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Where to Play on the Weekdays: September 17-21

Have fun exploring the plant collections at the National Arboretum!

Monday – Celebrate Constitution Day at the National Archives, where they’ll have special activities to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. You can also see the actual Constitution there! The event runs 1-4pm, and museum hours are 11:30am – 5:30pm (regularly 10am – 5:30pm). Admission is free.

Tuesday – Experiment with hands-on fun at the Children’s Science Center Lab at Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax. Kids of all ages can explore a variety of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts through fun, engaging interactive exhibits and activities. Hours are 10am – 6pm. Admission is $13 (under 2 are free).

Wednesday – See a show especially for little ones at The Puppet Co. The lights stay on, and doors remain open during Tiny Tots performances for the youngest audiences — Magic Toyshop is this week’s production. Showtime is 10am, and tickets are $6 for everyone, including babies. Plan to stay after to picnic (BYO or buy from the Praline Cafe on premises) and romp on the Glen Echo Park playground.

Thursday – Spend the day at the National Arboretum. There are so many ways to enjoy one of the prettiest places in the city. Explore the plant collections on nature walks, view the bonsai exhibit, visit the Washington Youth Garden and romp on the natural playground, see the old Capitol columns, 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!

Later on, check out the Brookland Exchange Makers Market, a NEW handmade pop-up market in DC promoting cultural expression, community interaction, and creative commerce. Over 40 independent business, live music, and kids activities will be there. Find locally made art, fashion, gifts for new baby, beer, and tacos all this Third Thursday 5-9pm on the Arts Walk Brookland at Monroe Street Market.

Friday – Head to the National Zoo for a wild time. Weekdays are a great time to go, as there’s barely a crowd. Check the Daily Programs schedule before you go to help plan your outing — you can chat with a bear keeper, watch a seal or sea lion training demo, visit the shocking new Electric Fishes Demonstration Lab, and more! You can also just stroll and pick your animal visits as you go. This time of year, grounds are open 8am – 7pm, exhibit building hours are 9am – 6pm, and the Visitor Center 8am – 6pm. Admission is free, though parking in the Zoo lot for non-members is $22-25 (free for members). You can also try parking on Connecticut Avenue or a side street, or take Metro to Woodley Park or Cleveland Park stations then walk a few blocks.

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Where to Play on the Weekdays: September 17-21

View from a water taxi about to dock at the Alexandria waterfront


Monday – Read, build, and play with LEGO DUPLO as they host free, fun-filled programs for little ones at the Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library from 10-11am and the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library from3-4pm. (And programs will take place at several DC Public Libraries every day this week and at the National Book Festival this weekend.  Go here for locations and times.)

Tuesday – Attend Mommy & Me (& Daddy Too!), the Rockville Town Square’s free monthly program  for kids.  Storytime, interactive movement, arts & crafts, and merchant sponsored activities are part of the active learning and creative play. The program runs 10am – 12pm on the third Tuesday of every month. Admission is free. Go early at 9am to try a free Stroller Strides workout before the session begins (tomorrow only).

Wednesday – Cruise the Potomac from National Harbor to Old Town Alexandria (or vice versa) on a water taxi adventure.  The Potomac Riverboat Company operates daily between the two destinations at various times throughout the day — see the schedule here.  Tickets are $7/ages 12 and up, $4/kids under 12 each way (infants are free), and you can get a $2 discount on online round trip ticket purchases.  Plan to hang out, have a bite to eat, shop, and play while you’re on land.

Thursday – Take a tour of the Pride of Baltimore II, a reproduction of an 1812-era topsail schooner privateer that will be sailing into the Washington Navy Yard and docked there later this week.  Free general deck tours will be available to the public from 1-4pm on Thursday and Friday. The ship can be reached by the Riverwalk Trail, along the Anacostia River.

Friday – Celebrate  the official start of autumn at Ticonderoga Farm’s Fall Pumpkin Festival. Take a hayride, pick a pumpkin from the patch, play on the Noah’s Ark playground, guzzle some yummy apple cider, and much more.  Admission is $8.95 on weekdays ($14.95 on weekends and holidays when more attractions are open), hours are 9am – 6pm.


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Read, Build, Play with LEGO DUPLO at Local Libraries this Week

Photo, courtesy LEGO DUPLO


Looking for something different to do with little ones this coming week? LEGO DUPLO, of the preschool building toys designed for little hands, has partnered with the Association of Library Service to Children, to host FREE fun-filled library days, led by LEGO DUPLO Play Masters.

Developed to encourage play, building, reading, and creativity, the program includes a number of unique activities designed specifically for children under 5 and their parents. After a full week of local library stops in DC, the experience will be stationed at the Library of Congress National Book Festival, offering more inspiring opportunities for playing, building and learning.

Here’s where you can drop in to enjoy it this week:

Monday, September 17, 10-11am
Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library
3935 Benning Road NE

Monday, September 17, 3-4pm
Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library
4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW

Tuesday, September 18, 11am – 12pm
Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library
1630 7th St. NW

Tuesday, September 18, 3-4pm
Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library
5625 Connecticut Ave N.W.

Wednesday, September 19, 11am – 12pm
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St. NW

Friday, September 21, 10-11am
Palisades Neighborhood Library
4901 V St. NW

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