So, a ziplining adventure in the Central American jungle may not be a plausible outing for everyone this week, but one in local forests is (for ages 7 and up, anyway). That’s just one of several suggestions for fun with the kids during the spring break week. Enjoy!
Monday – The National Postal Museum is hosting a special weekday workshop especially for spring break. Drop in from 10am – 2pm for Collection Connection, where guests can make a stamp collection to take home and learn how to continue the hobby. Afterwards (or before, depending on when you go), head over to Union Station for a bite to eat or maybe even make your way over to the National Mall for more museum-going. (Note: the Postal Museum event repeats on Tuesday, April 3).
Tuesday – Construct your day around a visit to the National Building Museum. Little ones can enjoy the Book of the Month program and play time in the Building Zone at 10:30am and 11:30am — this month’s reading is Taxi: A Book of City Words. Older kids can do some plastic brick design in the LEGO Architecture upstairs. And everyone can hang out in the Great Hall for even more activities, including an indoor picnic lunch (BYO or grab something at the Firehook Cafe on premises). Admission is $3 to the Building Zone (with timed hourly entry), $5 to the exhibits, free if you have an NBM membership.
Wednesday – Zip through the treetops at the Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School, which opened for the season this past weekend. Kids ages 7 and older can experience fun and adventure on the ropes courses and ziplines in the park’s aerial forest, the largest in North America. Hours are 9am – dark this week, and admission is $38/ages7-9, $43/ages 10-11, $48/ages 12 and older.
Thursday – Keep the academics in mind (under the guise of fun) at the new MathAlive! exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Ripley Center. Through an array of interactive displays, guests can ride in a 3D snowboard race, operate NASA robotics simulations, design and play their own video games, control a Mars rover, and experience real math at work in everything from nature to music to dancing to movie-making.
Friday – If the forecast holds out, it’ll be nice weather all week, so take your pick from one of many in this list of the best places in the DC area to spend a beautiful day outdoors with the kids. And a heads-up: Cabin John Regional Park opened its Miniature Train for the week — a spring break bonus for visitors!