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Where to Play on the Weekdays:
April 1-5

The Tidal Basin at sunset

Monday – Go see the cherry blossoms! The famous flowers are peaking this week — and it’s gorgeous. Head to the Tidal Basin and National Mall for quintessential views, and enjoy touring the memorials while you’re there. You can also go to an off the beaten blossom path place for less crowds. These KFDC tips for families has all the info you need for a peak viewing experience.

Tuesday – Head up to Baltimore to see some of the most wonderful, whimsical art around at the American Visionary Art Museum. The vibrant, quirky collections — including interactive pieces — can be appreciated by art buffs of all ages. Hours are 10am – 6pm Tuesday – Sunday. Admission is $15.95/adults, $13.95/seniors, $9.95/students & ages 7 and up, free for 6 and under.

Wednesday – Wander, play, and explore at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria. Be sure to stop in the Horticulture Building and pick up instructions for a kids’ scavenger hunt to add some extra fun to the outing. Grounds are open dawn to dusk, the Horticulture Building 9am – 4:30pm. Admission is free.

Thursday – Take a FREE trial class of Tinkergarten Babies. This unique outdoor class is designed to provide a safe, stimulating playscape in which babies ages 6-18 month can discover the natural world. The class will take place 10-11am at Belle Haven Park in Alexandria. Register in advance. (Trial classes are also available for children 18 months-8 years old, and you can find the schedule here.)

Friday – Join fish and wildlife biologists from the Department of Energy & Environment for Family Matters to explore the diversity of aquatic animal families and groups — including fintastic fathers, brave babies, and mothers willing to give the skin right off their own back — at the Aquatic Resources Education Center (AREC) in Anacostia Park. The program runs 10:30am – to 12pm and will include a Circle of Life aquarium tour with feedings, Ohana Means Family group presentation, and themed crafts and activities. Discover what aquatic animal families look like and which babies can make it all on their own. Advanced registration is required and participants must be accompanied by an adult. Plan for some play time at Anacostia Park after — with three playgrounds, a skating pavilion, large grass fields, tennis and basketball courts, and a walking/biking path along the river, it’s a great place to enjoy outdoor recreation.

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