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Where to Play on the Weekdays: June 17-21

"Soundsuit" is part of the current "Over, Under, Next" Experiments in Mixed Media" exhibit

“Soundsuit” is part of the current “Over, Under, Next: Experiments in Mixed Media” exhibit at the Hirshhorn

Monday – See some modern art at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. It might not be the first gallery that comes to mind for an outing with kids, but there are plenty of interesting, colorful, and quirky works that all ages can appreciate on some level. Hours are 10am – 5:30pm, 7:30am – dusk in the garden. Admission is free.

Tuesday – Let the kids bounce, climb, swing, tumble, and slide at the PG Sports & Learning Complex Gymnastics Center. The hour-long open play session begins at 11:30am, and admission is $6/child. (This also takes place on Wednesday at the same time.)

Wednesday – Have a wild time at the National Zoo — visit the animals,ride the Speedwell Conservation Carousel, play in the Giant Pizza Playground. And be sure to check the schedule of daily programs for special activities. Zoo grounds are open 6am – 8pm, exhibit buildings 10am – 6pm. Admission is free, though parking is $16 for the first three hours for non-members. Look for street parking nearby to curb the cost or take Metro — both the Woodley Park and Cleveland Park stations are a short walk away.

Thursday – Take a hike at Turkey Run Park. Located right off the GW Parkway near 495, it contains nearly 700 acres of woods, easy trails that ramble along the Potomac, streams that flow down from the woods to the river, great views from the shoreline, and a variety of wildlife (though sightings aren’t guaranteed). Hours are 6am -10pm. Admission is free.

Friday – Make a splash at Yards Park. The fountains and wading pool are open again after being closed for renovations for several months. Bring along food for an al fresco riverside picnic or pick up sandwiches at nearby Potbelly. If you can’t make it during the day, go for the Friday Night Concert series from 6:30-8:30pm.

Hanna Andersson

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Where to Play on the Weekdays: January 28 – February 1

The "1001 Inventions" exhibit at Nat Geo is as cool as it looks

The “1001 Inventions” exhibit at Nat Geo is as cool as it looks

Monday – Check out “1001 Inventions” at the National Geographic Museum while you can! The exhibit will only be on view for one more week, until February 3. It’s highly interactive, with displays and installments that even little ones can enjoy. Stop by the wonderful “Birds in Paradise” exhibit while you’re there. Museum hours are 10am – 6pm. Admission to exhibits is $8/adults, $6/seniors and students, $4/ages 5-12, free for 4 and under. Read a full KFDC review here.

Tuesday – If we get the weather the forecast is promising, then get outdoors and seize the day! Who knows when we’ll have another day like it again? See this post about the best places in the DC area to enjoy a beautiful day outdoors with the kids for ideas.

Wednesday – See a show especially for little ones. Mid-week Tiny Tots shows are back at The Puppet Co. with Panda-Monium this week. 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. After the performance, plan to hang out at Glen Echo Park for some fun on the playground.

Thursday – Get a new view of DC and a little dose of history on a tour of The Old Post Office Tower. The public is welcome to ride in the glass elevator, check out displays about the landmark’s significance, and see the inner-workings of the big ticker along with enjoying the vistas. Hours are 9am – 4:45pm, and admission is free.

Friday – End the week on a bouncy note at Joyful Jumps in Bowie, Md. The indoor play center offers Open Play everyday, just drop in anytime for a two-hour session of amusement on their bouncing inflatables, slides, and obstacle courses. Admission is $8.50/ages 17 mos. – 16 year. Hours are 10am – 9pm on Fridays (10am-7pm Monday – Thursday).

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