Monday – It’s going to be a superb day for a hike at Great Falls. Whether you opt for the Maryland or Virginia side, you can’t go wrong. Enjoy spectacular views of the falls and rapids from several overlooks, hike easy trails along the river or through the woods, and stop in the visitor center (there’s one on each side) to learn more about the area’s history and wildlife. The park is open 7am – dark, the Visitors Center 10 am – 4pm. Admission is $5/car.
Tuesday – Celebrate Earth Day at a place focused on the natural world: The National Museum of Natural History. (Yes, this is a recent weekday rec, but with the dinos’ days dwindling, it’s a good time to go; the popular exhibit will close for five years on April 28. Let little paleontologists get their fill while they can!) Hours are 10am – 5:30pm. Admission is free.
Wednesday – Go for a swim! The sunny weather probably has you itching to take a dip, but since it’s not quite outdoor pool season, make a splash inside. There are plenty of indoor pools in the area that are open to the public: Wilson Aquatic Center in NW is popular, and Deanwood in NE even has a slide. In Maryland, Rollingcrest in PG County has a special preschool area, and there are several indoor aquatic facilities in Montgomery County. In Northern Virginia, Arlington County has a few indoor public pools, and there’s one in Alexandria, too. Be sure to check schedules for open swim times at all of them.
Thursday – Frolic on the playground and sprawling fields and do some light hiking at Montrose and Dumbarton Oaks Parks in Georgetown. Both are fun, easy places to enjoy a nice day with little ones (and big ones, for that matter). Admission at both locales is free. Plan to grab a bite at one of the many nearby eateries on M Street or Wisconsin Ave.
Friday – Catch a morning concert at Jammin’ Java. the grandsons jr. will be playing the 10:30am show. General admission tickets are $5. For entertainment in the city, the Boogie Babes are presenting a special show featuring Kevin Kammeraad and the Cooperfly Puppet Troupe.