Monday – Hit the BEACH at the National Building Museum. Surely you’ve heard about the outrageously fun interactive installation by now. But in case you haven’t, it’s the must-do in DC this summer. Hours are 10am – 5pm. Admission is $5/youth member, $10/adult member and $13/youth non-member, $16/adult non-member.
Tuesday – Make your own comic at Upshur Street Books! The workshop is one of several in a summer series hosted by 826DC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting kids with their creative and expository writing skills. This session will show students ages 6-12 how to use both parts of their brains to draw and write their own mini-comics as we explore what makes the comics they love so great. It takes place 10am – 12pm, and admission is free — be sure to register online. For an activity with the 5 and under set, head to your local library for a special program or just to check out some new books.
Wednesday – See art come to life at the National Portrait Gallery through Portraits Alive!, a theatrical tour of the museum’s collections performed by teens from DC’s Summer Youth Employment Program. The memorable journey takes visitors to a variety of portraits as the students perform biographical portrayals of the people represented in the photograph, painting, drawing, sculpture or print. Tours begin at 12pm and 1:30pm, and admission is free.
Thursday – Catch a performance of The BFG at National Theatre. The show based on Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book will be on stage July 14-25. Showtime is 10:30am Tuesday – Thursday, 7pm on Friday, and 2pm on Saturday. Ticket prices range from $14-38.
Friday – Test out the brand new Wizard of Oz themed playground at Watkins Regional Park. The 12,000 square foot area just opened this month, and word has it that it’s awesome. If you’ve got time left after exploring stop by Old Maryland Farm to visit the animals and the Watkins Nature Center to view some cool creatures and birds. And if you’re up for even more, go for a spin on the carousel, take a train ride, and play some mini golf. Hours are 9am – 4pm at the Farm, 10am – 5:30pm at the Nature Center, 10am – 7pm at the for the rest. Admission is free, though rides and mini golf cost extra.