Tuesday – Keep the summer vibes going at The Wharf. Let the kids run through the in-ground fountain sprays, play large-scale board games on the Transit Pier, grab lunch at one of the many eateries, rock on swinging benches, and enjoy the waterfront scenery. You can also opt for a paddling excursion if you’re up for it. Just about all of it is accessible all day and evening, and all but paddling are free (though plan to pay for your meals, of course.) KFDC Tip: Park for free at East Potomac Park, then ride the free Jitney over to The Wharf. You get a nice little boat ride and avoid the headache of finding a parking spot.
Wednesday – Explore the local environment at Buddie Ford Nature Center. The facility in Alexandria houses fascinating exhibits (including live creatures!), hands-on activities, and a staff of friendly and knowledgeable naturalists that all ages will appreciate. Afterwards, take the fun outdoors with a short hike at the adjacent Dora Kelley Nature Park. Buddie Ford hours are 10am – 5pm (Wednesday – Saturday, 1-5pm Sunday). Admission is free.
Thursday – Spend a musical morning with Boogie Babes at a new location! They will now be hosting their weekly entertainment for littles at the Miracle Theater on Barracks Row, giving folks plenty of room to sit, dance, and sing along. This first show of the season will feature Kidsinger Jim. The fun starts at 10:30am (doors open at 10am), and admission is $6/child, free for siblings 6 months and under. Plan on lunch after at one of the many nearby eateries or head over to Eastern Market for a bite.
Friday – Join the National Gallery of Art’s new Storytime program for children that takes place on the first Friday of every month. Together with museum staff, participants will read a book aloud, move, and play. All ages are welcome, especially the youngest visitors and nursing parents. Enjoy this in Gallery 39 on the ground floor of the West Building from 10-11am. Plan for time to explore the rest of the museum while you’re there — view classical works by many of the masters in the West Building and venture over to the East Building for contemporary art. Admission to both Storytime and the museum are free.