Monday – Behold the Great American Solar Eclipse! Events where you can observe and celebrate the phenomenon are happening around the area, and many are providing free glasses (while supplies last), too. This KFDC post has details on where to experience this stellar occasion.
Tuesday – Stop and smell the stinky plants at the U.S. Botanic Garden. Three corpse flowers are on display in the conservatory, and at least one is now blooming (ie, open and letting off its stench), and the other two will follow this week. Word is the odor is at its strongest in the first hours after it opens, but the bloom is said to be spectacular. While you’re there, be sure to tour the rest of the USBG’s lovely collections and make time to play in the newly renovated Children’s Garden. Hours are 10am – 5pm, and there will be extended hours until 10pm during the peak bloom, so be sure to check on that. Admission is free. You can also watch the progress of the plants on the live web cam, but you need to go to get the full sensory experience!
Wednesday – Witness animal migrations from a hot air balloon, submerse into the deep sea to study marine life, discover new species in the rain forest, and gear up for a polar expedition at the National Geographic Museum. The Earth Explorers exhibit, running for just a few more weeks, offers a glimpse into the work and passion of explorers in the field through a variety of hands-on displays and interactive installations. Hours are 10am – 6pm. Admission is $15/adult, $10/ages 5-12, free for children under 5.
Thursday – Get a glimpse of the past on the Potomac at Fort Washington Park. Kids and adults will enjoying seeing the cannons and other historic sights within the grounds along the river. Hours are 8am – sunset. Admission is $5/vehicle.
Friday – Say arrrrh! to a pirate voyage on local waters. You have some options on where to go: In DC, take a Family Treasure Hunt Cruise on the Boomerang Pirate Ship (look for a deal here). Head out to Annapolis for Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake. Go for a jaunt with Urban Pirates in Baltimore or stay closer to home where they’re invading National Harbor. Times and rates vary by tour.