can even make it a longer outing and visit the nearby Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument, too. Visitors are welcome 24 hours a day, and park rangers are on hand to answer questions from 9:30am – 10pm. Admission is free.

If you celebrate Rosh Hashanah (or even if you don’t), head to Lincoln Park on Capitol from 3:30-4pm for an interactive shofar display. Listen to it and practice blowing three different sounds. There will also be apples and honey to ring in a sweet Jewish New Year. Admission is free.

Tuesday – Try out a City Sing And Play class with little ones. This week (October 1, 3, & 4) they are offering FREE demo Music Together®️ classes, so you can check them out before the fall session begins on October 8. Join the fun at 9:30am and 10:30am at 222 M St SW — but be sure to register (for free) first!

Wednesday – Visit Lucid Motion, the newest exhibit at ARTECHOUSE. It has elements that will appeal to all ages — you can engage with virtual dance performances, play with augmented reality videos, and immerse in another cool art-meets-technology experience. Family-friendly hours are 10am – 5pm. Admission is $16/adult, $8/child.

Thursday – Experiment with hands-on fun at the Children’s Science Center Lab at Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax. Kids of all ages can explore a variety of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts through fun, engaging interactive exhibits and activities. Hours are 10am – 6pm. Admission is $13 (under 2 are free).

Friday – Romp on the playground and in an old train car, discover some history of the area, and take a pontoon boat tour at Bladensburg Waterfront Park. The rides on the water are offered Thursday & Friday at 12pm (and Saturday & Sunday at 5pm). Admission to the park is free, but rides on the water are $2/PG County resident, $3/non-resident.

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