As you get ready to embark on weekday adventures, just a quick reminder that The Buzz blog at the Washington Post is taking nominations for readers’ favorites in social media through December 14. If you think my blog should be among the finalists, just go here and nominate @KidFriendlyDC. Thanks, and have a great week!
Monday – See some modern art at the museums on Mall. Ai Weiwei: According to What? at the Hirshhorn and Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective at the National Gallery of Art are two current exhibits with bold, eccentric, and/or colorful works that might capture kids’ interests just as much as yours.
Tuesday – Explore and play at Potomac Overlook Park in Arlington. Hike the short trails and let the kids romp on the playground, then visit the nature center where you can see turtles, snakes, and other creatures in terrariums and discover more about the natural world in the Kids Cave. Hours are 10am – 5pm. Admission is free.
Wednesday – Enjoy a Wonderful Wednesday at Port Discovery in Baltimore. Dedicated to children from age birth to 6, the day includes special art, music, and literacy programs for little ones (see the website for the full schedule of activities). Admission is $13.95/ages 2 and up, free for under 2. Hours are 9:30am – 4:30pm.
Thursday – Experience Season’s Greenings, the U.S. Botanic Garden’s seasonal exhibit. (I know this is a repeat recommendation, but it is deserving.) See the Garden Railway, easily one of the best train displays around, and stroll the festively adorned conservatory and admire replicas of DC landmarks built entirely from plant materials. And, for some extra holiday magic and free entertainment, go in the evening for music in the garden during extended hours that take place on most Tuesdays and Thursdays in December.
Friday – Visit Santa in his workshop on the Ellipse at President’s Park. On Fridays (Saturday & Sundays, too), the adorable cottage welcomes visitors in the afternoon from 12:30-4:30pm as well as in the evening. (Read about what to expect here.) The National Christmas Tree, National Menorah, and other festive displays are right there to enjoy, too!