Is it me, or is summer just zooming by? There are merely weeks left to hang with the kids on the weekdays before they head back to school and to enjoy many activities that only have a seasonal run. Gotta get out there and savor the rest summer!
Here are some suggestions for where to do just that this week, August 1-5:
Monday – Stay cool at an IMAX movie. Several films are playing at the Smithsonian’s two theaters, the Samuel C. Johnson at the Natural History Museum and the Lockheed Martin at the Air & Space. Born to Be Wild 3D, To Fly!, Grand Canyon Adventure, Legends of Flight, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2 are all on the really big screen now. Check the schedules for showtimes.
Tuesday – It’s the final workshop of the Stories in Art summer program at the National Gallery of Art (there is one on Monday as well). This week’s theme is Everyday Life: Join a Party in the series that explores Dutch life through art. See this post for more details on the program and info on signing up.
Wednesday – Take advantage of the Newseum’s Summer Fun Deal, where kids get in free with a paid adult admission. This post has more about the deal and recommended exhibits for younger visitors.
Thursday – Go peach picking at a local farm. Many of the farms listed in this post have pick-your-own peaches, but it’s always a good idea to check the website or call ahead to see what’s available.
Friday – Take a day trip to a swimming spot out in nature. Get ideas for places to go from The Natural Capital blog.
Good news, parents! The Newseum just announced that from July 1 – September 5, there will be no admission fee for kids ages 18 and under. The Summer Fun Deal, sponsored by WTOP, waives the $12.95 regular entrance charge for youth with one paid adult admission. Up to 10 kids can enter free with one adult.
This is a great opportunity to visit a museum that you may have put off touring because of the admission fee (we’re so spoiled by all of DC freebies). It’s also another way to beat the heat and humidity that descends on DC during the summer months.
And while there are some exhibits that may be over younger kids’ heads, there are enough they will understand and enjoy to make it worth a visit. There’s the 4-D Time Travel Adventure, the First Dogs exhibit with images of presidential pups, the chance to be a TV reporter in the NBC Interactive News Room, the Berlin Wall gallery containing actual portions of the original wall, the Hank Greenspun Terrace that over looks “America’s Main Street” Pennsylvania Avenue, and more fascinating media-related exhibits.
Note that the Summer Fun Deal is not valid in combination with other discounts. And like all Newseum tickets, these will be good for two consecutive days.