Monday – Savor the sunshine and some outdoor time at Roosevelt Island, which I just posted a big write-up about! It’s a great place to hike with kids and get a dose of history in one fell swoop. The trails are easy for little legs to tramp, and you can explore the Memorial Plaza to learn about the legacy of President Theodore Roosevelt. The entrance to the park is located right off the GW Parkway, just past the Roosevelt Bridge, and accessible only from the northbound lanes. Hours are 6am – 10pm, and admission is free.
Tuesday – Visit a DC go-to: The National Museum of Natural History, which has exhibits to indulge a variety of interests. View all kinds of mammals, hold live insects, learn about early humans (and see what you’d look like as one), gaze at amazing gemstones, and, of course, check out the dinos and other prehistoric creatures in the Hall of Fossils. KFDC Tip: On Tuesdays, entry to the Butterfly Pavilion is free, and I recommend getting tickets when you arrive, since entry is timed, and yours may not begin right away. Admission to the museum is free, the Butterfly Pavilion is $7.50/adult, $6/child other days. Museum hours are 10am – 5:30pm.
Wednesday – Go to Story Time at Kramerbooks in Dupont Circle. The weekly program features a different children’s book and fun activities for little ones each session. They’ll watch your kids while you grab a coffee (or, if it’s that kind of morning, a mimosa) from the great Afterwords Café. The session starts at 10:30am, and admission is free (but mimosas you have to pay for). All ages welcome.
Thursday – Head north to Charm City for a time trip through Baltimore’s early business days at the Museum of Industry. The Inner Harbor attraction highlights the trades and people that helped build the port city. It’s full of fun and interesting exhibits and installations, many with hands-on elements, that appeal to children and adults alike. Hours are 10am – 4pm (Tuesday – Sunday). Admission is $12/adult, $7/ages 7-12, free for 6 and under. Look for a deal here.
Friday – Join a free workshop for preschoolers (ages 2-5) with the Wolf Trap Foundation. The interactive session at Green Hedges School in Vienna, VA, will include a story dramatization of the book Ask Mr. Bear with the goal of exploring simple math concepts and learning how to bring stories to life. The program takes place 10-11am, and admission is free. Register in advance here.