Tuesday – Take your toddlers to story hour at the new East City Bookshop on Capitol Hill, where they’re kicking off weekly children’s book readings for little ones. The session starts at 11am, and admission is free. After, stay to browse the inventory, then head next door to Labyrinth to check out their great selection of games and puzzles or grab a bite at one of many nearby eateries.
Wednesday – Head to the National Zoo to get a close-up view of a 12-foot shark, 16-foot parrot fish, an 8-foot octopus, and a 20-foot-lcoral reef — all made completely of plastic debris collected from beaches for Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea. The collection of colorful and dramatic sculptures of marine animals representing more than 315 billion pounds of plastic in oceans today and underscoring the need for wildlife conservation will be on view at the Zoo through September 5. And visit the live animals while you’re there, of course.
Thursday – Be among the first audiences to see Little Red Riding Hood and the 3 Little Pigs as it opens at The Puppet Co. There are performances at 10am and 11:30am, and tickets are $12. Read a KFDC review of the production from a few years back.
Friday – Go bowling at Pinstripes in Georgetown. From 10am – 12pm most weekdays, Tots Playtime welcomes kids to bowl for just $5 (plus $5 shoe rental), and parents are free (limit 4 kids per adult). Stay after for lunch — they have a good kids menu and a pretty extensive main menu, too. Or if the weather is nice, head to Georgetown Waterfront Park to play in the sprays (free)!