With a holiday falling on Monday, these recommendations cover Tuesday through Friday. And with the big kids back in the classroom, most of them are geared toward the sippy cup set. Here’s where tots can stay entertained this week, September 6-9:
Tuesday – Enjoy the National Building Museum’s Book of the Month program at 10:30am and 11:30am in the Building Zone. “Tip Tip Dig Dig” by Emma Garcia is this month’s featured read. Stick around after for play time — giant Legos, the mini house, and construction dress-up are just a few of many activities that keep kids busy. Remember that entrance to the Building Zone is now $3/person with timed admissions every hour.
Wednesday – See the Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly exhibit at Brookside Gardens before it closes on September 18. Admission is $6/adults, $4/kids 3-12, free for children 2 and under. Be aware that strollers are not permitted in the exhibit. Open from 10am – 4pm, peak hours are between 10am and 1pm.
Thursday – If you’re up for a field trip, chug on down to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore for Toddler Time, where children can listen to a classic railroad story, create a craft, and take a kiddie train ride through the fictional town of Choo Choo Blueville. Of course, you can explore the rest of the museum while you’re there. Admission is $14/adults, $8/children.
Friday – Listen to the folk and bluegrass-inspired tunes of The Banjo Man at Jammin’ Java. Admission is $5/ages 1 and older. Tickets are available at the door only.
Celebrate the season and help support a local preschool. The Learning Center for Young Children will host its 21st annual Winterfest Children’s Carnival on Saturday, February 5. There will be loads of fun for the whole family to enjoy — live entertainment, children’s activities, a silent auction, a bake sale, and more.
Music will be a highlight of the carnival, with local entertainer Frank Cassel aka “The Banjo Man” performing three shows featuring lively bluegrass, folk, and children’s songs. Tickets are $3.00 each and will be sold at the carnival.
Winterfest will also offer a wide variety of fun-filled activities for children of all ages, including a moon bounce, face painting, arts & crafts, and carnival games. A silent auction will offer numerous bargain items, including dinners at local restaurants, sporting events, and theatre performances, and a 50/50 raffle will give guests a chance to win more. Delicious gourmet desserts will be sold at the bake sale and Armand’s pizza will be served.
The event will be held from 10am 2pm at the Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church located at 10123 Connecticut Avenue in historic Kensington, Maryland.
The Boogie Babes will be back at Sova Espresso this week, and this time they’re bringing The Banjo Man along. Join them for some twangy tunes tomorrow, October 6, at 10:30am. Admission is $5/child, siblings 6 months and under are free. Sova is located at 1359 H Street NE.