Monday: Take 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. Go from 3-8pm for Halloween festivities — take a ride on the “EyeSpy” Halloween Train and enjoy related hands-on activities and movies. Admission is free early on, $5 for the Halloween fun after 3pm.
Tuesday: Discover the underwater world at DC’s National Aquarium. Located in the lower level of the Dept. of Commerce building, it’s a perfect place for little ones to see colorful fish, sharks, turtles, and more. Admission is $9.95/ages 11 and up, $4.95/ages 3-11, free for 2 and under. Open 9am – 5pm.
Wednesday: See a show especially for little ones. Mid-week Tiny Tots shows are back at The Puppet Co. with Teddy Bear’s Picnic. The lights stay on and doors stay open during these performances for the youngest audiences. Showtime is 10-10:30am. Tickets are $5 for everyone, including babies. After the performance, plan to hang out at Glen Echo Park for some fun on the playground.
Thursday: Learn about the area’s wildlife and enjoy hands-on activities at the Rock Creek Nature Center. With all kinds of animal and plant exhibits, plus a Discovery Room full of books and toys, there is plenty to keep kids engaged. If weather permits, hike a trail on the grounds around the center, too. Open Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm.
Friday: If you still haven’t made it to a fall festival, weekdays are a great time to go, when crowds thin out and admission prices are often lower. Take a hayride, pick out a pumpkin, jump and slide, visit farm animals, and more. This post has recommendations of where to enjoy the seasonal fun.