Monday – Get a nature fix indoors at Watkins Nature Center. There, you can see and learn about birds, reptiles, and other creatures that inhabit the surrounding area. If weather permits, head over to the Wizard of Oz-themed playground to romp outdoors. (Tuesday – Sunday you can also visit Old Maryland Farm where ponies, cows, chickens, rabbits, and other animals live). The Nature Center is open 8:30am – 5pm, the playground dawn to dusk. Admission to everything is free.
Tuesday – Journey into the nation’s past at the National Museum of American History. Take advantage of special “cherry blossom” hours this week and take little ones to play in Wegmans Wonderplace and let older children get hands on in the Spark!Lab. The new Innovation Wing and big exhibits like America on the Move, plus toys and games, sports memorabilia, and the star spangled banner will also grab young kids’ attention. The museum is open from 10am – 5:30pm, the play areas 10am – 4pm. Admission is free.
Wednesday – Join a story time session at Walls of Books. The shop in the Park View/Petworth area offers weekly readings for ages 6 months to 6 years old. Admission is free.
Thursday – Explore the grounds and play in the gardens, particularly the Children’s Garden, at River Farm. The American Horticulture Society’s headquarters overlooking the Potomac River in Alexandria are as sublime as they are fun. Hours are 9am – 5pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
Friday – Discover a DC “secret” in Upper Northwest. Amid a small wooded area at Palisades Park is The Glass Forest, a collection of sculptures made from natural and scrap materials that truly is a must-see! Be sure to make time to romp on the park’s playground while you’re there. Admission is free.