Tuesday – Head to the National Building Museum for play, storytime, and Canstruction! The Book of the Month program takes place in the Building Zone at 10:30am and 11:30am with readings of Noisy Diggers by Sam Taplin and Construction Crew by Lynn Meltzer. Admission to the Building Zone ($3/non-members) is timed and on the hour, but if you don’t make it in, head upstairs for the interactive PLAY WORK BUILD exhibit (for non-members: $8/adult, $5/child; free for members). And while you’re in the Great Hall, view the results of Canstruction, amazing structures built entirely out of thousands of canned goods by DC architecture and construction teams.
Wednesday – Boogies Babes is back after an August hiatus! Kick off a new season with them at Union Market as Mr. Skip gets little ones shaking those sillies out. Showtimes is 10:30am. Admission is $5/child, free for siblings 6 months and under. (If you can’t make it Wednesday, catch Bridgette and the Band on Thursday at Eastern Market or Uno, Dos, Tres con Andres! on Friday at The Atlas.)
Thursday – Take a hike at Turkey Run Park. Located right off the GW Parkway near 495, it contains nearly 700 acres of woods, easy trails that ramble along the Potomac, streams that flow down from the woods to the river, great views from the shoreline, and a variety of wildlife (though sightings aren’t guaranteed). Hours are 6am -10pm. Admission is free.
Friday – Have a wild time at the National Zoo, as there’s barely a crowd on weekdays. Check the Daily Programs schedule before you go to help plan your outing or pick your animal visits as you go. Hours are 10am – 6pm. Admission is free, though parking in the Zoo lot for non-members is $16 for three hours, $22 beyond three (free for members). You can also try parking on Connecticut Avenue or a side street, or take Metro to Woodley Park or Cleveland Park stations.