Monday – Head to one of DC’s most tried and true for kids: The National Museum of Natural History. With exhibits to indulge all kinds of interests, you really can’t go wrong. Gawk at the beasts in the Hall of Mammals, view the amazing National Geographic Into Africa photography exhibit, hold live creatures in the Insect Zoo, learn about early humans, see an IMAX film, and so much more. Admission to the museum is free, but films are $9. The museum is open 10am – 5:30pm.
Tuesday – Get a “Taste of Tinkergarten” at a free sample session. The skill-based curriculum for children 18-36 months is designed to help them become well-balanced people who can problem-solve, lead, and create. It’s engaging, memorable, play-based learning, all outdoors. The class begins at 10:30am at Norwood Park in Bethesda. Register in advance here.
Wednesday – Wander the beautiful grounds, play, and relax at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria. Be sure to stop in the Horticultural Center and pick up instructions for a kids’ scavenger hunt to add some extra fun to the outing. Hours are 9am – 4:30pm. Admission is free.
Thursday – Browse the Bilingual Book Fair at Oyster Adams Bilingual School. More than 500 children’s Spanish and bilingual book titles and hundreds of the newest titles in English will be available for purchase in the school cafeteria. Proceeds benefit their primary and secondary library programs. The Fair is open 8am – 8pm November 2-7. The Oyster Campus is located at 2801 Calvert Street NW.
Friday – Go Cruisin’ Around the World with Rainbow Puppet Productions at the National Air & Space Museum. This puppet show is based on the absolutely true tale of the pilots of the Douglas World Cruisers, who were the first to circle the globe. After the performance, see one of the original planes that made the expedition on display right in the Museum. Tour even more of the awe-inspiring collections while you’re there. Performances are at 10:30am and 11:45am. Museum hours are 10am – 5:30pm. Admission is free.