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Where to Play on the Weekdays: November 5-9

The best activity you can do this week: Vote.

Monday – Get in the election spirit on a tour of the U.S. Capitol. You can usually get on a guided tour day of, but even if you can’t there are still plenty of interesting exhibits and statues to see in the Visitor’s Center, which is open 8:30am – 4:30pm daily. Both admission to the Center and tours are free. Before you go, be sure to read these guidelines on what you can and can’t bring with you.

Tuesday – VOTE! And bring the kids along, so they can experience democracy in action. When your civic duty is done, take the money tour at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. It’s a great outing with kids on a day off from school, since tours are only offered on weekdays. Tours run every 15 minutes 9am – 2pm right now. Admission is free, but tickets are required, and you can pick them up at the booth on Raoul Wallenburg Place starting at 8am. Read more about the experience in this KFDC post about our first outing there.

The Arboretum is gorgeous with fall color!

Wednesday – Spend the day at the National Arboretum, where the fall foliage is peaking right now. There are so many ways to enjoy it, too. Explore the plant collections on nature walks, view the bonsai exhibit (many of the tiny trees turn colors, too!), visit the Washington Youth Garden and romp on the natural playground, see the old Capitol columns with a gorgeous backdrop of autumn colors, picnic in the Grove of State Trees, and so much more. Hours are 8am – 5pm, and admission is free. Read even more about the Arboretum in the round-up of the best places to spend a day outdoors — it tops the list!

Thursday – Join a Story Time session at Solid State Books on H Street NE. Spend the morning listening to stories read by staff in the adorable children’s section. From 10:30-11:30am, they’ll read a few books, sing songs, and do some activities to keep everyone moving. Admission is free. After (or before), grab a snack at the cafe there, or plan on lunch at one of the many nearby eateries on H Street NE.

Friday – Enjoy mountains of indoor adventures at Badlands Play Space. From active fun to creative explorations to learning experiences to relaxation options, the enormous facility in Rockville has it all! Hours are 9am – 6pm (Tuesday – Sunday). Admission is $20/child and $10/toddler.

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The 5th Annual Kids Euro Festival: A Month of Cultural Adventure in DC

From Greece: A puppet show about a dragon and his crocodile friends.


You don’t have to cross an ocean to introduce your kids to European art and culture.  Thanks to the French-American Cultural Foundation, the 27 EU embassies, and more than 30 American cultural institutions, Europe is coming to us via the Kids Euro Festival with four weeks of continental artistic adventures.

From October 17 through November 13, the festival will present more than 200 FREE family-friendly, Euro-themed events all around the DC-metro area. Mimes, storytellers, dancers, and puppeteers are just a few of the exciting acts on the schedule.  Public libraries, DC embassies, The Kennedy Center, National Gallery of Art, National Children’s Museum, Shakespeare Theatre, La Maison Française, National Geographic, Strathmore, and Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, and local schools are among the many performance venues.

The festival, designed for children ages 2-12, is the largest of its kind in the country. All 27 countries in the European Union are represented in the shows that highlight national cultural traditions and art.

Just about all of the performances on the first day take place at schools, but there are Millennium Stage shows at the Kennedy Center Thursday and Friday evenings, October 18 & 19, that are open to the public.  And the open invite continues for several weeks after that.

Some events require reservations, so be sure to visit the Kids Euro Festival website for details, including the complete schedule of performances, age recommendations, and registration info. You can also “like” the Facebook page and follow them on Twitter for updates on events.


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