Monday – Explore the history of mail at the National Postal Museum. It’s a perfect outing with little ones — the museum isn’t very big and overwhelming, and there are numerous interactive exhibits to keep young guests engaged. Plus, it’s conveniently located next to Union Station, so you can also grab lunch and get there easily via Metro. Hours are 10am – 5:30pm, admission is free.
Tuesday – Head to the National Building Museum for play and story time. The Book of the Month literacy program will take place in the Building Zone at 10:30am and 11:30am with readings of Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton. Admission is $3/person for non-members, with timed entry on the hour. Visit the PLAY WORK BUILD exhibit while you’re at the museum to let the kids romp in the Imagination Playground and build with foam blocks and Lincoln Logs ($8/adult, $5/child for non-members or look for a Certifikid deal here).
Wednesday – Romp on the playground and enjoy some Potomac River scenery at Jones Point Park in Alexandria. Preparing for Peanut has a great write-up about the locale just off the George Washington Parkway under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Open dawn to dusk, admission is free.
Thursday – Let the kids take the wheel at the Washington Auto Show. The annual event showcasing the newest models of cars and trucks will be at the Washington Convention Center through the weekend. Kids (and adults) can sit in the driver’s seat, pretend to cruise around, check out dashboard details, and more. Hours are 12-9pm Monday – Thursday (12-10pm on Friday). Admission is $12/adult, $5/ages 6-12, free for 5 and under. Read more about what to expect in this post from last year.
Friday – 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. Admission is free.