Monday – Show them the money at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. It’s a perfect outing for kids on break from school, since tours are only offered on weekdays. Tours run every 15 minutes 9am – 6pm. Admission is free, but tickets are required, and you can pick them up at the booth on Raoul Wallenburg Place starting at 8am. This post from one of our outings there has more details about the experience.
Tuesday – Take advantage of Beauvoir’s Spring Break and head to the fantastic playground, open to the public when school is not in session. Open all day. Admission is free.
Wednesday – Venture out to the Calvert Marine Museum, where you can explore how the prehistoric past, natural environment, and maritime heritage come together to tell a unique story of the Chesapeake Bay. Fascinating exhibits, including display cases full of fossils and artifacts, live fish and other creatures, and a lighthouse tour are engaging for all ages. Even better, there are things to see both indoors and out, so you can enjoy the weather and scenic views, too. Hours are 10am – 5pm. Admission is $9/adult, $4/ages 5-12, free for 4 and under.
Thursday – Go to the National Portrait Gallery where they’re hosting a special Spring Break Sketch everyday this week 1-4pm. Get there earlier or stay after to tour the museum and spend time in the lovely Kogod Courtyard. Read more about the NPG in this post. Admission is free. Museum hours are 11:30am – 7pm.
Friday – Enjoy a little time trip back to the 18th century at Claude Moore Colonial Farm. The living history farm opens for the season April 1, and visitors are invited to explore the grounds. There is a tobacco barn, farm house, garden, orchard, and animals. Guests can also interact with a family portraying life as it was back then. Read more about it in this post (ignore the “autumn” part; it’s a fantastic outing in the spring, too). Hours are Wednesday thru Saturday 10am – 4:30pm. Admission is $3/adults, $2/children ages 3 and up, free for 2 and under. If weather isn’t conducive to outdoor fun, reach new heights of fun at ClimbZone in Laurel, MD. Kids and adults will have a blast scaling the many colorful, whimsically-themed walls at the new indoor climbing center. Hours are 10am – 9pm (10am – 8pm other weekdays). Admission is $25/ages 6 and up, $12/5 and under for a three-hour session.