Monday – Have a wild time at the National Zoo. Visit your favorite animals, including the seals, sea lions, and other aquatic mammals in the relatively new American Trail Habitat. Crowds are always smaller during the winter, and when you need to warm up, just pop into one of the animal houses. Be sure to check the schedule before you go to see what daily programs are going on. Zoo grounds are open 6am – 6pm, exhibit buildings 10am – 4:30pm. Admission is free, though parking is $16 for the first three hours for non-members. Look for street parking nearby to curb the cost or take Metro — both the Woodley Park and Cleveland Park stations are a short walk away.
Tuesday – See an amazing collection of model ships, peer into a real periscope, sit in the gun seats of old fighter planes, view naval artifacts hundreds of years old, and much more at the U.S. Navy Museum. Located on the Navy base in southeast DC, it’s a treasure trove of fascinating exhibits. Hours are 9am – 5pm. Admission is free.
Wednesday – Seize what’s forecast to be a nice day at the National Arboretum. Go for nature walks through the woods, visit the Washington Youth Garden, romp in open green spaces and at the old Capitol columns, picnic in the Grove of State Trees… so many ways to enjoy one of the loveliest places in the city. Hours are 8am – 5pm, and admission is free.
Thursday – Take advantage of the season and the sun at an outdoor ice skating rink! Glide under the sky at the National Gallery Sculpture Garden, Canal Park, Washington Harbour, Veteran’s Plaza, or Pentagon Row. If weather doesn’t permit, find an indoor place to skate (as well as more outdoor options) here.
Friday – Join a sonic celebration with Billy Jonas at the Ripley Center. The concert, part of Discovery Theater’s Jammin’ at the Smithsonian series, is recommended for ages 2-6. Showtimes are 10:15am and 11:30am. Tickets are $3-8 and can be purchased online — and they usually sell fast, so get yours soon. (Note: This takes place on Thursday, too!)