Exploring pointillism at an Open Studio Friday session
Go see a movie on the really big screen. You’ve got your choice of several IMAX films playing right now: Dinosaurs Alive 3D
, Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean 3D
, and National Parks Adventure 3D
are all playing at the Natural History Museum’s Johnson IMAX Theater. And the Air & Space Museum’s Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater presents A Beautiful Planet 3D
, Journey to the Stars 3D
, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
. Tickets are $9/adults, $8/seniors, $7.50/youth ($15/adult, $13.50/youth for Rogue One
). Be sure to check schedules for showtimes. And, of course, plan for some time before or after to explore the museums, too.
Tuesday – Venture up to Baltimore for a day of play and learning at Port Discovery. Several levels full of awesome hands-on exhibits will keep the kids entertained for hours! Open 9:30am – 4:30pm. Admission is $14.95 for ages 2 and up, free for under 2. And if you think you might go a few time this year, I recommend checking out their membership options.
Wednesday – 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 lovely as they are fun. Hours are 9am – 5pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
Thursday – Enjoy a musical morning with Boogie Babes as they bring kiddie entertainment to Eastern Market at 10:30am. Admission is $6/child, and siblings 6 months and under are free. Plan on lunch after at the market or nearby — there are lots of options for a tasty bite.
Friday – Head to the National Portrait Gallery for some creative fun at an Open Studio Friday session. All ages are welcome to explore a different art medium each week with all kinds of neat projects. Drop in anytime from 1-6pm. Go earlier or stay after to explore the museum’s collections and hang out in the beautiful Kogod Courtyard. Museum hours are 11:30am – 7pm. Admission is free. Read more about the Penn Quarter gallery in this KFDC post.
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Checking out some of the Q?rius collection
Take advantage of The Beauvoir School’s Winter Break and head to their fantastic playground
, open to the public when class is not in session. Open all day. Admission is free.
Tuesday – Hit the trail for a hike. It should be a great day for it as the mercury rises a bit. Riverbend Park in Great Falls, Huntley Meadows in Alexandria, and Roosevelt Island are all great for tramping with kids. And this post has even more recommendations for local walks in the woods.
Wednesday – Head up to Baltimore on a Winter Break day off! Learn about the city’s early business days at the Museum of Industry. The Inner Harbor attraction highlights the trades and people that helped build the port city through exhibits that showcase relics from the past and recreate various industry environments. Hours are 10am – 4pm (Tuesday – Sunday). Admission is $12/adult, $7/ages 7-12, free for 6 and under. If you prefer some fresh air, take a tour of Fort McHenry, birthplace of the National Anthem. The park is open 9am – 5pm. Admission is $10/adult, children 15 and under are free.
Thursday – Get Q?rius at the National Museum of Natural History. During winter break, the interactive and experiential learning space opens earlier at 10am (instead of 2pm). Visitors can view up close — and in many cases handle — real artifacts and specimens from the museum’s collections. It’s recommended for ages 11 and up, but some younger ages could also enjoy it. For really little ones, there is Q?rius Jr: A Discovery Room for more age-appropriate exploring. And, of course, there’s the whole rest of the museum for everyone. Hours are 10am – 5:30pm. Admission is free.
Friday – 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.
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A lily pad filled pond at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
Jump the morning away at Flight Trampoline Park
in Springfield, VA. This bouncy nirvana hosts Kid Flight sessions for children 46″ tall & under from 10am – 2pm Monday through Friday for $10/hour (includes accompanying adult).
Tuesday – Take a docent-led tour of the exhibition Twelve Years That Shook and Shaped Washington, 1963-1975 at the Anacostia Community Museum. After, kids can go on a self-guided treasure hunt to test their knowledge, then receive a free gift after completing it. The program is offered at 11am and 12pm. Admission if free. Register in advance and indicate which tour time you want.
Wednesday – Venture up to Baltimore for a day of play and learning at Port Discovery. Several levels full of awesome hands-on exhibits will keep the kids entertained for hours! Open 9:30am – 4:30pm. Admission is $14.50 for ages 2 and up (free for under 2).
Thursday – Get a unique dose of nature in the city at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Go on a nature walk among the ponds and marsh areas filled with giant lily pads and other interesting water plants. Look for geese, egrets, great blue herons, turtles, frogs, and small fish on the way. Hours are 8am – 4pm this time of year. Admission is free.
Friday – Discover Okinawa at an all-ages celebration at the Textile Museum! Origami, a games, crafts, and a photo booth will be among the activities for kids from 11:30am – 4pm. Admission is free.
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Hands on at the Maryland Science Center
Make your way up to Baltimore to visit the Maryland Science Center
, where your crew can explore a variety of exhibits, play in the Kids Room, see an IMAX movie, and much more. Hours are 10am – 5pm. Admission is $16.95/adults, $13.95/ages 3+, free for 2 and under. Read more about the children’s museum here
Tuesday – Take the money tour 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. This post has all the background and details you need to plan for it.
Wednesday – See a FREE performance of Imagination Stage’s production of Inside Out at THEARC. The storyline follows two children who, instead of preparing for bedtime, use their imaginations to transform their room into fantastical world of play. Recommended for ages 1-5. Showtimes are 10:30am and 11:45am, and even though it’s free, tickets are required. This will also take place on Thursday and Friday.
Thursday – Head to the National Portrait Gallery where they’re hosting special Spring Break activities for kids from 1-4pm. Drop by the Education Center to do a collage project or check out a Portrait Discovery Kit to explore the museum. Read more about the program and NPG in this post. Admission is free. Museum hours are 11:30am – 7pm.
Friday – Hike along the Potomac, see nature indoors and out, have a picnic, and hang out and relax at Riverbend Park. The Fairfax County locale makes for an ideal outing with little ones — easy trails, great nature viewing, and never a big crowd. Free admission, and the Visitor Center is open 9am – 5pm on weekdays.
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A jolly good pirate adventure on the Chesapeake
Visit the animals, roam the peaceful grounds, and possibly join in a children’s program at Oxon Hill Farm
. Hours are 8am – 4:30m, and admission is free.
Tuesday – Arrrgh! Cruise the high Chesapeake seas with Pirate Adventures in Annapolis. The company specializes in, well, pirate adventures for children, taking little buccaneers on a search for buried treasure. Several time slots are available throughout the day, and they set sail everyday of the week. Cost is $20/person, and that includes face painting and dress up along with the on board fun.
Wednesday – Head to Baltimore for Gizmos, Gadgets, and Gears at the Maryland Science Center. Along with the amazing permanent exhibits, like “Dinosaur Mysteries” and “Body: The Inside Story,” the museum has engineered a summer full of contraptions, challenges, and creativity that puts visitors in the role of inventor, where the only limit is imagination. Hours are 10am – 6pm, and admission is $16.95/adults, $13.95/ages 3-12, free for members.
Thursday – Catch a performance of Circus! at The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park. After the show, stay for a picnic lunch and some romping on the playground. Showtime is 10am (on Friday, too). Tickets are $10.
Friday – Enjoy some water play at Georgetown Waterfront Park. Running through the fountain of sprays is a fun, refreshing way to enjoy a summer day. After (or before, depending on when you go), grab a bite to eat at one of the many nearby eateries.
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