Some of the shadows at the National Gallery are just as cool as the art
Monday – Spend the gray day in a colorful place: The National Gallery of Art. The East Building, full of modern art with bold colors and cool designs, is often most appealing to kids. After viewing art, take a walk/ride on the moving sidewalk for a dazzling light show, to boot.
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 – Get a head start on your cherry blossom viewing at the U.S. National Arboretum. Among the plant collections are several varieties of cherry trees, including one that blooms earlier than others. According to this article, it’s nearly peaking now! While you’re there, play in the Washington Youth Garden and explore other lovely areas of the grounds.
Thursday – Catch a performance of The Puppet Co.’s latest production, Jack and the Beanstalk. Showtimes are 10am and 11:30am. Tickets are $10.
Friday – Rock out at a Jammin’ Java TotRock show! the grandsons, jr. will play their “upbeat mix of rock, swing, New Orleans R&B, country, latin music” for two performances, at 10:30am and 1pm. Tickets are $5 and available for purchase online or at the door.
Monday – Visit the animals, roam the peaceful grounds, and possibly join in a children’s program at Oxon Hill Farm. Hours are 8am – 4:30pm, and admission is free.
Tuesday – Visit one of DC’s tried and true for kids: The National Museum of Natural History. With exhibits to indulge all kinds of interests, you really can’t go wrong. Gawk at the dinos and mammals, hold live insects, walk among butterflies, learn about early humans, see Nature’s Best photography, watch an IMAX movie, and much more. Admission is free, but entry to the Butterfly Pavillion is $5 and films are $9.The museum is open 10am – 5:30pm.
Wednesday – Enjoy music and more at Union Market! The Boogie Babes are bringing children’s entertainment to the urban village full of yummy eateries and pop-up retail on Wednesdays through March (and hopefully beyond). Performing this week are Bridgette and Dawn on Conga. Showtime is 10:30am, and admission is $5/child (siblings 6 months and under are free). Plan to go early for coffee and/or stay after for lunch.
Thursday – Explore the world, from the home to across the globe, at the brand new National Children’s Museum. Interactive exhibits and hands-on activities encourage play and learning. Hours are 10am – 5pm. Admission is $10.
Friday – Wander among the woods and wetlands of Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria. Turtles, frogs, and birds are among the wildlife you could see. Stop by the nature center for even more exhibits and animal encounters. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk. Admission is free. Look for more about it among these outdoor recommendations.
If you love discovering new places as much as you heart Boogie Babes, then don’t miss their Valentine’s Day show this week!
The weekly gatherings for musical fun with the area’s most popular children’s performers will take place at a new venue on February 14, the vibrant and hip Union Market that opened in northeast DC this past fall.
The inaugural Union Market show will present Boogie Babes fave, The Singing Lizard. Her poppy, synthesized renditions of children’s classics as well as her original tunes have an 80’s vibe (and I mean that in a very good way) that will have the Valentine’s crowd dancing their little hearts out.
Even better, the good time doesn’t have to end (or start, for that matter) with the Boogie Babes. Union Market is full of wonderful eateries and food stalls, so you can get there early for coffee from Peregrine Espresso (opens at 8am) and/or stay after the show for lunch from a number of places offering tasty eats.
A peek inside Union Market
The Boogie Babes Valentine’s Day show begins at 10:30am. Admission is $5/child and siblings 6 months and under are free. Union Market is located at 1509 5th Street NE, a couple of blocks off Florida Avenue. I promise, you will heart it, too.