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Where to Play on the Weekdays: February 16 -19

Our surrealist rayograph at the Hirshhorn - stop by to make your own!

Our surrealist rayograph at the Hirshhorn – stop by to make your own!

Tuesday – Have some constructive fun at the National Building Museum. Little ones will dig playing in the Building Zone ($3/non-members) and the PLAY WORK BUILD exhibit ($10/adult, $7/child). And the Great Hall just reopened after undergoing some updates, so be sure to make time to hang out, have lunch (BYO or buy at the Fire Hook Bakery there), and marvel at the magnificent space.

Wednesday – Enjoy a day of indoor play at a Dynamite Tumbling & Cheer Open House. The event is a combo open gym and intro to Dynamite’s preschool program for kids up to age 5. There will be trial classes and free play on safe, preschool-friendly gymnastics apparatus, including obstacle courses, trampolines, swing ropes, and more. Participants will also be entered into a raffle for a free birthday party at the gym! Hours are 10am – 1pm, and admission is free.

Thursday – Head to the Hirshhorn Museum for a modern art fix, including a couple of fun hands-on activities in the upstairs walkway that kids and adults can do together. It should be a sunny day, so plan to stroll around the sculpture garden, too! Hours are 10am – 5:30pm. Admission is free.

Friday – Catch a performance of Pinocchio on strings at The Puppet Co. while you can — the show closes after this weekend. Showtime is 10:30am, and tickets are $12.

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Free to Roam at Dumbarton Oaks Gardens During Fall and Winter


A little chill in the air (or a lot, for that matter) never stops us from getting outdoors. In fact, sometimes that’s exactly what entices us to get out — crisp, cool weather and the brilliant hues of autumn foliage or even colder temps and the exhilaration that comes as we warm up with activity.

And at Dumbarton Oaks Gardens in Georgetown, there’s an extra appeal to al fresco outings during the cool seasons: Free admission. From November 1 – March 15, you can wander around the 10 acres of enchanting terraces and landscaped plots at your leisure — without paying a dime.


We enjoyed both the complimentary admission and the gorgeous autumn weather there with friends this past weekend, and it was a perfect time to go. Fall flowers are on display, and there are stunning views of brilliant foliage of Dumbarton Oaks Park just behind the gardens.


You can read more about Dumbarton Oaks Gardens in a post from awhile back. And this one will give you a glimpse of our most recent visit. Something to note if you plan to visit is the limited hours — the gardens are only open 2-6pm Tuesday through Sunday. But it’s worth planning around that short span of time to go. You can do like we did and enjoy a picnic at Montrose Park right next door, take a short hike on the trail just behind the grounds, or grab some lunch on M Street before making your way to the gardens.






Dumbarton Oaks Gardens are located at 31st and R Streets NW in Georgetown. It’s open Tuesday – Sunday from 2-5pm (closed Federal holidays). Admission is free from November 1 – March 15. During the regular season, March 15 – October 31, it’s $7 per person.

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