Monday – Wander, play, and explore at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria. Be sure to stop in the Horticultural Center and pick up instructions for a kids’ scavenger hunt to add some extra fun to the outing. Hours are 9am – 4:30pm. Admission is free. You may also be able to join a Nature Playgroup for children ages 2-5 ($6 – register for it here.)
Tuesday – Head to the National Building Museum for kiddie activities. The monthly Little Builders Storytime takes place at 10:30am & 11:30am in the Building Zone, where children can also enjoy areas that encourage pretend play with dress up and props inspired by some of the displays. And the PLAY WORK BUILD exhibit upstairs is always fun for kids. Museum hours are 10am – 5pm. Exhibit admission is $10/adult, $7/child, free for members. I highly recommend checking out membership options if you frequent the museum a few times per year.
Wednesday – Get in on a DC “secret” and some playground fun in Upper Northwest. Amid a small wooded area at Palisades Park is The Glass Forest, a collection of sculptures made from natural and scrap materials that is a unique must-see! It makes for a nice artsy break from a play session at the park. Admission is free.
Thursday – Join the Peter Pan Club at the College Park Aviation Museum. The program that occurs every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month welcomes children ages 5 and under to enjoy a flight-themed story and craft activity. And the exhibits — old airplanes and relics from aviation history — are neat to check out, too! Museum hours are 10am – 5pm, and the program begins at 10:30am. Admission is $5/adults, $2/children.
Friday – Catch a performance of Ella Enchanted at Adventure Theatre. Showtime is 10:30am, and tickets are $19.50. If weather permits, plan to stay and play on the Glen Echo Park playground after the show.
Discovering "How Things Fly" at the National Air & Space Museum
Monday – Engage in imaginative play in the various themed rooms and crafts areas at the Playseum. Admission is $6/person (siblings under 10 months are free) and is good for the whole day. Locations in Capitol Hill and Bethesda are convenient to many eateries for pre- or post-play lunch.
Tuesday – Combine story and play time at the National Building Museum. The Book of the Month program is back at the Building Zone, so guests can hear a reading of The Big Orange Splot and participate in a corresponding activity along with the usual fun in the play space. Readings are at 10:30am & 11:30am, and don’t forget that admission to the Building Zone is now $3, and entry is timed, with guests admitted every hour. Make it a bigger NBM outing and head upstairs for Lego play in the LEGO Architecture exhibit ($5/person) and/or hang out in the Great Hall, where large soft Lego blocks and arch building kits are often available.
Wednesday – It’s Kids Day at Lebanese Taverna in Arlington. Enjoy free children’s entertainment every Wednesday from 10-11am. On the schedule this week: Groovy Nate. Stay after for a tasty bite to eat!
Thursday – Let fun take flight at the National Air & Space Museum. Be sure to stop by the “How Things Fly”exhibit, which is full of hands-on displays that little ones love to demo. And check the schedules for the planetarium and IMAX theatre — both present interesting films and shows about space and flight throughout the day.
Friday – How about storytime at the largest library in the world? The Young Readers Center at the Library of Congress hosts readings every Friday at 10am and 11am. The free sessions are designed for babies and toddlers (0-3 years old), but older children are welcome, too. Each lasts about 25 minutes, with 20 minutes of play afterwards, then clean-up. The Young Readers Center is located in the Jefferson Building (Room LJ G29) at 10 First Street SE.