You’re in the jungle, baby! Go tropical during winter at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
Monday – Go to the Gadsby’s Tavern Museum in Old Town Alexandria for their Tavern Toddler program from 10:30-11:30am. Explore the historic ballroom and enjoy playtime featuring a story, dancing, and craft as well as time for free play. Recommended for walkers through 36 months. Admission is $7 for a group of three, must include one adult.
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 – No matter what the weather outside, it’s always pleasant in the U.S. Botanic Garden. Walk amid tropical rainforest, desert, and woodland flora without a drop of precipitation falling on you, unless you count the misters in the jungle. Be sure to stop in the “Plants in Culture” exhibit, where you can smell the scents of various plants and learn about their everyday uses. Hours at the USBG are 10am – 5pm. Admission is free.
Thursday – Sign up for a class especially for preschoolers (ages 2-5) at Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens. Explore a new mansion room each week through make believe, art projects, and imaginative play. The three-session series is $30 per child with one accompanying adult, or you can pay $12 per class ($10/members). Classes are 10:30-11:15am on 2/13, 2/20, & 2/27.
Friday – Celebrate Valentine’s Day on ice! Temps are expected to rise by the end of the week, making for perfect outdoor skating weather. Take newbies to Washington Harbour or Pentagon Row, where they can get a little help from “push” penguins or buckets. Experienced skaters will enjoy any of the area rinks listed in this post about recreation on ice. No matter where you end up, treat the kids (and yourself) to hot chocolate, lunch, a snack, or all of the above — just about every location boasts great eateries onsite or nearby.
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.