Monday – Experience Holland in Haymarket, Virginia, at Burnside Farms’ Festival of Spring. The blooming tulips are absolutely stunning, stretching along acres of fields in a striking array of colors and varieties. Even better, you can pick your own to bring the beauty home ($1 per stem). Hours are 10am – 6pm. Admission is $4.
Tuesday – Explore the grounds and play in the gardens, particularly the Children’s Garden, at River Farm. The American Horticulture Society’s headquarters overlooking the Potomac River in Alexandria are as sublime as they are fun. Hours are 9am – 5pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. If you and the kids are up for some evening, educational fun, visit the STEM Expo at Maury Elementary School on Capitol Hill. From 6-7:45pm, over 60 volunteers from 27 leading STEM organizations will be sharing their work, from wildlife biology to 3-D printers, neuroscience to biomedical engineering, and much more! Admission is free.
Wednesday – Visit ponies, cows, peacocks, chickens, bunnies, and llamas at Old Maryland Farm in Watkins Regional Park. When you’re done, or if weather isn’t conducive to outdoor fun, head over to the Watkins Nature Center, where you can see birds, reptiles, and other small creatures. The farm is open 9am – 4pm Tuesday – Friday (9am – 4:30pm on Saturdays, 11:30am – 4:30pm on Sundays and holidays) and the Nature Center is open 8:30am – 5pm Monday – Saturday (11am – 4pm on Sunday.) Admission to both is free.
Thursday – Locate secret doors, see outrageously fabulous themed rooms, and browse a trove of secondhand treasures on a tour of The Mansion on O Street. The Dupont Circle landmark is a mansion, museum, restaurant, vintage store, and hotel all in one — and visitors are welcome to explore it all. Open daily 11am – 4pm. Self-guided tours start at $15. Purchase tickets in advance online.
Friday – Head to a local go-to for for fun and educational recreation: The National Air & Space Museum. The Flights of Fancy story time begins at 11am and includes a flight-themed reading and hands-on activity. Stick around to explore the rest of the museum — filled literally floor-to-ceiling with fascinating exhibits, there’s plenty to interest kids of all ages. Hours are 10am – 5:30pm. Admission is free.