Tuesday – Head to the National Children’s Museum Launch Zone for Toddler Tuesday. This week, toddlers ages 2-4 can drop in from 10:30am – 2:30pm to discover which animals hibernate and which animals can stand the cold. Activities may include stories, games, art, and movement for children and adults to experience together. Admission is free. The Launch Zone is located at the National Harbor.
Wednesday – Explore seasonal nature topics through stories, crafts, and activities at Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria. There are still spots available in the Nature Detective program for 3-5-year-olds. The class starts at 1:30pm. (A few spots are also open in the Thursday sessions.)
Thursday – See Mouse on the Move at Imagination Stage in Bethesda. The show about two adventurous mice ready to explore the world beyond their little mouse hole is recommended for ages 1-5. Showtimes are 10:30am and 11:45am, tickets are $10.
Tuesday – Let the kids burn some energy and have a blast at the PG Sport & Learning Complex Gymnastics Center. It’s open play every Tuesday from 11:30am – 12:30pm, and they’ve got everything — trampolines, balance beams, soft mats and big tumbling areas, rope swings and foam pit, and more. Admission is $6/child.
Wednesday – Explore art through a story and hands-on activity at The Kreeger Museum. Children ages 3-5 (accompanied by an adult) can listen to a story and learn about works of art from the museum’s collection, then make a creation of their own. The program takes place every first and third Wednesday of the month from 10-11am and focuses on a new theme each time. The fee is $7, free for members. Class size is limited, so register by calling 202.338.3552 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If this week books up, do some advance planning and register for a later date.
Thursday – Celebrate the new season at Ticonderoga Farm’s Fall Pumpkin Festival. Take a hayride, pick a pumpkin from the patch, play on the Noah’s Ark playground, enjoy apple cider and much more. Admission is $8.95 on weekdays ($14.95 on weekends and holidays when more attractions are open), hours are 9am – 6pm.
Friday – Skip in to the weekend with The Boogie Babes! They’re doubling the weekly musical fun with a show every Friday at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (they also host shows every Thursday at Eastern Market’s North Hall). Mr. Skip will have the tot crowd shaking their sillies out this week. The fun starts at 10:30am, admission is $5/child, free for siblings 6 months and under.
Ease into the new week with some music and movement tomorrow morning when the Boogies Babes present Mr. Skip at Sova Espresso. Starting at 10:30am, kiddos can shake those sillies out and sing and dance along as Mr. Skip strums the tunes on his guitar. Admission is $5, free for siblings 6 months and under. Sova is located at 1359 H Street NE.
It’s been awhile since the last Boogie Babes show, but they are making up for it with two shows in two days! Tomorrow, September 13, Mr. Skip will be at Sova to entertain little ones at 10:30am. Admission is $5/child. Sova is located at 1359 H Street NE.
If you can’t make it to the Monday morning show or want to catch more of Mr. Skip, he’ll be playing a happy hour show at Toyland on Tuesday, September 14, at 5pm. Light snacks will be provided. Admission to that show is $10/child. Toyland is located at 421 H Street SE.
There is no charge for siblings ages six months and under. For the complete schedule of upcoming shows, check out the Boogie Babes website.
Many of us have had our eye on the Capitol Riverfront, the area along the Anacostia River just five blocks south of the U.S. Capitol, for awhile now. The Nats have been settled in for a few years, so the big question is, what’s next? Historically, the Washington Navy Yard anchored the neighborhood, but these days baseball is the main attraction, and the Capitol Riverfront BID has even bigger plans for the locale.
The Yards Park is a big part of those plans, offering a beautiful space to enjoy along the river. This includes open grassy areas, a boardwalk, iconic bridge, and water feature. Even more is in the works, but everything just mentioned opens to the public today. The Capitol Riverfront BID is celebrating this weekend, and you’re invited to join the fun and check out the new space.
The Yards Park Grand Opening will take place Friday – Sunday, but Saturday, Septmber 11 will include a whole day’s worth of activities for the family. Kids can enjoy a moonbounce, face painting, balloon hats, lawn games, arts and crafts, and live entertainment by Free Lobster Buffet, Mr. Skip and more fun performers. There will also be fitness classes, boat house and bike share demos, trapeze performers, food trucks and restaurant samplings, lawn games for adults, and a beer garden.
Admission to the event and activities are free, just plan to pay for food (though there will be some samples to try). The Grand Opening on Saturday will run from 9am – 10pm, and a full schedule of events is available here. The Yards Park is located at 10 Water Street SE.