Tuesday – Explore the grounds and play in the gardens, specifically the Children’s Gardens, at River Farm. The American Horticulture Society’s headquarters overlooking the Potomac River in Alexandria are as lovely as they are fun. Hours are 9am – 5pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
Wednesday – See a show especially for little ones. The mid-week Tiny Tots show is back at The Puppet Co. with Old MacDonald’s Farm this week. The lights stay on and doors stay open during these performances for the youngest audiences. Showtime is 10am. 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 – Enjoy some water play at Georgetown Waterfront Park. Running through the fountain of sprays is a fun, refreshing way to cool down on a hot day. After (or before, depending on when you go), grab a bite to eat at one of the many nearby eateries.
Friday – Catch a free screening of One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure at the Einstein Planetarium in the National Air & Space Museum. Showtime is 10:30am every Friday (and Sunday, plus the first Saturday of every month). It only lasts about 20 minutes, so check out the exhibits and How Things Fly, a discovery room full of hands-on activities that kids always love, while you’re there.