Monday – Show the kiddos relics from the nation’s past — and your childhood — at the National Museum of American History, where collections include some of the best toys and games of the old days. While you’re there, check out some of the other exhibits, like the First Ladies’ ball gowns and America on the Move, a history of transportation in the U.S. featuring some of the earliest automobiles, a train car, and an old street car that guests can actually climb aboard. The museum is open from 10am – 5:30pm. Admission is free.
Tuesday – Head to the Smithsonian’s Ripley Center for a performance of All the Way Live! with Paige Hernandez & Baye Harrell, a hip hop show presented by Discovery Theater through Friday this week. Recommended for ages 5-12, showtimes are at 10:15am and 11:30am. Admission is $6/child, $8/adult.
Wednesday – Roam the exquisite gardens at Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown. The grounds don’t open to the public until 2pm, but you can play at the nearby Montrose Park or grab a bite to eat on M Street beforehand. I promise, it’s worth waiting for the afternoon visit. Admission is $8/adults, $5/children ages 3 and up, free for 2 and under.
Thursday – Take a day trip out to Luray Caverns to behold the spectacular underground world of stalagmites, stalactites, and other amazing limestone formations in the massive cave system. Afterward, make your way through the Garden Maze or check out vintage rides in the Carriage and Caravan Museum. Hours are 9am – 7pm. Admission for the caverns is $24/adults, $21/seniors, $12/ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and under. Other attractions cost extra.
Friday – Take a little trip back to the 18th century at Claude Moore Colonial Farm. The living history farm welcomes visitors to explore the grounds — there is a tobacco barn, farm house, garden, orchard, and animals. Guests can also interact with a family portraying life as it was back then. Read more about it in this post (ignore the “autumn” part; it’s a great outing in the summer, too). Hours are Wednesday thru Saturday 10am – 4:30pm. Admission is $3/adults, $2/children ages 3 and up, free for 2 and under.