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Where to Play on the Weekdays:
May 6-10

Explore Asian art in the Freer|Sackler Gallery after a show at Discovery Theater!



Monday – Go for a walk in the woods and explore the grounds of Woodend Nature Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, MD. The home of the Audubon Naturalist Society is perfect for hiking with little ones. The trails are mellow, there are several small exhibits like bird feeding areas, and wildlife sightings are practically guaranteed. Open dawn to dusk. Admission is free.

Tuesday – Play in the sprays at Canal Park. The recreational space in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood in southeast DC has both a gentle, shallow fountain that is perfect for really little ones, plus a bigger area for more enthusiastic fun where the ice rink is in the winter. Admission is free. Grab a bite to eat at Wiseguy Pizza on premises or at another nearby eatery — there are options right across the street, food trucks are often parked right there, or walk a couple of block to The Yards. Of course, you can also pack lunch for a picnic in the park.

Later on at 4pm, join the “Not a Box” Play Party at Southeast Library on Capitol Hill. Children 5 and under along with their caregivers are invited to unleash their imaginations and create their own “cardboard kingdoms” using a wide variety of simple supplies. Admission is free.

Wednesday –Catch a performance of Tigers, Dragons, and Other Wise ‘Tails’ at Discovery Theater. From ancient to modern, these tales come alive with the culture of the Asian countryside. Tickets are $3-8 and still available for the 11:30am show (it’s also running Wednesday – Friday). Plan to explore the Freer|Sackler Gallery while you’re there, spend some time in the lovely Haupt Garden right behind it, and go for a spin on the Carousel located nearby on the National Mall.

Thursday – Join Author Laura Gehl at Scrawl Books’ Storytime Social, where she’ll share her new board books for budding scientists: Baby Oceanographr and Baby Astronaut. There will be coffee for adults, and stories and songs for little ones. The fun begins at 11am, and admission is free. Scrawl Books is located at Reston Town Center.

Friday – Take the kids to The St. James for a day of active fun! The Super, Awesome, and Amazing activity center is full of climbing structures, obstacle courses, and bouncy areas for all ages, and the indoor interactive waterpark is a blast for everyone from toddlers to teens to adults, too! Admission to each is $15 before 3pm, $23 after 3pm (though you can look for a $17 deal on CertifiKID). Hours are 9am – 10pm Friday & Saturday (9am – 9pm Sunday – Thursday).


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: May 6-10

'Tis the season at Schlagel Farms

‘Tis the season at Schlagel Farms



Monday – Go strawberry picking! Schlagel Farms in Waldorf, Md, always begins their pick-your-own season ahead of other area farms, and their berries are ripe and ready now. Fields are open daily 8am – 7pm. If weather doesn’t cooperate, check out the list of indoor possibilities.

Tuesday – Combine story and play time at the National Building Museum’s Building Zone. The Book of the Month program is back with readings of “Riki’s Birdhouse” followed by a related art activity at 10:30am & 11:30am. Admission is $3 (free for members), and entry is timed, with guests admitted every hour. After, visit the PLAY WORK BUILD exhibit for even more fun at the NBM ($5 admission, free for members).

Wednesday – Celebrate the International Year of Quinoa, as the American Indian Museum hosts the Bolivian Festival. The five-day event will feature dance groups, storytelling, folk music, art demos, food, and fun for all ages. It’s running through May 12, and museum hours are 10am – 5pm. Admission is free.

Thursday – See wacky marionettes perform feats of skill, daring, and silliness in Clowning Around, a circus performance by Bob Brown Puppets. Publick Playhouse in Cheverly, Md, presents the one-hour show at 9:30am and 11:30am. Tickets are $3/children $4/ adults and can be purchased by calling 301.277.1710.

Friday – Explore and play at Potomac Overlook 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 in terrariums and discover more about the natural world in the Kids Cave. Hours are 10am – 5pm. Admission is free.

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