Where to Play on the Weekdays: January 4-8


As you’re probably aware, I don’t usually get super personal or sappy here — except for this time of year, when we celebrate some special days, one of them this week. So, along with the weekday ideas, I wanted to share a bit about one of my very favorite people in the universe.

My graceful ballerina has one of the fiercest kicks on the soccer field. And whether or not she makes the goal, she’ll skip gleefully down the field, jazz hands fluttering. Her top request from Santa was eye shadow. She dribbles her basketball, the pink and purple one, pretty darn skillfully. She makes up some of the funniest sounds and does the best Christina Aguilera impression (without even knowing who that is) — but only for people she deems special. I’m so lucky to be one of them. Her favorite subject in school is math. She wants to work at Rita’s when she grows up, so she can have all the water ices she wants. She likes fairies and unicorns and believes in magic. And, sometimes, when those brown eyes sparkle with wonder and joy at both the simplest delights and biggest thrills, she makes me believe in it, too. Happy Birthday, my sweet Sashi.

And here’s where to play this week…

Monday – Go for Story Time at the National Postal Museum. The program includes a book reading, plus other activities for little ones in the museum’s education space. Stay after to explore the rest of the museum, full of interactive exhibits that all ages can enjoy. Story time is at 10:30am and repeated at 11am. Admission is free. Read more about the museum in this KFDC post.

Tuesday – Go for a swim! It doesn’t matter what the temperature is outside when 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, and I recommend calling ahead to confirm there are no random closings.

Wednesday – Let the kids burn some energy at Dynamite Gymnastics Center in Rockville. Tumbling mats, trampolines, the jungle crawl (a huge tunnel to run through), and more equipment will keep them active during Open Gym time. Sessions take place 12-12:50pm and 2-2:50pm. Admission is $8/child, $12/participating adults.

Thursday – Learn about the history of flight at the College Park Aviation Museum. It’s a perfect place for young visitors with impressive displays and hands-on fun. They can view early airplanes up close, dress up like aviators, create flight-inspired art, and more. Keep an eye on the runway right outside the floor-to-ceiling windows — you might see planes take off and land at the College Park Airport, the oldest continuously operating airport in the world! Open daily 10am – 5pm. Admission is $4/adults, $2/children, free for ages 2 and under.

Friday – Take a tour of the Capitol. Even if you can’t get on a guided tour day-of, there still are interesting exhibits and statues to see in the Visitor’s Center, which is open 8:30am – 4:30pm daily. Both admission to the Center and tours are free. And something fun to do as well: Walk the tunnels between the Capitol and Library of Congress to show the kiddos a “secret” way to get from building to building.

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