Monday – Go for a “swim” at the National Building Museum, where The BEACH just opened for the summer! The unique installation covers 10,000 square feet and includes an “ocean” of nearly one million recyclable translucent plastic balls, and visitors are welcome to take a dip or chill out by the shore’s edge. Admission is $5/youth member, $10/adult member and $13/youth non-member, $16/adult non-member, and it probably doesn’t hurt to reserve tickets in advance. Museum hours are 10am – 5pm.
Tuesday – Head to Capitol Hill for outdoor parachute play, hula hooping, puppetry, capoeira and more at the Play-In for Climate Action sponsored by Moms Clean Air Force. Enjoy activities and musical acts, including Ms. Cacie and Baba Ras D while standing with hundreds of families calling for the government to help slow down climate change for our kids’ sake. Register and view line-up here, and see comprehensive Q&As here. Event is rain or shine (pre-registrants will be advised of an indoor location in case of bad weather). Admission is free.
Wednesday – Go on an art exploration at the Kreeger Museum’s First Studio program 10-11am. The series, designed for ages 3-5, invites children to explore the paintings, sculpture, and architecture of the museum with a gallery tour, analysis of works of art, a story, and a hands-on art-making experience. Class size is limited, so pre-registration is required. Admission is $7, adult companions are free. If the class fills up or your kids have aged out, check out some art on your own at the museum or the National Gallery on the National Mall.
Thursday – See Secret Agent 23 Skidoo at Strathmore’s Backyard Theatre for Children. The annual summer music series for kids kicks off this week and will take place every Thursday through July. Performances are at 9:30am and 11:30am. Tickets are $8.
Friday – Take a day trip out to Solomons, Md, to the Annmarie Sculpture Gardens for an enchanting array of artistic delights. View eye-popping works, both indoors and out, hunt for fairy houses, play in the Fairy Lolly, and create some of your own art with inspiration from all you see there. Trust me, it’s worth the hour-plus drive. Hours are 9am – 5pm in the gardens, 10am – 5pm at the arts center. Admission is $5/adult, $3/ages 6-17, free for 5 and under.