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Where to Play on the Weekdays: February 24-28


Monday – Enjoy a quintessential winter activity and go ice skating! It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors during the season, and there are rinks located all around the area. Several offer push aids to help newbie skaters, and most are located in places with even more to do beyond the ice. This post has details for all of them.

Tuesday – Visit the U.S. Botanic Garden, where it kind of feels like pulling a fast one on the weather gods. Explore the different plant collections as you walk amid tropical rainforest, desert, and woodland flora. Take a stroll through the lovely National Garden outside if it’s not too rainy. Hours are 10am – 5pm. Admission is free. Read more about the USBG here and here.

Wednesday – Catch a performance of Mouse on the Move at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street NE. The interactive show recommended for ages 1-5 is also part of the annual INTERSECTIONS Festival. Showtime is 10am, and tickets are $15. Plan to grab lunch at one of many nearby eateries after.

Thursday – Explore an off-the-beaten path gem: The U.S. Navy Museum. Located on base in the Navy Yard, it’s a trove of fascinating exhibits. See an amazing collection of model ships, peer into a real periscope, sit in the gun seats of old fighter planes, view naval artifacts hundreds of years old, and much more. Hours are 9am – 5pm. Admission is free. *Be sure to note requirements for access to the base and museum.

Friday – Head out to Calvert County to Annmarie Sculpture Garden for artsy adventures. Tour beautiful works, both indoors and out, play in the Fairy Lolly, and create some of your own art with inspiration from all you see there. The grounds are lovely all year ’round, just bundle up to roam around. Trust me, it’s worth the drive out there. Hours are 9am – 5pm in the gardens, 10am – 5pm at the arts center. Admission is $5/adult, $3/ages 6-17, free for 5 and under.

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Where to Play on the Weekdays: February 18-21

Go undercover at the International Spy Museum


Tuesday – Explore the intriguing world of espionage at the International Spy Museum! It’s a great place to take kids on February Break from school. The new location at L’Enfant Plaza is fantastic, with exhibits that are engaging for both kids and adults, including state-of-the-art multimedia installations and tons of fun and interesting interactives. Hours are 10am – 6pm. Admission is $24.95/age 13+, $14.95/7-12, free for ages 6 and under. You can save $2 on adult admission when you purchase online.

Wednesday – Get outside and get a glimpse of the past on the Potomac at Fort Washington Park. Kids (and adults) will love seeing the cannons and historic remnants of the old fort within the grounds along the river. Hours are 8am – sunset. Admission is $10/vehicle.

Thursday – Head to a local go-to for fun and educational recreation: The National Air & Space Museum! It’s filled literally floor-to-ceiling with fascinating exhibits and amazing artifacts from of flight and space. For some hands-on explorations, stop in the fantastic “How Things Fly” gallery with loads of cool interactive stations or head to the “Go Fly Zone” and take a “ride” in a flight simulator. And the Flights of Fancy story time for little ones begins at 11am with a flight-themed reading and activity. Museum hours are 10am – 5:30pm. Admission is free (flight simulators are extra).

Friday – Cap off the week with some active fun at The St. James, massive the sports, wellness, and entertainment facility in Springfield, VA. The Super, Awesome, and Amazing activity center is full of climbing structures, obstacle courses, and bouncy areas for all ages, and the indoor interactive waterpark is a blast for everyone from toddlers to teens to adults, too! Admission to each is $15 before 3pm, $23 after 3pm. Hours are 9am – 10pm Friday & Saturday (9am – 9pm Sunday – Thursday).

* For more ideas for things to do during the DCPS February Break check out the Everyday Play page.


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: February 10-14

Head up to Baltimore for art that all ages will ❤️


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Monday – Rise + Rhyme at Busboys and Poets. The weekly series welcomes children 5 and under with their caregivers to enjoy a morning of performances and stories from 9:30-11am. Catch these shows at area locations: See Oh Susannah in Brookland, Miss Niki at 14th & V NW, Frolic the Fox in Takoma Park, Little Treasures in Anacostia, and Miss Theresa in Hyattsville. Admission is $5. Plan on breakfast, too — full service will be available while the little ones are grooving.

Tuesday – Get ready for the upcoming holiday by making Nature Valentines at Brookside Nature Center. You’ll go on a short walk in search of nuts, sticks, and other natural items to decorate with, and then head inside and get to work. The program is from 1-2pm, and admission is $7 — register in advance! For more activities that kids will love, see this post about Valentine’s Day-inspired fun around the DMV.

Wednesday – Head up to Baltimore to see some of the most wonderful, whimsical art around at the American Visionary Art Museum. The vibrant, quirky collections — including interactive pieces — can be appreciated by art buffs of all ages. Hours are 10am – 6pm Tuesday – Sunday. Admission is $15.95/adults, $13.95/seniors, $9.95/child age 7+, free/6 & under.

Thursday – Go play at The Lane on opening day! Be among the first to check out the brand new social club for families for in Ivy City. Let the kids romp, have a bite to eat, and explore what is sure to be a go-to local kids and parents. Be sure to book an entry time in advance! Admission is $20 for a two-hour drop-in session. UPDATE: The opening has been pushed back a day to Friday, February 14!

Later on from 4-6pm, attend the Grand Opening Celebration for Bright Horizons at Ballston. The preschool center just opened in January, and all are welcome to check it out and enjoy an afternoon of family fun. Meet the staff and explore the vibrant classrooms, plus enjoy children’s activities, raffles & refreshments, and a performance by Rocknocerous! RSVP here.

Friday – Take your little loves to Nook for Blooms Day: Make Your Own Valentines Day Bouquet. All ages can play florist at a DIY bouquet station — choose your blooms and arrange them into a bouquet or two to bring home to your valentines. This will be available at all Nook locations, which are in Ballston Quarter, Bethesda Row, and the Mosaic District from 10:30am – 12:30pm, and includes Open Play. Admission is $20/child.


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: February 3-7

Enjoy a special story time session at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building on Friday


Monday – Get outside to take advantage of warmer temps! Oxon Hill Farm near National Harbor is an ideal place for it. Visit animals, roam the lovely grounds, check out exhibits of old farm machinery and local history, and enjoy activities in the Visitors Center. Hours are 8am – 4:30pm, and admission is free. And for more places to opt outside on a lovely day, see the round-up of The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids.

Tuesday – Watch local kids recite Abraham Lincoln’s speeches at the Lincoln Oratory Festival. The annual event brings together students from the DC area to perform on the Ford’s Theatre stage some of Lincoln’s most important speeches, including both his inaugural addresses and the Gettysburg Address. The public is invited to be part of their audience. Reserve free tickets in advance online or get them at the Box Office. (Note: This also takes place on Wednesday.) Make a day of it and plan to tour the historic site, too — the museum adjacent to the theatre and Petersen House across the street welcome visitors daily, offering a fascinating glimpse into the life and death of Abraham Lincoln. Read a KFDC write-up about it. Tickets are free at the Box Office, $3/online in advance.

Wednesday – Celebrate Black History Month at the National Museum of African American History & Culture. During the off-peak season (September – February), passes are not needed for weekday admission. Be sure to read the KFDC Guide to visiting the museum with kids before you go.

Thursday – Join local children’s entertainer Uncle Devin on a musical journey through the wide, wonderful, and boisterous world of percussion instruments at Discovery Theater. Showtimes are 10:15am and11:30am (on Friday, too), and tickets are $3-6/chid, $8-9/adult.

In the evening, join Green Hedges School in Vienna at 6pm for a free screening of the documentary film Like, an IndieFlix Original that explores the impact of social media on our lives with a goal to to inspire people of all ages, especially kids, to self-regulate. The public is invited, and children are welcome, though the film is intended for students in grades 4-8. RSVP in advance.

Friday – Enjoy a Storytime at the National Gallery of Art. Together with staff, you’ll read a book aloud (in both English and Spanish), move, and play.  All ages are welcome, especially the youngest visitors and nursing parents. The session runs 10-11am and will gather at the East Building entrance. Admission is free. Plan to stay and explore the East Building after — see more about it in this KFDC post.


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