1. Have you taken the kids to play at the US Botanic Garden this summer? There’s a whole outdoor Children’s Garden with interactive features for young visitors to enjoy. A platform discovery structure welcomes climbing and displays panels to show the diversity of plants. Watering cans are available for watering plants in the area. Tools and plants are sometimes provided to do a little gardening. There are also a kiwifruit tunnel to walk through and misters to help cool off on hot days. The Garden was renovated a few years ago, but the former version had many of the same concepts, and my kids loooved playing there when they were little! The Children’s Garden is open from spring to fall during the same hours as the Conservatory, from 8am – 5pm. Admission is free. Read more about the US Botanic Garden here.
2. Peaches, blueberries, raspberries, and more crops are available for picking at many farms in Maryland and Virginia, and it’s a fantastic way to enjoy a day out (when it’s not too hot). This KFDC post has info for a bunch of great places where you can reap the fruits (and veggies) of your labor.
3. If you haven’t yet enjoyed a crab feast this summer, start planning for one! The KFDC Summer Guide has a little round-up of places to go . We’ve been to all of them, so recommendations come from experience.
5. Enjoy a tasty meal and help families impacted by the Maui wildfires: Through August 18, Surfside is donating all proceeds from the sale of Surfside “Maui” Tacos to Maui United Way. They have locations at the Wharf and Tenleytown, and Dupont Circle. You can also order online.