Monday – View amazing artifacts of aviation and space, discover How Things Fly, take a virtual journey among the stars, see a planetarium show, and much more at the National Air & Space Museum on the National Mall. There’s good reason why it’s one of the most popular of the Smithsonian museums (and in the world)! Hours are 10am – 5:30pm. Admission is free, though there are fees to ride flight simulators ($7-12) and see IMAX movies ($9/adult, $7.50 child).
Tuesday – Explore and play, indoors and out, at Potomac Overlook Regional Park in Arlington. Hike the short trails and let the kids romp on the playground. Then visit the nature center where you can see turtles, snakes, and other creatures and learn about the area’s natural environment. Hours are 10am – 5pm, Tuesday – Sunday. Admission is free. (UPDATE: A KFDC reader let me know that the Nature Center might be closed for renovations, though the outdoors there are wonderful and worth the trip. However, you can go to Long Branch Nature Center in Arlington if you’re keen on seeing indoor exhibits, too.)
In the evening, attend a fundraiser to support the victims and families of the Marjory Stoneman Souglas school shootings at Tony & Joe’s in Georgetown. The event runs 6-8pm, and admission is a suggested donation of $20.
Wednesday – Catch a performance of Inside Out at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street NE. The interactive show for ages 0-5 is also part of the annual INTERSECTIONS Festival. Showtime is 10am, and tickets are $12. Plan to grab lunch at one of many nearby eateries after.
Thursday – Feel like you’re outdoors no matter what the weather at the U.S. Botanic Garden. Walk amid tropical rainforest, desert, and woodland flora, and see the beautiful collection of orchids in the annual show. If it’s a nice day, take a stroll through the National Garden outside, too. Hours are 10am – 5pm. Admission is free. Read more about the USBG here and here. Hours are 10am – 5pm. Admission is free.
Friday – Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday! There are all kinds of reading-related activities going on in honor of the beloved children’s book author. Barnes & Noble locations are hosting celebrations. And many local libraries have Seuss-themed activities for kids — this early KFDC post has links to public libraries around the area to help you find a nearby event.