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Where to Play on the Weekdays: October 13-17

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Monday – Take advantage of Tots Playtime at Pinstripes in Georgetown. From 10am – 12pm most weekdays, ALL kids can bowl for just $5, and parents are free (limit 4 kids per adult)! Stay after for lunch — they have a kids menu and a pretty extensive main menu, too.

Tuesday – Head to the National Mall for a close-up look of Out of Many One, a grand landscape portrait by Cuban American urban artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada. Located between the World War II and Lincoln Memorials, you can walk through for an interactive experience or get a bird’s eye view from the Washington Monument.

Wednesday – Say “oui!” to a free French storytime with Bonjour Mama! Monthly sessions take place 10-10:30am in the Kensington Row Bookshop (3786 Howard Ave. in Kensington, Md).

Thursday – 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 – 12pm Monday through Friday. Admission is $10/hour.

Friday – Enjoy the start of autumn hues on the trail at Riverbend Park. Make that your starting point on a 2-mile hike to Great Falls, where you can take in magnificent vistas, visit the nature center, and have a picnic. Or just wander around Riverbend and enjoy the Visitor Center and views there. Park hours are 7am to dusk, Visitor Center 9am – 5pm. Admission is free.


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: October 6-10

Feeding the chickens at Old Maryland Farm

Feeding the chickens at Old Maryland Farm



Monday – Attend the very first storytime at the National Postal Museum! The brand new program will be held the first Monday of every month from 10:30-11am and will include an activity, book, song, and gallery self-guide as well as free time afterwards in the museum’s education space. While it’s recommended for children 2-3 years old, older children will still enjoy the exhibits, many interactive, that are great for all ages. Admission is free.

Tuesday – Visit ponies, cows, peacocks, chickens, bunnies, and llamas at Old Maryland Farm in Watkins Regional Park. When you’re done, or if weather isn’t conducive to outdoor fun, head over to the Watkins Nature Center. Admission is free to both. The farm is open 9am – 4pm Tuesday – Friday (9am – 4:30pm on Saturdays, 11:30am – 4:30pm on Sundays and holidays) and the Nature Center is open 8:30am – 5pm Monday – Saturday (11am – 4pm on Sunday.) Admission to both is free.

Wednesday – Take the kids to play amid the lovely wooded setting of Cabin John Regional Park. They can climb, swing, jump, slide, and run on the sprawling Adventure Playland. Unfortunately, the Miniature Train is closed (though opening on October 11 as the “Eye Spy” Halloween Train on weekends only), but the playground alone has plenty to keep children happy. Bring along food for a picnic — there are several tables to eat on, or you can spread out a blanket in a nearby grassy area. 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 lovely as they are fun. Hours are 9am – 5pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Friday – Catch a performance of Stuart Little , Adventure Theatre’s latest production for all ages. Showtime is 10:30am. Tickets are $19.

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Where to Play on the Weekdays: September 29 – October 3

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Monday – See the newest IMAX playing at the Smithsonian. Mysteries of the Unseen World just opened at the Johnson IMAX Theater in the Natural History Museum, and it’s sure to fascinate. Check the schedule for showtimes, as there are several screenings throughout the day. Tickets are $9. The movie is only about 40 minutes, so plan to spend more time at the museum and explore the exhibits. (Note: The giveaway mentioned in the post about the film has ended.)

Tuesday – Take the kids to see world famous, Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell play at Union Station — for free! You may have read or heard about his stint here several years ago when he played in a Metro station as a social experiment for a Washington Post article; they wanted to see if anyone would stop to hear his beautiful music (not many did). He’s coming back for a do-over and to promote his new album and music education. You can catch his performance in Union Station’s main hall at 12:30pm.

Wednesday – Romp on the playground and in an old train car, discover some history of the area, and take a pontoon boat tour at Bladensburg Waterfront Park. The free boat rides are offered Tuesday – Friday at 12-12:45pm through October 31. Admission to the park is also free.

Thursday – Head to an area farm to take advantage of smaller weekday crowds at one of several fall festivals that are already underway. See this guide to find out where you can celebrate the season Monday thru Friday as well as the weekends.

Friday – Go for a hike at Great Falls. Whether you opt for the Maryland or Virginia side, you can’t go wrong. Enjoy spectacular views of the falls and rapids from several overlooks, hike easy trails along the river or through the woods, and stop in the Visitor Center (there’s one on each side) to learn more about the area’s history and wildlife. The park is open 7am – dark, the Visitors Centers 10am – 4pm. Admission is $5/car.


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: August 18-22

Stop to see the horses on a visit to Rock Creek Park

Stop to see the horses on a visit to Rock Creek Park



Monday – Head out to Dulles for Air & Space exploration beyond the District. The Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center showcases flight artifacts they can’t fit into the museum on the Mall. See all kinds of air and space crafts, pretend to pilot in a flight simulator, get hands-on in a discovery station, and much more. Hours are 10am – 6:30pm through September 1. Admission is free, but parking is $15.

Tuesday – See a kids flick at the Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market. Their GKIDS Animated World series has a screening of My Neighbor Tutoro, a tale of two girls who move to a new house in the countryside. Showtime is 11am. Tickets are $7. The pop-up is an interim hub for the Angelika’s mix of specialty film programming and unique events. (And it’s a great little temporary theater — I checked it out recently when I saw Chef, which I recommend). The full-scale Angelika Film Center is expected to open in late 2015 at Union Market.

Wednesday – Learn about the area’s wildlife, enjoy hands-on activities in the Nature Center, take a hike, visit the horses, and take a pony ride at Rock Creek Park. The Nature Center is open Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm, and admission is free. You can visit the Horse Center for free, and pony rides are $20 at 3pm $ 3:30pm. Visit the website for details on reserving.

Thursday – Play, picnic, and possibly more at Hains Point. Drive all the way down, almost to the tip, to reach the playgrounds. They’re set amid big grassy areas with picnic tables and bathrooms right there, too. And the spot offers great views of the rivers and airplanes taking off and landing at DCA. You can also swim at the public pool from 1-7pm or play some mini-golf. Admission to Hains Point and the playground is free. Mini-golf is $7/adult, $6/child. The pool is free for DC residents, a small fee for non-residents.

Friday – Do something special to close out the summer break (for many area students, anyway) and go for a spin on the Capital Wheel. National Harbor’s new big attraction offers a thrilling ride and fantastic views of the area. Make it extra fun by getting there via water taxi from Old Town Alexandria (or vice versa). Tickets for the Wheel are $15/adult, $11.25/ages 3-12, 2 and under are free. Open 10am – 11pm.


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: August 11-15

A couple of cherubs at Dumbarton Oaks

A couple of cherubs at Dumbarton Oaks



Monday – Head on down to the county fair. Both the Montgomery and Prince William County Fairs are going on right now, with everything from carnival rides to farm animals to live entertainment. And it’s Family Day at Montgomery, when admission is free for ages 11 and under. This post has more details on both of them, and this one has photos from our visit to MoCo last year.

Tuesday – Go for a swim! There are plenty of places in the area where you can jump in for free or a very small fee. This post has quick links to DC aquatic facilities, and you can find info for Maryland and Virginia public pools in the Summer 2014 guide. Be sure to check schedules for open swim times at all of them.

Wednesday – Roam the exquisite gardens at Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown. The grounds don’t open to the public until 2pm (closing at 6pm), but you can play at nearby Montrose Park or grab a bite to eat on M Street beforehand. I promise, it’s worth waiting for the afternoon visit. Admission to Dumbarton is $8/adults, $5/children, and there’s never an entry fee at Montrose.

Thursday – Take a trip to your local library. Drop in for storytime with little ones or let older children check out books and do some browsing. See this post from the early KFDC days for a little background and easy links to libraries around the area.

Friday – Rock out with one of the area’s most popular bands with the kiddie set. Rocknocerous is playing the 10:30am show at Jammin’ Java. General admission tickets are $5. Doors open at 10am. Full lunch and drink menu available!


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