Monday – Visit the U.S. Botanic Garden, where there’s plenty to enjoy both indoors and out. The gorgeous orchid exhibit is currently on view. And the rest of the plant collections are always wonderful to tour, making you feel like you’ve been transported to another region. Kids can flex their green thumbs in the Children’s Garden, where they can play in a miniature house, plant flowers (when available), and pump water. Be sure to stop in the “Plants in Culture” exhibit where little ones will have fun sniffing the aromas of various plants and learning about their everyday uses.
Tuesday – Take advantage of the weather and plan for a picnic at The Yards Park. Lunch at a table overlooking the Anacostia River or spread out a blanket on one of the open grassy areas. Bring along a ball to kick around and, perhaps, a towel and swimsuit for the kids — it may actually be warm enough to play in the fountains.
Wednesday –Bring the kids to play amid the lovely wooded setting of Cabin John Regional Park. They can climb, swing, jump, slide, and run on the sprawling Adventure Playland. Unfortunately, the Miniature Train hasn’t opened yet for the season, but they won’t even miss it with so much other playground to cover.
Thursday – Go on a nature walk at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. See ponds filled with giant lily pads and other interesting marsh plants and look for geese, great blue herons, turtles, frogs, and tiny fish on the way. Open 7am – 4:30pm. Admission is free.
Friday – Ride the water taxi between National Harbor and Old Town Alexandria. The Potomac Riverboat Company operates daily between the two destinations. It’s about a 20-minute ride on the river, plenty of time to thrill young mariners. Catch the taxi from either point, cruise to the other side, then stay awhile to explore and eat lunch. Round-trip rides are $16/adults and $10/kids ages 2-11, and you can get a $2 discount by booking online.