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Where to Play on the Weekdays: February 17-20

Making a virtual meal at Nat Geo's "Food: Our Global Kitchen" exhibit

Making a virtual meal at Nat Geo’s “Food: Our Global Kitchen” exhibit



Tuesday – When the storm brings you snow, build a snowman, go sledding, have a snowball fight! But if it’s too cold to be outside, check out the list of indoor playgrounds to find places where the kids can burn some energy on a foul weather day off from school. Be sure to call ahead to confirm hours.

Wednesday – Venture up to Baltimore for Wonderful Wednesday at Port Discovery. The special day is dedicated to children from ages birth through 6 years with imaginative music and literacy programs designed to develop early learning skills. The program is from 9:30 am – 12:30pm, and museum hours are 9:30am – 4:30pm. Admission is $14.50 for ages 2 and up (free for under 2).

Thursday – Visit the National Geographic Museum to experience Food: Our Global Kitchen, an exhibit that takes you from farm to fork, before it closes February 22. Be sure to see Spinosaurus while you’re there — the entrance fee gets you access to both. Hours are 10am – 6pm. Admission is $11/adult, $9/senior, $7/ages 5-12, free for 4 and under. Look for a discount on adult tickets here.

Friday – 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.


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Where to Play During the Government Shutdown

Spend a shutdown day at River Farm, the American Horticultural Society's headquarters

Spend a shutdown day at River Farm, the American Horticultural Society’s headquarters



It’s official: The government has shut down. Which means that many go-to spots to hang with kiddos (Smithsonian museums, National Park Service locales) are closed as well, including some of this week’s recommendations (Roosevelt Island and the Air & Space Museum). But fear not! There are plenty of fantastic alternatives to enjoy in the meantime, however long that may be. You might even discover a new favorite among them. Here are places that are still open while many others are closed…

National Building Museum – Today’s recommended place to play is open, and the monthly storytime program is still on, too.

National Geographic Museum – See the current free photo exhibitions Lions & Tigers & Bears: Through the Lens with National Geographic
and One Cubic Foot: Portraits of Biodiversity. Or pay to check out a New Age of Exploration.

International Spy Museum – Explore the intriguing world of espionage right in Penn Quarter.

Boogie Babes – If the shutdown continues through the week, you can find musical entertainment for tots at Union Market on Wednesday, Eastern Market on Thursday, and the Atlas Performing Arts Center on Friday. All at 10:30am. Admission is $5.

Yards Park – The beautiful recreational space in the Navy Yard remains open to the public. The fountains are turned off for a few hours on Tuesday mornings for maintenance, but you can still bring a ball to kick around the open green spaces and enjoy a riverside picnic. Admission is free.

Dumbarton Oaks Gardens – Looks like we’re in for some great shutdown weather, and these fairytale-esque gardens in Georgetown are the perfect place to enjoy it. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 2-6pm. Admission is $8/adults, $5/children ages 3 and up, free for 2 and under.

Newseum – The venue dedicated to news and journalism is still welcoming guests, and there are a few exhibits that children might enjoy here, which are mentioned in this post.

Charm City, Baby – Baltimore’s museums for kids are not government funded, so Port Discovery, the Maryland Science Center, and the American Visionary Arts Museum are all open. This is also a great time to tour the ships on the Inner Harbor.

Get Artsy at Little Loft – Sign up for crafting sessions at the creative space for kids on Capitol Hill. Both fixed and flex plans are available for weekday classes.

River Farm – Explore the grounds of the American Horticultural Society headquarters. Kids will love playing in the Children’s Gardens and taking in sweeping views of the Potomac. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: February 11-15

Critiquing First Ladies' dresses at the American History Museum

Critiquing First Ladies’ dresses at the American History Museum



Monday – Show the kiddos relics from your childhood at the National Museum of American History, where collections include some of the best toys and games of our days of yore. While you’re there, check out some of the other exhibits, like the First Ladies’ ball gowns and America on the Move, a history of transportation in the U.S. featuring some of the earliest automobiles, a train car, and an old street car that guests can actually climb aboard. The museum is open from 10am – 5:30pm.

Tuesday – Go play at Clemyjontri, the brilliantly colored, sprawling playground in McLean that accommodates kids of all abilities. Hours are 7am to dusk, and admission is free.

Wednesday – Venture up to Baltimore for a Wonderful Wednesday at Port Discovery. Dedicated to children from age birth to 6, the day includes special art, music, and literacy programs for little ones (see the website for the full schedule of activities). While you’re there, be sure to check out the new Wizard of Oz exhibit. Hours are 9:30am – 4:30pm. Admission is $13.95/ages 2 and up, free for under 2 and members.

Thursday – Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Boogie Babes and The Singing Lizard at Union Market! It’s the first time the music show for little ones will take place at the new, hip venue in northeast DC. Showtime is 10:30am, and admission is $5/child (free for siblings 6 months and under). Get there early for coffee — Peregrine opens at 8am. Stay after for a bite from one of many eateries and food stalls that will be open by lunchtime.

Friday – Catch a performance of Brother Bear at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Imagination Stage is bringing their popular show across town, so more audiences can watch as Brother and Sister Bear experience a full year of glorious seasons. Showtimes are 10am and 11:30am, and tickets are $8. The show will be at the Atlas February 13-18.

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