Monday – Visit the U.S. Botanic Garden. Tour the plant collections, play in the Children’s Garden, and stop in the “Plants in Culture” exhibit, where little ones will have fun sniffing the aromas of various plants and learning about their everyday uses. If weather permits, take a stroll through the National Garden outside, too. Hours are 10am – 5pm. (Update: A KFDC reader has let me know the Children’s Garden is closed for the season, but there’s still plenty to do and see at the USBG.) Admission is free. And if you’re up for an evening activity, Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT) will premiere New Writers Now! – Save the Day, a free reading of outstanding new plays in the ballroom of the Josephine Butler Parks Center located at 2437 15th Street NW. The event begins at 7pm.
Tuesday – Attend Mommy & Me (& Daddy Too!), the Rockville Town Square’s free monthly program for kids. Storytime, interactive movement, arts & crafts, and merchant sponsored activities are part of the active learning and creative play. The session will meet on the Square, and the program runs 10am – 12pm on the third Tuesday of every month. Admission is free, but you are asked to register in advance.
Wednesday – Get a glimpse of the past on the Potomac at Fort Washington Park. Kids will love seeing the cannons and other historic sights within the grounds. Grounds are open are 8am – sunset, buildings 9am – 4pm. Admission is $5/vehicle. Later in the afternoon at 4pm, Barstons Child’s Play will host Andrea Beaty, acclaimed author of the beloved children’s book Iggy Peck, Architect (one of our family faves!). Beaty will be giving a short talk about the importance of creativity and ingenuity and playing together as a family as well as introducing and signing her new book, Rosie Revere, Engineer. Barston’s is located at 5536 Connecticut Avenue NW.
Thursday – See From Here to There at Imagination Stage. The play about two friends who build bridges from cardboard boxes and use rhythm and vocal play to create a catchy tune is best for ages 2-5. Showtimes are 10:30am and 11:45am, and tickets are $12. (There are more shows through November 24.)
Friday – 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.