Checking out a display at the at the National Museum of American History
We all deserve a break now and then. My husband and I just took a much-needed one and enjoyed a couple of kid-free days in NYC. And that’s a quick explanation of why Monday is missing from these suggestions for weekday fun. Enjoy the rest of your week!
Tuesday – “Winter Wonderland” is the theme of this week’s Toddler Tuesdays program at the National Children’s Museum Launch Zone. Drop in for a variety of winter-inspired activities from 10:30am – 2:30pm. The free series is designed for children ages 2-4.
Wednesday – See a show especially for little ones as The Puppet Co. Theatre presents Nutcracker Fantasy, the Tiny Tots production of the holiday season. The lights stay on and doors stay open during these performances for the youngest audiences. Showtime is 10am. Tickets are $5 for everyone, including babies.
Thursday – Show the kiddos relics from your own childhood at the National Museum of American History, where collections include some of the best toys and games of our days of yore. While you’re there, check out some of the other exhibits, like America on the Move, a history of transportation in the U.S. featuring some of the earliest automobiles, a train car, and an old street car that guests can actually climb aboard. The museum is open from 10am – 5:30pm. (Note the Spark!Lab is closed for renovations.)
Friday – Join the Boogie Babes for their last show of 2011. Bridgette with Dawn on Conga will bring their island beats to the Atlas Performing Arts Center at 10:30am. Admission is $5/child, free for siblings 6 months and under.
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The great, big jumping pillow at Great Country Farms
Monday – I’m making a couple of repeat suggestions from the weekend, and with good reason — the dazzling hues and wonderful weather of autumn probably won’t last much longer, and these pursuits are great ways to take advantage of both. First, enjoy a natural oasis right in the city at the National Arboretum. Go for nature walks through the woods, bike along the winding roads, romp in open green spaces, picnic in the Grove of State Trees. Open 8am – 5pm, admission is free. Second, if you’re up for day trip, head out to Great Country Farms for Punkin’ Chunkin’ and then some. You won’t mind the hour-plus drive with a landscape encompassing fall’s full color spectrum on display along the way. And the farm has attractions to keep little ones occupied for hours — a giant jumping pillow, slides, animals, a cow train and hay rides, and more. Don’t forget to bring your jack-o-lantern for a smashing good time! Admission is $10/adults, $8/children. Concessions are available at extra cost in the Roosteraunt.
Tuesday – Bounce on over to the Prince George’s Sport and Learning Complex for open play in the Gymnastics Center. Kids can jump, swing, and slide into a big foam pit; spring on trampolines; climb rope ladders, walk balance beams, roll around on soft mats, and more. The hour-long session begins at 11:30am. Admission is $6/child.
Wednesday – It doesn’t have to be summertime to go for a swim, so suit up and plunge in at one of DC’s public aquatic centers. Find out where they are here, and be sure to call ahead for open swim times, as they might vary by venue.
Thursday – Enjoy “Flights of Fancy” – Stories for Children, the Air & Space Museum’s free program that includes a reading of a flight or space-themed book and a hands-on activity. During this session, hear Looking Down by Steven Jenkins at 11am in the Looking at Earth gallery on the first floor.
Friday – Sing along, support a cause, and save a buck at this week’s Boogie Babes shows! Bring in any gently used children’s item and take $1 off admission. Donations will go to Destination Abricots, an organization supporting orphaned and disadvantaged children in the small community of Abricots, Haiti. Mr. Knick Knack will perform at 10:30am at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. (There is also a Thursday show — John Henry, the Guitar Playing Man will play Eastern Market’s North Hall at 10:30am). Admission is $4/child with the discount.
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Cuttin' the rug at a Boogie Babes show
Ready for a new week? You will be with these ideas for activities with the kiddos, one for each day…
Monday – Put apple pie on the dessert menu this week after you go apple picking at one of many area orchards.
Tuesday – Let the kids burn some energy and have a blast at the PG Sport & Learning Complex Gymnastics Center. It’s open play every Tuesday from 11:30am – 12:30pm, and they’ve got everything — trampolines, balance beams, soft mats and big tumbling areas, rope swings and foam pit, and more. Admission is $6/child.
Wednesday – Explore art through a story and hands-on activity at The Kreeger Museum. Children ages 3-5 (accompanied by an adult) can listen to a story and learn about works of art from the museum’s collection, then make a creation of their own. The program takes place every first and third Wednesday of the month from 10-11am and focuses on a new theme each time. The fee is $7, free for members. Class size is limited, so register by calling 202.338.3552 or email [email protected]. If this week books up, do some advance planning and register for a later date.
Thursday – Celebrate the new season at Ticonderoga Farm’s Fall Pumpkin Festival. Take a hayride, pick a pumpkin from the patch, play on the Noah’s Ark playground, enjoy apple cider and much more. Admission is $8.95 on weekdays ($14.95 on weekends and holidays when more attractions are open), hours are 9am – 6pm.
Friday – Skip in to the weekend with The Boogie Babes! They’re doubling the weekly musical fun with a show every Friday at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (they also host shows every Thursday at Eastern Market’s North Hall). Mr. Skip will have the tot crowd shaking their sillies out this week. The fun starts at 10:30am, admission is $5/child, free for siblings 6 months and under.
Filed under Art, Babies, DC, Educational, Fall, Farm, Festival, Indoor Play, Live Entertainment, Museums, Music, Outdoor, Preschoolers, Seasonal, Toddlers, Weekdays